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  1. 19.2 hrs • 1/24/2017 • Unabridged

    Inspired by the real-life experiences of his grandfather, J. R. R. Tolkien, during World War I, Simon Tolkien delivers a perfectly rendered novel rife with class tension, period detail, and stirring action, ranging from the sharply divided society of northern England to the trenches of the Somme. Adam Raine is a boy cursed by misfortune. His impoverished childhood in turn-of-the-century London comes to a sudden and tragic end when his mother is killed in a workers’ protest march. His father, Daniel, is barely able to cope with the loss. But a job offer in the coal mining town of Scarsdale presents one last chance, so father and son head north. The relocation is hard on Adam: the local boys prove difficult to befriend, and he never quite fits in. Meanwhile tensions between the miners and their employer, Sir John Scarsdale, escalate, and finally explode with terrible consequences. In the aftermath, Adam’s fate shifts once again, and he finds himself drawn into the opulent Scarsdale family home where he makes an enemy of Sir John’s son, Brice, who subjects Adam to a succession of petty cruelties for daring to step above his station. However, Adam finds consolation in the company of Miriam, the local parson’s beautiful daughter with whom he falls in love. When they become engaged and Adam wins a scholarship to Oxford, he starts to feel that his life is finally coming together—until the outbreak of war threatens to tear everything apart. From the slums of London to the riches of an Edwardian country house; from the hot, dark seams of a Yorkshire coal mine to the exposed terrors of the trenches in France; Adam’s journey from boy to man is set against the backdrop of a society violently entering the modern world.

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    No Man's Land

    19.2 hrs • 1/24/17 • Unabridged
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  2. 5.4 hrs • 1/20/2017 • Unabridged

    It’s time to revisit 1945 and the final days World War II in a way that no one else ever has. Grab your thinking cap and join author Steve Ubaney in volume II of his Who Murdered? book series, where he probes every part of FDR’s mysterious death. We have been told all the lies for decades, now it’s time to answer some very pointed questions. Why did Eleanor Roosevelt suddenly, 12 years after FDR’s death, hire a private investigator to probe his doctor’s treatment methods? Why were all of FDR’s medical records stolen from a locked filing cabinet at Bethesda Naval Hospital, which was ironically, the same hospital that covered up so many facts during the JFK autopsy? Are we really expected to believe that FDR died of natural causes at the same time Allied Troops were closing in on Hitler’s bunker? Are we really expected to believe that Roosevelt, Hitler and Mussolini all died within an 18 day span by coincidence? This book will change the way you look at WWII and President Roosevelt’s death forever. It did not happen as we were told. Can you handle the truth?

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    Who Murdered FDR?

    5.4 hrs • 1/20/17 • Unabridged
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  3. 8.7 hrs • 1/17/2017 • Unabridged

    In war-torn France, Jo McMahon, an Italian-Irish girl from the tenements of Brooklyn, tends to six seriously wounded soldiers in a makeshift medical unit. Enemy bombs have destroyed her hospital convoy, and now Jo singlehandedly struggles to keep her patients and herself alive in a cramped and freezing tent close to German troops. There is a growing tenderness between her and one of her patients, a Scottish officer, but Jo’s heart is seared by the pain of all she has lost and seen. Nearing her breaking point, she fights to hold on to joyful memories of the past, to the times she shared with her best friend, Kay, whom she met in nursing school. Half a world away in the Pacific, Kay is trapped in a squalid Japanese POW camp in Manila, one of thousands of Allied men, women, and children whose fates rest in the hands of a sadistic enemy. Far from the familiar safety of the small Pennsylvania coal town of her childhood, Kay clings to memories of her happy days posted in Hawaii, and the handsome flyer who swept her off her feet in the weeks before Pearl Harbor. Surrounded by cruelty and death, Kay battles to maintain her sanity and save lives as best she can … and live to see her beloved friend Jo once more. When the conflict at last comes to an end, Jo and Kay discover that to achieve their own peace, they must find their place—and the hope of love—in a world that’s forever changed. With rich, superbly researched detail, Teresa Messineo’s thrilling novel brings to life the pain and uncertainty of war and the sustaining power of love and friendship, and illuminates the lives of the women who risked everything to save others during a horrifying time.

