Sapiens Audiobook

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WRITTEN BY: Yuval Noah Harari
NARRATED BY: Derek Perkins
PUBLISHER: August 2017
DURATION: 15 hours, 18 minutes
GENRE: Science & Technology

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New York Times Bestseller

A Summer Reading Pick for President Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg

From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution—a #1 international bestseller—that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be “human.”

One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one—homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us?

Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book that begins about 70,000 years ago with the appearance of modern cognition. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas.

Dr. Harari also compels us to look ahead, because over the last few decades humans have begun to bend laws of natural selection that have governed life for the past four billion years. We are acquiring the ability to design not only the world around us, but also ourselves. Where is this leading us, and what do we want to become?

Featuring 27 photographs, 6 maps, and 25 illustrations/diagrams, this provocative and insightful work is sure to spark debate and is essential reading for aficionados of Jared Diamond, James Gleick, Matt Ridley, Robert Wright, and Sharon Moalem.

 

Habit Audiobook

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WRITTEN BY: T. J. Brearton
NARRATED BY: John Glouchevitch
PUBLISHER: November 2016
DURATION: 12 hours, 35 minutes
GENRE: Mystery, Thriller & Horror

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Rebecca Heilshorn lies stabbed to death in her bed in a remote upstate New York farmhouse. Rookie detective Brendan Healy is called in to investigate. All hell breaks loose when her brother bursts onto the scene. Rebecca turns out to have many secrets and connections to a sordid network mixing power, wealth, and sex.

Detective Brendan Healy, trying to put his demons behind him, pursues a dangerous investigation that will risk both his life and his sanity. Habit is a compelling mystery which will appeal to all fans of crime fiction. T.J. Brearton amps up the tension at every step, until the shocking and gripping conclusion.

 

Harry Potter and The Chamber of Serpents Audiobook

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WRITTEN BY: Mj Ware
NARRATED BY: Alex Beckham
PUBLISHER: September 2019
DURATION: 3 hours, 40 minutes
GENRE: Kids

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Austin comes to England knowing as an American he’ll stick out at his new school. But when an errant owl lands him at Hogwarts he’s in for more than he expected.

If it’s not hard enough being the only American at Hogwarts, Austin’s sorted into the most despised of all the houses. Then bumbling around the dungeon while trying to find his common room, he unwittingly helps the monster from the Chamber of Serpents. Will he discover the secret of the Chamber before he becomes another victim of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named?

 

Harry Potter and History Audiobook

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WRITTEN BY: Nancy R. Reagin
NARRATED BY: Rachel Perry
PUBLISHER: August 2020
DURATION: 10 hours, 54 minutes
GENRE: Fiction & Literature

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Harry Potter lives in a world that is both magical and historical. Hogwarts pupils ride an old-fashioned steam train to school, notes are taken on parchment with quill pens, and Muggle legends come to life in the form of werewolves, witches, and magical spells. This book is the first to explore the real history in which Harry’s world is rooted. Did you know that bezoars and mandrakes were fashionable luxury items for centuries? Find out how Europeans first developed the potions, spells, and charms taught at Hogwarts, from Avada Kedavra to love charms. Learn how the European prosecution of witches led to the Statute of Secrecy, meet the real Nicholas Flamel, see how the Malfoys stack up against Muggle English aristocrats, and compare the history of the wizarding world to real-life history.

 

Think and Grow Rich Audiobook

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WRITTEN BY: Napoleon Hill
NARRATED BY: Russ Williams
PUBLISHER: August 2016
DURATION: 10 hours, 16 minutes
GENRE: Health & Wellness

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Think and Grow Rich is a motivational personal development and selfhelp book written by Napoleon Hill and inspired by a suggestion from ScottishAmerican businessman Andrew Carnegie. While the title implies that this book deals only with how to achieve monetary wealth, the author explains that the philosophy taught in the book can be used to help individuals do or be almost anything they want in this world. For instance, Jim Murray (sportswriter) wrote that Think and Grow Rich was credited for Ken Norton’s boxing upset of Muhammad Ali in 1973. The book was first published in 1937 during the Great Depression. At the time of Hill’s death in 1970, Think and Grow Rich had sold 20 million copies. It remains the biggest seller of Napoleon Hill’s books a perennial bestseller after 70 years (BusinessWeek Magazine’s BestSeller List ranked Think and Grow Rich as the sixth bestselling paperback business book 70 years after it was first published). Think and Grow Rich is listed in John C. Maxwell’s A Lifetime Must Read Books List.

 

The Skies Belong to Us Audiobook

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WRITTEN BY: Brendan I. Koerner
NARRATED BY: Rob Shapiro
PUBLISHER: June 2013
DURATION: 9 hours, 27 minutes
GENRE: Politics

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In an America torn apart by the Vietnam War and the demise of the idealism of the sixties, airplane hijackings were astonishingly routine. Over a five-year period starting in 1968, the desperate and disillusioned seized commercial jets nearly once a week, using guns, bombs, and jars of acid. Some hijackers wished to escape to foreign lands, where they imagined being hailed as heroes; others aimed to swap hostages for sacks of cash. Their criminal exploits mesmerized the country, never more so than when the young lovers at the heart of Brendan I. Koerner’s The Skies Belong to Us pulled off the longest-distance hijacking in American history.

