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34.6 hrs • Mar/21/2017 • Unabridged
From the bestselling author of The Bronze Horseman the magnificent conclusion to her remarkable trilogy, hailed as the Russian Thorn BirdsThrough years of war and deprivation, Tatiana and Alexander have suffered the worst the twentieth century has offered. After years of separation, they are miraculously reunited in America, the land of their dreams.They have a beautiful son, Anthony. They have proved to each other that their love is greater than the vast evil of the world. But though they are still very young, their hearts have grown old and guarded, their passion a memory.In the climate of fear and mistrust of the Cold War, dark forces are at work in their new country that threaten their life and their family. Can these distant lovers reignite the passion to melt away the pain and separation of the past? Can they find the happiness they have always dreamed? Or will the ghosts of yesterday reach out to blight even the destiny of their firstborn son?Epic in scope, masterfully told, moving across three continents, and spanning more than half a century, The Summer Garden is a novel of unique and devastating emotional power and a wondrous conclusion to a thrilling, timeless story that celebrates the power of love and the resilience of the human spirit..Available Formats: Download, MP3 CD35.0 hrs • Nov/15/2016 • Unabridged
The sequel to the Pulitzer Prize–winning bestseller Advise and Consent from Allen Drury, the twentieth-century grand master of political fiction—a novel of the United Nations and the racial friction that could spark a worldwide powder kegInternational tensions rise as ambassadors and politicians scheme, using the independence of a small African nation as the focal point for hidden agendas.A cascade of events begun in the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations could lead to the weakening of the United States, the loss of the Panama Canal, and a possible civil war.Allen Drury paints a vivid and laser-accurate portrait of Washington and international politics, from top secret conferences to elite cocktail parties, club luncheon rooms, and the private offices of the key players in government. This novel is as relevant today as when it was first published.Available Formats: MP3 CD34.5 hrs • Jan/19/2016 • Unabridged
In Dhalgren, perhaps one of the most profound and bestselling science fiction novels of all time, Samuel R. Delany has produced a novel that rivals the best American fiction of the 1970s.Bellona is a city at the dead center of the United States. Something has happened there … the population has fled. Madmen and criminals wander the streets. Strange portents appear in the cloud-covered sky. And into this disaster zone comes a young man—a poet, lover, and adventurer—known only as the Kid.Tackling questions of race, gender, and sexuality, Dhalgren is a literary marvel and a groundbreaking work of American magical realism.Available Formats: Download, MP3 CD, Digital Rental33.3 hrs • May/12/2015 • Unabridged
An important collection of inspiring devotionalsThe seventeenth-century devotional letters of Samuel Rutherford, most of which were written during imprisonment for the sake of the gospel, are presented for the edification of a new generation of readers. Published more than 350 years ago, The Letters of Samuel Rutherford have been a source of encouragement and inspiration for Christians throughout the world.Available Formats: Download, MP3 CD, Digital Rental34.9 hrs • Jan/27/2015 • Unabridged
This seventh volume of Will and Ariel Durant’s renowned Story of Civilization chronicles the history of European civilization from 1558 to 1648.The Age of Reason Begins brings together a fascinating network of stories in the discussion of the bumpy road toward the Enlightenment. This is the age of great monarchs and greater artists—on the one hand, Elizabeth I of England, Philip II of Spain, and Henry IV of France; on the other, Shakespeare, Cervantes, Montaigne, and Rembrandt. It also encompasses the heyday of Francis Bacon, Galileo, Giordano Bruno, and Descartes, the fathers of modern science and philosophy. But it is equally an age of extreme violence, a moment in which all Europe was embroiled in the horrible Thirty Years’ War—in some respects, the real first world war. This chapter in cultural history is one that can’t be missed.Available Formats: Download, MP3 CD, Digital Rental35.0 hrs • Sep/16/2014 • Unabridged
No one is innocent. Every crown is tarnished.A royal child, believed dead, sets his eyes on regaining his father’s stolen throne.A bastard lord, uprising against his tyrant cousin, sheds more blood than he bargained for.A duke’s widow, defending her daughter, defies the ambitious lord who would control them both.And two brothers, divided by ambition, will learn the true meaning of treachery.All of this will come to pass, and the only certainty is that nothing will remain as it once was. As royal houses rise and fall, empires are reborn and friends become enemies, it becomes clear that much will be demanded of those who follow the path to power.Available Formats:34.6 hrs • Jan/01/2014 • Unabridged