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    The Fire by Night by Teresa Messineo

    The Fire by Night

    8.7 hrs • 1/17/17 • Unabridged
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  4. 13.2 hrs • 1/17/2017 • Unabridged

    When she discovers her husband cheating, Ella Hawthorne impulsively moves out of their SoHo loft and into a small apartment in an old Greenwich Village building. Her surprisingly attractive new neighbor, Hector, warns her to stay out of the basement at night. Tenants have reported strange noises after midnight—laughter, clinking glasses, jazz piano—even though the space has been empty for decades. Back in the Roaring Twenties, the place hid a speakeasy. In 1924, Geneva “Gin” Kelly, a smart-mouthed flapper from the hills of western Maryland, is a regular at this Village hideaway known as the Christopher Club. Caught up in a raid, Gin becomes entangled with Prohibition enforcement agent Oliver Anson, who persuades her to help him catch her stepfather Duke Kelly, one of Appalachia’s most notorious bootleggers. Headstrong and independent, Gin is no weak-kneed fool. So how can she be falling in love with the taciturn, straight-arrow Revenue agent when she’s got Princeton boy Billy Marshall, the dashing son of society doyenne Theresa Marshall, begging to make an honest woman of her? While anything goes in the Roaring Twenties, Gin’s adventures will shake proper Manhattan society to its foundations, exposing secrets that shock even this free-spirited redhead—secrets that will echo from Park Avenue to the hollers of her Southern hometown. As Ella discovers more about the basement speakeasy, she becomes inspired by the spirit of her exuberant predecessor, and decides to live with abandon in the wicked city too.

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    The Wicked City by Beatriz Williams

    The Wicked City

    13.2 hrs • 1/17/17 • Unabridged
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  5. 11.5 hrs • 1/17/2017 • Unabridged

    In The Letter of Marque, Jack is once again aboard his beloved Surprise but stripped of his post captaincy for a crime he did not commit. Bought by Stephen, the Surprise has become a privateer. Sailing into French waters, the two concoct a desperate mission which, if successful, may redeem Aubrey from his state of disgrace. A nighttime battle with an unusual climax, a jewel of great value and Stephen’s fondness for opium make this segment of O’Brian’s masterful series both original and profoundly exciting.

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  6. 3.6 hrs • 1/17/2017 • Unabridged

    Mónica Lavín regresa con otra historia juvenil, ubicada en 1968, año de las olimpiadas y la represión de Tlatelolco: una novela de viaje donde sus personajes se enfrentan con lo desconocido, motivados por la fuerte ansiedad de vivir situaciones nuevas y ejercer intensamente hasta el último segundo de su libertad. Por medio de las cartas que envía a cierta revista, Ana, una joven que vive en la Ciudad de México, logra hacer amigas y conocer gente. Una de ellas, Kim, la invitaría de vacaciones a Estados Unidos, donde vive con su familia. Después de pensarlo mucho - pues no quería separarse de su novio aunque fuera por unos meses, ni perderse los juegos olímpicos - Ana decide hacer el viaje. El pueblo era muy pequeño y tranquilo, así que pasaban el tiempo con los caballos de la familia de Kim. En esos días de plenitud y vida familiar, Ana conocería a un joven, de quien más tarde tendría que despedirse. La línea de la carretera es una invitación al viaje hacia afuera y hacia adentro de nosotros mismos. Y se condensa en la mirada triste y melancólica de Ana, protagonista y testigo de la época. En esta obra, la carretera es un trazo, una línea que apunta hacia el futuro, como la juventud. Please note: This title is in Spanish.

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    La Linea de la Carretera

    3.6 hrs • 1/17/17 • Unabridged
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  7. 17.9 hrs • 1/17/2017 • Unabridged

    Acclaimed North Carolina author Doug Marlette has won numerous prestigious awards-including the Pulitzer-for his cartoon work. Set during the Freedom Summer of 1964, his novel Magic Time “vividly capture[s] the spirit of history that animated those of us who were part of that extraordinary time,” says congressman John Lewis. New York City newspaper columnist Carter Ransom returns home to Mississippi to face his difficult past, his father’s unwavering disapproval, and new evidence in a 25-year-old bombing case.

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    Magic Time

    17.9 hrs • 1/17/17 • Unabridged
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  8. 7.5 hrs • 1/17/2017

    While the miracles occurring in Twisted Tree are redeeming the McFee family, they’re also bringing past secrets dangerously close. In the thick of the Great Depression, William McFee, the oldest son of the McFee family is the latest in generations of distillery owners in Twisted Tree, Kentucky, working with his parents to revive the business—all while reeling from the loss of his youngest brother, who died in a car crash under mysterious circumstances. When a drifter recently buried near the McFee property begins drawing crowds of pilgrims to his grave, the McFees are dubious, but miracles seem to come to those who interact with the deceased—and those now praying at the grave. People—good and bad, believers and disbelievers—descend on the town to visit the “Potter’s Field Christ” and even the McFees (who ache for their lost boy) experience a miracle of their own. But the publicity generated by the miracles threatens to bring the full depth of the McFees’ secret past to light, putting William and his family in jeopardy.

