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  1. 1.2 hrs • 3/15/2017 • Unabridged

    Publicado el mismo día en que el autor cumple sus 84 años, Memoria y esperanza entrega un mensaje claro y contundente a los jóvenes que hoy se abren camino en este mundo globalizado, en donde la lucha es día a día contra el consumismo y el conformismo. Benedetti nos deja un legado de esperanza y de rebeldía, de lucha y de cambio, elementos vitales para vencer el derrotismo y mantener con vida la esperanza.

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    Memoria y Esperanza

    1.2 hrs • 3/15/17 • Unabridged
  2. 2.9 hrs • 3/7/2017 • Unabridged

    From the bestselling author of the National Book Award-winningThe Year of Magical Thinking: two extended excerpts from her never-before-seen notebooks—writings that offer an illuminating glimpse into the mind and process of a legendary writer. Joan Didion has always kept notebooks: of overheard dialogue, observations, interviews, drafts of essays and articles—and here is one such draft that traces a road trip she took with her husband, John Gregory Dunne, in June 1970, through Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. She interviews prominent local figures, describes motels, diners, a deserted reptile farm, a visit with Walker Percy, a ladies’ brunch at the Mississippi Broadcasters’ Convention. She writes about the stifling heat, the almost viscous pace of life, the sulfurous light, and the preoccupation with race, class, and heritage she finds in the small towns they pass through. And from a different notebook: the “California Notes” that began as an assignment from Rolling Stone on the Patty Hearst trial of 1976. Though Didion never wrote the piece, watching the trial and being in San Francisco triggered thoughts about the city, its social hierarchy, the Hearsts, and her own upbringing in Sacramento. Here, too, is the beginning of her thinking about the West, its landscape, the western women who were heroic for her, and her own lineage, all of which would appear later in her acclaimed 2003 book, Where I Was From. One of TIME’s most anticipated books of 2017 One of The New York Times Book Review’s “What You’ll Be Reading in 2017”

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    South and West

    Foreword written and read by Nathaniel Rich
    2.9 hrs • 3/7/17 • Unabridged
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  3. 2.3 hrs • 12/5/2016 • Unabridged

    An expose into former Senator, Secretary of State and Presidential candidate Hilary Rodham Clinton’s time in public service and the multitude of scandals that have followed her and her husband since their time together in Arkansas as Governor and First Lady. A modern day Macbeth. Politically charged but non-partisan. Interesting listening given the modern, current, context.

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    Hilary Clinton: Secrets and Lies

    2.3 hrs • 12/5/16 • Unabridged
  4. 2.5 hrs • 11/23/2016 • Unabridged

    Esta primera novela de Mario Benedetti fue publicada originalmente en 1953. Es una historia de tragedia personal y una mirada íntima a la comunicación, o falta de ella, que ocurre entre las parejas. Este trabajo sirve como una excelente introducción al gran y prestigioso volumen de trabajo de Benedetti, que incluye novelas, ensayos y poesía. Benedetti es uno de los autores latinoamericanos más conocidos y respetados en la actualidad. Es una historia de tragedia personal y una mirada íntima a la comunicación, o falta de ella, que ocurre entre las parejas. Este trabajo sirve como una excelente introducción al gran y prestigioso volumen de trabajo de Benedetti, que incluye novelas, ensayos y poesía. Benedetti es uno de los autores latinoamericanos más conocidos y respetados en la actualidad.

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    Quién de Nosotros

    2.5 hrs • 11/23/16 • Unabridged
  5. 2.3 hrs • 11/22/2016

    As a small-town girl turned teen mom, reality TV star, bestselling author and social media celebrity Kailyn Lowry has been through some crazy ups and downs. Now she’s sharing the inspiration that got her through it all. Hustle and Heart is packed with inspiring, motivational messages, personal advice and relatable experiences for those making their way through life’s challenging mix of joy and hardship. From bullying, sexual assault and body image to motherhood, marriage and career challenges, Kailyn wants you to know that there’s nothing you can’t survive-with a little bit of hustle and heart.

