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  1. 8.8 hrs • 9/6/2016 • Unabridged

    When Matt Johansson, a young New York actor, auditions for Chapel of Ease, an off-Broadway musical, he is instantly charmed by Ray Parrish, the show’s writer and composer. As their friendship deepens, Matt learns that Ray’s people call themselves the Tufa and that the musical is based on the history of his isolated hometown. But there is one question in the show’s script that Ray refuses to answer: What is buried in the ruins of the chapel of ease? As opening night approaches, strange things begin to happen. A dreadlocked girl follows and spies on Ray. At the press preview, a strange Tufa woman warns him to stop the show. Then, as the rave reviews arrive, Ray dies in his sleep. Matt and the cast are distraught, but there’s no question of shutting down, and the run quickly sells out. Matt volunteers to take Ray’s ashes back to Needsville, where he hopes to understand more about the play and uncover the secret that Ray took to his grave. Matt’s journey into the haunting Appalachian mountains of Cloud County sets him on a dangerous path, where some secrets deserve to stay buried.

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    Chapel of Ease by Alex Bledsoe

    Chapel of Ease

    Directed by Claire Bloom
    8.8 hrs • 9/6/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 14.1 hrs • 9/6/2016 • Unabridged

    Behind every myth, there’s a spark of truth… There’s nothing special about Ben Garston. He’s just a guy with an attitude in a beat-up leather jacket, drowning his sorrows in a downtown bar. Or so he’d have you believe. What Ben Garston can’t let you know is that he was once known as Red Ben. That the world of myth and legend isn’t just a fantasy, as we’ve been led to believe. And he certainly can’t let you know the secret of what’s hiding just beneath his skin. But not even Ben knows what kind of hell is about to break loose. A centuries-old rivalry has just resurfaced, and the delicate balance between his world and ours is about to be shattered.

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    Chasing Embers

    14.1 hrs • 9/6/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 13.3 hrs • 8/16/2016 • Unabridged

    This is the way the world end—for the last time. The season of endings grows darker as civilization fades into the long cold night. Alabaster Tenring — madman, world-crusher, savior — has returned with a mission: to train his successor, and thus seal the fate of the Stillness forever. It continues with a lost daughter, found by the enemy. It continues with the obelisks, and an ancient mystery converging on answers at last. The Stillness is the wall which stands against the flow of tradition, the spark of hope long buried under the thickening ashfall. And it will not be broken.

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  4. 12.0 hrs • 8/3/2016 • Unabridged

    Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author Octavia E. Butler paints a stunning portrait of an all-too-believable near future. As with Kindred and her other critically-acclaimed novels, Parable of the Sower skillfully combines startling visionary and socially realistic concepts. God is change. That is the central truth of the Earthseed movement, whose unlikely prophet is eighteen-year-old Lauren Olamina. The young woman’s diary entries tell the story of her life amid a violent twenty-first-century hell of walled neighborhoods and drug-crazed pyromaniacs—and reveal her evolving Earthseed philosophy. Against a backdrop of horror emerges a message of hope: if we are willing to embrace divine change, we will survive to fulfill our destiny among the stars. For her elegant, literate works of science fiction, Octavia E. Butler has been compared to Toni Morrison and Ursula K. LeGuin. Narrator Lynne Thigpen’s melodious voice will hold you spellbound throughout this compelling parable of modern society.

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    Parable of the Sower

    12.0 hrs • 8/3/16 • Unabridged
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  5. 8.1 hrs • 8/2/2016 • Unabridged

    From the author of The Postmortal comes a fantasy saga unlike any you’ve read before, weaving elements of folk tale and video game into a riveting, unforgettable adventure of what a man will endure to return to his family When Ben, a suburban family man, takes a business trip to rural Pennsylvania, he decides to spend the afternoon before his dinner meeting on a short hike. Once he sets out into the woods behind his hotel, he quickly comes to realize that the path he has chosen cannot be given up easily. With no choice but to move forward, Ben finds himself falling deeper and deeper into a world of man-eating giants, bizarre demons, and colossal insects. On a quest of epic life-or-death proportions, Ben finds help comes in some of the most unexpected forms, including a profane crustacean and a variety of magical objects, tools, and potions. Desperate to return to his family, Ben is determined to track down the “Producer,” the creator of the world in which he is being held hostage and the only one who can free him from the path. At once bitingly funny and emotionally absorbing, Magary’s novel is a remarkably unique addition to the contemporary fantasy genre, one that draws as easily from the world of classic folk tales as it does from video games. In The Hike, Magary takes readers on a daring odyssey away from our day-to-day grind and transports them into an enthralling world propelled by heart, imagination, and survival.

