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  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry | Neil deGrasse Tyson

    Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Neil deGrasse Tyson
    • Narrated By Neil deGrasse Tyson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There's no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson. But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in digestible chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.

    ian says: "Fascinating, if a little short"
  • Man's Search for Meaning  | Viktor E. Frankl

    Man's Search for Meaning

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Viktor E. Frankl
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Internationally renowned psychiatrist, Viktor E. Frankl, endured years of unspeakable horror in Nazi death camps. During, and partly because of his suffering, Dr. Frankl developed a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy known as logotherapy. At the core of his theory is the belief that man's primary motivational force is his search for meaning.

    Jim Vaughan says: "Potentially life changing..."
  • Brave New World  | Aldous Huxley

    Brave New World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Aldous Huxley
    • Narrated By Michael York
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    On the 75th anniversary of its publication, this outstanding work of literature is more crucial and relevant today than ever before. Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A. F. (After Ford, the deity).

    George says: "Marred by narration"
  • Necronomicon | H. P. Lovecraft

    Necronomicon

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 1 min)
    • By H. P. Lovecraft
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia, Bronson Pinchot, Stephen R. Thorne, and others
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    Originally written for the pulp magazines of the 1920s and '30s, H. P. Lovecraft's astonishing tales blend elements of horror, science fiction, and cosmic terror that are as powerful today as they were when first published. This tome brings together all of Lovecraft's harrowing stories, including the complete Cthulhu Mythos cycle, just the way they were when first released.

    Ian says: "An Excellent Collection, but NOT Complete."
  • Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time | Brian Tracy

    Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brian Tracy
    • Narrated By Brian Tracy
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    There just isn't enough time for everything on our to-do list - and there never will be. Successful people don't try to do everything. They learn to focus on the most important tasks and make sure those get done. They eat their frogs. There's an old saying that if the first thing you do each morning is eat a live frog, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing you're done with the worst thing you'll have to do all day. For Tracy, eating a frog is a metaphor for tackling your most challenging task - but also the one that can have the greatest positive impact on your life.

    Geordie Girl says: "How to Write a List"
  • The China Study, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-Term Health | T. Colin Campbell PhD,Thomas M. Campbell II MD

    The China Study, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-Term Health

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By T. Colin Campbell PhD, Thomas M. Campbell II MD
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
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    More than 30 years ago, nutrition researcher T. Colin Campbell and his team at Cornell University, in partnership with teams in China and England, embarked upon the most comprehensive study ever undertaken of the relationship between diet and the risk of developing disease. What they found, when combined with findings in Campbell's laboratory, opened their eyes to the dangers of a diet high in animal protein and the unparalleled health benefits of a whole foods, plant-based diet.

    Brian Hanley says: "Excellent and transformative"
  • Shogun: The Epic Novel of Japan | James Clavell

    Shogun: The Epic Novel of Japan

    • UNABRIDGED (53 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By James Clavell
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
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    A bold English adventurer; an invincible Japanese warlord; a beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love - all brought together in an extraordinary saga of a time and a place aflame with conflict, passion, ambition, lust, and the struggle for power.

    P A Youngs says: "Spellbound..."
  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage | Alfred Lansing

    Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alfred Lansing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
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    In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

    c says: "How Did They Endure This -and Survive?"
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde | Robert Louis Stevenson

    The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
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    This is the disturbing tale of the dual personality of Dr. Jekyll, a physician. A generous and philanthropic man, he is preoccupied with the problems of good and evil and with the possibility of separating them into distinct personalities. He develops a drug that transforms him into the demonic Mr. Hyde, in whose person he exhausts all the latent evil in his nature.

    Nicholas says: "Martin Jarvis triumphs again!"
  • My Brilliant Friend: The Neapolitan Novels, Book 1 | Elena Ferrante

    My Brilliant Friend: The Neapolitan Novels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Elena Ferrante
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
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    A modern masterpiece from one of Italy's most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila, who represent the story of a nation and the nature of friendship.

