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  1. 9.4 hrs • 9/29/2015 • Unabridged

    An insider’s tour through the construction of invented languages from the bestselling author and creator of languages for the HBO series Game of Thrones and the Syfy series Defiance From master language creator David J. Peterson comes a creative guide to language construction for sci-fi and fantasy fans, writers, game creators, and language lovers. Peterson offers a captivating overview of language creation, covering its history from Tolkien’s creations and Klingon to today’s thriving global community of conlangers. He provides the essential tools necessary for inventing and evolving new languages, using examples from a variety of languages including his own creations, punctuated with references to everything from Star Wars to Michael Jackson. Along the way, behind-the-scenes stories lift the curtain on how he built languages like Dothraki for HBO’s Game of Thrones and Shiväisith for Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World, and an included phrasebook will start fans speaking Peterson’s constructed languages. The Art of Language Invention is an inside look at a fascinating culture and an engaging entry into a flourishing art form—and it might be the most fun you’ll ever have with linguistics.

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    The Art of Language Invention

    9.4 hrs • 9/29/15 • Unabridged
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  2. 4.4 hrs • 8/25/2015 • Unabridged

    Popular fiction is filled with images of archaeologists as daring adventurers who constantly risk life and limb in the pursuit of fabulous antiquities of immense historical and monetary value. There are evil villains, great romances, and unknown perils lurking around every corner. That’s the view many people have of archaeology. But what is the truth behind the myth? And why have the myths persisted for so long? In this book you’ll explore the fiction surrounding archaeology, why we as people love and perpetuate that fiction, and what the truth behind the fiction really is. Sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction. Come along and explore both.

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    Archaeology in Fiction by Dr. Scott C. Viguié

    Archaeology in Fiction

    Featuring an Interview with Dr. Scott C. Viguié
    4.4 hrs • 8/25/15 • Unabridged
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  3. 26.5 hrs • 6/2/2015 • Unabridged

    C. S. Lewis is the twentieth century’s most widely read Christian writer and J. R. R. Tolkien its most beloved mythmaker. For three decades, they and their closest associates formed a literary club known as the Inklings, which met every week in Lewis’s Oxford rooms and in nearby pubs. They discussed literature, religion, and ideas; read aloud from works in progress; took philosophical rambles in woods and fields; gave one another companionship and criticism; and, in the process, rewrote the cultural history of modern times. In The Fellowship, Philip and Carol Zaleski offer the first complete rendering of the Inklings’ lives and works. The result is an extraordinary account of the ideas, affections and vexations that drove the group’s most significant members. C. S. Lewis accepts Jesus Christ while riding in the sidecar of his brother’s motorcycle, maps the medieval and Renaissance mind, becomes a world-famous evangelist and moral satirist, and creates new forms of religiously attuned fiction while wrestling with personal crises. J. R. R. Tolkien transmutes an invented mythology into a gripping story in The Lord of the Rings, while conducting groundbreaking Old English scholarship and elucidating, for family and friends, the Catholic teachings at the heart of his vision. Owen Barfield, a philosopher for whom language is the key to all mysteries, becomes Lewis’ favorite sparring partner, and, for a time, Saul Bellow’s chosen guru. And Charles Williams, poet, author of “supernatural shockers,” and strange acolyte of romantic love, turns his everyday life into a mystical pageant. Romantics who scorned rebellion, fantasists who prized reality, wartime writers who believed in hope, Christians with cosmic reach, the Inklings sought to revitalize literature and faith in the twentieth century’s darkest years—and did so in dazzling style.