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    The Hike

    8.1 hrs • 8/2/16 • Unabridged
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  6. 8.6 hrs • 7/26/2016 • Unabridged

    In Diablo Lake, Washington, a town populated by werewolves, witches, and more, magic woven deep into the earth protects the town’s secrets from outsiders. Katie Grady left Diablo Lake to get over a humiliating breakup; but her family needs her help, so she’s back, in a sublet right across the hall from the guy she’s lusted after for years. Jace Dooley is hotter than ever, and their friendship picks up along with massive doses of grown-up chemistry. The very scent of Katie sharpens Jace’s canines, makes the wolf within him stir. There’s nothing more alluring to a Pack Alpha than a sexy female who is so very in charge. She won’t be coddled, but if he plays his hand just right she might be convinced to become his. Katie presents a challenge to Jace’s wolf nature, whose chief instinct is to protect. Especially now that she’s coming into the magic that is her birthright—and suddenly Jace isn’t the only one who’s interested in Katie, or the raw power she’s just learning to use.

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    Diablo Lake: Moonstruck by Lauren Dane
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  7. 8.5 hrs • 7/26/2016 • Unabridged

    The thrilling conclusion to New York Times bestselling author Lilith Saintcrow’s dark fantasy series where the faery world inhabits diners, dive bars, and trailer parks. The plague has broken loose, the Wild Hunt is riding, and the balance of power in the sidhe realms is still shifting. The Unseelie King has a grudge against Jeremiah Gallow, but it will have to wait. For he needs Gallow’s services for a very delicate mission—and the prize for success is survival itself. In order to save both Robin Ragged and himself, Gallow will have to do the unspeakable …

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    8.7 hrs • 6/7/2016 • Unabridged

    Bailey Chen is fresh out of college with all the usual new-adult demons: no cash, no job offers, and an awkward relationship with Zane, the old friend she kinda-sorta hooked up with during high school. But when Zane introduces Bailey to his monster-fighting bartender friends, her demons become a lot more literal. It turns out evil creatures stalk the city streets after hours, and they can only be hunted with the help of magically mixed cocktails: vodka grants super strength, whiskey offers the power of telekinesis, and tequila lets its drinker fire blasts of elemental energy. But will all of these powers be enough for Bailey to halt a mysterious rash of gruesome deaths? And what will she do when the safety of a “real world” job beckons? This sharp and funny urban fantasy is perfect for fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and grown-up readers of Harry Potter. Includes fifteen recipes from a book of ancient cocktail lore.

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    Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger

    Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge

    8.7 hrs • 6/7/16 • Unabridged
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  9. 9.9 hrs • 5/17/2016 • Unabridged

    Imogen and her sister Marin escape their cruel mother to attend a prestigious artists’ retreat, but soon learn that living in a fairy tale requires sacrifices, whether it be art or love in this haunting debut novel from “a remarkable young writer” (Neil Gaiman). What would you sacrifice for everything you ever dreamed of? Imogen has grown up reading fairy tales about mothers who die and make way for cruel stepmothers. As a child, she used to lie in bed wishing that her life would become one of these tragic fairy tales because she couldn’t imagine how a stepmother could be worse than her mother now. As adults, Imogen and her sister Marin are accepted to an elite post-grad arts program—Imogen as a writer and Marin as a dancer. Soon enough, though, they realize that there’s more to the school than meets the eye. Imogen might be living in the fairy tale she’s dreamed about as a child, but it’s one that will pit her against Marin if she decides to escape her past to find her heart’s desire.

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    Roses and Rot

    9.9 hrs • 5/17/16 • Unabridged
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  10. 9.7 hrs • 5/10/2016 • Unabridged

    A spellbinding and darkly humorous coming-of-age story about an unusual boy, whose family lives on the fringe of society and struggles to survive in a hostile world that shuns and fears them. He was born an outsider, like the rest of his family. Poor yet resilient, he lives in the shadows with his aunt Libby and uncle Darren, folk who stubbornly make their way in a society that does not understand or want them. They are mongrels, mixed blood, neither this nor that. The boy at the center of Mongrels must decide if he belongs on the road with his aunt and uncle or if he fits with the people on the other side of the tracks. For ten years, he and his family have lived a life of late-night exits and narrow escapes—always on the move across the South to stay one step ahead of the law. But the time is drawing near when Darren and Libby will finally know if their nephew is like them or not. And the close calls they’ve been running from for so long are catching up fast now. Everything is about to change. A compelling and fascinating journey, Mongrels alternates between past and present to create an unforgettable portrait of a boy trying to understand his family and his place in a complex and unforgiving world. A smart and innovative story—funny, bloody, raw, and real—told in a rhythmic voice full of heart, Mongrels is a deeply moving, sometimes grisly novel that illuminates the challenges and tender joys of a life beyond the ordinary in a bold and imaginative new way.

