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  1. 8.2 hrs • 4/12/2016 • Unabridged

    From the bestselling author of College (Un)bound comes a hopeful, inspiring blueprint to help alleviate parents’ anxiety and prepare their college-educated child to successfully land a good job. Saddled with thousands of dollars of debt, today’s college students are graduating into an uncertain job market that is leaving them financially dependent on their parents for years to come—a reality that has left moms and dads wondering: What did I pay all that money for? There Is Life after College offers students, parents, and even recent graduates the practical advice and insight they need to jumpstart their careers. Education expert Jeffrey Selingo answers key questions—Why is the transition to post–college life so difficult for many recent graduates? How can graduates market themselves to employers that are reluctant to provide on-the-job training? What can institutions and individuals do to end the current educational and economic stalemate?—and offers a practical step-by-step plan every young professional can follow. From the end of high school through college graduation, he lays out exactly what students need to do to acquire the skills companies want. Full of tips, advice, and insight, this wise, practical guide will help every student, no matter their major or degree, find real employment—and give their parents some peace of mind.

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    There Is Life after College by Jeffrey J. Selingo

    There Is Life after College

    8.2 hrs • 4/12/16 • Unabridged
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    15.1 hrs • 2/16/2016 • Unabridged

    The New York Times columnist and bestselling coauthor of All The Devils Are Here offers a fresh analysis of what’s really wrong with the NCAA, and the legal push to bring down this morally corrupt and hypocritical organization. For more than half a century, the NCAA has been one of the most powerful, and impregnable, institutions in America, a cartel that acted to prevent the athletes from receiving any money from their labors, while enriching everyone else involved in college sports. The athletes had signed up for indentured servitude to chase their dreams of pro glory, with the NCAA as their overlords. Wrapping itself in the mantle of “amateurism,” the NCAA was ruthless in its application of its rules that prevented players from receiving anything for their talents aside from their scholarships. A scholarship that didn’t necessarily guarantee an education or a diploma. But in 2000, three West Coast economists decided to take on this cartel, and laid the groundwork for a major lawsuit. At around the same time, a former UCLA football player named Ramogi Huma began an organization to help and represent college athletes. A college quarterback decided to try to unionize his team. And a former sneaker marketer, Sonny Vaccaro, who was the first to pay college coaches to get their teams to wear his sneakers, quit his job and began to crusade against the NCAA. Indentured is the story of how this small band of renegades, working sometimes in concert and sometimes alone, took on the NCAA, nearly bringing it to its knees.

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    Indentured

    15.1 hrs • 2/16/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 6.8 hrs • 6/9/2015 • Unabridged

    In this informative, accessible book, the author of Why Good People Can’t Get Jobs guides listeners through the process of determining which colleges and degree programs are worth the investment.

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    Will College Pay Off?

    6.8 hrs • 6/9/15 • Unabridged
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  4. 11.8 hrs • 4/21/2015 • Unabridged

    A stark, powerful, meticulously reported narrative about a series of sexual assaults at the University of Montana—stories that illuminate the human drama behind the national plague of campus rape Missoula, Montana, is a typical college town with a highly regarded state university, bucolic surroundings, a lively social scene, and an excellent football team—the Grizzlies—with a rabid fan base. The Department of Justice investigated 350 sexual assaults reported to the Missoula police between January 2008 and May 2012. Few of these assaults were properly handled by either the university or local authorities. In this, Missoula is also typical. A Department of Justice report released in December 2014 estimates 110,000 women between the ages of eighteen and twenty-four are raped each year. Krakauer’s devastating narrative of what happened in Missoula makes clear why rape is so prevalent on American campuses—and why rape victims are so reluctant to report assault. In Missoula, Krakauer chronicles the searing experiences of several women in Missoula—the nights when they were raped; their fear and self-doubt in the aftermath; the way they were treated by the police, prosecutors, and defense attorneys; the public vilification and private anguish; and their bravery in pushing forward and what it cost them. Krakauer’s dispassionate, carefully documented account of what these women endured cuts through the abstract ideological debate about campus rape. College-age women are not raped because they are promiscuous, drunk, send mixed signals, feel guilty about casual sex, or seek attention. They are the victims of a terrible crime and deserving of compassion from society and fairness from a justice system that is clearly broken.

