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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End

15 ratings

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In The Deep End, book 15 of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series from number-one international best-selling author Jeff Kinney, Greg Heffley and his family hit the road for a cross-country camping trip, ready for the adventure of a lifetime. But things take an unexpected turn, and they find themselves stranded at an RV park that’s not exactly a summertime paradise. When the skies open up and the water starts to rise, the Heffleys wonder if they can save their vacation - or if they’re already in too deep. And don’t miss Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Adventure, an all-new fantasy from Greg’s best friend - the follow-up to the instant number-one best seller Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson’s Journal.

©2020 Wimpy Kid, Inc. (P)2020 Recorded Books

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Moby Dick

18 ratings

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"Call me Ishmael." Thus starts the greatest American novel. Melville said himself that he wanted to write "a mighty book about a mighty theme" and so he did. It is a story of one man's obsessive revenge-journey against the white whale, Moby-Dick, who injured him in an earlier meeting. Woven into the story of the last journey of The Pequod is a mesh of philosophy, rumination, religion, history, and a mass of information about whaling through the ages. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

Public Domain (P)2005 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.

Length: 24 hrs and 49 mins
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Notes of a Native Son

8 ratings

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At last, a new audio edition of the book many have called James Baldwin's most influential work!  Written during the 1940s and early 1950s, when Baldwin was only in his 20s, the essays collected in Notes of a Native Son capture a view of Black life and Black thought at the dawn of the civil rights movement and as the movement slowly gained strength through the words of one of the most captivating essayists and foremost intellectuals of that era. Writing as an artist, activist, and social critic, Baldwin probes the complex condition of being Black in America. With a keen eye, he examines everything from the significance of the protest novel to the motives and circumstances of the many Black expatriates of the time, from his home in "The Harlem Ghetto" to a sobering "Journey to Atlanta."  Notes of a Native Son inaugurated Baldwin as one of the leading interpreters of the dramatic social changes erupting in the United States in the 20th century, and many of his observations have proven almost prophetic. His criticism on topics such as the paternalism of White progressives or on his own friend Richard Wright's work is pointed and unabashed. He was also one of the few writing on race at the time who addressed the issue with a powerful mixture of outrage at the gross physical and political violence against Black citizens and measured understanding of their oppressors, which helped awaken a White audience to the injustices under their noses. Naturally, this combination of brazen criticism and unconventional empathy for White readers won Baldwin as much condemnation as praise.  Notesis the book that established Baldwin's voice as a social critic, and it remains one of his most admired works. The essays collected here create a cohesive sketch of Black America and reveal an intimate portrait of Baldwin's own search for identity as an artist, as a Black man, and as an American.

©2012 James Baldwin (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
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The Committed

1 rating

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The long-awaited new novel from one of America’s most highly regarded contemporary writers, The Committed follows the unnamed Sympathizer as he arrives in Paris in the early 1980s with his blood brother Bon. The pair try to overcome their pasts and ensure their futures by engaging in capitalism in one of its purest forms: drug dealing. Traumatized by his reeducation at the hands of his former best friend, Man, and struggling to assimilate into French culture, the Sympathizer finds Paris both seductive and disturbing. As he falls in with a group of left-wing intellectuals whom he meets at dinner parties given by his French Vietnamese “aunt”, he finds stimulation for his mind but also customers for his narcotic merchandise. But the new life he is making has perils he has not foreseen, whether the self-torture of addiction, the authoritarianism of a state locked in a colonial mindset, or the seeming paradox of how to reunite his two closest friends whose worldviews put them in absolute opposition. The Sympathizer will need all his wits, resourcefulness, and moral flexibility if he is to prevail. Both literary thriller and novel of ideas, The Committed is a blistering portrayal of commitment and betrayal that will cement Viet Thanh Nguyen’s position in the firmament of American letters. This audiobook is a sequel to The Sympathizer.   Copyright © 2021 by Viet Thanh Nguyen. Recorded by arrangement with Grove Press, an imprint of Grove Atlantic, Inc. Epigraph by Rithy Panh with Christophe Bataille, excerpted from The Elimination, translated by John Cullen. Copyright © 2014 by Rithy Panh. Reprinted by permission of Other Press. “Seasons in the Sun.” Written by Jacques Brel and Rod McKuen. Published by Edward B. Marks Music Company (BMI). All rights administered by Round Hill Carlin, LLC. “Et Moi, Et Moi, Et Moi.” Words and Music by Jacques Dutronc and Jacques Lanzmann. Copyright (c) 1966 Alpha Editions Musicales. Copyright Renewed. All Rights Administered by BMG Rights Management (US) LLC. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission. Reprinted by Permission of Hal Leonard LLC. 

©2021 (see above) (P)2021 Audible, Inc.

Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
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The Fascinators

2 ratings

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A magic-infused YA novel about friendship, first love, and feeling out of place that will bewitch fans of Rainbow Rowell and Maggie Stiefvater.  Living in a small town where magic is frowned upon, Sam needs his friends James and Delia - and their time together in their school's magic club - to see him through to graduation. But as soon as senior year starts, little cracks in their group begin to show. Sam may or may not be in love with James. Delia is growing more frustrated with their amateur magic club. And James reveals that he got mixed up with some sketchy magickers over the summer, putting a target on all their backs. With so many fault lines threatening to derail his hopes for the year, Sam is forced to face the fact that the very love of magic that brought his group together is now tearing them apart - and there are some problems that no amount of magic can fix. 

©2020 Andrew Eliopulos (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
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Miguel Street

4 ratings

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"A stranger could drive through Miguel Street and just say 'Slum!' because he could see no more." But to its residents, this derelict corner of Trinidad's capital is a complete world, where everybody is quite different from everybody else. There's Popo the carpenter, who neglects his livelihood to build "the thing without a name". There's Man-man, who goes from running for public office to staging his own crucifixion, and the dreaded Big Foot, the bully with glass tear ducts. There's the lovely Mrs. Hereira, in thrall to her monstrous husband. In this tender, funny early novel, V. S. Naipaul renders their lives (and the legends their neighbors construct around them) with Dickensian verve and Chekhovian compassion. Set during World War II and narrated by an unnamed - but precociously observant - neighborhood boy, Miguel Street is a work of mercurial mood shifts, by turns sweetly melancholy and anarchically funny. It overflows with life on every page.

©2010 V. S. Naipaul (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Ron Butler, Tom Haig
Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
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Kingdom of Ash

448 ratings

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Years in the making, Sarah J. Maas's number-one New York Times best-selling Throne of Glass series draws to an epic, unforgettable conclusion. Aelin Galathynius's journey from slave to king's assassin to the queen of a once-great kingdom reaches its heart-rending finale as war erupts across her world.... Aelin has risked everything to save her people - but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. Aware that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, though her resolve begins to unravel with each passing day.... With Aelin captured, Aedion and Lysandra remain the last line of defense to protect Terrasen from utter destruction. Yet they soon realize that the many allies they've gathered to battle Erawan's hordes might not be enough to save them. Scattered across the continent and racing against time, Chaol, Manon, and Dorian are forced to forge their own paths to meet their fates. Hanging in the balance is any hope of salvation - and a better world.   And across the sea, his companions unwavering beside him, Rowan hunts to find his captured wife and queen - before she is lost to him forever.   As the threads of fate weave together at last, all must fight, if they are to have a chance at a future. Some bonds will grow even deeper, while others will be severed forever in the explosive final chapter of the Throne of Glass series.

©2018 Sarah J. Maas (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

Length: 33 hrs and 11 mins
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The Land: Alliances: A LitRPG Saga

394 ratings

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From a master of comedy and fantasy comes the long-awaited audiobook, The Land: Alliances.  You can now bring adventure and wonder with you wherever you go. Aleron Kong, the Father of American LitRPG, has sculpted a world of joy, horror, and wonder, forging together the best elements of American LitRPG. Quests, mystery, action, and adventure spill forth with every word. Paired with the immeasurable talent of Nick Podehl, the best audio performer currently working, this third volume continues to deliver a unique experience that will delight fantasy fans of all ages. The acclaimed third novel of the best-selling LitRPG saga, Chaos Seeds, from the Father of American LitRPG, Aleron Kong. Number one in cyberpunk and video game fantasy with over 10,000 positive reviews! Richter and Sion are in a fight for their very lives. Their enemies are circling and the powers they have awakened are barely under their control. Death and war are on their doorstep, but they have a simple message for the enemies of the Mist Village. "Kiss your loved ones goodbye. The Mist will claim you." A wonderful blend of humor and adventure, The Land: Alliances will transport you to the world of your dreams...and your nightmares. 

©2016 Aleron Kong (P)2017 Aleron Kong

Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
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Midnight in Chernobyl

307 ratings

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One of AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2019! The definitive, dramatic untold story of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster, based on original reporting and new archival research. April 25, 1986 in Chernobyl was a turning point in world history. The disaster not only changed the world’s perception of nuclear power and the science that spawned it, but also our understanding of the planet’s delicate ecology. With the images of the abandoned homes and playgrounds beyond the barbed wire of the 30-kilometer Exclusion Zone, the rusting graveyards of contaminated trucks and helicopters, the farmland lashed with black rain, the event fixed for all time the notion of radiation as an invisible killer. Chernobyl was also a key event in the destruction of the Soviet Union, and, with it, the United States’ victory in the Cold War. For Moscow, it was a political and financial catastrophe as much as an environmental and scientific one. With a total cost of 18 billion rubles - at the time equivalent to $18 billion - Chernobyl bankrupted an already teetering economy and revealed to its population a state built upon a pillar of lies. The full story of the events that started that night in the control room of reactor number four of the V.I. Lenin Nuclear Power Plant has never been told - until now. Through two decades of reporting, new archival information, and firsthand interviews with witnesses, journalist Adam Higginbotham tells the full dramatic story, including Alexander Akimov and Anatoli Dyatlov, who represented the best and worst of Soviet life; denizens of a vanished world of secret policemen, internal passports, food lines, and heroic self-sacrifice for the motherland.  Midnight in Chernobyl, award-worthy nonfiction that reads like sci-fi, shows not only the final epic struggle of a dying empire, but also the story of individual heroism and desperate, ingenious technical improvisation joining forces against a new kind of enemy. 

©2019 Adam Higginbotham (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
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Atlanta Noir

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Atlanta itself is a crime scene. After all, Georgia was founded as a de facto penal colony, and in 1864, Sherman burned the city to the ground. We might argue about whether the arson was the crime or the response to the crime, but this is indisputable: Atlanta is a city sewn from the ashes, and everything that grows here is at once fertilized and corrupted by the past. These stories do not necessarily conform to the traditional expectations of noir. However, they all share the quality of exposing the rot underneath the scent of magnolia and pine. Noir, in my opinion, is more a question of tone than content. The moral universe of the story is as significant as the physical space. Noir is a realm where the good guys seldom win; perhaps they hardly exist at all. Few bad deeds go unrewarded, and good intentions are not the road to hell but are hell itself.  Welcome to Atlanta Noir. Come sit on the veranda or the terrace of a high-rise condo. Pour yourself a glass of sweet tea, and fortify it with a slug of bourbon. Put your feet up. Enjoy these stories, and watch your back. Contains mature themes.

©2017 Akashic Books (P)2018 Tantor

Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
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Arguing with Socialists

8 ratings

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In Arguing With Socialists, New York Times best-selling author Glenn Beck arms listeners to the teeth with information necessary to debunk the socialist arguments that have once again become popular, and proves that the free market is the only way to go.... 

With his trademark humor, Beck lampoons the resurgence of this bankrupt leftist philosophy with thousands of stories, facts, arguments and easy-to-understand graphics for anyone who is willing to ask the hard questions. He shows that this new shiny socialism is just the same as the old one: a costly and dangerous failure that leaves desperation, poverty, and bodies in its wake.

©2020 Glenn Beck (P)2020 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Black Enough

2 ratings

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Edited by National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi and featuring some of the most acclaimed best-selling black authors writing for teens today - Black Enough is an essential collection of captivating stories about what it’s like to be young and black in America. A selection of the Schomburg Center's Black Liberation Reading List. Black is...sisters navigating their relationship at summer camp in Portland, Oregon, as written by Renée Watson. Black is...three friends walking back from the community pool talking about nothing and everything, in a story by Jason Reynolds. Black is...Nic Stone’s high-class beauty dating a boy of whom her momma would never approve. Black is...two girls kissing in Justina Ireland’s story set in Maryland. Black is urban and rural, wealthy and poor, mixed race, immigrants, and more - because there are countless ways to be Black enough. Contributors: Justina Ireland Varian Johnson Rita Williams-Garcia Dhonielle Clayton Kekla Magoon Leah Henderson Tochi Onyebuchi Jason Reynolds Nic Stone Liara Tamani Renée Watson Tracey Baptiste Coe Booth Brandy Colbert Jay Coles Ibi Zoboi Lamar Giles

©2019 Ibi Zoboi (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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Class Act

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New York Times best-selling author Jerry Craft returns with a companion book to New Kid, winner of the 2020 Newbery Medal, the Coretta Scott King Author Award, and the Kirkus Prize. The audiobook was a 2020 Audie Awards Finalist for Middle Grade and named an Audible Best Audiobook of the Year. This time, it’s Jordan’s friend Drew who takes center stage in another laugh-out-loud funny, powerful, and important story about being one of the few kids of color in a prestigious private school. Eighth-grader Drew Ellis is no stranger to the saying “You have to work twice as hard to be just as good”. His grandmother has reminded him his entire life. But what if he works 10 times as hard and still isn’t afforded the same opportunities that his privileged classmates at the Riverdale Academy Day School take for granted? To make matters worse, Drew begins to feel as if his good friend Liam might be one of those privileged kids. He wants to pretend like everything is fine, but it's hard not to withdraw, and even their mutual friend Jordan doesn't know how to keep the group together. As the pressures mount, will Drew find a way to bridge the divide so he and his friends can truly accept each other? And most important, will he finally be able to accept himself? This original full-cast audio adaptation of the graphic novel is performed by Jesus Del Orden, Nile Bullock, Guy Lockard, Robin Miles, Peyton Lusk, Marc Thompson, Rebecca Soler, Dan Bittner, January LaVoy, Phoebe Strole, Jordan Cobb, Ron Butler, A.J Beckles, Miles J. Harvey, Kim Mai Guest, Kyla Garcia, and Soneela Nankani. New Kid, the first graphic novel to win the Newbery Medal, is now joined by Jerry Craft's powerful Class Act. 

©2020 Jerry Craft (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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Barack and Joe

1 rating

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A vivid and inspiring account of the "bromance" between Barack Obama and Joe Biden. The extraordinary partnership of Barack Obama and Joe Biden is unique in American history. The two men, their characters and styles sharply contrasting, formed a dynamic working relationship that evolved into a profound friendship. Their affinity was not predestined. Obama and Biden began wary of each other: Obama an impatient freshman disdainful of the Senate's plodding ways; Biden a veteran of the chamber and proud of its traditions. Gradually, they came to respect each other's values and strengths and rode into the White House together in 2008. Side-by-side through two tension-filled terms, they shared the day-to-day joys and struggles of leading the most powerful nation on earth. They accommodated each other's quirks: Biden's famous miscues kept coming, and Obama overlooked them knowing they were insignificant except as media fodder. With his expertise in foreign affairs and legislative matters, Biden took on an unprecedented role as chief adviser to Obama, reshaping the vice presidency. Together, Obama and Biden guided Americans through a range of historic moments: a devastating economic crisis, racial confrontations, war in Afghanistan, and the dawn of same-sex marriage nationwide. They supported each other through highs and lows: Obama provided a welcome shoulder during the illness and death of Biden's son, Beau. As many Americans turn a nostalgic eye toward the Obama presidency, Barack and Joe offers a new look at this administration, its absence of scandal, dedication to truth, and respect for the media. This is the first audiobook to tell the full story of this historic relationship and its substantial impact on the Obama presidency and its legacy.

©2019 Steven Levingston and Michael Eric Dyson (P)2019 Hachette Books

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
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The Bennetts' Wedding

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It’s been 15 years. and now those Bennett girls are all grown up, finished with college and ready to take on the world in their new careers. Close as ever, Kennedy, Victoria, Monica, and Sebrina decide not to return to Georgia, but to move north to St. Paul, Minnesota. They have plans to succeed at all of their goals. Falling in love isn’t on the agenda. In The Bennetts’ Wedding, Kennedy and Victoria discover that when it’s your time, you can’t hide from love.

©2020 Brenda Jackson (P)2020 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
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The Impostors

4 ratings

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The National Best Seller The award-winning producer of The Rachel Maddow Show exposes the Republican Party as a gang of impostors, meticulously documenting how they have abandoned their duty to govern and are gravely endangering America For decades, American voters innocently assumed the two major political parties were equally mature and responsible governing entities, ideological differences aside. That belief is due for an overhaul: In recent years, the Republican Party has undergone an astonishing metamorphosis, one so baffling and complete that few have fully reckoned with the reality and its consequences.  Republicans, simply put, have quit governing. As MSNBC's Steve Benen charts in his groundbreaking new book, the contemporary GOP has become a "post-policy party". Republicans are effectively impostors, presenting themselves as officials who are ready to take seriously the substance of problem solving, but whose sole focus is the pursuit and maintenance of power. Astonishingly, they are winning - at the cost of pushing the political system to the breaking point.  Despite having billed itself as the "party of ideas", the Republican Party has walked away from the hard but necessary work of policymaking. It is disdainful of expertise and hostile toward evidence and arithmetic. It is tethered to few, if any, meaningful policy preferences. It does not know, and does not care, about how competing proposals should be crafted, scrutinized, or implemented. This policy nihilism dominated the party's posture throughout Barack Obama's presidency, which in turn opened the door to Donald Trump - who would cement the GOP's post-policy status in ways that were difficult to even imagine a few years earlier. The implications of this approach to governance are all-encompassing. Voters routinely elect Republicans such as Mitch McConnell and Mike Pence to powerful offices, expecting GOP policymakers to have the technocratic wherewithal to identify problems, weigh alternative solutions, forge coalitions, accept compromises, and apply some level of governmental competence, if not expertise. The party has consistently proven those hopes misguided. The result is an untenable political model that's undermining the American policymaking process and failing to serve the public's interests. The vital challenge facing the civil polity is coming to terms with the party's collapse as a governing entity and considering what the party can do to find its policymaking footing anew. The Impostors serves as a devastating indictment of the GOP's breakdown, identifying the culprits, the crisis, and its effects, while challenging Republicans with an imperative question: Are they ready to change direction? As Benen writes, "A great deal is riding on their answer."

