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    0.8 hrs • 10/2/2007 • Unabridged

    A mysterious circus terrifies an audience for one extraordinary performance before disappearing into the night, taking one of the spectators along with it . . . In a novella set two years after the events of American Gods, Shadow pays a visit to an ancient Scottish mansion, and finds himself trapped in a game of murder and monsters . . . In a Hugo Award-winning short story set in a strangely altered Victorian England, the great detective Sherlock Holmes must solve a most unsettling royal murder . . . Two teenage boys crash a party and meet the girls of their dreams—and nightmares . . . In a Locus Award-winning tale, the members of an exclusive epicurean club lament that they've eaten everything that can be eaten, with the exception of a legendary, rare, and exceedingly dangerous Egyptian bird . . . Such marvelous creations and more—including a short story set in the world of The Matrix, and others set in the worlds of gothic fiction and children's fiction—can be found in this extraordinary collection, which showcases Gaiman's storytelling brilliance as well as his terrifyingly entertaining dark sense of humor. By turns delightful, disturbing, and diverting, Fragile Things is a gift of literary enchantment from one of the most unique writers of our time.

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    A Study in Emerald

    0.8 hrs • 10/2/07 • Unabridged
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    1.0 hrs • 12/17/2013 • Unabridged

    From the wicked imagination of award-winning writer Warren Ellis comes DEAD PIG COLLECTOR, a love story with a classic Ellis twist. So while it might be a love story, it's also about killing people and disposing of their bodies in the most efficient manner possible. DEAD PIG COLLECTOR introduces readers to Mister Sun, a very proficient businessman whose trade is the murder and spotless removal of human beings. Like any businessman, he knows each transaction is only as good as his client - and today's client, in Los Angeles, has turned out to be so dangerously stupid that Mister Sun's work and life are now in jeopardy...

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    Dead Pig Collector

    1.0 hrs • 12/17/13 • Unabridged
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    1.0 hrs • 12/2/2014 • Unabridged

    From internationally acclaimed, bestselling author Haruki Murakami comes a fantastical short novel about a boy imprisoned in a nightmarish library.  A lonely boy, a mysterious girl, and a tormented sheepman plot their escape from the lurid library of Murakami’s wild imagination.

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    The Strange Library

    Translated by Ted Goossen
    1.0 hrs • 12/2/14 • Unabridged
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    1.7 hrs • 6/2/2015 • Unabridged

    Detective Jonathan Stride is back. A third woman dead in two months, and for the third time, Alison Malville isn’t sure her husband was home all night. When the killer sends the usual photo of his victim to the press, she sees an item of her clothing left with this body, too. Could you believe your own husband was capable of murder? Would you turn him in? This gripping thriller from the acclaimed author of Spilled Blood will keep you riveted.

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    Spitting Devil

    1.7 hrs • 6/2/15 • Unabridged
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    2.4 hrs • 8/18/2015 • Unabridged

    Michael Connelly calls Karin Slaughter “unrivaled among thriller writers.” This gripping, unforgettable short story—releasing shortly before Karin’s highly anticipated new novel Pretty Girls—proves it. A beautiful young girl was walking down the street—when suddenly … Julia Carroll knows that too many stories start that way. A beautiful and intelligent nineteen-year-old college freshman, she should be carefree. But instead she is frightened—because girls are disappearing without a trace. Fellow student Beatrice Oliver and a homeless woman called Mona-No-Name are missing, both gone after being snatched off the street. Julia is determined to discover the reason behind their disappearances—before she’s next.

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    Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes

    2.4 hrs • 8/18/15 • Unabridged
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    0.6 hrs • 4/9/2013 • Unabridged

    From the author of the instant New York Times bestseller Tenth of December comes a darkly comic short story, a fable about the all too real impact that we humans have on the environment. Fox 8 has always been known as the daydreamer in his pack, the one his fellow foxes regarded with a knowing snort and a roll of the eyes. That is, until Fox 8 develops a unique skill: he teaches himself to speak “Yuman” by hiding in the bushes outside a house and listening to children’s bedtime stories. The power of language fuels his abundant curiosity about people—even after “danjur” arrives in the form of a new shopping mall that cuts off his food supply, sending Fox 8 on a harrowing quest to help save his pack. Told with his distinctive blend of humor and pathos, Fox 8 showcases the extraordinary imaginative talents of George Saunders, whom the New York Times called “the writer for our time.”

