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  1. 8.9 hrs • 10/20/2015 • Unabridged

    This is the true story of two decorated combat veterans linked by tragedy, who come home from the Middle East and find a new way to save their comrades and heal their country. In Charlie Mike, Joe Klein tells the dramatic story of Eric Greitens and Jake Wood, larger-than-life war heroes who come home and use their military discipline and values to help others. This is a story that hasn’t been told before, one of the most hopeful to emerge from Iraq and Afghanistan—a saga of lives saved, not wasted. Greitens, a Navy SEAL and Rhodes Scholar, spends years working in refugee camps before he joins the military. He enlists because he believes the innocent of the world need heavily armed, moral protection. Wounded in Iraq, Greitens returns home and finds that his fellow veterans at Bethesda Naval Hospital all want the same thing: they want to continue to serve their country in some way, no matter the extent of their injuries. He founds the Mission Continues to provide paid public service fellowships for wounded veterans. One of the first Mission Continues fellows is charismatic former Marine sergeant Jake Wood, a natural leader who began Team Rubicon, organizing 9/11 veterans for dangerous disaster relief projects around the world. “We do chaos,” he says. The chaos they face isn’t only in the streets of Haiti after the 2011 earthquake or in New York City after Hurricane Sandy—it’s also in the lives of their fellow veterans, who’ve come home from the wars traumatized and looking for a sense of purpose. Greitens and Wood believe that the military virtues of discipline and selflessness, of sacrifice for the greater good, can save lives—and not just the lives of their fellow veterans. They believe that invigorated veterans can lead, by personal example, to stronger communities—and they prove it in Charlie Mike. Their personal saga is compelling and inspirational: Greitens and Wood demonstrate how the skills of war can also provide a path to peace, personal satisfaction, and a more vigorous nation.

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    Charlie Mike

    8.9 hrs • 10/20/15 • Unabridged
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  2. 12.1 hrs • 8/12/2014 • Unabridged

    A beautifully told, inspiring true story of one woman’s volunteer experiences at an orphanage in rural Cambodia—a book that embodies the belief that love, compassion, and generosity of spirit can overcome even the most fearsome of obstacles Gail Gutradt was at a crossroads in her life when she learned of the Wat Opot Children’s Community. Begun with just fifty dollars in the pocket of Wayne Dale Matthysse, a former Marine Corps medic in Vietnam, Wat Opot, a temple complex nestled among Cambodia’s verdant rice paddies, was once a haunted scrubland that became a place of healing and respite where children with or orphaned by HIV/AIDS could live outside of fear or judgment and find a new family—a place that Gutradt calls “a workshop for souls.” Disarming, funny, deeply moving, In a Rocket Made of Ice gathers the stories of children saved and changed by this very special place and of one woman’s transformation in trying to help them. With wry perceptiveness and stunning humanity and humor, this courageous, surprising, and evocative memoir etches the people of Wat Opot forever on your heart.

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    In a Rocket Made of Ice

    12.1 hrs • 8/12/14 • Unabridged
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  3. 2.9 hrs • 10/30/2012 • Unabridged

    For eleven years, Danielle Steel took to the streets with a small team to help the homeless of San Francisco. She worked anonymously, visiting the “cribs” of the city’s most vulnerable citizens under cover of darkness, distributing food, clothing, bedding, tools, and toiletries. She sought no publicity for her efforts and remained anonymous throughout. Now she is speaking to bring attention to their plight. In this unflinchingly honest and deeply moving memoir, the famously private author speaks out publicly for the first time about her work among the most desperate members of our society. She offers achingly acute portraits of the people she met along the way, and issues a heartfelt call for more effective action to aid this vast, deprived population. Determined to supply the homeless with the basic necessities to keep them alive, she ends up giving them something far more powerful: a voice. By turns candid and inspirational, Danielle Steel’s A Gift of Hope is a true act of advocacy and love.

