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    • Reflections on the Revolution in France

    • By: Edmund Burke
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
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    This famous treatise began as a letter to a young French friend who asked Edmund Burke’s opinion on whether France’s new ruling class would succeed in creating a better order. Doubtless the friend expected a favorable reply, but Burke was suspicious of certain tendencies of the Revolution from the start and perceived that the revolutionaries were actually subverting the true "social order". Blending history with principle and graceful imagery with profound practical maxims, this book is one of the most influential political treatises in the history of the world.

    Non-member price: $34.76

    • Politics

    • By: Aristotle
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
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    Over two millennia after its compilation, the Politics still offers much to consider with regards to political science. Aristotle's succinct and thoughtful analysis is based on his study of over 150 city constitutions and covers the gamut of political issues in order to establish which types of constitution are best, ideally as well as for particular circumstances, and how they may be maintained.

    Non-member price: $30.42

    • Sailing Alone Around the World

    • By: Joshua Slocum
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
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    Challenged by an expert who said it couldn’t be done, Joshua Slocum, a fearless New England sea captain, set out in April 1895 to prove that a man could sail alone around the world. A little over three years and forty-six thousand miles later, the proof was complete. This is Slocum’s own account of his remarkable adventures during the historic voyage of the Spray.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • intriguing read

    • By Nick on 14-09-2018

    Non-member price: $30.72

    • Plutarch’s Lives, Volume 1

    • By: Plutarch, John Dryden (translator)
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 42 hrs and 26 mins
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    Plutarch’s Lives remains one of the world’s most profoundly influential literary works. Written at the beginning of the second century, it forms a brilliant social history of the ancient world. His “parallel lives” were originally presented in a series of books that gave an account of one Greek and one Roman life, followed by a comparison of the two. Volume 1 compares Theseus and Romulus, Alcibiades and Coriolanus, and Aristides and Marcus Cato, among others.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Missing chapter headings

    • By Don on 15-03-2017

    Non-member price: $55.66

    • Plutarch’s Lives, Volume 2

    • By: Plutarch, John Dryden (translator)
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 41 hrs and 7 mins
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    Plutarch’s Lives remains one of the world’s most profoundly influential literary works. Written at the beginning of the second century, it forms a brilliant social history of the ancient world. second volume includes Alexander and Caesar, Demetrius and Antony, Dion and Marcus Brutus, the aforementioned Demosthenes and Cicero, as well as biographies of Alexander, Caesar, Cato the Younger, and others.

    Non-member price: $55.66

    • Seizing the Enigma

    • The Race to Break the German U-Boats Codes, 1939–1943
    • By: David Kahn
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
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    For almost four desperate years between 1939 and 1943, British and American navies fought a savage, losing battle against German submarine wolf packs. The Allies might never have turned the tide of that historic battle without an intelligence coup. The race to break the German U-boat codes is one of the last great untold stories of World War II.

    Non-member price: $41.73

    • Reason in Art

    • The Life of Reason
    • By: George Santayana
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
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    In Reason in Art, Santayana explores the social and psychological origins of art. He examines its moral and ideal functions, its lapses into tastelessness, and the distinctive character of music, speech, poetry, and prose. The Spanish-born philosopher sees art as part of the broader human context, concluding that art prepares “the world to receive the soul and the soul to master the world.”

    Non-member price: $26.36

    • Mutiny on Board H.M.S. Bounty

    • By: William Bligh
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
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    In 1787, William Bligh, commander of the Bounty, sailed under Captain Cook on a voyage to Tahiti to collect plants of the breadfruit tree, with a view to acclimatizing the species to the West Indies. During their six-month stay on the island, his men became completely demoralized, and on the return voyage mutinied. Yet a resentful crew, coupled with ravaging storms and ruthless savages, proved to be merely stages leading up to the anxiety-charged ordeal to come.

    Non-member price: $34.76

    • The Inklings

    • C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, and Their Friends
    • By: Humphrey Carpenter
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
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    During the 1930s at Oxford, C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams - remarkable friends, writers, and scholars - met regularly to discuss philosophy and literature and to read aloud from their own works in progress. Calling themselves the Inklings, their circle grew. It was in this company that such classics as The Lord of the Rings, The Screwtape Letters, and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe first found an audience.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Certainly surprised by joy

    • By Kenneth on 05-03-2019

    Non-member price: $33.62

    • The City of God

    • By: Saint Augustine
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 47 hrs and 44 mins
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    Written between A.D. 413 and 426, The City of God is one of the great cornerstones in the history of Christian thought, a book which is vital to the understanding of modern Western society. Augustine originally intended it to be an apology for Christianity against the accusation that the Church was responsible for the decline of the Roman Empire, which had occurred just three years earlier. Indeed, Augustine produced a great amount of evidence to prove that paganism was responsible for this event. However, by the time the work was finished, the book had taken on a larger theme.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Christians already know this

    • By Paul on 07-06-2017

    Non-member price: $61.47

    • The Histories

    • By: Herodotus
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 27 hrs and 49 mins
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    Herodotus is not only the father of the art and the science of historical writing, but also one of the Western tradition's most compelling storytellers. In tales such as that of Gyges, who murders Candaules, the king of Lydia, and usurps his throne and his marriage bed, thereby bringing on, generations later, war with the Persians, Herodotus laid bare the intricate human entanglements at the core of great historical events.

