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  1. 18.3 hrs • 2/7/2017 • Unabridged

    A new tour de force from the bestselling author of Free Food for Millionaires, for readers of The Kite Runner and Cutting for Stone. Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is saved when a young tubercular minister offers to marry and bring her to Japan. So begins a sweeping saga of an exceptional family in exile from its homeland and caught in the indifferent arc of history. Through desperate struggles and hard-won triumphs, its members are bound together by deep roots as they face enduring questions of faith, family, and identity.

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  2. 8.4 hrs • 2/7/2017 • Unabridged

    Territorial marshals Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch thought things had finally calmed down in Appaloosa when Boston Bill Black’s murder charge was dropped. But all that changed when Augustus Nobel Driggs rolled into town. Square-jawed, handsome, and built like a muscled thoroughbred stallion, Driggs intimidates even his guards from inside his prison cell. In a haunting twist of fate, Driggs and a pack of cold-blooded convicts are suddenly on the loose—and it’s up to any and all territorial lawmen, including Cole and Hitch, to capture the fugitives and rescue the woman kidnapped during their escape. But nothing is ever quite what it seems with the ever-elusive Driggs. Finally free, he’s quickly on his own furious hunt for a hidden cache of gold and the men who double-crossed him. With an unlikely and unconventional Yankee detective by their side, Cole and Hitch set off on a massive manhunt. As horses blaze and guns echo deafening reports, Driggs discovers one of the lawmen on his trail is none other than a fellow West Point graduate and one of the very men who betrayed him and left him for dead. Ruthless and willing to leave a bloody path of destruction in his wake, Driggs seeks vengeance at any cost.

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  3. 9.4 hrs • 2/7/2017 • Unabridged

    “A powerful and important tale of love and war, art and family…I was transported.” —Allison Pataki, New York Times bestselling author From the dawn of the twentieth century to the devastation of World War II, this exhilarating novel of love, war, art, and family gives voice to two extraordinary women and brings to life the true story behind the creation and near destruction of Gustav Klimt’s most remarkable paintings.In the dazzling glitter of 1900 Vienna, Adele Bloch-Bauer—young, beautiful, brilliant, and Jewish—meets painter Gustav Klimt. Wealthy in everything but freedom, Adele embraces Klimt’s renegade genius as the two awaken to the erotic possibilities on the canvas and beyond. Though they enjoy a life where sex and art are just beginning to break through the façade of conventional society, the city is also exhibiting a disturbing increase in anti-Semitism, as political hatred foments in the shadows of Adele’s coffee house afternoons and cultural salons. Nearly forty years later, Adele’s niece Maria Altmann is a newlywed when the Nazis invade Austria—and overnight, her beloved Vienna becomes a war zone. When her husband is arrested and her family is forced out of their home, Maria must summon the courage and resilience that is her aunt’s legacy if she is to survive and keep her family—and their history—alive. Will Maria and her family escape the grip of Nazis’ grip? And what will become of the paintings that her aunt nearly sacrificed everything for? Impeccably researched and a “must-read for fans of Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale and Paula McLain’s Circling the Sun” (Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author), Stolen Beauty intertwines the tales of two remarkable women across more than a hundred years. It juxtaposes passion and discovery against hatred and despair, and shines a light on our ability to love, to destroy, and above all, to endure.

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  4. 12.8 hrs • 2/7/2017 • Unabridged

    From the author of the critically acclaimed The Mermaids Singing comes a haunting, luminous novel set on an enchanted island off the west coast of Ireland where magic, faith, and superstition pervade the inhabitants’ lives and tangled relationships—perfect for fans of Eowyn Ivey, Sarah Waters, and Angela Carter. May 1959. From one side of St. Brigid’s Island, the mountains of Connemara can be glimpsed on the distant mainland; from the other, the Atlantic stretches as far as the eye can see. This remote settlement, without electricity or even a harbor, has scarcely altered since its namesake saint set up a convent of stone huts centuries ago. Those who live there, including sisters Rose and Emer, are hardy and resourceful, dependent on the sea and each other for survival. Despite the island’s natural beauty, it is a place that people move away from, not to—until an outspoken American, also named Brigid, arrives to claim her late uncle’s cottage. Brigid has come for more than an inheritance. She’s seeking a secret holy well that’s rumored to grant miracles. Emer, as scarred and wary as Rose is friendly and beautiful, has good reason to believe in inexplicable powers. Despite her own strange abilities—or perhaps because of them—Emer fears that she won’t be able to save her young son, Niall, from a growing threat. Yet Brigid has a gift too, even more remarkable than Emer’s. As months pass and Brigid carves out a place on the island and in the sisters’ lives, a complicated web of betrayal, fear, and desire culminates in one shocking night that will change the island, and its inhabitants, forever.

