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  1. 9.7 hrs • Mar/21/2017 • Unabridged

    Based on rare one-on-one interviews with the flamboyant rock ’n’ roll icon, this is the first book to trace Elton John’s meteoric rise from obscurity to worldwide celebrity in the wildest, weirdest decade of the twentieth century. In August 1970, Elton John achieved overnight fame with a rousing performance at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. Over the next five years, the artist formerly known as Reginald Dwight went from unheard of to unstoppable, scoring seven consecutive #1 albums and sixteen Top Ten singles in America. By the middle of the decade, he was solely responsible for 2 percent of global record sales. One in fifty albums sold in the world bore his name. Elton John’s live shows became raucous theatrical extravaganzas, attended by all the glitterati of the era. But beneath the spangled bodysuits and oversized eyeglasses, Elton was a desperately shy man, conflicted about his success, his sexuality, and his narcotic indulgences. In 1975, at the height of his fame, he attempted suicide. After coming out as bisexual in a controversial Rolling Stone interview that nearly wrecked his career, and announcing his retirement from live performance in 1977 at the age of thirty, he gradually found his way back to the thing he cared about most: the music. Captain Fantastic gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at the rise, fall, and return to glory of one of the world’s most mercurial performers. Rock journalist Tom Doyle’s insider account of the Rocket Man’s turbulent ascent is based on a series of one-pn-one interviews in which Elton laid bare many previously unrevealed details of his early career. Here is an intimate exploration of Elton’s working relationship with songwriting partner Bernie Taupin, whose lyrics often chronicled the ups and downs of their life together in the spotlight. Through these pages pass a parade of legends whose paths crossed with Elton’s during the decade—including John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Groucho Marx, Katharine Hepburn, Princess Margaret, Elvis Presley, and an acid-damaged Brian Wilson. A fascinating portrait of the artist at the apex of his celebrity, Captain Fantastic takes us on a rollicking fame-and-drug-fueled ride aboard Elton John’s rocket ship to superstardom.

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    Captain Fantastic

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    9.7 hrs • Mar/21/2017 • Unabridged
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  2. 9.3 hrs • Mar/07/2017 • Unabridged

    Joe Gunther is sent to the neighboring town of Bellows Falls to investigate harassment allegations against a fellow officer. But as Gunther doggedly pursues the truth, what begins as a seemingly open-and-shut case starts to look more and more like a frame job, and he soon finds himself feeling around the edges of a statewide drug distribution network.As always, Vermont itself is a major character in Mayor’s writing, with Bellows Falls standing in for any number of slowly decaying, once-proud mill towns.

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    Bellows Falls

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    9.3 hrs • Mar/07/2017 • Unabridged
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  3. 8.8 hrs • Jan/31/2017 • Unabridged

    A forty-year-old skeleton is found encased in a concrete slab at a recently decommissioned nuclear energy site. It becomes a case for the Vermont Bureau of Investigation (VBI) and its leader, Joe Gunther, since they have the resources and the ability to investigate an old, very cold, missing persons case that has now been reclassified as murder. The victim was Hank Mitchell, and Gunther must chase down old rumors and speculations: Who benefited from his death and the disappearance of his body? And was his death somehow tied to New York City mafia money being laundered through the construction project?But what seems the coldest of cold cases roars back to life when one of the central figures in this mystery is shot to death, right after speaking with Gunther. And when a young police officer―the son of VBI investigator Lester Spinney―is kidnapped, is it meant to be a warning to the VBI team to drop the case?After all these many years, the truth behind the murder still has to the power to kill, and it’s up to Gunther and his team to capture the living and finally put the dead to rest.

