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  1. 10.3 hrs • 11/29/2016 • Unabridged

    The next installment of Bernard Cornwell’s bestselling series chronicling the epic saga of the making of England, “like Game of Thrones, but real” (Observer, London)—the basis for The Last Kingdom, the hit television series coming to Netflix in Fall 2016. From the day it was stolen from me I had dreamed of recapturing Bebbanburg. The great fort was built on a rock that was almost an island, it was massive, it could only be approached on land by a single narrow track—and it was mine. Britain is in a state of uneasy peace. Northumbria’s Viking ruler, Sigtryggr, and Mercia’s Saxon Queen Aethelflaed have agreed on a truce. And so England’s greatest warrior, Uhtred of Bebbanburg, at last has the chance to take back the home his traitorous uncle stole from him so many years ago—and which his scheming cousin still occupies. But fate is inexorable and the enemies Uhtred has made and the oaths he has sworn combine to distract him from his dream of recapturing Bebbanburg. New enemies enter into the fight for England’s kingdoms: the redoubtable Constantin of Scotland seizes an opportunity for conquest and leads his armies south. Britain’s precarious peace threatens to turn into a war of annihilation. But Uhtred is determined that nothing, neither the new enemies nor the old foes who combine against him, will keep him from his birth right. He is the Lord of Bebbanburg, but he will need all the skills he has learned in a lifetime of war to make his dream come true. The latest chapter in Bernard Cornwell’s “violent, absorbing historical saga,” The Flame Bearer confirms Bernard Cornwell’s title as “perhaps the greatest writer of historical adventure novels today” (Washington Post).

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  2. 14.5 hrs • 11/23/2016 • Unabridged

    For over forty years, Michal lived and reigned in David’s court. She was the beautiful and proud daughter of King Saul and the prize David would risk his kingdom to win. Behind the palace doors, beneath the burning sun of the desert, or fleeing from Absalom’s warriors, Michal was at the center of court intrigues. Queenmaker introduces in unforgettable detail the characters of one of the greatest periods in Biblical history - their public deeds and private thoughts-and gives us the court of the kings as only a woman could see it.

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    Queenmaker

    14.5 hrs • 11/23/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 3.8 hrs • 11/22/2016 • Unabridged

    In his new novel, Paulo Coelho, New York Times bestselling author of The Alchemist and Adultery, brings to life one of history’s most enigmatic women: Mata Hari. The story of her celebrated yet mysterious life as an exotic dancer and courtesan and her controversial execution as a spy during the First World War unfolds as a fascinating first-person narrative of self-creation and bravery. Her only crime was to be an independent woman. “I do not know if the future will remember me, but if it should, may no one ever view me as a victim but as someone who moved forward with courage and paid the price she had to pay.” On the occasion of the centenary of Mata Hari’s execution for espionage in 1917, Paulo Coelho reconsiders her life and character in a fictional memoir. In a series of letters, written from prison on the eve of her death, Mata Hari reflects on the choices she has made to always pursue her own truth—from her childhood in a small Dutch town, to unhappy years as the wife of an alcoholic diplomat in Java, to her calculated and self-fashioned rise to celebrity in Paris and across Europe as an exotic dancer and confidante to the most powerful men of the time. Though there was little evidence to incriminate her, Mata Hari was unable to escape persecution and prosecution by French military intelligence, and at the novel’s end, Coelho re-creates a final letter, written by Mata Hari’s lawer, Edouard Clunet, that offers a captivating view of Europe at war and the fatal price of suspicion.

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    The Spy

    3.8 hrs • 11/22/16 • Unabridged
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    12.4 hrs • 11/22/2016

    Drawing on Queen Victoria’s diaries, which she first started reading when she was a student at Cambridge University, Daisy Goodwin―bestselling author and creator and writer of the new PBS/Masterpiece drama Victoria―brings to life the young nineteenth-century monarch, who would go on to reign for sixty-three years. Early one morning, less than a month after her eighteenth birthday, Alexandrina Victoria is roused from bed with the news that her uncle William IV has died and she is now queen of England. The men who run the country have doubts about whether this sheltered young woman, who stands less than five feet tall, can rule the greatest nation in the world. Despite her age, however, the young queen is no puppet. She has very definite ideas about the kind of queen she wants to be, and the first thing is to choose her name. “I do not like the name Alexandrina,” she proclaims. “From now on I wish to be known only by my second name, Victoria.” Next, people say she must choose a husband. Everyone keeps telling her she’s destined to marry her first cousin, Prince Albert, but Victoria found him dull and priggish when they met three years ago. She is quite happy being queen with the help of her prime minister, Lord Melbourne, who may be old enough to be her father but is the first person to take her seriously. On June 19th, 1837, she was a teenager. On June 20th, 1837, she was a queen. Daisy Goodwin’s impeccably researched and vividly imagined new book brings readers Queen Victoria as they have never seen her before.

