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The Last Garden in England

44 ratings

Summary

From the author of the international best seller The Light over London and The Whispers of War comes a poignant and unforgettable tale of five women living across three different times whose lives are all connected by one very special place.  Present day: Emma Lovett, who has dedicated her career to breathing new life into long-neglected gardens, has just been given the opportunity of a lifetime: to restore the gardens of the famed Highbury House estate, designed in 1907 by her hero Venetia Smith. But as Emma dives deeper into the gardens’ past, she begins to uncover secrets that have long lain hidden.  The year 1907: A talented artist with a growing reputation for her ambitious work, Venetia Smith has carved out a niche for herself as a garden designer to industrialists, solicitors, and bankers looking to show off their wealth with sumptuous country houses. When she is hired to design the gardens of Highbury House, she is determined to make them a triumph, but the gardens - and the people she meets - promise to change her life forever.  The year 1944: When land girl Beth Pedley arrives at a farm on the outskirts of the village of Highbury, all she wants is to find a place she can call home. Cook Stella Adderton, on the other hand, is desperate to leave Highbury House to pursue her own dreams. And widow Diana Symonds, the mistress of the grand house, is anxiously trying to cling to her pre-war life now that her home has been requisitioned and transformed into a convalescent hospital for wounded soldiers. But when war threatens Highbury House’s treasured gardens, these three very different women are drawn together by a secret that will last for decades.  In this sweeping novel reminiscent of Kate Morton’s The Lake House and Kristin Harmel’s The Room on Rue Amélie, Julia Kelly explores the unexpected connections that cross time and the special places that bring people together forever.

©2021 Julia Kelly. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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The Bus on Thursday

6 ratings

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The Bus on Thursday by Shirley Barrett is a darkly humorous audiobook about one woman’s post-cancer retreat to a remote Australian town and the horrors awaiting her.  It wasn’t just the bad breakup that turned Eleanor Mellett’s life upside down. It was the cancer. And all the demons that came with it.   One day she felt a bit of a bump when she was scratching her armpit at work. The next thing she knew, her breast was being dissected and removed by an inappropriately attractive doctor, and she was suddenly deluged with cupcakes, judgy support groups, and her mum knitting sweaters.   Luckily, Eleanor discovers Talbingo, a remote little town looking for a primary-school teacher. Their Miss Barker up and vanished in the night, despite being the most caring teacher ever, according to everyone. Unfortunately, Talbingo is a bit creepy. It’s not just the communion-wine-guzzling friar prone to mad rants about how cancer is caused by demons. Or the unstable, overly sensitive kids, always going on about Miss Barker and her amazing sticker system. It’s living alone in a remote cabin, with no cell or Internet service, wondering why there are so many locks on the front door and who is knocking on it late at night.

©2018 Shirley Barrett (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
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When We Believed in Mermaids

24 ratings

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An Amazon Charts, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today best seller From the author of The Art of Inheriting Secrets comes an emotional new tale of two sisters, an ocean of lies, and a search for the truth. Her sister has been dead for 15 years when she sees her on the TV news.... Josie Bianci was killed years ago on a train during a terrorist attack. Gone forever. It’s what her sister, Kit, an ER doctor in Santa Cruz, has always believed. Yet all it takes is a few heart-wrenching seconds to upend Kit’s world. Live coverage of a club fire in Auckland has captured the image of a woman stumbling through the smoke and debris. Her resemblance to Josie is unbelievable. And unmistakable. With it comes a flood of emotions - grief, loss, and anger - that Kit finally has a chance to put to rest: by finding the sister who’s been living a lie. After arriving in New Zealand, Kit begins her journey with the memories of the past: of days spent on the beach with Josie. Of a lost teenage boy who’d become part of their family. And of a trauma that has haunted Kit and Josie their entire lives. Now, if two sisters are to reunite, it can only be by unearthing long-buried secrets and facing a devastating truth that has kept them apart far too long. To regain their relationship, they may have to lose everything.

