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  1. 8.6 hrs • 9/6/2016 • Unabridged

    In the past few years, a number of well-known firms have failed; think of Blockbuster, Kodak, or RadioShack. When we read about their demise, it often seems inevitable—a natural part of “creative destruction.” But closer examination reveals a disturbing truth: Companies large and small are shuttering more quickly than ever. What does it take to buck this trend? The simple answer is: ambidexterity. Firms must remain competitive in their core markets, while also winning in new domains. Innovation guru Clayton M. Christensen has been pessimistic about whether established companies can prevail in the face of disruption, but Charles A. O’Reilly III and Michael L. Tushman know they can! The authors explain how shrewd organizations have used an ambidextrous approach to solve their own innovator’s dilemma. They contrast these luminaries with companies which—often trapped by their own successes—have been unable to adapt and grow. Drawing on a vast research program and over a decade of helping companies to innovate, the authors present a set of practices to guide firms as they adopt ambidexterity. Top-down and bottom-up leaders are key to this process—a fact too often overlooked in the heated debate about innovation. But not in this case. Readers will come away with a new understanding of how to improve their existing businesses through efficiency, control, and incremental change, while also seizing new markets where flexibility, autonomy, and experimentation rule the day.

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    Lead and Disrupt

    8.6 hrs • 9/6/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 6.9 hrs • 9/6/2016 • Unabridged

    A primer to the critical thinking that is more necessary now than ever. We are bombarded with more information each day than our brains can process—especially in election season. It’s raining bad data, half-truths, and even outright lies. New York Times bestselling author Daniel J. Levitin shows how to recognize misleading announcements, statistics, graphs, and written reports revealing the ways lying weasels can use them. It’s becoming harder to separate the wheat from the digital chaff. How do we distinguish misinformation, pseudo-facts, distortions, and outright lies from reliable information? Levitin groups his field guide into two categories—statistical infomation and faulty arguments—ultimately showing how science is the bedrock of critical thinking. Infoliteracy means understanding that there are hierarchies of source quality and bias that variously distort our information feeds via every media channel, including social media. We may expect newspapers, bloggers, the government, and Wikipedia to be factually and logically correct, but they so often aren’t. We need to think critically about the words and numbers we encounter if we want to be successful at work, at play, and in making the most of our lives. This means checking the plausibility and reasoning—not passively accepting information, repeating it, and making decisions based on it. Readers learn to avoid the extremes of passive gullibility and cynical rejection. Levitin’s charming, entertaining, accessible guide can help anyone wake up to a whole lot of things that aren’t so. And catch some lying weasels in their tracks!

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    A Field Guide to Lies

    6.9 hrs • 9/6/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 8/30/2016 • Unabridged

    The inspirational account of the creation of a pathbreaking inner-city middle school in Brooklyn, New York, by the magnetic young principal who rocketed to national fame via Humans of New York When thirteen-year-old Vidal Chastanet told photographer Brandon Stanton that his principal ,“Ms. Lopez,” was the person who most influenced his life, it was the pebble that started a whirlwind for Nadia Lopez and her small, new public school in one of Brooklyn’s most wretched communities. The posting on Stanton’s wildly popular site Humans of New York (HONY) went mega-viral. Lopez—not long before on the verge of quitting—found herself in the national spotlight and headed for a meeting with Obama, as well as the beneficiary of a million-dollar IndieGoGo campaign for the school. Here is her first-person account of what it took to get to that moment.Mott Hall Bridges Academy isn’t just a hallway inside a typically underserved public school in one of New York City’s most underprivileged communities—it is a school that glows with energy and excitement. Lopez tells the kids every day that they’re extraordinary and that she loves them. When trouble stirs, she asks: “Would I have been proud to see what happened in that classroom? No? Then why did it happen?” She tells her teachers: “Don’t tell me our scholars can’t learn; because if you can’t teach them, then I’ll come teach your class for a couple of weeks.”Everything was an uphill battle—to get the school launched, to recruit faculty and students, to solve a million new problems every day, from violent crime to vanishing supplies, but Lopez illustrates how leadership often means just picking the right people to support you. In middle school, one year lost with an unengaged teacher is a year that can send a kid down a terrible path. And then, of course, there is the educational system itself, how “teaching to the test” is an enormous problem, particularly in schools with kids who are already disadvantaged and underprepared. The Bridge to Brilliance is a book filled with common sense and caring that will carry her message to classrooms far from Brooklyn. As she says, modestly, “There are hundreds of Ms. Lopezes around this country doing good work for kids. This honors all of them.”

