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A Swim in a Pond in the Rain

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From the New York Times best-selling, Booker Prize - winning author of Lincoln in the Bardo and Tenth of December comes a literary master class on what makes great stories work and what they can tell us about ourselves — and our world today. For the last 20 years, George Saunders has been teaching a class on the Russian short story to his MFA students at Syracuse University. In A Swim in a Pond in the Rain, he shares a version of that class with us, offering some of what he and his students have discovered together over the years. Paired with iconic short stories by Chekhov, Turgenev, Tolstoy, and Gogol, the seven essays in this book are intended for anyone interested in how fiction works and why it’s more relevant than ever in these turbulent times. In his introduction, Saunders writes, “We’re going to enter seven fastidiously constructed scale models of the world, made for a specific purpose that our time maybe doesn’t fully endorse but that these writers accepted implicitly as the aim of art — namely, to ask the big questions, questions like, How are we supposed to be living down here? What were we put here to accomplish? What should we value? What is truth, anyway, and how might we recognize it?”  He approaches the stories technically yet accessibly, and through them explains how narrative functions; why we stay immersed in a story and why we resist it; and the bedrock virtues a writer must foster. The process of writing, Saunders reminds us, is a technical craft, but also a way of training oneself to see the world with new openness and curiosity. A Swim in a Pond in the Rain is a deep exploration not just of how great writing works but of how the mind itself works while reading, and of how the reading and writing of stories make genuine connection possible.  This audiobook includes a PDF of the tables, outlines, figures, and appendices from the book.

©2021 George Saunders (P)2021 Random House Audio

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The Middlesteins

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For more than 30 years, Edie and Richard Middlestein shared a solid family life together in the suburbs of Chicago. But now things are splintering apart, for one reason, it seems: Edie's enormous girth. She's obsessed with food - thinking about it, eating it - and if she doesn't stop, she won't have much longer to live. When Richard abandons his wife, it is up to the next generation to take control. Robin, their schoolteacher daughter, is determined that her father pay for leaving Edie. Benny, an easy-going, pot-smoking family man, just wants to smooth things over. And Rachelle - a whippet thin perfectionist - is intent on saving her mother-in-law's life, but this task proves even bigger than planning her twin children's spectacular b'nai mitzvah party. Through it all, they wonder: do Edie's devastating choices rest on her shoulders alone? Or are others at fault, too? With pitch-perfect prose, huge compassion, and sly humor, Jami Attenberg has given us an epic story of marriage, family, and obsession. The Middlesteins explores the hopes and heartbreaks of new and old love, the yearnings of Midwestern America, and our devastating, fascinating preoccupation with food.

©2012 Jami Attenberg (P)2012 Hachette Audio

Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
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Return of the Trickster

9 ratings

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In the third book of her brilliant and captivating Trickster Trilogy, Eden Robinson delivers an explosive, surprising and satisfying resolution. All Jared Martin had ever wanted was to be normal, which was already hard enough when he had to cope with Maggie, his hard-partying, gun-toting, literal witch of a mother, Indigenous teen life, and his own addictions. When he wakes up naked, dangerously dehydrated and confused in the basement of his mom's old house in Kitimat, some of the people he loves - the ones who don't see the magic he attracts - just think he fell off the wagon after a tough year of sobriety. The truth for Jared is so much worse.  He finally knows for sure that he is the only one of his bio dad Wee'git's 535 children who is a Trickster, too, a shape-shifter with a free pass to other dimensions. Sarah, his ex, is happy he's a magical being, but everyone else he loves is either pissed with him, or in mortal danger from the dark forces he's accidentally unleashed, or both. The scariest of those dark forces is his Aunt Georgina, a maniacal ogress hungry for his power, who has sent her posse of flesh-eating coy-wolves to track him down.  Even though his mother resents like hell that Jared has taken after his dad, she is also determined that no one is going to hurt her son. For Maggie it's simple - Kill or be killed, bucko. Soon Jared is at the centre of an all-out war - a horrifying place to be for the universe's sweetest Trickster, whose first instinct is not mischief and mind games but to make the world a kinder, safer, place.

©2021 Penguin Random House Canada (P)2021 Knopf Canada

Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
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Black Sun

22 ratings

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From the New York Times best-selling author of Star Wars: Resistance Reborn comes the first book in the Between Earth and Sky trilogy, inspired by the civilizations of the Pre-Columbian Americas and woven into a tale of celestial prophecies, political intrigue, and forbidden magic. A god will return When the earth and sky converge Under the black sun In the holy city of Tova, the winter solstice is usually a time for celebration and renewal, but this year it coincides with a solar eclipse, a rare celestial event proscribed by the Sun Priest as an unbalancing of the world. Meanwhile, a ship launches from a distant city bound for Tova and set to arrive on the solstice. The captain of the ship, Xiala, is a disgraced Teek whose song can calm the waters around her as easily as it can warp a man’s mind. Her ship carries one passenger. Described as harmless, the passenger, Serapio, is a young man, blind, scarred, and cloaked in destiny. As Xiala well knows, when a man is described as harmless, he usually ends up being a villain. Crafted with unforgettable characters, Rebecca Roanhorse has created an epic adventure exploring the decadence of power amid the weight of history and the struggle of individuals swimming against the confines of society and their broken pasts in the most original series debut of the decade.      PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Rebecca Roanhorse. All rights reserved. (P)2020 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Send Down the Rain

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New York Times best-selling author Charles Martin offers us “grace, mercy, and forgiveness in this sweeping love story" (Publishers Weekly, starred review).  Allie is still recovering from the loss of her family's beloved waterfront restaurant on Florida's Gulf Coast when she loses her second husband to a terrifying highway accident. Devastated and losing hope, she shudders to contemplate the future - until a cherished person from her past returns.  Joseph has been adrift for many years, wounded in both body and spirit and unable to come to terms with the trauma of his Vietnam War experiences. Just as he resolves to abandon his search for peace and live alone at a remote cabin in the Carolina mountains, he discovers a mother and her two small children lost in the forest. A man of character and strength, he instinctively steps in to help them get back to their home in Florida. There he will return to his own hometown - and witness the accident that launches a bittersweet reunion with his childhood sweetheart, Allie. When Joseph offers to help Allie rebuild her restaurant, it seems the flame may reignite - until a 45-year-old secret from the past begins to emerge, threatening to destroy all hope for their second chance at love. In Send Down the Rain, Charles Martin proves himself to be a storyteller of great wisdom and compassion who bears witness to the dreams we cherish, the struggles we face, and the courage we must summon when life seems to threaten what we hold most dear. “Charles Martin understands the power of story and he uses it to alter the souls and lives of both his characters and his readers.” (Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times best-selling author) Full-length, stand-alone novel Includes discussion questions for book clubs From the author of The Mountain Between Us and Where the River Ends 

©2018 Charles Martin (P)2018 Thomas Nelson

Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
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The Water Keeper

27 ratings

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A riveting new story of heroism, heartache, and the power of love to heal all wounds. Murphy Shepherd is a man with many secrets. He lives alone on an island, tending the grounds of a church with no parishioners, and he’s dedicated his life to rescuing those in peril. But as he mourns the loss of his mentor and friend, Murph himself may be more lost than he realizes. When he pulls a beautiful woman named Summer out of Florida’s Intracoastal Waterway, Murph’s mission to lay his mentor to rest at the end of the world takes a dangerous turn. Drawn to Summer, and desperate to find her missing daughter, Murph is pulled deeper and deeper into the dark and dangerous world of modern-day slavery. With help from some unexpected new friends, including a faithful Labrador he plucks from the ocean and an ex-convict named Clay, Murph must race against the clock to locate the girl before he is consumed by the secrets of his past - and the ghosts who tried to bury them. With Charles Martin’s trademark lyricism and poignant prose, The Water Keeper is at once a tender love story and a heartrending search for freedom. "I’m telling you, it’s an action-packed, classic Charles Martin romance novel unlike anything I’ve ever read. And remember...the day you pick up this book is the day you become temporarily unavailable to the world." (Charlie Martin, son of Charles Martin) "Charles Martin fans rejoice, because he’s done it again...a multilayered story woven together with grace and redemption, and packed tight with tension and achingly real characters." (Lauren Denton, USA Today best-selling author of The Hideaway) "In The Water Keeper Charles Martin crafts a compelling story with skill and sensitivity. Open the pages of this book and you’ll enter the world of characters caught up in a real-life drama that grips the heart. As with all of Charles’s books you never finish it - you continue to live there in your own imagination. Current fans won’t be disappointed; new readers will understand why Charles Martin is on the short list of contemporary authors I recommend above all others." (Robert Whitlow, best-selling author) The first story in a new series from Charles Martin. Full-length novel (c. 110,000 words). Also by Charles Martin: The Mountain Between Us, Send Down the Rain, Long Way Gone, When Crickets Cry.

©2020 Charles Martin (P)2020 Thomas Nelson

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Trickster Drift

144 ratings

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Following the Scotiabank Giller Prize-shortlisted Son of a Trickster comes Trickster Drift, the second book in Eden Robinson's captivating Trickster trilogy.  In an effort to keep all forms of magic at bay, Jared, 17, has quit drugs and drinking. But his troubles are not over: now he's being stalked by David, his mom's ex - a preppy, khaki-wearing psycho with a proclivity for rib-breaking. And his mother, Maggie, a living, breathing badass as well as a witch, can't protect him like she used to because he's moved away from Kitimat to Vancouver for school.  Even though he's got a year of sobriety under his belt (no thanks to his enabling, ever-partying mom), Jared also struggles with the temptation of drinking. And he's got to get his grades up, find a job that doesn't involve weed cookies, and somehow live peacefully with his Aunt Mave, who has been estranged from the family ever since she tried to "rescue" him as a baby from his mother. An indigenous activist and writer, Mave smothers him with pet names and hugs, but she is blind to the real dangers that lurk around them - the spirits and supernatural activity that fill her apartment.  As the son of a Trickster, Jared is a magnet for magic, whether he hates it or not - he sees ghosts, he sees the monster moving underneath his Aunt Georgina's skin, he sees the creature that comes out of his bedroom wall and creepily wants to suck his toes. He also still hears the Trickster in his head, and other voices too. When the David situation becomes a crisis, Jared can't ignore his true nature any longer.

©2018 Eden Robinson (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Sea of Sand

22 ratings

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He was born anew in a world where martial arts were indistinguishable from magic. He only received a neuronet and meaningless desires from his past life.   What lies ahead?   He dreamed of adventure and freedom, but those dreams were taken away from him. The same way his mother, father, and sister had been taken away.   They took the kingdom, they took his own destiny. But he is willing to wage a war, against the whole world if need be, to bring everything back.   Even if the army opposes him, his sword won't waver. Even if the emperor sends the legions, his step won't falter. Even if demons and gods, heroes and enemies alike are to unite against him, he won't bend to their will. His own will is iron itself, unstoppable.   His name is Hadjar, and he heeds the call of the dragon heart within him.

©2019 Kirill Klevanski (P)2020 Tantor

Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
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Keeper'n Me

107 ratings

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When Garnet Raven was three years old, he was taken from his home on an Ojibway Indian reserve and placed in a series of foster homes. Having reached his mid-teens, he escapes at the first available opportunity, only to find himself cast adrift on the streets of the big city. Having skirted the urban underbelly once too often by age 20, he finds himself thrown in jail. While there, he gets a surprise letter from his long-forgotten native family. The sudden communication from his past spurs him to return to the reserve following his release from jail. Deciding to stay awhile, his life is changed completely as he comes to discover his sense of place, and of self. While on the reserve, Garnet is initiated into the ways of the Ojibway - both ancient and modern - by Keeper, a friend of his grandfather, and last fount of history about his people's ways. By turns funny, poignant and mystical, Keeper'n Me reflects a positive view of Native life and philosophy - as well as casting fresh light on the redemptive power of one's community and traditions.

©2011 Richard Wagamese (P)2018 Anchor Canada

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Little Fires Everywhere

1524 ratings

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A Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick The runaway New York Times best seller!  Named a Best Book of the Year by:  People, The Washington Post, Bustle, Esquire, Southern Living, The Daily Beast, GQ, Entertainment Weekly, NPR, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Audible, Goodreads, Library Reads, Book of the Month, Paste, Kirkus Reviews, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and many more!  "I read Little Fires Everywhere in a single, breathless sitting." (Jodi Picoult) “To say I love this book is an understatement. It’s a deep psychological mystery about the power of motherhood, the intensity of teenage love, and the danger of perfection. It moved me to tears.” (Reese Witherspoon) “I am loving Little Fires Everywhere. Maybe my favorite novel I've read this year.” (John Green) From the best-selling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives.  In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned - from the layout of the winding roads to the colors of the houses to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.  Enter Mia Warren - an enigmatic artist and single mother - who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter, Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants - all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.  When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town - and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.  Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood - and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.  Perfect for book clubs! Visit celesteng.com for discussion guides and more.

©2017 Celeste Ng (P)2017 Penguin Audio

Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
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Kukum

24 ratings

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"C'est un de ces soirs où je trayais les vaches dans la lumière du soleil couchant que je l'ai vu pour la première fois. Un canot est apparu, descendant en silence la rivière. Un homme torse nu, à la peau cuivrée, ramait sans se presser, se laissant pousser par le courant. Il paraissait à peine plus âgé que moi. Nos regards se sont croisés. Il n'a pas souri. Et je n'ai pas eu peur." Ce roman raconte l'histoire d'Almanda Siméon, une orpheline amoureuse qui va partager la vie des Innus de Pekuakami. Elle apprendra l'existence nomade et la langue, et brisera les barrières imposées aux femmes autochtones. Relaté sur un ton intimiste, le parcours de cette femme exprime l'attachement aux valeurs ancestrales des Innus et le besoin de liberté qu'éprouvent les peuples nomades, encore aujourd'hui.

©2019 Éditions Libre expression (P)2020 Vues et Voix

Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
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Indian Horse

2867 ratings

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Saul Indian Horse is in critical condition. Sitting feeble in an alcoholism treatment facility, he is told that sharing his story will help relieve his agony. Though skeptical, he embarks on a heartbreaking journey from the present - and into the woods of Northern Ontario, where his life began in a snowy Ojibway camp. The tale that follows is one of great pain and great determination from Richard Wagamese, an author who "never seems to waste a shot" (New York Times). After being taken forcibly from his family, Saul is placed in an abusive boarding school determined to expunge his Ojibway traditions and knowledge. But he finds salvation each morning at dawn, practicing hockey alone on the school's makeshift ice rink. Saul's gift is undeniable: He quickly rises from his school's all-Ojibway team to the white-dominated regional circuit. As his skills improve and he gains notoriety, however, each of his victories on the ice is met by racism and hate. As the years pass, Saul must reconcile his passion - the game he loves, that allowed him to escape poverty - with the harshness of a world that will never make him entirely welcome. Unfolding against the bleak loveliness of Northern Ontario - all rock, marsh, bog, and cedar - this is a singular story of resilience from a beloved storyteller.

©2012 Richard Wagamese (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
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La peste

39 ratings

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Suite à une épidémie de peste, les autorités décident de fermer la ville d'Oran. Les habitants s'organisent pour survivre au siège de cette maladie mortelle et en particulier le docteur Rieux. Il est l'un des premiers à identifier les symptômes de la maladie et devient une figure centrale dans l'organisation sanitaire de la ville. Parmi les autres personnages, certains seront attachants, d'autres sembleront ailleurs, d'autres reconnaîtront dans la catastrophe la main de Dieu qui punit les pécheurs. Mais finalement, ils seront tous embarqués dans une lutte sans merci. Celle de la survie. Christian Gonon incarne le narrateur masqué et discret de La peste. D'une voix un peu détachée, car le narrateur se veut être un témoin fidèle, il décrit au jour le jour les "faits véritables" qui se sont produits à Oran pendant le fléau. Une lecture humble et pudique au service d'un texte mythique.

©1972 Editions Gallimard (P)2020 Editions Gallimard

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The Dao of Magic, Book II

14 ratings

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Full pirate mode. Dungeons to explore. A quest to gather the eight skulls! Drew has finally got it all together. First, there is his pocket dimension, a quickly growing area based around his good buddy, Tree. Then there are his students, six random kids he...liberated. Finally, there is the dragon stalking him.  Cultivating, sailing, staying ahead of trouble. That’s his plan as he moves into the creation of his solid Core. Seducing a dragon was a total accident. Nuking an Island? Let’s not focus on the details. They started it.  What’s the best thing to do while getting his magical career and development back on track? Play pirate, of course!

©2019 Andries Louws (P)2019 Podium Publishing

Length: 19 hrs and 32 mins
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The German Midwife

194 ratings

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The USA Today best seller  For fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz and Kate Furnivall comes a gritty tale of courage, betrayal and love in the most unlikely of places. Germany, 1944. Taken from the camps to serve the Führer himself, Anke Hoff is assigned as midwife to one of Hitler’s inner circle. If she refuses, her family will die. Torn between her duty as a caregiver and her hatred for the Nazi regime, Anke is swept into a life unlike anything she’s ever known - and she discovers that many of those at the Berghof are just as trapped as she is. And soon, she’s falling for a man who will make her world more complicated still....  Before long, the couple is faced with an impossible choice - and the consequences could be deadly. Can their forbidden love survive the horrors of war? And, more importantly, will they? Published in the UK as A Woman of War Mandy Robotham’s highly awaited next book, The Secret Messenger, is out now. 

©2018 Mandy Robotham (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Jonny Appleseed

62 ratings

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Winner, Lambda Literary Award; Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction Finalist, Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction; Amazon Canada First Novel Award; Indigenous Voices Award; Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award; Firecracker Award for Fiction Longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize A Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year A tour-de-force debut novel about a Two-Spirit Indigiqueer young man and proud NDN glitter princess who must reckon with his past when he returns home to his reserve. “You're gonna need a rock and a whole lotta medicine” is a mantra that Jonny Appleseed, a young Two-Spirit/Indigiqueer, repeats to himself in this vivid and utterly compelling debut novel by poet Joshua Whitehead.  Off the reserve and trying to find ways to live and love in the big city, Jonny becomes a cybersex worker who fetishizes himself in order to make a living. Self-ordained as an NDN glitter princess, Jonny has one week before he must return to the “rez” - and his former life - to attend the funeral of his stepfather. The seven days that follow are like a fevered dream: stories of love, trauma, sex, kinship, ambition, and the heartbreaking recollection of his beloved kokum (grandmother). Jonny's life is a series of breakages, appendages, and linkages - and as he goes through the motions of preparing to return home, he learns how to put together the pieces of his life.  Jonny Appleseed is a unique, shattering vision of First Nations life, full of grit, glitter, and dreams.  Bespeak Audio Editions brings Canadian voices to the world with audiobook editions of some of the country’s greatest works of literature, performed by Canadian actors.

©2018 Joshua Whitehead (P)2019 Bespeak Audio Editions

Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
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A Place Like Mississippi

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There is a palpable connection to the landscapes of Mis­sissippi displayed in the work of the state’s many lauded writers. This connection to the land runs deep - across onerous lines of class, gender, and race - and spans gen­erations of authors birthed in the Magnolia State. It’s dif­ficult to read Faulkner, Welty, Wright, and Ward and not come away with the very particular sense of place that the state and the greater American South represent in their work.  In A Place Like Mississippi, W. Ralph Eubanks takes listeners on a visionary tour of the real and imagined landscapes that have inspired generations of authors. Eubanks is a native Mississippian and he knows its writ­ers and its complicated history well. In A Place Like Mis­sissippi, Eubanks reveals how a little state that rests alongside the banks of a great and mighty river has made so many significant contributions to American letters, carrying an outsized role in the national imagination. The answer lies in a landscape that pairs ordinariness with beauty, magic with madness, and mystery with magnificence.

©2021 W. Ralph Eubanks (P)2021 Workman Publishing

Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

38 ratings

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Read by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the Tony Award®-winning creator and star of the musical Hamilton, and Tony Award®-winning actress, Karen Olivo. This brilliant narration adds another layer of lyricism and depth to this Pulitzer Prize-winning classic novel. Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. From his home in New Jersey, where he lives with his old-world mother and rebellious sister, Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fuku: the curse that has haunted Oscar's family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, still waiting for his first kiss, is just its most recent victim. Diaz immerses us in the tumultuous life of Oscar and the history of the family at large, rendering with genuine warmth and dazzling energy, humor, and insight the Dominican-American experience - and, ultimately, the endless human capacity to persevere in the face of heartbreak and loss. A true literary triumph, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao confirms Junot Diaz as one of the best and most exciting voices of our time.

©2007 Junot Díaz (P)2016 Penguin Audio

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Lost Children Archive

13 ratings

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"Impossibly smart, full of beauty, heart and insight.... Everyone should read this book." (Tommy Orange) From the two-time NBCC finalist, an emotionally resonant, fiercely imaginative new novel about a family whose road trip across America collides with an immigration crisis at the Southwestern border - an indelible journey told with breathtaking imagery, spare lyricism, and profound humanity. A mother and father set out with their two children, a boy and a girl, driving from New York to Arizona in the heat of summer. Their destination: Apacheria, the place the Apaches once called home. Why Apaches? asks the 10-year-old son. Because they were the last of something,answers his father. In their car, they play games and sing along to music. But on the radio, there is news about an "immigration crisis": thousands of kids trying to cross the Southwestern border into the US but getting detained - or lost in the desert along the way. As the family drives - through Virginia to Tennessee, across Oklahoma and Texas - we sense they are on the brink of a crisis of their own. A fissure is growing between the parents, one the children can almost feel beneath their feet. They are led, inexorably, to a grand, harrowing adventure - both in the desert landscape and within the chambers of their own imaginations. Told through several compelling voices, blending texts, sounds, and images, Lost Children Archive is an astonishing feat of literary virtuosity. It is a richly engaging story of how we document our experiences and how we remember the things that matter to us the most. With urgency and empathy, it takes us deep into the lives of one remarkable family as it probes the nature of justice and equality today. Includes a PDF of visuals from the book. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Valeria Luiselli (P)2019 Random House Audio

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French Short Stories for Beginners: 20 Captivating Short Stories to Learn French & Grow Your Vocabulary the Fun Way!

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Finding material for your French immersion can be a nightmare, but not anymore! French students regularly have to go through the toughest experiences to find proper material that isn’t too tough for them - as teachers; we know this.  This is why we’ve created French Short Stories for Beginners to ensure that young and old students at the beginner level can have yet another chance to immerse themselves into fun and interactive stories designer for you, the student. Twenty easy-to-listen, entertaining, and interesting stories await inside, along with the best tools to help you practice once you’re done reading each tale. Our audiobook will ensure you not only can listen to something that will expand your knowledge on French but that you will understand and be able to pick it apart piece by piece in your quest for learning. How French Short Stories for Beginners works: Each story is designed to keep you engaged an interested as well as using vocabulary that you will actually use.  The summaries follow a synopsis in French and in English of what you just read, both to review the lesson and for you to see if you understood what the tale was about. At the end of those summaries, you’ll be provided with a list of the most relevant vocabulary involved in the lesson, as well as slang and sayings that you may not have understood at first glance! Finally, you’ll be provided with a set of tricky questions in French, providing you with the chance to prove that you learned something in the story. Don’t worry if you don’t know the answer to any - we will provide them immediately after, but no cheating! Do you think you can handle it? If the answer is yes, then you’re definitely on your way to becoming a French speaker, and we’ll certainly make that dream come true! We recommend this audiobook for French learners at A2 level and above as it is designed for students with a basic understanding of French. So look no further! Pick up your copy of French Short Stories for Beginners Vol. 2 and start learning French right now! PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Lingo Mastery (P)2019 Lingo Mastery

Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
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I am I am I am

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Après le succès d'Assez de bleu dans le ciel, Maggie O'Farrell revient avec un nouveau tour de force littéraire. Poétique, subtile, intense, une œuvre à part qui nous parle tout à la fois de féminisme, de maternité, de violence, de peur et d'amour, portée par une construction vertigineuse. Une romancière à l'apogée de son talent. Il y a ce cou, qui a manqué être étranglé par un violeur en Écosse. Il y a ces poumons, qui ont cessé leur œuvre quelques instants dans l'eau glacée. Il y a ce ventre, meurtri par les traumatismes de l'accouchement... Dix-sept instants. Dix-sept petites morts. Dix-sept résurrections. Je suis, je suis, je suis. I am, I am, I am.

©2019 Belfond (P)2019 Audible Studios

Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
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101 Conversations in Simple German

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Improve your spoken German from home with 101 real-world conversations in simple, everyday German. Real German people don’t speak like your textbook...so it’s no wonder you feel unprepared when it’s your turn to speak! This audiobook fixes that. For the first time, you’ll learn to speak German in the real world, with 101 authentic conversations in simple, spoken German, so you can become confident in the words, phrases, and expressions you need to communicate like a local and in the workplace. You’ll be transported into a real-world story that unfolds between 6 German characters, told by the people themselves in 101 authentic conversations. Over 15,000 words of real German, you’ll immerse yourself in a gripping German drama and get an education in natural German in the process. Here’s what you’ll get: 101 conversations in simple German, so you can learn the real German spoken in the street, understand spoken German with ease, and have German roll off your tongue more fluently Over 15,000 words of dialogue - an unparalleled resource that will immerse you in German at a level you can understand Real, daily spoken German throughout - it’s as if we held up a microphone and recorded the exact words coming out of people’s mouths Situational dialogues from typical daily circumstances, so you’ll prepare yourself to survive realistic German encounters Conversations that are carefully written to be accessible for beginners (A2-B1 on the CEFR), so you can start to learn from real, spoken conversations Each conversation is limited to around 15 lines of dialogue (150 words) Word lists with English definitions in every section, so you can get instant translations of any difficult words and focus on listening Summaries of each conversation which contextualize each dialogue, so you can easily follow the plot and enjoy the story without getting lost Get your audiobook now!

©2019 Olly Richards Publishing Ltd (P)2020 Olly Richards Publishing Ltd

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Moon of the Crusted Snow

215 ratings

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A daring post-apocalyptic novel from a powerful rising literary voice With winter looming, a small northern Anishinaabe community goes dark. Cut off, people become passive and confused. Panic builds as the food supply dwindles. While the band council and a pocket of community members struggle to maintain order, an unexpected visitor arrives, escaping the crumbling society to the south. Soon after, others follow.  The community leadership loses its grip on power as the visitors manipulate the tired and hungry to take control of the reserve. Tensions rise and, as the months pass, so does the death toll due to sickness and despair. Frustrated by the building chaos, a group of young friends and their families turn to the land and Anishinaabe tradition in hopes of helping their community thrive again. Guided through the chaos by an unlikely leader named Evan Whitesky, they endeavor to restore order while grappling with a grave decision.  Blending action and allegory, Moon of the Crusted Snow upends our expectations. Out of catastrophe comes resilience. And as one society collapses, another is reborn. 

©2018 Waubgeshig Rice (P)2018 ECW Press

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Dream Wheels

25 ratings

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Rodeo cowboy Joe Willie Wolfchild, riding an explosive bull called See Four and moments away from becoming World Champion, suffers a devastating accident. His parents and grandparents use all their native wisdom to ease him out of his subsequent bitter depression, but without success. Meanwhile, in a distant city, a troubled young kid named Aiden plans a holdup that goes wrong and lands himself in jail. When he emerges, a sympathetic police officer arranges a job at a ranch, where his mother Claire will accompany him in an attempt to restore their relationship. It is the Wolfchild ranch. Supported by the ferocious strength and native spirituality of the Wolfchild women, Joe Willie and Aiden fight through painful transformations, and their physical and mental rehabilitations are mirrored in the age-worn chrome of an ancient pickup truck they restore together. As the two men first clash and then come together in a friendship that helps each overcome the challenge of reentering a world that's forever changed, Claire's eyes are opened to a life she has never hoped for and opens her heart to a love she still can't convince herself she deserves. Written with lyric intensity and a great respect for native teachings, Dream Wheels announces the presence of a major new literary talent, sure to take his rightful place alongside writers like Cormac McCarthy and Jim Harrison as a gifted chronicler of the modern West.

©2006 Richard Wagamese (P)2016 Recorded Books

Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
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Ramayana Versus Mahabharata

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It is a popular belief that the Ramayana is idealistic while the Mahabharata is realistic. Yet these two epics have identical building blocks, identical themes, and identical history.  In this groundbreaking book, Devdutt Pattanaik, India’s most popular mythologist, explores the similarities and dissimilarities between the two epics in a ‘playful analaysis’. Whether it is the family structure, forest exile, or war, the comparison between the two epics prove a startling point - the Mahabharata is in fact a reaction to the events in the Ramayana. Ideas in this book are distributed over 56 chapters. In temples ritual, Vishnu is offered eight different meals daily, different on all seven days of the week - 56 dishes in all. May each chapter serve as a mouthwatering offering to the Vishnu within you.

©2018 Devdutt Pattanaik (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
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Noopiming

1 rating

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Award-winning Nishnaabeg storyteller and writer Leanne Betasamosake Simpson returns with a bold reimagination of the novel, one that combines narrative and poetic fragments through a careful and fierce reclamation of Anishinaabe aesthetics. Mashkawaji (they/them) lies frozen in the ice, remembering a long-ago time of hopeless connection and now finding freedom and solace in isolated suspension. They introduce us to the seven main characters: Akiwenzii, the old man who represents the narrator’s will; Ninaatig, the maple tree who represents their lungs; Mindimooyenh, the old woman who represents their conscience; Sabe, the giant who represents their marrow; Adik, the caribou who represents their nervous system; Asin, the human who represents their eyes and ears; and Lucy, the human who represents their brain. Each attempts to commune with the unnatural urban-settler world, a world of SpongeBob Band-Aids, Ziploc baggies, Fjällräven Kånken backpacks, and coffee mugs emblazoned with institutional logos. And each searches out the natural world, only to discover those pockets that still exist are owned, contained, counted, and consumed. Cut off from nature, the characters are cut off from their natural selves.  Noopiming is Anishinaabemowin for “in the bush”, and the title is a response to English Canadian settler and author Susanna Moodie’s 1852 memoir Roughing It in the Bush. To read Simpson’s work is an act of decolonization, degentrification and willful resistance to the perpetuation and dissemination of centuries-old colonial myth-making. It is a lived experience. It is a breaking open of the self to a world alive with people, animals, ancestors and spirits, who are all busy with the daily labours of healing - healing not only themselves, but their individual pieces of the network, of the web that connects them all together. Enter and be changed.

©2020 Leanne Betasamosake Simpson (P)2021 Anansi Audio

Narrator: Tiffany Ayalik
Length: 3 hrs and 22 mins
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Son of a Trickster

306 ratings

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With striking originality and precision, Eden Robinson, the Giller-shortlisted author of the classic Monkey Beach and winner of the Writers' Trust Engel/Findley Award, blends humor with heartbreak in this compelling coming-of-age novel. Everyday teen existence meets indigenous beliefs, crazy family dynamics, and cannibalistic river otter.... The exciting first novel in her Trickster trilogy. Everyone knows a guy like Jared: the burnout kid in high school who sells weed cookies and has a scary mom who's often wasted and wielding some kind of weapon. Jared does smoke and drink too much, and he does make the best cookies in town, and his mom is a mess, but he's also a kid who has an immense capacity for compassion and an impulse to watch over people more than twice his age, and he can't rely on anyone for consistent love and support, except for his flatulent pit bull, Baby Killer (he calls her Baby) - and now she's dead. Jared can't count on his mom to stay sober and stick around to take care of him. He can't rely on his dad to pay the bills and support his new wife and step-daughter. Jared is only 16 but feels like he is the one who must stabilize his family's life, even look out for his elderly neighbors. But he struggles to keep everything afloat...and sometimes he blacks out. And he puzzles over why his maternal grandmother has never liked him, why she says he's the son of a trickster, that he isn't human. Mind you, ravens speak to him - even when he's not stoned. You think you know Jared, but you don't.

©2017 Eden Robinson (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Jason Ryll
Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
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Scarborough

166 ratings

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In Scarborough, a low-income urban neighborhood, three kids struggle to rise above poverty, abuse, and a system that consistently fails them. The adults in their lives either rise to the occasion or fall by the wayside; together, they make up a troubled yet inspired community that refuses to be undone.

©2017 Catherine Hernandez (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
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The Burning God

18 ratings

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The exciting end to The Poppy War trilogy, R. F. Kuang's acclaimed, award-winning epic fantasy that combines the history of 20th-century China with a gripping world of gods and monsters, to devastating, enthralling effect. After saving her nation of Nikan from foreign invaders and battling the evil Empress Su Daji in a brutal civil war, Fang Runin was betrayed by allies and left for dead.  Despite her losses, Rin hasn't given up on those for whom she has sacrificed so much - the people of the southern provinces and especially Tikany, the village that is her home. Returning to her roots, Rin meets difficult challenges - and unexpected opportunities. While her new allies in the Southern Coalition leadership are sly and untrustworthy, Rin quickly realizes that the real power in Nikan lies with the millions of common people who thirst for vengeance and revere her as a goddess of salvation.  Backed by the masses and her Southern Army, Rin will use every weapon to defeat the Dragon Republic, the colonizing Hesperians, and all who threaten the shamanic arts and their practitioners. As her power and influence grows, though, will she be strong enough to resist the Phoenix's intoxicating voice urging her to burn the world and everything in it? 

©2020 R. F. Kuang (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

Author: R. F. Kuang
Length: 23 hrs and 47 mins
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Call of the Rockies Series

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Get books one through three in this best-selling Christian historical romance series! With a combined total of over 750 reviews, get three full-length novels at a substantial discount over their individual prices. Freedom in the Mountain Wind (Book 1) Susanna Wilkins will do anything to make her father’s final dream come true, including trekking along the path Lewis and Clark explored into the untamed wilds of the Rocky Mountains. Every mile is more crucial now that lung cancer is stealing Pa’s last days faster than she can come to terms with losing him. The journey becomes harder than she ever expected, but paddling upriver through fierce rapids and fighting hungry grizzlies isn’t what terrifies her the most. Hope in the Mountain River (Book 2) Joel Vargas can’t believe he’s lost his older brother in the wilds of the Rocky Mountains after surviving their harrowing voyage across the Atlantic. And he can’t shake the feeling that Adam - his only living relative - is in dire trouble. No matter what the cost, he and his band of friends won’t stop until Adam is found. He’s not sure if two Indian women they meet on the way will be a help or hindrance. Light in the Mountain Sky (Book 3) Determined to prove her worth, Meksem fiercely fought to earn her place among the warriors in her Nez Perce camp. When her half-sister is captured by an enemy tribe, she refuses to trust the rescue to anyone else. But her new friends insist on joining her mission, and she battles between relief and frustration at their presence. Especially the White man who peers at her as if he can see through the face of the warrior she struggles so hard to maintain.

©2020 Misty M. Beller (P)2021 Misty M. Beller

Length: 18 hrs and 37 mins
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2666 [Spanish Edition]

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Publicada meses después de la muerte de Bolaño, 2666 ha sido unánimemente aclamada por la crítica internacional y por los lectores, y es considerada una obra sin igual en la literatura contemporánea. La ciudad mexicana de Santa Teresa - trasunto de Ciudad Juarez - atrae como un imán a los protagonistas. Cuatro críticos literarios europeos viajan hasta Sonora tras las huellas del escritor desaparecido Benno von Archimboldi, cuya vida se refiere en la parte final de la novela. Allí conocerán a Amalfitano, el profesor universitario chileno que, junto con su hija, se establece en la ciudad, a la que también llegará el periodista estadounidense Oscar Fate para retransmitir un combate de boxeo. Pero el corazón del relato se encuentra en «La parte de los crímenes» donde, con la precisión de un bisturí, Bolaño narra los asesinatos de mujeres cometidos en Santa Teresa y las infructuosas investigaciones de la policía. En el epicentro del Mal, nada puede parar el horror.Con una fuerza arrolladora, en 2666 Bolaño crea una obra magistral que rompe con todas las tendencias literarias conocidas y abre el camino a seguir por la narrativa del siglo XXI. Violencia e historia se entretejen con temas recurrentes en la obra del autor: la literatura, la búsqueda y la crónica de la realidad. 2666 fue galardonada con los premios Ciudad de Barcelona, Salambó, National Critics Circle Award y Altazor, calificada como uno de los mejores libros de 2008 por The New York Times y elegida por 81 críticos y escritores de España y Latinoamérica como uno de los mejores libros en lengua castellana de los últimos 25 años. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2004 Roberto Bolaño (P)2017 Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, S.A.U.

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Women and the Weight Loss Tamasha

2 ratings

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The nutritionist who taught us that simply eating (pun intended) is the key to a fab body is back with a comprehensive book on women, food and everything in between. From puberty to marriage, from pregnancy to menopause, Rujuta explains in detail the changes women go through (and, God knows, as Indian women, we go through way beyond those just hormonal - husband, in-laws, children, career, etc) and how what we do (or don't) during these phases affects our overall well-being. Building on her four principles of eating right from Don't Lose Your Mind, Lose Your Weight, she goes on to share her four strategies (Nutrition, Exercise, Sleep and Relationships) for each of these phases and especially the lifestyle disorders of Pcod, hypothyroid and diabetes. Rujuta, in her usual indomitable style, debunks (rubbishes rather) myths related to food, hormones and workouts; forces us to rethink our belief that pregnancy, menopause, hypothyroid, etc, come in the way of losing weight; and reveals just how easy it is to remain healthy, strong and fit through one's life.

©2010 Rujuta Diwekar (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
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The Billionaire's Trust

1 rating

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He answered the door in just a bathrobe. When I told him why I was there, he dropped it to the floor... Bill: I keep things simple with the women I meet. Charm her, enjoy her, discard her, and repeat. Once she hears my family name her focus is on the size of my wallet and she can't be trusted. Until Lauren shows up at my doorstep one night and I am suddenly in charge of the family company. I need to save the family legacy and 10,000 jobs. I can't do it without her. She's beautiful, sassy, brilliant, and brutally honest. She can't stand me. I need her. In my bed, in my life, as my wife. Everything's going according to plan... Until, she disappears. Lauren: I fell for him as soon as I saw him last week, all of him, the full package. Until, he sent me back to his condo to get rid of the girl - the naked one in his bed. He didn't even know her name. Today he's the new CEO, and he's screwing up. Royally. I told him what I thought of him. Again. Now, he won't take no for an answer. When he makes a fairy tale proposal in front of hundreds, I can't say no. Together we have a plan to save the company. But he's keeping secrets, and I uncover the worst one. Buy The Billionaire's Trust today and see love find a way. This story is intended for mature listeners, it contains mature themes, strong language, and sexual situations.

©2017, 2018 Erin Swann (P)2019 Erin Swann

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Author: Erin Swann
Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
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The Rabbi

2 ratings

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A father; a husband; a lover; a friend; a rabbi. This is the story about the making of a modern rabbi, his coming of age, and how he finds his place in in a confused and confusing world. Michael Kind is raised in the Jewish cauldron of 1920s New York, familiar with the stresses and materialism of metropolitan life. Turning to the ancient set of ethics of his Orthodox grandfather, with a modern twist, he becomes a Reform rabbi. As insecure and sexually needy as any other young male, he serves as a circuit-rider rabbi in the Ozarks, and then as a temple rabbi in the racially ugly South, in a San Francisco suburb, in a Pennsylvania college town, and, finally, in a New England community west of Boston. Along the way, he falls deeply in love with and marries the daughter of a Congregational minister; she converts to Judaism and they have two complex, interesting children. Noah Gordon's picture of a brilliant and talented religious counselor - who at times is as bereft and uncertain as any of his congregants - is a deeply moving and very satisfying novel.

©1965 Lise Gordon, Michael Seay Gordon and The Jamie Gordon Trust (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

Author: Noah Gordon
Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
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Frenchacking - The Complete Box Set

Summary

Three audiobooks in one! Feeling like your French isn't progressing as quickly as you'd like? Not understanding idioms or cultural references? Wanting to learn real-life vocab you can use right away? This comprehensive guide is designed to take you from A1 to B1 in the shortest time frame possible. It’s packed full of original, helpful techniques, hacks, and tips you can use to enrich your French knowledge. Here is what you’ll learn: Count up to a trillion and the grammar to write it out Accents and how they can change the French language French cultural references Diverse range of vocabulary Idioms you don't learn in textbooks How different tenses are used Most-used verbs and their conjugations Real-life examples of when to use them Differentiating between similar verbs and not embarrassing yourself Don't wait any longer! Fulfill that lifelong dream of learning French; scroll up and click the "Buy Now" button to begin the journey to becoming a little bit more French.

©2018 French Hacking (P)2019 French Hacking

Narrator: Maëlis Thibon
Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
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Fruit of the Drunken Tree

8 ratings

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“One of the most dazzling and devastating novels I’ve read in a long time...Readers of Fruit of the Drunken Tree will surely be transformed.” (San Francisco Chronicle) “Simultaneously propulsive and poetic, reminiscent of Isabel Allende...Listen to this new author’s voice - she has something powerful to say.” (Entertainment Weekly) A mesmerizing debut set in Colombia at the height Pablo Escobar's violent reign about a sheltered young girl and a teenage maid who strike an unlikely friendship that threatens to undo them both Seven-year-old Chula and her older sister, Cassandra, enjoy carefree lives thanks to their gated community in Bogotá, but the threat of kidnappings, car bombs, and assassinations hover just outside the neighborhood walls, where the godlike drug lord Pablo Escobar continues to elude authorities and capture the attention of the nation.      When their mother hires Petrona, a live-in-maid from the city's guerrilla-occupied slum, Chula makes it her mission to understand Petrona's mysterious ways. But Petrona's unusual behavior belies more than shyness. She is a young woman crumbling under the burden of providing for her family as the rip tide of first love pulls her in the opposite direction. As both girls' families scramble to maintain stability amid the rapidly escalating conflict, Petrona and Chula find themselves entangled in a web of secrecy that will force them both to choose between sacrifice and betrayal.       Inspired by the author's own life, and told through the alternating perspectives of the willful Chula and the achingly hopeful Petrona, Fruit of the Drunken Tree contrasts two very different but inextricably linked coming-of-age stories. In lush prose, Rojas Contreras has written a powerful testament to the impossible choices women are often forced to make in the face of violence and the unexpected connections that can blossom out of desperation.

©2018 Ingrid Rojas Contreras (P)2018 Random House Audio

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The Poppy War

61 ratings

Summary

A brilliantly imaginative talent makes her exciting debut with this epic historical military fantasy, inspired by the bloody history of China’s 20th century and filled with treachery and magic, in the tradition of Ken Liu’s Grace of Kings and N. K. Jemisin’s Inheritance Trilogy. When Rin aced the Keju - the Empire-wide test to find the most talented youth to learn at the Academies - it was a shock to everyone: to the test officials, who couldn’t believe a war orphan from Rooster Province could pass without cheating; to Rin’s guardians, who believed they’d finally be able to marry her off and further their criminal enterprise; and to Rin herself, who realized she was finally free of the servitude and despair that had made up her daily existence. That she got into Sinegard - the most elite military school in Nikan - was even more surprising. But surprises aren’t always good. Because being a dark-skinned peasant girl from the South is not an easy thing at Sinegard. Targeted from the outset by rival classmates for her color, poverty, and gender, Rin discovers she possesses a lethal, unearthly power - an aptitude for the nearly-mythical art of shamanism. Exploring the depths of her gift with the help of a seemingly insane teacher and psychoactive substances, Rin learns that gods long thought dead are very much alive - and that mastering control over those powers could mean more than just surviving school. For while the Nikara Empire is at peace, the Federation of Mugen still lurks across a narrow sea. The militarily advanced Federation occupied Nikan for decades after the First Poppy War, and only barely lost the continent in the Second. And while most of the people are complacent to go about their lives, a few are aware that a Third Poppy War is just a spark away.... Rin’s shamanic powers may be the only way to save her people. But as she finds out more about the god that has chosen her, the vengeful Phoenix, she fears that winning the war may cost her humanity...and that it may already be too late. R.F. Kuang studies modern Chinese history. She has a BA from Georgetown University and is currently a graduate student in the United Kingdom on a Marshall Scholarship. The Poppy War is her debut novel.

©2018 Rebecca Kuang (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Author: R. F. Kuang
Length: 18 hrs and 57 mins
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The Dragon Republic

41 ratings

Summary

Rin’s story continues in this acclaimed sequel to The Poppy War - an epic fantasy combining the history of 20th-century China with a gripping world of gods and monsters. The war is over. The war has just begun. Three times throughout its history, Nikan has fought for its survival in the bloody Poppy Wars. Though the third battle has just ended, shaman and warrior Rin cannot forget the atrocity she committed to save her people. Now she is on the run from her guilt, the opium addiction that holds her like a vice, and the murderous commands of the fiery Phoenix - the vengeful god who has blessed Rin with her fearsome power.  Though she does not want to live, she refuses to die until she avenges the traitorous Empress who betrayed Rin’s homeland to its enemies. Her only hope is to join forces with the powerful Dragon Warlord, who plots to conquer Nikan, unseat the Empress, and create a new republic.  But neither the Empress nor the Dragon Warlord are what they seem. The more Rin witnesses, the more she fears her love for Nikan will force her to use the Phoenix’s deadly power once more.  Because there is nothing Rin won’t sacrifice to save her country...and exact her vengeance.

©2019 R. F. Kuang (P)2019 HarperAudio

Author: R. F. Kuang
Length: 23 hrs and 46 mins
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American dirt [French Version]

2 ratings

Summary

Le roman en tête des ventes aux USA ! Des coups de feu, des cris, des pleurs, des bruits de pas... Lydia tente d'étouffer les bruits en pressant la paume de ses mains sur les oreilles de son petit garçon, Luca. Ils n'ont aucune idée de ce qu'il se passe au-delà de la porte des toilettes dans lesquels ils se sont réfugiés. Quand le silence revient, ils sortent et découvrent le massacre. La fête de famille a viré au drame, tous les convives de la quinceanera sont morts, baignant dans leur sang, transpercés par les balles du cartel le plus puissant d'Acapulco. Lydia comprend vite ce qu'il s'est passé ; son mari, journaliste d'investigation, a révélé dans un article l'identité du baron de la drogue local. Seuls rescapés de la tuerie, elle comprend qu'elle et son fils ne sont plus en sécurité dans sa ville et son pays et décide de rejoindre les États-Unis. Commence alors une course poursuite où la mère et le fils rejoignent le flux des migrants pour échapper au cartel. Un chemin de croix où ils rencontrent des hommes et des femmes qui eux aussi fuient la misère et la violence, laissant derrière eux leurs racines et leurs familles. En évitant l'écueil du misérabilisme et des clichés toujours mieux partagés, Jeanine Cummins donne un visage et une histoire à ceux que l'on perçoit comme une masse indifférenciée : les migrants. Aussi rythmé qu'un thriller, l'auteure offre une galerie de portraits révélant toute la complexité du phénomène migratoire en Amérique. C'est à la fois Les raisins de la colère de Steinbeck, Cartel de Don Wislow et No country for old men de Cormac Mc Carthy.

©2020 Jeanine Cummins / Éditions Philippe Rey, pour la traduction en langue française. Traduit par Françoise Adelstain et Christine Auche (P)2020 Lizzie, un département d'Univers Poche, Paris

Narrator: Mélissa Windal
Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
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The Enigma of Arrival

1 rating

Summary

The story of a writer's singular journey - from one place to another, from the British colony of Trinidad to the ancient countryside of England, and from one state of mind to another - is perhaps Naipaul's most autobiographical work. Yet it is also woven through with remarkable invention to make it a rich and complex novel.

