Audiobooks Classics

Audiobooks classics are one of the easiest ways to catch up with the old and new ones.

We have been featuring audiobooks for a couple of months. Given the interest, we are now sharing the links to the more popular ones and those that are classics. The titles selected are that – classics – and the Daughters of Sheba Foundation does not necessarily endorse all or any of their contents.

Hope you all enjoy the selection!

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Seasonal

audiobooksSome Short Christmas Stories by Charles Dickens – “Here are some classic, short Christmas stories from Charles Dickens, who, one may easily argue, was the greatest Christmas storyteller to date. In this season, may we do as Dickens’ asked: ‘Welcome, everything! Welcome, alike what has been, and what never was, and what we hope may be, to your shelter underneath the holly, to your places round the Christmas fire, where what is sitting open-hearted’!” Happy Holidays! – Summary by Jvanstan

 

 

Self Help & Self Improvement

audiobooksThe Freedom of Life’ is a mind-illuminating book, “in which author Annie Payson Call (1853-1940) wrote about many of the troubles that we usually face mentally and physically in our lives. It shows the reader various perspectives of dealing with the mind and life. The reader will surely get a good understanding of his/her problems after reaching the end of this book.” Trek

Chapter 1: Freedom

 

 

 

 

 

destinyThe Mastery of Destiny by James Allen’s “inspirational and thought-provoking books have inspired millions. In The Mastery of Destiny, he instructs readers on developing self-control, willpower, concentration, and motivation. Through mental discipline, we can create a life of unending happiness, prosperity, and, most importantly, self-mastery.” (Summary by Andrea Fiore)

Chapter 1: Deeds, Character, and Destiny

Chapter 2: The Science of Self-Control 

Chapter 3:  Cause and Effect in Human Conduct

Chapter 4: Training of the Will

Chapter 5:  Thoroughness

Chapter 6:  Mind-Building and Life-Building

Chapter 7:  Cultivation of Concentration 

Chapter 8:  Practice of Meditation

Chapter 9:  The Power of Purpose

Chapter 10: The Joy of Accomplishment 

 

audiobookThe Victorious Attitude by Orison Swett Marden

“Dr Marden tells how we can live up to our potential just by changing our attitude, from the normal attitude of I CAN’T to one of I CAN! To do this we need to have faith in ourselves and shut out the negative forces that come into our lives. We have to stop the negative thoughts and not listen to the naysayers. Once we find what we want to do we can’t think it to death, just take the chance and don’t procrastinate, don’t let doubt interfere. It’s difficult to do in the beginning but will soon become a habit and will make our lives so much easier and more fulfilling.” (Summary by kirk202)

 

audiobookMental Efficiency And Other Hints To Men And Women by Arnold Bennett “This light-hearted yet thought-provoking collection of articles, published in 1911, Bennett offers his thoughts on exercising your mind, organising your life, marriage, happiness and other pocket philosophies.

The book stands the test of time, and much is still relevant and amusing – perhaps even more so, with nearly 100 years of hindsight than when it was originally written.” (Librivox)

Section 1: Mental Efficiency – The Appeal

Section 2: Expressing One’s Individuality

Section 3: Breaking With The Past

Section 4: Settling Down In Life

Section 5: Marriage

Section 6: Books

Section 7: Success

Section 8: Petty Artificialities

Section 9: The Secret Of Content

 

 

 

 

The Game of Life and How to Play Itaudiobooks classics by Florence Scovel Shinn was originally published in 1975, yet remains timeless. It is full of philosophical reminders that speak to the part of us that knows we have the power to write our own lives here on earth.”

 

 

As A Man Thinkethaudiobooks by James Allen in his “books illustrate the use of the power of thought to increase personal capabilities. Although he never achieved great fame or wealth, his works continue to influence people around the world, including the New Thought movement.