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    Hustle and Heart

    2.3 hrs • 11/22/16
  6. 1.5 hrs • 11/8/2016 • Unabridged

    Ever since the Alibaba Group went public on September 19, 2014—with an initial public offering of a record-breaking $25 billion—Jack Ma, the founder and charismatic “spiritual leader” of the e-commerce behemoth, has been making headlines around the world. In 2014, the company’s online transactions totaled $248 billion—more than those of Amazon and eBay combined. The first Chinese entrepreneur to appear on the cover of Forbes, Ma is the now the second-richest man in China, with a net worth that is estimated to be more than $29 billion. Despite Ma’s massive influence in China and in the global tech world, his inspirational rags-to-riches story is relatively unknown to the general American public. Never Give Up: Jack Ma in His Own Words is a comprehensive guide to the inner workings of arguably the most prominent figure in the global tech world in the past twenty years—comprised entirely of Ma’s own thought-provoking and candid quotes. When Ma decided to start his first Internet company in 1999, few Chinese people knew what the Internet was. Ma, a former English teacher, knew nothing about coding, and his $20,000 in startup funds were not made up of investments from venture capitalists but loans from his family. He channeled his startup experience into Alibaba, a group of websites that allows businesses and people to connect in order to buy and sell products, similar to eBay and Amazon, while also collecting advertising revenue, similar to Google. By some measures, Alibaba is now the largest e-commerce site in the world. In this book, more than two hundred quotes on business values, innovation, entrepreneurship, competition, management, teamwork, life, and more provide an intimate and direct look into the mind of this modern business icon and philanthropist. Many of these quotes are translated directly from the Chinese press and interviews. For those who do not read Chinese and have no other access to these materials, this book provides invaluable insight into the mind of one of the world’s most successful business magnates.

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    Never Give Up by Jack Ma

    Never Give Up

    Edited by Suk Lee and Bob Song
    1.5 hrs • 11/8/16 • Unabridged
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  7. 1.2 hrs • 11/8/2016 • Unabridged

    “Pancho Villa,” people whispered at the beginning of the 20th century, "can march 100 miles without stopping, live 100 days without food, go 100 nights without sleep, and kill 100 men without remorse." The legend of Francisco Villa is full of heroism, tragedy and romance. It is the story of a poor farmer boy who became a bandit out of necessity, after avenging an injustice on his family; a military genius who flew from an oppressive government to lead the largest revolutionary army in his country's history, and defeated dictatorship to become Mexico´s liberator, only to fall again in disgrace when his troops abandoned him or were massacred by the enemy. Pancho Villa and his cavalry, Mexicans point out with a certain amount of pride, invaded the United States, and although they came and tried to capture him, they never found him. This is, at least, the version that most of them know, but it's certainly not the same as in their textbooks. The story of Francisco Villa bypassed official censorship from generation to generation, like leaves sailing at full speed on the surface of a stream. _x000D_ _x000D_ But the historical reconstruction is full of nuances. Was he a freedom fighter, or a bandit? Was he a Mexican Robin Hood, or a thief and a murderer? Was he present when his troops invaded U.S. territory? Was the advance of his famous "Dorados" (the “golden ones,” the name of his troops) the cause for joy, or terror among the people as they passed the countryside towards Mexico City? Pancho Villa´s personality has been controversial since the very beginning of his career as a General of the revolutionary army. _x000D_ _x000D_ Many biographies have been written about him, the first of which dates back to only a few years after his death. Counting the number books who take one of those two sides—butcher or freedom fighter—would be impossible, but they would probably form two piles of equal size. Through them, readers can learn divergent tales about one of the most widely known Mexicans, both in his country and abroad. For many Mexicans, he is a hero. In schools, teachers still speak cautiously about him to new generations of children, who are amazed by the tough guy with hat and pistols. And the old, those who had heard about his exploits from their parents, declare that Villa himself will ride again through the mountains of Mexico, on the day when the poor can no longer stand and a new revolution explodes. As Octavio Paz eloquently put it, “The brutality and uncouthness of many of the revolutionary leaders has not prevented them from becoming popular myths. Villa still gallops through the north, in songs and ballads; Zapata dies at every popular fair. … It is the Revolution, the magical word, the word that is going to change everything, that is going to bring us immense delight and a quick death.” _x000D_ _x000D_ Pancho Villa: The Life and Legacy of the Famous Mexican Revolutionary chronicles the controversial life of one of Mexico’s most legendary fighters.