    Susan Whitehead says: "My Brilliant friend"
  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany | William L. Shirer

    The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By William L. Shirer
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

    Richard says: "A unique account"
  • Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself | Rich Roll

    Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Rich Roll
    • Narrated By Rich Roll
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    An incredible but true account of achieving one of the most awe-inspiring midlife physical transformations ever

    In October 2006, the night before he was to turn forty, Rich experienced a chilling glimpse of his future. Nearly fifty pounds overweight and unable to climb the stairs without stopping, he saw where his sedentary lifestyle was taking him. Most of us look the other way when granted such a moment of clarity, but not Rich.

    JAMES says: "Inspirational, even for non-runners"
  • Atlas Shrugged  | Ayn Rand

    Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
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    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

    Alan Michael Forrester says: "John Galt would have liked it"
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude | Gabriel García Márquez

    One Hundred Years of Solitude

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Gabriel García Márquez
    • Narrated By John Lee
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    One of the 20th century's enduring works, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a widely beloved and acclaimed novel known throughout the world and the ultimate achievement in a Nobel Prize-winning career. The novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. Rich and brilliant, it is a chronicle of life, death, and the tragicomedy of humankind. In the beautiful, ridiculous, and tawdry story of the Buendía family, one sees all of humanity, just as in the history, myths, growth, and decay of Macondo, one sees all of Latin America.

    Anne says: "Beautiful story - poor performance!"
  • Homer Box Set: Iliad & Odyssey | Homer,W. H. D. Rouse - translator

    Homer Box Set: Iliad & Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Homer, W. H. D. Rouse - translator
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
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    Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey are unquestionably two of the greatest epic masterpieces in Western literature. Though more than 2,700 years old, their stories of brave heroics, capricious gods, and towering human emotions are vividly timeless. The Iliad can justly be called the world’s greatest war epic. The terrible and long-drawn-out siege of Troy remains one of the classic campaigns. The Odyssey chronicles the many trials and adventures Odysseus must pass through on his long journey home from the Trojan wars to his beloved wife.

    ColonelJames says: "Great stories and a performance to match."
  • Basic Economics, Fifth Edition: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy | Thomas Sowell

    Basic Economics, Fifth Edition: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy

    • ORIGINAL (23 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
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    In this fifth edition of Basic Economics, Thomas Sowell revises and updates his popular book on commonsense economics, bringing the world into clearer focus through a basic understanding of the fundamental economic principles and how they explain our lives. Drawing on lively examples from around the world and from centuries of history, Sowell explains basic economic principles for the general public in plain English.

    Francisco says: "I promise you, this book will change your life."
  • The Marriage Pact: A Novel | Michelle Richmond

    The Marriage Pact: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Michelle Richmond
    • Narrated By Tom Taylorson
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    Newlyweds Alice and Jake are a picture-perfect couple. Alice, once a singer in a well-known rock band, is now a successful lawyer. Jake is a partner in an up-and-coming psychology practice. Their life together holds endless possibilities. After receiving an enticing wedding gift from one of Alice's prominent clients, they decide to join an exclusive and mysterious group known only as the Pact. The goal of the Pact seems simple: to keep marriages happy and intact.

    san2har says: "Unbelievable"
  • A Christmas Carol  | Charles Dickens

    A Christmas Carol

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    "Every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips should be boiled with his own pudding," says Ebenezer Scrooge. Mean old Scrooge despises Christmas until Christmas Eve, when a haunted voice from the past changes his life: overnight! Many know this story but few have experienced the true marvel of the tale.

    saraht says: "brilliantly narrated Christmas classic"
  • War and Peace  | Leo Tolstoy

    War and Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (61 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    Often called the greatest novel ever written, War and Peace is at once an epic of the Napoleonic wars, a philosophical study, and a celebration of the Russian spirit. Tolstoy's genius is clearly seen in the multitude of characters in this massive chronicle, all of them fully realized and equally memorable.

    Judith says: "I knew I'd never read it"
  • Churchill  | Roy Jenkins

    Churchill

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Roy Jenkins
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
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    In this magisterial book, Roy Jenkins' unparalleled command of the political history of Britain and his own high-level government experience combine in a narrative account of Churchill's astounding career that is unmatched in its shrewd insights, its unforgettable anecdotes, the clarity of its overarching themes, and the author's nuanced appreciation of his extraordinary subject.

    Francis says: "A biography worthy of Churchill"
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