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  1. 0.8 hrs • 2/13/2017 • Unabridged

    A personal insight into the life of John Keats, his thoughts, his friends—where was his life going? His poetry said it all. He was a hothead, short to temper, but so completely focused on becoming a poet. He had a vision, an image of himself. Fashion mattered, frilly cuffs mattered and he was prepared for fisticuffs on the streets or a brawl at the local theatre. His time in Devon was the summer in his life for the most part—though it rained most of the time. His brother and the girls from the shop across the way were young, free, and so enjoying their precious time together. Part of him always looked back to those days for the rest of his short life.

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    To Mr. John Keats of Teignmouth

    0.8 hrs • 2/13/17 • Unabridged
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  2. 0.8 hrs • 1/23/2017 • Unabridged

    “If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it.” (Elon Musk) Do you want to know what made Elon Musk so successful?Learn About The Billionaire Visionary Behind Tesla Motors and Paypal This book will offer you the most extensive introduction to Elon Musk. You are going to learn what made Elon Musk such a successful figure. Feeling unmotivated? Feeling uninspired? Needing a role model or simply needing a good read? If that is the case, this book is definitely for you! Musk is a symbol of the American dream, despite not being American, he is truly self-made, working his way through college and starting his first business in time to take advantage of the burgeoning internet scene to become a millionaire before the age of 30. Unlike many people who might think that was enough, Musk instead put his money into another startup which quintupled his net worth when his company was purchased by eBay. From there he went on to become the CEO of two companies which are each worth $1 billion. Do yourself a favor, learn from what Musk has done, and read this book today. In this book, we will look at Elon’s story and find out exactly how he has gone from a young man raised in Pretoria, South Africa to become a truly one of a kind businessman and genius-visionary who’s boundaries are seemingly unlimited.Musk has stated that the goals of SolarCity, Tesla Motors, and SpaceX revolve around his vision to change the world and humanity. His goals include reducing global warming through sustainable energy production and consumption, and reducing the “risk of human extinction” by “making life multiplanetary” by setting up a human colony on Mars. Order your copy of this fantastic book today!

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  3. 0.8 hrs • 1/9/2017 • Unabridged

    Do you know why Donald Trump is one of the most successful and motivational character in our time? “ What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate “ - Donald Trump Donald Trump, whether you like him or not is a man that is hard to ignore. And whether you agree with his philosophies or not, you have to admit that the man has had a great deal of success in a variety of arenas. He has had a long career as an entrepreneur, entertainer, real-estate mogul, author, and now as an aspiring politician! Donald has had an incredible level of success and also his fair share of failures. Donald Trump is the perfect American success story, continually setting the standards of excellence while expanding his interests in real estate, sports, entertainment and now politics This book details his life's biggest successes, failures, and most incredible stories and experiences. You will be given an insight into one of the world's most powerful and widely recognised men and how he was able to get to the position he is currently in. You will learn the greatest life lessons that can be taught from Donald's experiences. No matter what area you'd like to be successful in, you need to learn from other successful people. Donald Trump can definitely be classified as successful, and has become so in his own interesting and unique way. This book will help you to learn and understand more about what makes Donald tick, and also will help you to grow and improve from the lessons that Trump's life and experiences provide.

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  4. 1.0 hrs • 11/15/2016 • Unabridged

    How do you clothe a book? In this deeply personal reflection, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Jhumpa Lahiri explores the art of the book jacket from the perspectives of both reader and writer. Probing the complex relationships between text and image, author and designer, and art and commerce, Lahiri delves into the role of the uniform; explains what book jackets and design have come to mean to her; and how, sometimes, “the covers become a part of me.”

