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  1. 13.4 hrs • 3/14/2017 • Unabridged

    The conclusion to Buck’s celebrated Good Earth trilogy: the story of a man’s return to a homeland embroiled in revolution On the eve of a popular rebellion, the Chinese government starts to crack down in cities across the country. Fleeing the turmoil, Wang Yuan, the son of a famous general and grandson of the patriarch of The Good Earth, leaves for America to study agriculture. When he returns to China six years later, he encounters a nation still in the grip of violent uprisings. Unprepared for the social upheaval, Wang is torn by the tensions between old traditions and new ways, and by his formidable family, whose struggles he hopes to solve. A reflective finale to Buck’s groundbreaking and bestselling trilogy, A House Divided is a rich and unforgettable portrait of a family—and a nation—in transition.

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    A House Divided by Pearl S. Buck
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  2. 14.0 hrs • 2/14/2017 • Unabridged

    The second installment in Pearl S. Buck’s acclaimed Good Earth trilogy: the powerful story of three brothers whose greed will bring their family to the brink of ruin Sons begins where The Good Earth ended: revolution is sweeping through China. Wang Lung is on his deathbed in the house of his fathers, and his three sons stand ready to inherit his hard-won estate. One son has taken the family’s wealth for granted and become a landlord; another is a thriving merchant and moneylender; and the youngest, an ambitious general, is destined to be a leader in the country. Through all his life’s changes, Wang did not anticipate that each son would hunger to sell his beloved land for maximum profit. At once a tribute to early Chinese fiction, a saga of family dissension, and a depiction of the clashes between old and new, Sons is a vivid and compelling masterwork of fiction.

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    Sons by Pearl S. Buck

    Sons

    14.0 hrs • 2/14/17 • Unabridged
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  3. 6.0 hrs • 1/20/2017 • Unabridged

    Alison Larkin selects and introduces fairytales of strong, independent, brave, at times irreverent girls and women who take charge of their lives, go on their own adventures, rescue themselves and sometimes even save the men they love. These are not stories of helpless females shut up in high towers waiting around for a handsome man to rescue them while they sleep for years or from brushing their golden hair a lot. These heroines have far more to distinguish them than the fact that they (sometimes) end up married to a prince. Stories included: The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen, Molly Whuppie and the Double-faced Giant by Flora Annie Steel, A Pottle of Brains by Joseph Jacobs, Cap O’ Rushes by Joseph Jacobs, Hansel and Gretel by the Brothers Grimm, Mr. Fox by Joseph Jacobs, Clever Grethel by the Brothers Grimm, Kari Woodengown by P.C. Absjornsen, The Twelve Dancing Princesses by the Brothers Grimm, Felicia and the Pot of Pinks by Madame la Comtesse d’Aulnoy, The Iron Stove by Miss Mulock, The Hedley Kow by Joseph Jacobs, The Six Sillies by Monsieur Lemoine, Baba Yaga a Russian folk tale re-told by Verra Xenophontovna Kalamatiano De Blumenthal, The Old Woman in the Woods by the Brothers Grimm, The Idle Spinner by the Brothers Grimm, The Twelve Brothers by the Brothers Grimm, Frederick and Catherine by the Brothers Grimm, Little Red Cap by the Brothers Grimm, Beauty and The Beast by Marie Le Prince de Beaumont.

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    Fairy Tales of the Fiercer Sex

    6.0 hrs • 1/20/17 • Unabridged
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  4. 23.8 hrs • 1/3/2017 • Unabridged

    For the first time in English in over a century comes a new translation of the forgotten sequel to Dumas’s The Three Musketeers, continuing the dramatic tale of Cardinal Richelieu and his implacable enemies. In 1844, Alexandre Dumas published The Three Musketeers, a novel so famous and still so popular today that it scarcely needs introduction. Shortly thereafter he wrote a sequel, Twenty Years After, that resumed the adventures of his swashbuckling heroes. Later, toward the end of his career, Dumas wrote The Red Sphinx, another direct sequel to The Three Musketeers that begins not twenty years later but a mere twenty days afterward. The Red Sphinx picks up right where the The Three Musketeers left off, continuing the stories of Cardinal Richelieu, Queen Anne, and King Louis XIII―and introducing a charming new hero, the Comte de Moret, a real historical figure from the period. A young cavalier newly arrived in Paris, Moret is an illegitimate son of the former king and thus half-brother to King Louis. The French Court seethes with intrigue as king, queen, and cardinal all vie for power, and young Moret soon finds himself up to his handsome neck in conspiracy, danger―and passionate romance. Dumas wrote seventy-five chapters of The Red Sphinx for serial publication but never finished it, and so the novel languished for almost a century before its first book publication in France in 1946. While Dumas never completed the book, he had earlier written a separate novella, The Dove, that recounted the final adventures of Moret and Cardinal Richelieu. Now for the first time, in one cohesive narrative, The Red Sphinx and The Dove make a complete and satisfying story line―a rip-roaring novel of historical adventure, heretofore unknown to English-language readers, by the great Alexandre Dumas, king of the swashbucklers.