©2020 Steve Benen (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Ron Butler
Author: Steve Benen
Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
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A Terrible Thing to Waste

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A "powerful and indispensable book" (Gerald Markowitz) on the devastating consequences of environmental racism - and what we can do to remedy its toxic effects on marginalized communities. Did you know... Middle-class African American households with incomes between $50,000 and $60,000 live in neighborhoods that are more polluted than those of very poor white households with incomes below $10,000. When swallowed, a lead-paint chip no larger than a fingernail can send a toddler into a coma - one-tenth of that amount will lower his IQ. Nearly two of every five African American homes in Baltimore are plagued by lead-based paint. Almost all of the 37,500 Baltimore children who suffered lead poisoning between 2003 and 2015 were African American. From injuries caused by lead poisoning to the devastating effects of atmospheric pollution, infectious disease, and industrial waste, Americans of color are harmed by environmental hazards in staggeringly disproportionate numbers. This systemic onslaught of toxic exposure and institutional negligence causes irreparable physical harm to millions of people across the country-cutting lives tragically short and needlessly burdening our health care system. But these deadly environments create another insidious and often overlooked consequence: robbing communities of color, and America as a whole, of intellectual power.  The 1994 publication of The Bell Curve and its controversial thesis catapulted the topic of genetic racial differences in IQ to the forefront of a renewed and heated debate. Now, in A Terrible Thing to Waste, award-winning science writer Harriet A. Washington adds her incisive analysis to the fray, arguing that IQ is a biased and flawed metric, but that it is useful for tracking cognitive damage. She takes apart the spurious notion of intelligence as an inherited trait, using copious data that instead point to a different cause of the reported African American-white IQ gap: environmental racism - a confluence of racism and other institutional factors that relegate marginalized communities to living and working near sites of toxic waste, pollution, and insufficient sanitation services. She investigates heavy metals, neurotoxins, deficient prenatal care, bad nutrition, and even pathogens as chief agents influencing intelligence to explain why communities of color are disproportionately affected -- and what can be done to remedy this devastating problem.  Featuring extensive scientific research and Washington's sharp, lively reporting, A Terrible Thing to Waste is sure to outrage, transform the conversation, and inspire debate.

©2019 Harriet A. Washington (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
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Medical Apartheid

22 ratings

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Medical Apartheid is the first and only comprehensive history of medical experimentation on African Americans. Starting with the earliest encounters between black Americans and Western medical researchers and the racist pseudoscience that resulted, it details the ways both slaves and freedmen were used in hospitals for experiments conducted without their knowledge - a tradition that continues today within some black populations. It reveals how blacks have historically been prey to grave robbing as well as unauthorized autopsies and dissections. Moving into the 20th century, it shows how the pseudoscience of eugenics and social Darwinism were used to justify experimental exploitation and shoddy medical treatment of blacks. The product of years of prodigious research into medical journals and experimental reports long undisturbed, Medical Apartheid reveals the hidden underbelly of scientific research and makes possible, for the first time, an understanding of the roots of the African American health deficit.

©2006 Harriet A. Washington (P)2016 Tantor

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 19 hrs and 2 mins
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The Half Has Never Been Told

16 ratings

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In The Half Has Never Been Told, historian Edward E. Baptist reveals the alarming extent to which slavery shaped our country politically, morally, and most of all, economically. Until the Civil War, our chief form of innovation was slavery. Through forced migration and torture, slave owners extracted continual increases in efficiency from their slaves, giving the country a virtual monopoly on the production of cotton, a key raw material of the Industrial Revolution. As Baptist argues, this frenzy of speculation and economic expansion transformed the United States into a modern capitalist nation. Based on thousands of slave narratives and plantation records, The Half Has Never Been Told offers not only a radical revision of the history of slavery but a disturbing new understanding of the origins of American power that compels listeners to reckon with the violence and subjugation at the root of American supremacy.

©2014 Edward E. Baptist (P)2014 Blackstone Audiobooks

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 19 hrs and 47 mins
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The Limits of the World

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The Chandaria family - emigrants from the Indian enclave of Nairobi - have managed to flourish in America. Premchand, the father, is a doctor who has worked doggedly to grow his practice and give his family security; his wife, Urmila, runs a business importing artisanal Kenyan crafts; and their son, Sunil, after quitting the pre-med track, has gotten accepted to a PhD program in philosophy at Harvard. But the parents have kept a very important secret from Sunil: his cousin, Bimal, is actually his older brother. And when this previously hidden history is revealed by an unforeseen accident, and the entire family is forced to return to Nairobi, Sunil reveals his own well-kept, explosive secret: his Jewish-American girlfriend, who has accompanied him to Kenya, is, in fact, already his wife.  Spanning four generations and three continents, The Limits of the World illuminates the vast mosaic of cultural divisions and ethical considerations that shape the ways in which we judge one another's actions. A dazzling debut novel - written with rare empathy and insight - it is a powerful depiction of how we prevent ourselves, unwittingly and otherwise, from understanding the people we are closest to.

©2019 Jennifer Acker (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
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Jack & Jill

38 ratings

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Available as an unabridged audiobook for the first time in a brand-new recording. In the middle of the night, a controversial US senator is found murdered in bed in his Georgetown pied-à-terre. The police turn up only one clue: a mysterious rhyme signed "Jack and Jill" promising that this is just the beginning. Jack and Jill are out to get the rich and famous, and they will stop at nothing until their fiendish plan is carried out.  Meanwhile, Washington, DC, homicide detective Alex Cross is called to a murder scene only blocks from his house, far from the corridors of power where he spends his days. The victim: a beautiful little girl, savagely beaten - and deposited in front of the elementary school Cross' son, Damon, attends.  Could there be a connection between the two murders? As Cross tries to put the pieces together, the killer - or killers - strikes again. And again. No one in Washington is safe - not children, not politicians, not even the president of the United States. Only Alex Cross has the skills and the courage to crack the case - but will he discover the truth in time?  A relentless roller coaster of heart-pounding suspense and jolting plot twists, Jack and Jill proves that no one can write a more compelling thriller than James Patterson - the master of the nonstop nightmare. 

©2017 James Patterson (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
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Saving Ruby King

3 ratings

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Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2020 by Ms. Magazine, USA Today, Book Riot, The Rumpus, Library Journal, PureWow, The Everygirl, Parade, and more. “Forever and to the end. That’s what they say instead of I love you.” When Ruby King’s mother is found murdered in their home in Chicago’s South Side, the police dismiss it as another act of violence in a Black neighborhood. But for Ruby, it’s a devastating loss that leaves her on her own with her violent father. While she receives many condolences, her best friend, Layla, is the only one who understands how this puts Ruby in jeopardy.  Their closeness is tested when Layla’s father, the pastor of their church, demands that Layla stay away. But what is the price for turning a blind eye? In a relentless quest to save Ruby, Layla uncovers the murky loyalties and dangerous secrets that have bound their families together for generations. Only by facing this legacy of trauma head-on will Ruby be able to break free.  An unforgettable debut novel, Saving Ruby King is a powerful testament that history doesn’t determine the present and the bonds of friendship can forever shape the future.

©2020 Catherine Adel West (P)2020 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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Saint X

28 ratings

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"Alexis Schaitkin's splashy debut novel, Saint X, is an audiobook lover's dream.... Queue this one up for a murderous, dreamy delight." (Paste) Hailed as a "marvel of a book" and "brilliant and unflinching", Alexis Schaitkin’s stunning debut, Saint X, is a haunting portrait of grief, obsession, and the bond between two sisters never truly given the chance to know one another. Claire is only seven years old when her college-age sister, Alison, disappears on the last night of their family vacation at a resort on the Caribbean island of Saint X. Several days later, Alison’s body is found in a remote spot on a nearby cay, and two local men - employees at the resort - are arrested. But the evidence is slim, the timeline against it, and the men are soon released. The story turns into national tabloid news, a lurid mystery that will go unsolved. For Claire and her parents, there is only the return home to broken lives. Years later, Claire is living and working in New York City when a brief but fateful encounter brings her together with Clive Richardson, one of the men originally suspected of murdering her sister. It is a moment that sets Claire on an obsessive pursuit of the truth - not only to find out what happened the night of Alison’s death but also to answer the elusive question: Who exactly was her sister? At seven, Claire had been barely old enough to know her: A beautiful, changeable, provocative girl of 18 at a turbulent moment of identity formation. As Claire doggedly shadows Clive, hoping to gain his trust, waiting for the slip that will reveal the truth, an unlikely attachment develops between them, two people whose lives were forever marked by the same tragedy. For fans of Emma Cline’s The Girls and Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies, Saint X is a flawlessly drawn and deeply moving story that culminates in an emotionally powerful ending. Praise for Saint X: "Here is a marvel of a book, a kaleidoscopic examination of race and privilege, family and self, told with the propulsive, kinetic focus of a crime novel. Brilliant and unflinching, Saint X marks the debut of a stunningly gifted writer. I simply couldn’t stop reading." (Chang-Rae Lee, author of On Such a Full Sea) “Richly atmospheric, by turns coolly satiric and warmly romantic, Alexis Schaitkin’s brilliant debut novel Saint X imagines a chorus of voices in the aftermath of the alleged rape/murder of a privileged American girl vacationing in an exotic Caribbean country. Part ’true-crime’ thriller and part coming-of-age novel narrated by the deceased girl’s younger sister, Saint X is irresistibly suspenseful and canny." (Joyce Carol Oates)

©2019 Alexis Schaitkin (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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Truth Doesn't Have a Side

3 ratings

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One day in 2002 the 50-year old body of former Pittsburgh Steeler and hall of famer Mike Webster was laid on a cold table in front of pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu. Webster's body looked to Omalu like the body of a much older man, and the circumstances of his behavior prior to his death were clouded in mystery. But when Omalu cut into Webster's brain, it appeared to be normal. Something didn't add up. It was at this moment, Omalu studying slides of Webster's brain tissue under a microscope, that the world of contact sports would never be the same: the discovery of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. CTE can result in an array of devastating consequences including deterioration in attention, memory loss, social instability, depression, and even suicide. And Omalu's discovery of CTE in the brain of an American football player has become the catalyst of a blazing controversy across all contact sports. At the center of that controversy stands the unlikely Dr. Bennet Omalu, a Nigerian-born American citizen, a mild-mannered, gentle man of faith. It is fascinating that it would take someone on the outside of American culture to make this amazing discovery, and refuse to let it be kept hidden. Dr. Omalu began his life in strife, growing up in war-torn Nigeria. But his medical studies in forensic pathology proved to be a lifeline. It fed his natural curiosity and awakened within a deeper desire to always search for the truth. Who would have thought that such an unexpected character would play such a role in bringing to life this world-changing data? In Truth Doesn't Have a Side, discover the truth about CTE: Its causes and symptoms, how we might keep our children safe and guide professional athletes when CTE sets in. The problem of CTE is coming to light with each new story about an athlete's concussion problem, and we are likely facing dramatic changes to professional sports. You'll be inspired by Dr. Bennet Omalu a man driven by his love and concern for the welfare of all people, and his professional vow to speak the truth.

©2017 Omalu, LLC (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
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Robert Ludlum's The Treadstone Exile

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Former Treadstone Operative Adam Hayes finds himself at the center of a web of warring factions and high-level secrets in the second novel in the Treadstone series, the newest addition to the Robert Ludlum universe. After the revival of Operation Treadstone, former agent Adam Hayes has retreated to Africa, determined to leave behind the black-ops CIA program behind for good. As a former Treadstone operative, Hayes knows just how destructive the program can be, as it turns government agents into nearly superhuman assassins. But his quiet life in Africa changes irrevocably, when, while attempting to complete a charitable mission in Burkina Faso, Hayes is attacked by extremists. Forced to make an unexpected landing, his plane is damaged and he is left in a hornet's nest of trouble. In order to get back in the air, Hayes agrees to transport a passenger - Zoe Cabot, the daughter of a tech baron - to a small coastal city. But just after Hayes completes his flight, Zoe is kidnapped. During his search for Zoe, Hayes funs afoul of multiple enemies, including a rogue Treadstone operative, all of whom are searching for him - and for the information about a wire transfer of millions of dollars bound for the relief effort in Burkina Faso. In an action-packed, twisty showdown, Hayes must outrun the factions that are hunting him, and prevent the theft of the much-needed millions from one of Africa's poorest nations.

©2021 Joshua Hood (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Ron Butler
Author: Joshua Hood
Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
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Finding Home Again

1 rating

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First love. Second chances. In Catalina Cove, anything can happen.... Bryce Witherspoon’s heart races every time she sees Kaegan Chambray. Everyone in town knows they can’t stand each other, but the truth is, even though the man broke her heart 10 years ago, she still feels that irresistible, oh-so-familiar jolt of desire. When Kaegan returned to Catalina Cove to run the family business, he knew there’d be no avoiding Bryce. The woman he thought he’d one day marry was instead the biggest heartbreak of his life. But when Bryce lets slip a devastating secret, he discovers just how wrong he was to let her go all those years ago. He knows they both still feel the spark between them, but it’ll take more than attraction to convince her. Kaegan will pull out all the stops to show Bryce he’s the man who can give her the future they once dreamed of - if only they give love a second chance.

©2019 Brenda Jackson (P)2019 Harlequin Audio

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
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Mr. Loverman

5 ratings

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Barrington Jedidiah Walker is 74 and leads a double life. Born and bred in Antigua, he's lived in Hackney, London, for years. A flamboyant character with a fondness for William Shakespeare, Barrington is a husband, father, grandfather - and also secretly gay. His deeply religious and disappointed wife, Carmel, thinks he sleeps with other women. When their marriage goes into meltdown, Barrington wants to divorce Carmel and live with Morris, but after a lifetime of fear and deception, will he manage to break away? With an abundance of laugh-out-loud humor and wit, Mr. Loverman explodes cultural myths and shows the extent of what can happen when people fear the consequences of being true to themselves.

©2014 Bernardine Evaristo (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
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Black Against Empire

9 ratings

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In Oakland, California, in 1966, community college students Bobby Seale and Huey Newton armed themselves, began patrolling the police, and promised to prevent police brutality. Unlike the Civil Rights Movement that called for full citizenship rights for blacks within the US, the Black Panther Party rejected the legitimacy of the US government and positioned itself as part of a global struggle against American imperialism. In the face of intense repression, the Party flourished, becoming the center of a revolutionary movement with powerful allies around the world. Black Against Empire is the first comprehensive overview and analysis of the history and politics of the Black Panther Party. The authors analyze key political questions, such as why so many young black people across the country risked their lives for the revolution, why the Party grew most rapidly during the height of repression, and why allies abandoned the Party at its peak of influence. Bold, engrossing, and richly detailed, this book cuts through the mythology and obfuscation, revealing the political dynamics that drove the explosive growth of this revolutionary movement and its disastrous unraveling.

©2013 Joshua Bloom and Waldo E. Martin, Jr. (P)2016 Tantor

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 18 hrs and 11 mins
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The Heritage

2 ratings

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Following in the footsteps of Robeson, Ali, Robinson, and others, today's black athletes reengage with social issues and the meaning of American patriotism Named a Best Book of 2018 by Library Journal It used to be that politics and sports were as separate from one another as church and state. The ballfield was an escape from the world's worst problems, top athletes were treated like heroes, and cheering for the home team was as easy and innocent as hot dogs and beer. "No news on the sports page" was a governing principle in newsrooms. That was then. Today, sports arenas have been transformed into staging grounds for American patriotism and the hero worship of law enforcement. Teams wear camouflage jerseys to honor those who serve; police officers throw out first pitches; soldiers surprise their families with homecomings at halftime. Sports and politics are decidedly entwined. But as journalist Howard Bryant reveals, this has always been more complicated for black athletes, who from the start were committing a political act simply by being on the field. In fact, among all black employees in 20th-century America, perhaps no other group had more outsized influence and power than ballplayers. The immense social responsibilities that came with the role is part of the black athletic heritage. It is a heritage built by the influence of the superstardom and radical politics of Paul Robeson, Jackie Robinson, Muhammad Ali, Tommie Smith, and John Carlos through the 1960s; undermined by apolitical, corporate-friendly "transcenders of race", O. J. Simpson, Michael Jordan, and Tiger Woods in the following decades; and reclaimed today by the likes of LeBron James, Colin Kaepernick, and Carmelo Anthony. The Heritage is the story of the rise, fall, and fervent return of the athlete-activist. Through deep research and interviews with some of sports' best-known stars - including Kaepernick, David Ortiz, Charles Barkley, and Chris Webber - as well as members of law enforcement and the military, Bryant details the collision of post-9/11 sports in America and the politically engaged post-Ferguson black athlete.

