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  1. 14.1 hrs • 9/6/2016 • Unabridged

    There’s a crisis of trust in politics across the Western world. Public anger is rising, and faith in conventional political leaders and parties is falling. Antipolitics, and the antipoliticians, have arrived. In Enough Said, president and CEO of the New York Times Company, Mark Thompson, argues that one of the most significant causes of the crisis is the way our public language has changed. Enough Said tells the story of how we got from the language of FDR and Churchill to that of Donald Trump. It forensically examines the public language we’ve been left with: compressed, immediate, sometimes brilliantly impactful, but robbed of most of its explanatory power. It studies the rhetoric of Western leaders from Reagan and Thatcher to Berlusconi, Blair, and today’s political elites on both sides of the Atlantic. And it charts how a changing public language has interacted with real-world events—Iraq, the financial crash, the United Kingdom’s surprising “Brexit” from the European Union, immigration—and a mutual breakdown of trust between politicians and journalists, to leave ordinary citizens suspicious, bitter, and increasingly unwilling to believe anybody. Drawing from classical as well as contemporary examples and ranging across politics, business, science, technology, and the arts, Enough Said is a smart and shrewd look at the erosion of language by an author uniquely placed to measure its consequences.

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    Enough Said by Mark Thompson

    Enough Said

    14.1 hrs • 9/6/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 1.4 hrs • 9/5/2016 • Unabridged

    Aristotle’s Poetics is best known for its definitions and analyses of tragedy and comedy, but it also applies to truth and beauty as they are manifested in the other arts. In our age, when the natural and social sciences have dominated the quest for truth, it is helpful to consider why Aristotle claimed poetry is more philosophical and more significant than history. Like so many other works by Aristotle, the Poetics has dominated the way we have thought about all forms of dramatic performance in Europe and America ever since. The essence of poetry lies in its ability to transcend the particulars of everyday experience and articulate universals, not merely what has happened but what might happen and what ought to happen.

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    Aristotle's Poetics

    Read by Ray Childs
    1.4 hrs • 9/5/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 7.8 hrs • 9/2/2016 • Recorded Seminar

    In A Way with Words: Writing, Rhetoric, and the Art of Persuasion, esteemed professor Michael D.C. Drout brings his expertise in literary studies to the subject of rhetoric. From history-altering political speeches to friendly debates at cocktail parties, rhetoric holds the power to change opinions, spark new thoughts, and ultimately change the world. Professor Drout examines the types of rhetoric and their effects, the structure of effective arguments, and how subtleties of language can be employed to engage in more successful rhetoric.

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    Way With Words

    7.8 hrs • 9/2/16 • Recorded Seminar
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  4. 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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  5. 11.5 hrs • 8/2/2016 • Unabridged

    From the legendary editor, journalist, and publishing entrepreneur: a memoir about writers, writing, editing—and the fast-paced, high-stakes life in the publishing business. Over the last four decades, Terry McDonell has been at the helm of some of the most influential beacons of American journalism: from his early days at Outside through tenures at Rolling Stone, Newsweek, Esquire, Sports Illustrated, and, most recently, as cofounder of LitHub. Now he tells us what really happens between editors and writers—behind the scenes and between the lines—with deadlines ticking. Here are intimate portraits of the most important (and most eccentric) journalists, novelists, and media personalities: from Hunter S. Thompson and George Plimpton to Richard Ford and James Salter; from David Carr and Steve Jobs to Jimmy Buffett and one remarkable Sports Illustrated swimsuit model. And here is an insider’s unimpeachable advice on how to get, and keep, the best writers; what makes a great lede and headline; how to style a cover that flies off newsstands (whether or not there’s a celebrity on it); how to build the online traffic that translates into dollars; and how—in whatever format—a good editor really works. From the storied past to today’s tumultuous media landscape, this is an incisive, galvanizing account of the pressures, joys, and obsessions of a writing and editing life.

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    The Accidental Life

    11.5 hrs • 8/2/16 • Unabridged
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  6. 11.2 hrs • 7/12/2016 • Unabridged

    The long-awaited follow-up to the perennially bestselling writers’ guide Story, from the most sought-after expert in the art of storytelling. Robert McKee’s popular writing workshops have earned him an international reputation. The list of alumni with Oscars runs off the page. The cornerstone of his program is his definitive book, Story, which has defined how we talk about the art of story creation. Now, in Dialogue, McKee offers the same in-depth analysis for how characters speak on the screen, on the stage, and on the page in believable and engaging ways. From Macbeth to Breaking Bad, McKee deconstructs key scenes to illustrate the strategies and techniques of dialogue. Dialogue applies a framework of incisive thinking to instruct the prospective writer on how to craft artful, impactful speech. Famous McKee alumni include Peter Jackson, Jane Campion, Geoffrey Rush, Paul Haggis, the writing team for Pixar, and many others.

