NLS: Talking Book Topics

September-October 2011

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About Talking Book Topics

Talking Book Topics is published bimonthly in cassette, large-print, and online formats and distributed at no cost to blind and physically handicapped individuals who participate in the Library of Congress reading program. It lists digital audiobooks and magazines available through a network of cooperating libraries and covers news of developments and activities in network library services.

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Newsstand

The following announcements may be of interest to readers. The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) reserves the right to publish announcements selectively, as space permits. The items mentioned, however, are not part of the NLS program, and their listing does not imply endorsement.

Publications about cancer offered in accessible formats

Most American Cancer Society (ACS) publications are now available in audio CD, audio MP3, and accessible PDF formats, thanks to a partnership between ACS and the American Council of the Blind (ACB). A smaller number of those publications are available in braille and large print, and the ACS has redesigned its entire website for screen-reader use. All special-format publications may be ordered at www.cancer.org/AboutUs/ACSPolicies/accessibility-at-the-american-cancer-society-policy external link symbol or by calling 1-800-227-2345. This number also serves as a 24-hour hotline for individuals who are blind or visually impaired and wish to speak with a cancer-information specialist.

Medicare and You handbook available in braille

Medicare recipients with vision impairments may now request a braille version of the 2011 edition of Medicare and You, the program’s official handbook, by calling Medicare at 1-800-633-4227. Medicare and You describes recent service changes, details costs and coverage, explains prescription drug plans, and defines the rights of Medicare patients. The publication is also available in large-print and cassette formats.

Pennsylvania Council of the Blind publishes no-measure cookbook

The Pennsylvania Council of the Blind has published a new cookbook for individuals whose physical or visual impairments make precise measurements difficult. The True No-Measure Cookbook includes more than 225 recipes that call for ingredients in amounts of "one can" or "a handful," rather than requiring the use of measuring spoons or cups. The book is available in braille, large-print, Microsoft Word, and DAISY formats and may be ordered by contacting Sue Lichtenfels at (412) 429-1727 or cookbook@pcb1.org. A braille hard copy costs $25; all other formats cost $12.50.

Audio bibles for flash-drive cartridges

Audio versions of the New King James Bible in English that play on NLS standard and advanced digital talking-book machines are available from the nonprofit organization Aurora Ministries, also known as Audio Bibles for the Blind. Bibles produced for use on the advanced player are bookmarked by testament, book, and chapter. If you would like a copy of the New King James Bible to be loaded on to your flash drive cartridge, send the cartridge through the U.S. mail—via Free Matter for the Blind or Handicapped—to Allen Decker at Aurora Ministries, PO Box 621, Bradenton, FL 34206. Aurora Ministries cannot supply readers with cartridges at this time. The organization also has audio Bibles on cassette, available in more than seventy languages. For more details, call or e-mail Allen Decker at (941) 748-3031 or adecker@auroraministries.org. Information on acquiring blank cartridges is available at www.loc.gov/nls/cartridges/.

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Books for Adults

Adult Nonfiction

Secessionists Triumphant, 1854–1861: The Road to Disunion, Volume 2    DB/RC 66449
32 hours 11 minutes
by William W. Freehling
read by Jake Williams
Following Secessionists at Bay (RC 66230), historian Freehling continues his examination of antebellum politics, proslavery ideology, and the South's efforts to forge a "single civilization." Highlights differences among the southern states and discusses the Deep South's fear that Abraham Lincoln's Republicans would persuade border states to abolish slavery. 2007.

The Presidential Election Process    DB/RC 66944
5 hours 45 minutes
edited by Tom Lansford
read by Kristin Allison
Discusses the pros and cons of the American way of electing a chief executive, including the roles of primaries and conventions, campaign financing, media coverage, and the electoral college. Describes the 2000 contest between George W. Bush and Al Gore. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2008.

Prelude to Civil War: The Nullification Controversy in South Carolina, 1816–1836    DB/RC 66962
15 hours 39 minutes
by William W. Freehling
read by Bill Wallace
Study of the role of the nullification controversy in South Carolina in 1832–1833 that almost led to the state's secession from the Union. Discusses the tariffs that caused economic ruin, the fear of abolitionists, the conflict between Andrew Jackson and John C. Calhoun, and slave conspiracies. Bancroft Prize. 1965.

Charlatan: America's Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam    DB/RC 67282
11 hours 53 minutes
by Pope Brock
read by Jim Zeiger
Biography of showman John R. Brinkley (1885–1942), who hoodwinked early-twentieth-century audiences with his false cures at medicine shows and on the radio. Relates that Brinkley scammed thousands of people by claiming to cure impotence with goat-testicle transplants until Morris Fishbein, editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association, discredited him as a quack. 2008.

The Star Machine    DB/RC 67283
25 hours 0 minutes
by Jeanine Basinger
read by Kristin Allison
Film historian researches the studio system used in Hollywood from the 1930s to the 1950s. Describes the process of selecting and grooming performers to elevate into commodities—provided they surrendered their individuality. Discusses the reactions of actors Deanna Durbin, Ann Sheridan, and Dennis Morgan to such business deals. 2007.

American Jennie: The Remarkable Life of Lady Randolph Churchill    DB/RC 67288
17 hours 5 minutes
by Anne Sebba
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Biography of American-born Jennie Jerome (1854–1921), the mother of British prime minister Winston Churchill. Discusses Jerome's family background and 1874 marriage to Lord Randolph Churchill, the son of the duke of Marlborough. Highlights Jerome's personal relationships, social life, accomplishments, and support of her husband's political career. 2007.

Twisted Triangle: A Famous Crime Writer, a Lesbian Love Affair, and the FBI Husband's Violent Revenge    DB/RC 67292
9 hours 8 minutes
by Caitlin Rother
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Recounts FBI agent Margo Bennett's bumpy eight-year marriage to fellow agent Gene Bennett, her 1992 affair with crime writer Patricia Cornwell, and Gene's violent reaction to Margo's decision to leave him. Describes Gene's 1993 abduction of Margo and the ensuing trial. Strong language, descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2008.

Opium Season: A Year on the Afghan Frontier    DB/RC 67396
18 hours 22 minutes
by Joel Hafvenstein
read by Ray Childs
The author, an international development consultant, chronicles his assignment in post-9/11 Afghanistan, where he worked for an aid organization finding alternative, legal livelihoods for opium poppy farmers. Describes organizing large-scale public-works projects amid threats from narcotics smugglers, local militia, and Taliban fighters. Some violence and some strong language. 2007.

Heaven and Hell: My Life in the Eagles, 1974–2001    DB/RC 67408
12 hours 59 minutes
by Don Felder
read by David Hartley-Margolin
Guitarist Don Felder reminisces about his impoverished childhood in Gainesville, Florida; his early musical career; and his 1974 induction into the already established band the Eagles. Discusses the sordid side of the music business and the rivalry among band members that unraveled the group. Some strong language. 2008.

The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes—and Why    DB/RC 67409
9 hours 49 minutes
by Amanda Ripley
read by Kristin Allison
Time magazine writer investigates the psychology of survival during disasters such as airline crashes, fires, hostage situations, and tsunamis. Reveals the traits that people demonstrate to help them escape. Includes interviews with survivors of the 9/11 terror attacks, 2005's Hurricane Katrina, and the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting rampage. Some strong language. 2008.

A Perfect Union: Dolley Madison and the Creation of the American Nation    DB/RC 67413
17 hours 59 minutes
by Catherine Allgor
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Biography of Dolley Madison (1768–1849), the fourth American first lady, who became known as "America's queen." Highlights Madison's use of social skills to influence politics and advance her husband's career. Discusses her effect on the unstable young democracy in the era surrounding the War of 1812. 2006.

Yankee for Life: My Forty-Year Journey in Pinstripes    DB/RC 67415
11 hours 33 minutes
by Bobby Murcer
read by Jim Zeiger
Autobiography of Bobby Murcer, who joined the New York Yankees in 1965 as a nineteen-year-old shortstop. Describes his 1975 trade to the Giants, later trade to the Cubs, and 1979 return to the Yankees having missed winning two World Series. Discusses his broadcasting career and battle with brain cancer. 2008.

Best Girlfriends Getaways Worldwide    DB/RC 67421
11 hours 5 minutes
by Marybeth Bond
read by Anne Hancock
Guide to vacations around the globe for women traveling together. Suggestions include taking culinary classes in Spain, touring Paris, hiking the Inca Trail in Peru, visiting a spa in Thailand, studying art in Prague, and volunteering in Kenya. Provides firsthand accounts, safety and accommodation tips, and resources. 2008.

A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful and Other Pre-Revolutionary Writings    DB/RC 67455
24 hours 54 minutes
by Edmund Burke
read by John Haag
Six works by Irish-born Edmund Burke (1729–1797), who, entering British politics, gained influence through his oratory. In the title essay Burke holds that "the senses are the great originals of all our ideas." Includes his speeches on American taxation and on conciliation with the colonies. 1998.

Against Medical Advice: A True Story    DB/RC 67710
6 hours 15 minutes
by James Patterson and Hal Friedman
read by Erik Sandvold
Describes Cory Friedman's struggle from age five with a complex case of Tourette syndrome, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and anxiety. Details his worsening symptoms despite multiple medications. Chronicles Friedman's decision to stop the drugs and turn to other therapies, including tic-reversal training, which brought him relief in his late teens. Bestseller. 2008.

War and Decision: Inside the Pentagon at the Dawn of the War on Terrorism    DB/RC 67923
32 hours 38 minutes
by Douglas J. Feith
read by Jake Williams
Former aide to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld records his memoir of the Bush administration's implementation of the war on terror after the 9/11 attacks. Discusses the way plans were devised to attack terrorism globally, overthrow Saddam Hussein, and control post-Saddam Iraq. 2008.

Change We Can Believe In: Barack Obama's Plan to Renew America's Promise    DB/RC 68229
7 hours 34 minutes
by Obama for America
read by Bill Wallace
Details the changes Democratic nominee Barack Obama proposed to implement if he were elected president of the United States in 2008. Topics include reviving the economy, restoring America's place in the world, and embracing the country's values. Includes a foreword by Obama and seven speeches from his presidential campaign. Bestseller. 2008.

The Physics of NASCAR: How to Make Steel + Gas + Rubber = Speed    DB/RC 68454
8 hours 47 minutes
by Diandra Leslie-Pelecky
read by Annie Wauters
Physics professor uses math and science to describe how NASCAR drivers win races and survive crashes. Cites specific examples from racing teams and well-known drivers. Also examines topics such as vehicle aerodynamics, speed, materials, pressure, temperature, weight, design, and safety. For senior high and older readers. 2008.

The Man Time Forgot: A Tale of Genius, Betrayal, and the Creation of Time Magazine    DB/RC 68874
15 hours 10 minutes
by Isaiah Wilner
read by Ray Childs
Biography of Briton Hadden (1898–1929), cofounder of Time magazine. Author alleges Hadden's early death allowed his partner and former schoolmate Henry R. Luce to take credit for Hadden's innovative ideas. Uses archives to highlight the journal's controversial nature during the 1920s and its influence on the American middle class. 2006.

The Woman behind the New Deal: The Life of Frances Perkins, FDR's Secretary of Labor and His Moral Conscience    DB/RC 68910
20 hours 6 minutes
by Kirstin Downey
read by Kerry Dukin
Biography of Frances Perkins (1880–1965), Franklin D. Roosevelt's labor secretary, highlights her contribution to social reforms that mitigated the effects of the Great Depression. Uses archives to highlight Perkins's development of Social Security, fair labor practices, the minimum wage, and other federal programs. 2009.

The Buffalo Soldiers: A Narrative of the Black Cavalry in the West    DB/RC 68915
12 hours 4 minutes
by William H. Leckie
read by Fred Major
Updated account of the all-African American Ninth and Tenth Cavalry during the post-Civil War Indian campaigns. Recognizes their contributions to the conquest of the West. Describes daily life, social issues, and various battles and peacekeeping missions with Native Americans, outlaws, and Mexican revolutionaries. Originally published in 1967. 2003.

Panic: The Story of Modern Financial Insanity    DB/RC 68920
17 hours 18 minutes
edited by Michael Lewis
read by John Polk
Anthology of published articles from five different financial market crashes, from October 1987 to the subprime-mortgage market collapse almost two decades later. Examines the mood and events before, during, and after each panic. Features pieces by Dave Barry, Matthew Goldstein, David Henry, Roger Lowenstein, and others. Some strong language. 2009.

The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope    DB/RC 68945
14 hours 57 minutes
by Jonathan Alter
read by Lou Harpenau
Concentrates on the beginning of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's presidency in 1933 (the "Hundred Days"), when federal legislation was implemented to provide immediate relief from the effects of the Great Depression. Details the programs that were launched, including Social Security, and the failure to implement others, including universal health care. 2006.

The Conviction of Richard Nixon: The Untold Story of the Frost/Nixon Interviews     DB/RC 68946
4 hours 40 minutes
by James Reston
read by Jack Fox
Historian describes serving as adviser to British journalist David Frost for the 1977 televised interviews with former president Richard Nixon. Discusses using House Impeachment Committee evidence in Frost's interrogation guide for the Watergate portion of the broadcast, watched by forty-five million Americans. 2007.

Vicksburg, 1863    DB/RC 68947
21 hours 9 minutes
by Winston Groom
read by Butch Hoover
The author of Shrouds of Glory (RC 41009) and Forrest Gump (RC 38876) highlights the military personalities who conducted the crucial Civil War western campaign that culminated with the Confederate defeat at Vicksburg, Mississippi, in July 1863. Describes the land and sea battles and the civilian population under siege. Violence. 2009.

The Manhattan Project: The Birth of the Atomic Bomb in the Words of Its Creators, Eyewitnesses, and Historians    DB/RC 69012
17 hours 19 minutes
edited by Cynthia C. Kelly
read by Anne Hancock
Atomic Heritage Foundation's collection of writings, first-hand accounts, and oral histories of original Manhattan Project team members and leading historians. Includes material by or about J. Robert Oppenheimer, Leo Szilard, Albert Einstein, Klaus Fuchs, Vannevar Bush, Richard Feynman, Leslie R. Groves, Niels Bohr, and many others. 2007.

The Last Stand of Fox Company: A True Story of U.S. Marines in Combat    DB 69128
11 hours 31 minutes
by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin
read by Bob Moore
The authors of Halsey's Typhoon (RC 66099) describe a week of fighting in November 1950, when a marine battalion held off a Chinese division in North Korea. Uses first-person accounts to recreate the situation of Fox Company on the Toktong Pass overlooking the Chosin Reservoir. Violence and strong language. 2009.

You, Being Beautiful: The Owner's Manual to Inner and Outer Beauty    DB/RC 69207
14 hours 56 minutes
by Michael F. Roizen and Mehmet C. Oz
read by Gary Tipton
Physicians and authors of the You book series detail ways to look, feel, and be beautiful inside and out. Positing that beauty is the result of physical and emotional health, they suggest methods for improving nutrition and exercise habits, seeking cosmetic enhancements, and coping with psychological disorders. Bestseller. 2008.

Frommer's Five Hundred Places to See before They Disappear    DB/RC 69213
30 hours 23 minutes
by Holly Hughes
read by Butch Hoover
A guide to cultural, historic, and natural destinations threatened by both human and environmental forces. Suggestions include visiting California's redwood forests, Egypt's pyramids, China's giant pandas, Italy's Leaning Tower of Pisa, and the snows of Kilimanjaro. Provides brief overviews, hotel recommendations, price ranges, and contact information. 2009.

The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier's Education    DB/RC 69234
15 hours 31 minutes
by Craig M. Mullaney
read by Jon Huffman
Memoir of U.S. Army captain Craig Mullaney recalls his education at West Point, in Ranger School, and at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and describes his experience leading men into combat in Afghanistan. Also discusses his family and personal life. Some violence and some strong language. 2009.