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    The Angels' Share

    7.5 hrs • 1/17/17
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    15.5 hrs • 1/10/2017 • Unabridged

    Inspired by the secret life of the author’s grandmother, Lotus follows a young woman torn between past traditions and modern desires as she carves out a life for herself in China’s “City of Sins.” Reserved, at times defiant, Lotus is different from the other streetwalkers. Her striking eyes glow under Shenzhen’s neon lights, capturing the attention of Funny Eye, Family Treasure, and a slew of other demanding clients determined to make Lotus their property. Choosing between wealthy, powerful, and dangerous men is no easy feat, but it is a surprising offer from Binbing, a soft-spoken and humble photojournalist, that presents the biggest challenge. Is Lotus willing to fall in love? Is she capable of it? Inspired by the deathbed revelation that the author’s grandmother had been sold to a brothel in her youth, Lotus offers compelling insight into China’s bustling underground world and reveals the surprising strength found in those confronted with impossible choices. Written with compassion and vivid prose, and packed with characters you won’t soon forget, Lijia Zhang’s Lotus examines what it means to be an individual in a society that praises restraint in and obedience from its women.

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    Lotus by Lijia Zhang

    Lotus

    15.5 hrs • 1/10/17 • Unabridged
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  10. 8.0 hrs • 1/10/2017 • Unabridged

    Written in a style that is both precise and sumptuous, weirdly archaic and powerfully novel, Zama takes place in the last decade of the eighteenth century and describes the solitary, suspended existence of Don Diego de Zama, a highly placed servant of the Spanish crown who has been posted to Asunción, the capital of remote Paraguay. There, eaten up by pride, lust, petty grudges, and paranoid fantasies, he does as little as he possibly can while plotting his eventual transfer to Buenos Aires, where everything about his hopeless existence will, he is confident, be miraculously transformed and made good. Don Diego’s slow, nightmarish slide into the abyss is not just a tale of one man’s perdition but an exploration of existential, and very American, loneliness. Zama, with its stark dreamlike prose and spare imagery, is at once dense and unforeseen, terse and fateful, marked throughout by a haunting movement between sentences, paragraphs, and sections, so that every word seems to emerge from an ocean of things left unsaid. The philosophical depths of this great book spring directly from its dazzling prose.

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    Zama by Antonio Di Benedetto

    Zama

    Translated and with a preface by Esther Allen
    8.0 hrs • 1/10/17 • Unabridged
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  11. 5.1 hrs • 1/10/2017 • Unabridged

    Tap Duvarney lost his innocence in the War Between the States and then put his skills to the test as a soldier in the frontier army. Now he has settled on the Texas coast, working a ranch as the partner of his old friend Tom Kittery–and finding himself in the middle of a feud between Kittery and the neighboring Munson family. Around Matagorda Island, most people are either backing the Munsons or remaining silent. But the danger from outside Kittery’s camp is nothing compared to the threat within, as Duvarney begins to suspect that Kittery’s woman isn’t everything she appears to be. Now Tap is discovering that he must go to war again. But will it be with the Munsons–or with his closest friend?

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    Matagorda

    5.1 hrs • 1/10/17 • Unabridged
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  12. 11.2 hrs • 1/10/2017 • Unabridged

    That night I dreamed that I had wandered out to Dragon Springs Road all on my own, when a dreadful knowledge seized me that my mother had gone away never to return … In 1908, Jialing is only seven years old when she is abandoned in the courtyard of a once-lavish estate near Shanghai. Jialing is zazhong—Eurasian—and faces a lifetime of contempt from both the Chinese and Europeans. Without her mother’s protection, she can survive only if the estate’s new owners, the Yang family, agree to take her in. Jialing finds allies in Anjuin, the eldest Yang daughter, and Fox, an animal spirit who has lived in the haunted courtyard for centuries. But Jialing’s life as the Yangs’ bondservant changes unexpectedly when she befriends a young English girl who then mysteriously vanishes. Always hopeful of finding her long-lost mother, Jialing grows into womanhood during the tumultuous early years of the Chinese republic, guided by Fox and by her own strength of spirit, away from the shadows of her past. But she finds herself drawn into a murder at the periphery of political intrigue, a relationship that jeopardizes her friendship with Anjuin, and a forbidden affair that brings danger to the man she loves.

