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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 14.0 hrs • 8/4/2015 • Unabridged

    Steven Pinker, author of the landmark bestsellers The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, and The Blank Slate—and one of the world’s leading cognitive scientists—offers an eye-opening explanation of how human beings learn and use language in Words and Rules. Words and Rules remains one of Pinker’s most provocative and accessible books, illuminating the fascinating relationship between the brain, the mind, and the how language makes us human.

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    Words and Rules

    14.0 hrs • 8/4/15 • Unabridged
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  5. 5.8 hrs • 7/1/2015 • Unabridged

    An expat’s witty and insightful exploration of English and American cultural differences through the lens of language that will leave listeners gobsmacked In That’s Not English, the seemingly superficial differences between British and American English open the door to a deeper exploration of a historic and fascinating cultural divide. In each of the thirty chapters, Erin Moore explains a different word we use that says more about us than we think. For example, “Quite” exposes the tension between English reserve and American enthusiasm; in “Moreish” she addresses our snacking habits; in “Partner” she examines marriage equality; in “Pull” the theme is dating and sex; “Cheers” is about drinking; and “Knackered” covers how we raise our kids. The result is a cultural history in miniature and an expatriate’s survival guide. American by birth, Moore is a former book editor who specialized in spotting British books—including Eats, Shoots & Leaves—for the US market. She’s spent the last seven years living in England with her Anglo-American husband and a small daughter with an English accent. That’s Not English is the perfect companion for modern anglophiles and the ten million British and American travelers who visit one another’s countries each year.

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    That’s Not English by Erin Moore

    That’s Not English

    5.8 hrs • 7/1/15 • Unabridged
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  6. 2.2 hrs • 6/2/2015 • Unabridged

    Earworms MBT is a revolutionary accelerated technique that takes the hard work out of learning a new language. By repeatedly listening to melodies specially composed with rhythmic repetitions of Russian and English, you will pick up essential words and phrases that will not only be on the tip of your tongue but burned deeply into your long-term memory in next to no time. If you like music and want to make rapid progress without any formal knowledge of language learning, Earworms MBT Rapid Russian is for you. With this collection of volumes 1 and 2, you will feel you are learning within minutes and will be amazed by how easy acquiring a language can be.

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    Rapid Russian, Vols. 1 & 2 by Earworms Learning

    Rapid Russian, Vols. 1 & 2

    2.2 hrs • 6/2/15 • Unabridged
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  7. 5.5 hrs • 11/1/2014 • Unabridged

    The Elements of Eloquence highlights the importance of style in an age unhealthily obsessed with the power of substance. From classic poetry to pop lyrics, Charles Dickens to Dolly Parton, and even Jesus to James Bond, Mark Forsyth explains the secrets that make a phrase—such as “O Captain! my Captain!” or “To be, or not to be”—memorable. In his inimitably entertaining and wonderfully witty style, Forsyth takes apart famous phrases and shows how you too can write like Shakespeare or quip like Oscar Wilde. Whether you’re aiming to achieve literary immortality or just hoping to deliver the perfect one-liner, The Elements of Eloquence proves that you don’t need to have anything important to say—you simply need to say it well.

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    The Elements of Eloquence

    5.5 hrs • 11/1/14 • Unabridged
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  8. 7.3 hrs • 10/1/2014 • Unabridged

    A presidential speechwriter for Bill Clinton explores the hidden power of analogy to fuel thought, connect ideas, spark innovation, and shape outcomes From the meatpacking plants that inspired Henry Ford’s first moving assembly line to the “domino theory” that led America into Vietnam to the “bicycle for the mind” that Steve Jobs envisioned as the Macintosh computer, analogies have played a dynamic role in shaping the world around us—and still do today. Analogies are far more complex than their SAT stereotype and lie at the very core of human cognition and creativity. Once we become aware of this, we start seeing them everywhere—in ads, apps, political debates, legal arguments, logos, and euphemisms, to name just a few. At their very best, analogies inspire new ways of thinking, enable invention, and motivate people to action. Unfortunately, not every analogy that rings true is true. That’s why, at their worst, analogies can deceive, manipulate, or mislead us into disaster. The challenge? Spotting the difference before it’s too late. Rich with engaging stories, surprising examples, and a practical method to evaluate the truth or effectiveness of any analogy, Shortcut will improve critical thinking, enhance creativity, and offer readers a fresh approach to resolving some of today’s most intractable challenges.

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    Shortcut

    7.3 hrs • 10/1/14 • Unabridged
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  9. 6.3 hrs • 10/1/2014 • Unabridged

    Stanford University linguist and MacArthur Fellow Dan Jurafsky dives into the hidden history of food. Why do we eat toast for breakfast and then toast to good health at dinner? What does the turkey we eat on Thanksgiving have to do with the country on the eastern Mediterranean? Can you figure out how much your dinner will cost by counting the words on the menu? In The Language of Food, Stanford University professor and MacArthur Fellow Dan Jurafsky peels away the mysteries from the foods we think we know. Thirteen chapters evoke the joy and discovery of reading a menu dotted with the sharp-eyed annotations of a linguist. Jurafsky points out the subtle meanings hidden in filler words like “rich” and “crispy,” zeroes in on the metaphors and storytelling tropes we rely on in restaurant reviews, and charts a microuniverse of marketing language on the back of a bag of potato chips. The fascinating journey through The Language of Food uncovers a global atlas of culinary influences. With Jurafsky’s insight, words like ketchup, macaron, and even salad become living fossils containing the patterns of early global exploration that predate our modern fusion-filled world. From ancient recipes preserved in Sumerian song lyrics to colonial shipping routes that first connected East and West, Jurafsky paints a vibrant portrait of how our foods developed. A surprising history of culinary exchange—a sharing of ideas and culture as much as ingredients and flavors—lies just beneath the surface of our daily snacks, soups, and suppers. Engaging and informed, Jurafsky’s unique study illuminates an extraordinary network of language, history, and food. The menu is yours to enjoy.

