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  1. 5.6 hrs • Mar/14/2017 • Unabridged

    In 1967, US Air Force fighter pilot James Shively was shot down over North Vietnam. After ejecting from his F-105 Thunderchief aircraft, he landed in a rice paddy and was captured by the North Vietnamese Army. For the next six years, Shively endured brutal treatment at the hands of the enemy in Hanoi prison camps. Back home, his beloved girlfriend Nancy eventually moved on and married another man. Bound in iron stocks at the Hanoi Hilton, unable to get home to his loved ones, Shively contemplated suicide. Yet somehow he found hope—and he became determined to help his fellow POWs survive.In a newspaper interview several years after his release, Shively said, “I had the opportunity to be captured, the opportunity to be interrogated, the opportunity to be tortured and the experience of answering questions under torture. It was an extremely humiliating experience. I felt sorry for myself. But I learned the hard way life isn’t fair. Life is only what you make of it.”Written by Shively’s stepdaughter Amy Hawk—whose mother Nancy ultimately reunited with and married Shively in a triumphant love story—and based on extensive audio recordings and Shively’s own journals, Six Years at the Hanoi Hilton is a haunting, riveting portrayal of life as an American prisoner of war trapped on the other side of the world.

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  2. 7.0 hrs • Mar/07/2017 • Unabridged

    Bill Pronzini is crime-writing royalty. His more than eighty published novels have won or been nominated for Edgar, Hammett, Anthony, Shamus, and Macavity awards—a clean sweep of the crime fiction award field—and received rave reviews from critics. He crafts masterful stories, often from multiple perspectives, in which the human condition is on full display. The Violated is no exception. In Echo Park, in the small town of Santa Rita, California, the mutilated body of Martin Torrey is found by two passersby. A registered sex offender, Torrey has been a suspect in a string of recent rapes, and instant suspicion for his murder falls on the relatives and friends of the women attacked. Police chief Griffin Kells and detective Robert Ortiz are under increasing pressure from the public and from a mayor demanding results in a case that has no easy solution. Pronzini cleverly unfolds the case through alternating perspectives—Martin Torrey’s wife, caught between her grief and the fear her husband was guilty; the outraged husbands of the women violated; the enterprising editor of the local paper; the mayor concerned most with his own ratings; the detectives, often spinning in circles—until a surprising break leads to a completely unexpected conclusion. The Violated is Bill Pronzini at the height of his storytelling powers.

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  3. 7.4 hrs • Dec/06/2016 • Unabridged

    Pet-friendly dog bar owner Maggie Patterson juggles her new love life, a local murder, and a name-making editorial spread in the hilarious second entry in this charming cozy series.Although still not quite a dog lover, Maggie Patterson meets with her new group of dog-loving friends for “Yappy Hour” every Friday night in the idyllic seaside town of Pacific Cove, California. Both she and her sister Rachel have put last year’s murderous summer behind them, with Rachel even securing a headline feature for the Wine and Bark in the famous Doggie Day magazine. But when her sister comes down with a case of salmonella poisoning, Maggie is left to run the business in her absence. Even worse, Maggie overhears an argument between her friend Yolanda and Fran, who runs the Chic Chickie shop. Then Fran turns up dead.With evidence piling up against Yolanda, the Roundup Crew is desperate to find the real killer and convince Maggie to investigate. With the help of charming detective Officer Brad Brooks, Maggie finds that everyone has a motive, even some of her beloved Roundup Crew friends. Maggie must put her new job as a purser on hold while she tracks down a killer. Will Maggie’s investigation kill her budding romance with Officer Brooks? Sometimes getting to the truth is not for the faint of bark … er … heart. Between running the bar, managing her love life, and solving a murder in time for the editorial spread, things are about to get a little hairy in this laugh-out-loud cozy mystery.

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    Trigger Yappy

    7.4 hrs • Dec/06/2016 • Unabridged
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  4. 5.8 hrs • Sep/06/2016 • Unabridged

    Discover the stories of twelve women who heard the call to settle the west and who came from all points of the globe to begin their journey. As a slave, Clara watched as her husband and children were sold, only to be reunited with her youngest daughter, as a free woman, six decades later. As a young girl, Charlotte hid her gender to escape a life of poverty and became the greatest stagecoach driver that ever lived. As a Native American, Gertrude fought to give her people a voice and to educate leaders about the ways and importance of her culture. These are gripping miniature dramas of good-hearted women, selfless providers, courageous immigrants and migrants, and women with skills too innumerable to list. Many were crusaders for social justice and women’s rights. All endured hardships, overcame obstacles, broke barriers, and changed the world. The author ties the stories of these pioneer women to the experiences of women today with the hope that they will be inspired to live boldly and bravely and to fill their own lives with vision, faith, and fortitude. To live with grit.

