TA103: Kubla Khan, or, A Vision in a Dream: A Fragment

TA103-KublaKhanKubla Khan, or, A Vision in a Dream: A Fragment

WRITTEN BY:
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

A poem written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge after awaking from an opium induced dream of Xanadu, the summer palace of the Emperor Kublai Khan. A much more extensive poem came to him upon awaking, but he was interrupted while writing it down and then could not remember the remaining lines.

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coleridgeSamuel Taylor Coleridge

An English poet, literary critic and philosopher who was one of the founders of the Romantic Movement in England. He was instrumental in introducing the German idealist philosophy to English-speaking cultures.  Read more on Wikipedia.

TA0100: Collected Works of Pez di Spencer

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Pez di Spencer (AKA Travis James Keyes)

Pez di Spenser (AKA Travis James Keyes, Mike Scott, Brandon Michael Scott) represents one of the most creative minds of his generation. He was an extremely deep, sensitive and complex individual, entangling his close circle of friends with adventures in mind-travel to unending dimensions of thought. His early death is not unusual for today’s youth, as they struggle to find their place in a world void of creative outlets for the truly gifted. This collection, published posthumously, is a diverse selection of writings, poems, and music representing only a small fragment of his overall works.

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TA0100-ShadeBeneathWillowIn the Shade Beneath a Willow Tree
Written by Travis James Keyes
Edited by Joe Garvin

An anthropomorphic work concerning the humble prophet Zesia and his discussions with his friend the sparrow and the town witch Lucia, as they discuss the profound workings of Truth, and the logical conditions for its triumph as humanity’s highest achievement.  There are many dimensions to this writing that make it a child friendly adventure to a modern philosophical conundrum in finding the purpose of life in the context of social interaction and personal responsibility.

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TA0107-TimeTravelerThe Time Traveler
Written by Travis James Keyes
Narrated by Michael Scott

We are finding that Time is a complex relative construct that is difficult to harness, regardless of how scientifically or mathematically sophisticated humanity becomes. Here we find our protagonist engaging in a fanciful interchange with Time, based in delightful poetic prose. Read it for the story, or call on your physicist friends to discuss and enjoy the explanation of Time as an untamable entity.

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Le Glacon du Desert (Icicles in the Desert)
Written by Pez di Spencer

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Watercolors

 

Watercolors
Written, Created, and Performed by
Pez di Spencer

Pez was a modern Renaissance man, delving into literature, art, comics, philosophy, comparative religious studies, and music. His guitar licks are intoxicating, and drumming primordial. In Watercolors, we find Pez at his best in producing sound tracks that range from funny to complex rhythms.

 

TA0104: The Prussian Officer

Ta0104-PrussianOfficerThe Prussian Officer

WRITTEN BY:
D. H. Lawrence

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

This classic short story is a fleeting look at the relationship between a Prussian Captain and his orderly. While the Captain exhibits sexual tension towards the young orderly, the feeling is not reciprocated. As a result, the psychological pressure between the two men escalates to an explosive and devastating conclusion.

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D.H. Lawrence

This English writer embodies a collected work that represents an extended reflection on the dehumanizing effects of modernity and industrialization. Like many of his writings, The Prussian Officer includes sexual overtones that were quite explicit for the times, culminating in a British obscenity trial for his novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover. The jury decision to allow publication of the novel is considered a turning point in freedom of expression.  Read more on Wikipedia.

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TA0073: Steep Trails (Excerpts)

TA0073-SteepTrailsExcerpts from Steep Trails

WRITTEN BY:
John Muir

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

These four excerpts, from the writings of John Muir, document his naturalist studies in a number of different settings. These highly descriptive stories detail his expeditions in the rugged outdoors. His documented studies led him to an awe of the natural splendors of the earth, and eventually to a position of preservation. His direct activism helped to save the Yosemite Valley and other wilderness areas.

Four Excerpts are included:

  1. A Geologists Winter Walk
  2. A Perilous Night on Shasta Summit
  3. Nevada’s Dead Towns
  4. People and Towns of Puget Sound

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JohnMuirJohn Muir is the most famous and influential American naturalist and conservationist. The Sierra Club, which he founded, is now one of the most important conservation organizations in the United States.