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    The Language of Food

    6.3 hrs • 10/1/14 • Unabridged
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  10. 7.3 hrs • 8/16/2014 • Unabridged

    The author of Reading the OED presents an eye-opening look at language “mistakes” and how they came to be accepted as correct—or not. English is a glorious mess of a language cobbled together from a wide variety of sources and syntaxes, changing over time with popular usage. Many of the words and usages we embrace as standard and correct today were at first considered slang, impolite, or just plain wrong. Whether you consider yourself a stickler, a nitpicker, or a rule-breaker in the know, Bad English is sure to enlighten, enrage, and perhaps even inspire. Filled with historic and contemporary examples, the book chronicles the long and entertaining history of language mistakes and features some of our most common words and phrases, including decimate, hopefully, enormity, that versus which, enervate versus energize, bemuse versus amuse, literally versus figuratively, ain’t, irregardless, socialist, OMG, and stupider. Lively, funny, and surprising, this is a book that will settle arguments among word lovers—and it’s sure to start a few, too.

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    Bad English

    7.3 hrs • 8/16/14 • Unabridged
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  11. 1.2 hrs • 7/28/2014

    Earworms MBT is a revolutionary accelerated technique that takes the hard work out of learning a new language. By repeatedly listening to melodies specially composed with rhythmic repetitions of Brazilian Portuguese and English, you will pick up essential words and phrases that will not only be on the tip of your tongue but burned deeply into your long-term memory in next to no time. If you like music and want to make rapid progress without any formal knowledge of language learning, Earworms MBT Rapid Brazilian Portuguese is for you. Volume 2 will have you talking about yourself (past, present, and future), chatting, and even flirting. You will feel you are learning within minutes and will be amazed by how easy acquiring a language can be.

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  12. 1.1 hrs • 7/28/2014

    Earworms MBT is a revolutionary accelerated technique that takes the hard work out of learning a new language. By repeatedly listening to melodies specially composed with rhythmic repetitions of Dutch and English, you will pick up essential words and phrases that will not only be on the tip of your tongue but burned deeply into your long-term memory in next to no time. If you like music and want to make rapid progress without any formal knowledge of language learning, Earworms MBT Rapid Dutch is for you. Volume 2 will have you talking about yourself (past, present, and future), chatting, and even flirting. You will feel you are learning within minutes and will be amazed by how easy acquiring a language can be.

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  13. 1.1 hrs • 7/28/2014 • Unabridged

    Earworms MBT is a revolutionary accelerated technique that takes the hard work out of learning a new language. By repeatedly listening to melodies specially composed with rhythmic repetitions of Russian and English, you will pick up essential words and phrases that will not only be on the tip of your tongue but burned deeply into your long-term memory in next to no time. If you like music and want to make rapid progress without any formal knowledge of language learning, Earworms MBT Rapid Russian is for you. Volume 1 is your survival kit of essential words and phrases to get you by on your trip abroad. You will feel you are learning within minutes and will be amazed by how easy acquiring a language can be.

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    Rapid Russian, Vol. 1

    1.1 hrs • 7/28/14 • Unabridged
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  14. 1.1 hrs • 7/28/2014

    Earworms MBT is a revolutionary accelerated technique that takes the hard work out of learning a new language. By repeatedly listening to melodies specially composed with rhythmic repetitions of Brazilian Portuguese and English, you will pick up essential words and phrases that will not only be on the tip of your tongue but burned deeply into your long-term memory in next to no time. If you like music and want to make rapid progress without any formal knowledge of language learning, Earworms MBT Rapid Brazilian Portuguese is for you. Volume 1 is your survival kit of essential words and phrases to get you by on your trip abroad. You will feel you are learning within minutes and will be amazed by how easy acquiring a language can be.

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  15. 1.1 hrs • 7/28/2014

    Earworms MBT is a revolutionary accelerated technique that takes the hard work out of learning a new language. By repeatedly listening to melodies specially composed with rhythmic repetitions of Turkish and English, you will pick up essential words and phrases that will not only be on the tip of your tongue but burned deeply into your long-term memory in next to no time. If you like music and want to make rapid progress without any formal knowledge of language learning, Earworms MBT Rapid Turkish is for you. Volume 1 is your survival kit of essential words and phrases to get you by on your trip abroad. You will feel you are learning within minutes and will be amazed by how easy acquiring a language can be.

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    Rapid Turkish, Vol. 1 by Earworms Learning

    Rapid Turkish, Vol. 1

    Read by Marlon Lodge and Neslihan Özsenler
    1.1 hrs • 7/28/14
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  16. 7.0 hrs • 4/1/2014 • Unabridged

    Do you know … why a mortgage is literally a death pledge? why guns have girls’ names? why salt is related to soldier? You’re about to find out. The Etymologicon e-tə-‘mä-lä-ji-kän is: Witty wi-tē: Full of clever humor Erudite er-ə-ˌdīt: Showing knowledge Ribald ri-bəld: Crude, offensive The Etymologicon is a completely unauthorized guide to the strange underpinnings of the English language. It explains how you get from “gruntled” to “disgruntled”; why you are absolutely right to believe that your meager salary barely covers “money for salt”; how the biggest chain of coffee shops in the world (hint: Seattle) connects to whaling in Nantucket; and what precisely the Rolling Stones have to do with gardening.

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    The Etymologicon

    7.0 hrs • 4/1/14 • Unabridged
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