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  1. Me: Elton John Official Autobiography Audiobook Me: Elton John Official Autobiography
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  2. Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas: Festive hospital diaries from the author of million-copy hit T Audiobook Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas: Festive hospital diaries from the author of million-copy hit T
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  3. Christmas Shopaholic Audiobook Christmas Shopaholic
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  4. The Guilty Mother Audiobook The Guilty Mother
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  5. Girl, Woman, Other Audiobook Girl, Woman, Other
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  6. Postscript: The sequel to PS, I Love You Audiobook Postscript: The sequel to PS, I Love You
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  7. Indulge Audiobook Indulge
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  8. Shut Up and Listen!: Hard Business Truths that Will Help You Succeed Audiobook Shut Up and Listen!: Hard Business Truths that Will Help You Succeed
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  9. The Family Upstairs: The Number One bestseller from the author of Then She Was Gone Audiobook The Family Upstairs: The Number One bestseller from the author of Then She Was Gone
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  10. The Uninhabitable Earth: A Story of the Future Audiobook The Uninhabitable Earth: A Story of the Future
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Thinking About Moral issues Audiobook

Thinking About Moral issues

Author: Dr. Richard DeGeorge Narrator: Cliff Robertson, Robert Guillaume Release Date: April 2006

We all know that murder, lying, and stealing are wrong. Many of us have also made up our minds on controversial topics like abortion or capital punishment. Yet we continue to have disagreements about such topics as we struggle to find what is the "right" answer to moral problems. Religious beliefs may provide answers for some, but not everyone is religious. And people often debate social, governmental, and business issues in non-religious terms. Can we supply a secular basis to our inherited Judeo-Christian morality? For some twenty-five centuries, philosophers have attempted to explain and account for our moral experience. They’ve tried to describe what’s worth seeking in human life, along with the moral rules that should guide our behavior and the virtues that constitute human excellence. Three major categories of philosophical ethics stretch back to ancient Greece and continue into the present. One, focusing on the consequences of actions, holds that pleasure or happiness is our basic goal; here the right thing to do is to maximize pleasure or happiness. The second category emphasizes reason, claiming that duty, rights, and justice are basic. The third category considers what it means to lead a good life, along with the role virtue plays in that life. All three trends combine to influence the current discussion of moral problems. By becoming familiar with them, we can learn to think more clearly about moral issues. We can defend our decisions or opinions to others who are affected by them. And we can more effectively participate in today’s discussions about the morality of public policy issues.

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The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History Audiobook

The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History

Author: John M. Barry Narrator: Scott Brick Release Date: March 2006

At the height of WWI, history’s most lethal influenza virus erupted in an army camp in Kansas, moved east with American troops, then exploded, killing as many as 100 million people worldwide. It killed more people in twenty-four months than AIDS killed in twenty-four years, more in a year than the Black Death killed in a century. But this was not the Middle Ages, and 1918 marked the first collision of science and epidemic disease. Magisterial in its breadth of perspective and depth of research and now revised to reflect the growing danger of the avian flu, The Great Influenza is ultimately a tale of triumph amid tragedy, which provides us with a precise and sobering model as we confront the epidemics looming on our own horizon. John M. Barry has written a new afterword for this edition that brings us up to speed on the terrible threat of the avian flu and suggest ways in which we might head off another flu pandemic.

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Product Idea to Product Success Audiobook

Product Idea to Product Success

Author: Matthew Yubas Narrator: Matthew Yubas Release Date: March 2006

Coming up with the idea is one thing, getting it to fly is another. In his audiobook, Product Idea to Product Success: A Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Making Money from Your Idea, author Matthew Yubas offers readers a complete, practical, and easy-to-understand guide to the process of bringing an invention to market. Anyone with a great idea for a new product or service can benefit from this audiobook. In an engaging and conversational style, Product Idea to Product Success is filled with examples and real-world advice as Yubas takes readers through a step-by-step process to get from idea to finished product. Yubas even provides a method for determining whether a market exists before investing time and money on a product or service and then gives readers ways to brainstorm new ideas for future inventions. Product Idea to Product Success is an educational and thought-provoking mix of quizzes, surveys, marketing plans formats, and everything else readers will need to launch their ideas. Yubas fills Product Idea to Product Success with sound advice and cost-effective solutions which, if followed carefully, are almost guaranteed to produce success. This audiobook will become a valued guide to new and experienced inventors and entrepreneurs alike.

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The Weather Makers: How We Are Changing the Planet and What it Means for Life on Earth Audiobook

The Weather Makers: How We Are Changing the Planet and What it Means for Life on Earth

Author: Tim Flannery Narrator: Drew De Carvalho Release Date: March 2006

From Dr. Tim Flannery, one of the world's foremost experts on conservation and ecology, comes a book of immeasurable importance. Hailed by Kirkus Reviews as a "powerful and persuasive" work that is "sure to provoke strong reaction," The Weather Makers is among the finest examinations of climate change ever written. Originally skeptical of global warming, Flannery spent years compiling his own research. What he learned is sobering. Human beings are weather makers whose production of carbon dioxide is polluting the planet at a devastating rate. Species are disappearing, the natural world is changing, and weather events, like Hurricane Katrina, are becoming increasingly disastrous. But as Flannery shows, there are cleaner ways to live-and doing so is the only way to avoid global catastrophe. Alarming but filled with ideas that inspire hope, The Weather Makers could be the most important book you ever read. "At last, here is a clear and readable account of one of the most important but controversial issues facing everyone in the world today.

