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  1. 7.3 hrs • 3/23/2017 • Unabridged

    En 1830 se llevó a cabo un extraño experimento, que puso en contacto dos mundos alejados en el tiempo y en el espacio. Jemmy Button, indio yámana del Cabo de Hornos, fue trasladado a Londres por el navegante Fitz Roy, junto a otros compañeros, a fin de asimilarlos a la cultura británica. El contacto entre este “buen salvaje” y una ciudad en la cima del progreso pondrá en evidencia el fracaso de la empresa, que culminará, años después, en un insólito juicio en las islas Malvinas. La tierra del fuego son las memorias de John William Guevara, hijo bastardo de inglés y criolla. La ficción dispondrá un encuentro en el remoto sur entre Guevara y Button. La inesperada fraternidad entre estos habitantes de los confines —la Pampa y la Tierra del Fuego— quedará sellada por una tragedia que la historia jamás atinó a reivindicar. Relato de caminos, de confluencias, La tierra del fuego incita a una lectura revisionista —el informe de ultramar, la crónica de viaje del siglo XIX— a la vez que, eminentemente actual, reflexiona sobre el acto de la escritura. Una novela donde el rigor histórico no cede ante la fascinación de la palabra.

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    La tierra del fuego

    7.3 hrs • 3/23/17 • Unabridged
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  2. 11.0 hrs • 3/21/2017 • Unabridged

    The Altamaha River, Georgia’s “Little Amazon,” is one of the last truly wild places in America. Crossed by roads only five times in its 137 miles, the blackwater river is home to thousand-year-old virgin cypresses, direct descendants of eighteenth-century Highland warriors, and a staggering array of rare and endangered species. The Altamaha is even rumored to harbor its own river monster, as well as traces of the oldest European fort in North America. Brothers Hunter and Lawton Loggins set off to kayak the river, bearing their father’s ashes toward the sea. Hunter is a college student, Lawton a Navy SEAL on leave; they were raised by an angry, enigmatic shrimper who loved the river, and whose death remains a mystery that his sons are determined to solve. As the brothers proceed downriver, their story alternates with that of Jacques Le Moyne, the first European artist in North America, who accompanied a 1564 French expedition that began as a search for riches and ended in a bloody confrontation with Spanish conquistadors and native tribes. Twining past and present in one compelling narrative, The River of Kings is Taylor Brown’s second novel, a dramatic and rewarding adventure through history, myth, and the shadows of family.

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    The River of Kings by Taylor Brown

    The River of Kings

    11.0 hrs • 3/21/17 • Unabridged
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  3. 10.4 hrs • 3/15/2017 • Unabridged

    In the summer of 1892, 26-year-old Rudyard Kipling arrives in Vermont with little money, a pregnant wife, and the germ of a story about a feral child raised by a pack of wolves. Fleeing the literary high life in London, he hopes to build a sanctuary that will offer him refuge from the scrutiny incurred by his burgeoning fame and the wounds of his own troubled past. Kipling soon settles into his new home and sets to work on The Jungle Book, eventually introducing his young neighbor, Joe, to the likes of Mowgli, Shere Khan, and Baloo. As Kipling’s stories take root in Joe’s mind, the child is able to free himself from the confines of his dismal life, newly enlivened by the powerful and unsettling influence of the imagination.

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    The Jungle Law

    10.4 hrs • 3/15/17 • Unabridged
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  4. 9.3 hrs • 3/15/2017 • Unabridged

    In The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, screenwriter, playwright, and British literature expert Syrie James imagines a hidden journal kept by Jane Austen from 1815 to 1817. This revealing narrative tells the poignant tale of the blossoming romance between Jane and a landed aristocrat. Such a love fills the 30-something Jane with hope for marriage and provides her with fodder for her finest writing.

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    The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen

    9.3 hrs • 3/15/17 • Unabridged
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  5. 10.8 hrs • 3/15/2017 • Unabridged

