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  1. 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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  2. 18.9 hrs • 1/3/2017 • Unabridged

    A deductive powerhouse, detective Kwan Chun-dok becomes a legend in the Hong Kong Police Force, nicknamed “the Eye of Heaven” by his awe-struck colleagues. Divided into six sections told in reverse chronological order—each of which covers an important case in Kwan’s career and takes place at a pivotal moment in Hong Kong history—The Borrowed follows Kwan from his experiences during the Leftist riot in 1967, when a bombing plot threatens many lives; the conflict between the Hong Kong police and Independent Commission against Corruption in 1977; and the Tiananmen Square Massacre in 1989 to the Handover in 1997 and the present day of 2013, when Kwan is called on to solve his final case, the murder of a local billionaire. Along the way we meet Communist rioters, ultraviolent gangsters, stallholders at the city’s many covered markets, pop singers enmeshed in the high-stakes machinery of star-making, and a people always caught in the shifting balance of political power, whether in London or Beijing—all coalescing into a dynamic portrait of this fascinating city. Tracing a broad historical arc, The Borrowed reveals just how closely everything is connected, how history always repeats itself, and how we have come full circle to repeat the political upheaval and societal unrest of the past. It is a gripping, brilliantly constructed novel from a talented new voice.

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    The Borrowed by Chan Ho-Kei

    The Borrowed

    Translated by Jeremy Tiang
    Read by P. J. Ochlan
    18.9 hrs • 1/3/17 • Unabridged
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  3. 23.8 hrs • 1/3/2017 • Unabridged

    For the first time in English in over a century comes a new translation of the forgotten sequel to Dumas’s The Three Musketeers, continuing the dramatic tale of Cardinal Richelieu and his implacable enemies. In 1844, Alexandre Dumas published The Three Musketeers, a novel so famous and still so popular today that it scarcely needs introduction. Shortly thereafter he wrote a sequel, Twenty Years After, that resumed the adventures of his swashbuckling heroes. Later, toward the end of his career, Dumas wrote The Red Sphinx, another direct sequel to The Three Musketeers that begins not twenty years later but a mere twenty days afterward. The Red Sphinx picks up right where the The Three Musketeers left off, continuing the stories of Cardinal Richelieu, Queen Anne, and King Louis XIII―and introducing a charming new hero, the Comte de Moret, a real historical figure from the period. A young cavalier newly arrived in Paris, Moret is an illegitimate son of the former king and thus half-brother to King Louis. The French Court seethes with intrigue as king, queen, and cardinal all vie for power, and young Moret soon finds himself up to his handsome neck in conspiracy, danger―and passionate romance. Dumas wrote seventy-five chapters of The Red Sphinx for serial publication but never finished it, and so the novel languished for almost a century before its first book publication in France in 1946. While Dumas never completed the book, he had earlier written a separate novella, The Dove, that recounted the final adventures of Moret and Cardinal Richelieu. Now for the first time, in one cohesive narrative, The Red Sphinx and The Dove make a complete and satisfying story line―a rip-roaring novel of historical adventure, heretofore unknown to English-language readers, by the great Alexandre Dumas, king of the swashbucklers.

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    The Red Sphinx by Alexandre Dumas

    The Red Sphinx

    Edited and translated by Lawrence Ellsworth
    Read by John Lee
    23.8 hrs • 1/3/17 • Unabridged
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  4. 12.2 hrs • 1/3/2017 • Unabridged

    Set in Kenya against the fading backdrop of the British Empire, a story of self-discovery, betrayal, and an impossible love After six years in England, Rachel has returned to Kenya and the farm where she spent her childhood, but the beloved home she’d longed for is much changed. Her father’s new companion—a strange, intolerant woman—has taken over the household. The political climate in the country grows more unsettled by the day and is approaching the boiling point. And looming over them all is the threat of the Mau Mau, a secret society intent on uniting the native Kenyans and overthrowing the whites. As Rachel struggles to find her place in her home and her country, she initiates a covert relationship, one that will demand from her a gross act of betrayal. One man knows her secret, and he has made it clear how she can buy his silence. But she knows something of her own, something she has never told anyone. And her knowledge brings her power.

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    Leopard at the Door

    12.2 hrs • 1/3/17 • Unabridged
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  5. 18.0 hrs • 12/31/2016 • Unabridged

    Arthur Pendragon is king! Crowned and recognized as High King, Arthur is unchallenged on the battlefield, and he melds the country together in a time of promise, as Merlin works in the shadows. But sinister powers plot to destroy Camelot, and when the witch-queen Morgause—Arthur’s own half sister—ensnares him in an incestuous liaison, a fatal web of love, betrayal, and bloody vengeance is woven.