©2018 Howard Bryant (P)2018 Beacon Press

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
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The Best Science Fiction of the Year, Volume 2

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The second volume of a new best-of-the-year science fiction short story anthology edited by Hugo Award-winning editor Neil Clarke.  First contact with a mysterious race of aliens reveals an unusual request; a family's pet dog comes to grips with the newly bestowed gift of human-like intelligence; a poet, in danger and alone on a distant world, makes unlikely allies; hundreds of years in the future, a famous hermit lives in the sea above the now-underwater Harvard University; former friends navigate unsteady peace between human refugees and the technologically superior race that saved them; in a future where human life can be infinitely extended through cybertronic rebirth, one woman declines immortality.  For decades, science fiction has compelled us to imagine futures both inspiring and cautionary. Whether it's a warning message from a survey ship, a harrowing journey to a new world, or the adventures of well-meaning AI, science fiction inspires the imagination and delivers a lens through which we can view ourselves and the world around us.  With The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume Two, award-winning editor Neil Clarke provides a year-in-review and 27 of the best stories published by both new and established authors in 2016.  Table of contents:  "The Visitor from Taured" by Ian R. MacLeod (Asimov's, September 2016)  "Extraction Request" by Rich Larson (Clarkesworld, January 2016)  "A Good Home" by Karin Lowachee (Lightspeed, June 2016)  "Prodigal" by Gord Sellar (Analog, December 2016)  "Ten Days" by Nina Allan (Now We Are Ten, edited by Ian Whates)  "Terminal" by Lavie Tidhar (Tor.com, April 2016)  "Panic City" by Madeline Ashby (CyberWorld, edited by Jason Heller and Joshua Viola)  "Last Gods" by Sam J. Miller (Drowned Worlds, edited by Jonathana Strahan)  "HigherWorks" by Gregory Norman Bossert (Asimov's, December 2016)  "A Strange Loop" by T.R. Napper (Interzone, January/February 2016)  "Night Journey of the Dragon-Horse" by Xia Jia (Invisible Planets, edited by Ken Liu)  "Pearl" by Aliette de Bodard (The Starlit Wood, edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe)  "The Metal Demimonde" by Nick Wolven (Analog, June 2016)  "The Iron Tactician" by Alastair Reynolds (Newcon Press)  "The Mighty Slinger" by Tobias S. Buckell and Karen Lord (Bridging Infinity, edited by Jonathana Strahan)  "They All Have One Breath" by Karl Bunker (Asimov's, December 2016)  "Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea" by Sarah Pinsker (Lightspeed, February 2016)  "And Then, One Day, the Air was Full of Voices" by Margaret Ronald (Clarkesworld, June 2016)  "The Three Lives of Sonata James" by Lettie Prell (Tor.com, October 2016)  "The Charge and the Storm" by An Owomoyela (Asimov's, February 2016)  "Parables of Infinity" by Robert Reed (Bridging Infinity, edited by Jonathana Strahan)  "Ten Poems for the Mossums, One for the Man" by Suzanne Palmer (Asimov's, July 2016)  "You Make Pattaya" by Rich Larson (Interzone, November/December 2016)  "Number Nine Moon" by Alex Irvine (F&SF, January/February 2016)  "Things with Beards" by Sam J. Miller (Clarkesworld, June 2016)  "Dispatches from the Cradle: The Hermit-Forty-Eight Hours in the Sea of Massachusetts" by Ken Liu (Drowned Worlds, edited by Jonathana Strahan)  "Touring with the Alien" by Carolyn Ives Gilman (Clarkesworld, April 2016)

©2017 Neil Clarke (P)2020 Recorded Books

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The Gay Agenda

Summary

A joyful celebration of the LGBTQ+ community’s development, history, and culture Compiled and designed by queer power couple Ashley Molesso and Chessie Needham, founders of the popular Brooklyn stationery company Ash + Chess, The Gay Agenda is an inviting and entertaining guide that pays tribute to the LGBTQ+ community. Filled with engaging descriptions, interesting facts, and helpful features - such as historical queer icons and events and LGBTQ+ acronym definitions - this fabulous compendium illuminates the transformation of the community, highlighting its struggles, achievements, landmarks, and contributions. It also salutes iconic members of the LGBTQ+ community - the celebrities, politicians, entrepreneurs, and ordinary citizens who have made a notable impact on gay life and society itself. The Gay Agenda is a nostalgic look back for older generations, an archive for younger people, and a helpful introduction for those interested in learning more about the community and its contributions. From James Baldwin and Emma Goldman to Marsha P. Johnson and Jodie Foster; the Pink Triangle and the Rainbow Flag to Stonewall and the AIDS crisis; Matthew Shepard and Pulse Nightclub to sodomy laws and Obergefell; drag and transitioning to The L Word and the Kinsey Scale, Freddie Mercury and Ellen Degeneres to Laverne Cox and David Bowie, this magnificent digest is a keepsake honoring all LGBTQ+, and the ongoing fight to gain - and maintain - equality for all. Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2020 Ashley Molesso, Chessie Needham (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
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Claimed by a Steele

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Indulge in this tale of ultimate seduction from New York Times best-selling author Brenda Jackson, part of the binge-worthy Forged of Steele series. Perfect for fans of the popular Westmoreland series and consumers of passionate contemporary romances! This playboy CEO is handsome, successful, and always in the driver’s seat...but is he ready for the wildest ride of his life? Agreeing that a PR stunt would be good for business, trucking company CEO Gannon Steele invites reporter Delphine Ryland to hitch a ride cross-country. Soon, he’s keeping his eyes on his sexy passenger instead of the destination ahead, and when the trip turns from strictly business to strictly pleasure, the consequences might be more than this rough-and-ready bachelor can handle.... From Harlequin Desire: Luxury, scandal, desire - welcome to the lives of the American elite. Forged of Steele: Never Too Late Solid Soul Night Heat Beyond Temptation Risky Pleasures Irresistible Forces Intimate Seduction Hidden Pleasures A Steele for Christmas Private Arrangements Possessed by Passion Seduced by a Steele Claimed by a Steele 

©2020 Brenda Jackson (P)2020 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
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Captivated by Love

2 ratings

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After being locked up for a crime he didn't commit, Sheppard Granger is back to take over the reins as CEO of Granger Aeronautics. On top of that, he intends to totally romance his wife, Carson, and make up for the time they couldn't share together.  When their idyllic marriage is threatened by someone from Carson's past, the Grangers unite and prove that when it comes to protecting those they love, they are more than prepared to meet trouble head on. This is book 4 in the Granger Series.

©2016 Brenda Streater Jackson (P)2018 Harlequin Audio

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
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The DevOps Handbook

64 ratings

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Increase profitability, elevate work culture, and exceed productivity goals through DevOps practices. More than ever, the effective management of technology is critical for business competitiveness. For decades, technology leaders have struggled to balance agility, reliability, and security. The consequences of failure have never been greater - whether it's the healthcare.gov debacle, cardholder data breaches, or missing the boat with Big Data in the cloud. And yet, high performers using DevOps principles, such as Google, Amazon, Facebook, Etsy, and Netflix, are routinely and reliably deploying code into production hundreds, or even thousands, of times per day. Following in the footsteps of The Phoenix Project, The DevOps Handbook shows leaders how to replicate these incredible outcomes by showing how to integrate product management, development, QA, IT operations, and information security to elevate your company and win in the marketplace.

©2016 Gene Kim/IT Revolution (P)2017 Gene Kim/It Revolution

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The Leafly Guide to Cannabis

9 ratings

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A savvy connoisseur's guide from the editors of the world's most popular cannabis platform. Cannabis is at the very beginning of a craft and educational renaissance. It is emerging from the legislative shadows and a second awakening is occurring: People are proactively seeking information about how to properly consume and enjoy it. And cannabis is a wildly diverse product, even more so than alcohol. Consumers can experience not only different flavor profiles but also different cerebral and body effects; they can consume using different methods, from vaporization to combustion to topical application; and they can pick and choose between an ever-growing number of different strains and products. The Leafly Guide to Cannabis provides all the best tips to navigating this growing market in a definitive guide that will enhance every user's enjoyment and high. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 The Leafly Team (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
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Showboat

27 ratings

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Seventeen-time all-star; scorer of 81 points in a game; MVP; and a shooting guard second only to Jordan in league history: Kobe Bryant is one of basketball's absolute greatest players, a fascinating and complicated character who knew when he was a mere boy that he would be better than Jordan on the court. The debate about whether he achieved that is a furious one - but Kobe has surpassed Jordan on the all-time scoring list and has only one less championship than Jordan (five to Jordan's six). The Lakers are the flashiest team in all of sports, and the context in which Bryant played is salacious and exciting. Provocative stories mixed with good old fashioned basketball reporting make for a riveting and essential listen for any hoops fan. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2016 Roland Lazenby (P)2016 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 21 hrs and 59 mins
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King and the Dragonflies

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Twelve-year-old Kingston James is sure his brother Khalid has turned into a dragonfly. When Khalid unexpectedly passed away, he shed what was his first skin for another to live down by the bayou in their small Louisiana town. Khalid still visits in dreams, and King must keep these secrets to himself as he watches grief transform his family. It would be easier if King could talk with his best friend, Sandy Sanders. But just days before he died, Khalid told King to end their friendship, after overhearing a secret about Sandy - that he thinks he might be gay. "You don't want anyone to think you're gay too, do you?" But when Sandy goes missing, sparking a town-wide search, and King finds his former best friend hiding in a tent in his backyard, he agrees to help Sandy escape from his abusive father, and the two begin an adventure as they build their own private paradise down by the bayou and among the dragonflies. As King's friendship with Sandy is reignited, he's forced to confront questions about himself and the reality of his brother's death.

©2011 Scholastic Inc (P)2020 Scholastic Inc

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
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Set the Night on Fire

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A magisterial, riveting movement history of Los Angeles in the '60s. Los Angeles in the '60s was a hotbed of political and social upheaval. The city was a launchpad for Black Power - where Malcolm X and Angela Davis first came to prominence and the Watts uprising shook the nation. The city was home to the Chicano Blowouts and Chicano Moratorium, as well as being the birthplace of “Asian American” as a political identity. It was a locus of the antiwar movement, gay liberation movement, and women’s movement, and, of course, the capital of California counterculture. Mike Davis and Jon Wiener provide the first comprehensive movement history of LA in the '60s, drawing on extensive archival research and dozens of interviews with principal figures, as well as the authors’ storied personal histories as activists. Following on from Davis’ award-winning LA history, City of Quartz, Set the Night on Fire is a historical tour de force, delivered in scintillating and fiercely beautiful prose. 

©2020 Mike Davis and Jon Wiener (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 25 hrs and 25 mins
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The Lesson

2 ratings

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An alien ship rests over Water Island. For five years, the people of the US Virgin Islands have lived with the Ynaa, a race of super-advanced aliens on a research mission they will not fully disclose. They are benevolent in many ways but meet any act of aggression with disproportional wrath. This has led to a strained relationship between the Ynaa and the local Virgin Islanders, and a peace that cannot last. A year after the death of a young boy at the hands of an Ynaa, three families find themselves at the center of the inevitable conflict, witness and victim to events that will touch everyone and teach a terrible lesson.

©2019 Cadwell Turnbull (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
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Why We Drive

5 ratings

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From  "one of the most influential thinkers of our time" (Sunday Times), a brilliant and defiant celebration of driving as a unique pathway of human freedom, one now critically threatened by automation.  "A thoughtful, entertaining, and substantive work about the joys of driving." (Wall Street Journal) "Why We Drive weaves philosophers, thinkers, and scientific research with shade-tree mechanics and racers to defend our right to independence, making the case that freedom of motion is essential to who we are as a species.... We hope you'll read it." (Road & Track) Once we were drivers, the open road alive with autonomy, adventure, danger, trust, and speed. Today we are as likely to be in the back seat of an Uber as behind the wheel ourselves. Tech giants are hurling us toward a shiny, happy "self-driving" future, selling utopia but equally keen to advertise to a captive audience strapped into another expensive device. Are we destined, then, to become passengers, not drivers? Why We Drive reveals that much more may be at stake than we might think. Ten years ago, in the New York Times best-selling Shop Class as Soulcraft, philosopher-mechanic Matthew B. Crawford - a University of Chicago PhD who owned his own motorcycle shop - made a revolutionary case for manual labor, one that ran headlong against the pretentions of white-collar office work. Now, using driving as a window through which to view the broader changes wrought by technology on all aspects of contemporary life, Crawford investigates the driver's seat as one of the few remaining domains of skill, exploration, play - and freedom. Blending philosophy and hands-on storytelling, Crawford grounds the narrative in his own experience in the garage and behind the wheel, recounting his decade-long restoration of a vintage Volkswagen as well as his journeys to thriving automotive subcultures across the country. Crawford leads us on an irreverent but deeply considered inquiry into the power of faceless bureaucracies, the importance of questioning mindless rules, and the battle for democratic self-determination against the surveillance capitalists.  A meditation on the competence of ordinary people, Why We Drive explores the genius of our everyday practices on the road, the rewards of "folk engineering", and the existential value of occasionally being scared shitless. Witty and ingenious throughout, Why We Drive is a rebellious and daring celebration of the irrepressible human spirit. 

©2020 Matthew B. Crawford (P)2020 HarperAudio

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
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ColdFusion Presents

19 ratings

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What can history's greatest breakthroughs in science and technology teach us about the future? New Thinking: The world has never been so unstable. Now, more than ever, we need to understand our history, learn from our mistakes, and embrace science and technology as we push into the future. In his debut book, New Thinking: The Technology and Science That Transformed Our World, Dagogo Altraide of YouTube's ColdFusion breaks down the history of gamechanger breakthroughs in the world of science and technology that have shaped our modern world and will impact the future.   Disruptive technology and innovation: The Industrial Revolution was the most significant event in human history since the domestication of animals and plants, leading to 50 years of growth and development making the western world almost unrecognizable. Today another revolution is taking place, and at its core is disruptive technology and innovation. It's clear that the pace of technology is increasing rapidly, and in the past 100 years, there has been more change due to disruptive technology than we could have ever imagined. The pace of this disruptive technology revolution is swift, almost exponential, but what's the story behind it? What were those special moments in time that changed the future forever? From the steam engine revolution to the electric world of Tesla, the first photograph to the invention of the internet, this book explores the hidden secrets of science and technology to help us understand each gamechanger that has shaped the future. In New Thinking: The Technology and Science That Transformed Our World, you will delight in learning about and appreciate: How a technology can spawn a new technology and how they influence each other How our modern world came to be Our incredible modern world and potential for the future

©2019 Dagogo Altraide (P)2019 Tantor

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
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Trouble Don't Last

Summary

Eleven-year-old Samuel was born as Master Hackler's slave, and working the Kentucky farm is the only life he's ever known - until one dark night in 1859, that is. With no warning, cranky old Harrison, a fellow slave, pulls Samuel from his bed and, together, they run. The journey north seems much more frightening than Master Hackler ever was, and Samuel's not sure what freedom means aside from running, hiding, and starving. But as they move from one refuge to the next on the Underground Railroad, Samuel uncovers the secret of his own past - and future. And old Harrison begins to see past a whole lifetime of hurt to the promise of a new life - and a poignant reunion - in Canada. In a heartbreaking and hopeful first novel, Shelley Pearsall tells a suspenseful, emotionally charged story of freedom and family.

©2002 Shelley Pearsall (P)2019 Recorded Books

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
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The Black Jacobins

10 ratings

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A classic and impassioned account of the first revolution in the Third World. This powerful, intensely dramatic book is the definitive account of the Haitian Revolution of 1794-1803, a revolution that began in the wake of the Bastille but became the model for the Third World liberation movements from Africa to Cuba. It is the story of the French colony of San Domingo, a place where the brutality of master toward slave was commonplace and ingeniously refined. And it is the story of a barely literate slave named Toussaint L'Ouverture, who led the black people of San Domingo in a successful struggle against successive invasions by overwhelming French, Spanish, and English forces and, in the process, helped form the first independent nation in the Caribbean.

©1963 Random House, Inc. (P)2019 Tantor

Narrator: Ron Butler
Author: C.L.R. James
Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
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Duty or Desire

Summary

New York Times best-selling author What happens when a man of unshakable conviction meets the woman who rocks his world? Pete Higgins is an honorary Westmoreland, a man of his word - of course he'll put duty to his orphaned niece first. Too bad the temporary nanny is tempting him with every look. Myra Hollister captivates him. But she’s keeping dangerous secrets, the kind that remind Pete of all he’s lost before and what he can’t afford to lose again....

©2019 Brenda Jackson (P)2019 HarperAudio

Narrator: Ron Butler
Category: Romance, Westerns
Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
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Forged in Desire

Summary

Strong enough to protect her. Bold enough to love her. When good girl Margo Connelly becomes Lamar "Striker" Jennings's latest assignment, she knows she's in trouble. And not just because he's been hired to protect her from an underworld criminal. The reformed bad boy's appeal is breaching all her defenses, and as the threats against her increase, Margo isn't sure which is more dangerous: the gangster targeting her, or the far-too-alluring protector tempting her to let loose.  Though Striker's now living on the right side of the law, he's convinced his troubled past keeps Margo out of his league. But physical chemistry explodes into full-blown passion when they go on the run together. Surrendering to desire could be a deadly distraction - or finally prove that he's the only man qualified to keep her safe, and win her love.

©2017 Brenda Streater Jackson (P)2018 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
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The Wife He Needs

Summary

Will this billionaire bachelor say “I do” to love? Find out, only from New York Times best-selling author Brenda Jackson! He desires her more than any other woman. But falling in love isn’t part of the plan. The arrangement is simple: a two-week getaway, then a marriage of convenience. Until Garth Outlaw’s potential bride is a no-show. Now family pilot Regan Fairchild is sharing his bed - and he can’t get enough...even though he’s vowed never to love again. Can Regan convince him the wife he needs and the woman he desires are one and the same? From Harlequin Desire: Luxury, scandal, desire - welcome to the lives of the American elite. Westmoreland Legacy: The Outlaws The Wife He Needs The Marriage He Demands  

©2020 Brenda Jackson (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
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A Man's Promise

2 ratings

Summary

A man's word is his bond. His family is his strength. His heart is his own. Superstar musician Caden Granger has spent years running from love, commitment, and family. Yet despite his fame and fortune, he knows the kind of respect and adoration he needs can come from only one person - the very woman who wants nothing to do with him. Charity volunteer and owner of a wine boutique, Shiloh Timmons finally got her life on track once her relationship with Caden ended, and she's in no hurry to revisit a romance with the man who believes she left him standing at the altar. If Caden can't have Shiloh by his side, all the success in the world will mean nothing. Now he has a chance to renew his promises...but is it too late?

©2014 Brenda Streater Jackson (P)2017 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited.

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
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Night Heat

Summary

A corporate takeover is derailed by a passionate night neither expected in this sizzling Steele story from New York Times best-selling author Brenda Jackson! Sebastian Steele was the kind of man women dreamed about. He was drop-dead gorgeous, wickedly charming, and fabulously wealthy. So why wouldn’t Jocelyn Mason accept his offer to help run her struggling company with his reputation and business acumen? But Sebastian was a corporate shark, and Jocelyn knew that big fish didn’t swim with little fish, they swallowed them whole. It had been Sebastian’s intention to take over Mason Builders, but when he started to work with Jocelyn, sparks began to fly and they shared a sizzling, unforgettable night together. And soon it wasn’t clear who was bossing whom.... Previously published. Read the bingeworthy Forged of Steele series: Never Too Late Solid Soul Night Heat Beyond Temptation Risky Pleasures Irresistible Forces Intimate Seduction Hidden Pleasures A Steele for Christmas Private Arrangements Possessed by Passion Seduced by a Steele Claimed by a Steele 

©2009 Brenda Jackson (P)2021 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
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Forget Me Not

Summary

Brenda Jackson welcomes you back to Catalina Cove, where love is waiting to be reclaimed.... Ashley Ryan never doubted that her husband, Devon, was the love of her life. Even now, three years after Devon died in a car wreck while on a business trip, Ashley can’t bring herself to move on. But when her girlfriends surprise her with a getaway to beautiful Catalina Cove, Louisiana, she gets the shock of her life when she encounters a man - bearded, more rugged than before, but unmistakably her Devon.  “Ray Sullivan” moved to this quiet coastal town after waking up in a hospital with amnesia. Haunted by a life he can’t remember, he’s built walls around his heart and a quiet life running boat tours - a life that includes no recollection of Ashley, a woman to whom he suddenly finds himself irresistibly drawn.  Doctors warn Ashley of the danger in forcing her husband to remember the past. Though she longs to tell him the truth, she finds herself falling all over again for a man she knows may never truly come back to her.  In this place where healing and second chances are just a heartbeat away, can love take root once more?