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    The Clothing of Books

    1.0 hrs • 11/15/16 • Unabridged
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  5. 10/18/2016 • Unabridged

    The true story of two African-American brothers who were kidnapped and displayed as circus freaks, and whose mother endured a 28-year struggle to get them back. The year was 1899 and the place a sweltering tobacco farm in the Jim Crow South town of Truevine, Virginia. George and Willie Muse were two little boys born to a sharecropper family. One day a white man offered them a piece of candy, setting off events that would take them around the world and change their lives forever. Captured into the circus, the Muse brothers performed for royalty at Buckingham Palace and headlined over a dozen sold-out shows at New York's Madison Square Garden. They were global superstars in a pre-broadcast era. But the very root of their success was in the color of their skin and in the outrageous caricatures they were forced to assume: supposed cannibals, sheep-headed freaks, even "Ambassadors from Mars." Back home, their mother never accepted that they were "gone" and spent 28 years trying to get them back. Through hundreds of interviews and decades of research, Beth Macy expertly explores a central and difficult question: Where were the brothers better off? On the world stage as stars or in poverty at home? TRUEVINE is a compelling narrative rich in historical detail and rife with implications to race relations today.

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    Truevine by Beth Macy

    Truevine

    10/18/16 • Unabridged
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  6. 10/11/2016 • Unabridged

    On paper, Steve Katz’s career rivals anyone’s except the 1960s’ and 70s’ biggest stars: the Monterey Pop Festival with the legendary Blues Project; Woodstock with Blood, Sweat & Tears; and even producing rock’s most celebrated speed addict, Lou Reed. There were world tours, and his résumé screams “Hall of Fame”—it won’t be long before BS&T are on that ballot. He has three Grammies (and ten nominations), three Downbeat Reader’s Poll Awards, three gold records, one platinum record, and one quadruple platinum platter (the second Blood, Sweat & Tears album), not to mention three gold singles with BS&T. Altogether, he’s sold close to 29 million records. He had affairs with famous female folk singers, made love to Jim Morrison’s girlfriend Pam when Jim was drunk and abusive, partied with Elizabeth Taylor and Groucho Marx, dined with Rudolf Nureyev, conversed with Martin Luther King Jr. and Tennessee Williams, hung out with Andy Warhol, jammed with everyone from Mose Allison to Jimi Hendrix, and was told to “get a haircut” by both Mickey Spillane and Danny Thomas. But his memoir is more Portnoy’s Complaint than the lurid party-with-your-pants-down memoir that has become the norm for rock ’n’ roll books. It’s an honest and personal account of a life at the edge of the spotlight—a privileged vantage point that earned him a bit more objectivity and earnest outrage than a lot of his colleagues, who were too far into the scene to lay any honest witness to it. Set during the Greenwich Village folk/rock scene, the 60s’ most celebrated venues and concerts, and behind closed doors on international tours and grueling studio sessions, this is the unlikely story of a rock star as nerd, nerd as rock star, a nice Jewish boy who got to sit at the cool kids’ table and score the hot chicks.

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  7. 0.9 hrs • 10/4/2016 • Unabridged

    Captured in the 1930s before the words psychopath and pedophile were part of common vernacular, notorious serial killer Arnold Sodeman murdered four young girls with little thought of remorse. Without guilt, the evil serial killer strangled them to death with their own clothing and left their small bodies alone in the Australian brush, earning himself a chilling position in the annals of Australian crime. The first victim in his child murder spree, 12-year-old Mena Griffiths, showed signs of having been sexually assaulted, although the man who would become known as The School-girl Strangler denied the assault, and blamed the killing of both Griffiths and the other girls on his inability to control himself after he’d been drinking. The horrific story of this true-life murderer – a tale of mental illness, childhood abuse, brain damage and alcoholic blackouts – is true crime as its most terrible, and ranks among the worst child murders in world history. After his arrest, Sodeman calmly confessed, saying that when intoxicated, he became overcome by thoughts of revenge, and like a real-life Jekyll and Hyde, transformed from doting husband and family man into a barbarian who strangled four little girls. He chose children and teens, he said, because he could lure them away much easier, but the cold-blooded killer really didn’t seem to recognize the abhorrence of taking a child’s life. Experts now say the handsome but strange Sodeman would likely have been unfit to stand trial for his crimes, given his family’s extensive background of mental illness, but in the 1930s, the serial killer’s biography was a tale that left Australia stunned.