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    The Last Enchantment by Mary Stewart
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  6. 9.1 hrs • 12/28/2016 • Unabridged

    The Stantons and the Nortons were families in the truest, oldest sense: extended networks of kin stretching across the mountains, everyone within hiking distance. They’d come from the British Isles and settled in the Appalachians of North Carolina during the 1700s, bringing with them their dearly loved songs and their clannish ways, their ties to the land ultimately becoming as strong as their ties to one another.” “So when Larkin Stanton is left parentless at birth in the 1840s, he is taken in by his cousin Arty Norton and, true to the family way, starts singing before he starts talking. As Larkin grows up, he hungrily learns every song he can, as well as the subtleties of ballad singing: how the songs are about the joys and the horrors of life, and how the best singers can produce a song that will summon tears. Going head-to-head with Arty’s brother, Hackley, the cousins’ competitions to produce the finest song soon spill over into the wooing of the finest girl in the community, Mary.” When Hackley wins Mary and then leaves to fight in the Civil War, Larkin, still too young to enlist, finds himself uncontrollably drawn to the woman who’s held his heart for years. What he does about that love defies all he has learned about family and loyalty - and reminds us that these mournful ballads didn’t come just from the imagination, but from imperfections of the heart.

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    My Old True Love

    9.1 hrs • 12/28/16 • Unabridged
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    11.2 hrs • 12/27/2016 • Unabridged

    Marcus Didius Falco is about to get involved in a nasty noir crime, involving gangsters, gladiators, and romance. For Falco, a relaxed visit to his wife Helena’s relatives in Britain suddenly turns serious. He and his family are staying in London when Falco is summoned to the scene of a murder. The victim, Verovolcus, was a renegade with ties to Roman crime magnates operating in London, but he was also close to King Togidubnus. So when he is discovered dead, stuffed headfirst down a well, a tricky diplomatic situation develops that Falco must defuse. His investigation leads him into the seedy underbelly of London. There is a newly built amphitheater in town, one with female gladiators, but Falco soon realizes that the initially troublesome gladiators—including one from his own bachelor past—may just give him the edge he needs to solve Verovolcus’ murder as the gangsters are pursued back to the Italian town of Ostia for a final showdown.

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    The Jupiter Myth by Lindsey Davis

    The Jupiter Myth

    11.2 hrs • 12/27/16 • Unabridged
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  8. 11.3 hrs • 12/27/2016 • Unabridged

    Dublin, 1962. Within the gated grounds of the convent of the Sisters of the Holy Redemption lies one of the city’s Magdalen Laundries. Once places of refuge, the laundries have evolved into grim workhouses. Some inmates are “fallen” women—unwed mothers, prostitutes, or petty criminals. Most are ordinary girls whose only sin lies in being too pretty, too independent, or tempting the wrong man. Among them is sixteen-year-old Teagan Tiernan, sent by her family when her beauty provokes a lustful revelation from a young priest. Teagan soon befriends Nora Craven, a new arrival who thought nothing could be worse than living in a squalid tenement flat. Stripped of their freedom and dignity, the girls are given new names and denied contact with the outside world. The Mother Superior, Sister Anne, who has secrets of her own, inflicts cruel, dehumanizing punishments—but always in the name of love. Finally, Nora and Teagan find an ally in the reclusive Lea, who helps them endure—and plot an escape. But as they will discover, the outside world has dangers too, especially for young women with soiled reputations. Told with candor, compassion, and vivid historical detail, The Magdalen Girls is a masterfully written novel of life within the era’s notorious institutions—and an inspiring story of friendship, hope, and unyielding courage.

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    The Magdalen Girls by V. S. Alexander

    The Magdalen Girls

    11.3 hrs • 12/27/16 • Unabridged
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  9. 13.0 hrs • 12/21/2016 • Unabridged

    Captain Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin set sail aboard the Diane for the South China Sea, shepherding a diplomatic mission to prevent links between Bonaparte and the Malay princes. If their mission fails, English merchant shipping in the area will be threatened. At the barbaric court of Pulo Prabang, the stage is set for a duel of intelligence agents, pitting the savage cunning of Stephen Maturin against the French envoys-who are already entrenched in the Sultan’s favor.

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    The Thirteen-Gun Salute

    13.0 hrs • 12/21/16 • Unabridged
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  10. 10.2 hrs • 12/16/2016 • Unabridged

    A medio camino entre las novelas de aventuras clásicas y los thrillers más contemporáneos esta novela histórica nos traslada a través de tres argumentos que van apareciendo como salidos de una muñeca rusa, a una endiablada búsqueda llena de enigmas, persecuciones y giros que pasan por Madrid, Lisboa, Colonia, Viena, Sarajevo y Munich, hasta llegar a una conclusión electrizante. Madrid, verano de 1914. Varios profesores se han automutilado en la Biblioteca Nacional y dos agentes, Hércules Guzmán Fox y George Lincoln, tienen que averiguar por qué lo han hecho. Todo parecer tener relación con un enigmático libro traído a Europa por Vasco de Gama en su primer viaje a la India. Ambos deberán emprender una vertiginosa carrera que los lleva de una clave a otra, descifrando mensajes ocultos durante siglos. Un rompecabezas que deberá resolverse antes de que Europa entre en guerra y las profecías se cumplan.