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    A Gift of Hope

    2.9 hrs • 10/30/12 • Unabridged
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  4. 6.5 hrs • 10/2/2012 • Unabridged

    From the incredibly impressive and inspiring teenager who unified the fundraising efforts of children across the USA, reporting more than $10 million (yes, million) for the survivors of Hurricane Katrina at the age of ten, comes the ultimate, and most unexpected, guide for everyone who dreams of making a difference. Talia Leman’s heroic efforts on behalf of the survivors of Hurricane Katrina ranked in the top five of the relief fundraisers, including major international organizations. After completing that incredible project, she continued with something even bigger: orchestrating and leveraging the philanthropic efforts of millions of children from twenty countries to bring aid to four continents, so far. And she did all of this before turning sixteen. Now this dynamo, who has made appearances on the Today Show, NBC Nightly News and CNN’s American Morning, offers the sort of inspirational guide that only she could write. Poised, smart, charming, and always positive, Talia has brought young people together to focus their energy and passion to such projects as providing clean, safe water sources in the developing world, supplying corrective braces to children with clubfoot across the planet, and funding green solutions in schools throughout the United States. Writing with infectious enthusiasm, humor, and resoluteness, she shares her secrets to success—as well as her catchy maxims, like “Use Your Inexperience Shamelessly,” “Sideways is a Better Way to Go Forward,” and “Too Many Cooks is the Right Number.” Talia proves that any one has what it takes to do exactly what she did—kids and adults alike. A random book about the power of anyone is set to electrify a generation of achievers.

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    A Random Book about the Power of Anyone

    6.5 hrs • 10/2/12 • Unabridged
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  5. 6.2 hrs • 11/28/2006 • Abridged

    Imagine waking up every morning believing that your actions can make a significant change in the world. For everyone who has ever yearned for a better life and a better world, Craig and Marc Kielburger share a blueprint for personal and social change that has the power to transform lives one act at a time. Me to We is an approach to life that leads us to recognize what is truly valuable. It creates new ways of measuring meaning, happiness, and success in our lives, and makes these elusive goals attainable at last. After you've absorbed the ideas presented in Me to We, your life may not end up as you had envisioned. You may not acquire a house on a beach in the Caymans, but you may find your toes grounded in the sand. You may not see an enormous change in your social life, but in your life you may very well see enormous social change. You may not find the person of your dreams, but you will help people young and old go beyond theirs. Me to We will open your eyes and change the way you look at life. Treat it as an invitation: an invitation to discover the power of the Me to We philosophy and to join the growing community of people around the world who are embracing this way of life.

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    Me to We

    6.2 hrs • 11/28/06 • Abridged
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  6. 3.0 hrs • 5/1/1999 • Abridged

    Danny Seo is the remarkable young entrepreneur of altruism, the twenty-one-year-old recently honored with the 1998 "Oprah's Angel Network™ Award." In Heaven On Earth, he offers inspiration and practical advice for anyone who wants to join him in finding personal fulfillment by committing oneself to making a postive difference in the lives of others. By focusing on activities that we can tackle after work, on weekends, or in just fifteen minutes a day, Heaven On Earth is a blueprint that anyone can follow to benefit their communities in the greatest way possible. At the heart of Seo's approach are his 10 Rules of Angel Power. Among them are: One plus one equals three. A pool of talents can add up to an ocean of good. Double your pleasure, double your funds. The most effective ways of raising money are usually the most creative ways -- and the most fun. U.B.U. (You Be You). If your instincts tell you that a particular project or idea is wrong for you, go with your Out and search out something more inspiring. Everyone will benefit. Danny Seo is an extraordinary young man, but the irony is that just about all of his achievements, taken individually, are within our power to accomplish, too. Heaven On Earth is a motivational audiobook that enables us to feel good about ourselves by encouraging us to do good for others.

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    Heaven on Earth

    Read by Danny Seo
    3.0 hrs • 5/1/99 • Abridged
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