American Heroes: Profiles of Men and Women Who Shaped Early America    DB/RC 69242
11 hours 36 minutes
by Edmund S. Morgan
read by Butch Hoover
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and author of Benjamin Franklin (RC 54936) compiles seventeen essays he penned over a span of nearly seventy years that portray aspects of American Puritanism. Covers politicians William Penn and George Washington, religious leader Anne Hutchinson, and accused witches Giles Cory and Mary Easty. 2009.

The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq    DB/RC 69252
10 hours 23 minutes
by Helen Benedict
read by Madelyn Buzzard
Journalism professor Benedict profiles five women of different races and backgrounds who served in the Iraq War. Examines the experience of the female soldier in the U.S. armed services, including sexual harassment, assault, and rape. Offers suggestions on ways to reform the military. Provides resources. Violence and strong language. 2009.

Soldier from the War Returning: The Greatest Generation's Troubled Homecoming from World War II    DB/RC 69256
12 hours 20 minutes
by Thomas Childers
read by Brian Conn
Documents the hardships experienced by U.S. veterans who returned home from World War II. Discusses problems such as unemployment, homelessness, alienation, and physical and psychological wounds. Highlights the lives of a former prisoner of war, an infantryman without legs, and the author's father, who suffered from undiagnosed post-traumatic stress. 2009.

Selling Your Father's Bones: America's 140-Year War against the Nez Perce Tribe    DB/RC 69267
13 hours 21 minutes
by Brian Schofield
read by John Polk
British author traces the history of the Nez Perce tribe during his 2006 travels across their territory in the Northwest. Explains their transformation from peace-loving people to fighters for survival when white settlers encroached on their homeland. Also examines the environmental impact of increasing population in the area. 2009.

Lucy's Legacy: The Quest for Human Origins    DB/RC 69271
12 hours 59 minutes
by Donald C. Johanson and Kate Wong
read by Jon Huffman
Paleoanthropologist Johanson, author of Lucy: The Beginnings of Humankind (RC 16617) and Lucy's Child: The Discovery of a Human Ancestor (RC 33359), and science writer Wong present three decades of findings since the discovery of Lucy's three-million-year-old skeleton in Africa. Includes the 2003 unearthing of hominid specimens in the Herto area of Ethiopia. 2009.

Pluriverse: New and Selected Poems    DB/RC 69292
7 hours 35 minutes
by Ernesto Cardenal
read by Roy Avers
Compilation of the poems in English of Nicaraguan priest and revolutionary Ernesto Cardenal. Spanning six decades of writing, selections include early romantic poems, political pieces against the Somoza dictatorship and in favor of the Sandinista party, and later mystical poems. Introduction by Jonathan Cohen. Some strong language. 2009.

Why Sh*t Happens: The Science of a Really Bad Day    DB/RC 69336
7 hours 36 minutes
by Peter J. Bentley
read by Phil Gigante
Scientist analyzes life's frustrating quirks. Explores sleep trends to explain reasons for failing to awake to an alarm clock, discusses short-term memory to understand losing a bag, looks at the differences between diesel and petroleum fuel to show the effects of putting the wrong gas in your car, and much more. Some strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Estate Planning for People with a Chronic Condition or Disability    DB/RC 69499
9 hours 53 minutes
by Martin M. Shenkman
read by Kerry Dukin
Attorney reviews the basics of estate planning for people who are ill or disabled. Discusses granting power of attorney and access to medical records, creating living wills and trusts, and assigning guardianship for minor children. Covers situations for those with Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, Lou Gehrig's, and Huntington's diseases, and others. 2009.

A Bright and Guilty Place: Murder, Corruption, and L.A.'s Scandalous Coming of Age    DB/RC 69501
9 hours 56 minutes
by Richard Rayner
read by Roy Avers
Rayner portrays forensic investigator Leslie White and prosecutor Dave Clark, who worked together in Los Angeles during the 1920s and Great Depression when the city was wealthy from its movie and oil industries. Details crime boss Charlie Crawford's 1931 murder and Clark's becoming the prime suspect. Bestseller. 2009.

Packing the Court: The Rise of Judicial Power and the Coming Crisis of the Supreme Court    DB/RC 69507
10 hours 58 minutes
by James MacGregor Burns
read by Lou Harpenau
Pulitzer Prize winner's analysis of the appointments of Supreme Court justices since 1789. Posits that every American president selects like-minded nominees and asserts that judicial review of laws enacted by Congress and signed by the president is unconstitutional. 2009.

How We Survived Prostate Cancer: What We Did and What We Should Have Done    DB/RC 69560
8 hours 0 minutes
by Victoria Hallerman
read by Jill Ferris
A cautionary tale about prostate cancer from the viewpoint of a wife who says she and her husband of thirty-nine years "did everything wrong." Discusses the marital and medical challenges they faced. Provides information on the disease, treatment, and side effects. Offers advice to the newly diagnosed. 2009.

The Menopause Thyroid Solution: Overcome Menopause by Solving Your Hidden Thyroid Problems    DB/RC 69561
12 hours 17 minutes
by Mary J. Shomon
read by Kristin Allison
Asserts that many women who are entering menopause also have a thyroid slowdown and, because the symptoms of both conditions are similar, these women are rarely diagnosed with or treated for thyroid deficiencies. Describes tests to determine thyroid problems. Discusses treatments to improve metabolism, increase energy, and balance hormones. 2009.

One Hundred Questions and Answers about How to Quit Smoking    DB/RC 69566
5 hours 52 minutes
by Charles Herrick and others read by Kristin Allison
Gives an overview of the properties and history of tobacco, the physical and psychological effects of nicotine, and smoking-prevention techniques. Discusses the medical consequences of the habit; cessation programs with attention to sex, age, and ethnicity of users; and post-addiction symptoms. 2010.

Fifty Best Girlfriends Getaways in North America     DB/RC 69571
10 hours 12 minutes
by Marybeth Bond
read by Kristin Allison
Dozens of destinations geared toward women who are looking to celebrate milestones, renew friendships, and bond with sisters and daughters. Trips include big-city getaways, outdoor adventures, spa retreats, home and garden tours, and shopping expeditions. Includes accounts of female travelers and information on restaurants, accommodations, and safety. 2009.

Strength in What Remains    DB/RC 69574
10 hours 25 minutes
by Tracy Kidder
read by David Hartley-Margolin
Biography of medical student Deo, who fled from genocide in Burundi to New York City in 1994 and continued his studies despite homelessness and poverty. Describes Deo's eventual establishment of an African medical clinic with the help of Paul Farmer, from Kidder's Mountains beyond Mountains (RC 59188). Violence. Bestseller. 2009.

How to Smell a Rat: The Five Signs of Financial Fraud    DB/RC 69641
7 hours 55 minutes
by Ken Fisher
read by Joe Wilson
Forbes columnist offers advice to help both novice and sophisticated investors avoid Ponzi-like schemes such as that of Bernie Madoff and other con artists. Lists five red flags to watch out for while exercising due diligence on companies and brokers. Provides brief biographies of famous market speculators. Bestseller. 2009.

A Colossal Failure of Common Sense: The Inside Story of the Collapse of Lehman Brothers    DB/RC 69643
16 hours 57 minutes
by Lawrence G. McDonald
read by Erik Sandvold
Former Lehman Brothers vice president explains the 2008 failure of the nation's oldest investment bank. Faults the company's chairman Richard Fuld and president Joe Gregory for ignoring the advice of financial experts. Highlights the fall of other major companies during the mortgage crisis. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City    DB/RC 69647
21 hours 48 minutes
by John Buntin
read by Jim Zeiger
True Los Angeles crime legends from the 1930s to the 1960s. Features accounts of gangster Mickey Cohen and L.A. police chief Bill Parker amid the glitter of Hollywood and organized crime operations that included brothels, gambling circuits, drug dens, and bribery rings. Violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

City of Secrets: One Woman's True-Life Journey to the Heart of the Grail Legend    DB/RC 69659
8 hours 55 minutes
by Patrice Chaplin
read by Gabriella Cavallero
Author recounts traveling in 1955 at the age of fifteen to the pre-Roman Spanish city of Girona, where she began an affair with a man named José. Describes subsequent visits that revealed José's connections to a secret society dedicated to safeguarding the legacy of the Holy Grail. 2007.

Crystal Clear: The Inspiring Story of How an Olympic Athlete Lost His Legs Due to Crystal Meth and Found a Better Life    DB/RC 69667
7 hours 20 minutes
by Eric Le Marque
read by Erik Sandvold
Former professional hockey player recounts his post-career addiction to methamphetamine. Describes becoming stranded for eight days in 2004 in subfreezing temperatures in the Sierra Nevada. Discusses the amputation of his frostbitten feet and later his legs below the knee and relates his newfound belief in God. 2009.

The National Parks: America's Best Idea; an Illustrated History    DB 69796
14 hours 39 minutes
by Dayton Duncan
read by Steven Carpenter
Companion to Ken Burns's PBS documentary outlines the history of the U.S. national park system. Discusses preservationists including Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, and Ansel Adams and the visions and political battles that evolved as the park system grew. Includes interviews with Native Americans, writers, and park rangers. Bestseller. 2009.

Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters    DB 69797
10 hours 38 minutes
by Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger
read by Patrick Downer
US Airways pilot Sullenberger recounts his successful January 2009 emergency landing in New York City's Hudson River after a bird strike disabled his airplane. "Sully" describes his Texas childhood, his military service, and the training that enabled him to save the lives of all of the passengers. Bestseller. 2009.

Why Socrates Died: Dispelling the Myths    DB 69829
11 hours 37 minutes
by Robin Waterfield
read by David Cutler
Examines the myths behind the philosopher Socrates and his prosecution and execution. Analyzes Socrates' relationship with Alcibiades and uses Athenian history, wars, culture, and democracy to explain the complex background of the trial. Discusses the written work of Socrates' followers Plato and Xenophon. 2009.

Once in Golconda: A True Drama of Wall Street, 1920–1938    DB 69836
12 hours 41 minutes
by John Brooks
read by Jeff Allin
An account of Wall Street during the 1920s bull market, the 1929 crash, and the Great Depression. Focuses on J.P. Morgan bond broker Richard Whitney, president of the New York Stock Exchange from 1930 to 1935, who was convicted of embezzlement in 1938. Originally published in 1969. Includes 1999 foreword. 1999.

A Parent's Guide to Raising Grieving Children: Rebuilding Your Family after the Death of a Loved One    DB 69839
10 hours 39 minutes
by Phyllis R. Silverman and Madelyn Kelly
read by Bob Moore
Combining clinical research and personal interviews, the authors offer a guidebook for parents whose children have experienced the death of a loved one. Discusses the grieving process for both children and adults, taking into account different developmental stages, and emphasizes the importance of social support. 2009.

The End of the Long Summer: Why We Must Remake Our Civilization to Survive on a Volatile Earth    DB 69842
11 hours 35 minutes
by Dianne Dumanoski
read by Margaret Strom
Considers the future sustainability of human life on our planet by exploring the global ecological disruption people have caused. Suggests not only responsible stewardship of the environment but also awareness of Earth's potentially catastrophic response to increasing levels of carbon dioxide. 2009.

The Day We Found the Universe    DB 69862
14 hours 45 minutes
by Marcia Bartusiak
read by Patrick Downer
Science author chronicles the events leading up to Edwin Hubble's observation of other galaxies beyond the Milky Way and his subsequent paper presented at the American Astronomical Society's meeting on January 1, 1925. Discusses the work of noted scientists such as Albert Einstein, James Lick, James Keeler, and more. 2009.

All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space!    DB 69864
10 hours 41 minutes
by Mel Bartholomew
read by Bob Moore
In this update to Square Foot Gardening (RC 21079), the author advises using six-inch-deep boxes containing soil that requires no digging or fertilizing and vertical frames for climbing plants. Recommends creating wider aisles and elevating boxes for easier access. Gives plant-by-plant suggestions for extending the growing season. 2005.

Your Call Is (Not That) Important to Us: Customer Service and What It Reveals about Our World and Our Lives    DB 69865
11 hours 29 minutes
by Emily Yellin
read by Faith Potts
Journalist investigates the performance of the customer-call service industry—locally and in the foreign-outsourced locales of Latin America and Africa. Details complaint reports and provides tips on beating the automated phone-message system. Also offers insight into the differing perspectives of customers, customer service representatives, and the industry. 2009.

How to Build a Dinosaur: Extinction Doesn't Have to Be Forever    DB 69869
7 hours 4 minutes
by Jack Horner and James Gorman
read by Bob Moore
Paleontologist Horner and science editor Gorman explore the feasibility of re-creating dinosaurs without prehistoric DNA by manipulating genetic codes found in the embryos of modern birds, descendants of dinosaurs. Discusses principles of evolutionary developmental biology, scientific techniques, and ethical issues. 2009.

In Fed We Trust: Ben Bernanke's War on the Great Panic    DB 69873
11 hours 51 minutes
by David Wessel
read by Robert Sams
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist examines the economic panic of 2007–2008 and Federal Reserve Board chairman Ben Bernanke's intervention to save the country from another Great Depression. Details the failures of Bear Stearns, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Lehman Brothers, American International Group (AIG), and others. 2009.

The Beckham Experiment: How the World's Most Famous Athlete Tried to Conquer America    DB 69879
12 hours 15 minutes
by Grant Wahl
read by Jeff Allin
Chronicles European superstar soccer player David Beckham's 2007 move to the Los Angeles Galaxy franchise and his subsequent efforts to promote the sport to American spectators. Sports Illustrated writer Wahl comments on Beckham, Beckham's wife Victoria, manager Simon Fuller, and team members. Strong language. 2009.

Eating the Sun: How Plants Power the Planet    DB 69881
20 hours 34 minutes
by Oliver Morton
read by Patrick Downer
Explores the process of plant photosynthesis and its importance throughout Earth's life. Discusses scientific discoveries about the process and argues that human activity and lack of foresight have interfered with plants' ability to regulate the balance of carbon dioxide and oxygen in Earth's atmosphere. 2008.

Kipling Sahib: India and the Making of Rudyard Kipling    DB 69882
16 hours 15 minutes
by Charles Allen
read by David Cutler
Literary biography that chronicles the first half of Rudyard Kipling's life: from his 1865 birth in Bombay to his completion of Kim in 1900. Discusses his transformation from an awkward schoolboy to "Ruddy," a prodigious creative writer. Suggests Kipling's childhood experiences in India helped him produce his best works. 2009.

A Simple Christmas: Twelve Stories That Celebrate the True Holiday Spirit    DB/RC 69899
6 hours 41 minutes
by Mike Huckabee
read by Guy Williams
Talk-show host Mike Huckabee—a former presidential candidate, Arkansas governor, and pastor—shares experiences that taught him the true meaning of Christmas, emphasizing God, family, love, and hope instead of shopping and presents. Bestseller. 2009.

Going Rogue: An American Life    DB/RC 69901
13 hours 24 minutes
by Sarah Palin
read by Kristin Allison
Autobiography of former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate. Palin chronicles her childhood, her college years, and the beginning of her political career in her hometown of Wasilla. Discusses her family, political beliefs, and hopes for the future. Bestseller. 2009.

Episodes: My Life as I See It    DB/RC 69969
8 hours 34 minutes
by Blaze Ginsberg
read by MacLeod Andrews
Blaze, a high-functioning autistic teenager who was the subject of his mother's book Raising Blaze (RC 55558), describes his life as a series of episodes. Relates experiences like Thanksgiving family dinners and his crush on Hilary Duff. Strong language. For senior high and older readers. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution    DB 70102
15 hours 40 minutes
by Richard Dawkins
read by Mark Ashby
Author of The God Delusion (RC 64503) questions the theory of intelligent design and explains the scientific evidence for the theory of evolution. Discusses selective breeding, genetics, fossils, new species, land mass changes, and more. Bestseller. 2009.