©2019 Barbara Samuel (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
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It Sounded Better in My Head

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From debut author Nina Kenwood comes a tender and funny audiobook about first love and its confusions, and all of the awkwardness of teen romance. When her parents announce their impending divorce, Natalie can't understand why no one is fighting, or at least mildly upset. Then Zach and Lucy, her two best friends, hook up, leaving her feeling slightly miffed and decidedly awkward. She'd always imagined she would end up with Zach one day - in the version of her life that played out like a TV show, with just the right amount of banter, pining, and meaningful looks. Now everything has changed, and nothing is quite making sense. Until an unexpected romance comes along and shakes things up even further. It Sounded Better in My Head is a compulsively listenable love letter to teenage romance in all of its awkward glory, perfect for fans of To All the Boys I've Loved Before and Emergency Contact.  A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books "With candor and affection, It Sounded Better in My Head captures a teenager navigating the final moments of one stage of life and the first moments of the next." (BookPage)

©2020 Nina Kenwood (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

Author: Nina Kenwood
Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
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Blood Kissed

1 rating

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In a world where magic and science sit side by side, and powerful witches are considered necessary aides for all governments, Lizzie Grace is something of an outlier. Though born into one of the most powerful blue blood witch families, she wants nothing to do with either her past or her magic. But when she and Belle, her human familiar and best friend, open a small cafe in the Faelan werewolf reservation, she quickly finds herself enmeshed in the hunt for a vampire intent on wreaking bloody havoc. It's a hunt that soon becomes personal, and one that is going to take all her skills to survive - that's if the werewolves, who hate all things witch, don't get her first.

©2017 Keri Arthur (P)2019 Keri Arthur PTY LTD

Author: Keri Arthur
Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
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The Fire Blossom

5 ratings

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The bestselling author of the Sea of Freedom Trilogy returns with a sweeping family saga of two women in nineteenth-century New Zealand and their epic journey to survive in a world of their own making. It’s 1837, and immigrating to a small New Zealand fishing village is an opportunity for Ida Lange’s family to build a better future. Yet for Ida, raised in a strict, religious, tight-knit German community, so much is still forbidden to a woman. Yearning for the poor day laborer she shared books with as a child, Ida is now trapped in a dire marriage to a man of her father’s choosing. For Cat, who came of age in New Zealand under brutal conditions, life in the colonies hasn’t been easy. Through a strange turn of events, she is adopted by a native Maori tribe, and she begins to thrive. But when she challenges the traditions of her tribe, she’s banished, and left once again to rely on the only person she can trust with her future: herself. When fate brings Ida and Cat together, they recognize in each other a kindred spirit. Out of common ground grows an enduring friendship that will not be broken by the hardships of the plains, threats from the past, or the trials of family and heartache. What they’ll discover is the depth of their own strength and resilience as they get nearer to the freedom they desire and demand. And their journey is just beginning.

©2013 Sarah Lark (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. Translation © 2019 by Kate Northrop.

Length: 22 hrs and 15 mins
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Wicked Wings

1 rating

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In a reservation where magic has been unrestrained for entirely too long, there is no rest from the wicked.... After dealing with the fallout of a shape-shifting, fire-throwing demon, Lizzie, Belle, and Aiden are hoping the reservation will finally catch a break from the constant influx of evil. Those hopes are quickly dashed when Lizzie comes across the scent of evil and tracks it back to the clean-picked bones of a man. As it quickly becomes obvious that this is not a one-off situation and there’s now a demon with a taste for human flesh on the reservation, another problem arises in the form of a White Lady - a ghost not only seeking bloody revenge, but demanding Belle’s assistance to get it. And she won’t take no for an answer. But the greatest threat of all might be the witch who is a magical bloodhound. A witch who’s been sent to the reservation to by one Clayton Marlowe: Lizzie’s husband.

©2019 Keri Arthur (P)2020 Keri Arthur PTY LTD

Author: Keri Arthur
Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
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Demon's Dance

2 ratings

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After dealing with human hunters killing werewolves for their pelts and a heretic witch determined to claim the wild magic for his own, the last thing either Lizzie Grace or Belle Kent need is a new evil burning into town. When Lizzie’s asked to find a missing woman, she’s well aware that death awaits. What she doesn’t expect to find is a very human pile of skin next to the woman’s body. Nor does she expect to be called to a murder scene that has the classic hallmarks of a vampire attack...except, the bite marks don’t match any recorded vampire bite. As the body count grows, Lizzie, Belle, and Aiden struggle to find - and stop - whoever or whatever is behind the atrocities. But there’s an even greater danger on the horizon. The newly appointed reservation witch has arrived, and it’s someone Lizzie knows.