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    The Bridge to Brilliance

    8/30/16 • Unabridged
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  4. 3.6 hrs • 8/27/2016 • Unabridged

    As you improve your English skills and your grammar understanding advances, you will discover that building your vocabulary is the key to becoming an excellent speaker of English. This audiobook will help you improve your vocabulary. A strong vocabulary not only helps you express your ideas, but helps you impress people around you with your understanding of the language.

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    A Dictionary of English Synonymes

    3.6 hrs • 8/27/16 • Unabridged
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  5. 11.6 hrs • 8/23/2016 • Unabridged

    Sylvia de Béjar es periodista y escritora ha publicado muchos artículos sobre crecimiento personal, relaciones de pareja y sexualidad. En la actualidad dirige la colección de autoayuda Mujer tenías que ser, donde ayuda en cuestiones íntimas que afectan la vida cotidiana de las mujeres. Este audiolibro abarca información indispensable sobre la sexualidad femenina, incluyiendo muchos de los temas que preocupan a las mujeres como Descubrir lo que tenemos ‘ahí abajo’ y Es hora de responsabilizarse de nuestra sexualidad. De Béjar quiere que las mujeres encuentren su propia sexualidad y la disfruten sin miedo al máximo y con seguridad. Please note: This title is in Spanish.

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    Tu sexo es tuyo

    by Sylvia De Béjar
    read by Silvia Sierra
    11.6 hrs • 8/23/16 • Unabridged
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  6. 7.9 hrs • 8/17/2016 • Unabridged

    “Let old ones go. Dont be a memory-monger! Once you were young──now you are even younger.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil. Beyond Good and Evil is a collection of essays and aphorisms in which Friedrich Nietzsche expresses his desire for a “transvaluation of all values.” He contends that no human values are absolute; that all value distinctions (such as that between ‘good’ and ‘evil’) are artificial, the result of mere traditional prejudices; and that humanity should discard its old, outmoded values (such as ‘good’ and ‘evil’).

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    Beyond Good and Evil

    7.9 hrs • 8/17/16 • Unabridged
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  7. 6.9 hrs • 8/10/2016 • Unabridged

    Learn Portuguese grammar in days, not years! In this audiobook you will find chapters on the fundamentals of Portuguese grammar. Each chapter is designed to provide self-learners a complete yet compact learning material that will help them speak the language with ease in a very short time. This audiobook deals with the essential aspects of grammar including sentence construction and the different parts of speech. Language learners will find this audiobook an invaluable reference for learning the European and the Brazilian branches of the Portuguese language.

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    A Brief Grammar of the Portuguese Language

    6.9 hrs • 8/10/16 • Unabridged
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  8. 2.9 hrs • 8/10/2016 • Unabridged

    This book contains grammar points with examples and exercises for learners. With many chapters on various grammatical theories, A Grammar of the English Tongue is the complete guide to the correct usage of English. With its numerous concepts and terms, it serves as a handy reference book for personal or academic usage. A Grammar of the English Tongue can help you get the basic skills you need for a career and for further educational pursuits.

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  9. 1.5 hrs • 8/9/2016 • Unabridged

    Greek Lessons offers a groundbreaking introduction to Greek as it is spoken by native speakers. This audiobook is written to target beginner and intermediate learners of the Greek language, it covers a wide range of basic nouns, verbs, common expressions and personal tips that the author used to achieve a very good knowledge of the language. This is one of the first interactive Greek audiobooks, based on audio learning. In this lessons, through questions and answers, you will be able to learn basic Greek vocabulary and phrases to fluently express yourself. Because it is an audiobook, it will help you to clearly speak the language. The beginner student can listen to the book on their own without the need of a tutor. Repetition of difficult grammar items makes learning difficult grammar less daunting.

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    Greek Lessons

    1.5 hrs • 8/9/16 • Unabridged
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  10. 0.7 hrs • 8/9/2016 • Abridged

    The easy way to learn the most common words and phrases. From greetings and good-byes to everyday small talk, each entry is presented in a realistic context. Easy Conversations in French is the definitive phrasebook to help you learn this language. With this audiobook you will never run out of things to say! Through conversations you will be able to learn basic French vocabulary and phrases to fluently express yourself. Because it is an audiobook, it will help you to clearly speak the language. The beginner student can listen to the book on their own without the need of a tutor.

