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  1. 8.7 hrs • 8/9/2016 • Unabridged

    The second installment in a charming mystery series set in Mumbai, featuring an inspector and his inherited elephant partner, this time hunting for the Queen of England’s stolen Crown Jewels For centuries, the Koh-i-Noor diamond has set man against man and king against king.Now part of the British Crown Jewels, the priceless gem is a prize that many have killed to possess. So when the Crown Jewels go on display in Mumbai, security is everyone’s principal concern. And yet, on the very day Inspector Chopra visits the exhibition, the diamond is stolen from under his nose. The heist was daring and seemingly impossible. The hunt is on for the culprits. But it soon becomes clear that only one man—and his elephant—can possibly crack this case.

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  2. 8.1 hrs • 7/12/2016 • Unabridged

    When Jen takes a poorly defined job at a start-up chaired by Leora Infinitis—a wealthy sit-com actress and celebrity philanthropist—she finds herself swept into a toxic office culture ironically steeped in the language of uplift and self-discovery. The foundation’s aim is ostensibly to empower women, but its all-female staff spends their time devising acronyms for useless programs, ruthlessly undermining one another, and stroking Leora’s ego. Amid the absurd operations of the foundation, Jen’s status anxiety, professional frustrations, and her fear that she may never have a baby begin to threaten her relationship with her husband and her two best friends. Ferociously intelligent, Break in Case of Emergency is a scathingly funny satire of celebrity do-goodism, as well as a heartfelt exploration of the difficulty of navigating female friendships as they shift to accommodate marriage and family, and the unspoken tensions that can erode even the strongest bonds.

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    Break in Case of Emergency

    8.1 hrs • 7/12/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 16.0 hrs • 7/8/2016 • Unabridged

    Jane Smiley, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of A Thousand Acres, instantly captured the admiration and laughter of readers everywhere when Moo was published. A New York Times bestseller, it is a hilarious tour through the inner sanctums of a midwestern university. Everyone at the large agricultural college dubbed Moo U. has an agenda. Whether it’s massaging data, running secret experiments, or seducing the powerful, each person is dedicated to a plan. Meet Dr. Lionel Gift, who feels that his economic principles come directly from God. See Earl Butz, who is being groomed to be the biggest hog in history. Mull over the Common Wisdom, what every secretary knows. As these agendas begin to collide, Moo trots toward a deliciously loony climax. Although Moo focuses a sharp eye on academia, its satire is tempered by lovable characters who ring absolutely true. Through narrator Suzanne Toren’s performance, you’ll soon feel like part of the lively herd at Moo U.

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    Moo

    16.0 hrs • 7/8/16 • Unabridged
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  4. 5.2 hrs • 6/28/2016 • Unabridged
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    American Babe

    5.2 hrs • 6/28/16 • Unabridged
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  5. 6.8 hrs • 6/28/2016 • Unabridged

    In this election caper from a leading political operative and commentator, a cynical campaign manager finds his family skeletons coming out of the closet on the eve of the convention.New Orleans, July 2016 It’s hot and sticky and JD Callahan is fighting the campaign of his life. His candidate, the sitting vice president, is neck and neck with an anti-immigrant, right-wing populist as the Republicans head into their first brokered convention in decades. Callahan, a New Orleans native without much affection for his hometown, is frantically trying to coordinate the convention and round up delegates when his estranged brother shows up, asks for an inconvenient favor, and threatens to reveal embarrassing family secrets if JD says no. Soon after, a series of bombs set off a mass panic and tilts the convention toward the vice president’s law-and-order opponent. As JD scrambles to contain the damage, he finds himself contending with a sexy, gun-toting local gossip columnist, an FBI agent convinced that JD is cynical enough to set the bombs himself, and a host of family secrets.The Innocent Have Nothing to Fear is a hilarious, sharply entertaining whodunit and a knowing satire of our political culture—the perfect summer audiobook for everyone who says he’s sick to death of the 2016 campaign, but can’t stop reading about it.

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    The Innocent Have Nothing to Fear

    6.8 hrs • 6/28/16 • Unabridged
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  6. 10.4 hrs • 6/7/2016 • Unabridged

    In his ninth and final novel, cultural observer, novelist, and poet Herman Melville gives us a picture of everything wrong with America in the decade preceding the Civil War. Evoking Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, this is a story of interlocking tales from a group of steamboat passengers traveling down the Mississippi toward New Orleans. Aboard the Fidèle can be found all manner of con man, from those selling stock in failing companies and herbal cure-all “medicines” to those who are raising money for a supposed charitable organization and those who simply ask for money outright. One man sneaks aboard ship to test the so-called confidence of the passengers, and everyone is forced to confront that in which he places his trust before journey’s end. Mixing his trademark satirical style with allegory and metaphysical treatise, Melville’s The Confidence-Man is a precursor to the twentieth-century literary preoccupations with nihilism, existentialism, and absurdism.