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    Victoria

    12.4 hrs • 11/22/16
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  5. 10.2 hrs • 11/18/2016 • Unabridged

    From the author of Once We Were Brothers comes a saga inspired by true events of a Holocaust survivor’s quest to fulfill a promise, return to Poland and find two sisters lost during World War II. Lena Woodward, an elderly woman, enlists the help of both lawyer Catherine Lockhart and private investigator Liam Taggart to appraise the story of her harrowing past in Nazi occupied Poland. At the same time, Lena’s son Arthur presents her with a hefty lawsuit under the pretense of garnering her estate—and independence—for his own purposes. Where these stories intersect is through Lena’s dubious account of her life in war-torn Poland, and her sisterhood with a childhood friend named Karolina. Lena and Karolina struggled to live through the atrocity of the Holocaust, and at the same time harbored a courageous, yet mysterious secret of maternity that has troubled Lena throughout her adult life. In telling her story to Catherine and Liam, Lena not only exposes the realities of overcoming the horrors of the Holocaust, she also comes to terms with her own connection to her dark past. Karolina’s Twins is a tale of survival, love, and resilience in more ways than one. As Lena recounts her story, Catherine herself also recognizes the unwavering importance of family as she prepares herself for the arrival of her unborn child. Through this association and many more, both Lena and Catherine begin to cherish the dogged ties that bind not only families and children, but the entirety of mankind.

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    Karolina's Twins

    10.2 hrs • 11/18/16 • Unabridged
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  6. 9.3 hrs • 11/16/2016 • Unabridged

    USA Today bestselling author William W. Johnstone’s Last Gunfighter series has entertained fans with rousing stories of the gritty, fearless men who tamed the West. When iron clears leather, anything can happen. In Frank Morgan’s case, a sudden duel with an assassin has left an innocent woman with a bullet in her back—and a friendship between Frank and a young Texas Ranger in tatters. Wanting to make up for his part in the tragedy, Frank rides to central Texas to help Ranger Tyler Beaumont put down the so-called Fence-Cutting War. But as big ranchers battle small ones, an outlaw gang has hellish plans of its own. Now, as an innocent town is threatened with annihilation, Frank must make his final stand on a hot Sunday in Texas—when the dying will say their final prayers.

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  7. 9.9 hrs • 11/16/2016 • Unabridged

    This enthralling international bestseller is a seductive re-creation of the glory and opulence of ancient Egypt. It spurred a national craze for all things Egyptian in France, and has sold over two million copies worldwide. The new Pharaoh, Ramses, aspires to greatness of a magnitude undreamed of by mortal men. But to thwart his dreams, a gaggle of fiends, including a sorcerer, invaders, and his own brother, awaits him.

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    Ramses

    9.9 hrs • 11/16/16 • Unabridged
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  8. 4.1 hrs • 11/15/2016 • Unabridged

    Often described as an alchemical allegory, John Crowley instead decided this is “the first science fiction novel.” After all, “it’s fiction; it’s about the possibilities of a science; and it’s a novel.” No matter what else it might be, it’s definitely one of the great outlandish stories in Western literature.

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    The Chemical Wedding by Christian Rosencreutz by Johann Valentin Andreae, John Crowley

    The Chemical Wedding by Christian Rosencreutz

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    4.1 hrs • 11/15/16 • Unabridged
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  9. 10.9 hrs • 11/9/2016 • Unabridged

    Garnering three RITAs and a Christy Award, Francine Rivers is acclaimed for classics like Atonement Child. Set in the 1850s Smoky Mountains, this Gold Medallion-winner tells the gripping tale of a girl who’s desperate to remove the guilt of her sister’s death and anxious to absolve her departed grandmother of sins. While seeking the elusive Sin Eater, she uncovers a hideous secret and finds the truth.

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    The Last Sin Eater

    10.9 hrs • 11/9/16 • Unabridged
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    14.0 hrs • 11/9/2016 • Unabridged

    Stephanie Laurens authors USA Today best-selling historical romance novels such as Devil’s Bride. Exciting and deeply sensuous, A Rake’s Vow continues the Bar Cynster series. Unlike his brothers, Vane Cynster vows to never marry. The eligible women of London have different plans for him, however. Seeking safety at Bellamy Hall, the residence of his eccentric godmother, Vane doesn’t expect to meet any new unmarried women. But upon his arrival, he encounters the voluptuous Patience Debbington in the garden. When their gazes meet for the first time, she is filled with a sensation that leaves her quivering. Thoroughly overwhelmed, Vane realizes that he has never met a woman quite like Patience Debbington. As Vane’s seductions prove more and more irresistible, Patience’s oath to never open herself to heartache may soon be broken. Simon Prebble narrates this tale with the intuitive boldness and sensitivity of a true master.