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    Pancho Villa

    1.2 hrs • 11/8/16 • Unabridged
  8. 1.8 hrs • 10/25/2016 • Unabridged

    From the award-winning author of Annie John comes a brilliant look at colonialism and its effects in Antigua. “If you go to Antigua as a tourist, this is what you will see. If you come by aeroplane, you will land at the V. C. Bird International Airport. Vere Cornwall (V. C.) Bird is the prime minister of Antigua. You may be the sort of tourist who would wonder why a prime minister would want an airport named after him—why not a school, why not a hospital, why not some great public monument. You are a tourist and you have not yet seen …” So begins Jamaica Kincaid’s expansive essay, which shows us what we have not yet seen of the ten-by-twelve-mile island in the British West Indies where she grew up. Lyrical, sardonic, and forthright by turns, in a Swiftian mode, A Small Place cannot help but amplify our vision of one small place and all that it signifies.

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    A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid

    A Small Place

    1.8 hrs • 10/25/16 • Unabridged
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  9. 1.7 hrs • 10/25/2016 • Unabridged

    On November 13, 2015, Antoine Leiris’s wife, Hélène Muyal-Leiris, was killed by terrorists while attending a rock concert at the Bataclan Theater in Paris, in the deadliest attack on France since World War II. Three days later, Leiris wrote an open letter addressed directly to his wife’s killers, which he posted on Facebook. He refused to be cowed or to let his seventeen-month-old son’s life be defined by Hélène’s murder. He refused to let the killers have their way: “For as long as he lives, this little boy will insult you with his happiness and freedom.” Instantly, that short Facebook post caught fire, and was reported on by newspapers and television stations all over the world. In his determination to honor the memory of his wife, he became an international hero to everyone searching desperately for a way to deal with the horror of the Paris attacks and the grim shadow cast today by the threat of terrorism. Now Leiris tells the full story of his grief and struggle. You Will Not Have My Hate is a remarkable, heartbreaking, and, indeed, beautiful memoir of how he and his baby son, Melvil, endured in the days and weeks after Hélène’s murder. With absolute emotional courage and openness, he somehow finds a way to answer that impossible question: how can I go on? He visits Hélène’s body at the morgue, has to tell Melvil that Mommy will not be coming home, and buries the woman he had planned to spend the rest of his life with. Leiris’s grief is terrible, but his love for his family is indomitable. This is the rare and unforgettable testimony of a survivor and a universal message of hope and resilience. Leiris confronts an incomprehensible pain with a humbling generosity and grandeur of spirit. He is a guiding star for us all in these perilous times. His message—hate will be vanquished by love—is eternal.

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    You Will Not Have My Hate

    1.7 hrs • 10/25/16 • Unabridged
  10. 1.6 hrs • 10/25/2016 • Unabridged

    This is a wonderfully evocative memoir of Pauline Cole, who joined the Army at the age of eighteen and enjoyed many years of successful service with them in the field of communications. In the summer of 2015, Pauline attended the Buckingham Palace Garden Party under the auspices of Blind Veterans, UK. She remains the only blind ex-servicewoman in the country, a veteran of one of the nastiest fields of action since the Second World War. Although trained in communications, Pauline found herself in the front line during the Aden Emergency, 1967. She saw active service, used weapons in dangerous situations and coped at first hand with Arab and Egyptian terrorists. After Aden, her army career took her to Germany where she manned the telephone exchange during a crucial period of the Cold War. Civilian life found her running everything she ever started, whether it was the local Co-Op, a nightclub, charity ventures for children, or her own business mailing leisure catalogues. Now retired, Pauline lives near her two adult sons and their families in Eastbourne, East Sussex. Her experiences in Aden remain the highlight of her life and she has begun research into the political background of a campaign that she saw on the ground, never feeling entirely confident that the Government took proper steps to safeguard their moral responsibility towards a former Crown Colony. She is a vocal spokesman for the virtues of Army training. The disciplines served her well throughout her life. She loved the camaraderie, the physical demands and even the dangers involved. It might not suit every young woman - but Pauline was a very round peg in a very round hole.