Last Words    DB 70103
9 hours 23 minutes
by George Carlin
read by Gregory Gorton
Memoir of the stand-up comedian, who died at the age of seventy-one in 2008. Discusses Carlin's long-running, often-controversial stage, television, and recording acts. Details his family life, time on the road, and fifty-four-year-long high that he says ended a decade before his death. Strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

A Pearl in the Storm: How I Found My Heart in the Middle of the Ocean    DB 70111
10 hours 26 minutes
by Tori Murden McClure
read by Faith Potts
The author recounts her quest to become the first woman to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean. McClure details the harrowing but failed 1998 voyage in a twenty-three-foot boat that forced her to confront her personal demons and a later attempt that brought love, enlightenment, and, finally, success. 2009.

Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven    DB 70193
12 hours 56 minutes
by Susan Jane Gilman
read by Mary Kane
Memoir of a 1986 backpacking trip in China by two naive American college girls reveals the perils and pitfalls of travel. Recalls humorous and horrifying incidents of culture clash and the helpfulness of strangers when one girl experiences an emotional collapse six weeks into the trip. Strong language. 2009.

The Chemotherapy Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know to Get through Treatment    DB 70424
8 hours 30 minutes
by Judith McKay and Tamera Schacher
read by Gregory Gorton
Oncology nurses update The Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy Survival Guide (RC 48641) with an overview of chemotherapy. They discuss biotherapy, immunotherapy, nutrition, stress reduction, blood tests, IVs, and drugs. They also offer advice on dealing with side effects and understanding the mind-body connection. 2009.

Never Give Up on Your Dream: My Journey    DB 70445
8 hours 50 minutes
by Warren Moon
read by Bob Moore
Retired National Football League (NFL) quarterback relates his Los Angeles childhood with six sisters, his high school and college experiences, his Canadian Football League career, and his NFL achievements. Describes overcoming racism and other hardships before becoming the first African American quarterback inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 2009.

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Skinny Dipping    DB/RC 66436
11 hours 54 minutes
by Connie Brockway
read by Mare Trevathan
Minnesota. Mimi Olson meets businessman Joe Tierney near her family's vacation retreat and his son's mansion. Mimi intrigues Joe, but her gypsy lifestyle and job as a telephone medium worry him. The two are thrown together while caring for Joe's injured son and Mimi's pregnant sister. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

The Enchantress of Florence     DB 67001
11 hours 11 minutes
by Salman Rushdie
read by Mark Ashby
Mogor, a blond European who speaks seven languages, arrives at the Indian court of Akbar the Great proclaiming himself England's ambassador. The charlatan entertains the emperor with tales of a lost princess. Strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2008.

Sister's Choice: A Shenandoah Album Novel, Book 5    DB/RC 67244
14 hours 33 minutes
by Emilie Richards
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Virginia. Infertile Kendra Taylor's younger sister Jamie volunteers to have a baby for Kendra and her husband Isaac. Single mom Jamie and her two young daughters move nearby, while contractor Cash Rosslyn is hired to build the Taylors a house. Jamie and Cash fall in love, but illness intercedes. 2008.

Mary of Nazareth     DB/RC 67251
10 hours 3 minutes
by Marek Halter
read by Gabriella Cavallero
Fictional portrayal of Mary, mother of Jesus. Miriam (Mary) finds herself in league with Barabbas and Joseph of Arimithea against the Roman occupiers and their puppet, King Herod. Miriam eschews marriage to follow her true purpose—to bear the Messiah—and eventually blames herself for his arrest. 2008.

The Gift    DB/RC 67253
6 hours 11 minutes
by Richard Paul Evans
read by Guy Williams
Snowed in at the Denver airport, Nate Hurst—a retail-store detective with Tourette's syndrome—shares lodgings with divorcée Addison Park and her children Lizzy and Collin. Collin cures Nate's symptoms, and soon the public discovers Collin's healing gift. But as demand for his services grows, Collin himself becomes more sickly. 2007.

Northfield: A Western Story    DB/RC 67254
7 hours 45 minutes
by Johnny D. Boggs
read by Jim Zeiger
Fictional account of the robbery of the First National Bank in Northfield, Minnesota, by the James-Younger gang in 1876. The raid unfolds from various perspectives, including those of outlaws Frank and Jesse James, Sheriff James Glispin, the daughter of a murdered teller, and the gun-toting town residents. Some strong language. 2007.

In Bed with the Devil: The Scoundrels of St. James, Book 1    DB/RC 67276
9 hours 20 minutes
by Lorraine Heath
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
London, 1851. Lucian Langdon was raised on the streets and killed a man before he was recognized as the long-missing earl of Claybourne. Now he strikes a dangerous deal with Lady Catherine Mabry with results that surprise them both. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

Wall Street Noir    DB/RC 67278
12 hours 5 minutes
edited by Peter Spiegelman
read by Jim Zeiger
Seventeen sinister tales of Manhattan's financial district and its global network. In Twist Phelan's "A Trader's Lot" commodities traders conspire to profit from a hurricane. In John Burdett's "The Enlightenment of Magnus McKay" a lawyer falls for a Thai prostitute. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. 2007.

The Dirty Secrets Club    DB/RC 67279
10 hours 42 minutes
by Meg Gardiner
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
When assistant U.S. Attorney Callie Harding drives her BMW off a San Francisco bridge, Dr. Jo Beckett is called to do a psychological autopsy. Harding's death comes within days of other high-profile possible suicides—and all of the victims belonged to the mysterious Dirty Secrets Club. Violence and strong language. 2008.

Cherokee Joe    DB/RC 67280
5 hours 43 minutes
by Cameron Judd
read by Jim Zeiger
Half-Indian outlaw "Cherokee Joe" Wolfkiller returns home to visit his dying father, who was gunned down by bank robber Caul Slidell. Seeking revenge, Joe befriends Will Ax, an elderly Native American conjurer who himself is on a quest to find his daughter and pass on his mystical legacy. 1992.

Redemption Falls    DB/RC 67281
17 hours 23 minutes
by Joseph O'Connor
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
As the Civil War ends, sixteen-year-old Eliza Mooney leaves Louisiana to search for her twelve-year-old brother Jeremiah. Meanwhile Jeremiah, a drummer boy traumatized by the war, finds his way to a western mountain town governed by Union general James Con O'Keeffe, a former Irish rebel. Violence and strong language. 2007.

Fractured     DB/RC 67284
12 hours 54 minutes
by Karin Slaughter
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Abigail Campano kills the man she thinks just murdered her daughter Emma. But he's not the killer, and the dead girl isn't Emma. Georgia state investigator Will Trent, from Triptych (RC 64375), and Atlanta cop Faith Mitchell investigate Emma's disappearance. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

The Silver Ship and the Sea    DB/RC 67285
13 hours 6 minutes
by Brenda Cooper
read by Kristin Allison
Twelve years ago on the colony planet Fremont, a war raged between bio-engineered and nonmodified humans. Chelo, her brother Joseph, and four other genetically altered orphans must learn to use their unique abilities to live in harmony among the pure humans—or escape aboard their ancestors' abandoned spaceship. 2007.

Ryder of the Hills: A Western Story    DB/RC 67286
8 hours 31 minutes
by Robert J. Horton
read by Jim Zeiger
Jess Sneed, leader of a notorious outlaw gang, is involved in a confrontation that inadvertently leads to a prospector's death. Sneed takes the dead man's fourteen-year-old son, Ted Ryder, back to his ranch and trains him to handle cattle. Trouble arises when Ted learns the truth about Sneed's nefarious activities. 1927.

The Great Man    DB/RC 67289
9 hours 22 minutes
by Kate Christensen
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
The death of New York City painter Oscar Feldman—famous for his female nudes—sends rival biographers Henry Burke and Ralph Washington racing to cover Oscar's life. Both writers interview Oscar's three loves—wife, sister, and mistress—who recall complicated relationships with him. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. PEN/Faulkner Award. 2007.

More Than It Hurts You    DB/RC 67290
14 hours 29 minutes
by Darin Strauss
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Popular salesman Josh Goldin's loving wife Dori, a former phlebotomist, is now a stay-at-home mom to their eight-month-old son Zack. When Dori brings Zack to the hospital with alarming symptoms, the supervising physician suspects a case of Munchausen syndrome by proxy. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

A Fatal Grace: A Three Pines Mystery    DB/RC 67293
11 hours 44 minutes
by Louise Penny
read by Anne Hancock
Quebec. Much-disliked businesswoman and writer CC de Poitiers is electrocuted in the middle of a frozen lake during a curling tournament in the village of Three Pines. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, from Still Life (RC 66731), arrives from Montreal and discovers links to another unsolved crime. Some strong language. 2006.

Dead Weight: A Posadas County Mystery    DB/RC 67385
9 hours 31 minutes
by Steven F. Havill
read by Jim Zeiger
New Mexico. Plumbing contractor Jim Sisson is found dead in his shop, crushed by a tractor tire. When forensic tests indicate foul play, aging sheriff Bill Gastner uncovers evidence of illicit affairs and dirty politics involving Posadas County commissioners. Some violence and some strong language. 2000.

Foreign Body    DB/RC 67405
12 hours 43 minutes
by Robin Cook
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
UCLA medical student Jennifer Hernandez flies to India when her grandmother, an American, dies following a hip-replacement operation in Delhi. Encountering irregularities, Jennifer enlists the help of two old friends: forensic pathologists Laurie Montgomery and Jack Stapleton, from Critical (RC 65469). Some violence and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2008.

The Lace Reader    DB/RC 67406
11 hours 3 minutes
by Brunonia Barry
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Towner Whitney, like her female forebears, can predict the future by reading lace patterns. When her great-aunt Eva mysteriously disappears, Towner goes home to Salem, Massachusetts, to uncover the truth. Towner revisits her past psychiatric troubles, family secrets, and her twin sister's death. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

Left to Die    DB/RC 67407
16 hours 19 minutes
by Lisa Jackson
read by David Hartley-Margolin
Four bodies have been found in the snowy Montana woods—naked women lashed to trees. Detectives Regan Pescoli and Selena Alvarez ponder the serial killer's method—shooting the tires of passing female motorists then rescuing, nursing, toying with, and abandoning them. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2008.

My Best Friend's Girl    DB/RC 67410
11 hours 41 minutes
by Dorothy Koomson
read by Mare Trevathan
England. After Kamryn, who is black, discovers her white friend Adele had a daughter with Kamryn's fiancé Nate, Kamryn ends both relationships. The women reconcile when Adele has terminal cancer, and Kamryn adopts Adele's girl. Kamryn begins dating her boss—then Nate reappears. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2006.

Secrets of a Shoe Addict    DB/RC 67412
9 hours 7 minutes
by Beth Harbison
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Sandra, from Shoe Addicts Anonymous (RC 66213), advises her sister Tiffany to temporarily become a phone-sex operator after a school trip to Las Vegas creates unexpected expenses. Tiffany and PTA moms Loreen and Abbey work together to make some money. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2008.

The Broken Shore    DB/RC 67414
11 hours 44 minutes
by Peter Temple
read by Jim Zeiger
Homicide cop Joe Cashin, who left the city to become station commander for his small hometown on the South Australian coast, investigates a brutal attack on wealthy Charles Bourgoyne. Three Aboriginal teens are accused, but Cashin has doubts about the boys' involvement in the crime. Violence and strong language. 2007.

Visibility     DB/RC 67417
13 hours 9 minutes
by Boris Starling
read by Jim Zeiger
London, 1952. The body of a murdered young scientist who claimed to hold a world-changing secret is discovered amid a thick, noxious smog. Scotland Yard detective Herbert Smith, formerly of MI5, and blind police diver Hannah Mortimer uncover an international conspiracy. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2006.

A Matter of Temptation    DB/RC 67420
7 hours 43 minutes
by Lorraine Heath
read by Mare Trevathan
1852. Robert Hawthorne, the rightful duke of Killingsworth, has been imprisoned for eight years by his twin brother John, who wants the title for himself. After escaping, Robert holds John captive and marries John's fiancée Victoria without telling her who he really is. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2005.

The Outlander    DB/RC 67422
11 hours 32 minutes
by Gil Adamson
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
1903. Nineteen-year-old Mary Boulton kills her cruel husband and flees from two vengeful brothers-in-law. Plagued by disturbing visions, she retreats deeper into the wilderness—and into her own psyche—but finds some allies, including reclusive frontiersman William Moreland. Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

A Lady of the West    DB/RC 67428
13 hours 22 minutes
by Linda Howard
read by Natalie Ross
Post-Civil War New Mexico. Impoverished Southerner Victoria Waverly marries Frank McLain, a rancher with a secret murderous past. Jake and Ben Sarratt come to seek revenge on Frank and his new bride—until Jake falls in love with Victoria. Explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. Commercial audiobook. 1997.

Faces of Fear    DB/RC 67430
9 hours 39 minutes
by John Saul
read by Laural Merlington
When teenager Alison Shaw moves to Hollywood after her mother Risa marries plastic surgeon Conrad Dunn, the doctor persuades Alison to have a breast enhancement. Meanwhile, a serial killer who keeps his victims' body parts is scaring L.A. residents. Violence and some strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2008.

Sweet Love    DB/RC 67490
9 hours 3 minutes
by Sarah Strohmeyer
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
The mother of Boston reporter and single parent Julie Mueller tries to reunite Julie with former crush Michael Slayton at a pastry class. But Julie and Michael are still feuding over a story Julie broke years ago, and, besides, Julie's too busy to fall in love. Some strong language. 2008.

Maelstrom: The Twins of Petaybee, Book 2    DB/RC 68121
6 hours 52 minutes
by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
read by Kristin Allison
Telepathic, shape-shifting twins Murel and Ronan persuade Halau refugees to settle on the sentient planet Petaybee. The newcomers' sacred totem animals include Manos—intelligent, predatory sharks that, once released in the waters of Petaybee, cause tragic misunderstandings and threaten the entire resettlement program. 2006.

Mexican Whiteboy    DB/RC 68126
7 hours 57 minutes
by Matt De la Peña
read by Erik Sandvold
Aspiring baseball pitcher Danny Lopez struggles with identity issues while living with his white mother and attending private school. Danny spends the summer with his father's Mexican family in the barrios of San Diego, where he befriends the local teens and learns about his roots. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2008.

Missy     DB/RC 68130
8 hours 17 minutes
by Chris Hannan
read by Mare Trevathan
Dol McQueen, a young prostitute addicted to liquid opium—or "missy"—conceals stolen drugs under her bed. When the rightful owners show up, Dol flees with her alcoholic mother, her intolerable pimp, and the narcotics into the desert, where she faces soldiers, thieves, and self-realization. Some violence and some strong language. 2008.

Swallowing Darkness: A Meredith Gentry Novel    DB/RC 68155
11 hours 24 minutes
by Laurell K. Hamilton
read by Annie Wauters
Faerie princess Meredith, from A Lick of Frost (RC 66671), is finally pregnant—with twins. But to one day claim the throne, Meredith must protect herself and her unborn heirs from conspirators plotting against her and her loyal guards. Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

Plum Spooky: A Stephanie Plum Novel    DB/RC 68283
6 hours 41 minutes
by Janet Evanovich
read by Annie Wauters
Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is looking for bail jumper Martin Munch, a physicist charged with stealing an instrument from work. Meanwhile, her colleague Diesel seeks psychopathic killer Wulf Grimoire. When the two criminals join forces, Diesel and Stephanie follow them into New Jersey's Pine Barrens. Strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

Wings of the Wind and Turn of Glory: Battles of Destiny, Volume 4    DB 68496
17 hours 21 minutes
by Al Lacy
read by Patrick Downer
The seventh and eighth novels in this Civil War series. In Wings of the Wind a young doctor tending the wounded at Antietam reunites with a former love. In Turn of Glory a deputy U.S. marshal must apprehend four Confederate heroes, now outlaws, who saved his life. Some violence. 1997.

Espresso Tales: 44 Scotland Street, Book 2    DB 68639
11 hours 42 minutes
by Alexander McCall Smith
read by Annie Wauters
Edinburgh, Scotland. Nineteen-year-old Pat decides to attend the local university while she shares a flat with Bruce and works for Matthew at his art gallery. Meanwhile, Bruce opens a wine shop. Their neighbors include six-year-old Bertie, who contends with his overprotective mother Irene. 2005.