©2018 Keri Arthur (P)2020 Keri Arthur

Author: Keri Arthur
Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
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To Claim a King

1 rating

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Accused of consorting with demons in her home town, Xandrie flees, only to find herself in a greater danger. She's a mere human woman, thrust in a brutal tournament pitting vicious dragon females against each other. Yet, she can't find it in herself to give up, as the winner will Claim the throne, and more importantly, the hand of the enticing Dragon King. Contains mature themes.

©2017 May Sage (P)2017 Tantor

Author: May Sage
Length: 3 hrs and 59 mins
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Out of the Shadows: A Young Adult Urban Fantasy Adventure

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From the streets of Melbourne to the bowels of Westminster, the delicate balance between life and death that is so painstakingly maintained by the reapers of The Order of Dark and Light is being tested by the return of an ancient threat. Tensions are rising within the hidden world of The Shadowlands and if this threat is not contained, war will be inevitable. And the destruction of the human world is bound to follow in its wake. Amidst this tension, 18 year-old Sachi Manning is struggling to cope with the grief and guilt that has plagued her ever since her best friend was murdered six months earlier — that is, until she spots him seemingly alive and well and being held at scythe point by a hooded figure who looks more like a GQ model than the Grim Reaper. Sachi shouldn’t be able to see through the glamours that shield Shadowlanders from the human world, so the reaper in question wants some answers. And so begins the craziest couple of weeks of Sachi’s life as she is drawn into a world of mysteries, magic, monsters, and mayhem, encountering dragons, faeries, soul-sucking demons, and not-so-grim reapers. With a mix of heart, humor, and hair-raising action, Out of the Shadows is the adventure of an afterlifetime, perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare and Annette Marie.

©2017 Ashlee Nicole Bye (P)2020 Ashlee Nicole Bye

Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
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The Stationmaster's Cottage

Summary

Near the rugged Australian coastline beaten by the winds of the wild, great Southern Ocean sits a forgotten stationmaster's cottage holding secrets of a tragic love story. These are secrets Christie Ryan knows nothing about when she unexpectedly inherits her estranged grandmother's cottage in the small seaside town of River's End. There, Christie finds love letters that have remained unopened for close to 50 years. The letters tell of a great-aunt she never knew existed and a love so powerful that Christie becomes determined to uncover what kept the young couple apart.  Her quest leads her to the door of reclusive local artist Martin, who Christie is convinced holds the key to the questions she seeks to answer. But Martin is wary of the newcomer and has important reasons for keeping Christie at arm's length.  As the search continues, Christie realizes uncovering her family's past may help her discover the truth of who she really is. But before the decades old mystery can be solved, Christie will be faced with deciding what it truly means to love someone. Includes Taming the Wind, a bonus prequel novella from the River’s End series.

©2017 Phillipa Nefri Clark (P)2020 Podium Audio

Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
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The Secrets of Palmerston House

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Could a historic house hold the key to their happiness?  The small seaside town of River’s End is abuzz with the upcoming wedding of Christie Ryan and local artist Martin to be held at historic Palmerston House. Once home to Christie’s ancestors but lost in a poker game in the 1850s, it’s now an inviting bed-and-breakfast. When a stranger arrives to stay at Palmerston House and starts asking questions around town, Christie begins to wonder about the history of the house. Do the locals know more than they are letting on, and is someone hiding something? Christie decides to do some investigating of her own, determined to uncover the true story behind the house’s ownership. But it turns out she’s not the only one with suspicions, and searching for the truth can be a dangerous pastime.... Will Christie and Martin get to walk down the aisle, or will powerful forces from the past conspire to ruin their perfect wedding day? The key to their future may well lie in untangling secrets long forgotten. The Secrets of Palmerston House is a dual-timeline story following on from Jasmine Sea. It has its own HEA. Includes The Christmas Key, a bonus story from the River's End series.

©2018 Phillipa Nefri Clark (P)2020 Podium Audio

Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
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Hunter Hunted

1 rating

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Christmas is fast approaching, and Lizzie Grace and her witch familiar, Belle Kent, are hoping it’s going to be a quiet one. But those hopes are dashed when, on a quest to find a customer’s errant husband, Lizzie comes across the body of a witch and a dark circle of power neither she nor Ashworth can break. Then werewolves begin to turn up dead - skinned. As the body count rises, and the hunters become the hunted, it’s evident there’s a new evil in town. One that is determined to claim the reservation - and the wild magic - for his own.

