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A Gentleman in Moscow

766 ratings

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From the New York Times best-selling author of Rules of Civility, a novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel — a beautifully transporting novel.  The mega best seller with more than two million listeners, soon to be a major television series “Perhaps the ultimate quarantine read . . . A Gentleman in Moscow is about the importance of community; the distance of a kind act; and resilience. It's a manual for getting through the days to come.” (O, The Oprah Magazine) In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery.  Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.

©2016 Amor Towles (P)2016 Penguin Audio

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The Little Prince

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Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, translated by Michael Morpurgo. Read by Richard E. Grant, with an introduction read by Michael Morpurgo. If a little fellow comes along, if he laughs, if he has golden hair, and if he never answers questions, then you will know who he is. He is the Little Prince, the mysterious, innocent and beautiful boy who appears to a pilot stranded in the desert and makes an extraordinary request. He has captured the hearts of millions around the world since his story first appeared in 1943, written down by an aristocratic French aviator who soon after disappeared during a flight across the sea. The Little Prince journeys to our planet from his home among the stars, encountering all sorts of benighted grown-ups along the way, and a fox, who teaches him how to see the important things in life. But the Prince has left behind a flower growing on his star, a rose which is his treasure and his burden, and before long he must return to it.  Master storyteller Michael Morpurgo, author of War Horse, has translated what is for him 'one of the greatest stories ever written' so that more English readers might discover the joy of reading this enchanting fable. The Little Prince is a story for everyone, for children and grown-up children, for kings, geographers and lamp-lighters, even for the very serious and the very wise. 

©1943 Antoine de Saint-Exupery (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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The Moving Finger

16 ratings

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Lymstock is a town with more than its share of shameful secrets - a town where even a sudden outbreak of anonymous hate mail causes only a minor stir. But all that changes when one of the recipients, Mrs. Symmington, commits suicide. Her final note says "I can’t go on", but Miss Marple questions the coroner's verdict of suicide. Soon nobody is sure of anyone - as secrets stop being shameful and start becoming deadly.

©1943 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers

Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
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This Time Next Year

44 ratings

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Instant New York Times Best Seller A Good Morning America Book Club Pick Their lives began together, but their worlds couldn't be more different. After 30 years of missed connections, they're about to meet again.... Minnie Cooper knows two things with certainty: that her New Year's birthday is unlucky, and that it's all because of Quinn Hamilton, a man she's never met. Their mothers gave birth to them at the same hospital just after midnight on New Year's Day, but Quinn was given the cash prize for being the first baby born in London in 1990 - and the name Minnie was meant to have, as well. With luck like that, it's no wonder each of her birthdays has been more of a disaster than the one before.  When Minnie unexpectedly runs into Quinn at a New Year's party on their mutual 30th birthday, she sees only more evidence that fortune has continued to favor him. The gorgeous, charming business owner truly seems to have it all - while Minnie's on the brink of losing her pie-making company and her home. But if Quinn and Minnie are from different worlds, why do they keep bumping into each other? And why is it that each fraught encounter leaves them both wanting more? A moving, joyful love story, This Time Next Year explores the way fate leads us to the people we least expect - no matter what the odds. 

©2020 Sophie Cousens (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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The Jungle Book: The Mowgli Stories

8 ratings

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Winner of the 2016 Audie Award for Best Audio Drama Winner of the 2016 Audie Award for Excellence in Production The magical storytelling and unforgettable characters in Bev Doyle and Richard Kurti's audio adaptation of this children's classic have been brought to life by many well-known voices from film, TV, radio and comedy. Audible recommends an audience age of eight years plus for this title. This is an Audible Original Podcast. Free for members. You can download all 9 episodes to your Library now.

©1894 Rudyard Kipling (P)2015 Audible, Ltd.