Irish Tweed: A Nuala Anne McGrail Novel    DB/RC 68917
6 hours 33 minutes
by Andrew M. Greeley
read by Jack Fox
Chicago. Nuala Anne—singer, psychic, wife, and mother—battles bullies at a local parish school with help from Cardinal Blackie Ryan. Meanwhile, a killer targets the beau of Nuala's nanny, and Nuala's husband becomes consumed by the memoir of a late Irish immigrant-turned-doctor. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2009.

The Long Fall: A Leonid McGill Mystery    DB/RC 68919
7 hours 52 minutes
by Walter Mosley
read by Fred Major
New York boxer-turned-PI Leonid McGill tries to go straight after a life of shady dealings. When three of the four men that he located for a client turn up dead, McGill decides to dig a little deeper into the case while coping with family problems. Violence and strong language. 2009.

Deceived     DB/RC 68928
10 hours 16 minutes
by James Scott Bell
read by John Polk
When newly religious Arty Towne and his wife Liz discover a body and a cache of diamonds while hiking, Liz steals the loot and kills Arty. Suspecting foul play, Arty's sister Roxanne enlists the help of born-again ex-con Daniel "Mac" MacDonald to uncover the truth. Some violence. 2009.

Calumet City    DB/RC 68934
10 hours 34 minutes
by Charlie Newton
read by Erin Jones
Chicago cop Patti Black discovers that a body found in a wall is her abusive foster mother Annabelle Ganz. The murder of one of Annabelle's wards spurs Patti's search for her foster father—and her son, whom he fathered. But someone is hunting Patti. Violence and strong language. Edgar Award finalist. 2008.

Paths of Glory    DB/RC 68935
11 hours 9 minutes
by Jeffrey Archer
read by Fred Major
A novel based on the life of famed British mountaineer George Mallory, who died in 1924 while attempting to climb Mt. Everest—which he may or may not have summited. Depicts his childhood, Cambridge days, marriage, and WWI service, as well as his final, fateful climb. Some strong language. 2009.

When Worlds Collide    DB/RC 68938
17 hours 49 minutes
by Philip Wylie and Edwin Balmer
read by Gary Tipton
Two planets, Bronson Alpha and Bronson Beta, hurtle through space on a collision course with Earth. Scientist Cole Hendron secretly recruits fellow scientists to construct a powerful, Noah's ark-inspired spacecraft to evacuate a select few people before the inevitable cosmic disaster. Includes the sequel After Worlds Collide. 1932.

The Inn at Eagle Point: A Chesapeake Shores Novel, Book 1     DB/RC 68939
10 hours 10 minutes
by Sherryl Woods
read by Erin Jones
New York portfolio manager Abby O'Brien Winters returns to her Maryland hometown at the request of her sister Jess, who is renovating an inn. Jess faces foreclosure and the banker in charge, Trace Riley, is Abby's former boyfriend. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

Lavender Morning: Edilean, Book 1    DB/RC 68940
12 hours 11 minutes
by Jude Deveraux
read by Mitzi Friedlander
Ever since she was a motherless child, Jocelyn Minton has maintained a close relationship with aging, wealthy neighbor Edilean Harcourt. But when Miss Edi dies leaving everything to Joce—including a Virginia manor—Joce learns amazing secrets that Miss Edi kept about her World War II work and lost love. 2009.

Lethal Heritage: The Blood of Kerensky, Volume 1    DB/RC 68941
15 hours 8 minutes
by Michael A. Stackpole
read by Alec Volz
The year 3030. Three centuries ago, the once-powerful Star League's collapse gave rise to five rival Successor States. Now the Clans, bioengineered descendants of Star League general Aleksandr Kerensky, threaten the states and seek to reclaim former territories. The states must forget their differences or face annihilation. Some violence. 1989.

A Rider of the High Mesa     DB/RC 68943
5 hours 52 minutes
by Ernest Haycox
read by John Polk
When cattle rustlers strike, the residents of Powder suspect Lin Ballou, a loner who left his ranch presumably to seek gold in the high mesa. Lin finds something more valuable, but runs afoul of the true culprits. He tries to dodge trouble while helping townsfolk, including the judge's daughter. 1927.

Sharpe's Siege: Richard Sharpe and the Winter Campaign, 1814    DB/RC 69010
12 hours 21 minutes
by Bernard Cornwell
read by Erik Sandvold
British forces have infiltrated southern France. Newly married major Richard Sharpe is ordered to secure a small coastal fortress and ambush French supply routes. Sharpe makes a devil's pact with Cornelius Killick, a privateer captain from America—Britain's newest enemy—to thwart an old nemesis. Violence and some strong language. 1987.

Aurora Crossing    DB/RC 69020
16 hours 5 minutes
by Karl H. Schlesier
read by Jim Zeiger
Idaho, 1877. Eighteen-year-old John Seton, whose father was white, lives among his late mother's people, the Nez Perce. When nontreaty bands are pressured by the U.S. government to move onto a reservation, they flee north. On the journey, Seton struggles to safeguard the horses, elude soldiers—and survive. Some violence. 2008.

The Shadow of Silver Tip    DB/RC 69043
9 hours 1 minute
by Max Brand
read by Buck Schirner
Townspeople suspect that Tom Converse is the gunslinger called the Shadow. Only Sylvia knows that he is innocent—she's seen the face of the real outlaw. Some violence and some strong language. Commercial audiobook. 1925.

The Mourner: A Parker Novel    DB/RC 69053
5 hours 0 minutes
by Richard Stark
read by Jim Zeiger
The father of a former lover coerces Parker into stealing a priceless alabaster "mourner" statue from a Slavic diplomat's Washington, D.C., residence. Although Parker's associate courts the maid to gain access to the home, two thugs may also be after the weeping-monk figure. Some violence and some strong language. 1963.

Sag Harbor    DB/RC 69066
12 hours 9 minutes
by Colson Whitehead
read by Erik Sandvold
Long Island, 1985. Upper-middle-class African American teenager Benji spends another summer at the beach with his brother and his parents, a Manhattan doctor and a lawyer. Benji finds relief from prep school and a part-time job, and learns a few lessons on growing up. Strong language. 2009.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance—Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!    DB 69090
10 hours 55 minutes
by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
read by Colleen Delany
Elizabeth captures Mr. Darcy's attention as she decapitates a throng of the undead during a country ball. Smitten with her warrior abilities, Mr. Darcy verbally spars with Elizabeth and fights his growing attraction and admiration for her as they attempt to eliminate the rotting corpses infesting England. Violence. Bestseller. 2009.

One Second After    DB/RC 69145
12 hours 38 minutes
by William R. Forstchen
read by Ray Foushee
When nuclear bombs detonate high in the atmosphere above the United States, electromagnetic pulses destroy technology and electricity, forcing Americans into ruthless survival mode. Former colonel John Matherson fights to keep his family alive in the small town of Black Mountain, North Carolina. Some violence and some strong language. 2009.

This Duchess of Mine: Desperate Duchesses, Book 5    DB 69162
11 hours 7 minutes
by Eloisa James
read by Corrie James
London, 1784. Elijah, the duke of Beaumont, bids his estranged wife Jemma to return from Paris in hopes of producing an heir. The two discover that they love each other and together seek a cure for Elijah's heart ailment. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

The Empty Mirror: A Viennese Mystery    DB 69179
11 hours 31 minutes
by J. Sydney Jones
read by Patrick Downer
Austria, 1898. When a female model of controversial artist Gustav Klimt becomes the victim of a serial killer, authorities suspect Klimt may be involved. Lawyer Karl Werthen and criminologist Hanns Gross attempt to vindicate Klimt in an investigation that implicates members of the social and political elite. Some violence. 2009.

Fool     DB/RC 69209
8 hours 42 minutes
by Christopher Moore
read by Gary Tipton
In this comedic retelling of Shakespeare's tragedy King Lear, set in thirteenth-century Britain, Pocket the fool comes to the aid of the king's daughter Cordelia. The orphaned clown learns his father's identity and becomes an avenger for ghosts and witches. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2009.

A Quiche before Dying: A Jane Jeffry Mystery    DB/RC 69215
5 hours 1 minute
by Jill Churchill
read by Jill Fox
Sleuth widow Jane Jeffry enrolls in a writing course that is also attended by Agnes Pryce, a nasty local author who insults fellow classmates and the teacher. At a potluck dinner Agnes is fatally poisoned after eating Jane's quiche. Jane investigates while she pens a book. Some strong language. 1993.

Perfect Fifths    DB/RC 69217
8 hours 4 minutes
by Megan McCafferty
read by Erin Jones
After breaking up with Marcus Flutie in Fourth Comings (RC 65563), Jessica Darling bumps into him at the airport while traveling to a friend's wedding in the Virgin Islands—and warm feelings resurface. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. For senior high and older readers. 2009.

The High City: Corban Loosestrife, Book 5    DB/RC 69219
8 hours 35 minutes
by Cecelia Holland
read by Jack Fox
Corban Loosestrife's nephew Raef, a rower aboard a small merchant vessel, survives a shipwreck that strands him in Constantinople, a city co-ruled by Emperor Basil II and his younger brother Constantine. Amid civil war, Raef earns a place among Basil's most trusted warriors, the Varangian mercenaries. Some violence. 2009.

Crusade of Eagles: Eagle Series, Book 12    DB/RC 69220
5 hours 52 minutes
by William W. Johnston
read by Jack Fox
Frontiersman Falcon MacCallister persuades his siblings, Broadway actors Andrew and Rosanna, to come to Colorado Springs. When outlaws kidnap Andrew and Rosanna, Falcon lays his own trap. Sequel to Pride of Eagles (DB/RC 68907). Some violence and some strong language. 2007.

The Class Menagerie: A Jane Jeffry Mystery    DB/RC 69221
5 hours 50 minutes
by Jill Churchill
read by Jill Fox
Suburban single mom Jane Jeffry helps with a three-day gathering of her friend Shelley's former high school girl's club. The reunion turns deadly when one unpleasant guest is murdered. Aided by detective Mel VanDyne, Jane uncovers links to a scandal dating back to school days. Some strong language. 1994.

The Secret Wedding: The Malloren Family    DB/RC 69222
13 hours 44 minutes
by Jo Beverley
read by Mitzi Friedlander
1764. Heiress Caro Hill must verify her widowhood to remarry. Meanwhile, her missing-and-presumed-dead husband Christian, the viscount Grandiston, searches for Caro, the girl he was forced to marry ten years ago before he went to war. The two accidentally meet but don't recognize each other. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

No Mortal Reason: A Diana Spaulding Mystery    DB/RC 69225
9 hours 5 minutes
by Kathy Lynn Emerson
read by Jill Fox
New York, 1888. Reporter Diana Spaulding and her fiancé Dr. Ben Northcote travel to rural Sullivan County to meet Diana's long-lost relatives, who are scheming to revamp the family hotel. When the discovery of a young woman's skeletal remains implicates Diana's uncle in a murder, Diana investigates. 2007.

Sweet Trouble: Bakery Sisters, Book 3    DB/RC 69226
9 hours 18 minutes
by Susan Mallery
read by Madelyn Buzzard
Five years ago Jesse fell in love with computer nerd Matt and left Seattle pregnant. Now she is returning so father and son can meet. Angry and wanting revenge, Matt plans to sue Jesse for custody. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

Pearl Jinx    DB/RC 69228
9 hours 29 minutes
by Sandra Hill
read by Jill Fox
Shunned by his Amish family, Caleb Peachey leads Jinx, Inc., to Abbie Franklin's Pennsylvania property to hunt for cave pearls. After archaeologist Claire Cassidy joins the team to ensure artifacts are not disturbed, Tante Lulu arrives and begins matchmaking. Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2007.

The Courtesan's Daughter    DB/RC 69229
11 hours 11 minutes
by Claudia Dain
read by Michael McCullough
London, 1802. Despite her title, Lady Caroline Trevelyan is considered unsuitable for marriage because of her mother Lady Sophia's past life as a courtesan. Sophia, however, arranges Caroline's nuptials with Lord Ashdon by paying off Ashdon's debts. But Caroline, insisting on love, rejects her fiancé. Some descriptions of sex. 2007.

The Empress of Mars    DB/RC 69230
10 hours 2 minutes
by Kage Baker
read by Madelyn Buzzard
Former British Arean Company (BAC) employee Mary Griffith and others are stranded after BAC's Martian experiment fails. Mary establishes a barter-and-trade system at her new bar, the Empress of Mars. But when BAC attempts to reclaim colonist land, Mary and her patrons must find ways to outwit the company. 2009.

The Contractor    DB/RC 69231
9 hours 44 minutes
by Colin MacKinnon
read by Barry Bernson
CIA contractor Rick Behringer buys foreign technology and weapons illegally, then hands them to U.S. intelligence agencies for inspection. When a Pakistani engineer attempts to acquire highly enriched uranium, the CIA thrusts Rick into a deadly game against Russian mobsters. Violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2009.

The Godmother    DB/RC 69232
15 hours 15 minutes
by Carrie Adams
read by Madelyn Buzzard
London attorney Tessa King, back from a yoga holiday, contemplates her life. As she observes her friends and plays godmother to their kids, Tessa wonders why she's still single. But Tessa discovers that her friends have their own problems. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

Incandescence     DB/RC 69233
11 hours 59 minutes
by Greg Egan
read by John Polk
After meeting a traveler who has bits of information from an uncataloged DNA world, discontented Amalgam explorer Rakesh journeys to the galactic core in search of the Aloof race. Meanwhile Roi and Zak, members of Aloof, begin to discover their place in the universe. 2008.

The Walls of the Universe    DB/RC 69235
12 hours 27 minutes
by Paul Melko
read by Andy Pyle
The doppelganger of Ohio farm boy John Rayburn arrives and tricks John into using a device to visit a parallel universe. Stuck in a new world, John tries to return home, but his nefarious double has plans of his own. Strong language and some violence. 2009.

A Country Called Home    DB/RC 69236
8 hours 19 minutes
by Kim Barnes
read by Erin Jones
Idealistic newlyweds Thomas and Helen Deracotte arrive in rural Idaho in 1960. Thomas falls in love with the land and hires teenager Manny to help farm while Helen succumbs to loneliness. Sixteen years later their daughter Elise joins a religious cult. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2008.

Flowers on Main: A Chesapeake Shores Novel, Book 2     DB/RC 69238
9 hours 54 minutes
by Sherryl Woods
read by Erin Jones
Playwright Bree O'Brien leaves her career in Chicago after a string of failures and returns to Chesapeake Shores. Bree impulsively buys a florist shop for which her former boyfriend, landscaper Jake Collins, is the flower supplier. Jake fears another rejection—but still loves Bree. 2009.

The Courtesan's Wager    DB/RC 69239
11 hours 3 minutes
by Claudia Dain
read by Michael McCullough
Lady Amelia Caversham approaches Lady Sophia, from The Courtesan's Secret (DB/RC 69223), for help in arranging a marriage to a duke—any duke. Amelia makes a scandal-provoking list of prospective bridegrooms, but the one man who truly loves Amelia doesn't make the cut. Some descriptions of sex. 2009.

All Other Nights    DB/RC 69243
13 hours 22 minutes
by Dara Horn
read by Jack Fox
New Orleans, 1861. Nineteen-year-old Union spy Jacob Rappaport is sent during Passover to kill his uncle—who is planning to assassinate President Lincoln. His next mission is to marry Eugenia Levy, a Virginia Jewish businessman's daughter who happens to be a Confederate agent. But Jacob doesn't plan on falling in love. 2009.

Dark Places    DB/RC 69251
11 hours 52 minutes
by Gillian Flynn
read by Erin Jones
Twenty-five years ago Libby's brother was convicted of murdering their mother and sisters. When the well-wishers' trust fund that she's been subsisting on runs dry, thirty-one-year-old Libby takes money from a group that is trying to prove her brother's innocence. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

Harbor Lights: A Chesapeake Shores Novel, Book 3     DB/RC 69253
9 hours 36 minutes
by Sherryl Woods
read by Erin Jones
After his wife is killed in Iraq, paramedic Kevin O'Brien returns home to Chesapeake Shores with his toddler son. Kevin leaves the raising of his boy to his extended family, but when he meets Shanna Carlyle, a divorced bookstore owner, the two click. Some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2009.

