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What an honor to be allowed into the lives of those around us, past and present. To be able to get a glimpse of someone else's journey is a gift in itself. One can only hope to gain wisdom, courage, and strength through these stories.

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Irena's Children

The Extraordinary Story of the Woman Who Saved 2,500 Children from the Warsaw Ghetto

By Tilar J. Mazzeo
Narrated by: Amanda Carlin
Length: 10 hours 31 minutes

Irena's Children

“There have been accounts of men who helped Jews and other victims of the Nazi regime escape the clutches of genocidal pogroms and mass slaughter, but this story is about a woman who courageously smuggled thousands of children to safety. Granted unusual access to the Warsaw ghetto as a public health specialist, Irena Sendler used her position to rescue children by various means, sometimes right under the noses of guards. As compelling as any great fiction thriller, Irena's story will remain with the reader for a long time to come.”

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To Shake the Sleeping Self

A Journey from Oregon to Patagonia, and a Quest for a Life with No Regret

By Jedidiah Jenkins
Narrated by: Jedidiah Jenkins
Length: 12 hours 13 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “With winning candor, Jedidiah Jenkins takes us with him as he bicycles across two continents and delves deeply into his own beautiful heart.”Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild and Tiny Beautiful Things
 
On the eve of turning thirty, terrified of being funneled into a life he didn’t choose, Jedidiah Jenkins quit his dream... Read more »

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Still Foolin' 'Em

Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys?

By Billy Crystal
Narrated by: Billy Crystal
Length: 8 hours 1 minutes

Nominated for a 2014 Grammy in the Spoken Word category!

Hilarious and heartfelt observations on aging from one of America's favorite comedians, now that he's 65, and a look back at a remarkable career.

Billy Crystal is 65, and he's not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with...

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The Stranger in the Woods

The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit

By Michael Finkel
Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
Length: 6 hours 18 minutes

The Stranger in the Woods

“This is the fascinating true story of Christopher Knight, who lived in the Maine woods for 27 years and survived by stealing supplies from vacation cabins while living in extreme conditions to avoid detection. After more than 1,000 burglaries, he was finally caught and partially reintegrated into society. His story is told together with the history of hermits and those who have sought solitude in order to have insight. Chris defies psychological profiling, and it's amazing Finkel was even able to interview him to write this book. This level of solitude would drive most people insane, but for Chris, it seems like an almost pure contemplative state. An excellent read.”

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High Achiever

The Incredible True Story of One Addict's Double Life

By Tiffany Jenkins
Narrated by: Tiffany Jenkins
Length: 8 hours 53 minutes

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • An up-close portrait of the mind of an addict and a life unraveled by narcotics—a memoir of captivating urgency and surprising humor that puts a human face on the opioid crisis.
 
“Raw, brutal, and shocking. Move over, Orange Is the New Black.”—Amy Dresner, author of My Fair Junkie

When word got out that Tiffany Jenkins was... Read more »

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Everything Is Spiritual

Finding Your Way in a Turbulent World

By Rob Bell
Narrated by: Rob Bell
Length: 7 hours

This program is read by the author.

From Rob Bell, the New York Times bestselling author of Love Wins

This audiobook is an invitation to see your life in a new way.

Because we each have a story we're telling-
about who and where we come from,
what we've been through,
and what it all means-or doesn't mean.

These stories we tell can easily feel...

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Greenlights

By Matthew McConaughey
Narrated by: Matthew McConaughey
Length: 6 hours 42 minutes

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Discover the life-changing memoir that has inspired millions of readers through the Academy Award®–winning actor’s unflinching honesty, unconventional wisdom, and lessons learned the hard way about living with greater satisfaction.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE GUARDIAN


“McConaughey’s book invites... Read more »

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Nomadland

Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century

By Jessica Bruder
Narrated by: Karen White
Length: 9 hours 57 minutes

From the beet fields of North Dakota to the wilderness campgrounds of California to an Amazon warehouse in Texas, people who once might have kicked back to enjoy their sunset years are hard at work. Underwater on mortgages or finding that Social Security comes up short, they're hitting the road in astonishing numbers, forming a new community of... Read more »

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Educated

A Memoir

By Tara Westover
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 12 hours 9 minutes

Educated

“This memoir is unlike anything I've ever read, yet I fear that there are others who were raised in circumstances like Tara Westover. Westover documents her childhood devoid of education beyond the family's radical, extreme, doomsday religion with chilling detail as if investigating herself as a case study will help explain how she escaped. Highly recommend.”

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Dead Wake

The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

By Erik Larson
Narrated by: Scott Brick
Length: 13 hours 3 minutes

#1 New York Times Bestseller

From the bestselling author and master of narrative nonfiction comes the enthralling story of the sinking of the Lusitania


On May 1, 1915, with WWI entering its tenth month, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of... Read more »

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Broken Horses

A Memoir

By Brandi Carlile
Narrated by: Brandi Carlile
Length: 10 hours 2 minutes

Broken Horses

“For Brandi Carlile fans, her memoir Broken Horses is an intimate look into her life and her music. I always pull up songs mention in books I am reading, but in this case, the Libro.fm audiobook makes it even better. Brandi not only reads, but sings throughout the book. ”

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