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    Fox 8

    0.6 hrs • 4/9/13 • Unabridged
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    1.9 hrs • 7/12/2016 • Unabridged

    Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist Joy Williams has a one-of-a-kind gift for capturing both the absurdity and the darkness of everyday life. In Ninety-Nine Stories of God, she takes on one of mankind’s most confounding preoccupations: the Supreme Being. This series of short, fictional vignettes explores our day-to-day interactions with an ever-elusive and arbitrary God. It’s the Book of Common Prayer as seen through a looking glass—a powerfully vivid collection of seemingly random life moments. The figures that haunt these stories range from Kafka (talking to a fish) to the Aztecs, Tolstoy to Abraham and Sarah, O. J. Simpson to a pack of wolves. Most of Williams’ characters, however, are like the rest of us: anonymous strivers and bumblers who brush up against God in the least expected places or go searching for him when he’s standing right there. The Lord shows up at a hot-dog-eating contest, a demolition derby, a formal gala, and a drugstore, where he’s in line to get a shingles vaccination. At turns comic and yearning, lyric and aphoristic, Ninety-Nine Stories of God serves as a pure distillation of one of our great artists.

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    Ninety-Nine Stories of God by Joy Williams

    Ninety-Nine Stories of God

    1.9 hrs • 7/12/16 • Unabridged
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    1.1 hrs • 6/9/2008 • Unabridged

    Uwem Akpan’s stunning stories humanize the perils of poverty and violence so piercingly that few readers will feel they’ve ever encountered Africa so immediately.  “My Parents’ Bedroom” tells the story of the tribal conflict in Rwanda through the eyes of a young girl whose parents are asked to do the unimaginable in order to protect their children. Amid horrific events that threaten to destroy her family, she struggles to maintain a façade of normalcy. In revealing, beautiful prose, Akpan brings the harshness of life for children in Africa to light. Akpan’s voice is a literary miracle, rendering lives of almost unimaginable deprivation and terror into stories that are nothing short of transcendent.

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    My Parents’ Bedroom

    1.1 hrs • 6/9/08 • Unabridged
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    2.2 hrs • 5/23/2016 • Unabridged

    A violent tale of horror from award-winning author Laird Barron, the heir apparent to H. P. Lovecraft’s throne. Nanashi was born into a life of violence. Delivered from the mean streets by the Heron Clan, he mastered the way of the gun and knife and swiftly ascended through yakuza ranks to become a dreaded enforcer. His latest task? He and an entourage of expert killers are commanded to kidnap Muzaki, a retired world-renowned wrestler under protection of the rival Dragon Syndicate. It should be business as bloody usual for Nanashi and his ruthless brothers in arms, except for the detail that Muzaki possesses a terrifying secret. A secret that will spawn a no-holds-barred gang war and send Nanashi on a personal odyssey into immortal darkness.

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    Man with No Name by Laird Barron

    Man with No Name

    2.2 hrs • 5/23/16 • Unabridged
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  10. 0.9 hrs • 10/16/2007 • Unabridged

    Imogene is young and beautiful. She kisses like a movie star and knows everything about every film ever made. She's also dead and waiting in the Rosebud Theater for Alec Sheldon one afternoon in 1945. . . . Arthur Roth is a lonely kid with big ideas and a gift for attracting abuse. It isn't easy to make friends when you're the only inflatable boy in town. . . . Francis is unhappy. Francis was human once, but that was then. Now he's an eight-foot-tall locust and everyone in Calliphora will tremble when they hear him sing. . . . John Finney is locked in a basement that's stained with the blood of half a dozen other murdered children. In the cellar with him is an antique telephone, long since disconnected, but which rings at night with calls from the dead. . . .