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Science In Antiquity Audiobook

Science In Antiquity

Author: Dr. Jon Mandaville Narrator: Edwin Newman Release Date: February 2006

After 3500 B.C., when cuneiform writing was developed and recorded history began, science first emerged among stargazing astronomer-priests in ancient west Asia. The gods were identified with the stars (which could influence events on earth); "foundation cosmologies" expressed a view of how the world began, usually with flood themes related to the end of the Ice Age in 8000 B.C.. After the 5th century B.C., Greek thinkers (such as Thales, Pythagoras, Euclid, Protagoras, Democritus, and Archimedes) began to challenge the myths of Homeric poetry; they developed logic and philosophy as new ways of knowing. Epicurus developed a materialistic philosophy, based on Democritus' theory of atoms. Zeno and his Stoic philosophy opposed Epicureanism, finding reality in an ever-present vital spirit that controls the physical world. Hippocrates founded medical practice on the theory that the body has four humors (blood, phlegm, yellow bile, and black bile); the 1st century Roman physician, Galen, later produced anatomical studies that would remain influential until the Renaissance. Galen's contemporary, Ptolemy, produced a cosmology that also would last almost 1500 years. Plato had used reason to envision truth and to discern the unchanging laws or principles of nature - but his ideas were often detached from observation and experience. Aristotle, in the 4th century B.C., relied much more heavily on direct observation of nature's objects and processes; he is regarded as the first empiricist. Aristotle's on cosmology, physical cause and effect, and the basic elements (fire, earth, water, and air) were to prevail for 2000 years. "Edwin Newman dominates the narration, with his sandy, familiar voice guiding listeners through past millennia without haste. He handles the vocabulary of earlier civilizations and foreign places with ease."-AudioFile

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Medieval Science Audiobook

Medieval Science

Author: Professor John T. Sanders Narrator: Edwin Newman Release Date: February 2006

After Rome fell in the 5th century A.D., Europe endured a long drought of ideas. The Middle Ages were a time when spiritual, other-worldly concerns dominated intellectual life; study of the natural world was directed toward moral and religious truth. The works of Aristotle and Plato were almost entirely lost (and often purposefully destroyed) during the Dark Ages (455 - 1000 A.D.). The library and museum at Alexandria, a major repository of learning, was destroyed. Only in the Muslim world of Arabia and Spain, and in some Christian monasteries, was worldly learning preserved to any extent at all. Influences from China, India, and Persia shaped many of the new scientific developments that did occur. Alchemists, the forerunners of modern chemists, were influenced by Neoplatonist views about the close relationship between appearance and reality; they sought to change metals by changing their color. Many natural events were mysterious; magic or superstition were common, and there was a great overlap between the natural and the supernatural. After 1000 A.D., translations of great works were increasingly available, and craft associations evolved into universities. Most educated people were clergy, and they worked to justify their faith with the new learning. With the development of printing in 1452 and the increasing dispersion of knowledge, a foundation was being laid for a scientific breakthrough - in the Renaissance.

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Origins of the Universe Audiobook

Origins of the Universe

Author: Jack Arnold Narrator: Edwin Newman Release Date: February 2006

For most of history, the beginning of the universe has been understood through the many myths offered in various cultures. But in the modern age, scientific cosmology has emerged to offer new explanations for the beginning and evolution of the universe. By 1900, religious and scientific conceptions of creation were widely seen as incompatible. In the 15th century, Nicholas of Cusa anticipated modern relativistic physics by suggesting that the universe has no center, no circumference, and no beginning or end. In the 20th century, Edwin Hubble used statistical analysis to prove that the universe is infinite. Modern cosmology suggests that there are 200 billion billion stars in the universe, including a variety of structures such as the nova, supernova, nebula, quasar, white dwarf, neutron star, pulsar, and black hole. The behavior of stars is governed by the physics of nuclear combustion and gravitation; our theories about stars depend upon advances in particle physics to explain the nuclear reactions that appear to explain star behavior. Edwin Hubble also discovered that the universe is expanding, which tended to confirm the conception that the universe began with a "big bang". Various theories have suggested that the universe either is in a steady state, that it is inflating, that it may be oscillating, or perhaps even winding down.

