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The Death of Vivek Oji

12 ratings

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Instant New York Times Best Seller A New York Times Editor’s Choice Long-Listed for the Dylan Thomas Prize "Electrifying." (O: The Oprah Magazine)  Named a Best Book of the Year by The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, USA Today, Vanity Fair, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, Shondaland, Teen Vogue, Vulture, Lit Hub, Bustle, Electric Literature, and BookPage  What does it mean for a family to lose a child they never really knew? One afternoon, in a town in Southeastern Nigeria, a mother opens her front door to discover her son's body, wrapped in colorful fabric, at her feet. What follows is the tumultuous, heart-wrenching story of one family’s struggle to understand a child whose spirit is both gentle and mysterious. Raised by a distant father and an understanding but overprotective mother, Vivek suffers disorienting blackouts, moments of disconnection between self and surroundings. As adolescence gives way to adulthood, Vivek finds solace in friendships with the warm, boisterous daughters of the Nigerwives, foreign-born women married to Nigerian men. But Vivek’s closest bond is with Osita, the worldly, high-spirited cousin whose teasing confidence masks a guarded private life. As their relationship deepens - and Osita struggles to understand Vivek’s escalating crisis - the mystery gives way to a heart-stopping act of violence in a moment of exhilarating freedom.  Propulsively listenable, teeming with unforgettable characters, The Death of Vivek Oji is a novel of family and friendship that challenges expectations - a dramatic story of loss and transcendence that will move every listener.

©2020 Akwaeke Emezi (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
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Asperger's and Adulthood

3 ratings

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From the best-selling author of Asperger's Rules! and Asperger's Teens comes Asperger's and Adulthood. Blythe Grossberg brings more than 15 years experience working with Asperger's patients to deliver this definitive guide for adults living with Asperger's syndrome.  Thinking about moving out on your own? Ready to land your first job? Unsure how to navigate social scenes when you have Asperger's? Designed for the newly launched Aspie adult, Asperger's and Adulthood provides supportive solutions-based strategies for navigating the ins and outs of balancing Asperger's syndrome with career goals, dating, social settings, and more. Adulthood is complicated for anyone, though it can be especially overwhelming for someone living with Asperger's. Thankfully, Asperger's and Adulthood presents targeted strategies from learning specialist Blythe Grossberg to help young adults with Asperger's kick-start careers, cultivate healthy relationships, and create independent paths as maturing adults. Grossberg lends her expertise by providing an Asperger's road map - pointing out potential obstacles and offering valuable how-tos for thriving in the world. This book also helps loved ones gain a deeper understanding of what it means to live with Asperger's syndrome. Whether you're listening for yourself or someone you know, Asperger's and Adulthood helps you develop deeper insight for tackling life challenges, with: Step-by-step strategies for entering the workforce and tips to translate your talents into a career Helpful scripts for managing small talk, job interviews, and first dates Practical tips and budgeting checklists for establishing your independence Real-life Asperger's stories on finding friends and landing jobs Handy how-tos about stimming, and how to adopt more discreet comforting behaviors  The truth is, even with Asperger's, you can do whatever you put your mind to - and Asperger's and Adulthood outlines the tools and strategies to help you achieve a full and rewarding adult life. 

©2015 Althea Press, Berkeley, California (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
Available on Audible
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That Darkness

1 rating

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In this tour de force of psychological suspense, best-selling author Lisa Black draws from her experience as a forensic investigator to create fascinating characters, including a woman in a lifelong relationship with death. Her latest case is an unidentified female in her early teens, discovered in a local cemetery. More shocking than the girl's injuries - for Maggie at least - is the fact that no one has reported her missing. She and the detectives assigned to the case (including her cop ex-husband) are determined to follow every lead, run down every scrap of evidence. But the monster they seek is watching every move, closer to them than they could possibly imagine.

©2016 Lisa Black (P)2016 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Narrator: Kirsten Potter
Author: Lisa Black
Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
Available on Audible
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The Accidental Life Swap

1 rating

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Sometimes one moment can change your life forever....       Rebecca Riley has always been a bit of a pushover. When her glamorous boss, Vanessa, asks her to jump, she doesn’t just ask how high...she asks if her boss would like her to grab a coffee on the way back down! So whilst overseeing the renovation of Vanessa’s beautiful countryside home, the last thing Rebecca ever expected was to be mistaken for her boss – or that she would even consider going along with it! Far away from the bustling city and her boss’s demanding ways, could she pretend to be Vanessa and swap lives, just for a little while?

©2019 Jennifer Joyce (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
Available on Audible
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Unpunished

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A copy editor at the Cleveland Herald is found hanging above the grinding wheels of the newspaper assembly line, a wide strap wrapped around his throat. Forensic investigator Maggie Gardiner has her suspicions about this apparent suicide inside the tsunami of tensions that is the news industry today - and when the evidence suggests murder, Maggie has no choice but to place her trust in the one person she doesn't trust at all. In the past, Jack Renner has used his skills and connections as a homicide detective to take the law into his own hands, all in the name of justice. But when more newspaper employees are slain, Jack may be the only person who can help Maggie unmask the killer.

©2016 Lisa Black (P)2017 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Narrator: Kirsten Potter
Author: Lisa Black
Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
Available on Audible
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The Firefighter

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Meet Nick, the courageous firefighter whose life was put on hold due to a tragic incident. Who saves Amanda from being attacked by two guys. Meet Joe, the detective, who doesn't realize time is of the essence.