Allen’s most famous book, As a Man Thinketh, was published in 1902. It is now considered a classic self-help book. Its underlying premise is that noble thoughts make a noble person, while lowly thoughts make a miserable person.” ~ (Summary by Wikipedia)

 

How To Live On 24 Hours A Day by Arnold Bennet. “Are you really ‘living’, or just existing? Do you want to improve yourself or just continue to muddle through? Do you use the time given you each day, or just throw most of it away? These questions Bennett asks each of us and for those who want to really live and learn, offers very valuable advice. Time is the most precious of commodities states, Bennett, in this book. Many books have been written on how to live on a certain amount of money each day. And he added that the old adage ‘time is money understates the matter, as time can often produce money, but money cannot produce more time. Time is extremely limited, and Bennett urged others to make the best of the time remaining in their lives. Which of us lives on twenty-four hours a day? And when I say “lives,” I do not mean exists, nor muddles through. Which of us is free from that uneasy feeling that the ‘great spending departments’ of his daily life are not managed as they ought to be? […] Which of us is not saying to ourselves — which of us has not been saying to ourselves all his life: ‘I shall alter that when I have a little more time?’ We never shall have any more time. We have, and we have always had, all the time there is.” ~ (Summary from the author’s Preface)

Byways to Blessedness by James Allenaudiobooks “instructs us on how to improve our life and spiritual well-being through the power of positive thinking. He teaches us to live in the present and appreciate the moment. Allen asserts that the power of each person to form his own character and create his own happiness is within. ‘Life is full of beginnings. They are presented every day and every hour to every person. Most beginnings are small and appear trivial and insignificant, but in reality, they are the most important things in life.'” ~ (Summary by Andrea Fiore)

 

audiobooks“Your Invisible Power,” by Genevieve Behrend. Read by Algy Pug. Genevieve Behrend was a teacher of Mental Science, a New Thought discipline created by Thomas Troward (1847- 1916). Your Invisible Power, published in 1921, is her first and most famous book. It is a guide to the use of visualization and other mental processes in life enhancement and the achievement of personal goals.

The Art of Money Getting (version 2) by P. T. Barnum. Read by Ruth Golding.audiobooks

Although Barnum considered himself primarily a showman and his main goal was to put money in his own pocket, this little book, subtitled Golden Rules for Making Money does have a good deal of common sense about how to make money, and perhaps more importantly, how to keep it once you’ve made it. Of course, having been written nearly a century and a half ago, some of the advice may be a little dated, but it remains a very readable self-help book. (Summary by Ruth Golding)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Religion

audiobooksThe Necessity of Atheism by David Marshall Brook. This “classic exploration of the lack of evidence for religions, religious beliefs, the basis of belief, and the effects of belief on society and history. Topics discussed include The Evolution of Religious Beliefs, The Koran and The Old and New Testaments, The Prophets Mohammed, Jesus, and Moses Charlatans or Victims of Mental and Physical Disease… .” (Summary by Amazon)

 

audiobooksThe Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence “is a collection of letters and transcriptions of conversations, compiled by a disciple of Brother Lawrence. Brother Lawrence was a Carmelite monk and head cook in his monastery’s kitchens. He quickly gained an international reputation as a mystic and spiritual counsellor. The Practice of the Presence records his last words of advice to his friends and disciples, as he suffered from an unnamed illness that would eventually take his life.” (Description written by Kirsten Ferreri.)

 

 

 

Psychology – Audiobooks

audiobooksDream Psychology by Sigmund Freud. “Not a few serious-minded students, […], have been discouraged from attempting a study of Freud’s dream psychology. The book in which he originally offered to the world his interpretation of dreams was as circumstantial as a legal record to be pondered over by scientists at their leisure, not to be assimilated in a few hours by the average alert reader. In those days, Freud could not leave out any detail likely to make his extremely novel thesis evidentially acceptable to those willing to sift data. – Freud himself, however, realized the magnitude of the task which the reading of his magnum opus imposed upon those who have not been prepared for it by long psychological and scientific training and he abstracted from that gigantic work the parts which constitute the essential of his discoveries.” (Summary by Librivox)