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Natural Science and the Planet Earth Audiobook

Natural Science and the Planet Earth

Author: Dr. Jack Sommer Narrator: Edwin Newman Release Date: February 2006

Among the greatest natural historians was Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859), who influenced Goethe, Darwin, and America's leading naturalists. Humboldt's Cosmos, published in five volumes from 1845 to 1860, stressed the unity of nature and discussed nature's vast details and unifying principles. He financed and led a scientific expedition to South America at the beginning of the 19th century, contributing profoundly to scientific knowledge of botany, geology, and zoology. Humboldt's careful measurements and descriptions also supported his speculations about more universal patterns in nature. Despite all that has been learned about the earth, we are assured that vast discoveries remain, The earth's ten-mile-thin crust is only the outer shell of a radius that is nearly 4,000 miles, and the deepest human exploration has been only five miles into a petroleum well. The biosphere, or "zone of live", provides the vast majority of materials to sustain life; it is (at most) 15 miles wide, including five miles of crust and five to ten miles of atmosphere. The base of information about earth has rapidly grown larger and more interconnected. Technological advances, combined with growing knowledge in the natural sciences, have enhanced the human power to create resources out of materials that have always been around us. Largely because of these advances, the earth now supports over 5 billion people at a standard of living undreamed of in the past. Humboldt understood this potential for improvement when he wrote that every acquisition won by (scientific) investigation is merely a step to the attainment of higher things in the eventful course of human affairs.

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Physics of Star Trek Audiobook

Physics of Star Trek

Author: Lawrence M. Krauss Narrator: Lawrence M. Krauss Release Date: January 2006

A must for any serious Trekker or for anyone who wants an easy-to-understand introductionto the world of physics. What exactly "warps" when you are traveling at warp speed? Whatis the difference between the holodeck and a hologram? What happens whenyou get beamed up? Are time loops really possible, and can I kill my grandmotherbefore I was born? Until now, fans of Star Trek were hard pressed to find answers tovital questions such as these. Now Lawrence M. Krauss,an internationally known theoretical physicist and educator, has writtenthe quintessential physics book for Trekkers and non-Trekkers alike. Anyone who has ever wondered, "Could this really happen?" willgain useful insights into the Star Trek universe (and, incidentally,the real universe) in this charming and accessible volume. Krauss boldlygoes where Star Trek has gone -- and beyond. He uses the StarTrek future as a launching pad to discuss the forefront of modern physics.From Newton to Hawking, from Einstein to Feynman, from Kirk to Janeway,Krauss leads the reader on a voyage to the world of physics as we now knowit and as it might one day be.

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Isaac Newton's New Physics Audiobook

Isaac Newton's New Physics

Author: Dr. Gordon Britian Narrator: Edwin Newman Release Date: January 2006

Isaac Newton (1642-1727) achieved momentous breakthroughs in three areas: mathematics (the calculus), a theory of colors, and gravitational attraction. His first insights in each of these areas occurred during the "wonder years" of 1665-66, when retreat from the plague isolated Newton at Woolsthorpe. Newton's theory of "fluxions", along with independent work by Leibniz, created the methods of modern calculus. Building on the analytic geometry of Rene' Descartes, these techniques allow us to reason about the infinitely small and infinitely small and infinitely large in a mathematically rigorous way. Newton also revised Descartes' theory of light to show that white light is composed of different rays, each associated with a specific angle of refraction and a specific color. Newton also invented the reflection telescope, and considered his work on light to be his first great success. The famous theory of gravitation was built on the foundation of Galileo's laws of terrestrial motion and Kepler's laws of celestial motion. Newton described the inverse-square law of gravitation (F=1/r2); his famous Principia of 1686 included three famous laws: 1. Bodies continue in motion or at rest unless changed by a force. 2. Force equals mass times acceleration (F=ma). 3. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Newton also provided the universal law of gravitation (F=Gm, m2/r2) and showed that the gravitational force (the factor G in this equation) is constant for all bodies.

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Einstein's Revolution Audiobook

Einstein's Revolution

Author: Professor John T. Sanders Narrator: Edwin Newman Release Date: January 2006

In 1905, Albert Einstein published his Special Theory of Relativity, followed by the General Theory of Relativity in 1916. He firmly established (1) the idea that all judgement about motion is a matter of perspective; (2) that energy and mass are interrelated (E=mc2); and (3) that nothing can move faster than the speed of light (which does not vary). Einstein's theory of the space - time continuum was dramatically confirmed in a 1919 experiment during a solar eclipse. "Relativity" is a concept rooted in the tension between appearance and reality, and it reaches far back in history. Heraclitus argued that only change is real; Parmenides argued that change is impossible, and his follower Zeno invented paradoxes illustrating many of the problems in concepts like space, time, and infinity. Protagoras even argued that there is no single, correct view of reality, but that reality for any person is precisely as it seems to that person. In his words, "Man is the measure of all things." Plato used mathematical reasoning to discern reality from mere appearance, and modern natural science emerged from centuries of effort to acquire objective knowledge. The greatest scientists of the Renaissance and Enlightenment -- including Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, and Newton -- believed that some real or absolute space and time are independent of the senses. But Immanuel Kant, J.C. Maxwell, Ernest Mach and Henri Poincare chipped away at this idea in the 18th and 19th centuries.

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The Sense of Wonder Audiobook

The Sense of Wonder

Author: Rachel Carson Narrator: Kaiulani Lee Release Date: January 2006

The Sense of Wonder relates Carson's intimate account of adventures with her young nephew, in their walks along the sea coast and through forests and fields, observing wildlife, strange plants, moonlight, and storm clouds. It is a guide to capturing the simple power of discovery that Carson viewed as essential to life.

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