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  1. 9.9 hrs • Jun/01/2012 • Unabridged

    Bound by duty… Colin MacGregor was born to fight—for his beliefs, his king, and his family’s honor. After years away from his beloved Scotland, he yearns to return to its lush, green hills, and he can after he completes one final mission for the king. Sent to infiltrate a traitor’s home, Colin is determined to expose the treasonous plot and triumph on the battlefield—until he meets a sensual lass who tempts him toward other pursuits. Betrayed by passion… Lady Gillian Dearly is no stranger to temptation. Cast out of her family for bearing an illegitimate child, she’s now the ward of a barbarian conspiring against the king. Her only desire: freedom for her son and for herself at any cost, even if it means making a deal with the devil. Yet when a mysterious Highlander appears in their midst, his raw strength and smoldering gaze give her hope for a future beyond the castle walls—and promise a desire unlike any she’s ever known. Passion, however, comes at a price.

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    Conquered by a Highlander

    9.9 hrs • Jun/01/2012 • Unabridged
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  2. 9.7 hrs • May/20/2012 • Unabridged

    Murder gets into the act in Ngaio Marsh’s wittiest and most readable novel—and a Shakespearean actor takes his final bow. Beautiful Troy Alleyn, artist wife of Inspector Alleyn, had been warned about the famed old Shakespearean actor Sir Henry and his eccentric household. But she was not prepared for the acts of malice and mischief that would ensue at his birthday party. Now Sir Henry is dead, after a large and lethal birthday dinner of champagne and crayfish—and after changing his will in favor of his glamorous young fiancée. And Troy is suddenly star witness in one of her husband’s most sensational cases. Together, the Alleyns must determine which of the flamboyant characters at Sir Henry’s house brought down the final curtain and turned a drawing room farce into tragedy.

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    Final Curtain

    Read by Wanda McCaddon
    9.7 hrs • May/20/2012 • Unabridged
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  3. 9.1 hrs • Apr/20/2012 • Unabridged

    The most coveted combat decoration in all Germany, the Blue Max was a symbol of power, fame, and prestige beyond the reach of ordinary mortals. Bruno Stachel is a nobody, a newly recruited junior officer in a First World War combat squadron. But he is determined not to remain a nobody for long. He has his sights on the Blue Max, the most coveted of all German decorations, and he will do anything to get it. From the very moment he shoots down his first plane, everything he does is aimed at that goal. This world-famous novel of deadly combat in the skies tells the story of the men who killed for the Blue Max—and died for it. Stachel—murderer and alcoholic. His meteoric rise to glory alienated him from his fellow pilots, and ultimately from human decency. Kettering—collector of pornography. He became the victim of Stachel’s ruthless ambition. Von Klugermann—the haughty aristocrat. He delved too deeply into Stachel’s torment, only to discover a cobra. Kaeti—the woman who knew them all. Arrogant noblewoman, black- mailing nymphomaniac—and Stachel’s beautiful mistress. Jack D. Hunter’s novel is a classic of war literature and a brilliant study of a pilot tortured by his naked ambition.

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    The Blue Max

    Read by Grover Gardner
    9.1 hrs • Apr/20/2012 • Unabridged
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  4. 9.0 hrs • Apr/20/2012 • Unabridged

    Sara Stanley is only fourteen, but she can weave tales that are impossible to resist. In the picturesque town of Carlisle, children and grown-ups alike flock from miles around to hear her spellbinding tales. When Bev and Felix, two city boys, are sent to Carlisle for the summer, they are captivated by this very different rural island and by Sara Stanley, the Story Girl. Their vacation becomes a time for magic and mischief as they spend their days with Sara and the eccentric local people, with a mysterious blue treasure chest and intrepid cat, and experience an ordeal that may cost a friend his life. But woven through the sunlit days and starry seaside nights is another kind of enchantment as well—one spun by the tales of the talented Story Girl. She tells tales of love and death, good and evil, and wondrous times and lands that exist only in the imagination. Like all stories written by L. M. Montgomery, these are timeless stories that live forever in our hearts.

