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We Should All Be Feminists

By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Narrated by: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Length: 45 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The highly acclaimed, provocative essay on feminism and sexual politics—from the award-winning author of Americanah

In this personal, eloquently-argued essay—adapted from the much-admired TEDx talk of the same name—Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century.... Read more »

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90s Bitch

Media, Culture, and the Failed Promise of Gender Equality

By Allison Yarrow
Narrated by: Allison Yarrow
Length: 11 hours 33 minutes

Finalist for the Los Angeles Press Club Book Award, muse to a Givenchy fashion collection, and recommended by the The New York Times, The Skimm, US Weekly, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Refinery 29, Book Riot, Bitch Media, and more. 

"Yarrow’s biting autopsy of the decade scrutinizes the way society reduced — or “bitchified” — women at...

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The Age of AI

And Our Human Future

By Henry A Kissinger, Eric Schmidt & Daniel Huttenlocher
Narrated by: Eric Pollins
Length: 7 hours 13 minutes

Three of the world’s most accomplished and deep thinkers come together to explore Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the way it is transforming human society—and what this technology means for us all.

An AI learned to win chess by making moves human grand masters had never conceived. Another AI discovered a new antibiotic by analyzing molecular... Read more »

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Shutdown

How Covid Shook the World's Economy

By Adam Tooze
Narrated by: Simon Vance & Adam Tooze
Length: 12 hours 36 minutes

Deftly weaving finance, politics, business, and the global human experience into one tight narrative, a tour-de-force account of 2020, the year that changed everything--from the acclaimed author of Crashed.

The shocks of 2020 have been great and small, disrupting the world economy, international relations and the daily lives of virtually everyone... Read more »

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Rez Rules

My Indictment of Canada's and America's Systemic Racism Against Indigenous Peoples

By Chief Clarence Louie
Narrated by: Chief Clarence Louie
Length: 13 hours 20 minutes

A common-sense blueprint for what the future of First Nations should look like as told through the fascinating life and legacy of a remarkable leader.

In 1984, at the age of twenty-four, Clarence Louie was elected Chief of the Osoyoos Indian Band in the Okanagan Valley. Nineteen elections later, Chief Louie has led his community for nearly four... Read more »

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Sapiens

A Brief History of Humankind

By Yuval Noah Harari
Narrated by: Derek Perkins
Length: 15 hours 17 minutes

NATIONAL BESTSELLER
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Destined to become a modern classic in the vein of Guns, Germs, and Steel, Sapiens is a lively, groundbreaking history of humankind told from a unique perspective.

     100,000 years ago, at least six species of human inhabited the earth. Today there is just one.
     Us.
Homo Sapiens.
     How did our... Read more »

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Homo Deus

A Brief History of Tomorrow

By Yuval Noah Harari
Narrated by: Derek Perkins
Length: 14 hours 53 minutes

International Bestseller

From the author of the international bestseller Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind comes an extraordinary new book that explores the future of the human species.

Yuval Noah Harari, author of the bestselling Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, envisions a not-too-distant world in which we face a new set of... Read more »

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Cultish

The Language of Fanaticism

By Amanda Montell
Narrated by: Ann Marie Gideon
Length: 8 hours 21 minutes

The author of the widely praised Wordslut analyzes the social science of cult influence: how cultish groups from Jonestown and Scientology to SoulCycle and social media gurus use language as the ultimate form of power.

What makes “cults” so intriguing and frightening? What makes them powerful? The reason why so many of us binge Manson...

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The 9.9 Percent

The New Aristocracy That Is Entrenching Inequality and Warping Our Culture

By Matthew Stewart
Narrated by: Sean Patrick Hopkins
Length: 12 hours 6 minutes

A “brilliant” (The Washington Post), “clear-eyed and incisive” (The New Republic) analysis of how the wealthiest group in American society is making life miserable for everyone—including themselves.

In 21st-century America, the top 0.1% of the wealth distribution have walked away with the big prizes even while the bottom 90% have lost ground.... Read more »

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Back to Earth

What Life in Space Taught Me About Our Home Planet—And Our Mission to Protect It

By Nicole Stott
Narrated by: Nicole Stott
Length: 8 hours 12 minutes

Inspired by insights gained in spaceflight, a NASA astronaut offers key lessons to empower Earthbound readers to fight climate change

When Nicole Stott first saw Earth from space, she realized how interconnected we are and knew she had to help protect our planetary home.

