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  1. 10.4 hrs • 6/7/2016

    The Greatest Speeches of All Time is a collection of the most important and well-known speeches of modern times by US presidents, politicians, and other historical icons. These dramatic speeches changed the course of history and inspired millions worldwide. Included are speeches by Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., George Patton, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Malcolm X, Douglas MacArthur, and others.

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  2. 9.2 hrs • 6/1/2016

    The Greatest Speeches of Great Politicians features historical speeches given by those aspiring to win over voters and gain positions of power. Well-known candidates for a variety of offices address campaign rallies, press conferences, and the general public. This collection includes speeches by Franklin D. Roosevelt, Bill Clinton, Barry Goldwater, Barbara Jordan, Bob Dole, Carl Stokes, Bobby Kennedy, Joe Biden, Barack Obama, John F. Kennedy, and others.

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  3. 7.2 hrs • 5/31/2016

    This compilation of famous speeches given during the conflict in Vietnam features historical icons from both sides of America’s involvement, from Lyndon B. Johnson to Jane Fonda, Richard Nixon to Norman Mailer, John Kerry to Martin Luther King Jr. Included are speeches given at protests, rallies, political events, congressional hearings, and within the Oval Office. An era that was marred by violence and unrest is encapsulated by the voices expressing support as well as those demonstrating militant protest.

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    15.5 hrs • 5/31/2016 • Unabridged

    An enthralling collection of nonfiction essays on a myriad of topics—from art and artists to dreams, myths, and memories—observed in #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman’s probing, amusing, and distinctive style. An inquisitive observer, thoughtful commentator, and assiduous craftsman, Neil Gaiman has long been celebrated for the sharp intellect and startling imagination that informs his bestselling fiction. Now, The View from the Cheap Seats brings together for the first time ever more than sixty pieces of his outstanding nonfiction. Analytical yet playful, erudite yet accessible, this cornucopia explores a broad range of interests and topics, including (but not limited to): authors past and present; music; storytelling; comics; bookshops; travel; fairy tales; America; inspiration; libraries; ghosts; and the title piece, at turns touching and self-deprecating, which recounts the author’s experiences at the 2010 Academy Awards in Hollywood. Insightful, incisive, witty, and wise, The View from the Cheap Seats explores the issues and subjects that matter most to Neil Gaiman—offering a glimpse into the head and heart of one of the most acclaimed, beloved, and influential artists of our time.

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    The View from the Cheap Seats

    15.5 hrs • 5/31/16 • Unabridged
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  5. 7.9 hrs • 4/19/2016

    The Great Presidential Debates features five pivotal debates in the race for the White House: John F. Kennedy versus Richard Nixon in 1960, Jimmy Carter versus Ronald Reagan in 1980, Bill Clinton versus George H. W. Bush versus Ross Perot in 1992, George W. Bush versus Al Gore in 2000, and Barack Obama versus Mitt Romney in 2012.

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  6. 7.0 hrs • 4/1/2016

    The Greatest Speeches of Sports Legends is a historical audio tribute to those facing the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. Speeches range from post-event interviews to Hall of Fame inductions. This collection features some of the greatest athletes of all time, including Babe Ruth, Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, Dale Earnhardt, and many others.

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  7. 9.0 hrs • 1/19/2016

    In this collection, African American leaders change history with the power of the spoken word. Martin Luther King, Jr.: I’ve Been to the Mountaintop (1968), Unfulfilled Dreams (1968) US Representative Barbara Jordan: DNC Keynote Address (1976) Malcolm X: Field Negro vs. House Negro (1963) Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas: Be Not Afraid (2001) Stokely Carmichael: Black Power (1966) Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice: RNC Keynote Address (2012) President Barack Obama: Victory Speech, Inauguration Speech Dr. Benjamin Carson: National Prayer Breakfast (2013) Nelson Mandela: United Nations Address (1990), Joint Session of Congress (1990) Reverend Jesse Jackson: DNC Address (1984), DNC Address (1988) Representative Shirley Chisholm: Greenfield College (1983) Secretary of State Colin Powell: TEDxMidAtlantic Conference (2012) Honorable Janice Rogers Brown: Return of the Forgotten Man (2011) *These are actual historic recordings, the sound quality represents the available audio technology of the era, and varies by recording.