©2018 Keri Arthur (P)2019 Keri Arthur

Author: Keri Arthur
Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
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Hell's Bell

1 rating

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When the church bell tolls thrice in the middle of the night, evil this way comes... Lizzie Grace and Belle Kent, her witch familiar, are living and working on the Faelan Werewolf Reservation - one that has banned the use of magic within its borders. Although they have their supporters - including ranger Aiden O’Connor, who once hated all things witch - Lizzie and Belle now face possible eviction. But the Faelan Reservation is a place filled with wild magic which, when left unprotected, quickly draws those who walk the darker paths. As Christmas approaches, a new evil comes to town - one that eats the souls of the living and animates the flesh of the dead. As the body count grows and the trail of clues leads them to the doorstep of the local vampire, Lizzie, Belle, and Aiden must find the killer before death comes calling on them. But the biggest threat of all may come in the form of a witch who sees through the veils of Lizzie’s carefully constructed lies and suspects the truth of who she really is...

©2018 Keri Arthur (P)2019 Keri Arthur

Author: Keri Arthur
Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
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The Paris Orphan

8 ratings

Summary

From the USA Today best-selling author of The Paris Seamstress comes "an emotional and sweeping tale" (Chanel Cleeton) that spans continents and crosses generations as an American soldier and an enterprising photographer brave occupied France in the midst of World War II to help give a little girl the one thing she's never had: a family. New York City/Paris, 1942: When American model Jessica May arrives in Europe to cover the war as a photojournalist for Vogue, most of the soldiers are determined to make her life as difficult as possible. But three friendships change that. Journalist Martha Gellhorn encourages Jess to bend the rules. Captain Dan Hallworth keeps her safe in dangerous places so she can capture the stories that truly matter. And most important of all, the love of a little orphan named Victorine gives Jess strength to do the impossible. But her success will come at a price.... France, 2005: 50 years after World War II, D'Arcy Hallworth arrives at a beautiful chateau to curate a collection of famous wartime photos by a reclusive artist. It's the opportunity of a lifetime, but D'Arcy has no idea that this job will uncover decades of secrets that, once revealed, will change everything she thought she knew about her mother, Victorine, and alter D'Arcy's life forever.   "An emotional and sweeping tale set against the backdrop of World War II.... Rich detail, compelling characters, and an interwoven dual timeline make this an engrossing read for historical fiction fans." (Chanel Cleeton, USA Today bestselling author of Next Year in Havana) "[A] splendid, breathtaking novel, full of mystery and passion...a must read!" (Jeanne Mackin, author of The Last Collection)

©2019 Natasha Lester (P)2019 Hachette Audio

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Deadly Vows

Summary

Evil comes in all forms. Sometimes it wears a human mask. When the body of a newlywed is discovered on the reservation, Lizzie Grace throws herself into the investigation, needing a distraction from what she knows is coming not only for her but also for Belle, her best friend and witch familiar. But as the body count grows and a desperate race begins to track down a supernatural entity capable of powerful magic, it becomes evident another deadly game has begun - one they may not win. Because the past - and the man - they ran from 13 years ago has finally caught up with them. And he’s out for revenge...

©2020 Keri Arthur (P)2021 Keri Arthur

Author: Keri Arthur
Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
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The Paris Model

1 rating

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A lush debut novel in the vein of Kathleen Tessaro’s international best seller, Elegance, about a beautiful woman working as a model for Christian Dior in post-war Paris, who discovers astonishing secrets about herself and the fabulous people around her.  Raised on a vast Australian sheep farm, the beautiful Grace Woods is compelled to travel to tumultuous, post-war Paris in order to start a new life. While working as a glamorous model for Christian Dior, the world’s newly acclaimed emperor of fashion, Grace mixes with counts and princesses, authors and artists, diplomats and politicians. Amongst those she befriends are Pablo Picasso, Julia Child, and the future Jackie Kennedy. But when Grace falls in love with the handsome Phillippe Boyer, she doesn’t know that he is leading a double life, nor that his past might hold secrets and lies that will turn her life upside down.  Based on a true story, The Paris Model by debut fiction author Alexandra Joel, is an unforgettable tale of glamour, family secrets, and heartbreak. 