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    Presumption of Guilt

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    8.8 hrs • Jan/31/2017 • Unabridged
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  4. 3.4 hrs • Jan/18/2017 • Unabridged

    Following Ultron’s war on humanity, the world no longer trusts the Avengers. After a controversial decision to hold the team accountable is made, Captain America is torn—he can understand people’s fear, but the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D. taught him just how dangerous unchecked power can be, and he trusts his own judgment above all to do what’s right. The Avengers themselves are bitterly divided as to the best course of action. Captain America will have to take a stand and fight for what he believes in—even if it hurls him down the road to civil war.

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  5. 9.1 hrs • Nov/29/2016 • Unabridged

    Twenty-four hours before we were to be married, I offered to shoot her. Ten hours before our wedding, I made a mockery of her dying wish. Five hours before we were going to say our vows, I promised I’d never love her. One hour before I said I do, I vowed I’d never shed a tear over her death.But the minute we were pronounced man and wife, I knew.I knew I’d only use my gun to protect her. I’d give my life for hers. I’d cry. And I would, most definitely, lose myself to a dying girl—a girl who by all accounts never should have been mine in the first place.I always believed the Mafia would be my end game—poisoning my heart while it claimed my soul. I never could have imagined it would be my redemption … or the beginning of something beautiful.The beginning of her. The end of us.

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    Elude

    9.1 hrs • Nov/29/2016 • Unabridged
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  6. 10.6 hrs • Nov/01/2016 • Unabridged

    An MH-47G Chinook helicopter departs formation in the Iraqi night. The mission is unauthorized. The objective is reckless. But to save a friend, Sam Avery and his crew of Night Stalkers have prepared for one last flight.ISIS operatives in Tal Afar, Iraq, have captured American aid worker Henry Stillmont. Avery knows Stillmont as “the Guru,” the West Point squad leader who taught him about brotherhood, loyalty, and when to break the rules as a young cadet twenty-five years ago. Sam will risk his career and his life to save him.As they near their target, Sam reflects on his time in the crucible of the United States Military Academy. West Point made Sam the leader he is. But his fellow cadets made him the man that he is. The ideals of duty, honor, and country have echoed throughout his life and drive him and his comrades as they undertake their final and most audacious spirit mission.

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    Spirit Mission

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    10.6 hrs • Nov/01/2016 • Unabridged
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  7. 9.2 hrs • Oct/01/2016 • Unabridged

    The next installment in the Eagle Elite romance series from New York Times bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken.He is a killer, a rapist, a monster and knows only pain and survival. That is until the capo’s sister walked into his life and changed everything. She’s a light who makes his darkness darker, her smile makes his heart turn to ice, and he can’t escape the fear her seductive looks instill—knowing it’s only a matter of time before he fails again, and takes her for himself. This is the story of his redemption. But it’s not pretty because he died, and came to life again—breathing but not surviving. He is Phoenix De Lange, son to a murdered mob boss, estranged brother, horrible friend, monster in the making, newest leader to one of the most powerful families in the Cosa Nostra. And he will have his vengeance—or die trying. Death is all he knows, until she offers him a piece of life Phoenix can’t resist taking.

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    Ember

    9.2 hrs • Oct/01/2016 • Unabridged
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  8. 10.9 hrs • Oct/01/2016 • Unabridged

    A small girl brings Joe Gunther a bird’s nest—made partially of human hair. In the search to match a body—and an identity—to the hair’s owner, Joe comes across an unexplained death, a grisly murder, and a sudden disappearance. All seem to be entangled in a puzzling web of municipal corruption, blackmail, and industrial espionage. A shell-shocked World War II veteran nicknamed the Ragman may hold the key to it all—but only if Joe can get him to talk before the murderer strikes again.