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    Dialogue

    Scenes read by David Pittu and Orlagh Cassidy
    Read by Robert McKee
    11.2 hrs • 7/12/16 • Unabridged
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  7. 6.0 hrs • 7/5/2016 • Unabridged

    A lively and accessible guide to understanding rhetoric by the world class English and Law professor and bestselling author of How to Write a Sentence Filled with the wit and observational prowess that shaped Stanley Fish’s acclaimed bestseller How to Write a Sentence, Winning Arguments guides listeners through the “greatest hits” of rhetoric. In this clever and engaging guide, Fish offers insight and outlines the crucial keys you need to win any debate, anywhere, anytime—drawn from landmark legal cases, politics, his own career, and even popular film and television. A celebration of clashing minds and viewpoints, Winning Arguments is sure to become a classic.

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    Winning Arguments by Stanley Fish

    Winning Arguments

    6.0 hrs • 7/5/16 • Unabridged
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  8. 10.2 hrs • 6/7/2016 • Unabridged

    A thoughtful, gleeful encyclopedia of emotions, both broad and outrageously specific, from throughout history and around the world. Have you ever tried to describe a feeling and failed? Don’t despair any longer! Whether you want to feel smug and impress your friends or just want to communicate how hygge (the Danish word for cozy) you feel at home on a winter night, The Book of Human Emotions is for you. In this unique audiobook, you’ll learn the stories behind the names for some of our most anguished emotions, both familiar (love, rage) and unfamiliar (litost, greng-jai). For instance, did you know that Kierkegaard was the first person to identify anxiety as its own emotion? Or that apathy comes from the Greek roots a (without) and pathos (passion)? Besides, aren’t you curious what Nginyiwarrarringu means?

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    The Book of Human Emotions

    10.2 hrs • 6/7/16 • Unabridged
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  9. 8.0 hrs • 3/24/2016 • Unabridged

    The answer to this all depends on-you guessed it-grammar. In the third part of his extraordinary Way with Words series, Professor Drout continues to explore humanity's intimate association with language, here delving into the finer points of English grammar. Since others judge you by the way you speak, the intricacies of grammar, in fact, should not be relegated to the realm of fussy "guardians of the language," but are rather essential clues all can employ to communicate more exactly. In such a light, this course forms an invaluable guide for everyone from all fields of interest.

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    A Way With Words III

    8.0 hrs • 3/24/16 • Unabridged
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    1.5 hrs • 3/7/2016 • Unabridged

    If you are considering creating an audiobook, whether you are the voice or you hire a professional narrator, Richard Rieman’s The Author’s Guide to AudioBook Creation is the essential companion you need. You will get the critical elements on what steps you need to take; how to engage a narrator (and what to avoid); what costs to expect; how to produce your audiobook; a variety of resources; how to work with Amazon and ACX and other providers; and of course, plenty of tips and tricks of the trade. Get ready for the next evolution of your book, and join the audiobook revolution.

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    The Author’s Guide to AudioBook Creation

    1.5 hrs • 3/7/16 • Unabridged
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  11. 8.2 hrs • 1/26/2016 • Unabridged

    Roy Peter Clark, one of America’s most influential writing teachers, offers writing lessons we can draw from 25 great texts. Where do writers learn their best moves? They use a technique that Roy Peter Clark calls X-ray reading, a form of reading that lets you penetrate beyond the surface of a text to see how meaning is actually being made. In The Art of X-Ray Reading, Clark invites you to don your X-ray reading glasses and join him on a guided tour through some of the most exquisite and masterful literary works of all time, from The Great Gatsby to Lolita to The Bluest Eye, and many more. Along the way, he shows you how to mine these masterpieces for invaluable writing strategies that you can add to your arsenal and apply in your own writing. Once you’ve experienced X-ray reading, your writing will never be the same again.

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    The Art of X-Ray Reading

    8.2 hrs • 1/26/16 • Unabridged
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  12. 10.8 hrs • 12/15/2015 • Unabridged

    With dazzling wit and astonishing insight, Bill Bryson—the acclaimed author of The Lost Continent—brilliantly explores the remarkable history, eccentricities, resilience, and sheer fun of the English language. From the first descent of the larynx into the throat (why you can talk but your dog can’t) to the fine lost art of swearing, Bryson tells the fascinating, often uproarious story of an inadequate, second-rate tongue of peasants that developed into one of the world’s largest growth industries.