Daughter of the Flames    DB/RC 69263
7 hours 35 minutes
by Zoë Marriott
read by Erin Jones
After the Sedorne attack the Ruan palace, scarred fifteen-year-old Zira teaches other orphans self-defense. Unaware of her royal lineage, Zira unfolds the secrets of her past and discovers her romantic feelings for Sorin—a man who should be her enemy. Some violence. For junior and senior high readers. 2009.

The Last Child    DB/RC 69264
12 hours 9 minutes
by John Hart
read by Jack Fox
After twelve-year-old Alyssa disappeared on her way home a year ago, her guilt-ridden father left town and her mother fell into a drugged daze with an abusive boyfriend. As Alyssa's twin brother Johnny and obsessed detective Hunt continue to search, another girl is snatched. Violence and strong language. 2009.

The Rules of the Game    DB/RC 69265
11 hours 38 minutes
by Leonard Downie
read by Gary Tipton
A U.S. president takes office with his young female vice president, and Washington newspaper reporter Sarah Page digs into her new assignment—covering politics and money. As Page finds evidence of undue influence on the highest office, the president dies. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2009.

Mean Streets    DB/RC 69269
10 hours 46 minutes
by Jim Butcher and others read by John Polk
Four novellas. Wizard Harry Dresden warns his friend, a former knight, of danger in Jim Butcher's The Warrior. Includes Simon R. Green's The Difference a Day Makes, Kat Richardson's The Third Death of the Little Clay Dog, and Thomas E. Sniegoski's Noah's Orphans. Violence and some strong language. 2009.

True Love and Other Disasters    DB/RC 69272
8 hours 59 minutes
by Rachel Gibson
read by Carol Dines
Trophy wife Faith Duffy, a former stripper and centerfold, inherits her late husband's hockey team, the Seattle Chinooks. Faith decides to keep the team, though hockey captain Ty Savage and Faith's stepson resist her interference—until Faith and Ty fall in love. Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2009.

The Searchers    DB/RC 69294
8 hours 5 minutes
by Alan LeMay
read by Jack Fox
Comanches attack the Edwards homestead, killing the family and kidnapping ten-year-old Debbie. Debbie's uncle Amos, a Civil War veteran, and foster brother Martin Pauley vow to find her. Years pass, testing the limits of hope and endurance and revealing Amos's true motives. Basis for a movie starring John Wayne. 1954.

Southern Lights    DB/RC 69429
9 hours 18 minutes
by Danielle Steel
read by Nick Podehl
In the midst of a dangerous case, Manhattan assistant D.A. Alexa Hamilton sends her daughter Savannah to the teen's father in Charleston, South Carolina. Savannah comes to know and love her paternal family, while Alexa deals with the trial of a serial killer. Strong language and some violence. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

The MacKade Brothers: Devin and Shane    DB/RC 69506
13 hours 37 minutes
by Nora Roberts
read by Madelyn Buzzard
In The Heart of Devin MacKade a sheriff becomes involved with divorcée Cassie, his former high school crush. In The Fall of Shane MacKade a womanizing farmer becomes infatuated with a researcher who investigates the paranormal. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 1996.

Brimstone     DB/RC 69508
5 hours 47 minutes
by Robert B. Parker
read by Ray Foushee
Brimstone, Texas. After Everett Hitch and Virgil Cole rescue Virgil's sweetheart Allie from a brothel, they hire on as deputies to defuse conflict between a corrupt preacher and an unsavory saloon owner. They also track a dangerous Indian. Sequel to Resolution (DB/RC 68236). Some violence and some strong language. 2009.

What Happens in London     DB/RC 69534
10 hours 11 minutes
by Julia Quinn
read by Madelyn Buzzard
Lady Olivia Bevelstoke becomes interested in her new London neighbor Sir Harry Valentine. Harry, a spy, falls in love with Olivia while he watches a treacherous Russian prince court her. Companion to The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever (RC 65036). Some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2009.

Alex Cross's Trial: An Alex Cross Mystery    DB 69597
7 hours 37 minutes
by James Patterson and Richard DiLallo
read by Mark Delgado
Inspired by his grandmother's tales about her uncle Abraham, Alex Cross presents his own novel, Trial. In it, Abraham risks his life to help Ben Corbett, an attorney sent to Mississippi by President Teddy Roosevelt to investigate lynchings believed to be linked to the Ku Klux Klan. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

Dying to Retire: A Murder, She Wrote Mystery    DB 69601
7 hours 48 minutes
by Donald Bain
read by Margaret Strom
Florida. Mystery writer Jessica Fletcher uncovers evidence of foul play in the death of her former Cabot Cove, Maine, neighbor Portia Shelby. She hunts for clues in Portia's retirement community, Foreverglades; identifies possible suspects—including a rumored mobster and Portia's own husband; and even takes a side trip to Key West. 2004.

Burn     DB 69616
13 hours 12 minutes
by Linda Howard
read by Laura Giannarelli
Jenner Redwine wins the lottery and escapes from her dead-end job and mooching boyfriend. Her heiress friend Syd persuades Jenner to join her on a charity cruise—but then Syd is kidnapped en route. Aboard ship, Jenner reluctantly agrees to the kidnappers' demands. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2009.

A Question of Murder: A Murder, She Wrote Mystery    DB 69620
7 hours 20 minutes
by Donald Bain
read by Margaret Strom
Jessica attends a weekend gathering at a historic mansion in the Berkshires, where her friends' theatrical troupe puts on a murder-mystery play. As a crime writer and a sleuth, Jessica promises not to spoil the plot—until one of the death scenes turns out to be all too real. 2006.

Shadow Kiss: A Vampire Academy Novel, Book 3    DB 69622
13 hours 20 minutes
by Richelle Mead
read by Julie-Ann Elliott
Weeks from guardian graduation, Rose questions her sanity as the dark effects of being shadow-kissed haunt her. After a deadly attack threatens people close to her, Rose confronts her shocking new destiny. Violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. For senior high and older readers. 2008.

Lip Service: The Lone Star Sisters, Book 2    DB 69633
9 hours 54 minutes
by Susan Mallery
read by Julie-Ann Eillott
Eight years ago Skye Titan married her powerful father's friend, despite her relationship with neighboring rancher Mitch Cassidy. Now Mitch, injured and bitter, returns home from serving in the Navy SEALS and suspects that he is the father of widow Skye's child. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

Homer and Langley    DB/RC 69642
7 hours 13 minutes
by E.L. Doctorow
read by Guy Williams
Homer Collyer, who is blind, and his older brother Langley, a WWI mustard-gas victim, become recluses in their Fifth Avenue brownstone, hoarding newspapers and collecting odd things—a model T Ford, typewriters, and surplus Army supplies—until they become imprisoned by their vast accumulations. Bestseller. 2009.

Dead and Alive: Dean Koontz's Frankenstein, Book 3    DB/RC 69644
8 hours 12 minutes
by Dean Koontz
read by David Hartley-Margolin
Victor Helios, from the City of Night (RC 60514), no longer controls the nightmarish creations he's unleashed on New Orleans. Investigating detectives Carson O'Connor and Michael Maddison track Victor and receive help from an unlikely source—Victor's first monster. Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2009.

Necropolis: The Gatekeepers, Book 4    DB/RC 69648
12 hours 4 minutes
by Anthony Horowitz
read by Erik Sandvold
Fifteen-year-old Matt and three other gatekeepers travel to Hong Kong to pursue their destinies and to search for the final gatekeeper Scarlett. Together they plot to stop the evil Nightrise Corporation from global dominance and destruction. Sequel to Nightrise (RC 65275). For junior and senior high readers. 2009.

The Last Refuge: A Sam Acquillo Hamptons Mystery    DB/RC 69650
11 hours 44 minutes
by Chris Knopf
read by Jim Zeiger
Southampton, Long Island. Sam Acquillo, a divorced corporate burnout living in his late parents' run-down cottage, finds his elderly neighbor drowned in her bathtub. Sam volunteers to be administrator of her estate and soon uncovers evidence of foul play. Strong language and some violence. 2005.

Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel    DB/RC 69651
8 hours 1 minute
by Jeannette Walls
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
The memoirist who wrote The Glass Castle (RC 61540) novelizes the life of her adventurous grandmother, Lily Casey Smith. After young Lily leaves her family's Texas ranch on horseback, she teaches in remote western schools, drives cars, flies planes, runs a ranch, and finishes college. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

Rift in the Sky: Stratification, Book 3    DB/RC 69654
13 hours 1 minute
by Julie E. Czerneda
read by Kristin Allison
The agreement that enables the three races of Cersi to coexist begins breaking down. Aryl Sarc, speaker of the Om'ray clan, attempts to restore balance, but human explorer Marcus Bowman's discoveries threaten everyone's survival. Sequel to Riders of the Storm (RC 68124). 2009.

Death of a Cozy Writer: A St. Just Mystery    DB/RC 69655
8 hours 47 minutes
by G.M. Malliet
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
British mystery writer Sir Adrian Beauclerk-Fisk invites his grown children to his wedding. The four siblings are not happy about the bride and her possible threat to their inheritance. When Sir Adrian and his eldest son are both murdered, Detective Chief Inspector Arthur St. Just investigates. Some strong language. 2008.

Evidence: An Alex Delaware Novel    DB/RC 69656
11 hours 52 minutes
by Jonathan Kellerman
read by David Hartley-Margolin
LAPD cop Milo Sturgis and psychologist Alex Delaware investigate the murders of architect Desmond Backer and his lover in a half-built, abandoned mansion. As Sturgis and Delaware seek clues, their list of suspects grows and includes Backer's boss, jealous girlfriends, and ecoterrorists. Strong language and some violence. 2009.

The Ghost King: Forgotten Realms; Transitions, Book 3    DB/RC 69657
14 hours 8 minutes
by R.A. Salvatore
read by Erik Sandvold
The Spellplague wreaks havoc in Faerûn as simple casts and magic have disastrous effects on the Weave. After Catti-brie is injured by lightning, Drizzt Do'Urden, Cadderly, and companions prepare to battle a menacing evil thought to have been destroyed—the Crystal Shard. Sequel to The Pirate King (RC 68231). Some violence. 2009.

The Reapers    DB/RC 69662
12 hours 49 minutes
by John Connolly
read by Jim Zeiger
Ex-hit man Louis and his partner Angel find themselves targets of Louis's former colleague Bliss, a member of a shadowy organization of elite assassins called Reapers. Louis and Angel decide to fight back and enlist the help of their friend, PI Charlie Parker. Violence and some strong language. 2008.

Half a Crown    DB/RC 69663
9 hours 34 minutes
by Jo Walton
read by Gabriella Cavallero
Alternate 1960s England. Watch commander Peter Carmichael supervises security as London prepares to host an international peace conference, which Hitler will attend. Carmichael contends with rioters protesting Britain's alignment with Nazi Germany and plotters attempting coups, while he oversees the covert rescue of Jews. Sequel to Ha'penny (DB/RC 70229). 2008.

Hothouse Orchid: A Holly Barker Mystery    DB/RC 69664
6 hours 48 minutes
by Stuart Woods
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
CIA agent Holly Barker returns to Orchid Beach, Florida, on leave and discovers that her former army commander and would-be rapist Colonel James Bruno is the chief of police. Then Holly finds a woman's body on the beach. Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

Batter Off Dead: A Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery with Recipes    DB/RC 69673
6 hours 57 minutes
by Tamar Myers
read by Kristin Allison
A very pregnant Magdalena Yoder is volunteering at the Beechy Grove Mennonite Church Brotherhood all-you-can-eat fund-raising pancake breakfast when local glutton Minerva J. Jay drops dead. But before Magdalena can assist the town's sole police officer with the murder case, she goes into labor. Includes recipes. 2009.

The Dame: The Saga of the First King, Book 3    DB/RC 69677
15 hours 34 minutes
by R.A. Salvatore
read by Erik Sandvold
After slaying evil Samhaist leader Ancient Badden for Vanguard ruler Dame Gwydre, swordsman Bransen Garibond—a.k.a. the Highwayman—returns to Honce only to find his homeland embroiled in war. Bransen is drawn into a web of political and religious plots as he tries to protect his family. Some violence. 2009.

Lost     DB/RC 69678
6 hours 6 minutes
by Jacqueline Davies
read by Gabriella Cavallero
Sixteen-year-old Essie's life's joy is caring for her little sister Zelda. But things change when Essie begins working at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. Essie befriends a secretive coworker and avoids old friends as a dark, painful memory threatens her reality. Some strong language. For junior and senior high readers. 2009.

Blindman's Bluff: A Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus Mystery    DB/RC 69679
11 hours 31 minutes
by Faye Kellerman
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Los Angeles. Detective Peter Decker investigates the murders of billionaire shopping-mall magnate Guy Kaffey, his wife, and four others. Peter suspects an inside job. Meanwhile, a chance encounter with a blind courtroom translator thrusts Peter's wife Rina into the case—and into harm's way. Strong language and some violence. 2009.

The Trail of the Wild Rose: An English Garden Mystery    DB/RC 69682
9 hours 34 minutes
by Anthony Eglin
read by David Hartley-Margolin
Retired botany professor and reluctant sleuth Lawrence Kingston is asked to interpret the ramblings of a hit-and-run motorcycle-accident victim believed to be a member of a recent horticultural expedition to China. As the expedition's remaining plant hunters meet untimely ends, Kingston uncovers a conspiracy involving greed, blackmail, and murder. 2009.

The Gateway: Stories    DB/RC 69683
7 hours 20 minutes
by T.M. McNally
read by Guy Williams
Seven short stories about family relationships and love. In the title piece a St. Louis couple celebrate their seventh wedding anniversary in Paris as the husband reflects upon his, and his wife's, past loves and current choices. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. PEN/Faulkner finalist. 2007.

Better to Rest: A Liam Campbell Mystery    DB 69811
7 hours 1 minute
by Dana Stabenow
read by Annie Wauters
Alaska state trooper Liam Campbell, from Fire and Ice (RC 50187), and his girlfriend discover the remains of a WWII plane embedded in a glacier. Campbell's investigation links recent murders with past military secrets that would be better left buried. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2002.

Secrets of Surrender: The Rothwells, Book 3    DB 69812
10 hours 59 minutes
by Madeline Hunter
read by Corrie James
England. Shunned by society following her brother's fraudulent financial dealings, the beautiful Roselyn Longworth endures humiliation from her lover Lord Norbury, but wealthy commoner Kyle Bradwell comes to her rescue. The marquess of Easterbrook, Rose's cousin by marriage, persuades Kyle to propose to Rose. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

Flood     DB 69826
15 hours 47 minutes
by Stephen Baxter
read by Mark Delgado
2016. After five years in captivity, five hostages are freed by a private security force in Barcelona. But they return to a world plagued with heavy rains and floods. They band together to survive as the climate shifts and the land shrinks under rising water. Violence and strong language. 2008.

Fragment     DB 69843
12 hours 25 minutes
by Warren Fahy
read by Julian Thompson
When scientists and crew for the reality television show SeaLife respond to a distress signal near Henders Island, they are unprepared for what they find. They encounter monstrous, bizarre vegetation and creatures and struggle to survive, while viewers back home witness their violent slaughter. Violence and strong language. 2009.

A Duke of Her Own: Desperate Duchesses, Book 6    DB 69845
11 hours 43 minutes
by Eloisa James
read by Corrie James
Leopold Dautry, the duke of Villiers, seeks a well-born wife to produce an heir and rear his six illegitimate children. He favors Lady Eleanor, who remains in love with her married childhood sweetheart. But instead the duke proposes to already-engaged—and possibly mad—Lady Lisette. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

The Sins of Lord Easterbrook: The Rothwells, Book 4    DB 69846
10 hours 41 minutes
by Madeline Hunter
read by Corrie James
Leona Montgomery arrives in London from China to find business partners for her brother's shipping company and to search for those who tried to ruin her late father. She reunites with Christian Rothwell, now the marquis of Easterbrook, who helps—and seduces—her. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

Skin Trade: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter    DB 69848
17 hours 14 minutes
by Laurell K. Hamilton
read by Annie Wauters
Vampire executioner Anita Blake receives a gruesome trophy from a ruthless bloodsucker terrorizing Las Vegas. Anita heads to "Sin City," where she joins assassin and fellow U.S. marshal Edward. Together they assist local authorities hunting the preternatural serial killer. Strong language, descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2009.