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    The Red Sphinx by Alexandre Dumas

    The Red Sphinx

    Edited and translated by Lawrence Ellsworth
    Read by John Lee
    23.8 hrs • 1/3/17 • Unabridged
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  5. 44.8 hrs • 12/31/2016 • Unabridged

    Gothic master Edgar Allan Poe’s complete works are collected in this multivolume set by Blackstone Audio. Here are his short stories, detective fiction, and poems in all their mysterious and macabre glory. Also included are Poe’s literary reviews and editorial musings, comprising an often caustic analysis of the poetry, drama, and fiction of the period. This collection includes Poe’s famous stories “The Masque of the Red Death,” “The Pit and the Pendulum,” and “The Tell-Tale Heart.” Poe’s poetry features prominently in this collection, with well-known classics such as “The Raven,” “Annabel Lee,” and “Lenore” presented alongside lesser-known works like “Eulalie” and “The Conqueror Worm.” Poe fans will be treated to his fearless and acerbic analysis of then-modern works, a practice earning him the reputation as a “tomahawk man” in artistic circles.

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    Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe

    Edgar Allan Poe

    44.8 hrs • 12/31/16 • Unabridged
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  6. 6.1 hrs • 12/6/2016 • Unabridged

    In 1904, Great Britain was at the height of its prosperity; but G. K. Chesterton saw the drudgery of capitalism and bureaucracy eating away at the eccentricity and spontaneity of the human spirit. In The Napoleon of Notting Hill, his first novel, Chesterton creates a witty satire of staid government, set in a London of the future. Auberon Quin, a common clerk who looks like a cross between a baby and an owl and is often seen standing on his head, is one day told that he has been randomly selected to be His Majesty the King. He decides to turn London into a medieval carnival for his own amusement—with delightful results.

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    The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

    The Napoleon of Notting Hill

    6.1 hrs • 12/6/16 • Unabridged
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  7. 4.1 hrs • 11/15/2016 • Unabridged

    Often described as an alchemical allegory, John Crowley instead decided this is “the first science fiction novel.” After all, “it’s fiction; it’s about the possibilities of a science; and it’s a novel.” No matter what else it might be, it’s definitely one of the great outlandish stories in Western literature.

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    The Chemical Wedding by Christian Rosencreutz by Johann Valentin Andreae, John Crowley

    The Chemical Wedding by Christian Rosencreutz

    In a new version by John Crowley
    Read by John Crowley
    4.1 hrs • 11/15/16 • Unabridged
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  8. 13.5 hrs • 10/27/2016 • Unabridged

    Jane Austen’s most famous novel, Pride and Prejudice is brought to sparkling new life in this “wonderful, unforgettable” recording from AudioFile Earphones award-winning narrator Alison Larkin. Always a witty and original voice, Alison Larkin follows her narration of Pride and Prejudice with songs from Regency England, to give the listener a sense of what after dinner family entertainment might have sounded like in Jane Austen’s time. Recorded in a drawing room not unlike the Bennets’, a young lady who sounds suspiciously like Mary Bennet sings The Lonely Ash Grove, Ye Banks and Braes, and Down by the Salley Gardens, making up in vocal enthusiasm what she lacks in polish.

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  9. 3.3 hrs • 10/21/2016 • Unabridged

    A Christmas Carol and “The Night before Christmas” are as different as England and America themselves. And yet almost two centuries later these iconic works remain the most famous Christmas stories ever told and a beloved part of Christmas tradition all over the world. Now they are brought together for the first time in this very special holiday recording. Derek Perkins is an Audie Award and AudioFile Earphones award–winning narrator of over 200 audiobooks and an AudioFile Magazines “Best Voice.” Alison Larkin is an AudioFile Earphones award–winning narrator of over 150 audiobooks, an internationally acclaimed comedienne, and the bestselling author of The English American.

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    A Christmas Carol and The Night before Christmas by Charles Dickens
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  10. 12.2 hrs • 10/1/2016 • Unabridged

    The Counterlife is about people enacting their dreams of renewal and escape, some of them going so far as to risk their lives to alter seemingly irreversible destinies. Wherever they may find themselves, the characters of The Counterlife are tempted unceasingly by the prospect of an alternative existence that can reverse their fate. Illuminating these lives in transition and guiding us through the book’s evocative landscapes, familiar and foreign, is the mind of the novelist Nathan Zuckerman. His is the skeptical, enveloping intelligence that calculates the price that’s paid in the struggle to change personal fortune and reshape history, whether in a dentist’s office in suburban New Jersey, a tradition-bound English Village in Gloucestershire, a church in London’s West End, or a tiny desert settlement in Israel’s occupied West Bank.

