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  1. 16.7 hrs • Mar/10/2017 • Unabridged

    The best-selling author of 20 novels, Philip Kerr has won a devoted following-and there are none more ardent than those who devour his Bernie Gunther series. In 1934, Bernie found himself in Berlin, where he was caught up in intrigue surrounding Hitler, America, and the upcoming Olympiad. Two decades later, Bernie surfaces in Havana. But an old associate has appeared there as well-and might spell trouble of a decidedly deadly nature.

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    If the Dead Rise Not

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    16.7 hrs • Mar/10/2017 • Unabridged
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  2. 5.2 hrs • Mar/10/2017 • Unabridged

    Gore Vidal, one of the master stylists of American literature and an acute observer of American life and history, turns his literary and historiographic talent to a portrait of the formidable trio of George Washington, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. In "Inventing a Nation", Vidal transports the reader into the minds, the living rooms (and bedrooms), the convention halls and the salons of Washington, Jefferson, Adams and others. We come to know these men, their opinions of each other, their worries about money and their concerns about creating a viable democracy.

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    Inventing A Nation

    5.2 hrs • Mar/10/2017 • Unabridged
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  3. 9.9 hrs • Feb/07/2017 • Unabridged

    It’s 1975 when beautiful Dido Paris arrives at the radio station in Yellowknife, a frontier town in the Canadian north. She disarms hard-bitten broadcaster Harry Boyd and electrifies the station, setting into motion rivalries both professional and sexual.As the drama at the station unfolds, a proposed gas pipeline threatens to rip open the land and inspires many people to find their voices for the first time.This is the moment before television conquers the north’s attention, when the fate of the Arctic hangs in the balance.After the snow melts, members of the radio station take a long canoe trip into the Barrens, a mysterious landscape of lingering ice and infinite light that exposes them to all the dangers of the ever-changing air.Spare, witty, and dynamically charged, this compelling tale embodies the power of a place and of the human voice to generate love and haunt the memory.

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    Late Nights On Air

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    9.9 hrs • Feb/07/2017 • Unabridged
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  4. 12.3 hrs • Feb/07/2017 • Unabridged

    Hugo Award-winning author Philip José Farmer created one of SF’s most mind-blowing, critically acclaimed, and popular series of all time with the installments of his Riverworld series. In The Gods of Riverworld, Sir Francis Burton and his band have challenged the mysterious leaders of Riverworld and now control the mechanism that once held them in its sway. But the tower stronghold awaits, and the realm still houses awesome forces that could bring about their ultimate destruction.

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    Gods of Riverworld

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    12.3 hrs • Feb/07/2017 • Unabridged
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  5. 6.7 hrs • Jan/04/2017 • Unabridged

    A PEN/Hemingway Award winner, Louis Begley creates multi-faceted characters that come to life under the spell of his crystalline prose. Returning his readers to the wealthy and privileged world of About Schmidt , he introduces them, this time, to an especially poignant protagonist. “A happy man, as the world goes,” Thomas Mistler feels an odd sense of liberation now that he has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. This hard-driving Madison Avenue mogul suddenly has an excuse to live for the moment. But spending time alone in Venice is not the free-wheeling, self-indulgent experience he had hoped for. As growing evidence of his physical decline intrudes, Mistler’s sense of control diminishes. With one final impulsive purchase, though, he boldly plans his exit on his own terms. Bitingly candid and sometimes funny, this small gem of a novel addresses the complexities of responsibility, pleasure, and suffering. Narrator Paul Hecht renders the subtle, understated, and intimate prose with amazing ease. The last tape contains an interview with the author.