Introduction

About Women

audiobooksThe Awakening by Kate Chopin. “The Modern Library edition of The Awakening has an introduction by Kay Gibbons, who writes: ‘The Awakening shocked turn-of-the-century readers with its forthright treatment of sex and suicide. Departing from literary convention, Kate Chopin failed to condemn her heroine’s desire for an affair with the son of a Louisiana resort owner, whom she meets on vacation. The power of sensuality, the delusion of ecstatic love, and the solitude that accompanies the trappings of middle- and upper-class life are the themes of this now-classic novel’. – As Kay Gibbons points out, Chopin ‘was writing American realism before most Americans could bear to hear that they were living it. (Summary – Librivox)

 

 

Historical

audiobooksTwelve Years a Slave is an 1853 memoir and slave narrative by American Solomon Northup as told to and edited by David Wilson. Northup, a black man who was born free in New York state, details his being tricked to go to Washington, D.C., where he was kidnapped and sold into slavery in the Deep South. He was in bondage for 12 years in Louisiana before he was able to secretly get information to friends and family in New York, who in turn secured his release with the aid of the state. Northup’s account provides extensive details on the slave markets in Washington, D.C. and New Orleans, and describes at length cotton and sugar cultivation and slave treatment on major plantations in Louisiana.” (Wikipedia)

 

Economics

“Anthem” is a dystopic science fiction story taking place at some unspecified future date. Mankind has entered another dark age as a result of what Rand saw as the weaknesses of socialistic thinking and economics. Technological advancement is now carefully planned (when it is allowed to occur, if at all) and the concept of individuality has been eliminated (for example, the word ‘I’ has disappeared from the language). As is common in her work, Rand draws a clear distinction between the ‘socialist/communal’ values of equality and brotherhood and the ‘productive/capitalist’ values of achievement and individuality. The story also parallels Stalinist Russia, which was currently going on at the time as the story was published.” (Summary from Wikipedia)

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The Art of War” is an ancient Chinese military treatise attributed to Sun Tzu, a high-ranking military general, strategist and tactician. The text is composed of 13 chapters, each devoted to one aspect of warfare. It is commonly considered to be the definitive work on military strategy and tactics of its time. It has been the most famous and influential of China’s Seven Military Classics, and ‘for the last two thousand years, it remained the most important military treatise in Asia, where even the common people knew it by name.’ It has had an influence on Eastern and Western military thinking, business tactics, legal strategy and beyond.” – Summary by Wikipedia

Podcasts

 

audiobooksRobin Roberts – Everybody’s Got Something

“‘Regardless of how much money you have, your race, where you live, what religion you follow, you are going through something. Or you already have or you will. As Momma always said, Everybody, ‘s got something.’ So begins beloved Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts’s new memoir in which she recounts the incredible journey that’s been her life so far, and the lessons she’s learned along the way. With grace, heart, and humour, she writes about overcoming breast cancer only to learn five years later that she will need a bone marrow transplant to combat a rare blood disorder, the grief and heartbreak she suffered when her mother passed away, her triumphant return to GMA after her medical leave, and the tremendous support and love of her family and friends that saw her through her difficult times. Following her mother’s advice to ‘make your mess your message, ‘ Robin taught a nation of viewers that while it is true that we’ve all got something–a medical crisis to face, ageing parents to care for, heartbreak in all its many forms–we’ve also all got something to give: hope, encouragement, a life-saving transplant or a spirit-saving embrace. As Robin has learned, and what readers of her remarkable story will come to believe as well, it’s all about faith, family and friends. And finding out that you are stronger, much stronger than you think” (Source: Librivox)

 

Episode 1: India Arie – Finding An Authentic Voice

“When Grammy-Award winning, singer-songwriter India Arie lost all self-confidence, she had to disappear from the public for four years. In this episode she takes us inside that journey of self-questioning, talking openly to Robin about the serious breakdown that leads to a breakthrough, allowing her to discover her authentic self. In the telling, she brings music, laughter, and profound insights into what matters in all of our lives. And she gives the gift of an original song to the podcast.”