©2019 Brenda Jackson (P)2019 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
Available on Audible
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Finding the Way Back

1 rating

Summary

Years ago, he chose duty over love. He's not sure if he can do it again. Charlie "Knox" Bennett traded medical school for the Navy and never looked back. After almost eight years of working top-secret missions for the commander in chief, Knox's greatest regret is lying to his best friend. But when his father decides to make a run for the White House, and with the fate of his team resting in the hands of the future president...the truth threatens to come out. Following in her mother's footsteps to serve and protect, Adriana Foster joined the Secret Service, never expecting one day she'd be assigned as detail to her best friend's father. After 20 years of keeping her true feelings hidden from Knox, will working together finally be what pushes them out of the friend-zone? As Adriana and Knox track down the shooter who attempted to assassinate his father, they soon realize they're not the only ones who have been harboring secrets. With both his family and a teammate in grave danger - can Knox make the tough choice of putting everything on the line, even if that includes Adriana? In what could be Knox's final mission, he may win the battle, but he could lose his heart. The Stealth Ops Team - Navy SEALS who handle covert ops for the president in the U.S. and around the world - under the guise of an alias, Scott and Scott Securities.

©2019 Brittney Sahin (P)2020 Brittney Sahin

Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
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School's First Day of School

Summary

It's the first day of school at Frederick Douglass Elementary and everyone's just a little bit nervous, especially the school itself. The school has a rough start, but as the day goes on, he soon recovers when he sees that he's not the only one going through first-day jitters.

©2016 Roaring Brook (P)2017 Weston Woods Studios Inc

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Full Dissidence

3 ratings

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A bold and impassioned meditation on injustice in our country that punctures the illusion of a postracial America and reveals it as a place where authoritarianism looms large. Whether the issues are protest, labor, patriotism, or class division, it is clear that professional sports are no longer simply fun and games. Rather, the industry is a hotbed of fractures and inequities that reflect and even drive some of the most divisive issues in our country. The nine provocative and deeply personal essays in Full Dissidence confront the dangerous narratives that are shaping the current dialogue in sports and mainstream culture. The audiobook is a reflection on a culture where African Americans continue to navigate the sharp edges of whiteness - as citizens who are always at risk of being told, often directly from the White House, to go back to where they came from. The topics Howard Bryant takes on include the player-owner relationship, the militarization of sports, the myth of integration, the erasure of black identity as a condition of success, and the kleptocracy that has forced America to ask itself if its beliefs of freedom and democracy are more than just words. In a time when authoritarianism is creeping into our lives and is being embraced in our politics, Full Dissidence will make us question the strength of the bonds we think we have with our fellow citizens, and it shows us why we must break from the malignant behaviors that have become normalized in everyday life.

©2020 Howard Bryant (P)2020 Beacon Press

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
Available on Audible
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Robert Ludlum's The Treadstone Resurrection

3 ratings

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The first novel in an explosive new series inspired by Robert Ludlum's Bourne universe, The Treadstone Resurrection introduces an unforgettable hero and the shadowy world that forged him.... Treadstone made Jason Bourne an unstoppable force, but he's not the only one. Operation Treadstone has nearly ruined Adam Hayes. The top-secret CIA Black Ops program trained him to be an all but invincible assassin, but it also cost him his family and any chance at a normal life. Which is why he was determined to get out. Working as a carpenter in rural Washington state, Adam thinks he has left Treadstone in the past, until he receives a mysterious email from a former colleague, and soon after is attacked by an unknown hit team at his job site. Adam must regain the skills that Treadstone taught him - lightning reflexes and a cold conscience - in order to discover who the would-be killers are and why they have come after him now.  Are his pursuers enemies from a long-ago mission? Rival intelligence agents? Or, perhaps, forces inside Treadstone? His search will unearth secrets in the highest levels of government and pull him back into the shadowy world he worked so hard to forget. 

©2019 Joshua Hood (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Ron Butler
Author: Joshua Hood
Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
Available on Audible
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Radiant Child

Summary

Winner of the 2017 Randolph Caldecott Medal Winner of the 2017 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award An IndieBound Best Seller Somewhere in Brooklyn, a little boy dreams of being a famous artist, not knowing that one day he would make himself a king. Jean-Michael Basquiat and his unique collage-style paintings rocketed to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art world had ever seen. But before that he was a little boy who saw art everywhere: in poetry books and museums, in games and in the words that we speak, and in the pulsing energy of New York City. Now, Javaka Steptoe's vivid text introduces young listeners to the powerful message that art doesn't always have to be neat or clean - and definitely not inside the lines - to be beautiful.

©2016 Javaka Steptoe (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 19 mins
Available on Audible
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Locked in Temptation

Summary

His job is to protect her - no matter the cost Police detective Joy Ingram's connection to elite security expert Stonewall Courson is instant. Undeniable. Electric. But her commitment to protect and serve has always come first. Everything else is secondary - especially when she uncovers an underground surrogate baby-making ring.  Joy can't risk a distraction during the most important case of her career, not even one as sexy as reformed ex-con Stonewall. There are few things Stonewall values more than a strong woman. But when Joy's investigation draws her into a deadly conspiracy that goes deeper than she ever imagined, he must convince her that he's the best man to protect her. And while he puts his life on the line to save hers, the insatiable attraction between them becomes the one danger neither of them can escape.

©2017 Brenda Streater Jackson (P)2018 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
Available on Audible
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How Long 'Til Black Future Month?

9 ratings

Summary

Three-time Hugo Award-winner N. K. Jemisin's first collection of short fiction challenges and enchants with breathtaking stories of destruction, rebirth, and redemption. N. K. Jemisin is one of the most powerful and acclaimed speculative fiction authors of our time. In the first collection of her evocative short fiction, Jemisin equally challenges and delights listeners with thought-provoking narratives of destruction, rebirth, and redemption.   Dragons and hateful spirits haunt the flooded streets of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In a parallel universe, a utopian society watches our world, trying to learn from our mistakes. A Black mother in the Jim Crow South must save her daughter from a fey offering impossible promises. And in the Hugo Award-nominated short story "The City Born Great", a young street kid fights to give birth to an old metropolis's soul. For more from N. K. Jemisin, check out: The Inheritance Trilogy: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms The Broken Kingdoms The Kingdom of Gods The Inheritance Trilogy (omnibus edition) Shades in Shadow: An Inheritance Triptych (e-only short fiction) The Awakened Kingdom (e-only novella) Dreamblood Duology: The Killing Moon The Shadowed Sun The Dreamblood Duology (omnibus) The Broken Earth: The Fifth Season The Obelisk Gate The Stone Sky

©2018 N. K. Jemisin (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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Perfect Peace

1 rating

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

©2010 Daniel Black (P)2016 Tantor

Narrator: Ron Butler
Author: Daniel Black
Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
Available on Audible
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Beautiful Country Burn Again

Summary

In a sweeping work of reportage set over the course of 2016, New York Times best-selling author Ben Fountain recounts a surreal year of politics and an exploration of the third American existential crisis. Twice before in its history, the US has been faced with a crisis so severe it was forced to reinvent itself in order to survive: first, the struggle over slavery, culminating in the Civil War, and the second, the Great Depression, which led to President Roosevelt’s New Deal and the establishment of America as a social-democratic state. In a sequence of essays that excavate the past while laying bare the political upheaval of 2016, Ben Fountain argues the US may be facing a third existential crisis, one that will require a “burning” of the old order as America attempts to remake itself. Beautiful Country Burn Again narrates a shocking year in American politics, moving from the early days of the Iowa Caucus to the crystalizing moments of the Democratic and Republican national conventions, and culminating in the aftershocks of the weeks following election night. Along the way, Fountain probes deeply into history, illuminating the forces and watershed moments of the past that mirror and precipitated the present, from the hollowed-out notion of the American Dream, to Richard Nixon’s Southern strategy, to our weaponized new conception of American exceptionalism, to the cult of celebrity that gave rise to Donald Trump. In an urgent and deeply incisive voice, Ben Fountain has fused history and the present day to paint a startling portrait of the state of our nation. Beautiful Country Burn Again is a searing indictment of how we came to this point and where we may be headed.

©2018 Ben Fountain (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Ron Butler
Author: Ben Fountain
Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
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Rebound

1 rating

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From the New York Times best-selling author Kwame Alexander comes Rebound, the dynamic prequel to his Newbery Award-winning novel in verse, The Crossover. Before Josh and Jordan Bell were streaking up and down the court, their father was learning his own moves. In this prequel to Newbery Medal winner The Crossover, Chuck Bell takes center stage, as listeners get a glimpse of his childhood and how he became the jazz music worshiping basketball star his sons look up to.  A novel in verse with all the impact and rhythm listeners have come to expect from Kwame Alexander, Rebound will go back in time to visit the childhood of Chuck "Da Man" Bell during one pivotal summer when young Charlie is sent to stay with his grandparents, where he discovers basketball and learns more about his family's past.

©2018 Kwame Alexander (P)2018 Recorded Books

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 3 hrs and 32 mins
Available on Audible
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Beyond Temptation & Risky Pleasures

Summary

Beyond Temptation Sexy millionaire Morgan Steele will settle for nothing less than the perfect woman. And when he lays his arrogant eyes on sultry Lena Spears, he believes he’s found her. There’s only one problem, the lady in question seems totally immune to his charm. Morgan is determined to convince the sassy career woman that he’s Mr. Right. He wines and dines her. He promises her the baby she desperately wants and the financial security she craves. And given time, Morgan is certain that once he gets Lena into his bed, she’ll never want to leave.... Risky Pleasures Although frustrated in his attempt to acquire Steele Corporation, arrogant millionaire Cameron Cody will not be denied the firm’s most attractive asset, Vanessa Steele. So when Cameron learns that Vanessa is house-sitting for her sister in Jamaica, he buys the adjoining property and makes her an offer she can’t refuse.... Cameron is determined to prove to Vanessa that he is the one temptation she cannot resist, but she is equally determined to prove him wrong. What Vanessa doesn’t suspect is that Cameron intends to brand her so deeply with his island passion, that once they’re back in the States, she’ll be the one in hot pursuit.

©2007 Brenda Jackson (P)2021 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
Available on Audible
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Westmoreland's Way

Summary

Mr. November: Dillon Westmoreland, real-estate tycoon Objective: Pamela Novak, business owner Strategic plan: seduce and rescue There was a secret to Dillon Westmoreland's heritage - and Pamela Novak had the key. Though the raven-haired beauty was ensnared by her shifty fiancé, Dillon - eldest of the Denver Westmoreland clan - couldn't resist a mind-blowing night in her arms. And after that incredible passion...well, once a Westmoreland claimed the woman he wanted, he wouldn't let anything tear them apart!

©2009 Brenda Jackson (P)2021 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

Narrator: Ron Butler
Category: Romance, Westerns
Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins
Available on Audible
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A Brother's Honor

3 ratings

Summary

The Granger brothers left behind their family's Virginia estate - and the bad memories it holds - years ago. But their dying grandfather's request brings them home: to a failing business, a legacy of secrets, and a deathbed promise to make things right. As the eldest brother, attorney Jace Granger is determined to take responsibility for Granger Aeronautics, his family's failing business. But the years of mismanagement seem impossible to untangle. As CEO, he hires a consultant to turn the company around. Smart, sexy Shana Bradford is the right person for the job - and the right woman to turn Jace's world upside down. But the passion between them is jeopardized when old secrets begin to emerge. A woman from Jace's past suddenly reappears. And an explosive discovery changes everything Jace thinks he knows about his mother - and his father, who was convicted of her murder. Jace Granger tried to leave his family history behind once before. But this time he needs to face the past - or risk losing his future.

©2013 Brenda Streater Jackson (P)2017 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
Available on Audible
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Risky Pleasures

Summary

Although frustrated in his attempt to acquire Steele Corporation, arrogant millionaire Cameron Cody will not be denied the firm's most attractive asset, Vanessa Steele. So when Cameron learns that Vanessa is house-sitting for her sister in Jamaica, he buys the adjoining property and makes her an offer she can't refuse.  Cameron is determined to prove to Vanessa that he is the one temptation she cannot resist, but she is equally determined to prove him wrong. What Vanessa doesn't suspect is that Cameron intends to brand her so deeply with his island passion, that once they're back in the States, she'll be the one in hot pursuit.

©2007 Brenda Jackson (P)2021 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
Available on Audible
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His to Claim

Summary

New York Times best-selling author. It could be his toughest mission yet: win back his wife. When Navy SEAL and honorary Westmoreland Mac McRoy returns home, he discovers his wife has left. Teri has retreated to the Wyoming ranch they’d planned to visit together and is resentful when he follows. She doesn’t want a second honeymoon; she wants a marriage Mac doesn’t take for granted. But life-or-death circumstances are about to put their love to the ultimate test.

©2019 Brenda Jackson (P)2019 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

Narrator: Ron Butler
Category: Romance, Westerns
Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
Available on Audible
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Size Zero

Summary

"A somber, disturbing mystery fused with a scathing look at the fashion industry. Mangin writes in a confident, razor-edged style." (Kirkus Reviews) Condom dresses and space helmets have debuted on runways. A dead body becomes the trend when a coat made of human skin saunters down fashion’s biggest stage. The body is identified as Annabelle Leigh, the teenager who famously disappeared more than a decade ago from her boyfriend’s New York City mansion. This new evidence casts suspicion back on the former boyfriend, Cecil LeClaire. Now a monk, he is forced to return to his dark and absurd childhood home to clear his name. He teams up with Ava Germaine, a renegade ex-model. And together, they investigate the depraved and lawless modeling industry behind Cecil’s family fortune. They find erotic canes, pet rats living in crystal castles, and dresses made of crushed butterfly wings. But Cecil finds more truth in the luxury goods than in the people themselves. Everyone he meets seems to be wearing a person-suit. Terrified of showing their true selves, the glitterati put on flamboyant public personas to make money and friends. Can Cecil find truth in a world built on lies? "Beautifully packaged and true to its idealistic vision, Size Zero pierces the myths that perpetuate and protect an abusive, exploitative industry." (Foreword Reviews) "This patchwork swipe at high fashion, wealth, and body image successfully horrifies...." (Publishers Weekly) "A sharply perverse dark comedy set in the high fashion industry." (IndieReader) "Size Zero is that kind of book that gets you off a reader's block moment." (Pacific Book Review, starred review) “Size Zero is visceral and disturbing. The narrative exposes the dark underbelly of modeling, focusing on unethical practices, charlatans, mental and physical illnesses, and the abuse that young women face as they pursue celebrity. Elements of the novel are splashy and outré, distorting stereotypes of glitterati and their carefully guarded world.” (Foreword Reviews)

©2020 Abigail Mangin (P)2020 Visage Media LLC

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
Available on Audible
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Disposable City

Summary

A deeply reported personal investigation by a Miami journalist examines the present and future effects of climate change in the Magic City - a watery harbinger for coastal cities worldwide. Miami, Florida, is likely to be entirely underwater by the end of this century. Residents are already starting to see the effects of sea level rise today. From sunny day flooding caused by higher tides to a sewer system on the brink of total collapse, the city undeniably lives in a climate changed world. In Disposable City, Miami resident Mario Alejandro Ariza shows us not only what climate change looks like on the ground today, but also what Miami will look like 100 years from now, and how that future has been shaped by the city's racist past and present. As politicians continue to kick the can down the road and Miami becomes increasingly unlivable, real estate vultures and wealthy residents will be able to get out or move to higher ground, but the most vulnerable communities, disproportionately composed of people of color, will face flood damage, rising housing costs, dangerously higher temperatures, and stronger hurricanes that they can't afford to escape. Miami may be on the front lines of climate change, but the battle it's fighting today is coming for the rest of the US - and the rest of the world - far sooner than we could have imagined even a decade ago. Disposable City is a thoughtful portrait of both a vibrant city with a unique culture and the social, economic, and psychic costs of climate change that call us to act before it's too late.

©2020 Mario Alejandro Ariza (P)2020 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
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Man on the Run

2 ratings

Summary

New York Times best-selling author Carl Weber delivers a riveting, action-packed drama full of the twists and turns for which he's become known. It was the night before his wedding, 15 years ago, when the nightmare began for Jay Crawford - locked up for a crime he never committed. Now he's escaped prison and wants nothing more than to clear his name and protect his family. To get justice he'll need the help of the three best friends who have always had his back - Wil, Kyle, and Allan. But a man on the run requires absolute trust...and Jay may just be setting himself up for the ultimate betrayal.

©2016 Carl Weber (P)2016 Hachette Audio

Author: Carl Weber
Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
Available on Audible
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Solid Soul

Summary

In the real world, there was no way flower shop owner Kylie Hagan would ever meet up with millionaire Chance Steele. But the world of single parents and teenage hormones brought them together the first time - and a simmering passion they both tried to deny wouldn't keep them apart for long. Chance made her think of hot, sultry Southern nights. Kylie had him imagining satin sheets and soul-stirring kisses. But in the cold light of day, they had to resist each other. There was no way they'd let uncontrollable desire ignite their carefully protected hearts. But some things they couldn't ignore....