©2018 V. S. Naipaul (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Simon Vance
Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
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German Short Stories for Beginners

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Easy German stories Do you know what the hardest thing for a German learner is? Finding proper reading material that they can handle...which is precisely the reason we’ve written this book! Teachers love giving out tough, expert-level literature to their students, books that present many new problems to the reader and force them to search for words in a dictionary every five minutes - it’s not entertaining, useful or motivating for the student at all, and many soon give up on learning at all! In this book we have compiled 20 easy-to-listen-to, compelling and fun stories that will allow you to expand your vocabulary and give you the tools to improve your grasp of the wonderful German tongue.  How German Short Stories for Beginners works: Each story is interesting and entertaining with realistic dialogues and day-to-day situations. The summaries follow a synopsis in German and in English of what you just read, both to review the lesson and for you to see if you understood what the tale was about. At the end of those summaries, you’ll be provided with a list of the most relevant vocabulary involved in the lesson, as well as slang and sayings that you may not have understood at first glance! Finally, you’ll be provided with a set of tricky questions in German, providing you with the chance to prove that you learned something in the story. Don’t worry if you don’t know the answer to any - we will provide them immediately after, but no cheating! We want you to feel comfortable while learning the tongue; after all, no language should be a barrier for you to travel around the world and expand your social circles! So look no further! Download your copy of German Short Stories for Beginners and start learning German right now! This book has been written by a native German author and is recommended for A2+ level learners. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Lingo Mastery (P)2019 Lingo Mastery

Narrator: Kai Powalla
Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
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The Best of Me

32 ratings

Summary

In this New York Times best-selling novel of first love and second chances, former high school sweethearts confront the painful truths of their past to build a promising future - together.  "Everyone wanted to believe that endless love was possible. She'd believed in it once, too, back when she was 18." In the spring of 1984, high school students Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole fell deeply, irrevocably in love. Though they were from opposite sides of the tracks, their love for one another seemed to defy the realities of life in their small town in North Carolina. But as the summer of their senior year came to a close, unforeseen events would tear the young couple apart, setting them on radically divergent paths. Now, 25 years later, Amanda and Dawson are summoned back home for the funeral of Tuck Hostetler, the mentor who once gave shelter to their high school romance. Neither has lived the life they imagined...and neither can forget the passionate first love that forever changed their lives. As Amanda and Dawson carry out the instructions Tuck left behind for them, they realize that everything they thought they knew - about Tuck, about themselves, and about the dreams they held dear - was not as it seemed. Forced to confront painful memories, the former lovers will discover undeniable truths about the choices they have made. And in the course of a single, searing weekend, they will ask of the living, and the dead: Can love truly rewrite the past? 

©2011 Nicholas Sparks (P)2011 Hachette

Narrator: Sean Pratt
Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
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Mamma Maria

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Sous le coup d'une déception amoureuse, Sofia a quitté Paris pour son petit village natal de la côte amalfitaine. Là, la jeune traductrice respire enfin. Attablée à sa place habituelle, sur la terrasse du Mamma Maria, le bonheur est simple comme un espresso au soleil ou une chanson d'Adriano Celentano... Ce caffè, c'est le cœur du village, le rendez-vous des jeunes, des vieux, dans le généreux giron de la patronne, Maria, leur mère à tous. Or ce matin-là, pour la première fois depuis des lustres, il s'est glissé comme une fausse note dans la partition. Le vieux Franco ne s'est pas présenté pour son éternelle partie de scopa... La fin de la dolce vita ?

©2020 le cherche midi (P)2021 Lizzie, un département d'Univers Poche, Paris

Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
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Chicos que vuelven [Boys Returning]

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Mechi es empleada del Centro de Gestión y Participación de Parque Chacabuco, y debe mantener y actualizar el archivo de chicos perdidos y desaparecidos en la ciudad de Buenos Aires. Un trabajo monótono al que, para peor, lleva adelante en una oficina ubicada debajo de la autopista, es decir, envuelta en un ruido incesante. Hasta que algo pasa: Vanadis, una chica desaparecida a los catorce años por la que, debido a su belleza y a su extraño nombre, Mechi se había interesado particularmente, un día aparece. Y será la primera de una lista de chicos que vuelven después de haber estado ausentes durante años. Pero hay un detalle: estos chicos reaparecen exactamente en las mismas condiciones - con la misma edad, la misma contextura física y hasta la misma ropa - en que se encontraban el día de su desaparición. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2012 Mariana Enríquez (P)2015 Editorial Libervox SL

Length: 1 hr and 32 mins
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LaRose

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In this literary masterwork, Louise Erdrich, the best-selling author of the National Book Award-winning The Round House and the Pulitzer Prize nominee The Plague of Doves, wields her breathtaking narrative magic in an emotionally haunting contemporary tale of a tragic accident, a demand for justice, and a profound act of atonement with ancient roots in Native American culture. North Dakota, late summer, 1999. Landreaux Iron stalks a deer along the edge of the property bordering his own. He shoots with easy confidence - but when the buck springs away, Landreaux realizes he's hit something else, a blur he saw as he squeezed the trigger. When he staggers closer, he realizes he has killed his neighbor's five-year-old son, Dusty Ravich. The youngest child of his friend and neighbor, Peter Ravich, Dusty was best friends with Landreaux's five-year-old son, LaRose. The two families have always been close, sharing food, clothing, and rides into town; their children played together despite going to different schools; and Landreaux's wife, Emmaline, is half sister to Dusty's mother, Nola. Horrified at what he's done, the recovered alcoholic turns to an Ojibwe tribe tradition - the sweat lodge - for guidance and finds a way forward. Following an ancient means of retribution, he and Emmaline will give LaRose to the grieving Peter and Nola. "Our son will be your son now," they tell them. LaRose is quickly absorbed into his new family. Plagued by thoughts of suicide, Nola dotes on him, keeping her darkness at bay. His fierce, rebellious new "sister", Maggie, welcomes him as a coconspirator who can ease her volatile mother's terrifying moods. Gradually he's allowed shared visits with his birth family, whose sorrow mirrors the Raviches' own. As the years pass, LaRose becomes the linchpin linking the Irons and the Raviches, and eventually their mutual pain begins to heal. But when a vengeful man with a longstanding grudge against Landreaux begins raising trouble, hurling accusations of a cover-up the day Dusty died, he threatens the tenuous peace that has kept these two fragile families whole. Inspiring and affecting, LaRose is a powerful exploration of loss, justice, and the reparation of the human heart and an unforgettable, dazzling tour de force from one of America's most distinguished literary masters.

©2016 Louise Erdrich (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Louise Erdrich
Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
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Infinite Country

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A Reese's Book Club Pick  “A knockout of a novel…we predict [Infinite Country] will be viewed as one of 2021’s best.” (O, The Oprah Magazine) Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2021 from Esquire, O, The Oprah Magazine, Elle, GMA, New York Post, Ms. Magazine, The Millions, Electric Literature, LitHub, AARP, Refinery29, BuzzFeed, Autostraddle, She Reads, Alma, and more. I often wonder if we are living the wrong life in the wrong country. Talia is being held at a correctional facility for adolescent girls in the forested mountains of Colombia after committing an impulsive act of violence that may or may not have been warranted. She urgently needs to get out and get back home to Bogotá, where her father and a plane ticket to the United States are waiting for her. If she misses her flight, she might also miss her chance to finally be reunited with her family in the north. How this family came to occupy two different countries, two different worlds, comes into focus like twists of a kaleidoscope. We see Talia’s parents, Mauro and Elena, fall in love in a market stall as teenagers against a backdrop of civil war and social unrest. We see them leave Bogotá with their firstborn, Karina, in pursuit of safety and opportunity in the United States on a temporary visa, and we see the births of two more children, Nando and Talia, on American soil. We witness the decisions and indecisions that lead to Mauro’s deportation and the family’s splintering - the costs they’ve all been living with ever since. Award-winning, internationally acclaimed author Patricia Engel, herself a dual citizen and the daughter of Colombian immigrants, gives voice to all five family members as they navigate the particulars of their respective circumstances. And all the while, the metronome ticks: Will Talia make it to Bogotá in time? And if she does, can she bring herself to trade the solid facts of her father and life in Colombia for the distant vision of her mother and siblings in America? Rich with Bogotá urban life, steeped in Andean myth, and tense with the daily reality of the undocumented in America, Infinite Country is the story of two countries and one mixed-status family - for whom every triumph is stitched with regret, and every dream pursued bears the weight of a dream deferred.

©2021 Patricia Engel. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
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A Little Life

196 ratings

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Short-listed for the Man Booker Prize Long-listed for the National Book Award for Fiction Brace yourself for the most astonishing, challenging, upsetting, and profoundly moving book in many a season. An epic about love and friendship in the 21st century that goes into some of the darkest places fiction has ever traveled and yet somehow, improbably, breaks through into the light. When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity. Over the decades their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realize, is Jude himself, by midlife a terrifyingly talented litigator yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he'll not only be unable to overcome - but that will define his life forever. In rich and resplendent prose, Yanagihara has fashioned a tragic and transcendent hymn to brotherly love, a masterful depiction of heartbreak, and a dark examination of the tyranny of memory and the limits of human endurance. Cover photograph by The Peter Hujar Archive, LLC, Courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco.

©2015 Hanya Yanagihara (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Oliver Wyman
Length: 32 hrs and 51 mins
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Thalia Book Club: Jennifer Egan Manhattan Beach, and Celeste Ng Little Fires Everywhere

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning Jennifer Egan and best-selling Celeste Ng come together for a compelling discussion of their new novels, Manhattan Beach and Little Fires Everywhere, two stories of family secrets and the children who discover them. Performances by Cindy Cheung (Mistress America) and Susannah Rogers (The Diary of a Teenage Girl).

©2017 Symphony Space (P)2017 Symphony Space

Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
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Monkey Beach

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A young Native American woman remembers her volatile childhood as she searches for her lost brother in the Canadian wilds in an extraordinary, critically acclaimed debut novel. As she races along Canada's Douglas Channel in her speedboat - heading toward the place where her younger brother Jimmy, presumed drowned, was last seen - 20-year-old Lisamarie Hill recalls her younger days. A volatile and precocious Native girl growing up in Kitamaat, the Haisla Indian reservation located 500 miles north of Vancouver, Lisa came of age standing with her feet firmly planted in two different worlds: the spiritual realm of the Haisla and the sobering "real" world with its dangerous temptations of violence, drugs, and despair. From her beloved grandmother, Ma-ma-oo, she learned of tradition and magic; from her adored, Elvis-loving uncle Mick, a Native rights activist on a perilous course, she learned to see clearly, to speak her mind, and never to bow down. But the tragedies that have scarred her life and ultimately led her to these frigid waters cannot destroy her indomitable spirit, even though the ghosts that speak to her in the night warn her that the worst may be yet to come. Easily one of the most admired debut novels to appear in many a decade, Eden Robinson's Monkey Beach was immediately greeted with universal acclaim - called "gripping" by the San Diego Union-Tribune, "wonderful" by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and "glorious" by the Globe and Mail, earning nominations for numerous literary awards before receiving the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Evocative, moving, haunting, and devastatingly funny, it is an extraordinary listen from a brilliant literary voice that must be heard.

©2000 Eden Robinson, This edition published in 2014 by Open Road Integrated Media, Inc. (P)2014 Audible Inc.

Narrator: Noelle Kayser
Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
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Spanish Short Stories for Intermediate Level: Volume 2

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Ten Spanish short stories to boost your listening comprehension. Learn Spanish vocabulary in context. The short stories will not just teach you new Spanish words, but also help you better understand the contexts in which the words can be used. This will help you develop a more natural flow of words when speaking Spanish. Useful story themes for intermediate level. The stories you will find in this audiobook are not only interesting, but also revolve around useful situations that you might encounter in everyday life. You can immediately put the words you learn to use! The story themes are: music, office, trips, cooking, luxury and money, beauty, weather, family, and dreams and nightmares. Improve your listening skills and pronunciation with audio. Practice your listening skills and familiarize yourself with spoken Spanish by listening to the audio recorded by a native Spanish-speaker. When you listen to the audio, you will be able to train your ear and familiarize yourself with how the words sound when spoken, as well as practice the pronunciation by following along to the audio. Ideal for intermediate level Spanish-learners. Some beginners may be able to enjoy the stories, but a basic understanding of Spanish is recommended to get maximum enjoyment and effectiveness out of the stories. Grab your copy today and start learning Spanish with short stories! PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Frederic Bibard (P)2017 Frederic Bibard

Author: Claudia Orea
Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
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101 Conversations in Simple Spanish (Spanish Edition)

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Real Spanish people don't speak like your textbook.... So, it's no wonder you feel unprepared when it's your turn to speak! This book fixes that. Improve your spoken Spanish from home with 101 real-world conversations in simple, everyday Spanish. For the first time, you'll learn to speak Spanish in the real world, with 101 authentic conversations in simple spoken Spanish, so you can become confident in the words, phrases, and expressions you need to communicate like a local. You'll be transported into a real-world story that unfolds between six Spanish characters, told by the people themselves in 101 authentic conversations. With over 15,000 words of real Spanish, you'll immerse yourself in a gripping Spanish drama and get an education in natural Spanish in the process.  Here's what you'll get: 101 conversations in simple Spanish, so you can learn the real Spanish spoken in the street, understand spoken Spanish with ease, and have Spanish roll off your tongue more fluently Over 15,000 words of dialogue - an unparalleled resource that will immerse you in Spanish at a level you can understand, so you can learn real spoken Spanish without getting lost or overwhelmed Real, daily spoken Spanish throughout - it's as if we held up a microphone and recorded the exact words coming out of people's mouths, so you can learn the expressions that real people use on the street. You'll sound more authentic when you speak and make Spanish-speaking friends more easily. Situational dialogues from typical daily circumstances, so you'll prepare yourself to survive realistic Spanish encounters, in shops and cafés, and make meeting people and making arrangements second nature Conversations that are carefully narrated to be accessible for beginners (A2-B1 on the CEFR), so you can start to learn from real, spoken conversations, even as a beginner, without having to go through the rollercoaster of difficult conversations with strangers Each conversation is limited to around 15 lines of dialogue (150 words), so you can get that crucial sense of achievement and motivation when you finish each conversation, and say "I actually understood all of that!" Word lists with English definitions in every chapter, so you can get instant translations of any difficult words and focus on listening and enjoying the stories rather than wasting time in a dictionary Summaries of each conversation which contextualize each dialogue, so you can easily follow the plot and enjoy the story without getting lost. The story is set in Spain and includes expressions that are typical in Castilian Spanish. However, since the conversations use mostly "neutral" Spanish, you'll have plenty to learn, whether you're learning the Spanish of Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, or even your local Spanish-speaking community!  Created by Olly Richards, internationally renowned language teacher and author, 101 Conversations in Real Spoken Spanish gives you an education in real Spanish that you won't find anywhere else. You'll be better prepared for using Spanish in the real world, speak with more confidence, and take a giant leap toward fluency in Spanish! Get the audiobook now!

©2019 Olly Richards (P)2019 Olly Richards

Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
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Tender Is the Flesh

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Working at the local processing plant, Marcos is in the business of slaughtering humans - though no one calls them that anymore. His wife has left him, his father is sinking into dementia, and Marcos tries not to think too hard about how he makes a living. After all, it happened so quickly. First, it was reported that an infectious virus has made all animal meat poisonous to humans. Then governments initiated the "Transition". Now, eating human meat - "special meat" - is legal. Marcos tries to stick to numbers, consignments, processing. Then one day he's given a gift: a live specimen of the finest quality. Though he's aware that any form of personal contact is forbidden on pain of death, little by little he starts to treat her like a human being. And soon, he becomes tortured by what has been lost - and what might still be saved.

©2017 Agustina Bazterrica. English language translation ©2020 Pushkin Press Limited. Originally published in Argentina in 2017 by Alfaguara as Cadáver Exquisito. All rights reserved. (P)2020 Audible, Ltd. All rights reserved.

Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
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Octobre

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Début octobre, dans la banlieue de Copenhague, la police découvre le cadavre d'une femme amputée d'une main. À côté du corps, un petit bonhomme fabriqué à partir de marrons et d'allumettes. Chargés de l'enquête, la jeune inspectrice Naia Thulin et l'inspecteur Mark Hess découvrent vite que cette figurine est porteuse de mystérieuses empreintes : celles de la fille de Rosa Hartung, ministre des Affaires sociales, enlevée un an plus tôt et présumée morte. Thulin et Hess explorent toutes les pistes qui leur révèleraient un lien entre la disparition de la fille de la ministre et la victime à la main coupée. Lorsqu'une autre femme est tuée, selon le même mode opératoire, ils comprennent que le cauchemar ne fait que commencer...

©2018 / 2019 Kastanjemanden chez Politikens Forlag, Copenhague, Søren Sveistrup et JP/Politikens Hus A/S, Publié avec l'accord de Politiken Literary Agency / Éditions Albin Michel (P)2019 Audiolib

Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
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La fata carabina

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Una vecchierella tremolante sfodera improvvisamente una P38 e fa secco un giovane commissario di polizia che le si era avvicinato per aiutarla ad attraversare la strada. È proprio intorno ai vecchietti, vittime e assassini, che gira questo romanzo di Pennac. Cosa sta succedendo nel mercato della droga parigino? Come mai gli anziani abitanti del quartiere Belleville sono diventati tutti dei tossici? E chi sta uccidendo a colpi di rasoio le attempate signore? Toccherà a Benjamin Malaussène, ritenuto, come al solito, il principale indiziato, rispondere a queste domande.  Secondo volume della serie di Belleville.

©1987 Éditions Gallimard / Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Editore Milano (P)2019 Emons Italia S.r.l.

Narrator: Claudio Bisio
Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
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Thalia Book Club: Sloane Crosley, Look Alive Out There

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Essayist and author Sloane Crosley is joined by award-winning writer Zadie Smith (Swing Time) in a conversation on Crosley's newest essay collection, Look Alive Out There.

©2018 Symphony Space (P)2018 Symphony Space

Narrator: Zadie Smith
Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
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I Am a Pole (And So Can You!)

11 ratings

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The story of a pole, searching for his purpose in life. "The perfect gift to give a child or grandchild for their high school or college graduation. Also Father's Day. Also, other times." —Stephen Colbert PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2012 Stephen Colbert (P)2012 Hachette

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How Much of These Hills Is Gold

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A New York Times Notable Book of the Year A Washington Post Notable Book of the Year Named a Best Book of 2020 by NPR Longlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize Finalist for the 2020 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize National best seller A National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" Honoree A GOOP Book Club Pick "A fully immersive epic drama packed with narrative riches and exquisitely crafted prose." (San Francisco Chronicle) "Belongs on a shelf all of its own." (NPR) "Outstanding." (The Washington Post) "Arresting, beautiful." (The New York Times) "Revolutionary... A visionary addition to American literature." (Star Tribune) An electric debut novel set against the twilight of the American gold rush, two siblings are on the run in an unforgiving landscape - trying not just to survive but to find a home. Ba dies in the night; Ma is already gone. Newly orphaned children of immigrants, Lucy and Sam are suddenly alone in a land that refutes their existence. Fleeing the threats of their Western mining town, they set off to bury their father in the only way that will set them free from their past. Along the way, they encounter giant buffalo bones, tiger paw prints, and the specters of a ravaged landscape as well as family secrets, sibling rivalry, and glimpses of a different kind of future. Both epic and intimate, blending Chinese symbolism and reimagined history with fiercely original language and storytelling, How Much of These Hills Is Gold is a haunting adventure story, an unforgettable sibling story, and the announcement of a stunning new voice in literature. On a broad level, it explores race in an expanding country and the question of where immigrants are allowed to belong. But it’s about the memories that bind and divide families, and the yearning for home.

©2020 C Pam Zhang (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Author: C Pam Zhang
Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
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The Removed

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“A haunted work, full of voices old and new. It is about a family’s reckoning with loss and injustice, and it is about a people trying for the same. The journey of this family’s way home is full - in equal measure - of melancholy and love.” (Tommy Orange, author of There There) A recommended book from: USA Today * O, the Oprah Magazine * Entertainment Weekly * Harper's Bazaar * Buzzfeed * Washington Post * Elle * Parade * San Francisco Chronicle * Good Housekeeping * Vulture * Refinery29 * AARP * Kirkus * Popsugar * Alma * Woman's Day * Chicago Review of Books * The Millions * Biblio Lifestyle * Library Journal * Publishers Weekly * LitHub Steeped in Cherokee myths and history, a novel about a fractured family reckoning with the tragic death of their son long ago - from National Book Award finalist Brandon Hobson. In the 15 years since their teenage son, Ray-Ray, was killed in a police shooting, the Echota family has been suspended in private grief. The mother, Maria, increasingly struggles to manage the onset of Alzheimer's in her husband, Ernest. Their adult daughter, Sonja, leads a life of solitude, punctuated only by spells of dizzying romantic obsession. And their son, Edgar, fled home long ago, turning to drugs to mute his feelings of alienation. With the family's annual bonfire approaching - an occasion marking both the Cherokee National Holiday and Ray-Ray's death, and a rare moment in which they openly talk about his memory - Maria attempts to call the family together from their physical and emotional distances once more. But as the bonfire draws near, each of them feels a strange blurring of the boundary between normal life and the spirit world. Maria and Ernest take in a foster child who seems to almost miraculously keep Ernest's mental fog at bay. Sonja becomes dangerously fixated on a man named Vin, despite - or perhaps because of - his ties to tragedy in her lifetime and lifetimes before. And in the wake of a suicide attempt, Edgar finds himself in the mysterious Darkening Land: a place between the living and the dead, where old atrocities echo. Drawing deeply on Cherokee folklore, The Removed seamlessly blends the real and spiritual to excavate the deep reverberations of trauma - a meditation on family, grief, home, and the power of stories on both a personal and ancestral level.  “The Removed is a marvel. With a few sly gestures, a humble array of piercingly real characters and an apparently effortless swing into the dire dreamlife, Brandon Hobson delivers an act of regeneration and solace. You won’t forget it.” (Jonathan Lethem, author of The Feral Detective)

©2021 Brandon Hobson (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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The City of Brass

94 ratings

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Named one of The Best Books of the Year by Library Journal | Vulture | The Verge | SYFYWire Step into The City of Brass, the spellbinding debut from S. A. Chakraborty perfect for fans of The Golem and the Jinni, The Grace of Kings, and Uprooted, in which the future of a magical Middle Eastern kingdom rests in the hands of a clever and defiant young con artist with miraculous healing gifts. Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th-century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trades she uses to get by - palm readings, zars, and a mysterious gift for healing - are all tricks, both the means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles and a reliable way to survive. But when Nahri accidentally summons Dara, an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior, to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to reconsider her beliefs. For Dara tells Nahri an extraordinary tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire and rivers where the mythical marid sleep, past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises and mountains where the circling birds of prey are more than what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass - a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound. In Daevabad, within gilded brass walls laced with enchantments and behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments run deep. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, her arrival threatens to ignite a war that has been simmering for centuries. Spurning Dara’s warning of the treachery surrounding her, she embarks on a hesitant friendship with Alizayd, an idealistic prince who dreams of revolutionizing his father’s corrupt regime. All too soon, Nahri learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences. After all, there is a reason they say to be careful what you wish for.... This audiobook includes an episode of the Book Club Girl Podcast, featuring an interview with S. A. Chakraborty about The City of Brass.

©2017 Shannon Chakraborty (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Soneela Nankani
Length: 20 hrs and 1 min
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Chicago Dreams

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He stumbled into my life, a high school sweetheart sent to distract me. I had a business to run.  He had a heart to mend. And competition. Competition with my best friend. As the streets of Chicago turn to a cool fall, I am left with the ultimate decision. Who will I pick?  They both have a part of my heart. A part I can’t live without. I shouldn't get involved with either of them. But my heart wants something my head argues against. When a hooded figure starts stalking my every move, my decision becomes even more important.  Love, career, or my safety...why can’t I have all three?

©2020 Melissa Alvarado (P)2021 Melissa Alvarado

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Dieu n'habite pas La Havane

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Roman-voyage sur la face cachée de Cuba et son peuple au moment du changement. Lyrique, musical, Dieu n'habite pas la Havane parle aussi de l'amour brûlant habité par la musique. Yasmina Khadra, toujours là où on ne l'attend pas. À l'heure où le régime castriste s'essouffle, "Don Fuego" chante toujours dans les cabarets de La Havane. Jadis, sa voix magnifique électrisait les foules. Aujourd'hui, les temps ont changé et le roi de la rumba doit céder la place. Livré à lui-même, il rencontre Mayensi, une jeune fille "rousse et belle comme une flamme ", dont il tombe éperdument amoureux. Mais le mystère qui entoure cette beauté fascinante menace leur improbable idylle. Chant dédié aux fabuleuses destinées contrariées par le sort, Dieu n'habite pas La Havane est aussi un voyage au pays de tous les paradoxes et de tous les rêves. Alliant la maîtrise et le souffle d'un Steinbeck contemporain, Yasmina Khadra mène une réflexion nostalgique sur la jeunesse perdue, sans cesse contrebalancée par la jubilation de chanter, de danser et de croire en des lendemains heureux.

©2016 Éditions Julliard, Paris (P)2016 Audiolib

Narrator: Bernard Gabay
Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
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The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse

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For more than a half century, Father Damien Modeste has served his beloved people, the Ojibwe, on the remote reservation of Little No Horse. Now, nearing the end of his life, Father Damien dreads the discovery of his physical identity, for he is a woman who has lived as a man. To complicate his fears, his quiet life changes when a troubled colleague comes to the reservation to investigate the life of the perplexing, difficult, possibly false saint Sister Leopolda. Father Damien alone knows the strange truth of Sister Leopolda's piety and is faced with the most difficult decision of his life: Should he reveal all he knows and risk everything? Or should he manufacture a protective history though he believes Leopolda's wonder-working is motivated by evil?

©2001 Louise Erdrich (P)2001 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Narrator: Anna Fields
Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
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We the Animals

2 ratings

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An exquisite, blistering debut novel. Three brothers tear their way through childhood—smashing tomatoes all over each other, building kites from trash, hiding out when their parents do battle, tiptoeing around the house as their mother sleeps off her graveyard shift. Paps and Ma are from Brooklyn—he’s Puerto Rican, she’s white—and their love is a serious, dangerous thing that makes and unmakes a family many times. Life in this family is fierce and absorbing, full of chaos and heartbreak and the euphoria of belonging completely to one another. From the intense familial unity felt by a child to the profound alienation he endures as he begins to see the world, this beautiful novel reinvents the coming-of-age story in a way that is sly and punch-in-the-stomach powerful. Written in magical language with unforgettable images, this is a stunning exploration of the viscerally charged landscape of growing up, how deeply we are formed by our earliest bonds, and how we are ultimately propelled at escape velocity toward our futures.

©2011 Justin Torres (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
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The Moon And Sixpence

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Charles Strickland, a conventional stockbroker, abandons his wife and children for Paris and Tahiti, to live his life as a painter. While his betrayal of family, duty and honour gives him the freedom to achieve greatness, his decision leads to an obsession which carries severe implications.

©2008 The Executers of the Estate of W. Somerset Maugham 2008 (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Robert Hardy
Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
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A Personal Matter

3 ratings

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Nobel Prize winner Oe's most important novel, A Personal Matter, has been called by The New York Times "close to a perfect novel". In A Personal Matter, Oe has chosen a difficult, complex though universal subject: how does one face and react to the birth of an abnormal child? Bird, the protagonist, is a young man of 27 with antisocial tendencies who, more than once in his life, when confronted with a critical problem, has cast himself adrift on a sea of whisky like a besotted Robinson Crusoe. But he has never faced a crisis as personal or grave as the prospect of life imprisonment in the cage of his newborn infant-monster. Should he keep it? Dare he kill it? Before he makes his final decision, Bird's entire past seems to rise up before him, revealing itself to be a nightmare of self-deceit. The relentless honesty with which Oe portrays his hero or antihero makes Bird one of the most unforgettable characters in recent fiction.

©1964 Kenzaburo Oe (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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Free Food for Millionaires

2 ratings

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In this One Book, One New York 2019 nominee from the author of National Book Award finalist Pachinko, the Korean American daughter of first-generation immigrants strives to join Manhattan's inner circle. Meet Casey Han: a strong-willed, Queens-bred daughter of Korean immigrants immersed in a glamorous Manhattan lifestyle she can't afford. Casey is eager to make it on her own, away from the judgements of her parents' tight-knit community, but she soon finds that her Princeton economics degree isn't enough to rid her of ever-growing credit-card debt and a toxic boyfriend. When a chance encounter with an old friend lands her a new opportunity, she's determined to carve a space for herself in a glittering world of privilege, power, and wealth - but at what cost? Set in a city where millionaires scramble for the free lunches the poor are too proud to accept, this sharp-eyed epic of love, greed, and ambition is a compelling portrait of intergenerational strife, immigrant struggle, and social and economic mobility. Addictively listenable, Min Jin Lee's best-selling debut Free Food for Millionaires exposes the intricate layers of a community clinging to its old ways in a city packed with haves and have-nots.

©2007 Min Jin Lee (P)2020 Hachette Audio

Author: Min Jin Lee
Length: 25 hrs and 13 mins
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La Ferme des animaux de George Orwell

1 rating

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Décryptez La Ferme des animaux de George Orwell avec l'analyse du PetitLitteraire.fr !Que faut-il retenir de La Ferme des animaux, le roman allégorique culte de la littérature anglaise ? Retrouvez tout ce que vous devez savoir sur cette œuvre dans une analyse complète et détaillée. Vous trouverez notamment dans cette fiche : Un résumé complet ; Une présentation des personnages principaux tels que les hommes, les cochons et les chiens ; Une analyse des spécificités de l'œuvre : un apologue, les parallélismes avec l'histoire soviétique et le langage comme moyen d'oppression.   Une analyse de référence pour comprendre rapidement le sens de l'œuvre. LE MOT DE L'ÉDITEUR : "Dans cette nouvelle édition de notre analyse de La Ferme des animaux (2016), avec Maël Tailler, nous fournissons des pistes pour décoder ce véritable classique de la littérature anglaise. Notre analyse permet de faire rapidement le tour de l'œuvre et d'aller au-delà des clichés." Stéphanie FELTEN

©2016 lePetitLitteraire.fr (P)2019 lePetitLitteraire.fr

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The Sound of Waves

7 ratings

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Set in a remote fishing village in Japan, The Sound of Waves is a timeless story of first love. A young fisherman is entranced at the sight of the beautiful daughter of the wealthiest man in the village. They fall in love, but must then endure the calumny and gossip of the villagers.

©1956 Copyright 1956 by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. Copyright renewed 1984 by Meredith Weatherby. Originally published in Japan as Shiosai. (P)2010 Audible, Inc

Narrator: Brian Nishii
Length: 5 hrs
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The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

104 ratings

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2018 Audie Award Finalist for Fiction and Multi-Voiced Performance The thrilling new novel from number-one New York Times best-selling author Lisa See explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been abandoned and adopted by an American couple.  Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. There is ritual and routine, and it has been ever thus for generations. Then one day a jeep appears at the village gate - the first automobile any of them have seen - and a stranger arrives.  In this remote Yunnan village, the stranger finds the rare tea he has been seeking and a reticent Akha people. In her biggest seller, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, See introduced the Yao people to her audience. Here she shares the customs of another Chinese ethnic minority, the Akha, whose world will soon change.  Li-yan, one of the few educated girls on her mountain, translates for the stranger and is among the first to reject the rules that have shaped her existence. When she has a baby outside of wedlock rather than stand by tradition, she wraps her daughter in a blanket, with a tea cake hidden in her swaddling, and abandons her in the nearest city.  After mother and daughter have gone their separate ways, Li-yan slowly emerges from the security and insularity of her village to encounter modern life while Haley grows up a privileged and well-loved California girl. Despite Haley's happy home life, she wonders about her origins, and Li-yan longs for her lost daughter. They both search for and find answers in the tea that has shaped their family's destiny for generations.  A powerful story about a family separated by circumstances, culture, and distance, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane paints an unforgettable portrait of a little known region and its people and celebrates the bond that connects mothers and daughters. 

©2017 Lisa See (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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Shadow Tag

5 ratings

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When Irene America discovers that her husband, Gil, has been reading her diary, she begins a secret Blue Notebook, stashed securely in a safe deposit box. There she records the truth about her life and her marriage, while turning her Red Diary - hidden where Gil will find it - into a manipulative farce.  Alternating between these two records, complemented by unflinching third-person narration, Shadow Tag is an eerily gripping listen. When the novel opens, Irene is resuming work on her doctoral thesis about George Catlin, the 19th-century painter whose Native American subjects often regarded his portraits with suspicious wonder. Gil, who gained notoriety as an artist through his emotionally revealing portraits of his wife - work that is adoring, sensual, and humiliating, even shocking - realizes that his fear of losing Irene may force him to create the defining work of his career.  Meanwhile, Irene and Gil fight to keep up appearances for their three children: 14-year-old genius Florian, who escapes his family’s unraveling with joints and a stolen bottle of wine; Riel, their only daughter, an 11-year-old feverishly planning to preserve her family, no matter what disaster strikes; and sweet kindergartener Stoney, who was born, his parents come to realize, at the beginning of the end. As her home increasingly becomes a place of violence and secrets, and she drifts into alcoholism, Irene moves to end her marriage. But her attachment to Gil is filled with shadowy need and delicious ironies.  In brilliantly controlled prose, Shadow Tag fearlessly explores the complex nature of love, the fluid boundaries of identity, and one family¹s struggle for survival and redemption.

©2010 Louise Erdrich (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Coleen Marlo
Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
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Black Bottom Saints

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An enthralling literary tour-de-force that pays tribute to Detroit's legendary neighborhood, a mecca for jazz, sports, and politics, Black Bottom Saints is a powerful blend of fact and imagination reminiscent of E.L. Doctorow's classic novel Ragtime and Marlon James' Man Booker Award-winning masterpiece, A Brief History of Seven Killings. From the Great Depression through the post-World War II years, Joseph “Ziggy” Johnson has been the pulse of Detroit’s famous Black Bottom. A celebrated gossip columnist for the city’s African-American newspaper, the Michigan Chronicle, he is also the emcee of one of the hottest night clubs, where he’s rubbed elbows with the legendary Black artists of the era, including Ethel Waters, Billy Eckstein, and Count Basie. Ziggy is also the founder and dean of the Ziggy Johnson School of Theater. But now the doyen of Black Bottom is ready to hang up his many dapper hats.  As he lays dying in the Black-owned-and-operated Kirkwood Hospital, Ziggy reflects on his life, the community that was the center of his world, and the remarkable people who helped shape it.  Inspired by the Catholic Saints Day Books, Ziggy curates his own list of Black Bottom’s venerable "52 Saints". Among them are a vulnerable Dinah Washington, a defiant Joe Louis, and a raucous Bricktop. Randall balances the stories of these larger-than-life "Saints" with local heroes who became household names, enthralling men and women whose unstoppable ambition, love of style, and faith in community made this Black Midwestern neighborhood the rival of New York City’s Harlem.  Accompanying these “tributes” are thoughtfully paired cocktails - special drinks that capture the essence of each of Ziggy’s saints - libations as strong and satisfying as Alice Randall’s wholly original view of a place and time unlike any other.  Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Alice Randall (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
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Interior Chinatown

11 ratings

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A 2020 National Book Award Winner "One of the funniest books of the year...a delicious, ambitious Hollywood satire." (The Washington Post) From the infinitely inventive author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe comes a deeply personal novel about race, pop culture, immigration, assimilation, and escaping the roles we are forced to play. Willis Wu doesn’t perceive himself as a protagonist even in his own life: He’s merely Generic Asian man. Sometimes he gets to be Background Oriental Making a Weird Face or even Disgraced Son, but he is always relegated to a prop. Yet every day he leaves his tiny room in a Chinatown SRO and enters the Golden Palace restaurant, where Black and White, a procedural cop show, is in perpetual production. He’s a bit player here, too, but he dreams of being Kung Fu Guy - the most respected role that anyone who looks like him can attain. At least that’s what he has been told, time and time again. Except by one person, his mother. Who says to him: Be more. Playful but heartfelt, a send-up of Hollywood tropes and Asian stereotypes, Interior Chinatown is Charles Yu’s most moving, daring, and masterly novel yet. "Fresh and beautiful...Interior Chinatown represents yet another stellar destination in the journey of a sui generis author of seemingly limitless skill and ambition." (The New York Times Book Review)

©2020 Charles Yu (P)2020 Random House Audio

Author: Charles Yu
Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
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A Pale View of the Hills

5 ratings

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From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and author of the Booker Prize-winning novel The Remains of the Day, here is the story of Etsuko, a Japanese woman now living alone in England, dwelling on the recent suicide of her daughter. In a novel where past and present confuse, she relives scenes of Japan's devastation in the wake of World War II.

©2012 Kazuo Ishiguro (P)2017 Vintage Canada

Narrator: Roe Kendall
Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
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Split Tooth

213 ratings

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From the internationally acclaimed Inuit throat singer who has dazzled and enthralled the world with music it had never heard before, a fierce, tender, heartbreaking story unlike anything you've ever heard. Fact can be as strange as fiction. It can also be as dark, as violent, as rapturous. In the end, there may be no difference between them. A girl grows up in Nunavut in the 1970s. She knows joy and friendship and parents' love. She knows boredom and listlessness and bullying. She knows the tedium of the everyday world and the raw, amoral power of the ice and sky, the seductive energy of the animal world. She knows the ravages of alcohol and violence at the hands of those she should be able to trust. She sees the spirits that surround her and the immense power that dwarfs all of us. When she becomes pregnant, she must navigate all this. Veering back and forth between the grittiest features of a small arctic town, the electrifying proximity of the world of animals and ravishing world of myth, Tanya Tagaq explores a world where the distinctions between good and evil, animal and human, victim and transgressor, real and imagined lose their meaning, but the guiding power of love remains. Haunting, brooding, exhilarating, and tender all at once, Tagaq moves effortlessly between fiction and memoir, myth and reality, poetry and prose, and conjures a world and a heroine listeners will never forget.

©2018 Tanya Tagaq (P)2018 Viking

Narrator: Tanya Tagaq
Author: Tanya Tagaq
Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grandmothers

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A parent becomes a new person the day the first grandchild is born. Formerly serious adults become grandparents who dote on their grandchildren. This new audiobook includes the best stories on being a grandparent from past Chicken soup books, representing a new listening experience for even the most devoted Chicken Soup fan. Everyone can understand the special ties between grandparents and grandchildren - the unlimited love, the mutual admiration and unqualified acceptance.

©2005 Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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The Letter Keeper

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Combining heart-wrenching emotion with edge-of-your-seat tension, Charles Martin explores the true power of sacrificial love. He shows up when all hope is lost. Murphy Shepherd has made a career of finding those no one else could - survivors of human trafficking. His life’s mission is helping others find freedom. But then the nightmare strikes too close to home. When his new wife, her daughter, and two other teenage girls are stolen, Murphy is left questioning all he has thought to be true. With more dead ends than leads, he has no idea how to find those he loves. After everything is stripped away, love is what remains. Hope feels lost, but Murphy is willing to expend his last breath trying to bring them home. Preview from Charlie Martin: “I don’t know how he does what he does. It sounds rhetorical at this point because I find myself saying the same thing after every book. I flip the last page over (usually after having read it multiple times to prolong the ending) and then say, usually out loud to myself, ‘How the h-e-double-hockey-stick did he just pull that off?’ This book is no exception. It is unequivocally, hands down, a remarkable read. It’s everything you want (and a whole lot more) from a sequel. “David Bishop/Murphy Shepherd is the guy who shoots first and asks questions later. He’s got multiple secret identities, flies around on private jets, has several storage units with motorcycles, walls full of well-used handguns, rifles, shotguns, not to mention the storage unit in south Florida where he’s got a Hell’s Bay skiff . . . I mean c’mon. He makes Batman’s arsenal and gadgets look like a joke, and Jason Bourne look like a rookie in the world of taking out bad guys. AND on top of that, the dude’s a PRIEST...and he uses his priestly credentials to get in (and out) of some pretty shady situations (spoiler alert) taking out a respectable amount of bad guys in his white robes in the process...(spoiler alert number-two). Too bad those robes don’t stop bullets...(spoiler alert number-three...my bad. I’ll stop.) And on top of that, he’s got the world’s greatest dog. The Shepherd/Gunnar duo is unstoppable, again, this time around. “But amid all the secret identities and kicking butt he does, let’s face it...the dude’s got MAD game. For those who don’t know what that means, the dude is a total chick magnet - and not by choice. And if I can get serious for a minute, The Letter Keeper takes the character development between Bishop and his girls to the next level. By the end, you’re so invested and knitted into their stories and hearts, you’re left scratching your head thinking, ‘Are we sure this is fiction? There’s no way this is made up.’ “The way he/Dad/Charles walks us through the storyline of Bishop, Summer, and Angel is everything we, us readers, have been waiting for. It’s beautiful and deep and genuine, but thrilling and exciting all in one. Dad/Charles has had a couple of really phenomenal characters break the pages in the last 20+ years of his writing - Matthew Rising, Sunday, Ella Rain (love that lady), Tyler Steele.... You know ’em, we love ’em all - but these - Bishop, Summer, Angel, Casey, Clay, Bones, yes even Gunnar - might be my favorite. Speaking of Bones, for those who were like me wondering who the heck this guy is in the first book, well, let’s just say there’s more to Bones than meets the eye." Praise for The Letter Keeper: “Very few contemporary novelists have found acclaim within mainstream and evangelical markets, but Charles Martin is among them. His latest novel is both a stand-alone story and a sequel to his highly-praised The Water Keeper. It hinges on the Scriptural message of forsaking the found in order to seek the lost, a theme Martin brings to poetic and brilliant life. A man broken by events beyond his control accepts the challenge to walk dark ways in order to bring the lost and helpless home, but he comes close to losing himself in the process. Despite the hardship and heartache, Martin’s story shines with the light of eternal hope.” (Davis Bunn, writing for Christianity Today) Full-length novel One of the Murphy Shepherd novels: Book one: The Water Keeper Book two: The Letter Keeper Book three: Available June 2022! Includes discussion questions for book clubs Also by Charles Martin: The Mountain Between Us, Send Down the Rain, Long Way Gone, When Crickets Cry

©2021 Charles Martin (P)2021 Thomas Nelson

Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
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Last Tang Standing

12 ratings

Summary

Crazy Rich Asians meets Bridget Jones's Diary in this funny and irresistible debut novel about the pursuit of happiness, surviving one's 30s intact, and opening oneself up to love. At 33, Andrea Tang is living the dream: She has a successful career as a lawyer, a posh condo, and a clutch of fun-loving friends who are always in the know about Singapore's hottest clubs. All she has to do is make law partner, and her life will be perfect. And if she's about to become the lone unmarried member of her generation in the Tang clan - a disappointment her meddling Chinese Malaysian family won't let her forget - well, she doesn't need a man to complete her. Yet when a chance encounter with charming, wealthy entrepreneur Eric Deng offers her a glimpse of an exciting, limitless future, Andrea decides to give Mr. Right-for-her-family a chance. Too bad Suresh Aditparan, her office rival and the last man her family would approve of, keeps throwing a wrench in her plans. Now, Andrea can't help but wonder: In the endless tug-of-war between pleasing others and pleasing herself, is there room for everyone to win?

©2020 Lauren Ho (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Catherine Ho
Author: Lauren Ho
Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
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Car Fever

10 ratings

Summary

From political correctness to cars, Top Gear's James May is back with his hilarious and controversial opinions on...just about everything. As well as writing about his first love, cars, James has a go at political correctness, the endless rules and regulations of daily life, the internal combustion engine, and traffic wardens. He discusses gastropubs, Jeremy Clarkson, and other trials of modern life. His highly entertaining observations from behind the wheel will have you laughing out loud, whether you share his opinions or not. Car Fever is an indispensable guide to life for the modern driver.

©2009 James May (P)2009 Hodder & Stoughton

Narrator: James May
Author: James May
Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
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Your Dad Stole My Rake

17 ratings

Summary

This program is read by the author.  It’s hard being a person, especially in a family, and no one knows that better than stand-up comedian, family man, and Live from Here head writer and performer, Tom Papa.  How do you deal with a life filled with a whole host of characters and their bizarre, inescapable behavior? Especially when you’re related to them? Tom Papa is here to help you make sense of it all. Your Dad Stole My Rake is a hilarious and warm audiobook that saws deep into every branch of the family tree and uncovers the most bizarre and surprisingly meaningful aspects of our lives. He exposes everyone, from crazy aunts with mustaches, grandparents who communicate by yelling, and uncles who use marijuana as a condiment.  Among the topics covered:  Tiger Mom v. Ice-Cream Mom  Stop Trying to Be Cool  In Defense of Family Vacations  No Fighting Before Coffee  Least Popular Baby Names  Wife Lie Detector  Your Cat Thinks You’re Too Needy  Anyone who has a family, grew up in a family, or has spent time with another human being will love this audiobook.  

©2018 Tom Papa (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

Narrator: Tom Papa
Author: Tom Papa
Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
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101 Conversations in Simple French

1 rating

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Improve your spoken French from home with 101 real-world conversations in simple, everyday French. Real French people don’t speak like your textbook...so it’s no wonder you feel unprepared when it’s your turn to speak! This audiobook fixes that. For the first time, you’ll learn to speak French in the real world, with 101 authentic conversations in simple, spoken French, so you can become confident in the words, phrases, and expressions you need to communicate like a local. You’ll be transported into a real-world story that unfolds between six French characters, told by the people themselves in 101 authentic conversations. Over 15,000 words of real French, you’ll immerse yourself in a gripping French drama and get an education in natural French in the process. Here’s what you’ll get: 101 conversations in simple French, so you can learn the real French spoken in the street, understand spoken French with ease, and have French roll off your tongue more fluently Over 15,000 words of dialogue - an unparalleled resource that will immerse you in French, at a level you can understand, so you can learn real spoken French without getting lost or overwhelmed Real, daily spoken French throughout so you can learn the expressions that real people use on the street (not in textbooks) Situational dialogues from typical daily circumstances, so you’ll prepare yourself to survive realistic French encounters, in shops and cafés, and make meeting people and making arrangements second nature Conversations that are carefully written to be accessible for beginners (A2-B1 on the CEFR) Each conversation is limited to around 15 lines of dialogue (150 words), so you can get that crucial sense of achievement and motivation when you finish each conversation Word lists with English definitions in every chapter Summaries of each conversation which contextualize each dialogue Grab your copy now.

©2019 Olly Richards Publishing Ltd (P)2019 Olly Richards Publishing Ltd

Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
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Shalom Sefarad [Spanish Edition]

1 rating

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Shalom Sefarad es, probablemente, la mejor novela escrita sobre la historia de la expulsión de los judíos sefardíes, de la terrible equivocación que cometieron los Reyes Católicos. Un libro cargado de sabiduría y erudición, que asombrará al oyente por su ritmo, passion, y belleza. "La expulsión de los judíos de España en 1492 ha permanecido en la literatura, en la poesía y en las canciones de cuna del pueblo judío durante más de cinco siglos. ¿Cómo puede ser que España expulsara a los judíos? ¿A qué se debe tal decisión? Guarch escoge al judío español David Meziel, nacido en 1478 y expulsado a la edad de 14 años, como protagonista de su inquisición personal. Meziel vive 80 años y su vida lo lleva desde Portugal a Túnez, y de Egipto a la corte de Suleyman el Magnífico. Muchos judíos españoles anduvieron esos caminos, otros salieron por Ámsterdam y llegaron al Báltico, o huyeron por Italia, siguiendo a las tierras del Sultán. Meziel es expulsado formalmente de España, acogido por el mundo musulmán en sus andanzas mediterráneas. Se trata de un audio libro que toca la médula de la identidad de los españoles, de los hombres mediterráneos, de los judíos, moros, y cristianos que formaron aquella España y que de variadas maneras siguen encontrándose en el día de hoy." Ioram Melcer, escritor y traductor de Shalom Sefarad al hebreo. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2006 Editorial Almuzara, s.l. (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

Length: 18 hrs and 12 mins
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The Possessed

1 rating

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Roaming from Tashkent to San Francisco, this is the true story of one budding writer's strange encounters with the fanatics who are devoted - absurdly! melancholically! ecstatically! - to the Russian classics. Combining fresh readings of the great Russians from Gogol to Goncharov with the sad and funny stories of the lives they continue to influence, The Possessed introduces a brilliant and distinctive new voice: comic, humane, charming, poignant and completely, and unpretentiously, full of an infectious love for literature.

