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  1. 12.0 hrs • Mar/14/2017 • Unabridged

    It is 1933 and Mikhail Bulgakov's enviable career is on the brink of being dismantled. His friend and mentor, the poet Osip Mandelstam, has been arrested, tortured, and sent into exile. Meanwhile, a mysterious agent of the secret police has developed a growing obsession with exposing Bulgakov as an enemy of the state. To make matters worse, Bulgakov has fallen in love with the dangerously candid Margarita. Facing imminent arrest, and infatuated with Margarita, he is inspired to write his masterpiece, The Master and Margarita, a scathing novel critical of both power and the powerful.Ranging between lively readings in the homes of Moscow's literary elite to the Siberian Gulag, Mikhail and Margarita recounts a passionate love triangle while painting a portrait of a country whose towering literary tradition is at odds with a dictatorship that does not tolerate dissent. Margarita is a strong, idealistic, seductive woman who is fiercely loved by two very different men, both of whom will fail in their attempts to shield her from the machinations of a regime hungry for human sacrifice. Debut novelist Julie Lekstrom Himes launches a rousing defense of art and the artist during a time of systematic deception, and she movingly portrays the ineluctable consequences of love for one of history's most enigmatic literary figures.

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    Mikhail and Margarita

    12.0 hrs • Mar/14/2017 • Unabridged
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  2. 16.5 hrs • Mar/07/2017 • Unabridged

    Archangel is the second installment of the explosive, pulse-pounding Spectre War science fiction series.An enemy you can’t kill. A soldier who can’t fight. An interstellar war that can’t be won . . . until now.   As a soldier of the Celestial Expanse, Guardian First Class Michael Sorenson knows better than anyone that when the Spectres invade, there are only two options. Run or die. However, his defensive war takes on a whole new spin when he’s recruited into Division 7, a Research & Development facility with the ultimate mission: to create a large-scale weapon that can kill Spectres en masse.   Here Michael joins a team of military elite who have the daring—and dangerous—task of taking new weapons prototypes out into the field for testing on enemy troops. Yet the closer they come to developing a working WMD, the more it becomes clear: There’s a saboteur in R&D.   With all signs pointing to a massive Spectre attack brewing on the horizon, the creation of a new weapons system yields an opportunity to end the threat once and for all. As the days count down toward its launch, Michael must hunt down the saboteur . . . before the saboteur hunts down him.

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    Archangel

    16.5 hrs • Mar/07/2017 • Unabridged
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  3. 1.2 hrs • Mar/01/2016 • Unabridged

    Seventy years later, Pearl Harbor comes to life for a new generation of listeners! History’s most terrifying moments are brought vividly to life in the action-packed fictional I Survived series! Do you have what it takes to survive … the bombing of Pearl Harbor? Eleven-year-old Danny Crane is alone on his favorite beach in Hawaii when the world is torn apart and World War II officially hits the United States. Does he have what it takes to find his way home in the midst of the bombs, the smoke, and the destruction of the day that will live in infamy?

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    I Survived the Bombing of Pearl Harbor, 1941

    1.2 hrs • Mar/01/2016 • Unabridged
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  4. 3.0 hrs • Sep/08/2015 • Unabridged

    Jacques Papier has the sneaking suspicion that everyone except his sister Fleur hates him. Teachers ignore him when his hand is raised in class, he is never chosen for sports teams, and his parents often need to be reminded to set a place for him at the dinner table. But he is shocked when he finally learns the truth: He is Fleur’s imaginary friend! When he convinces Fleur to set him free, he begins a surprising, touching, and always funny quest to find himself—to figure out who Jacques Papier truly is, and where he belongs.Readers will fall in love with Jacques’s sweet, quirky voice as he gives them a look at life from an incredible new perspective.

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    Confessions of an Imaginary Friend

    3.0 hrs • Sep/08/2015 • Unabridged
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  5. 6.7 hrs • Sep/01/2015 • Unabridged

    The heart-stopping third book in the New York Times bestselling Asylum series follows Dan, Jordan, and Abby as they take a senior year road trip to New Orleans, with disastrous results.Sometimes the past is better off buried.Senior year is finally over. After all they’ve been through, Dan, Abby, and Jordan are excited to take one last road trip together, and they’re just not going to think about what will happen when the summer ends, or about their terrifying experiences at Brookline. But on their way to visit Jordan’s uncle in New Orleans, the three friends notice that they’re being followed and photographed. Then Dan starts receiving phone messages from someone he didn’t expect to hear from again—someone who died last Halloween.As the strange occurrences escalate, Dan is forced to accept that everything that has happened to him in the past year may not be a coincidence but fate—a fate that ties Dan to a group called the Bone Artists, who have a sinister fascination with notorious killers of the past.Now Dan’s only hope is to make it out of his senior trip alive.

