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Speaker for the Dead

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In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: the Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War. Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered by Portuguese colonists on the planet Lusitania. But again the aliens' ways are strange and frightening...again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery...and the truth. Orson Scott Card infuses this tale with intellect by casting his characters in social, religious, and cultural contexts. This, the author's definitive edition of the sequel to Ender's Game, also includes an original postscript written and recorded by the author himself, Orson Scott Card!.

©1986, 1990 Orson Scott Card (P)2002 Fantastic Audio, an Imprint of Audio Literature

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How to Escape from Jehovah's Witnesses

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Jehovah's Witnesses number into the millions globally and are well known for their public evangelism about God's kingdom. But beneath the facade of brotherly love and organizational unity lies a captive organization in which doubts are stifled, and dissent is ruthlessly crushed. Once a Witness stops believing, they face being ostracized as a loathed "mentally diseased" apostate. They must navigate a labyrinth of obstacles and dilemmas due to the organization's cruel policy of shunning former members. Lloyd Evans is a well-known ex-Witness writer and activist, and in his second audiobook, he draws on his firsthand, insider knowledge as a former elder to guide would-be escapees through the minefield that awaits them. How should elders be dealt with? What resources are available for objective research? What should someone do if they are threatened with judicial action? What about coming clean to family members? How does someone go about rebuilding their social circle? What precautions should be taken to maintain privacy when browsing apostate material online? All these questions and more are answered in How to Escape from Jehovah's Witnesses, described by Paul Grundy of JWfacts.com as "an invaluable tool in helping [former Witnesses] move on as efficiently and painlessly as possible".

©2018 Lloyd Evans (P)2018 Lloyd Evans

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Ender in Exile

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Orson Scott Card returns to his best-selling series with a new Ender novel, Ender in Exile. At the close of Ender's Game, Andrew Wiggin - called Ender by everyone - is told that he can no longer live on Earth, and he realizes that this is the truth. He has become far more than just a boy who won a game: he is the Savior of Earth, a hero, a military genius whose allegiance is sought by every nation of the newly shattered Earth Hegemony. He is offered the choice of living in isolation on Eros, at one of the Hegemony's training facilities, but instead the 12-year-old chooses to leave his home world and begin the long relativistic journey out to the colonies. With him went his sister Valentine, and the core of the artificial intelligence that would become Jane. The story of those years has never been told...until now. 

©2008 Orson Scott Card (P)2008 Macmillan Audio

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Operation Homecoming

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In the summer of 2004, the National Endowment for the Arts organized a series of writing workshops, led by prominent authors, to encourage U.S. troops and their families to record their experiences and reflections on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The result is this extraordinary volume of first-hand letters, poems, journals, memoirs, and e-mails from the men and women directly involved in battle and their families back home. This uniquely personal addition to the long tradition of war literature covers the entire arc of a soldier's journey, from those first experiences of combat, encounters with Iraqis and Afghans, and the humor and boredom of the daily grind, to the physical and emotional toll of battle, the struggle of loved ones back home to carry on, and finally the return and integration back into American life. Featured on the cover of the New Yorker and in various print and TV news programs, this rich historical document will preserve the stories of American troops at a crucial moment in American history. Edited by Andrew Carroll. Read by Sandi Austin, Joe Barrett, David Birney, Stephen Bonnell, Richard Brewer, Scott Brick, Emily Janice Card, Orson Scott Card, Andrew Carroll, Ross Cohen, Gabrielle De Cuir, Harlan Ellison, Robert Forster, Kirby Heyborne, Stephen Hoye, Arte Johnson, Stephen Lang, Rex Linn, Kathe Mazur, John Rubinstein, Stefan Rudnicki, Judith Smiley, Mirron E. Willis, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., and Stephanie Zimbalist.

