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A Book of Five Rings

32 ratings

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This special edition of A Book of Five Rings contains one hour of traditional Japanese flute (shakuhachi) and 43 minutes of music by traditional japanese ensemble. The music appears track by track at the end of the two and a half hour audiobook and is included as wonderful compliment to this dynamic and elegant listening experience. Legendary 17th-century swordsman Miyamoto Musashi’s exposition of sword fighting, strategy, and Zen philosophy. Required listening for any martial artist, business person, or student of strategy.

©2014 Trout Lake Media (P)2014 Trout Lake Media

Length: 4 hrs and 1 min
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Honored Enemy

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New York Times Best-Selling Author  In the frozen Northlands of Midkemia, Captain Dennis Hartraft’s Marauders have just had a disastrous encounter with their sworn enemy, the Tsurani. Wounded and disheartened, the Mauraders set out for the shelter of a frontier garrison. They don’t know that a Tsurani patrol is sent to support an assault on that same garrison. Arriving simultaneously, the Marauders and Tsurani find the outpost already overrun by a dark enemy whose ferocity is legendary in Midkemia. In order to survive, the foes must band together and fight as one. As they make their way across the inhospitable climate, the two batallions struggle not only with the elements and their enemy, but also their consciences. Can their hatred for their mutual enemy overcome their distrust of each other? And, with both sides carrying painful scars from past wars, what is more important: one’s life or one’s honor?

©2009 Raymond E. Feist and William R. Forstchen (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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The ABC's of LGBT+

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The 21st century has seen very positive movement for LGBT+ rights. In the last few years, the overturning of DOMA, the SCOTUS ruling in favor of the Marriage Equality Act, American transgender politicians elected to office, and landmark moments such as Apple becoming the most valuable company in the world under the leadership of an openly gay CEO have advanced LGBT awareness and understanding. In a world full of LGBT questions, The ABC's of LGBT+ has the answers. We are living in a postbinary world where gender fluency and awareness of gender identity and a real understanding of our LGBT family is essential. Ashley Mardell, one of the most trusted voices on YouTube, presents a detailed look at all things LGBT+ in this remarkable book. Along with in-depth definitions, personal anecdotes, resources, and more, The ABC's of LGBT+ is proof that it does get better every day in a world where people are empowered by information and understanding. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2016 Ashley Mardell (P)2017 Tantor

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NIARA: In One Summer a Young Girl Could Lose It All....

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Book 1 of The Urban Girl Series The world of 16-year-old Niara Saunders just reached maximum overload. If one more family secret revealed itself, she just might scream. How much reality could one girl take? She wasn't starring in her own teen documentary where drama guaranteed high ratings and unlimited Access Hollywood exposure. This was her life and it had been very ordinary until recently - bad things just didn’t happen to her. She listened to her elders. She avoided the catastrophes of peer-pressure. And, the only boy she’d ever kissed had been in her first grade class.  Niara planned to continue living that life, but then things changed.... NIARA, is a coming of age story set in the inner city of Philadelphia. It is a young adult novel written in a playful manner. It is a must-listen for teenage girls and boys.

©2000 Elizabeth Griffin (P)2019 Elizabeth Griffin

Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
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The Ministry of Bodies

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Life and death in a modern hospital, from 'poet-physician' Seamus O'Mahony, the award-winning author of The Way We Die Now and Can Medicine Be Cured? Seamus O'Mahony charts the realities of work in the 'ministry of bodies', that huge complex where people come to be cured and to die. From unexpected deaths to moral quandaries and bureaucratic disasters, O'Mahony documents life in the halls and wards that all of us will visit at some point in our lives with his characteristic wit and dry and unsentimental intelligence. Absurd general emails, vain and self-promoting specialists, the relentless parade of self-destructive drinkers and drug users, the comical expectations of baffled patients: this is not a conventional medical memoir, but the collective biography of one of our great modern institutions - the general hospital - through the eyes of a brilliant writer, who happens to be a gifted doctor.

