NLS: Talking Book Topics

November-December 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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Repository of accessible college textbooks

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American Museum of Natural History offers sensory science tours

The American Museum of Natural History in New York City invites blind and partially sighted visitors to participate in monthly Science Sense Tours. These events are led by specially trained museum tour guides who will highlight specific themes and exhibition halls, engaging participants with extensive verbal descriptions and touchable objects. Science Sense Tours are available to individuals or groups. Space is limited, and advance registration is required. A tour in the Arthur Ross Hall of Meteorites, which includes the largest meteorite on display in any museum in the world, will be held in early December. The tour is free, with a suggested general admission donation of $19.00. A listing of upcoming tours is online at out To register or receive more information call (212) 313-7565 or e-mail [email protected].

The Economist now available on BARD

The An audio edition of the Economist, a weekly newsmagazine that has been covering international affairs, politics, business, finance, science, and technology for nearly 170 years, is now available on the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD). It is recorded by professional broadcasters in London, England, and includes the full contents of the print edition.

The addition of the Economist to BARD is part of a trial project to increase the availability of magazines to NLS patrons. For now the Economist is available only on BARD, but it will be offered on digital cartridge when the magazine program transitions to that format in the not-too-distant future.

The Economist was first published in London in 1843. But today four-fifths of its more than 1.4 million subscribers are outside Great Britain, according to the magazine's website. "We try to tell the world about the world, to persuade the expert and reach the amateur, with an injection of opinion and argument," a recent editor said.

Michael Katzmann, chief of the NLS Materials Development Division, said, "We approached the Economist and asked if we could make the audio edition available to our readers, and the publisher was happy to agree. It's a perfect fit—it gets to our patrons faster, is in keeping with our cover-to-cover philosophy, and it's equal in quality to what patrons would get from NLS narrators."

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Books listed in this issue of Talking Book Topics were recently sent to cooperating libraries. The complete collection contains a wide range of fiction and nonfiction books, including biographies, classics, westerns, mysteries, romances, and others. Contact your cooperating library to learn more about the wide range of books available in the collection.

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American Transcendentalism: A History    DB/RC 66437
14 hours 21 minutes
by Philip F. Gura
read by Bill Wallace
Presents the ideas of transcendentalism, an intellectual and spiritual movement of nineteenth-century America. Traces the philosophy's European roots, opposition to slavery, and support of women's rights, education reform, and social justice. Highlights the beliefs and actions of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Margaret Fuller, and Bronson Alcott. 2007.

Almost a Miracle: The American Victory in the War of Independence    DB/RC 66732
33 hours 35 minutes
by John Ferling
read by Jake Williams
Historian chronicles the military and diplomatic events of the Revolutionary War. Explains the reasons the colonies barely won the conflict and describes the tactics of eighteenth-century war. Highlights the deaths of many civilians, including Native Americans, and the impact of diseases. 2007.

Temples, Tombs, and Hieroglyphs:A Popular History of Ancient Egypt    DB/RC 66972
14 hours 32 minutes
by Barbara Mertz
read by Ray Childs
Informal introduction to the study of ancient Egypt by Egyptologist and novelist Barbara Mertz (a.k.a. Elizabeth Peters). Chronicles the civilization's rise and fall, from the great dynasties to the Roman conquest (3150 to 30 B.C.). Discusses politics, society, religion, major discoveries, and archaeological techniques. Update of 1964 edition. 2007.

The Wonderful and Surprising History of Sweeney Todd: The Life and Times of an Urban Legend    DB/RC 67072
20 hours 0 minutes
by Robert L. Mack
read by Michael Russotto
Traces the literary versions—penny-dreadful novels, ballets, musicals, operas, and films—about the murderous London barber Sweeney Todd of Fleet Street who killed his customers. Also examines the underlying culture and urban myth of the villain's story. Concentrates on Stephen Sondheim's 1997 theatrical production. 2007.

Cleopatra's Nose: Thirty-nine Varieties of Desire    DB/RC 67513
18 hours 56 minutes
by Judith Thurman
read by Celeste Lawson
A collection of essays and profiles written for the New Yorker between 1987 and 2007. Judith Thurman's distillations of social and literary history encompass tofu and Flaubert, a fashion show and an election, pornography and hair, and kimonos and bulimia. 2007.

The Legend of Colton H. Bryant    DB/RC 67514
6 hours 9 minutes
by Alexandra Fuller
read by Laura Giannarelli
In a series of dialog-laden vignettes, the author of Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight (RC 53942) relates the brief life of a Wyoming cowboy who died in 2006 at the age of twenty-six after falling from an oil rig. Some strong language. 2008.

