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  1. 6.7 hrs • Aug/01/2016 • Unabridged

    A late spring in 1142 has the monks of Shrewsbury Abbey dismayed, for there may be no roses by June 22. For three years, wealthy young widow Judith Perle has rented her house to the monks for the price of a single white rose each year, in honor of her late husband. When nature finally complies, a pious monk is sent to pay the rent—and found murdered beside the hacked rosebush. Without a rose, the monks’ rental contract becomes void, adding greatly to the widow’s dowry. But before Brother Cadfael can ponder whether a greedy suitor has done this dreadful deed, another crime is committed. Now the good monk must thread his way through a tangle more tortuous than the widow’s thorny bushes and root out a killer.

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    The Rose Rent

    Read by Wanda McCaddon
    6.7 hrs • Aug/01/2016 • Unabridged
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  2. 6.5 hrs • Feb/01/2000 • Unabridged

    Considering what’s at stake, it’s surprising how little we know about the key decisions we’ll face concerning the retirement money we’ve accumulated. Taking charge of retirement savings today presents a whole new and complex set of decisions: Do you accept your employer’s offer of a lifetime pension? Should you leave 401(k) money where it is or roll it into an IRA? What about a Roth IRA? How can you provide for your spouse and transfer wealth to your heirs? Personal finance writer and financial education expert Margaret Malaspina takes you through all the options and decisions that you’ll face when you are ready to retire, and offers sound guidance customized to your own situation. This is the guide that can help you get the most out of what you’ve earned, lower your tax bills, and create a stream of income that will last for the rest of your life.

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    Don’t Die Broke

    6.5 hrs • Feb/01/2000 • Unabridged
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  3. 2.2 hrs • Jan/05/2000 • Unabridged

    What is there in Sam’s past that makes this mystery so hard to solve? When their friend Sam gets a letter full of riddles from an eccentric millionaire, the Alden children are eager to help him crack the code. If Sam can solve the puzzle in time, he will inherit the millionaire’s money. But Sam isn’t the only one in town to receive such a letter, and whoever solves the mystery first will win the prize. The Aldens want to help their friend, but solving the millionaire’s mystery turns out to be even harder than they expected.

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    The Mystery of the Spider’s Clue

    Read by Aimee Lilly
    2.2 hrs • Jan/05/2000 • Unabridged
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  4. 9.4 hrs • Jan/01/2000 • Unabridged

    Huck Finn is an orphaned drifter who loves freedom more than respectability. He isn’t above lying and stealing, but he faces a battle with his conscience when he meets up with a runaway slave named Jim, who provides him with his first experiences of love, acceptance, and a sense of responsibility. The title character of this famous novel tells his own story in a straightforward narrative laced with shrewd, sharp comments on human nature. The boy’s adventures along the Mississippi River provide a framework for a series of moral lessons, revelations of a corrupt society, and contrasts between innocence and hypocrisy. The colorful cast of characters—including the crafty grifters, the Duke and the King—help make this a memorable classic.

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    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    Read by Grover Gardner
    9.4 hrs • Jan/01/2000 • Unabridged
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  5. 3.0 hrs • Jan/01/2000 • Unabridged

    Many believe the “Middle Ages” lacked progress, yet during this time algebra was developed, and Islamic scholars preserved and extended Greek thought (which otherwise was lost). Metallurgy (and its speculative counterpart, alchemy) led to a deeper understanding of materials. These advances set the stage for the Renaissance—and a scientific revolution. The Science and Discovery series recreates one of history's most successful journeys—four thousand years of scientific efforts to better understand and control the physical world. Science has often challenged and upset conventional wisdom or accepted practices; this is a story of vested interests and independent thinkers, experiments and theories, change and progress. Aristotle, Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, Newton, Darwin, Einstein, and many others are featured.

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    Medieval Science

    Read by Edwin Newman
    3.0 hrs • Jan/01/2000 • Unabridged
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  6. 10.8 hrs • Jul/01/1999 • Unabridged

    What is fear?  Where does it come from?  What purpose does it serve?  Why are some fears universal when others vary from person to person and from culture to culture?  In this fascinating book, Pulitzer–prize nominated science writer Rush Dozier, Jr. takes us on a thrilling journey through the brain science and everyday reality of this most human emotion. Fears mold the most mundane aspects of our existence and the very structure of our societies, reflecting in terrorism, violence, secret police, and distrust of outsiders. Yet it is fear itself that simultaneously pushes us to mature and fulfill our deepest human potential.

