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  1. 14.7 hrs • 9/1/2016 • Unabridged

    Over the decades the reputation of the samurai has grown to mythical proportions, owing to such films as Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai and Yojimbo as well as works such as James Clavell’s epic Shogun.In Legends of the Samurai, Hiroaki Sato confronts both the history and the legend of the samurai, untangling the two to present an authentic picture of these legendary warriors. Through his masterful translations of original samurai tales, laws, dicta, reports, and arguments accompanied by insightful commentary, Sato chronicles the changing ethos of the Japanese warrior from the samurai’s historical origins to his rise to political power. A fascinating look at Japanese history as seen through the evolution of the samurai, Legends of the Samurai stands as the ultimate authority on its subject.

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    Legends of the Samurai

    14.7 hrs • 9/1/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 10.5 hrs • 3/8/2016 • Unabridged

    The bestselling author of The Power of Habit explores the science of productivity, and why, in today’s world, managing how you think—rather than what you think about—can transform your life. Productivity, recent studies suggest, isn’t always about driving ourselves toward greater “efficiency.” Rather, real productivity relies on managing how we think, identify goals, construct teams, and make decisions. This book explores eight concepts that are critical to increasing productivity, illustrated by compelling CASE STUDIES. It introduces us to basic training in the U.S. Marine Corps, where the internal locus of control is exploited to increase self-motivation, and shows us how the principles of lean manufacturing—in which decision-making power is pushed to the lowest levels of the hierarchy—allowed the FBI to finally produce a new software system that had eluded them for years. It also explores how Disney Animation made Frozen into a record success by encouraging a certain kind of tension among animation teams—a version of what biologists refer to as the Intermediate Disturbance Hypothesis, which posits that nature is most creative when crises occur, but not so many that they wipe everything out. With the combination of relentless curiosity, deep reporting, and rich storytelling that defined The Power of Habit, this book takes listeners from neurology laboratories to World Series poker showdowns to Google’s brainstorming sessions and illustrates how we can all increase productivity in our lives.

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    Smarter Faster Better by Charles Duhigg

    Smarter Faster Better

    10.5 hrs • 3/8/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 12.6 hrs • 2/1/2016 • Unabridged

    In this wise, humane inquiry, Csikszentmihalyi argues that genetically programmed behaviors that once helped humans adapt and multiply now threaten our survival. These traits include obsessions with food and sex, addiction to pleasure, excessive rationality, and a tendency to focus on the negative. A University of Chicago psychology professor, the author also believes we must free our minds of cultural illusions such as ethnocentric superiority or identification with one’s possessions. He urges listeners to find ways to reduce the oppression, exploitation, and inequality that are woven into the fabric of society. Further, he wants us to control the direction of human evolution by pursuing challenging activities that lead to greater complexity while opposting chaos and conformity. Each chapter concludes with self-help questions and mental exercises designed to help listeners apply the insights of this literate manifesto to their daily lives.

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    The Evolving Self

    12.6 hrs • 2/1/16 • Unabridged
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  4. 26.5 hrs • 12/1/2015 • Unabridged