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A Ladder to the Sky

69 ratings

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"A satire of writerly ambition wrapped in a psychological thriller... An homage to Patricia Highsmith, Oscar Wilde and Edgar Allan Poe, but its execution is entirely Boyne’s own." (Ron Charles, The Washington Post) Named one of the Best Books of the Year by The Washington Post and Minneapolis Star Tribune Maurice Swift is handsome, charming, and hungry for fame. The one thing he doesn’t have is talent - but he’s not about to let a detail like that stand in his way. After all, a would-be writer can find stories anywhere. They don’t need to be his own. Working as a waiter in a West Berlin hotel in 1988, Maurice engineers the perfect opportunity: a chance encounter with celebrated novelist Erich Ackermann. He quickly ingratiates himself with the powerful - but desperately lonely - older man, teasing out of Erich a terrible, long-held secret about his activities during the war. Perfect material for Maurice’s first novel. Once Maurice has had a taste of literary fame, he knows he can stop at nothing in pursuit of that high. Moving from the Amalfi Coast, where he matches wits with Gore Vidal, to Manhattan and London, Maurice hones his talent for deceit and manipulation, preying on the talented and vulnerable in his cold-blooded climb to the top. But the higher he climbs, the further he has to fall.... Sweeping across the late 20th century, A Ladder to the Sky is a fascinating portrait of a relentlessly immoral man, a tour de force of storytelling, and the next great novel from an acclaimed literary virtuoso. Praise for A Ladder to the Sky "Boyne's mastery of perspective, last seen in The Heart's Invisible Furies, works beautifully here.... Boyne understands that it's far more interesting and satisfying for a reader to see that narcissist in action than to be told a catchall phrase. Each step Maurice Swift takes skyward reveals a new layer of calumny he's willing to engage in, and the desperation behind it...so dark it seems almost impossible to enjoy reading A Ladder to the Sky as much as you definitely will enjoy reading it." (NPR) "Delicious...spins out over several decades with thrilling unpredictability, following Maurice as he masters the art of co-opting the stories of others in increasingly dubious ways. And while the book reads as a thriller with a body count that would make Highsmith proud, it is also an exploration of morality and art: Where is the line between inspiration and thievery? To whom does a story belong?" (Vanity Fair)

©2018 John Boyne (P)2018 Random House Audio

Author: John Boyne
Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
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Keep the Aspidistra Flying

7 ratings

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Gordon Comstock loathes dull, middle-class respectability and worship of money. He gives up a 'good job' in advertising to work part-time in a bookshop, giving him more time to write. But he slides instead into a self-induced poverty that destroys his creativity and his spirit. Only Rosemary, ever-faithful Rosemary, has the strength to challenge his commitment to his chosen way of life. Through the character of Gordon Comstock, Orwell reveals his own disaffection with the society he once himself renounced.

©2011 CSA Word (P)2011 CSA Word

Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
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The Murder at the Vicarage

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The first Miss Marple mystery, one which tests all her powers of observation and deduction. "Anyone who murdered Colonel Protheroe," declared the parson, brandishing a carving knife above a joint of roast beef, "would be doing the world at large a favor!" It was a careless remark for a man of the cloth. And one which was to come back and haunt the clergyman just a few hours later - when the Colonel is found shot dead in the clergyman's study. But as Miss Marple soon discovers, the whole village seems to have had a motive to kill Colonel Protheroe.

©1930 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers

Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
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Lord of the Dead the Secret History of Byron

Summary

From the Levant to London's society salons to the canals of Venice, famed poet Lord Byron embarks on a life of adventure as the world's most notable vampire, following a dark trail of long-hidden secrets, ancient black arts, and the depths of evil.

©1996 Tom Holland (P)1996 Simon & Schuster

Author: Tom Holland
Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
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Once There Was a Boy....

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A spectacular collection of four much-loved modern classics from the multi award-winning, internationally best-selling book maker, Oliver Jeffers. Read by Paul McGann and Richard E. Grant, these captivating stories are brought to life with music and sound effects. Stretching from the moon all the way to the South Pole, follow the boy and the penguin on their adventures as they reach for the stars and try to fly away. Featuring: How to Catch a Star Lost and Found The Way Back Home Up and Down

©2021 Oliver Jeffers (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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The Pillars of the Earth

10 ratings

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The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame...and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother. A spellbinding epic tale of ambition, anarchy, and absolute power set against the sprawling medieval canvas of 12th-century England, this is Ken Follett's historical masterpiece.

©1989 Ken Follett (P)2007 Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA), Inc.