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    The Confidence-Man by Herman Melville

    The Confidence-Man

    10.4 hrs • 6/7/16 • Unabridged
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  7. 7.4 hrs • 5/31/2016 • Unabridged

    In 1938 Hitler visits Italy. An expatriate Irish art historian is obliged to guide Mussolini and his guest around the galleries. Half fascinated, half repelled, he watches the tyrants, wrestling with the uneasy conviction that he ought to use the opportunity to “do something” about them yet lacking the zeal that might transform misgivings into action. Thirty years later, his daughter comes across a compromising clipping showing her father with the dictators. Exposed as a collaborator, the narrator explains what happened, what he did and did not do, and why, revealing in the process the part the girl’s mother played in promoting the digestive disorders that were to influence the course of the war. To help his daughter understand, he conjures a time before the crime that would define the century, a time before these men became monsters inflated to fit that crime, showing her the tawdry little people behind the myths, the real Hitler and Mussolini, the Flatulent Windbag and the Constipated Prick. Based on historical events and using the tyrants’ own words, Hitler, Mussolini, and Me brings the dictators down to earth, describing the murkier, more scurrilous aspects of their careers, and using jokes and scatology to weave a crazed pathway toward a cracked kind of morality. It is the story of an ordinary man living in extraordinary times—times when being ordinary was an act of rebellion in itself.

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    Hitler, Mussolini, and Me by Charles Davis

    Hitler, Mussolini, and Me

    7.4 hrs • 5/31/16 • Unabridged
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  8. 7.8 hrs • 5/3/2016 • Unabridged

    A wry and astute debut about a young Manhattanite whose embezzlement scam turns her into an unlikely advocate for the leagues of overeducated and underpaid assistants across the city. Tina Fontana is the hapless but brazen thirty-year-old executive assistant to Robert Barlow, the all-powerful and commanding CEO of Titan Corp., a multinational media conglomerate. She’s excellent at her job and beloved by her famous boss—but after six years of making his reservations for restaurants she’d never get into on her own and pouring his drinks from bottles that cost more than her rent, she’s bored, broke, and just a bit over it all. When a technical error with Robert’s travel-and-expenses report presents Tina with the opportunity to pay off the entire balance of her student loan debt with what would essentially be pocket change for her boss, she struggles with the decision: She’s always played by the rules. But it’s such a relatively small amount of money for the Titan Corporation—and for her it would be a life-changer. The Assistants speaks directly to a new generation of women who feel stuck and unable to get ahead playing by the rules. It will appeal to all of those who have ever asked themselves, “How is it that after all these years, we are still assistants?”

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    The Assistants

    7.8 hrs • 5/3/16 • Unabridged
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  9. 6.3 hrs • 4/5/2016 • Unabridged

    Ted Fullilove, aka Mr. Peanut, is not like other Ivy League grads. He shares an apartment with Goldberg, his beloved battery-operated fish, sleeps on a bed littered with yellow legal pads penned with what he hopes will be the next great American novel, and spends the waning malaise-filled days of the Carter administration at Yankee Stadium, waxing poetic while slinging peanuts to pay the rent. When Ted hears the news that his estranged father, Marty, is dying of lung cancer, he immediately moves back into his childhood home, where a whirlwind of revelations ensues. The browbeating absentee father of his youth is living to make up for lost time, but his health dips drastically whenever his beloved Red Sox lose. And so, with help from a crew of neighborhood old-timers and the lovely Mariana—Marty’s Nuyorican grief counselor—Ted orchestrates the illusion of a Sox winning streak, enabling Marty and the Red Sox to reverse the Curse of the Bambino and cruise their way to World Series victory. Well, sort of. David Duchovny’s richly drawn Bucky F*cking Dent is a story of the bond between fathers and sons, Yankee fans and the Fenway faithful, and grapples with the urgent need to find our story in an age of irony and artifice. Culminating in that fateful moment in October of ‘78 when the meek Bucky Dent hit his way into baseball history with the unlikeliest of home runs, this tragicomic novel demonstrates that life truly belongs to the losers—that the long shots are the ones worth betting on. Bucky F*cking Dent is a singular tale that brims with the hilarity, poignancy, and profound solitude of modern life.

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    Bucky F*cking Dent

    6.3 hrs • 4/5/16 • Unabridged
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  10. 11.2 hrs • 4/5/2016 • Unabridged

    In the novel, Adolf Hitler wakes up in 2011 from a 66-year sleep in his subterranean Berlin bunker to find the Germany he knew entirely changed: Internet-driven media spreads ideas in minutes and fumes celebrity obsession; immigration has produced multicultural neighborhoods bringing together people of varying race, ethnicity, and religion; and the most powerful person in government is a woman. Hitler is immediately recognized … as an impersonator of uncommon skill. The public assumes the fulminating leader of the Nazi party is a performer who is always in character, and soon his inevitable viral appeal begets YouTube stardom, begets television celebrity on a Turkish-born comedian’s show. His bigoted rants are mistaken for a theatrical satire-exposing prejudice and misrepresentation—and his media success emboldens Hitler to start his own political party, and set the country he finds a shambles back to rights. With daring and dark humor, Look Who’s Back skewers the absurdity and depravity of the cult of personality in modern media culture.