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    Fear Itself

    Read by Patrick Cullen
    10.8 hrs • Jul/01/1999 • Unabridged
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  7. 15.8 hrs • Feb/01/1999 • Unabridged

    For nearly ninety years, Lord Charnwood’s Abraham Lincoln has been the standard life history of the Great Emancipator. It has become one of the great classics of modern biography and has been read by millions. Charnwood describes the frontier life and continual self-education that developed Lincoln’s rare character and helped him to adapt to great events and demands such as few other men have experienced. Lincoln the man is analyzed against the dramatic historical background of the Colonial days, the Revolution, the War of 1812, the Missouri Compromise, secession, and an exciting history of the Civil War. Lincoln’s administrative genius, his war strategy, and his neglect of the lesser for the greater are all treated in this masterly portrait.

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    Abraham Lincoln

    Read by Simon Vance
    15.8 hrs • Feb/01/1999 • Unabridged
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  8. 8.6 hrs • Feb/01/1999 • Unabridged

    When John Franklin brings his plane down into Occupied France at the height of the Second World War, there are two things in his mind: the safety of his crew, and his own badly injured arm. It is a stroke of unbelievable luck when the family of a French farmer offers them protection. The family’s courage derives from different sources. In Françoise, it was faith, a piety so humble and complete that the Reich could not touch her spirit. In her father, it was a glorious stubbornness; in her grandmother, a certitude born of surviving two wars. And in Pierre, it was hatred—a hatred so deep that only rarely did it flash on the surface. All through the delirious pain of his wounded arm, Franklin felt Françoise’s presence like a cool, comforting hand. In the end, it was her courage and, above all, her faith that saved him—saved him not only from the enemy, but from himself.

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    Fair Stood the Wind for France

    Read by Ralph Cosham
    8.6 hrs • Feb/01/1999 • Unabridged
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  9. 33.0 hrs • Jan/01/1999 • Unabridged

    Bleak House opens in a London shrouded by fog—a fog that swirls most densely about the Court of Chancery, where the obscure case of Jarndyce v. Jarndyce lies lost in endless litigation, slowly devouring an inheritance in legal costs. Against this ominous background, Dickens’ rich tapestry of a novel weaves together the fortunes and desires of several characters whose fates are tied to the case: Ada and Richard, two young orphans who stand to inherit and wish to marry when they do; the worthy John Jarndyce, their voluntary guardian while the case is pending; and Esther Summerson, Jarndyce’s protégée, whose romance is complicated by torn loyalties and whose heritage is shrouded in mystery and scandal. This darkly comic portrait of London society is often regarded as Dickens’ best.

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    Bleak House

    Read by Simon Vance
    33.0 hrs • Jan/01/1999 • Unabridged
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  10. 10.8 hrs • Jan/01/1999 • Unabridged

    The 1895–96 season promises to be an exceptional one for Amelia Peabody, her dashing Egyptologist husband, Emerson, and their wild and precocious eight-year-old son, Ramses. The much-coveted burial chamber of the Black Pyramid in Dahshur is theirs for the digging. But there is a great evil in the wind that roils the hot sands sweeping through the bustling streets and marketplaces of Cairo. The brazen moonlight abduction of Ramses—and an expedition subsequently cursed by misfortune and death—have alerted Amelia to the likely presence of her arch nemesis, the Master Criminal, notorious looter of the living and the dead. But it is far more than ill-gotten riches that motivate the evil genius this time around. For now the most valuable and elusive prize of all is nearly in his grasp: the meddling lady archaeologist who has sworn to deliver him to justice…Amelia Peabody!

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    Lion in the Valley

    10.8 hrs • Jan/01/1999 • Unabridged
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  11. 12.7 hrs • Dec/01/1998 • Unabridged

    This timeless work is applicable to everyone who has experienced the struggle between good and evil in his own soul. St. Augustine, born in Tagaste, Numidia, in North Africa (now Constantine) in 354, was raised by a devout Christian mother. He abandoned the Christianity in which he had been brought up, taking on a mistress who bore him an illegitimate son. After hearing the sermons of Ambrose, he began a great internal struggle which led to his conversion in 387. The Confessions describes his conversion, shedding light on the questions that troubled him on his way to the Cross. The earliest of autobiographies, The Confessions remains unsurpassed as a sincere and intimate record of a great and pious person laying bare his soul before God. Other than Scripture, it is the most famous––and perhaps the most important––of all spiritual books.