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TA0080: Alladin

TA0080-AladdinAladdin and his Wonderful Lamp

WRITTEN BY:
Unknown Author

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

This original story of Aladdin is a Middle-Eastern folk tale of a poor child named Aladdin. He is approached by a man who tells him he is the brother of his father, who had died years ago. He needs Aladdin to help him retrieve an old oil lamp from a cave, but tricks him and traps him inside the cave. But Aladdin escapes with the lamp and his life. One day, when his mother is cleaning the lamp a powerful genie appears who must give the holder of the lamp whatever they wish. That may seem wonderful, but listen to this story to see how that can get a person into trouble.

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TA0063: Cinderella

TA0063-CinderellaCinderella

WRITTEN BY:
unknown author

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

It has often been said that there are two basic stories that define the ethos of men and women. For men it is the myth of Superman, the ultra powerful male figure who saves the world against evil. For women it’s the Cinderella, the story of a downtrodden young maiden who eventually overcomes the miseries surrounding her to be saved by the dashing, rich and powerful Prince. It is a story that lives in almost every culture around the world to this day.

As the story goes Cinderella is a young and beautiful young maiden who embodies the ideal values of good, piousness and ultimate virtue. The story starts with Cinderella living with her widowed father. The father remarries and when he suddenly dies Cinderella is left to be raised by her wicked and unjust step-mother, who dotes on her own two daughters. Cinderella is forced to do the chores and wait on the rest of the household, all the while maintaining her sweet composure.

One day a nearby prince invites all the women of the countryside to a grand ball at the palace to choose his wife, but the step-mother does not allow Cinderella to attend. While home alone and almost giving up all hope, Cinderella is visited by a fairy Godmother who temporarily transforms her into a vision of loveliness and transports her to the ball where she captivates the handsome prince. As the clock approaches midnight, she must rush home and in the process loses one of her glass slippers. After a lengthy search the Prince finds Cinderella, they marry and live happily ever after.

It is a theme about Good vs. Evil where Good is always rewarded after many tribulations. Everyone should read and listen to the story of Cinderella, if for no other reason than to gain a deeper understanding of the underlying values and perceptions that shape our modern world. Read more on Wikipedia.

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TA0055: The Book of Wisdom

TA0055-BookofWisdomThe Book of Wisdom

FROM THE HOLY BIBLE

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

The Book of wisdom is one of the Old Testament books of the Bible and is classified with a number of other books that have the main purpose of instruction . The author, although many times wrongly attributed to Solomon, was an Alexandrian Jew who was attempting to strengthen the religious commitment of the Hellenistic Jewish community and, if possible, to convert the Gentiles.

The Book Of Wisdom has three main parts: chapters 1 – 5 stress the superiority of the pious and wise over the godless; chapters 6 – 9 praise personified Wisdom; and chapters 10 – 19 illustrate the marvels of Wisdom. Read more on Wikipedia

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TA0061: The Terror of the Machine

TA0061-TerroroftheMachineThe Terror of the Machine

WRITTEN BY:
Henry Ford

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

In this autobiography, the American industrialist Henry Ford wrote, ‘Repetitive labor… is a terrifying prospect to a certain kind of mind… but to other minds, perhaps I might say the majority of minds, repetitive operations hold no terrors.’ Pushing the ‘efficiency of movement’ system of Frederick Winslow Taylor to its ultimate realization, Ford tirelessly toiled to reduce factory and assembly line work to its essential operations. This, in turn, reduced factory workers to automatons, seemingly nothing more than extensions of the machines for which they labored. Ford was not bothered by the prospect of reducing people to machines, since he firmly believed that it did not bother them and that they could do no better. But, paradoxically, and like all the great American industrialists, Ford feared the prospect that these ‘mindless automatons’ might get organized and demand their rights. So along with efficiency of movement came a system of indoctrination and punishment to insure that workers obeyed orders. In short, the industrialized west was built on the systematic oppression of its working people.

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henryfordHenry Ford

Henry Ford was the founder of the Ford Motor Company and father of modern assembly lines used in mass production. His introduction of the Model T automobile revolutionized transportation and American industry. He was a prolific inventor and was awarded 161 U.S. patents. As sole owner of the Ford Company he became one of the richest and best-known people in the world. He is credited with “Fordism”, that is, the mass production of large numbers of inexpensive automobiles using the assembly line, coupled with high wages for his workers—notably the $5.00 a day pay scale adopted in 1914. Ford, though poorly educated, had a global vision, with consumerism as the key to peace.

