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10.8 hrs • Mar/21/2017 • Unabridged
One decision can end everything … or lead to unlikely redemption.Millions watched the CBS 60 Minutes special on Jack Barsky in 2015. Now, in this fascinating memoir, the Soviet KGB agent tells his story of gut-wrenching choices, appalling betrayals, his turbulent inner world, and the secret life he lived for years without getting caught.On October 8, 1978, a Canadian national by the name of William Dyson stepped off a plane at O’Hare International Airport and proceeded toward customs and immigration.Two days later, William Dyson ceased to exist.The identity was a KGB forgery, used to get one of their own―a young, ambitious East German agent―into the United States.The plan succeeded, and the spy’s new identity was born: Jack Barsky. He would work undercover for the next decade, carrying out secret operations during the Cold War years—until a surprising shift in his allegiance challenged everything he thought he believed.Deep Undercover reveals the secret life of this man without a country and tells the story no one ever expected him to tell.Available Formats: Download, MP3 CD8.9 hrs • Mar/21/2017 • Unabridged
“My father had more than fifty children.”So begins the haunting memoir of Anna LeBaron, daughter of the notorious polygamist and murderer Ervil LeBaron. With her father wanted by the FBI for killing anyone who tried to leave his cult―a radical branch of Mormonism―Anna and her siblings were constantly on the run with the other sister-wives. Often starving and always desperate, the children lived in terror. Even though there were dozens of them together, Anna always felt alone.She escaped when she was thirteen—but the nightmare was far from over.A shocking true story of murder, fear, and betrayal, The Polygamist’s Daughter is also the heart-cry of a fatherless girl and her search for love, faith, and a safe place to call home.Available Formats: Download, MP3 CD15.0 hrs • Mar/21/2017 • Unabridged
A dazzling look at Mayan mythology incarnate from New York Times bestselling author Steve AltenFor two thousand years, the Mayan Calendar has prophesied the end of mankind on a date equating to December 21st, 2012. As that day approaches, greed, corruption, economic collapse, and violence seem to be pushing our species to the predicted brink of disaster. But there is another doomsday threat looming in our near future, a very real threat that can wipe out not only humanity but our entire planet.Phobos: Mayan Fear, Steve Alten’s third book in the Mayan prophecy-based Domain series, is a doomsday rollercoaster ride of adventure that follows Immanuel Gabriel to the end of the world and back again for one last shot at salvation. During Immanuel’s journey with his deceased grandfather, archaeologist Julius Gabriel, Julius reveals everything the Mayans knew and feared—from the secrets of creation that predate the Big Bang to the existence of extraterrestrials that have come to Earth to save our species.The universe is not what it seems, nor is human existence. The ticking clock of physicality that begins at conception and terminates with our final breath is neither the end nor the beginning, but an elaborate ruse constructed as a test.We are failing miserably.Available Formats: Download, MP3 CD, Digital Rental7.2 hrs • Mar/21/2017 • Unabridged
It was a summer of glorious triumph for the mighty Roman Republic. Her invincible legions had brought all foreign enemies to their knees. But in Rome there was no peace. The streets were flooded with the blood of murdered citizens, and there were rumors of more atrocities to come. Decius Caecilius Metellus the Younger was convinced a conspiracy existed to overthrow the government, a sinister cabal that could only be destroyed from within. But admission into the traitorous society of evil carried a grim price: the life of Decius’ closest friend—and maybe his own. The author’s masterful writing and impeccable faithfulness to historical fact join together to create a grippingly suspenseful tale of murder and conspiracy in Ancient Rome.Available Formats: Download, MP3 CD9.1 hrs • Mar/21/2017 • Unabridged
Appointed to conquer the “crime capital of the world,” the first police chief of Paris faces an epidemic of murder in the late 1600s. Assigned by Louis XIV, Nicolas de La Reynie begins by clearing the streets of filth and installing lanterns throughout Paris, turning it into the City of Light.The fearless La Reynie pursues criminals through the labyrinthine neighborhoods of the city. He unearths a tightly knit cabal of poisoners, witches, and renegade priests. As he exposes their unholy work, he soon learns that no one is safe from black magic―not even the Sun King. In a world where a royal glance can turn success into disgrace, the distance between the quietly backstabbing world of the king’s court and the criminal underground proves disturbingly short. Nobles settle scores by employing witches to craft poisons and by hiring priests to perform dark rituals in Paris’ most illustrious churches and cathedrals.As La Reynie continues his investigations, he is haunted by a single question: Could Louis’ mistresses be involved in such nefarious plots? The pragmatic and principled La Reynie must decide just how far he will go to protect his king.From secret courtrooms to torture chambers, City of Light, City of Poison is a gripping true-crime tale of deception and murder. Based on thousands of pages of court transcripts and La Reynie’s compulsive note taking, as well as on letters and diaries, Tucker’s riveting narrative makes the fascinating, real-life characters breathe on the page.Available Formats: Download, MP3 CD, Digital Rental17.7 hrs • Mar/21/2017 • Unabridged