©2012 Elif Batuman (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: Elif Batuman
Author: Elif Batuman
Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
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The Furies of Rome

1 rating

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AD 58. Rome is in turmoil once more. Emperor Nero has surrounded himself with sycophants, and together they rampage by night through the city. Meanwhile, Nero's extravagance has reached new heights. The Emperor's spending is becoming profligate at the same time as the demands of keeping the provinces subdued have become increasingly unaffordable. Could Nero withdraw from Britannia, and at what price for the Empire?  As the bankers of the Empire scramble to call in their loans, Vespasian is sent to Londinium on a secret mission, only to become embroiled in a deadly rebellion led by Boudicca, a female warrior of extraordinary bravery. As the uprising gathers pace, Vespasian must fight to stay ahead of Rome's enemies.

©2016 Robert Fabbri (P)2019 Isis Publishing Ltd

Narrator: Peter Kenny
Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
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Thalia Book Club: Nicole Chung, All You Can Ever Know

Summary

Join editor-in-chief of Catapult Magazine, Nicole Chung, as she discusses her debut memoir All You Can Ever Know with fellow Toast alumna Nicole Cliffe. In her much-anticipated first book, Chung explores with depth, compassion and even humor, her upbringing as an adopted child in a white family, her search for her parents, and the birth of her own child. This is a must-listen audiobook for anyone who has had, created, or wanted a family. With a performance from the book by Greta Lee (La Bête).

©2018 Symphony Space (P)2018 Symphony Space

Narrator: Greta Lee
Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Like Mother, Like Daughter - 35 Stories About the Funny and Special Moments Between Mothers and Daughters

Summary

How often have you seen a teenage girl pretend to be perturbed, but secretly smile, when she is told that she acts or looks just like her mother? Fathers, brothers, and friends sometimes shake their heads in wonder as girls "turn into their mothers". This new collection from Chicken Soup represents the best stories from Chicken Soup's library on the special bond between mothers and daughters, and the magical, mysterious similarities between them. Mothers and daughters of all ages will laugh, cry, and find inspiration in these storie, which will remind them of how much they appreciate each other. This edition includes 35 Stories about the funny and special moments between mothers and daughters (grandmothers and granddaughters too).

©2011 Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Wrapped in Rain

Summary

From the author of The Mountain Between Us and the New York Times best seller Where the River Ends. “Martin spins an engaging story about healing and the triumph of love.... Filled with delightful local color.” (Publishers Weekly)  "Tucker, I want to tell you a secret." Miss Ella curled my hand into a fist and showed it to me. "Life is a battle, but you can't fight it with your fists. You got to fight it with your heart." An internationally famous photographer, Tucker Mason has traveled the world, capturing things other people don't see. But what Tucker himself can’t see is how to let go of the past and forgive his father. On a sprawling Southern estate, Tucker and his younger brother, Mutt, were raised by their housekeeper, Miss Ella Rain, who loved the motherless boys like her own. Hiring her to take care of Waverly Hall and the boys was the only good thing their father ever did. When his brother escapes from a mental hospital and an old girlfriend appears with her son and a black eye, Tucker is forced to return home and face the agony of his own tragic past. Though Miss Ella has been gone for many years, Tuck can still hear her voice - and her prayers. But finding peace and starting anew will take a measure of grace that Tucker scarcely believes in. “Read this book and watch the sun come out.” (John Dyson, writer, Reader’s Digest) “Charles Martin is changing the face of inspirational fiction one book at a time. Wrapped in Rain is a sentimental tale that is not to be missed.” (Michael Morris, author of A Place Called Wiregrass and Live Like You Were Dying) “This is the story of a real person’s real struggle with the uncertainties of faith, unadorned with miracles of the deus ex machina sort but full of the sort of miracles that attend everyday life if you bother to notice. Charles Martin notices, and for that I commend him. He’s unafraid of tackling the crucial questions - life, death, love, sacrifice.” (Duncan Murrell, editor and writer)

©2011 Charles Martin (P)2020 Thomas Nelson

Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
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Snow Falling

6 ratings

Summary

Narrated by Ivonne Coll and Anthony Mendez from TV's Jane the Virgin! It's been a lifetime (and three seasons) in the making, but Jane Gloriana Villanueva is finally ready to make her much-anticipated literary debut! Jane the Virgin, the Golden Globe, AFI, and Peabody Award-winning The CW dramedy, has followed Jane's telenovela-esque life - from her accidental artificial insemination and virgin birth to the infant kidnapping and murderous games of the villainous Sin Rostro to an enthralling who-will-she-choose love triangle. With these tumultuous events as inspiration, Jane's breathtaking first novel adapts her story for a truly epic romance that captures the hope and the heartbreak that have made the television drama so beloved. Snow Falling is a sweeping historical romance set in 1902 Miami - a time of railroad tycoons, hotel booms, and exciting expansion for the Magic City. Working at the lavish Regal Sol hotel and newly engaged to Pinkerton Detective Martin Cadden, Josephine Galena Valencia has big dreams for her future. Then, a figure from her past reemerges to change her life forever: the hotel's dapper owner, railroad tycoon Rake Solvino. The captivating robber baron sets her heart aflame once more, leading to a champagne-fueled night together. But when their indiscretion results in an unexpected complication, Josephine struggles to decide whether her heart truly belongs with heroic Martin or dashing Rake. Meanwhile, in an effort to capture an elusive crime lord terrorizing the city, Detective Cadden scours the back alleys of the Magic City, tracking the nefarious villain to the Regal Sol and discovering a surprising connection to the Solvino family. However, just when it looks like Josephine's true heart's desire is clear, danger strikes. Will her dreams for the future dissolve like so much falling snow, or might Josephine finally get the happy ever after she's been dreaming of for so long?

©2017 Adams Media (P)2017 S&S Audio

Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
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Short Stories in Spanish for Intermediate Learners

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An unmissable collection of eight unconventional and captivating short stories for young adult and adult intermediate learners of Italian.   Short Stories in Spanish for Intermediate Learners has been written specifically for students from a low-intermediate to intermediate level, designed to give a sense of achievement and, most importantly - enjoyment! Mapped to B1-B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference, these eight captivating stories will both entertain you and give you a feeling of progress when listening.    What does this book give you? Eight stories in a variety of exciting genres, from science fiction and crime to history and thriller, making listening fun while you learn a wide range of new vocabulary  Controlled language at your level to help you progress confidently Realistic spoken dialogues to help you learn conversational expressions and improve your speaking ability Pleasure! Research shows that if you're enjoying listening in a foreign language, you won't experience the usual feelings of frustration - 'It's too hard!' 'I don't understand!' Accessible grammar so you learn new structures naturally, in a stress-free way    With intriguing plots that will spark your imagination and keep you listening, Short Stories in Spanish will take your grasp of Spanish to the next level with key features to support and consolidate your progress, including: A glossary for words in each text A bilingual word list Full plot summary Comprehension questions after each chapter As a result, you will be able to focus on enjoying listening, delighting in your improved range of vocabulary and grasp of the language all without ever feeling overwhelmed. From science fiction to fantasy, to crime and thrillers, Short Stories in Spanish for Intermediate Learners uses listening as the perfect tool to not only delight in learning Spanish but to accelerate your journey towards fluency. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio on our Desktop Site.

©2019 Olly Richards (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Narrator: Javier Marzan
Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
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Antigone de Jean Anouilh

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Décryptez Antigone de Jean Anouilh avec l'analyse du PetitLitteraire.fr !  Que faut-il retenir d'Antigone, la célèbre adaptation moderne de la tragédie antique de Sophocle ? Retrouvez tout ce que vous devez savoir sur cette œuvre dans une analyse complète et détaillée. Vous trouverez notamment dans cette fiche : Un résumé complet ; Une présentation des personnages principaux tels que Antigone, Créon et Ismène ; Une analyse des spécificités de l'œuvre : le point de vue de l'auteur , le devoir de conscience versus le devoir de loi et la portée politique de l'oeuvre.   Une analyse de référence pour comprendre rapidement le sens de l'œuvre.  LE MOT DE L'ÉDITEUR : "Dans cette nouvelle édition de notre analyse d'Antigone (2016), avec Alain Sable, nous fournissons des pistes pour décoder cette pièce majeure du théâtre français. Notre analyse permet de faire rapidement le tour de l'œuvre et d'aller au-delà des clichés." Stéphanie FELTEN

©2011 lePetitLitteraire.fr (P)2019 lePetitLitteraire.fr

Narrator: Nina Beltram
Length: 33 mins
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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Shaping the New You

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There’s nothing better than hearing the success stories of other people. Listen to what worked for them and what didn’t. You’ll find your own path to success in these 101 stories about getting fit and shaping the right body for you. Listen to Richard Simmons’ own story and also hear inspirational stories about: getting started regaining control finding the right exercise for you learning to like yourself and your body finding the right “magic” foods for you having an accountability partner conquering the gym and dozens of great ideas you can use

©2011 Mark Victor Hansen & Jack Canfield (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Off Limits Attraction

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Jihae Park’s icy heiress facade is quickly melting - all because of Colin Song. A fling with the sexy film producer could jeopardize her one shot at achieving her own success, as well as the movie they’re making together. But resistance to her searing attraction, and to Colin’s breathtaking bedroom skills, proves futile - even as Colin’s ulterior motives threaten to destroy their chance at a picture-perfect ending....

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

Author: Jayci Lee
Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
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Dont Lose Out, Work Out!

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With more and more people realizing the need to exercise, gyms are cropping up at every nook and corner, roads are occupied by recreational runners and yoga schools have an enviable waiting list. But along with this has grown the number of injuries and disillusionment at not getting 'results'. This leads to fads. It's the exact same place 'diet' was five years ago when Rujuta wrote her first book, Don't Lose Your Mind, Lose Your Weight. The basic problem is the complete lack of understanding about exercise, how it works and how to make it work for you. Through this book Rujuta tackles pretty much every myth and fad to do with exercise, demystifies exercise for everyone and presents it as not a brainless activity but a science which has the potential to combat all lifestyle disorders, including diabetes and obesity, way better than any drug. Strength training, cardio and yoga get a detailed chapter each along with their pre- and postworkout meals, an often neglected but crucial aspect. So whether you are a beginner or want to take your workouts to the next level, the sample training schedules and real-life workout examples with analysis and modifications will bridge the gap between knowing and doing and ensure that you are in a position to start and/or progress with a sensible, doable and wholesome exercise plan. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2014 Rujuta Diwekar (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Farah Bala
Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
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The Willie Lynch Letter and the Making of a Slave

6 ratings

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The Willie Lynch Letter and the Making of a Slave is a study of slave making. It describes the rationale and the results of Anglo Saxon's ideas and methods of insuring the master/slave relationship. The infamous Willie Lynch letter gives both African and Caucasian students and teachers some insight, concerning the brutal and inhumane psychology behind the African slave trade. The materialistic viewpoint of Southern plantation owners that slavery was a business and the victims of chattel slavery were merely pawns in an economic game of debauchery, crossbreeding, interracial rape and mental conditioning of a negroid race, they considered subhuman. Equally important is the international nature of the European economic, political and cultural climate that influenced the slave trade. Within the time scale of African History, it was a relatively short period, a mere one and a half centuries from the most intensive phase of the Atlantic slave trade to the advent of European administration and dominance. Long before that the Slave Coast had been chartered by the Portuguese and the people off the area west of Benin, between the Volta River and Lagos, European traders traced a cultural history which linked them with the earliest Yoruba settlements to the north and eastern borders of Africa.

©2013 Willie Lynch (P)2013 BN Publishing

Narrator: Ronald Eastwood
Author: Willie Lynch
Length: 23 mins
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Pigs in Heaven

7 ratings

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Picking up where her modern classic The Bean Trees left off, Barbara Kingsolver's best-selling Pigs in Heaven continues the tale of Turtle and Taylor Greer, a Native American girl and her adoptive mother who have settled in Tucson, Arizona, as they both try to overcome their difficult pasts. Taking place three years after The Bean Trees, Taylor is now dating a musician named Jax and has officially adopted Turtle. But when a lawyer for the Cherokee Nation begins to investigate the adoption, their new life together begins to crumble. Depicting the clash between fierce family love and tribal law, poverty and means, abandonment and belonging, Pigs in Heaven is a morally wrenching, gently humorous work of fiction that speaks equally to the head and to the heart.

©2016 Barbara Kingsolver (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: C. J. Critt
Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
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Afterlife

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The first adult novel in almost 15 years by the internationally best-selling author of In the Time of the Butterflies and How the García Girls Lost Their Accents. Antonia Vega, the immigrant writer at the center of Afterlife, has had the rug pulled out from under her. She has just retired from the college where she taught English when her beloved husband, Sam, suddenly dies. And then more jolts: her bighearted but unstable sister disappears, and Antonia returns home one evening to find a pregnant, undocumented teenager on her doorstep. Antonia has always sought direction in the literature she loves - lines from her favorite authors play in her head like a soundtrack - but now she finds that the world demands more of her than words. Afterlife is a compact, nimble, and sharply droll novel. Set in this political moment of tribalism and distrust, it asks: What do we owe those in crisis in our families, including - maybe especially - members of our human family? How do we live in a broken world without losing faith in one another or ourselves? And how do we stay true to those glorious souls we have lost? 

©2020 Julia Alvarez (P)2020 Recorded Books

Narrator: Alma Cuervo
Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
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A Book of Common Prayer

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Writing with the telegraphic swiftness and microscopic sensitivity that have made her one of our most distinguished journalists, Joan Didion creates a shimmering novel of innocence and evil. A Book of Common Prayer is the story of two American women in the derelict Central American nation of Boca Grande. Grace Strasser-Mendana controls much of the country's wealth and knows virtually all of its secrets; Charlotte Douglas knows far too little. "Immaculate of history, innocent of politics," she has come to Boca Grande vaguely and vainly hoping to be reunited with her fugitive daughter. As imagined by Didion, her fate is at once utterly particular and fearfully emblematic of an age of conscienceless authority and unfathomable violence.

©1977 Joan Didion (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Marisa Vitali
Author: Joan Didion
Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
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Street Cultivation 3

1 rating

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In the modern world, qi is money. The days of traveling martial artists and mountaintop masters are over. Power is controlled by corporations, modernized martial arts sects, and governments. Those at the bottom of society struggle as second-class citizens in a world in which power is a commodity. Rick has attempted to separate himself from the world of cutthroat killers but is drawn in by a chance to participate in a contest at the highest levels. The resulting trials will take him across the world against many different opponents, but he knows that his sponsors ultimately just want to use him for their own profit. In the end, he'll need to decide what it is that he really wants....

©2020 Sarah Lin (P)2021 Tantor

Narrator: Travis Baldree
Author: Sarah Lin
Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
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La buena suerte [Good Luck]

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La nueva novela de Rosa Montero, Premio Nacional de las Letras Españolas Después de cada derrota puede haber un nuevo comienzo. Porque la suerte sólo es buena si decidimos que lo sea. «La alegría es un hábito.» ¿Qué impulsa a un hombre a bajarse anticipadamente de un tren y ocultarse en un pueblo de mala muerte? ¿Quiere recomenzar su vida o pretende acabar con ella? Tal vez esté huyendo de alguien, o de algo, o incluso de sí mismo, y el destino le ha traído a Pozonegro, un antiguo centro hullero que ahora agoniza. Por delante de su casa pasan trenes que pueden ser salvación o condena, mientras los perseguidores estrechan el cerco. La perdición parece estar más próxima cada día. Pero este hombre, Pablo, también conoce gente en aquel lugar maldito, como la luminosa, incompleta y algo chiflada Raluca, que pinta cuadros de caballos y tiene un secreto. Allí todos arrastran algún secreto, algunos más oscuros y peligrosos que otros. Y algunos simplemente ridículos. También hay humor en ese pueblo triste, porque la vida tiene mucho de comedia. Y gente que finge ser quien no es, o que oculta lo que planea. Es el gran juego de las falsedades. Un mecanismo de intriga hipnotizante desvela poco a poco el misterio de ese hombre, y al hacerlo nos muestra el interior de lo que somos, una radiografía de los anhelos humanos: el miedo y la serenidad, la culpa y la redención, el odio y el deseo. Esta novela habla del Bien y del Mal, y de cómo, pese a todo, el Bien predomina. Es una historia de amor, de amor tierno y febril entre Raluca y el protagonista, pero también de amor por la vida. Porque después de cada derrota puede haber un nuevo comienzo, y porque la suerte sólo es buena si decidimos que lo sea.  Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish. 

©2020 Rosa Montero (P)2020 Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, S.A.U.

Narrator: Emma Suárez
Author: Rosa Montero
Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
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Quand nos souvenirs viendront danser

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"Lorsque nous avons emménagé impasse des Colibris, nous avions vingt ans, ça sentait la peinture fraîche et les projets, nous nous prêtions main-forte entre voisins en traversant les jardins non clôturés. Soixante-trois ans plus tard, les haies ont poussé, nos souvenirs sont accrochés aux murs et nous ne nous adressons la parole qu'en cas de nécessité absolue. Nous ne sommes plus que six : Anatole, Joséphine, Marius, Rosalie, Gustave et moi, Marceline. Quand le maire annonce qu'il va raser l'impasse - nos maisons, nos mémoires, nos vies -, nous oublions le passé pour nous allier et nous battre. Tous les coups sont permis : nous n'avons plus rien à perdre, et c'est plus excitant qu'une sieste devant Motus." À travers le récit de leur combat et une plongée dans ses souvenirs, Marceline raconte une magnifique histoire d'amour, les secrets de toute une famille et d'un quartier, et la force des liens qui tissent une amitié. Un roman émouvant et plein d'humour lu avec bonheur par Colette Sodoyez.

©2019 Librairie Arthème Fayard (P)2020 Audiolib

Narrator: Colette Sodoyez
Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
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The Plague of Doves

2 ratings

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Louise Erdrich's mesmerizing new novel, her first in almost three years, centers on a compelling mystery. The unsolved murder of a farm family haunts the small, white, off-reservation town of Pluto, North Dakota. The vengeance exacted for this crime and the subsequent distortions of truth transform the lives of Ojibwe living on the nearby reservation and shape the passions of both communities for the next generation. The descendants of Ojibwe and white intermarry, their lives intertwine; only the youngest generation, of mixed blood, remains unaware of the role the past continues to play in their lives. Evelina Harp is a witty, ambitious young girl, part Ojibwe, part white, who is prone to falling hopelessly in love. Mooshum, Evelina's grandfather, is a seductive storyteller, a repository of family and tribal history with an all-too-intimate knowledge of the violent past. Nobody understands the weight of historical injustice better than Judge Antone Bazil Coutts, a thoughtful mixed blood who witnesses the lives of those who appear before him, and whose own love life reflects the entire history of the territory. In distinct and winning voices, Erdrich's narrators unravel the stories of different generations and families in this corner of North Dakota. Bound by love, torn by history, the two communities' collective stories finally come together in a wrenching truth. The Plague of Doves is one of the major achievements of Louise Erdrich's considerable oeuvre, a quintessentially American story and the most complex and original of her books.

©2008 Louise Erdrich (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers

Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
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The History of Love

14 ratings

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Nicole Krauss' first novel, Man Walks Into a Room, was shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Award and her short fiction has been collected in Best American Short Stories. Now The History of Love proves Krauss is among our finest and freshest literary voices. It has been decades since Leo Gursky first surrendered his heart, then wrote a book about it, at the tender age of 10, and he's been in love with the same person ever since. Leo believes his book is lost to time, but what he doesn't know is, not only has it survived 60 years without him, it has also been an inspiration to others. Fourteen-year-old Alma was even named for a character from the book. When she realizes how deeply the story touched her lonely mother, she embarks on a search for answers. The History of Love is an imaginative tale of love and loss that is at once funny, mysterious, and deeply passionate.

©2005 Nicole Krauss (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC

Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
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Recuerdame [Remember Me]

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Una novela emocionante, tremendamente humana y real, que describe las peripecias de un grupo de niños en un barco hasta su llegada a México. La ayuda del presidente General Cárdenas del Río a los niños republicanos. Recuérdame puede parecer una novela de perdedores que tuvieron que dejarlo todo para huir, pero es ante todo un homenaje a los exiliados de todas las guerras y aquellos que han perdido su patria por la barbarie de la guerra. Sinopsis Marco, Isabel y Ana viven en Madrid, corre el año 1937 y a pesar de la llegada de la primavera, la ciudad sufre continuos bombardeos y está a punto de rendirse ante las tropas del general Franco. Los padres de los niños se debaten entre la duda de sacar a sus hijos de la ciudad o mantener a la familia unida. Francisco, padre de los niños se entera de que el presidente Manuel Azaña está organizando la salida de casi medio millar de niños del país. El Comité Iberoamericano de ayuda a los niños del Pueblo Español, quiera sacar vía Burdeos a los niños, aunque le cuesta encontrar el barco adecuado. Marcelo, uno de los enviados para organizar el proyecto, intentará conseguir un barco francés, para que los franquistas no intenten capturarlo. Al final logra convencer al capitán del Mexica. Tras un azaroso viaje hasta Burdeos y su lucha para que los niños logren subir al barco. La llegada a Veracruz es todo un acontecimiento. El presidente Cárdenas y miles de ciudadanos van a recibir al grupo de niños asustados y enflaquecidos por la guerra y el viaje. El gobierno mexicano ha preparado una escuela para ellos, aunque su intención es crear una casa hogar en Morelia, que sea un modelo educativo para todo el país. Ni el viaje ni la estancia en el país serán fáciles, muchos peligros les acechan y el gobierno Franquista quiere llevárselos de nuevo a España. Escapando de una España en guerra, cientos de niños buscarán su futro en América, aunque a veces no es tan fácil huir de la guerra y el pasado. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2019 Mario Escobar (P)2019 HarperCollins Espanol

Narrator: Gerardo Prat
Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
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The Scent of Jasmine

3 ratings

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Would you risk your life - on the love of a lifetime? Charleston, 1799: A daughter of Southern gentility and a gifted painter, Catherine Edilean Harcourt has no lack of suitors at home in Virginia, waiting to fulfill her dream of marriage and family. But Cay’s adventurous spirit, fostered by growing up with her three brothers, is piqued while visiting her godfather in South Carolina. Bedridden with a broken leg, he asks Cay to fill in for him on an urgent task: On her way to a fancy dress ball, she must deliver a packed horse to an old friend’s son - who also happens to be an escaped convict charged with murdering his wife! Cay agrees to the plan, which doesn’t go at all as planned...whereupon she finds herself fleeing Alexander McDowell’s captors, riding blind into the night with the fugitive Scotsman. Though she should fear him, Cay finds herself overwhelmingly attracted to Alex, and drawn into his tale of misguided justice and his innocence as they seek refuge in the steamy Florida everglades. Will trusting him be the worst mistake of her life? Or will falling in love be the salvation both of them have been looking for?

©2013 Jude Deveraux (P)2013 Simon & Schuster Audio

Narrator: Gabra Zackman
Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
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La storia popolare e le piccole vendette

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Come si dà voce ai personaggi di un audiolibro? Come si entra nello spirito di una trama? Sono alcune delle domande che rivolgiamo a chi gli audiolibri li scrive, li pubblica e, soprattutto, li legge - attrici, attori, doppiatori e speaker -, in questo podcast che ogni 15 giorni racconterà due titoli (una novità uscita da poco e un classico della letteratura, o uno dei libri che hanno appassionato di più gli ascoltatori negli ultimi anni). "La Trilogia di Kingsbridge" è la prima saga storica a cui si è dedicato Ken Follett. Il suo libro d'esordio è uno dei best-seller mondiali di sempre e anche in audiolibro continua ad avere un grande successo, grazie alla lettura di Riccardo Mei (storica voce di documentari) e alla capacità di raccontare l'evoluzione dell'Inghilterra nel Medioevo attraverso la costruzione di una cattedrale. La famiglia e le sue debolezze è invece al centro dell'ultimo romanzo di Amélie Nothomb, lanciato per la prima volta in contemporanea su carta e in audio. "Ascoltandoli in italiano", dice la scrittrice belga di culto, "i miei romanzi sembrano ancora più belli".

©2019 Audible / IlLibraio.it (P)2019 Audible / IlLibraio.it

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Reste avec moi

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Avec pour toile de fond les bouleversements politiques du Nigeria des années 1980, le portrait inoubliable d'une femme qui fait le choix de la liberté... envers et contre tout. Yejide et Akin vivent une merveilleuse histoire d'amour. De leur coup de foudre à l'université d'Ifé, jusqu'à leur mariage, tout s'est enchaîné. Pourtant, quatre ans plus tard, Yejide n'est toujours pas enceinte. Ils pourraient se contenter de leur amour si Akin, en tant que fils aîné, n'était tenu d'offrir un héritier à ses parents. Yejide consulte tous les spécialistes, médecins et sorciers, avale tous les médicaments et potions étranges... Jusqu'au jour où une jeune femme apparaît sur le pas de sa porte. La seconde épouse d'Akin. Celle qui lui offrira l'enfant tant désiré. Bouleversée, folle de jalousie, Yejide sait que la seule façon de sauver son mariage est d'avoir un enfant. Commence alors une longue et douloureuse quête de maternité qui exigera d'elle des sacrifices inimaginables.

©2017 / 2019 Titre original : "Stay with Me". Ay?`bámi Adébáy?`, Publié avec l'accord de Canongate Books Ltd, 14 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1TE / Charleston, une marque des éditions Leduc.s. Traduit par Josette Chicheportiche (P)2020 Lizzie, un département d'Univers Poche, Paris

Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
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Rarotonga

3 ratings

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The eccentric millionaire Robert “Bobby” Ayers has disappeared again, this time alone on his 60-foot luxury sailboat. Behind him he leaves the wreckage of a controversial life - three ex-wives, angry creditors, and the shadow of a murder in his past. He travels the endless expanse of the Pacific cloaked in stealth, only to meet his future there in the form of a young woman more mysterious than he is. Left behind is his only daughter, Laura, who must fulfill the commands of his living trust in a journey that leads her ever deeper into a fractured world of family, revelation, and personal destiny. "An original and compelling tale...a great read and a profound experience" (Bob Woodward)

©2019 Christian Williams (P)2019 Christian Williams

Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
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101 Conversations in Social Media Spanish

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Future-proof your Spanish with the unique slang and cool expressions of "social media Spanish"! If you're trying to learn Spanish, the hardest thing is making the leap from the textbook to the real world. But in the age of the smartphone, there's a brand new challenge - online Spanish! Social media has a language all of its own – OMG! #mindblown - and Spanish is no different! 101 Conversations in Social Media Spanish transports you into a real-world story, where six friends become trapped in an escape room. They need to get out and save their friends. You'll follow the drama as it unfolds, as the friends communicate both face-to-face and on their their smartphones! Here’s what you’ll get: One hundred and one conversations in intermediate Spanish, to help you learn the real expressions used on social media platforms. Over 15,000 words of dialogue - an unparalleled resource that will immerse you in Spanish, at a level you can understand. You’ll learn real modern Spanish and get better at using social media to learn Spanish faster. Real "social media" Spanish throughout - It’s as if we went through a person's phone and copied their entire chat history from every social media app! You’ll quickly sound more natural when you interact in Spanish on social media! Conversations that are carefully written to be accessible for intermediate learners (B1-B2 on the CEFR), so you can learn from real conversations Each conversation is limited to around 15 lines of dialogue, so you can get that crucial sense of achievement and motivation when you finish each conversation, and say “I actually understood all of that!” Summaries of each conversation which contextualize each dialogue, so you can easily follow the plot and enjoy the story without getting lost The story is set in Spain and includes expressions that are typical in Castilian Spanish. However, since the conversations use mostly “neutral” Spanish, you’ll have plenty to learn, whether you’re learning the Spanish of Mexico or Colombia.

©2020 Olly Richards Publishing (P)2020 Olly Richards Publishing

Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
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Diamond Sky

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Environmental Engineer Dru Porter loves her work, despite the relentless heat and red dust. The remote Matsu diamond mine in the Kimberley is the perfect place for her to hide: her insignificance in that vast and rugged landscape helps her feel invisible and safe. Surely the terror she left behind in Dubai will never find her here.... Security Specialist Connor Kirk knows from experience that beautiful women are capable of treachery. When he arrives at Matsu to investigate a diamond theft, he immediately suspects the reclusive but obviously capable Dru Porter. He knows she's hiding something - but is she the real culprit? As Connor's investigation deepens and Dru's past catches up with her, their instant mutual dislike threatens to blind them to the true danger lurking in the mine that could leave them both at the mercy of the desert.... 

©2017 Annie Seaton (P)2020 Aurora Audio Books

Author: Annie Seaton
Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
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The PCOD Thyroid Book

1 rating

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Don't blame it on the hormones. As women, it has always been up to us to leave behind the heritage of health, just like your grandmother did for your mother and everyone in the family. But it's not easy to leave behind a legacy of health and harmony - we must first create that in our lives. That requires making time for ourselves, be it for exercise, to eat right, or simply to nap. This book is about taking charge of ourselves, thanking our bodies and making peace with the fact that it's not the hormones, it's us. What can we do about our food, sleep, exercise and relationships that will make us feel good, help us overcome the conditions of PCOD and hypothyroid, and, most importantly, get off drugs and stay off them for good?

©2016 Rujuta Diwekar (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Farah Bala
Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
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The Big Tow

1 rating

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“Welcome to the National Recovery Bureau, where your assets are as sacred as God’s holy word.” Vera “Nick” Nicholson is an overtaxed and underpaid attorney wasting away on the bottom rung of the gilded ladder at Turner, Witherspoon, Anders, and Tyler, PA in Winston-Salem, NC. When a high-priced luxury car belonging to one of the firm’s top clients goes missing, Nick gets saddled with the unenviable job of recovering the vehicle - and its mysterious contents - without involving the cops. Enter Fast Eddie and his quirky band of misfits at the National Recovery Bureau, a repo agency located in a sleepy town called K-Vegas. When Nick is unceremoniously furloughed from TWAT, she throws caution to the wind and signs on to become the newest agent of the NRB, teaming up with moonlighting third-grade schoolteacher Frances “Frankie” Stohler. Frankie’s mortician father and beautician mother are stalwarts of the Winston-Salem community - so it’s no surprise that everyone across three counties has some connection to her family. What is surprising, however, is the Slim Jim Frankie carries in her purse and her preternatural talent for jacking cars. Nick and Frankie’s stumbling entry into the surreal world of asset recovery takes them on a hilarious, fast-paced, and mind-bending journey across the back roads and byways of the Tar Heel state, setting into motion a chain of misadventures that lead them both toward financial independence, cataclysmic legal jeopardy, and the discovery that true love can sometimes lurk in the most unlikely places.

©2020 Ann McMan (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

Author: Ann McMan
Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
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The Orchard

Summary

A recommended book from: Entertainment Weekly Electric Literature  Alma  A commanding debut and a poignant coming-of-age story about a devout Jewish high school student whose plunge into the secularized world threatens everything he knows of himself Ari Eden’s life has always been governed by strict rules. In ultra-Orthodox Brooklyn, his days are dedicated to intense study and religious rituals, and adolescence feels profoundly lonely. So when his family announces that they are moving to a glitzy Miami suburb, Ari seizes his unexpected chance for reinvention.  Enrolling in an opulent Jewish academy, Ari is stunned by his peers’ dizzying wealth, ambition, and shameless pursuit of life’s pleasures. When the academy’s golden boy, Noah, takes Ari under his wing, Ari finds himself entangled in the school’s most exclusive and wayward group. These friends are magnetic and defiant - especially Evan, the brooding genius of the bunch, still living in the shadow of his mother’s death.  Influenced by their charismatic rabbi, the group begins testing their religion in unconventional ways. Soon Ari and his friends are pushing moral boundaries and careening toward a perilous future - one in which the traditions of their faith are repurposed to mysterious, tragic ends.  Mesmerizing and playful, heartrending and darkly romantic, The Orchard probes the conflicting forces that determine who we become: the heady relationships of youth, the allure of greatness, the doctrines we inherit, and our concealed desires.

©2020 David Hopen (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Micky Shiloah
Author: David Hopen
Length: 17 hrs and 13 mins
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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Moms and Sons - 34 Stories about Raising Boys, Being a Sport, Grieving and Peace, and Single-Minded Devotion

Summary

There is a special bond between mothers and their sons, and it never goes away. This book contains some of the best stories and poems from Chicken Soup's library honoring that lifelong relationship between mothers and their male offspring. These heartfelt and loving stories, written by mothers, grandmothers, and sons, about each other, span generations and show how the mother-son bond transcends time. Some of these stories will make listeners laugh and some will make them cry, but they all will warm their hearts and remind them of the things they love about each other.

©2011 Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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My Life as a Man

Summary

At its heart lies the marriage of Peter and Maureen Tarnopol, a gifted young writer and the woman who wants to be his muse but who instead is his nemesis. Their union is based on fraud and shored up by moral blackmail, but it is so perversely durable that, long after Maureen’s death, Peter is still trying—and failing—to write his way free of it. Out of desperate inventions and cauterizing truths, acts of weakness, tenderheartedness, and shocking cruelty, Philip Roth creates a work worthy of Strindberg—a fierce tragedy of sexual need and blindness.

©1994 Phillip Roth (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Dan John Miller
Author: Philip Roth
Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
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A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses

28 ratings

Summary

Nola Leary would have been content to stay in Kilcairy, Ireland, healing villagers at her family’s clinic with a mix of magic and modern medicine. But a series of ill-timed omens and a deathbed promise to her grandmother have sent her on a quest to Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky, to secure her family’s magical potency for the next generation. Her supernatural task? To unearth four artifacts hidden by her grandfather before a rival magical family beats her to it. Complication One: The artifacts are lost somewhere in vampire Jane Jameson’s occult bookshop. Complication Two: Her new neighbor, Jed Trudeau, keeps turning up half-naked at the strangest times, a distraction Nola doesn’t need. And teaming up with a real-life Adonis is as dangerous as it sounds, especially since Jed’s got the face of an angel and the abs of a washboard. Can Nola complete her mission before falling completely under his spell?

©2013 Molly Harper White (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Amanda Ronconi
Author: Molly Harper
Length: 9 hrs
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La mala hora [The Evil Hour]

1 rating

Summary

En La mala hora, Gabriel García Márquez construye un inolvidable apólogo sobre la violencia colectiva. Al pueblo ha llegado «la mala hora» de los campesinos, la hora de la desgracia. La comarca ha sido «pacificada» después de tanta guerra civil. Han ganado los conservadores, que se dedican a perseguir cruel y pertinazmente a sus adversarios liberales. Al alba de una mañana, mientras el padre Ángel se dispone a celebrar la misa, suena un disparo en el pueblo. Un comerciante de ganado, advertido de la infidelidad de su mujer por un pasquín pegado a la puerta de su casa, acaba de matar al presunto amante de ésta. Es uno más de los pasquines anónimos clavados en las puertas de las casas, que no son panfletos políticos, sino simples denuncias sobre la vida privada de los ciudadanos. Pero no revelan nada que no se supieran de antemano: son los viejos rumores que ahora se han hecho públicos, y a partir de ellos estalla la violencia subyacente a la luz tórrida, espesa, cansada y pegajosa, en una serie de escenas encadenadas de inolvidable belleza. «El padre Ángel se incorporó con un esfuerzo solemne. Se frotó los párpados con los huesos de las manos, apartó el mosquitero de punto y permaneció sentado en la estera pelada, pensativo un instante, el tiempo indispensable para darse cuenta de que estaba vivo, y para recordar la fecha y su correspondencia en el santoral. "Martes, 4 de octubre", pensó; y dijo en voz baja: "San Francisco de Asís".» Emir Rodríguez Monegal dijo.... «En La mala hora García Márquez no sólo aporta su maestría sino una capacidad de superar el realismo por la vía de una exasperación de las situaciones y de una discreta alegorización de los motivos esenciales de la novela.»  Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish. 

©1962 Gabriel García Márquez (P)2018 Penguin Random House Audio

Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
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Perfect Peace

1 rating

Summary

When the seventh child of the Peace family, named Perfect, turns eight, her mother, Emma Jean, tells her bewildered daughter, "You was born a boy. I made you a girl. But that ain't what you was supposed to be. So from now on, you gon' be a boy. It'll be a little strange at first, but you'll get used to it, and this'll be over after while." From this point forward, his life becomes a bizarre kaleidoscope of events. Meanwhile, the Peace family is forced to question everything they thought they knew about gender, sexuality, unconditional love, and fulfillment.

©2010 Daniel Black (P)2016 Tantor

Narrator: Ron Butler
Author: Daniel Black
Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
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Rembrandt's Mirror

Summary

Rembrandt's Mirror explores the three women of Rembrandt's life and the towering passions of the artist seen through the eyes of his last,great love, Hendrickje.

Hendrickje, a girl from a strict Calvinist family, leaves her provincial home to find work as a housemaid. She enters Rembrandt's flourishing workshop five years after the death of the great artist's wife, an event that continues to haunt him.

It is a house full of secrets and desires, and Hendrickje soon witnesses a sexual encounter between Rembrandt and Geertje, his implacable housekeeper. She is shocked to the core by their intense carnality and yet, slowly, she is drawn to Rembrandt by the freshness with which he perceives the world and the special freedom he seems to possess.

Rembrandt is a man of dark corners, strange passions and a ruthlessness born from his need to put his art first. An involvement with him could be her ruin or her liberty.

©2015 Kim Devereux (P)2015 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Narrator: Pippa Nixon
Author: Kim Devereux
Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
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Intermediate Chinese Short Stories: 10 Captivating Short Stories to Learn Chinese & Grow Your Vocabulary the Fun Way!

1 rating

Summary

Improve your Chinese skills and grow your vocabulary with these 10 entertaining Chinese short stories! The best part of learning a new language is experiencing the culture and diving into activities that will enrich your life and vocabulary. The best way to learn a new language is by listening, and in this Chinese book you will find yourself listening to get to the end of each captivating story that will engage your mind and help you improve your grasp of the Chinese language. In this book you will find: 10 challenging and captivating stories containing a wide variety of topics that you will find easy to relate to - all while learning about Chinese culture and folklore! The stories are broken down into manageable chapters, so you always make progress with each chapter. Pinyin, which enables you to better understand Chinese characters and learn how they are pronounced out loud. Carefully written stories for intermediate level speakers like you, using straightforward grammar and commonly used words so you can enjoy listening while challenging yourself with new grammatical structures that aren’t overwhelming. Plenty of natural dialogues in each story that you would actually use in an everyday conversation, which will drastically improve your speaking and comprehension ability at the same time! At the end of each chapter, there will be a comprehensive guide specially designed for beginners. It will take you through a summary of each story, followed by a vocabulary of some of the words from the story to make sure that you understand the story fully. Chapter by chapter, you will find yourself effortlessly listening to each story. Not struggling . You will get involved in the dialogue of the characters by learning how to express yourself in different contexts and more importantly by learning new Chinese words that will get you closer to your goal of becoming fully conversational. Please note: This audiobook is in Chinese. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Lingo Mastery (P)2020 Lingo Mastery

Narrator: Lin Xiong
Length: 4 hrs and 29 mins
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The Rebel Pirate

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Boston Harbor, 1775. James Sparhawk, master and commander in the British Navy, knows trouble when he sees it. The ship he's boarded is carrying ammunition and gold into a country on the knife's edge of war. Sparhawk's duty is clear: Confiscate the cargo, impound the vessel, and seize the crew. But when one of the ship's boys turns out to be a lovely girl with a loaded pistol and dead-shot aim, Sparhawk finds himself held hostage aboard a Rebel privateer. Sarah Ward never set out to break the law. Before Boston became a powder keg, she was poised to escape the stigma of being a notorious pirate's daughter by marrying Micah Wild, one of Salem's most successful merchants. Then a Patriot mob destroyed her fortune and Wild played her false by marrying her best friend and smuggling a chest of Rebel gold aboard her family's ship. Now branded a pirate herself, Sarah will do what she must to secure her family's safety and her own future, even if that means taking part in the cat-and-mouse game unfolding in Boston Harbor - the desperate naval fight between British and Rebel forces for the matériel of war - and pitting herself against James Sparhawk, the one man she cannot resist.

©2014 Donna Thorland (P)2014 AudioGO

Narrator: Angela Brazil
Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
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Crow Winter

5 ratings

Summary

Nanabush. A name that has a certain weight on the tongue - a taste. Like lit sage in a windowless room or aluminum foil on a metal filling.  Trickster. Storyteller. Shape-shifter. An ancient troublemaker with the power to do great things, only he doesn’t want to put in the work.  Since coming home to Spirit Bear Point First Nation, Hazel Ellis has been dreaming of an old crow. He tells her he’s here to help her, save her. From what, exactly? Sure, her dad’s been dead for almost two years and she hasn’t quite reconciled that grief, but is that worth the time of an Algonquin demigod?  Soon Hazel learns that there’s more at play than just her own sadness and doubt. The quarry that’s been lying unsullied for over a century on her father’s property is stirring the old magic that crosses the boundaries between this world and the next. With the aid of Nanabush, Hazel must unravel a web of deceit that, if left untouched, could destroy her family and her home on both sides of the Medicine Wheel.

©2019 Karen McBride (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Kaniehtiio Horn
Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
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Kerplunk!

4 ratings

Summary

This is the latest hilarious collection of folksy, humorous, and wonderfully wise stories about country life from the best-selling author of The Blight Way. Patrick F. McManus has garnered legions of faithful fans with his monthly column in Outdoor Life and his many celebrated books, including the New York Times best-sellers The Grasshopper Trap and The Night the Bear Ate Goombaw. The humor and warmth of Kerplunk! put the book right up there with the very best of McManus. A rollicking blend of Dave Barry and Garrison Keillor, with a twist of Mark Twain, McManus is an American classic whose wry, curmudgeonly tales appeal to real outdoorsmen and the armchair variety alike. There are nearly two million copies of his books in print. The stories in Kerplunk! travel the byways and highways of the Pacific Northwest, bringing to life offbeat, down-home characters who hope their grandchildren can pick the lock on the gun safe because they've forgotten the combination, who know exactly why it costs $500 to make a fly lure that retails for $2, and who aren't afraid to confront the problems of bird-dog flatulence.

©2007 Patrick F. McManus (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.

Narrator: Dick Hill
Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
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The Three Mistakes of My Life

1 rating

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In late 2000, a young boy in Ahmedabad dreams of owning a business. To accommodate his friends' passion, he opens a cricket shop. However, nothing comes easily in a turbulent city. To realise their goals, they will have to face it all - religious politics, calamities, unacceptable love and, above all, their own mistakes. Will they make it? Can an individual's dreams overcome the nightmares of real life? Can we succeed despite mistakes?

Based on real events, from best-selling author Chetan Bhagat comes another dark, witty tale about modern India, where the author brings the ethos and isolation of an entire generation to the fore.

©2016 Chetan Bhagat (P)2016 Audible Studios

Narrator: Sartaj Garewal
Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
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Scion of Ikshvaku

15 ratings

Summary

Ram Rajya. The Perfect Land. But perfection has a price. He paid that price. 3400 BCE. India. Ayodhya is weakened by divisions. A terrible war has taken its toll. The damage runs deep. The demon King of Lanka, Raavan, does not impose his rule on the defeated. He instead imposes his trade. Money is sucked out of the empire. The Sapt Sindhu people descend into poverty, despondency and corruption. They cry for a leader to lead them out of the morass. Little do they appreciate that the leader is among them. One whom they know. A tortured and ostracised prince. A prince they tried to break. A prince called Ram. He loves his country, even when his countrymen torment him. He stands alone for the law. His band of brothers, his Sita, and he against the darkness of chaos. Will Ram rise above the taint that others heap on him? Will his love for Sita sustain him through his struggle? Will he defeat the demon Lord Raavan who destroyed his childhood? Will he fulfil the destiny of the Vishnu? Begin an epic journey with Amish's latest: the Ram Chandra Series.

©2015 Amish Tripathi (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Sagar Arya
Author: Amish
Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
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Color me Red

Summary

The coldest winter brings first loves. The winter that changed her forever. Let’s start from the beginning. The past. Meet the man she couldn’t forget and the man that broke her. Isaah and Saagh. The untouchable wealthy notorious bad boys of Emerson University. Love can heal a person, but no one ever told me, it can destroy a person too. Before she met Kabir, Red was just a young, orphaned girl starved for attention. She was always taught by her parents that she will meet "the one". She was crossing the street when the college playboy Isaah Lone runs her over with his motorcycle. This begins a love-hate relationship between them. They only speak to quarrel with each other, bullying each other. One day, she has car troubles and goes to the car shop that Isaah’s family owns. Slowly, they realized that they have something in common that they both love: Literature. She meets a guy named Saagh who later becomes her best friend. The longer she is with him, the more she sees his dark and possessive side. Torn, she must choose between right and wrong before each man takes a piece of her and never returns it. This is Red's prequel. A literary new adult stand-alone college romantic suspense with comedy and no filters. This audiobook has sensitive topics that can trigger someone. Recommended for fans of Jane Eyre, It Ends With Us, The Bronze Horseman and Bully.

©2020 Benish Khan (P)2021 Benish Khan

Author: Beena Khan
Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
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La casa en Mango Street

1 rating

Summary

Celebrado desde su publicacion inicial como el relato clasico de una muchacha del barrio latino de Chicago, La Casa en Mango Street ha sido elogadio por los criticos, acogido por los ninos y sus padres y abuelos y estudiado por todas partes, desde escuelas primera vez en una edicion en espanol, traducido por una de las mas reconocidas figuras literarias de Mexico, La Casa en Mango Street esta a la disposicion de los miles de lectores latinos a quien este libro ha dado voz. A veces desgarrador, a veces intensamente alegre, La Casa en Mango Street relata la historia de Esperanza Cordero, en cuyo barrio conviven realidades crueles y una belleza severa. Esperanza no quiere pertenecer, ni a su barrio ni a las bajas expectativas que el mundo le ofrece. La historia de Esperanza es la de una joven intentando alcanzar su propio poder e inventar sup propio futuro.

©1984 Sandra Cisneros (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
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When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?

22 ratings

Summary

Following his two New York Times best sellers, Brain Droppings and Napalm & Silly Putty, comes George Carlin's third audiobook, When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?, a riotous journey through the mind of one of America's premiere comic observers. Ranging from his absurdist side (Message from a Cockroach; TV News: The Death of Humpty Dumpty; Tips for Serial Killers) to his unerring ear for American speech (Politician Talk; Societal Cliches; 13 Sections of Euphemisms) to his unsparing views on America and its values (War, God, Stuff Like That; Zero Tolerance; Tired of the Handi-crap), Carlin's legendary irreverence and iconoclasm are on full display as he vainly scours the American landscape for signs of intelligence. He also has a silly side: You know what kind of guy you never see anymore? A fop. A good motto to live by: "Always try not to get killed." I've never seen a homeless guy with a bottle of Gatorade. A lot of gay men stay in the closet because they're interested in fashion. I have an impersonal trainer. We meet at the gym, we don't talk, he works out alone, and I go home. Here's something you can't do by yourself: practice shaking hands. When it comes to God's existence, I'm not an atheist and I'm not an agnostic. I'm an acrostic. The whole thing puzzles me. Good news for senior citizens: Death is near! O.J. Simpson has already received the ultimate punishment: For the rest of his life he has to associate with golfers.

©2004 Comedy Concepts, Inc. (P)2004 Hyperion

Narrator: George Carlin
Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
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The Kishi

2 ratings

Summary

A bloodthirsty demon. A pacifist monk with a deadly past. How much will he sacrifice to overcome unspeakable evil?

Amana hopes his dark secrets will never catch up with him. But when nearby villagers discover a mauled body near him, the residents assume the traveling monk is to blame. Amana suspects the grisly handiwork of a bloodthirsty, mythological creature. 

Determined to clear his name and catch the culprit, Amana follows the trail of bloody clues. When shadows from his own past tie in with the demonic attack, he's torn between his vow of pacifism and his duty to protect the defenseless. As the demon prepares to strike again, Amana must summon the courage to confront his own dark deeds before the creature can corrupt the hearts and minds of the entire village. 