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  11. 0.9 hrs • 10/16/2007 • Unabridged

    A dazzlingly original, award-winning collection of visions and nightmares from the New York Times bestselling author of Heart-Shaped Box. Imogene is young and beautiful. She kisses like a movie star and knows everything about every film ever made. She's also dead and waiting in the Rosebud Theater for Alec Sheldon on an afternoon in 1945 . . . Arthur Roth is a lonely kid with big ideas and a gift for attracting abuse. It isn't easy to make friends when you're the only inflatable boy in town . . . Francis is unhappy. Francis was human once, but that was then. Now he's an eight-foot tall locust and everyone in Calliphora will tremble when they hear him sing . . . John Finney is locked in a basement that's stained with the blood of half a dozen other murdered children. In the cellar with him is an antique telephone, long since disconnected, but which rings at night with calls from the dead . . . The past isn't dead. It isn't even past . . .

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  12. 0.6 hrs • 11/15/2013 • Unabridged

    This short story from the collection Wild Child was originally published in the New Yorker. Lonnie is tired. He’s tired of his job, the monotony of it, and tired of the predictability of his home life now that he’s a father. It’s a day like every other day, and he can’t face the inevitability of it all. So he lies. It’s a small lie, but he knows small lies become big ones. He knows it as soon as he says his daughter is in the hospital. But he can’t stop himself, and he can’t stop the lie from taking on a life of its own.

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    The Lie

    0.6 hrs • 11/15/13 • Unabridged
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  13. 0.7 hrs • 11/15/2013 • Unabridged

    This short story from the collection Wild Child was originally published in Playboy. Marita Vallalba is revered in her Venezuelan village, and not just because her son, Aquiles Maldonado, is a big league baseball player in the United States. In fact, it is because of her son and his multimillion-dollar contract that has been splashed across the Venezuelan newspapers that she is kidnapped and held for ransom. Upon returning home, Aquiles is advised against paying the ransom, but he is prepared to go to any lengths to get his mother back.

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    The Unlucky Mother of Aquiles Maldonado

    0.7 hrs • 11/15/13 • Unabridged
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  14. 0.9 hrs • 12/15/2013 • Unabridged

    Mark’s parents have never done a thing for him. When he got out of the army and married Krystal, they were against it, just as they are against his moving to Los Angeles. But Mark has a dream, a dream of being an entertainer, of having a show in Las Vegas. So he packs Krystal and their son, Hans, into their car and starts driving from Arizona to California, determined to show his parents how wrong they are to doubt him. But when the car breaks down at a small gas station in the desert, Mark and Krystal are forced to face realities about their future and their marriage.

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    Desert Breakdown, 1968

    0.9 hrs • 12/15/13 • Unabridged
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  15. 1.4 hrs • 5/12/2015 • Unabridged

    This collection featuring legendary consulting detective Sherlock Holmes includes the short stories “The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone” and “The Problem of Thor Bridge.” In “The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone,” Dr. Watson arrives at 221B Baker Street to find his old friend and colleague keen on a case. Holmes has taken it upon himself to find the missing Crown diamond, the Mazarin stone, which has been stolen by swarthy big-game hunter Count Negretto Sylvius. When the count pays Holmes a visit, the brilliant detective must rely on his cleverness to learn the jewel’s location and wrap up the case. In “The Problem of Thor Bridge,” Neil Gibson, who has earned the nickname the Gold King for his status as the world’s greatest gold-mining magnate, seeks Holmes’ help in finding his wife’s real killer. His governess, Miss Dunbar, has been convicted of the crime due to an abundance of evidence against her—including a gun in her wardrobe—but Gibson believes her innocent. A few enlightening revelations, including the unhappy state of the Gibsons’ marriage, lead Holmes and Watson down the path toward the truth.

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    The Game Is Afoot

    1.4 hrs • 5/12/15 • Unabridged
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  16. 1.3 hrs • 5/19/2015 • Unabridged

    From New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry comes an all-new short story set in “the Spookiest Town in America”—Pine Deep. In “The Trouble,” a direct sequel to the Pine Deep trilogy, Malcolm Crow thought he had destroyed the evil that had terrorized his town for forty years. But a new series of brutal murders forces him to prepare for another battle with the forces of darkness.

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    The Trouble

    1.3 hrs • 5/19/15 • Unabridged
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