Shadowed Summer    DB 69850
4 hours 49 minutes
by Saundra Mitchell
read by Annie Wauters
Louisiana. In summer's sweltering heat fourteen-year-old Iris and her friend Collette stave off boredom by attempting to conjure up the dead in a local graveyard. But when a missing boy's ghost whispers in Iris's ear, the girls try to solve his mysterious disappearance. For junior and senior high readers. 2009.

Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd    DB 69853
11 hours 49 minutes
edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci
read by Mark Delgado
Short story anthology celebrating geekdom. In Holly Black's and Cecil Castellucci's "Once You're a Jedi, You're a Jedi All the Way," a Klingon and a Jedi fight their taboo attraction at a science-fiction convention. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. For senior high readers. 2009.

The Winter Garden Mystery: A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery    DB 69857
8 hours 3 minutes
by Carola Dunn
read by Colleen Delany
England, 1923. Daisy Dalrymple heads to Cheshire to write an article about her old schoolmate's estate. While photographing the grounds, Daisy discovers the body of a missing housemaid buried in the garden. The house's occupants and neighbors in the surrounding village become suspects as the police investigate. 1995.

Dark Light    DB 69886
9 hours 5 minutes
by Jayne Castle
read by Laura Giannarelli
Reporter Sierra McIntyre links the disappearances of several homeless drug addicts and rumors of an alien lab to the enigmatic Ghost Hunters Guild. She'll do anything to get the scoop—even if it means marrying guild chief John Fontana. Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

The Van Alen Legacy: Blue Bloods    DB 69890
8 hours 45 minutes
by Melissa De la Cruz
read by Colleen Delany
Bliss's shocking destiny in Revelations (DB 69623) leads to complicated problems with the Silver Bloods. Meanwhile Schuyler, who has chosen Oliver over Jack, is being pursued by the Venators, and Mimi embarks on a mission to track down Jordan. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2009.

The Scarpetta Factor    DB/RC 69895
15 hours 40 minutes
by Patricia Cornwell
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Dr. Kay Scarpetta is the senior forensic analyst for CNN in New York and continues her work in the morgue. Scarpetta puzzles over a headline-making missing-woman case, the perplexing murder of a female jogger, and some threatening events in her personal life. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

Living Dead in Dallas: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel    DB/RC 69897
7 hours 50 minutes
by Charlaine Harris
read by Kristin Allison
The morning after Sookie Stackhouse takes drunk Andy Bellefleur's car keys, she discovers Merlotte's flamboyant cook Lafayette dead in Andy's car. Before she can investigate, vampire Eric summons Sookie and vampire Bill for an errand in Dallas. Violence, explicit descriptions of sex, and some strong language. Bestseller. 2002.

True Blue    DB/RC 69900
12 hours 53 minutes
by David Baldacci
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
D.C. cop Mace Perry was framed and has been imprisoned for two years, despite her sister being chief of police. Newly released Mace and attorney Roy Kingman unofficially investigate his coworker's murder, while Mace tries to clear her name and reclaim her badge. Strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

The Doomsday Key: A Sigma Force Novel    DB/RC 69902
14 hours 54 minutes
by James Rollins
read by Jim Zeiger
Three high-profile murders occur across the globe and are connected by a sacred Celtic symbol burned into each victim's flesh. Commander Gray Pierce and the Sigma Force race to uncover the mysteries surrounding the deaths—and the apocalyptic message for the world. Violence and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2009.

Fifth Seal: The A.D. Chronicles, Book 5    DB/RC 69904
10 hours 23 minutes
by Bodie Thoene and Brock Thoene
read by Kristin Allison
Yosef is certain that his new wife Mary has been chosen to carry the child destined to be the Messiah. He and Mary set out on a perilous journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Meanwhile, King Herod grows increasingly paranoid. Sequel to Fourth Dawn (RC 64252). 2006.

Two Time: A Sam Acquillo Hamptons Mystery    DB/RC 69907
10 hours 56 minutes
by Chris Knopf
read by Jim Zeiger
Long Island. Wealthy investment adviser Jonathan Eldridge dies in a car explosion that injures Sam Acquillo, from The Last Refuge (DB/RC 69650), and his lawyer friend Jackie Swaitkowski. Sam interviews Jonathan's agoraphobic widow Appolonia for clues and links the murder to Jonathan's final cell-phone call. Strong language. 2006.

The Labors of Hercules: A Hercule Poirot Mystery    DB/RC 69911
9 hours 51 minutes
by Agatha Christie
read by David Hartley-Margolin
Before he retires, Belgian detective Hercule Poirot vows to solve twelve puzzles mirroring the mythical labors of the ancient Greek hero Hercules. Modern-day versions of such challenges involve a lost Pekinese, a gentleman ruined by gossip, and a missing Russian countess—each case more baffling than the last. 1947.

Fatal Remedies: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery    DB/RC 69914
7 hours 42 minutes
by Donna Leon
read by David Hartley-Margolin
Venice, Italy. Commissario Brunetti's wife Paola twice vandalizes a travel agency that sponsors sex tours to Asia. Paola becomes a murder suspect when the owner is strangled. But Brunetti suspects the Mafia is behind this and other killings. Some violence. 1999.

My Fair Temptress: Governess Brides    DB/RC 69918
10 hours 26 minutes
by Christina Dodd
read by Gabriella Cavallero
London, 1849. Her reputation ruined by an unscrupulous nobleman, Caroline Ritter seeks employment with the Distinguished Academy of Governesses. Jude Durant, the earl of Huntington and a spy, takes lessons in courtship from Caroline while on a mission to avenge his brother's death. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2005.

North Star: A Barnaby Skye Novel    DB/RC 69922
9 hours 25 minutes
by Richard S. Wheeler
read by David Hartley-Margolin
1870. Facing an aging body and a changing West, mountain man Barnaby Skye contemplates settling down. While Barnaby and his wife Victoria confront brutal Texas cattlemen and cheating Indian agents, Barnaby's other wife, Mary, sets out to find their son, whom Barnaby sent away to school years before. 2009.

Borderline: An Anna Pigeon Mystery    DB/RC 69929
11 hours 56 minutes
by Nevada Barr
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Ranger Anna Pigeon and her husband Paul are taking a guided rafting trip along the Rio Grande on the Texas-Mexico border when things go horribly wrong. They lose the raft, find an almost-dead pregnant Mexican woman in the river, and dodge sniper fire. Violence and strong language. 2009.

The Winds of Dune    DB/RC 69932
14 hours 3 minutes
by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
read by Kristin Allison
Blinded and grief-stricken, Emperor Paul-Muad'Dib abandons his empire and newborn twins. His sister Alia struggles to maintain order on Dune, while his mother Jessica tries to understand what has happened to her son. Sequel to Dune Messiah (RC 19126). Some violence. 2009.

Sisters and Husbands    DB/RC 69933
7 hours 4 minutes
by Connie Briscoe
read by Mare Trevathan
Maryland. Charmaine and Evelyn, from Sisters and Lovers (RC 39260), worry about the upcoming nuptials of their sister Beverly, who has broken two previous engagements. Meanwhile, Evelyn contends with a boring marriage and Charmaine copes with a spoiled teenage stepdaughter. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

Malice: New Orleans Series    DB/RC 69934
15 hours 34 minutes
by Lisa Jackson
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Visions of his late wife Jennifer lead New Orleans detective Rick Bentz to return to Los Angeles. Investigating his past, Rick discovers a murderer stalking Jennifer's friends while turning suspicion on Rick. When Rick's second wife Olivia arrives, someone kidnaps her. Violence and strong language. 2009.

Fire and Ice: A Beaumont and Brady Novel    DB/RC 69935
11 hours 11 minutes
by J.A. Jance
read by Jim Zeiger
Seattle detective J.P. Beaumont looks into the murders of six young women. Meanwhile, Cochise County, Arizona, sheriff Joanna Brady probes the death of a man crushed by an all-terrain vehicle. The two investigators—first seen together in Partner in Crime (RC 54929)—find connections between their cases. Some strong language. 2009.

Lakeshore Christmas    DB/RC 69940
10 hours 0 minutes
by Susan Wiggs
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Librarian Maureen Davenport is director of Avalon's Christmas pageant this year. But she must share the duty with musician and former child actor Eddie Haven, whose DUI in Avalon brings him back each year to perform this court-ordered community service. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2009.

The Lone Texan    DB/RC 69944
8 hours 45 minutes
by Jodi Thomas
read by Kristin Allison
Galveston, Texas; 1859. Widowed Sage McMurray Lander of Whispering Mountain ranch returns home after studying medicine back east. Drummond Roak has waited for Sage and begins courting her. But unsavory outlaws and Sage's brother-in-law cause problems that include kidnapping and murder. Explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. 2009.

Gorgeous     DB/RC 69949
5 hours 50 minutes
by Rachel Vail
read by Kristin Allison
Being the least pretty of the Avery sisters, Allison readily cuts a deal with the devil: he makes her appear gorgeous in exchange for her cell phone. But Allison quickly realizes that beauty has its own problems. For junior and senior high readers. 2009.

Crashed     DB/RC 69975
10 hours 49 minutes
by Robin Wasserman
read by Kate Reinders
Living with other "mechs" since her parents transplanted her brain into a mechanical body, Lia becomes a pawn in a religious leader's movement to outlaw the technology and eradicate machines such as Lia. Sequel to Skinned (DB/RC 69972). Strong language and some violence. For senior high readers. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Snow Angels    DB 70106
13 hours 54 minutes
by Fern Michaels and others
read by Margaret Strom
Four Christmas novellas centered on finding unexpected love. In Snow Angels Olympic skier Max plans to spend the holiday alone, until a social worker and her two charges need help during a snowstorm. Includes The Presents of Angels, Decorations, and Miracle on Main Street. 2009.

Sheriff of Hangtown: A Western Duo    DB 70112
8 hours 34 minutes
by Lauran Paine
read by Joe Peck
In the title story lawman Wesley Potter of Hangtown, California, vows to find out who killed horse rancher Dick Ruffin and why. In "Outlaw's Hide-Out" fugitive bank robber Hap Thompson risks his freedom to save the life of a young woman thrown from a horse. 2009.

Steamed: A Gourmet Girl Mystery    DB 70116
8 hours 11 minutes
by Jessica Conant-Park and Susan Conant
read by Colleen Delany
Chloe Carter (known online as GourmetGirl) ends her foray into Internet matchmaking when her date Eric Rafferty is stabbed to death in a restaurant lavatory. Chloe subsequently falls for the restaurant's chef Josh Driscoll—who is the prime murder suspect. Chloe must exonerate Josh to save their romance. Includes recipes. 2006.

Rough Treatment: A Charlie Resnick Mystery    DB 70118
9 hours 47 minutes
by John Harvey
read by David Cutler
Burglars Grabianski and Grice get more than they expected—a kilo of cocaine and Maria Roy, the wife of a TV director. With Inspector Charlie Resnick closing in, Grabianski risks his own safety when he falls for Maria. Strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1990.

Pirate Latitudes    DB 70119
8 hours 17 minutes
by Michael Crichton
read by Alexander Strain
Jamaica, 1665. Captain Charles Hunter of the Cassandra assembles a motley crew to infiltrate the Spanish fortress on Matanceros Island and steal its gold. An adventurous, bloody raid ensues against the outpost's garrison and its savage commander Cazalla. Violence and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2009.

New Tricks: An Andy Carpenter Novel    DB 70120
8 hours 48 minutes
by David Rosenfelt
read by Joe Peck
After billionaire pharmaceutical researcher Walter Timmerman is murdered, attorney Andy Carpenter, who runs a dog-rescue operation, represents Walter's seven-month-old Bernese mountain dog Waggy in a custody case. When Walter's widow is killed in an explosion and his son is arrested, Andy takes on a human client as well. 2009.

Motion to Kill    DB 70122
9 hours 32 minutes
by Joel Goldman
read by Gregory Gorton
Kansas City. Three months after Lou Mason joins the law firm Sullivan and Christenson, senior partner Richard Sullivan dies mysteriously amid rumors of shady business dealings with banker Victor O'Malley. When the U.S. Attorney indicts Victor, Lou defends him and encounters more incriminating information—and murder. Some strong language. 2002.

Sun of Suns: Virga, Book 1    DB 70124
9 hours 35 minutes
by Karl Schroeder
read by Mark Delgado
Inside Virga, a planet-sized balloon containing constructed nation-states, young Hayden Griffin fails to save his mother during the Slipstream nation's attack on the Aerie realm's newly built sun. When Slipstream discovers another secret project, Hayden plans to thwart its next assault and kill Slipstream Admiral Fanning. Some strong language. 2006.

The Gold Falcon: The Silver Wyrm, Book 1    DB 70125
17 hours 54 minutes
by Katharine Kerr
read by Michael Scherer
Orphaned brothers Neb and Clae escape a savage attack on their drunken relatives by the Horsekin clan. With the help of the Wildfolk, Neb and Clae meet a stranger named Salamander, who leads Neb to his soul mate Branna. She and Neb discover their magical dweomer powers. 2006.

Woodsburner     DB 70129
11 hours 44 minutes
by John Pipkin
read by Michael Scherer
A fictional account of the forest fire started irresponsibly by twenty-six-year-old Henry David Thoreau that almost burned Concord, Massachusetts, on a windy April day in 1844, the year before he moved to Walden Pond. Details of firefighters' personal lives reflect New England society's make-up and prevalent attitudes. 2009.

What a Woman Wants    DB 70132
10 hours 6 minutes
by Brenda Jackson
read by Erik Todd Dellums
After their close friend Cely commits suicide, Faith, Monique, and Shannon spend the summer at a beach house on Hilton Head Island to honor Cely's memory and make the most of their lives. They embrace new adventures, new friendships—and new men. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

Naomi's Song    DB 70134
5 hours 51 minutes
by Selma Kritzer Silverberg
read by Faith Potts
Elaborates on the biblical story of Naomi, who faces many trials with faith and perseverance. Naomi grows up and marries in twelfth-century-B.C. Judea, moves with her husband and sons to Moab, and returns home with only her daughter-in-law Ruth. For junior and senior high readers. 1959.

The Wrecker    DB 70141
13 hours 59 minutes
by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott
read by Robert Sams
1907. A saboteur known as the Wrecker is derailing Southern Pacific trains, and the Van Dorn Detective Agency sends Isaac Bell to track him down. Bell heads to Oregon, where a new line is being built. Sequel to The Chase (RC 65426). Some violence. 2009.

Deal Breaker, Drop Shot, Fade Away: Myron Bolitar Mysteries    DB 70144
28 hours 59 minutes
by Harlan Coben
read by Mark Ashby
Three novels featuring sports agent Myron Bolitar. In Deal Breaker Myron helps a client whose supposedly dead ex-girlfriend appears in a men's magazine. In Drop Shot Myron investigates a tennis star's death. In Fade Away Myron goes undercover to look for a missing basketball player. Some violence and some strong language. 1995.

Ill Wind: Weather Warden, Book 1    DB 70146
9 hours 52 minutes
by Rachel Caine
read by Faith Potts
Suspected of murder and marked by a demon, Weather Warden Joanne Baldwin seeks powerful Warden Lewis Orwell. But Lewis is in hiding after stealing from the Association, and his magical djinn sends Joanne to Oklahoma City to find him before the Wardens Council captures them both. Strong language. 2003.

Year's Best SF 14    DB 70147
17 hours 41 minutes
edited by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer
read by Mary Kane
Twenty-one science fiction short stories published in 2008. Includes Neil Gaiman's "Orange," Cory Doctorow's "The Things That Make Me Weak and Strange Get Engineered Away," Michael Swanwick's "The Scarecrow's Boy," Sue Burke's "Spiders," and more. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. 2009.