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    The Mother Tongue

    10.8 hrs • 12/15/15 • Unabridged
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  13. 0.8 hrs • 11/20/2015 • Unabridged

    American comedian Jerry Seinfeld said there was once a survey conducted cataloguing the worst and deepest fears of a particular group of people. Number two on the list was the fear of death. Number one was public speaking. In this book, we’ll get to the root of the problem that causes the fear of public speaking, increase your positive thinking, give you exercises to fine tune your voice and presence, and much more. By the time you finish this audiobook, you’ll feel more at ease and comfortable speaking in front of small and large groups alike. There’s nothing to fear speaking in front of people, and my hope as we go through the finer points of public speaking together is to ease those fears and bring out a more confident you.

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    Move the Crowd

    0.8 hrs • 11/20/15 • Unabridged
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  14. 4.9 hrs • 10/13/2015 • Unabridged

    This is a practical storytelling guide from comedian, winner of multiple Moth storytelling competitions, and founder of the Upright Citizens Brigade storytelling program Margot Leitman. Did you ever wish you could tell a story that leaves others spellbound? Storytelling teacher and champion Margot Leitman will show you how! With a fun, irreverent, and infographic approach, this guide breaks a story into concrete components with ways to improve content, structure, emotional impact, and delivery through personal anecdotes, relatable examples, and practical exercises.

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    Long Story Short by Margot Leitman

    Long Story Short

    4.9 hrs • 10/13/15 • Unabridged
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  15. 7.6 hrs • 10/6/2015 • Unabridged

    An inspiring program full of essential advice for spotlight lovers and wallflowers alike that will teach listeners how to bring any crowd to its feet Every day there are moments when you must persuade, inform, and motivate others effectively. Each of those moments requires you, in some way, to play a role, to heighten the impact of your words, and to manage your emotions and nerves. Every interaction is a performance, whether you’re speaking up in a meeting, pitching a client, or walking into a job interview. In Steal the Show, New York Times bestselling author Michael Port draws on his experience as an actor and as a highly successful corporate speaker and trainer to teach listeners how to make the most of every presentation and interaction. He demonstrates how the methods of successful actors can help you connect with, inspire, and persuade any audience. His key strategies for commanding an audience’s attention include developing a clear focus for every performance, making sure you engage with your listeners, and finding the best role for yourself in order to convey your message with maximum impact. Michael Port is one of the most in-demand corporate speakers working today. His presentations are always powerful, engaging, and inspirational. And yes, audiences always give him a standing ovation.

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    Steal the Show

    7.6 hrs • 10/6/15 • Unabridged
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  16. 13.2 hrs • 10/6/2015 • Unabridged

    Renowned media scholar Sherry Turkle investigates how a flight from conversation undermines our relationships, creativity, and productivity—and why reclaiming face-to-face conversation can help us regain lost ground. We live in a technological universe in which we are always communicating. And yet we have sacrificed conversation for mere connection. Preeminent author and researcher Sherry Turkle has been studying digital culture for over thirty years. Long an enthusiast for its possibilities, here she investigates a troubling consequence: at work, at home, in politics, and in love, we find ways around conversation, tempted by the possibilities of a text or an email in which we don’t have to look, listen, or reveal ourselves. We develop a taste for what mere connection offers. The dinner table falls silent as children compete with phones for their parents’ attention. Friends learn strategies to keep conversations going when only a few people are looking up from their phones. At work, we retreat to our screens although it is conversation at the water cooler that increases not only productivity but commitment to work. Online, we only want to share opinions that our followers will agree with—a politics that shies away from the real conflicts and solutions of the public square. The case for conversation begins with the necessary conversations of solitude and self-reflection. They are endangered: these days, always connected, we see loneliness as a problem that technology should solve. Afraid of being alone, we rely on other people to give us a sense of ourselves, and our capacity for empathy and relationship suffers. We see the costs of the flight from conversation everywhere: conversation is the cornerstone for democracy and in business it is good for the bottom line. In the private sphere, it builds empathy, friendship, love, learning, and productivity. But there is good news: we are resilient. Conversation cures. Based on five years of research and interviews in homes, schools, and the workplace, Turkle argues that we have come to a better understanding of where our technology can and cannot take us and that the time is right to reclaim conversation. The most human and humanizing thing that we do. The virtues of person-to-person conversation are timeless, and our most basic technology, talk, responds to our modern challenges. We have everything we need to start, we have each other.

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    Reclaiming Conversation

    13.2 hrs • 10/6/15 • Unabridged
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