©2020 Alexandra Joel (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
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The Stormbringer

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Raised to be weapons against the darkness, Sentinels spend their lives fighting the monsters that prey upon humanity. Their hands will shape the world, and their swords will seal its fate.  A warrior lost to time.... Pursuing her latest quarry deep into the wilderness, Sentinel Darya finds herself in an ancient city that should no longer exist. There she comes upon a handsome warrior in ancient clothing, held in a deathlike sleep - Amris, hero of the last great battle against the Traitor God. His discovery, and the weakening wards about the city, can only mean one thing: the Traitor is gathering his armies again, and the storms are returning.  Amris has been trapped in dreamless sleep since the final battle raged centuries ago. Now he is awake...and so, it seems, is humanity's greatest threat. Determined to save the world from being swallowed by the oncoming storm, Amris and the fiercely beautiful Darya must learn to trust each other - and the powerful bond that's formed between them - as they fight their way through a land swarming with monsters in a last desperate bid to get word back to their allies before it's too late.

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

Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
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Sisters of Sword and Song

1 rating

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Rebecca Ross, acclaimed author of The Queen’s Rising duology, delivers a thrilling new fantasy about the lengths two sisters will go for each other. After eight years, Evadne will finally be reunited with her older sister, Halcyon, who has been serving in the queen’s army. But when Halcyon unexpectedly appears a day early, Eva knows something is wrong. Halcyon has charged with a heinous crime, and though her life is spared, she is sentenced to 15 years.  Suspicious of the charges, brought forth by Halcyon’s army commander, as well as the details of the crime, Eva volunteers to take part of her sister’s sentence. If there’s a way to absolve Halcyon, she’ll find it. But as the sisters begin their sentences, they quickly learn that there are fates worse than death. 

©2020 Rebecca Ross (P)2020 HarperAudio

Author: Rebecca Ross
Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
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Jasmine Sea

Summary

Will love survive the storm on the horizon? It was family ties that led Christie Ryan to River’s End, the small seaside town on the rugged Australian coastline. But it’s her heart that is telling her to stay.  Bequeathed her grandmother’s cottage, Christie is ready to put the past behind her for a chance at a future with local artist Martin. When Martin is approached by a secretive stranger for a portrait, he accepts, eager to build a nest egg for his life with Christie.  Martin doesn’t know the unfortunate chain of events the commission will set into motion or the dark forces at play from Christie’s old life that aren’t prepared to let her go yet. Together Christie and Martin will have to weather the storm to discover who is behind the efforts to ruin their happiness. And in doing so, learn that for love to triumph, sometimes you must have the faith to sink or swim. Jasmine Sea follows on from The Stationmaster's Cottage with its own HEA. Includes Martha, a bonus novella from the River’s End series.

©2017 Phillipa Nefri Clark (P)2020 Podium Audio

Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
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British Legends: The Life and Legacy of William Shakespeare

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"Do not, as some ungracious pastors do, Show me the steep and thorny way to heaven, Whiles, like a puff'd and reckless libertine, Himself the primrose path of dalliance treads. And recks not his own rede." - Ophelia in Hamlet Actor. Dramatist. Poet. Husband. Father. Producer. Businessman. Servant of the Crown. All of the above can be applied to William Shakespeare. Certainly England's greatest playwright, he is still considered to be the most influential writer in the English language. Leaving behind a nearly unprecedented body of work to his credit, he addressed the full spectrum of the human condition and achieved what few other writers have in becoming a part of a global consciousness. Shakespeare is so renowned and respected that the time period in which he lived is often known as the Age of Shakespeare. Indeed, his genius is questioned only by those who doubt the authenticity of his authorship of timeless classics like Romeo and Juliet. As Ben Jonson once put it, "He was not of an age, but for all time." No other writer, in English or in any other language, can rival the appeal that Shakespeare has enjoyed around the world. And nobody's had a bigger influence. The "Bard of Avon" has a catalogue full of the best known plays and poetry in history. His surviving works, including some collaborations, consist of about 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language, and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

©2012 Charles River Editors (P)2015 Charles River Editors

Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
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Dungeons & Dragons: Big Trouble

Summary

When evil giants attack your home in Ardeep Forest, your parents think you're dead, and they go hunting for your missing little brother. You wake up and set out after them, helped by a giant wizard who lives in a flying tower. You don't know where they've gone, but you know that if you don't find them, you're all in big trouble. Wield your magic wisely against the giants, wizard. Welcome to the Forgotten Realms Endless Quest.  