In Back to Earth, Stott imparts essential lessons in problem-solving,... Read more »

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How to Innovate

An Ancient Guide to Creative Thinking
Ancient Wisdom for Modern Readers

By Aristotle
Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
Length: 1 hours 23 minutes

What we can learn about fostering innovation and creative thinking from some of the most inventive people of all times—the ancient Greeks.

When it comes to innovation and creative thinking, we are still catching up with the ancient Greeks. Between 800 and 300 BCE, they changed the world with astonishing inventions—democracy, the alphabet,... Read more »

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A Curious History of Sex

By Kate Lister
Narrated by: Kate Lister
Length: 8 hours 18 minutes

The act of sex has not changed since people first worked out what went where, but the ways in which society dictates how sex is culturally understood and performed have varied significantly through the ages. Humans are the only creatures that stigmatize particular sexual practices, and sex remains a deeply divisive issue around the world.... Read more »

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Bad Feminist

Essays

By Roxane Gay
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 11 hours 46 minutes

“Roxane Gay is so great at weaving the intimate and personal with what is most bewildering and upsetting at this moment in culture. She is always looking, always thinking, always passionate, always careful, always right there.”  — Sheila Heti, author of How Should a Person Be?

A New York Times Bestseller

Best Book of the Year: NPR • Boston Globe •...

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Courage Is Calling

Fortune Favors the Brave
The Stoic Virtues Series

By Ryan Holiday
Narrated by: Ryan Holiday
Length: 6 hours 4 minutes

The instant New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestseller!
 
Ryan Holiday’s bestselling trilogy—The Obstacle Is the Way, Ego is the Enemy, and Stillness is the Key—captivated professional athletes, CEOs, politicians, and entrepreneurs and helped bring Stoicism to millions of readers. Now, in the first book of an exciting new series...
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Please Don't Sit on My Bed in Your Outside Clothes

Essays

By Phoebe Robinson
Narrated by: Phoebe Robinson
Length: 9 hours 29 minutes

“[A]nother hilarious essay collection from Phoebe Robinson.”
The New York Times Book Review

“Strikes the perfect balance of brutally honest and laugh out loud funny. I didn’t want it to end.”
—Mindy Kaling, New York Times bestselling author of Why Not Me?

With sharp, timely insight, pitch-perfect pop culture references, and her always unforgettable...
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The Fire Next Time

By James Baldwin
Narrated by: Jesse Martin
Length: 2 hours 25 minutes

At once a powerful evocation of his early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice to both the individual and the body politic, James Baldwin galvanized the nation in the early days of the civil rights movement with his eloquent manifesto. The Fire Next Time stands as one of the essential works of our...

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A Brief History of a Perfect Future

Inventing the world that we can proudly leave our kids by 2050

By Chunka Mui, Paul B. Carroll & Tim Andrews
Narrated by: Stephanie Dillard
Length: 8 hours 24 minutes

A Brief History of a Perfect Future

What if, instead of trying to predict the future, we could just pick the one we want—and then invent it? Well, we can.

Think of the wealth of technological resources already available to us. The computing power in that smartphone in your pocket could have guided 120 million Apollo-era spacecraft to the moon and...

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Stride Toward Freedom

The Montgomery Story
King Legacy: Book #1

By Martin Luther King, Jr
Narrated by: JD Jackson
Length: 8 hours 59 minutes

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s account of the first successful large-scale application of nonviolent resistance in America is comprehensive, revelatory, and intimate. King described his book as "the chronicle of 50,000 Negroes who took to heart the principles of nonviolence, who learned to fight for their rights with the weapon of love, and who,... Read more »

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Cybersecurity

The Hacker Proof Guide to Cybersecurity, Internet Safety, Cybercrime, & Preventing Attacks

By Trust Genics
Narrated by: Leon Tietz
Length: 3 hours 33 minutes

Cybersecurity Issues Challenge Literally Everyone

In today's connected world, everyone benefits from cybersecurity

Cyberattacks are an evolving danger to organizations, employees, and consumers. They may be designed to access or destroy sensitive data, extort money or even put your family at risk.

At an individual level, a cybersecurity attack can...

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Internet Culture

How Memes Transformed the World

By Wisecrack
Narrated by: Jared Bauer, Michael Burns & Helen Floersh
Length: 1 hours 12 minutes

Memes are often considered silly and trivial, but as we've seen in recent years, they can have a profound impact on the way we consume culture. Listen in as Wisecrack breaks down all things memes from the origins of the phrase “OK Boomer,” to storming Area 51 in this curated collection, available for the first time in audio. Read more »

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