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    Frontier Grit

    5.8 hrs • Sep/06/2016 • Unabridged
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  5. 10.1 hrs • Jul/12/2016 • Unabridged

    Arsenic with Austen is the first book in a delightful new cozy mystery series in which an English teacher becomes involved in murder cases that reflect elements of her favorite books. When Emily Cavanaugh inherits a fortune from her great aunt, she expects her life to change. She doesn’t expect to embark on a murder investigation, confront the man who broke her heart thirty-five years before, and nearly lose her own life.Emily travels to the sleepy coastal village of Stony Beach, Oregon, to claim her inheritance, centered in a beautiful Victorian estate called Windy Corner but also including a substantial portion of the real estate of the whole town. As she gets to know the town’s eccentric inhabitants—including her own once-and-possibly-future love, Sheriff Luke Richards—she learns of a covert plan to develop Stony Beach into a major resort. She also hears hints that her aunt may have been murdered. Soon another suspicious death confirms this, and before long Emily herself experiences a near-fatal accident. Meanwhile, Emily reads Persuasion, hoping to find belated happiness with her first love as Anne Elliot did with Captain Wentworth. She notices a similarity between her not-quite-cousin Brock Runcible, heir to a smaller portion of her aunt’s property, and Mr. Elliot in Persuasion, and her suspicions of Brock crystallize. But as she and Luke continue to investigate and events speed toward a climax, Emily realizes that underneath the innocent-looking rocks of Stony Beach lurk festering jealousies that would have shocked even the worst of Jane Austen’s charming reprobates.

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    Arsenic with Austen

    10.1 hrs • Jul/12/2016 • Unabridged
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  6. 14.0 hrs • Jun/21/2016 • Unabridged

    Meanwhile, back in Deadwood … the mystery and mayhem continue.Between the butchered body parts, creepy killers, dogged detectives, ghoulish ghosts, and ever-present television cameras, Violet Parker’s purple boots are itching to skedaddle.But there is no escaping another murder investigation or her new deadly reputation—even if both risk the lives of those she loves most.

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    Meanwhile, Back in Deadwood

    14.0 hrs • Jun/21/2016 • Unabridged
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  7. 8.3 hrs • Nov/03/2015 • Unabridged

    A rollicking start to a charming new cozy series featuring a loveable heroine and a colorful band of dog lovers who gather regularly with their pets at their local watering holeWith side-splitting humor, an irresistible cast of characters—both human and canine—and an intimate small-town setting, Yappy Hour is sure to delight fans of Rita Mae Brown and Diane Kelly. Every Friday night in the idyllic seaside town of Pacific Cove, California, the Roundup Crew, a group of dog-loving friends, meets at a neighborhood wine bar for Yappy Hour. When Rachel, the owner, mysteriously leaves town and asks her sister, Maggie—who is neither pet friendly nor business savvy—to run the bar in her absence, things get complicated fast. Maggie arrives to open up and finds a body sprawled on the floor, and worse, an incriminating letter with Rachel’s name on it nearby. On impulse, she hides the letter from the hunky detective, Officer Brad Brooks, who’s dispatched to the scene.When Rachel is declared the top suspect by the police, Maggie decides to investigate on her own. She reopens the bar and gets to know the members of the Roundup Crew, including chief organizer Yolanda, who never goes anywhere without her signature strappy stilettos or her Yorkie Beepo. Maggie juggles searching for clues, trying to locate Rachel, and serving up Doggie Daiquiris, Muttguaritas, and homemade Arf D’Oeuvres—until another body turns up. The Roundup Crew must step in and save the bar, and it seems the only way to do that will be to solve the mystery and turn Maggie into a dog-lover.

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    Yappy Hour

    8.3 hrs • Nov/03/2015 • Unabridged
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  8. 13.3 hrs • Oct/20/2015 • Unabridged

    Something has gone foul in the Black Hills, something gravely unnatural. Leave it to Violet Parker to stumble into the middle of it. A creepy phone call, a dead body, two meddling detectives, and a glut of troublemaking ex-partners—can things get any worse? Violet swears to keep her nose out of police business this time. But when her son is linked to the victim, she returns to the scene of the crime. More than just a mystery to solve, now her son might be in mortal danger.