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    The Story Girl

    Read by Grace Conlin
    9.0 hrs • Apr/20/2012 • Unabridged
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  5. 9.6 hrs • Mar/20/2012 • Unabridged

    Under the Andes is an intriguing precursor to Rex Stout’s scores of marvelous Nero Wolfe mysteries. Desiree Le Mire ran into the cave, anxious to explore, tempted by the legends of Inca gold. Harry Lamar and his brother Paul had no choice but to follow. After all, they could not let the beautiful dancer enter the black depths alone. Others lived there, however, protecting the gold of their ancestors, others now misshapen after generations of living underground. That was why no one who entered the cave ever emerged into daylight. But no one who had entered was as beautiful as Desiree—or as determined as the Lamars.

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    Under the Andes

    Read by Harold N. Cropp
    9.6 hrs • Mar/20/2012 • Unabridged
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  6. 10.2 hrs • Feb/20/2012 • Unabridged

    Written in the late eighteenth century as a reply to Edmund Burke’s Reflections on the French Revolution, Thomas Paine’s Rights of Man is unquestionably one of the great classics on the subject of democracy. A vindication of the French Revolution and a critique of the British system of government, it defended the dignity of the common man in all countries against those who would discard him as one of the “swinish multitude.”     Paine created a language of modern politics that brought important issues to the working classes. Employing direct, vehement prose, Paine defends popular rights, national independence, revolutionary war, and economic growth—all of which were considered, at the time, to be dangerous and even seditious issues. His vast influence is due in large measure to his eloquent literary style, noted for its poignant metaphors, vigor, and rational directness.

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    Rights of Man

    Read by Bernard Mayes
    10.2 hrs • Feb/20/2012 • Unabridged
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  7. 10.3 hrs • Dec/20/2011 • Unabridged

    Colonial politics in 1930 Kyauktada, India come to a head when the European Club, previously for whites only, is ordered to elect one token native member. The deeply racist members do their best to manipulate the situation, resulting in the loss not only of reputations, but of lives. Amidst this cynical setting, timber merchant James Flory stands as a bridge between the warring factions, a Brit with a genuine appreciation for the native people and culture. But he has trouble acting on his feelings, and the significance of his vote, both social and political, weighs on him. When Elizabeth Lackersteen arrives, blonde, eligible, and anti-intellectual, Flory finds himself the hapless suitor. Orwell alternates between grand-scale political intrigue and nuanced social interaction, mining his own Colonial Indian heritage to create a monument of historical fiction.

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    Burmese Days

    10.3 hrs • Dec/20/2011 • Unabridged
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  8. 9.4 hrs • Dec/20/2011 • Unabridged

    Gordon Comstock is a poor young man who works by day in a grubby London bookstore and spends his evenings shivering in a rented room, trying to write. Gordon has published a slim volume of verse and is determined to keep free of the “money world” of safe, lucrative jobs, marriage, and family responsibilities. This world, to Gordon, spells the end of art and aspidistra, the homely, indestructible house plant that stands in every middle-class British window. Gordon’s sweetheart, Rosemary, understands him: she is patient with his pride and lack of funds. But then, as it happens with all lovers, events overtake them. Orwell’s picture of the “money world,” as Gordon sees it, is in his best satirical vein.

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    Keep the Aspidistra Flying

    Read by Richard Brown
    9.4 hrs • Dec/20/2011 • Unabridged
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  9. 9.7 hrs • Sep/27/2011 • Unabridged

