Seeking NF audiobook narrator on social philosophy

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Seeking NF audiobook narrator on social philosophy 
I'm looking for someone to narrate, engineer, and edit an audiobook version of our title, The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible by Charles Eisenstein.

The book is philosophical in nature with an emphasis on social and personal change. I'm looking for a narrator that can bring the necessary gravitas for the subject matter, but who has a voice that is fairly soothing. The target audience for this title would be fans of Mind, Body, Spirit genre as well as folks interested in philosophic works dealing with topics of social change

******************** is a non-profit book publisher based in Berkeley California with the aim to develop an educational and cross-cultural perspective linking various scientific, social, and artistic fields; to nurture a holistic view of arts, sciences, humanities, and healing; and to publish and distribute literature on the relationship of mind, body, and nature. 
2014-05-05 23:55:00 GMT
2014-05-14 19:00:00 (GMT -05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) 
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92700 Words
English - USA and Canada
Middle Age Female OR Middle Age Male OR Senior Female OR Senior Male
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Sometimes I feel nostalgic for the cultural mythology of my youth,
a world in which there was nothing wrong with soda pop, in which
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to the world, in which the doctor could fix you, in which science
was going to make life better and better, and they just put a man on
the moon.

Life made sense. If you worked hard you could get good grades,
get into a good college, go to grad school or follow some other professional
path, and you would be happy. With a few unfortunate exceptions,
you would be successful if you obeyed the rules of our society:
if you followed the latest medical advice, kept informed by reading the
*************** got a good education, obeyed the law, made prudent
investments, and stayed away from Bad Things like drugs. Sure there
were problems, but the scientists and experts were working hard to fix
them. Soon a new medical advance, a new law, a new educational technique
would propel the onward improvement of life. My childhood
perceptions were part of a narrative I call the story of the People, in
which humanity was destined to create a perfect world through science,reason, and technology: to conquer nature, transcend our animal origins,
and engineer a rational society.

From my vantage point, the basic premises of this story seemed
unquestionable. My education, the media, and most of all the normality
of the routines around me conspired to say, “Everything is fine.” Today
it is increasingly obvious that this was a bubble world built atop massive
human suffering and environmental degradation, but at the time
one could live within that bubble without need of much self-deception.
The story that surrounded us was robust. It easily kept anomalous data
points on the margins.

Nonetheless, I (like many others) felt a wrongness in the world, a
wrongness that seeped through the cracks of my privileged, insulated
childhood. I never fully accepted what I had been offered as normal. Life,
I knew, was supposed to be more joyful than this, more real, more meaningful,
and the world was supposed to be more beautiful. We were not
supposed to hate Mondays and live for the weekends and holidays. We
were not supposed to have to raise our hands to be allowed to pee. We
were not supposed to be kept indoors on a beautiful day, day after day.
And as my horizons broadened, I knew that millions were not supposed
to be starving, that nuclear weapons were not supposed to be hanging
over our heads, that the rainforests were not supposed to be shrinking,
or the fish dying, or the condors and eagles disappearing. I could not
accept the way the dominant narrative of my culture handled these
things: as fragmentary problems to be solved, as unfortunate facts of life
to be regretted, or as unmentionable taboo subjects to be simply ignored.

On some level, we all know better. This knowledge seldom finds
clear articulation, so instead we express it indirectly through covert
and overt rebellion. Addiction, self-sabotage, procrastination, laziness,
rage, chronic fatigue, and depression are all ways that we withhold our
full participation in the program of life we are offered. When the conscious
mind cannot find a reason to say no, the unconscious says no in
its own way. More and more of us cannot bear to stay in the “old normal”
any longer.

This narrative of normal is crumbling on a systemic level too. We
live today at a moment of transition between worlds. The institutions
that have borne us through the centuries have lost their vitality; only
with increasing self-delusion can we pretend they are sustainable. Our
systems of money, politics, energy, medicine, education, and more are
no longer delivering the benefits they once did (or seemed to). Their
Utopian promise, so inspiring a century ago, recedes further every year.
Millions of us know this; more and more, we hardly bother to pretend
otherwise. Yet we seem helpless to change, helpless even to stop participating
in industrial civilizationÂ’s rush over the cliff. 
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