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    The Stolen Child by Lisa Carey

    The Stolen Child

    12.8 hrs • 2/7/17 • Unabridged
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  5. 7.2 hrs • 2/7/2017 • Unabridged

    Austerlitz, the internationally acclaimed masterpiece by “one of the most gripping writers imaginable” (The New York Review of Books), is the story of a man’s search for the answer to his life’s central riddle. A small child when he comes to England on a Kindertransport in the summer of 1939, one Jacques Aus-terlitz is told nothing of his real family by the Welsh Methodist minister and his wife who raise him. When he is a much older man, fleeting memories return to him, and obeying an instinct he only dimly understands, he follows their trail back to the world he left behind a half century before. There, faced with the void at the heart of twentieth-century Europe, he struggles to rescue his heritage from oblivion.

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    Austerlitz

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  6. 15.1 hrs • 2/7/2017 • Unabridged

    Shoved into a temporary command in “that rotten old Worcester,” Aubrey is off to the Mediterranean to join the Royal Navy’s blockade of the French port of Toulon, where he will be dispatched by Admiral Harte (unfortunately the same Admiral Harte he cuckolded years ago) on a secret mission that promises to embroil Aubrey in political conflict. His friend Stephen’s help notwithstanding, Aubrey faces some of the choppiest waters of his career.

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    The Ionian Mission

    15.1 hrs • 2/7/17 • Unabridged
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  7. 13.3 hrs • 2/7/2017 • Unabridged

    The Victorian mystery series starring Inspector Thomas Pitt and Charlotte Pitt reaches new heights. When Dr. Stephen Shaw’s fancy Highgate Rise home is burned to the ground with his wife inside, the Inspector and his wife must solve a baffling mystery.

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    Highgate Rise

    13.3 hrs • 2/7/17 • Unabridged
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  8. 11.0 hrs • 1/31/2017 • Unabridged

    This novel in the acclaimed Marcus Didius Falco series finds the first-century detective confronting Roman legal forces that may just destroy him—and his family. Fresh from a trip to far-flung Londinium in Britain, Falco needs to reestablish his presence in Rome. A minor role in the trial of a senator entangles him in the machinations of two powerful lawyers. The senator is convicted but then dies, apparently by suicide. It may have been a legal move to protect his heirs; Falco is hired to prove it was murder. As he shows off his talents in the role of advocate, Falco exposes himself to a tangle of upper-class secrets and powerful elements in Rome’s legal hierarchy that may have unintended—if not fatal—consequences.

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    The Accusers by Lindsey Davis
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  9. 14.2 hrs • 1/31/2017 • Unabridged

    From the widely praised author of the FBI Special Agent Ana Grey series and A Star for Mrs. Blake, this riveting epic drama follows the Kusek family from New York City to America's heartland, where they are caught up in the panic of McCarthyism, a smear campaign, a sensational trial, and, ultimately, murder.Calvin Kusek, a WWII pilot and attorney, and his wife, Betsy, escape the 1950s conformity of New York City to relocate to a close-knit town in South Dakota. They settle on a ranch and Betsy becomes a visiting nurse, befriending a quirky assortment of rural characters. Their children, Jo and her brother Lance, grow up caring for animals and riding rodeo. Life isn't easy, but it is full and rewarding. When a seat in the State Assembly becomes available, Cal jumps at the chance to repay the community and serves three popular terms.       Things change when Cal runs for the U.S. Senate. The FBI investigates Betsy, and a youthful dalliance with the Communist Party surfaces to haunt the Kuseks. Mass hysteria takes over, inflamed by Cal's political enemies.  Driven by fear and hate, their neighbors turn, condemning them as enemies and spies. The American Dream falls apart overnight as the Kuseks try to protect their children from the nightmare that follows. The family is vindicated in a successful libel lawsuit, but the story  doesn't end there: years later, Lance Kusek and his wife and son are brutally attacked, and the mystery then unfolds as to who committed this coldblooded murder, and are they related to the stunning events of decades earlier?From the Hardcover edition.

