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  1. Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man Audiobook Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man
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  2. The Sin Eater Audiobook The Sin Eater
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  3. Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Be Audiobook Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Be
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  4. Near Dark: A Thriller Audiobook Near Dark: A Thriller
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  5. Coming Home to Island House Audiobook Coming Home to Island House
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  6. Outsider: A Novel of Suspense Audiobook Outsider: A Novel of Suspense
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  7. What You Wish For: A Novel Audiobook What You Wish For: A Novel
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  8. The Alchemist Audiobook The Alchemist
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  9. Relationship Goals: How to Win at Dating, Marriage, and Sex Audiobook Relationship Goals: How to Win at Dating, Marriage, and Sex
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The Heads of Cerberus: The Book that Created Dystopian Sci Fi Audiobook

The Heads of Cerberus: The Book that Created Dystopian Sci Fi

Author: Gertrude Barrows Bennett Narrator: Chirag Patel Release Date: June 2020

This book, set in a dystopian Philadelphia in 2118, invented a new, creepier kind of dystopian Sci Fi. - Perhaps the first science fantasy to use the alternate time-track, or parallel worlds, idea. -Groff Conklin - A pioneering variation on the parallel worlds theme. -Boucher and McComas - A highly imaginative work, one of the classics of early pulp fantastic fiction -Everett F. Bleiler “Stevens, to her credit, manages to keep her story taut and suspenseful, at the same time that she injects pleasing snippets of humor here and there, mainly thanks to the character of Arnold Bertram, a portly thief who had tried to rifle Trenmore’s safe back home and had also been thrown into the year 2118 as a result. The author presciently posits the coming of a second World War, and yet her Philadelphia of two centuries hence still somehow contains “clanging street cars,” shooting galleries, and “movie” theaters. (I love that fact that Stevens puts the word “movie” in quotes; first used around 1911, it must have still seemed a newish, slangy word by 1918!) A pseudo-scientific explanation, at the novel’s end, for all the mishegas that had come before goes far in claiming for the book its place of pride in the early sci-fi field... a most entertaining and atmospheric read.” -Sandy Ferber, fantasyliterature.com

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Claimed!: The Tale of Undersea Gods That Inspired Cthulu Audiobook

Claimed!: The Tale of Undersea Gods That Inspired Cthulu

Author: Gertrude Barrows Bennett Narrator: Chirag Patel Release Date: June 2020

Gertrude Barrows Bennet is better known by her pen-name, Francis Stevens. With a career that only spanned three years between 1917 and 1920, when she stopped writing after her mother's death, she is credited as 'the woman who invented dark fantasy'. She was a direct influence on H.P. Lovecraft, and in the words of Sam Moskowitz was the 'greatest woman writer of science fiction in the period between Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and C.L. Moore' “Mysterious, beautifully written, at times hallucinatory, and with a creeping atmosphere of dread to spare, 'Claimed' is most surely an impressive piece of imaginative work. The author does not shrink from the depiction of violence and bloodshed, either. As in 'The Citadel of Fear,' here, an ancient god appears in modern times to stir up trouble, but in 'Claimed,' that god is never named (although Poseidon/Neptune is strongly suggested) or even clearly seen. [we see] the horrendous fate that befell the continent of Atlantis, and just how the coveted box wound up in the drink to begin with, and it really is some fascinating stuff. Vanaman, Leilah and especially old Robinson, I should add, are all well-drawn characters, with the good doctor being especially likable and sympathetic. Stevens peppers her novel with many memorable and haunting scenes, including an early exploration of the newly risen, barren island where the relic is initially found; a clairvoyant's unfortunate attempt to perform a little psychometry on the arcane object; and, indeed, the entire final 1/3 of the book, comprising as it does a tense chase at sea. The book has great sweep and drive, and is fairly relentless once it gets moving. Personally, I could not wait to get home after work to get back to it, and the evenings that I spent reading 'Claimed' were very gripping ones, to be sure.” [Sandy Ferber, fantasyliterature.com]

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South African Folk Tales, Vol I: Animal stories from before the Settlers Audiobook

South African Folk Tales, Vol I: Animal stories from before the Settlers

Author: James A Honey Narrator: Chirag Patel Release Date: May 2020

In the Early settler days, the British did more than go to war. Many found the local folklore and beliefs fascinating, and collected them together. This is one of the first explorations of South African folk tales. Come now for stories of the naughty Jackal as he tricks Lion and Leopard, or how Tortoise shows his great cunning. Of Hare and Heron and Wildebeest, and all the other majestic creatures that roam the savannah and jungles. Book versions include images of South African animals central to the stories told herein.

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Dao De Jing: The Classic Victorian-Era Translation Audiobook

Dao De Jing: The Classic Victorian-Era Translation

Author: James Legge, Lao-Tzu Narrator: Chirag Patel Release Date: May 2020

James Legge was one of the first great popularisers of Eastern ideas and religion in the West. In this foundational work, he provides a translation of the Dao De Jing/ Tao Te Ching that stands up well today, over a hundred years later. Book versions illustrated with historical images of Lao Tzu's various legends from Chinese mythology.

