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  1. 5.6 hrs • 7/21/2015 • Unabridged

    It’s the 1960s. A hot August night lies heavy over the Carolinas. The corpse—legs sprawled, stomach down on the concrete pavement, arms above the head—brings the patrol car to a halt. The local police pick up a black stranger named Virgil Tibbs, only to discover that their most likely suspect is a homicide detective from California—and the racially tense community’s single hope in solving a brutal murder that turns up no witnesses, no motives, and no clues. Wells’ new police chief recruits Tibbs to help with the investigation. But Tibbs’s presence in town rubs some of the locals the wrong way, and it won’t be long before the martial arts–trained detective has to fight not just for justice but also for his own safety. “They call me Mr. Tibbs” was the line immortalized by Sidney Poitier in the 1967 Oscar-winning movie adaptation of In the Heat of the Night, which won five Academy Awards and sixteen other film honors.

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    In the Heat of the Night

    Foreword by John Ridley
    Read by Dion Graham
    5.6 hrs • 7/21/15 • Unabridged
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    11.4 hrs • 4/12/2007 • Unabridged

    Blackstone Audio presents a new recording of this immensely popular book. George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police, a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities’ will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, the hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him. He knows even as he continues to pursue his forbidden love affair that eventually he will come to destruction. The year 1984 has come and gone, yet George Orwell’s nightmare vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming is still the great modern classic of negative Utopia. It is a prophetic and haunting tale that exposes the worst crimes imaginable: the destruction of freedom and truth.

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    1984 by George Orwell

    1984

    11.4 hrs • 4/12/07 • Unabridged
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  3. 0.3 hrs • 1/5/2017 • Unabridged

    Kurt Vonnegut was a groundbreaking American writer, the author of such classics as Slaughterhouse-Five and Cat's Cradle. In a future where sickness and disease are a forgotten memory, and death itself has been cured, population control requires special consideration, and the concept of 'Life for Life' has a new definition.

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    0.3 hrs • 1/5/17 • Unabridged
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  4. 14.9 hrs • 8/9/2011 • Unabridged

    Originally published in 1870, Verne’s amazing undersea adventure is one of the earliest science fiction novels ever written. Since that time, generations of readers have plunged below the ocean’s waves with Captain Nemo and his first-ever submarine, The Nautilus. It’s a voyage of exploration and the imagination.

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    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

    14.9 hrs • 8/9/11 • Unabridged
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  5. 11.4 hrs • 7/28/2008 • Unabridged

    French professor Pierre Aronnax and his servant join the Abraham Lincoln, an American frigate, on a mission to find and destroy a “sea-unicorn of colossal dimensions, armed not with a halberd, but with a real spur, as the armored frigates.” The undersea monster is thought to be responsible for the disappearance of over two hundred ships. When they encounter the “gigantic cetacean,” it disables the Abraham Lincoln and knocks Professor Aronnax, his servant, and the hot-tempered harpooner Ned Land overboard. The three must cling to the beast or drown; however, they soon realize that the “beast” is really a man-made underwater vehicle. Captain Nemo captures the men and holds them prisoner on the Nautilus, his incredible submarine. The captain and his unwilling passengers thus embark on a deep-sea odyssey that stretches from the palm-strewn Indian Ocean to the frozen peril of the South Pole. But the enigmatic Nemo has a darker purpose for his voyage: revenge on humanity. Not just a suspense-ridden drama, this classic novel, written in 1873, predicts with astonishing accuracy the advanced technology and inventions of the twentieth century, and it has inspired generations of science fiction writers.

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    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

    11.4 hrs • 7/28/08 • Unabridged
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  6. 3.1 hrs • 6/2/2016 • Unabridged

    Alice in Wonderland and Jabberwocky are brought to sparkling new life in this brilliant recording by internationally acclaimed comedienne Alison Larkin, and Audie Award–winning narrator Derek Perkins. The recordings are followed by a short excerpt from the Life and Letters of Lewis Carroll, by Carroll’s nephew Stuart Dodgson Collingwood.

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    Alice in Wonderland and Jabberwocky

    3.1 hrs • 6/2/16 • Unabridged
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  7. 3.8 hrs • 5/23/2016 • Unabridged

    Lewis Carroll’s sequel to Alice in Wonderland brilliantly captures a young girl’s feelings about growing up in a nonsensical world. Through the Looking Glass is followed by “Phantasmagoria”—a humorous poem about a little ghost who finds himself haunting the wrong building.

