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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  10. 10.5 hrs • 12/1/2016 • Unabridged

    A British whaler has been captured by an ambitious chief in the sandwich islands at French instigation, and Captain Aubrey, R. N., Is dispatched with the Surprise to restore order. But stowed away in the cable-tier is an escaped female convict. To the officers, Clarissa Harvill is an object of awkward courtliness and dangerous jealousies. Aubrey himself is won over and indeed strongly attracted to this woman who will not speak of her past. But only Aubrey’s friend, Dr. Stephen Maturin, can fathom Clarissa’s secrets: her crime, her personality, and a clue identifying a highly placed English spy in the pay of Napoleon’s intelligence service. In a thrilling finale, Patrick O’Brian delivers all the excitement his many readers expect: Aubrey and the crew of the Surprise impose a brutal pax Britannica upon the islanders in a pitched battle against a band of headhunting cannibals.

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    The Truelove

    10.5 hrs • 12/1/16 • Unabridged
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  11. 11.8 hrs • 12/1/2016 • Unabridged

    Best-selling author Patrick O’Brian turns to Commodore Anson’s famous 1740 voyage for this rich tale of exploration and adventure. In The Unknown Shore, the inspiration for and immediate precursor to the acclaimed and immensely popular Aubrey/Maturin series, O’Brian’s splendid prose and enthralling attention to detail launches listeners-spellbound-into the Age of Discovery.

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    The Unknown Shore

    11.8 hrs • 12/1/16 • Unabridged
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  12. 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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    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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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