    A timeless volume to be treasured, The Stone Reader provides an unparalleled overview of contemporary philosophy. Once solely the province of ivory tower professors and college classrooms, contemporary philosophy was finally emancipated from its academic closet in 2010, when the Stone was launched in the New York Times. First appearing as an online series, the column quickly attracted millions of readers through its accessible examination of universal topics like the nature of science, consciousness, and morality, while also probing more contemporary issues such as the morality of drones, gun control, and the gender divide. The Stone Reader presents 133 meaningful and influential essays from the series, placing nearly the entirety of modern philosophical discourse in the listener’s reach. The audiobook, divided into four broad sections: Philosophy, Science, Religion and Morals, and Society, opens with a series of questions about the scope, history, and identity of philosophy. What are the practical uses of philosophy? Does the discipline, begun in the West in ancient Greece with Socrates, favor men and exclude women? Does the history and study of philosophy betray a racial bias against nonwhite thinkers, or geographical bias toward the West? These questions and others form a foundation for listeners as the audiobook moves to the second section, Science, where some of our most urgent contemporary philosophical debates are taking place. Will artificial intelligence compromise our morality? Does neuroscience undermine our free will? Is there a legitimate place for the humanities in a world where science and technology appear to rule? Should the evidence for global warming change the way we live or die? In the book’s third section, Religion and Morals, we find philosophy where it is often at its best, working through the arguments provoked by competing moral theories in the face of real-life issues and rigorously addressing familiar ethical dilemmas in a new light. Can we have a true moral life without belief in God? What are the dangers of moral relativism? In its final part, Society, The Stone Reader returns to its origins as a forum to encourage philosophers who are willing to engage closely, critically, and analytically with the affairs of the day, including economic inequality, technology, and racial discrimination. In directly confronting events like the September 11 attacks, the killing of Trayvon Martin, and the Sandy Hook School massacre, the essays here reveal the power of philosophy to help shape our viewpoints on nearly every issue we face today.

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    The Stone Reader by Peter Catapano, Simon Critchley

    The Stone Reader

    Edited and introduced by Peter Catapano and Simon Critchley
    26.5 hrs • 12/1/15 • Unabridged
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  5. 21.8 hrs • 1/27/2015 • Unabridged

    In celebration of its tenth anniversary, a revised and updated edition of Jack Canfield’s classic bestseller with a brand new foreword and an afterword for succeeding in the digital age Since its publication a decade ago, Jack Canfield’s practical and inspiring guide has helped thousands of people transform themselves for success. Now, he has revised and updated his essential guidebook to reflect our changing times. In The Success Principles, the cocreator of the phenomenal bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul series, helps you get from where you are to where you want to be, teaching you how to increase your confidence, tackle daily challenges, live with passion and purpose, and realize all your ambitions. Filled with memorable and inspiring stories of CEO’s, world-class athletes, celebrities, and everyday people, it spells out the sixty-four timeless principles used by successful men and women throughout history—proven principles and strategies that can be adapted for your own life, whether you want to be the best salesperson in your company, become a leading architect, score top grades in school, lose weight, buy your dream home, make millions, or just get back in the job market. Taken together and practiced every day, these principles will change your life beyond your wildest dreams.

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  6. 15.8 hrs • 1/21/2015 • Unabridged

    Based on Gabor Maté’s two decades of experience as a medical doctor and his groundbreaking work with the severely addicted on Vancouver’s skid row, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts radically re-envisions this much misunderstood field by taking a holistic approach.  Dr. Maté presents addiction not as a discrete phenomenon confined to an unfortunate or weak-willed few, but as a continuum that runs throughout (and perhaps underpins) our society; not a medical “condition” distinct from the lives it affects, rather the result of a complex interplay among personal history, emotional, and neurological development, brain chemistry, and the drugs (and behaviors) of addiction. Simplifying a wide array of brain and addiction research findings from around the globe, the book avoids glib self-help remedies, instead promoting a thorough and compassionate self-understanding as the first key to healing and wellness. In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts argues persuasively against contemporary health, social, and criminal justice policies toward addiction and those impacted by it. The mix of personal stories—including the author’s candid discussion of his own “high-status” addictive tendencies—and science with positive solutions makes the book equally useful for lay readers and professionals.

