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  1. 8.7 hrs • 9/20/2016 • Unabridged

    Soulful, gritty, and hilarious, Cannibals in Love is the debut novel from a bold new voice in fiction, and a manifesto for the generation that came of age at the dawn of the twenty-first century. Mike is about to graduate from college and inherit a world much different from the one he was promised. The World Trade Center towers have just fallen, the Beltway Sniper terrorizes the nation’s capital, and a polarizing president pushes forward a dubious war. Told in eighteen vignettes, Mike’s misadventures begin in Washington, DC, and span Brooklyn, Portland, and Austin as he takes up arms with the overeducated, underemployed millennials who surround him. Nursing writerly ambitions, he works a series of humiliating jobs—counting lampposts, writing spam emails, babysitting a teenage boy—while composing a thousand-page novel about cows as an allegory for the invasion of Iraq. And at the center of the book resides a tumultuous, passionate love story that could arise only between two people with nothing to lose. Like a carefully assembled mixtape, Cannibals in Love weaves tender moments and summer idylls with violent late nights and the frustrations of a generation. From delirious offtrack betting to a fateful walk across Kansas, Mike Roberts takes us into the guts of masculinity and identity in the age of the Internet, and joins an emerging group of young writers who are redefining the contemporary novel.

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    Cannibals in Love by Mike Roberts

    Cannibals in Love

    8.7 hrs • 9/20/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 9.1 hrs • 9/13/2016 • Unabridged

    Ladarat Patalung, for one, would have been happier without a serial murderer in her life. Then again, she never meant to be a detective in the first place. But while content in her role at the Chaing Mai Hospital in Thailand as the nurse ethicist, Ladarat couldn’t resist when police detective Kuhn Wiriya came to her with his dilemma. Two nights ago, a young woman brought her husband to the emergency room, where he passed away. Now someone remembers her coming in before, with a different husband (who also died). Is there a serial killer on the loose? One who likes to murder her husbands? And what else can one lone nurse ethicist do about it, but investigate?

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  3. 7.4 hrs • 8/23/2016 • Unabridged

    An Essence bestselling author, Travis Hunter is acclaimed for the way he honestly confronts the issues facing African-American men. Jermaine Banks is a pot dealer in Philadelphia, father to a three-year-old boy, and committed partner to his pregnant girlfriend. As he approaches his 30th birthday and suffers the loss of a close friend to gang violence, he realizes it’s time for some changes. Being a good father, and possibly husband, means finding a legitimate job and getting his family away from the ghetto. Can he stop being a trouble man?

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    Trouble Man

    7.4 hrs • 8/23/16 • Unabridged
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  4. 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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  5. 11.3 hrs • 8/1/2016 • Unabridged

    From the bestselling author of Hoodlum comes a novel about one of the deadliest women to ever grace the streets of Harlem—Eve. The only family Eve Panelli has ever known is the infamous Twenty Gang. Orphaned as a small child, Eve quickly learned the art of the hustle, and by age seventeen she had spent two years in prison. But now Eve is eighteen, back on the streets of Harlem with her gang, and up to one of her old tricks: strong-arm robbery. Despite her edge, she’s got a soft spot for Felon, the up-and-coming street king. Eve’s life takes a serious turn when the powerful DeNardi family, the city’s biggest drug supplier, tries to tighten its hold on Harlem. And when Eve’s best friend, Cassidy, is murdered in the crossfire, Eve seeks revenge―starting all the way at the top.

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    Eve by K’wan

    Eve

    Produced by Buck 50 Productions
    Read by Cary Hite
    11.3 hrs • 8/1/16 • Unabridged
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    9.2 hrs • 7/19/2016 • Unabridged

    The Cartel series is back … and deadlier than ever. Las Vegas: a city built on obscene wealth and corrupt deals, cunning entrepreneurs, and the ruthless mob. The Cartel’s plan to open a casino will rake in cash, but it comes with great sacrifice. The stakes have never been this high, and the rules of the game have never been this hard to manipulate. And when one dead girl, one scorned wife, and one hole in the desert launch a chain of catastrophic events, the Cartel is sent on a downward spiral as they battle the Arabian mob and fight traitors within their circle. Will the Cartel prevail … or fall victim to the city’s black cloud? If there’s one rule in the town of Vegas, it’s that when the dust settles, there can only be one winner.