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    An Ex to Grind in Deadwood

    13.3 hrs • Oct/20/2015 • Unabridged
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  9. 6.3 hrs • Aug/11/2015 • Unabridged

    C. Michele Dorsey’s outstanding mystery debutSabrina Salter traded a high-pressure job as a Boston meteorologist for life as an innkeeper on St. John. But storm clouds roll in when Sabrina finds Carter Johnson, her most attractive guest, tucked up in a hammock way past check-out time … and he’s not just dead to the world, he’s just plain dead—with a bullet hole in his chest.This isn’t the first time Sabrina has seen a dead body, and the island police are well aware of that. Thanks to her checkered history, not to mention the fact that she was the last person who saw Carter alive and far from entirely clothed, she finds herself marked as the prime suspect.The US Virgin Islands may be the sort of place where even defense attorneys wear flip-flops, but the laid-back life is over for Sabrina unless she can clear her name. She sets out to solve the crime, only to find herself caught in a tidal wave of adultery, kidnapping, identity fraud, and murder.

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    No Virgin Island

    6.3 hrs • Aug/11/2015 • Unabridged
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  10. 8.1 hrs • Aug/04/2015 • Unabridged

    Dr. Kate Turner is happy with her new life in Oak Falls in upstate New York. Working as a relief veterinarian at a small house-call practice, she truly enjoys helping her patients.All that changes when client Claire Birnham is found dead, an apparent suicide. A talented artist, Claire had everything to live for: new job, Manhattan apartment, her cairn terrier, Toto. As feisty as the Wizard of Oz’s Toto, he and Claire were devoted to each other. Kate can’t imagine Claire simply abandoning her pet. Was her death murder?Questions end when police arrest young kennel helper Eugene. The fragile friendship between Kate and police officer Luke Gianetti frays as she ignores his advice and keeps asking questions. House calls provide gossip and clues, some helpful, some not so much, as she treats her animal patients. Did Claire’s recent insurance windfall prove too tempting for her hard-working and hard-drinking mother? What does trouble in the art gallery where Claire worked signal? How huge a grudge did heavy metal rocker A. J. hold against high school sweetheart Claire after she dumped him? Was Claire a threat to A. J.’s rich new girl?Dr. Kate mixes real medicine with murder as she risks her life over Claire’s death, aided by insights from a former fire investigator, a.k.a. her Gramps. Unleashed is just as irresistible as Dr. Kate’s first adventure, Muzzled.

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    Unleashed

    8.1 hrs • Aug/04/2015 • Unabridged
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  11. 7.6 hrs • Jul/14/2015 • Unabridged

    Making rounds to homes one wet spring morning, veterinarian Dr. Kate Turner rescues a family’s hamster from a vacuum cleaner, then visits an estate whose owners breed champion Cavalier King Charles spaniels. Instead of sharing traditional tea with the couple, she confronts a bloody scene of bodies and twenty-seven blue-ribbon dogs running wild. Police initially suspect a murder-suicide, but when Dr. Kate proves the famous best-in-show champion is missing, a darker reality intrudes. She remembers her grandfather saying that there are two motives for murder: love and money.While treating local pets, Dr. Kate discovers suspects and motives everywhere in this charming town filled with people who wanted the couple dead. Was the couple murdered for the money their champion could bring to another breeder? How is their daughter, anxious to rid herself of the pampered dogs, handling the wealth she inherits? Would the celebrity filmmaker living nearby kill to end a multimillion-dollar lawsuit? Did long-buried personal secrets cause the deaths? And what’s going on at the office behind her back? Is Dr. Kate in danger?First-time mystery writer Eileen Brady’s characters, style, and storytelling bring authenticity and atmosphere to this new “pet noir” series.