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    In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts

    15.8 hrs • 1/21/15 • Unabridged
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  7. 5.5 hrs • 6/4/2013 • Unabridged

    Nik Wallenda, “King of the High Wire,” doesn’t know fear. As a seventh generation offspring of the legendary Great Wallendas, he grew up performing, entertaining, and pushing the boundaries of gravity and balance. When Nik was four years old, he watched a video from 1978 of his great grandfather, Karl Wallenda, walking between the towers of the Condado Plaza Hotel in Puerto Rico, stumbling, and falling to his death because of a faulty balance pole. When Nik heard his father quote his great-grandfather—“Life is on the wire, everything else is just waiting”—the words resonated deep within his soul and he vowed to be a hero like Karl Wallenda. Balance is the theme of Nik’s life: between his work and family, his faith in God and artistry, his body and soul. It resonates from him when performing and when no one is looking. When walking across Niagara Falls, he prayed aloud the entire time, and to keep his lust for glory and fame in check, Nik returned to the site of his performance and spent three hours cleaning up trash left by the crowd. Nik Wallenda is an entertainer who wants to not only thrill hearts, but to change hearts for Christ. Christ is the balance pole that keeps him from falling.

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    Balance

    By Nik Wallenda, with David Ritz
    5.5 hrs • 6/4/13 • Unabridged
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  8. 5.2 hrs • 5/7/2013 • Unabridged

    Encouragement is more than a compliment or a pat on the back. It’s a skill that can be mastered by anyone. What must we know in order to fulfill the biblical exhortation to "encourage one another"? Encouragement: The Key to Caring tells you. Part one deals with understanding encouragement, and part two explores the process of encouragement, including such practical how-tos as - developing a careful selection of encouraging words - cultivating active listening skills - using biblical fellowship to move beyond superficial smiles and shallow greetings - recognizing subtle opportunities for encouragement -- Without the encouragement of a caring community, biblical truth taught in church tends to just thicken people's defense layers. But authenticity, freedom, and greater love for God and others are the fruit of encouragement, and evidence of the tremendous power God invests in individuals who practice it.

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  9. 25.6 hrs • 2/5/2013 • Unabridged

    Come to terms with your past while moving powerfully into the future The Courage to Heal is an inspiring, comprehensive guide that offers hope and a map of the healing journey to every woman who was sexually abused as a child—and to those who care about her. Although the effects of child sexual abuse are long-term and severe, healing is possible. Weaving together personal experience with professional knowledge, the authors provide clear explanations, practical suggestions, and support throughout the healing process. Readers will feel recognized and encouraged by hundreds of moving first-person stories drawn from interviews and the authors' extensive work with survivors, both nationally and internationally. This completely revised and updated 20th anniversary edition continues to provide the compassionate wisdom the book has been famous for, as well as many new features: Contemporary research on trauma and the brain An overview of powerful new healing tools such as imagery, meditation, and body-centered practices Additional stories that reflect an even greater diversity of survivor experiences The reassuring accounts of survivors who have been healing for more than twenty years The most comprehensive, up-to-date resource guide in the field Insights from the authors' decades of experience Cherished by survivors, and recommended by therapists and institutions everywhere, The Courage to Heal has often been called the bible of healing from child sexual abuse. This new edition will continue to serve as the healing beacon it has always been.

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    The Courage to Heal

    25.6 hrs • 2/5/13 • Unabridged
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  10. 9.2 hrs • 11/13/2012 • Unabridged

    What is the real secret to making the law of attraction work for you right now? At last! Dr. Joe Vitale, bestselling author and star of The Secret, reveals for the first time how to instantly manifest what you desire. He explains the truth about the Law of Attraction and guides you into understanding the hard-wired principles of the Universe. Dr. Vitale’s no-nonsense, tough-love, entertaining, educational and inspiring approach goes beyond a superficial understanding of manifestation to giving you full power to create your own destiny. Need money? Attract Money Now is the perfect blueprint for breaking free from debt, lack, struggle and fear. This is the exact same blueprint Dr. Joe Vitale used to go from a homeless nobody to a multimillionaire celebrity. It is a spiritual and practical system that will work for you. Looking for answers to the challenges you face today? Want to know how to thrive (not just survive) in today’s tough times? Dr. Joe Vitale has the solution! Vitale goes beyond feel good pep talks to reveal the real solution to attracting miracles in every area of your life and transcending your problems. Inspiring, enlightening and mind expanding, Dr. Vitale’s “solution” involves a proven step-by-step methodology to quickly take you from victim to victor!