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    Easy Conversations in French

    0.7 hrs • 8/9/16 • Abridged
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  11. 5.8 hrs • 8/9/2016

    A Practical Arabic Course offers a groundbreaking introduction to Arabic as it is spoken by native speakers. This audiobook is written to target beginner and intermediate learners of the Arabic language, it covers a wide range of basic nouns, verbs, common expressions and personal tips that the author used to achieve a very good knowledge of the language. This is one of the first interactive Arabic audiobooks, based on audio learning. In this lessons, through questions and answers, you will be able to learn basic Arabic vocabulary and phrases to fluently express yourself. Because it is an audiobook, it will help you to clearly speak the language. The beginner student can listen to the book on their own without the need of a tutor. Repetition of difficult grammar items makes learning difficult grammar less daunting.

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  12. 7.5 hrs • 8/3/2016 • Unabridged

    What do you do with your students who can’t—or won’t—read and write? In this practical book, award-winning teachers, Janet Allen and Kyle Gonzales share classroom-tested strategies for motivating and helping young people to become literate.

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    There’s Room for Me Here

    7.5 hrs • 8/3/16 • Unabridged
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  13. 4.2 hrs • 8/2/2016 • Unabridged

    In this third title in the Faithgirlz Glimmer Girls series by Natalie Grant, Miracle in Music City, the Glimmer Girls are at it again—looking for a mystery to solve. Gloria wants her daughters to learn they aren’t too young to make a difference, so she gets them involved in her annual benefit and auction. But as things often do with the trio of smart and sassy sisters, they get themselves and their nanny Miss Julia involved in a lot more than just helping mom raise money for a worthy and wonderful cause.

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  14. 8.6 hrs • 7/5/2016 • Unabridged

    A New York Times bestseller A business leader and esteemed economic thinker outlines simple solutions to America’s five most pressing public policy issues, from healthcare to education to inequality. America today confronts a host of urgent problems, many of them seemingly intractable, but some we are entirely capable of solving. In Five Easy Theses, James M. Stone presents specific, common-sense solutions to a handful of our most pressing challenges, showing how simple it would be to shore up Social Security, rein in an out-of-control financial sector, reduce inequality, and make healthcare and education better and more affordable. The means are right in front of us, Stone explains, in various policy options that—if implemented—could preserve or enhance government revenue while also channeling the national economy toward the greater good. Accessible and thought provoking, Five Easy Theses reveals that a more democratic, prosperous America is well within our reach.

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    Five Easy Theses

    8.6 hrs • 7/5/16 • Unabridged
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  15. 7.5 hrs • 7/3/2016 • Unabridged

    In this book the writer thereof seeks to convey to women—particularly to young wives and women expecting to be married—certain important facts of knowledge, certain necessary information, which all such women should possess, but which few are given the opportunity to acquire. The writer of the present work is one of the rapidly growing number of thinking persons who believe that the time has come to educate the race concerning the importance of sane instruction concerning the functions of sex. He, and those who think as he does, believe that the time has come to “Turn on the Light!” They believe that the importance of the subject will be realized by all intelligent persons, once their attention is directed to the subject, and once they have considered it apart from the old prejudices and distorted customs. When public opinion on this subject is reformed, then will the taboo fall away from the body of truth; then will the subject take its place among the “respectable” topics which may be considered, discussed, and taught, without loss of caste or prestige.

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    Private Sex Advice to Women

    7.5 hrs • 7/3/16 • Unabridged
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  16. 8.4 hrs • 6/7/2016 • Unabridged

    Bestselling author Michele Borba offers a 9-step program to help parents cultivate empathy in children, from birth to young adulthood—and explains why developing a healthy sense of empathy is a key predictor of which kids will thrive and succeed in the future.In our hyper-connected, social-media-saturated society, many of us (especially young people) are so obsessed with snapping “selfies” and living a virtual life online that we’re forgetting how to care for the people right in front of us IRL (that’s “in real life”). The resulting Selfie Syndrome is leading to an empathy crisis among today’s youth—teens today are forty percent less empathetic than they were just a generation ago, and narcissism has increased fifty-eight percent during that same period. But there is a solution: studies show that the antidote to Selfie Syndrome is empathy. And the good news is that empathy can actually be cultivated in children, starting even before they can talk. In UnSelfie, esteemed educator Dr. Michele Borba presents new and compelling research that explains how to impart this key skill to kids—whether it’s teaching toddlers how to comfort one another or giving teens the tools to stand up to bullying—and why empathy paves the way for future happiness and success. Caring about others isn’t just about playing nice; it’s a skill that’s vital for children’s mental health, leadership skills, and continued well-being, today and tomorrow. Dr. Borba’s 9-step plan for raising successful, happy kids who also are kind, moral, courageous, and resilient provides a revolutionary new framework for learning empathy. Empathetic kids will thrive in the future, but the seeds of success can be planted today—one habit at a time.

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    UnSelfie

    8.4 hrs • 6/7/16 • Unabridged
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