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    Mistler's Exit

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    6.7 hrs • Jan/04/2017 • Unabridged
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  6. 15.5 hrs • Dec/21/2016 • Unabridged

    A rich and vivid portrait of one of this country's early patriots, a towering figure in the history of the nation. Hear a work that does justice to this founding father, one that brings him to life against the dramatic backdrop of the Revolutionary era. "

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    Thomas Paine

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    15.5 hrs • Dec/21/2016 • Unabridged
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  7. 9.2 hrs • Nov/16/2016 • Unabridged

    Robert Sawyer has won many awards for his science fiction, which is praised for its blend of high-tech mystery and suspenseful pacing. An experiment has gone terribly wrong. Dr. Peter Hobson has created three electronic simulations of his own personality. One will test life after death; another, immortality. The third one is the control unit. But now all three have escaped from Hobson’s computer into the worldwide electronic matrix. And one of them is a killer.

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    The Terminal Experiment

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    9.2 hrs • Nov/16/2016 • Unabridged
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  8. 7.7 hrs • Nov/16/2016 • Unabridged

    Original and provocative, To Your Scattered Bodies Go won the 1971 Hugo Award for outstanding science fiction novel and has continued to be a favorite of generations of new readers. For explorer Richard Francis Burton, Alice Liddell Hargreaves-the inspiration for Alice in Wonderland - and the rest of humanity, death is nothing like they expected. Instead of heaven, hell, or even the black void of nothingness, all of the 36 billion people who ever lived on Earth are simultaneously resurrected on a world that has been transformed into a giant river valley. With hunger and disease eliminated, Burton and the others appear to have everything they need-except an answer to the question “Why?” Both swashbuckling adventure and insightful examination into mankind’s constant search for answers to the unanswerable, To Your Scattered Bodies Go is voiced by narrator Paul Hecht to emphasize every thrilling moment of discovery.

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    To Your Scattered Bodies Go

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    7.7 hrs • Nov/16/2016 • Unabridged
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  9. 3.4 hrs • Nov/02/2016 • Unabridged

    The Poison Belt, from one of the best-selling authors of all time, is another Professor Challenger adventure written by the legendary Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In this classic, Challenger summons Professor Summerlee, Lord John Roxton, and E.D. Malone to his sitting room with one unusual request: bring your own oxygen.

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    The Poison Belt

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    3.4 hrs • Nov/02/2016 • Unabridged
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  10. 11.7 hrs • Sep/28/2016 • Unabridged

    In the waning days of Venice’s glory in the mid-1700s, Andrea Memmo was scion to one the city’s oldest patrician families. At the age of twenty-four he fell passionately in love with sixteen-year-old Giustiniana Wynne, the beautiful, illegitimate daughter of a Venetian mother and British father. Because of their dramatically different positions in society, they could not marry. And Giustiniana’s mother, afraid that an affair would ruin her daughter’s chances to form a more suitable union, forbade them to see each other. Her prohibition only fueled their desire and so began their torrid, secret seven-year-affair, enlisting the aid of a few intimates and servants (willing to risk their own positions) to shuttle love letters back and forth and to help facilitate their clandestine meetings. Eventually, Giustiniana found herself pregnant and she turned for help to the infamous Casanova-himself infatuated with her. Two and half centuries later, the unbelievable story of this star-crossed couple is told in a breathtaking narrative, re-created in part from the passionate, clandestine letters Andrea and Giustiniana wrote to each other.

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    A Venetian Affair

    11.7 hrs • Sep/28/2016 • Unabridged
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  11. 9.1 hrs • Jul/08/2016 • Unabridged

    The second entry in the Riverworld series, The Fabulous Riverboat tells of a world where all of humanity has been mysteriously resurrected on the banks of one mighty river. Samuel Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain) is tasked with finding a fallen meteorite and using its ore to build a massive riverboat. But in order to succeed, he’ll have to outwit some of history’s most nefarious figures: the bloodthirsty Viking Erik Bloodaxe, treacherous King John of England, and the infamous Nazi Hermann Göring.