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  8. 1.0 hrs • 8/31/2016 • Unabridged

    Missionary biographies often inspire enthusiasm, zeal, and urgency for missions among God’s people. But how do Christians give their lives to missions if they feel called to remain in their homeland? In 1792, British pastor Andrew Fuller formed the Baptist Missionary Society, an organization dedicated to the promotion of mission work both at home and overseas. In this concise biography, bestselling author John Piper introduces readers to this incredible Christian who—although he never served abroad himself—inspired the modern missionary movement that gave rise to such figures as William Carey and Hudson Taylor. Working tirelessly to raise funds for missionaries in the field and championing the importance of sound doctrine for fruitfulness in missions, Fuller stands as an example to all Christians eager to devote themselves to knowing, guarding, and spreading the true gospel of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth.

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    Andrew Fuller

    1.0 hrs • 8/31/16 • Unabridged
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  9. 0.9 hrs • 8/19/2016 • Audio Theater

    SueMedia Productions / Midsummer Sound Company present the original audio drama, Never Again War: The Sacrifice of Käthe Kollwitz by Helen Engelhardt. Begun as a stage play by Engelhardt, this audio adaptation of Never Again War focuses on key biographical moments in Kollwitz’s long life to give the audience an understanding of the complex world in which she lived and the destructive nature of war. Engelhardt is now working on a feature film to further bring awareness of Kollwitz’s story to a larger audience. Hosted by Marsha Mason, Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner, Never Again War takes us into the mind and life of the great German graphic artist and sculptor, Käthe Kollwitz, renowned for her body of work dedicated to depicting the lives of the working poor. After her youngest son Peter was killed in Belgium in October 1914 during the opening weeks of World War I, she devoted the rest of her life to using her art in the service of her grief and opposition to war. Our play begins in Berlin in February 1914 at a party in the Kollwitz home celebrating the eighteenth birthday of her younger son Peter. A few months later, as soon as war begins, Peter implores his parents for permission to join his older brother Hans to become a soldier in the army. To support the idealism of her sons to offer themselves for sacrifice on behalf of the Fatherland, the socialist Käthe finds herself supporting her sons in a war she deeply disapproved of. When the play concludes in Moritzburg, two weeks before Germany’s defeat at the end of World War II in 1945, Kollwitz has learned that every war is answered by a new war until everything is smashed because every war already carries within it the war that will answer it, as World War II answered World War I. Cast:Käthe Kollwitz: Yelena ShmulensonHans amd Karl Kollitz: Nick SullivanPeter Kollwitz: Robert FassJutta Kollwitz: Katherine KellgrenAdditional voices: Natalia Bell, Wilson Bridges, Butch D’Ambrosio, Nicholas Herd, Ryan McCabe, and Alan SklarProduction credits:Audio play and booklet: Helen EngelhardtPoem translations: Professor Robert KramerTranslation assistants: Hanny Budnick, Almut FitzgeraldSpecial thanks: Dr. Krishna WinstonPackage design: David ShinnSculpture photos: Marjorie Van HalterenFront cover design: Sue ZizzaCrowd recordings: Natalie CorderoEngineering/Mastering: David ShinnDirector/Producer: Sue ZizzaSpecial thanks: The staff of the Käthe Kollwitz Museum Köln

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    Never Again War by Helen Engelhardt

    Never Again War

    0.9 hrs • 8/19/16 • Audio Theater
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  10. 8/16/2016 • Unabridged

    This intimate story of Lynyrd Skynyrd tells how a band of lost souls and self-destructive misfits with uncertain artistic objectives clawed their way to the top of the rock ’n’ roll world. Based on interviews with surviving band members, Whiskey Bottles and Brand-New Cars shares how lead singer and front man Ronnie Van Zant guided the band’s hugely successful five-year run and, in the process, created not only a new country rock idiom but also a new Confederacy in constant conflict with old Southern totems and prejudices. Placing the music and personae of Skynyrd into a broad cultural context, this book gives a new perspective to a history of stage fights, motel room destruction, cunning business deals, and brilliant studio productions. It also offers a greater appreciation for a band whose legacy, in the aftermath of their last plane ride, has since descended into self-caricature.