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    Army Girl: The Untold Story

    1.6 hrs • 10/25/16 • Unabridged
  11. 2.9 hrs • 10/23/2016 • Unabridged

    In the 1970s and early ‘80s, southern California was shocked when dead boys began turning up with disturbing regularity alongside some of the picturesque state’s most heavily traveled freeways. Victims of sadistic torture, the dead boys and young men had been raped and strangled, and their untimely deaths were eventually attributed to the Freeway Killer, an elusive psychopath whose trail of death would go down in California history as one of the worst true crime stories in the country. While the Freeway Killer ultimately turned out to be three different men, one of them was truck driver William Bonin, one of the most prolific and sadistic among American serial killers. Bonin usually preferred to work with an accomplice, and the lust killer and his cronies brutally raped and tortured his victims – Bonin loved the sounds of their screams – before strangling them and dumping them on the side of the road like garbage. Bonin confessed to committing 21 murders in the span of just a year, although many experts believe he was responsible for the deaths of many more missing young men. He was executed in 1996, and in this detailed serial killer biography, you’ll learn the background that might offer some understanding of what makes a man go off the rails and become a deranged lust killer. Of course, spine-tingling story of a man whose youngest victim was a 12-year-old who was waiting for a bus to take him to Disneyland might be one that causes you to sleep with the lights on for weeks after the final gruesome word.

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  12. 1.7 hrs • 10/22/2016 • Unabridged

    In the world of American serial killers, few can beat Donald Henry “Peewee” Gaskins when it comes to depravity, cunning, and quite possibly the sheer number of murders. Do not let the nickname “Peewee” fool you, if someone did not take Gaskins seriously, then that person usually ended up dead! In this true crime book about an infamous serial killer, you will delve into the mind of a truly twisted man who claimed scores of victims from the 1950s until 1982, which made him the most prolific serial killer in South Carolina history and quite possibly in all of American history! Criminal profiling has helped law enforcement capture a number of serial killers throughout history and has also aided mental health professionals understand some of the motives behind their dastardly deeds, but in many ways Gaskins defied most profiles. The range of Gaskins’ victims was only equaled by the plethora of reasons he chose to kill: many of the murders were done to appease Gaskins’ unnatural carnal desires, while other victims lost their lives during his career as a contract killer. Truly, in the twisted world of psychopaths and sociopaths Gaskins is definitely in the top tier – he was a predator among predators. Many of the details of Gaskins’ life will shock you and still other things will make you horrified by his inhumanity, but in the end you will find that it is impossible to put down this captivating read! So open the book and your mind to see what you will learn in this truly unique serial killer’s biography. This is the true story of the “Meanest Man In America”, Donald Henry Gaskins.

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  13. 2.0 hrs • 10/16/2016 • Abridged