Author: Ken Follett
Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
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The Sea, the Sea

3 ratings

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Brought to you by Penguin. Vintage Classics Murdoch: Funny, subversive, fearless and fiercely intelligent, Iris Murdoch was one of the great writers of the 20th century. To celebrate her centenary, Vintage Classics presents special editions of her greatest and most timeless novels.  I saw a monster rising from the waves. Charles Arrowby has determined to spend the rest of his days in hermit-like contemplation. He buys a mysteriously damp house on the coast, far from the heady world of the theatre where he made his name, and there he swims in the sea, eats revolting meals and writes his memoirs. But then he meets his childhood sweetheart Hartley, and memories of her lovely, younger self crowd in - along with more recent lovers and friends - to disrupt his self-imposed exile. So instead of 'learning to be good', Charles proceeds to demonstrate how very bad he can be. Winner of the Man Booker Prize 1978.

©1978 Iris Murdoch (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Author: Iris Murdoch
Length: 23 hrs and 3 mins
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World Without End

8 ratings

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On the day after Halloween, in the year 1327, four children slip away from the cathedral city of Kingsbridge. They are a thief, a bully, a boy genius, and a girl who wants to be a doctor. In the forest they see two men killed. As adults, their lives will be braided together by ambition, love, greed, and revenge. They will see prosperity and famine, plague and war. One boy will travel the world but come home in the end; the other will be a powerful, corrupt nobleman. One girl will defy the might of the medieval church; the other will pursue an impossible love. And always they will live under the long shadow of the unexplained killing they witnessed on that fateful childhood day. Ken Follett's masterful epic The Pillars of the Earth enchanted millions of readers with its compelling drama of war, passion, and family conflict set around the building of a cathedral. Now World Without End takes listeners back to medieval Kingsbridge two centuries later, as the men, women, and children of the city once again grapple with the devastating sweep of historical change.

© Ken Follett; (P) Macmillan Publishers Ltd

Author: Ken Follett
Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
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The Tale of the Body Thief

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From the best selling Vampire Chronicles, that began with Interview with the Vampire and continued with The Vampire Lestat and The Queen of the Damned, comes The Tale of the Body Thief. Lestat speaks. Vampire-hero, enchanter, seducer of mortals. For centuries he has been a courted prince in the dark and flourishing universe of the living dead. But now his covens are scattered. Lestat is alone. In his overwhelming need to destroy his doubts and his loneliness, he embarks on the most dangerous enterprise he has ever undertaken in all the danger-haunted years of his long existence. The Tale of the Body Thief is told with the mesmerizing passion, power, color, and invention that distinguish the extraordinary novels of Anne Rice. The Tale of the Body Thief is Volume 4 of The Vampire Chronicles.

©1982 by Anne O'Brien Rice (P)1992 by Random House, Inc.

Author: Anne Rice
Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
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A Pocket Full of Rye

12 ratings

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Rex Fortescue, king of a financial empire, was sipping tea in his "counting house" when he suffered an agonizing and sudden death. On later inspection, the pockets of the deceased were found to contain traces of cereals. Yet, it was the incident in the parlor that confirmed Miss Marple's suspicion that here she was looking at a case of crime by rhyme....

©1954 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers

Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
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World Without End

3 ratings

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In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, a sweeping epic novel set in 12th-century England that centered on the building of a cathedral and the men, women, and children whose lives it changed forever. Critics were overwhelmed, and readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel.  At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End takes place in the same town of Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building the exquisite Gothic cathedral that was at the heart of The Pillars of the Earth. The cathedral and the priory are again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge. Three years in the writing, World Without End once again shows that Ken Follett is a masterful author writing at the top of his craft.  Please note: This is an abridged edition. An unabridged version is also available.

©2007 Ken Follett (P)2007 Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA), Inc.

Author: Ken Follett
Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
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Aesop: The Complete Collection

Summary

40 of Aesop's tales specially adapted for young children. Read by Richard Briers, Jane Horrocks, Jonathan Pryce, Alison Steadman, Richard E. Grant, Lindsay Duncan and Brenda Blethyn.

Stories include:

The Hare and the Tortoise

The Frogs and the Ox

The Fox and the Crow

The Monkey as King

The Bundle of Sticks

The Gnat and the Lion

The North Wind and the Sun

The Fox and the Grapes

The Dog, the Cockerel and the Fox

The Miller, His Son and the Donkey

The Wolf and the Heron

The Donkey in the Lion's Skin

The Ant and the Grasshopper

The Vain Jackdaw

The Frogs who Wanted a King

The Cat and the Mice

The Lion and the Mouse

The Caged Bird and the Bat

The Fox and the Goat

The Lion and the Elephant

The Crow and the Pitcher

The Fox and the Stork/Two Travellers and a Bear

The Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs

The Kid and the Wolf

The Old Lion and the Fox

The Eagle and the Jackdaw

The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

The Goatherd and the Wild Goats

The Dog in the Manger

Androcles and The Lion, plus 9 more.