The definitive collection of stories—new and old—from Rick Bass, “an American classic” (Newsweek). For the past three decades Rick Bass, long considered one of the most gifted practitioners of the short story, has been unsurpassed in his ability to perceive and portray the enduring truths of the human heart. To read his fiction is to feel more alive—connected, incandescently, to “the brief longshot of having been chosen for the human experience,” as one of his characters puts it.These pages reveal men and women living with passion and tenderness at the outer limits of the senses, each attempting to triumph against fate. In the timeless and much-loved “The Hermit’s Story,” a couple escapes a sudden blizzard by traversing a frozen lake-beneath the ice-while oft-anthologized treasures like “The Watch” and “The Fireman” provide searing insights into the complexity of family and romantic entanglements, whether it’s a cantankerous father and son in the jungle of a Mississippi bayou, or a troubled marriage haunted and cleansed by house fires.In “How She Remembers It,” Bass’s latest Pushcart Prize winner, a twelve-year-old girl takes her first trip to Yellowstone with her beloved father, who, unbeknownst to her, is losing his memory. In other new stories we meet an ancient, once-vital matriarch refusing all attempts to lease her oil-rich land; a teenage boy rescuing a truck from the river in which his father drowned; an alcoholic logger seeking absolution and renewal amid the ancient ruins of South America; and a father protecting his daughters from a mountain lion on a trip to harvest a Christmas tree gone awry. Bass’s lush and striking language pulls us ineluctably into the lives of these engaging characters and their surroundings.These intricate stories—brimming with magic and wonder, filled with hard-won empathy, marbled throughout with astonishing imagery—have the power both to devastate and to uplift. For a Little While showcases an iconic American master at his peak, and is a breathtaking work of literature every fiction reader must own.Available Formats: Download3.7 hrs • Mar/21/2017 • Unabridged
Copeland believes “There has been a shift in recent years in which women no longer desire the bare bones of a runway model. Standards have changed: what women do want is a long, toned, powerful body with excellent posture.” In other words, the body of a ballerina. In her first health and fitness book, Misty will showwomen from all walks of life how to reshape their bodies into this new lean and strong ideal, with step-by-step advice complete with meal plans, work out routines, and words of inspiration to keep readers motivated. Celebrating the importance of healthy fats, the health benefits of modified fasting, and a fitness regimen that fuses dance and Pilates, Misty shares the time-tested exercises and eating plans that she uses to keep in top shape, as well as tips for motivation, and words of encouragement.Available Formats: Download9.0 hrs • Mar/21/2017 • Unabridged
Lucy and Owen, ambitious, thoroughly therapized New Yorkers, have taken the plunge, trading in their crazy life in a cramped apartment for Beekman, a bucolic Hudson Valley exurb. They’ve got a 200-year-old house, an autistic son obsessed with the Titanic, and seventeen chickens, at last count. It’s the kind of paradise where stay-at-home moms team up to cook the school’s “hot lunch,” dads grill grass-fed burgers, and, as Lucy observes, “chopping kale has become a certain kind of American housewife’s version of chopping wood.”When friends at a wine-soaked dinner party reveal they’ve made their marriage open, sensible Lucy balks. There’s a part of her, though—the part that worries she’s become too comfortable being invisible—that’s intrigued. Why not try a short marital experiment? Six months, clear ground rules, zero questions asked. When an affair with a man in the city begins to seem more enticing than the happily-ever-after she’s known for the past nine years, Lucy must decide what truly makes her happy—“real life,” or the “experiment?”Available Formats: Download13.3 hrs • Mar/21/2017 • Unabridged
Jane Austen’s most famous novel, Pride and Prejudice, is brought to sparkling life in this new unabridged recording by AudioFile earphones award winning narrator Alison Larkin. A witty and always original voice, Alison Larkin is the perfect vessel to bring Jane Austen’s classically satirical second novel to a new American audience. This fresh and hugely entertaining reading from the English American joined with Austen’s deft satire, results in pure, boundless FUN. Cover illustration by New Yorker cartoonist William Hamilton.Available Formats: Download13.3 hrs • Mar/21/2017 • UnabridgedCDAlso: Download16.8 hrs • Mar/21/2017 • Unabridged