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    The Ragman’s Memory

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    10.9 hrs • Oct/01/2016 • Unabridged
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  9. 10.8 hrs • Sep/20/2016 • Unabridged

    Hear firsthand from multitudes of people whose lives were influenced, inspired, and even transformed by the compassion, generosity, and leadership of Larry H. Miller.Larry H. Miller played by his own rules. Owner of an NBA franchise and founder of one of the country’s largest automotive retail groups, Larry was a college dropout who went on to buy or build nearly one hundred businesses. While his life as a successful businessman played out in public, his health challenges, as well as his quiet acts of service, were known to very few.Behind the Drive contains ninety-nine uplifting and untold stories from every aspect and era of Larry’s life. Contributors range from NBA legends to religious officials, business moguls to political leaders, employees to childhood friends, and colleagues to competitors.These stories of an ordinary-yet-extraordinary man will inspire listeners to find and live their own greatness by following Larry’s example of working hard at something he loved, applying his God-given talents in service to others, and allowing his life to be guided by something greater than himself. This book is a guide for anyone who wishes to find success in today’s busy world.The stories in Behind the Drive have the power to lift and inspire the next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs, as well as help everyone discover Larry’s formula for success: do work you love, get better at it every day, and serve others.

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  10. 2.9 hrs • Sep/13/2016 • Unabridged

    After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” finds Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off assailants sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy—the Winter Soldier.

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  11. 23.8 hrs • Aug/23/2016 • Unabridged

    Caleb Carr, bestselling author of The Alienist and The Angel of Darkness, has created a contemporary psychological thriller haunted by the shadowy hands of established power.In rural, impoverished Burgoyne County, New York, a pattern of strange deaths begins to emerge: adolescent boys and girls are found murdered, their corpses left hanging in gruesome, ritualistic fashion. Senior law enforcement officials are quick to blame a serial killer, but their efforts to apprehend this criminal are peculiarly ineffective.Meanwhile, in the county’s small town of Surrender, Trajan Jones, a psychological profiler (and the world’s leading expert on the life and work of one Dr. Laszlo Kreizler), and Michael Li, a trace evidence expert, once famed advisors to the New York City Police Department, teach online courses in profiling and forensic science from Jones’ family farm. Alone and armed mainly with their wits, protected only by farmhands and Jones’ unusual “pet,” the outcast pair are secretly called in to consult on the case.Jones and Li immediately discern that the various victims were all “throwaway children,” a new state classification given to young people who are neither orphans, runaways, nor homeless, but victims of a terrible phenomenon sweeping America’s poor: abandoned by their families, the throwaways are left to fend for themselves. One of these throwaways, Lucas Kurtz, along with his blind older sister, cross paths with Jones and Li, offering information that could blow the case wide open.Racing against the case’s mounting stakes, Jones and Li find that they are battling not only to unravel the mystery of how the throwaways died but also to defend themselves and the Kurtz siblings from the threats of shadowy but powerful agents who want to stop them from uncovering the truth. It is a truth that, Jones believes, leads away from their world and back to the increasingly wealthy city where both he and his long-dead intellectual guide, Dr Kreizler, did their greatest work. But will they be able to trace the case to New York before they fall victim to the murderous forces that stalk them?Moving at the same rapid pace as his earlier books, yet with the same depth of historical and scientific research, Carr creates another rollercoaster ride of ideas and emotions. Like The Alienist; Surrender, New York brings to life the grim underbelly of a prosperous nation—and those most vulnerable to its failings.

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    Surrender, New York

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    23.8 hrs • Aug/23/2016 • Unabridged
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  12. 3.5 hrs • Aug/23/2016 • Unabridged

    Following the record-shattering successes of Marvel’s The Avengers in 2012, The Avengers must reassemble to combat the robotic menace of Ultron! Acclaimed writer/director Joss Whedon and producer Kevin Feige return, along with the all-star cast of Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/Hulk), Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America), Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow) and Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton/Hawkeye). They are joined by Emmy Award–winner James Spader (Lincoln, The Blacklist) as Ultron.