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    The Fabulous Riverboat by Philip José Farmer

    The Fabulous Riverboat

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    9.1 hrs • Jul/08/2016 • Unabridged
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  12. 12.7 hrs • Jun/28/2016 • Unabridged

    U.S. Attorney General Allison Leahy is the Democrats' best chance for holding on to the Oval Office. But she's running neck and neck with her opponent, Republican Lincoln Howe, a retired four-star general and bona fide African-American hero. Then, days before the election, disaster strikes. Twelve-year-old Kristen Howe, the general's granddaughter, is kidnapped. As the nation's leading law enforcement officer, Allison launches a nationwide manhunt—even as her opponent publicly questions her motives. For Allison, though, finding Kristen isn't about politics. It's a personal crusade that taps into terrifying secrets buried deep within the past—secrets that can shatter all of Allison's hopes, twisting them into a nightmare of lies and the ultimate betrayal.

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    The Abduction

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    12.7 hrs • Jun/28/2016 • Unabridged
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  13. 4.8 hrs • Jun/07/2016 • Unabridged

    A journalist bearing terrible news leaps from a still-moving train into a small town of wonderful, impossible secrets . . . The doomed crew of a starship follows their blind, mad captain on a quest into deepest space to joust with destiny, eternity, and God Himself . . . Now and Forever is a bold new work from an incomparable artist whose stories have reshaped America's literary landscape. Two bewitching novellas—each distinctly different, yet uniquely Bradbury—demonstrate the breathtaking range of his undimmed talent and the irrepressible vitality of the mind, spirit, and heart of America's preeminent storyteller.

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    Now and Forever

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    4.8 hrs • Jun/07/2016 • Unabridged
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  14. 13.9 hrs • Sep/30/2015 • Unabridged

    Philip Kerr’s intricate novels featuring former Berlin homicide detective Bernie Gunther have earned a hallowed place in the hearts of mystery fans. It’s 1950, and Bernie has arrived in Argentina seeking asylum after being falsely identified as a Nazi war criminal. There he investigates the murder of a wealthy banker’s daughter in a case reminiscent of one he worked in Germany eighteen years before.

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    A Quiet Flame

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    13.9 hrs • Sep/30/2015 • Unabridged
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  15. 13.4 hrs • Sep/24/2015 • Unabridged

    The latest New York Times bestseller from the author of the Berlin Noir trilogy and the New York Times bestseller Field Gray brings Bernie Gunther back—to a house party from hell First introduced in Philip Kerr’s celebrated Berlin Noir trilogy, Bernie Gunther is an honest cop living in the most ruthless of times. Prague Fatale is Bernie’s latest outing, and it’s a tantalizing locked-door mystery-cum-political-thriller that’s poised to build on Field Gray‘s success, confirming Kerr as a master of espionage literature. It’s 1941 and Bernie is back from the Eastern Front, once again working homicide in Berlin’s Kripo and answering to Reinhard Heydrich, a man he both detests and fears. Heydrich has been newly named Reichsprotector of Czechoslovakia. Tipped off that there is an assassin in his midst, he orders Bernie to join him at his country estate outside Prague, where he has invited some of the Third Reich’s most odious officials to celebrate his new appointment. One of them is the would-be assassin. Bernie can think of better ways to spend a beautiful autumn weekend, but, as he says, “You don’t say no to Heydrich and live.”

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    Prague Fatale

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    13.4 hrs • Sep/24/2015 • Unabridged
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  16. 8.7 hrs • Sep/14/2015 • Unabridged

    The restless, questing intellect of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle spurred him far beyond the ingenious puzzles he constructed for Sherlock Holmes. In The Lost World, Doyle, a devotee of the occult and fantastic tales of adventure and discovery, introduces his readers to Professor Challenger, an eccentric paleontologist, on his suspense-filled search for prehistoric creatures in the wilds of the Amazon. Professor Challenger’s doughty troupe includes a skeptical colleague, Professor Summerlee; the cool-headed, plucky sportsman Lord John Roxton; and the narrator, the intrepid reporter Edward Malone. When their bridge to civilization collapses, the explorers find themselves marooned among dinosaurs and savage ape-people.Originally published in 1912, this imaginative fantasy unfolds with humor and good-natured satirical eye for pedantry. Fans of Arthur Conan Doyle will delight in this rare gem, as will dinosaur fanciers and adventure story aficionados.

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    The Lost World

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    8.7 hrs • Sep/14/2015 • Unabridged
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