Following the runaway success of her stunning rendition of Pride and Prejudice, award-winning narrator Alison Larkin returns—breathing new life into Jane Austen’s Emma. Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the book, Larkin—a witty and always original voice—is the perfect vessel to bring this classically satirical novel to a new audience. A fresh and hugely entertaining listen, Larkin, also an acclaimed comedienne and the bestselling author of The English American, joins her voice deftly with Austen’s clever style and the result is pure boundless fun.Available Formats: Download8.9 hrs • Mar/21/2017 • Unabridged
Award-winning narrator Alison Larkin's reading of Agatha Christie’s second novel, The Secret Adversary, set in London in 1919, received glowing reviews.. Publishers Weekly said "her performance captures that sense of carefree enthusiasm for life before the crash. Her reading is champagne bubbly and engaging throughout. A jaunty, jolly good listen." "Alison Larkin's crisp, clear narration helps to conjure up the feeling of a bygone era when the class system was at the core of British society. The result is an easy listen of a classic tale of detection." Audiofile Magazine. The Great War is over, and the roaring '20s are just on the horizon in London. Tommy and Tuppence are charming, broke and in desperate need of work. They decide to set up Young Adventurers Ltd. —”willing to do anything, go anywhere.” They are soon caught up in a dastardly plot to overthrow the government.Available Formats: Download6.6 hrs • Mar/21/2017 • Unabridged
Peter Pan“All children, except one, grow up.” When Peter flies into the Darling home looking for his shadow, he teaches Wendy, John, and Michael how to fly with him back to the island of Neverland. There they embark on an awfully big adventure.The Inconsiderate WaiterIn the world of the Victorian Club, it does not do for a gentleman to be seen to take an interest in any member of the working class. How dreadfully inconvenient then, when the narrator’s waiter begins to display alarming tendencies towards having a personality and feelings of his own. The last thing any respectable gentleman should do is permit himself to be drawn into this dubious world—let alone entertain emotions such as interest or empathy for a member of the lower class.Available Formats: Download6.0 hrs • Mar/21/2017 • Unabridged
The Princess and the Goblin, first published in 1872, was one of the very first fantasy novels and had a strong influence on the work of Lewis Carroll, C.S. Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien. It is loved by fans of fantasy fiction to this day. Eight-year-old Princess Irene lives in a remote mountainous region with no one but her nursemaid for company. Then she meets a mysterious old woman and Curdie, a young miner. Meanwhile, deep in the heart of the earth beneath her lurk grotesque and hideous creatures seeking vengeance against human kind.The Goblin and the Grocer by Hans Christian Andersen is a short fairy story about a very different sort of goblin who must choose between poetry and an edible Christmas treat.Hailed by The Times (London) as “hugely entertaining,” award-winning narrator Alison Larkin uses her wide range of voices to bring these powerful, delightful classics to a brand new audience.Available Formats: Download6.0 hrs • Mar/21/2017 • UnabridgedCDAlso: Download3.8 hrs • Mar/21/2017 • Unabridged
Lewis Carroll’s sequel to Alice in Wonderland brilliantly captures a young girl’s feelings about growing up in a nonsensical world. Through the Looking Glass is followed by “Phantasmagoria”—a humorous poem about a little ghost who finds himself haunting the wrong building.Available Formats: Download3.1 hrs • Mar/21/2017 • Unabridged
Alice in Wonderland and Jabberwocky are brought to sparkling new life in this brilliant recording by internationally acclaimed comedienne Alison Larkin, and Audie Award–winning narrator Derek Perkins.The recordings are followed by a short excerpt from the Life and Letters of Lewis Carroll, by Carroll’s nephew Stuart Dodgson Collingwood.Available Formats: Download10.2 hrs • Mar/21/2017 • Unabridged
Jane Austen’s last novel, “Persuasion,” tells the story of Anne Elliot and Frederick Wentworth. Seven years after Anne rejects the man she loves after a family friend persuades her that he isn’t a good enough match for her, Frederick Wentworth returns to England looking for a wife.Jane Austen completed the manuscript of “Persuasion” in the summer of 1816. It was not published until after her death.Jane Austen’s poems were mostly occasional, light comic verses written to celebrate events, like a marriage or the birth of a child, to entertain family and friends.This delightful selection, with an introduction by Alison Larkin, ranges from “This Little Bag,” which Austen wrote on a tiny piece of paper placed in the pocket of a tiny bag she gave to her niece on Christmas night 1792, to “When Winchester Races,” written in July 1817, just three days before her death.Available Formats: DownloadLoading more titles...
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