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    Catacomb

    6.7 hrs • Sep/01/2015 • Unabridged
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  6. 9.6 hrs • Aug/18/2015 • Unabridged

    Scott Hudson has somehow managed to survive Freshman year. But with a new baby brother in the house and a whole host of adventures awaiting him at school, Sophomore year promises to be anything but boring. An honest and funny follow-up to the popular Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie, award-winning author David Lubar pens a tale that perfectly captures the ridiculous, tumultuous, and sometimes heartbreaking truths about high school.

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    Sophomores and Other Oxymorons

    9.6 hrs • Aug/18/2015 • Unabridged
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  7. 5.6 hrs • May/12/2015 • Unabridged

    From the hugely acclaimed National Book Award finalist comes a novel that will join the shortlist of classics about the Holocaust and the children caught up in it.Aron is an engaging if peculiar young boy whose family is driven from the countryside into the Warsaw Ghetto. As his family is slowly stripped away from him, Aron and a handful of boys and girls risk their lives by smuggling and trading things through the “quarantine walls” to keep their people alive, hunted all the while by blackmailers and by Jewish, Polish, and German police (not to mention the Gestapo). Eventually Aron is “rescued” by Janusz Korczak, a Jewish-Polish doctor and advocate of children’s rights famous throughout prewar Europe who, once the Nazis swept in, was put in charge of the ghetto orphanage. In the end, of course, he and his staff and all the children are put on a train to Treblinka, but has Aron managed to escape and to spread word about the atrocities, as Korczak hoped he would?Jim Shephard has masterfully made this child’s-eye view of the Warsaw Ghetto mesmerizing, sometimes comic despite all odds, and truly heartbreaking. It is nothing less than a masterpiece.

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    The Book of Aron

    5.6 hrs • May/12/2015 • Unabridged
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  8. 4.3 hrs • Feb/24/2015 • Unabridged

    The incomparable Jonathan Lethem returns with nine brilliant stories that prove he is a master of the short form as well as the novel.Jonathan Lethem stretches new literary muscles in this scintillating new collection of stories. Some of these tales—such as “Pending Vegan,” which wonderfully captures a parental ache and anguish during a family visit to an aquatic theme park—are, in Lethem’s words, “obedient (at least outwardly) to realism.” Others, like “The Dreaming Jaw, the Salivating Ear,” which deftly and hilariously captures the solipsism of blog culture, feature “the uncanny and surreal elements that still sometimes erupt in my short stories.” The tension between these two approaches—and the way they inform each other—increase the reader’s surprise and delight as one realizes how cleverly Lethem is playing with form. Devoted fans of Lethem will recognize familiar themes and tropes—the anxiety of influence pushed to reduction ad absurdum in “The King of Sentences,” a hapless outsider trying to summon up bravado in “The Porn Critic,” characters from the comics stranded on a desert island, and the necessity and the impossibility of action against authority in “Procedure in Plain Air.” As always, Lethem’s work, humor, and poignancy work in harmony. People strive desperately for connection through words and often misdirect deeds, and the sentences are glorious.

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    Lucky Alan

    4.3 hrs • Feb/24/2015 • Unabridged
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  9. 5.0 hrs • Jan/27/2015 • Unabridged

    The wackiest road trip in history comes to an action-packed conclusion in book five of the New York Times bestselling Genius Files series.When we last left our heroes, twins Coke and Pepsi McDonald were in Roswell, New Mexico, and they had just seen a strange beam of light. Now their cross-country road trip is about to take a detour that's out of this world—literally!Once the twins get their feet back on the ground, they embark on the final leg of their trip, which will take them from the Hoover Dam all the way to the Golden Gate Bridge. Chased by nefarious villains, the twins will be trapped with a venomous snake, pushed through a deadly turbine, and thrown into a volcano. And craziest of all, their parents might finally believe them!With the real-kid humor that has earned him millions of readers around the world and featuring facts and photographs from the weird-but-true locations in the story, this fifth and final book in the Genius Files series is the most thrilling adventure yet.

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    The Genius Files #5: License to Thrill

    5.0 hrs • Jan/27/2015 • Unabridged
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  10. 8.8 hrs • Aug/26/2014 • Unabridged

    This fast-paced, exciting, and emotionally rich fantasy novel for middle graders reads like a cross between The Phantom Tollbooth and Harry Potter.  How can eleven-year-old Gabriel find his missing father, who seems to have vanished without a trace? With the help of Paladin—a young raven with whom he has a magical bond that enables them to become one creature—he flies to the foreboding land of Aviopolis, where he must face a series of difficult challenges and unanswerable riddles that could lead to his father—or to his death.