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    Home Sweet Home

    14.2 hrs • 1/31/17 • Unabridged
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  10. 15.8 hrs • 1/25/2017 • Unabridged

    Third in the series of Aubrey-Maturin adventures, this book is set among the strange sights and smells of the Indian subcontinent, and in the distant waters ploughed by the ships of the East India Company. Aubrey is on the defensive, pitting wits and seamanship against an enemy enjoying overwhelming local superiority. But somewhere in the Indian Ocean lies the prize that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams: the ships sent by Napoleon to attack the China Fleet...

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  11. 10.4 hrs • 1/25/2017 • Unabridged

    In autumn 1942, Rommel and his Panzers stand poised to overrun Egypt, Suez, and the oil fields of the Middle East. The British hatch a desperate plan send a small, highly mobile, and heavily armed force behind German lines in North Africa to strik

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    Killing Rommel

    10.4 hrs • 1/25/17 • Unabridged
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  12. 18.7 hrs • 1/25/2017 • Unabridged

    1271. Guillem de Montclar regresa a Catalunya. La Orden le pide un trabajo: saber que ocurrio con Serpentarius, mas conocido como Roger de Lot, un constructor de la Orden que cien anos atras desaparecio sin dejar rastro. Se sabe que se levantaba con el sol y se acostaba al atardecer, pero no lo que hacia entre el alba y el crepusculo. Al tiempo que buscan rastros e informacion, empiezan a morir ninos y un conde; una serie de asesinatos queda sin explicacion. El misterio de la serpiente, un curioso disco de metal que pertenecio a Serpentarius, es la clave.

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    El Laberinto De La Serpiente

    18.7 hrs • 1/25/17 • Unabridged
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  13. 14.9 hrs • 1/25/2017 • Unabridged

    A compelling portrait of China's last empress as she makes the dramatic transition from a strong-willed, instinctive young woman to a wise and politically savvy leader. The sequel to Empress Orchid. "O'Karma's narration is exquisite. Her mellifluous

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    The Last Empress

    14.9 hrs • 1/25/17 • Unabridged
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  14. 14.4 hrs • 1/25/2017 • Unabridged

    Steven Pressfield is the internationally best-selling author of Gates of Fire and Tides of War. An epic of love and war, Last of the Amazons is a gripping, imaginative novel of the ancient world filled with Pressfield's trademark extraordinary attention to detail. In the time before Homer, the legendary Theseus, king of Athens, journeys to the nation of proud female warriors whom the Greeks called Amazons.

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    Last of the Amazons

    14.4 hrs • 1/25/17 • Unabridged
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  15. 15.7 hrs • 1/25/2017 • Unabridged

    As the 1918 flu epidemic rages across the country, this isolated community has been spared. Quarantining themselves, the residents plan on keeping it that way. Then a problem arrives: a tired, ill soldier begs for help. Now what? A powerful tale of morali

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    The Last Town on Earth

    15.7 hrs • 1/25/17 • Unabridged
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  16. 8.0 hrs • 1/24/2017 • Unabridged

    From Sebastian Barry, a two-time finalist for the Man Booker Prize, comes a powerful and unforgettable novel chronicling a young Irish immigrant’s army years in the Indian wars and the American Civil War. Thomas McNulty, having fled the Great Famine in Ireland and now barely seventeen years old, signs up for the US Army in the 1850s and with his brother in arms, John Cole, goes to fight in the Indian Wars—against the Sioux and the Yurok—and, ultimately, in the Civil War. Orphans of terrible hardships themselves, they find these days to be vivid and alive, despite the horrors they see and are complicit in. Moving from the plains of Wyoming to Tennessee, Sebastian Barry’s latest work is a masterpiece of atmosphere and language. An intensely poignant story of two men and the makeshift family they create with a young Sioux girl, Winona, Days without End is a fresh and haunting portrait of the most fateful years in American history and is a novel never to be forgotten.

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    Days without End by Sebastian Barry

    Days without End

    8.0 hrs • 1/24/17 • Unabridged
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