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Rediscovered Books: Bruce's Picks

The man, the myth, the legend himself. A sampling of Bruce's audio picks from 2019.

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The End is Always Near

Apocalyptic Moments, from the Bronze Age Collapse to Nuclear Near Misses

By Dan Carlin
Narrated by: Dan Carlin
Length: 7 hours 55 minutes

The creator of the wildly popular award-winning podcast Hardcore History looks at some of the apocalyptic moments from the past as a way to frame the challenges of the future.

Do tough times create tougher people? Can humanity handle the power of its weapons without destroying itself? Will human technology or capabilities ever peak or regress? No...

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Cog

By Greg van Eekhout
Narrated by: James Fouhey
Length: 4 hours 1 minutes

Cog

“Meet Cog: your typical curious, earnest young boy...who just happens to be a robot. After an accident, he wakes up in an unfamiliar lab surrounded by unfamiliar faces. His creator, Gina, has gone missing, and Cog takes it upon himself to find her. But he’s not alone; long-lost sister Ada, Trashbot, Proto, and Car come to his aid, all while being hunted down by an evil corporation that desperately wants the cutting-edge X-Module in his head. Cog will go through more “cognitive development” than he ever has before as he discovers the power of choice on the road trip of a lifetime. Told with humor and heart, this is a tale that will keep you cheesing until the very end — and you might even learn a thing or two about platypuses along the way.”

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The Deep

By Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William Hutson & Jonathan Snipes
Narrated by: Daveed Diggs
Length: 4 hours 1 minutes

The Deep

“Solomon is perfectly suited to expand the concept of a civilization of merfolk whose origins were born in the violence of pregnant African women sent to the depths from the vessels of white slave traders. The Deep focuses on Yetu, whose role as historian is to be individually burdened with six centuries of memories of all the wajinru (merfolk), and the consequences when she abdicates her responsibility. With shades of Hans Christian Andersen, Ursula Le Guin, and Lois Lowry, plus inimitable explorations of difficult social interrelationships, Solomon’s short tome is, indeed, a deep read.”

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Every Tool's a Hammer

Life Is What You Make It

By Adam Savage
Narrated by: Adam Savage
Length: 7 hours 45 minutes

In this New York Times bestselling “imperative how-to for creativity” (Nick Offerman), Adam Savage—star of Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters—shares his golden rules of creativity, from finding inspiration to following through and successfully making your idea a reality.

Every Tools a Hammer is a chronicle of my life as a maker. It’s an exploration... Read more »
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The History of Rock & Roll, Volume 2

1964–1977: The Beatles, the Stones, and the Rise of Classic Rock

By Ed Ward
Narrated by: David Colacci
Length: 12 hours 50 minutes

It's February 1964 and The Beatles just landed in New York City, where the NYPD, swarms of fans, and a crowd of two hundred journalists await their first American press conference. It begins with the question on everyone's mind: "Are you going to get a haircut in America?" and ends with a reporter tugging Paul McCartney's hair in an attempt to... Read more »
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Hollow Kingdom

By Kira Jane Buxton
Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
Length: 10 hours 10 minutes

Hollow Kingdom

“You wouldn't think a foul-mouthed, wise-cracking crow named S. T. (short for Shit Turd) would be a great companion at the end of the world, but honestly? I couldn't imagine another living being to spend the apocalypse with. Buxton amazingly captures the natural world as the humans have devolved into zombie-like creatures, and given us the narrator we deserve. On top of that, Robert Petkoff is the absolute perfect reader to take us on this journey. Side-splittingly hilarious as well as a thoughtful warning against technology, this unique book is one readers (or listeners!) won't be able to put down. ”

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The Bastard Brigade

The True Story of the Renegade Scientists and Spies Who Sabotaged the Nazi Atomic Bomb

By Sam Kean
Narrated by: Ben Sullivan
Length: 14 hours 37 minutes

From New York Times bestselling author Sam Kean comes the gripping, untold story of a renegade group of scientists and spies determined to keep Adolf Hitler from obtaining the ultimate prize: a nuclear bomb.

Scientists have always kept secrets. But rarely have the secrets been as vital as they were during World War II. In the middle of building... Read more »
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Seven Blades in Black

The Grave of Empires: Book #1

By Sam Sykes
Narrated by: Daisy-May Parsons
Length: 20 hours 28 minutes

Seven Blades in Black

“Our book club loved this so much! There was so much rich world building that we wanted to know more about. The audiobook was phenomenal as well! Highly recommend this to any reader of fantasy. Just punchy enough to keep anyone interested for the entire length of this massive book, but enough depth to stick with you after you've finished.”

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