You are about to embark on a journey. To where, only you could possibly say. It is not a journey like any you have been on before, where you start at the beginning and continue on a straight course until you reach the end. Instead, you will be presented with many choices along the way. Each time you are faced with one such choice, given to you by your narrator, make your decision from the options that are given and then follow the directions to continue your adventure. Once your quest has come to an end, either favorably or, as I'm afraid in some instances it is foretold, gruesomely, return to the beginning of the track or the last choice and try again.

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

Author: Matt Forbeck
Length: 2 hrs and 15 mins
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Apocalypse How?

Summary

I never thought I’d have a bounty on my head the size of the Milky Way. Of course, I never thought I’d be able to bend time, either. But hey, life is full of surprises. Don’t get me wrong, feeling like a goddess has its perks, but those perks come with a hefty price. My brain is tapioca. I’m stranded in the middle of dead space. Ratters are using me for target practice, and a giant, cybernetic monster named Oscar wants to use me for a chew toy. All this because I played superhero (or thief, according to some) and snatched a doomsday device from an intergalactic mobster. So, if I don’t make it out of here alive, remember this: Above all else, I want a Viking funeral.

©2019 Galen Surlak-Ramsey (P)2019 Galen Surlak-Ramsey

Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
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Backwards and in Heels

1 rating

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"After all, Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels." - Ann Richards Women have been instrumental in the success of American cinema since its very beginning. One of the first people to ever pick up a motion picture camera was a woman, as was the first screenwriter to win two Academy Awards, the inventor of the boom microphone, and the first person to be credited with the title film editor. Throughout the entire history of Hollywood women have been revolutionizing, innovating, and shaping how we make movies. Yet their stories are rarely shared. This is what film reporter Alicia Malone wants to change. Backwards and in Heels tells the history of women in film in a different way, with stories about incredible ladies who made their mark throughout each era of Hollywood, from the first women directors to iconic movie stars and present-day activists. Each story shares the inspiring accomplishments of women, while also highlighting the obstacles women have had to face. Backwards and in Heels combines research and exclusive interviews with influential women and men working in Hollywood today, such as Geena Davis, J.J. Abrams, Ava DuVernay, Octavia Spencer, America Ferrera, Paul Feig, and many more, as well as film professors, historians, and experts. Join Alicia as she champions Hollywood women of the past and present, and looks to the future with the hopes of leveling out the playing field.

©2017 Alicia Malone (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
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The Key to You and Me

Summary

A sweet and funny ownvoices LGBTQ+ romance perfect for fans of Becky Albertalli and Julie Murphy, from the critically acclaimed author of Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit! Piper Kitts is spending the summer living with her grandmother, training at the barn of a former Olympic horseback rider, and trying to get over her ex-girlfriend. Much to Piper’s dismay, her grandmother is making her face her fear of driving by taking lessons from a girl in town.  Kat Pearson has always suspected that she likes girls but fears her North Carolina town is too small to color outside the lines. But when Piper’s grandmother hires Kat to give her driving lessons, everything changes. Piper’s not sure if she’s ready to let go of her ex. Kat’s navigating uncharted territory with her new crush. With the summer running out, will they be able to unlock a future together?  "Piper and Kat are imperfect, but always trying their best - aren't we all? - and Brown had me rooting for them all the way through this sweet, slow burn romance. Their triumphs, their blunders, and the way they swing between confidence and self-doubt are utterly relatable." (Misa Sigura, award-winning author of It's Not Like It's a Secret)

©2021 Jaye Robin Brown (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
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Come On In

Summary

This exceptional and powerful anthology explores the joys, heartbreaks and triumphs of immigration, with stories by critically acclaimed and best-selling YA authors who are shaped by the journeys they and their families have taken from home - and to find home.  Welcome From some of the most exciting best-selling and up-and-coming YA authors writing today...journey from Ecuador to New York City and Argentina to Utah...from Australia to Harlem and India to New Jersey...from Fiji, America, Mexico and more.... Come On In.  With characters who face random traffic stops, TSA detention, customs anxiety, and the daunting and inspiring journey to new lands...who camp with their extended families, dance at weddings, keep diaries, teach ESL...who give up their rooms for displaced family, decide their own answer to the question “where are you from?” and so much more...Come On In illuminates 15 of the myriad facets of the immigrant experience, from authors who have been shaped by the journeys they and their families have taken from home - and to find home.

