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Five new audio presentations are outstanding listens perfect for discriminating audiobook fans. Susannah Cahalan's The Great Pretender (9781549175822, $35.00) explores the work of David Rosenhan and seven others who went undercover into asylums around America to test psychiatry's definitions and diagnoses of mental illness. But, did his study change psychiatry for the good? Susannah Calahan provides new research that offers some startlingly different perspectives in this engrossing survey, narrated by Christie Moreau and the author, which should be on the listening lists of anyone interested in psychiatry's social and political impact. Newt Gingrich's Trump vs. China: Facing America's Greatest Threat (9781549179037, $35.00) is read by Reuben Uy, who brings to life Gingrich's research into the strategies and threat of the Chinese Communist Party and its threat to American interests around the world. Gingrich's study makes for intriguing reading because it not only outlines a possible threat, but possible actions in response, yet comes in a passionate tone and language average Americans can readily absorb; especially in an audio format. Paula White-Cain's Something Greater: Finding Triumph Over Trials (9781549184574, $35.00) is narrated by the author, who links God's plan and healing process with both her journey of faith and the growth of her global ministry. Listeners who maintain a belief in God and the notion of a greater purpose will find inspirational listening in this story of both the author's personal relationship with Christ and the wide-ranging transformative opportunities of belief. Flea's Acid for the Children: A Memoir (9781478912903, $35.00) comes from the bass player and co-founder of the band Red Hot Chili Peppers, is narrated by the author, and captures the musical milieu of Los Angeles in the 1970s and 80s as he shares his coming of age, involvement in music, and life-changing moments which led to the band's formation and evolution. Flea's evocative descriptions come to life in an audio especially recommended for prior fans. Jeannie Gaffigan's When Life Gives You Pears: The Healing Power of Family, Faith, and Funny People (9781549152528, $35.00) is narrated by Jeannie Gaffigan, her comedian husband Jim, and Liz Noth, but provides an account that is not just about humor or her husband, as those familiar with the two might anticipate. Jeannie was diagnosed with a life-threatening brain tumor and, as the mother of five children, faced a crisis deeper than her own survival. She and her family survived, and this story of her personal journey is simply riveting in audio.

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