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  1. 9.2 hrs • 7/1/2015 • Unabridged

    An essential guide to Shakespeare, from the international bestselling authors of Homework for Grown-Ups The Bard was so incredibly prolific that even most Shakespeare scholars would welcome the occasional refresher course, and most of the rest of us haven’t even got a clue as to what a petard actually is. Fear not, the bestselling authors of Homework for Grown-Ups are here to help. For parents keen to help with their children’s homework, casual theatergoers who want to enhance their enjoyment and understanding, and the general reader who feels they should probably know more, Shakespeare Basics for Grown-Ups includes information on the key works, historical context, contemporaries and influences, famous speeches and quotations, modern-day adaptations, and much more.

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    Shakespeare Basics for Grown-Ups by E. Foley, B. Coates

    Shakespeare Basics for Grown-Ups

    9.2 hrs • 7/1/15 • Unabridged
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    11.9 hrs • 5/7/2013 • Unabridged

    A Curious Man is the marvelously compelling biography of Robert “Believe It or Not” Ripley, the enigmatic cartoonist turned globetrotting millionaire who won international fame by celebrating the world’s strangest oddities, and whose outrageous showmanship taught us to believe in the unbelievable. As portrayed by acclaimed biographer Neal Thompson, Ripley’s life is the stuff of a classic American fairy tale. Buck-toothed and cursed by shyness, Ripley turned his sense of being an outsider into an appreciation for the strangeness of the world. After selling his first cartoon to Time magazine at age eighteen, more cartooning triumphs followed, but it was his “Believe It or Not” conceit and the wildly popular radio shows it birthed that would make him one of the most successful entertainment figures of his time and spur him to search the globe’s farthest corners for bizarre facts, exotic human curiosities, and shocking phenomena. Ripley delighted in making outrageous declarations that somehow always turned out to be true, such as that Charles Lindbergh was only the sixty-seventh man to fly across the Atlantic or that “The Star Spangled Banner” was not the national anthem. Assisted by an exotic harem of female admirers and by ex-banker Norbert Pearlroth, a devoted researcher who spoke eleven languages, Ripley simultaneously embodied the spirit of Peter Pan, the fearlessness of Marco Polo, and the marketing savvy of P. T. Barnum. In a very real sense, Ripley sought to remake the world’s aesthetic. He demanded respect for those who were labeled “eccentrics” or “freaks,” whether it be E. L. Blystone, who wrote 1,615 alphabet letters on a grain of rice, or the man who could swallow his own nose. By the 1930s Ripley possessed a vast fortune, a private yacht, and a twenty-eight room mansion stocked with such “oddities” as shrunken heads and medieval torture devices, and his pioneering firsts in print, radio, and television were tapping into something deep in the American consciousness, a taste for the titillating and exotic, and a fascination with the fastest, biggest, dumbest, and most weird. Today, that legacy continues and can be seen in reality TV, YouTube, America’s Funniest Home Videos, Jackass, MythBusters, and a host of other pop-culture phenomena. In the end, Robert L. Ripley changed everything. The supreme irony of his life, which was dedicated to exalting the strange and unusual, is that he may have been the most amazing oddity of all.

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    A Curious Man

    11.9 hrs • 5/7/13 • Unabridged
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  3. 13.8 hrs • 3/12/2013 • Unabridged

    Unstoppable true stories of the most hardcore showdowns, last stands, and military engagements of all time—and the people who fought them. When only one can live, it’s an Ultimate Deathmatch. This isn’t table tennis. You’re not here to skip rope with your niece. You’re here to witness the catastrophically awesome exploits of history’s greatest badasses. Not only that, you’re here to see what happens when badasses collide, when glory and doom hang in the balance, when two men enter and one man leaves. If you dare listen, you’ll hear the stories of:Cyrus the Great: the king who forged the Persian Empire with blood, steel, and a few thousand rampaging camelsSt. Moses the Black: the Patron Saint of Asskickings, who taught bandit thugs a lesson in turning the other cheekThe War of Aracau: the only successful indigenous resistance to Spanish colonization, led by a Mapuche warrior who strapped blades to his arms after the conquistadors sawed off his hands.The Rani of Jhansi: the Indian warrior princess who took on the British crown with a sword in each hand and her baby strapped to her backTango Mike-Mike: one lone Green Beret single-handedly rescues an entire Special Forces squad from a pinned-down position deep behind enemy lines in CambodiaThe Charge of the Australian Light Horse: eight hundred horsemen armed with bayonets embark on the last great cavalry charge in history, rushing toward trenches filled with machine guns, rifles, and huge bullets With Ben Thompson’s signature wry, side-splitting commentary, Badass: Ultimate Deathmatch is the history of badasses the only way it should be written: covered in blood!

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    Badass: Ultimate Deathmatch

    13.8 hrs • 3/12/13 • Unabridged
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  4. 7.0 hrs • 4/9/2009 • Unabridged

    Mill’s autobiography deals with but one part of a life, the life of the mind-but a mind that ranks as one of the most remarkable and significant of the nineteenth century. The book memorably depicts the emergence of a brilliant child prodigy, the product of an extraordinary education that both hastened his development and brought him to the brink of suicide by the age of twenty-one; illumined with equal clarity is the story of John Stuart Mill’s renewed commitment to life, and of the further conflicts that marked his long evolution toward maturity as a major philosopher and social thinker. Superb in its dispassionate objectivity, the Autobiography stands as a work of enduring stature and relevance, the final testament of a rare and luminous intelligence.

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    The Autobiography of John Stuart Mill by John Stuart Mill

    The Autobiography of John Stuart Mill

    7.0 hrs • 4/9/09 • Unabridged
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