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Time And The Gods: The Book That Influenced Millions of Fantasy Writers Audiobook

Time And The Gods: The Book That Influenced Millions of Fantasy Writers

Author: Lord Dunsany Narrator: Chirag Patel Release Date: May 2020

Lord Dunsany was the most influential writer in the genre that came to be known as fantasy, of which his stories set trends for that continue to this day. He was an influence on Tolkien, Lovecraft, Gaiman, Borges, Clarke, Moorcock, Yeats, Le Guin and many more besides. Worlds of monsters and magic, of strange names and stranger tales, were all born in Dunsany’s work. Before him, the closest thing to fantasy that existed was folktales; after him, people built worlds beyond imagining and epic stories in the lands he first explored.

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Serapion: A tale of Demonic Possession from the Victorian Era Audiobook

Serapion: A tale of Demonic Possession from the Victorian Era

Author: Francis Stevens, Gertrude Barrows Bennett Narrator: Chirag Patel Release Date: May 2020

In a career that spanned a mere three years, Gertrude Barrows Bennett (writing as Francis Stevens) published half a dozen books that came to define the genres that followed on. she is most popularly known as the woman who invented dark fantasy, but on the way she also invented a new, creepier kind of dystopian Sci Fi. Today, you would call this a tale of trauma-onset schizophrenia, or perhaps a terrible descent into Dissociative Identity Disorder, foretold by genetics. In 1920, the best way to make sense of it was demonic possession. A true masterwork of psychological horror, from before psychology existed. 'One of the most intense, complete and unrelenting tales of psychological horror ever put together. No gore, guts and physical putrescence so common to horror, but the utter dissolution of a human spirit, as told by the victim. It is also perhaps the saddest book I've ever read, a perfectly realized story of unredeemed personal degradation and its effects on all it touches. Clayton Barbour, the narrator, is a protected bourgeois son just weak enough to allow himself to be overwhelmed by a sly, dissembling force of evil, just strong enough to be constantly tormented by his weakness. Invited to a séance by a casual acquaintance, Moore, who sees in him a psychic force, he becomes the inadvertent victim of Moore's wife's contact with a channeled malignant force. From this point on, the life of Clayton, his family and his friends is slowly, inextricably ripped asunder by events and in ways that seem unconnected but are manipulated by the Fifth Presence within him. Bennett pulls no punches, provides no happy ending. In that, it is her most honest work (and perhaps a summing summing up of her own life to this point, when she had lost a husband, father and invalid mother)... Dark, wrenching, truly horrifying, but a book I can recommend without the least reservation.' [Derek Davis, Goodreads]

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The Forerunner & The Madman: Two lesser known works by the Sufi master Audiobook

The Forerunner & The Madman: Two lesser known works by the Sufi master

Author: Khalil Gibran Narrator: Chirag Patel Release Date: April 2020

Most famously known for his book The Prophet, the Lebanese poet Kahlil Gibran, who has been called 'the single most important influence on Arabic poetry and literature during the first half of [the twentieth] century.' Contained herein are two lesser known works. The Madman was the first book Kahlil published in English, and it's success was enough for The Forerunner to be released by the same publisher less than two years later.

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Nightmare!: The First Ever Dark Fantasy Novel Audiobook

Nightmare!: The First Ever Dark Fantasy Novel

Author: Gertrude Barrows Bennett Narrator: Chirag Patel Release Date: April 2020

Also published as Nightmare! A Tale of Waking Terror by Francis Stevens. Come now and see a strange island peopled with monstrous beings and carnivorous plants, on which vie two brother princes on opposite sides of a great conflict, with a woman who is more than match for either between them. Nightmare was the first in a type of fiction that became known as dark fantasy, and remains a high water mark in the genre. First published in 1916, this debut novel began the three year career in which Francis Stevens became the person that launched entire genres of modern fictions. With her vast imagination and flair for the unusual and exciting, Gertrude Barrows Bennett created a seed that has grown into thousands of great works. An exciting adventure tale in which 'The air of mystery and the atmospheric buildup are superbly done, indicating a ranking talent.' [Sam Moskowitz] Come along for a voyage on a great ocean liner to an uncharted land, filled with strange beast and secrets of alchemy, and a woman strong enough to win over them. Gertrude Barrows Bennett is better known by her pen-name, Francis Stevens. With a career that only spanned three years between 1917 and 1920, when she stopped writing after her mother's death, she is credited as 'the woman who invented dark fantasy'. She was a direct influence on H.P. Lovecraft, and in the words of Sam Moskowitz was the 'greatest woman writer of science fiction in the period between Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and C.L. Moore''

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Biggles Learns To Fly: Exciting adventures in WWI as Biggles earns his wings on the front line Audiobook

Biggles Learns To Fly: Exciting adventures in WWI as Biggles earns his wings on the front line

Author: We Johns Narrator: Chirag Patel Release Date: April 2020

Includes illustrations from the original edition, as well as covers of the magazines in which the stories were first printed Nowadays, planes are safe and stable machines. come now to join a joung Bigglesworth's earliest adventures as he joins the fighting on the front lines in France, during the First World War. The flying corps has just been formed and the planes are deathtraps, invented barely days before. Read on to find the origin story of one of Britain's greatest and most loved heroes.