The Kishi is an enthralling fantasy novel steeped in African folklore. If you like mythological creatures, tormented heroes, and intense battles, then you’ll love Antoine Bandele’s captivating tale of redemption.

Buy The Kishi to embark on an action-packed, magical journey today!

Perfect for fans of Nnedi Okorafor, Tomi Adeyemi, and Evan Winter. 

©2018 Antoine Bandele (P)2018 Antoine Bandele

Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
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Spanish Short Stories for Beginners, Volume 2

Summary

Improve your comprehension, grow your vocabulary, and ignite your imagination with these unconventional Spanish short stories! This is Volume 2 of the international best seller, featuring eight brand new stories! In this book, you will find: Short stories from a variety of compelling genres, from science fiction and crime to history and thriller, so you'll have great fun listening, whilst learning a wide range of new vocabulary! Stories broken down into manageable chapters, so you always make progress with the story and feel a sense of achievement without great difficulty listening! Realistic amounts of new vocabulary, so you're not overwhelmed by complex words. Instead of pausing to look up every word, you'll absorb new vocabulary from the context of the story, and experience that moment when you say: "I totally understood that sentence!" Carefully-written Spanish using straightforward grammar that is comprehensible for beginner and intermediate level learners. You'll enjoy listening and learn new grammatical structures without any feelings of overwhelm or frustration. Plenty of natural dialogues in each story, so that you can learn conversational Spanish whilst you read, and improve your speaking ability at the same time! Regular plot summaries, comprehension questions, and word reference lists, so that help is always on hand when you need it. You'll be able to focus on enjoying listening and having fun, rather than fumbling around with dictionaries. A five-step plan for listening to the stories in this book the smart way. These step-by-step instructions show you exactly how to make the most out of the book and maximize your learning! Spanish Short Stories for Beginners has been written especially for students from beginner to intermediate level. The eight captivating stories are designed to give you a sense of fun while listening, so you can enjoy Spanish again!

©2016 Olly Richards (P)2016 Olly Richards

Narrator: Susana Larraz
Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
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Ravensong

Summary

Elena Harris knows what she should have - a doctor as a husband and a large home in the suburbs, but what Elena desires is passion. Enter Joshua Ravensong, the quintessential “bad boy”. A rock-star struggling with a drug addiction, Ravensong falls for Elena, allowing her a chance to live out her fantasy, but one night of passion quickly turns into a relationship that might consume both of them.

©2011 M.L. Hamilton (P)2019 M.L. Hamilton

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Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
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Thalia Book Club: Eric Idle, Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

Summary

A founding member of Monty Python and creator of Spamalot discusses his absurdly funny memoir of his remarkable journey from childhood in an austere boarding school, coming of age as a writer and comedian during the '60s and '70s, and his successful career in comedy, television, theater, and film.  In conversation with David Hyde Pierce. (Added bonus: Eric is bringing his guitar, and there just might be a sing-along....)

©2018 Symphony Space (P)2018 Symphony Space

Author: Eric Idle
Length: 1 hr and 27 mins
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An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

5 ratings

Summary

Published in 1748, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding is Scottish empiricist philosopher David Hume's distillation of his mature philosophy. Addressing themes including the limits of human understanding, the compatibility of free will with determinism, weaknesses in the foundations of religion, and the appeal of skepticism, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding is Hume's attempt to revise and clarify the ideas of his earlier A Treatise of Human Nature. A major work in the empiricist school of thought that included John Locke and George Berkeley, Hume's work influenced such later authors as Adam Smith, Immanuel Kant, and Jeremy Bentham. Controversial and widely debated since its publication, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding is a classic of empiricist philosophy whose questions remain as relevant today as ever.

Public Domain (P)2011 Tantor

Narrator: Gildart Jackson
Author: David Hume
Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
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The Last Panther

3 ratings

Summary

While the Battle of Berlin in 1945 is widely known, the horrific story of the Halbe Kessel remains largely untold. In April 1945, victorious Soviet forces encircled 80,000 men of the German 9th Army in the Halbe area, South of Berlin, together with many thousands of German women and children. The German troops, desperate to avoid Soviet capture, battled furiously to break out toward the West, where they could surrender to the comparative safety of the Americans. For the German civilians trapped in the Kessel, the quest to escape took on frantic dimensions, as the terror of Red Army brutality spread. The small town of Halbe became the eye of the hurricane for the breakout, as King Tigers of the SS Panzer Corps led the spearhead to the West, supported by Panthers of the battle-hardened 21st Panzer Division. Panzer by panzer, unit by unit, the breakout forces were cut down - until only a handful of Panthers, other armour, battered infantry units and columns of shattered refugees made a final escape through the rings of fire to the American lines. This first-hand account by the commander of one of those Panther tanks relates with devastating clarity the conditions inside the Kessel, the ferocity of the breakout attempt through Halbe, and the subsequent running battles between overwhelming Soviet forces and the exhausted Reich troops, who were using their last reserves of fuel, ammunition, strength and hope. Eloquent German-perspective accounts of World War 2 are surprisingly rare, and the recent reissue of Wolfgang Faust's 1948 memoir Tiger Tracks has fascinated readers around the world with its insight into the Eastern Front. In The Last Panther, Faust used his unique knowledge of tank warfare to describe the final collapse of the Third Reich and the murderous combat between the German and Russian armies. He gives us a shocking testament to the cataclysmic final hours of the Reich, and the horrors of this last eruption of violence among the idyllic forests and meadows of Germany.

©2015 The Estate of Wolfgang Faust; Bayern Classic Publications (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: George Backman
Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
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Indigo Blue

Summary

One of romance fiction’s most popular storytellers, Catherine Anderson hits the New York Times best-seller list with each of her scintillating works. Reissued after being out of print for many years, Indigo Blue is one of Anderson’s early gems. In it, a high-spirited woman named Indigo—who is half Comanche and half white—lives a solitary existence among the Oregon folk who don’t understand her. But that all changes when Jake Rand rolls into town.

©1992 Adeline Catherine Anderson (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
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Caleb's Crossing

2 ratings

Summary

A richly imagined new novel from the author of the New York Times best seller People of the Book. Once again, Geraldine Brooks takes a remarkable shard of history and brings it to vivid life. In 1665, a young man from Martha's Vineyard became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College. Upon this slender factual scaffold, Brooks has created a luminous tale of love and faith, magic and adventure. The narrator of Caleb's Crossing is Bethia Mayfield, growing up in the tiny settlement of Great Harbor amid a small band of pioneers and Puritans. Restless and curious, she yearns after an education that is closed to her by her sex. As often as she can, she slips away to explore the island's glistening beaches and observe its native Wampanoag inhabitants. At 12, she encounters Caleb, the young son of a chieftain, and the two forge a tentative secret friendship that draws each into the alien world of the other. Bethia's minister father tries to convert the Wampanoag, awakening the wrath of the tribe's shaman, against whose magic he must test his own beliefs. One of his projects becomes the education of Caleb, and a year later, Caleb is in Cambridge, studying Latin and Greek among the colonial elite. There, Bethia finds herself reluctantly indentured as a housekeeper and can closely observe Caleb's crossing of cultures. Like Brooks' beloved narrator Anna in Year of Wonders, Bethia proves an emotionally irresistible guide to the wilds of Martha's Vineyard and the intimate spaces of the human heart. Evocative and utterly absorbing, Caleb's Crossing further establishes Brooks's place as one of our most acclaimed novelists.

©2011 Geraldine Brooks (P)2011 Penguin

Narrator: Jennifer Ehle
Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
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Tolkien's Lost Chaucer

Summary

Tolkien's Lost Chaucer uncovers the story of an unpublished and previously unknown book by the author of The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien worked between 1922 and 1928 on his Clarendon edition Selections from Chaucer's Poetry and Prose, and though never completed, its 160 pages of commentary reveals much of his thinking about language and storytelling when he was still at the threshold of his career as an epoch-making writer of fantasy literature. Drawing upon other new materials such as his edition of "The Reeve's Tale" and his Oxford lectures on "The Pardoner's Tale", this book reveals Chaucer as a major influence upon Tolkien's literary imagination.

©2019 John M. Bowers (P)2020 Tantor

Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
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Storm of Locusts

40 ratings

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Kai and Caleb Goodacre have been kidnapped just as rumors of a cult sweeping across the reservation leads Maggie and Hastiin to investigate an outpost, and what they find there will challenge everything they’ve come to know in this action-packed sequel to Trail of Lightning. It’s been four weeks since the bloody showdown at Black Mesa, and Maggie Hoskie, Diné monster hunter, is trying to make the best of things. Only her latest bounty hunt has gone sideways, she’s lost her only friend, Kai Arviso, and she’s somehow found herself responsible for a girl with a strange clan power.  Then the Goodacre twins show up at Maggie’s door with the news that Kai and the youngest Goodacre, Caleb, have fallen in with a mysterious cult, led by a figure out of Navajo legend called the White Locust. The Goodacres are convinced that Kai’s a true believer, but Maggie suspects there’s more to Kai’s new faith than meets the eye. She vows to track down the White Locust, then rescue Kai and make things right between them.  Her search leads her beyond the Walls of Dinétah and straight into the horrors of the Big Water world outside. With the aid of a motley collection of allies, Maggie must battle body harvesters, newborn casino gods, and, ultimately, the White Locust himself. But the cult leader is nothing like she suspected, and Kai might not need rescuing after all. When the full scope of the White Locust’s plans are revealed, Maggie’s burgeoning trust in her friends and herself will be pushed to the breaking point, and not everyone will survive.

©2019 Rebecca Roanhorse (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Tanis Parenteau
Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
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The Art of Fiction

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In 1958, and again in 1969, Ayn Rand gathered a small group of her friends and acquaintances and gave an informal course on writing. At once a fascinating philosophical discourse on the art of creation and an invaluable guide for the aspiring writer, these edited transcripts are a treasure that will challenge, edify, and illuminate the way to more powerful writing. Ayn Rand discusses how a writer combines abstract ideas with concrete action and description to achieve a unity of theme, plot, characterization, and style, the four essential elements of fiction. Here, too, are Rand's illuminating analyses of passages from famous writers, rewrites of scenes from her own works, and fascinating rules for building dramatic plots and characters with depth.

©2000 Estate of Ayn Rand (P)2003 Blackstone Audiobooks

Author: Ayn Rand
Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
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Walking the Trail

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They named him Striker, because the day he was born he was said to have tried to hit the midwife. It's a name the young Cherokee would live up to throughout his early years, carrying with him the anger of watching his parents and best friend die on the Trail of Tears. Landing at Fort Gibson an orphan, Striker spends the next few years with other Cherokee children earning an education, and developing a burning desire to kill white men. This craving builds up inside of him to the point where he runs away from the school and embarks on a journey that lands him as both an outlaw and a lawman. He realizes that killing white men is better when it's legal, but neither way cures the chronic pain in his legs for forever walking the trail.

©2013 Robert J. Conley Estate (P)2015 Robert J. Conley Estate

Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
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The Great War and Modern Memory

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Winner of both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award and named by the Modern Library one of the 20th century's 100 best nonfiction books, Paul Fussell's The Great War and Modern Memory was universally acclaimed on publication in 1970. Today, Fussell's landmark study remains as original and gripping as ever: a literate, literary, and unapologetic account of the Great War, the war that changed a generation, ushered in the modern era, and revolutionized how we see the world.   This brilliant work illuminates the trauma and tragedy of modern warfare in fresh, revelatory ways. Exploring the work of Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves, Edmund Blunden, David Jones, Isaac Rosenberg, and Wilfred Owen, Fussell supplies contexts, both actual and literary, for those writers who - with conspicuous imaginative and artistic meaning - most effectively memorialized World War I as a historical experience.  Dispensing with literary theory and elevated rhetoric, Fussell grounds literary texts in the mud and trenches of World War I and shows how these poems, diaries, novels, and letters reflected the massive changes - in every area, including language itself - brought about by the cataclysm of the Great War.

©2013 Oxford University Press (P)2018 Tantor

Author: Paul Fussell
Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
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The Kite Runner: CliffsNotes

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The CliffsNotes study guide on Hosseini's The Kite Runner supplements the original literary work, giving you background information about the author, an introduction to the work, critical commentaries, expanded glossaries, and a comprehensive index, all for you to use as an educational tool that will allow you to better understand the work. This study guide was written with the assumption that you have read The Kite Runner. Reading a literary work doesn’t mean that you immediately grasp the major themes and devices used by the author; this study guide will help supplement your reading to be sure you get all you can from Hosseini's The Kite Runner. CliffsNotes Review tests your comprehension of the original text and reinforces learning with questions and answers, practice projects, and more. For further information on Hosseini's The Kite Runner, check out the CliffsNotes Resource Center at www.cliffsnotes.com.

©2012 Wiley Publishing, Inc. (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Luke Daniels
Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
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Twenty-Five Books That Shaped America

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From the author of the New York Times best-selling How to Read Literature Like a Professor comes a highly entertaining and informative new book on the 25 works of literature that have most shaped the American character. Foster applies his much-loved combination of wit, know-how, and analysis to explain how each work has shaped our very existence as readers, students, teachers, and Americans. Foster illuminates how books such as The Last of the Mohicans, Moby-Dick, My Antonia, The Great Gatsby, The Maltese Falcon, Their Eyes Were Watching God, On the Road, The Crying of Lot 49, and others captured an American moment, how they influenced our perception of nationhood and citizenship, and what about them endures in the American character. Twenty-Five Books That Shaped America is a fun and enriching guide to America through its literature.

©2011 Thomas C. Foster (P)2011 HarperCollinsPublishers

Narrator: Sean Pratt
Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
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Day (Unabriged)

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First published in English under the title The Accident, Elie Wiesel's third novel in his trilogy of Holocaust literature has now adopted Wiesel's original title: Day. In the opening scene, a Holocaust survivor and successful journalist steps off a curb in New York City directly into the pathway of an oncoming cab. As he struggles between life and death, the journalist recalls the effects of the historical tragedy of the Holocaust on himself and his family. Like the memoir Night and the novel Dawn, Wiesel again poses important questions involving the meaning of almost an entire annihilation of a race, loss of faith in the face of mass murder and torture, and the aftermath and effects of the Holocaust on individuals and the Jewish people.

©1990 Elie Wiesel; 1962, 2006 Elie Wiesel (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC.

Narrator: George Guidall
Author: Elie Wiesel
Length: 3 hrs and 52 mins
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Galerie

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Every family holds to secrets, but some are far darker, reach deeper, and touch a rawer nerve than others. Vanesa Neuman is the daughter of Holocaust survivors, and her childhood in the cramped intimacy of south Tel Aviv is shadowed by her parents' unspoken wartime experiences. The past for her was a closed book, until her father passed away. Vanesa must now unravel the mystery of the diary she has received - and the strange symbol within - at all costs. From Jerusalem's Yad V'Shem Holocaust research center, to the backstreets of Prague, and into the former "paradise ghetto" of Theresienstadt, Vanesa's journey of understanding will reveal a darker family past than she ever imagined - a secret kept alive for over half a century.

©2015 Evolved Publishing LLC (P)2016 Evolved Publishing LLC

Narrator: Mark Deakins
Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
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N'oublie pas de vivre

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Été 2013. Edward Adler, 12 ans, embarque avec ses parents, son frère aîné et 183 autres passagers à bord d'un vol pour Los Angeles au départ de New York. Parmi eux, un jeune loup de Wall Street qui flirte avec l'hôtesse, un soldat blessé en Afghanistan, un vieil industriel richissime et malade, une jeune femme ébranlée par la nouvelle de sa grossesse, une autre croyant en la réincarnation. Mais tandis que tous songent à ce que demain leur réserve, l'avion s'écrase dans un champ du Colorado... Edward est l'unique rescapé du crash. Pendant des mois, son histoire émeut l'Amérique et, entre état de choc et insomnies, le garçon doit faire face à la perte de sa famille et à une morbide célébrité. Confié à son oncle et sa tante, il tente maladroitement de donner un sens à sa survie, aidé en cela par sa nouvelle et singulière voisine, Shay. C'est alors que les adolescents font une découverte aussi bouleversante qu'inattendue : celle de centaines de lettres envoyées à Edward par des proches des victimes, et que son oncle lui a cachées...

©2020 Titre original : "Dear Edward" publié par The Dial Press, an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, New York / Ann Napolitano. All rights reserved / Presses de la Cité, un département Place des Éditeurs, pour la traduction française. Traduit par Isabelle Maillet (P)2020 Lizzie, un département d'Univers Poche, Paris

Narrator: Philippe Allard
Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
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101 Conversations in Simple Italian (Italian Edition)

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Improve your spoken Italian from home with 101 real-world conversations in simple, everyday Italian. Real Italian people don’t speak like your textbook...so it’s no wonder you feel unprepared when it’s your turn to speak! This book fixes that. For the first time, you’ll learn to speak Italian in the REAL world, with 101 authentic conversations in simple, spoken Italian, so you can become confident in the words, phrases, and expressions you need to communicate like a local. You’ll be transported into a real-world story that unfolds between six Italian characters, told by the people themselves in 101 authentic conversations. Over 15,000 words of real Italian, you’ll immerse yourself in a gripping Italian drama and get an education in natural Italian in the process. Here’s what you’ll get: 101 conversations in simple Italian, so you can learn the real Italian spoken in the street Over 15,000 words of dialogue at a level you can understand Real, daily spoken Italian throughout so you can learn the expressions that real people use on the street (not in textbooks).  Situational dialogues from typical daily circumstances, so you’ll prepare yourself to survive realistic Italian encounters Conversations that are carefully written to be accessible for beginners (A2-B1 on the CEFR), Word lists with English definitions in every chapter, so you can get instant translations of any difficult words and focus on reading and enjoying the stories rather than wasting time in a dictionary Summaries of each conversation which contextualise each dialogue, so you can easily follow the plot and enjoy the story without getting lost SCROLL UP AND GRAB YOUR COPY NOW Please note: This audiobook is in Italian.

©2019 Olly Richards Publishing Ltd (P)2019 Olly Richards Publishing Ltd

Length: 2 hrs and 10 mins
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: CliffsNotes

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The CliffsNotes study guide on Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest supplements the original literary work, giving you background information about the author, an introduction to the work, critical commentaries, expanded glossaries, and a comprehensive index, all for you to use as an educational tool that will allow you to better understand the work. This study guide was written with the assumption that you have read One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Reading a literary work doesn’t mean that you immediately grasp the major themes and devices used by the author; this study guide will help supplement your reading to be sure you get all you can from Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. CliffsNotes Review tests your comprehension of the original text and reinforces learning with questions and answers, practice projects, and more. For further information on Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, check out the CliffsNotes Resource Center at www.cliffsnotes.com.

©2001 Wiley Publishing, Inc. Adaptation of original text © 2012 by Wiley Publishing, Inc. (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Published by arrangement with Wiley Publishing, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana.

Narrator: Dan John Miller
Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
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In the Shadow of the Banyan

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Told from the tender perspective of a young girl who comes of age amid the Cambodian killing fields, this searing first novel - based on the author’s personal story - has been hailed by Little Bee author Chris Cleave as “a masterpiece… utterly heartbreaking and impossibly beautiful.” For seven-year-old Raami, the shattering end of childhood begins with the footsteps of her father returning home in the early dawn hours bringing details of the civil war that has overwhelmed the streets of Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital. Soon the family’s world of carefully guarded royal privilege is swept up in the chaos of revolution and forced exodus. Over the next four years, as she endures the deaths of family members, starvation, and brutal forced labor, Raami clings to the only remaining vestige of childhood - the mythical legends and poems told to her by her father. In a climate of systematic violence where memory is sickness and justification for execution, Raami fights for her improbable survival. Displaying the author’s extraordinary gift for language, In the Shadow of the Banyan is testament to the transcendent power of narrative and a brilliantly wrought tale of human resilience.

©2012 Vaddey Ratner (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

Narrator: Greta Lee
Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
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The Three Mistakes of My Life

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In late 2000, a young boy in Ahmedabad dreams of owning a business. To accommodate his friends' passion, he opens a cricket shop. However, nothing comes easily in a turbulent city. To realise their goals, they will have to face it all - religious politics, calamities, unacceptable love and, above all, their own mistakes. Will they make it? Can an individual's dreams overcome the nightmares of real life? Can we succeed despite mistakes?

Based on real events, from best-selling author Chetan Bhagat comes another dark, witty tale about modern India, where the author brings the ethos and isolation of an entire generation to the fore.

©2016 Chetan Bhagat (P)2018 Audible Studios

Narrator: Vivek Madan
Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
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Signs Preceding the End of the World

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Winner of the 2016 Best Translated Book Award. Featured in The Guardian's 100 Best Books of the 21st Century. Signs Preceding the End of the World is one of the most arresting novels published in Spanish in the last 10 years. Yuri Herrera does not simply write about the border between Mexico and the United States and those who cross it. He explores the crossings and translations people make in their minds and language as they move from one country to another, especially when there's no going back. Traversing this lonely territory is Makina, a young woman who knows only too well how to survive in a violent, macho world. Leaving behind her life in Mexico to search for her brother, she is smuggled into the USA carrying a pair of secret messages - one from her mother and one from the Mexican underworld.

©2015 Lisa Dillman (P)2020 Hodder & Stoughton Ltd

Author: Yuri Herrera
Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
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The Prince

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The Prince is a 16th-century political treatise by the Italian diplomat and political theorist Niccolò Machiavelli. Machiavelli wrote The Prince in 1513, after he was forced to leave Florence as a political exile. Dedicated to Lorenzo de’ Medici, the work is Machiavelli’s advice to the ruler of Florence on how to stay in power.

Public Domain (P)2019 Museum Audiobooks

Narrator: Joseph Gomez
Length: 3 hrs and 15 mins
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The Insufferable Gaucho

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A trove of strange, arresting, short masterworks - five stories and two essays - by Roberto Bolano, a writer who pulls bloodthirsty rabbits out of his hat. As Pankaj Mishra remarked in The Nation, one of the remarkable qualities of Bolano’s short stories is that they can do the "work of a novel." The Insufferable Gaucho contains tales bent on returning to haunt you. Unpredictable and daring, highly controlled yet somehow haywire, a Bolano story might concern an elusive plagiarist or an elderly lawyer giving up city life for an improbable return to the family estate, now gone to wrack and ruin. Bolano’s stories have been applauded as "bleakly luminous and perfectly calibrated, (Publishers Weekly) and "complex and provocative" (International Herald Tribune), and as Francine Prose said in The New York Times Book Review, "something extraordinarily beautiful and (at least to me) entirely new." Two fascinating essays are also included.

©2003 The Heirs of Roberto Bolano, Translation copyright 2010 by Chris Andrews (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: David Crommett
Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
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Mini Habits Revolution

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Discover the secret to kickstart positive, lasting changes in your life and become the best version of yourself by harnessing the power of small routines and mini habits!  Are you frustrated by your failures to adopt and stick with new, helpful habits, no matter how hard you try? Do you often find yourself abandoning new habits and resolutions down the road? Are you ready to discover a proven way to trick your mind into sticking with new habits for the long-haul? If any of the questions above sounds like what you need help with, then this book is for you. In this concise guide to mini habits, you're going to understand why setting big audacious goals doesn't ever seem to work. You'll also uncover a more practical way to form new habits that stick and discard bad ones that are holding you back from reaching your true potential. Among the pages of Mini Habits Revolution, you're going to learn: Everything you need to know about mini habits and how they can transform your life A foolproof 7-step technique to help you develop beneficial mini-habits without breaking a sweat Over 100 powerful mini-habits you can start developing with themes ranging from health and wellness to productivity and relationships 5 proven steps to build good mini habits that will help you achieve all your goals The 8 small and simple steps to completely change your life using mini-habits Step-by-step instructions to help you read people's body's language and uncover their true feelings And tons more! Ready to transform your life for the better? Buy this audiobook and you will get the Kindle version for free! PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Alice Keys (P)2020 Alice Keys

Narrator: David Martin
Author: Alice Keys
Length: 3 hrs and 19 mins
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It Would Be Night in Caracas

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Told with gripping intensity, It Would be Night in Caracas chronicles one woman’s desperate battle to survive amid the dangerous, sometimes deadly, turbulence of modern Venezuela and the lengths she must go to secure her future. In Caracas, Venezuela, Adelaida Falcon stands over an open grave. Alone, except for harried undertakers, she buries her mother - the only family Adelaida has ever known. Numb with grief, Adelaida returns to the apartment they shared. Outside the window that she tapes shut every night - to prevent the tear gas raining down on protesters in the streets from seeping in. When looters masquerading as revolutionaries take over her apartment, Adelaida resists and is beaten up. It is the beginning of a fight for survival in a country that has disintegrated into violence and anarchy, where citizens are increasingly pitted against each other. But as fate would have it, Adelaida is given a gruesome choice that could secure her escape. Filled with riveting twists and turns, and told in a powerful, urgent voice, It Would Be Night in Caracas is a chilling reminder of how quickly the world we know can crumble.

©2019 Karina Sainz Borgo (P)2019 HarperAudio

Narrator: Ana Osorio
Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
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Holding on to Nothing: A Novel

Summary

Lucy Kilgore has her bags packed for her escape from her rural Tennessee upbringing, but a drunken mistake forever tethers her to the town and one of its least-admired residents, Jeptha Taylor, who becomes the father of her child.  Together, these two young people work to form a family, though neither has any idea how to accomplish that, and the odds are against them in a place with little to offer other than bluegrass music, tobacco fields, and a Walmart full of beer and firearms for the hunting season.  Their path is harrowing, but Lucy and Jeptha are characters to love, and listeners will root for their success in a novel so riveting that no one will want to turn out the light until they know whether this family will survive. In luminous prose, debut novelist Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne brings us a present-day Appalachian story in the tradition of Lee Smith, Silas House, and Ron Rash, cast without sentiment or cliché, but with a genuine and profound understanding of the place and its people

©2019 Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne (P)2019 Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne

Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
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Au phare

Summary

Au phare, c'est cette destination vers laquelle se tend et se déploie tout le roman, un serment en suspens, à flux tendu au-dessus des profondeurs abyssales de la conscience des personnages. La promesse d'une promenade scelle l'alliance de Mrs Ramsey avec ses enfants, contre le père, contre vents et marées, le temps qui passe et la Guerre - c'est autour de cette parole donnée que se nouent les désirs enfouis et les pensées tues, que se cristallisent tragiquement les souvenirs d'enfance.

©2019 Éditions des femmes (P)2019 Éditions des femmes

Narrator: Fanny Ardant
Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
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Im Dickicht

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Akutagawas Meisterwerk Im Dickicht spielt im alten Japan. Der genaue Hergang eines Mords wird in acht vollkommen widersprüchlichen Zeugenaussagen vorgeführt. Die archaische Tragik des Geschehens spiegelt sich virtuos in der modernen Erzählweise. Im Dickicht war Vorlage für Akira Kurosawas berühmten Film Rashomon. Das vorliegende Hörbuch präsentiert eine völlig neue Interpretation des Textes: in der Kombination von erzählender Stimme und Jazz-Schlagzeug entsteht diese absolut eigenständige Klangerzählung von packender Intensität.

©2020 Literatur der Zukunft (P)2020 Literatur der Zukunft

Narrator: Markus Kopf
Length: 41 mins
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A Thread Unbroken

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Many believe that those who are destined to be together are connected by an invisible red thread. If that is so, the fates of Chai and Josi are weaved together and tied with a knot that cannot be broken. Chai has been the self-appointed protector of her best friend, Josi, since their toddler days. Their lives are as far from extravagant as can be imagined - but they don’t need material things to be content. Their carefree childhood comes to a screeching halt when they are snatched together and sold as house help, and possible future brides, to a family far away. This novel chronicles the girls’ struggle to adjust to their harsh new realities once the comforts and security of their old lives are stripped away. While Josi and others around them in the same situation have reluctantly accepted their new roles, Chai’s warrior spirit cannot be broken. She remains strong and refuses to give up hope of finding a way home. Due to the infamous gender imbalance in China, thousands of females are trafficked every year to be sold as brides in remote villages and cities. Because of the lack of family resources, and the minimal efforts of the government to break up these criminal rings, many of the girls are never heard from again. Follow this story to find out what happens when despite one father’s lack of allies or money, he refuses to allow anyone to disrupt his quest to find his daughter.

©2012 Kay Bratt (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Nancy Wu
Author: Kay Bratt
Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
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Downtown

Summary

After an airless childhood in Savannah, Smoky O'Donnell arrives in Atlanta, dazzled and chastened by this hectic young city on the rise. Her new job as a writer with the city's Downtown magazine introduces her to many unforgettable people and propels her into the center of momentous events that will irrevocably alter her heart, her career, and her world.

©1994 Anne River Siddons (P)1994 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Narrator: Kate Burton
Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
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Loathe at First Sight

1 rating

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“Bursts with humor, heart, and great energy. I loved it! Park is a hilarious new voice in women’s fiction.” (Helen Hoang, author of The Kiss Quotient) “[A] punchy adult debut set in the world of video game design. Park makes tough topics go down easy by couching them in wry humor and lighthearted romance, and her fierce, snarky heroine is irresistible. This smart rom-com is a winner.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)  In a debut perfect for fans of Jasmine Guillory and Sally Thorne, a junior video game producer finds herself getting closer and closer to the one person she hates most after a mass troll attack online almost ruins her life.  Melody Joo is thrilled to land her dream job as a video game producer, but her new position comes with challenges: an insufferable CEO; sexist male coworkers; and an infuriating - yet distractingly handsome - intern Nolan McKenzie, aka “the guy who got hired because his uncle is the boss”.  Just when Melody thinks she’s made the worst career move of her life, her luck changes. While joking with a friend, she creates a mobile game that has male strippers fighting for survival in a post-apocalyptic world. Suddenly Melody’s “joke” is her studio’s most high-profile project - and Melody’s running the show.  When Nolan is assigned to Melody’s team, she’s sure he’ll be useless. But as they grow closer, she realizes he’s smart and sexy, which makes Melody want to forget he’s her intern. As their attraction deepens, she knows it’s time to pump the brakes, even with her Korean parents breathing down her neck to hurry up and find a man.  With her project about to launch, Melody suddenly faces a slew of complications, including a devastating trolling scandal. Could the man she’s falling hard for help her play the game to win - in work and in love?

©2020 Suzanne Park (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Greta Jung
Author: Suzanne Park
Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
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Rome's Sacred Flame

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Rome, AD 63. Vespasian has been ordered to a far-flung empire in Africa to free 200 Roman citizens who have been enslaved by a desert kingdom. But when Vespasian reaches the city, he discovers tensions spilling over into bloody chaos....  Battling thirst and exhaustion, Vespasian must help the Romans escape, their only route to survival a desperate race across a barren desert with a hoard of heavily armed rebels at their backs.  Meanwhile, back in Rome, Rome's elite fear for their lives as Emperor Nero's extravagance goes unchecked. Can anyone stop the Emperor before Rome devours itself? And if Nero is to be toppled, who will be the one to put his head in the lion's mouth?

©2018 Robert Fabbri (P)2019 Isis Publishing Ltd

Narrator: Peter Kenny
Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
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Sweet Like Sugar

Summary

With eloquence and wit, Wayne Hoffman explores the unlikely camaraderie between a young Jewish man and an Orthodox rabbi, in this rich, insightful novel about love, honesty, faith, and belonging. In Yiddish, there is a word for it: bashert - the person you are fated to meet. Twenty-something Benji Steiner views the concept with skepticism. But the elderly rabbi who stumbles into Benji's office one day has no such doubts. Jacob Zuckerman's late wife, Sophie, was his bashert. And now that she's gone, Rabbi Zuckerman grapples with overwhelming grief and loneliness. Touched by the rabbi's plight, Benji becomes his helper - driving him home after work, sitting in his living room listening to stories. Their friendship baffles everyone, especially Benji's sharp-tongued, modestly observant mother. But Benji is rediscovering something he didn't know he'd lost. Yet the test of friendship, and of both men's faith, lies in the difficult truths they come to share. With each revelation, Benji learns what it means not just to be Jewish, but to be fully human - imperfect, striving, and searching for the pieces of ourselves that come only through another's acceptance.

©2011 Wayne Hoffman (P)2013 Audible Inc.

Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
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Block Shot

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JARED   If I had a dollar for every time Banner Morales made my heart skip a beat... The heart everyone assumes is frozen over.   Her anger is...arousing.  Every glare from those fire-spitting eyes, every time she grits her teeth, gets me...well, you know.   If I had a dollar for every time she's put me in my place, I'd be an even richer man.   I'm a successful sports agent because I assume "no" means you'll think about it.  I'm sure what you meant to say is, "Coming right up."   They say even rich men don't always get what they want, but those men don't know how to play the game.  The trick is to keep them guessing. Take Banner.  She assumes she's winning, but this game?  She doesn't even know how to play.   BANNER   If I had a dollar for every time Jared Foster broke my heart, I'd have exactly one dollar.   One night. One epic fail. One dollar...and I'm out.  I've moved on. I've found success in a field ruled by men.  Anything they can do, I have done better.  They can keep the field while I call the shots, blocking them when I have to.  And Jared has the nerve to think he gets a second chance?   Boy, please. Go sit down. Have several seats.  I'll just be over here ignoring the man carved from my fantasies with a lust-tipped chisel.   Oh, I didn't say the struggle wasn't real.  But I've got that one dollar, and Jared won't have me.

©2018 Kennedy Ryan (P)2019 Tantor

Author: Kennedy Ryan
Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
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On Such a Full Sea

2 ratings

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From the beloved award-winning author of Native Speaker and The Surrendered, a highly provocative, deeply affecting story of one woman's legendary quest in a shocking, future America. On Such a Full Sea takes Chang-rae Lee's elegance of prose, his masterly storytelling, and his long-standing interests in identity, culture, work, and love, and lifts them to a new plane. Stepping from the realistic and historical territories of his previous work, Lee brings us into a world created from scratch. Against a vividly imagined future America, Lee tells a stunning, surprising, and riveting story that will change the way listeners think about the world they live in. In a future, long-declining America, society is strictly stratified by class. Long-abandoned urban neighborhoods have been repurposed as highwalled, self-contained labor colonies. And the members of the labor class - descendants of those brought over en masse many years earlier from environmentally ruined provincial China - find purpose and identity in their work to provide pristine produce and fish to the small, elite, satellite charter villages that ring the labor settlement. In this world lives Fan, a female fish-tank diver, who leaves her home in the B-Mor settlement (once known as Baltimore), when the man she loves mysteriously disappears. Fan's journey to find him takes her out of the safety of B-Mor, through the anarchic Open Counties, where crime is rampant with scant governmental oversight, and to a faraway charter village, in a quest that will soon become legend to those she left behind.

©2013 Chang-rae Lee (P)2013 Penguin Audio

Narrator: B. D. Wong
Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
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The Magnolia Sisters

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An inheritance brought her to Magnolia, but love just might keep her there.... Avery Keller arrives in Magnolia, North Carolina, with one aim: collect her inheritance and quickly put the quirky town in her rearview mirror. But the father who didn’t acknowledge her when he was alive has left Avery a mess to sort through - along with two half-sisters she’s never met and a gorgeous single dad living next door. Soon, her plan to keep this colorful, close-knit community at a distance gets complicated.... Grayson Atwell has rescued plenty of people in his firefighting career. His work and his little girl, Violet, are his entire world, and there’s no time for anything - or anyone - else. But the vulnerability beneath Avery’s prickly facade brings out a fiercely protective side of him. Despite her protests, Gray can see that Avery’s falling under Magnolia’s spell - just like he’s falling for her. Now, the only question is: How can he convince her to give them both a chance at forever?

©2020 Michelle Major (P)2020 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

Narrator: Carly Robins
Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
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Cheval Indien (French Edition)

128 ratings

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Tout ce que je savais de façon certaine, c’est que je n’apprendrais à vivre le présent qu’en revenant sur mes pas, en revisitant les lieux marquants de ma vie antérieure.   À une autre époque, Saul Cheval Indien, fils de la nation ojibwée, était un joueur étoile, un phénomène sur les patinoires de hockey. Mais, au moment où il amorce l’écriture de ce récit, enfermé dans un centre de désintoxication, il touche le fond. Expliquer dans le cercle de partage les détours qu’a pris sa vie est trop dur, trop compliqué. C’est donc sur papier qu’il se raconte: son enfance dans les forêts du Nord, puis les horreurs des pensionnats autochtones, mais aussi l’exaltation vécue sur la glace des arénas. Déraciné, isolé, Saul veut en finir avec cette violence qui couve en lui, cherche à percer le mur de l’oubli. L’heure est venue de faire la paix.   Avec empathie et perspicacité, Richard Wagamese brosse dans ce film, qui a inspiré le film éponyme de Stephen Campanelli, le portrait d’un homme broyé par son destin; plus largement, il retrace l’histoire des autochtones victimes de leur époque et des assauts colonialistes contre leur culture. Please note: This audiobook is in French.

©2012 Richard Wagamese, 2017, Les Éditions XYZ pour la traduction française en Amérique du Nord (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
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Savannah Breeze

2 ratings

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Southern belle BeBe Loudermilk has lost all her worldly possessions, thanks to a brief but disastrous relationship with the gorgeous Reddy, an "investment counselor" who turns out to be a con man. All that's left is a ramshackle 1950s motel on Tybee Island, an eccentric beach town that calls itself a drinking village with a fishing problem. Breeze Inn is a place where the very classy BeBe wouldn't normally be caught dead, but with no alternative, she moves into the manager's unit, vowing to make magic out of mud. The work is grueling, especially dealing with the bad-tempered caretaker, a fishing captain named Harry who's trying to earn enough dough to get his boat out of hock. With the help of Harry and her junking friend Weezie, BeBe soon has the motel spiffed up and attracting paying guests. Then there's a sighting of Reddy in Fort Lauderdale, and BeBe decides to go after him. She puts together a posse, and with the irrepressible Granddaddy Loudermilk snoring in the backseat of the Buick, heads south. The plan is to carry out a sting that may be just a little bit outside the law but that, with any luck at all, will retrieve BeBe's fortune and put the dastardly Reddy in jail, where he belongs. And maybe Harry, who's looking more hunky every day, will finally get his boat back.

©2006 Mary Kay Andrews (P)2006 HarperCollinsPublishers

Narrator: Isabel Keating
Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
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Teton Splendor

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Naive and spoiled, Sophia Yancey believes she is the only daughter of a wealthy Boston businessman. She's always struggled to fit in among the city's elite due to her dark hair and bronze skin. When a rugged mountain man from the faraway Teton Mountains arrives to reveal her true identity, Sophia is in denial. Joseph Walker made a promise to a dying friend: travel east to find the old Indian chief's granddaughter and bring her back to her people. Unsure whether the girl is even alive, Joseph arrives on the doorstep of Byron Yancey, his only clue to her whereabouts. He expects to find Little Raven, a girl of Indian heritage. Instead, he meets stunning socialite, Sophia Yancey, and realizes that the journey home to the Tetons will challenge him in ways the wilderness never could. Away from the confines of polite society, Sophia must rely on Joseph as they travel a long road of danger and discovery, wary of a killer seeking revenge. As love ignites between them among the grandeur of the Tetons, will Joseph be able to keep her safe, or did he make a grave mistake in removing her from the only life she's ever known?

©2013 Peggy L. Henderson (P)2014 Peggy L. Henderson

Narrator: Steve Marvel
Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
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La Vague

1 rating

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Inspirée de faits réels, la démonstration qu'un simple jeu peut finir en dictature. Pour faire comprendre les mécanismes du nazisme à ses élèves, Ben Ross, professeur d'histoire, crée un mouvement expérimental au slogan fort : "La Force par la Discipline, la Force par la Communauté, la Force par l'Action." En l'espace de quelques jours, l'atmosphère du paisible lycée californien se transforme en microcosme totalitaire : avec une docilité effrayante, les élèves abandonnent leur libre arbitre pour répondre aux ordres de leur nouveau leader. Quel choc pourra être assez violent pour réveiller leurs consciences et mettre fin à la démonstration ? Ce roman a inspiré la série Netflix "Nous, la Vague".

©1981 / 2015 Random House, Inc. and T.A.T. Communications Company / Pocket, un département d'Univers Poche. Traduit par Aude Carlier (P)2020 Lizzie, un département d'Univers Poche, Paris

Narrator: Pierre Hancisse
Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
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La vida a ratos [Life at Times]

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Vuelve el ingenio de Millás con el diario divertido y surrealista de un neurótico brillante. En La vida a ratos el lector es tan protagonista como el narrador, porque descubre en secreto un relato que, en la ficción, no ha sido creado para ser conocido por nadie más que aquel que lo escribe. Es el diario de más de tres años de vida de un personaje -curiosamente también llamado Juan José Millás-, que se muestra tan libre, tan neurótico, y divertido, e irónico e hipocondriaco como solo nos mostramos cuando nadie nos ve. Las visitas a la psicoanalista, el taller de escritura, los paseos por una ciudad que no deja de colocarle ante situaciones sorpresivas, la familia, los amigos... Todo es normal, todo parece anodino hasta que, al volver una esquina de la realidad, aparece lo extraordinario, lo surrealista. Y nos deslumbra. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2019 Juan José Millás (P)2019 Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, S.A.U.

Narrator: Jesús Noguero
Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
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The Last Great Road Bum

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"Narrator Pabón delivers a top-notch performance of Tobar’s masterful blend of fiction and nonfiction.... Pabón's understated delivery allows listeners to make their own discoveries in this truly unique and intriguing story." (Booklist) In The Last Great Road Bum, Héctor Tobar turns the peripatetic true story of a naive son of Urbana, Illinois, who died fighting with guerrillas in El Salvador into the great American novel for our times. Joe Sanderson died in pursuit of a life worth writing about. He was, in his words, a "road bum", an adventurer and a storyteller, belonging to no place, people, or set of ideas. He was born into a childhood of middle-class contentment in Urbana, Illinois, and died fighting with guerillas in Central America. With these facts, acclaimed novelist and journalist Héctor Tobar set out to write what would become The Last Great Road Bum.  A decade ago, Tobar came into possession of the personal writings of the late Joe Sanderson, which chart Sanderson’s freewheeling course across the known world, from Illinois to Jamaica, to Vietnam, to Nigeria, to El Salvador - a life determinedly an adventure, ending in unlikely, anonymous heroism.  The Last Great Road Bum is the great American novel Joe Sanderson never could have written, but did truly live - a fascinating, timely hybrid of fiction and nonfiction that only a master of both like Héctor Tobar could pull off.  A Macmillan Audio production from MCD.

©2020 Héctor Tobar (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

Narrator: Timothy Pabon
Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
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Kermode

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Poor Piper Sweet! She owns Sweetie Pie's Bakery and Cafe. The curvaceous woman thinks she's going out of her mind! She's having weird dreams of soft fur and slashing claws, deep growls of lust, and cream puffs! She fears a break-in when she finds muddy prints on her bakery floor, but bear prints? She's afraid to tell a soul but needs to confide in someone when she finds herself naked in the woods on a frosty morning.  Noah is on a mission to eradicate the rogue shifters that have set up camp in the small town of Grafton, Illinois. His methods are a bit unorthodox and his personality is on the wild side, but none of that matters when he walks into Sweetie Pie's on the hunt for a shifter giving off the scent of power. One look at the curvy blonde and he's in love - that is to say, he immediately imprints Piper as his soulmate. Trouble is, she's the one giving off the power and she doesn't even know it.

©2019 Maggie Adams (P)2020 Maggie Adams

Narrator: Steven Miller
Author: Maggie Adams
Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
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A Documentary History of the United States

Summary

Accompanied by interpretations of their significance by noted historian Richard D. Heffner and journalist Alexander Heffner, this book includes important documents such as: The complete text of the Declaration of Independence The complete Constitution of the United States The Emancipation Proclamation Franklin D. Roosevelt's "Four Freedoms" Speech Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" Speech Documents relating to September 11, 2001 and the Iraq War

©1952 Richard D. Heffner (P)2020 Tantor

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The Song of Swords: Book 1

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On a Continent where peaceful times are swiftly coming to an end, witness the rise of a young slave as he tries to climb to the peak of power. With a little luck gifted by the heavens and the determination to continue striving to be the best, will he become a figure who stands above all others or will he be another insignificant bump in history? A word can save a life. A phrase can end a war. But a song can rule the world.

©2019 Jimmy Shi (P)2020 Jimmy Shi

Narrator: Tom Hussey
Length: 20 hrs and 10 mins
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The Water and the Wine

Summary

The Water and the Wine is set on the Greek island of Hydra in a '60s artistic community. The author lived there as a child. The main focus is on Leonard Cohen and his lover/muse, Marianne Ihlen. Other real characters are Australian writers Charmian Clift and George Johnston, whose marriage is volatile. Norman Peterson is an American sculptor who makes works out of objects he finds. Each night, at Douskos Taverna, the artists and writers meet and discuss their ideas about life, art, philosophy, and religion. They are tolerated and accepted by the local Greek islanders, many of whom also feature in this book.   The novel mixes fact and fiction: The Silver family (loosely based on the author's own family) arrive on the island and are drawn into a world of creativity and excitement but also infidelity, jealousy, and dysfunctional relationships. The book explores the effect on the children of this lifestyle, the tensions between the men and the women, the conflict between wanting to create and being hindered by domestic responsibilities, and how financial pressures can hinder one's freedom.  The beauty of the island, the flowers and goats, the mules that transport people and goods, the Greek food and landscape, all provide an antidote to the human instability.  Ultimately, the novel asks the question: What is the price of creativity?

©2018, 2019 Hookline Books (P)2020 Tamar Hodes

Author: Tamar Hodes
Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
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Personality

1 rating

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Written by Daniel Nettle - author of the popular book Happiness - this brief volume takes the listener on an exhilarating tour of what modern science can tell us about human personality. Revealing that our personalities stem from our biological makeup, Nettle looks at the latest findings from genetics and brain science, and considers the evolutionary origins and consequences of different personalities. The heart of the book sheds light on the "big five": Extraversion, Neuroticism, Conscientious, Agreeableness, and Openness. Using a stimulating blend of true-life stories and scientific research, Nettle explains why we have something deep and consistent within us that determines the choices we make and situations we bring about. He addresses such questions as: Why do members of the same family differ so markedly in their natures? What is the best personality to have - a bold one or a shy one, an aggressive one or a meek one? And are you stuck with your personality, or can you change it?   Full of human wisdom as well as scientific insight, this book illuminates the pluses and minuses of personality, offering practical advice about living with the nature you were born with. It even includes a questionnaire so that you can assess yourself.

©2007 Daniel Nettle (P)2020 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
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Bayou Born

1 rating

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Her beginning may be our end.... Deep in the humid Mississippi bayou, a half-wild child is dragged from the murky waters. She has no memories and no family and is covered in mysterious markings. Adopted by the policeman who rescued her, Luce Boudreau follows him onto the force, determined to prove herself in the eyes of those who are still suspicious. However, there's more of a battle ahead than Luce could possibly imagine. She may be an orphan without a past, but no one - including Luce herself - could ever be prepared for the truth of her dark, powerful destiny....

©2018 Hailey Edwards (P)2018 Hachette Audio UK

Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
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Candide ou l'Optimisme de Voltaire

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Décryptez Candide ou l'Optimisme de Voltaire avec l'analyse du PetitLitteraire.fr ! Que faut-il retenir de Candide ou l'Optimiste, le conte philosophique incontournable de la littérature française ? Retrouvez tout ce que vous devez savoir sur cette œuvre dans une analyse complète et détaillée. Vous trouverez notamment dans cette fiche : Un résumé complet ; Une présentation des personnages principaux tels que Candide, Pangloss et Cunégonde ; Une analyse des spécificités de l'œuvre : les dimensions philosophique et critique du livre et les multiples facettes de ce conte philosophique.   Une analyse de référence pour comprendre rapidement le sens de l'œuvre. LE MOT DE L'ÉDITEUR : "Dans cette nouvelle édition de notre analyse de Candide ou l'Optimisme (2016), avec Guillaume Peris, nous fournissons des pistes pour décoder ce succès majeur du patrimoine littéraire français. Notre analyse permet de faire rapidement le tour de l'œuvre et d'aller au-delà des clichés." Stéphanie FELTEN

©2011 lePetitLitteraire.fr (P)2019 lePetitLitteraire.fr

Narrator: Nina Beltram
Length: 32 mins
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Snow Falling on Cedars

9 ratings

Summary

As a Japanese-American fisherman stands trial for murder on an island in Puget Sound, snow blankets the countryside. The whiteness covers the courthouse, but it cannot conceal the memories at work inside: the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, an unrequited love, and the ghosts of racism that still haunt the islanders. First novels rarely attract as much attention as Snow Falling on Cedars. Remaining on best seller lists for months, it has cast a spell on listeners across the country.