Winner of the National Book Award and now considered a classic, The House of Morgan is the most ambitious history ever written about an American banking dynasty. Acclaimed by the Wall Street Journal as “brilliantly researched and written,” the book tells the rich, panoramic story of four generations of Morgans and the powerful, secretive firms they spawned. It is the definitive account of the rise of the modern financial world. A gripping history of banking and the booms and busts that shaped the world on both sides of the Atlantic, The House of Morgan traces the trajectory of the J. P. Morgan empire from its obscure beginnings in Victorian London to the crash of 1987. Ron Chernow paints a fascinating portrait of the private saga of the Morgans and the rarefied world of the American and British elite in which they moved. Based on extensive interviews and access to the family and business archives, The House of Morgan is an investigative masterpiece, a compelling account of a remarkable institution and the men who ran it, and an essential book for understanding the money and power behind the major historical events of the last 150 years.Available Formats: Download, MP3 CD, Digital Rental35.2 hrs • Dec/03/2013 • Unabridged
At long last, the epic biography Ted Williams deserves—and that his fans have been waiting for. Williams was the best hitter in baseball history. His batting average of .406 in 1941 has not been topped since, and no player who has hit more than five hundred home runs has a higher career batting average. Those totals would have been even higher if Williams had not left baseball for nearly five years in the prime of his career to serve as a Marine pilot in World War II and Korea. He hit home runs farther than any player before him—and traveled a long way himself, as Ben Bradlee, Jr.’s, grand biography reveals. Born in 1918 in San Diego, Ted would spend most of his life disguising his Mexican heritage. During his twenty-two years with the Boston Red Sox, Williams electrified crowds across America—and shocked them, too. His notorious clashes with the press and fans threatened his reputation. Yet while he was a god in the batter’s box, he was profoundly human once he stepped away from the plate. His ferocity came to define his troubled domestic life. While baseball might have been straightforward for Ted Williams, life was not. The Kid is biography of the highest literary order, a thrilling and honest account of a legend in all his glory and human complexity. In his final at-bat, Williams hit a home run. Bradlee’s marvelous book clears the fences, too.Available Formats:33.4 hrs • Nov/01/2013 • Unabridged
As the world still reeled from the tragic and historic events of November 22, 1963, William Manchester set out, at the request of the Kennedy family, to create a detailed, authoritative record of President John F. Kennedy’s death, including the days immediately preceding and following the assassination. Through hundreds of interviews, extensive travel, and firsthand observation, and with unique access to the proceedings of the Warren Commission, Manchester conducted an exhaustive historical investigation, accumulating forty-five volumes of documents, exhibits, and transcribed tapes. His ultimate objective—to set down as a whole the national and personal tragedy that was JFK’s assassination—is brilliantly achieved in this galvanizing narrative, a book universally acclaimed as a landmark work of modern history.Available Formats: Download, MP3 CD, Digital Rental35.1 hrs • Aug/15/2013 • Unabridged
John D. Rockefeller, Sr., history’s first billionaire and the patriarch of America’s most famous dynasty, is an icon whose true nature has eluded three generations of historians. Now Ron Chernow, a National Book Award–winning biographer, gives us a detailed and insightful history of the mogul. Titan is the first full-length biography based on unrestricted access to Rockefeller’s exceptionally rich trove of papers. A landmark publication full of startling revelations, the book indelibly alters our image of this most enigmatic capitalist. Born the son of a flamboyant, bigamous snake-oil salesman and a pious, straitlaced mother, Rockefeller rose from rustic origins to become the world’s richest man by creating America’s most powerful and feared monopoly, Standard Oil. Branded “the Octopus” by legions of muckrakers, the trust refined and marketed nearly 90 percent of the oil produced in America. Rockefeller was likely the most controversial businessman in our nation’s history. Critics charged that his empire was built on unscrupulous tactics: grand-scale collusion with the railroads, predatory pricing, industrial espionage, and wholesale bribery of political officials. The titan spent more than thirty years dodging investigations until Teddy Roosevelt and his trustbusters embarked on a marathon crusade to bring Standard Oil to bay. While providing abundant evidence of Rockefeller’s misdeeds, Chernow discards the stereotype of the cold-blooded monster to sketch an unforgettably human portrait of a quirky, eccentric original. A devout Baptist and temperance advocate, Rockefeller gave money more generously than anyone before him—his chosen philanthropies included the Rockefeller Foundation, the University of Chicago, and what is today Rockefeller University. Titan presents a finely nuanced portrait of a fascinating, complex man, synthesizing his public and private lives and disclosing numerous family scandals, tragedies, and misfortunes that have never before come to light. John D. Rockefeller’s story captures a pivotal moment in American history, documenting the dramatic post–Civil War shift from small business to the rise of giant corporations that irrevocably transformed the nation. With cameos by Joseph Pulitzer, William Randolph Hearst, Jay Gould, William Vanderbilt, Ida Tarbell, Andrew Carnegie, Carl Jung, J. P. Morgan, William James, Henry Clay Frick, Mark Twain, and Will Rogers, Titan turns Rockefeller’s life into a vivid tapestry of American society in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It is Ron Chernow’s signal triumph that he writes this monumental saga with all the sweep, drama, and insight that this giant subject deserves.Available Formats: Download, MP3 CD, Digital Rental34.5 hrs • Jul/10/2013 • Unabridged