©2006 Southern Arts Federation (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc

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Shadow Puppets

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Best selling SF author Orson Scott Card brings to life a new chapter in the saga of Ender's Earth. Earth and its society have been changed irrevocably in the aftermath of Ender Wiggin's victory over the Formics. The unity forced upon the warring nations by an alien enemy has shattered. Nations are rising again, seeking territory and influence, and most of all, seeking to control the skills and loyalty of the children from the Battle School. But one person has a better idea. Peter Wiggin, Ender's older, more ruthless brother, sees that any hope for the future of Earth lies in restoring a sense of unity and purpose. And he has an irresistible call on the loyalty of Earth's young warriors. With Bean at his side, he will reshape our future. Here is the continuing saga of Bean and Petra, and the rest of Ender's Dragon Army, as they take their places in the new government of Earth.

©2002 Orson Scott Card (P)2002 Fantastic Audio

Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
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Shadow of the Hegemon

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Ender's Game told the story of the boy "Ender" Wiggin and his hard-won victory over an alien race that would have destroyed the Earth and all of humanity. But Ender was not the only child in the Battle School. He was just the best of the best. In Ender's Shadow, Orson Scott Card told the story of another of those precocious generals, the one they called Bean - the one who became Ender's right hand, his strategist, and his friend. And now Card continues Bean's story, and finally tells a tale long awaited by millions of fans. At last we learn what happened on Earth after the destruction of the Hive Queen's worlds, after humanity no longer had a single enemy to unify the warring nations. This is the story of how Bean turned away from his first friend, Ender, and became the tactical genius who won the Earth for Ender's brother, Peter, who became the Hegemon.

©2000 Orson Scott Card

Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
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Shadow of the Giant

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The Ender Saga continues with Shadow of the Giant, which parallels the events of Ender's Game from a different character’s point of view.  Bean's past was a battle just to survive. He first appeared on the streets of Rotterdam, a tiny child with a mind leagues beyond anyone else. He knew he could not survive through strength; he used his tactical genius to gain acceptance into a children's gang, and then to help make that gang a template for success for all the others. He civilized them, and lived to grow older. Then he was discovered by the recruiters for the Battle School.  For Earth was at war - a terrible war with an inscrutable alien enemy. A war that humanity was near to losing. But the long distances of interstellar space has given hope to the defenders of Earth - they had time to train military geniuses up from childhood, forging them into an irresistible force in the high-orbital facility called the Battle School. That story is told in two books, Orson Scott Card's beloved classic Ender's Game, and its parallel, Ender's Shadow. Now, in Shadow of the Giant, Bean's story continues.  Bean was the smallest student at the Battle School, but he became Ender Wiggins' right hand. Since then he has grown to be a power on Earth. He served the Hegemon as strategist and general in the terrible wars that followed Ender's defeat of the alien empire attacking Earth. Now he and his wife Petra yearn for a safe place to build a family - something he has never known - but there is nowhere on Earth that does not harbor his enemies - old enemies from the days in Ender's Jeesh, new enemies from the wars on Earth. To find security, Bean and Petra must once again follow in Ender's footsteps. They must leave Earth behind, in the control of the Hegemon, and look to the stars. 

©2005 Orson Scott Card (P)2005 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
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For the Time Being

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This personal, philosophical narrative surveys the panorama of our world past and present. Dillard poses questions of natural evil, God, and individual existence. Can one individual really matter? If so, how? Compassionate, enthralling, and always surprising, For the Time Being is the latest work by one of our most original writers - her breadth of knowledge matched by keenness of observation- at her best.

©1999 by Annie Dillard; 1925 by J.B. Shackleford (P)1999 NewStar Media Inc.