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    Missoula

    11.8 hrs • 4/21/15 • Unabridged
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  5. 3.8 hrs • 3/30/2015 • Unabridged

    CNN host and bestselling author Fareed Zakaria argues for a renewed commitment to the world’s most valuable educational tradition. The liberal arts are under attack. The governors of Texas, Florida, and North Carolina have announced that they will not spend taxpayer money subsidizing the liberal arts. Majors like English, once very popular and highly respected, are in steep decline. President Obama recently urged students to keep in mind that technical training could be more valuable than a degree in art history. In this urgently needed book, Fareed Zakaria argues that this turn away from the liberal arts is a mistake. A liberal education teaches you how to write, how to speak your mind, and how to learn—immensely valuable tools no matter your profession. Technology and globalization are actually making these skills even more valuable as routine mechanical and even computing tasks can be done by machines or workers in low-wage countries. More than just a path to a career, a liberal education is an exercise in freedom. Above all, it is an expression of the most basic urge of the human spirit—to know.

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    In Defense of a Liberal Education

    3.8 hrs • 3/30/15 • Unabridged
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  6. 5.8 hrs • 3/17/2015 • Unabridged

    Year after year, high school seniors open rejection letters that destroy their confidence and lead them to believe they have failed at one of life’s most critical junctures—something that has happened in so many American households with college-bound kids. While there are countless books teaching people how to identify and get into the colleges of their dreams, there’s a deep need for dialogue questioning the intensity of those dreams, emphasizing that the college admissions moment isn’t the most important in a lifetime, illustrating that college is what a student makes of it, and exhorting people to look at it in a different, less status-oriented way. Expanding on an April 2014 column titled, “Our Crazy College Crossroads”—which went viral, generated numerous emails to Bruni, and topped the “most viewed” and “most emailed” categories of the New York Times for days—Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be is the manifesto that puts the college admissions process into desperately needed perspective. It not only dissects the limited meaning of a rigged and sometimes random admissions process, it also discusses many of the hugely successful Americans who didn’t go to Ivy League schools. It sketches profiles of young adults who were denied their dream colleges but found that the schools where they ended up were perfect for them, making the case that the attitude with which a student approaches college matters more than the college itself. It presents data and expert opinions that question the advantages of diplomas from Ivy League schools (and their ilk) and looks at the abundance of fantastic schools—and fantastic programs—outside the few dozen elite institutions that parents focus relentlessly on. All the while, Bruni weaves in larger life lessons—that setbacks can be springboards, that the wisest course isn’t always the most obvious one—that make this book a corrective tool and a balm not just for high school graduates eyeing the horizon. Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be serves as a thought-provoking antidote, an impassioned rallying cry, and a poignant retort to aspirational thinking.

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    Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be

    5.8 hrs • 3/17/15 • Unabridged
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  7. 5.8 hrs • 3/17/2015 • Unabridged

    Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. That belief is wrong, it’s cruel, and in Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. Bruni, a bestselling author and a columnist for the New York Times, shows that the Ivy League has no monopoly on corner offices, governors’ mansions, or the most prestigious academic and scientific grants. Through statistics, surveys, and the stories of hugely successful people who didn’t attend the most exclusive schools, he demonstrates that many kinds of colleges—large public universities or tiny hideaways in the hinterlands—serve as ideal springboards. And he illuminates how to make the most of them. What matters in the end are a student’s efforts in and out of the classroom, not the gleam of his or her diploma. Where you go isn’t who you’ll be. Americans need to hear that—and this indispensable manifesto says it with eloquence and respect for the real promise of higher education.

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    Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be

    5.8 hrs • 3/17/15 • Unabridged
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  8. 9.9 hrs • 3/3/2015 • Unabridged

    From a renowned education writer comes a paradigm-shifting examination of the rapidly changing world of college that every parent, student, educator, and investor needs to understand. Over the span of just nine months in 2011 and 2012, the world’s most famous universities and high-powered technology entrepreneurs began a race to revolutionize higher education. College courses that had been kept for centuries from all but an elite few were released to millions of students throughout the world—for free. Exploding college prices and a flagging global economy, combined with the derring-do of a few intrepid innovators, have created a dynamic climate for a total rethinking of an industry that has remained virtually unchanged for a hundred years. In The End of College, Kevin Carey, an education researcher and writer, draws on years of in-depth reporting and cutting-edge research to paint a vivid and surprising portrait of the future of education. Carey explains how two trends—the skyrocketing cost of college and the revolution in information technology—are converging in ways that will radically alter the college experience, upend the traditional meritocracy, and emancipate hundreds of millions of people around the world. Insightful, innovative, and accessible, The End of College is a must-read and an important contribution to the developing conversation about education in the United States.