    Master Quilter Sylvia Bergstrom Compson treasures an antique quilt called by three names — Birds in the Air, after its pattern; the Runaway Quilt, after the woman who sewed it; and the Elm Creek Quilt, after the place to which its maker longed to return. That quilter was Joanna, a fugitive slave who traveled by the Underground Railroad to reach safe haven in 1859 at Elm Creek Farm. Though Joanna’s freedom proved short-lived — she was forcibly returned by slave catchers to Josiah Chester’s plantation in Virginia — she left the Bergstrom family a most precious gift, her son. Hans and Anneke Bergstrom, along with maiden aunt Gerda, raised the boy as their own, and the secret of his identity died with their generation. Now it falls to Sylvia — drawing upon Gerda’s diary and Joanna’s quilt — to connect Joanna’s past to present-day Elm Creek Manor. Just as Joanna could not have foreseen that, generations later, her quilt would become the subject of so much speculation and wonder, Sylvia and her friends never could have imagined the events Joanna witnessed in her lifetime. Punished for her escape by being sold off to her master’s brother in Edisto Island, South Carolina, Joanna grieves over the loss of her son and resolves to run again, to reunite with him someday in the free North. Farther south than she has ever been, she nevertheless finds allies, friends, and even love in the slave quarter of Oak Grove, a cotton plantation where her skill with needle and thread soon becomes highly prized. Through hardship and deprivation, Joanna dreams of freedom and returning to Elm Creek Farm. Determined to remember each landmark on the route north, Joanna pieces a quilt of scraps left over from the household sewing, concealing clues within the meticulous stitches. Later, in service as a seamstress to the new bride of a Confederate officer, Joanna moves on to Charleston, where secrets she keeps will affect the fate of a nation, and her abilities and courage enable her to aid the country and the people she loves most. The knowledge that scraps can be pieced and sewn into simple lines — beautiful both in and of themselves and also for what they represent and what they can accomplish — carries Joanna through dark days. Sustaining herself and her family through ingenuity and art during the Civil War and into Reconstruction, Joanna leaves behind a remarkable artistic legacy that, at last, allows Sylvia to discover the fate of the long-lost quilter.

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  6. 10.6 hrs • 3/15/2017 • Unabridged

    Sergio RamIrez logra resumir toda la historia de su paIs en una metAfora de realidad y leyenda. El relato estA estructurado en dos niveles distintos y en la misma ciudad: uno, en 1907, durante un homenaje rendido a RubEn DarIo en el cual Este escribe en el abanico de una niNa el poema " Margarita, estA linda la mar ..." ; el otro, en 1956, en un cafE en el que se reUne una tertulia literaria en la que tambiEn se conspira. Durante una visita a LeOn (Nicaragua) de Anastasio Somoza y su esposa, habrA un atentado contra la vida del dictador. La niNa del abanico, cincuenta aNos despuEs, no serA ajena a los hechos. Una novela cuyo lenguaje brillante y poetico, lleno de humor e ironIa, seduce al lector y crea un continuo temporal entre el pasado y el presente.

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    Margarita, Está Linda la Mar

    10.6 hrs • 3/15/17 • Unabridged
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  7. 10.9 hrs • 3/14/2017 • Unabridged

    Ancient Rome’s organized crime syndicates have never been more dangerous or more cunning than in this latest adventure featuring first-century sleuth Marcus Didius Falco. In the Italian town of Ostia outside Rome, Falco appears to be enjoying a relaxing holiday. But when Helena arrives carrying a batch of past issues of the Daily Gazette with the intention of catching up on the latest scandal, Falco is forced to admit his real reason for being there. “Infamia,” the pen name of the gossip columnist for the Daily Gazette, has gone missing, and his fellow scribes have employed Falco to bring him back from his drunken truancy. Before long, Falco’s inquiries lead him into the world of piracy and the discovery of criminal traditions long believed dead. Is this the path toward finding Infamia? Why would pirates have kidnapped him? And if they have, will he be found alive?

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    Scandal Takes a Holiday by Lindsey Davis
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  8. 5.5 hrs • 3/14/2017 • Unabridged

    When beautiful Angelina Foley presents Tom Radigan with a Spanish grant and claims ownership of his land, he realizes he’s up against a cunning and deadly opportunist. Foley wants him off Vache Creek immediately, and with three thousand head of cattle, an outfit of hardcase gunfighters, and winter coming on, she is unwilling to take no for an answer.But Radigan has worked four hard years building up his ranch. Fighting for it–and, if he has to, killing for it–is something he is more than willing to do. If Angelina Foley and her men think he is the kind of man to give up without a fight, they are dead wrong.