Don't Tempt Me    DB 70155
10 hours 41 minutes
by Loretta Chase
read by Laura Giannarelli
London, 1818. After a childhood in captivity, spirited Zoe Octavia Lexham escapes and returns to her family. But Zoe's past as a harem girl creates a scandal. Family friend Lucien de Grey, duke of Marchmont, offers his services to make Zoe respectable—if she will cooperate. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

And Then Everything Unraveled    DB 70160
5 hours 18 minutes
by Jennifer Sturman
read by Annie Wauters
When the ship that Delia's mother is aboard disappears in Antarctica, Delia goes to live with her two aunts in Manhattan. Refusing to believe her mom is dead, Delia searches for clues and discovers that her mother was the victim of a conspiracy. For junior and senior high readers. 2009.

Mystery Writers of America Presents: The Prosecution Rests; New Stories about Courtrooms, Criminals, and the Law    DB 70161
14 hours 21 minutes
edited by Linda Fairstein
read by Erik Todd Dellums
Twenty-two short stories dealing with the criminal justice system, with themes that include lawyers, victims, liars, revenge seekers, killers, and alibi witnesses. In Joel Goldman's "Knife Fight" a female Jewish attorney defends a black drug-dealing murderer. Includes work by James Grippando, Barbara Parker, and S.J. Rozan. Strong language. 2009.

I, Alex Cross    DB 70174
6 hours 48 minutes
by James Patterson
read by Mark Delgado
Washington, D.C., detective Alex Cross gets a case both horrifying and personal when his niece is murdered and put through a grinder. Cross soon learns something the Secret Service already knows—that the killer is connected to the White House. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2009.

Queen of Candesce: Virga, Book 2    DB 70176
9 hours 43 minutes
by Karl Schroeder
read by Mark Delgado
Venera Fanning, from Sun of Suns (DB 70124), is rescued by Garth Diamandis after she falls to the principality of Spyre. When told that no one leaves Spyre, Venera plots to escape—and avenge her husband Admiral Fanning. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

Laura Rider's Masterpiece    DB 70184
5 hours 58 minutes
by Jane Hamilton
read by Erik Todd Dellums
Wisconsin. Laura Rider, who has sworn off sex with Charlie, her husband of twelve years, begins writing her first romance novel. Hoping for creative fodder, Laura orchestrates an affair between Charlie and her idol, married local radio celebrity Jenna Faroli. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

Academy 7    DB 70187
6 hours 48 minutes
by Anne Osterlund
read by Patrick Downer
Orphan teen Aerin Renning competes against privileged Dane Madousin at Academy 7, the most prestigious school in the universe. The two confront dark secrets that threaten their status in the school and their newly formed friendship. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2009.

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Books for Children

Children's Nonfiction

A Boy Named Beckoning: The True Story of Dr. Carlos Montezuma, Native American Hero    DB/RC 67255
0 hours 49 minutes
retold by Gina Capaldi
read by Erik Sandvold
Biography of Dr. Carlos Montezuma (1866–1923), medical doctor and Native American civil rights activist. Recounts the raid by Pima Indians on his childhood village, his sale as a slave, and his adoption by an Italian American photographer who encouraged his education. Based on Montezuma's own words. For grades 3-6. 2008.

National Monuments, National Parks, Natural Wonders    DB/RC 69027
4 hours 21 minutes
by Cynthia Light Brown
read by Dan Bloom
Discusses the science and history of national monuments created by natural forces of wind, fire, water, and time—the Grand Canyon, the Petrified Forest, Muir Woods, and Carlsbad Caverns, among others. Associated activities include making a volcano, fossil, petroglyph, stalactite, glacier, and more. For grades 3-6. 2008.

Discover the Amazon: The World's Largest Rainforest    DB/RC 69462
2 hours 42 minutes
by Lauri Berkenkamp
read by Kristin Allison
Explores the Amazon Basin, providing geographical facts and survival techniques. Discusses the abundance of plants and creatures on land and in water. Explains ways to cross rivers, escape from quicksand, set up shelter, use insects for food, and find water and make it safe to drink. For grades 4-7. 2008.

Why Don't Your Eyelashes Grow? Curious Questions Kids Ask about the Human Body     DB/RC 69510
3 hours 49 minutes
by Beth Ann Ditkoff
read by Kerry Dukin
A physician answers questions posed by her fifth- and seventh-grade daughters. Covers topics associated with the human body, including wisdom teeth, earwax, and wrinkles; discusses oddities like stuttering, hiccups, burps, itches, and personal odors; debunks myths such as the eight-glasses-of-water-per-day tradition; and offers fun, anatomy-inspired trivia. For grades 5-8. 2008.

Nevermore: A Photobiography of Edgar Allan Poe    DB/RC 69570
1 hour 49 minutes
by Karen E. Lange
read by Guy Williams
This biography of Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1849) reviews the facts of his unhappy life and unprofitable writing career. Discusses his psychological horror stories, mysteries, science fiction, and poetry; his addiction to alcohol; and the mystery surrounding his death. For grades 6-9. 2009.

Be Glad Your Nose Is on Your Face and Other Poems: Some of the Best of Jack Prelutsky    DB 69636
2 hours 11 minutes
by Jack Prelutsky
read by Laura Giannarelli
This treasury of verses by the first Children's Poet Laureate extols a witch's cat; a gallop on a white horse with a strawberry mane; slurpy, slishy, sloshy spaghetti; sailing on half a ship; and growing a garden of musical instruments, among other amazements. Includes several activities. For grades K-3. 2008.

Flu: Diseases in History    DB/RC 69653
4 hours 18 minutes
by Kevin Cunningham
read by Kristin Allison
Examines concerns about influenza. Discusses serious outbreaks in world history; the possibility of another pandemic; and "Spanish flu," bird flu, and swine flu. Explains the flu's ability to spread through populations and looks at continuing research on ways to contain the illness. For grades 6-9. 2009.

The Arab Conquests of the Middle East    DB/RC 69670
3 hours 23 minutes
by Brendan January
read by Kristin Allison
Recounts the first hundred years of Islam: the founding of the religion by Muhammad (died in C.E. 632), the conquest of major empires by Arab Islamic armies, and the blossoming of a dynamic civilization. For grades 6-9. 2009.

Emily Post's Table Manners for Kids    DB/RC 69709
2 hours 16 minutes
by Peggy Post and Cindy Post Senning
read by Jill Ferris
An etiquette guide to eating without grossing people out. Provides rules with explanations for everything from washing before meals to thanking your hostess. Covers setting the table, eating with your fingers, talking with your mouth full, and waiting in buffet and school-cafeteria lines. Offers conversation tips. For grades 4-7. 2009.

Disabilities Awareness: Merit Badge Series    DB 69798
1 hour 44 minutes
published by Boy Scouts of America
read by Bob Moore
Describes the requirements for earning a Boy Scout merit badge for awareness and sensitivity to physical and learning disabilities. Highlights accommodations, accessibility, advocacy, and career opportunities. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2009.

The Time Book: A Brief History from Lunar Calendars to Atomic Clocks    DB 69885
0 hours 59 minutes
by Martin Jenkins
read by Patrick Downer
Examines the history and evolution of timekeeping. Discusses nature's seasonal cycles and daily rhythms, early attempts at astronomy-based calendars, and the development of mechanical devices by civilizations that needed to increase their time accuracy. Explores modern scientific influences on the exactness, size, and cost of timepieces. For grades 3-6. 2009.

Rachael Ray: Food Entrepreneur    DB 70114
3 hours 24 minutes
by Dennis Abrams
read by Faith Potts
Profiles Food Network star Rachael Ray (born 1968), the thirty-minute cook who never went to culinary school. Discusses her high energy level, perseverance, and love for food that led to a successful career. Also covers her personal life and marriage to musician John Cusimano. For grades 5-8. 2009.

Leaving Glorytown: One Boy's Struggle under Castro    DB 70151
5 hours 58 minutes
by Eduardo F. Calcines
read by Mark Delgado
Author traces the events of his childhood in Cuba, from the 1959 revolution when he was three to his family's obtaining a long-awaited exit visa in 1969 just before he reached draft age. Recounts the hardships, food shortages, and fears suffered under Castro's regime. For grades 6-9. 2009.

Frederick Douglass: "Truth Is of No Color"    DB 70153
2 hours 32 minutes
by Michael A. Schuman
read by Bob Moore
Biography of Frederick Douglass (1818–1895) covers his childhood as a slave in Maryland, his escape to freedom in the North, and his fame as an abolitionist, speaker, and writer. For grades 5-8. 2009.

Webelos Handbook: Cub Scout    DB 70162
9 hours 38 minutes
published by Boy Scouts of America
read by Michael Scherer
This 2008 reprint explains the requirements for earning badges during the last phase of Cub Scouting. Details each of the achievements in the categories of physical and mental skills, community, technology, and outdoor activities. Covers rank advancement and special award prerequisites. For grades 3-6. 2003.

Cub Scout Tiger Cub Handbook    DB 70164
3 hours 1 minute
published by Boy Scouts of America
read by Michael Scherer
This 2008 reprint explains the requirements for earning the Tiger Cub badge for first-grade or seven-year-old boys. Details each of the five achievements, including family and den activities. Reviews the initial Bobcat badge requirements. Provides an introductory guide for scouts' adult partners. For grades K-3. 2001.

1776: A New Look at Revolutionary Williamsburg     DB 70469
1 hour 5 minutes
by K.M. Kostyal
read by Bob Moore
Portrays the residents of Williamsburg, Virginia, the majority of whom were of African descent, at the time of the American Revolutionary War. Explains the history of the town, the origins of the conflict, and the war's effects on ordinary people. For grades 4-7. 2009.

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Children's Fiction

Horowitz Horror: Stories You'll Wish You'd Never Read    DB/RC 66948
5 hours 2 minutes
by Anthony Horowitz
read by Erik Sandvold
Nine tales in which everything seems ordinary but where horror lurks just beneath the surface. In "Bath Night" a newly installed Victorian bathtub has a ghastly history that only a little girl perceives—at first. In "A Career in Computer Games" Kevin's job starts immediately. For grades 6-9. 1999.

Evil Genius    DB/RC 67249
18 hours 14 minutes
by Catherine Jinks
read by Guy Williams
Antisocial child prodigy Cadel Piggott discovers his calling when he enrolls in an advanced crime academy that teaches lying, embezzlement, and other crooked tasks. But thirteen-year-old Cadel's deadly antics lead him to wonder if he really wants to be bad. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2005.

The New Policeman    DB/RC 67277
5 hours 48 minutes
by Kate Thompson
read by Anne Hancock
Irish teenager J.J. Liddy slips into Tír na n'Óg, the land of fairies, to buy his mother a birthday gift of more time. J.J. discovers a time leak and learns about music, his family history, and the identity of the new village policeman. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2005.

Porcupine     DB/RC 67416
5 hours 26 minutes
by Meg Tilly
read by Mare Trevathan
Canada. The year after Jacqueline "Jack" Cooper's father dies in Afghanistan, her mother leaves Jack, her ten-year-old sister Tessa, and her seven-year-old brother Simon—a special-needs student—with their great-grandmother on her prairie farm. Jack and her siblings form closer bonds. Some strong language. For grades 5-8. 2007.

The Ring of Rocamadour: The Red Blazer Girls, Book 1    DB/RC 69050
6 hours 47 minutes
by Michael D. Beil
read by Anne Hancock
Sophie St. Pierre, Margaret Wrobel, and Rebecca Chen, newly attired in the seventh-grade red blazers of St. Veronica's school in Manhattan, meet their elderly neighbor Elizabeth Harriman. The friends are soon involved in their first case—solving mysterious puzzles to find an archaeological treasure. For grades 5-8. 2009.

Elephant Run    DB 69106
6 hours 32 minutes
by Roland Smith
read by Alexander Strain
Burma, 1941. Fourteen-year-old Nick Freestone arrives at his British father's teak plantation just before the Japanese invasion. His father and others are taken to a prisoner-of-war camp, stranding Nick and his animal-loving friend Mya, who plan a daring escape by elephant. Some violence. For grades 5-8. 2007.

The Astonishing Stereoscope: The Hall Family Chronicles    DB 69163
5 hours 36 minutes
by Jane Langton
read by Joe Peck
Young Edward Hall receives from his uncle Prince Krishna a set of five stereoscope cards labeled Temples of the World. When Eddy grabs the tasseled rope in the picture, he finds himself inside the stereoscope world, and his sister Eleanor quickly follows after him. For grades 4-7. 1971.

South by Southeast: A Diamond Brothers Mystery, Book 4    DB/RC 69240
3 hours 44 minutes
by Anthony Horowitz
read by Gary Tipton
A gun-wielding man bursts into Tim's detective agency claiming someone is trying to kill him. After disguising himself in Tim's coat, he departs. Minutes later Nick and Tim find the man dying in a phone booth, and the brothers are drawn into an international spy case. For grades 5-8. 1991.

Something Wonky This Way Comes: Mercy Watson, Book 6    DB/RC 69669
0 hours 25 minutes
by Kate DiCamillo
read by Anne Hancock
At the drive-in movies with Mr. and Mrs. Watson, porcine wonder Mercy smells hot buttered popcorn, leaps out of the convertible to investigate, and becomes a pig on a mission. Soon the chase is on! For grades K-3. 2009.

The Leanin' Dog    DB/RC 69674
4 hours 39 minutes
by K.A. Nuzum
read by Gabriella Cavallero
Eleven-year-old Dessa Dean's desire to make friends with an injured stray dog who shows up on her cabin porch helps her to overcome the paralyzing grief she has struggled with since her mother died two months ago. Dessa Dean's Christmas soon becomes a whole lot better. For grades 4-7. 2008.

The Postcard    DB/RC 69680
8 hours 16 minutes
by Tony Abbott
read by Erik Sandvold
While cleaning out his recently deceased grandmother's house in St. Petersburg, Florida, thirteen-year-old Jason receives a mysterious phone call about a postcard, which triggers his quest for the chapters of a hidden manuscript revealing his family history. For grades 5-8. Edgar Award. 2008.

Deep Down Popular    DB/RC 69684
4 hours 52 minutes
by Phoebe Stone
read by Mare Trevathan
Sixth-grade tomboy Jessie Lou Ferguson has had a crush on hugely popular Conrad Parker Smith ever since second grade. When Conrad hurts his leg, their teacher assigns Jessie Lou to help Conrad, and they become friends, much to Jessie Lou's surprise. For grades 5-8. 2008.

When You Reach Me    DB 69837
4 hours 35 minutes
by Rebecca Stead
read by Julie-Ann Elliott
New York City, 1979. Twelve-year-old Miranda helps her mother prepare to be on a television game show. Meanwhile Miranda tries to understand why her best friend Sal doesn't want to hang out anymore—and why someone is sending Miranda tiny notes from the future. For grades 5-8. 2009.

Judy Moody and Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt    DB 69844
0 hours 58 minutes
by Megan McDonald
read by Victoria Gordon
On a family vacation to Ocracoke Island, North Carolina, Judy Moody and her brother Stink take part in a pirate treasure-hunting game. They must solve clues to collect sixteen "pieces o' eight" and win a gold dubloon—but they have competition. For grades 2-4. 2009.

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters    DB 69855
2 hours 28 minutes
by Lenore Look
read by Joe Peck
Scaredy-cat Alvin reluctantly accompanies his father and little sister Anibelly on a weekend camping trip. Despite elaborate preparations and making friends with another boy who is afraid of the great outdoors, many things go wrong at the campsite—especially for Alvin's father. For grades 2-4. 2009.

Night Wings    DB 69883
3 hours 49 minutes
by Joseph Bruchac
read by Erik Todd Dellums
Paul, a thirteen-year-old Abenaki, realizes too late that his dreams about a winged monster pursuing him were a warning: Paul and his grandfather are abducted from their trailer and forced to lead a search for ancient treasure. Both fight to preserve their ancestors' secrets—and to survive. For grades 5-8. 2009.