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    Great African American Speeches by Nelson Mandela, others, SpeechWorks
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  8. 11.6 hrs • 11/24/2015 • Unabridged

    The death of Christopher Hitchens in December 2011 prematurely silenced a voice that was among the most admired of contemporary writers. For more than forty years, Hitchens delivered to numerous publications on both sides of the Atlantic essays that were astonishingly wide-ranging and provocative. The judges for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay, posthumously bestowed on Hitchens, praised him for the way he wrote “with fervor about the books and writers he loved and with unbridled venom about ideas and political figures he loathed.” He could write, the judges went on to say, with “undisguised brio, mining the resources of the language as if alert to every possibility of color and inflection.” He was, as Benjamin Schwarz, his editor at the Atlantic magazine, recalled, “slashing and lively, biting and funny—and with a nuanced sensibility and a refined ear that he kept in tune with his encyclopedic knowledge and near photographic memory of English poetry.” And as Michael Dirda, writing in the Times Literary Supplement, observed, Hitchens “was a flail and a scourge, but also a gift to readers everywhere.” The author of five previous volumes of selected writings, including the international bestseller Arguably, Hitchens left at his death nearly 250,000 words of essays not yet published in book form. And Yet… assembles a selection that usefully adds to Hitchens’ oeuvre. It ranges from the literary to the political and is, by turns, a banquet of entertaining and instructive delights, including essays on Orwell, Lermontov, Chesterton, Fleming, Naipaul, Rushdie, Pamuk, and Dickens, among others, as well as his laugh-out-loud self-mocking “makeover.” The range and quality of Hitchens’ essays transcend the particular occasions for which they were originally written. Often prescient, always pugnacious, and formidably learned, Hitchens was a polemicist for the ages. With this posthumous volume, his reputation and his readers will continue to grow. Christopher Hitchens was the cartographer of his own literary and political explorations. He sought assiduously to affirm—and to reaffirm—the ideas of secularism, reason, libertarianism, internationalism, and solidarity, values always under siege and ever in need of defending. Henry James once remarked, “Nothing is my last word on anything.” For Hitchens, as for James, there was always more to be said.

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    11.6 hrs • 11/24/15 • Unabridged
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  9. 0.1 hrs • 6/30/2013 • Unabridged

    Abraham Lincoln delivered his second inaugural address on March 4, 1865, during his second inauguration as president of the United States. At a time when victory over the secessionists in the American Civil War was within days and slavery was near an end, Lincoln spoke of sadness. A mere 703 words, Lincoln’s speech did not offer the North a victory speech, nor did he excoriate the South for the sin of slavery. Instead, he called on the entire country’s guilt for the bloody war and argued for reconciliation and unity. Considered one of his greatest speeches, the address is inscribed, along with the Gettysburg Address, in the Lincoln Memorial. Proceeds from sale of this title go to Reach Out and Read, an innovative literacy advocacy organization.

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  10. 7.0 hrs • 9/10/2002 • Unabridged

    To cross a frontier is to be transformed … The frontier is a wake-up call. At the frontier, we can’t avoid the truth; the comforting layers of the quotidian, which insulate us against the world’s harsher realities, are stripped away and, wide-eyed in the harsh fluorescent light of the frontier’s windowless halls, we see things as they are. In Salman Rushdie’s latest collection of nonfiction, he crosses over the frontier and sees and tells things as they are, inviting readers to “step across this line” with him. The essays, speeches, and opinion pieces assembled in Step Across This Line, written over the last ten years, cover an astonishing range of subjects. The collection chronicles Rushdie’s intellectual odyssey and is also an especially personal look into the writer’s psyche. With the same fierce intelligence, uncanny social commentary, and very strong opinions that distinguish his fiction, Rushdie writes about his fascination with The Wizard of Oz, his obsession with soccer, and the state of the novel, among many other topics. Most notably, delving into his unique personal experience fighting the Iranian fatwa, he addresses the subject of militant Islam in a series of challenging and deeply felt responses to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The book ends with the eponymous “Step Across This Line,” a lecture Rushdie delivered at Yale in the spring of 2002, which has never been published and is sure to prompt discussion. Rushdie’s first collection of nonfiction, Imaginary Homelands, offered a unique vision of politics, literature, and culture for the 1980s. Step Across This Line does the same and more for the last decade of the twentieth century and the beginning of the twenty-first.

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    Step Across This Line

    7.0 hrs • 9/10/02 • Unabridged
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