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    The Fellowship

    26.5 hrs • 6/2/15 • Unabridged
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    21.4 hrs • 10/28/2014 • Unabridged

    If the past is prologue, then George R. R. Martin’s masterwork—the most inventive and entertaining fantasy saga of our time—warrants one hell of an introduction. At long last, it has arrived with The World of Ice and Fire. This lavish volume is a comprehensive history of the Seven Kingdoms, providing vividly constructed accounts of the epic battles, bitter rivalries, and daring rebellions that lead to the events of A Song of Ice and Fire and HBO’s Game of Thrones. In a collaboration that’s been years in the making, Martin has teamed with Elio M. García Jr. and Linda Antonsson, the founders of the renowned fan site Westeros.org—perhaps the only people who know this world almost as well as its visionary creator. Collected here is all the accumulated knowledge, scholarly speculation, and inherited folk tales of maesters and septons, maegi and singers. It is a chronicle which stretches from the Dawn Age to the Age of Heroes; from the Coming of the First Men to the arrival of Aegon the Conqueror; from Aegon’s establishment of the Iron Throne to Robert’s Rebellion and the fall of the Mad King, Aerys II Targaryen, which has set into motion the “present-day” struggles of the Starks, Lannisters, Baratheons, and Targaryens. The definitive companion piece to George R. R. Martin’s dazzlingly conceived universe, The World of Ice and Fire is indeed proof that the pen is mightier than a storm of swords.

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    The World of Ice and Fire

    21.4 hrs • 10/28/14 • Unabridged
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  5. 11.8 hrs • 8/27/2013 • Unabridged

    Perhaps no living author of imaginative fiction has earned the awards, accolades, respect, and literary reputation of Gene Wolfe. His prose has been called subtle and brilliant, inspiring not just lovers of fantasy and science fiction, but readers of every stripe, transcending genre and defying preconceptions. In this volume, a select group of Wolfe’s fellow authors pay tribute to the award-winning creator of The Book of the New Sun, The Fifth Head of Cerberus, Soldier of the Mist, The Wizard Knight, and many others, with entirely new stories written specifically to honor the writer hailed by the Washington Post as “one of America’s finest.” Shadows of the New Sun features contributions by Neil Gaiman, David Brin, David Drake, Nancy Kress, and many others, plus two new short stories by Gene Wolfe himself.

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    Shadows of the New Sun

    Edited by Bill Fawcett and J. E. Mooney
    Stories by various authors
    11.8 hrs • 8/27/13 • Unabridged
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    7.8 hrs • 4/2/2013 • Unabridged

    Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game is a classic of science fiction. Though it began its life as a short story, it was later expanded into a Hugo and Nebula Award–winning novel, served as a springboard for a much larger universe of stories, and finally, has been made into a feature film. In Ender’s World over a dozen writers of science fiction, fantasy, and young adult books offer new perspectives on the 1985 novel, along with insights gleaned from other Ender stories that fit within the Ender’s Game chronology, including Ender in Exile and Ender’s Shadow. In addition, military strategists Colonel Tom Ruby and Captain John Schmitt offer insight into the human-Formic war. Also included is a contribution from Aaron Johnston, the coauthor of the Formic Wars prequel novels. The collection’s insightful analyses and moving personal essays are rounded out with short pieces answering more technically oriented questions about the Ender universe, including why the Battle Room is a cube and why the military recruited their soldiers as children. Edited by Orson Scott Card himself, who also provides an introduction to the anthology as well as to the individual essays, Ender’s World is aimed both at readers who have kept up with the many books that came after and at those who simply want to revisit the original novel.

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    Ender’s World by Orson Scott Card

    Ender’s World

    7.8 hrs • 4/2/13 • Unabridged
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  7. 4.7 hrs • 2/1/2013 • Unabridged

    In The Wisdom of the Shire, Noble Smith sheds light on the life-changing ideas tucked away inside the classic works of J. R. R. Tolkien and his most beloved creation—the stouthearted Hobbits. Drawing on The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and other tales of Middle-earth, Smith shows how a snug hobbit-hole is actually just a state of mind and how even the smallest person can have the valor of a Rider of Rohan. He explores subjects dear to a halfling’s heart, such as beer, food, and friendship, as well as more serious concerns, such as courage, living in harmony with nature, and good versus evil. How can simple pleasures such as gardening, taking long walks, and eating delicious meals with friends make you significantly happier? Why is the act of giving presents on your birthday instead of getting them such a revolutionary idea? And how can we carry the burden of our own “Ring of Power” without becoming devoured by it? The Wisdom of the Shire holds the answers to these and more of life’s essential questions.