©1994 David Guterson (P)1996 Recorded Books

Narrator: George Guidall
Length: 15 hrs and 42 mins
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Steel Crow Saga

4 ratings

Summary

Four destinies collide in a unique fantasy world of war and wonders, where empire is won with enchanted steel and magical animal companions fight alongside their masters in battle. Named one of the best books of the year by NPR, Tordotcom, and Kirkus Reviews. A soldier with a curse Tala lost her family to the empress' army and has spent her life avenging them in battle. But the empress' crimes don’t haunt her half as much as the crimes Tala has committed against the laws of magic...and against her own flesh and blood. A prince with a debt Jimuro has inherited the ashes of an empire. Now that the revolution has brought down his kingdom, he must depend on Tala to bring him home safe. But it was his army who murdered her family. Now Tala will be his redemption - or his downfall. A detective with a grudge Xiulan is an eccentric, pipe-smoking detective who can solve any mystery - but the biggest mystery of all is her true identity. She’s a princess in disguise, and she plans to secure her throne by presenting her father with the ultimate prize: the world’s most-wanted prince. A thief with a broken heart Lee is a small-time criminal who lives by only one law: Leave them before they leave you. But when Princess Xiulan asks her to be her partner in crime - and offers her a magical animal companion as a reward - she can’t say no, and she soon finds she doesn’t want to leave the princess behind. This band of rogues and royals should all be enemies, but they unite for a common purpose: to defeat an unstoppable killer who defies the laws of magic. In this battle, they will forge unexpected bonds of friendship and love that will change their lives - and begin to change the world.

©2019 Paul Krueger (P)2019 Random House Audio

Narrator: Kim Mai Guest
Author: Paul Krueger
Length: 23 hrs and 20 mins
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Mightier than the Sword

Summary

In this wide-ranging, brilliantly researched work, David S. Reynolds traces the factors that made Uncle Tom’s Cabin the most influential novel ever written by an American. Upon its 1852 publication, the novel’s vivid depiction of slavery polarized its American readership, ultimately widening the rift that led to the Civil War. Reynolds also charts the novel’s afterlife - including its adaptation into plays, films, and consumer goods - revealing its lasting impact on American entertainment, advertising, and race relations.

©2011 David S. Reynolds (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Daniel May
Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
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The Hotel Neversink

1 rating

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Thirty-one years after workers first broke ground, the magnificent Hotel Neversink in the Catskills finally opens to the public. Then a young boy disappears.  This mysterious vanishing - and the ones that follow - will brand the lives of three generations. At the root of it all is Asher Sikorsky, the ambitious and ruthless patriarch whose purchase of the hotel in 1931 set a haunting legacy into motion. His daughter, Jeanie, sees the Hotel Neversink into its most lucrative era, but also its darkest. Decades later, Asher's grandchildren grapple with the family's heritage in their own ways: Len fights to keep the failing, dilapidated hotel alive, and Alice sets out to finally uncover the murderer's identity.  Told by an unforgettable chorus of Sikorsky family members - a matriarch, a hotel maid, a traveling comedian, the hotel detective, and many others - The Hotel Neversink is the gripping portrait of a Jewish family in the Catskills over the course of a century. With an unerring eye and with prose both comic and tragic, Adam O'Fallon-Price details one man's struggle for greatness, no matter the cost, and a long-held family secret that threatens to undo it all.

©2019 Adam O'Fallon Price (P)2020 Tantor

Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
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Le bal

Summary

Irène Némirovsky est une romancière russe d'expression française, morte le 19 août 1942 à Auschwitz. Auteur à succès dans la France des années 1930 mais oubliée après la Seconde Guerre mondiale, elle est le seul écrivain à qui le prix Renaudot ait été décerné à titre posthume, en 2004, pour son roman inachevé Suite française. Le Bal, dont l'action se situe en 1928, décrit les tourments d'une adolescente de quatorze ans, Antoinette, qui entretient des rapports difficiles avec ses parents, parvenus de fraîche date, et spécialement avec sa mère. Celle-ci ayant refusé de la laisser assister au premier bal mondain qu'elle et son mari veulent donner, la jeune fille trouve à se venger cruellement. Le récit met en scène une relation conflictuelle d'inspiration partiellement autobiographique entre mère et fille.

©2020 Compagnie du Savoir (P)2020 Compagnie du Savoir

Narrator: Cloé Horry
Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
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Way of the Immortals: Path of the Divine

6 ratings

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Thrust by a mysterious portal into an unknown world, Nick Barnette does what anyone would do in his situation: he runs. Now separated from his friends, and being pursued by powerful forces he doesn’t understand, Nick must navigate the Kingdom of Lhasa and figure out how to get home.    Through his trials and tribulations, Nick notices that he has developed a strange power that allows him to slow down time, vastly improving his combat ability. But he doesn’t have any control over the power. And as far as he knows, the only way to cultivate this new power and find his friends is by studying the Way of the Immortals, an ancient tradition practiced by monks and hermits high in the mountains of Lhasa.  It won’t be an easy task, but if anyone is up to the challenge, it’s Nick, who might be the most unconventional hero the Kingdom of Lhasa has ever seen.  Way of the Immortals: Path of the Divine is a western cultivation series weaving Tibetan and Bhutanese lore into a fast-paced novel that xianxia, wuxia and progression fantasy fans will love. Way of the Immortals is written by Harmon Cooper, best-selling science fantasy GameLit author of series like Fantasy Online, House of Dolls, Cherry Blossom Girls, the Feedback Loop, and Monster Hunt NYC.

©2019 Harmon Cooper (P)2019 Harmon Cooper

Narrator: Neil Hellegers
Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
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The Fortunate Ones

Summary

“Tarkington’s writing...calls to mind a young Pat Conroy.” (Garden & Gun) When Charlie Boykin was young, he’d thought his life with his single mother was really just fine. But when his mother’s connections get Charlie into boarding school and give them access to the upper echelons of Nashville society, Charlie falls under the spell of all that a life among the wealthy can mean. Increasingly attached to another boy, Arch Creigh, Charlie learns how morality has little to do with life in Belle Meade. On into college and after, Charlie aids Arch in his pursuit of a Senate seat, only to be pulled into a growing web of deceit. The novel examines the questions: Why do the poor love the rich? Why do we envy and worship a class of people that so often exhibits the worst excesses and the lowest morals?  For fans of Ann Patchett's Commonwealth and Kevin Wilson's Nothing to See Here, The Fortunate Ones is an engrossing story of class, love, and loyalty.

©2021 Ed Tarkington (P)2021 Workman Publishing

Narrator: Macleod Andrews
Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
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The United States of Indians

Summary

There is another Native America a place that has always existed in the hearts and minds of the first Peoples. Travel with Sawyer Thomas from his reservation home through the realm of..."what if..."and visit a new land as it could be.

©2019 Mary Nagel (P)2020 Mary Nagel

Narrator: JA Laidig
Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
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The Elements of Style

2 ratings

Summary

This book aims to give in brief space the principal requirements of plain English style. It aims to lighten the task of instructor and student by concentrating attention (in chapters 2 and 3) on a few essentials, the rules of usage, and principles of composition most commonly violated. In accordance with this plan it lays down three rules for the use of the comma, instead of a score or more, and one for the use of the semicolon, in the belief that these four rules provide for all the internal punctuation that is required by 19 sentences out of 20. Similarly, it gives in chapter 3 only those principles of the paragraph and the sentence which are of the widest application. The book thus covers only a small portion of the field of English style. The experience of its writer has been that once past the essentials, students profit most by individual instruction based on the problems of their own work, and that each instructor has his own body of theory, which he may prefer to that offered by any textbook.

Public Domain (P)2018 Combray Media

Narrator: James Reynolds
Length: 1 hr and 41 mins
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Beneath the American Renaissance

Summary

The award-winning Beneath the American Renaissance is a classic work on American literature. It immeasurably broadens our knowledge of our most important literary period, as first identified by F.O. Matthiessen’s American Renaissance. With its combination of sharp critical insight, engaging observation, and narrative drive, it represents the kind of masterful cultural history for which David Reynolds is known. Here the major works of Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, Poe, Hawthorne, Melville, and Dickinson receive striking, original readings set against the rich backdrop of contemporary popular writing. The volume includes a new foreword by historian Sean Wilentz that reveals the book’s impact and influence. A magisterial work of criticism and cultural history, Beneath the American Renaissance will fascinate anyone interested in the genesis of America’s most significant literary epoch and the iconic figures who defined it.

©2019 David S. Reynolds (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: John Lescault
Length: 29 hrs and 5 mins
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Taming the Bad Boy

Summary

From up here on stage, I can see her. Even with her first lady hair and Sunday school shoes, I can’t take my eyes off of her. 

The music starts. I swing my hips to the thumping bass. Oh, so slowly I slip one button through a hole, then another, then another. I ease the black silk from my shoulders and toss it right toward her. 

I watch her pale glossy lips form a big ‘O’ before she catches it like a major league baller. The flashing lights blind me. Between beats, I can see her blue eyes zeroed in below my waist.

I know what she wants. I give it to her. With a zip and a tug, the leather pants join the rest of my clothes. In my skin tight briefs, I dance just for her. With the last chord of the song, the stage goes dark.

I know when the lights come up again, another guy will be dancing in my place because this is my last time. I’m not doing this ever again. It’s too bad I didn’t get her name. I really liked that shirt. But not enough to go back and claim it.

If she wants me bad enough, she’ll have to find me. 

©2019 Jolie Moore (P)2019 Jolie Moore

Author: Jolie Moore
Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
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The Legend of Jake Jackson

Summary

Jake Jackson's white family was killed when he was a baby by a Comanche war party. Jake's red family raised him as White Wolf, Comanche warrior. He became a celebrated warrior of the tribe. When the Comanche were forced onto a reservation by the US military and the decimation of the buffalo herd, Jake transitioned to the white world and became known as the fastest gun on the western frontier.

©2014 William H. Joiner Jr. (P)2016 William H. Joiner Jr.

Narrator: Wes Elliott
Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
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Grand Expectations

1 rating

Summary

Grand Expectations weaves the major political, cultural, and economic events of the period into a superb portrait of America from 1945 through Watergate. Read with warmth by Robert Fass, who previously narrated Oxford’s Empire of Liberty by Gordon S. Wood, this history portrays the amazing growth after World War II rallied an upbeat mood and grander and grander expectations as the era progressed. As one of four new volumes offered by Audible, Grand Expectations brings to audio one part of an elegant American history that was conceived of and originally edited by C. Vann Woodward and Richard Hofstadter more than 50 years ago. Please note: The individual volumes of the series have not been published in historical order. Grand Expectations is number X in The Oxford History of the United States.

©1996 James T. Patterson (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Robert Fass
Length: 31 hrs and 20 mins
Available on Audible
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Life

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An essential masterwork from Chinese literary giant Lu Yao - winner of the Mao Dun Literature Prize - available for the first time in English. Lu Yao published only two novels before his untimely death - but their extraordinary influence catapulted the author to the top tier of Chinese contemporary fiction, establishing him as one of the most widely read and respected figures in Chinese literature.  In this first-ever translation of Lu Yao’s Life, we meet Gao Jialin, a stubborn, idealistic, and ambitious young man from a small country village whose life is upended when corrupt local politics cost him his beloved job as a schoolteacher, prompting him to reject rural life and try to make it in the big city. Against the vivid, gritty backdrop of 1980s China, Lu Yao traces the proud and passionate Gao Jialin’s difficult path to professional, romantic, and personal fulfillment - or at least hard-won acceptance.  With the emotional acuity and narrative mastery that secured his reputation as one of China’s great novelists, Lu Yao paints a vivid, emotional, and unsparing portrait of contemporary Chinese life, seen through the eyes of a working-class man who refuses to be broken.

©1982 Lu Yao (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. Translation © 2019 by Chloe Estep.

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Always and Forever

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This luminous novel by New York Times best-selling author Cynthia Freeman weaves a vivid tapestry of war, family, and a love that transcends the ravages of time. When Brooklyn-born Barnard graduate Kathy Ross travels to post-World War II Berlin to help displaced refugees, she never expects to fall instantly, irrevocably in love. But David Kohn, a young American physician, is tormented by the deaths of his parents in the Holocaust, and uncertain about the future. Kathy impulsively marries David's cousin Phil - a decision that will have far-reaching consequences for everyone involved. The charismatic heir apparent to a fur empire, Phil gives Kathy everything she could ever want, including a cherished son. But through the years - even as she forges her own career - Kathy is haunted by her yearning for the one man she can't forget.

©1990 Cynthia Freeman Survivor’s Trust (P)2014 Audible Inc.

Narrator: Analysa Gregory
Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
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A Lie Someone Told You About Yourself

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“There are some stories that require as much courage to write as they do art. Peter Ho Davies’s achingly honest, searingly comic portrait of fatherhood is just such a story.... The world needs more stories like this one, more of this kind of courage, more of this kind of love.” (Sigrid Nunez, National Book Award-winning author of The Friend) A heartbreaking, soul-baring novel about the repercussions of choice that “will strike a resonant chord with parents everywhere" (starred Kirkus), from the award-winning author of The Welsh Girl and The Fortunes A Lie Someone Told You About Yourself traces the complex consequences of one of the most personal yet public, intimate yet political experiences a family can have: to have a child, and conversely, the decision not to have a child. A first pregnancy is interrupted by test results at once catastrophic and uncertain. A second pregnancy ends in a fraught birth, a beloved child, the purgatory of further tests - and questions that reverberate down the years.  When does sorrow turn to shame? When does love become labor? When does chance become choice? When does a diagnosis become destiny? And when does fact become fiction?  This spare, graceful narrative chronicles the flux of parenthood, marriage, and the day-to-day practice of loving someone. As challenging as it is vulnerable, as furious as it is tender, as touching as it is darkly comic, Peter Ho Davies's new novel is an unprecedented depiction of fatherhood.

©2021 Peter Ho Davies (P)2021 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company

Length: 4 hrs and 33 mins
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Music of a Life

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May 24, 1941: Alexeï Berg, a classical pianist, is set to perform his first solo concert in Moscow. But just before his début, his parents - his father a renowned playwright, and his mother a famed opera singer - are exposed for their political indiscretions and held under arrest. With World War II on the brink, and fearing that his own entrapment is not far behind, Alexeï flees to the countryside, assumes the identity of a Soviet soldier, and falls dangerously in love with a general officer's daughter. What follows is a two-decades-long journey through war and peace, love and betrayal, art and artifice - a rare ensemble in the making of the music of a life.

©2001 Andreï Makine, English-language translation Copyright 2002 by Geoffrey Strachan (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Sword of the Archon

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The first book of the epic fantasy trilogy. Plague strikes the city of Sarum, and the dead rise from their graves. The liche, Dr. Cadman, has discovered a long-hidden artifact and perverted its power for his own selfish ends. But an ancient evil from beyond the stars is drawn by its use and turns hungry eyes upon the Earth. These are the times of Unweaving, the times Deacon Shader has been prepared for since the day he was born. A man of prayer, deeply troubled by a contradictory faith, he is also the deadliest warrior of his generation. As events spiral out of control, and Creation itself hangs by a thread, the paradox at the heart of Shader’s life may just be the last desperate hope of all the worlds.

©2011, 2013 D.P. Prior (P)2014 D.P. Prior

Narrator: Bob Neufeld
Author: D.P. Prior
Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
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Sita: Warrior of Mithila

12 ratings

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Combining mystery and mythology, this epic fantasy is a global best seller with over 300,000 copies sold. India, 3400 BCE. The ancient kingdom of Mithila is divided by corruption, resentment, and poverty. An abandoned baby is found in a field protected by a vulture from a pack of wolves. Soon adopted by the rulers of the land, she is named Sita, and raised as a princess and beloved daughter. But the neglected kingdom of Mithila continues to face dangerous political troubles due to its selfish, apathetic king. In a bid to stabilize affairs, Sita's mother, Queen Sunaina, sends the spirited young princess away to a gurukul to complete her education. Under the guidance of her guru she discovers her true destiny: to become a warrior who will defend Dharma. A Goddess who will protect her people until the end of time.

©2017 Amish Tripathi (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Sagar Arya
Author: Amish
Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
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La hojarasca [Litter]

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En La hojarasca nació Macondo, ese poblachón cercano a la costa atlántica colombiana que ya se ha convertido en una de los grandes mitos de la literatura universal. En Macondo transcurre la historia de un entierro imposible. Ha muerto un personaje extraño, un antiguo médico odiado por el pueblo, y un viejo coronel retirado, para cumplir una promesa, se ha empeñado en enterrarle ante la oposición de todo el pueblo y sus autoridades. Como en una tragedia griega -el libro lleva como lema una cita de Antígona que recuerda la prohibición de enterrar el cuerpo del Polinices-, el viejo coronel, su hija y su nieto van a cumplir la ominosa tarea. La acción, compuesta por la descripción de los preparativos para el entierro -una media hora- y los recuerdos de un cuarto de siglo de la historia de Macondo, de 1905 a 1928, se narra a través de los pensamientos de estos tres personajes. «De pronto como si un remolino hubiera echado raíces en el centro del pueblo, llegó la compañía bananera perseguida por la hojarasca. Era una hojarasca revuelta, alborotada, formada por los desperdicios humanos y materiales de los otros pueblos: rastrojos de una guerra civil que cada vez parecía más remota e inverosímil. La hojarasca era implacable.» La crítica ha dicho... «Cuando de la barbarie no quede ni sombra de recuerdo, las obras de García Márquez seguirán iluminando el corazón de multitudes con su destello inagotable.» (Ricardo Moreno, El País) Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©1955 Gabriel García Márquez (P)2018 Penguin Random House Audio

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Yellowstone Redemption

2 ratings

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City boy Chase Russell is on the fast track to self-destruction. A star athlete, he gets into trouble with drugs and alcohol. Fulfilling a community service sentence in Yellowstone National Park is the last thing he wants to do. After a night of drinking in the park, he wakes up to find his new friends gone, and everything around him has changed. Sarah Osborne grew up in the rugged Yellowstone wilderness. She can hunt and track right alongside the most experienced men. When some Indians drop a near-dead man off on her doorstep, she doesn't know what to think. He's convinced he's from the future, and wants to find a way home. Chase has no idea how he ended up time traveling to the past. He doesn't know the first thing about surviving without modern conveniences. Finding your own food means a quick trip to the nearest fast food joint, not hunting and foraging for it. Time and again, his will is tested to stay alive in this untamed land. Is his growing love for a brave woman who shows him what it truly means to be a man strong enough to keep him in the past, or is he still determined to return to the ease and comforts of the future?

©2012 Peggy L Henderson (P)2013 Peggy L Henderson

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Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
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Low Country

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Caroline Venable has everything her Southern heritage promised: money, prestige, a powerful husband - and a predictable routine of country-club luncheons, cocktail parties, and dinners hosting her husband's wealthy friends, clients, and associates in his successful land-developing conglomerate. To escape her stifling routine, Caro drinks a little too much. But her true solace is the Lowcountry island her beloved Granddaddy left her - an oasis of breathtaking beauty that is home to a band of wild ponies. When Caro learns that her husband must develop the island or lose the business, she is devastated. The Lowcountry is her heritage - and what will happen to the ponies whose spirit and freedom have captivated her since childhood? Saving the island could cost Caroline more than she ever imagined. To succeed, she must confront the part of herself numbed by alcohol and careful avoidance - and shatter long-held ideals about her role in society, her marriage, and, ultimately, herself.

©1998 Anne Rivers Siddons (P)1998 Recorded Books, LLC

Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
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Almond

1 rating

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This story is, in short, about a monster meeting another monster. One of the monsters is me. Yunjae was born with a brain condition called alexithymia that makes it hard for him to feel emotions like fear or anger. He does not have friends - the two almond-shaped neurons located deep in his brain have seen to that - but his devoted mother and grandmother aren’t fazed by his condition. Their little home above his mother’s used bookstore is decorated with colorful Post-it notes that remind him when to smile, when to say "thank you", and when to laugh. Yunjae grows up content, even happy, with his small family in this quiet, peaceful space.  Then on Christmas Eve - Yunjae’s 16th birthday - everything changes. A shocking act of random violence shatters his world, leaving him alone and on his own. Struggling to cope with his loss, Yunjae retreats into silent isolation, until troubled teenager Gon arrives at his school and begins to bully Yunjae. Against all odds, tormentor and victim learn they have more in common than they realized. Gon is stumped by Yunjae’s impassive calm, while Yunjae thinks if he gets to know the hotheaded Gon, he might learn how to experience true feelings. Drawn by curiosity, the two strike up a surprising friendship. As Yunjae begins to open his life to new people - including a girl at school - something slowly changes inside him. And when Gon suddenly finds his life in danger, it is Yunjae who will step outside of every comfort zone he has created to perhaps become a most unlikely hero.  The Emissary meets The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime in this poignant and triumphant story about how love, friendship, and persistence can change a life forever. 

©2020 Won-pyung Sohn (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Greg Chun
Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
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The Singularity of Being

5 ratings

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The Singularity of Being presents a Lacanian vision of what makes each of us an inimitable and irreplaceable creature. It argues that, unlike the "subject" (who comes into existence as a result of symbolic prohibition) or the "person" (who is aligned with the narcissistic conceits of the imaginary), the singular self emerges in response to a galvanizing directive arising from the real. This directive carries the force of an obligation that cannot be resisted and that summons the individual to a "character" beyond his or her social investments. Consequently, singularity expresses something about the individual's non-negotiable distinctiveness, eccentricity, or idiosyncrasy at the same time it prevents both symbolic and imaginary closure. It opens to layers of rebelliousness, indicating that there are components of human life exceeding the realm of normative sociality. Written with an unusual blend of rigor and clarity, The Singularity of Being combines incisive readings of Lacan with the best insights of recent Lacanian theory to reach beyond the dogmas of the field. Moving from what, thanks in part to Slavoj Zizek, has come to be known as the "ethics of the act" to a nuanced interpretation of Lacan's "ethics of sublimation", the book offers a sweeping overview of Lacan's thought while making an original contribution to contemporary theory and ethics. Aimed at specialists and nonspecialists alike, the book manages to educate at the same time as it intervenes in current debates about subjectivity, agency, resistance, creativity, the self-other relationship, and effective political and ethical action. By focusing on the Lacanian real, Ruti honors the uniqueness of subjective experience without losing sight of the social and intersubjective components of human life.

©2012 Mari Ruti (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Suzanne Toren
Author: Mari Ruti
Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
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Forceful Intimacy

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I don't believe in forever. I don't believe in marriage or a love that lasts. But Jarrod Thorpe is doing a damn good job trying to convince me that I'm wrong. I'd give him forever if I could. Forceful Intimacy is the third book in a complete contemporary romance series from Internationally best-selling author, Hanleigh Bradley. Six months. That’s how long Tallulah Conway has been in my life. It’s not been easy. She’s fought against me every step of the way, she’s fought against loving me, letting me love her, fought against a relationship, fought against our future, and then, when she finally concedes, when she finally gives in and sees the future I see for us, this happens. Six months... Twenty-six weeks... One hundred and eighty-two days...4,380 minutes, hours...six months is not enough. Nowhere fucking near. But what if the future I’m clinging to doesn’t exist? Forceful Intimacy is the third book in a complete contemporary romance series. This is a story of bravery and overcoming immense obstacles. It's about choosing to trust again when your every instinct tells you not to.

©2018 Hanleigh Bradley (P)2021 Hanleigh Bradley

Narrator: Vera Zweig
Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
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Oh Happy Day [French Version]

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Après quatre ans de silence et ce qu'il appelle son "grand malheur", Pierre-Marie Sotto décide d'écrire à Adeline Parmelan au sujet d'un certain carnet qu'il aurait laissé chez elle. Est-ce un prétexte pour reprendre contact avec celle qu'il n'a jamais oubliée depuis leur rupture ? En ce cas, le moment paraît très mal choisi. Occupée par son prochain déménagement vers le Canada avec l'homme qui partage désormais sa vie, Adeline a bien d'autres projets en tête que de renouer avec lui. Seulement, c'est sans compter sur le lien indéfectible qui les attache l'un à l'autre. De surprises en confidences, leur correspondance va les entraîner dans un tourbillon inattendu d'émotions.

©2015 Fleuve Éditions, département d'Univers Poche (P)2020 Lizzie, un département d'Univers Poche, Paris

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Street Cultivation 2

4 ratings

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In the modern world, qi is money. The days of traveling martial artists and mountaintop masters are over. Power is controlled by corporations, modernized martial arts sects, and governments. Those at the bottom of society struggle as second class citizens in a world in which power is a commodity.  Rick may have survived the multitier tournament, but that doesn't mean his life will be easy. He finds the search for a better job is filled with traps and pitfalls, his sister is coming to terms with her dark power, and vendettas old and new plague them. This time, his journey will take him from the city to the wilderness....

©2019, 2020 Sarah Lin (P)2020 Tantor

Narrator: Travis Baldree
Author: Sarah Lin
Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
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Letters of Fyodor Michailovitch Dostoyevsky to His Family and Friends

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Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (1821 - 1881) is considered one of the greatest Russian novelists of all time. His literary works explore human psychology in the troubled political, social, and spiritual world of 19th-century Russia, often being filled with a variety of philosophical and religious themes. His most celebrated works include Crime and Punishment (1866), The Idiot (1869), Demons (1872), and The Brothers Karamazov (1880). In total, he wrote 11 novels, three novellas, 17 short stories, and numerous other works. There are some literary critics who rate him as one of the great psychologists in world literature.  His mother died when he was 15, and around the same time, he left school to enter a military engineering institute. After graduating, he worked as an engineer and for a time, he enjoyed an opulent lifestyle, translating books to earn extra money. He wrote his first novel in the 1840s, titled Poor Folk, which gained him entry into St. Petersburg's literary circles. He was later arrested in 1849 for being part of a literary group that discussed banned books critical of Tsarist Russia. He was given the death sentence but it was commuted at the last moment. He spent four years in a Siberian prison camp. This was followed by six years of compulsory military service. He was a unique and brilliant man, whose life and energy comes through in his letters which he wrote to his close friends and family. These letters have become a classic and, along with his novels, have been translated into 170 languages.

Public Domain (P)2021 Patristic Publishing

Narrator: James Geagan
Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
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Yellowstone Dawn

1 rating

Summary

Danica Jensen dreams of a man she knows she can never have. After one brief encounter five years ago, her heart is lost to him forever, and she won't give up hope of seeing him again. Raised by a bitter father, she's learned to be strong and resourceful on her own. When a pleasure trip to the newly created Yellowstone National Park turns into a battle for survival, her inner strength is tested like never before. A woman like Danica doesn't interest Josh Osborne. He'd be crazy to get involved with a bossy, strong-willed white woman. His mixed heritage has always made people wary of him. He prefers to be on his own, and his role as protector of the national park's game allows for no attachments. Danica's dream of ever winning Josh's heart shatters after a cruel twist of fate changes her life forever. Suddenly forced together, they must confront their deepest secrets. Josh can't deny his growing respect and admiration for this brave woman, but will the bond they've forged be powerful enough to turn his feelings into love? When an unforeseen danger threatens their lives, Josh must protect more than the wild inhabitants of the park.

©2012 Peggy L Henderson (P)2014 Peggy L Henderson

Narrator: Nick Sarando
Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
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Nocturno de Chile [By Night in Chile]

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Nocturno de Chile relata una noche de agonía en la vida de Sebastián Urrutia, excusa para recorrer la historia de un país infernal «que no sabe muy bien si es un país o un paisaje». Sacerdote derechista, reconocido crítico literario, ignorado poeta, Sebastián Urrutia Lacroix se encuentra tendido en la cama una noche que parece ser su última en este mundo. El sudor, el delirio, la certeza de un final y su dolencia lo aquejan cruelmente. Pero más febril que su enfermedad es el alud de recuerdos, la avalancha incontenible de un pasado fantasmal de halcones adiestrados para cazar palomas, de lecciones de marxismo a un dictador en ciernes, de un artista abandonado a sí mismo en la inanición, de tertulias iluminadoras en una casa sumida en la herrumbre de la tortura.Interrumpido solamente por el «joven envejecido» de su consciencia, el monólogo de Urrutia se alza por encima de los muros de una ciudad hundida en el toque de queda. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2000 Roberto Bolaño (P)2017 Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, S.A.U.

Narrator: Gerardo Prat
Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
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Le sel de tous les oublis

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Une exploration mystique de la nature humaine. Lorsqu'une femme claque la porte et s'en va, elle emporte le monde avec elle. Adem Naït-Gacem l'apprend à ses dépens. Ne supportant pas le vide laissé par le départ de son épouse, l'instituteur abandonne ses élèves et, tel un don Quichotte des temps modernes, livré aux vents contraires de l'errance, quitte tout pour partir sur les chemins. Des rencontres providentielles jalonnent sa route : nain en quête d'affection, musicien aveugle au chant prophétique, vieux briscards, galériens convalescents et simples d'esprit le renvoient constamment aux rédemptions en lesquelles il refuse de croire. Jusqu'au jour où il est rattrapé par ses vieux démons. À travers les pérégrinations d'un antihéros mélancolique, flanqué d'une galerie de personnages hors du commun, Yasmina Khadra nous offre une méditation sur la possession et la rupture, le déni et la méprise, et sur la place qu'occupent les femmes dans les mentalités obtuses.

©2020 Éditions Julliard (P)2020 Lizzie, un département d'Univers Poche, Paris

Narrator: Dan Herzberg
Length: 7 hrs
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Thalia Book Club: Tessa Hadley, Late in The Day

Summary

The acclaimed British novelist and short story master who "recruits admires with each book" (Hilary Mantel) discusses her latest novel with fellow author Colm Tóibín (House of Names). Ingeniously moving between past and present, Late in the Day exposes how infinite alternate configurations lie beneath the seemingly dependable arrangements we make for our lives. With a reading by Rita Wolf (An Ordinary Muslim).

©2019 Symphony Space (P)2019 Symphony Space

Author: Tessa Hadley
Length: 1 hr and 27 mins
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Bicycling Over the Ocean

Summary

A deeply moving story of a young couple and their struggle when the baby they had hoped might keep them together might just pull them apart.

©2019 Mun HyungRyul (P)2019 Danny Randerson

Narrator: Danny Randerson
Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
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13 Steps to Bloody Good Wealth

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The only way to become wealthy is by being born wealthy. Right? Wrong! In this second book in the 13 Steps series, best-selling author Ashwin Sanghi and coauthor Sunil Dalal explore how one can become wealthy even if one is not blessed with the proverbial silver spoon. Taking a radically fresh view of wealth, they show that the journey to becoming wealthy is difficult but not impossible. With some thought and work, wealth is well within anyone's reach. The steps presented in 13 Steps to Bloody Good Wealth are easily implemented and do not require anything more than your attention and belief. Through fascinating examples, illuminating stories, personal experiences and common-sense ideas, the authors tear away the halo and secrecy that surrounds wealth and how one can earn it. It has been shown that most high net worth individuals around the world have created rather than inherited wealth. Listen to this little book to understand how you too can do it! PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2016 Ashwin Sanghi (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Prateek Pillai
Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
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Five Little Indians

23 ratings

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Taken from their families when they are very small and sent to a remote, church-run residential school, Kenny, Lucy, Clara, Howie and Maisie are barely out of childhood when they are finally released after years of detention. Alone and without any skills, support or families, the teens find their way to the seedy and foreign world of Downtown Eastside Vancouver, where they cling together, striving to find a place of safety and belonging in a world that doesn’t want them. The paths of the five friends cross and crisscross over the decades as they struggle to overcome, or at least forget, the trauma they endured during their years at the Mission.  Fuelled by rage and furious with God, Clara finds her way into the dangerous, highly charged world of the American Indian Movement. Maisie internalizes her pain and continually places herself in dangerous situations. Famous for his daring escapes from the school, Kenny can’t stop running and moves restlessly from job to job - through fishing grounds, orchards, and logging camps - trying to outrun his memories and his addiction. Lucy finds peace in motherhood and nurtures a secret compulsive disorder as she waits for Kenny to return to the life they once hoped to share together. After almost beating one of his tormentors to death, Howie serves time in prison, then tries once again to re-enter society and begin life anew.  With compassion and insight, Five Little Indians chronicles the desperate quest of these residential school survivors to come to terms with their past and, ultimately, find a way forward.  

©2020 Michelle Good (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Kyla Garcia
Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
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A Yellow Raft in Blue Water

2 ratings

Summary

Michael Dorris' contemporary classic novel is a fierce saga of three generations of Indian women beset by hardships and torn by angry secrets yet inextricably joined by the bonds of kinship. Starting at the present day and moving back in time, the novel is told in the voices of three women: 15-year-old part-black Rayona, searching for a way to find herself; her American-Indian mother, Christine, consumed by tenderness and resentment toward those she loves; and the fierce and mysterious Ida, mother and grandmother, whose haunting secrets, betrayals, and dreams echo through the years, braiding together the strands of the shared past - and their future.

©1987 Michael Dorris (P)2010 AudioGO

Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
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The Ransom of Red Chief (Chinese Edition)

2 ratings

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Trying to make some fast cash, two small-time crooks devise a plan to kidnap the son of a wealthy family in a village and hold him for ransom. When the kidnapped boy pulls out his Hong Hou (“Red Monkey”) costume, the two burglars realize they may be in for more than they planned. As their ransom notes remain unanswered and their scheme starts to drag on, the two crooks find out for themselves how a child's imagination can spell disaster for two inexperienced criminal minds. This book is a retelling of "The Ransom of Red Chief", a short story by American novelist O. Henry. Mandarin Companion is a series of accessible novels in Chinese proven to accelerate language learning. Every book in the Mandarin Companion series is carefully created to use characters, words, and grammar that a learner is likely to know. Level 1 is intended for Chinese learners at an upper-elementary level. Most learners will be able to approach this book after one to two years of formal study, depending on the learner and program. This series is designed to combine simplicity of characters with an easy-to-understand storyline which helps learners to expand their vocabularies and language comprehension abilities. The more they listen to this book, the better they will become at understanding and grasping the Chinese language. Please note: This audiobook is in Mandarin Chinese.

©2018 Mind Spark Press LLC (P)2018 Mind Spark Press LL

Narrator: Zhang Xiuye
Author: O. Henry
Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
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The Lost Shtetl

Summary

A remarkable debut novel - written with the fearless imagination of Michael Chabon and the piercing humor of Gary Shteyngart - about a small Jewish village in the Polish forest that is so secluded no one knows it exists...until now. What if there was a town that history missed? For decades, the tiny Jewish shtetl of Kreskol existed in happy isolation, virtually untouched and unchanged. Spared by the Holocaust and the Cold War, its residents enjoyed remarkable peace. It missed out on cars, and electricity, and the internet, and indoor plumbing. But when a marriage dispute spins out of control, the whole town comes crashing into the 21st century. Pesha Lindauer, who has just suffered an ugly, acrimonious divorce, suddenly disappears. A day later, her husband goes after her, setting off a panic among the town elders. They send a woefully unprepared outcast named Yankel Lewinkopf out into the wider world to alert the Polish authorities. Venturing beyond the remote safety of Kreskol, Yankel is confronted by the beauty and the ravages of the modern-day outside world - and his reception is met with a confusing mix of disbelief, condescension, and unexpected kindness. When the truth eventually surfaces, his story and the existence of Kreskol make headlines nationwide.  Returning Yankel to Kreskol, the Polish government plans to reintegrate the town that time forgot. Yet in doing so, the devious origins of its disappearance come to the light. And what has become of the mystery of Pesha and her former husband? Divided between those embracing change and those clinging to its old world ways, the people of Kreskol will have to find a way to come together...or risk their village disappearing for good. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Max Gross (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

Author: Max Gross
Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
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How I Became a North Korean

1 rating

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Yongju is an accomplished student from one of North Korea's most prominent families. Jangmi has had to fend for herself since childhood, most recently by smuggling goods across the border. Danny is a Chinese American teenager of North Korean descent whose quirks and precocious intelligence have long marked him as an outcast in his California high school. These three disparate lives converge when each of them travels to the region where China borders North Korea - Danny, to visit his mother, who is working as a missionary there, after a humiliating incident keeps him out of school; Yongju, to escape persecution after his father is killed at the hands of the Dear Leader himself; and Jangmi, to protect her unborn child. As they struggle to survive in a place where danger seems to close in on all sides, they come to form a kind of adopted family. But will Yongju, Jangmi, and Danny find their way to the better lives they risked everything for?

©2017 Krys Lee (P)2018 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Author: Krys Lee
Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
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Dalliances & Devotion

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A change in course can be refreshing...when it’s done together. 1871. After two disastrous marriages, beauty columnist Amalia Truitt’s life is finally her own - well, it will be if she can get herself back to Delaware and demand access to her share of the Truitt family fortune. After all, the charity she’s organized for women who can’t afford their own divorces won’t fund itself.  However, not everyone wants her to reach her destination. When her family learns she’s been receiving anonymous death threats, a solo journey is out of the question.  Enter David Zisskind, the ragtag-peddler-turned-soldier whose heart Amalia broke years ago. He’s a Pinkerton now, and the promotion he craves depends on protecting his long-lost love on the unexpectedly treacherous journey across Pennsylvania.  That their physical connection has endured the test of time (and then some) is problematic, to say the least.  In very close quarters, with danger lurking around every curve, with each kiss and illicit touch, the wrongs of the past are righted. But David can’t weather another rejection, especially with his career in jeopardy. And Amalia can’t possibly take a lover, never mind another husband...not with so much depending on her repaired reputation. Not when she’s hurt David - her David - so badly before.

©2019 by Hannah Singerman (P)2019 by Blackstone Publishing

Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
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Hill Towns

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A single event in her childhood irrevocably marked Catherine Gaillard, and made it impossible for her to leave her cloistered mountaintop town in Tennessee for the next 30 years. But her devotion to her husband, Joe, and her desire to forever put the incident behind her propel Cat on a life-changing trip to Italy. Making their way across the countryside of Tuscany with two other couples, Cat and Joe soon feel themselves pulled in different directions, and the fabric of their marriage begins to unravel. Expanding beyond the bounds of a carefree trip, their journey takes them deep into the heart of their relationship and becomes the ultimate test of their love.

©1993 Anne River Siddons (P)1993 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
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Shadows on the Hudson, Volume 4

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The late Nobelist's masterpiece takes a candid look into the lives of Holocaust survivors during the late 40s. Set in New York City, Shadow on the Hudson, Volume 4, the fourth in a four volume audiobook series, draws us into the intertwined lives of circle prosperous Jewish refugees. At the center is Boris Makaver, a pious and wealthy businessman. His greatest trial is his daughter, Anna. Unhappy in her current marriage, she plans to escape with Hertz Grien, a man torn between ascetic yearnings and romantic entanglements. From Makaver's gloomy upper West Side apartment to the pastel resorts of Miami-amid family quarrels, zealous religious debates, crooked seances, and a myriad of affairs and marriages-Singer weaves a rich tapestry of American Jewry. Despite the characters' fervent and often ironic attempts to decipher life's enigmas, their questions remain, for the most part, unanswered. This darkest of Singer's tragicomic novels was originally serialized in the Yiddish language publication, Forward, in the fifties. Now, finally, in its first English translation, it is revealed to be one of his major works.

©1998 Isaac Bashevis Singer (P)2009 Phoenix

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Exit Ghost

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Philip Roth is the most decorated American writer of his generation. In Exit Ghost, this master author crafts what may be the final chapter in the story of his beloved hero Nathan Zuckerman. After 11 years of isolation in his New England mountain refuge, Zuckerman returns to New York City and makes three important connections that threaten his carefully protected sense of isolation.

©2007 Philip Roth (P)2007 Recorded Books, LLC

Narrator: George Guidall
Author: Philip Roth
Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
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The Last Flight of Poxl West

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Poxl West fled the Nazis' onslaught in Czechoslovakia. He escaped their clutches again in Holland. He pulled Londoners from the Blitz's rubble. He wooed intoxicating, unconventional beauties. He rained fire on Germany from his RAF bomber. Poxl West is the epitome of manhood and something of an idol to his teenage nephew, Eli Goldstein, who reveres him as a brave, singular Jewish war hero. Poxl fills Eli's head with electric accounts of his derring-do, adventures, and romances as he collects the best episodes from his storied life into a memoir. He publishes that memoir, Skylock, to great acclaim, and its success takes him on the road and out of Eli's life. With his uncle gone, Eli throws himself into reading his opus and becomes fixated on all things Poxl. But as he delves deeper into Poxl's history, Eli begins to see that the life of the fearless superman he's adored has been much darker than he let on and filled with unimaginable loss from which he may have not recovered. As the truth about Poxl emerges, it forces Eli to face irreconcilable facts about the war he's romanticized and the vision of the man he's held so dear. Daniel Torday's debut novel, The Last Flight of Poxl West, beautifully weaves together the two unforgettable voices of Eli Goldstein and Poxl West, exploring what it really means to be a hero, and to be a family, in the long shadow of war.

©2015 Daniel Torday (P)2015 Macmillan Audio

Narrator: Aaron Abano
Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
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Here I Am

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A monumental and instantly best-selling novel from the author of Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. God asked Abraham to sacrifice his beloved son, Isaac, and Abraham replied obediently, "Here I am." This is the story of a fracturing family in a moment of crisis. Over the course of three weeks in present-day Washington, DC, three sons watch their parents' marriage falter and their family home fall apart. Meanwhile, a large catastrophe is engulfing another part of the world: A massive earthquake devastates the Middle East, sparking a pan-Arab invasion of Israel. With global upheaval in the background and domestic collapse in the foreground, Jonathan Safran Foer asks us: What is the true meaning of home? Can one man ever reconcile the conflicting duties of his many roles - husband, father, son? And how much of life can a person ultimately bear?

©2017 John Safran Foer (P)2017 Penguin Random House Canada

Narrator: Ari Fliakos
Length: 16 hrs and 58 mins
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kaddish.com

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The celebrated Pulitzer finalist and prize-winning author of Dinner at the Center of the Earth and What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank delivers his best work yet, a streamlined comic masterpiece about a son’s failure to say Kaddish for his father. Larry is the secular son in a family of Orthodox Brooklyn Jews. When his father dies, it’s his responsibility to recite the Kaddish, the Jewish prayer for the dead, every day for 11 months. To the horror and dismay of his sister, Larry refuses - imperiling the fate of his father’s soul. To appease her, Larry hatches an ingenious if cynical plan, hiring a stranger through a website called kaddish.com to recite the prayer and shepherd his father’s soul safely to rest. Sharp, irreverent, hilarious, and wholly irresistible, Englander’s tale of a son who makes a diabolical compromise ingeniously captures the tensions between tradition and modernity - a book to be devoured in a single sitting whose pleasures and provocations will be savored long after.

©2019 Nathan Englander (P)2019 Random House Audio

Narrator: Rob Shapiro
Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
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Released

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Their love nearly destroyed both of them. Can they find their way back to each other? Beth: Can you love and hate the same person? I fell in love too fast, too young. I made decisions I thought would protect the ones I love. Now I'm hated for them. Skull is the love of my life. But our life was wrapped up in lies. We were captured by them, and left with nothing when they exploded. How much can a heart take before it breaks and just doesn't care anymore? Skull: Everything Beth and I had was a lie. I claimed her, but she left me broken. Letting her back in would be a mistake. Fool me once...but never again. Never. I won't allow myself to be weak again. A man can only take so much. I'm done...or maybe not.... Conclusion of Devil's Blaze Trilogy. Breathe easy, there's a HEA in there for Skull and Beth and you even catch up with Torch and Katie.

©2016 Jordan Marie (P)2017 Insatiable Press

Author: Jordan Marie
Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
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Do I Have to Say Hello? Aunt Delia's Manners Quiz for Kids and Their Grown-ups

Summary

Twenty-five years after its original publication, Do I Have to Say Hello? Aunt Delia's Manners Quiz for Kids and Their Grown-ups is back, and do we and our kids all need it. In a series of lighthearted multiple-choice quizzes, alternate scenarios, and true-or-false questions, Delia Ephron, the author who brought us the best-selling How to Eat Like a Child, depicts a range of possibilities that reflect life as it is as well as life as it ought to be. Covering table manners, car manners, playground manners, school manners, and more, this is an audiobook that is sure to delight (and horrify) adults and children of all ages. Aunt Delia knows what makes the difference between a pleasant and an excruciating visit to a friend's house in the company of a young child. She knows the proper order in which the following actions take place: (a) Throw up; (b) Get out of the car; (c) Ask Uncle Jerry to pull over. In short, she is practical and basic: She does not get into fish forks, but she knows what to do with bubble gum. She also deals with such things as kindness, sharing, consideration, generosity, and diplomacy.

©1989 Delia Ephron (P)2015 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Carol Kane
Author: Delia Ephron
Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
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Blackwood

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In this timeless, mythical tale of unforgiving justice and elusive grace, rural Mississippi townsfolk shoulder the pain of generations as something dangerous lurks in the enigmatic kudzu of the woods. The town of Red Bluff, Mississippi, has seen better days, though those who've held on have little memory of when that was. Myer, the county's aged, sardonic lawman, still thinks it can prove itself - when confronted by a strange family of drifters, the sheriff believes that the people of Red Bluff can be accepting, rational, even good. The opposite is true: This is a landscape of fear and ghosts - of regret and violence - transformed by the kudzu vines that have enveloped the hills around it, swallowing homes, cars, rivers, and hiding a terrible secret deeper still. Colburn, a junkyard sculptor who's returned to Red Bluff, knows this pain all too well, though he, too, is willing to hope for more when he meets and falls in love with Celia, the local bar owner. The Deep South gives these noble, broken, and driven folks the gift of human connection while bestowing upon them the crippling weight of generations. With broken histories and vagabond hearts, the townsfolk wrestle with the evil in the woods - and the wickedness that lurks in each and every one of us.

©2020 Michael Farris Smith (P)2020 Little, Brown & Company

Narrator: Mike McColl
Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
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The Righteous One

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The Righteous One is the story of Moshe the cobbler, a gentle, 60-year-old tzaddik - a righteous and saintly Jew - who is called upon to rekindle his divine connection to the Almighty in order to destroy the notorious New York gangster and rasha Solomon Blass, a man who uses his power of foreseeing events via his vivid dreams to advance his own financial interests. While Solomon and his son, Myron, seek to control much of Manhattan - its biggest businesses, its police department, and its city government - they find themselves embroiled in conflict with numerous powerful people from both their waking life and the dream world, where Moshe has begun training with the descendants of an ancient mystical spirit for his inevitable confrontation with Solomon. As the final battle approaches, the divide between good and evil becomes ever clearer and each character faces the consequences of his past, present, and future actions. Will Solomon’s wily tenacity prevail, or will Moshe be strong enough to destroy the rasha’s wicked soul?

©2019 Neil Perry Gordon (P)2020 Neil Perry Gordon

Narrator: Alan R. Gron
Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
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The Meadow

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In short vignettes, Galvin gives us a deeply personal portrait of the people who lived in a mountain meadow along the Colorado-Wyoming border over its hundred-year history. His portraits illuminate the Western character and evolve a sense of place like no other.