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    Look Who’s Back

    11.2 hrs • 4/5/16 • Unabridged
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  11. 10.8 hrs • 3/29/2016 • Unabridged

    A bitingly funny, smart, and moving road novel about two hapless lost souls—an alcoholic Vietnam veteran turned bestselling author, and his awkward, shy college-student superfan—who form an unlikely connection on the world’s most disastrous book tour. Richard Lazar is advancing in years but regressing in life. After a career as a literary novelist that has ground to a halt and landed him in a trailer in Phoenix, Richard is surprised to find sudden success publishing a gritty memoir about his service in Vietnam. Sent on a book tour by his publishing house, Richard encounters his biggest (and really only) fan: an awkward, despondent student named Vance with issues of his own—an absentee father, a depressive mother, his own acute shyness. Soon Vance has volunteered to chauffeur Richard for the rest of the book tour, and the two embark on a disastrous but often hilarious cross-country trip. When things go wrong, Richard and Vance forge an unlikely bond between two misanthropes whose mutual insecurities and disdain for the world force both to look at each other, and their lives, in a more meaningful way. As they reach the end of the book tour, The Grand Tour ultimately becomes a moving tale of unlikely friendship that should catapult Adam O’Fallon Price into the company of such masters of all-American dyspepsia as Sam Lipsyte, David Gates, and Walter Kirn.

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    The Grand Tour by Rich Kienzle, Adam O’Fallon Price

    The Grand Tour

    10.8 hrs • 3/29/16 • Unabridged
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  12. 14.2 hrs • 2/2/2016 • Unabridged
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    A Decent Ride

    14.2 hrs • 2/2/16 • Unabridged
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  13. 12.4 hrs • 1/26/2016 • Unabridged

    Blip Korterly kicks off a game of graffiti tag on a local overpass by painting a simple phrase: “Uh-oh.” An anonymous interlocutor writes back: “When?” Blip slyly answers: “Just a couple of days.” But what happens in just a couple of days? Blip is arrested; his friend, Dr. Flake Fountain—a molecular biologist—is drafted into a shadow-government research project conducting experiments on humans. The virus being tested—cleverly called “the Pied Piper”—renders its victims incapable of symbolic capacity; that is, incapable of communication. Is this biological weaponry? What would happen if it were let loose on the world? Does a babbling populace pose a threat or provide an opportunity for social evolution? This novel’s absurd, larger-than-life characters speak in exuberant prose that is as satirical as it is playful, as full of implications as it is full of mirth. It’s no wonder Just a Couple of Days has become an underground cult classic.

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    Just a Couple of Days

    12.4 hrs • 1/26/16 • Unabridged
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  14. 11.8 hrs • 1/26/2016 • Unabridged

    Chaos theory says that a tiny, almost imperceptible event can have large, even catastrophic coincidences: a butterfly flapping its wings in North America leads to a hurricane on another continent, for example. In this fictional take on chaos theory, several offbeat characters are linked by a single event that expands through time, sweeping them up in it and changing their lives. A traveler works a nifty trick with a playing card, and a tornado strikes a small Illinois town; a woman is born during the tornado and later meets the man who set it in motion; 1,200 years earlier, a man who is supposed to be stoned to death discovers he has an uncanny knack for surviving; and, back in the present day, another man speaks only in the present tense.

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    Nine Kinds of Naked

    11.8 hrs • 1/26/16 • Unabridged
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  15. 1.1 hrs • 1/15/2016 • Unabridged

    Oscar Wilde is most famous for his satirical plays which he wrote at the time of great literary enlightenment, when all Britons were able to embrace literature previously only available to the wealthy and educated. At the height of the prosperity sweeping through London in the Victorian era, Oscar Wilde also wrote many tales offering rich and dramatic portrayals of the human life and condition. This volume of Oscar Wild tales includes “The Model Millionaire,” “The Star-Child,” and “The Sphinx without a Secret.”

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    Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde, Volume 2

    1.1 hrs • 1/15/16 • Unabridged
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    7.6 hrs • 1/5/2016 • Unabridged

    Mistaken for a famous but reclusive author of the same name, lonely Shriver attends a writers’ conference at a small midwestern liberal arts college. Completely unfamiliar with the novel he supposedly wrote and utterly unprepared for the magnitude of the reputation that precedes him, Shriver is feted, fawned over, featured at stuffy literary panels, and barely manages to play it cool. Things quickly go awry when one of the other guest authors suddenly disappears and Shriver becomes a prime suspect in the investigation. Amid eager fans, Shriver must contend with a persistent police detective, a pesky journalist determined to unearth his past, and a mysterious and possibly dangerous stalker who seems to know his secret. But most vexing of all, Shriver has fallen in love with the conference organizer, who believes he’s someone else. When the “real” Shriver (or is he?) arrives to claim his place among the literati, the conference—and Shriver’s world—threaten to unravel. Filled with witty dialogue, hilarious antics, and a cast of bizarre and endearing characters, Shriver is at once a touching love story, a surreal examination of identity, and an affectionate tribute to the power of writing.

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    Shriver by Chris Belden

    Shriver

    7.6 hrs • 1/5/16 • Unabridged
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