©2009 Brenda Jackson (P)2021 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
Available on Audible
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Black Fortunes

6 ratings

Summary

The astonishing untold history of America's first Black millionaires - former slaves who endured incredible challenges to amass and maintain their wealth for a century, from the Jacksonian period to the Roaring '20s - self-made entrepreneurs whose unknown success mirrored that of American business heroes such as Henry Ford, John D. Rockefeller, and Thomas Edison.  While Oprah Winfrey, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Michael Jordan, and Will Smith are among the estimated 35,000 Black millionaires in the nation today, these famous celebrities were not the first Blacks to reach the storied 1 percent. Between the years of 1830 and 1927, as the last generation of Blacks born into slavery were reaching maturity, a small group of smart, tenacious, and daring men and women broke new ground to attain the highest levels of financial success.  Black Fortunes is an intriguing look at these remarkable individuals, including Napoleon Bonaparte Drew - author Shomari Wills' great-great-great-grandfather - the first Black man in Powhatan County (contemporary Richmond) to own property in post-Civil War Virginia. His achievements were matched by five other unknown Black entrepreneurs including:  Mary Ellen Pleasant, who used her Gold Rush wealth to further the cause of abolitionist John Brown  Robert Reed Church, who became the largest landowner in Tennessee  Hannah Elias, the mistress of a New York City millionaire, who used the land her lover gave her to build an empire in Harlem  Orphan and self-taught chemist Annie Turnbo-Malone, who developed the first national brand of hair care products  Madam C. J Walker, Turnbo-Malone's employee who would earn the nickname America's "first female Black millionaire"  Mississippi school teacher O. W. Gurley, who developed a piece of Tulsa, Oklahoma, into a "town" for wealthy Black professionals and craftsmen that would become known as "the Black Wall Street"  A fresh, little-known chapter in the nation's story - a blend of Hidden Figures, Titan, and The Tycoons - Black Fortunes illuminates the birth of the Black business titan and the emergence of the Black marketplace in America as never before.  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2018 Shomari Wills (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
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The Marriage He Demands

Summary

In the wilds of Wyoming ranch country, he needs something only she can give him. What price is too high to pay? Find out in this sizzling contemporary romance from New York Times best-selling author Brenda Jackson! This ranching heir wants it all, including the woman who stands in his way. Businessman Cash Outlaw has inherited almost all of his late mother’s Wyoming ranch...but still needs the 50 acres left to her former caretaker. As negotiations with beautiful, determined Brianna Banks become much more intimate, she reveals she’ll only sell him the property...if he gives her a baby! Cash’s counteroffer? That the mother of his child must become his wife! From Harlequin Desire: Luxury, scandal, desire - welcome to the lives of the American elite. Love triumphs in these uplifting romances, part of the Westmoreland Legacy: The Outlaws series. Book one: The Wife He Needs Book two: The Marriage He Demands

©2021 Brenda Jackson (P)2021 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

Narrator: Ron Butler
Category: Romance, Westerns
Length: 12 hrs
Available on Audible
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Hoodoo

Summary

Twelve-year-old Hoodoo Hatcher was born into a family with a rich tradition of practicing folk magic: hoodoo, as most people call it. But even though his name is Hoodoo, he can't seem to cast a simple spell. When a mysterious man called the Stranger comes to town, Hoodoo starts dreaming of the dead rising from their graves. Even worse, he soon learns the Stranger is looking for a boy named Hoodoo. The entire town is at risk from the Stranger's black magic, and only Hoodoo can defeat him. He'll just need to learn how to conjure first. Set amid the swamps and sweltering heat of small town Alabama in the 1930s, Hoodoo is infused with a big dose of creepiness leavened with gentle humor.

©2016 Ronald L. Smith (P)2016 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
Available on Audible
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Taming Clint Westmoreland

Summary

In name only? The moment ex-Texas Ranger Clint Westmoreland learned he was still married, he set the limits for his wife's stay at his luxurious horse ranch. But when she arrived, Clint's boundaries began to blur. He and Alyssa Barkley had 30 days to untangle the legal knot that had bound them together during an undercover assignment years before. But this sexy, curvaceous Alyssa was different from the mousy, awestruck rookie agent he remembered. And now her every move had him wondering what it would be like if he really were her man.

©2008 Brenda Jackson (P)2021 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

Narrator: Ron Butler
Category: Romance, Westerns
Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins
Available on Audible
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Seduced by a Steele

Summary

Indulge in hot and steamy romance from New York Times best-selling author Brenda Jackson, part of the bingeworthy Forged of Steele series. Perfect for fans of the popular Westmoreland series and listeners of passionate contemporary romances! He’s sexy, cocky and downright irresistible but this notorious heartbreaker is about to meet his match! When the “thief” caught driving his stolen vintage car turns out to be a stunning runaway heiress, Mercury Steele is conflicted. On the one hand, Sloan Donahue, penniless and on the run from her tyrannical family, triggers the billionaire playboy’s protective instincts. But she also triggers red-hot desire. Mercury refuses to think his simple seduction is becoming something deeper, especially when Sloan is keeping secrets… From Harlequin Desire: Luxury, scandal, desire - welcome to the lives of the American elite. Forged of Steele: Never Too Late Solid Soul Night Heat Beyond Temptation Risky Pleasures Irresistible Forces Intimate Seduction Hidden Pleasures A Steele for Christmas Private Arrangements Possessed by Passion Seduced by a Steele Claimed by a Steele 

©2020 Brenda Jackson (P)2020 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
Available on Audible
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19 Love Songs

1 rating

Summary

The New York Times best-selling author of Every Day, Someday, and Two Boys Kissing is back with a short story collection about love - perfect for Valentine's Day or year-round listening! A resentful member of a high school Quiz Bowl team with an unrequited crush. A Valentine's Day in the life of Every Day's protagonist, "A". A return to the characters of Two Boys Kissing. 19 Love Songs, from New York Times best-selling author David Levithan, delivers all of these stories and more. Born from Levithan's tradition of writing a story for his friends each Valentine's Day, this collection brings all of them to his listeners for the first time. With fiction, nonfiction, and a story in verse, there's something for every listener here. Witty, romantic, and honest, teens (and adults) will come to this collection not only on Valentine's Day, but all year round.

©2020 David Levithan (P)2020 Listening Library

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The Double Drastic Time Capsule Caper

Summary

The town of Franklin Falls is having its 100th birthday. And that means the town’s historic time capsule is about to be dug up and put on display by the proud citizens. Yeah, well, not if the crooked mayor has his way.  Good thing all-around smart kid Leon Karakostas is one step ahead of him. With his twin sister, Noel, and his crew - Pixie, Microscope, and Aardvark - he’s planning the greatest heist Franklin Falls has ever seen. It’s up to them to save the town’s treasure before the mayor can get his greasy hands on it.  Along the way, they’ll find themselves in a mad dash to the dump, on a rooftop chase, and caught up in a showdown with a mysterious grandma. They’ll cross paths with the world’s worst music, invisible elephants (sort of), waffles on wheels, the Lord of the Pugs, and more. So much more. (Seriously. It’s crazy.)  Will the kids be able to stop the mayor before he steals the town’s most valuable artifact and takes off with it? Find out in Van Temple’s fast-paced and laugh-out-loud funny The Double Drastic Time Capsule Caper!

©2020 Van Temple (P)2020 Audible Originals, LLC.

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The Private Equity Playbook

3 ratings

Summary

Private equity firms are on the rise and rapidly changing the game. Today, more than 5,500 PE firms own tens of thousands of companies, so it is essential for CEOs and senior management executives to understand exactly how private equity firms operate. This invaluable resource can help you devise a winning PE game plan for your own company that offers you greater freedom and financial success. CEO Adam Coffey has almost 20 years of experience building businesses for private equity companies. In this authoritative yet approachable handbook, he covers: The history and landscape of private equity Ground rules for finding the right firm to partner with Techniques for navigating the new governance Strategies for continued growth in the private equity space And more The Private Equity Playbook provides all the coaching you'll need to compete and win on this new playing field.

©2019 Adam Coffey (P)2019 Adam Coffey

Narrator: Ron Butler
Author: Adam Coffey
Length: 3 hrs and 33 mins
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Cole's Red-Hot Pursuit & Spencer's Forbidden Passion

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Cole's Red-Hot Pursuit  Cole Westmoreland always gets what he wants! What the former Texas Ranger wanted was sultry Patrina Forman. But Patrina was set against falling for a man with a no-strings attitude, and there was no way she’d fall into bed with a lawman! Then a Montana blizzard changed everything. Trapped together for three sinfully delicious nights, Cole soon had Patrina singing a different tune thanks to his brand of red-hot seduction. But what would happen once the thaw arrived?  Spencer's Forbidden Passion  "You have 48 hours to be my wife." Millionaire dealmaker Spencer Westmoreland would bail out Chardonnay Russell's failing Napa Valley vineyard. And in return she'd bear his children. But she shouldn't dare hope Spencer would ever fall in love with her. Her only choice was to accept the arrogant businessman's proposal. But becoming Spencer's wife - in every way - set her body, her heart, on fire. And soon Chardonnay wanted what was strictly forbidden....

©2019 Brenda Jackson (P)2019 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
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A Lover's Vow

3 ratings

Summary

She's all he's ever wanted. He's everything she'll ever need. Business mogul Dalton Granger is as passionate as he is gorgeous, but private investigator Jules Bradford won't give him the time of day. She knows all about the youngest Granger brother - a charming bad boy whose only interest is playing the field. But Dalton is more complicated than that, and he's determined to show Jules that behind all the bravado is the honest heart of a devoted son and brother...and a man whose own life is in peril. Jules is the only person who can protect Dalton, and they embark on a mission to save his family and his legacy. But when their late nights in the office turn into early mornings in the bedroom, Jules and Dalton soon realize they have more at stake than they ever imagined.

©2015 Brenda Streater Jackson (P)2017 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited.

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
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Narwhal and Jelly, Books 1-5

Summary

The first five books in this New York Times best-selling series are now available in a "fintastic" audiobook collection! The Narwhal and Jelly books are delightfully silly graphic novels full of heart, friendship, and playful adventure. Adapted for audio with sound effects and a full cast - including a special appearance by the author - listeners can now get the first five books (Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea, Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Narwhal's Otter Friend, and Happy Narwhalidays) in the series in one audiobook collection.

©2020 Ben Clanton (P)2020 Tundra Books

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Brave the Page

Summary

The official NaNoWriMo handbook that inspires young people to tackle audacious goals and complete their creative projects. Partly a how-to guide on the nitty-gritty of writing, partly a collection of inspiration to set (and meet) ambitious goals, Brave the Page is the go-to resource for middle-grade writers. Narrated in a fun, refreshingly kid-friendly voice, it champions NaNoWriMo's central mission that everyone's stories deserve to be told. The volume includes chapters on character, plot, setting, and the like; motivating essays from popular authors; advice on how to commit to your goals; a detailed plan for writing a novel or story in a month; and more! National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that believes in the transformational power of creativity. They provide the structure, community, and encouragement to help people find their voices, achieve creative goals, and build new worlds - on and off the page. With its first event in 1999, the organization's programs now include National Novel Writing Month in November, Camp NaNoWriMo, the Young Writers Program, Come Write In, and the "Now What?" Months. Includes an introduction written and read by Jason Reynolds Featuring Motivational Pep Talks from: John Green, number one New York Times best-selling author of The Fault in Our Stars (read by Ron Butler) Marissa Meyer, New York Times best-selling author of the Lunar Chronicles (read by the author) Jennifer Niven, New York Times best-selling author of All the Bright Places (read by the author) Daniel José Older, New York Times best-selling author of Shadowshaper (read by the author) Danielle Paige, New York Times best-selling author of Dorothy Must Die (read by the author) Celia C. Pérez, Pura Belpré Honor-winning author of The First Rule of Punk (read by the author) Scott Westerfeld, New York Times best-selling author of the Uglies series (read by the author)

©2019 National Novel Writing Month (P)2019 Listening Library

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Guilty Pleasure

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She is his guiltiest pleasure.... Dr. Cohen Carlson knows all about temptation. Twice before, he’d given in when Dee Lewis, his younger sister’s best friend, decided to seduce him. But he can’t let it happen again. As much as he wants her, he knows he can’t give Dee the love she wants, the love she deserves. He went down that road once before, and the pain left a deep scar. He refuses to give love another try. Not even for Dee. Dee has loved Cohen forever. As far as she’s concerned, he’s her soul mate. So why is he retreating? Once she finds out his reasons for holding back, she’s determined to prove to him that he can trust her with his heart. What’s her plan? To drive him so crazy, he’ll have no choice but to seduce her! It’s sure to work. After all, they say that third time’s a charm....

©2017 Brenda Jackson (P)2020 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
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Reflections on a Ravaged Century

2 ratings

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Robert Conquest has been called by Paul Johnson "our greatest living modern historian". As a new century begins, Conquest offers an illuminating examination of our past failures and a guide to where we should go next. Graced with one of the most acute gifts for political prescience since Orwell, Conquest assigns responsibility for our century’s cataclysms not to impersonal economic or social forces but to the distorted ideologies of revolutionary Marxism and National Socialism. The final, sobering chapters of Reflections on a Ravaged Century concern themselves with some coming storms, notably that of the European Union, which Conquest believes is an economic, cultural, and geographical misconception divisive of the West and doomed to failure. Winner of the Ingersoll Prize; winner of the Richard M. Weaver Prize; a New York Times Notable Book.

©2000 Robert Conquest (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
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We Don't Need Roads

8 ratings

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Long before Marty McFly and Doc Brown traveled through time in a flying DeLorean, director Robert Zemeckis and his friend and writing partner Bob Gale worked tirelessly to break into the industry with a hit. For the first time ever, the story of how these two young filmmakers struck lightning is being told by those who witnessed it. We Don't Need Roads includes original interviews with Zemeckis, Gale, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Huey Lewis, and over 50 others who contributed to one of the most popular and profitable film trilogies of all time. With a focus not only on the movies but also on the lasting impact of the franchise and its fandom, We Don't Need Roads is the ultimate audiobook for anyone who has ever wanted to ride a hoverboard, hang from the top of a clock tower, travel through the space-time continuum, or find out what really happened to Eric Stoltz after the first six weeks of filming.

©2015 Caseen Gaines (P)2015 Tantor

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
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Quade's Babies

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Quade Westmoreland's one-night love affair with Cheyenne had branded him body and soul, but he'd never even learned her last name. Almost a year later, driven by memories and one incriminating photo, the sexy operative had finally tracked her down - and discovered three little babies bearing his features. Learning he was a father made Quade even more determined: he would claim Cheyenne Steele in every way.  Shockingly, the irresistible beauty seemed intent on resisting him. But the Westmoreland destiny was at stake, and Quade would fight for what was his.

©2008 Brenda Jackson (P)2021 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 3 hrs and 36 mins
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Through My Eyes: Ruby Bridges

1 rating

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In November 1960, all of America watched as a tiny six-year-old black girl, surrounded by federal marshals, walked through a mob of screaming segregationists and into her school. An icon of the civil rights movement, Ruby Bridges chronicles each dramatic step of this pivotal event in history through her own words.

©1999 Ruby Bridges (P)2020 Scholastic Inc.

Author: Ruby Bridges
Length: 2 hrs and 12 mins
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Wet Grave

1 rating

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In such stunning novels of crime and character as Die upon a Kiss, Sold Down the River, and A Free Man of Color, Benjamin January tracked down killers through the sensuous, atmospheric, dangerously beautiful world of Old New Orleans. Now, in this new novel by best-selling author Barbara Hambly, he follows a trail of murder from illicit back alleys to glittering mansions to a dark place where the oldest and deadliest secrets lie buried.... It’s 1835, and the relentless glare of the late July sun has slowed New Orleans to a standstill. When Hesione LeGros - once a corsair’s jeweled mistress, now a raddled hag - is found slashed to death in a shanty on the fringe of New Orleans’ most lawless quarter, there are few to care. But one of them is Benjamin January, musician and teacher. He well recalls her blazing ebony beauty when she appeared, exquisitely gowned and handy with a stiletto, at a demimonde banquet years ago. Who would want to kill this woman now - Hessy, they said, would turn a trick for a bottle of rum - had some quarrelsome “customer” decided to do away with her? Or could it be one of the sexual predators who roamed the dark and seedy streets? Or - as Benjamin comes to suspect - was her killer someone she knew, someone whose careful search of her shack suggests a cold-blooded crime? Someone whose boot left a chillingly distinctive print.... His inquiries at taverns, markets, and slave dances reveal little about “Hellfire Hessy” since her glory days in Barataria Bay, once the lair of gentlemen pirates. Then the murder is swept from his mind by the delivery of a crate filled with contraband rifles - and yet another telltale boot print left by its claimant. When a murder swiftly follows, Ben and Rose Vitrac, the woman he loves, fear the workings of a serpentine mind and a treacherous plot: one only they can hope to thwart in time. All too soon they are fugitives of color in the stormy bayous and marshes of slave-stealer country, headed for smugglers’ haunts and sinister plantations, where one false step could be their last toward a...wet grave.

©2002 Barbara Hambly (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
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Solid Soul & Night Heat

Summary

Solid Soul In the real world, there was no way flower shop owner Kylie Hagan would ever meet up with millionaire Chance Steele. But the world of single parents and teenage hormones brought them together the first time - and a simmering passion they both tried to deny wouldn't keep them apart for long. Chance made her think of hot, sultry Southern nights. Kylie had him imagining satin sheets and soul-stirring kisses. But in the cold light of day, they had to resist each other. There was no way they'd let uncontrollable desire ignite their carefully protected hearts. But some things they couldn't ignore.... Night Heat Sebastian Steele was the kind of man women dreamed about. He was drop-dead gorgeous, wickedly charming, and fabulously wealthy. So why wouldn't Jocelyn Mason accept his offer to help run her struggling company? It was his reputation. Sebastian was a corporate shark, and Jocelyn knew the big fish didn't swim with the little fish, they swallowed them whole. It had been Sebastian's intention to take over Mason Builders, whether Jocelyn liked it or not. But when he started to work with her, sparks began to fly and they shared a sizzling, unforgettable night of passion. And soon it wasn't clear who was bossing whom....

©2006 Brenda Jackson (P)2021 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
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Blackballed

Summary

College is a word that means many things to many people: a space for knowledge, a place to gain lifelong friends, and an opportunity to transcend one's socioeconomic station. Today, though, this word also recalls a slew of headlines that have revealed a dark and persistent world of racial politics on campus. From Lawrence Ross, author of The Divine Nine, Blackballed is an explosive and controversial book that rips the veil off America's hidden secret: America's colleges have fostered a racist environment that makes them hostile spaces for African American students. Blackballed exposes the white fraternity and sorority system, with traditions of racist parties and songs and assaults on black students; and the universities themselves, who name campus buildings after racist men and women. It also takes a deep dive into anti-affirmative action policies and how they effectively segregate predominately white universities, providing ample room for white privilege. A bold mix of history and the current climate, Blackballed is a call to action for universities to make radical changes to their policies and standards to foster a better legacy for all students.