 

Episode 2: Giada De Laurentiis – Recipe For Recovery

“The Food Network superstar is the epitome of glamour and seems like she’s got it all. But in this deeply personal conversation with Robin, Giada De Laurentiis confesses that she grew up speaking little English, feeling like an outsider and terribly insecure. Find out how that profoundly affected her life, and why the terrible heartache surrounding death and divorce helped her create a recipe for recovery. And, of course, it’s Giada so there’s lots of delicious food talk to make you hungry!”

Episode 3: Delilah – Hard Times As Blessings

“Fifty-thousand callers try to reach Delilah’s radio show each night, desperate to share their problems. In this moving and frank episode, Delilah reveals to Robin why she takes heavy doses of her own advice, having wrestled with her fair share of ghosts and demons — dysfunctional parents and marriages gone wrong — all of it teaching invaluable lessons on how to create a joyful, blessed life.”

Episode 4: Magic and Cookie Johnson – The Magic of Love

“How do you keep love alive, when everything seems to be conspiring against it? It took a long time for NBA superstar Magic Johnson, and his wife Cookie, to commit to their love. And just when they did, Magic shocked the world, announcing he had contracted H.I.V. But until now, nobody knew what Cookie had to endure. Nor how their unconditional love was put to the test when their son declared he was gay. In this episode, the real story of how Magic and Cookies deep and abiding love continues to grow in the face of every challenge.”

Episode 5: Tig Notaro – Healing with Humor

“Nothing’s funny about cancer until you hear standup comic Tig Notaro talk about her own experience with breast cancer. But it’s not all laughs, and the serious truths she tells are incredibly life-affirming. In this episode, she and Robin uncover how much they have in common (both went through cancer, lost their mothers while recovering, grew up in the same town, and are in loving, gay relationships) while discovering that their greatest challenges have given each of the unexpected strength and love.”

Episode 6: Tony Robbins/Wounded Warriors – Winning in Life

“How do you find your inner strength?

In this special episode, Tony Robbins — the man considered the ultimate motivator, counselling everyone from Oprah to Bill Clinton — opens up to Robin about what motivated him to become arguably the most famous life coach: a horrifically abusive childhood. Find out how this experience informed his life, leading Tony Robbins to help others replace self-doubt with self-fulfilment.

Then Robin takes the podcast out of the studio to meet two members of the U.S. Military who exemplify the courage it takes to be the best you can be. Both amputees, share the emotional journey of becoming stronger than ever as a result of their losses, preparing to participate in the Invictus Games for wounded warriors.”

Episode 7: Dan Harris & Amy Robach – Going Public

“It’s not always easy to share your “something,” whatever that may be. But try doing it on TV before an audience of millions!

Just like Robin, Amy Robach and Dan Harris both went public with very personal struggles. Amy discovered she had breast cancer after taking a mammogram on “GMA” to encourage early detection. Dan had a panic attack on air, the result of heightened anxiety kicked in by drugs he was taking to self-medicate.

The two news anchors join Robin for an intimate, honest, and even highly entertaining talk about the difficulties and gifts of publicly sharing their stories. Inside their journeys are valuable teachings for all about finding our greatest strengths — and the love that surrounds us — when we are feeling most vulnerable.”

Episode 8: Gabourey Sidibe – M.Y.O.B. (Mind Your Own Body)

“Season 2 kicks off with Oscar-nominated actress Gabourey Sidibe, who gets candid about her path to superstardom, dealing with anxiety, and her journey to body positivity. Sidibe, who famously starred in “Precious” and appears in the FOX series “Empire,” adds author to her resume with her new debut memoir, “This Is Just My Face.”

