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  1. 7.7 hrs • 9/13/2016 • Unabridged

    When New Yorker staff writer Lauren Collins moves to Geneva, Switzerland, she decides to learn French—not just to be able to go about her day-to-day life, but in order to be closer to her French husband and his family. When in French is at once a hilarious and idiosyncratic memoir about the things we do for love, and an exploration across cultures and history into how we learn languages, and what they say about who we are. In her late twenties, Lauren Collins moved to London, and fell in love with, and married, Olivier, a handsome French mathematician. When he has to relocate to Geneva for his work, she decides to go with him. In Geneva, however, Lauren is lost for words, literally: not only can she not communicate to the local chimney-sweep when he visits, but, watching Olivier converse fluently in French every day, she is also made painfully aware that she has never really spoken to her husband in his own language. She can say, “au revoir” and “bonjour” but that’s about it. “Hello and goodbye were a pair of bookends,” she writes, “propping up a vast library of blank volumes, void almanacs, novels full of sentiment I couldn’t apprehend.” What will happen when she has children? she wonders. If they grow up speaking French, will they be stuck with a “Borat of a mother” who can’t properly understand them? So she embarks on a quest to learn French, and, in doing so, must tangle with the intricacies of French culture—which, it turns out, is a far cry from family life back home in North Carolina. Down the rabbit hole of French Collins hurtles; role-playing with her classmates at language school; coming to terms with antique French social customs; accidently writing explicit “thank you” notes to her French in-laws; and delving into the strange and wonderful history of humanity’s many forms of language. When in French is a moving, laugh-out-loud funny memoir about falling in love, learning another language, and living far from home, as well as a freewheeling history of language. Collins investigates, among other things, how children acquire speech, the history of the idea of “American” as its own language, and why we don’t trust people who adopt accents. (Her own father takes on a southern accent after moving to North Carolina, much to her mother’s chagrin.) Plumbing the depths of the mysteries of foreign languages, Collins confesses—with style, sparkling humor, and touching honesty—to the frustrations, pleasures, surprises, and, finally, satisfactions of learning French.

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    When in French

    7.7 hrs • 9/13/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 9.1 hrs • 9/6/2016 • Unabridged

    Paris was practically perfect—although for Craig Carlson one thing was still missing: the good ol’ American breakfast he loved so much. Craig was the last person anyone would have expected to open an American diner in Paris. He came from humble beginnings in a working-class town in Connecticut, had never worked in a restaurant, and didn’t know anything about starting a brand-new business. But from his first visit to Paris, Craig knew he had found the city of his dreams. Pancakes in Paris is the story of Craig tackling the impossible—from raising the money to fund his dream to tracking down international suppliers for “exotic” American ingredients, and even finding love along the way. His diner, Breakfast in America, is now a renowned tourist destination, and the story of how it came to be is just as delicious and satisfying as the classic breakfast that tops its menu.

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    Pancakes in Paris by Craig Carlson

    Pancakes in Paris

    9.1 hrs • 9/6/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 3.4 hrs • 8/30/2016 • Unabridged

    For those who choose to break out of the confines of all-inclusive tourist resorts, Culture Smart! Dominican Republic offers a tantalizing insight into this warm, vital, and intriguing people. It takes you on a journey from the unspoiled coastline to the agricultural interior, to the imposing mountains and to the hamlets where time appears to have stood still. It then catapults you into the twenty-first century, through poverty and opulence, to the hustle and bustle of the large cities and the lifestyles of the luxury coastal tourist resorts. It offers practical advice on what to expect and to how to behave in a Dominican home, or in social and work settings.

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    Dominican Republic—Culture Smart!

    3.4 hrs • 8/30/16 • Unabridged
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  4. 3.5 hrs • 8/30/2016 • Unabridged

    Culture Smart! provides essential information on attitudes, beliefs and behavior in the Philippines, ensuring that you arrive aware of basic manners, common courtesies, and sensitive issues. This concise guides tell you what to expect, how to behave, and how to establish a rapport with your hosts. The inside knowledge will enable you to steer clear of embarrassing gaffes and mistakes, feel confident in unfamiliar situations, and develop trust, friendships, and successful business relationships. It will help you to turn your visit-whether on business or for pleasure-into a memorable and enriching experience.

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    Philippines—Culture Smart!

    3.5 hrs • 8/30/16 • Unabridged
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  5. 4.0 hrs • 8/30/2016 • Unabridged

    This new, updated edition of Culture Smart! Turkey reveals a nation in transition. Over the last two decades living conditons have improved greatly and Turkey is now classified as a developed country with an emerging market economy. Viewed by many as a model for outward-looking Islam, it is a country with laws to protect against religious paternalism, where restaurants are open during the fast of Ramadan, and where headscarves or no scarves can be worn in universities, schools, and public offices. Turkey continues to seek EU membership, but the road to accession has been full of twists and turns and the outcome is uncertain.

