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  1. 3.1 hrs • 12/15/1987 • Abridged

    This classic, award-winning novel, made famous by Steven Spielberg’s film, tells of a young boy’s struggle to survive World War II in China. Jim is separated from his parents in a world at war. To survive, he must find a strength greater than all the events that surround him. Shanghai, 1941—a city aflame from the fateful torch of Pearl Harbor. In streets full of chaos and corpses, a young British boy searches in vain for his parents. Imprisoned in a Japanese concentration camp, he is witness to the fierce white flash of Nagasaki, as the bomb bellows the end of the war and the dawn of a blighted world. Ballard’s enduring novel of war and deprivation, internment camps and death marches, starvation and survival, is an honest coming-of-age tale set in a world thrown utterly out of joint.

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    Empire of the Sun

    3.1 hrs • 12/15/87 • Abridged
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  2. 7.2 hrs • 10/15/1987 • Unabridged

    Wiley Smart is as sly and cunning as his fake name. Hannah Holt is like an unexpected tonic on a hot, dusty prairie. Linc Larrimer is twelve, orphaned, and has a chip on his shoulder the size of a two-by-four. These three unlikely bunk-mates are thrown together in a hilarious journey through Indian territory, under the vigilant eye of the most feared Indian of all—Red Cloud.

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    Dodging Red Cloud

    7.2 hrs • 10/15/87 • Unabridged
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  3. 6.3 hrs • 1/1/1987 • Unabridged

    Set in the border states of Kansas and Missouri, Woe to Live On explores the nature of lawlessness and violence, friendship and loyalty, through the eyes of young recruit Jake Roedel. Where he and his fellow First Kansas Irregulars go, no one is safe, no one can be neutral. Roedel grows up fast, experiencing a brutal parody of war without standards or mercy. But as friends fall and families flee, he questions his loyalties and becomes an outsider even to those who have become outlaws.

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    Woe to Live On

    Foreword by Ron Rash
    6.3 hrs • 1/1/87 • Unabridged
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  4. 12.5 hrs • 1/1/1986 • Unabridged

    The 1895–96 season promises to be an exceptional one for Amelia Peabody, her dashing Egyptologist husband, Radcliffe Emerson, and their precocious (some might say rambunctious) eight-year-old son, Ramses. The long-denied permission to dig at the pyramids of Dahshoor has finally been granted, and the much-coveted burial chamber of the Black Pyramid is now theirs for the exploring. Before the young family exchanges the relative comfort of Cairo for the more rudimentary quarters near the excavation site, they engage a young Englishman, Donald Fraser, as a tutor and companion for Ramses, and Amelia takes a wayward young woman, Enid Debenham, under her protective wing. But there is danger and deception in the wind that blows across the hot Egyptian sands. A brazen kidnapping attempt, a gruesome murder, and an expedition subsequently cursed by misfortune and death, all serve to alert Amelia to the likely presence of her arch nemesis, the “master criminal,” notorious looter of the living and the dead. But it is far more than ill-gotten riches that motivate the man known as Sethos. The evil genius has a score to settle with the meddling lady archaeologist who has sworn to deliver him to justice and he’s got her in his sights.

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  5. 7.0 hrs • 10/1/1985 • Unabridged

    Because she is Jewish, fourteen-year-old Piri has been held prisoner in Nazi concentration camps for two years. She is freed when Bergen-Belsen is liberated, but she is very ill and has deep psychological scars. In a voice full of innocence and courage, Piri tells how she got through the first years after the Holocaust. Piri and her sisters are taken by the Red Cross to Sweden, where people prove to be most generous and humane. But Piri still longs for her home in Hungary. As she makes friends, falls in love, and goes to live with a Swedish foster family, Piri shares her most intimate feelings and thoughts. Aranka Siegal is the author of the Newberry Award–winning Upon the Head of the Goat. In this moving sequel, Christina Moore’s expressive performance as Piri intensifies the bittersweet effect of her compelling story.