©2012 AudioGO Ltd (P)2012 AudioGO Ltd

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A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush

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A classic of travel writing, A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush is Eric Newby's iconic account of his journey through one of the most remote and beautiful wildernesses on earth. It was 1956, and Eric Newby was earning an improbable living in the chaotic family business of London haute couture. Pining for adventure, Newby sent his friend Hugh Carless the now-famous cable - "Can you travel Nuristan June?" - setting in motion a legendary journey from Mayfair to Afghanistan and the mountains of the Hindu Kush, northeast of Kabul. Inexperienced and ill prepared (their preparations involved nothing more than some tips from a Welsh waitress), the amateurish rogues embark on a month of adventure and hardship in one of the most beautiful wildernesses on earth - a journey that adventurers with more experience and sense may never have undertaken. With good humour, sharp wit and keen observation, the charming narrative style of A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush would soon crystallise Newby's reputation as one of the greatest travel writers of all time. One of the greatest travel classics from one of Britain's best-loved travel writers, this edition includes an epilogue from Newby's travelling companion, Hugh Carless, and a prologue from one of Newby's greatest proponents, Evelyn Waugh.

©1958 Eric Newby (P)1995 HarperCollins Publishers

Author: Eric Newby
Length: 2 hrs and 40 mins
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The Old Drift

10 ratings

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"A dazzling debut, establishing Namwali Serpell as a writer on the world stage." (Salman Rushdie, The New York Times Book Review) Named one of the Best Books of the Year by: Dwight Garner, The New York Times  The New York Times Book Review  Time NPR The Atlantic  BuzzFeed Tordotcom Kirkus Reviews  BookPage Winner of: The Arthur C. Clarke Award The Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award The Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Fiction The Windham-Campbell Prizes for Fiction The year 1904. On the banks of the Zambezi River, a few miles from the majestic Victoria Falls, there is a colonial settlement called The Old Drift. In a smoky room at the hotel across the river, an Old Drifter named Percy M. Clark, foggy with fever, makes a mistake that entangles the fates of an Italian hotelier and an African busboy. This sets off a cycle of unwitting retribution between three Zambian families (Black, White, Brown) as they collide and converge over the course of the century, into the present and beyond. As the generations pass, their lives - their triumphs, errors, losses and hopes - emerge through a panorama of history, fairy tale, romance, and science fiction.  From a woman covered with hair and another plagued with endless tears, to forbidden love affairs and fiery political ones, to homegrown technological marvels like Afronauts, microdrones, and viral vaccines, this gripping, unforgettable novel is a testament to our yearning to create and cross borders, and a meditation on the slow, grand passage of time.   Shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Ray Bradbury Prize  Longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize "An intimate, brainy, gleaming epic.... This is a dazzling book, as ambitious as any first novel published this decade." (Dwight Garner, The New York Times)  "A founding epic in the vein of Virgil’s Aeneid...though in its sprawling size, its flavor of picaresque comedy and its fusion of family lore with national politics it more resembles Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children." (The Wall Street Journal)  "A story that intertwines strangers into families, which we'll follow for a century, magic into everyday moments, and the story of a nation, Zambia." (NPR)

©2019 Namwali Serpell (P)2019 Random House Audio

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Tigeropolis

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A fun, quirky tale for children aged eight to 12. The story is about a family of vegetarian tigers living in Tigeropolis, a tiger park deep in the foothills of the Himalayas. For years, tiger cubs Bittu and Matti, their mother Tala, and wise old uncle Raj have enjoyed a tranquil life out of sight of humans.  But Tigeropolis is set to close...bulldozed to make way for a new motorway. The tigers set out to save their beloved park, but they soon realize they’ll need to rediscover some of their old skills: how to roar, how to hunt and, well, how to be tigers.

©2016 R.D. Dikstra (P)2019 R.D. Dikstra

Author: R.D. Dikstra
Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
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