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    Radigan

    5.5 hrs • 3/14/17 • Unabridged
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  9. 12.0 hrs • 3/14/2017 • Unabridged

    It is 1933 and Mikhail Bulgakov's enviable career is on the brink of being dismantled. His friend and mentor, the poet Osip Mandelstam, has been arrested, tortured, and sent into exile. Meanwhile, a mysterious agent of the secret police has developed a growing obsession with exposing Bulgakov as an enemy of the state. To make matters worse, Bulgakov has fallen in love with the dangerously candid Margarita. Facing imminent arrest, and infatuated with Margarita, he is inspired to write his masterpiece, The Master and Margarita, a scathing novel critical of both power and the powerful.Ranging between lively readings in the homes of Moscow's literary elite to the Siberian Gulag, Mikhail and Margarita recounts a passionate love triangle while painting a portrait of a country whose towering literary tradition is at odds with a dictatorship that does not tolerate dissent. Margarita is a strong, idealistic, seductive woman who is fiercely loved by two very different men, both of whom will fail in their attempts to shield her from the machinations of a regime hungry for human sacrifice. Debut novelist Julie Lekstrom Himes launches a rousing defense of art and the artist during a time of systematic deception, and she movingly portrays the ineluctable consequences of love for one of history's most enigmatic literary figures.

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    Mikhail and Margarita by Julie Lekstrom Himes

    Mikhail and Margarita

    12.0 hrs • 3/14/17 • Unabridged
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  10. 9.4 hrs • 3/14/2017 • Unabridged

    Isaac Bell may be on the hunt for the greatest monster of all time in the newest action-adventure novel from #1 New York Times–bestselling author Clive Cussler.   The year is 1911. Chief Investigator Isaac Bell of the Van Dorn Detective Agency has had many extraordinary cases before. But none quite like this.Hired to find a young woman named Anna Pape who ran away from home to become an actress, Bell gets a shock when her murdered body turns up instead. Vowing to bring the killer to justice, he begins a manhunt which leads him into increasingly more alarming territory. Anna Pape was not alone in her fate—petite young blond women like Anna are being murdered in cities across America.And the pattern goes beyond the physical resemblance of the victims—there are disturbing familiarities about the killings themselves that send a chill through even a man as experienced with evil as Bell. If he is right about his fears, then he is on the trail of one of the greatest monsters of his time.

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  11. 10.5 hrs • 3/14/2017 • Unabridged

    Wartime intrigue spans the lives of three women—past and present—in the latest novel from the acclaimed author of Secrets of a Charmed Life.   February, 1946. World War Two is over, but the recovery from the most intimate of its horrors has only just begun for Annaliese Lange, a German ballerina desperate to escape her past, and Simone Deveraux, the wronged daughter of a French Résistance spy.   Now the two women are joining hundreds of other European war brides aboard the renowned RMS Queen Mary to cross the Atlantic and be reunited with their American husbands. Their new lives in the United States brightly beckon until their tightly-held secrets are laid bare in their shared stateroom. When the voyage ends at New York Harbor, only one of them will disembark...   Present day. Facing a crossroads in her own life, Brette Caslake visits the famously haunted Queen Mary at the request of an old friend. What she finds will set her on a course to solve a seventy-year-old tragedy that will draw her into the heartaches and triumphs of the courageous war brides—and will ultimately lead her to reconsider what she has to sacrifice to achieve her own deepest longings.   CONVERSATION GUIDE INCLUDED

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    A Bridge Across the Ocean

    10.5 hrs • 3/14/17 • Unabridged
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  12. 10.5 hrs • 3/14/2017 • Unabridged

    As Britain becomes engulfed in a second World War, the indomitable Maisie Dobbs is plunged into a treacherous battle of her own when she stumbles on the deaths of refugees who may have been more than ordinary people seeking sanctuary on English soil, in this enthralling chapter in Jacqueline Winspear’s enormously popular New York Times bestselling series. Critics have long sung the praises of Jacqueline Winspear and her bestselling Maisie Dobbs series. In the thirteenth installment, Maisie—"one of the great fictional heroines, equal parts haunted and haunting." (Parade)—is back with more mystery, adventure, and psychological insight. When readers last saw Maisie Dobbs, it was 1938 and the world was on the brink of war. Maisie herself was on a dangerous mission inside Nazi Germany, where she encountered an old enemy and the Führer himself. In This Grave Hour, a year has passed and Maisie is back home in England—yet neither she nor her nation is safe. Britain has just declared war on Germany and is mobilizing for the devastating battle ahead. But when she stumbles on the deaths of a group of refugees, Maisie suspects the enemy may be closer than anyone knows. Old fans will be delighted at Maisie’s return and new readers will be hooked by this thrilling installment in Jacqueline Winspear’s "thoughtful, probing series" (Oprah.com).