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    Turkey—Culture Smart!

    4.0 hrs • 8/30/16 • Unabridged
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  6. 3.4 hrs • 8/30/2016 • Unabridged

    The spectacular Beijing Olympics of 2008 signaled China’s arrival as a superpower on the world stage. The global economic crisis that followed in 2008–9 saw it become banker to the West, poised to eclipse the United States. This new edition of Kathy Flower’s bestselling Culture Smart! China has been revised and updated by the author to take on board the transformation in China’s fortunes and the changing face of Chinese society. This edition of Culture Smart! China is the indispensable visitors’ guide to the complexities of a rapidly changing world power whose ancient culture and traditions owe little to the West.

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    China—Culture Smart!

    3.4 hrs • 8/30/16 • Unabridged
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  7. 4.5 hrs • 8/10/2016 • Unabridged

    Reprint of “BOHEMIAN SAN FRANCISCO”, originally published in 1914. A Bohemian Guide to San Francisco Restaurants and their most famous recipes. What made San Francisco so charming, such a “Mecca for lovers of gustatory delights,” a city whose name “is known wherever men and women sit at table,” was the astonishing array of people from so many cultures, each with their own distinctive neighborhoods arranged side by side up and down the steep hillsides of the city. The ethnic neighborhoods transformed a stroll through the streets of San Francisco into a magic carpet ride around the world. Dedicated to all Chefs and Food Lovers.

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  8. 3.1 hrs • 8/1/2016 • Unabridged

    This audiobook is based on a spiritual lecture tour around the world. The trip was motivated by a deep inner spiritual desire. The journey began in Los Angeles and followed the Polar route to Europe. It follows Murphy’s spiritual observations and sentiments as he traveled by ocean liner across the polar route to Europe, Lourdes and to Hawaii. Murphy teaches us that we must learn to listen to the murmurs and whispers of our heart strings that guide us to action. The audiobook is a spiritual travelogue and Murphy opens up to the deeper meaning of his travels.

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    Traveling with God

    3.1 hrs • 8/1/16 • Unabridged
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  9. 9.1 hrs • 7/5/2016 • Unabridged

    A rich and revelatory memoir of a young woman confronting her fears and finding home in the North. Blair Braverman fell in love with the North at an early age: by the time she was nineteen, she had left her home in California, moved to Norway to learn how to drive sled dogs, and worked as a tour guide on a glacier in Alaska. By turns funny and sobering, bold and tender, Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube charts Blair’s endeavor to become a “tough girl”—someone who courts danger in an attempt to become fearless. As she ventures into a ruthless arctic landscape, Blair faces down physical exhaustion—being buried alive in an ice cave, and driving a dogsled across the tundra through a whiteout blizzard in order to avoid corrupt police—and grapples with both love and violence as she negotiates the complex demands of being a young woman in a man’s land. Brilliantly original and bracingly honest, Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube captures the triumphs and the perils of the journey to self-discovery and independence in a landscape that is as beautiful as it is unforgiving.

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    Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube by Blair Braverman

    Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube

    9.1 hrs • 7/5/16 • Unabridged
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  10. 22.8 hrs • 6/29/2016 • Unabridged

    Internationally acclaimed author Paul Theroux adds Fresh Air Fiend, named a New York Times Notable Book, to his highly praised travel writings. A collection of essays, this intimate and fascinating book explores five continents and many cultures, while delving deep into the mind of Theroux. From one adventure to the next, listeners will be captivated by what the Chicago Tribune calls “an irresistable storyteller.”

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    Fresh Air Fiend

    22.8 hrs • 6/29/16 • Unabridged
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  11. 4.0 hrs • 6/28/2016 • Unabridged

    Don’t pack anxiety in your suitcase! By reading Culture Smart! Tanzania before you go, will ease your travel, help you to make friends and avoid confusion. Culture Smart! Tanzania will help you to understand local manners, customs and laws. Culture Smart! Tanzania goes the extra mile to help you brush up on your cultural small talk and will make you confident in leaving your comfort zone far behind. Walk hand in hand with a Culture Smart! guide and avoid misunderstandings that could cost you valuable time, money and enjoyment. With Culture Smart! Tanzania you will learn about daily living, historical perspectives, taboos, business etiquette, eating and drinking and much more, allowing you to experience the country like a native.

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    Culture Smart! Tanzania

    4.0 hrs • 6/28/16 • Unabridged
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  12. 4.0 hrs • 6/28/2016 • Unabridged

    Culture Smart! Nepal provides essential information on attitudes, beliefs, and behavior in different countries, ensuring that you arrive at your destination aware of basic manners, common courtesies, and sensitive issues. These concise guides tell you what to expect, how to behave, and how to establish a rapport with your hosts. This inside knowledge will enable you to steer clear of embarrassing gaffes and mistakes, feel confident in unfamiliar situations, and develop trust, friendships, and successful business relationships.