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    Grace in the Wilderness

    7.0 hrs • 10/1/85 • Unabridged
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  6. 7.6 hrs • 11/1/1984 • Unabridged

    USA Today bestselling author William W. Johnstone is one of the most prolific writers of the past fifty years, with nearly two hundred thrilling books to his credit. Matt Jensen, reared by legendary mountain hero Smoke, is the last of a proud breed. He will soon learn that dispensing justice with a gun is the only true way to execute righteous revenge in the old West.

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  7. 16.4 hrs • 8/1/1984 • Unabridged

    Bestselling author Nevada Barr delights contemporary mystery fans with novels like Deep South and Blood Lure. In Bittersweet, she departs the mystery genre for a touching story of hardship, perseverance, and love in the old West. When strong-willed schoolteacher Imogene Grelznik is forced from Philadelphia by scandal, the only position she can find is in rural Pennsylvania. There she meets Sarah, a beautiful young student whose bright light of potential is on the verge of being extinguished by her father’s arrangement to marry her off to an abusive, unfeeling man. Branded as lovers, Imogene and Sarah must flee to Nevada amidst suspicion and accusation. In a place of utter desolation, the two women struggle to love and care for each other as they seek freedom from prejudice and intolerance. Bittersweet showcases Nevada Barr’s powerful storytelling and strong, compassionate characters. Linda Stephens’ heartfelt narration captures all the emotional depth of a story featuring life at its harshest—and at its most beautiful.

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    Bittersweet

    16.4 hrs • 8/1/84 • Unabridged
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  8. 3.0 hrs • 1/1/1982 • Unabridged

    Set during the First World War, “The Fox” is the story of Banford and March, two women who live and work together on a farm. Unmarried and in their late twenties, the two expect to remain spinsters and thus have settled into a routine life of farm-work. When a wily fox begins to make trouble on their farm, the pair set out to do away with it. And then one day, a mysterious young man appears at the door. Now the women have to fend off not one, but two foxes.

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    The Fox

    3.0 hrs • 1/1/83 • Unabridged
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    50.9 hrs • 12/12/1982 • Unabridged

    A posthumous recipient of the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement, Marion Zimmer Bradley reinvented—and rejuvenated—the King Arthur mythos with her extraordinary Mists of Avalon series. In this epic work, Bradley follows the arc of the timeless tale from the perspective of its previously marginalized female characters: Celtic priestess Morgaine, Gwenhwyfar, and High Priestess Viviane. This is a brilliant literary achievement that will stay with you for a long time to come.

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    The Mists of Avalon (compilation)

    50.9 hrs • 12/12/82 • Unabridged
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  10. 5.8 hrs • 7/1/1981 • Unabridged

    Bestselling author of Too Long a Stranger and Julia’s Last Hope, Janette Oke is loved for her inspirational novels. In Once upon a Summer, Oke weaves the tender tale of twelve-year-old Joshua who has been raised by his eighteen-year-old aunt and their grandparents. He has grown accustomed to their close-knit family, but that is all about to change when Joshua’s aunt considers marriage. Johnny Heller touchingly narrates the trials of faith this family must face.

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  11. 6.4 hrs • 6/1/1981 • Unabridged

    This suspenseful courtroom drama is based on the actual historical trial of Jack McCall, who shot James Butler Hickok from that most dishonorable position—behind. No one paid any mind to Jack McCall as he unloaded a .44 caliber slug into Wild Bill Hickok’s brain at point-blank range. Deadwood’s legendary gunslinging marshal was dead, holding a poker hand of aces and eights, a dead man’s hand. The question the law wanted to know: was McCall a hired killer or did he kill Hickok to avenge his brother’s death?

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    Aces and Eights

    6.4 hrs • 6/1/81 • Unabridged
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  12. 7.3 hrs • 4/1/1981 • Unabridged

    Luke Starbuck knew Death’s designs were as uncompromising as justice, and as cold and final as an unmarked grave. But when Wyatt Earp and his gang were ambushed one moonlit evening and Earp emerged from the barrage of shotgun fire very much alive, Starbuck began to wonder if there was more to the ambitious, flint-eyed desperado than met the eye.