©1992 James Galvin

Narrator: Patrick Lawlor
Author: James Galvin
Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
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Minuit dans l'univers

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"Ainsi prend fin le monde, non dans une explosion, mais dans un murmure." T. S. Eliot Augustin, un brillant astronome, est en mission dans l'Arctique lorsque sa base est évacuée. Alors que les militaires rapatrient ses collègues, il refuse de quitter l'Observatoire. Quel que soit le danger, il veut finir ses jours ici, les yeux dans les étoiles. La rencontre avec une fillette de huit ans change ses plans : il doit reprendre contact avec le monde pour qu'elle soit sauvée. Mais toutes ses tentatives restent sans réponse... Alors qu'une jeune astronaute, Sully, quitte Jupiter pour regagner la Terre avec son équipage, elle perd tout contact avec Houston. Augustin capte son appel. Au fil des échanges, ils vont se découvrir et se rapprocher, malgré l'immense vide qui les sépare. Ensemble, ils affrontent leurs peurs et leur solitude, réfléchissent sur leurs choix passés et affrontent le futur qui les attend. Bientôt sur Netflix sous le titre "The Midnight Sky."

©2017 Presses de la Cité (P)2021 Audible Studios

Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
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Morir de pie

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Por el autor de los bestsellers Yo Díaz e Iturbide. «Yo haré que se las devuelvan», le prometió Emiliano Zapata a su padre... Así iniciaría una lucha agraria que transformaría el destino de un país. Emiliano Zapata está dispuesto a volver a la lucha, pero 1919 le tiene preparado un sangriento revés. Es traicionado por quien menos lo espera, y en sus últimos momentos de vida recuerda su infancia, sus batallas y a las personas que lo acompañaron desde la cuna hasta el campo de batalla. En viva voz, Zapata relata fuerte y claro los momentos más importantes de la Revolución mexicana, como el inicio de la lucha armada, su reunión con Francisco Villa en la Ciudad de México, y su intrigante relación con el yerno de Porfirio Díaz; así como su ideal en Tlaltizapán y las razones que lo llevaron a escribir el famosísimo Plan de Ayala. A cien años de la muerte de Emiliano Zapata, Morir de pie adentra al lector a la apasionante vida de uno de los personajes más emblemáticos de la Revolución mexicana, y a un importante legado que permanece más vivo que nunca. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2019 Pedro J. Fernández (P)2019 Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial

Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
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Where We Come From

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A stunning and timely novel about a Mexican American family in Brownsville, Texas, that reluctantly becomes involved in smuggling immigrants into the United States. From a distance, the towns along the US-Mexican border have dangerous reputations - on one side, drug cartels; on the other, zealous border patrol agents - and Brownsville is no different. But to 12-year-old Orly, it's simply where his godmother Nina lives - and where he is being forced to stay the summer after his mother's sudden death. For Nina, Brownsville is where she grew up, where she lost her first and only love, and where she stayed as her relatives moved away and her neighborhood deteriorated. It's the place where she has buried all her secrets - and now she has another: She's providing refuge for a young immigrant boy named Daniel, for whom traveling to America has meant trading one set of dangers for another.  Separated from the violent human traffickers who brought him across the border and pursued by the authorities, Daniel must stay completely hidden. But Orly's arrival threatens to put them all at risk of exposure. Tackling the crisis of US immigration policy from a deeply human angle, Where We Come From explores through an intimate lens the ways that family history shapes us, how secrets can burden us, and how finding compassion and understanding for others can ultimately set us free.

©2019 Oscar Cásares (P)2019 Random House Audio

Length: 8 hrs
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Henry Miller on Writing

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"A brilliant selection... [I]t is in short a voyage of discovery, an adventure and this the log of that voyage in the life of a probing and powerful writer.” (Robert R. Kirsch, Los Angeles Times) Some of the most rewarding pages in Henry Miller's books concern his self-education as a writer. He tells, as few great writers ever have, how he set his goals, how he discovered the excitement of using words, how the books he read influenced him, and how he learned to draw on his own experience.

©1964 New Directions (P)2017 TalkingBook

Author: Henry Miller
Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
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L'Homme qui voulait vivre sa vie

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De New York aux splendides paysages du Montana, une histoire d'amour et d'émotion, et un héros extraordinairement attachant, prêt à payer le prix pour vivre sa vie. Qui n'a jamais rêvé de changer de vie ? De New York aux splendides paysages du Montana, une histoire d'amour et d'émotion, et un héros extraordinairement attachant, prêt à payer le prix pour vivre sa vie. Ben Bradford a réussi. La trentaine, avocat compétent, un beau poste dans l'un des plus grands cabinets de Wall Street, un salaire à l'avenant, une femme et deux fils tout droit sortis d'un catalogue Gap. Sauf que cette vie, Ben la déteste. Il a toujours rêvé d'être photographe. Quand il soupçonne que la froideur de son épouse est moins liée à la dépression postnatale qu'à une aventure extraconjugale, ses doutes reviennent en force, et avec eux la douloureuse impression de s'être fourvoyé. Ses soupçons confirmés, un coup de folie meurtrier fait basculer son existence, l'amenant à endosser une nouvelle identité.

©1997 / 1998 Titre original : The Big Picture. Publié par Little, Brown and Company, Londres / Douglas Kennedy Tous droits réservés / Belfond pour la traduction française. Traduit par Bernard Cohen (P)2020 Lizzie, un département d'Univers Poche, Paris

Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
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The American Homeplace

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In the early 1960s Donald McCaig left his job at a hot New York advertising agency and his Greenwich Village apartment for a rustic farm in a remote county in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. This is McCaig’s story of farming in contemporary America, a timely tribute to a dying way of life.

©1992 Donald McCaig (P)1993 Recorded Books, LLC

Narrator: Nelson Runger
Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
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Keziah's Song

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The Greek empire. A Jewish rebellion. A musically gifted girl strives to overcome the brutal siege of a contested land. Maccabean Israel, 135 BCE. Judean orphan Keziah has been traumatized by a savage war. As the Greek empire invades Jerusalem with battle elephants and a ruthless army, the 12-year-old witnesses her parents' violent murder by their once-trusted neighbours. Keziah has no time to mourn when she's forcibly transported to the far north and ripped away from everything she's ever known. Struggling with her new life in a vibrant Galilean community, Keziah reconnects with music and the possibility of happiness through an abandoned lute. But as rising unrest and bloodshed engulfs the region, her lifetime of troubles and heartbreak may be just beginning. Keziah's Song is a generation-spanning, lyrical historical fiction novel. If you like sweeping depictions of ancient eras, high-stakes conflicts, and beauty found amid tragedy, then you'll love Daryl Potter's compelling tour de force.

©2021 Daryl Potter (P)2021 Daryl Potter

Narrator: Kristi Alsip
Author: Daryl Potter
Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
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Make Someone Happy

Summary

This is a collection of Elizabeth Berg's most-loved Facebook posts. She was asked by many to put these short essays into book form, to create something to "take to the beach, or bed, or on an airplane". Elizabeth and her friend, Phyllis Florin, happily complied, and they hope that their offering will be as welcome as flowers in a mailbox.

©2016 Elizabeth Berg (P)2017 Recorded Books

Narrator: Elizabeth Berg
Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
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Nitsokan: His Dream

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After the death of the man that raised him as his own, Daniel begins to have reoccurring dreams about people and places unfamiliar to him. They make him begin to wonder what his life would have been like if his birth parents had not been killed when he was four years old. The dreams, seeds planted in his brain by spirits, seem to be a key in finding the answers to his questions. His search takes him to Browning, Montana, where he discovers many details of the life he had been separated from and falls in love with the very woman he may have been intended to be with all along. 

In addition to finding family and love in Montana, Daniel gains a deeper understanding of the world around him. He learns to see things through the eyes of the Siksikawa (Blackfeet) and comes to realize that the spirits of loved ones that have passed can appear in the form of an animal or bird to help comfort and guide the living, when he is visited by the ghosts of Mary and Ray Crow Wing. They help him see that he is a link in the chain that connects the past to the future, and when they warn him of possible danger, his role in forging the next link becomes clear. Naapi (Old Man), the spirit that helped shape the world of the Siksikawa and one who can be either kind or a trickster, is embedded in the story. As Daniel learns his own story, he learns he is part of something that began long ago, when Naapi got in the middle of a dispute between the Chief of the Wolves and the Chief of the Grizzlies. 

Throughout the story, the language of the Siksikawa (Blackfeet) is used to help perpetuate its existence and for the purpose of reminding people that before the west was won, there were people already living here, living their lives as their ancestors had done for thousands of years.

©2016 john m. olson (P)2018 john m. olson

Narrator: Nadia Mori
Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
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The Sisters of the Winter Wood

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Captivating and boldly imaginative, with a tale of sisterhood at its heart, Rena Rossner's debut fantasy invites you to enter a world filled with magic, folklore, and the dangers of the woods. In a remote village surrounded by vast forests on the border of Moldova and Ukraine, sisters Liba and Laya have been raised on the honeyed scent of their Mami's babka and the low rumble of their Tati's prayers. But when a troupe of mysterious men arrives, Laya falls under their spell - despite their mother's warning to be wary of strangers. And this is not the only danger lurking in the woods.  As dark forces close in on their village, Liba and Laya discover a family secret passed down through generations. Faced with a magical heritage they never knew existed, the sisters realize the old fairy tales are true...and could save them all. "Mixes fairy tale, poetry, history, and heart to create an enchanting and mesmerizing tale of sisterly love. I adored this book!" (Sarah Beth Durst, award-winning author of The Queens of Renthia series)

©2018 Rena Rossner (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Ana Clements
Author: Rena Rossner
Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
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Central Station

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Shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award 2017. A worldwide diaspora has left a quarter of a million people at the foot of a space station. Cultures collide in real life and virtual reality. The city is literally a weed, its growth left unchecked. Life is cheap, and data is cheaper. When Boris Chong returns to Tel Aviv from Mars, much has changed. Boris' ex-lover is raising a strangely familiar child who can tap in to the datastream of a mind with the touch of a finger. His cousin is infatuated with a robotnik - a damaged cyborg soldier who might as well be begging for parts. His father is terminally ill with a multigenerational mind-plague. And a hunted data-vampire has followed Boris to where she is forbidden to return. Rising above them is Central Station, the interplanetary hub between all things: the constantly shifting Tel Aviv, a powerful virtual arena, and the space colonies where humanity has gone to escape the ravages of poverty and war. Everything is connected by the Others, powerful alien entities who, through the Conversation - a shifting, flowing stream of consciousness - are just the beginning of irrevocable change. At Central Station, humans and machines continue to adapt, thrive...and even evolve.

©2016 Lavie Tidhar (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: Jeff Harding
Author: Lavie Tidhar
Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
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15 Minutes

Summary

Raised to be the perfect wife, Victoria has spent her days maintaining her impeccable outward appearance and her nights mingling with the rich and entitled. When her engagement to Scott ended, Victoria thought she'd be rid of him and his circle of friends forever, but a chance encounter with Brock will change not only the way she sees him, but the way she sees herself. Brock is a man who's happy and content with his life. A surrogate parent to his now-adult brothers, he spends his days running the company he built himself and his nights playing in his brothers' local band. When he runs into Victoria in the bar after a show, sparks unexpectedly fly, and he's interested in seeing where it goes. But can the man who's happy with his life, convince the woman who always wants more, to give him a shot with only 15 Minutes on the clock?

©2014 Bethany Lopez (P)2017 Bethany Lopez

Narrator: Marnye Young
Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins
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Maldicion del Dinero [Money Curse]

Summary

La única "maldición de la lotería" es la maldición de la estupidez; dicen que el dinero no puede comprar la felicidad, entonces no sabes dónde comprar o cómo hacer un presupuesto. Se ha dicho que si toda la riqueza del mundo se dividiera equitativamente entre todas las personas en unos pocos años, el que tuviera la mayor riqueza antes de la división sería rico nuevamente, y los pobres se verían privados todavía. La riqueza es una forma de pensar, de ser, la riqueza no presisamente tiene que ser la cantidad de dinero que tengas. El dinero no hace que una persona se sienta miserable, las personas que se sientes miserables son por sus acciones que aunque tengan dinero no les permite ser felices si no todo lo contrario. ¿Qué es el dinero? ¿Quién ganó dinero? ¿Por qué necesitamos dinero? Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2020 Gabriel Ramirez (P)2020 Gabriel Ramirez

Narrator: Anastasia Moon
Length: 56 mins
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The Artful Dickens

Summary

Bloomsbury presents The Artful Dickens by John Mullan, read by Jonathan Oliver. Discover the tricks of a literary master in this essential guide to the fictional world of Charles Dickens.  From Pickwick to Scrooge, Copperfield to Twist, how did Dickens find the perfect names for his characters? What was Dickens' favourite way of killing his characters? When is a Dickens character most likely to see a ghost? Why is Dickens’ trickery only fully realised when his novels are read aloud? In 13 entertaining and wonderfully insightful essays, John Mullan explores the literary machinations of Dickens’ eccentric genius, from his delight in clichés to his rendering of smells and his outrageous use of coincidences. A treat for all lovers of Dickens, this essential companion puts his audacity, originality and brilliance on full display.

©2020 John Mullan (P)2020 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Narrator: Jonathan Oliver
Author: John Mullan
Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
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Les filles d'Ennismore

Summary

Amitié, jalousie, lutte des classes, émancipation féminine, drame amoureux... À l'aube du XXe siècle, au cœur d'une Irlande en ébullition, une saga inoubliable dans la droite ligne de Downton Abbey.

Rosie a huit ans, elle est fille de métayer ; quand elle sera grande, elle servira la famille Ennis, comme sa mère et sa sœur avant elle. Victoria a sept ans, elle est la fille de lord et lady Ennis ; quand elle sera grande, elle quittera le domaine d'Ennismore pour faire un beau mariage. En attendant, Victoria se sent seule et rêve de partager ses secrets avec la fille du métayer qu'elle a rencontrée dans le parc de la propriété. Et pourquoi pas ? C'est décidé, dès septembre, la petite paysanne partagera les leçons de la demoiselle du château. Mais, dans une société écrasée sous le poids des conventions et des hiérarchies, est-il bien raisonnable de semer des aspirations égalitaires dans le cœur des jeunes filles ? Car un vent de révolte souffle sur l'Irlande et cette amitié qui éclot pourrait bien bouleverser leur vie ainsi que celle de leur entourage... Rosie et Victoria trouveront-elles la force de lutter contre la marche de l'Histoire qui menace de les déchirer ?

©2019 Belfond. Traduit de l'anglais (Irlande) par Julia Taylor (P)2019 Audible Studios

Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
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The Enemies of Our Ancestors

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In the mountains of the Southwest, in the time before the continents were known, the future of the entire world rested upon the shoulders of a boy prophet whose abduction would threaten to break the world.   As a youth, Kochen witnessed the death of his father at the hands of a gruesome spirit that stalked his village's farmlands. From that moment forth, he became a ward of the priests of the village in the cliffs. As he grew, he would begin to experience horrific visions, gifts from the spirits, that all of the other priests dismissed.  When the ancient enemies of the Cliff People raid the village and steal Kochen away, they set in motion world-changing events, which threaten to break the shackles that bind the spirits to the Earth. A group of hunters are sent to bring Kochen back to his rightful place. As Kochen's power grows, so too does the power of the spirits, and with the help of an ancient seer and his hunter allies, he seeks to restore balance to the world as it falls into brutal madness. 

©2015 Jacy Morris (P)2020 Jacy Morris

Narrator: Gary Taylor
Author: Jacy Morris
Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
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Peccati immortali

Summary

Roma. Tra qualche anno. Salvini è caduto, dopo che un barcone di migranti è affondato davanti a un porto chiuso. Ora al governo ci sono il Pd e il Popolo dell'Onestà. Ma il premier è debole, e il nuovo ministro dell'Interno prepara un piano per prendere il potere.  Su questo scenario si apre il giallo. Il cardinale Michelangelo Aldrovandi, l'unico conservatore a essersi conquistato la fiducia del Papa, viene trovato morto in circostanze oscure. Lo scandalo è messo a tacere. Ma Remedios, la suora che lo accudiva, ritrova un telefonino con quattro foto. Che compromettono - per un curioso dettaglio - il leader emergente del Popolo dell'Onestà. Il telefonino viene rubato. E lo cercano in molti. Per quelle foto, che possono far saltare il governo e il Vaticano, si tenta di uccidere. Si uccide. Ci si uccide. Sulla scena compaiono i servizi, i gendarmi del Papa, un vecchio senatore che sa tutto di tutti, un killer con uno strano vizio e un peso sulla coscienza. E compare una ex spia, Leone Di Castro detto Gricia per la sua voracità, che con suor Remedios forma una coppia di investigatori sottovalutata e quindi sorprendente.   In un vortice di colpi di scena, delitti e situazioni grottesche, drammi e farse, Aldo Cazzullo e Fabrizio Roncone portano il lettore nei bassifondi e nell'empireo della capitale, nei campi della mafia nigeriana e nelle feste dei padroni di Roma, sino alle stanze segrete del potere e in fondo agli abissi dell'animo umano. Il racconto, tra personaggi reali e altri immaginari, consegna il ritratto del nostro Paese, del nostro popolo, del nostro tempo. E quando tutti i nodi sembrano sciogliersi, ecco che si profila la vera minaccia che incombe sulla cristianità.

©2019 Mondadori (P)2019 Mondadori

Narrator: Paolo De Santis
Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
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The Whole Five Feet

Summary

In The Whole Five Feet, Christopher Beha turns to the great books for answers after undergoing a series of personal and family crises and learning that his grandmother had used the Harvard Classics to educate herself during the Great Depression. The result is a smart, big-hearted, and inspirational mix of memoir and intellectual excursion that "deftly illustrates how books can save one's life" (Helen Schulman).

©2009 Christopher R. Beha. Recorded by arrangement with Grove Atlantic, Inc. (P)2014 Audible Inc.

Narrator: Jay Aaseng
Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
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Medio siglo con Borges [Half a Century with Borges]

Summary

Uno de los escritores más extraordinarios del siglo XX, Jorge Luis Borges, en la mirada de Marios Vargas Llosa, Premio Nobel de Literatura "La perfección absoluta no parece de este mundo, ni siquiera en obras artísticas de creadores que, como Borges, estuvieron más cerca de lograrla." "Esta colección de artículos, conferencias, reseñas y notas da testimonio de más de medio siglo de lecturas de un autor que ha sido para mí, desde que leí sus primeros cuentos y ensayos en la Lima de los años cincuenta, una fuente inagotable de placer intelectual. Muchas veces lo he releído y, a diferencia de lo que me ocurre con otros escritores que marcaron mi adolescencia, nunca me decepcionó; al contrario, cada nueva lectura renueva mi entusiasmo y felicidad, revelándome nuevos secretos y sutilezas de ese mundo borgiano tan inusitado en sus temas y tan diáfano y elegante en su expresión. "Siempre leí a Borges no solo con la exaltación que despierta un gran escritor; también, con una indefinible nostalgia y la sensación de que algo de aquel deslumbrante universo salido de su imaginación y de su prosa me estará siempre negado, por más que tanto lo admire y goce con él. "El puñado de libros que escribió, libros siempre breves, perfectos como un anillo, donde uno tiene la impresión que nada falta ni sobra, han tenido y tienen una enorme influencia en quienes escriben en español." Mario Vargas Llosa Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2020 Mario Vargas Llosa (P)2020 Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, S.A.U.

Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
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2 States

Summary

Love marriages around the world are simple: Boy loves girl. Girl loves boy. They get married.

In India, there are a few more steps: Boy loves Girl. Girl loves Boy. Girl's family has to love boy. Boy's family has to love girl. Girl's family has to love Boy's family. Boy's family has to love Girl's family. Girl and Boy still love each other. They get married.

Welcome to 2 States, a story about Krish and Ananya. They are from two different states of India; they are deeply in love and want to get married. Of course their parents don't agree. To convert their love story into a love marriage, the couple have a tough battle in front of them. For it is easy to fight and rebel, but it is much harder to convince.

Will they make it?

©2014 Chetan Bhagat (P)2018 Audible Studios

Narrator: Siddhanta Pinto
Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
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The Spirit of Science Fiction

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From a master of contemporary fiction, a tale of bohemian youth on the make in Mexico City. Two young poets, Jan and Remo, find themselves adrift in Mexico City. Obsessed with poetry and above all with science fiction, they are eager to forge a life in the literary world - or sacrifice themselves to it. Roberto Bolaño's The Spirit of Science Fiction is a story of youth hungry for revolution, notoriety, and sexual adventure as they work to construct a reality out of the fragments of their dreams. But as close as these friends are, the city tugs them in opposite directions. Jan withdraws from the world, shutting himself in their shared rooftop apartment where he feverishly composes fan letters to the stars of science fiction and dreams of cosmonauts and Nazis. Meanwhile, Remo runs headfirst into the future, spending his days and nights with a circle of wild young writers, seeking pleasure in the city's labyrinthine streets, rundown cafés, and murky bathhouses.   This kaleidoscopic work of strange and tender beauty is a fitting introduction for listeners uninitiated into the thrills of Roberto Bolaño's fiction and an indispensable addition to an ecstatic and transgressive body of work.

©2019 Roberto Bolaño (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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Everyman

1 rating

Summary

There is no more decorated American writer living today than Philip Roth, the New York Times best-selling author of American Pastoral, The Human Stain, and The Plot Against America. He has won a Pulitzer Prize, two National Book Awards, two National Book Critics Circle Awards, two PEN/Faulkner Awards, and numerous other distinctions. The hero of Everyman is obsessed with mortality. As he reminds himself at one point, "I'm 34! Worry about oblivion when you're 75." But he cannot help himself. He is the ex-husband in three marriages gone wrong. He is the father of two sons who detest him, despite a daughter who adores him. And as his health worsens, he is the envious brother of a much fitter man. A masterful portrait of one man's inner struggles, Everyman is a brilliant showcase for one of the world's most distinguished novelists.

©2006 Philip Roth (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC.

Narrator: George Guidall
Author: Philip Roth
Length: 4 hrs and 7 mins
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The Fourteen Sisters of Emilio Montez O'Brien

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In The Fourteen Sisters of Emilio Montez O'Brien, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Oscar Hijuelos brings to life the incredibly high-spirited Montez O'Brien family. Nelson O'Brien runs the Jewel Box Movie Theater in a small Pennsylvania town where he and his wife, Mariela, raise one son and 14 daughters. Through the eyes of Margarita, the eldest daughter, the lives, loves and tragedies of the Montez O'Briens' and their complex family relationships unfold. While reflecting on the life of Emilio, her doggedly masculine brother, Margarita also ruminates on the nature of femininity, family, sex, love, and earthly happiness. Her musings recall exhilarating adventures, eliciting tears and laughter, and tenderly reveal the bounteous heart of a warm, passionate family. At once lush, erotic, and gorgeously written, The Fourteen Sisters of Emilio Montez O'Brien is a masterwork by one of America's greatest writers.

©1993 Oscar Hijuelos (P)1993, 2017 Dove Audio / Phoenix Books

Narrator: Cathy Moriarty
Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
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Tidewater

Summary

In 1607, three ships arrive on the coast of Virginia to establish Jamestown Colony. One girl's life - and the lives of her people - are changed forever. To Pocahontas and her people, the Tidewater is the rightful home of the Powhatan tribe. To England it is Virginia Territory, fertile with promise, rich with silver and gold. As Jamestown struggles to take root, John Smith knows that the only hope for survival lies with the Powhatan people. He knows, too, that they would rather see the English starve than yield their homeland to invaders. In the midst of this conflict, Pocahontas, the daughter of the great chief, forges an unlikely friendship with Smith. Their bond preserves a wary peace - but control can rest only in one nation's hands. When that peace is broken, Pocahontas must choose between power and servitude - between self and sacrifice - for the sake of her people and her land. Revised edition: This edition of Tidewater includes editorial revisions.

©2015 Libbie Hawker (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
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The Dress Shop on King Street

Summary

Harper Dupree has pinned all her hopes on a future in fashion design. But when it comes crashing down around her, she returns home to Fairhope, Alabama, and to Millie, the woman who first taught her how to sew. As Harper rethinks her own future, long-hidden secrets about Millie's past are brought to light. In 1946, Millie Middleton - the daughter of an Italian man and a Black woman - boarded a train and left Charleston to keep half of her heritage hidden. She carried with her two heirloom buttons and the dream of owning a dress store. She never expected to meet a charming train jumper who changed her life forever...and led her yet again to a heartbreaking choice about which heritage would define her future. Now, together, Harper and Millie return to Charleston to find the man who may hold the answers they seek...and a chance at the dress shop they've both dreamed of. But it's not until all appears lost that they see the unexpected ways to mend what frayed between the seams.

©2020 Ashley Clark (P)2020 Recorded Books

Narrator: Lynette Freeman
Author: Ashley Clark
Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
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Dave Barry Does Japan

1 rating

Summary

Without bothering to get approval from the President, the State Department, or even the FTC, Dave Barry's publishers sent him to Tokyo. You'd think they would have known better. Now the word is Barry has set back our diplomatic relations with the whole Pacific Rim by a couple of decades. Japanese culture, dining, sport, and industry all come under Barry's relentless scrutiny. So if you think President Bush committed a social gaffe by losing his composure and his lunch in front of the Japanese Prime Minister, wait until you hear Barry's commentaries. And if you're planning a trip to Japan, don't leave home without Barry's pearls of wisdom about the mysterious East. This complete, unabridged recording is read by Arte Johnson.

©1992 by Dave Barry (P)1992 Dove Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Arte Johnson
Author: Dave Barry
Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
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The Promised Land

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Zofia Weiss, a Jewish woman with a painful past, stands at the dock, holding the hand of a little girl. She is about to board The SS Exodus, bound for Palestine with only her life, a dream, and a terrifying secret. As her eyes scan the crowds of people, she sees a familiar face. Her heart pounds and beads of sweat form on her forehead... The Nazis have surrendered. Zofia survived the Holocaust, but she lives in constant fear. The one person who knows her dark secret is a sadistic SS officer with the power to destroy the life she’s working so hard to rebuild. Will he ever find her and the innocent child she has sworn to protect?

©2019 Roberta Kagan (P)2019 Roberta Kagan

Narrator: Juliet Jones
Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
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Prelude to Insurrection

Summary

Jie’s superior senses have made her the perfect lookout. Now, as the adopted daughter of the Black Lotus Clanmaster, she wants to prove her pointed ears aren’t a liability when she’s tasked to infiltrate a rebel lord’s castle. In this prequel novelette to Songs of Insurrection, Jie must decide between her duty to the emperor and her sense of compassion toward the downtrodden. No matter her choice, it will have explosive consequences for her, the realm, and the upcoming war.

©2018 Dragonstone Press (P)2020 Dragonstone Press

Narrator: Natalie Naudus
Author: JC Kang
Length: 45 mins
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True North

Summary

They said I was a bad idea. Poor. Violent. Criminal.    They said I'd amount to nothing, and I believed them, too. Until I met her.    Layla Barros saved me from my worst, but to do that, she lost the best herself. Now it's my turn to bring her back to life. If only I can figure out how to do it.   I'll do anything to protect the chance we finally have together. I'll follow her to the other side of the word: Brazil. Cuba. You name it. But how can I be her true north when I'm still finding my direction, too?   Because sometimes your worst demons are those closest to you. And sometimes getting rid of them isn't a choice at all.   Contains mature themes.

©2018 Raglan Press (P)2019 Tantor

Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
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Pearl in the Mist

3 ratings

Summary

One of the most popular storytellers of all time, V.C. Andrews (Flowers in the Attic, My Sweet Audrina) continues an engrossing saga of psychological suspense with this second book of the Landry Family series - soon to be a Lifetime movie! Fate has whisked Ruby away from a simple life in the Louisiana Bayou but her new riches bring more treachery than happiness in this unputdownable and darkly evocative novel. Even a year removed from living in the bayou, Ruby still wonders at the splendor of her family’s New Orleans mansion. She rejoices in the love of the father she had never known, even as true happiness remains as elusive as swamp mist. Her stepmother sneers at her backwater upbringing, and while discovering she has a twin sister should be a cause for joy, Gisselle has greeted Ruby with nothing but a bitter heart.  When Ruby’s father chooses an idyllic boarding school for his daughters’ senior years, a fresh start with Gisselle seems possible. But Ruby’s kind isn’t welcome at Greenwood, and the legendarily strict headmistress plots with her stepmother to make life miserable. Worse, with her twin on a mission to break every school rule, Ruby is left to suffer the humiliating punishments. So when a terrible tragedy leaves Ruby alone in a world that never really wanted her, only her Cajun strength can give her daring escape plan any hope of success. The weather on the bayou was nothing compared to the storm about to tear through her family. 

©1994 The Vanda General Partnership. All rights reserved. (P)2020 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

Narrator: Carly Robins
Author: V.C. Andrews
Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
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Intermediate Italian Short Stories: 10 Captivating Short Stories to Learn Italian & Grow Your Vocabulary the Fun Way! (Intermediate Italian Stories) (Italian Edition)

1 rating

Summary

Improve your Italian skills and grow your vocabulary with these 10 entertaining Italian short stories! The best part of learning a new language is experiencing the culture and diving into activities that will enrich your life and vocabulary. The best way to learn a new language is by reading/listening, and in this Italian book, each captivating story will engage your mind and help you improve your Italian. In this book, you will find: 10 captivating stories among topics that you will find easy to relate to. The stories are broken down into manageable chapters, so you always make progress with the story. Carefully written stories with you as an intermediate level reader in mind, using straightforward grammar and commonly used words, so you can enjoy listening while learning new grammatical structures without being overwhelmed.  Plenty of natural dialogues in each story that you would actually use in an everyday conversation, which will drastically improve your speaking and comprehension ability at the same time! At the end of each chapter, there will be a comprehensive guide specially designed for beginner level. It will take you through a summary of each story, followed by a vocabulary of some of the words from the story to make sure that you understand the story fully. Chapter by chapter, you will find yourself effortlessly listening to each story. Not struggling like in basic textbooks or boring reads. You will get involved by listening to the dialogue of the characters by learning how to express yourself in different contexts, and more importantly, by learning new Italian words that will get you closer to your goal of becoming fully conversational. Please note: This audiobook is in Italian. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Lingo Mastery (P)2019 Lingo Mastery

Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
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The Son of Good Fortune

Summary

A Recommended Book from:  USA Today The Chicago Tribune Book Riot Refinery29 InStyle The Minneapolis Star-Tribune Publishers Weekly Baltimore OUTloud Omnivoracious Lambda Literary Goodreads Lit Hub The Millions From award-winning author Lysley Tenorio comes a bighearted debut novel following an undocumented Filipino son as he navigates his relationship with his mother, an uncertain future, and the place he calls home. Excel spends his days trying to seem like an unremarkable American teenager. When he’s not working at The Pie Who Loved Me (a spy-themed pizza shop) or passing the time with his girlfriend, Sab, (occasionally in one of their town’s 17 cemeteries), he carefully avoids the spotlight. But Excel knows that his family is far from normal. His mother, Maxima, was once a Filipina B-movie action star who now makes her living scamming men online. The old man they live with is not his grandfather, but Maxima’s lifelong martial-arts trainer. And years ago, on Excel’s 10th birthday, Maxima revealed a secret that he must keep forever. “We are ‘TNT’ - tago ng tago,” she told him, “hiding and hiding.” Excel is undocumented - and one accidental slip could uproot his entire life. Casting aside the paranoia and secrecy of his childhood, Excel takes a leap, joining Sab on a journey south to a ramshackle desert town called Hello City. Populated by drifters, old hippies, and washed-up techies - and existing outside the normal constructs of American society - Hello City offers Excel a chance to forge his own path for the first time. But after so many years of trying to be invisible, who does he want to become? And is it possible to put down roots in a country that has always considered you an outsider? Thrumming with energy and at once critical and hopeful, The Son of Good Fortune is a luminous story of a mother and son testing the strength of their bond to their country - and to each other.

©2020 Lysley Tenorio (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Reuben Uy
Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
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Comanche Heart

1 rating

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New York Times best-selling author Catherine Anderson tells the gripping tale of a woman running from violence and toward a quiet future. Years have passed since Amy Masters escaped the brutal Texas plains to become a schoolteacher in Oregon. But now that Comanche warrior Swift Antelope has galloped back into her life, she'll have to explore her heart for the courage to trust again.

©1991 Adeline Catherine Anderson (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

Length: 16 hrs and 32 mins
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Scandinavian Noir

Summary

An in-depth and personal exploration of Scandinavian crime fiction as a way into Scandinavian culture at large. For nearly four decades, Wendy Lesser's primary source of information about three Scandinavian countries - Sweden, Norway, and Denmark - was mystery and crime novels and the murders committed and solved in their pages. Having never visited the region, Lesser constructed a fictional Scandinavia of her own making, something between a map, a portrait, and a cultural history of a place that both exists and does not exist. Lesser's Scandinavia is disproportionately populated with police officers, but also with the stuff of everyday life, the likes of which are relayed in great detail in the novels she read: a fully realized world complete with its own traditions, customs, and, of course, people. Over the course of many years, Lesser's fictional Scandinavia grew more and more solidly visible to her, yet she never had a strong desire to visit the real countries that corresponded to the made-up ones. Until, she writes, "between one day and the next, that no longer seemed sufficient." It was time to travel to Scandinavia.

©2020 Wendy Lesser (P)2020 Tantor

Narrator: Kirsten Potter
Author: Wendy Lesser
Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
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El Malo [The Bad]

1 rating

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Javier Estrada is the king of Mexico. Evil. Twisted. Psychopathic. A cruel madman with a killer smile. And he is my boss.   My duty is to blend in, clean his home, and not make a peep. I’ve done my job well for years. I've embedded myself so deep in his world, he’s never going to get me out.   But I am this king’s worst nightmare. Bad men like him took everything away from me. I will never forget. He will pay for the sins of many. I’ll just bide my time - watching, waiting, calculating - until the time is right.  When I strike, he won’t know what hit him. The monster who rules Mexico with an iron fist may not bow to anyone… But I’m not just anyone.   He will bow to me.

©2018 K Webster (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

Author: K Webster
Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
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The Painter

Summary

Michael Vargas is living the life of a celebrity architect when his world collapses. He walks away from the glamorous career of the star architect and begins a quest that will take him 23 years back in time. The challenge his mentor presented at the time is beckoning Michael back to the South - his home, a place he loved and hated. The road back is a road forward, filled with trials and pain, but the journey eventually leads to an artistic epiphany that Michael discovers in the people and places of the Deep South. And he finds inspiration from a woman who allows him to paint her if he agrees to one mysterious condition. Michael learns that some subjects are worth painting while others are worth pursuing even up against the greatest personal odds of success.

©2020 Tom Lowe (P)2020 Tantor

Narrator: Alex Knox
Author: Tom Lowe
Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
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The Elven

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The international bestseller and epic adventure A fierce and merciless demon has been unleashed on the world, spreading destruction and bloodshed in both the human and the elven realms. Northlander Jarl Mandred witnesses the ruthless attack on his men, and he seeks vengeance with the help of the elf queen, Emerelle. Despite Mandred's barbaric human nature, the queen orchestrates an elfhunt joined by the two strongest warriors in Albenmark to pursue the beast. Farodin, the fiercest fighter in the land, and Nuramon, the healer, seize the opportunity to make history alongside Mandred in a life-defining series of battles waged in parallel universes. The Elven is an epic tale, bringing heroes together across the boundaries of their worlds to avenge past losses and influence fates yet to be decided.

©2004 by Bernhard Hennen and James A. Sullivan, all rights reserved. (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. Translation © 2015 by Edwin Miles.

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Whatever You Are Be a Good One

Summary

Delightful reminder to get out there and make the most of life: A quote book like no other, Whatever You Are, Be a Good One is a thought-provoking collection that compiles the timeless wisdom of great original minds - from Marie Curie to Stephen King, Joan of Arc to Jack Kerouac, Oscar Wilde to Harriet Tubman - brilliantly hand-lettered by beloved indie artist Lisa Congdon. Listeners will find enlightening insights ("Wisdom begins in wonder" - Socrates), stirring calls to action ("Leap and the net will appear" - John Burroughs), and stimulating encouragements ("Be curious, not judgmental" - Walt Whitman) beautifully illuminated. Hand-lettered words and graphics perfectly complement the inspirational quote on each page Artist and illustrator Lisa Congdon is best known for her hand-lettering, paintings, drawings, and pattern designs Fans of She Believed She Could, So She Did and Seuss-isms will love the words to live by in the audio of Whatever You Are, Be a Good One. Eclectic anthology of 100 quotes (and some poems) will inspire your days for years to come Perfect gift for recent graduates, creative thinkers, and anyone looking for a little inspiration Great book to spark conversation and reflection

©2014 Lisa Congdon (P)2021 Congdon LLC

Narrator: Katie Lynn
Author: Unknown
Length: 24 mins
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Whisper of the Moon Moth

Summary

From the author of The Color of Secrets and The Woman on the Orient Express comes a poignant novel inspired by the Hollywood legend - and the secrets of - actress Merle Oberon, famous for playing Cathy to Laurence Olivier's Heathcliff in the film Wuthering Heights. For nineteen-year-old Estelle Thompson, going to the cinema is more than a way to pass the time...it's a way out. In 1931 in Calcutta, Anglo-Indian girls like Estelle are considered half-breeds, shunned by both English and Indian society. Her only escape is through the silver screen, where she can forget the world around her. When Estelle catches the eye of a dashing American heir with connections to a major motion-picture studio, he also captures her heart. Soon, Estelle has a one-way ticket to London and a recommendation for a screen test. To get to the top, she must keep her Indian heritage concealed - and so begins her new identity as movie goddess Merle Oberon. But just as her dreams are poised to come true, she discovers that her own family is keeping a much more shocking secret from her - one that changes everything she's believed about her past.

©2017 Lindsay Jayne Ashford (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
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Petit pays suivi d'un entretien avec l'auteur

23 ratings

Summary

À propos de ce titre Prix Goncourt des Lycéens 2016, Prix du premier roman FNAC 2016. "Au temps d'avant, avant tout ça, avant ce que je vais raconter et le reste, c'était le bonheur, la vie sans se l'expliquer. Si l'on me demandait 'Comment ça va ?' je répondais toujours 'Ça va !'. Du tac au tac. Le bonheur, ça t'évite de réfléchir. C'est par la suite que je me suis mis à considérer la question." - G. F. Avant, Gabriel faisait les quatre cents coups avec ses copains dans leur coin de paradis. Et puis l'harmonie familiale s'est disloquée en même temps que son "petit pays", le Burundi, ce bout d'Afrique centrale brutalement malmené par l'Histoire. Plus tard, Gabriel fait revivre un monde à jamais perdu. Les battements de cœur et les souffles coupés, les pensées profondes et les rires déployés, le parfum de citronnelle, les termites les jours d'orage, les jacarandas en fleur... L'enfance, son infinie douceur, ses douleurs qui ne nous quittent jamais. Gaël Faye : "J'ai écrit ce roman pour crier à l'univers que nous avons existé, avec nos vies simples, notre train-train, notre ennui, que nous avions des bonheurs qui ne cherchaient qu'à le rester avant d'être expédiés aux quatre coins du monde et de devenir une bande d'exilés, de réfugiés, d'immigrés, de migrants."

©2016 Éditions Grasset & Fasquelle (P)2016 Audiolib

Narrator: Gaël Faye
Author: Gaël Faye
Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
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Caramelo

Summary

Lala Reyes’ grandmother is descended from a family of renowned rebozo, or shawl-makers. The striped (caramelo) is the most beautiful of all, and the one that makes its way, like the family history it has come to represent, into Lala’s possession. The novel opens with the Reyes’ annual car trip - a caravan overflowing with children, laughter, and quarrels - from Chicago to “the other side”, Mexico City. It is there, each year, that Lala hears her family’s stories, separating the truth from the “healthy lies” that have ricocheted from one generation to the next. We travel from the Mexico City that was the “Paris of the New World” to the music-filled streets of Chicago at the dawn of the Roaring Twenties - and finally, to Lala’s own difficult adolescence in the not-quite-promised land of San Antonio, Texas. Caramelo is a vital, wise, romantic tale of homelands, sometimes real, sometimes imagined. Vivid, funny, intimate, historical, it is a brilliant work destined to become a classic: a major new novel from one of our country’s most beloved storytellers.

©2002 AudioGO (P)2002 Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: Sandra Cisneros
Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
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The Ghost Writer

3 ratings

Summary

The Ghost Writer introduces Nathan Zuckerman in the 1950s, a budding writer infatuated with the great books, discovering the contradictory claims of literature and experience while an overnight guest in the secluded New England farmhouse of his idol, E. I. Lonoff. At Lonoff's, Zuckerman meets Amy Bellette, a haunting young woman of indeterminate foreign background who turns out to be a former student of Lonoff's and who may also have been his mistress. Zuckerman, with his active, youthful imagination, wonders if she could be the paradigmatic victim of Nazi persecution. If she were, it might change his life. The first volume in the Zuckerman Bound trilogy and epilogue, The Ghost Writer is about the tensions between literature and life, artistic truthfulness and conventional decency - and about those implacable practitioners who live with the consequences of sacrificing one for the other.

©1979 Philip Roth (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Author: Philip Roth
Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
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Una bambina e basta

Summary

Un romanzo autobiografico, delicato e pieno di ironia, che racconta gli anni della Seconda guerra mondiale visti dagli occhi di una bambina ebrea. Trasferitasi da Torino a Roma, la piccola viene nascosta in un convento cattolico per sfuggire alla deportazione. Qui la sua identità religiosa vacilla e il rapporto con la madre si fa difficile. Ma sarà proprio lei, a guerra terminata, a dire alla figlia: non sei una bambina ebrea, sei una bambina e basta.

©1994,2003,2013 Edizioni E/O (P)2018 Emons Italia S.r.l.

Author: Lia Levi
Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
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Before She Sleeps

2 ratings

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“A haunting dystopian thriller” from the acclaimed author of A Season for Martyrs  “Fans of The Handmaid’s Tale won’t want to miss this one.” (Publishers Weekly) In modern, beautiful Green City, the capital of Southwest Asia, gender selection, war, and disease have brought the ratio of men to women to alarmingly low levels. The government uses terror and technology to control its people, and now females must take multiple husbands to have children as quickly as possible.  Yet there are some who resist, women who live in an underground collective and refuse to be part of the system. Secretly protected by the highest echelons of power, they emerge only at night to provide the rich and elite of Green City a type of commodity no one can buy: intimacy without sex. As it turns out, not even the most influential men can shield them from discovery and the dangers of ruthless punishment.  This dystopian novel from one of Pakistan’s most talented writers is a modern-day parable, The Handmaid’s Tale for repressed women in Muslim countries everywhere. Before She Sleeps takes the patriarchal practices of female seclusion and veiling, gender selection, and control over women’s bodies, amplifying and distorting them in a truly terrifying way to imagine a world of post-religious authoritarianism.

©2018 Bina Shah (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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BLAIRE & BLAI2E: Box set: The Dark Romance Series

5 ratings

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For fans who love the darkness of FSOG, This Man, Twist Me, Captive in the Dark & Red Sparrow.   BLAIRE: Part 1 in The Dark Romance Series - Bought. Conditioned. My name is Blaire. I'm head of security to a man who controls the Russian underworld in Europe. His name is Maksim and he's my master. He bought me 10 years ago and conditioned me with brutality to worship and protect him. And I have protected him. I've slain everyone who has tried to do him harm. Everyone but a man he loans me to; a man who threatens to break me and everything I believe in. You're going to need a strong stomach and a strong heart to follow my story, because take my word for it, it's no fairy tale.   BLAI2E: Part 2 in The Dark Romance Series - Don’t take what isn’t yours. Unless you’re willing to fight for it. I survived my depraved master, Maksim. Now, I belong to Charlie Decena, by nature and by nurture. He broke everything I believed in. My life still lingers in the gray zone - dark and light, love and hate, betrayal and murder. I’m battling Maksim’s brutal conditioning to uncover who Blaire is, for Charlie. I adhere to his counsel, indulge in his debauched desires, and pacify his dominance - until he pushes me too far. I hope I didn’t completely shatter your heart in the beginning of my story because it’s just getting started. I’m being tested beyond my limit by a lurking threat who has taken something very dear to me. And if they don’t return what isn’t theirs, someone is going to die.   There’s Something About BLAIRE - This is not a full length novel: 6,000 word count. This is a bonus scene from BLAIRE Part 1 in Charlie’s point of view.    Enjoy listening to over 29 hours of contemporary dark Romance. This series box set comes with bonus scene material.

©2016 Anita Gray (P)2018 Anita Gray

Author: Anita Gray
Length: 30 hrs and 33 mins
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Norse Mythology

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Are you dying to find out more about the lives of Vikings? From Ragnarok to the Gods of Norse Mythology, this book tells you the stories of a fascinating, ancient people. Few civilizations lead such brutish, jealous, and war-like lives, as the Vikings. A culture based on conquering and strength, the Vikings had deep-seated beliefs in gods who were just as problematic as their people. These beliefs created a colorful and captivating society of born warriors. In Norse Mythology: To The Gates of Valhalla, I deconstruct a thriving nation of people and the beliefs, rituals, and myths that helped them become a formidable force in Europe after 800AD. Explore the open waters with me, and I’ll take you on a journey through the best Viking tales! In this book you’ll read about: Asgard and the gods that rule there The story of Loki and how he almost won How Mjollnir came about and what it did in the world Why Odin only had one eye, and what happened to the other one The adventures of Thor, and some of his greatest conquests The days of the week and how we owe them to the Norse gods These are stories of adventure, battle, and furious glory! Delve into the dark depths of Norse mythology and be swept away by the past, and its many lessons. If you love mythology and you enjoy history - this book will give you a much-needed break during your day. Dip into the lives of the great Vikings and their gods of old. This is the book that teaches you about Norse history and myths! Buy the book and start your quest!

©2019 Tribe Metrics,LLC (P)2019 Tribe Metrics,LLC

Author: Nichola Wil
Length: 3 hrs and 16 mins
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The Outside World

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Tzippy Goldman was born for marriage. She and her mother had always assumed she'd graduate high school, be set up with the right boy, and have a beautiful wedding with white lace and pareve vanilla cream frosting. But at 22, Tzippy's fast approaching spinsterhood. She dreams of escape; instead, she leaves for a year in Jerusalem. There she meets - re-meets - Baruch, the son of her mother's college roommate. When Tzippy last saw him, his name was Bryan and he wore a Yankees-logo yarmulke. Now he has adopted the black hat of the ultra-orthodox, the tradition in which Tzippy was raised. Twelve weeks later, they're engaged... and discovering that desire and tradition, devotion and individuality aren't the easiest balance. Hilarious, compassionate, and tremendously insightful, The Outside World illuminates an insular community, marvelously depicting that complicated blend of faith, love, and family otherwise known as life in a modern world.

©2004 Tova Mirvis (P)2011 Audible, Inc

Narrator: Emily Bauer
Author: Tova Mirvis
Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
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Woman at Point Zero

6 ratings

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'All the men I did get to know, every single one of them, has filled me with but one desire: to lift my hand and bring it smashing down on his face. But because I am a woman, I have never had the courage to lift my hand. And because I am a prostitute, I hid my fear under layers of make-up.' So begins Firdaus' story, leading to her grimy Cairo prison cell, where she welcomes her death sentence as a relief from her pain and suffering. Born to a peasant family in the Egyptian countryside, Firdaus suffered a childhood of cruelty and neglect. Her passion for education was ignored by her family, and on leaving school she was forced to marry a much older man. Following her escapes from violent relationships, she finally met Sharifa, who told her that 'a man does not know a woman's value; the higher you price yourself, the more he will realise what you are really worth' and led her into a life of prostitution. Desperate and alone, she took drastic action. Saadawi's searing indictment of society's brutal treatment of women continues to resonate today. This classic audiobook has been an inspiration to countless people across the world.

©1975 Nawal el Saadawi (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: Laura Hanna
Length: 3 hrs and 48 mins
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Naufrage

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Capitainerie de La Rochelle, juillet 2018. Une cellule de crise accueille les parents des dix bacheliers qui ont embarqué sur le voilier-école Le Corsaire douze jours plus tôt en direction de la Guyane et dont on a totalement perdu la trace. Pour quelle raison la balise a-t-elle cessé d'émettre ? Et comment a-t-on pu laisser ces marins débutants se lancer dans une telle traversée à haut risque ? À des milliers de kilomètres, au milieu de l'Atlantique Sud, huit adolescents découvrent, hagards, l'état catastrophique de leur embarcation après la terrible tempête qu'ils ont subie. Celle-ci a emporté un de leurs camarades et les deux moniteurs qui les accompagnaient. Alix, Chloé, Constance, Julie, Mathis, Thibault, Valentin et Victor sont les survivants. Mais pour combien de temps ? Sur leur navire à la dérive, avec les étoiles pour seuls repères, les huit apprentis navigateurs comprennent que, pour s'en sortir, ils doivent s'organiser et, surtout, rester soudés. Mais, devant l'immensité de l'océan, le passé de chacun resurgit peu à peu, mettant en péril la cohésion du groupe. Des rivalités se dessinent et les personnalités se dévoilent.