Episode 9: Mandisa – Out of the Dark

“Grammy award-winning gospel singer Mandisa is back in the spotlight and better than ever following a battle with depression. She discusses her new uplifting album, the appropriately-named “Out of the Dark,” and how she can be a voice of encouragement and truth to people facing life’s challenges all over the world. Mandisa performed “Stronger” on GMA years ago for Robin’s emotional return to “Good Morning America” after defying the odds and beating her own health battles.”

Episode 10: Wanda ‘Mama’ Durant – The Real MVP

After Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant helped his team clinch the NBA championship, his mother, Wanda Durant, celebrated alongside the team in what truly was a lifelong dream come true. Durant, a single mother, said she did her best to stay engaged as a parent and demand the best from her two sons. When Durant was named league MVP in 2014, he delivered an emotional speech dedicated to his mother, calling her “the real MVP.”

Episode 11: Patti LaBelle – Dishin’ with the Godmother of Soul

“Two-time Grammy award-winning recording artist Patti LaBelle has a career spanning more than 50 years in entertainment. At 73 years young, the “Godmother of Soul” has written a dessert cookbook, released concert dates, and is getting ready to unveil the third season of her cooking show. And with her new album “Bel Hommage,” Philly’s sweetheart marks her first foray into the wonderful world of jazz.”

Episode 12: Andy Andrews – Why You Should Sweat the Small Stuff

“We’ve always been told, “Don’t sweat the small stuff,” but bestselling author Andy Andrews turns that common belief on its head in his new book, “The Little Things.” Andrews, who has spoken at the request of four different U.S. presidents, explains how one tiny thing can help create powerful and extraordinary results.”

Episode 13: Lea Michele – Places, Everyone!

“Lea Michele, best known for playing Rachel Berry on “Glee,” has made a name for herself — and her extraordinary pipes — many times over as a Broadway star, a TV darling and now as a recording artist. In this episode, Lea opens up about the intimate messages behind some of the songs on her new album, “Places,” how she has managed to stay grounded amidst the intense demands of fame and what she plans to conquer next. Plus, we revisit some of Robin’s very favourite moments from Season 1.”

Episode 14: Ernie Johnson – What to Do When Life Goes Unscripted

“Ernie Johnson Jr., a three-time Emmy award-winning sports anchor and host of TNT’s “Inside the NBA,” has had a legendary career that spans more than 40 years, but what he cherishes most in life is caring for his family. In his new autobiography, “Unscripted: The Unpredictable Moments that Make Life Extraordinary,” Johnson describes embracing challenging times, including him and his wife Cheryl adopting their son Michael, who has muscular dystrophy, and losing his father, renowned baseball announcer, Ernie Sr.”

Episode 15: Kenny Anderson – The Rebound

“Kenny Anderson was once one of the most sought after basketball players in the country, but after retiring as an NBA All-Star and losing his mother, he bottomed out when a DUI charge cost him a coaching position. Struggling with his post-NBA identity and fading fame, Anderson says he is still a “work in progress,” and in a new documentary, “Mr Chibbs,” he discusses some of his toughest issues, from alleging he had been molested as a kid, to the excessive drinking rumours, to filing for bankruptcy.”

Episode 16: Felicia Johnson – Breaking the Cycle of Silence

“Eleven women in Felicia Johnson’s family, including herself, have been diagnosed with breast cancer. “I felt like the monster was chasing us down,” Johnson said, and she has made it her mission to break the cycle of silence, especially among African-American women, to encourage others to share and seek out information about this disease.”

Season 2 Finale – Your Incredible ‘Somethings’

“We have heard some amazing stories of resilience during the first two seasons of “Everybody’s Got Something” — but until now, we’ve focused on people you probably know. This week, we focus on our listeners’ own ‘somethings.’ Robin even sat down with one listener, Sammy Kamara, and his wife, Carol, in our New York City studio!”

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