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  13. 9.0 hrs • 3/14/2017 • Unabridged

    In medieval Germany, Madlen Goldmann left her passion for medicine behind to live a life of quiet contentment with her devoted husband, Johannes, and their children. But when Madlen’s aunt delivers the news that Johannes’s father, Peter, has gone blind, Madlen must use her healing skills to help just one more time. While caring for her father-in-law, Madlen assists a handsome young doctor, Franz von Beyenburg, in a procedure to restore Peter’s sight—something she never dreamed possible. When Dr. von Beyenburg invites her to attend his medical lectures in Heidelberg, Madlen realizes it’s an unprecedented opportunity to expand her knowledge. But to do so, she must return to the town where she was falsely accused of murder, face the scorn of her fellow male students, and assuage her husband’s unease—all obstacles that seem insurmountable. Will she risk it all to realize her dream of saving lives—whether society is ready for her or not?

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    The Master of Medicine by Ellin Carsta

    The Master of Medicine

    Translated by Terry Laster
    Read by Angela Dawe
    9.0 hrs • 3/14/17 • Unabridged
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  14. 10.3 hrs • 3/10/2017 • Unabridged

    For years, critics have celebrated best-selling author Patrick O'Brian's seafaring adventures for their magnificent blend of swashbuckling excitement and historical accuracy. With The Hundred Days, he transports you to the high seas of the Napoleonic era when the French demagogue is making a desperate attempt to control the European world. While Napoleon pursues the British across Europe, rumors fly about him forging a secret link with the forces of Islam. Soon an ominous horde of Muslim mercenaries gather. In a desperate attempt to avert disaster, ship's doctor Stephen Maturin navigates oriental politics to uncover the truth. And blustery Commodore Jack Aubrey launches a daring mission to destroy the growing French-Muslim menace. Patrick O'Brian packs this brilliantly executed tale with elegant language, rich humor, and authentic period atmosphere. With his deep, rumbling voice, narrator Patrick Tull brings storm-tossed seas and gallant navy warships colorfully to life. For other entertaining yarns, sail through: Master and Commander and The Yellow Admiral .

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    The Hundred Days

    By Patrick O’Brian
    Read by Patrick Tull
    10.3 hrs • 3/10/17 • Unabridged
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  15. 16.4 hrs • 3/7/2017 • Unabridged

    A sweeping fictional account of the early Christians, whose unlikely beliefs conquered the world Gripped by the tale of a Messiah whose blood we drink and body we eat, the genre-defying author Emmanuel Carrère revisits the story of the early Church in his latest work. With an idiosyncratic and at times iconoclastic take on the charms and foibles of the Church fathers, Carrère ferries readers through his “doors” into the biblical narrative. Once inside, he follows the ragtag group of early Christians through the tumultuous days of the faith’s founding. Shouldering biblical scholarship like a camcorder, Carrère recreates the climate of the New Testament with the acumen of a seasoned storyteller, intertwining his own reckoning of the central tenets of the faith with the lives of the first Christians. Carrère puts himself in the shoes of Saint Paul and above all Saint Luke, charting Luke’s encounter with the marginal Jewish sect that eventually became Christianity and retracing his investigation of its founder, an obscure religious freak who died under notorious circumstances. Boldly blending scholarship with speculation, memoir with journalistic muckraking, Carrère sets out on a headlong chase through the latter part of the Bible, drawing out protagonists who believed they were caught up in the most important events of their time. An expansive and clever meditation on belief, The Kingdom chronicles the advent of a religion and the ongoing quest to find a place within it.

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    The Kingdom by Emmanuel Carrère

    The Kingdom

    Translated by John Lambert
    Directed by Claire Bloom
    16.4 hrs • 3/7/17 • Unabridged
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  16. 20.4 hrs • 3/7/2017 • Unabridged

    A world on the cusp of a new age … The young nation of Fatrasta is a turbulent place—a frontier destination for criminals, fortune-hunters, brave settlers, and sorcerers seeking relics of the past. Only the iron will of the lady chancellor and her secret police holds the capital city of Landfall together against the unrest of an oppressed population and the machinations of powerful empires. Sedition is a dangerous word … The insurrection that threatens Landfall must be purged with guile and force, a task which falls on the shoulders of a spy named Michel Bravis, convicted war hero Mad Ben Styke, and Lady Vlora Flint, a mercenary general with a past as turbulent as Landfall’s present. The past haunts us all … As loyalties are tested, revealed, and destroyed, a grim specter as old as time has been unearthed in this wild land, and the people of Landfall will soon discover that rebellion is the least of their worries.

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