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  1. Rising to the Challenge

    Rising to the Challenge

    My Leadership Journey

    Narrator: Kimberly Farr
    Runtime: 5.26 Hrs. - Unabridged

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    “There are all kinds of reasons why people fail to fulfill their potential. Perhaps they lack opportunity, perhaps they lack support, perhaps they lack tools or training or education. But everyone has potential. This I know. Our Founders knew it too. They had the radical insight that the right to fulfill your potential— to use your God-given gifts—is a right that comes from God and cannot be taken away by government.” Since the 2006 publication of her New York Times bestseller, Tough Choices, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina has faced a new round of challenges. She ran for the Senate as a Republican in deep-blue California but was unable to unseat the entrenched incumbent. She battled breast cancer, wondering if she’d even survive. Worst of all, she suffered the devastating loss of a beloved daughter. Yet despite these setbacks and tragedies, she remains undaunted: “I’ve come to see lessons and blessings in these passages. I know now that life is not measured in time. Life is measured in love and positive contributions and moments of grace.” Now, Fiorina shares the lessons she’s learned from both her difficulties and triumphs. Drawing on her experience as a pioneering business and nonprofit leader, a politically active citizen, and a parent, she diagnoses the largest problem facing our country today: untapped potential. Too often, American men and women are held back by systems that prevent them from working and flourishing. Too many people lose hope for themselves. Too many lack the opportunity to use their gifts and live lives of meaning, dignity, and purpose. In 2014, Fiorina launched the Unlocking Potential Project, a new grassroots organization, to share a message with those who worry about America’s future: we have all the resources we need to prosper, but we don’t tap into them. By ignoring conservative principles—or failing to articulate those principles in ways that connect with regular people—politicians have failed their constituents, abandoning them to the crushing burden of our bloated government. Fiorina believes that politics, like business, is primarily about people. With warmth and compassion, she provides a vision that reaches across the usual barriers of gender, race, income, and party affiliation to craft a message that appeals to a wide range of Americans: a message of hope. As she learned facing life’s challenges, “Hope is a curiously strong thing.” Her story—and her ideas—will restore hope to those discouraged about the future.
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  2. Letters From Hawaii

    Letters From Hawaii

    Author: Mark Twain
    Narrator: Robin Field
    Runtime: 10.4 Hrs. - Unabridged

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    Letters from Hawaii contains a collection of letters Mark Twain wrote for a newspaper publication. From a long, turbulent journey to the island, to his encounters with the islanders and the myriad englishmen who have taken up residence on the island. These letters are sure to be an entertaining and well written account of the humours encounters and scenic adventures that Twain experienced on his journey to Hawaii.
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  3. The Explorations of Captain James Cook

    The Explorations of Captain James Cook

    An Introduction

    Author: John Lang
    Narrator: Simon Vance
    Runtime: 2.25 Hrs. - Unabridged

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    Captain James Cook FRS RN (1728-1779) was an English explorer, navigator and cartographer, ultimately rising to the rank of Captain in the Royal Navy. Cook was the first to map Newfoundland prior to making three voyages to the Pacific Ocean during which he achieved the first European contact with the eastern coastline of Australia and the Hawaiian Islands as well as the first recorded circumnavigation of New Zealand. This audio edition includes the full text of John Lang's biography, plus additional material from Captain Cook's journals, giving a unique personal perspective on the narrative.
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  4. Life on the Mississippi

    Life on the Mississippi

    Author: Mark Twain
    Narrator: Robin Field
    Runtime: 18.9 Hrs - Unabridged

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    In Life on the Mississippi, the great American humorist Mark Twain recounts his journeys on the mighty Mississippi river. Covering the beginnings of his career as steamboat pilot, Twain entertains us with his wit, anecdotes and wild stories of the myriad characters and adventures he encounters. From a brief history of the Mississippi we are taken on to a recollection of the river life with its rich history and engaging narrative, newcomers and fans of Twain alike.
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  5. Greatest Americans: Abraham Lincoln