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    The Wisdom of the Shire

    Foreword by Peter S. Beagle
    Read by Simon Vance
    4.7 hrs • 2/1/13 • Unabridged
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    7.6 hrs • 6/5/2012 • Unabridged

    The stranger-than-fiction story of the ingenious creation and loss of an artificially intelligent android of science fiction writer Philip K. Dick In December 2005, a young robotocist on his way to Google headquarters lost an overnight bag on a flight somewhere between Dallas and Las Vegas. In it was the fully functional head of an android replica of Philip K. Dick, cult science fiction writer and counterculture guru. It has never been recovered. In a story that echoes some of the most paranoid fantasies of a Dick novel, listeners will get a fascinating inside look at the scientists and technology that made this amazing android possible. The author, who was a fellow researcher at the University of Memphis Institute for Intelligent Systems while the android was being built, introduces listeners to the cutting-edge technology in robotics, artificial intelligence, and sculpture that came together in this remarkable machine and captured the imagination of scientists, artists, and science fiction fans alike. There are also great stories about Dick himself—his inspired yet deeply pessimistic worldview, his bizarre lifestyle, and his enduring creative legacy. In the tradition of popular science classics such as Packing for Mars and The Disappearing Spoon, How to Build an Android is entertaining and informative—popular science at its best.

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    How to Build an Android by David F. Dufty

    How to Build an Android

    7.6 hrs • 6/5/12 • Unabridged
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  9. 4.9 hrs • 4/30/2012 • Unabridged

    The CliffsNotes study guide on Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings supplements the original literary works, giving you background information about the author, an introduction to the works, a graphical character map, critical commentaries, expanded glossaries, and a comprehensive index, all for you to use as an educational tool that will allow you to better understand the works. This study guide was written with the assumption that you have read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Reading a literary work doesn’t mean that you immediately grasp the major themes and devices used by the author; this study guide will help supplement your reading to be sure you get all you can from both these works. In this audiobook you will learn about the life and background of the author; hear an introduction to The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings; explore themes, character development, and recurring images; learn new words from the glossary at the end of each chapter; examine in-depth character analyses; and acquire an understanding of both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings with critical essays.

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    On Tolkien’s The Hobbit and

    4.9 hrs • 4/30/12 • Unabridged
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  10. 8.5 hrs • 10/11/2011 • Unabridged

    At a time when speculative fiction seems less and less farfetched, Margaret Atwood lends her distinctive voice and singular point of view to the genre in a series of essays that brilliantly illuminates the essential truths about the modern world. This is an exploration of her relationship with the literary form we have come to know as “science fiction,” a relationship that has been lifelong, stretching from her days as a child reader in the 1940s, through her time as a graduate student at Harvard, where she worked on the Victorian ancestor of the form, and continuing as a writer and reviewer.  This book brings together her three heretofore unpublished Ellmann Lectures from 2010: “Flying Rabbits,” which begins with Atwood’s early  rabbit superhero creations, and goes on to speculate about masks, capes, weakling alter egos, and Things with Wings; “Burning Bushes,” which follows her into Victorian otherlands and beyond; and “Dire Cartographies,” which investigates Utopias and Dystopias.  In Other Worlds also includes some of Atwood’s key reviews and thoughts about the form. Among those writers discussed are Marge Piercy, Rider Haggard, Ursula Le Guin, Ishiguro, Bryher, Huxley, and Jonathan Swift. She elucidates the differences (as she sees them) between “science fiction” proper, and “speculative fiction,” as well as between “sword and sorcery/fantasy” and “slipstream fiction.” For all readers who have loved The Handmaid’s Tale, Oryx and Crake, and The Year of the Flood, In Other Worlds is a must.