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    A Rake's Vow

    14.0 hrs • 11/9/16 • Unabridged
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    14.0 hrs • 11/9/2016 • Unabridged

    Stephanie Laurens authors USA Today best-selling historical romances such as A Rake’s Vow, Devil’s Bride, and Scandal’s Bride. The fourth novel of her hot and exciting Bar Cynster series is riveting, Regency-era romance at its very best. Wealthy and roguish, Demon Cynster is perfectly content without love. Having witnessed his Cynster brethren driven to their knees by women, he knows all too well what the power of love can do to a man. But he never banked on meeting Felicity Parteger, a luscious, curvy beauty in desperate need of help. Could this tempting woman be the one? Felicity knows he will never pledge her his love—can passion and lust alone suffice? Driving Laurens’ tale toward its climax, Simon Prebble’s powerful narration takes listeners to a new pinnacle of pleasure.

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    A Rogue's Proposal

    14.0 hrs • 11/9/16 • Unabridged
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  12. 13.8 hrs • 11/9/2016 • Unabridged

    Stephanie Laurens authors USA Today best-selling historical romances such as A Rake’s Vow and Devil’s Bride. Lauren’s Scandal’s Bride is the hot and exciting third novel in her riveting Bar Cynster series. Cynster men are invariably handsome rogues, and Catriona Hennessy, Scottish Lady of the Vale is well aware of their reputation. She is aghast when it is decreed by her guardian that she must marry the scandalous Richard Cynster within one week’s time. Like her mother before her, Catriona is a beautiful, independent woman who needs no man to rule over her or the Vale. But what she does need is an heir—will the charming Richard Cynster be willing to give her what she wants? Facing unavoidable marriage, Richard savors the challenge of taming spirited Catriona. Simon Prebble’s masterful narration of Laurens’ tale will leave listeners feeling exhilarated.

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  13. 13.6 hrs • 11/9/2016 • Unabridged

    Author of such titles as Devil’s Bride and A Rake’s Vow, Stephanie Laurens is a favorite around the globe. In A Secret Love, a mysterious and sensual woman, shrouded in a heavy black veil, begs Gabriel Cynster to help protect her family’s home from the unscrupulous man trying to steal it. Unable to resist a challenge, he agrees-but protection comes with a price. From one searing kiss to the next, the truth of her identity could be revealed, which could cost both of them everything-including their passion.

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  14. 12.2 hrs • 11/9/2016 • Unabridged

    Peter Nichols’ novel, which has been likened to the works of Jack London and Joseph Conrad, immediately rose to top places on best-seller lists across the country. Voyage to the North Star offers an amazing combination of high-seas adventure and human folly. It is also filled with authentic detail, since Nichols is an experienced sailor who has made a solo journey across the Atlantic. Carl Schenck is fabulously wealthy, but he aspires to be a great hunter. Africa is too tame, so in 1932 he buys the Lodestar and equips the yacht in luxury. Outfitted with rubberized boots and an arsenal of guns, Schenck sets out for Arctic waters to shoot bears, seals, and “every animal in sight.” As days unfold on the frozen horizon, peril after peril confronts the boat and its crew. Although Schenck is unstoppable, others on the Lodestar are forever changed by this ill-fated voyage. Narrator George Guidall’s performance conveys all the dangerous magic of the icy seas and captures the increasing madness of Schenck’s expedition.

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    Voyage to the North Star

    12.2 hrs • 11/9/16 • Unabridged
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  15. 4.5 hrs • 11/8/2016 • Unabridged

    It was the only water for miles in a vast, sun-blasted desert where water meant survival. So Logan Cates naturally headed for Papago Wells. But he wasn’t the only one. Fleeing the fierce Churupati and his Apache warriors, other travelers had come there too. And when the Apaches found them, they began a siege as relentless and unforgiving as the barren land and just as inescapable. The last thing Cates wanted was to be responsible for the lives of thirteen desperate strangers and a shipment of gold. But he knew that if they were to survive, he was their last chance. He also knew that some in the party were willing to die—or kill—to get their hands on the money. If he couldn’t get them to work together, it wouldn’t be the desert or even the Apaches that would do them in—it would be the greed of the very people he was trying to save.

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    Last Stand at Papago Wells

    4.5 hrs • 11/8/16 • Unabridged
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  16. 13.0 hrs • 11/8/2016 • Unabridged

    A spellbinding thriller from the bestselling author of The Einstein Prophecy. A chilling curse is transported from 1880s London to present-day California, awakening a long-dormant fiend. While on routine patrol in the tinder-dry Topanga Canyon, environmental scientist Rafael Salazar expects to find animal poachers, not a dilapidated antique steamer trunk. Inside the peculiar case, he discovers a journal, written by the renowned Robert Louis Stevenson, which divulges ominous particulars about his creation of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. It also promises to reveal a terrible secret—the identity of Jack the Ripper. Unfortunately, the journal—whose macabre tale unfolds in an alternating narrative with Rafe’s—isn’t the only relic in the trunk, and Rafe isn’t the only one to purloin a souvenir. A mysterious flask containing the last drops of the grisly potion that inspired Jekyll and Hyde and spawned London’s most infamous killer has gone missing. And it has definitely fallen into the wrong hands.

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    The Jekyll Revelation by Robert Masello

    The Jekyll Revelation

    13.0 hrs • 11/8/16 • Unabridged
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