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    Culture Smart! Nepal

    4.0 hrs • 6/28/16 • Unabridged
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  13. 7.8 hrs • 6/14/2016 • Unabridged

    Steve Hely presents a travel book about his journey through Central and South America. Part travel book, part pop history, part comic memoir, Hely’s writing will make any listener want to reach for their backpack and hiking boots. The Wonder Trail is the story of Steve’s trip from Los Angeles to the bottom of South America, presented in 102 short chapters. The trip was ambitious—Steve traveled through Mexico City, ancient Mayan ruins, the jungles and coffee plantations and remote beaches of Central America, across the Panama Canal, by sea to Colombia, to the wild Easter celebration of Popayán, to the Amazon rainforest, the Inca sites of Cuzco and Machu Picchu, to the Galápagos Islands, the Atacama Desert of Chile, and down to the jagged and wind-worn land of Patagonia, at the very end of the western hemisphere. Steve’s plan was to discover the weird, wonderful, and absurd—not to ignore the challenges and problems in Central and South America—but to focus on the incredible, delightful people and experiences that came his way. And the book that resulted is just as fun. A blend of travel writing, history, and comic memoir, The Wonder Trail will inspire, inform, and delight.

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    The Wonder Trail

    7.8 hrs • 6/14/16 • Unabridged
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  14. 10.3 hrs • 5/31/2016 • Unabridged

    The acclaimed, award-winning novelist takes us on some of his most memorable journeys in this revelatory collection of travel essays that spans the globe, from the Caribbean to Scotland to the Himalayas. Now in his mid-seventies, Russell Banks has indulged his wanderlust for more than half a century. “Since childhood, I’ve longed for escape, for rejuvenation, for wealth untold, for erotic and narcotic and sybaritic fresh starts, for high romance, mystery, and intrigue,” he writes in this compelling anthology. The longing for escape has taken him from the “bright green islands and turquoise seas” of the Caribbean islands to peaks in the Himalayas, the Andes, and beyond. In Voyager, Russell Banks, a lifelong explorer, shares highlights from his travels: interviewing Fidel Castro in Cuba; motoring to a hippie reunion with college friends in Chapel Hill, North Carolina; eloping to Edinburgh with his fourth wife, Chase; driving a sunset orange metallic Hummer down Alaska’s Seward Highway. In each of these remarkable essays, Banks considers his life and the world. In Everglades National Park, this “perfect place to time-travel,” he traces his own timeline. “I keep going back, and with increasing clarity I see more of the place and more of my past selves. And more of the past of the planet as well.” Recalling his trips to the Caribbean in the title essay, “Voyager,” Banks dissects his relationships with the four women who would become his wives. In the Himalayas, he embarks on a different quest of self-discovery. “One climbs a mountain not to conquer it, but to be lifted like this away from the earth up into the sky,” he explains. Pensive, frank, beautiful, and engaging, Voyager brings together the social, the personal, and the historical, opening a path into the heart and soul of this revered writer.

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    Voyager by Russell Banks

    Voyager

    10.3 hrs • 5/31/16 • Unabridged
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  15. 8.0 hrs • 5/24/2016 • Unabridged

    Following his trek along the length of the Nile River, explorer Levison Wood takes on his greatest challenge yet—navigating the treacherous foothills of the Himalayas, the world’s highest mountain range. Praised by Bear Grylls, Levison Wood has been called “the toughest man on TV” (The Times UK). Now, following in the footsteps of the great explorers, Levison recounts the beauty and danger he found along the Silk Road route of Afghanistan, the Line of Control between Pakistan and India, the disputed territories of Kashmir, and the earthquake-ravaged lands of Nepal. Over the course of six months, Wood and his trusted guides trek 1,700 grueling miles across the roof of the world. Packed with action and emotion, Walking the Himalayas is the story of one intrepid man’s travels in a world poised on the edge of tremendous change.

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    Walking the Himalayas

    8.0 hrs • 5/24/16 • Unabridged
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  16. 3.5 hrs • 5/17/2016 • Unabridged

    In this updated and redesigned edition of the New York Times bestseller, Newt and Callista Gingrich invite you on a walking tour of America’s capital city; Washington, DC. As a reminder of God’s role in the history and future of America, Newt and Callista Gingrich give listeners a look into the architecture and beauty of the nation’s Capitol in Rediscovering God in America. Listeners will take a walk through Washington, DC to view the nation’s monuments and memorials, including the National Archives, where Thomas Jefferson’s immortal words jump off the page. But this is not simply a walking tour of the city; this is a tour of American history—of great men and women, events, documents, institutions, and ideas—all shaped decisively by the genuine belief that America is a nation founded under God. Listeners will quickly find themselves on a profound path of discovery and renewal.

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