©2015 Lawrence Ross (P)2016 Tantor

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
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That's Not What Happened

5 ratings

Summary

It’s been three years since the Virgil County High School Massacre. Three years since my best friend, Sarah, was killed in a bathroom stall during the mass shooting. Everyone knows Sarah’s story - that she died proclaiming her faith. But it’s not true. I know because I was with her when she died. I didn’t say anything then, and people got hurt because of it. Now Sarah’s parents are publishing a book about her, so this might be my last chance to set the record straight...but I’m not the only survivor with a story to tell about what did - and didn’t - happen that day. Except Sarah’s martyrdom is important to a lot of people, people who don’t take kindly to what I’m trying to do. And the more I learn, the less certain I am about what’s right. I don’t know what will be worse: the guilt of staying silent or the consequences of speaking up....

©2018 Kody Keplinger (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Dragons in a Bag

2 ratings

Summary

The dragon's out of the bag in this diverse, young urban fantasy from an award-winning author! When Jaxon is sent to spend the day with a mean old lady his mother calls Ma, he finds out she's not his grandmother - but she is a witch! She needs his help delivering baby dragons to a magical world where they'll be safe.  There are two rules when it comes to the dragons: Don't let them out of the bag, and don't feed them anything sweet. Before he knows it, Jax and his friends Vikram and Kavita have broken both rules!  Will Jax get the baby dragons delivered safe and sound? Or will they be lost in Brooklyn forever? An NPR Best Book of the Year A Chicago Public Library Best Book of the Year A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year

©2018 Zetta Elliott (P)2018 Listening Library

Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
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A Very Merry Romance

Summary

School principal Jonathan Madaris falls hard the moment new teacher Marilyn Bannister walks into his office. The gray-eyed beauty takes his breath away and makes him regret his school's non-fraternization policy. Still, he immediately knows Marilyn is special. And he's not letting anything stop him from getting the woman he wants. Marilyn recognizes the attraction between her and Jonathan but has no intention of breaking school policy. After all, this is her first job and she loves it. So when she's suddenly transferred to another school and she discovers Jonathan is behind the move, she is furious. It's clear that Jonathan needs to be taught a lesson about playing with people's lives. And Marilyn is just the teacher to do it. But will she go too far? Find out what happens when two proud individuals face off in the game of love. Will it take a Christmas miracle to save the day?

©2018 Brenda Streater Jackson (P)2018 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited.

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
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Framed

4 ratings

Summary

How much can you trust your closest friend? Beth Montgomery seems to have the perfect life: a beautiful house in the hills above Los Angeles, a handsome, ambitious husband, and plans of starting a family. So it doesn't occur to her to worry when the news breaks of a quadruple homicide across town, a botched drug deal that leaves an undercover officer among the dead. Beth certainly would never think to tie the murders to the sudden reappearance in her life of wild, sexy Cassie Ogilvy, the estranged best friend she hasn't seen since they were college roommates. As Cassie confidently settles into Beth's new life, making herself comfortable not only in Beth's guestroom but with her husband as well, it becomes increasingly clear that her old friend has a lot to hide. But it isn't until a shocking late-night phone call, and Cassie's even more startling disappearance, that Beth begins to understand that her world, as she knew it, is gone forever. Unfurling over the span of three fraught, heart-pounding days, McInnis's masterful suspense debut is fast-paced and diabolically unpredictable - a fresh, surprising, and powerfully smart twist on the traditional thriller.

©2020 S. L. McInnis (P)2020 Grand Central Publishing

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The Chase Is On

Summary

What Chase Westmoreland wanted.... Something sure looked tempting, and Chase knew it wasn’t on his restaurant’s menu. His new neighbor Jessica Claiborne was as deliciously enticing as the confections she created - so enticing, Chase was finding it difficult to concentrate on anything but the curve of her lips.  Chase Westmoreland got! Jessica couldn’t deny the heat that sparked every time Chase was near. But she had a secret, one that could destroy the desire she saw burning in his eyes. Yet if she wanted a chance with Chase, she was going to have to reveal the truth and withstand the heat that was bound to go beyond the kitchen.

©2009 Brenda Jackson (P)2020 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
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Black Sunday

2 ratings

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Twin sisters Bibike and Ariyike are enjoying a relatively comfortable life in Lagos in 1996. Then their mother loses her job due to political strife, and the family, facing poverty, is drawn into the New Church, an institution led by a charismatic pastor who is not shy about worshipping earthly wealth. 

Soon Bibike and Ariyike's father wagers the family home on a sure bet that evaporates like smoke. As their parents' marriage collapses in the aftermath of this gamble, the twin sisters and their two younger siblings Andrew and Peter are thrust into the reluctant care of their traditional Yoruba grandmother. Inseparable while they had their parents to care for them, the twins' paths diverge once the household shatters. Each girl is left to locate, guard, and hone her own fragile source of power. 

Written with astonishing intimacy and wry attention to the fickleness of fate, Tola Rotimi Abraham's Black Sunday takes us into the chaotic heart of family life, tracing a line from the euphoria of kinship to the devastation of estrangement. In the process, it joyfully tells a tale of grace and connection in the midst of daily oppression and the constant incursions of unremitting patriarchy. This is a novel about two young women slowly finding, over 20 years, in a place rife with hypocrisy but also endless life and love, their own distinct methods of resistance and paths to independence.

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

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Love in Catalina Cove

Summary

In her brand-new series, Brenda Jackson welcomes you to Catalina Cove, where even the biggest heartbreaks can be healed.... In the wake of a devastating teen pregnancy that left her childless and heartbroken, Vashti Alcindor left Catalina Cove, Louisiana, with no plans to return. Now, more than a decade later, Vashti reluctantly finds herself back in her hometown after inheriting her aunt’s B and B. Her homecoming gets off to a rocky start when the new sheriff, Sawyer Grisham, pulls her over for speeding, and things go downhill from there. The B and B, a place she’d always found refuge in when it seemed like the whole world was against her, has fallen into disrepair. When a surprising benefactor encourages Vashti to reopen the B and B, Vashti embraces a fresh start, and soon, old hurts begin to fade as she makes new memories with the town - and its handsome sheriff.... But some pasts are too big to escape, and when a bombshell of a secret changes everything she thought was true, Vashti is left reeling. With Sawyer and his teenage daughter determined to see her through the storm, though, she’s learning family isn’t always a matter of blood - sometimes it’s a matter of heart.

©2018 Brenda Streater Jackson (P)2018 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
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The Kebra Nagast

Summary

A sacred text to Ethiopian Christians and Jamaican Rastafarians, The Kebra Nagast tells of the relationship between King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba and their son, Menyelik, who hid the Ark of the Covenant in Ethiopia. This edition of the Ethiopian text is edited by Gerald Hausman, with an introduction by Ziggy Marley.

©1997 Gerald Hausman (P)2021 Tantor

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Black Man, White House

Summary

From legendary comedian D. L. Hughley comes a bitingly funny send-up of the Obama years, as "told" by the key political players on both sides of the aisle. What do the Clintons, Republicans, fellow Democrats, and Obama's own family really think of President Barack Obama? Finally, the truth is revealed in this raucously funny oral history parody. There is no more astute - and hilarious - critic of politics, entertainment, and race in America than D. L. Hughley, famed comedian, radio star, and original member of the Kings of Comedy. In the vein of Jon Stewart's America: The Book, Black Man, White House is an acerbic and witty take on Obama's two terms, looking at the president's accomplishments and foibles through the imagined eyes of those who saw history unfold. Hughley draws upon satirical interviews with the most notorious public figures of our day: Mitt Romney ("What's 'poverty'? Is that some sort of rap jargon?"); Nancy Pelosi ("I play F**k/Marry/Kill, and there's a lot more kills than fu**ks in Congress, believe me."); Rod Blagojevich ("You can't sell political offices on eBay; I discovered that personally."); Joe Biden ("I like wrestling."); and other politicians, media pundits, and buffoons. It is sure to be the most irreverent - and perhaps the most honest - look at American politics today.

©2016 D. L. Hughley (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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Seized by Seduction

Summary

One glance is all it takes. From the moment his eyes meet hers across the crime-scene tape, ex-con turned bodyguard Quasar Patterson knows he has to see the mysterious Dr. Randi Fuller again. She's a renowned psychic investigator who can foresee danger for others, but not for herself. That makes Quasar doubly determined to watch over her - the closer, the better - as she's drawn into a dangerous gang rivalry. Both her psychic gift and their blinding chemistry tell Randi that she and Quasar are fated to be entwined. Even as they surrender to the heat between them, there's no guarantee of a happily-ever-after now that an enemy has her in his sights. And claiming a future will take more than Quasar's strength and skill. If he can't risk the heart he's always held in check, they'll both lose for good.

©2017 Brenda Streater Jackson (P)2018 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
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Beyond Temptation

Summary

Sexy millionaire Morgan Steele will settle for nothing less than the perfect woman. And when he lays his arrogant eyes on sultry Lena Spears, he believes he's found her. There's only one problem - the lady in question seems totally immune to his charm.  Morgan is determined to convince the sassy career woman that he's Mr. Right. He wines and dines her. He promises her the baby she desperately wants and the financial security she craves. And given time, Morgan is certain that once he gets Lena into his bed, she'll never want to leave....

©2009 Brenda Jackson (P)2021 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
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Hot Westmoreland Nights

Summary

He knew better than to lust after the hired help. But Ramsey Westmoreland's new cook was just so delectable...it was enough to make the Denver rancher rethink his rules. When temptation got the best of him, he discovered Chloe Burton was just as hot in the bedroom as she was in the kitchen. Though their affair was growing steamier by the minute, Ramsey couldn't help but question Chloe's true motives. And when he discovered her ultimate betrayal, he was set to satisfy himself with cold showers. Until he realized his fatal mistake: Never underestimate the power of the human heart, especially a Westmoreland's. 

©2010 Brenda Jackson (P)2021 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

Narrator: Ron Butler
Category: Romance, Westerns
Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
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Agile Conversations

Summary

A successful digital transformation must start with a conversational transformation. Today, software organizations are transforming the way work gets done through practices like Agile, Lean, and DevOps. But as commonly implemented as these methods are, many transformations still fail, largely because the organization misses a critical step: transforming their culture and the way people communicate. Agile Conversations brings a practical, step-by-step guide to using the human power of conversation to build effective, high-performing teams to achieve truly agile results. Consultants Douglas Squirrel and Jeffrey Fredrick show listeners how to utilize the five conversations to help teams build trust, alleviate fear, answer the “whys,” define commitments, and hold everyone accountable.  These five conversations give teams everything they need to reach peak performance, and they are exactly what’s missing from too many teams today.  Stop focusing on processes and practices that leave your organization stuck with culture-less rituals. Instead, unleash the unique human power of conversation. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Douglas Squirrel and Jeffrey Fredrick (P)2020 Douglas Squirrel and Jeffrey Fredrick

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Grant Park

1 rating

Summary

Grant Park begins in 1968, with Martin Luther King's final days in Memphis. The story then moves to the eve of the 2008 election and cuts between the two eras as it unfolds. Disillusioned columnist Malcolm Toussaint, fueled by yet another report of unarmed black men killed by police, hacks into his newspaper's server to post an incendiary column that had been rejected by his editors. Toussaint then disappears, and his longtime editor, Bob Carson, is summarily fired within hours of the column's publication. While a furious Carson tries to find Toussaint - at the same time dealing with the reappearance of a lost love from his days as a '60s activist - Toussaint is abducted by two improbable but still dangerous white supremacists plotting to explode a bomb at Obama's planned rally in Grant Park. Toussaint and Carson are forced to remember the choices they made as idealistic, impatient young men, when both their lives were changed profoundly by their work in the civil rights movement.

©2015 Leonard Pitts, Jr. (P)2015 Tantor

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
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The Way of Jesus

1 rating

Summary

Renowned poet and novelist Jay Parini's The Way of Jesus is a book for progressive Christians and spiritual seekers who struggle, as Parini does, with some of the basic questions about human existence: its limits and sadnesses, and its possibilities for awareness and understanding. Part guide to Christian living, part spiritual autobiography, The Way of Jesus is Jay Parini's exploration of what Jesus really meant, his effort to put love first in our daily lives. Called “one of those writers who can do anything” by Stacy Schiff in the New York Times Book Review, Parini - a lifelong Christian who has at times wavered and questioned his beliefs - recounts his own efforts to follow Jesus' example, examines the contours of Christian thinking, and describes the solace and structure one can find in the rhythms of the church calendar. Parini's refreshingly undogmatic approach to Christian thinking incorporates teachings from other religions, as well as from poets and other writers who have helped Parini along his path to understanding.

©2018 Jay Parini (P)2018 Beacon Press

Narrator: Ron Butler
Author: Jay Parini
Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
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Washington and Hamilton

Summary

In the wake of the American Revolution, the Founding Fathers faced a daunting task: overcome their competing visions to build a new nation, the likes of which the world had never seen. Washington and Hamilton chronicles the unlikely collaboration between two conflicting characters working together to protect their hard-won freedoms. Yet while Washington and Hamilton's different personalities often led to fruitful collaboration, their conflicting ideals also tested the boundaries of their relationship - and threatened the future of the new republic. From the rumblings of the American Revolution through the fractious Constitutional Convention and America's turbulent first years, this captivating history reveals the stunning impact of this unlikely duo that set the United States on the path to becoming a superpower.

©2015 Stephen F. Knott and Tony Williams (P)2016 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
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A Grain of Wheat

Summary

Set in the wake of the Mau Mau rebellion and on the cusp of Kenya's independence from Britain, A Grain of Wheat follows a group of villagers whose lives have been transformed by the 1952-1960 Emergency. At the center of it all is the reticent Mugo, the village's chosen hero and a man haunted by a terrible secret. As we learn of the villagers' tangled histories in a narrative interwoven with myth and peppered with allusions to real-life leaders, including Jomo Kenyatta, a masterly story unfolds in which compromises are forced, friendships are betrayed, and loves are tested.

©1967, 1986 Ngugi wa Thiong’o (P)2019 Tantor

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
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The Gun King (The Marshall Project)

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When a middle-class kid from the suburbs was caught using Facebook to distribute firearms bought legally at Indiana gun shows to notorious gangsters across the border - was he a kingpin or a scapegoat? David Lewisbey received perhaps the harshest sentence ever in a gun-trafficking trial. A college student from the suburban outskirts of Chicago, he allegedly embodied the enterprising swagger of his favorite rap lyrics, moving weapons for stacks of cash. John H. Richardson tours Chicago’s gun-soaked South Side with Lewisbey’s clientele and meets with the “Big Man” himself to unpack the truth. John H. Richardson’s The Gun King is part of Southside, a collection of five true stories about racism and reform, crime and corruption, justice and injustice in Chicago - from the Pulitzer Prize-winning team at The Marshall Project. Each story can be listened to in a single sitting.

©2018 John H. Richardson. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
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The Hustle of Kim Foxx (The Marshall Project)

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After the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald by a white police officer, Chicagoans demanded change. Can a new state’s attorney, the first black woman to hold the position, bring real reform to a broken system? With a brick on her desk from the Cabrini-Green housing project where she spent her childhood, Kim Foxx must adapt her hard-won ideals to the realities of criminal justice in Chicago. In this intimate narrative by award-winning author Steve Bogira, Foxx reveals: “My mother taught me how to be a hustler. Hustle in the sense of work hard, grind - find a way out of no way.” Steve Bogira’s The Hustle of Kim Foxx is part of Southside, a collection of five true stories about racism and reform, crime and corruption, justice and injustice in Chicago - from the Pulitzer Prize-winning team at The Marshall Project. Each story can be listened to in a single sitting.

©2018 Steve Bogira (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

Narrator: Ron Butler
Author: Steve Bogira
Length: 2 hrs and 11 mins
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Stages

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Albert Poland, legendary Broadway and Off-Broadway producer and general manager, presents Stages: A Theater Memoir. The Shows Little Shop of Horrors, The Grapes of Wrath, Long Day's Journey into Night, Glengarry Glen Ross, As Is, The Boy from Oz, Steel Magnolias, One Mo' Time, The Fantasticks, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, The Neon Woman, A Lie of the Mind, Let My People Come, Marry Me a Little, The Waverly Gallery, and many others! The Stars Judy Garland, Bette Davis, Hugh Jackman, Vanessa Redgrave, Uta Hagen, Truman Capote, Sam Shepard, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Charles Busch, Charles Pierce, Yoko Ono, Mike Nichols, Arthur Miller, David Mamet, Tommy Tune, Liza Minnelli, Quentin Tarantino, Steve Martin, Lotte Lenya, Divine, and many more.

©2019 Albert Poland (P)2021 Tantor

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
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High-Risers

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Joining the ranks of Evicted, The Warmth of Other Sons, and classic works of literary nonfiction by Alex Kotlowitz and J. Anthony Lukas, High-Risers braids personal narratives, city politics, and national history to tell the timely and epic story of Chicago's Cabrini-Green, America's most iconic public housing project. Built in the 1940s atop an infamous Italian slum, Cabrini-Green grew to 23 towers and a population of 20,000 - all of it packed onto just 70 acres a few blocks from Chicago's ritzy Gold Coast. Cabrini-Green became synonymous with crime, squalor, and the failure of government. For the many who lived there, it was also a much-needed resource - it was home. By 2011, every high-rise had been razed, the island of black poverty engulfed by the white affluence around it, the families dispersed. In this novelistic and eye-opening narrative, Ben Austen tells the story of America's public housing experiment and the changing fortunes of American cities. It is an account told movingly though the lives of residents who struggled to make a home for their families as powerful forces converged to accelerate the housing complex's demise. Beautifully written, rich in detail, and full of moving portraits, High-Risers is a sweeping exploration of race, class, popular culture, and politics in modern America that brilliantly considers what went wrong in our nation's effort to provide affordable housing to the poor - and what we can learn from those mistakes.

©2018 Ben Austen (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Ron Butler
Author: Ben Austen
Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
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Follow Your Heart

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"Brenda Jackson writes romance that sizzles and characters you fall in love with." (Lori Foster, New York Times best-selling author)  Some things shouldn’t be left to chance.... Victoria Madaris is next on her great-grandmother’s matchmaking list - which suits her just fine. She’s laser-focused on her career and doesn’t have time to concentrate on her love life, too. Knowing that Mama Laverne is vetting unsuitable candidates - like rising US Senator Roman Malone - makes things easy.  But Roman unexpectedly ticks all of Victoria’s boxes. The longtime family friend is outrageously sexy, and every time they meet, their chemistry crackles. Being a journalist, though, Victoria just doesn’t trust politicians. Plus, her matchmaker’s expert opinion keeps pointing to the charming and handsome Tanner Jamison. And everybody knows, Mama Laverne is never wrong.  Suddenly, Victoria sees Tanner everywhere - as if by fate - but she doesn’t feel any attraction. Meanwhile, the more Victoria gets to know Roman, the harder it is to resist him. Her head is saying play it safe, but is her heart strong enough to go against her better judgment…and Mama Laverne’s?