©2021 Seamus O'Mahony (P)2021 Head of Zeus

Narrator: Aidan Kelly
Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
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At Swim-Two-Birds

4 ratings

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More preoccupied with drinking, sleeping, and writing, an unnamed student neglects his studies and invents three separate openings for a novel. The first introduces the Pooka MacPhellimey, "a member of the devil class", the second involves Mr. John Furriskey, a character belonging to another of the student's creations (writer Dermot Trellis), while the final opening features legendary Irish heroes Finn Mac Cool and Mad King Sweeny. Soon, Trellis' creations rebel against him, doing as they like while he sleeps, and the characters from each story begin wandering in and out of each other's tales.  Published in 1939, At Swim-Two-Birds is a madcap exploration of Irish literature and mythology and the unending possibilities of fiction.  Artwork © 2019 Naxos AudioBooks UK Ltd. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©1939 Flann O'Brien (P)2019 Naxos AudioBooks UK Ltd.

Narrator: Aidan Kelly
Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
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Flamefall

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Revolutionary flames ignite around Annie, Lee, and a brand-new character in the follow-up to Fireborne. After fleeing the revolution and settling into the craggy cliffs of New Pythos, the dragonlords are eager to punish their usurpers and reclaim their city. Their first order of business was destroying the Callipolan food supply. Now they're coming for the dragonriders. Annie is Callipolis' new Firstrider, charged with leading the war against New Pythos. But with unrest at home, enforcing the government's rationing program risks turning her into public enemy number one. Lee struggles to find his place after killing kin for a leader who betrayed him. He can support Annie and the other Guardians...or join the rebels who look to topple the new regime. Griff, a lowborn dragonrider who serves New Pythos, knows he has no future. And now that Julia Stormscourge is no longer there to protect him, he is called on to sacrifice everything for the lords that oppress his people - or to forge a new path with the Callipolan Firstrider seeking his help. With famine tearing Callipolis apart and the Pythians determined to take back what they lost, it will be up to Annie, Lee, and Griff to decide who - and what - to fight for.

©2021 Rosaria Munda (P)2021 Listening Library

Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
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Himself

10 ratings

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Having been abandoned on the steps of an orphanage as an infant, lovable car thief and Dublin charmer Mahony assumed all his life that his mother had simply given him up. But when he receives an anonymous note suggesting that foul play may have led to his mother's disappearance, he sees only one option: to return to the rural Irish village where he was born and find out what really happened 26 years ago. From the moment he sets foot in Mulderrig, Mahony's presence turns the village upside down. His uncannily familiar face and outsider ways cause a stir among the locals, who receive him with a mixture of excitement (the women), curiosity (the men), and suspicion (the pious). Determined to uncover the truth about what happened to his mother, Mahony solicits the help of brash anarchist and retired theater actress Mrs. Cauley. This improbable duo concocts an ingenious plan to get the town talking about the day Mahony's mother disappeared and are aided and abetted by a cast of eccentric characters, both living and dead. Himself is a simmering mixture - a blend of the natural everyday and the supernatural, folklore and mystery, and a healthy dose of quintessentially Irish humor. The result is a darkly comic crime story in the tradition of a classic Irish trickster tale, complete with a twisting and turning plot, a small town rife with secrets, and an infectious love of language and storytelling that is a hallmark of the finest Irish writers.

©2017 Jess Kidd (P)2017 Simon & Schuster Audio

Narrator: Aidan Kelly
Author: Jess Kidd
Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
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Days Without End

13 ratings

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From Sebastian Barry, a two-time finalist for the Man Booker Prize, comes a powerful and unforgettable novel chronicling a young Irish immigrant's army years in the Indian wars and the American Civil War. Thomas McNulty, having fled the Great Famine in Ireland and now barely 17 years old, signs up for the US Army in the 1850s and with his brother in arms, John Cole, goes to fight in the Indian Wars - against the Sioux and the Yurok - and, ultimately, in the Civil War. Orphans of terrible hardships themselves, they find these days to be vivid and alive, despite the horrors they see and are complicit in. Moving from the plains of Wyoming to Tennessee, Sebastian Barry's latest work is a masterpiece of atmosphere and language. An intensely poignant story of two men and the makeshift family they create with a young Sioux girl, Winona, Days Without End is a fresh and haunting portrait of the most fateful years in American history and is a novel never to be forgotten.