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    The Cartel 6 by Ashley & JaQuavis

    The Cartel 6

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    Read by Cary Hite
    9.2 hrs • 7/19/16 • Unabridged
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  7. 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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  8. 10.0 hrs • 6/14/2016 • Unabridged

    Walter Mosley’s indelible detective Easy Rawlins is back, with a new detective agency and a new mystery to solve. Picking up where Rose Gold left off in LA in the late 1960s, Ezekiel “Easy” Rawlins finds his life in transition. He’s ready to—finally—propose to his girlfriend, Bonnie Shay, and start a life together. And he’s taken the money he got from the Rose Gold case and has, together with two partners, started a new detective agency. But, inevitably, a case gets in the way: Easy’s friend Mouse introduces him to Rufus Tyler, a very old man everyone calls Charcoal Joe. Joe’s friend’s son, Seymour (young, bright, top of his class at Stanford), has been arrested and charged with the murder of a white man from Redondo Beach. Rufus tells Easy he will pay and pay well to see his nephew exonerated, but seeing as how Seymour was literally found standing over the man’s dead body at his cabin home and the racially charged motives behind it, that might prove to be a tall order. Between his new company, a heart that should be broken but is not, a whole raft of new bad guys on his tail, and a bad odor that surrounds Charcoal Joe, Easy has his hands full, his horizons askew, and a life in shambles on the ground around his feet.

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    13.4 hrs • 6/7/2016 • Unabridged

    Hood rat: a woman of questionable repute, one who has been known to “get around” in the ‘hood Yoshi is young, fine, and larcenous. She lives her life playing on men’s hearts as well as their pockets. But she learns the hard way that all that glitters isn’t gold. Billy, a former high school basketball star, is at the end of her rope with the opposite sex. To her, all men are dogs, so she secretly seeks comfort in the arms of women—until she meets a man who makes her reevaluate her feelings. Reese is an around-the-way chick trying to keep up with the Joneses. There’s a revolving door on her bedroom as she searches for the love she always felt was missing. When her promiscuity leaves her pregnant after a one-night stand, Reese is faced with the task of breaking an age-old cycle, passed down from mother to daughter in her family, and standing on her own. Rhonda is twentysomething with three kids from three different men, and she’s riding the system all the way to the bank. To her, work is a dirty word; between the multiple checks she gets from the government and the games she plays with men, she’s living the life of a ghetto superstar. But the game soon turns ugly when one of her “sponsors” decides to get some payback. Harlem has never seen four friends as scandalous as these. The neighborhood will never be the same again.

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    Hood Rat by K’wan

    Hood Rat

    Produced by Buck 50 Productions
    Read by Cary Hite
    13.4 hrs • 6/7/16 • Unabridged
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    11.7 hrs • 6/1/2016 • Unabridged

    From New York Times bestselling author Ashley Antoinette, author of the Prada Plan series, comes a boldly fierce and strikingly dramatic novel, Luxe. Bleu Montclair knew as a young girl that she would one day escape the hard, unrelenting streets of Flint, Michigan. When her desperate prayers are answered in the form of a scholarship to UCLA, she knows she’s struck gold. But soon after arriving, all her beautiful, bright dreams begin to fall apart. Endless temptations abound in the form of cars, clothes, booze, and drugs, and Bleu cannot keep up. When her roommate gives her the opportunity to make a lot of money fast, Bleu goes all in—and heads straight down a path of violence and addiction that only her newest protector, Iman, can save her from. Iman is used to the fast, unpredictable, high-rolling life, and it has always been enough … until he meets Bleu. He finally has someone to care for who means more to him than all the money and power he could command. But love on the streets is never easy.

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    Luxe by Ashley Antoinette

    Luxe

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    Read by Kim Johnson
    11.7 hrs • 6/1/16 • Unabridged
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  11. 12.4 hrs • 5/24/2016 • Unabridged

    A lush, raw, thrilling novel of the senses about a year in the life of a uniquely beguiling young woman, set in the wild, alluring world of a famous downtown New York restaurant. “Let’s say I was born when I came over the George Washington Bridge…” This is how we meet unforgettable Tess, the twenty-two-year-old at the heart of this stunning first novel. Shot from a mundane, provincial past, she’s come to New York to look for a life she can’t define, except as a burning drive to become someone, to belong somewhere. After she stumbles into a coveted job at a renowned Union Square restaurant, we spend the year with her as she learns the chaotic, punishing, privileged life of a “backwaiter,” on duty and off. Her appetites—for food, wine, knowledge, and every kind of experience—are awakened. And she’s pulled into the magnetic thrall of two other servers—a handsome bartender she falls hard for, and an older woman she latches onto with an orphan’s ardor. These two and their enigmatic connection to each other will prove to be Tess’s hardest lesson of all. Sweetbitter is a story of discovery, enchantment, and the power of what remains after disillusionment.