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    The Secrets of Attraction

    9.2 hrs • 11/13/12 • Unabridged
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  11. 33.5 hrs • 11/13/2012 • Unabridged

    A comprehensive success library! These unabridged guides to the literature of prosperity and motivation survey the all-time classics, giving you their key ideas, insights, and applications—everything you need to know to start benefiting from these legendary works. Discover the books that have already enriched millions. With rags-to-riches stories of entrepreneurs such as Carnegie, Buffett, and Walton, to master motivators like Zig Ziglar, Brian Tracy, and Napoleon Hill, to contemporary business blockbusters such as Jack Welch, Spencer Johnson, and Robert Kiyosaki, these are the leaders and pioneers who have helped generations of listeners unleash their potential and discover the secrets of success. Discover also the books that have already changed the lives of millions. From the ancient teachings of Buddha and the Bhagavad-Gita, to the early American wisdom of Emerson and Thoreau, to such contemporary giants as Wayne Dyer, Joseph Campbell, Daniel Goleman, and Norman Vincent Peale and bestselling authors Deepak Chopra, Phil McGraw, Anthony Robbins, and Marianne Williamson, these are the most influential thinkers and motivators spanning the world’s religions, cultures, philosophies, and centuries. Don’t miss highlights from the key titles in the literature of prosperity, with concise summaries of each book’s main points, how they came into being, and what each offers listeners on their path toward a life of abundance. This is a comprehensive resource for creating wealth, managing financial assets, and, finally, giving something back in return.

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    Your Way to Success

    33.5 hrs • 11/13/12 • Unabridged
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  12. 6.8 hrs • 9/18/2012 • Unabridged

    "Like a good coach at ‘halftime,’ Morley helps men evaluate their past mistakes and provides the kind of practical insights, encouragement, and inspiration that will help them ‘run to win’ the rest of the way--and reach their full potential in Christ."--Bill McCartney, founder & CEO, Promise Keepers "Morley’s analogy of the ‘midlife lake’ is worth the price of the book. He asks the right questions and rightly predicts that your ‘second half’ can be the most significant part of your life."--Bob Buford, author of Halftime Refocus Your Life The first part of your life was like a river running swiftly within its banks. You were working hard to make your mark. You were intense. Focused. Then your river broadened into a lake. Now you find it hard to focus. Often, instead of feeling drive and purpose, you feel distracted--even insignificant. Patrick Morley shows how this season of perplexity can become a man’s golden opportunity to “reinvent” himself for life’s second half. If this sounds like you--or someone you know and love--this book is exactly what you’re looking for. Morley gives biblical insights, lived out in the crucible of his own life experience. This book will help you redefine your vision, your goals, and the heart that drives them. Second Wind for the Man in the Mirror will help you find a fresh sense of authenticity. Once again, you’ll feel your life regaining speed as the waters are gathered by the converging riverbanks just ahead.

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  13. 20.1 hrs • 10/4/2011 • Unabridged

    New York Times bestselling author William J. Bennett uses stories, essays, historical vignettes, and contemporary profiles to explore and explain what it means to be a man. Fashioning men has never been easy, but today it seems particularly tough. Boys need heroes to embody the everlasting qualities of manhood: honor, duty, valor, and integrity. Without such role models, boys will naturally choose perpetual childhood over the rigors of becoming a man—as many women, teachers, coaches, employers, and adults in authority can quickly attest. Too many boys and men waste time in pointless and soulless activities, unmindful of their responsibilities, uncaring in their pursuits. Have we forgotten how to raise men, how to lead our boys into manhood? In The Book of Man, Bennett charts a clearer course, offering a positive, encouraging, uplifting, realizable idea of manhood, redolent of history and human nature, and practical for contemporary life. Like his classic The Book of Virtues, Bennett uses profiles, stories, letters, poems, and myths to bring his subject to life, defining what a man should be, how he should live, and to what he should aspire in several key areas of life.