Narrator: David Birney
Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
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Great Moments in History

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Compiled here are original broadcasts that changed the face of the 20th century along with dramatization of classic speeches, including:  Socrates - "Apology" (399 BC) - Performed by Christopher Cazenove Joan of Arc - "Inquisition" (1431) - Performed by Susan Anspach Martin Luther - "I Cannot and Will Not Retrace" (1521) - Performed by Julian Holloway Queen Elizabeth I "The Golden Speech" (1601) - Performed by Stephanie Beacham Robespierre - "Festival" (1794) - Performed by David Warner Nikolai Lenin - "Proletariat" (1919) - Performed by Theodore Bikel Lady Astor - "Women in Politics" (1922) - Performed by Juliet Mills David Ben Gurion - "A Jewish State" (1948) - Performed by Theodore Bikel King Edward VIII - "Abdication" (1936) - Original Broadcast  Adolf Hitler - "Sudetenland Occupation" (1938) - Original Broadcast  Winston Churchill - "Radio Address" (1936) - Original Broadcast  Winston Churchill "Address" (1940) - Original Broadcast  Franklin D. Roosevelt - "War Against Japan" (1941) - Original Broadcast  Jonathan Edwards - "An Angry God" (1741) - Performed by Harlan Ellison Patrick Henry - "Give Me Liberty" (1775) - Performed by David Birney Samuel Adams - "American Independence" (1776) - Performed by Frank Muller George Washington - "Inaugural Address" (1789) - Performed by William Windom George Washington - "Farewell Address" (1796) - Performed by William Windom Thomas Jefferson - "Inaugural Address" (1801) - Performed by Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.  John Brown - "Death" (1859) - Performed by Michael Gross Jefferson Davis - "Withdrawal" (1861) - Performed by Robert Gilliland Abraham Lincoln - "Gettysburg Address" (1863) - Performed by Burt Reynolds Susan B. Anthony - "On Woman’s Suffrage" (1873) - Performed by Loretta Swit Booker T. Washington - "The American Standard" (1896) - Performed by James Reynolds Williams Jennings Bryan - "The Ideal Republic" (1923) - Original Broadcast Amelia Earhart - "Women in Flying" (1931) - Original Broadcast Franklin D. Roosevelt - "Inaugural Address" (1933) - Original Broadcast Franklin D. Roosevelt - "Inaugural Address" (1937) - Original Broadcast Lou Gehrig - "Farewell to Baseball" (1939) - Original Broadcast Babe Ruth - "Farewell to Baseball" (1947) - Original Broadcast Harry S. Truman - "Inaugural Address" (1949) - Original Broadcast General Douglas MacArthur - "Address to Congress" (1951) - Original Broadcast John F. Kennedy - "Inaugural Address" (1961) Original Broadcast John F. Kennedy - "Cuban Missile Crisis" (1962) - Original Broadcast Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - "Civil Rights Address" (1963) - Original Broadcast Malcolm X - "On Black Power" (1964) - Original Broadcast Edward Kennedy - "Eulogy for Robert F. Kennedy" (1968) - Original Broadcast Neil Armstrong - "Moon Landing" (1969) - Original Broadcast Gloria Steinem - "To Women" (1971) - Original Broadcast Richard Nixon - "End of The Vietnam War" (1973) - Original Broadcast Jimmy Carter - "Energy and National Goals" (1979) - Original Broadcast Ronald Reagan - "The Berlin Wall" (1987) - Original Broadcast George Bush - "The Bombing of Iraq" (1991) - Original Broadcast William J. Clinton - "Convocation" (1993) - Original Broadcast

Public Domain (P)2019 Phoenix Books

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More of the Greatest Mysteries of All Time

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More of the Greatest Mysteries of All Time is the second in a series featuring the finest short story mystery fiction by the most acclaimed writers, past and present. From Thomas Hardy, O. Henry, Jack London, Vincent Starrett and everyone in between, this unique collection, edited by multi-award winning mystery connoisseur Otto Penzler, is a delightful mixture of mystery and suspense.