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    24.5 hrs • 3/12/1981 • Unabridged

    Salman Rushdie holds the literary world in awe with a jaw-dropping catalog of critically acclaimed novels that have made him one of the world’s most celebrated authors. Winner of the prestigious Booker of Bookers, Midnight’s Children tells the story of Saleem Sinai, who is born at the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, the very moment of India’s independence. Greeted by fireworks displays, cheering crowds, and Prime Minister Nehru himself, Saleem grows up to learn the ominous consequences of this coincidence. His every act is mirrored and magnified in events that sway the course of national affairs; his health and well-being are inextricably bound to those of his nation; his life is inseparable, at times indistinguishable, from the history of his country. Perhaps most remarkable are the telepathic powers linking him with India’s 1,000 other “midnight’s children,” all born in that initial hour and endowed with magical gifts.  This novel is at once a fascinating family saga and an astonishing evocation of a vast land and its people–a brilliant incarnation of the universal human comedy. More than twenty-five years after its publication, Midnight’s Children stands apart as both an epochal work of fiction and a brilliant performance by one of the great literary voices of our time.

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    Midnight’s Children

    24.5 hrs • 3/12/81 • Unabridged
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    6.3 hrs • 1/1/1968 • Unabridged

    Mattie Ross, a fourteen-year-old girl from Dardanelle, Arkansas, sets out to avenge her father, who was shot to death by a no-good outlaw. Mattie convinces one-eyed “Rooster” Cogburn, the meanest US marshal in the land, to ride along with her. In True Grit, we have a true American classic, as young Mattie—as vital as she is innocent—outdickers and outmaneuvers the hard-bitten men of the trail in a legend that will last through the ages. Set in a period in history when the law was much less well-established than it is now, True Grit takes its place alongside books like To Kill a Mockingbird and the novels of Mark Twain.

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    True Grit

    6.3 hrs • 1/1/68 • Unabridged
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  15. 4.2 hrs • 6/27/1953 • Unabridged

    “True Son’s heart felt like a stone. How could this fantastic and inferior figure in a long fawn-colored garment like a woman’s be possibly anything to him—this pallid creature who revealed his feelings in front of all! In the boy’s mind came the picture of his Indian father. How differently he would have looked and acted. With what dignity and restraint he could conduct himself in any situation, in peace or war, in council or the hunt, with pipe or tomahawk, rifle, or scalping knife. This weak and pale-skinned man was nothing beside him ‘He’s not my father,’ he said.”—from The Light in the Forest. Johnny Butler was just four years old when his Lenni Lenape “father,” Cuyloga, spoke the words that siphoned out his white blood and put Indian blood in its place. Now the Yengwes, the white soldiers, were taking him back to his “true” home. Inside of him hate and anger spread like poisons. The Light in the Forest, by Pulitzer Prize–winning author Conrad Richter, will touch a new generation with its lasting truths.

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    The Light in the Forest

    4.2 hrs • 6/27/53 • Unabridged
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  16. 10.7 hrs • 1/1/1914 • Unabridged

    Zane Grey’s books shoot fast and straight from the hip, hitting readers dead center with thrilling action. His name has become synonymous with western adventure. Because of his killing speed with a revolver, Buck Duane has lived the lone-wolf life of an outlaw. Every day is a struggle against desperate men anxious to prove themselves—and a bigger struggle to hold onto his basic human decency. So when the Texas Rangers offer to deputize him for a dangerous undercover mission, Buck grabs it as his final chance for redemption. The trouble is, the odds are good that the mission will kill him. In books like The Lone Star Ranger and To The Last Man, Zane Grey takes readers to a time and place where men lived by the speed of their draw and the strength of their convictions. Narrator Ed Sala gives compelling voice to the lonely longing of a Texas outlaw.

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    Lone Star Ranger

    Read by Ed Sala
    10.7 hrs • 1/1/15 • Unabridged
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