    While some would say that American serial killer Cary Stayner was influenced by family tragedy – his already-troubled family was shattered when his brother was abducted for seven years and held as a sex slave before his heroic return inspired the miniseries “I Know My First Name Is Steven” – in reality, Cary Stayner’s true crime story is much more ominous. The handsome, outdoorsy guy with a love for marijuana, nude beaches and the Sierra Nevada mountain range where he once spotted Bigfoot had been harboring fantasies of brutally killing women years before his brother’s abduction turned the Stayner family upside down. And in the annals of historical serial killers, Stayner’s story stands out, because for months he made one of the most beautiful places on earth a nightmare for women when California’s majestic Yosemite National Park became his own devil’s playground, and he finally found himself unable to control his long-suppressed urges. Because he didn’t look menacing, the man one FBI agent compared to actor Tom Laughlin in “Billy Jack” was able to gain the trust of his victims, and three vacationing women who were staying at the lodge where he lived and worked during the busy tourist season and a nature-loving teacher who help kids become stewards of the land she loved made that fatal mistake before they were savagely, sadistically murdered. The biography of serial killer Cary Stayner and his psychopathic crime spree leaves spine-tingling chills, because as far as the outside world was concerned, he was a fairly normal guy who found himself uncontrollably compelled to kill. Stayner has been on death row in California’s famed San Quentin for more than 10 years, but for the families of his victims, no punishment is just enough to make up for the vibrant lives Stayner took, making him one of the most depraved American serial killers in contemporary history.

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  14. 2.6 hrs • 10/14/2016 • Abridged

    The prostitutes working New York City’s Times Square were more than a little bit nervous. A deranged serial killer who apparently melted into the crowd was picking up hookers and sadistically torturing them, leaving some girls wondering if there was a real-life Dr. Frankenstein out there attempting to create his own personal plaything from pieces of his dismembered victims. Some working girls were butchered in seedy hotel rooms, their heads, hands or breasts sliced off, their remains then set ablaze in an effort to dispose of any incriminating evidence. Others narrowly escaped death, but only after enduring hours of terrifying torture that included brutal bite marks, surface knife slashes and stab wounds that all served as bloody foreplay for frenzied sexual assaults. Survivors were found bleeding and delirious, unable to remember much due to the cocktail of drugs they’d been given by their assailant. But their bodies told a horrific story that was almost worse than death, and the sadistic calling cards left by the serial killer would eventually tie together victims in this true crime murder spree that crossed two states. It wasn’t until one victim’s screams grew loud enough that Richard Cottingham, an American serial killer who was part narcissist, part sadist and all evil, was finally caught by police as he fled his hotel room carrying his bag of torture devices. His capture allowed them to close the books on some of the most horrific murder cases in U.S. history. This serial killer biography not only unearths Cottingham’s sick, twisted crime spree, it also delves into the murderer’s psyche, attempting to reveal why an insurance company IT guy’s seemingly normal life would devolve into madness. Among true crime stories, Richard Cottingham’s is particularly brutal, and will likely make you look twice at your own coworkers, and wonder what sick secrets they might be keeping.

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  15. 2.2 hrs • 10/4/2016 • Unabridged

    A work of great personal courage and a literary tour de force, this bestseller is Styron's true account of his descent into a crippling and almost suicidal depression. Styron is perhaps the first writer to convey the full terror of depression's psychic landscape, as well as the illuminating path to recovery.

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    Darkness Visible

    2.2 hrs • 10/4/16 • Unabridged
  16. 1.8 hrs • 9/22/2016 • Unabridged

    When Chris Bryson was discovered nude and severely beaten stumbling down Charlotte Street in Kansas City in 1988, Police had no idea they were about to discover the den of one of the most sadistic American serial killers in recent history. This is the true historical story of Robert Berdella, nicknamed by the media the Kansas City Butcher, who from between 1984 and 1988 brutally raped, tortured and ultimately dismembered 6 young male prostitutes in his unassuming home on a quiet street in Kansas City. Based on the actual 720 page detailed confession provided by Berdella to investigators, it represents one of the most gruesome true crime stories of all time and is unique in the fact that it details each grizzly murder as told by the killer himself. From how he captured each man, to the terrifying methods he used in his torture chamber, to ultimately how he disposed of their corpses - rarely has there ever been a case where a convicted serial killer confessed to police in his own words his crimes in such disturbing detail. Horrific, shocking and rarely equaled in the realms of sadistic torture – Berdella was a sexually driven lust killer and one of the most sadistic sex criminals ever captured. Not for the faint of heart, this is the tale of Robert “Bob“ Berdella, the worst serial killer in Kansas City History and for those that are fans of historical serial killers, is a true must read.

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