©2009 Phoenix (P)2009 Phoenix

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Murder for Christmas

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Ah, the pleasures of Christmas...the hanging of greens, the traditional feast, the gathering families, a few secrets in the air...and a bit of murder, conspiracy, and theft. The holiday season seems to inspire the imagination of the best mystery writers, and their talents shine here in these delightful tales of Yuletide crime. So seize a few quiet hours in this busiest of seasons to enjoy their sleigh full of mysterious treasures, here with the finest of flair. "Death on Christmas" by Stanley Ellin - A lawyer visits his reclusive clients on Christmas Eve. "The Necklace of Pearls" by Dorothy L. Sayers - Traditional party games in a fine old manor house are interrupted by the disappearance of family treasures. "The Case is Altered" by Margery Allingham - In the shadows of a country estate aquiver with Christmas bustle, Mr. Albert Campion discerns activity that could be young love...or blackmail. "Cambric Tea" by Marjorie Bowen - An unpleasant aristocrat swears that his wife is poisoning him, and demands the intervention of a young doctor. "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - The game is afoot! And the world's greatest consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes, is on the trail of the diamond thief who's hidden his booty in a Christmas goose. "The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding" by Agatha Christie - Persuaded against his will to enjoy the pleasures of an old-fashioned English country Christmas, Hercule Poirot is on the trail of a rare and priceless ruby which has disappeared under circumstances embarrassing to its princely owner. "Death on Air" by Ngaio Marsh - Septimus Tonks has been found dead of electrocution on Christmas morning; Chief Detective, Inspector Roderick Alleyn, must determine whether it's an accident, a suicide...or murder. "Back for Christmas" by John Collier - Hermione Carpenter manages everything beautifully, and has promised to bring her husband, the doctor, back to England for Christmas, but he has other plans....

©1982 The Mysterious Press (P)1989, 2017 Dove Books-On-Tape / Phoenix Books

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Collected Stories

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Collected Stories is the definitive compilation of Lewis Shiner’s short work, featuring over forty stories voiced by top narrators in the business. Contents include: Introduction, read by Karen Joy Fowler “Perfidia,” read by Stefan Rudnicki “Stuff of Dreams,” read by John Rubinstein “The War at Home,” read by Stefan Rudnicki “Straws,” read by Scott Brick “Nine Hard Questions,” read by Kimberly Farr “White City,” read by Gabrielle de Cuir “Primes,” read by Arthur Morey “The Long Ride Out,” read by Rex Linn “Sitcom,” read by Stefan Rudnicki “The Death of Che Guevara,” read by Roxanne Hernandez and Stefan Rudnicki “His Girlfriend’s Dog,” read by Stefan Rudnicki “Deep without Pity,” read by Rex Linn “The Circle,” read by Kimberly Farr “Twilight Time,” read by Stefan Rudnicki “Jeff Beck,” read by Stefan Rudnicki “Wild for You,” read by Kris Tabori “Till Human Voices Wake Us,” Read by John Rubinstein “Flagstaff,” read by Scott Brick “Tommy and the Talking Dog,” read by Janis Ian “Oz,” read by Kris Tabori “Love in Vain,” read by Stefan Rudnicki “Steam Engine Time,” read by Stefan Rudnicki “Kings of the Afternoon,” read by Stefan Rudnicki “Sticks,” read by Stefan Rudnicki “The Tale of Mark the Bunny,” read by Janis Ian “The Killing Season,” read by Rex Linn “Scales,” read by Gabrielle de Cuir “Snowbirds,” read by Gabrielle de Cuir and Stefan Rudnicki “Match,” read by Kris Tabori “Relay,” read by Gabrielle de Cuir and Stefan Rudnicki “Castles Made of Sand,” read by Stefan Rudnicki “Prodigal Son,” read by Rex Linn “Mozart in Mirrorshades,” read by Stefan Rudnicki “Kidding Around,” read by Stefan Rudnicki “Mystery Train,” read by John Rubinstein “Secrets,” read by Roxanne Hernandez “Golfing Vietnam,” read by Gabrielle de Cuir “Stompin’ at the Savoy,” read by Stefan Rudnicki “Gold,” read by Arthur Morey “Dirty Work,” read by Stefan Rudnicki “Lizard Men of Los Angeles,” read by David Birney