©2017 Sebastian Barry (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Aidan Kelly
Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
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Murder on the Peninsula

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Murder on the beach, kidnap on the moor. DI Maureen Lyons investigates. It is with a certain trepidation that the local garda approach a car stuck out on Ballyconneely Beach gradually becoming swamped by the rising tide. And the police’s worst fears are confirmed when they find it contains the body of a young woman. When the post-mortem indicates the death was the result of foul play, the girl’s family is interviewed and her room searched. After the discovery of a USB stick that appears to be evidence of corruption within the Council’s planning department, the investigation begins to centre on an architectural firm. Whether or not the killer is feeling the heat, another girl is abducted. The race is now on to track down the felon. But he actually seems to want the police to find him, as he taunts DI Maureen Lyons with information.

©2019 David Pearson (P)2021 W F Howes

Narrator: Aidan Kelly
Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
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Murder at the Old Cottage

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Are detectives right to think that the brutal murder of a pensioner is more than just a burglary gone wrong?  A health worker visiting clients in a remote area on the West Coast of Ireland has a nasty surprise when she finds a reclusive old man dead in his armchair in his tumbledown cottage.  When the local Garda is called, it soon becomes obvious that this is no death from natural causes. The man has been tortured and his house ransacked.  Galway detectives and pathology are called in to establish the cause of death and a possible motive. Nothing has been taken from the house, and the Scene of Crime Officers discover little to excite forensics. So, why did the man meet such a violent and miserable death? This is the second case for detectives Mick Hays and Maureen Lyons. The investigation will draw the team into a darker side of Ireland: its criminal underworld, the gangs who’ll do anything for a price, and desperate men whose shady dealings are catching up with them.  Set mostly in the beautiful surroundings of the west of Ireland’s rural landscape, but also in Cork and Limerick, readers who like atmospheric crime fiction will love this authentic and gripping murder mystery. Murder at the Old Cottage is the second audiobook by David Pearson to feature these detectives. Look out for the first, the best-selling Murder on the old Bog Road, and Murder on the West Coast, audiobook 3 in the series.

©2018 David Pearson (P)2018 W.F. Howes Ltd

Narrator: Aidan Kelly
Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
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Now That I've Found You

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Short-listed for the Romantic Novelists' Association Contemporary Romantic Novel Award, 2015.  Everyone deserves to find that one person who's meant for them, don't they? Honest and wise, poignant and warm, this is completely absorbing storytelling for fans of Jojo Moyes and Marian Keyes.  Vinnie is an ordinary man. Ellen is an ordinary woman.  Ellen is unable to move on after a terrible accident that left her mentally and physically scarred.  Taxi driver Vinnie is struggling to cope with bringing up two children on his own.  Everyone deserves to find that one person who's meant for them, don't they? Fall in love with the story of Vinnie and Ellen. Because ordinary lives can be extraordinary. 

©2014 Ciara Geraghty (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
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Ulysses (AmazonClassics Edition)

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James Joyce’s landmark novel traces the course of three characters on one summer day in Dublin. First, there’s middle-aged wanderer and appeasing cuckold Leopold Bloom. He crosses paths with Stephen Dedalus, a young aspiring writer flirting with indulgence. Among a gallery of generous, ebullient, and brawling Dubliners, Bloom and Dedalus find in each other, for a few hours, a spiritual father and son. Then there’s Molly, Leopold’s wife. Conflicted about love, marriage, motherhood, and sexual longing, she’ll spend her afternoon with a lover. Later, as day turns to night, with Leopold beside her, Molly brings an odyssey to an indelible end.  With its Homeric allusions, labyrinthine digressions, and shifting narrative styles, James Joyce’s universal epic of the human condition achieves a singular and everlasting grandeur.  Revised edition: Previously published as Ulysses, this edition of Ulysses (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.