TA0050: Main Street

TA0050-MainStreetMain Street (ABRIDGED )

WRITTEN BY:
Sinclair Lewis

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

This book tells the wonderful story of Carol Milford, a city girl in St. Paul, Minnesota. In the beginning of the story she is full of hope and aspirations as she completes her studies at college. Her dreams are those of changing the world in which she lives and making a true contribution to society. She marries a doctor from a small town in the country and moves to his home in Gopher Prairie, Minnesota. Gopher Prairie is a town like any other small town in America and the town folks don’t really see a need for change at all.. Follow Carol as she tries to impose her ideas on the small town folk and gradually her large dreams and aspirations fade into the tall grass of the middle Midwest.


ABRIDGED NOTE: This audio is only the first third of the entire novel, but the complete book can be downloaded from http://www.gutenberg.org

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SinclairLewisHenry Sinclair Lewis

Sinclair Lewis was an American novelist, short-story writer, and playwright. His works are known for their insightful and critical views of American society and capitalist values, as well as for their strong characterizations of modern working women and he was the first writer from the United States to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Main Street was wildly popular, selling 180,000 copies in the first six months after publication in 1921 and within two years selling multi-millions of copies. Read more about Sinclair Lewis on Wikipedia

TA0028: The Communist Manifesto

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The Communist Manifesto

WRITTEN BY:
Karl Marx and
Friedrich Engels

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

The Communist Manifesto was first published on February 21, 1848, and is one of the world’s most influential political tracts. Commissioned by the Communist League and written by communist theorists Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, it laid out the League’s purposes and program. The Manifesto suggested a course of action for a proletarian revolution to overthrow capitalism and, eventually, to bring about a classless society.

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TA0085: Reincarnation and the Law of Karma

TA0085-ReincarnationKarmaReincarnation and the Law of Karma

WRITTEN BY:
William Walker Atkinson

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

A fascinating and insightful document on the theory of rebirth and the principles of spiritual cause and effect. This study tracks the belief in the theory of reincarnation throughout cultures and enlightens the listener to the principles that make this concept sustain throughout thousands of generations.

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atkinsonWilliam Walker Atkinson

William Walker Atkinson was an American attorney, merchant, publisher, and author, as well as an occultist and an American pioneer of New Thought movement. Due in part to Atkinson’s intense personal secrecy and extensive use of writing pen names, he is now largely forgotten, despite having written more than 100 books in the last 30 years of his life. Read more on Wikipedia.

TA0084: Don Quixote

TA0084-DonQuixoteDon Quixote (Excerpt)

WRITTEN BY:
Miguel de Cervantes

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

This is a fantastical comedy about an old man who has read so many books about knights errant that he is convinced that he is one himself. He sets out on a series of adventures with his trusted and true servant Sancho Panza. But with every adventure it is amazing that he is able to survive the story itself. Read more on Wikipedia.

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cervatesMiguel de Cervantes

This Spanish novelist, poet and playwright is the author of Don Quixote, often considered the first modern novel. His work is considered among the most important in all of literature and his influence on the Spanish language has been very great. Read more on Wikipedia.

TA0023: Apology of Socrates

The Apology of Socrates

WRITTEN BY:
Plato

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott as Socrates

The Apology of Socrates is one of the earliest existing documents of Greek philosophy – everything earlier was lost and is known only through quoted fragments in later works, like those of Plato himself. Rightly so, the Apology is still, all by itself, an excellent introduction to Western philosophy and traditionally the first complete text read in the formal study of Classical Greek.

Although the meaning has changed through time, the Greek word apología simply and precisely meant a defense, or a defense speech. At the trial for his life in 399 BC, Socrates astonished his listeners by appearing, despite his vigorous “Defense Speech”, to deliberately get himself found guilty and condemned to death. Plato, who’s presence at the trial is mentioned twice in the Apology, provides us with the only witnessed recording of the trial proceedings and the historic Apology of Socrates

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TA0018: Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche

Thus Spoke Zarathustra

WRITTEN BY:
Friedrich Nietzsche

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

Thus Spoke Zarathustra is a 19th century literary masterpiece and key philosophical work by Nietzsche. Zarathustra descends from his cave in the mountains after ten years of solitude, brimming with wisdom and love and wants to teach humanity.

The individual lessons and sermons delivered by Zarathustra cover most of the general themes of Nietzsche’s mature philosophy, though often in highly symbolic and obscure form. More on Wikipedia.

 

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nietzscheFriedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich Nietzsche was a German philosopher who wrote critical texts on religion, morality, contemporary culture, philosophy and science. His influence remains substantial within areas reaching far beyond philosophy and his works remain a key source of philosophy reading and discussion. Nietzsche was a Libra. More at Wikipedia.