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    Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones

    Mongrels

    9.7 hrs • 5/10/16 • Unabridged
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  11. 4.7 hrs • 4/5/2016 • Unabridged

    New York Times bestselling author Seanan McGuire presents a fresh take on the portal fantasy genre that blends Alice in Wonderland, The Magicians, and The Nightmare Before Christmas. Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children No Solicitations No Visitors No Quests Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere else. But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children. Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced—they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world. But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of things. No matter the cost.

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    Every Heart a Doorway

    4.7 hrs • 4/5/16 • Unabridged
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  12. 5.1 hrs • 3/18/2016 • Unabridged

    Imagine when Romeo and Juliette meet The Howling! The best combination of Contemporary Urban Fantasy and Supernatural thriller. Lorcan, Orla, Roy and Mori escaped the brutal attack of the sea creature by the skin of their teeth, only to find out that they had not yet fulfilled their mission. Not only had they put their lives in danger and not achieved their goal, but they had also triggered a catastrophe that might cost millions of human lives. It was now their responsibility to prevent the cataclysmic event from happening. This is the third installment in an urban fantasy thriller series, filled with paranormal and science fiction twists and turns!

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  13. 5.2 hrs • 3/18/2016 • Unabridged

    Ireland is where their love begins, and it might be where it ends. During the battle for the Indigo Stone, the enemy has placed a curse on Lorcan’s parents, forcing him to go back to Ireland to break the curse. Unbeknownst to Lorcan, Orla follows him. They are now back to the land they had run away from, facing the very reason they had left—a threat that will keep them apart forever. This is the final installment of Spectrum, an urban fantasy thriller series, filled with paranormal and science fiction twists and turns.

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  14. 5.2 hrs • 3/17/2016 • Unabridged

    To live, they have to be apart. To live happily-ever-after, they have to murder people on order. To be together, one of them will die. They are childhood sweethearts. She believes in karma. He believes in science and logic. If given the choice between killing and stealing, she’d choose to steal. Forced to choose between money and freedom, he’d choose freedom. Their love is cursed. Their choice to love each other was taken away from them. Computer hacker Lorcan can steal data from the most impossible of sources. High profile thief Orla specializes in acquiring valuable antiques. Their combined skill set twists their fate and leads them to incredible places across the multiverse. This is the first installment in a romantic fantasy thriller series, filled with psychic romance suspense, paranormal, and science fiction twists and turns!

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  15. 14.5 hrs • 3/16/2016 • Unabridged

    New job, new family, and in two weeks the end of a world he’s just discovered, if he can’t rise to the challenge. George Talbot Traherne is just doing his job on a fine autumn morning, keeping the hounds together for the huntsman of the Rowanton Hunt in Virginia along the Blue Ridge Mountain. It doesn’t pay to get distracted by a white stag in unfamiliar territory, though. Next thing you know, you might find yourself … somewhere else. The land is the same but not the people. Their huntsman has just been murdered, and George is tapped for the job. It’s an emergency—the Wild Hunt is only two weeks away and if it doesn’t happen on schedule, the antlered god Cernunnos will take the realm from its ruler Gwyn ap Nudd and find someone who can mete out justice with the Hounds of Hell in his place. George throws himself into the task, finding strength in the mission and resources he never knew he had. The more he comes to feel at home, settling into his new responsibilities, the more he wants to stay and make a life for himself. He’s finally met someone worth spending his life with, even if she’s just a bit older, a mere fifteen hundred years or so. Can he keep the Wild Hunt on track despite the attempts to thwart it? Will he be accepted by those he wants to defend who view his timely presence and his human blood with suspicion? Above all, what does Cernunnos want of him and how far will he go? Can he survive the attention of a god? Listeners who are familiar with the sources of Arthurian literature such as the Mabinogion will recognize many of the characters, flourishing still in the world we cannot quite reach.

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    To Carry the Horn

    By Karen Myers
    Read by Karen Myers
    14.5 hrs • 3/16/16 • Unabridged
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  16. 10.1 hrs • 3/13/2016 • Unabridged

    Love and deadly secrets don't mix. But what if that is the only way to survive? Thirty-three years’ worth of secrets fall on the shoulders of Ciaran and Madeline with a force that even their enduring love for each other might not help them survive. How much will they give, take, and sacrifice for each other and for those they love? A Shade of Mind is an urban fantasy thriller series, filled with paranormal and mysterious twists and turns of the multiverse. A Shade of Mind Volume One contains 10 episodes of the entire Season One. For more information about the series, please go to http://narrativeland.com/shade

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    A Shade of Mind - Volume One - Episodes 1-10

    10.1 hrs • 3/13/16 • Unabridged
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