    Non-member price: $55.66

    • Confessions of Saint Augustine

    • By: Saint Aurelius Augustinus
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
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    Considered to be the first autobiographical work in history, this timeless book is completely applicable to everyone who has experienced the struggle between good and evil in his own soul. Saint Augustine, born in Constantine in 354 C.E., was raised by a devout Christian mother. He abandoned the Christianity of his upbringing and had an illegitimate son. After hearing the sermons of Ambrose, he began his great internal struggle which led to his conversion in 387 C.E. The Confessions describe his conversion, shedding light on the questions that had troubled him on his way to the Cross. Outside Scripture it is the most famous - and perhaps the most important - of all spiritual books.

    Non-member price: $32.14

    • From the Earth to the Moon

    • By: Jules Verne
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
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    The War of the Rebellion is over, and the members of the American Gun Club, bored with inactivity, look around for a new project. At last they have it: "We will build the greatest projectile the world has ever seen and make the moon our 38th state!" When From the Earth to the Moon was published in 1865, it was regarded as pure fantasy. Who could imagine a rocket that would carry men and animals through space?

    Non-member price: $25.59

    • The Life of Samuel Johnson

    • By: James Boswell
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 54 hrs and 39 mins
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    James Boswell forever changed the genre of biography when he painstakingly transformed a scholarly profusion of detail into a perceptive, lifelike portrait of Dr. Samuel Johnson. James Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson reveals a man of outsized appetites and private vulnerabilities and is the source of much of what we know about one of the towering figures of English literature.

    Non-member price: $57.96

    • What’s Wrong with the World

    • By: G. K. Chesterton
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
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    In this important book, G.K. Chesterton offers a remarkably perceptive analysis of social and moral issues, even more relevant today than in his own time. With a light, humorous tone but a deadly serious philosophy, he comments on errors in education, on feminism vs. true womanhood, on the importance of the child, and other issues, using incisive arguments against the trendsetters’ assaults on the common man and the family.

    Non-member price: $30.72

    • Trollope

    • An Autobiography
    • By: Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
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    Anthony Trollope is most famous for his portrait of the professional and landed classes of Victorian England, especially in his Palliser and Barsetshire novels. But he was also the author of one of the most fascinating autobiographies of the nineteenth century. Trollope was born in 1815, the product of a formidable mother and a tragically unsuccessful father who was socially ambitious for his sons. He was the victim of vicious bullying at Harrow and Winchester. But he had inherited his mother's determination, and managed later to carve out a successful career in the General Post Office while devoting every spare moment to writing. How he paid his groom to wake him every morning at 5:30 a.m. and disciplined himself to write 250 words every fifteen minutes has become part of literary legend. His efforts resulted in over sixty books, a sizable fortune, and fame, and his autobiography. Trollope looks back on his life with satisfaction. Perhaps as interesting as the facts he reveals and the opinions he records about Dickens and George Eliot, politics and the civil service are the judgments he passes on his own character.

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    • The Life of Samuel Johnson

    • By: James Boswell
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 54 hrs and 39 mins
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    James Boswell forever changed the genre of biography when he painstakingly transformed a scholarly profusion of detail into a perceptive, lifelike portrait of Dr. Samuel Johnson. James Boswell’s biography reveals a man of outsized appetites and private vulnerabilities and is the source of much of what we know about one of the towering figures of English literature. Boswell spent a great deal of time with Johnson in his final years and from his scrupulously accurate memory and copious journal was able to faithfully record the brilliance and wit of Dr. Johnson’s conversation.

    Non-member price: $51.21

    • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume 1

    • By: Edward Gibbon
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 41 hrs and 2 mins
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    Considered one of the finest historical works in the English language, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is lauded for its graceful, elegant prose style as much as for its epic scope. Remarkably accurate for its day, Gibbon's treatise holds a high place in the history of literature and remains an enduring subject of study.

    Gibbon's monumental work traces the history of more than 13 centuries, covering the great events as well as the general historical progression. This first volume covers A.D. 180 to A.D. 395, which includes the establishment of Christianity and the Crusades.

    Non-member price: $55.66

    • The Time Machine

    • By: H.G. Wells
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 3 hrs and 48 mins
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    The time traveler first steps out of his magnificent time-transport machine in the year 802,700. He finds Earth populated by a race of slender pacifists and decides to study this lush land of flower people before returning to his own age. These pacifists, he discovers, have built their wealth on the backs of a slave class forced to live below ground. As the conflict between them surfaces, the time traveler finds that his only means of escape, his time machine, has been stolen.

    Non-member price: $20.83

    • Autobiographical Reflections

    • By: Eric Voegelin
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
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    This is an ideal introduction to the ideas of a man whom many regard as the greatest thinker of our time. Here we encounter the stages in the development of his unique philosophy of consciousness, his key intellectual breakthroughs, his theory of history, and his diagnosis of the political ills of the modern age. The book provides a veritable catalog of the thinkers who created the intellectual foundation of the twentieth century.

    Non-member price: $18.24

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