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    Muzzled

    7.6 hrs • Jul/14/2015 • Unabridged
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  12. 10.4 hrs • Apr/21/2015 • Unabridged

    From the author of Multiple Exposure, an “assured tale of love, loss, and secret agendas” (Publishers Weekly), comes the second novel in the thrilling Sophie Medina series, following a photojournalist as she races to find an international treasure before a murderer finds her.When freelance photojournalist Sophie Medina finds Brother Kevin Boyle, a Franciscan friar and controversial environmentalist, dead in the magnificent gardens of a Washington, DC, monastery, she is sure her friend was murdered. Shortly before he died, Kevin told Sophie he was being stalked, possibly because he uncovered a botanic discovery potentially worth millions of dollars. Left with few clues to his secret, Sophie is determined to figure out who killed him.Beginning with a key that leads to a priceless original seventeenth-century encyclopedia of plants, Sophie leaps into an international treasure hunt, following a trail that begins in the US Capitol and eventually leads to London and the English countryside. Before long Sophie suspects Kevin’s murderer may have been someone who knew him well. With time running out and a suspect list that includes the world’s leading botanical experts and political royalty from both sides of the Atlantic, can Sophie solve the two-hundred-year-old mystery before Kevin’s killer finds her?A tale of greed and betrayal involving politicians, diplomats, European royalty, and a century-old monastery, Ghost Image is filled with political intrigue, history, and an international high-stakes race against a killer that will keep you guessing until the very last page.

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    Ghost Image

    10.4 hrs • Apr/21/2015 • Unabridged
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  13. 13.5 hrs • Mar/24/2015 • Unabridged

    Get ready for more laughs, sizzle, and sleuthing in this fourth Deadwood mystery from author Ann Charles!One dead body, one century-old haunted opera house, one zombie musical … one pissed-off detective—will Violet “Spooky” Parker keep her tail out of trouble, or will she end up as one of Deadwood’s walking dead?

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    Better Off Dead in Deadwood

    13.5 hrs • Mar/24/2015 • Unabridged
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  14. 8.7 hrs • Feb/03/2015 • Unabridged

    Addressing the explosive growth in ancestral travel, this compelling narrative combines intriguing tales of discovery with tips on how to begin your own explorations. Actor and award-winning travel writer Andrew McCarthy’s featured story recounts his quest to uncover his family’s Irish history, while twenty-five other prominent writers tell their own heartfelt stories of connection.Spanning the globe, these stories offer personal takes on journeying home, whether the authors are actively seeking long-lost relatives, meeting up with seldom-seen family members, or perhaps just visiting the old country to get a feel for their roots. A foreword by the Genographic Project’s Spencer Wells sets the scene.

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  15. 13.5 hrs • Jul/01/2014 • Unabridged

    “Nothing good ever happens at the butt-crack of dawn. No doubt, the headless corpse on the autopsy table in front of me would agree.”—Violet ParkerReal estate agent Violet “Spooky” Parker stumbles upon a body-part theft ring at the local funeral parlor and suspects her caustic coworker has a hand in it—or maybe a foot. Can Violet discover what’s in the crates that the crooks are sneaking out of the mortuary in the dark of night? Or will she end up in one of them herself—in pieces?

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    Dead Case in Deadwood

    13.5 hrs • Jul/01/2014 • Unabridged
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  16. 10.0 hrs • Apr/01/2013 • Unabridged

    Liar ['lī-ər] (n): 1. A person who tells lies. 2. A writer. “Lying is essential to good storytelling. Daily, we writers sit at our computers—or legal tablets or Underwoods—and write down a bunch of untruths, piling one on top of the other, page after paltering page. We compound them, massage them, edit them, spin them, cut-and-paste them, until we’re satisfied that, despite how outlandish or otherworldly these lies are, you, the reader, will swallow them. “In that, we’re like politicians. Except that we’re spared the hassle of running for elected office.”—Sandra Brown In this gripping new audio collection you’ll find fifteen tales of deceit and deception, perjury and prevarication, falsehoods and fibs, spun by some of the finest liars in the business: “Mad Science: A Joe Ledger Adventure” by Jonathan Maberry“The Gateway” by Solomon Jones“Shuffle” by Kelly Simmons“She Looks Just like Her Mother” by Edward Pettit“Choosing Teams” by Don Lafferty“What I Did” by Marie Lamba“Bliss” by Merry Jones“Under the King’s Bridge” by Keith R. A. DeCandido“Doe Run Road” by Dennis Tafoya“What Lies Between” by Keith Strunk“For Love” by William Lashner“The Return Trip” by Jonathan McGoran“So Coldly Sweet, So Deadly Fair” by Gregory Frost“The Truth-Telling” by Stephen Susco“Two Guns in Liar’s Canyon” by Chuck Wendig A portion of the proceeds from this audio collection will benefit literacy programs.

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