©2020 Adi Alsaid (P)2020 Recorded Books

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Year of the Orphan

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In a post-apocalyptic future where survivors scavenge in the harsh Australian Outback for spoils from a buried civilization, a girl races across the desert, holding her treasures close, pursued by the Reckoner.  Riding her sand ship, living rough in the blasted landscape whose taint she carries in her blood, she scouts the broken infrastructure and trades her scraps at the only known settlement, a ramshackle fortress of greed, corruption, and disease known as the System. It is an outpost whose sole purpose is survival - refuge from the hulking, eyeless things they call Ghosts and other creatures that hunt beyond the fortress walls.  Sold as a child, then raised hard in the System, the Orphan has a mission. She carries secrets about the destruction that brought the world to its knees. And she's about to discover that the past still holds power over the present. Given an impossible choice, will the Orphan save the only home she knows or see it returned to dust? Both paths lead to blood, but whose will be spilled?  With propulsive pacing, a rich, broken language all its own, and a protagonist whose grit and charisma are matched by a relentless drive to know, Year of the Orphan is a thriller of the future you won’t want to put down.

©2019 Daniel Findlay (P)2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
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Fat Angie: Rebel Girl Revolution

Summary

More trouble at school and at home - and the discovery of a missive from her late soldier sister - send Angie and a long-ago friend on an RV road trip across Ohio. Sophomore year has just begun, and Angie is miserable. Her girlfriend, KC, has moved away; her good friend, Jake, is keeping his distance; and the resident bully has ramped up an increasingly vicious and targeted campaign to humiliate her. An over-the-top statue dedication planned for her sister, who died in Iraq, is almost too much to bear, and it doesn't help that her mother has placed a symbolic empty urn on their mantel.  At the ceremony, a soldier hands Angie a final letter from her sister, including a list of places she wanted the two of them to visit when she got home from the war. With her mother threatening to send Angie to a “treatment center” and the situation at school becoming violent, Angie enlists the help of her estranged childhood friend, Jamboree. Along with a few other outsiders, they pack into an RV and head across the state on the road trip Angie's sister did not live to take. It might be just what Angie needs to find a way to let her sister go, and find herself in the process.

©2019 e.E. Charlton-Trujillo, original book published by Candlewick Press. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
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Spoilers: Things Get Worse

Summary

Time travel is messy. And I don’t mean morning hair after prom, messy. I mean flushing dynamite down the toilet, messy. Long story short: Ship, trashed. Food stores, gone. Ravenous monsters, everywhere. Worst of all, I have to listen to my best bud and his new harem of space cats constantly “repopulate” their species. I swear to god, if I don’t find some ear plugs soon, I’m going stick my head in a warp coil. The silver lining to our predicament is that the abandoned facility we found has some sweet tech we might be able to use to escape - assuming we can bring it back online before we’re eaten. That said, should this be the end of my epic adventure, always remember: if I die, I want a Viking funeral. Spoilers: Things Get Worse is the faced-paced, immensely fun sequel to Apocalypse How? and the second book in the Dakota Adams sci-fi adventure series.

©2019 Galen Surlak-Ramsey (P)2020 Galen Surlak-Ramsey

Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
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The Nowhere Child

13 ratings

Summary

"[Katherine Littrell's] narration seamlessly moves between Australian and Kentucky accents, allowing individual characters to shine." (AudioFile magazine) "The Nowhere Child is a well-written thriller that avoids the clichés of the genre. The characters are interesting and believable and the book kept me reading up to the satisfying conclusion." (Phillip Margolin, New York Times best-selling author of The Third Victim) Winner of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, The Nowhere Child is screenwriter Christian White’s internationally best-selling debut thriller of psychological suspense about a woman uncovering devastating secrets about her family - and her very identity.... Kimberly Leamy is a photography teacher in Melbourne, Australia. Twenty-six years earlier, Sammy Went, a two-year-old girl vanished from her home in Manson, Kentucky. An American accountant who contacts Kim is convinced she was that child, kidnapped just after her birthday. She cannot believe the woman who raised her, a loving social worker who died of cancer four years ago, crossed international lines to steal a toddler.   On April 3, 1990, Jack and Molly Went’s daughter Sammy disappeared from the inside their Kentucky home. Already estranged since the girl’s birth, the couple drifted further apart as time passed. Jack did his best to raise and protect his other daughter and son while Molly found solace in her faith. The Church of the Light Within, a Pentecostal fundamentalist group that handles poisonous snakes as part of its worship, provided that faith. Without Sammy, the Wents eventually fell apart.   Now, with proof she and Sammy are in fact the same person, Kim travels to America to reunite with a family she never knew she had. And to solve the mystery of her abduction - a mystery that will take her deep into the dark heart of religious fanaticism where she must fight for her life against those determined to save her soul....