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    Dragon Springs Road by Janie Chang

    Dragon Springs Road

    11.2 hrs • 1/10/17 • Unabridged
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  13. 11.0 hrs • 1/10/2017 • Unabridged

    A middle-aged Irish immigrant, Billy has a gift for illusion—making damaged objects look new. His companion, Charles, the smooth-tongued teenage son of a prostitute, is a natural salesman, just like the mythical father he’s never met. Longtime horse traders and partners, they’ve recently turned their talents to trading mules. But in the summer of 1916, these seasoned grifters skilled in the art of the underhanded deal have just been swindled themselves. They’re saddled with the one thing they may not be able to unload: a gorgeous, murderous black mare named the Midnight Cool. Charles should have listened to Catherine, the beautiful, rebellious daughter of Leland Hatcher, the richest man in Richfield, Tennessee, and the former owner of the Midnight Cool. The horse would be worth a fortune—if she weren’t a verified man-killer who attacks on sight. Charles and Billy are rooted in this muggy town until they can miraculously retrain their recalcitrant mare, and in the shadow of the growing inevitability of war, their bond begins to fray. Falling in love with Catherine—and under the spell of the deceitful, wealthy Leland, the vision of himself he’d like to be—Charles pulls away from the older man. Despite their growing distance, Billy and Charles find their business thriving when the war in Europe pushes the demand for mules sky-high and the United States enters the fight. But when a trade goes terribly wrong, Charles is forced to reevaluate his allegiance to his country, the moral implications of his lifestyle, his relationship with Catherine, and, ultimately, his mysterious and surprisingly deep connection to Billy. Populated by spirited, memorable characters, The Midnight Cool is a startlingly profound tale of aspiration, loyalty, and love—and the eternal search for something lasting in a transitory world.

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    The Midnight Cool by Lydia Peelle

    The Midnight Cool

    11.0 hrs • 1/10/17 • Unabridged
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  14. 6.8 hrs • 1/10/2017 • Unabridged

    When Russian tanks roll into the public squares of Budapest to crush the Hungarian Revolution, brothers Robert and Attila Beck flee with their family to the Paris townhouse of their great-aunt Hermina. The year is 1956 and as their country changes forever, these two boys transform as well, confronting danger and wonders previously unknown. As they travel through minefields both real and imagined, Robert and Attila grapple with sibling rivalry, family secrets and incalculable loss. Along the way they encounter mysterious fellow travelers, bewildering sights of a nation in transition and surprising hilarity, all in pursuit of the one place they thought they’d lost forever: home. Elegant, tender and deeply funny, Joseph Kertes has crafted a journey filled with adventure and heartbreak. A meditation on both family and displacement, The Afterlife of Stars is a tale of perseverance, faith and the unbreakable bond of brotherhood.

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    The Afterlife of Stars

    6.8 hrs • 1/10/17 • Unabridged
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  15. 12.0 hrs • 1/10/2017 • Unabridged

    Riveting historical fiction that brings to life early British radio, and one woman who finds her voice working with the brilliant BBC staff London, 1926. American-raised Maisie Musgrave is thrilled to land a job as a secretary with the upstart British Broadcasting Corporation, whose use of radio—still new and electrifying—is captivating the nation. Soon Maisie is gaining confidence as she arranges broadcasts with famous writers and politicians, but she’s also caught up in a growing conflict between her two bosses, John Reith, the formidable director-general of the BBC, and Hilda Matheson, director of the hugely popular Talks programming. But when Maisie unearths a shocking conspiracy, she and Hilda join forces to make their voices heard both on and off the air … and then face the dangerous consequences of telling the truth for a living.

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    Radio Girls by Sarah-Jane Stratford

    Radio Girls

    12.0 hrs • 1/10/17 • Unabridged
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  16. 13.9 hrs • 1/4/2017 • Unabridged

    Captain Jack Aubrey is ashore on half pay without a command - until Stephen Maturin arrives with secret orders for Aubrey to take a frigate to the Cape of Good Hope under a commodore’s pennant, there to mount an expedition against the French-held islands of Mauritius and La REunion. But the difficulties of carrying out his orders are compounded by two of his own captains - Lord Clonfert, a pleasure-seeking dilettante, and Captain Corbett, whose severity pushes his crew to the verge of mutiny.

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    The Mauritius Command

    13.9 hrs • 1/4/17 • Unabridged
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