©2016 LML Production (P)2017 LML Production

Narrator: Rod Elmore
Author: Lisa Black
Category: Romance
Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
Available on Audible
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Suffer the Children

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Fifteen-year-old Rachael Donahue - abandoned by society, raised in foster homes, and violently unapproachable - has been discovered, dead, at the bottom of a stairwell at Firebird, the secure facility for juvenile offenders in Cleveland. For Maggie and Jack, her death comes with a disturbing twist - the girl may have been involved with a much older man. But Rachael's not the only resident at the center to come to a dead end. Firebird's 10-year-old wild child has overdosed in the infirmary - back-to-back tragedies that appear to be terrible accidents.  As a forensic investigator, Maggie knows appearances can be deceiving. And Jack knows all about deceit. That's why they both suspect a cold-blooded murderer is carrying out a deadly agenda. As Maggie's ex-husband gets nearer to uncovering the secrets that Maggie and Jack must hide, it becomes increasingly difficult for them to protect a new vulnerable victim from a killer with unfathomable demons.

©2018 Lisa Black (P)2018 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Narrator: Kirsten Potter
Author: Lisa Black
Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
Available on Audible
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Perish

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The scene of the crime is lavish but gruesome. In a luxurious mansion on the outskirts of Cleveland, a woman's body lies gutted in a pool of blood on the marble floor. The victim is Joanna Moorehouse, founder of Sterling Financial, and the killer could be any one of her associates. Maggie knows that to crack the case, she and Jack will have to infiltrate the cutthroat world of high-stakes finance. But the offices of Sterling Financial seethe with potential suspects, every employee hell-bent on making a killing. When another officer uncovers disturbing evidence in a series of unrelated murders, the investigation takes a surprising detour. Only Maggie recognizes the blood-soaked handiwork of a killer who has committed the most heinous of crimes - and will continue to until he is stopped. Burdened with unbearable secrets, Maggie must make an agonizing choice - while her conscience keeps telling her that she's next.

©2018 Lisa Black (P)2018 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Narrator: Kirsten Potter
Author: Lisa Black
Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
Available on Audible
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Let Justice Descend

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Three days before a key election, US Senator Diane Cragin is electrocuted on her own doorstep - a shocking twist in an already brutal political race. Cragin’s chief of staff is quick to blame rival Joey Green, a city development director who’s had his hand in every till in town for over 20 years. Maggie and Jack have their own theories, especially after discovering a fortune in cash in the senator’s safe. But as they follow the money through the treacherous landscape of Cleveland politics, they find many more millions in play - and more suspects.  As Jack says, “Anyone can be dangerous, when they have what they think is a good reason.” He should know. Now a Herald reporter is perilously close to discovering the truth about Jack’s penchant for acting as both detective and executioner. With each passing hour, the stresses of the impending election expose new fractures and corruption at the city’s highest levels. And as one murder leads to another, and another, Maggie and Jack’s only hope of stopping a killer is an alliance that’s growing ever more fragile.

©2019 Dreamscape Media, LLC (P)2019 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Narrator: Kirsten Potter
Author: Lisa Black
Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
Available on Audible
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Evidence of Murder

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Former forensic scientist Lisa Black taps her expertise for this tale of investigator Theresa MacLean and the perplexing case she tackles. A dead woman has been found in the woods, and the cause of death is unclear. The leading theory is that she wandered off and froze. But Theresa senses something far more sinister. Then a former boyfriend of the woman's tries to obtain custody of the woman's daughter. Obsessed with the little girl, he also suspects foul play in her mother's death, and now he and Theresa believe the daughter may be in danger of being killed, too. With the girl's life on the line, Theresa must search for evidence of murder - any evidence - before it's too late.

©2009 Lisa Black (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

Narrator: Alma Cuervo
Author: Lisa Black
Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
Available on Audible
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Every Kind of Wicked

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Life and death have brought Maggie Gardiner full circle, back to the Erie Street Cemetery where she first entered Jack Renner’s orbit. Eight months ago, she learned what Jack would do in the name of justice. More unsettling still, she discovered how far she would go to cover his tracks. Now a young man sprawls atop a snowy grave, his heart shredded by a single wound. A key card in the victim’s wallet leads to the local university’s student housing - and to a grieving girlfriend with an unsettling agenda.  Maggie’s struggle to appease her conscience is complicated by her ex-husband, Rick, who’s convinced that Jack is connected to a series of vigilante killings. Also a homicide detective, Rick investigates what seems like a routine overdose on Cleveland’s West Side, but here, too, the appearance belies a deeper truth. Rick’s case and Jack’s merge on the trail of a shadowy, pill-pushing physician, who is everywhere and nowhere at once, while Maggie and Jack uncover a massive financial shakedown hiding in plain sight. And when Rick’s bloody fingerprint is found at another murder scene, Maggie’s world comes undone in a violent, irreversible torrent of events....

©2020 Lisa Black (P)2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Narrator: Kirsten Potter
Author: Lisa Black
Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
Available on Audible
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Defensive Wounds

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When her daughter, Rachael, working a summer job at the Ritz-Carlton, calls Cleveland forensic scientist Theresa MacLean to say a murder has just occurred at the hotel, Theresa knows she's stepping into a forensic mess. A local criminal-defense attorney has been bound and beaten to death. The victim was attending a convention for criminal-defense attorneys, which means the list of suspects could stretch a mile long. Two more bodies are found in quick succession, each killed in a similar manner, and the authorities know they have a serial killer on their hands. As Theresa searches for the threads that tie the cases together, she begins to fear that both she and her daughter are closer to danger than either of them realize.

©2011 Lisa Black (P)2011 Dreamscape Media

Narrator: Kirsten Potter
Author: Lisa Black
Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
Available on Audible