    This Christmas, come home to Fairbrook, the setting for Judy Duarte’s uplifting, heartwarming novels, where friendship, faith, and some extra-special providence will make it a holiday to remember. Fairbrook is a town tailor-made for Christmas, with beautiful old houses dotting quaintly named streets like Sugar Plum Lane and Nutcracker Court. But not everyone is eager for the holidays to arrive. Cash-strapped single mom Carly Westbrook worries about providing a merry Christmas for her boys. It doesn’t help that they’ve been having run-ins with neighbor Max Tolliver, an aspiring novelist stricken with writer’s block. Then there’s Grant Barrows, a formerly wealthy businessman whose heart seems to have shrunk along with his bank balance. Some folks are still determined to make the season sparkle—like the Diamond Lils, a ladies’ group that meets weekly to play poker and socialize. This year, they’re looking to do some good deeds—and wealthy widow Lynette thinks that a little matchmaking between Grant and Carly would be a perfect place to start. Yet Christmas is a season for surprises. And sometimes, the gifts we never expected turn out to be the most precious of all.

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    Christmas on Nutcracker Court

    Read by Pam Ward
    9.7 hrs • Sep/27/2011 • Unabridged
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  10. 10.0 hrs • Jun/15/2010 • Unabridged

    In this riveting personal account, an authentic American hero relives the perils and triumphs of eight harrowing patrols aboard one of America’s most successful World War II submarines. Courageous deeds and terror-filled moments as well as the endless maintenance work are vividly recalled in Calvert’s candid portrait. But Silent Running is more than a masterful collection of war stories. The greatest drama takes place within Jim Calvert himself, as his values, his training, and his courage are put to the test daily, both at sea and ashore. He must come to terms with a forbidden love, overcome fear and self-doubt, cope with the loss of comrades, and face the constant reality that each and every day at sea might be his last.

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    Silent Running

    Read by Kevin Patrick
    10.0 hrs • Jun/15/2010 • Unabridged
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  11. 9.8 hrs • Sep/01/2009 • Unabridged

    Whether viewed as subjugator or protector, Oliver Cromwell was a titan of seventeenth-century England. Theologian J. H. Merle d’Aubigné wrote this 1847 biography for one purpose: “rectification of the common opinion with regard to Cromwell’s religious character.” And rectify it he does. Working from Cromwell’s letters and speeches, he reveals the Protector to be a man of prayer and Bible study, exceedingly devout, consecrated to God, a devoted family man. Included here are Cromwell’s tender letters to his children, his response to the proposal that he be crowned, and his thoughts at the end of his life, plus the death warrant of Charles I and observations by George Fox and Milton. What was the only important blemish to be found in this honorable man? Merle d’Aubigné’s answer will surprise you.

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    The Protector

    9.8 hrs • Sep/01/2009 • Unabridged
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  12. 8.6 hrs • Feb/17/2009 • Unabridged

    A US marshal and her prisoner are gunned down outside of London’s Heathrow Airport just as the prisoner is to testify against the head of a violent animal-rights group. Leeds Detective Sergeant Keen Dunliffe doesn’t seem like the right man for the case, except that he has the undercover experience and knowledge of Yorkshire, the terrorists’ backyard. He’s ordered to head up a sting operation with Rachel Colver, an inexperienced police constable, who may have personal ties that will help her infiltrate the animal-rights group. However, Keen is worried about a plan that puts Rachel in obvious peril. As the two hunker down to work the case from the inside, brutal extremists and police politics collide, involving murder, intimidation, smuggling, and blackmail with lethal consequences.

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    Kingdom of Silence

    Read by Ralph Cosham
    8.6 hrs • Feb/17/2009 • Unabridged
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  13. 9.7 hrs • Nov/01/2008 • Unabridged

    Charon was the most ruthless—and brilliant—criminal of the twenty-first century, a practitioner of illegal robotics and android research. He is dead now, and General Thomas Wharington believes his team of experts has deleted all the electronic copies that the megalomaniacal inventor created of himself. However, one major problem remains: Alpha, the only android survivor of Charon’s cybernetic empire. Outwardly indistinguishable from a human woman, Alpha has superhuman strength and speed, and perhaps even more deadly capabilities still unknown. Thomas’ superiors want her dismantled and studied, but to Wharington, it feels like murder. He stalls for time, a move that could prove disastrous. Alpha escapes from an escape-proof compound, kidnaps Wharington, and takes him to one of Charon’s hidden installations. Charon might be dead, but Alpha continues to carry out her late master’s orders, and she refuses to elaborate on what those orders entail. Meanwhile, her behavior is becoming more human, or so it seems. Is she developing emotions and a conscience, or is she just learning to counterfeit them as a means of carrying out her enigmatic orders? And do those orders include Wharington’s death sentence?