Wild Blue: The Story of a Mustang Appaloosa    DB/RC 69905
2 hours 33 minutes
by Annie Wedekind
read by Mare Trevathan
Idaho. Two young fillies, Blue and her sister Doe, happily spend summer days with their family herd of Appaloosa mustangs until they are captured by men with ropes. Blue is determined to break free no matter what the cost. For grades 3-6. 2009.

Max: Maximum Ride, Book 5    DB/RC 69913
6 hours 2 minutes
by James Patterson
read by Mare Trevathan
When millions of fish die off the coast of Hawaii and something destroys hundreds of ships, the government enlists the help of Max and the flock, genetically modified children who can fly. But as the kids investigate, a powerful enemy tracks them. For grades 6-9. 2009.

Jake Ransom and the Skull King's Shadow    DB/RC 69919
10 hours 26 minutes
by James Rollins
read by Erik Sandvold
A Mayan coin, left to Jake and his older sister Kady after their archaeologist parents disappeared in the Yucatan, sends the siblings on a time-travel adventure. Entering a world of long-lost civilizations, Jake and Kady encounter the evil Skull King and clues about their parents' fate. For grades 5-8. 2009.

Family Reminders    DB/RC 69927
1 hour 14 minutes
by Julie Danneberg
read by Gabriella Cavallero
Cripple Creek, Colorado; 1890s. When Mary's father loses his leg in a mining accident, he stops playing the piano and carving reminders of family happenings in wood. Ten-year-old Mary finds her father a job that uses his talent and brings laughter back home. For grades 3-6. 2009.

Little Prince: The Story of a Shetland Pony    DB/RC 69930
2 hours 44 minutes
by Annie Wedekind
read by Mare Trevathan
A pony named Dauphin, the French word for "Little Prince," enjoys a pampered city life until his mistress Isabella outgrows him. Sent to a country farm for unwanted animals, Phin meets unusual creatures who become his friends and teach him the meaning of home. For grades 3-6. 2009.

The Dream Stealer    DB 70105
1 hour 0 minutes
by Sid Fleischman
read by Annie Wauters
Eight-year-old Susana, a plucky Mexican girl, tries to get her dream back from the chili-pepper-eating Dream Stealer. He takes her to his castle, where countless dreams and even more adventures await. For grades 3-6. 2009.

Franny Parker    DB 70110
3 hours 47 minutes
by Hannah Roberts McKinnon
read by Mary Kane
Thirteen-year-old Franny expects a quiet Oklahoma summer of treating animals at her makeshift hospital and attending her grandmother's quilting bees. But when a secretive mother and her teenage son move into the neighboring cottage, Franny gets a glimpse of the world beyond her family's. For grades 5-8. 2009.

The Roar    DB 70115
11 hours 31 minutes
by Emma Clayton
read by Joe Peck
In a future London without animals or nature, twelve-year-old Mika feels certain that his twin sister Ellie is alive, despite his being told that she died. So he enters a violent virtual-reality game competition for mutant kids as an opportunity to look for Ellie. Some violence. For grades 5-8. 2009.

Doomraga's Revenge: Merlin's Dragon, Book 2    DB 70139
6 hours 9 minutes
by T.A. Barron
read by Mark Delgado
Grown powerful in strength, size, and courage, the dragon Basilgarrad—called Basil in Merlin's Dragon, Book 1 (RC 68271)—seeks the cause of a series of crises that threatens the stability of Avalon. Meanwhile, Merlin is distracted by problems with his son Krystallus. For grades 6-9. 2009.

Shadowland: The Brotherhood of the Conch, Book 3    DB 70140
5 hours 48 minutes
by Chitra Lekha Banerjee Divakaruni
read by Alexander Strain
Now fifteen, Anand discovers that his home and the magical conch shell have disappeared. Only Nisha's presence reassures him that it wasn't all a dream. Anand and Nisha must travel to the forbidding world of Shadowland to recover the conch and restore their home. For grades 5-8. 2009.

Stage Fright: Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls, Book 4    DB 70145
3 hours 55 minutes
by Meg Cabot
read by Mary Kane
Allie and most of the girls in Mrs. Hunter's fourth-grade class decide to audition for the role of Penelope in the play "Princess Penelope in the Realm of Recycling." When Allie's best friend wins the part, Allie examines her feelings about following the rules of friendship. For grades 3-6. 2009.

Strawberry Hill    DB 70185
3 hours 43 minutes
by Mary Ann Hoberman
read by Mary Kane
During the Great Depression, Allie's father moves the family to Stamford, Connecticut, for a job. Allie likes the name of her new street—Strawberry Hill—and hopes to find a new best friend, which is complicated by being Jewish in a Catholic neighborhood. For grades 3-6. 2009.

Wild River    DB 70444
1 hour 51 minutes
by P.J. Petersen
read by Mark Delgado
Twelve-year-old Ryan and his sixteen-year-old brother Tanner are only a few hours into a kayak trip on Boulder River when an accident occurs. Ryan, who would rather play video games than sports, finds Tanner face down in the water and must work out a rescue plan. For grades 4-7. 2009.

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Foreign Language Books

Spanish

Tú a Dieta: El Manual de Instrucciones para Reducir Tu Cintura (You, on a Diet: The Owner's Manual for Waist Management)    DB 68951
15 horas 52 minutos
por Michael F. Roizen y Mehmet C. Oz
leído por by Juan Ramirez
Los autores explican la fisiología y la psicología de la ganancia de peso y presentan un plan de dieta y de actividades. Incluyen recetas y describen diferentes ejercicios. Apéndices incluyen discusiones sobre opciones médicas para el control de peso, como los medicamentos y la cirugía. (Physicians Roizen and Oz explain the physiology and psychology of weight gain, positing that an ideal waist size is the key to maintaining good health. Their diet and fitness plan includes recipes and exercises. Appendixes discuss medical options for weight control, such as drugs and surgery.) 2008.

La Mano de Fátima (The Hand of Fátima)    DB 68955
44 horas 21 minutos
por Ildefonso Falcones
leído por Juan Ramirez
Más de setenta y cinco años después de la expulsión de los moros de España, el joven Hernando Ruiz esta atrapado entre dos culturas. Uniéndose a una rebelión de moriscos en Granada, se enamora, y ve caer su fortuna con su derrota. Deportado a Córdoba, se esfuerza por reconciliar los aspectos conflictivos de su propio patrimonio. Violencia. (Caught between cultures in late-sixteenth-century Spain, young Hernando Ruiz joins a rebellion of Iberian Muslims in Granada, falls in love, and sees his fortunes fall with the rebels' defeat. Deported to Córdoba, he strives to reconcile the conflicting aspects of his own heritage. Violence.) 2009.

Sables y Utopías: Visiones de América Latina (Sabers and Utopias: Visions of Latin America)    DB 68956
18 horas 45 minutos
por Mario Vargas Llosa
leído por Juan Ramirez
En esta colección de ensayos que abarca su carrera como escritor, el autor peruano considera algunas tendencias de la historia, política y literatura latinoamericana. Cubriendo una amplia gama de temas, propone una defensa de la democracia y el liberalismo económico, mostrando que el deseo para la libertad ha impulsado las mejores aspiraciones y tambien los peores excesos de la región. (This career-spanning collection of essays by the Peruvian author considers various trends in Latin American history, politics, and literature. He defends democracy and economic liberalism and chronicles the thirst for liberty in the region, which he asserts has driven its best impulses and worst excesses.) 2009.

Ella, Que Todo Lo Tuvo (Ella, Who Had It All)    DB 68957
10 horas 54 minutos
por Ángela Becerra
leído por Maria Pino
Ella Bonaventura es una escritora recuperando de un accidente grave. Atormentada y sin poder escribir, se traslada a Firenze y se convierte en una restauradora de libros antiguos. Al mismo tiempo, lleva una doble vida silenciosa y sensual bajo el nombre "La Donna di Lacrima" que le ayuda a encontrar la clave de su ser. Descripciones de índole sexual. (Recovering from a serious accident, writer Ella Bonaventura is haunted and has writer's block. So she moves to Florence, where she restores old books and leads a sensuous double life as "la Donna di Lacrima," which helps her find the key to herself. Some descriptions of sex.) 2009.

Ven, Sé Mi Luz: Las Cartas Privadas de la "Santa de Calcuta" (Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the "Saint of Calcutta")    DB 68958
15 horas 4 minutos
por Madre Teresa
leído por Maria Pino
Recopilación de cartas escritas por Madre Teresa a sus consejeros espirituales durante décadas de su servicio misionero. Revela aspectos previamente desconocidos de su vida interior, incluyendo períodos de desesperación, así como la visión de su amor a Dios y al prójimo. Editado y comentado por el padre Brian Kolodiejchuk. (Compilation of Mother Teresa's letters written to her spiritual advisors during decades of missionary service. Reveals previously unknown aspects of her interior life, including periods of despair, as well as insight into her love for God and neighbor. Edited and commentary by Father Brian Kolodiejchuk.) 2008.

Los Sueños de Mi Padre: Una Historia de Raza y Herencia (Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance)    DB 68959
21 horas 55 minutos
por Barack Obama
leído por Juan Ramirez
En esta memoria, Obama se enfrenta a los temas de identidad, etnicidad, y raza. Un graduado de leyes de Harvard, organizador comunitario, y abogado de derechos civiles, Obama recuerda su niñez en Hawaii e Indonesia, sus años como organizador comunitario en Chicago, y su viaje al hogar de su difunto padre en Kenia que cambia su vida. Lenguaje injurioso. (In this memoir Obama expresses his struggles with identity, ethnicity, and race. Harvard Law School graduate, community organizer, and civil rights lawyer Obama recounts a life-changing pilgrimage to Africa to meet his father's relatives. Some strong language.) 2008.

El Cielo Llora por Mí (Heaven Weeps for Me)    DB 68960
11 horas 57 minutos
por Sergio Ramírez
leído por Juan Ramirez
Inspector Dolores Morales y Bert Dixon, de la policía nicaragüense, investigan un yate abandonado con pistas sangrientas que indican un asesinato. En su búsqueda para la verdad en Managua y la Costa Atlántica, los cárteles de la droga y la corrupción politica bloquean el camino. Violencia y lenguaje injurioso. (Inspector Dolores Morales and Bert Dixon of the Nicaraguan police investigate an abandoned yacht and blood-stained clues that point to murder. As they search for the truth in Managua and the Atlantic coast, drug cartels and political corruption block their path. Violence and strong language.) 2008.

2666     DB 68961
54 horas 13 minutos
por Roberto Bolaño
leído por Juan Ramirez
Varias personas convergen en la ciudad fronteriza mexicana de Santa Teresa incluyendo académicos en busca de un autor elusivo, un periodista, un filósofo viudo, y un detective. También es el sitio de cientos de asesinatos de mujeres sin resolver. Violencia, lenguaje injurioso, y descripciones explicitas de indole sexual. (Various people converge on the Mexican border town of Santa Teresa: academics searching for an elusive author, a reporter, a widowed philosopher, and a detective. It is also the scene of the unsolved murders of hundreds of women. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex.) 2004.

El Viajero del Siglo (The Traveler of the Century)    DB 68962
26 horas 36 minutos
por Andrés Neuman
leído por Juan Ramirez
Hans, un viajero misterioso en la Alemania post-napoleónica, se encuentra retrasado en la ciudad de Wandernburgo. Explorando la localidad laberíntica y navegando sus círculos sociales, se enamora con la prometida Sophie Gottlieb y participa en las lecturas y debates intelectuales que presagian el futuro de la Europa del siglo veintiuno. (Hans, a mysterious traveler in post-Napoleonic Germany, delays his departure from the town of Wandernburg. Exploring the labyrinthine locale and navigating its social circles, he falls in love with the already-engaged Sophie Gottlieb and participates in lively readings and intellectual debates that portend twenty-first-century developments in Europe.) 2009.

La Amante de Mi Amigo (My Friend's Lover)    DB 68963
4 horas 37 minutos
por Corín Tellado
leído por Maria Pino
Un encuentro inesperado en un aeropuerto en Londres pronto complica la relación romantica entre Juan y Érika. De vuelta en Madrid, la amistad creciente de Borja y la compartición de secretos desafia el statu quo romántico. Originalmente publicado en 1984. (The unexpected meeting of Juan and his old friend Borja in a London airport soon complicates the romance between married Juan and his secretary Érika in Madrid. Back in Spain, Borja's growing involvement and the sharing of secrets challenge the lovers' status quo.) 1984.

Siempre París (Reclaiming Paris)    DB 68965
9 horas 13 minutos
por Fabiola Santiago
leído por Maria Pino
Miami, 2004. Marisol, una poeta y archivista, contempla su relación con su amante mayor, José Antonio. A través de los aromas de perfumes, ella recuerda su niñez en Cuba, sus amores, y las decisiones de su vida que la llevaron alrededor del mundo. Algunas descripciones de índole sexual y lenguage injurioso. (Miami, 2004. Poet and archivist Marisol contemplates her relationship with her older lover José Antonio. Prompted by the scents of various perfumes, she recalls her Cuban childhood, her past loves, and choices that took her around the world. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex.) 2009.

Harry Potter y las Reliquias de la Muerte (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows)    DB 68968
25 horas 49 minutos
por J.K. Rowling
leído por Maria Pino
Esta secuela de Harry Potter y el Misterio del Príncipe (RC 61014) es la séptima y última entrega de la serie que sigue el joven mago Harry Potter y sus amigos y enemigos a través de sus años en el Colegio Hogwarts de Magia y Hechicería. El enfrentamiento con Voldemort está a mano y Harry tiene que tomar decisiones difíciles. Para grados 4-7 y lectores mayores. (Sequel to Harry Potter y el Misterio del Príncipe (RC 61014). Harry confronts Voldemort in this concluding volume of the series about the young wizard and his friends and enemies during his years at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. For grades 4-7 and older readers.) 2008.

El Vencedor Está Solo (The Winner Stands Alone)    DB 68973
15 horas 26 minutos
por Paulo Coelho
leído por Juan Ramirez
Igor Malev, un rico empresario ruso, se transforma en un asesino para conseguir el amor de su ex-esposa Ewa en medio de la cultura de celebridad en el Festival de Cine de Cannes. Creyendo que la relación con ella es predestinada, está dispuesto a destruir mundos enteros para obtener su amor. Violencia. (Amid the celebrity culture at the Cannes Film Festival, wealthy Russian businessman Igor Malev transforms himself into a killer to get his ex-wife Ewa's attention. Igor believes their relationship to be pre-ordained and is prepared to destroy whole worlds for Ewa's love. Violence.) 2009.

Las Grietas de Jara (The Cracks of Jara)    DB 68976
6 horas 57 minutos
por Claudia Piñeiro
leído por Maria Pino
Buenos Aires. Durante veinte años, Pablo Simó ha sido un arquitecto y marido concienzudo. Cuando una joven llega al estudio buscando a Nelson Jara, grietas comienzan a aparecer en su fachada y un escalofriante secreto sale a relucir. Descripciones de violencia y de índole sexual. (Buenos Aires. Pablo Simó has been an architect and dutiful husband for twenty years. But when a young woman shows up at his firm looking for a certain Nelson Jara, his facade cracks and a chilling secret comes to light. Some violence and some descriptions of sex.) 2009.

Lo Que Está en Mi Corazon (What Is in My Heart)    DB 68978
8 horas 16 minutos
por Marcela Serrano
leído por Maria Pino
Después de la muerte de su hijo, Camila viaja a Chiapas para escribir un artículo acerca de los zapatistas. Se encuentra con una vieja amiga de su madre, ve un reflejo del pasado y presente revolucionario de México, y contempla la condición de la mujer moderna en un mundo de cambio. Lenguaje injurioso. (After the death of her child, Camila travels to Chiapas to write an article about the Zapatistas. She meets an old friend of her mother's, sees a reflection of Mexico's revolutionary past and present, and contemplates modern womanhood in a world of change. Some strong language.) 2001.

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