Public Domain (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Author: James Joyce
Length: 31 hrs and 10 mins
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Midday

Summary

Five hours. Four points of view.  Vincent is a wealthy banker living in one of the plushest penthouses Dublin has to offer.  Ryan is a former PR executive who quit his job in an attempt to write a best-selling novel.  Jack is a former member of one of Dublin’s notorious crime gangs, keen to get away from his illicit past.  Darragh is young and dumb, desperate to make a name for himself in gangland circles.  Over the course of five hours, during one strange spring morning in Dublin, all four of their worlds collide. But what brings them together? And whose dark past will come back to haunt them the most? They don’t have long to find out; they have only until Midday. And the clock is ticking....

©2018 David B. Lyons (P)2018 W. F. Howes Ltd

Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
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Murder on the West Coast

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Tensions arise between detectives when a kidnapping is upgraded to a murder investigation.  When an incompetent local crook makes a botched attempt at a kidnap, it should be a wrap for the Galway police. Unfortunately, Maureen Lyons’ first case in charge as Detective Inspector threatens to be a wash out as a series of mishaps lets the prime suspect slip through the Garda’s fingers.  When the true consequences of the crime become apparent and a body is discovered, the detectives will have to up their game lest they incur the full wrath of the police chief. Can Detective Lyons overcome her growing self-doubt and track down the ringleader behind the extortion attempt to save her reputation?  A manhunt develops that takes the police across the whole of Ireland but ends in a shocking showdown on home turf on the west coast. It will take all of senior DI Mick Hays’ experience and much of DI Lyons’ sheer gall to collar the culprits and smash a crime ring. But will doing so also test their relationship to the limit?  Murder on the West Coast is the third audiobook by David Pearson featuring these detectives. Look out for the first and second audiobooks: Murder on the Old Bog Road and Murder at the Old Cottage.

©2018 David Pearson (P)2018 W. F. Howes Ltd

Narrator: Aidan Kelly
Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
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Murder at the Pony Show

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Set in the beautiful surroundings of the west coast of Ireland, Murder at the Pony Show is a cosy police procedural the whole family can enjoy.  The discovery of a man’s body puts a damper on the annual Connemara Pony Show.  DI Maureen Lyons investigates a difficult case of foul play. The show is under way, but the gaiety is brought to an abrupt halt with the discovery of a dead man in a horsebox.  Whilst the teenaged owner of the horse runs off in fright, detectives are quickly dispatched to investigate what is soon established as murder. Given the suspicious activity of the organisers, and the peculiar occupation of the victim, the Irish police have a conundrum on their hands.  Several motives begin to emerge, but when they are compounded by a kidnapping and evidence of dodgy dealings, it is far from an open-and-shut case.

©2019 David Pearson (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

Narrator: Aidan Kelly
Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
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Days Without End

3 ratings

Summary

Having signed up for the US Army in the 1850s, aged barely 17, Thomas McNulty and his brother-in-arms, John Cole, go on to fight in the Indian wars and ultimately the Civil War. Orphans of terrible hardships themselves, despite the horrors they both see and are complicit in, they find these days to be vivid. Both an intensely poignant story of two men and the lives they are dealt and a fresh look at some of the most fateful years in America's past.

©2016 Sebastian Barry (P)2016 W.F. Howes Ltd

Narrator: Aidan Kelly
Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
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Please Do Not Disturb

Summary

Charlie, a curious boy with a dangerous Dictaphone habit, eavesdrops on the eccentric guests of the Mirage Hotel as the African nation of Bwalo prepares for the annual appearance of its Glorious Leader Tafumo. Sean, an Irishman who's given his heart (and the best part of his liver) to Bwalo, struggles to write the great African novel - if only his crazed fiancée and fierce thirst would stop distracting him. Josef, mythmaker and kingmaker, who paved the way for Tafumo's rise to power, starts to hear the ominous rattle of skeletons in his closet. Hope, the nurse caring for the King, keeps the old man alive, maintaining the façade of the powerful ruler, as she mourns her own broken dreams. And in the countdown to the Big Day, storm clouds are gathering as petty criminal Jack smuggles something into Bwalo - to the Mirage Hotel - that will change the lives of all of them forever.