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    The End of College

    9.9 hrs • 3/3/15 • Unabridged
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  9. 3.1 hrs • 12/22/2014 • Unabridged

    Cash Poor or College?: The Essential Guide to College Admissions for Teens (ages 13 to 18) & Their Parents is a blueprint for mapping a pathway to college. It offers teens a strategic approach to accessing higher education by utilizing the entire high school experience to maximum benefit. Each year is given singular focus so that the relevant information and assignments the student needs to know are discussed. The guide helps teens to lay a solid foundation in the first two years of high school, so that they are well prepared and informed for the later stages of college search. And to help teens with organizing their activities and monitoring their progress, a host of resources are provided. Lastly, a chapter is devoted to parents, with thirteen tips for how to support teens during the high school years.

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    Cash Poor or College? by Diane M. Warmsley

    Cash Poor or College?

    3.1 hrs • 12/22/14 • Unabridged
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  10. 8.6 hrs • 8/19/2014 • Unabridged

    A groundbreaking manifesto for people searching for the kind of insight on leading, thinking, and living that elite schools should be—but aren’t—providing As a professor at Yale, Bill Deresiewicz saw something that troubled him deeply. His students, some of the nation’s brightest minds, were adrift when it came to the big questions: how to think critically and creatively, and how to find a sense of purpose. Excellent Sheep takes a sharp look at the high-pressure conveyor belt that begins with parents and counselors who demand perfect grades and culminates in the skewed applications Deresiewicz saw firsthand as a member of Yale’s admissions committee. As schools shift focus from the humanities to “practical” subjects like economics and computer science, students are losing the ability to think in innovative ways. Deresiewicz explains how college should be a time for self-discovery, when students can establish their own values and measures of success, so they can forge their own path. He addresses parents, students, educators, and anyone who is interested in the direction of American society, featuring quotes from real students and graduates he has corresponded with over the years, candidly exposing where the system is broken and clearly presenting solutions.

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    Excellent Sheep

    8.6 hrs • 8/19/14 • Unabridged
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  11. 9.1 hrs • 2/25/2014 • Unabridged

    For the six million parents of teens annually navigating the bewildering world of SAT prep (a $4.5 billion industry), The Perfect Score Project is a straight-from-the-trenches road map with everything you need to know, written as a funny, compelling narrative by a mom on a quest for SAT mastery. These days high SAT scores are seen as the ticket to a good college—and, ultimately, a successful life—and yet, for parents, the torment of cajoling one’s kid into studying is made worse by the tangle of advice about how to study, whether any of the prep programs have value, and if so, which. Debbie Stier made it her mission to cut through that tangle and ace the SAT—partly in an attempt to bond with her test-taking son and partly as a midlife do over (she’d scored so low in high school her college choices were narrowed to a few). As part of her quest, Debbie took the SAT seven times and sampled test-prep methods like a restaurant critic. Here she imparts her hard-won knowledge, delivering the inside skinny on Kaplan and Kumon, Cogmed brain-training exercises, what it’s like to hand over your test-taking brain to a $1000 hour tutor, and lots more. Part SAT-prep consumer guide, part amusing intellectual-quest narrative reminiscent of A. J. Jacobs’s The Know-It-All, this one-of-a-kind book informs and entertains.

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    The Perfect Score Project

    9.1 hrs • 2/25/14 • Unabridged
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  12. 1.6 hrs • 11/1/2013 • Unabridged

    In the second edition of How Smart Students Pay for School, there’s a valuable new section for military service members, veterans, and their families. Tax numbers are updated for the early 2013 tax filing season. Recent graduates will learn about the new income-based repayment plan, Pay as You Earn. Getting into college is just as hard as figuring out how to pay for it. In this original audiobook, prospective students and their parents will learn how to think like informed consumers as they make this very important—and costly—decision. National expert, Reyna Gobel, MBA, provides money-saving processes to determine which colleges are right for you, which ones offer the best financial aid package, and how to plan for this expense. You’ll learn about 529 plan distributions with insight from a certified financial planner. Returning students learn where to find scholarships and workplace funding while transfer students learn how to graduate faster with tips from an academic counselor. Parents, college-bound students, and returning students will benefit from budgeting advice from an on-campus director of a student money management program. Veterans and their families are coached on state-based education benefits. And if you already have accumulated this debt, there is sage advice on choosing the right repayment plan, taking payment breaks, protecting your credit from unnecessary dings, paying off loans faster, and claiming tax deductions and credits that could lead to thousands in savings. For anyone who has to pay or repay tuition bills, this is one class you cannot skip!