©2018 Christian White (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
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Rookie

Summary

An illicit cargo. A violent gang. And an unpaid parking ticket.  Nova is a rogue adventurer who needs money - fast - or she'll be hauled to a labor camp. One cargo could solve all her problems, but there's a catch: The goods aren't legal. Now, Nova must choose: cave to criminals or do the right thing and risk being killed?  If you enjoy spaceships and plasma pistols, then you'll love this sci-fi adventure.

©2019 S.J. Bryant (P)2019 S.J. Bryant

Author: S. J. Bryant
Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
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The Other Girl

2 ratings

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They thought she was insane. But what if she was telling the truth? 1942, New Zealand. Edith’s been locked away for a long time. She was just five years old when she was sent to Seacliff Lunatic Asylum. Fifteen years later, she has few memories of her life before the asylum, but longs for one beyond it.  When she survives a devastating fire that destroys her ward, Edith is questioned by the police and a young doctor, Declan Harris. Intrigued by his beautiful patient, Declan begins to doubt the official reasons for her incarceration. Is she truly mad - or could the impossible stories she told as a child actually be true?  Time is running out. With Edie awaiting a new and permanent treatment, soon there will be little of her left to save. Meanwhile intrigue has tipped into obsession - Declan needs to uncover the truth, but in doing so he will risk losing everything. As he sets out to save her mind, will he lose his own?

©2020 by C D Major. (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Author: C D Major
Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
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29 Seconds

1 rating

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From the best-selling author of Lies comes 29 Seconds, a sensational new thriller that explores what happens when a split second thought of revenge takes on a life of its own. "Give me one name. One person. And I will make them disappear." Sarah is a young professor struggling to prove herself in a workplace controlled by the charming and manipulative Alan Hawthorne, a renowned scholar and television host. The beloved professor rakes in million-dollar grants for the university where Sarah works - so his inappropriate treatment of female colleagues behind closed doors has gone unchallenged for years. And Sarah is his newest target.  When Hawthorne's advances turn threatening, she’s left with nowhere to turn. Until the night she witnesses an attempted kidnapping of a young child on her drive home, and impulsively jumps in to intervene. The child’s father turns out to be a successful businessman with dangerous connections - and her act of bravery has put this powerful man in her debt. He lives by his own brutal code, and all debts must be repaid. In the only way he knows how. The man gives Sarah a burner phone and an unbelievable offer. A once-in-a-lifetime deal that can make all her problems disappear.  No consequences. No traces. No chance of being found out. All it takes is a 29-second phone call.  Because everyone has a name to give. Don’t they?

©2018 T. M. Logan (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

Author: T. M. Logan
Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
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The Brightsiders

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A teen rockstar has to navigate family, love, coming out, and life in the spotlight after being labeled the latest celebrity trainwreck in Jen Wilde's quirky and utterly relatable novel. As a rock star drummer in the hit band the Brightsiders, Emmy King's life should be perfect. But there's nothing the paparazzi love more than watching a celebrity crash and burn. When a night of partying lands Emmy in hospital, she's branded the latest tabloid train wreck. Luckily, Emmy has her friends and bandmates, including the super-swoonworthy Alfie, to help her pick up the pieces of her life. She knows hooking up with a band member is exactly the kind of trouble she should be avoiding, and yet Emmy and Alfie Just. Keep. Kissing. Will the inevitable fallout turn her into a clickbait scandal (again)? Or will she find the strength to stand on her own? Jen Wilde, author of Queens of Geek, which Seventeen called "the geeky, queer book of our dreams", is back with a brand new cast of highly diverse and relatable characters for her fans to fall in love with.

©2018 Jen Wilde (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Author: Jen Wilde
Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
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