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    The Confessions of Saint Augustine

    Read by Bernard Mayes
    12.7 hrs • Dec/01/1998 • Unabridged
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  12. 6.9 hrs • Dec/01/1998 • Unabridged

    “What Would Jesus Do?” Here is the book that originally inspired this popular and highly important question, a bestselling phenomenon that continues to inspire Christians everywhere. It is the soul-stirring novel of men and women torn between their faith and the demands, compulsions, and temptations of life. Dr. Henry Maxwell, respected pastor of the First Church of Raymond, struggles with the idea that Christian discipleship demands more than mental assent. He suggests an electrifying challenge to his congregation: to preface every action with the question: What would Jesus do in this situation if he were me? This is the moving, dramatic story of a handful of Americans—a newspaper editor, a college president, a railroad executive, a pastor, a singer, a writer, a wealthy philanthropist—who pledge to walk in “the steps of Jesus.”

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    In His Steps

    Read by Lloyd James
    6.9 hrs • Dec/01/1998 • Unabridged
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  13. 17.0 hrs • Dec/01/1998 • Unabridged

    For more than four thousand years, the Middle East has provided a setting for titanic struggles between great civilizations and religions. In the twentieth century it became the focus of rivalry between the European powers as the last major Islamic empire of the Ottoman Turks crumbled and collapsed. The discovery of the world’s greatest oil reserves gave the region global economic importance as well as a unique strategic value. In this masterly work of synthesis, Peter Mansfield draws on his experience as a journalist and historian to form a picture of the political and social history of the meeting point of Occident and Orient over the last two centuries, from Bonaparte’s marauding invasion of Egypt to the start of the Gulf War. In two penetrating final chapters, Peter Mansfield discusses Saddam Hussein and the prospects for the future. Incisive and illuminating, A History of the Middle East is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand what is perhaps the most crucial and volatile nerve center of the modern world.

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    A History of the Middle East

    Read by Richard Brown
    17.0 hrs • Dec/01/1998 • Unabridged
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  14. 6.7 hrs • Dec/01/1998 • Unabridged

    Alden Pyle, an idealistic young American, is sent to Vietnam to promote democracy amidst the intrigue and violence of the French war with the Vietminh. His friend Fowler, a cynical foreign correspondent, looks on but soon finds it difficult to remain simply an observer. Fowler’s mistress, a beautiful native girl, creates a catalyst for jealousy and competition between the men and a cultural clash resulting in bloodshed and deep misgivings. Written in 1955 prior to the Vietnam conflict, The Quiet American foreshadows the events leading up to the war. Questions surrounding the moral ambiguity of the involvement of the United States in foreign countries are as relevant today as they were fifty years ago.

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    The Quiet American

    Read by Joseph Porter
    6.7 hrs • Dec/01/1998 • Unabridged
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  15. 11.5 hrs • Dec/01/1998 • Unabridged

    Originally written for Dickens’ weekly magazine, Household Words, this short novel follows the fate of Sissy Jupe, a warm-hearted circus child, and the family that adopts her. Deserted by her ailing father, Sissy is taken into the cold household of the Gradgrind family, which operates a school. The “eminently practical” Thomas Gradgrind believes only in facts and figures and has raised his children accordingly, thoroughly suppressing the imaginative sides of their nature. They grow up in ignorance of love and affection, of beauty and culture, or of empathy for others, and the consequences are devastating. Only after numerous crises does Thomas realize that his principles have corrupted their lives. Dickens’ satirical exposé of the Industrial Revolution condemns the utilitarianism that exploited the bodies, minds, and souls of the vulnerable labor class.

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    Hard Times

    11.5 hrs • Dec/01/1998 • Unabridged
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  16. 10.8 hrs • Dec/01/1998 • Unabridged

    Alexander the Great, the king of Macedonia, was trained by Aristotle in every branch of human learning, conquered much of Asia, and was one of the greatest leaders in the history of the world. Conqueror of the Persian Empire, this military genius greatly influenced the spread of Hellenism and is responsible for profound changes in the course of world development. His actions and achievements would go on to inspire later conquerors such as Hannibal the Carthaginian and Napoleon. Agnes Savill’s illuminating biography transports listeners back to the era of this historical giant. “To be mystical and intensely practical, to dream greatly and to do greatly, is not given to many men,” says Agnes Savill; “it is this combination which gives Alexander his place apart in history. Aristotle had taught him that man’s highest good lay in right activity of mind and body both. [Alexander] gives a strangely vivid impression of one whose body was his servant.”

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    Alexander the Great and His Time

    Read by Wanda McCaddon
    10.8 hrs • Dec/01/1998 • Unabridged
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