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    Phase Two: Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron

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    3.5 hrs • Aug/23/2016 • Unabridged
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  13. 12.2 hrs • Jul/26/2016 • Unabridged

    A father and daughter try to survive the steady decline of all they know in this haunting thriller from award-winning author Ronald Malfi.First the birds disappeared.Then the insects took over.Then the madness began …They call it Wanderer’s Folly—a disease of delusions, of daydreams and nightmares. A plague threatening to wipe out the human race.After two years of creeping decay, David Arlen woke up one morning thinking that the worst was over. By midnight, he’s bleeding and terrified, his wife is dead, and he’s on the run in a stolen car with his eight-year-old daughter, who may be the key to a cure.Ellie is a special girl—deep, insightful—and she knows David is lying to her. Lying about her mother. Lying about what they’re running from. And lying about what he sees when he takes his eyes off the road.

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    The Night Parade

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    12.2 hrs • Jul/26/2016 • Unabridged
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  14. 10.1 hrs • Jul/01/2016 • Unabridged

    New Adult angst meets The Godfather in this Mafia-themed romance from New York Times bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken.Cursed, numb, rejected, scorned, wicked, sinister, dark, and twisted … this is Tex Campisi’s legacy. He killed his father in cold blood and lost his soul right along with him. He craves war more than peace, and he’s about to take his place in history as the youngest Capo dei Capi in the Cosa Nostra—that is until someone stops him, saves him from himself. But the only person able to do that is Tex’s best friend’s sister, Mo Abandonato, and she just ripped his heart out and asked him to hold it in his hands while she put bullets through it. He is cursed so he did it. He is numb so he held it. He’s wicked so he liked it. Tex used the pain Mo caused as a catalyst to turn into his biggest nightmare—the five families’ greatest enemy. It is Tex’s turn to take a stand, knowing full well he is going to lose his mind to the madness that is the American Mafia. He has always been told blood is thicker than life. Tex wishes he would have listened, because regardless of who you love, you will betray. You will kill. Blood always wins. The only way out is death. Welcome to the dark side of the family.

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    Elicit

    10.1 hrs • Jul/01/2016 • Unabridged
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  15. 6.1 hrs • Jun/28/2016 • Unabridged

    Summer 2018. Two years into President Donald J. Trump’s first term in office, America has never been greater. The Even Greater Wall along the Mexican border is under construction, paid for by Mexico. Americans have more money in their pockets, thanks to lower taxes and the president’s creative money-raising strategies. Who else would have thought to pay for FEMA’s budget by suing the Catholic Church over property damage caused by acts of God? And while Trump’s detractors may call him a tyrant, the American people love bullies when the victim is Congress: every time they impeach the president, his approval rating skyrockets.Ever conscious of his hugely important historical legacy, The Donald plucks disgraced tabloid reporter Jimmie Bernwood—the man responsible for publishing the infamous Ted Cruz sex tape—from the depths of anonymity to become his official biographer, giving him enviable access to the gold-plated White House and all of its secrets.When Trump’s previous biographer turns up dead, Bernwood must do some real investigative reporting, get to the bottom of a long series of murders—and, if it’s absolutely unavoidable, save the country.

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    The Day of the Donald

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    6.1 hrs • Jun/28/2016 • Unabridged
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  16. 10.5 hrs • May/31/2016 • Unabridged

    I have lost everything—my purpose, my love, my soul. Death knocks on my door. I want to answer, but every time I reach for the handle, the promise I made her brings me back.So I breathe. I live. I hate. And I allow the anger to boil beneath the surface of a perfectly indifferent façade.I am broken, and I don’t want to be fixed.One last trip to New York, one last chance to redeem a lost part of the Mafia family. The Empire is crumbling, and it’s my job to fix it. It’s my job to mend the pieces that were scattered over thirty years ago. But the only way to fix it is to do something I swore I’d never do again: an arranged marriage. This time, I won’t fall. Or so help me God, I’ll kill her myself. My name is Sergio Abandonato. You think you know my pain, my suffering, my anger, my hate.You have no idea. I am the Mafia. I am the darkness. Blood in. No out.

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    Empire

    10.5 hrs • May/31/2016 • Unabridged
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