Culture & Criticism Since 2003
This selection compiles a series of homilies and speeches by Pope Francis meant to enlighten hearts and broaden our understanding of ourselves and our place in the universe. The Pope’s subject matter is happiness – and specifically, where we need go to find it amid all the pain and suffering that weighs down the world. In the wake of wars, mass shootings and fragmented governments that have seemingly turned a blind eye to the people, many seem lost – with no idea where to turn, without any true connection to their own identity. In turn, these messages serve to inspire and teach these individuals, showing the reader that it is indeed possible to find contentment on earth if we know how and where to look. Topics discussed include sports, women’s rights , family, and equality/discrimination. Read by Arthur Morey. 6.5 hours on 6 CDS. Sample the narration here.
In the wake of the controversy that has defined the Donald Trump presidency, it becomes all the more remarkable to look back on the accomplishments of FDR, examining how he was able to unite a nation and steer it back to prosperity. Robert Dallek’s treatise is destined to become the benchmark FDR biography, for it goes beyond merely listing the things Roosevelt did and delves into the reasons he was able to do them – transcending the tumult of the times to fix a broken country. Impeccably researched, with a captivating narrative that compels the attention of both the historian and the casual reader. Read by Rick Adamson. 30 hours on 24 CDS. Sample the narration here.
Tom Hanks is known as a actor who brings the complete package – with the unique ability to do both drama and comedy at the highest level. But Uncommon Type, a collection of 17 short stories, also shows Hanks to be an accomplished writer able to bring words on the page to life. Dive into these pieces and experience the nuanced plots and characters and you’ll see just why Hanks has been able to master so many different kinds of roles: He understands film from the point-of-view of the writer and not just the director/actor. In turn, he’s able to connect with the character from both sides of his skin. Read by Hanks, whose sure-footed command of voice elevates this book to ‘can’t miss’ status. 10 hours on 8 CDS. Sample the narration here.
In this gripping memoir, astronaut Scott Kelly describes what it’s like to travel through space in a way that the reader can actually comprehend.
Actress Anna Faris shares some of her life-lessons.
Khan proved himself a captivating speaker at the DNC, and his memoir is just as impressive as he describes how one family came to claim their piece of the American Dream.