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    How Smart Students Pay for School, 2nd Edition by Reyna Gobel, MBA
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  13. 5.4 hrs • 5/6/2013 • Unabridged

    It’s no secret that college doesn’t prepare students for the real world. Student loan debt recently eclipsed credit card debt for the first time in history and now tops one trillion dollars. And the throngs of unemployed graduates chasing the same jobs makes us wonder whether there’s a better way to make it in today’s marketplace. There is—and Dale Stephens is proof of that. In Hacking Your Education, Stephens speaks to a new culture of “hackademics” who think college diplomas are antiquated. Stephens shows how he and dozens of others have hacked their education, and how you can too. You don’t need to be a genius or especially motivated to succeed outside school. The real requirements are much simpler: curiosity, confidence, and grit. Hacking Your Education offers valuable advice to current students as well as those who decided to skip college. Stephens teaches you to create opportunities for yourself and design your curriculum—inside or outside the classroom. Whether your dream is to travel the world, build a start-up, or climb the corporate ladder, Stephens proves you can do it now, rather than waiting for life to start after graduation day.

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    Hacking Your Education

    5.4 hrs • 5/6/13 • Unabridged
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  14. 6.3 hrs • 4/30/2013 • Unabridged

    Explore the answer to a critical question: Should we keep sending our kids to college? The American system of higher education comprises some of the best universities, teachers, and students the world has ever seen. Millions of students around the globe want nothing more in their life than to attend an American university. However, many of America’s colleges and universities today have serious academic, institutional, and other performance problems, and it is quickly approaching a crisis point, if it’s not there already. Despite some excellent colleges and quality programs at many colleges, too much of higher education is wildly expensive. Students often graduate having learned little, or don’t graduate at all. They are indoctrinated with liberal politics and subjected to all types of nonacademic distractions. For these reasons, many students would be better served exploring other educational alternatives. In Is College Worth It?, William J. Bennett and David Wilezol assess the problems of American higher education at various levels, from runaway costs to inferior academics to poor graduation rates to political indoctrination, and propose serious reforms and alternative methods for improving higher education so that it better serves our students.

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    Is College Worth It?

    6.3 hrs • 4/30/13 • Unabridged
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  15. 11.7 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Unabridged

    No drinking.No smoking.No cursing.No dancing.No R-rated movies. Kevin Roose wasn’t used to rules like these. As a sophomore at Brown University, he spent his days drinking fair-trade coffee, singing in an a cappella group, and fitting right in with Brown’s free-spirited, ultra-liberal student body. But when Roose leaves his Ivy League confines to spend a semester at Liberty University, a conservative Baptist school in Lynchburg, Virginia, obedience is no longer optional. Liberty is the late Reverend Jerry Falwell’s “Bible Boot Camp” for young evangelicals, his training ground for the next generation of America’s Religious Right. Liberty’s ten thousand undergraduates take courses like Evangelism 101, hear from guest speakers like Sean Hannity and Karl Rove, and follow a forty-six-page code of conduct that regulates every aspect of their social lives. Hoping to connect with his evangelical peers, Roose decides to enroll at Liberty as a new transfer student, leaping across the God Divide and chronicling his adventures in this daring report from the front lines of America’s culture war. His journey takes him from an evangelical hip-hop concert to choir practice at Falwell’s legendary Thomas Road Baptist Church. He experiments with prayer, participates in a spring break mission trip to Daytona Beach (where he learns to preach the gospel to partying coeds), and pays a visit to Every Man’s Battle, an on-campus support group for chronic masturbators. He meets pastors’ kids, closet doubters, Christian rebels, and conducts what would be the last print interview of Rev. Falwell’s life. Hilarious and heartwarming, respectful and thought-provoking, The Unlikely Disciple will inspire and entertain believers and nonbelievers alike.

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    The Unlikely Disciple

    11.7 hrs • 7/15/12 • Unabridged
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  16. 8.6 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Abridged

    The Professors' Guide to Getting Good Grades in College is the first book to reveal the insider secrets about how professors really grade. The book offers high-value, practical tips about how to succeed at each of the five "grade-bearing" moments of the semester: (1) The Start (2) The Class (3) The Exam (4) The Paper and (5) The Last Month of the Semester. Fast-paced, entertaining, and easy-to-follow, the Professors' Guide will help you get truly excellent grades in college.

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