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    The Book of Man

    20.1 hrs • 10/4/11 • Unabridged
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  14. 13.3 hrs • 6/21/2010 • Unabridged

    It is taken for granted in the knowledge economy that companies must employ the most talented performers to compete and succeed. Many firms try to buy stars by luring them away from competitors. But Boris Groysberg shows what an uncertain and disastrous practice this can be. After examining the careers of more than a thousand star analysts at Wall Street investment banks, and conducting more than 200 frank interviews, Groysberg comes to a striking conclusion: star analysts who change firms suffer an immediate and lasting decline in performance. Their earlier excellence appears to have depended heavily on their former firms' general and proprietary resources, organizational cultures, networks, and colleagues. There are a few exceptions, such as stars who move with their teams and stars who switch to better firms. Female stars also perform better after changing jobs than their male counterparts do. But most stars who switch firms turn out to be meteors, quickly losing luster in their new settings. Groysberg also explores how some Wall Street research departments are successfully growing, retaining, and deploying their own stars. Finally, the book examines how its findings apply to many other occupations, from general managers to football players. Chasing Stars offers profound insights into the fundamental nature of outstanding performance. It also offers practical guidance to individuals on how to manage their careers strategically, and to companies on how to identify, develop, and keep talent.

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    Chasing Stars

    13.3 hrs • 6/21/10 • Unabridged
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  15. 14.0 hrs • 10/15/2008 • Unabridged

    The Second Declaration opens with a fascinating "Chinese Dream" and turns it into the common dream of all mankind. Absolutely original, with vivid style, verve, imagination, and sharp view points, The Second Declaration is a fascinating vision of future economies, the development trends of future cultures, and the development trends of future mankind.  This audiobook is overly stuffed with information covering high technological, anthropological, esthetic, literary, economic, political and scientific histories of the orient and occident, all of which allows you to enjoy "a luxurious feast of wisdom and knowledge." Peter Drucker, Father of Modern Management, said: "The next information revolution is not a revolution in technology, machinery, techniques, software, or speed; it is a revolution in CONCEPTS." The Second Declaration ignites this revolution. It elucidates the truth that the future determines the present. Today, in an era characterized by unprecedented changes, it is absolutely essential that everyone learn how to understand the future, cope with the future and manage the future. The Second Declaration teaches us how.

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    The Second Declaration

    14.0 hrs • 10/15/08 • Unabridged
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  16. 12.3 hrs • 4/17/2008 • Unabridged

    A major new work in the phenomenal 50 Classics series, Tom Butler-Bowden's 50 Prosperity Classics brings to light great works on wealth. Let the masters teach you to develop the millionaire mindset, become a wealth creator, make wise investment decisions and, once you've made it, give a little back. Learn how to attract wealth from famous classics such as Charles Fillmore's Prosperity, and contemporary bestsellers like Ask And It Is Given by Esther & Jerry Hicks and, of course, Rhonda Byrne's The Secret. Celebrate innovation, entrepreneurship and the building of enterprises with biographies of some of the great businesspeople of our time: Bill Gates, Richard Branson and Starbucks' Howard Schulz. See how influential economic philosophers, such as Adam Smith, Milton Friedman and Ayn Rand have paved a road for the creation of wealth. Titles by contemporary gurus Suze Orman and Dave Ramsay provide an education in how to live within your means. And a selection of fascinating books on investing by authors from Warren Buffett to Peter Lynch shows you how to plan for the future. Prosperous people see themselves as stewards of wealth. Amongst important philanthropy books profiled is the autobiography of Muhammed Yunus, whose bank allowed millions of women in developing countries to climb out of poverty. 50 Prosperity Classics is a complete guide on the path towards a life of abundance.With insightful commentaries on each classic, biographical information on the authors, plus a guide to further key titles, 50 PROSPERITY CLASSICS provides a unique overview of this fascinating subject.

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    50 Prosperity Classics

    12.3 hrs • 4/17/08 • Unabridged
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