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The Sayings of Lao-Tzu: An accessible narrative prose translation of the Dao De Jing Audiobook

The Sayings of Lao-Tzu: An accessible narrative prose translation of the Dao De Jing

Author: Lao-Tzu, Lionel Giles Narrator: Chirag Patel Release Date: March 2020

A prose translation of the Tao that focuses on bringing out the subtlety and depth of the classic Way. Translations of the famous Way and Virtue (Dao De Jing/Tao Te Ching) focus on the poetics and depth of the original. In contrast, Giles’ translation focuses on telling stories with the text, drawing out the nuances in a way that is more familiar to Western audiences from philosophical and religious texts. “Few can help being struck by the similarity of tone between the sayings of Lao Tzu and the Gospel enunciated six centuries later by the Prince of Peace. There are two famous utterances in particular which secure to Lao Tzu the glory of having anticipated the lofty morality of the Sermon on the Mount. The cavilers who would rank the Golden Rule of Confucius below that of Christ will find it hard to get over the fact that Lao Tzu said, 'Requite injury with kindness,' and 'To the not-good I would be good in order to make them good.' It was a hundred and fifty years later that Plato reached the same conclusion in the first book of the Republic. It is interesting to observe certain points of contact between Lao Tzu and the early Greek philosophers. He may be compared both with Parmenides, who disparaged sense-knowledge and taught the existence of the One as opposed to the Many, and with Heraclitus, whose theory of the identity of contraries recalls some of our Sage's paradoxes. But it is when we come to Plato that the most striking parallels occur. It has not escaped notice that something like the Platonic doctrine of ideas is discoverable in the 'forms' which Lao Tzu conceives as residing in Tao. But, so far as I know, no one has yet pointed out what a close likeness Tao itself bears to that curious abstraction which Plato calls the Idea of the Good.” eBook Includes images of Wang Bi's classic commentary to the Dao.

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A Dreamer's Tales: A collection from the world’s first modern fantasy writer, written in 1905 and an Audiobook

A Dreamer's Tales: A collection from the world’s first modern fantasy writer, written in 1905 and an

Author: Lord Dunsany Narrator: Chirag Patel Release Date: February 2020

Lord Dunsany was the most influential writer in the genre that came to be known as fantasy, which his stories set trends for that continue to this day. Before him, the closest thing to fantasy that existed was folktales; after him, people built worlds beyond imagining and epic stories in the lands he first explored. He was an influence on Tolkien, Lovecraft, Gaiman, Borges, Clarke, Moorcock, Yeats, Le Guin and many more besides. Worlds of monsters and magic, of strange names and stranger tales, were all born in Dunsany’s work. Contained herein are tales of mysteries and monsters, deserted cities and dangerous dreams, of war between the gods and men who are not all they seem. In this collection you’ll find sixteen stories from the first and greatest master of the fantasy genre.  

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Arthashastra, or, The Playbook of Material Gain: Pragmatic and amoral tips on how to gain, defend, a Audiobook

Arthashastra, or, The Playbook of Material Gain: Pragmatic and amoral tips on how to gain, defend, a

Author: Kautilya Chanakya Narrator: Chirag Patel Release Date: January 2020

Truly radical 'Machiavellianism', in the popular sense of that word, is classically expressed in Indian literature in the Arthashastra of Kautilya (written long before the birth of Christ, ostensibly in the time of Chandragupta): compared to it, Machiavelli's The Prince is harmless. — Max Weber, Politics as a Vocation (1919) Chanakya's treatise, written while turning a farmhand into the emperor of the largest empire India had ever seen, focuses on how to manage an empire, covering everything from domestic policy and personal rights to assassination and the dirtier arts of politics. This is not, as with Plato’s Republic, a work of theory. Chanakya’s guidance is entirely practical, and is based on both his education and his experience building an empire. It lacks the philosophical ponderings and moralizing of its equivalent Western works (such as The Prince, The Republic or Leviathan) and instead focuses on how one deals with the messiness of the world in practice. People will occasionally refer to Chanakya as an Indian Machiavelli, but this does some discredit to Chanakya. The Prince is a satire, and focused around exposing the tactics and inhumanity of Cesare Borgia. Arthashastra is a manual for every aspect of statecraft, and while it deals in the unethical it does so only because that is, after all is said and done, one of the options available to a ruler. If you're after a totally pragmatic analysis of leadership, stripped of moralising and focused on what works and how to deal with real-world issues, this is the book for you.

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