©2021 Brenda Jackson (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
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They Said This Day Would Never Come

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The thrilling, unlikely story of Barack Obama's first presidential campaign, as told by the volunteers and staff who propelled the longshot candidate to the presidency In the year leading up to the Iowa caucuses, few thought a freshman senator named Barack Hussein Obama would be able to win the Democratic nomination - not to mention become the most popular leader in the world. But something was stirring. Hundreds of young people from all over the country began assembling first in Iowa. These "kids" became the foundation of one of the most improbable presidential campaigns of the modern era. Chris Liddell-Westefeld was one of those kids. He and thousands of other staff and volunteers dedicated every minute of their time, intelligence, and resources to help elect Barack Obama, as what started in the midwest spread nationwide. Drawn from more than 200 interviews with alumni including David Axelrod, David Plouffe, Alyssa Mastromonaco, Dan Pfeiffer, Valerie Jarrett, Josh Earnest, Tommy Vietor, Jon Favreau, and President Obama himself, They Said This Day Would Never Come takes listeners deep inside the most inspirational presidential campaign in recent history.   This audiobook is voiced by the following contributors: The Author, Chris Liddell-Westefeld, Ally Coll, Alyssa Mastromonaco, Anne Filipic, Annick Febrey, Ava Hinds Lawson, Barack Obama, Bess Evans, Brynne Craig, Carianna Suiter, Chelsea Kammerer, Chris Wyant, Cody Keenan, Dan Pfeiffer, David Axelrod, David Plouffe, Danielle Crutchfield, Dean Fluker, Elizabeth Wilkins, Emily Parcell, Esther Morales, Francis Iacobucci, Graham Wilson, Greg Degen, Howli Ledbetter, Jackie Bray, Jamal Pope, James Schuelke, Janice Rottenberg, Jason Waskey, Jeremy Bird, Joe Cupka, Joe Paulsen, Jon Carson, Jon Favreau, Josh Earnest, Kal Penn, Katherine Onyshko, Kristin Avery, Lauren Champaign, Lauren Kidwell, Maggie Thompson, MaryGrace Galston, Megan Simpson, Meghan Goldenstein, Michael Blake, Michael Halle, Mitch Stewart, Nicole Young, Patricia King, Paul Tewes, Paulette Aniskoff, Pete Rouse, Rachel Haltom-Irwin, Shannon Valley, Stephanie Speirs, Steve Dunwoody, Tom Zimmerman, Tommy Vietor, Tony Rediger, Tripp Wellde, Tyler Lechtenberg, Valerie Jarrett, Victoria McCullough, Yohannes Abraham

©2020 Chris Liddell-Westefeld (P)2020 PublicAffairs

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One Tough Out

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For 19 seasons, Rod Carew was a maestro in the batter's box. Uncoiling from his crouched stance, he seemed to guide the ball wherever he wanted on the way to a whopping seven batting titles and a spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame. If only everything in life had been as easy as he made hitting look.  In One Tough Out: Fighting Off Life's Curveballs, Carew reflects on the highlights, anecdotes, and friendships from his outstanding career, describing the abuse, poverty, and racism he overcame to even reach the majors. In conversational, confessional prose, he takes listeners through the challenges he's conquered in the second half of his life, from burying his youngest daughter to surviving several near-fatal bouts with heart disease. He also details the remarkable reason he's alive today: the heart transplant he received from Konrad Reuland, a 29-year-old NFL player he'd met years before. Carew explains how that astonishing connection was revealed and the unique bond he and his wife, Rhonda, have since forged with his donor's family. An important thread running through this mosaic of Carew's life is his faith. He illustrates how his mother instilled those beliefs during their darkest days and how conversations with God helped him fight off every curveball life has thrown his way.

©2020 Rod Carew and Jaime Aron (P)2020 Recorded Books

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
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Yesterday Is History

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Weeks ago, Andre Cobb received a much-needed liver transplant.  He's ready for his life to finally begin, until one night, when he passes out and wakes up somewhere totally unexpected - in 1969, where he connects with a magnetic boy named Michael.  And then, just as suddenly as he arrived, he slips back to present-day Boston, where the family of his donor is waiting to explain that his new liver came with a side effect - the ability to time travel. And they've tasked their youngest son, Blake, with teaching Andre how to use his unexpected new gift.  Andre splits his time bouncing between the past and future - between Michael and Blake. Michael is everything Andre wishes he could be, and Blake, still reeling from the death of his brother, Andre's donor, keeps him at arm's length despite their obvious attraction to each other.  Torn between two boys, one in the past and one in the present, Andre has to figure out where he belongs - and more importantly who he wants to be - before the consequences of jumping in time catch up to him and change his future for good.

©2021 Kosoko Jackson (P)2021 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: Less than 1 minute
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Sauerkraut

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A new quirky-funny book from the author of Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer about a boy whose plans for the summer go sideways when the ghost of his great-great-grandmother demands his attention. HD Schenk is a maker - an inventor, someone who builds cool stuff. He's got a plan for the summer: He'll build his own computer and enter it in the county fair. Then everyone will know who he is and what he can do.  To earn enough money for the parts he'll need, HD has promised to clear out his uncle's overflowing basement. No big deal, right? But there's more in that basement than HD bargained for. On his first trip down there, a voice only he can hear starts talking to him. About...sauerkraut? Who knew the ghost of his great-great-grandmother was haunting an old pickling crock? She's got a grand plan, too. She wants HD to help make her famous recipe for sauerkraut and enter it in the county fair so that she can be declared pickle queen. After some initial shock, HD is willing enough to help. This ghost is family, after all. But only HD can really see and hear his Oma, which is going to make it hard for her to win on her own.... Kelly Jones spins a wonderfully goofy ghost tale that celebrates creative problem solving, family ties, and makers of every variety.

©2019 Kelly Jones (P)2019 Listening Library

Narrator: Ron Butler
Author: Kelly Jones
Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
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Size Zero

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"A somber, disturbing mystery fused with a scathing look at the fashion industry. Mangin writes in a confident, razor-edged style." (Kirkus Reviews) Condom dresses and space helmets have debuted on fashion runways. A dead body becomes the trend when a coat made of human skin saunters down fashion’s biggest stage. The body is identified as Annabelle Leigh, the teenager who famously disappeared over a decade ago from her boyfriend’s New York City mansion. This new evidence casts suspicion back on the former boyfriend Cecil LeClaire. Now a monk, he is forced to return to his dark and absurd childhood home to clear his name. He teams up with Ava Germaine, a renegade ex-model. And together, they investigate the depraved and lawless modeling industry behind Cecil’s family fortune. They find erotic canes, pet rats living in crystal castles, and dresses made of crushed butterfly wings. But Cecil finds more truth in the luxury goods than in the people themselves. Everyone he meets seems to be wearing a person suit. Terrified of showing their true selves, the glitterati put on flamboyant public personas to make money and friends. Can Cecil find truth in a world built on lies? In high-fashion modeling, selling bodies is organized crime.

©2020 Visage Media LLC (P)2020 Visage Media LLC

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
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Bachelor Unbound

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Is an abduction gone wrong... their chance for love? International jeweler and sought-after bachelor Zion Blackstone felt an instant connection to Celine Michaels when he designed a unique gemstone for her. When she shows up at his house in Rome claiming kidnappers are after her, he offers the Hollywood producer’s daughter his protection...and passion. But a shocking revelation could upend his once-in-a-lifetime chance with Celine....

©2018 Brenda Streater Jackson (P)2018 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
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A Family Reunion

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Every family has its secrets. Some are just too hard to tell - but too hot to keep.... It’s been 15 years since the Bennetts were all in one place, at one time, and now at a total blowout of a reunion four special cousins’ hidden desires and long-kept secrets will challenge their bond, test their courage, and change their hearts forever....  Taye is a hair stylist with big ambitions. She’s trusted the wrong men in the past and now she determined to land the right one, no matter who stands in her way. Michael is a widowed airline pilot struggling to manage his teenage daughter, but turbulence comes when a new passion enters his life. Alexia was the chubby little girl who has turned into a sexy superstar who seems to have it all...except the one thing she’s always wanted to make her life complete: a child. Now she has the perfect man in mind to be the father of her child...without his knowledge. Rae’jean is the pretty young doctor engaged to be married, but happiness still eludes her because her past is shrouded in mystery. And before she can say “I do” she must come home to finally learn the truth. 

©2010 Brenda Jackson (P)2019 Harlequin Audio

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
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Black Gun, Silver Star: The Life and Legend of Frontier Marshal Bass Reeves

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Deputy US Marshal Bass Reeves appears as one of "eight notable Oklahomans", the "most feared US marshal in the Indian country". That Reeves was also an African American who had spent his early life as a slave in Arkansas and Texas makes his accomplishments all the more remarkable. Bucking the odds ("I'm sorry, we didn't keep black people's history," a clerk at one of Oklahoma's local historical societies answered a query), Art T. Burton sifts through fact and legend to discover the truth about one of the most outstanding peace officers in late 19th-century America - and perhaps the greatest lawman of the Wild West era. Fluent in Creek and other Southern native languages, physically powerful, skilled with firearms, and a master of disguise, Reeves was exceptionally adept at apprehending fugitives and outlaws, and his exploits were legendary in Oklahoma and Arkansas. A finalist for the 2007 Spur Award, sponsored by the Western Writers of America, Black Gun, Silver Star tells Bass Reeves' story for the first time and restores this remarkable figure to his rightful place in the history of the American West.

©2006 The Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska (P)2015 Tantor

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
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Fever Season

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Benjamin January made his debut in best-selling author Barbara Hambly’s A Free Man of Color, a haunting mélange of history and mystery. Now he returns in another novel of greed, madness, and murder amid the dark shadows and dazzling society of old New Orleans, named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times.  The summer of 1833 has been one of brazen heat and brutal pestilence, as the city is stalked by Bronze John - the popular name for the deadly yellow fever epidemic that tests the healing skills of doctor and voodoo alike. Even as Benjamin January tends the dying at Charity Hospital during the steaming nights, he continues his work as a music teacher during the day.  When he is asked to pass a message from a runaway slave to the servant of one of his students, January finds himself swept into a tempest of lies, greed, and murder that rivals the storms battering New Orleans. And to find the truth he must risk his freedom - and his very life.

©1998 Barbara Hambly (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
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Cane (AmazonClassics Edition)

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A striking mosaic of prose, poetry, and dramatic dialogue, Jean Toomer’s Cane has come to be considered a masterpiece of the Harlem Renaissance. Structured as a series of vignettes ripe with longing, passion, violence, and revenge, the haunting novel gives a powerful voice to the interior lives of African Americans in the rural South and urban North.

Championed for its unsparing honesty and psychological insight by such luminaries as Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, Alice Walker, and Maya Angelou, Cane shines as a beacon to generations of African-American writers who followed.

Revised edition: Previously published as Cane, this edition of Cane (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.

Public Domain (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Narrator: Ron Butler
Author: Jean Toomer
Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
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The Compton Cowboys

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"Thompson-Hernández's portrayal of Compton's black cowboys broadens our perception of Compton's young black residents, and connects the Compton Cowboys to the historical legacy of African Americans in the west. An eye-opening, moving book." (Margot Lee Shetterly, New York Times best-selling author of Hidden Figures) A rising New York Times reporter tells the compelling story of the Compton Cowboys, a group of African-American men and women who defy stereotypes and continue the proud, centuries-old tradition of Black cowboys in the heart of one of America’s most notorious cities. In Compton, California, 10 Black riders on horseback cut an unusual profile, their cowboy hats tilted against the hot Los Angeles sun. They are the Compton Cowboys, their small ranch one of the very last in a formerly semirural area of the city that has been home to African-American horse riders for decades. To most people, Compton is known only as the home of rap greats NWA and Kendrick Lamar, hyped in the media for its seemingly intractable gang violence. But in 1988, Mayisha Akbar founded the Compton Jr. Posse to provide local youth with a safe alternative to the streets, one that connected them with the rich legacy of Black cowboys in American culture. From Mayisha’s youth organization came the Cowboys of today: Black men and women from Compton for whom the ranch and the horses provide camaraderie, respite from violence, healing from trauma, and recovery from incarceration.  The Cowboys include Randy, Mayisha’s nephew, faced with the daunting task of remaking the Cowboys for a new generation; Anthony, former drug dealer and inmate, now a family man and mentor; Keiara, a single mother pursuing her dream of winning a national rodeo championship; and a tight clan of 20-somethings - Kenneth, Keenan, Chris, and Tre - for whom horses bring the freedom, protection, and status that often elude the young Black men of Compton.  The Compton Cowboys is a story about trauma and transformation, race and identity, compassion, and ultimately, belonging. Walter Thompson-Hernández paints a unique and unexpected portrait of this city, pushing back against stereotypes to reveal an urban community in all its complexity, tragedy, and triumph.

©2020 Walter Thompson-Hernandez (P)2020 HarperAudio

Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
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Sold Down the River

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Penetrating the murkiest corners of glittering New Orleans society, Benjamin January brought murderers to justice in A Free Man of Color, Fever Season, and Graveyard Dust. Now, in Barbara Hambly’s haunting new novel, he risks his life in a violent plantation world darker than anything in the city.... When slave owner Simon Fourchet asks Benjamin January to investigate sabotage, arson, and murder on his plantation, January is reluctant to do any favors for the savage man who owned him until he was seven. But he knows too well that plantation justice means that if the true culprit is not found, every slave on Mon Triomphe will suffer. Abandoning his Parisian French for the African patois of a field hand, cutting cane until his bones ache and his musician’s hands bleed, Benjamin must use all his intelligence and cunning to find the killer - or find himself sold down the river.

©2001 Barbara Hambly (P)2021 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
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Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library

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Amid the scholars, poets, authors, and artists of the Harlem Renaissance stood an Afro-Puerto Rican named Arturo Schomburg. This law clerk's life's passion was to collect books, letters, music, and art from Africa and the African diaspora and to bring to light the achievements of people of African descent throughout the ages. When Schomburg's collection became so big that it began to overflow his house (and his wife threatened to mutiny), he turned to the New York Public Library, where he created and curated a collection that was the cornerstone of a new Negro Division. A century later, his groundbreaking collection, known as the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, has become a beacon to scholars all over the world.

©2017 Carole Boston Weatherford (P)2017 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 46 mins
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The Groundings with My Brothers

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"I have sat on a little oil drum, rusty and in the midst of garbage, and some black brothers and I have grounded together." (Walter Rodney)  In his short life, the Guyanese intellectual Walter Rodney emerged as one of the leading thinkers and activists of the anticolonial revolution, leading movements in North America, South America, the African continent, and the Caribbean. In each locale, Rodney found himself a lightning rod for working class Black Power. His deportation catalyzed 20th century Jamaica's most significant rebellion, the 1968 Rodney riots, and his scholarship trained a generation how to think politics at an international scale. In 1980, shortly after founding of the Working People's Alliance in Guyana, the 38-year-old Rodney would be assassinated.  In this classic work published in the heady days of international Black power, Groundings with My Brothers details the global circulation of emancipatory ideas, but also offers first-hand reports of Rodney's mass movement organizing. Introduced and contextualized by leading Caribbean scholar-activists, this updated edition brings Rodney's legacy to a new generation of radicals.

©1969 Walter A. Rodney; copyright 2019 by Walter Rodney Foundation; Contributions copyright 2019 by Contributors (P)2020 Tantor

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 4 hrs and 15 mins
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The Capital of Basketball

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The celebration of Washington, DC basketball is long overdue. The DC metro area stands second to none in its contributions to the game. Countless figures who have had a significant impact on the sport over the years have roots in the region, including E. B. Henderson, the first African American certified to teach public school physical education, and Earl Lloyd, the first African American to take the court in an actual NBA game. The city's Spingarn High School produced two players - Elgin Baylor and Dave Bing - recognized among the NBA’s 50 greatest at the league’s 50th anniversary celebration. No other high school in the country can make that claim. These figures and many others are chronicled in this book, the first-ever comprehensive look at the great high school players, teams, and coaches in the DC metropolitan area. Based on more than 150 interviews, The Capital of Basketball is first and foremost a book about basketball. But in discussing the trends and evolution of the game, McNamara also uncovers the turmoil in the lives of the players and area residents as they dealt with prejudice, educational inequities, politics, and the ways the area has changed through the years.

©2019 Andrea Chamblee (P)2019 Andrea Chamblee

Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
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Grand

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National Book Award winner and MacArthur Genius Fellow Charles Johnson reflects on the joys of being a grandparent in this warm, inspiring collection of wisdom and life lessons - the ideal gift for any new parent or grandparent An award-winning novelist, philosopher, essayist, screenwriter, professor, and cartoonist, Charles Johnson has held numerous impressive titles over the course of his incomparable career. Now, for the first time, with his trademark wisdom and philosophical generosity, he turns his attention to his most important role yet: grandparent. In Grand, Johnson shares stories from his life with his six-year-old grandson, Emery, weaving in advice and life lessons that stand the test of time. "Looking at the problems I see in the world around me," Johnson writes, "I realize that there are so many things I want to say to him about the goodness and beauty that life offers. What are the perennial truths that I can impart to Emery that might make his journey through life easier or more rewarding?" Johnson shares these truths and more, offering profound meditations on family, race, freedom and creativity. Joyful, lucid, and deeply comforting, Grand is Johnson at his most accessible and profound, an indispensable compendium for new grandparents and growing grandchildren alike, from one of America’s most revered thinkers.

©2020 Charles Johnson (P)2020 HarperAudio

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
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Sorry for Your Loss

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From Printz Honor winner and Morris Award finalist Jessie Ann Foley comes a comitragic YA novel that will appeal to fans of Jandy Nelson and Jeff Zentner.  As the youngest of eight, painfully average Pup Flanagan is used to flying under the radar. He’s barely passing his classes. His lets his longtime crush walk all over him. And he’s in no hurry to decide on a college path. The only person who ever made him think he could be more was his older brother, Patrick. But that was before Patrick died suddenly, leaving Pup with a family who won’t talk about it and acquaintances who just keep saying, “Sorry for your loss.” When Pup excels at a photography assignment he thought he’d bomb, things start to come into focus. His dream girl shows her true colors. An unexpected friend exposes Pup to a whole new world, right under his nose. And the photograph that was supposed to show Pup a way out of his grief ultimately reveals someone else who is still stuck in their own. Someone with a secret regret Pup never could have imagined.