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    Alpha

    Read by Hillary Huber
    9.7 hrs • Nov/01/2008 • Unabridged
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  14. 9.4 hrs • Jun/24/2008 • Unabridged

    All her life Ellie Enderlin had been known as Lila’s sister. Then one day, without warning, the shape of their family changed forever. Twenty years ago, Lila, a top math student at Stanford, was murdered in a crime that was never solved. In the aftermath of her sister’s death, Ellie entrusted her most intimate feelings to a man who turned the story into a bestselling true crime book—a book that both devastated her family and identified one of Lila’s professors as the killer. Decades later, two Americans meet in a remote village in Nicaragua. Ellie is now a professional coffee buyer, an inveterate traveler incapable of trust. Peter is a ruined academic. Their meeting is not by chance. As rain beats down on the steaming rooftops of the village, Peter leaves Ellie with a gift—the notebook that Lila carried everywhere, a piece of evidence not found with her body. Stunned, Ellie returns home to San Francisco to explore the mysteries of Lila’s notebook, filled with mathematical equations, and begin a search that has been waiting for her for two decades. It will lead her to a hundred-year-old mathematical puzzle, to a lover no one knew Lila had, to the motives and fate of the man who profited from their family’s anguish—and to the deepest secrets even sisters keep from each other. As she connects with people whose lives unknowingly swirled around her own, Ellie will confront a series of startling revelations—from the eloquent truths of numbers to confessions of love, pain, and loss. A novel about the stories and lies that strangers, lovers, and families tell—and the secrets we keep even from ourselves—Michelle Richmond’s novel is a work of astonishing depth and beauty, at once heartbreaking, provocative, and impossible to put down.

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    No One You Know

    9.4 hrs • Jun/24/2008 • Unabridged
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  15. 10.0 hrs • Apr/01/2008 • Unabridged

    In September 1740, singer Tito Amato is offered the lead role in an opera being staged at an isolated villa in the Italian hills. Puzzled by the air of secrecy that enshrouds the production but attracted by a generous fee, Tito agrees. The countryside is awash with the golden hues of autumn, but the bucolic mood quickly turns menacing when a notorious figure from Tito’s past turns up at the villa. That night, at the stroke of twelve, a soprano stumbles over a stranger who has been beaten to death with the clock pendulum. With the local constable away on a boar hunt, the midnight murderer strikes with impunity, raising terror to a fevered crescendo. Tito must pursue his own quest for answers, a quest that leads straight into the painful secrets of his heart and beyond.

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    The Iron Tongue of Midnight

    10.0 hrs • Apr/01/2008 • Unabridged
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  16. 9.0 hrs • Apr/01/2008 • Unabridged

    As Lord Chamberlain, John spent his days counseling Emperor Justinian while passing the small hours of night in conversation with the solemn-eyed little girl depicted in a mosaic on his study wall. He never expected to meet her in a public square—or afterwards, to find her red-dyed corpse in a subterranean cistern. Had the mysterious woman truly been the model for the mosaic years before, as she claimed? Who was she? Who wanted her dead and why? The answers seem to lie among the denizens of the smoky streets of that quarter of Constantinople known as the Copper Market, where artisans, beggars, prostitutes, pillar saints, and exiled aristocrats struggle to survive within sight of the Great Palace and yet worlds distant. Before long, John suspects he is attempting to unravel not just a murder but also a plot against the empire.

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    Seven for a Secret

    Read by James Adams
    9.0 hrs • Apr/01/2008 • Unabridged
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