©2013 Lewis Shiner (P)2013 Blackstone Audiobooks

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Resonance

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When the Earth’s magnetic poles begin trading places, four scientists will have to race against time to save humanity. Dr. Becky Sorenson has found a cache of frogs with a very high mutation rate...and some odd behaviors. Dr. David Carter’s core earth samples seem to indicate the next polar reversal will be worse than predicted. And CDC researchers Jordan and Jillian are looking at a strange new disease. When the four scientists delve deeper, they discover they are all looking at the leading edge of a sweeping magnetic polar reversal. As humanity ignores their increasingly panicked warnings, the scientists will have to fight to save everyone...if they even can. Resonance is a gripping, science-based thriller that will make you wonder what will happen when the poles really do shift. If you’re ready for a smart ride that will keep you guessing, start listening to Resonance now. Praise for the book:  "An action-packed thriller. Highly recommended." (Midwest Book Review)

©2008 A.J. Scudiere (P)2019 A.J. Scudiere

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The Law of Similars: A Novel

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From The New York Times best-selling author of Midwives comes this riveting medical thriller about a lawyer, a homeopath, and a tragic death. When one of homeopath Carissa Lake's patients falls into an allergy-induced coma, possibly due to her prescribed remedy, Leland Fowler's office starts investigating the case. But Leland is also one of Carissa's patients, and he is begining to realize that he has fallen in love with her. As love and legal obligations collide, Leland comes face-to-face with an ethical dilemma of enormous proportions. Graceful, intelligent, and suspenseful, The Law of Similars is a powerful examination of the links between hope and hubris, love, and deception.

©2014 Chris Bohjalian (P)2014 Random House Audio

Narrator: David Birney
Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
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Paul Theroux: The Collected Stories

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Collected here for the first time, Theroux's tales are funny, sardonic, sensuous and evocative, streaked with terror and cruelty. All glow with Theroux's intelligence, elegance and ironic wit; with his marvelous sense of place; and with his tragi-comic vision. Full of suspense and the unexpected, this collection shows Theroux, the secret writer, as a master of the form.

©1997 Paul Theroux (P)1997 Zondervan

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Tears of Rage

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Three young women share an apartment in New York during the summers of 1967 and 1968. But as the Vietnam War begins to exact its toll on their generation, they must decide whether to stand for their country or their loved ones. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Barbara Bain, David Birney, Beth Broderick, Anthony Edwards, Megan Gallagher, Peter Gregory, Patricia Sill, and Wendell Sweda. Directed by Valerie Landsburg. Recorded before a live audience in November 1992.

©2012 L.A. Theatre Works (P)2012 L.A. Theatre Works

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Murder in America

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Stories by Seven Renowned American mystery writers offer a delightful mix of mystery, suspense and murder in this new anthology. LUCKI DAY Author: Mary Higgins Clark, Performed by: Betsy Palmer A young bride suspects her husband is somehow involved in a strange disappearance. VAUDEVILLE Author: Whitley Strieber, Performed by: Roddy McDowall An aging vaudeville comedienne dies, but not laughing. PIRATE'S MOON Author: William F. Nolan, Performed by: Perry King A psychic working for the LAPD fails to foresee that a stone-age cannibal cult may be terrorizing the city. STARSTRUCK Author: Jon A. Breen, Performed by James Stacy A group of aging actors is still fatally haunted by the consequences of the McCarthy-era blacklist. SNOOKERED Author: Gerald Tomlinson Performed by: David Birney The story of a new breed of football coach and a team the sportswriters can't ignore. IT WAS BAD ENOUGH Author: Ron Goulart, Performed by: Arte Johnson The tragic story of a comedian trying to make his comeback who learns his ex-wife's tell-all book is about to be filmed. GEE WHIZ, MY LOVELY Author: Betty Buchanan, Performed by: Joan Rivers A bouncy private investigator is invited by a "gorgeous nut" to find an elusive figure named Harvey.

©2009 Phoenix (P)2009 Phoenix

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