A shattered Army veteran and a mischievous party girl, Roger Holder and Cathy Kerkow commandeered Western Airlines Flight 701 as a vague protest against the war. Through a combination of savvy and dumb luck, the couple managed to flee across an ocean with a half-million dollars in ransom, a feat that made them notorious around the globe. Koerner spent four years chronicling this madcap tale, which involves a cast of characters ranging from exiled Black Panthers to African despots to French movie stars. He combed through over 4,000 declassified documents and interviewed scores of key figures in the drama-including one of the hijackers, whom Koerner discovered living in total obscurity. Yet The Skies Belong to Us is more than just an enthralling yarn about a spectacular heist and its bittersweet, decades-long aftermath. It is also a psychological portrait of America at its most turbulent and a testament to the madness that can grip a nation when politics fail.

 

21 Lessons for the 21st Century Audiobook

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WRITTEN BY: Yuval Noah Harari
NARRATED BY: Derek Perkins
PUBLISHER: August 2018
DURATION: 11 hours, 41 minutes
GENRE: Politics

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Brought to you by Penguin.

The audiobook edition of 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari, read by Derek Perkins.
**THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER**

In twenty-one bite-sized lessons, Yuval Noah Harari explores what it means to be human in an age of bewilderment.
How can we protect ourselves from nuclear war, ecological cataclysms and technological disruptions? What can we do about the epidemic of fake news or the threat of terrorism? What should we teach our children?
Yuval Noah Harari takes us on a thrilling journey through today’s most urgent issues. The golden thread running through his exhilarating new book is the challenge of maintaining our collective and individual focus in the face of constant and disorienting change.
Are we still capable of understanding the world we have created?

‘Fascinating… compelling… [Harari] has teed up a crucial global conversation about how to take on the problems of the 21st century’ Bill Gates, New York Times

‘Truly mind-expanding… Ultra-topical’ Guardian
’21 Lessons is, simply put, a crucial book’ Adam Kay

© Yuval Noah Harari 2018 (P) Penguin Audio 2018

 

Zero to One Audiobook

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WRITTEN BY: Blake Masters
NARRATED BY: Blake Masters
PUBLISHER: September 2014
DURATION: 4 hours, 49 minutes
GENRE: Politics

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “This book delivers completely new and refreshing ideas on how to create value in the world.”—Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta

“Peter Thiel has built multiple breakthrough companies, and Zero to One shows how.”—Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla

The great secret of our time is that there are still uncharted frontiers to explore and new inventions to create. In Zero to One, legendary entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel shows how we can find singular ways to create those new things.

Thiel begins with the contrarian premise that we live in an age of technological stagnation, even if we’re too distracted by shiny mobile devices to notice. Information technology has improved rapidly, but there is no reason why progress should be limited to computers or Silicon Valley. Progress can be achieved in any industry or area of business. It comes from the most important skill that every leader must master: learning to think for yourself.

Doing what someone else already knows how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But when you do something new, you go from 0 to 1. The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. Tomorrow’s champions will not win by competing ruthlessly in today’s marketplace. They will escape competition altogether, because their businesses will be unique.

Zero to One presents at once an optimistic view of the future of progress in America and a new way of thinking about innovation: it starts by learning to ask the questions that lead you to find value in unexpected places.

 

Exoplanets Audiobook

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WRITTEN BY: Michael Summers
NARRATED BY: Jon Bennett
PUBLISHER: March 2017
DURATION: 5 hours, 39 minutes
GENRE: Science & Technology

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Since its 2009 launch, the Kepler satellite has discovered more than two thousand exoplanets, or planets outside our solar system. More exoplanets are being discovered all the time, remarkable in their variety. Astronomer Michael Summers and physicist James Trefil explore these remarkable recent discoveries: planets revolving around pulsars, planets made of diamond, planets that are mostly water, and numerous rogue planets wandering through the emptiness of space. This captivating book reveals the latest discoveries and argues that the incredible richness and complexity we are finding necessitates a change in our questions and mental paradigms. In short, we have to change how we think about the universe and our place in it, because it is stranger and more interesting than we could have imagined.

 

HEKATE : Master guide of Hekate’s Rituals, Spells, Meditaion and divination Audiobook

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WRITTEN BY: Betty S. Venable
NARRATED BY: Dms
PUBLISHER: November 2020
DURATION: 3 hours, 16 minutes
GENRE: Health & Wellness

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Hekate is a great ancient goddess. She is primordial, strong and at times animalistic-and at the same time intelligent, progressive and able to adapt to different cultures. She is the Torchbearer, the Earth Spirit of Cosmics, the Guide and Companion. She is the Restless Dead’s Queen, who rules the heavens, the earth, and the sea. She is the Keybearer standing at the intersection of life, death, and initiation. Now, as throughout the ages, her devotees include philosophers, poets, sorcerers, theurgists, witches, root cutters, enchantors, and ordinary people.

Throughout the centuries of her known history, she was cherished, feared and despised. Depicted in different ways as three-shaped facing in three directions, as well as at times with animal heads-and at other times as single bodied standing carrying torches, or enthroned as depictions of the goddess Kybele, Hekate has and will probably always remain one of the greatest enigmas among the gods.

It is easy to believe that her myths have been lost, like many of the other deities, only to re-emerge and be resurrected in the hands of the new Pagan revival, but even scratching on the surface of the available evidence will soon give us a different story. She has never been forgotten, and perhaps there has never been a time when fires have not been kept burning somewhere for her, nor a time when offerings have not been made in her memory.

We are today culturally and socially very different from the Hellenic Greeks who honored her, but then they were also very different from the cultures who preceded her and honored Hekate, and those that later continued to honor her in their own unique and diverse ways throughout the years.

So it is important to do this with at least some consideration for the social and cultural context from which it originated while considering Hekate’s past.