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  8. 8.6 hrs • 10/15/2010 • Unabridged

    In 1943, the American Major Victor Joppolo finds himself the civil affairs officer, the mayor of a small town in Sicily. Equipped with the rule book, How to Bring American Democracy to Liberated Territories, he sets about bringing choices to a people whose every recent activity had been dictated. Asking them what the town needs most, he is answered: give the town back its spirit, a bell to replace the seven hundred-year-old one that was melted down for bullets by fascists. The major soon discovers that he may not be able to guarantee democracy for the ancient town but he can do something about the bell. His story is one of humanity in the midst of war’s cruelty and conviction in a maze of military bureaucracy.

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    A Bell for Adano

    8.6 hrs • 10/15/10 • Unabridged
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  9. 0.6 hrs • 11/21/2016 • Unabridged

    Beatrice Harraden (1864–1936) was a British writer and suffragette. “A Bird on its Journey” is the story of a mysterious young Englishwoman hiking alone through Switzerland. When she arrives at a mountain hotel, she discovers that the piano is badly out of tune. The young woman - although she is travelling with only a small knapsack, has brought with her a tuning hammer and she proceeds to tune the piano. The rest of the snobbish English guests assume that the girl is indeed a piano tuner and as a result they ignore her and consider her impertinent and unfeminine. But the girl has a secret and she soon has her revenge on the party.

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    A Bird on its Journey

    0.6 hrs • 11/21/16 • Unabridged
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  10. 0.6 hrs • 6/4/2013 • Unabridged

    O. Henry was a prolific American short-story writer—a master of surprise endings—who wrote about the life of ordinary people in New York City. Here is “A Blackjack Bargainer,” the story of the drunken Yancey Goree, a washed-up lawyer who has lost his money, possessions, property, and self-respect as a result of playing poker. After settling a feud, however, he manages to redeem himself by trading places with an old rival. Proceeds from sale of this title go to Reach Out and Read, an innovative literacy advocacy organization.

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  11. 4.4 hrs • 1/21/2016 • Unabridged

    In the second novel in the Pop Larkin series, the Larkin family descends upon Brittany in France. Like fish out of water, they find out things don’t quite turn out their way: the weather is less than ideal, the food is awful and the hotel is in a bad state of repair. But things slowly improve as Pop manages to sweet-talk Mlle. Dupont, Angela Snow and her sister Iris; and Charley and Mariette celebrate their first wedding anniversary. A Breath of French Air is a delightful book full of nostalgia, fun and frivolity.

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  12. 0.3 hrs • 5/13/2015 • Unabridged

    Tolstoy’s literal interpretation of the teachings of Jesus, centering on the Sermon on the Mount, caused him in later life to become a fervent Christian anarchist and anarcho-pacifist. His ideas on nonviolent resistance are represented in his short story “A Candle,” which tells the story of a group of peasants suffering under a tyrannical overseer. His beatings are so severe as to be sometimes fatal and when he orders the serfs to plough the fields on Easter Sunday, a discussion begins as to whether they should assassinate the brutal steward. The peasants are divided on the subject. One group, led by Vasili are determined to murder the bully. Another group, swayed by Piotr, believe it is best to bear their sufferings rather than to risk their souls. But neither group can possibly foresee the strange and terrible events that occur when Easter Sunday arrives.

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    A Candle

    0.3 hrs • 5/13/15 • Unabridged
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  13. 0.7 hrs • 8/31/2016 • Unabridged

    Sherlock Holmes hears the distressing tale of Miss Mary Sutherland. It seems that something unexpected and mysterious has happened to her fiancee, Hosmar Angel. Is it a simple case of cold feet? Holmes finds something far more diabolical, lurking deep beneath the surface.

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    A Case of Identity

    0.7 hrs • 8/31/16 • Unabridged
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  14. 0.4 hrs • 10/20/2016 • Unabridged

    Herbert George Wells (1866-1946) was a prolific English writer of stories and novels and is frequently credited as being the father of science fiction. “A Catastrophe” is a poignant tale of a shopkeeper whose business is on the verge of bankruptcy, when a dreadful catastrophe strikes the family, just in time to save him from total ruin.

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    A Catastrophe

    0.4 hrs • 10/20/16 • Unabridged
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  15. 0.1 hrs • 1/18/2016 • Unabridged

    “A Child of the Rain” is an eerie, poignant, supernatural tale about a strange, destitute child who appears spectrally on a late-night streetcar.

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    A Child of the Rain

    0.1 hrs • 1/18/16 • Unabridged
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  16. 0.4 hrs • 5/13/2015 • Unabridged

    Paul Bourget’s haunting and highly disturbing story of a childhood experience in the Franco-Prussian war A young boy’s home is occupied by Austrian officers, who feast on their best food, guzzle their champagne, and smash their belongings, all while threatening worse reprisals if they do not bring coffee, which is impossible to get during this period. When the boy’s sick father tries to intervene, he is violently ill treated. The child decides to take his own revenge.

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    A Child's Revenge

    0.4 hrs • 5/13/15 • Unabridged
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