©2016 Robert Glancy (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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Murder on Pay Day

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A body found below a cliff is not what it seems, and a deadly heist is underway in this enjoyable Irish murder mystery.  Whilst junior detectives rush to the scene of a potential murder near Roundstone, Connemara, an informant lets on to DCI Mick Hays that a big robbery is about to take place. With a large part of Galway’s police force mobilised to catch the felons in the act, resources are stretched.  Will the robbers walk into the trap? Is the information reliable? Are they sufficiently prepared? Unresolved, the murder and the heist stand to leave egg on the face of the west coast of Ireland’s finest. And a group of dangerous criminals are set to make off scot-free with the Christmas pay. It will take serious detective work to convince the chief superintendent that Hays and his team are up to the task in hand.

©2018 David Pearson (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

Narrator: Aidan Kelly
Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
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The Great Unexpected

1 rating

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A curmudgeon and his eccentric new roommate join together to plan an epic escape in this charming, poignant tale. Joel lives in a nursing home, and he’s not one bit happy about it. He hates being told when to eat, when to sleep, when to take his pills. He’s fed up with life and begins to plan a way out when his new roommate, a retired soap opera actor named Frank, moves in and turns the nursing-home community upside down. Though the two men couldn’t be more opposite, a fast friendship is formed when Frank is the only one who listens to and stands up for Joel. When he tells Frank about his burgeoning plan, they embark together on a mission to find the perfect escape and along the way will discover that it’s never too late for new beginnings. Filled with colorful characters, sparkling humor, and deep emotion, The Great Unexpected is the story of friendship, finding oneself later in life, and experiencing newfound joy in the most unexpected places.

©2018 Dan Mooney (P)2019 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

Narrator: Aidan Kelly
Author: Dan Mooney
Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
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Me, Myself and Them

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A heart-wrenching, funny and fresh debut about human connection and the power of friendship. Struggling to cope with a tragic loss, Denis Murphy has, for the past seven years, learned to live differently. His friends are used to his strict routines, like ironing his socks and lighting his fireplace every Sunday (even in the summer). His forlorn mother puts up with his strange “no touching” antics, even though all she wants is a hug from her son. Really, the only problem is the four monsters he has for roommates. This ragtag bunch runs his life, determined to create chaos in his orderly world. Then Rebecca, Denis’ enigmatic ex-girlfriend from his former life, returns to town. Shocked to meet the new Denis - a broken man, unable to manage even the most basic social interactions - she becomes fixated on bringing back the funny, charismatic man she once loved. As Denis begins to emerge from his sheltered existence and rediscover the person he used to be, the monsters declare all-out war. Denis is finally forced to confront the demons that share his house and his head. By turns heartbreaking and heartwarming, Me, Myself and Them deftly explores mental illness with compassion and in entirely original terms. With wit and charm, Daniel Mooney offers a wholly new perspective on the effects of grief and shows that in order to move on, we must let others in.

©2018 Dan Mooney (P)2018 WF Howes

Narrator: Aidan Kelly
Author: Dan Mooney
Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
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A Rock and a High Place

Summary

Joel lives in a nursing home, and he’s not one bit happy about it. He doesn’t like being told when to eat and when to take his pills. In fact, he doesn’t like living at all, and he’s decided he’s going to end his life on his terms.  When he tells retired soap actor Frank, he urges him to go out with a bang. Together, they embark on a mission to find the perfect suicide and along the way discover the strength of friendship when you really feel alone.

©2018 Dan Mooney (P)2018 W. F. Howes Ltd

Narrator: Aidan Kelly
Author: Dan Mooney
Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
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