©2019 Jessie Ann Foley (P)2019 HarperAudio

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
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Prince and the Purple Rain Era Studio Sessions

6 ratings

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His journey is meticulously documented through detailed accounts of his time secluded behind the doors of the recording studio as well as his days on tour. With unprecedented access to the musicians, singers, and studio engineers who knew Prince best, including members of the Revolution and the Time, Duane Tudahl weaves an intimate saga of an eccentric genius and the people and events who helped shape the groundbreaking music he created. From Sunset Sound Studios' daily recording logs and the Warner Bros. vault of information, Tudahl uncovers hidden truths about the origins of songs such as "Purple Rain", "When Doves Cry", and "Raspberry Beret" and also reveals details about Prince's unreleased outtakes. This definitive chronicle of Prince's creative brilliance during 1983 and 1984 provides a new experience of the Purple Rain album as an integral part of Prince's life and the lives of those closest to him.

©2018 Duane Tudahl (P)2018 Tantor

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The Wilmington Ten

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In February 1971, racial tension surrounding school desegregation in Wilmington, North Carolina, culminated in four days of violence and skirmishes between white vigilantes and black residents. The turmoil resulted in two deaths, six injuries, more than $500,000 in damage, and the firebombing of a white-owned store before the National Guard restored uneasy peace. Despite glaring irregularities in the subsequent trial, 10 young persons were convicted of arson and conspiracy and then sentenced to a total of 282 years in prison. They became known internationally as the Wilmington Ten. A powerful movement arose within North Carolina and beyond to demand their freedom, and after several witnesses admitted to perjury, a federal appeals court, also citing prosecutorial misconduct, overturned the convictions in 1980. Kenneth Janken narrates the dramatic story of the Ten, connecting their story to a larger arc of Black Power and the transformation of post-civil rights-era political organizing. Grounded in extensive interviews, newly declassified government documents, and archival research, this book thoroughly examines the events of 1971 and the subsequent movement for justice that strongly influenced the wider African American freedom struggle.

©2015 Kenneth Robert Janken (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
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Cannabis Pharmacy

8 ratings

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In Cannabis Pharmacy, expert Michael Backes offers evidence-based information on using cannabis to treat an array of ailments and conditions. He provides information on how cannabis works with the body's own system, how best to prepare and administer it, and how to modify and control dosage. This newly revised edition is now completely up to date with the latest information on the body's encannabinoid system, which is now understood to control emotion, appetite, and memory; delivery and dosing of cannabis, including e-cigarette designs; additional varietals; and a new system for classification as well as 21 additional ailments and conditions that can be treated with medical marijuana. There are currently more than 4.2 million medical cannabis patients in the United States, and there are 29 states plus the District of Columbia where medical cannabis is legal. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2014 Michael Backes (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
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Who Was Roberto Clemente?

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Growing up the youngest of seven children in Puerto Rico, Roberto Clemente had a talent for baseball. His incredible skill soon got him drafted into the big leagues, where he spent 18 seasons playing right field for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Who Was Roberto Clemente? tells the story of this remarkable athlete: A 12-time All-Star, a World Series MVP, and the first Latin American inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. 

©2014 James Buckley (P)2016 Listening Library

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 59 mins
Available on Audible
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Trinidad Noir

2 ratings

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Trinidad Noir reveals the Caribbean island’s darkness and its appeal with an unexpected and gratifying result.   Features brand-new stories by Robert Antoni, Elizabeth Nunez, Lawrence Scott, Ramabai Espinet, Shani Mootoo, Kevin Baldeosingh, Vahni Capildeo, Willi Chen, Lisa Allen-Agostini, Keith Jardim, Reena Andrea Manickchand, Tiphanie Yanique, and more.  

©2008 Akashic Books (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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The Voter File

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"Pepper comes through again with this clever tale of how cyber sabotage of elections, coupled with highly concentrated ownership of traditional media operations, can undermine American democracy." (President Bill Clinton) A twisty, one-step-ahead-of-the-headlines political thriller featuring a rogue reporter who investigates election meddling of epic proportions written by the ultimate insider. Investigative reporter Jack Sharpe is down to his last chance. Fired from his high-profile gig with a national news channel, his only lead is a phone full of messages from a grad student named Tori Justice, who swears she's observed an impossible result in a local election. Sharpe is sure she's mistaken...but what if she isn't?  Sharpe learns that the most important tool in any election is the voter file: the database that keeps track of all voters in a district, and shapes a campaign's game plan for victory. If one person were to gain control of an entire party's voter file, they could manipulate the outcome of virtually every election in America. Sharpe discovers this has happened - and that the person behind the hack is determined to turn American politics upside down.  The more he digs, the more Sharpe is forced to question the values - and viability - of the country he loves and a president he admired. And soon it becomes clear that not just his career is in jeopardy...so is his life.

©2020 David Pepper (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Author: David Pepper
Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
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A Free Man of Color

1 rating

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This lush and haunting novel tells of a city steeped in decadent pleasures and of a man, proud and defiant, caught in a web of murder and betrayal.  It is 1833. In the midst of Mardi Gras, Benjamin January, a Creole physician and music teacher, is playing piano at the Salle d'Orleans when the evening's festivities are interrupted - by murder.  The ravishing Angelique Crozat, a notorious octoroon who travels in the city's finest company, has been strangled to death. With the authorities reluctant to become involved, Ben begins his own inquiry, which will take him through the seamy haunts of riverboatmen and into the huts of voodoo-worshipping slaves. But soon the eyes of suspicion turn toward Ben - for, black as the slave who fathered him, this free man of color is still seen as the perfect scapegoat.

©1997 Barbara Hambly (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
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The Dragon Thief

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Stealing a baby dragon was easy! Hiding it is a little more complicated, in this sequel to reviewer favorite Dragons in a Bag. Jaxon had just one job - to return three baby dragons to the realm of magic. But when he got there, only two dragons were left in the bag. His best friend's sister, Kavita, is a dragon thief! Kavita only wanted what was best for the baby dragon. But now every time she feeds it, the dragon grows and grows! How can she possibly keep it secret? Even worse, stealing it has upset the balance between the worlds. The gates to the other realm have shut tight! Jaxon needs all the help he can get to find Kavita, outsmart a trickster named Blue, and return the baby dragon to its true home.

©2019 Zetta Elliott (P)2019 Listening Library

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'Til the Well Runs Dry

2 ratings

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Lauren Francis-Sharma's 'Til the Well Runs Dry opens in a seaside village in the north of Trinidad where young Marcia Garcia, a gifted and smart-mouthed 16-year-old seamstress, lives alone, raising two small boys and guarding a family secret. When she meets Farouk Karam, an ambitious young policeman, the risks and rewards in Marcia's life amplify forever. On an island rich with laughter, Calypso, Carnival, cricket, beaches and salty air, sweet fruits and spicy stews, the novel follows Marcia and Farouk from their amusing and passionate courtship through personal and historical events that threaten Marcia's secret, entangle the couple and their children in a scandal, and endanger the future for all of them. 'Til the Well Runs Dry tells the twinned stories of a spirited woman's love for one man and her bottomless devotion to her children. For listeners who cherish the previously untold stories of women's lives, here is a story of grit and imperfection and love that has not been told before.

©2014 Lauren Francis-Sharma (P)2015 Tantor

Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
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Slavery's Capitalism

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During the 19th century, the United States entered the ranks of the world's most advanced and dynamic economies. At the same time, the nation sustained an expansive and brutal system of human bondage. This was no mere coincidence. Slavery's Capitalism argues for slavery's centrality to the emergence of American capitalism in the decades between the Revolution and the Civil War. According to editors Sven Beckert and Seth Rockman, the issue is not whether slavery itself was or was not capitalist but rather the impossibility of understanding the nation's spectacular pattern of economic development without situating slavery front and center. American capitalism - renowned for its celebration of market competition, private property, and the self-made man - has its origins in an American slavery predicated on the abhorrent notion that human beings could be legally owned and compelled to work under force of violence. Drawing on the expertise of 16 scholars who are at the forefront of rewriting the history of American economic development, Slavery's Capitalism identifies slavery as the primary force driving key innovations in entrepreneurship, finance, accounting, management, and political economy that are too often attributed to the so-called free market. Approaching the study of slavery as the originating catalyst for the Industrial Revolution and modern capitalism casts new light on American credit markets, practices of offshore investment, and understandings of human capital. Rather than seeing slavery as outside the institutional structures of capitalism, the essayists recover slavery's importance to the American economic past and prompt enduring questions about the relationship of market freedom to human freedom. Contributors: Edward E. Baptist, Sven Beckert, Daina Ramey Berry, Kathryn Boodry, Alfred L. Brophy, Stephen Chambers, Eric Kimball, John Majewski, Bonnie Martin, Seth Rockman, Daniel B. Rood, Caitlin Rosenthal, Joshua D. Rothman, Calvin Schermerhorn, Andrew Shankman, and Craig Steven Wilder.

©2016 University of Pennsylvania Press (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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The Pentagon's Wars

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A gripping insider account of the clash between America's civilian and military leadership The Pentagon's Wars is a dramatic account of the deep and divisive debates between America's civilian leaders and its military officers. Renowned military expert Mark Perry investigates these internal wars and sheds new light on the US military - the most powerful and influential lobby in Washington. He reveals explosive stories, from the secret history of Clinton's "don't ask, don't tell" policy to how the military plotted to undermine Barack Obama's strategy in Afghanistan, to show how internal strife and deep civilian-military animus shapes America's policy abroad, often to the nation's detriment.  Drawing on three decades of high-profile interviews, both on and off the record, Perry yields sobering judgments on the tenures of our nation's most important military leaders.  The Pentagon's Wars is essential listening for anyone seeking to understand the inner workings of the making of America's foreign policy. 

©2017 Mark Perry (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Ron Butler
Author: Mark Perry
Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
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Graveyard Dust

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Best-selling author Barbara Hambly’s A Free Man of Color and Fever Season established Benjamin January as one of mystery’s most exciting heroes. Now he returns in a powerful new novel, a sensual mosaic of old New Orleans, where cultures clash and murder can hover around every darkened corner. It is St. John’s Eve in the summer of 1834 when Benjamin January - Creole physician and music teacher - is shattered by the news that his sister has been arrested for murder. The Guards have only a shadow of a case against her. But Olympe - mystical and rebellious - is a woman of color, whose chance for justice is slim. As Benjamin probes the allegation, he is targeted by a new threat: graveyard dust sprinkled at his door, whispering of a voodoo death curse. Now, to save Olympe’s life - and his own - Benjamin knows he must glean information wherever he can find it. For in the heavy darkness of New Orleans, the truth is what you make it, and justice can disappear with the night’s warm breeze as easy as graveyard dust. 

©1999 Barbara Hambly (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
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Die upon a Kiss

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In February 1835, the cold New Orleans streets are alight with masked Mardi Gras revelers as the American Theater’s impresario, Lorenzo Belaggio, brings a magnificent yet controversial operatic version of Othello to town. But it’s pitch-black in the alley where free man of color Benjamin January hears a slurred whisper, spies the flash of a knife, and is himself wounded as he rescues Belaggio from a vicious attack. Could competition for audiences - or for Belagio’s affections - provoke such violent skulduggery? Or is Shakespeare’s tragic tale, with its spectacle of a Black man’s passion for a White beauty, one that some Creole citizen - or American parvenu - would do anything to keep off the stage? The soaring music will lead January into a tangle of love, hate, and greed more treacherous than any onstage drama, as he must discover who is responsible...and who will die upon a kiss.

©2001 Barbara Hambly (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
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Dead and Buried

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New Orleans, 1836. When free Black musician and Surgeon Benjamin January attends the funeral of a friend, an accident tips the dead man out of his coffin - only to reveal an unexpected inhabitant. Just one person recognizes the corpse of the White man: Hannibal Sefton, fiddle-player and one of January’s closest friends. But he seems unwilling to talk about his connection to the dead man....

©2010 Barbara Hambly (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 10 hrs
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The New York Times Book of the Dead

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The obituary page of The New York Times is a celebration of extraordinary lives. This groundbreaking package includes 300+ obits of the most important and fascinating obituaries the Times has ever published.   The obituary page is the section many readers first turn to not only see who died, but to read some of the most inspiring, insightful, often funny, and elegantly written stories celebrating the lives of the men and women who have influenced on our world.   William McDonald, The Times' obituary editor who was recently featured in the award-winning documentary Obit, selected 320 of the most important and influential obits from the newspaper's archives. In chapters like "Stage and Screen," "Titans of Business," "The Notorious," "Scientists and Healers," "Athletes," and "American Leaders," the entries include a wide variety of newsmakers from the last century and a half, including Annie Oakley, Theodore Roosevelt, Joseph Stalin, Marilyn Monroe, Coco Chanel, Malcolm X, Jackie Robinson and Prince.  

©2016 William McDonald (P)2016 Hachette Audio

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They Can't Kill Us All

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One of the Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2016 - Publishers Weekly One of the Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2016 - Elle 11 Fall Books We Can't Wait to Read - Seattle Times A Best Book of Fall 2016 - Boston Globe One of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's 20 Books to Watch, fall 2016 A deeply reported book that brings alive the quest for justice in the deaths of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and Freddie Gray, offering both unparalleled insight into the reality of police violence in America and an intimate, moving portrait of those working to end it. Conducting hundreds of interviews during the course of over one year reporting on the ground, Washington Post writer Wesley Lowery traveled from Ferguson, Missouri, to Cleveland, Ohio; Charleston, South Carolina; and Baltimore, Maryland; and then back to Ferguson to uncover life inside the most heavily policed, if otherwise neglected, corners of America today. In an effort to grasp the magnitude of the response to Michael Brown's death and understand the scale of the problem police violence represents, Lowery speaks to Brown's family and the families of other victims as well as local activists. By posing the question "what does the loss of any one life mean to the rest of the nation?", Lowery examines the cumulative effect of decades of racially biased policing in segregated neighborhoods with failing schools, crumbling infrastructure, and too few jobs. Studded with moments of joy and tragedy, They Can't Kill Us All offers a historically informed look at the standoff between the police and those they are sworn to protect, showing that civil unrest is just one tool of resistance in the broader struggle for justice. As Lowery brings vividly to life, the protests against police killings are also about the black community's long history of being on the receiving end of perceived and actual acts of injustice and discrimination. They Can't Kill Us All grapples with a persistent if also largely unexamined aspect of the otherwise transformative presidency of Barack Obama: the failure to deliver tangible security and opportunity to those Americans most in need of both.

©2016 Wesley Lowery (P)2016 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
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Ghost of the Innocent Man

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During the last two decades, more than 2,000 American citizens have been wrongfully convicted. Ghost of the Innocent Man brings us one of the most dramatic of those cases and provides the clearest picture yet of the national scourge of wrongful conviction and of the opportunity for meaningful reform. When the final gavel clapped in a rural Southern courtroom in the summer of 1988, Willie J. Grimes, a gentle spirit with no record of violence, was shocked and devastated to be convicted of first-degree rape and sentenced to life imprisonment. Here is the story of this everyman and his extraordinary quarter-century-long journey to freedom, told in breathtaking and sympathetic detail, from the botched evidence and suspect testimony that led to his incarceration to the tireless efforts to prove his innocence and the identity of the true perpetrator. These were spearheaded by his relentless champion, Christine Mumma, a cofounder of North Carolina's Innocence Inquiry Commission. That commission - unprecedented at its inception in 2006 - remains a model organization unlike any other in the country and one now responsible for a growing number of exonerations. With meticulous, prismatic research and pulse-quickening prose, Benjamin Rachlin presents one man's tragedy and triumph. The jarring and unsettling truth is that the story of Willie J. Grimes, for all its outrage, dignity, and grace, is not a unique travesty. But through the harrowing and suspenseful account of one life, told from the inside, we experience the full horror of wrongful conviction on a national scale. Ghost of the Innocent Man is both rare and essential, a masterwork of empathy. The book offers a profound reckoning not only with the shortcomings of our criminal justice system but also with its possibilities for redemption.

©2017 Benjamin Rachlin (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
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At Long Last

1 rating

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There comes a time when a man has to pursue what he knows is the love of a lifetime. A tragedy that occurred while Claire Fowler was working in Algiers sends her back to the States to grieve the friends she lost. She can't get out of her mind that she could have been one of the victims had she not decided at the last minute to forgo a night out with her friends. Now she's not only dealing with grief but with guilt. Dr. Logan Montgomery is convinced he fell in love with Claire when he first met her three years ago, thanks to his brother Lance, who married Claire's younger sister, Asia. Logan can't get out of his mind that Claire could have been one of the victims. He knows the emotions she is dealing with and is determined to help her get through them. Logan also knows it's time to pursue the woman he loves. She will be leaving to return to Algiers in a month, and he is determined to do whatever it takes to capture her heart before that happens.

©2018 Brenda Streater Jackson (P)2018 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited.

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
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Black Faces in White Places

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If the name Randal Pinkett sounds familiar, it may be because Pinkett was the first African American winner on The Apprentice. When he won, this black man also became the only contestant to be asked to share his victory - with a white woman. The request (and Pinkett's subsequent refusal) set off a firestorm of controversy that inevitably focused on the issue of race in the American workplace and in society. For generations, African Americans have been told that to succeed, they need to work twice as hard as everyone else. But as millions of black Americans were reminded by Pinkett's experience, sometimes hard work is not enough.  Black Faces in White Places is about "the game" - that is, the competitive world in which we all live and work. The audiobook offers 10 revolutionary strategies for playing, mastering, and changing the game for the current generation, while undertaking a wholesale redefinition of the rules for those who will follow. It is not only about shattering the old "glass ceiling" but also about examining the four dimensions of the contemporary black experience: identity, society, meritocracy, and opportunity. Ultimately, it is about changing the very concept of success itself.  Based on the authors' considerable experiences in business, in the public eye, and in the minority, the audiobook shows how African American professionals can (and must) think and act both entrepreneurially and "intrapreneurially", combine their collective strengths with the wisdom of others, and plant the seeds of a positive and lasting legacy. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2011 Randal Pinkett and Jeffrey Robinson (P)2018 AMACOM

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