By the time Henry Kissinger was made secretary of state in 1973, he had become, according to a Gallup poll, the most admired person in America and one of the most unlikely celebrities ever to capture the world’s imagination. Yet Kissinger was also reviled by large segments of the American public, ranging from liberal intellectuals to conservative activists. Kissinger explores the relationship between this complex man’s personality and the foreign policy he pursued. Drawing on extensive interviews with Kissinger as well as 150 other sources, including US presidents and his business clients, this first full-length biography makes use of many of Kissinger’s private papers and classified memos to tell his uniquely American story. The result is an intimate narrative, filled with surprising revelations, that follows this grandly colorful statesman from his childhood as a persecuted Jew in Nazi Germany, through his tortured relationship with Richard Nixon, to his later years as a globe-trotting business consultant.Available Formats: Download, MP3 CD, Digital Rental35.9 hrs • Jul/01/2013 • Unabridged
J. M. Roberts, one of our greatest historians, brings us an engrossing one-volume history of the extraordinary century we’ve just lived through. Going beyond a traditional chronological narrative of events, Roberts identifies the major long-term changes that underlie them, pointing in particular to worldwide increases in life expectancy; major advances in science and technology; the radical reconfiguration of the global economy; the disappearance of empires; the decline of white hegemony; and the changing role of women.Available Formats: MP3 CD34.4 hrs • Apr/01/2013 • Unabridged
Winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Biography and the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, this is the most comprehensive book ever written about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. David J. Garrow had unrestricted access to Martin Luther King’s personal papers, to thousands of pages of newly released FBI documents, and to more than seven hundred interviews with King’s closest friends and enemies. Garrow traces King’s transformation from the young pastor of a modest church into the foremost spokesperson of the civil rights movement. The book’s unifying theme is King’s growing awareness of the symbolic meaning of the cross, as his sense of personal mission deepened into an acceptance of a life that would demand the ultimate sacrifice. This is a powerful portrait of a man at the epicenter of one of the most dramatic periods in our history—and of his metamorphosis into a legend.Available Formats: Download, MP3 CD, Digital Rental35.6 hrs • Mar/15/2013 • Unabridged
Morning & Evening by Charles H. Spurgeon (1834–1892) is one of the most popular daily devotional series of all time. Now available as an audiobook, this inspiring devotional offers Christians of all denominations a daily dose of Charles Spurgeon’s wit and wisdom through a daily tour of the scriptures. Join millions of people who start and end their day throughout the year by listening to these timeless devotionals. In this audiobook version, Christopher Glyn’s rich English voice makes Charles H. Spurgeon’s nineteenth-century English prose easy for the modern listener to understand. Enjoy the depths of the scriptures and set your mind on God each day.“He wakeneth morning by morning. He wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned” (Isa. 50:4).“My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips; when I remember Thee upon my bed, and meditate on Thee in the night watches” (Ps. 63:5, 6).Charles Haddon Spurgeon was a prolific author and is known for his penetrating thought and precise exposition. Prominent authors and pastors the world over have been influenced by Spurgeon, including Billy Graham, Eugene Peterson, Rick Warren, A. W. Tozer, Paul Young, and countless others. Take this audiobook on the go with this masterful performance by narrator Christopher Glyn and let this daily devotional be your companion, as you take this one-year spiritual journey.Available Formats: Download, MP3 CD33.6 hrs • Oct/15/2012 • Unabridged
Sensual, rebellious Anna falls deeply and passionately in love with the handsome Count Vronsky. When she refuses to conduct the discreet affair that her cold, ambitious husband—and Russian high society—would condone, she is doomed. Set against the tragic love of Anna and Vronsky, the plight of the melancholy nobleman Konstantine Levin unfolds. In doubt about the meaning of life—a mirror of Tolstoy’s own spiritual crisis—Konstantine is haunted by thoughts of suicide. Through these and other characters, Tolstoy weaves a vast and rich tapestry of nineteenth-century Russian society. A magnificent drama of vengeance, infidelity, and retribution, Anna Karenina tells the story of two characters whose emotional instincts conflict with the dominant social mores of their time. Artwork © 2012 Focus Features LLC. All rights reserved.Available Formats: Download, MP3 CD, Digital Rental35.6 hrs • Jul/01/2012 • Unabridged
Wealthy and old, Martin Chuzzlewit Sr. is surrounded by greedy relatives hoping to obtain a portion of his estate upon his death. His two descendants, Martin Jr. and Jonas, have been born and bred in the same heritage of selfishness, the Chuzzlewit tradition. Set partly in America, of which Dickens offers a searing satire, this novel follows and contrasts the opposing fates of Martin and Jonas. While one achieves worldly success and, eventually, moral redemption, the other sinks deeper into the darkness—and pays the ultimate price. This powerful black comedy is a tale of hypocrisy, greed, and blackmail, and it introduces the most famous of Dickens’ grotesques: Mrs. Gamp.Available Formats: Download, MP3 CD, Digital RentalLoading more titles...
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