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    In Other Worlds

    8.5 hrs • 10/11/11 • Unabridged
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  11. 11.0 hrs • 3/23/2009 • Unabridged

    During the brief span of just one decade, hundreds of millions of perfectly ordinary people made history: they became the only ones who would remember what it was like when the Harry Potter saga was still unfinished. What it was like to seek out friends, families, online forums, fan fiction, and podcasts to get a fix between novels. When the death of a character was a hotter bet than the World Series. When the unfolding story of a boy wizard changed the way books are read for all time.  And as webmistress of the Leaky Cauldron, one of the most popular Harry Potter sites on the Internet, Melissa Anelli had a front row seat to it all. Whether it was helping Scholastic stop leaks and track down counterfeiters, hosting live PotterCasts at bookstores across the country, touring with the wizard rock band Harry and the Potters, or traveling to Edinburgh to interview J. K. Rowling personally, Melissa was at the center of the Harry Potter tornado, and nothing about her life would ever be the same.  The Harry Potter books are a triumph of the imagination that did far more than break sales records for all time. They restored the world’s sense of wonder and took on a magical life of their own. Now the series has ended, but the story is not over. With remembrances from J. K. Rowling’s editors, agents, publicists, fans, and Rowling herself, Melissa Anelli takes us on a personal journey through every aspect of the Harry Potter phenomenon—from his very first spell to his lasting impact on the way we live and dream.

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    Harry, a History

    11.0 hrs • 3/23/09 • Unabridged
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  12. 4.4 hrs • 3/25/2008 • Abridged

    The Lion, the Witch, and the man behind it all. Now, more than ever, the works of C. S. Lewis enthrall and entertain listeners of all ages. But who was this man of intellect and imagination? The Everything Guide to C. S. Lewis and Narnia gives you an in-depth look at this master storyteller, his life and times, and his best-known works. You’ll learn how he overcame his tragic childhood, journeyed from atheism to faith, created the magical world of Narnia, inspired other writers, philosophers, and political thinkers, found-and tragically lost-the love of his life, and you’ll also gain a deeper understanding of Lewis’ body of literary works, especially the enchanting characters of Narnia. This is the essential guide to the man who inspired the imaginations of millions of children and adults alike!

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  13. 5.2 hrs • 10/12/2007 • Abridged

    The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the World of Narnia by James S. Bell, Jr., and Cheryl Dunlop is an encyclopedic study of the different aspects of this imaginary and mythic world created by C. S. Lewis. It includes the pertinent facts of Lewis’ life and what influenced his writing. The book has excellent information about myths and fairy tales and how they relate to Narnia. There is discussion of the morals Lewis is teaching through the story. And the characters and their relationships of the humans and the Narnians are explained. Literary allusions and hidden truths are pointed out. This guide will help adults and children navigate the wonderland of Narnia and its related books.

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  14. 4.7 hrs • 9/1/2005 • Unabridged

    In this interactive, informative book, Lewis scholar Majorie Lamp Mead and literary expert Leland Ryken unlock the door to The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardobe, inviting you to step inside—deeper and deeper, past the musty fur coats—and gaze in wide-eyed wonder once again at the magical, wintery world Lucy first found. A Reader’s Guild through the Wardrobe helps you examine the story from Lewis’ point of view, shedding light on his imagination and use of literary forms. Even further, Mead and Ryken serve as guides through this first Narnia adventure, providing an inside look at characters, settings, and framework. Here is a book that will help you see Narnia as Lucy did—with childlike wonder and anticipation for the adventure that lies ahead.

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  15. 5.3 hrs • 8/30/2005 • Unabridged

    The Soul of the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe will transport readers into the heart of the Chronicles of Narnia. Readers will discover that Narnia is more than just a magical place—it is a story reflective of the world we live in, our human condition, and our need for a Savior. Written in popular style for a broad audience of Christians and non-Christians, youthful and old, this book will answer the soul-stirring question of the movie and the novel. 

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  16. 6.7 hrs • 10/1/2003 • Unabridged

    In this accessible and engaging book, Ralph Wood shows us that J.R.R. Tolkien’s masterpiece is a deeply Christian work because it does not blink back the horrors of our terrible times but confronts them with startling honesty. Readers keep turning to this work because here they are immersed in significance and meaning—perceiving the hope than can be found amidst despair; the Charity that overcomes veangance; and the Faith that springs from the strange power of weakness. The Gospel According to Tolkien will be loved by both longtime Tolkien fans and those recently drawn to his books through the popular feature films.

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    The Gospel According to Tolkien

    6.7 hrs • 10/1/03 • Unabridged
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