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    Sweetbitter

    12.4 hrs • 5/24/16 • Unabridged
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  12. 20.8 hrs • 5/17/2016 • Unabridged

    The stark grief of a brother mourning a brother opens this novel with a stunning, unforgettable experience. Here, in a monumental saga of love and rage, Baldwin goes back to Harlem, to the church of his groundbreaking novel Go Tell It on the Mountain, to the homosexual passion of Giovanni’s Room, and to the political fire that inflames his nonfiction work. Here, too, the story of gospel singer Arthur Montana and his family becomes both a journey into another country of the soul and senses—and a living contemporary history of black struggle in this land.

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    Just above My Head by James Baldwin

    Just above My Head

    20.8 hrs • 5/17/16 • Unabridged
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  13. 2.0 hrs • 5/17/2016 • Unabridged

    Harlem had always lived by the code of the streets and respected the rules that governed them. But when his enemies break those rules and bring drama to his family, Harlem comes up with a plan to send them a very clear message: all is fair in love and war!

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    From Harlem with Love by K’wan

    From Harlem with Love

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    Read by iiKane
    2.0 hrs • 5/17/16 • Unabridged
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  14. 2.7 hrs • 5/17/2016 • Unabridged

    After news of the attempted murder of his estranged fiancée, Gucci, Animal has two things on his mind: love and gunplay. With the help of his mistress, the deadly Red Sonja, Animal manages to elude his captors in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, and washes up on the shores of Miami, Florida. He’s one step closer to home, but it may as well have been a world away. Animal is still a wanted fugitive, and getting to New York undetected proves to be trickier than he thought. This all changes when he meets an old friend of Red Sonja, a New Orleans refugee named Diamonds. Diamonds promises to provide Animal with safe passage from Miami to New York and all the firepower he will need to settle his blood debt, but he also brings something far more valuable to the table, the name of the man who shot Gucci. Diamonds holds the key to unlocking the mystery of what really happened that tragic night in Harlem, but the information comes at a price. Animal finds himself swept up into a deadly game of cat and mouse set in the glamorous Miami underworld of sex, drugs, and violence, where cash is king and death is always lurking. His only ally is a mysterious stripper named Reign, who harbors a secret of her own that threatens to change everything.

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    Love & Gunplay by K’wan

    Love & Gunplay

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    2.7 hrs • 5/17/16 • Unabridged
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  15. 10.8 hrs • 5/10/2016 • Unabridged

    As he did in Unsaid, Neil Abramson explores the interconnectedness of humans and the animals we share our homes and lives with. An unidentified virus is spreading through the New York City neighborhood of Riverside, near Central Park. Despite the desperate need for answers, the medical community can only determine the cause is zoonotic, suggesting birds one day and dogs the next as the possible source. Despite the lack of information, the politically ambitious governor orders the National Guard to enforce a quarantine of all dogs. At the heart of this conflict, veterinarian Samantha Lewis is struggling to keep her no-kill shelter open. She finds support in a motley crew of friends that range from a local priest, to a troubled nineteen-year-old emancipated foster child, to a former psychologist whose life was destroyed by addiction. But the one person that Sam needs is the last one she’d ever want to call on—and contacting him will mean confronting every painful memory of her past.

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    Just Life

    10.8 hrs • 5/10/16 • Unabridged
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  16. 18.1 hrs • 4/19/2016 • Unabridged

    New York Times bestselling author Eric Jerome Dickey delivers his next delectable, erotic romance. They call themselves the Blackbirds. Kwanzaa, Indigo, Destiny, and Erica, four best friends who would go to the ends of the earth for one another. Yet even their deep bond can’t heal all, as the women struggle with their own personal demons, drama, and steamy desire. Trying to forget her cheating ex-fiancé, Kwanzaa becomes entangled with a one-night stand she meets on her birthday; Indigo is in an endless on-again, off-again relationship with her boyfriend; Destiny, readjusting to normal life, struggles to control her own anger after avenging a deep wrong landed her in juvie; and divorced Erica tries to keep the desperate crush she has on Destiny’s father a secret … a passion that just may be reciprocated. As the women try to overcome—or give into—their impulses, they find not only themselves tested, but the one thing they always considered unbreakable: their friendship.

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    The Blackbirds

    18.1 hrs • 4/19/16 • Unabridged
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