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  11. 0.8 hrs • 8/16/2016 • Unabridged

    “I grasped Mrs. Lincoln’s outstretched hand in mine while she cried piteously to me, ‘Oh, Doctor! Is he dead? Can he recover? Will you take charge of him? Do what you can for him. Oh, my poor husband!’" A young Union Army Doctor, attending a play at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C., on April 14, 1865, is a witness to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. He is the first doctor to reach the President’s side in an attempt to save his life. Dr. Charles Augustus Leale details every moment of the tragedy, from forcing open the door of the Presidential box, his words with Mrs. Lincoln, his decision to move the president from the theater, to the final moments of President Lincoln’s life. This remarkable first-person, true narrative places the listener in the middle of the tragedy, from beginning to end. It has been lost and forgotten for over a hundred years and was recently rediscovered and made public.

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    Lincoln's Last Hours

    0.8 hrs • 8/16/16 • Unabridged
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  12. 0.3 hrs • 8/16/2016 • Unabridged

    Louis Armstrong has been called the most important improviser in the history of jazz. Although his New Orleans neighborhood was poor in nearly everything else, it was rich in superb music. Young Louis took it all in, especially the cornet blowing of Joe King Oliver. But after a run in with the police, 11-year-old Louis was sent away to the Colored Waif’s Home for Boys where he became a disciplined musician in the school’s revered marching band. By the time he returned to his neighborhood, the King himself became his mentor and invited Armstrong to play with him in Chicago. Here is a joyful tribute to the virtuoso musician and buoyant personality who introduced much of the world to jazz.

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    Just a Lucky So and So

    0.3 hrs • 8/16/16 • Unabridged
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  13. 0.4 hrs • 8/15/2016 • Unabridged

    Before the daughter of Nat “King” Cole ever sang for an audience, she was lip-syncing in front of her bedroom mirror to the Supremes. Natalie Cole, the second of five children said her parents raised her to work hard for what she wanted. _x000D_ _x000D_ The award-winning artist sat down with Wink Martindale to discuss what it was like growing up in a house filled with music. In this intimate conversation from the 1970s, she also reflects on her good friend Stevie Wonder, the similarities between her and her famous father’s voices and being compared to Aretha Franklin.

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    Natalie Cole

    0.4 hrs • 8/15/16 • Unabridged
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  14. 0.4 hrs • 8/15/2016 • Unabridged

    Bobby Vinton, “The Most Successful Unknown,” says he never wanted to be a musician; he wanted to be a football player instead. In fact, his parents would bribe him 25 cents an hour just to get him to practice his clarinet. _x000D_ _x000D_ Vinton sat down with Wink Martindale in 1973 to discuss his success with “Blue on Blue” and the story behind “Roses are Red.” He says writing songs is difficult and he isn’t sure who is buying his albums. Vinton also discusses putting together a pop music band in high school and how he began his acting career.

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    Bobby Vinton

    0.4 hrs • 8/15/16 • Unabridged
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  15. 0.7 hrs • 8/15/2016 • Unabridged

    From 1934 to 1951, The Andrews Sisters recorded more than 400 songs, including hits such as “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” and “Rum and Coca Cola,” and sold almost 100 million records. Wink Martindale sat down with sisters Patty and Maxine to discuss how they got started and why breaking up was the best thing to happen to them. _x000D_ _x000D_ In this interview from 1972, the sisters share captivating stories about what it was like traveling as a trio, working with Bing Crosby and what they would have done differently had they not been successful in music.

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    The Andrews Sisters

    0.7 hrs • 8/15/16 • Unabridged
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  16. 0.9 hrs • 7/26/2016 • Unabridged

    On May 29, 1944—the day after Isabella Katz’s twenty-third birthday—she, her family, and all the Jews in the ghetto in Kisvarda, Hungary, were rounded up by Nazi storm troopers, packed into cattle cars, and deported to Auschwitz. There, Dr. Josef Mengele, the so-called Angel of Death, scrutinized the family and decided who would live for a time and who would die. Isabella and three of her sisters waged a daily battle to survive, giving one another strength, courage, and love, promising themselves that they would cheat the crematoriums and end each day alive.

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    Fragments of Isabella

    0.9 hrs • 7/26/16 • Unabridged
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