    Greatest Americans: Abraham Lincoln

    A Selection of His Writings

    Narrator: Robin Field
    Runtime: 1.5 Hrs. - Unabridged

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    Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, with humility and gentle grit, guided his country through the most heart-wrenching experience in its national history – the Civil War. It is no wonder that he is considered by many historians to have been the greatest American president, as the man’s character is told in his own words: “All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind.”
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  6. Wherever I Wind Up

    Wherever I Wind Up

    My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball

    Author: R.A. Dickey
    Narrator: Ben Hunter
    Runtime: 9.5 Hrs. - Unabridged

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    The Glass Castle meets Ball Four as Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey weaves searing honesty and baseball insight in this memoir about his unlikely journey to the big leagues. An English Lit major at the University of Tennessee, Dickey is as articulate and thoughtful as any professional athlete in any sport-and proves it page after page, as he provides fresh and honest insight into baseball and a career unlike any other. Fourteen years ago, Dickey was a heralded No. 1 draft choice of the Texas Rangers, only to have an $810,000 signing bonus, and his lifelong dream, ripped away by an X- ray-and the discovery that he did not have an ulna collateral ligament in his right elbow. Five years ago, he gave up a record six home runs in three innings to the Detroit Tigers-and was effectively consigned to the baseball scrap heap. Sustained by his profound Christian faith, the love of his wife and children, and a relentless quest for self-awareness and authenticity, the immensely likable Dickey details his transformation from a reckless, risk-taking loner to a grounded, life-affirming big leaguer. He emerged as one of the premier pitchers in the National League in 2010-and the knuckleballing embodiment of the wonders that perseverance and human wisdom can produce. Dickey views his story as one of redemption. Readers will come to see it as something more-a uniquely American story of beating back demons, listening to your heart, and overcoming extraordinary odds.
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  7. Akiane

    Akiane

    Her Life, Her Art, Her Poetry

    Narrator: Amy Rubinate
    Runtime: 2.7 Hrs. - Unabridged

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    Prodigy Akiane Kramarik shares her artwork, poetry, and the fascinating story surrounding her talent. Growing up in a home with an atheistic mother and a non-participating Catholic father did not stop four-year-old Akiane Kramarik from finding God. This girl's dreams began a conversation in the home that has eventually brought them all to Christianity and the world's attention. Akiane: Her Life, Her Art, Her Poetry is a collection of the best of Akiane's full-color paintings and poetry created from ages 4 to 10, along with details of her family and the amazing stories that surround each unique artwork. Already a media professional, Akiane has been interviewed on programs such as Oprah, World News Tonight, Lou Dobbs Tonight on CNN, and Schuller's Hour of Power. Today Akiane's art is available online at www.artakiane.com.
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  8. Greatest Americans: George Washington's Farewell Address

    Greatest Americans: George Washington's Farewell Address

    Narrator: Robin Field
    Runtime: 1.1 Hrs. - Unabridged

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    “…a solicitude for your welfare, which cannot end but with my life, and the apprehension of danger, natural to that solicitude, urge me, on an occasion like the present, to offer to your solemn contemplation, and to recommend to your frequent review, some sentiments which are the result of much reflection…and which appear to me all-important to the permanency of your felicity as a people…interwoven as is the love of liberty with every ligament of your hearts, no recommendation of mine is necessary to fortify or confirm the attachment…”Written near the end of his second term as president, “Washington’s Farewell Address,” is more than the empty jargon of a politician – it is nothing short of the heartfelt concern of a gentle leader for his people’s continuing welfare.
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  9. Greatest Americans: Thomas Jefferson

    Greatest Americans: Thomas Jefferson

    A Selection of His Writings

    Narrator: Robin Field
    Runtime: 1 Hr. - Unabridged

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    A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government. Thus reads the wisdom of Thomas Jefferson – author of the Declaration of Independence, third president of the United States, and a statesman who voiced the hopes of the new America with a passion unique to any other person of his era. As public official, historian and philosopher, he served his country for over five decades, shaping American history.
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