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    The Counterlife by Philip Roth
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  11. 13.1 hrs • 9/13/2016 • Unabridged

    Now available for the first time in audiobook format, a powerful literary classic from one of contemporary fiction’s most acclaimed and important writers, Russell Banks’ Continental Drift is a masterful novel of hope lost and gained, and a gripping, indelible story of fragile lives uprooted and transformed by injustice, disappointment, and the seductions and realities of the American dream.

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    Continental Drift by Russell Banks

    Continental Drift

    13.1 hrs • 9/13/16 • Unabridged
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  12. 2.3 hrs • 9/6/2016 • Unabridged

    In quest of the unpublished manuscript of a martyred Yiddish writer, the American novelist Nathan Zuckerman travels to Soviet-occupied Prague in the mid-1970s. There, in a nation straightjacketed by totalitarian Communism, he discovers a literary predicament, marked by institutionalized oppression, that is rather different from his own. He also discovers, among the oppressed writers with whom he quickly becomes embroiled in a series of bizarre and poignant adventures, an appealingly perverse kind of heroism. The Prague Orgy, consisting of entries from protagonist Nathan Zuckerman’s notebooks recording his sojourn among these outcast artists, completes the Nathan Zuckerman series. It provides a startling ending to Roth’s intricately designed magnum opus on the unforeseen consequences of art.

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    The Prague Orgy by Philip Roth
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  13. 7.0 hrs • 8/1/2016 • Unabridged

    Despite marriage to a millionaire’s daughter and success as a vice-president of Donaldson’s, Inc., manufacturers of the world-famous Donaldson’s Dog-Joy, Freddie Threepwood, Lord Emsworth’s younger son, still goes in fear of his aunts when at Blandings Castle. Full Moon tells the story of how he faces them down while promoting the love of Bill Lister and Prudence Garland. A charming Blandings comedy with a full Wodehouse complement of aunts, pigs, millionaires, colonels, imposters, and dotty earls.

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    Full Moon by P. G. Wodehouse
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  14. 5.5 hrs • 8/1/2016 • Unabridged

    Galahad can’t abide broken hearts. So when Sam Bagshott and Sandy, Lord Emsworth’s current secretary, have a falling-out over a bet, Galahad determines to reunite the warring couple. Sam stands to win a sackful if Tipton Plimsoll marries Veronica Wedge, Lord Emsworth’s niece, but there’s a rumor that Tipton is deep in the financial soup. Veronica’s fearsome mother immediately stops all nuptials. To add to the mayhem, the Empress, Lord Emsworth’s beloved prize porker, is discovered drunk. Fortunately, Galahad is on hand to put matters right. Or so he hopes.

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    Galahad at Blandings by P. G. Wodehouse
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  15. 10.2 hrs • 7/11/2016 • Unabridged

    Jane Austen’s last novel, “Persuasion,” tells the story of Anne Elliot and Frederick Wentworth. Seven years after Anne rejects the man she loves after a family friend persuades her that he isn’t a good enough match for her, Frederick Wentworth returns to England looking for a wife. Jane Austen completed the manuscript of “Persuasion” in the summer of 1816. It was not published until after her death. Jane Austen’s poems were mostly occasional, light comic verses written to celebrate events, like a marriage or the birth of a child, to entertain family and friends. This delightful selection, with an introduction by Alison Larkin, ranges from “This Little Bag,” which Austen wrote on a tiny piece of paper placed in the pocket of a tiny bag she gave to her niece on Christmas night 1792, to “When Winchester Races,” written in July 1817, just three days before her death.

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    Persuasion and Poems

    10.2 hrs • 7/11/16 • Unabridged
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    14.4 hrs • 7/5/2016 • Unabridged

    First published in 1935, when Americans were still largely oblivious to the rise of Hitler in Europe, this prescient novel tells a cautionary tale about the fragility of democracy and offers an alarming, eerily timeless look at how fascism could take hold in America. Doremus Jessup, a newspaper editor, is dismayed to find that many of the people he knows support presidential candidate Berzelius Windrip. The suspiciously fascist Windrip is offering to save the nation from sex, crime, welfare cheats, and a liberal press. But after Windrip wins the election, dissent soon becomes dangerous for Jessup. Windrip forcibly gains control of Congress and the Supreme Court and, with the aid of his personal paramilitary storm troopers, turns the United States into a totalitarian state.

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    It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

    It Can’t Happen Here

    14.4 hrs • 7/5/16 • Unabridged
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