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    La novela de la momia

    10.2 hrs • 12/16/16 • Unabridged
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  11. 9.0 hrs • 12/13/2016 • Unabridged

    In The Last of All Possible Worlds, we meet wise and worldly Prince Sobieski, Vienna’s ambassador in London, his enchanting wife, her English lover, and her enigmatic lifelong companion, Josefa. When Sobieski’s illegitimate daughter makes a demand of her influential father, the unspoken rules of the family are challenged. Sobieski’s world is further upset when two powerful merchant bankers, the tragic McGregor Hinton and the ambitious Julius von Mosenthal, arrive in London—both with their own requirements of the prince.

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    The Last of All Possible Worlds

    9.0 hrs • 12/13/16 • Unabridged
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  12. 5.8 hrs • 12/13/2016 • Unabridged

    She was called “the ship that God himself couldn’t sink,” yet on her maiden voyage, the ship Titanic brushed an iceberg and sank less than three hours later, carrying 1,503 men, women, and children to their death. In this dramatic and historic recreation of the bravery and agony that marked that fateful night, author and historian Walter Lord paints a portrait of the last hours of the Titanic’s first and final voyage.

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    A Night to Remember

    5.8 hrs • 12/13/16 • Unabridged
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  13. 10.3 hrs • 12/6/2016 • Unabridged

    The summer of 1917 should have been a summer like any other. Stephen Robbins should have been doing the same thing he’d been doing for years past. As a young boy he’d fled his life in a secluded mountain cove and risen through the ranks to become the manager of the South’s finest resort, the elegant Mountain Park Hotel. By all rights, he should have spent this summer as host to some of the wealthiest gentry on the East Coast. Hans Ruser, German commodore of the world’s largest and most luxurious cruise liner, Das Vaterland, should have been sailing yet again with his elite passengers to the far corners of the world. And Anna Ulmann, captivating and beautiful, should have been at home in her New York mansion planning yet another lavish dinner party for her famous husband and his rich and powerful friends. She should have idled away her spare time by taking perfectly staged photographic portraits of the very same people. But war will change everything that should have been in that summer of 1917―the US enters WWI and the Mountain Park Hotel is pressed into service as an internment camp for over two thousand German nationals, including Ruser and his men. This sudden collision of lives and cultures in the small town of Hot Springs, North Carolina, is both frightening and exhilarating. And the unlikely alliance that forms between Hans Ruser and Stephen Robbins will force each to decide just how far they are willing to go to keep peace in the beautiful and isolated mountains. Feisty Anna Ulmann, seeking to assert her independence in a male-dominated world, mysteriously flees south to devote her life to documentary photography. When she steps off the train at the Hot Springs depot one sultry summer day, she could not have imagined the passionate journey that will result when she matches wits with Stephen Robbins. Haunted by demons both past and present, they will face heartbreaking tragedy. Yet together they will discover the true meaning of imprisonment and escape.

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    A Short Time to Stay Here by Terry Roberts

    A Short Time to Stay Here

    10.3 hrs • 12/6/16 • Unabridged
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  14. 14.8 hrs • 12/1/2016 • Unabridged

    Laurens, a New York Times best-selling author, thrills millions of fans with each book in her sensuous Bar Cynster series. Both beautiful and headstrong, Amelia Cynster has decided to marry the man of her dreams. Lucien Ashford is handsome and sexy-but Amelia is tired of waiting for him to make the first move. So slowly, carefully, she begins to lay her trap .

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    On A Wicked Dawn

    14.8 hrs • 12/1/16 • Unabridged
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    15.1 hrs • 12/1/2016 • Unabridged

    New York Times best-selling author Stephanie Laurens is praised for her sultry romances. On a Wild Night may be her most uninhibited Bar Cynster book yet. It’s 1825 in London, and the two curvaceous and blonde 23-year-old Cynster twins Amanda and Amelia are very eager to get married. This passionate tale features an enticing narration from Simon Prebble.

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    On A Wild Night

    15.1 hrs • 12/1/16 • Unabridged
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    9.9 hrs • 12/1/2016 • Unabridged

    New York Times best-selling author Stephanie Laurens delights her many fans with steamy tales of Regency-era seduction and intrigue. In a quiet moonlit courtyard, Helena encounters a handsome and mysterious Englishman. Before parting, he rewards her with a special kiss-a delicious, enticing, unforgettable kiss that makes her whole body shiver with desire. Helena doesn’t yet know that she has met her destiny-and he is Sebastian Cynster, Duke of St. Ives. This luxurious tale of passion features a potent reading by narrator Simon Prebble.

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    The Promise in a Kiss

    9.9 hrs • 12/1/16 • Unabridged
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