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    Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddle

    8.8 hrs • Aug/26/2014 • Unabridged
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  11. 7.5 hrs • Aug/26/2014 • Unabridged

    This thrilling and creepy sequel to the New York Times bestselling photo-illustrated novel Asylum features more mind-bending revelations, page-turning action, and chilling photographs—this time from real vintage carnivals.Back at their high schools, Dan, Abby, and Jordan are plagued with nightmares about the traumatic summer they shared in the Brookline asylum. Much as they’d love to move on with their lives, someone is determined to keep the terror going, sending the three teens photos of what looks like an old-timey carnival, with no note and no name. Then Dan receives a list of coordinates pointing to abandoned houses in the town near Brookline, and he is convinced that the only way to end the nightmare once and for all is to return to New Hampshire College and follow the trail.But when they arrive under the guise of a prospective students’ weekend, Dan and his friends are shocked to discover that the carnival from their photos isn’t just real, it’s here on campus. And as they sneak away from their undergrad hosts to visit the houses on their list, they find secrets far darker than anything they’d imagined—secrets about the real source of the late asylum warden’s power, and a society known today only as the Scarlets.Now, haunted by the ghosts of a town with a terrible past and pursued by a host of very real enemies, Dan and his friends can only hope to make it out of this campus visit alive.

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    Sanctum

    7.5 hrs • Aug/26/2014 • Unabridged
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  12. 8.2 hrs • Jun/24/2014 • Unabridged

    A biker, a tattoo artist, and a love to last a lifetimeMaddox Cross has always had to be tough. When his father went to jail for murder, the teenager took care of his sister and mother. Now on his own and working security at a night club, Maddox wants to become a tattoo artist—a dream that comes closer to reality when he falls for the hottest, most tatted woman he has ever seen. She is wild and beautiful, and Maddox will do anything to be with her.Bee Malone came to town to open up her new tattoo parlor, Masquerade. Since being kidnapped as a young girl, Bee has had trouble getting close to anyone. But when she meets Maddox, she sees that under his hard biker’s body is the sensitive soul of an artist. What starts out as a sizzling one-night stand soon becomes so much more.Bee wants Maddox to join her tattoo business, but letting him into her life means revealing all her most intimate secrets. And as the past begins to intertwine with her present, Bee fears their love may not be as permanent as their ink.

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    Masquerade

    8.2 hrs • Jun/24/2014 • Unabridged
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  13. 14.5 hrs • Mar/18/2014 • Unabridged

    Three young Americans captured by Iranian forces and held in captivity for two years tell their story. In summer 2009 Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal, and Sarah Shourd were hiking in Iraqi Kurdistan when they unknowingly crossed into Iran and were captured by a border patrol. Accused of espionage, the three Americans ultimately found themselves in Tehran’s infamous Evin Prison, where they discovered that pooling their strength of will and relying on each other were the only ways they could survive. In this poignant memoir, “the hikers” finally tell their side of the story. They recount the deception that lured them into Iran in the first place and describe the psychological torment of interrogation and solitary confinement. We follow them as they make surprising alliances with their fellow prisoners and even some of their captors, while their own bonds with each other are tested and deepened. Told through a bold and innovative interweaving of the authors’ three voices, here is a rare glimpse inside Iran and a timeless portrayal of hardship and hope.

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  14. 5.5 hrs • Jan/28/2014 • Unabridged

    The wackiest road trip in history continues in book four of the New York Times bestselling Genius Files series, following twins Coke and Pepsi as they dodge villains and visit weird-but-true landmarks from Texas all the way to Roswell, New Mexico. With the real-kid humor that has earned him millions of readers around the world, and featuring all new weird-but-true locations around America, From Texas with Love is absolutely batty! After their explosive escape at Graceland, twins Coke and Pepsi are ready to resume their trip across America—only now in a convertible instead of the RV. They travel through Arkansas and Oklahoma, visiting weird-but-true tourist stops along the way, and finally end up in Texas, home of the Weird Capital of the Country: Austin. The twins’ many enemies—the bowler dudes, Mrs. Higgins, and Dr. Warsaw—all swear they’re done chasing Coke and Pepsi for good. But when the twins start receiving more codes and ciphers from a mysterious robotic voice, they know someone’s after them. They just have to figure out who before the mystery villain finds them first.

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    From Texas with Love

    5.5 hrs • Jan/28/2014 • Unabridged
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  15. 5.8 hrs • Oct/01/2013 • Unabridged

    The most dangerous road trip in history continues for thirteen-year-old twins Coke and Pepsi McDonald.Just when they think they are safe, the McDonald twins are chased by an evil Elvis impersonator, trapped in a pool of flesh-eating soda pop, nearly pulverized in a giant shredder, and crushed in a turbo-charged carnival ride. Worst of all, no one believes them!Will they make it out alive? Will they ever find out who’s really after them? All bets are off in this explosive third book in the Genius Files series.

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    You Only Die Twice

    5.8 hrs • Oct/01/2013 • Unabridged
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  16. 0.5 hrs • Sep/17/2013 • Unabridged

    Nathan has been locked in his room ever since “it” started growing back. They’re going to come for him soon, so he’s got precious little time to tell us what is happening. A short story from Guys Read: Other Worlds, edited by Jon Scieszka.

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    Guys Read: Plan B

    0.5 hrs • Sep/17/2013 • Unabridged
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