©2019 Belfond (P)2020 Sixtrid SAS

Narrator: Renaud Bertin
Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
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Memoirs of a Polar Bear

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Memoirs of a Polar Bear has in spades what Rivka Galchen hailed in the New Yorker as "Yoko Tawada's magnificent strangeness". Three generations (grandmother, mother, son) of polar bears are famous as both circus performers and writers in East Germany. They are polar bears who move in human society, stars of the ring and of the literary world. In chapter one, the grandmother matriarch in the Soviet Union accidentally writes a best-selling autobiography. In chapter two, Tosca, her daughter (born in Canada, where her mother had emigrated) moves to the DDR and takes a job in the circus. Her son - the last of their line - is Knut, born in chapter three in a Leipzig zoo, but raised by a human keeper in relatively happy circumstances in the Berlin zoo, until his keeper, Matthias, is taken away. Happy or sad, each bear writes a story, enjoying both celebrity and "the intimacy of being alone with my pen."

©2014 Yoko Tawada; translation copyright 2016 by Susan Bernofsky (P)2017 Tantor

Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
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Bestiary

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NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITORS’ CHOICE • Three generations of Taiwanese American women are haunted by the myths of their homeland in this spellbinding, visceral debut about one family’s queer desires, violent impulses, and buried secrets. “Gorgeous and gorgeously grotesque .... Every line of this sensuous, magical-realist marvel is utterly alive.” (O: The Oprah Magazine) LONGLISTED FOR THE CENTER FOR FICTION FIRST NOVEL PRIZE • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY O: The Oprah Magazine • NPR • The New York Public Library • Kirkus Reviews   One evening, Mother tells Daughter a story about a tiger spirit who lived in a woman’s body. She was called Hu Gu Po, and she hungered to eat children, especially their toes. Soon afterward, Daughter awakes with a tiger tail. And more mysterious events follow: Holes in the backyard spit up letters penned by her grandmother; a visiting aunt arrives with snakes in her belly; a brother tests the possibility of flight. All the while, Daughter is falling for Ben, a neighborhood girl with strange powers of her own. As the two young lovers translate the grandmother’s letters, Daughter begins to understand that each woman in her family embodies a myth - and that she will have to bring her family’s secrets to light in order to change their destiny. With a poetic voice of crackling electricity, K-Ming Chang is an explosive young writer who combines the wit and fabulism of Helen Oyeyemi with the subversive storytelling of Maxine Hong Kingston. Tracing one family’s history from Taiwan to America, from Arkansas to California, Bestiary is a novel of migration, queer lineages, and girlhood. Praise for Bestiary “[A] vivid, fabulist debut...the prose is full of imagery. Chang’s wild story of a family’s tenuous grasp on belonging in the U.S. stands out with a deep commitment to exploring discomfort with the body and its transformations.” (Publishers Weekly)

©2020 K-Ming Chang (P)2020 Random House Audio

Author: K-Ming Chang
Length: 9 hrs
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La patria, i padri

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Come si dà voce ai personaggi di un audiolibro? Come si entra nello spirito di una trama? Sono alcune delle domande che rivolgiamo a chi gli audiolibri li scrive, li pubblica e, soprattutto, li legge - attrici, attori, doppiatori e speaker -, in questo podcast che ogni 15 giorni racconterà due titoli (una novità uscita da poco e un classico della letteratura, o uno dei libri che hanno appassionato di più gli ascoltatori negli ultimi anni).   Fernando Aramburu racconta gli anni della lotta armata per l'indipendenza dei Paesi Baschi attraverso nove voci. Nove punti di vista che danno vita a un romanzo corale - "Patria", vincitore del Premio Strega Europeo - in cui la dimensione dell'oralità è dominante. Pubblicato solo nel 2016, questo romanzo è già un classico della modernità. La voce è molto importante anche in "Uccidi il padre", primo titolo di una trilogia gialla scritta da Sandrone Dazieri. A leggere, infatti, è un'attrice, Viola Graziosi, che non solo fa sembrare la narrazione naturale e realistica, ma attribuisce ai due protagonisti della vicenda alcune sfumature inattese.

©2019 Audible / IlLibraio.it (P)2019 Audible / IlLibraio.it

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When She Came Back

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Would you risk everything to be home again? Poland, 1935. When Syma - a young doctor, an independent woman with a mind of her own, decides to leave home and embark on an adventure in a strange land, she cannot imagine the powerful emotional whirlpool she’ll find herself in. Daily life in Palestine is far from comfortable, replete with obstacles. The conflict between the lure of civilized, bourgeois life in Europe and the option of living the Zionist dream while embarking on a love affair is agonizing. She chooses to leave everything behind, and sails back home, to Poland. When WWII breaks out and the situation of Europe’s Jews goes from bad to worse, Syma’s choice turns out to be unfortunate. November, 1942. In the midst of a harsh winter in Poland, Syma stands waiting at the railway station, on the same platform she was so familiar with in her previous life, a bygone reality. As the train approaches the station, Syma grasps that this voyage will be different. Where is she headed now?

©2020 Yaron Reshef (P)2021 Yaron Reshef

Author: Yaron Reshef
Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
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The Blue King Murders

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Some places, it’s a crime to be human.... Tyler Matthews divides the legal team in half to wage courtroom battles on worlds half a galaxy apart. The Star Lawyers must defend Mr. Blue, their Quirt-Thymean friend and fellow attorney, for the murder of his King. But defending a regicide carries a penalty of death - for his lawyer!  Meanwhile, J.B., Rosalie, and Suzie fly to a Mek colonial world to defend their mischievous Uncle Charlie, who’s charged with seduction and sedition among the matriarchal Meklavites. With Tyler’s penchant for attracting enemies, he’s soon dodging killer robots, fending off insurrectionists, and evading professional assassins, while J.B.’s team fights to escape the clutches of binary black holes that were not supposed to be in their flight path.  Add to the mix a pair of beautiful, seductive alien queens with pheromonic powers and a conspiracy at the highest level of Quirt-Thymean society to launch wars of conquest like the old days of the Empire. The Star Lawyers adventure continues.

©2018 Tom Shepherd (P)2020 Podium Audio

Narrator: Scott Aiello
Author: Tom Shepherd
Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
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Socrates

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You've come to the right place to learn about life and philosophy. Socrates is perhaps the most celebrated of all ancient philosophers. Credited as a founder father of Western philosophy, he is well known for his dialogues with his students and for thinking in terms of ethics and morals. He was also the mentor of other famous Greek philosophers, such as Plato and Xenophon. Socrates was an honest thinker that wanted his students to think of the answers themselves, instead of having the teacher provide the solution. He was also a strong advocate of justice. He took his last stand by accepting Athenian law of being sentenced to death, instead of fleeing for his life. Socrates is truly a remarkable human being worth examining.  In this book, we will discover who Socrates was, what he stood for, and the lessons the taught us throughout his life time. His concepts of virtues will be discussed in full detail, and his best theories will be explained once and for all.

©2016 Success Publishing Inc. (P)2019 Success Publishing Inc.

Narrator: Jared Koncsol
Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
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The Flame Must Burn

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The hottest summer brings the first flames of love. Love is dangerous. It collides with culture, and culture is defied with rebellion.  She promised herself to me.  Ryder is the small town's local college boy. It's summertime, and he's at the beach where he sees a young college girl. Their eyes lock. Intrigued, he wants to approach her, but she quickly disappears. Disappointed, he returns home, but he sees her the next day in his summer class.  Good girls don't fall in love. They only obey.  From a traditional Middle-Eastern family, Cyrah is a young foreign-exchange student. She's studying abroad in a summer program at the school of the local small town. Intimidated by her beauty, Ryder begins writing love letters to her. She is flattered but tries to steer clear from him. But then an incident happens that draws these two star-crossed lovers together. Slowly, she begins breaking all the rules and reciprocates the same feelings. Summer doesn't last forever, though, and Cyrah has to leave. Recommended for fans of Misfit and Eleanor and Park. This is the story of Red's parents - her maman and baba - two star-crossed lovers, and a prequel to Color Me Red. This is a stand-alone novella, a romantic comedy with suspense. Be prepared for an epic love story.

©2020 Beena Khan (P)2020 Beena Khan

Narrator: Leyla Hadi-K
Author: Beena Khan
Length: 3 hrs and 56 mins
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Le parole che cambiano la vita

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Come si dà voce ai personaggi di un audiolibro? Come si entra nello spirito di una trama? Sono alcune delle domande che rivolgiamo a chi gli audiolibri li scrive, li pubblica e, soprattutto, li legge - attrici, attori, doppiatori e speaker -, in questo podcast che ogni 15 giorni racconterà due titoli (una novità uscita da poco e un classico della letteratura, o uno dei libri che hanno appassionato di più gli ascoltatori negli ultimi anni).  Molti avranno imparato a leggere, da piccoli, tra le pagine de "Il Conte di Montecristo" e ora potranno riprovare quella stessa sensazione ascoltando il grande romanzo di Alexandre Dumas dalla voce di Moro Silo, intorno al quale è fiorita una piccola mitologia. C'è chi invece potrà imparare a parlare seguendo le istruzioni contenute ne "La parola magica", un testo molto originale - a metà tra narrativa e manuale di self help - sul potere delle parole e dell'intelligenza linguistica.

©2019 Audible / IlLibraio.it (P)2019 Audible / IlLibraio.it

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You're Not Doing It Right

1 rating

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"You’re not doing it right."

Michael Ian Black has been hearing these five words all his life. And now—on the eve of his 40th birthday—he is finally beginning to wonder why. As a husband and father living in the suburbs, Michael asks the question so many of us ask ourselves at one point or another: How did I end up here? (And also: If fat Kevin Federline succumbs to his own wasted potential, what does that mean for the rest of us?)

The answers to these questions, and others that you probably would have never thought to ask, are painstakingly detailed in You’re Not Doing It Right, Michael Ian Black’s debut memoir. Darkly humorous and told with raw honesty, Michael takes on his childhood, his marriage, his children, and his career with unexpected candor and deadpan wit in this funny-because-it's-true essay collection. He shares the neuroses that have plagued him since childhood and how they shaped him into the man he is today. Stories include: How his lesbian feminist mother raised him to be a tough but sensitive New Seventies Man like Alan Alda; how his camp girlfriend dumped him for a guy nicknamed Taco; how he backed into marrying his wife by breaking up with her first; how he is completely undone by hearing a Creed song on the radio on the eve of becoming a father; and how he learned to use Santa Claus as a "bad cop" threat to control his kids year 'round.

From the comedian who brought you Stella and The State, Michael Ian Black says the kinds of things you’re afraid to admit. Here he is: naked, exposed, a little chilly, and understandably shriveled.

©2012 Michael Ian Black (P)2012 Random House, Inc.

Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
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Sweetwater Creek

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From best-selling author Anne Rivers Siddons comes a bittersweet and finely wrought story of friendship, family, and Charleston society. At 12, Emily Parmenter is left mostly to herself after her mother disappears and her beloved older brother dies. Emily has built a life around the faded plantation where her remote father and hunting-obsessed brothers raise hunting spaniels. It is a meager, masculine world, but to Emily it has magic. And then comes Lulu Foxworth, troubled daughter of a truly grand plantation, who has run away from her hectic Charleston debutante season. Where Emily's father sees Lulu as an entree to society, Emily is threatened and mystified. Lulu has a powerful enchantment of her own, and this, along with the dark, crippling secret she brings with her, will inevitably blow Emily's world apart and let the real one in, but at a terrible price.

©2005 Anne Rivers Siddons (P)2005 HarperCollinsPublishers, Inc.

Narrator: Dana Ivey
Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
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Dubin's Lives

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With a new introduction by Thomas Mallon, Dubin's Lives (1979) is a compassionate and wry commedia, a book praised by Christopher Lehmann-Haupt in The New York Times as Malamud's "best novel since The Assistant. Possibly, it is the best he has written of all." The protagonist is one of Malamud's finest characters: prize-winning biographer William Dubin, who learns from lives, or thinks he does - those he writes, those he shares, the life he lives. Now, in his later middle age, he seeks his own secret self, and the obsession of biography is supplanted by the obsession of love - love for a woman half is age, who has sought an understanding of her life through his books. Dubin's Lives is a rich, subtle book, as well as a moving tale of love and marriage.

©1977, 1979 Bernard Malamud (P)2014 Audible Inc.

Narrator: Victor Bevine
Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
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Long Island Story [French Version]

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Dans la lignée de Brooklyn de Colm Tóibín et de La Fenêtre panoramique de Richard Yates, la chronique subtile et nostalgique d'un couple en pleine crise, sur fond de persécution maccarthyste. Rick Gekoski livre un roman d'une maîtrise impressionnante, flirtant avec l'autofiction, une œuvre aussi douce-amère que lumineuse. En cet été caniculaire 1953, les Grossman déménagent, préférant quitter l'agitation politique de Washington pour une tranquille vie de banlieue à Long Island. L'occasion pour eux de s'éloigner de la paranoïa anticommuniste, de regarder enfin grandir les enfants, de se retrouver.  Mais cet été qui n'en finit plus de languir va révéler de profondes failles. L'ennui s'installe et, avec lui, les non-dits, les infidélités, les frustrations. Quoi ? Est-ce là tout ce que la vie a à leur offrir ? Pourquoi le couple est-il venu se terrer ici ? Que partagent-ils encore qui vaille la peine de se battre ?

©2020 Belfond (P)2021 Audible Studios

Narrator: Florent Cheippe
Author: Rick Gekoski
Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
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Mademoiselle Chanel

7 ratings

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For readers of The Paris Wife and Z comes this vivid novel full of drama, passion, tragedy, and beauty that stunningly imagines the life of iconic fashion designer Coco Chanel - the ambitious, gifted laundrywoman's daughter who revolutionized fashion, built an international empire, and became one of the most influential and controversial figures of the twentieth century. Born into rural poverty, Gabrielle Chanel and her siblings are sent to an orphanage after their mother's death. The sisters nurture Gabrielle's exceptional sewing skills, a talent that will propel the willful young woman into a life far removed from the drudgery of her childhood. Transforming herself into Coco, a seamstress and sometime torch singer, the petite brunette burns with ambition, an incandescence that draws a wealthy gentleman who will become the love of her life. She immerses herself in his world of money and luxury, discovering a freedom that sparks her creativity. But it is only when her lover takes her to Paris that Coco discovers her destiny. Rejecting the frilly, corseted silhouette of the past, her sleek, minimalist styles reflect the youthful ease and confidence of the 1920s modern woman. As Coco's reputation spreads, her couturier business explodes, taking her into rarefied society circles and bohemian salons. But her fame and fortune cannot save her from heartbreak as the years pass. And when Paris falls to the Nazis, Coco is forced to make choices that will haunt her. An enthralling novel of an extraordinary woman who created the life she desired, Mademoiselle Chanel explores the inner world of a woman of staggering ambition whose strength, passion, and artistic vision would become her trademarks.

©2015 C. W. Gortner (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Rebecca Gibel
Length: 14 hrs and 57 mins
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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Matters - 39 Stories about Kids Being Kids, On the Road, Not So Grave Moments, and The Serious Side

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Nearly everyone thinks their own family is “nutty" or at least has one or two nuts. With stories of wacky yet lovable relatives, funny foibles, and holiday meltdowns, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Matters is often hilarious and occasionally poignant.

©2011 Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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The Anatomy Lesson

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At 40, the writer Nathan Zuckerman comes down with a mysterious affliction - pure pain, beginning in his neck and shoulders, invading his torso, and taking possession of his spirit. Zuckerman, whose work was his life, is unable to write a line. Now his work is trekking from one doctor to another, but none can find a cause for the pain or assuage it. Zuckerman himself wonders if the pain could have been caused by his own books. And while he is wondering, his dependence on painkillers grows into an addiction to vodka, marijuana, and Percodan. The third volume in the Nathan Zuckerman series, The Anatomy Lesson provides some of the funniest scenes in all of Roth's fiction - as well as some of the fiercest.

©2013 Philip Roth (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Author: Philip Roth
Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
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L'Empreinte

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Etudiante en droit à Harvard, Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich est une farouche opposante à la peine de mort. Jusqu'au jour où son chemin croise celui d'un tueur emprisonné en Louisiane, Rick Langley, dont la confession l'épouvante et ébranle toutes ses convictions. Pour elle, cela ne fait aucun doute : cet homme doit être exécuté. Bouleversée par cette réaction viscérale, Alexandria ne va pas tarder à prendre conscience de son origine en découvrant un lien entre son passé, un secret de famille et cette terrible affaire qui réveille en elle des sentiments enfouis. Elle n'aura alors cesse d'enquêter inlassablement sur les raisons profondes qui ont conduit Langley à commettre ce crime épouvantable. Dans la lignée de séries documentaires comme Making a Murderer, ce récit au croisement du thriller, de l'autobiographie et du journalisme d'investigation, montre clairement combien la loi est quelque chose d'éminemment subjectif, la vérité étant toujours plus complexe et dérangeante que ce que l'on imagine. Aussi troublant que déchirant.

©2017 / 2019 Titre original : "The Fact of a Body, a Murder and a Memoir". Éditeur original : Flatiron Books / Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich / Sonatine Éditions pour la traduction française (P)2020 Lizzie, un département d'Univers Poche, Paris

Narrator: Audrey Sourdive
Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
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Il principe e la ragazza

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Come si dà voce ai personaggi di un audiolibro? Come si entra nello spirito di una trama? Sono alcune delle domande che rivolgiamo a chi gli audiolibri li scrive, li pubblica e, soprattutto, li legge - attrici, attori, doppiatori e speaker -, in questo podcast che ogni 15 giorni racconterà due titoli (una novità uscita da poco e un classico della letteratura, o uno dei libri che hanno appassionato di più gli ascoltatori negli ultimi anni). "Se vogliamo che tutto rimanga com'è, bisogna che tutto cambi". È il passo più famoso de "Il Gattopardo", uno dei grandi classici della letteratura italiana. Una considerazione che diventa ancora più profonda e significativa se a leggerla è Toni Servillo. L'attore protagonista de "La grande bellezza", racconta in che modo è entrato nello spirito del principe di Salina: "con il cuore e con la mente”.  Ugualmente intima, e magari anche più complessa, è la lettura che Andrea Oldani ha fatto de "La ragazza con la Leica", il romanzo vincitore del Premio Strega 2018 in cui viene ricostruita la vita, straordinaria e breve, di Gerda Taro, la prima donna fotoreporter di guerra.

©2019 Audible / IlLibraio.it (P)2019 Audible / IlLibraio.it

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Comanche Magic

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New York Times best-selling author Catherine Anderson delivers a heartwrenching romance that blooms amidst tragedy and reproach. Handsome, strong, and just a bit dangerous, Comanche Chase Wolf is used to getting what he wants. So when he sees Franny - a golden-haired angel with deep green eyes, delicate features, and the sweetest smile - he sets out to make her his. But Franny is far from the innocent she seems. And the truth may be more than Chase can bear.

©1994 Catherine Anderson (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

Narrator: Suzanne Toren
Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
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The Lincoln-Douglas Debates

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This Star-Studded New Recording Brings to Life a History Changing Political Battle! The Lincoln-Douglas Debates made history and changed its course through seven legendary match-ups between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas during the 1858 Illinois senatorial race. Although he lost the election, Lincoln's gift for oratory and his anti-slavery stance made him a nationally known figure, and led to his election to the presidency in 1860. Never before presented in audio, these debates and great statesmen are brought to life by narrators Richard Dreyfuss (Douglas) and David Strathairn (Lincoln). Perfectly timed for the Lincoln Bincentennial celebrations, The Lincoln-Douglas Debates provide a soundtrack to a nation discovering its better self.

©2009 BBC Audiobooks America; 2009 the Abraham Lincoln Association

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Les mouches d'automne

Summary

Irène Némirovsky est une romancière russe d'expression française, née à Kiev en 1903 et morte le 19 août 1942 à Auschwitz. Auteur à succès dans la France des années 1930 mais oubliée après la Seconde Guerre mondiale, elle est le seul écrivain à qui le prix Renaudot ait été décerné à titre posthume, en 2004, pour son roman inachevé Suite française. Les Mouches d'automne, roman : Tatiana Ivanovna a consacré sa vie entière à ses maîtres, les Karine, qu'elle a vu naître et grandir. Lorsque la révolution russe les chasse de leur domaine, elle les suit dans leur fuite, jusqu'à Odessa d'abord, puis jusqu'à Paris, dans ce petit appartement du quartier des Ternes, où les exilés tournent en rond comme les mouches d'automne. Justesse et finesse de l'écriture caractérisent ce livre audio nostalgique.

©2020 Compagnie du Savoir (P)2020 Compagnie du Savoir

Narrator: Cloé Horry
Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
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Roots of Yoga

Summary

The first single, reliable collection of primary material from the source traditions of yoga. Despite the immense popularity of yoga today, there is surprisingly little knowledge of its roots among practitioners. This book brings together, for the first time, the core teachings of yoga in the words of their authors, rather than in the secondary versions of modern interpreters. Including key passages from the Upanishads, the Buddhist and Jaina traditions, the yoga sections of the Indian Tantras, and many texts that are being critically translated for the first time, Roots of Yoga provides a comprehensive and immediate insight into the essential texts of the Indian traditions of yoga. This book is a first stop for anyone wishing to learn more than they are told at their yoga class and an indispensable resource for serious yoga practitioners and teachers.

©2017 James Mallinson and Mark Singleton (P)2021 Tantor

Narrator: Julian Elfer
Length: 16 hrs and 42 mins
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Other People's Houses

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With a foreword by Cynthia Ozick, this semiautobiographical novel of a Jewish girl forced away from home in the face of Nazi persecution is an extraordinary tale of fortitude and survival. On a December night in 1938, a 10-year-old girl named Lore is put on the Kinder transport, a train carrying hundreds of Jewish children out of Austria to safety from Hitler's increasingly alarming oppression. Temporarily housed at the Dover Court Camp on England's east coast, Lore will find herself living in other people's houses for the next seven years: the Orthodox Levines, the Hoopers, the working-class Grimsleys, and the wealthy Miss Douglas and Mrs. Dillon. Charged with the task of asking "the English people" to get her parents out of Austria, Lore discovers in herself an impassioned writer. In letters to potential sponsors, she details the horrors happening back at home; in those to her parents, she notes the mannerisms and reactions of the new families around her as she valiantly tries to master their language. And the closer the world comes to a new war, the more resolute Lore becomes to survive. As powerful now as when it was first released 50 years ago, Other People's Houses is a poignant tale about the creation of a new life in the face of hopelessness and fear - a hallmark of the postwar immigration experience.

©1958, 1961, 1964, 1994 Lore Groszmann Segal, This edition published in 2014 by Open Road Integrated Media, Inc. (P)2014 Audible Inc.

Author: Lore Segal
Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
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The Altruists

2 ratings

Summary

A New York Times Editors' Choice  "[An] intelligent, funny, and remarkably assured first novel.... [Andrew Ridker establishes] himself as a big, promising talent.... Hilarious.... Astute and highly entertaining.... Outstanding." (The New York Times Book Review)  "With humor and warmth, Ridker explores the meaning of family and its inevitable baggage. The Altruists may not paint the prettiest picture, but it's a relatable, unforgettable view of regular people making mistakes and somehow finding their way back to each other." (People Magazine's "Book of the Week") A Real Simple Best Book of the Year (So Far) Named a most anticipated book of 2019 by The Millions and PureWow. A vibrant and perceptive novel about a father's plot to win back his children's inheritance. Arthur Alter is in trouble. A middling professor at a Midwestern college, he can't afford his mortgage, he's exasperated his much younger girlfriend, and his kids won't speak to him. And then there's the money - the small fortune his late wife, Francine, kept secret, which she bequeathed directly to his children.  Those children are Ethan, an anxious recluse living off his mother's money on a choice plot of Brooklyn real estate; and Maggie, a would-be do-gooder trying to fashion herself a noble life of self-imposed poverty. On the verge of losing the family home, Arthur invites his children back to St. Louis under the guise of a reconciliation. But in doing so, he unwittingly unleashes a Pandora's box of age-old resentments and long-buried memories - memories that orbit Francine, the matriarch whose life may hold the key to keeping them together.  Spanning New York, Paris, Boston, St. Louis, and a small desert outpost in Zimbabwe, The Altruists is a darkly funny (and ultimately tender) family saga that confronts the divide between baby boomers and their millennial offspring. It's a novel about money, privilege, politics, campus culture, dating, talk therapy, rural sanitation, infidelity, kink, the American beer industry, and what it means to be a "good person."

©2019 Andrew Ridker (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Mark Bramhall
Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
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The Confluence

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"An endearing tale of love, loss, and healing...." - The US Review of Books The Kite Runner meets Monsoon Wedding during revolution in the Middle East. The story of an Indian woman adopting her son as she brings her estranged family back together in fictionalized Sudan and Calcutta. In 2045, Naina Ranjeeva writes a letter to recount the journey that led to the adoption of her son Nikhil. Decades earlier, she stumbles upon a lead on the location of her aunt, who had disappeared when Naina was just a child. After her aunt's disappearance, Naina's family also completely lost contact with her beloved younger cousin, Nitu. With her aunt's location in hand, Naina takes the first step toward locating her cousin by traveling to the Republic of East Africa to search for her aunt. Her journey eventually leads her to Calcutta where she finds her cousin Nitu and his three-year-old son Nikhil. After two decades apart, the family starts to bridge the gap caused by years of separation, within the backdrop of political turmoil and revolution in East Africa.

©2015 Puja Guha (P)2017 Puja Guha

Author: Puja Guha
Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
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When She Was Good

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In this mesmerizing, funny, chilling novel, the setting is a small town in the 1940s Midwest, the subject the heart of a wounded and ferociously moralistic young woman, one of those implacable American moralists whose "goodness is a terrible disease". When she was still a child, Lucy Nelson had her alcoholic failure of a father thrown in jail. Ever since then, she has been trying to reform the men around her, even if that ultimately means destroying herself in the process. With his unerring portraits of Lucy and her hapless, childlike husband, Roy, Roth has created an uncompromising work of fictional realism, a vision of provincial American piety, yearning, and discontent that is at once pitiless and compassionate.

©1995 Philip Roth (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Tanya Eby
Author: Philip Roth
Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
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The Last Princess

Summary

Lily is the ultimate poor little rich girl, abandoned by her parents and sent to the best Swiss boarding school money could buy. Her parents have a society wedding in mind for her but then Lily meets Harry Kohle, an ambitious young writer.

©1988 Cynthia Freeman (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Amy Rubinate
Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
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The Liar Among Creatures

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Her doubt is measured by their lies.  From best-selling and award-winning author D. Fischer, arrives the highly anticipated Howl for the Damned, a series for fans of Mercy Thompson, Bitten, and Alpha and Omega.  Balancing loyalties and desires isn’t easy, but Jinx Whitethorn is determined to try. She finally understands what she is and the secrets that bind her fate, but she still has questions. Jinx turns to the only living relative she has left on her father’s side. It goes against every tribe fable Kaya Whitethorn had been told as a child, but she agrees to help her skinwalker niece.  Possessing both a combination of shaman and witch magic, Jinx needs to learn how to control her unusual magic to defend the people she loves, and her father’s pendant. A pendant that harnesses the wolf souls of the cursed Bane Pack shifters.  Meanwhile, Jacob looks into a mole inside the pack. Someone’s feeding the Bane information, and he’s determined to find the traitor among them. He’ll protect the woman he loves, no matter the cost.  The Liar Among Creatures in the second book in Howl for the Damned, a series based in the world of D. Fischer’s Divinus Kingdom. Divinus Kingdom is interconnecting novels that branch one series to the next.

©2020 D. Fischer (P)2021 D. Fischer

Author: D. Fischer
Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
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Another Generation

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In the final book in the Eidel's Story series the children of Holocaust survivors Eidel and Dovid Levi have grown to adulthood. They each face hard trials and tribulations of their own, many of which stem from growing up as children of Holocaust survivors. Haley is a peacemaker who yearns to please even at the expense of her own happiness. Abby is an angry rebel on the road to self-destruction. And, Mark, Dovid’s only son, carries a heavy burden of guilt and secrets. He wants to please his father, but he cannot. 

Each of the Levi children must find a way to navigate their world while accepting that the lessons they have learned from the parents, both good and bad, have shaped them into the people they are destined to become.

©2015 Roberta Kagan (P)2019 Roberta Kagan

Narrator: Juliet Jones
Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
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Rescue from Planet Pleasure

Summary

Planet Pleasure. The one place in the galaxy you seriously want to avoid, but it’s the next stop for Felix Gomez, detective-vampire and undead enforcer. His mission: rescue the bodacious vampiress, the hyper-sexual Carmen Arellano, from the clutches of ruthless warrior aliens. Her captors have doomed themselves by honing their military prowess at the expense of their libido, and Carmen is their last chance in regaining their mojo before they die out. Felix can’t waste any time because Phaedra, the ruthless bloodsucking ingénue - now with extra-superpowers - is making good on her threat to destroy the Araneum and take over the undead underworld.  Luckily, Felix is not alone in his quest to save Carmen and stop Phaedra. That redheaded whirlwind with a gun, Jolie, has got his back. Also lending a hand is everyone's favorite down-and-out trickster sage, Coyote, and he's brought along his mom...la Malinche...aka La Llorona! Here it comes, ground zero of a mega-ton story bristling with action, interstellar double-crosses, skin-walkers, Hopi magic, and trigger-happy goons. Exactly what you'd expect from Felix Gomez.

©2015 Mario Acevedo (P)2019 WordFire Press, LLC

Narrator: Andre G Chapoy
Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
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Go

Summary

Two young lovers…one little secret.

As a Korean student in a Japanese high school, Sugihara has had to defend himself against all kinds of bullies. But nothing could have prepared him for the heartache he feels when he falls hopelessly in love with a Japanese girl named Sakurai. Immersed in their shared love for classical music and foreign movies, the two gradually grow closer and closer.

One night, after being hit by personal tragedy, Sugihara reveals to Sakurai that he is not Japanese - as his name might indicate.

Torn between a chance at self-discovery that he’s ready to seize and the prejudices of others that he can’t control, Sugihara must decide who he wants to be and where he wants to go next. Will Sakurai be able to confront her own bias and accompany him on his journey?

©2000, 2007 Kazuki Kaneshiro; translation © 2018 by Takami Nieda (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Narrator: Brian Nishii
Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
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Australia's Most Unbelievable True Stories

Summary

The ultimate collection of unbelievable true Australian stories: the unknown, the forgotten and the surprising. Did you know that in 1932 the Australian army was called out to wage war on an invading army of 20,000...emus? Or that the first royal personage to arrive in Australia was the King of Iceland, and he came as a convict? And how about the spooky phenomenon of the mischief-making Guyra Ghost? From Jim Haynes, one of our most successful and prolific tellers of yarns and bush tales, comes this ultimate collection of unbelievable true Australian stories: the unknown, the forgotten, the surprising, the truly weird and the completely inexplicable. Told with refreshing understatement, Australia's Most Unbelievable True Stories vividly evokes a vanishing Australia when anything was possible, when characters were larger than life and the bizarre and strange were normal.

©2016 Jim Haynes (P)2016 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Narrator: Jim Haynes
Author: Jim Haynes
Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
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Caught

3 ratings

Summary

With proper manners and impeccable breeding, the beautiful Miss Alison Brooke should be the envy of London's 18th-century royal society. When villainy occurs, an unexpected hero comes to her aid. But rumors result, and Miss Brooke finds herself in the center of tawdry gossip. Her rescuer, Robert Anderson, Viscount Charmaine, is preoccupied with troubled finances, an ill father, and defense of the Crown. Problematically, Charmaine's best friend, Marquis Anthony Farrington, is clandestinely helping fund the American Revolution. Miss Brooke's large dowry tempts both men. Her father, however, wants his daughter to marry for love, not money. Without her father's permission for marriage, is Miss Broke ready to relinquish her privileged life for love? In this realistic tale of historical fiction brimming with wealth and uncertain allegiances, society's obligations draw them together, along with Miss Brooke's constant companion, the timid Miss Brenda Boswell. When Charmaine discovers proof of Farrington's betrayal, he is forced to choose between friendship and patriotism. Shots are fired, tears fall, and love conquers all in this remarkable historical romance.

©2018 Christina J Michaels (P)2019 Tantor

Narrator: Justine Eyre
Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
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Nadine

Summary

In this captivating debut story, a young woman in India about to plunge into an arranged marriage seeks the advice of an older friend - an eccentric expat who has led an unconventional life. In a quiet suburb of New Delhi, two next-door neighbors develop a friendship: one, a young woman engaged to be married, and the other, Nadine: a woman in her 60s living with her second husband. We follow these two women through their phone calls and visits together, diving deeper into Nadine's storied past: With her larger-than-life personality and proclivity to defy society's conventions, her insight weighs heavily on her young friend, about to face a major turning point of her own.  Nadine is a poignant short story about the choices, big and small, that shape our lives.

©2021 Vimi Bajaj (P)2021 Audible Originals, LLC.

Narrator: Tania Rodrigues
Author: Vimi Bajaj
Length: 51 mins
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Someplace to Be Flying

Summary

Lily is a photojournalist in search of the “animal people” who supposedly haunt the city’s darkest slums. Hank is a slumdweller who knows the bad streets all too well. One night, in a brutal incident, their two lives collide - uptown Lily and downtown Hank, each with a quest and a role to play in the secret drama of the city’s oldest inhabitants.  For the animal people walk among us. Native Americans call them the First People, but they have never left, and they claim the city for their own.  Not only have Hank and Lily stumbled onto a secret, they’ve stumbled into a war. And in this battle for the city’s soul, nothing is quite as it appears.

©1998 Charles de Lint (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: Kate Reading
Length: 18 hrs and 30 mins
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The Sound of Glass

6 ratings

Summary

The New York Times best-selling author of A Long Time Gone now explores a Southern family's buried history, which will change the life of the woman who unearths it secret by shattering secret. It has been two years since the death of Merritt Heyward's husband, Cal, when she receives unexpected news - Cal's family home in Beaufort, South Carolina, bequeathed by Cal's reclusive grandmother, now belongs to Merritt. Charting the course of an uncertain life - and feeling guilt from her husband's tragic death - Merritt travels from her home in Maine to Beaufort, where the secrets of Cal's unspoken-of past reside among the pluff mud and jasmine of the ancestral Heyward home on the Bluff. This unknown legacy, now Merritt's, will change and define her as she navigates her new life - a new life complicated by the arrival of her too-young stepmother and 10-year-old half brother. Soon, in this house of strangers, Merritt is forced into unraveling the Heyward family past as she faces her own fears and finds the healing she needs in the salt air of the Low Country.

©2015 Harley House Books, LLC (P)2015 Recorded Books

Author: Karen White
Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
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100 citaten van Ambrose Bierce

Summary

Ambrose Bierce was een Amerikaanse schrijver en journalist, weinig bekend in Frankrijk. Het is vooral bekend als de auteur van het Woordenboek van de Duivel en zwarte humor nieuwe frequent in het fantasy genre. Bierce schreef bijna honderd nieuwe, heel vaak over de dood van het individu en absurditeit. Inclusief nieuwe collectie van de gewelddadige dood gewijd aan de verschrikkingen van de Burgeroorlog. 100 Deze citaten zijn bedoeld om de toegang tot zijn monumentale werk van een selectie van de belangrijkste gedachten in een formaat dat voor iedereen toegankelijk te bieden. Een citaat is een uittreksel van een manier, kan dit een verstand, een samenvatting van een complexe gedachte, een spreuk, een opening naar een diepere reflectie.

©2020 Compagnie du Savoir (P)2020 Compagnie du Savoir

Narrator: Rosanne Laut
Length: 37 mins
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Elven Winter

Summary

An ancient war reignites as the international bestselling fantasy saga continues... At the height of its power, the elven court of Queen Emerelle relishes in the joyful, wintry Festival of Light. Yet, as tribes gather to reaffirm their loyalty to the queen, treachery festers within the nobility. An assassination attempt leaves Emerelle severely injured and plunges the realm back into the throes of an ancient war. While an army of trolls ravages the kingdom, the elves seek aid from Alfadas, the human hero who was raised among them. Back in the land of men, Alfadas has settled into a quiet life as his village's protector. But when his former mentor appears asking for his help, Alfadas is quick to oblige. Alfadas sets out to defeat the elves' foes. However, marching to war means abandoning his village - and his wife. And Albenmark isn't the only world facing monstrous threats...

©2014 Bernard Hennen; Translation © 2018 by Edwin Miles (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Narrator: Michael Page
Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
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Prayers for the Stolen

Summary

Ladydi Garcia Martinez is fierce, funny, and smart. She was born into a world where being a girl is a dangerous thing. In the mountains of Guerrero, Mexico, women must fend for themselves, as their men have left to seek opportunities elsewhere.  Here in the shadow of the drug war, bodies turn up on the outskirts of the village to be taken back to the earth by scorpions and snakes. School is held sporadically, when a volunteer can be coerced away from the big city for a semester. In Guerrero, the drug lords are kings, and mothers disguise their daughters as sons, or when that fails, they "make them ugly" - cropping their hair, blackening their teeth - anything to protect them from the rapacious grasp of the cartels. And when the black SUVs roll through town, Ladydi and her friends burrow into holes in their backyards like animals, tucked safely out of sight.    While her mother waits in vain for her husband's return, Ladydi and her friends dream of a future that holds more promise than mere survival, finding humor, solidarity, and fun in the face of so much tragedy. When Ladydi is offered work as a nanny for a wealthy family in Acapulco, she seizes the chance and finds her first taste of love with a young caretaker there.   Contains mature themes.

©2014 Jennifer Clement (P)2018 Tantor

Narrator: Justine Eyre
Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
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The Zoya Factor

Summary

When the younger players in India's cricket team find out that advertising executive Zoya Singh Solanki was born at the very moment India won the World Cup back in 1983, they are intrigued. When having breakfast with her is followed by victories on the field, they are impressed. And when not eating with her results in defeat, they decide she's a lucky charm. The nation goes a step further. Amazed at the ragtag team's sudden spurt of victories, it declares her a goddess. So when the eccentric IBCC president and his mesmeric, always exquisitely attired Swamiji invite Zoya to accompany the team to the tenth ICC World Cup, she has no choice but to agree. Pursued by international cricket boards on the one hand, wooed by cola majors on the other, Zoya struggles to stay grounded in the thick of the world cup action. And it doesn't help that she keeps clashing with the erratically brilliant new skipper who tells her flatly that he doesn't believe in luck....

©2008 Anuja Chauhan (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Meetu Chilana
Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
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Secret Crush Seduction

Summary

“If I don’t have you after that kiss, I’ll burn to dust from the inside out....”  Aspiring fashion designer Adelaide Song wants to prove she’s more than just a pampered heiress. All she needs is a little courage - and the help of deliciously sexy Michael Reynolds, her childhood crush and her brother’s best friend. But when her secret crush turns into an illicit liaison, Adelaide realizes mixing business with pleasure spells trouble for all her plans....

©2020 Jayci Lee (P)2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Friends That Still...

Summary

Teddy's back in Miami with her mind made up. Live like it's your last day. Love like it's your last day. The moment those steel-blue eyes gazed back into hers, there was no question. Asher wasn't just the only one she wanted, but the only one she needed. This time around there would be no more room for regrets, but would they ever be more than friends that still...? Note: This is the second edition of this title. It features bonus chapters that were not featured in its first edition. It is also part two of a new adult I/R Romance. Suggested for mature audiences due to its explicit sex and moderate drug use.

©2016 G.L. Tomas (P)2017 G.L. Tomas

Author: G.L. Tomas
Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
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100 citaten van Alexis de Tocqueville

Summary

Alexis de Tocqueville was een politiek filosoof en Franse politicus. Geboren in een oude adellijke familie van Normandië, ging hij rechten studeren en werd een magistraat in 1827. In 1830 ontving hij een missie van het departement aan de Amerikaanse gevangenis systeem, dat is een paspoort te gaan naar de Verenigde Staten te ontdekken bestuderen STATEN en te begrijpen wat hij beschouwt als de best beschikbare voorbeeld van de democratie. Dit verblijf van bijna een jaar, trekt hij Democratie in Amerika, een analyse van het democratische systeem in het algemeen (de deugden, de risico's en de dynamiek) en de Amerikaanse speciale illustratie, die een groot succes was de bekendmaking ervan in 1835 en 1840. Dit is zijn verkiezing aan de Académie des sciences Morales et Politiques slechts drieëndertig jaar en vervolgens naar de Franse Academie in zesendertig. 100 Deze citaten zijn bedoeld om de toegang tot zijn monumentale werk van een selectie van de belangrijkste gedachten in een formaat dat voor iedereen toegankelijk te bieden. Een citaat is een uittreksel van een manier, kan dit een verstand, een samenvatting van een complexe gedachte, een spreuk, een opening naar een diepere reflectie.

©2020 Compagnie du Savoir (P)2020 Compagnie du Savoir

Narrator: Rosanne Laut
Length: 34 mins
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Cape Cod

Summary

In the early 1850s, Henry David Thoreau took many meditative walks along the coast. In Cape Cod he reflects on these beach-combing trips and the powerful forces of the sea.

©1990 Jimcin Recordings (P)1990 Jimcin Recordings

Narrator: Jim Killavey
Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
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Songs of Insurrection

Summary

Book Riot's Top 8 Adult Dragon Fantasy Books  Lose yourself in this fusion of Asian and Western fantasy, which critics extol as "wonderfully opulent", "Breathtaking", and "Unique".  Only the lost magic of Dragon Songs can save the world. Only an awkward girl with the perfect voice can rediscover it.  The Dragon Singers of old summoned typhoons and routed armies, liberating mankind from the orcs before fading into legend. Now, with the world again facing a new cataclysm, the power of music stirs in Kaiya, an a naïve misfit with the perfect voice.  Without a master to guide her, she must rely on Hardeep, a disgraced foreign paladin, to help awaken her latent magic. His motives might not be entirely noble. When he leads her to the fabled Dragon Scale Lute, which only a Dragon Singer can wield, it is up to Black Lotus Clan to intervene. Because the instrument’s fell power can save the world.... Or destroy it.  This new edition of Songs of Insurrection includes two new chapters.  SFBO 2018 Semi-Finalist.  Book Riot's Top 8 Adult Dragon Fantasy Books  "Part spy thriller, part epic fantasy, and part romance, this book really has something for everyone." A Publishers Weekly Booklife Prize Quarterfinalist  "Smartly paced, with cross-cutting chapters that advance the plot along its intertwined story lines, this novel propels the reader through its colorful narrative. The author carefully balances action and intrigue with a modest fantasy element to keep the story's plot twists unpredictable."

©2018 Dragonstone Press (P)2021 Dragonstone Press

Narrator: Natalie Naudus
Author: JC Kang
Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
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Cervantes Street

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The actual facts of Miguel de Cervantes' life seem to be snatched from an epic tale: An impoverished and talented young poet nearly kills a man in a duel and is forced into exile; later, he distinguishes himself in battle and is severely wounded, losing the use of his left hand; on his way back to Spain his ship is captured by pirates and he is sold into slavery in Algiers; after prolonged imprisonment and failed escape attempts, he makes his way back home, eventually settling in a remote village in La Mancha to create his masterpiece, the first modern novel in Western literature: Don Quixote. Taking the bare bones of Cervantes' life, Jaime Manrique has accomplished a singular feat: an engaging and highly accessible interpretation of a brilliant, enigmatic man and his epoch. Manrique breathes vivid life into his characters, transporting listeners viscerally into his story as he makes full use of its inherent suspense and drama, its pathos and ironies, its colorful locales and momentous events. It all begins with two bright youths in Madrid whose rivalry over a beautiful woman will shape the course of their lives. Miguel de Cervantes is the passionate one, handsome, gifted, reckless, and ambitious, but from a family fallen on hard times and suspected of being "tainted" with Jewish blood. His classmate Luis de Lara, a wealthy but awkward aristocrat, as well as mediocre poet, from one of the most powerful families in Spain, is engaged to his beautiful cousin Mercedes. When 22-year-old Miguel nearly kills someone in a tavern brawl, he is forced to flee to Seville, joining a troupe of traveling actors to escape a decree ordering that his right hand be cut off. As Luis endeavors to save his friend, he has occasion to introduce Miguel to his beloved Mercedes. To Luis's horror, he soon discovers that the two have fallen in love. Luis becomes consumed with hatred for his former friend and swears eternal revenge. From that moment on, the two go their separate ways, but their lives remain fatefully intertwined. The adventurous Miguel continues to visit Mercedes before going into exile; and although Mercedes eventually marries Luis, she never stops loving Miguel. The tormented Luis searches in vain to prove his superiority to his wife, and then to his son, and always with respect to his hated rival - as a poet and scholar; as a man of impeccable taste, character, and sensibilities. Completely unaware of Luis's masked hatred of him, Miguel continues throughout his life to seek assistance from his erstwhile friend, with disastrous results. Luis watches with festering envy Miguel's exploits as a soldier, as a servant of the crown, and above all as a writer; and he only finds pleasure in sporadic reports of his rival's darkest hours. Told in alternating chapters by the opposing protagonists, Manrique's archetypal tale of rivalry and revenge is sure to garner comparisons to Peter Shaffer's Amadeus, Dumas's The Count of Monte Cristo, and, with its extraordinary recreation of the life and times of Cervantes, to Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall. Pirates and priests, ladies of the court and lowly prostitutes, warriors and slaves, and, yes, even the wonderful Sancho Panza are singularly brought to life in this brilliant depiction of Spain's Golden Age.

©2012 Jaime Manrique (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Roger Wayne
Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
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Guns,Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies | Summary

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Jared Diamond says that 25 years ago he met a politician in what is now Papua New Guinea, Yali, who asked why white people had so many things, but black people did not. The book attempts to provide answers to the question: Why have Eurasian people been the dominant wealth and power in the world? That is, why didn't other cultures gain dominance before 1,500 CE? After all, until the end of the most recent Ice Age, circa 11,000 BCE, all humans were hunter-gatherers. So, what accounts for the different rates of development of societies between 11,000 BCE and 1500 CE? Those questions are the subject of the book. The author says that finding reasons or causes for the unequal distribution of wealth and goods does not justify it. Diamond says we do not justify disease just because we understand its causes. He says that the foundations of European societies were developed in other part of the world, so the focus is not on aggrandizing Europe. Here is a preview of what you'll learn: How Geography Determines the Structure of Societies The Reason Why Europeans Were Able to Conquer Other Parts of the World Learn Why the Belief about European People Being a Superior Race is Wrong

©2015 Summary Station (P)2016 Summary Station

Narrator: Mutt Rogers
Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
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Tiempos recios [Hard Times]

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LA NUEVA NOVELA DE MARIO VARGAS LLOSA, PREMIO NOBEL DE LITERATURA Una historia de conspiraciones políticas e intereses encontrados durante la Guerra Fría. Una mentira que pasó por verdad y cambió el devenir de América Latina. «¿Era la historia esa fantástica tergiversación de la realidad?» Guatemala, 1954. El golpe militar perpetrado por Carlos Castillo Armas y auspiciado por Estados Unidos a través de la CIA derroca el gobierno de Jacobo Árbenz. Detrás de este acto violento se encuentra una mentira que pasó por verdad y que cambió el devenir de América Latina: la acusación por parte del gobierno de Eisenhower de que Árbenz alentaba la entrada del comunismo soviético en el continente. Tiempos recios es una historia de conspiraciones internacionales e intereses encontrados, en los años de la Guerra Fría, cuyos ecos resuenan hasta la actualidad. Un suceso que involucró a varios países y en el que algunos verdugos acabaron convirtiéndose en víctimas de la misma trama que habían ayudado a construir. En esta novela apasionante, que conecta con la aclamada La Fiesta del Chivo, Mario Vargas Llosa funde la realidad con dos ficciones: la del narrador que libremente recrea personajes y situaciones, y la diseñada por aquellos que quisieron controlar la política y la economía de un continente manipulando su historia. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2019 Mario Vargas Llosa (P)2019 Penguin Randoms House Grupo Editorial, S.A.U.

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The Wolf and the Woodsman

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In the vein of Naomi Novik’s New York Times best seller Spinning Silver and Katherine Arden’s national best seller The Bear and the Nightingale, this unforgettable debut - inspired by Hungarian history and Jewish mythology - follows a young pagan woman with hidden powers and a one-eyed captain of the Woodsmen as they form an unlikely alliance to thwart a tyrant. In her forest-veiled pagan village, Évike is the only woman without power, making her an outcast clearly abandoned by the gods. The villagers blame her corrupted bloodline - her father was a Yehuli man, one of the much-loathed servants of the fanatical king. When soldiers arrive from the Holy Order of Woodsmen to claim a pagan girl for the king’s blood sacrifice, Évike is betrayed by her fellow villagers and surrendered. But when monsters attack the Woodsmen and their captive en route, slaughtering everyone but Évike and the cold, one-eyed captain, they have no choice but to rely on each other. Except he’s no ordinary Woodsman - he’s the disgraced prince, Gáspár Bárány, whose father needs pagan magic to consolidate his power. Gáspár fears that his cruelly zealous brother plans to seize the throne and instigate a violent reign that would damn the pagans and the Yehuli alike. As the son of a reviled foreign queen, Gáspár understands what it’s like to be an outcast, and he and Évike make a tenuous pact to stop his brother. As their mission takes them from the bitter northern tundra to the smog-choked capital, their mutual loathing slowly turns to affection, bound by a shared history of alienation and oppression. However, trust can easily turn to betrayal, and as Évike reconnects with her estranged father and discovers her own hidden magic, she and Gáspár need to decide whose side they’re on, and what they’re willing to give up for a nation that never cared for them at all.

©2021 Ava Reid (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

Author: Ava Reid
Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
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U.P. Reader: Issue 1

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Michigan's Upper Peninsula is blessed with a treasure chest of writers and poets, all seeking to capture the diverse experiences of Yooper life. Now, U.P. Reader offers a rich collection of their voices that embraces the U.P.'s natural beauty and way of life, along with a few surprises. The 28 works in this first annual volume take listeners on a U.P. road trip from the Mackinac Bridge to Menominee. The audiobook is rich with descriptions of the characters and culture that make the Upper Peninsula worth living in and writing about. Whether you're a native Yooper or just wish you were, you'll love U.P. Reader and want to share it with all your Yooper family and friends. "U.P. Reader offers a wonderful mix of storytelling, poetry, and Yooper culture. Here's to many future volumes!" (Sonny Longtine, author of Murder in Michigan's Upper Peninsula) "Share in the bounty of Michigan's Upper Peninsula with those who love it most. The U.P. Reader has something for everyone. Congratulations to my writer and poet peers for a job well done." (Gretchen Preston, vice president, Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association) "As readers embark upon this storied landscape, they learn that the people of Michigan's Upper Peninsula offer a unique voice, a tribute to a timeless place too long silent." (Sue Harrison, international best-selling author of Mother Earth Father Sky) "I was amazed by the variety of voices in this volume. U.P. Reader offers a little of everything, from short stories to nature poetry, fantasy to reality, Yooper lore to humor. I look forward to the next issue." (Jackie Stark, editor, Marquette Monthly)

©2017, 2021 Upper Peninsula Publishers & Authors Association (UPPAA) (P)2021 Upper Peninsula Publishers & Authors Association (UPPAA)

Narrator: Brandy Thomas
Length: 2 hrs and 44 mins
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Summary of Food

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Food: What the Heck Should I Eat? | Book summary | OneHourReads   Attention: This is a supplementary guide meant to enhance your reading experience of Mark Hyman’s Food: What the Heck Should I Eat? It is not the original book nor is it intended to replace the original book. The original book is available from Amazon and Audible. In the world today, there is already enough confusion about food. Which ones to eat, which ones not to eat, and what not. The book Food: What the Heck Should I Eat? is, however, not another addition to the confusing pile. Rather, Mark Hyman, with this book, aims to erase all the harmful myths we’ve been sold about food and replace them with the right ones.   He advocates for the consumption of natural whole foods, which he believes is the answer to pretty much everything that ails our world. Much of what we eat today is processed and, as such, is not really food in its wholeness.   This audiobook contains a comprehensive, well-detailed summary and key takeaways of the original book by Mark Hyman. It summarizes the book in detail to help people effectively understand, articulate, and imbibe the original work. This audiobook is not meant to replace the original book but to serve as a companion to it. Contained is an:    Executive summary of the original book  Key points of each chapter Brief chapter-by-chapter summaries

©2018 OneHour Reads (P)2018 OneHour Reads

Length: 1 hr and 30 mins
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Noah: 5th Street, Book 1

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Veronica Cruz has been through hell and back. After disconnecting with the world two years ago to be at the side of her dying mother, she's left alone, unemployed, overweight, and feeling a decade older than her 28 years. When her best friend coaxes her into joining the local gym to ditch her depression and rejuvenate her life, she meets Noah. Assigned to help Veronica lose weight, Noah is everything she expected a young trainer to be - perfectly chiseled, supportive, and motivating. Add to that, he's incredibly sexy. He's everything she's ever looked for in a man. What she least expected was for him to fall for her, but he has. There's just one glaring problem: Noah is eight years younger. Noah Quintanilla has his eye on a boxing title - someday. Down for a few months with an injury, his maintenance boy pay at 5th Street Gym won't cut it. He's finally given the opportunity to train. The catch? His trainee is an out-of-shape woman with a free week pass. Taking on the challenge, Noah stumbles into one of the closest friendships he's ever known, and before he knows it, he's in love. But Veronica's not having it - the age difference is too much. Their platonic relationship means having to watch her date other men - something that would make him crazy. Believing he's the man for her, Noah sets out to prove that age is but an illusion and that there's more to him than just a number.

©2012 Elizabeth Reyes (P)2013 Tantor

Narrator: Coleen Marlo
Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
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Okay Fine Whatever

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The "hilarious and poignant" story of one chronically anxious woman's year-long quest to become braver by seeking out the kinds of experiences she's spent her life avoiding. (Cheryl Strayed) For most of her life (and even during her years as the host of a popular radio show), Courtenay Hameister lived in a state of near-constant dread and anxiety. She fretted about everything. Her age. Her size. Her romantic prospects. How likely it was that she would get hit by a bus on the way home.  Until a couple years ago, when, in her mid-forties, she decided to fight back against her debilitating anxieties by spending a year doing little things that scared her - things that the average person might consider doing for a half second before deciding: "nope."  Things like: attending a fellatio class. She did that. She also spent an afternoon in a sensory deprivation tank, got (legally) high in the middle of a workday, had a session with a professional cuddler, braved 28 first dates, and (perhaps scariest of all) actually met someone who might possibly appreciate her for who she is. Refreshing, relatable, and pee-your-pants funny, Okay Fine Whatever is Courtenay's hold-nothing-back account of her adventures on the front lines of Mere Human Woman vs. Fear, reminding us that even the tiniest amount of bravery is still bravery, and that no matter who you are, it's possible to fight complacency and become bold, or at least bold-ish, a little at a time.

©2018 Courtenay Hameister (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
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Lost Ones

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The heart-wrenching follow-up to Bad Idea, a romance of star-crossed lovers in the city that never sleeps.  Six months ago, I gave my heart to a girl. Beautiful, kind, and sexy as sin, she's the only person who saw past my record or the color of my skin. Who ever saw me for me.  She loved me enough to let me go, let me leave this city to find my own path. But without her, I drift, lost without direction. Without me, she spirals, desperate for connection.  I gave my heart to a girl, and she gave hers to me. But love shouldn't hurt this much.  Contains mature themes.

©2018 Raglan Press (P)2019 Tantor

Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
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Watsonia

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No other writer has journeyed further into the soul of Australia and returned to tell the tale than best seller Don Watson in this mesmerising anthology.  "When you write speeches for other people for a living, any audience is a good audience. I address walls and poultry: I stand on a wheelbarrow and give after-dinner speeches as the moon rises over the fowl yard. I say, eight-and-a-half generations of you fowls I have known. The chooks treat it as a diversion, of course. They get on with the main game. They are pragmatists. Why change it if it works, they reckon, and tilt their heads back and let the water run down their throats." (Don Watson) Watsonia gathers the fruits of a writing life. It covers everything from Australian humour to America gone berserk; from Don Bradman to Oscar Wilde; from birds and horses to history and politics. Wherever Don Watson turns his incisive gaze, the results are as illuminating as they are enjoyable.  Watsonia displays the many sides of Don Watson: historian, speechwriter, social critic, humourist, biographer and lover of nature and sports. Replete with wit, wisdom and diverse pleasures, this comprehensive collection includes a wide-ranging introduction by the author and several previously unpublished pieces. 

©2020 Don Watson (P)2020 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Author: Don Watson
Length: 25 hrs and 44 mins
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Les Confessions de Frannie Langton

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Dans la lignée de Sarah Waters et de Margaret Atwood, Sara Collins signe un roman noir gothique saisissant, qui nous plonge, entre la Jamaïque et le Londres du XIXe siècle, dans une véritable épopée où se mêlent colonialisme, esclavage et racisme ; culpabilité, amour et rédemption.   Esclave. Frannie Langton grandit à Paradise, dans une plantation de canne à sucre, où elle est le jouet de chacun : de sa maîtresse, qui se pique de lui apprendre à lire tout en la martyrisant, puis de son maître, qui la contraint à prendre part aux plus atroces expériences scientifiques... Domestique. À son arrivée à Londres, la jeune femme est offerte comme un vulgaire accessoire à George et Marguerite Benham, l'un des couples les plus raffinés d'Angleterre.  Séductrice. Seule contre tous, Frannie trouve une alliée en Marguerite. Entre ces deux lectrices invétérées se noue un lien indéfectible. Une foudroyante passion. Une sulfureuse liaison. Meurtrière. Aujourd'hui, Frannie est accusée du double-meurtre des Benham. La foule se presse aux portes de la cour d'assises pour assister à son procès. Pourtant, de cette nuit tragique, elle ne garde aucun souvenir. Pour tenter de recouverer la mémoire, Frannie prend la plume... Victime ? Qui est vraiment Frannie Langton ?

©2019 Belfond (P)2019 Audible Studios

Narrator: Marie Bouvier
Author: Sara Collins
Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
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In the Shadow of Light

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Corozón, her mother, and her little brother, Pico, have left Honduras to seek asylum in the US. Grandfather Tito and her father, Manuel, saved the life of Colonel Bill, an American soldier, many years ago. It's probably part of the reason Corozón's father was murdered. They believe they are fleeing to safety but don't know about the family-separation policy.  While they flee northward, the daughter and friend of the DOJ employee who has become the face of the policy attend a birthday party. But they don't make it home. Someone wants young Kyra's father to feel the pain of the separated families.  Thanks to a nighttime photo snapped by a freelancer, Corozón's terror at having her little brother pried from her resonates with many. A Washington Post reporter joins Colonel Bill to try to find the family. But the DOJ isn't helping nearly as much to get young Kyra released.  Two families, different circumstances, scary options.  Fiction authors sometimes try to avoid bringing their corner of the real world into their Twitter or Facebook pages. We want people to think of our works, not causes we advocate or protest. Other times, we feel we have to take a stand. When politicians start seizing children from their parents, I speak out. I put my anger into the story of Corozón and her family who seek asylum in the US after her father is murdered for refusing to pay for gang "protection". The story is not hers alone. Through the eyes of two children, Corozón and Kyra, an American child, we see not only the sorrow but how people can come together to build justice and joy.

©2018 Elaine L. orr (P)2018 Elaine L. Orr

Narrator: Andre G Chapoy
Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
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100 citations de Pierre Corneille

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Pierre Corneille est un dramaturge et poète français du XVIIe siècle. Issu d'une famille de la bourgeoisie de robe, Pierre Corneille, après des études de droit, occupa des offices d'avocat à Rouen tout en se tournant vers la littérature, comme bon nombre de diplômés en droit de son temps. Il écrivit d'abord des comédies comme Mélite, La Place royale, L'Illusion comique, et des tragi-comédies Clitandre, Le Cid, qui fut un triomphe. Ce n'est qu'en 1640 qu'il se lança dans la voie de la tragédie historique - il fut le dernier des poètes dramatiques de sa génération à le faire -, donnant ainsi ce que la postérité considéra comme ses chefs-d'œuvre : Horace, Cinna, Polyeucte, Rodogune, Héraclius et Nicomède. Ces 100 citations visent à donner accès à son œuvre monumentale par une sélection de ses pensées les plus marquantes, dans un format accessible à tous. Une citation est plus qu'un extrait d'un propos, ce peut être un trait d'esprit, un résumé d'une pensée complexe, une maxime, une ouverture sur une réflexion plus profonde.

©2020 Compagnie du Savoir (P)2020 Compagnie du Savoir

Narrator: Patrick Blandin
Length: 23 mins
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Solo gli alberi hanno radici

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Gli alberi che non hanno radici sono gli abitanti di Ensenada de Barragán, il paese argentino dove arrivano, partono, ritornano emigranti di diverse generazioni, provenienti soprattutto dall'Istria italo-croata. Ma non si tratta di sradicati, perché non si sentono strappati alla loro terra, piuttosto animali randagi che amano ogni luogo in cui sostano, per breve tempo, a lungo o per sempre, aperti a nuovi incontri, mescolanze, congedi. Questo universo gagliardo e malinconico è pieno di personaggi e di storie comiche o tragiche, sempre epicamente vissute come radicali svolte di vita. La morte scorre tra le pagine, ma non ha più potere degli amori, degli imbrogli, dei malintesi, delle bevute, in un oceano di volti e di corpi che vivono con quell'intensità viscerale che solo la migliore letteratura sudamericana sa inventare o raccontare.

©2017 La nave di Teseo Editore Srl (P)2021 Audible Studios

Narrator: Mirko Marchetti
Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
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The Prague Orgy

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In quest of the unpublished manuscript of a martyred Yiddish writer, the American novelist Nathan Zuckerman travels to Soviet-occupied Prague in the mid-1970s. There, in a nation straightjacketed by totalitarian Communism, he discovers a literary predicament, marked by institutionalized oppression, that is rather different from his own. He also discovers, among the oppressed writers with whom he quickly becomes embroiled in a series of bizarre and poignant adventures, an appealingly perverse kind of heroism. The Prague Orgy, consisting of entries from protagonist Nathan Zuckerman's notebooks recording his sojourn among these outcast artists, completes the Nathan Zuckerman series. It provides a startling ending to Roth's intricately designed magnum opus on the unforeseen consequences of art.

©2016 Philip Roth (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Author: Philip Roth
Length: 2 hrs and 17 mins
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Jericho

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In a career defined by an allegiance to the truth, Charles Bowden's reporting continually unearthed the gritty realities behind high-profile hype, including the doomed war on drugs.  His daring expeditions to Ciudad Juárez, which resulted in such books as his best-seller Murder City, left him with haunting images of ruthless drug lords and their prey. In Jericho, an unpublished work brought to light after Bowden's death in 2014, he captures the monumental corruption and addiction to power that fuel Mexico's drug cartels - and that have fueled much of humanity's suffering throughout the ages.  Interspersed with scenes from the battle of the walled city of Jericho, which in Bowden's eyes is not a story of inspiring strength but of bloodthirsty plunder, the world of El Sicario ("the hitman") unfolds in brutal detail. Bucolic settings such as the Falcon International Reservoir become the site of an unsolved murder as Bowden examines why the high murder rate in Juárez has yet to spill across the border.  Yet, recalling his younger days in Louisiana and retracing the atrocities of racism in America, Bowden reveals a history where greed knows no borders, while undaunted voices (including his own) relentlessly expose its perpetrators.

©2020 The Charles Clyde Bowden Literary Trust, care of Tim Schaffner, care of Susan Schulman Literary Agency (P)2020 Tantor

Narrator: Paul Heitsch
Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
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The Last Carolina Sister

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“Perfect for fans of Debbie Macomber.” (Publishers Weekly)  In Magnolia, North Carolina, love might be waiting right next door.... Meredith Ventner knows a wounded creature when she sees one. Though her temporary new neighbor may be - on the surface at least - a successful, drop-dead gorgeous doctor, she recognizes the deep hurt Ryan Sorensen is carrying, and it’s catnip to her soul. But even though Meredith is the youngest, scrappiest, and single-est of Magnolia’s most famous sisters, she’s committed to expanding the animal shelter on her newly inherited farm. She can’t waste her energy on a man who’s only passing through town. Ryan is hoping that after a month of small-town living he’ll be healed enough to return to his busy ER. His injured leg isn’t half as painful as his guilt from the tragedy he’s trying to forget. Yet somehow, helping feisty, tenderhearted Meredith care for her menagerie is making him question his career-first priorities. Here in this quirky small town another future is coming into view, but can he change his life, and open his heart, to claim it?  The Magnolia Sisters Book 1: The Magnolia Sisters Book 2: The Merriest Magnolia

©2021 Michelle Major (P)2021 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

Narrator: Carly Robins
Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
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The Kitchen God's Wife

7 ratings

Summary

Winnie and Helen have kept each other's worst secrets for more than 50 years. Now, because she believes she is dying, Helen wants to expose all that has been concealed, when she decides to celebrate the Chinese New Year by unburdening herself of everybody's hidden truths - her own and Winnie's, as well as the dreadful news that Winnie's daughter, Pearl, has been keeping from her mother. So begins a series of comic misunderstandings and heartbreaking realizations about luck, loss, and trust, about the things a mother cannot tell a daughter, the secrets a daughter keeps, and the miraculous resiliency of love.

©1991 Amy Tan (P)2008, 2016 Phoenix Books

Narrator: Gwendoline Yeo
Author: Amy Tan
Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
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The Tenants

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With a new introduction by Aleksandar Hemon In The Tenants (1971), Bernard Malamud brought his unerring sense of modern urban life to bear on the conflict between blacks and Jews then inflaming his native Brooklyn. The sole tenant in a rundown tenement, Henry Lesser is struggling to finish a novel, but his solitary pursuit of the sublime grows complicated when Willie Spearmint, a black writer ambivalent toward Jews, moves into the building. Henry and Willie are artistic rivals and unwilling neighbors, and their uneasy peace is disturbed by the presence of Willie's white girlfriend Irene and the landlord Levenspiel's attempts to evict both men and demolish the building. This novel's conflict, current then, is perennial now; it reveals the slippery nature of the human condition, and the human capacity for violence and undoing.

©1971 1971 by Bernard Malamud, renewed 1999 by Ann D. Malamud (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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The Witness of Poetry

1 rating

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Czeslaw Miosz, winner of the 1980 Nobel Prize for Literature, reflects upon poetry's testimony to the events of our tumultuous time. From the special perspectives of "my corner of Europe", a classical and Catholic education, a serious encounter with Marxism, and a life marked by journeys and exiles, Milosz has developed a sensibility at once warm and detached, flooded with specific memory yet never hermetic or provincial. Milosz addresses many of the major problems of contemporary poetry, beginning with the pessimism and negativism prompted by reductionist interpretations of man's animal origins. He examines the tendency of poets since Mallarmé to isolate themselves from society, and stresses the need for the poet to make himself part of the great human family. One chapter is devoted to the tension between classicism and realism; Milosz believes poetry should be "a passionate pursuit of the real". In "Ruins and Poetry" he looks at poems constructed from the wreckage of a civilization, specifically that of Poland after the horrors of World War II. Finally, he expresses optimism for the world, based on a hoped-for better understanding of the lessons of modern science, on the emerging recognition of humanity's oneness, and on mankind's growing awareness of its own history.

©1983 Czeslaw Milosz (P)2012 Redwood Audiobooks

Narrator: Peter Bishop
Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
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Un lungo fortissimo abbraccio

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In un futuro imprecisato David Costello, vittima di una malattia degenerativa incurabile, subisce un'operazione molto particolare: il suo cervello viene trapiantato nel corpo di un altro. Di colpo ha di nuovo vent'anni, ed è bello, forte e sano. Ma non è più se stesso. Gli amici e la figlia non lo riconoscono e sua moglie non ha più neanche la forza di abbracciare quel giovane estraneo che le gira per casa. Ma, quel che è peggio, neanche David riesce a ritrovarsi. È ancora capace di essere il vecchio David, di amare ciò che lui amava, di provare quel che provava? Oppure quel corpo sconosciuto si sta impadronendo di lui, schiudendogli davanti una vita nuova, nuovi sogni, un nuovo amore?  Una favola impossibile e dolcissima, un viaggio dentro il rovello dell'identità, alla ricerca di se stessi.

©2012 Grandi & Associati Srl (P)2019 Audible Studios

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100 citaten van Anatole France

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Anatole France is een Franse schrijver, beschouwd als een van de grootste van het tijdperk van de Derde Republiek, ook was hij een van de grootste literaire critici. Hij werd één van de meest significante geweten van zijn tijd door het aantrekken van vele oorzaken sociale en vroege twintigste eeuw beleid. Hij ontving de Nobelprijs voor zijn gehele oeuvre in 1921. Deze 100 citaties doel om de toegang tot zijn monumentale werk van een selectie van zijn belangrijkste gedachten in een formaat dat voor iedereen toegankelijk te bieden. Een citaat is een uittreksel van een manier, kan dit een verstand, een samenvatting van een complexe gedachte, een spreuk, een opening naar een diepere reflectie.

©2020 Compagnie du Savoir (P)2020 Compagnie du Savoir

Narrator: Rosanne Laut
Length: 24 mins
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The Love Trap

Summary

A vow. A contract. A marriage of fire and ice. But just when Eric de Vries and I found our forever, the entire world conspired to keep us apart. A kidnapping. A trial. A madman bent on revenge. Now caught in a web of our own passion and a father's obsession, the harder we struggle, the tighter we're caught. They say love conquers all, but it feels like we're the conquest. As the walls close in, I have to wonder...are we really meant to be? Or is this love just a trap? Contains mature themes.

©2019 Raglan Publishing (P)2019 Tantor

Narrator: Cindy Kay
Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
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Estrella distante [Distant Star]

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El perenne detective salvaje Arturo Belano presenta al lector un retrato de Carlos Wieder, poeta y aviador, encarnación de la más profunda infamia. Alberto Ruiz-Tagle, fascinante y seductor poeta autodidacta habitual de los talleres literarios del Chile de Salvador Allende, y Carlos Wieder, piloto de las fuerzas aéreas chilenas que escribía versículos de la Biblia con el humo de una avioneta tras el golpe de estado de Pinochet: una y otra cara de la misma moneda, uno y el mismo oscuro personaje. Un individuo, encarnación pura del mal y la crueldad, que el narrador de esta historia, el alter ego de Bolaño y perenne detective salvaje Arturo Belano, se cuida de desmenuzar. Esfumado durante la transición democrática, el poeta y el investigador Abel Romero irán tras sus huellas y las de las desaparecidas hermanas Garmendia para hacer justicia al margen de la ley. La búsqueda conducirá sus pasos a ambos lados del Atlántico, de Chile y México a Barcelona y Blanes, hundiéndose en el más profundo vórtice de la infamia. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©1996 Roberto Bolaño / Todos los derechos reservados (P)2017 Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, S.A.U.

Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
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Le vite-universo di Anna e Tiziano

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Come si dà voce ai personaggi di un audiolibro? Come si entra nello spirito di una trama? Sono alcune delle domande che rivolgiamo a chi gli audiolibri li scrive, li pubblica e, soprattutto, li legge - attrici, attori, doppiatori e speaker -, in questo podcast che ogni 15 giorni racconterà due titoli (una novità uscita da poco e un classico della letteratura, o uno dei libri che hanno appassionato di più gli ascoltatori negli ultimi anni).  Ad Anna Bonaiuto abbiamo chiesto anche come ci si prepara per leggere un romanzo complesso, pieno di personaggi e lungo quanto una maratona, come “Anna Karenina”.  Folco Terzani ci racconta, invece, perché ha deciso di mantenere nella forma del dialogo le ultime conversazioni con il padre, il grande inviato internazionale autore di straordinari reportage tra geopolitica e spiritualità: tutto parte da molto lontano.

©2018 Audible / IlLibraio.it (P)2018 Audible / IlLibraio.it

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100 citaten van Anton Chekhov

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Anton Tsjechov of Tsjechov was een Russische schrijver. Tijdens het oefenen als arts, publiceerde hij meer dan 600 literaire werken; sommige stukken vaak opgevoerd op dit moment - De Meeuw, The Cherry Orchard, Oom Wanja - maken hem tot een van de bekendste schrijvers van de Russische literatuur, met name voor zijn manier van beschrijven van het leven in de Russische provincie de late negentiende eeuw. 100 Deze citaten zijn bedoeld om de toegang tot een voorbeeldig leven, verbazingwekkend of een monumentaal werk van een selectie van zijn belangrijkste gedachten in een formaat dat voor iedereen toegankelijk te bieden. Een citaat is een uittreksel van een manier, kan dit een verstand, een samenvatting van een complexe gedachte, een spreuk, een opening naar een diepere reflectie.

©2020 Compagnie du Savoir (P)2020 Compagnie du Savoir

Narrator: Rosanne Laut
Length: 23 mins
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A Planet for Rent

1 rating

Summary

The most successful and controversial Cuban science fiction writer of all time, Yoss (aka José Miguel Sánchez Gómez) is known for his acerbic portraits of the island under Communism. In his best-selling A Planet for Rent, Yoss pays homage to Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles and 334 by Thomas M. Disch. A critique of Cuba in the 90s, after the fall of the Soviet Union and the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact, A Planet for Rent marks the debut in English of an astonishingly brave and imaginative Latin American voice.

©2014 Jose Miguel Sanchez Gomez. Translation 2014 David Frye (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Chris Carwithen
Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
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Journal d'un amour perdu

2 ratings

Summary

"Maman est morte ce matin et c'est la première fois qu'elle me fait de la peine."  Pendant deux ans, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt tente d'apprivoiser l'inacceptable : la disparition de la femme qui l'a mis au monde. Ces pages racontent son "devoir de bonheur" : une longue lutte, acharnée et difficile, contre le chagrin. Demeurer inconsolable trahirait sa mère, tant cette femme lumineuse et tendre lui a donné le goût de la vie, la passion des arts, le sens de l'humour, le culte de la joie.  Ce texte explore le présent d'une détresse tout autant que le passé d'un bonheur, tandis que s'élabore la recomposition d'un homme mûr qui n'est plus "l'enfant de personne". Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt atteint ici, comme dans La Nuit de feu, à l'universel à force de vérité personnelle et intime dans le deuil d'un amour. Il parvient à transformer une expérience de la mort en une splendide leçon de vie.

©2019 Albin Michel (P)2019 Audiolib

Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
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Pastorali, favole e monumenti letterari

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Come si dà voce ai personaggi di un audiolibro? Come si entra nello spirito di una trama? Sono alcune delle domande che rivolgeremo a chi gli audiolibri li scrive, li pubblica e, soprattutto, li ascolta - attrici, attori, doppiatori e speaker -, in questo podcast che ogni 15 giorni racconterà due audiolibri: una novità uscita da poco e un classico della letteratura, oppure uno dei titoli che hanno appassionato di più gli ascoltatori negli ultimi anni.   "Ogni libro comincia come una favola", dice Massimo Popolizio, straordinario interprete di "Pastorale americana". Ci sono favole e favole, però. Alcune virano in tragedia, come il grande romanzo di Philip Roth, altre nascono con l'unico intento di proiettare chi le ascolta in mondi sconosciuti e fantastici. E quando favole di questo tipo vengono raccontate da una voce in grado, da sola, di dare letteralmente vita a quei mondi, allora diventano dei veri capolavori. Come "La storia infinita", di Michael Ende, grande successo della narrativa fantasy interpretato da Gino La Monica, storico doppiatore e uno dei lettori di audiolibri a cui gli ascoltatori di Audible sono più affezionati.

©2018 Audible / IlLibraio.it (P)2018 Audible / IlLibraio.it

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Family Trust

4 ratings

Summary

Some of us are more equal than others.... Meet Stanley Huang: father, husband, ex-husband, man of unpredictable tastes and temper, aficionado of all-inclusive vacations and bargain luxury goods, newly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. For years, Stanley has claimed that he’s worth a small fortune. But the time is now coming when the details of his estate will finally be revealed, and Stanley’s family is nervous. For his son Fred, the inheritance Stanley has long alluded to would soothe the pain caused by years of professional disappointment. By now, the Harvard Business School graduate had expected to be a financial tech god - not a minor investor at a middling corporate firm, where he isn’t even allowed to fly business class. Stanley’s daughter, Kate, is a middle manager with one of Silicon Valley’s most prestigious tech companies. She manages the capricious demands of her world-famous boss and the needs of her two young children all while supporting her would-be entrepreneur husband (just until his startup gets off the ground, which will surely be soon). But lately, Kate has been sensing something amiss; just because you say you have it all, it doesn’t mean that you actually do. Stanley’s second wife, Mary Zhu, 28 years his junior, has devoted herself to making her husband comfortable in every way - rubbing his feet, cooking his favorite dishes, massaging his ego. But lately, her commitment has waned; caring for a dying old man is far more difficult than she expected.  Linda Liang, Stanley’s first wife, knows her ex better than anyone. She worked hard for decades to ensure their financial security, and is determined to see her children get their due. Single for nearly a decade, she might finally be ready for some romantic companionship. But where does a 72-year-old Chinese woman in California go to find an appropriate boyfriend?  As Stanley’s death approaches, the Huangs are faced with unexpected challenges that upend them and eventually lead them to discover what they most value. A compelling tale of cultural expectations, career ambitions and our relationships with the people who know us best, Family Trust skewers the ambition and desires that drive Silicon Valley and draws a sharply loving portrait of modern American family life. This audiobook includes an episode of the Book Club Girl Podcast, featuring an interview with Kathy Wang about Family Trust.

©2018 Kathy Wang (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Joy Osmanski
Author: Kathy Wang
Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
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French Short Stories for Beginners: 10 More Simple Stories in French

Summary

There are many ways to immerse yourself in French: taking French lessons, watching movies or TV series with French subtitles, taking online courses, join a French-speaking club, traveling in a French-speaking country, reading books.... This book proposes a simple but effective way to learn French through stories for beginners (level A1 and level A2). This book will help you to: Learn new vocabulary Learn new expressions on a specific topic Learn vocabulary of everyday life that is used to communicate with people through dialogues Learn some typical sentences that are frequently used in French dialogues Correct and/or improve your pronunciation with the audio file Improve your comprehension skills through listening Simply improve your French whatever your beginner level is

©2018 Charles Mendel (P)2018 Charles Mendel

Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
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An Unorthodox Match

2 ratings

Summary

An Unorthodox Match is a powerful and moving novel of faith, love, and acceptance, from author Naomi Ragen, the international best-selling author of The Devil in Jerusalem. California girl Lola has her life all set up: business degree, handsome fiancé, fast track career, when suddenly, without warning, everything tragically implodes. After years fruitlessly searching for love, marriage, and children, she decides to take the radical step of seeking spirituality and meaning far outside the parameters of modern life in the insular, ultraorthodox enclave of Boro Park, Brooklyn. There, fate brings her to the dysfunctional home of newly-widowed Jacob, a devout Torah scholar, whose life is also in turmoil, and whose small children are aching for the kindness of a womanly touch. While her mother direly predicts she is ruining her life, enslaving herself to a community that is a misogynistic religious cult, Lola’s heart tells her something far more complicated. But it is the shocking and unexpected messages of her new community itself which will finally force her into a deeper understanding of the real choices she now faces and which will ultimately decide her fate.

©2019 Naomi Ragen (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

Narrator: Gabra Zackman
Author: Naomi Ragen
Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
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Bodega Dreams

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In a stunning narrative combining the gritty rhythms of Junot Diaz with the noir genius of Walter Mosley, Bodega Dreams pulls us into Spanish Harlem, where the word is out: Willie Bodega is king. Need college tuition for your daughter? Start-up funds for your fruit stand? Bodega can help. He gives everyone a leg up, in exchange only for loyalty - and a steady income from the drugs he pushes. Lyrical, inspired, and darkly funny, this powerful debut novel brilliantly evokes the trial of Chino, a smart, promising young man to whom Bodega turns for a favor. Chino is drawn to Bodega's street-smart idealism but soon finds himself over his head, navigating an underworld of switchblade tempers, turncoat morality, and murder.

©2000 Ernesto Quinonez (P)2019 Tantor

Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
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Fontamara

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Nei primi anni della dittatura fascista a Fontamara, "un antico e oscuro luogo di contadini poveri nella Marsica", i "cafoni" subiscono soprusi e ingiustizie così antichi da sembrare naturali come la neve e il vento. Berardo Viola, che porta una scintilla di ribellione, subirà le torture della milizia fascista e sarà ucciso, ma assurgerà a emblema di un nuovo, seppure ancora impreciso e velleitario, livello di dignità.  Opera intessuta di una precisa verità storica, "Fontamara" fonde la ballata popolare, la parabola evangelica e la satira politica in una partitura corale che si fa violenta denuncia di ogni ingiustizia.

©2016 Mondadori (P)2019 Mondadori

Narrator: Claudio Colombo
Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
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By Light of Hidden Candles

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In a mud hut in the Jewish Quarter of 16th century Fez, a dying woman hands her granddaughter a heavy gold ring - and an even heavier secret. Five hundred years later, Alma Ben-Ami journeys to Madrid to fulfill her ancestor’s dying wish. She has recruited an unlikely research partner: Manuel Aguilar, a young Catholic Spaniard whose beloved priest always warned him about getting too friendly with Jews. As their quest takes them from Greenwich Village to the windswept mountain fortresses of southern Spain, their friendship deepens and threatens to cross boundaries sacred to them both; and what they finally discover in the Spanish archives will force them to confront the truth about who they are and what their faiths mean to them. At times humorous, at times deeply moving, this beautifully written and meticulously researched book will appeal to anyone interested in the history of Inquisition-era Spain, Sephardic Jews, or falling in love. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2017 Daniella Levy (P)2020 MB Publishing, LLC

Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
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Pride of Eden

Summary

The enthralling new novel from the acclaimed author of Fallen Land, The River of Kings, and Gods of Howl Mountain Retired racehorse jockey and Vietnam veteran Anse Caulfield rescues exotic big cats, elephants, and other creatures for Little Eden, a wildlife sanctuary near the abandoned ruins of a failed development on the Georgia coast. But when Anse's prized lion escapes, he becomes obsessed with replacing her - even if the means of rescue aren't exactly legal. Anse is joined by Malaya, a former soldier who hunted rhino and elephant poachers in Africa; Lope, whose training in falconry taught him to pilot surveillance drones; and Tyler, a veterinarian who has found a place in Anse's obsessive world. From the rhino wars of Africa to the battle for the Baghdad Zoo, from the edges of the Okefenokee Swamp to a remote private island off the Georgia coast, Anse and his team battle an underworld of smugglers, gamblers, breeders, trophy hunters, and others who exploit exotic game. Pride of Eden is Taylor Brown's brilliant fever dream of a novel: set on the eroding edge of civilization, rooted in dramatic events linked not only with each character's past, but to the prehistory of America, where great creatures roamed the continent and continue to inhabit our collective imagination.

©2020 Taylor Brown (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: Mark Bramhall
Author: Taylor Brown
Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
Available on Audible
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Number One Chinese Restaurant

3 ratings

Summary

From Lillian Li comes an exuberant and wise multigenerational debut audiobook about the complicated lives and loves of people working in everyone’s favorite Chinese restaurant. The Beijing Duck House in Rockville, Maryland, is not only a beloved go-to setting for hunger pangs and celebrations; it is its own world, inhabited by waiters and kitchen staff who have been fighting, loving, and aging within its walls for decades. When disaster strikes, this working family’s controlled chaos is set loose, forcing each character to confront the conflicts that fast-paced restaurant life has kept at bay.  Owner Jimmy Han hopes to leave his late father’s homespun establishment for a fancier one. Jimmy’s older brother, Johnny, and Johnny’s daughter, Annie, ache to return to a time before a father’s absence and a teenager’s silence pushed them apart. Nan and Ah-Jack, longtime Duck House employees, are tempted to turn their 30-year friendship into something else, even as Nan’s son, Pat, struggles to stay out of trouble. And when Pat and Annie, caught in a mix of youthful lust and boredom, find themselves in a dangerous game that implicates them in the Duck House tragedy, their families must decide how much they are willing to sacrifice to help their children.  Generous in spirit, unaffected in its intelligence, multivoiced, poignant, and darkly funny, Number One Chinese Restaurant looks beyond red tablecloths and silkscreen murals to share an unforgettable story about youth and aging, parents and children, and all the ways that our families destroy us while also keeping us grounded and alive.

©2018 Lillian Li (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

Narrator: Nancy Wu
Author: Lillian Li
Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
Available on Audible
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Natural History

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From Carlos Fonseca comes a dazzling, kaleidoscopic epic of art, politics, and hidden realities. Just before the dawn of the new millennium, a curator at a New Jersey museum of natural history receives an unusual invitation from a celebrated fashion designer. She shares the curator’s fascination with the hidden forms of the animal kingdom - with camouflage and subterfuge - and she proposes that they collaborate on an exhibition, the form of which itself remains largely obscure, even as they enter into a strange relationship marked by evasion and elision. Seven years later, after the death of the designer, the curator recovers the archive of their never-completed project. During a long night of insomnia, he finds within the archive a series of clues to the true story of the designer’s family, a mind-bending puzzle that winds from Haifa, Israel, to bohemian 1970s New York to the Latin American jungle. On the way, he discovers a cast of characters whose own fixations interrogate the unstable frontiers between art, science, politics, and religion: an aging photographer, living nearly alone in an abandoned mining town where subterranean fires rage without end, who creates models of ruined cities; a former model turned conceptual artist - and a defendant in a trial over the very nature and purpose of art; a young indigenous boy who has received a vision of the end of the world. Reality is a curtain, as the curator realizes, and to draw it back is to reveal the theater of obsession. Natural History is the portrait of a world trapped between faith and irony, between tragedy and farce. A defiantly contemporary and impressively ambitious novel in the tradition of Italo Calvino and Ricardo Piglia, it confirms Carlos Fonseca as one of the most daring writers of his generation.

©2017 by Carlos Fonseca (P)2020 by Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: Jonathan Davis
Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
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A Grammar of the English Tongue

Summary

This audiobook contains grammar points with examples for learners. With many chapters on various grammatical theories, A Grammar of the English Tongue is the complete guide to the correct usage of English. With its numerous concepts and terms, it serves as a handy reference for personal or academic usage. A Grammar of the English Tongue can help you get the basic skills you need for a career and for further educational pursuits.

Public Domain (P)2018 My Ebook Publishing House

Narrator: Matt Montanez
Length: 2 hrs
Available on Audible
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The Name of Red

Summary

"Not your average love story." The woman in Red has a secret admirer. Amazon top 30 best seller in Asian American Literature. Two strangers on the same path. Survivors. Companions. They will be each other’s salvation.  On a rainy, winter night, a mysterious woman in a red dress seeking shelter comes inside the restaurant Kabir was busy working in —primarily the bar. Night after night, drink after drink, she comes back to the same spot. That is where he sees her for the first time. Hundreds of patrons around her try to speak with her daily, but she dismisses them. It appears she wants to remain in a blissful peace alone with her booze and books. After seeing the mysterious woman reading a book, and because of his shy nature, Kabir gains entrance into her life by anonymously leaving books with notes for her. The Name of Red is the story of two strangers, two different personalities who meet on a winter, rainy night who challenge each other. They have a connection which blossoms into a friendship due to their fondness of books. But they both have secrets that can bind them together or threaten their newfound relationship forever. Recommended for fans of Sense and Sensibility, The Forty Rules of Love, and A Walk to Remember.

©2020 Benish Khan (P)2020 Benish Khan

Author: Beena Khan
Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
Available on Audible
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Gli animali di Camilleri e l'ultimo sole di Faletti

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Come si dà voce ai personaggi di un audiolibro? Come si entra nello spirito di una trama? Sono alcune delle domande che rivolgeremo a chi gli audiolibri li scrive, li pubblica e, soprattutto, li ascolta - attrici, attori, doppiatori e speaker -, in questo podcast che ogni 15 giorni racconterà due audiolibri: una novità uscita da poco e un classico della letteratura, oppure uno dei titoli che hanno appassionato di più gli ascoltatori negli ultimi anni.    Cardellini, lepri, vipere, cani diffamati e gatti innamorati, tigri dello zoo e gracule religiose che imitano alla perfezione le voci umane: sono alcuni degli animali che popolano i nuovissimi racconti di Andrea Camilleri. E, come in ogni romanzo del commissario Montalbano, anche in queste storie c'è una morale: spesso le bestie sono più civili di noi.  Una considerazione che assume tinte fosche nell'ultimo lavoro di Giorgio Faletti, un testo teatrale scritto su misura sulla voce e sull'interpretazione di Chiara Buratti. Mentre il mondo sta per morire, la protagonista attraversa la sua città ormai vuota e ricorda tipi e personaggi, straordinariamente simili a quelli della provincia italiana.

©2018 Audible / IlLibraio.it (P)2018 Audible / IlLibraio.it

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To the Edge of Sorrow

Summary

From "fiction's foremost chronicler of the Holocaust" (Philip Roth), here is a haunting novel about an unforgettable group of Jewish partisans fighting the Nazis during World War II. Battling numbing cold, ever-present hunger, and German soldiers determined to hunt them down, four dozen resistance fighters - escapees from a nearby ghetto - hide in a Ukrainian forest, determined to survive the war, sabotage the German war effort, and rescue as many Jews as they can from the trains taking them to concentration camps. Their leader is relentless in his efforts to turn his ragtag band of men and boys into a disciplined force that accomplishes its goals without losing its moral compass. And so when they're not raiding peasants' homes for food and supplies, or training with the weapons taken from the soldiers they have ambushed and killed, the partisans read books of faith and philosophy that they have rescued from abandoned Jewish homes, and they draw strength from the women, the elderly, and the remarkably resilient orphaned children they are protecting. When they hear about the advances being made by the Soviet Army, the partisans prepare for what they know will be a furious attack on their compound by the retreating Germans. In the heartbreaking aftermath, the survivors emerge from the forest to bury their dead, care for their wounded, and grimly confront a world that is surprised by their existence - and profoundly unwelcoming. Narrated by 17-year-old Edmund - a member of the group who maintains his own inner resolve with memories of his parents and their life before the war - this powerful story of Jews who fought back is suffused with the riveting detail that Aharon Appelfeld was uniquely able to bring to his award-winning novels.

©2020 Aharon Appelfeld and Stuart Schoffman (P)2020 Random House Audio

Narrator: Michael Crouch
Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
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Adios, Mr. Chips [Goodbye, Mr. Chips]

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El modesto profesor que nadie podia olvidar. Una de las obras preferidas de los publicos, que ha sido llevada al cine en numerosas oportunidades, es la historia de Mr. Chips, un modesto profesor en una escuela provinciana, que ve pasar generaciones enteras de alumnos y que vive una vida basada en los recuerdos y en las tradiciones escolares. La sencillez del relato, asi como lo conmovedor de esta novela la han convertido en un pequeno clasico del siglo XX. James Hilton, su autor, fue hijo de un maestro de escuela y es posible que la novela tenga ribetes autobiograficos. Hilton es muy conocido por esta popular obra y por "Horizontes perdidos", la popular novela sobre un sitio donde nadie envejece. One favorite novel is the story of Mr. Chips, a modest teacher in a provincial school. He sees the parade of generations of students and lives his life based on his memories and the school traditions.

©2001 Disonex S.A. (P)2001 Disonex S.A.

Author: James Hilton
Length: 1 hr and 57 mins
Available on Audible
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Libri dimenticati, luoghi dimenticati

Summary

Come si dà voce ai personaggi di un audiolibro? Come si entra nello spirito di una trama? Sono alcune delle domande che rivolgiamo a chi gli audiolibri li scrive, li pubblica e, soprattutto, li legge - attrici, attori, doppiatori e speaker -, in questo podcast che ogni 15 giorni racconterà due titoli (una novità uscita da poco e un classico della letteratura, o uno dei libri che hanno appassionato di più gli ascoltatori negli ultimi anni).  In una Barcellona cupa e soggiogata dal Franchismo, Carlos Ruiz Zafòn costruisce una versione contemporanea del feuilleton, accompagnando Daniel Sempere alla scoperta del "Cimitero dei Libri Dimenticati". "L'ombra del vento" è un romanzo complesso e fitto di intrecci, e Riccardo Bocci ne rende le luci e le ombre nella sua interpretazione, lasciandosi "tirare per i capelli" dalla scrittura: un espediente che racconta di aver imparato da un grande maestro.  Viola Graziosi trova invece la voce intima e intensa della protagonista di "Resto qui". Grazie allo stile asciutto e scarno dell'autore del romanzo finalista allo Strega 2018, Marco Balzano, e una straordinaria intesa emotiva nata con lui a distanza. Viola e Marco si sono incontrati per la prima volta davanti al microfono de "L'Audiolibraio".

©2019 Audible / IlLibraio.it (P)2019 Audible / IlLibraio.it

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Finkler Question

1 rating

Summary

Man Booker Prize, Fiction, 2010 The Finkler Question is a scorching story of friendship and loss and of the wisdom and humanity of maturity. Funny, furious, unflinching, this extraordinary novel shows one of our finest writers at his brilliant best. Julian Treslove and Sam Finkler are old school friends. Despite a prickly relationship and very different lives, they've never quite lost touch with each other - or with their former teacher, Libor Sevick. Now all three are recently widowed, in their own way, and spend sweetly painful evenings together reminiscing. Until an unexpected violent attack brings everything they thought they knew into question.

©2010 Howard Jacobson (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

Narrator: Steven Crossley
Length: 22 hrs and 15 mins
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Doggy Style

Summary

When it comes to doggy style, he’s behind you 100 percent. Preston Evans is a legend in and out of the bedroom. He’s six-foot-two, gorgeous, and famous because his celebrity ex snapchatted his huge package. I hate him. I hate his stupid puppy store, Doggy Style. I hate the way he looks at me like I’m a piece of meat. I don’t care that his abs are chiseled, his arms are tattooed, and his face belongs on the cover of a magazine. Every dog bred means a shelter dog dead!  I chain myself to his store in protest, but instead of calling the cops, he throws me a bone. If I spend one week with him in Hawaii pretending to be his fiancée to snag an investor, he will transform his store into a shelter dog adoption center, saving thousands of dogs’ lives.   One week and I never have to see this sexy, dirty-talking jerk again. How hard can he, uh, I mean it, be?  Sex is off the table. So why do I want him to bend me over it?   Doggy Style is a sexy rom-com from best-selling author and dog rescuer Alana Albertson.  HEA, no cliffhanger. First in a new series of full-length, interconnected standalone romances.

©2017 Alana Albertson (P)2019 Alana Albertson

Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
Available on Audible
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Desierto Sonoro [Sound Desert]

Summary

Un relato conmovedor y necesario que muestra la fragilidad con que se definen los lazos familiares y se pregunta qué significa ser humano en un mundo cada vez más deshumanizado. Un matrimonio en crisis viaja en coche con sus dos hijos pequeños desde Nueva York hasta Arizona. Ambos son documentalistas y cada uno se concentra en un proyecto propio: él está tras los rastros de la última banda apache en rendirse al poder militar estadounidense; ella busca documentar la diáspora de niños que llegan a la frontera sur del país en busca de asilo. Mientras el coche familiar atraviesa el vasto territorio norteamericano, los dos niños, sentados en el asiento trasero, escuchan las conversaciones e historias de sus padres y