Chuck Yeager and the Bell X-1: Breaking the Sound Barrier    DB/RC 68310
5 hours 0 minutes
by Dominick A. Pisano and others read by Patrick Downer
Explains the complex technological challenges encountered in building the aircraft that broke the sound barrier in 1947. Also describes the fame that enveloped its pilot, Chuck Yeager. Places the achievement in the context of the Cold War and highlights the teamwork that went into the enterprise. 2006.

The Holy Bible, Containing the Old and New Testaments: Translated out of the Original Tongues and with the Former Translations Diligently Compared and Revised    DB 68777
79 hours 2 minutes
read by Alexander Scourby
The King James Version of the Old and New Testaments as read by Alexander Scourby in the early 1950s. Combined reissue of RC 40842 and RC 40843. 1611.

Graham Greene: A Life in Letters    DB/RC 68918
17 hours 50 minutes
edited by Richard Greene
read by Fred Major
Editor presents a compilation of letters from noted twentieth-century British writer Graham Greene (1904–1991). The correspondence reveals Greene's religious, political, literary, and personal concerns and describes his travels, his sentiments about suffering in the world, and empathy for his family and friends. 2007.

Keys to American History: Understanding Our Most Important Historic Documents    DB/RC 68926
10 hours 20 minutes
by Richard Panchyk
read by Brian Conn
Seventy-two entries arranged chronologically include the 1606 First Charter of Virginia, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Japanese relocation order, the Civil Rights Act, the Patriot Act, and the 2002 resolution to use armed forces in Iraq. Provides historic context and contemporary viewpoints for each. For junior and senior high readers. 2008.

A. Lincoln: A Biography    DB/RC 69003
30 hours 44 minutes
by Ronald C. White
read by Jake Williams
Chronological narrative of President Abraham Lincoln's life describing the influence of his stepmother Sarah, his political rise in Illinois, and his election campaigns. White, a fellow at the Huntington Library, uses primary sources to offer insight into Lincoln's moral and intellectual thinking. Bestseller. 2009.

Recognizing and Surviving Heart Attacks and Strokes: Lifesaving Advice You Need Now    DB/RC 69211
9 hours 35 minutes
by Glenn O. Turner
read by Butch Hoover
Missouri physician draws on medical research to explain ways to recognize, treat, and prevent heart attacks and strokes. Recommends prompt hospital treatment within the first three hours of symptoms. Includes information about choosing and working with a physician and suggestions for lifestyle changes. 2008.

What to Expect before You're Expecting    DB 69245
11 hours 5 minutes
by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel
read by Jill Fox
Preconception medical advice by the authors of the perennially bestselling primer on childbirth What to Expect When You're Expecting, Fourth Edition (RC 66600). Authors suggest both women and men prepare their bodies before having a baby, to help ensure the best probable outcome. Also discusses fertility issues. 2009.

Now the Drum of War: Walt Whitman and His Brothers in the Civil War    DB/RC 69255
14 hours 35 minutes
by Robert Roper
read by Roy Avers
Professor uses letters and poems to trace the history of Walt Whitman's Brooklyn family. Highlights his brother George's rise in the Union army and survival through twenty-one Civil War conflicts, notes sibling Thomas's successful engineering career, and discusses the influence of Whitman's parents during nineteenth-century economic and social turmoil. 2008.

Healing and Preventing Autism: A Complete Guide    DB/RC 69259
13 hours 34 minutes
by Jenny McCarthy and Jerry Kartzinel
read by Madelyn Buzzard
Actress Jenny McCarthy, who described her son's autism in Louder than Words (RC 65495), teams up with autism specialist Dr. Jerry Kartzinel to explain various aspects of the condition. Describes symptoms and suggests possible treatments such as dietary changes, supplements, detoxification, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. 2009.

The Human Experiment: Two Years and Twenty Minutes inside Biosphere 2    DB/RC 69261
14 hours 9 minutes
by Jane Poynter
read by Kerry Dukin
Biosphere 2 inhabitant Jane Poynter reflects upon the two-year period (1991–1993) she spent with seven other individuals sealed inside an artificial three-acre bubble containing five "wilderness biomes"—rainforest, savannah, ocean, desert, and marsh. Discusses the isolation and technical problems they encountered, such as low oxygen levels and deficient food production. 2006.

Yogi Berra: Eternal Yankee    DB/RC 69268
19 hours 21 minutes
by Allen Barra
read by Jack Fox
Biography of New York Yankees catcher Lawrence "Yogi" Berra (born 1925 in St. Louis). Chronicles Berra's career, which began after he dropped out of school in eighth grade. Describes his 1946 signing by the Yankees and subsequent success, including five consecutive World Series and stints as manager and coach. 2009.

Crossing the Continent, 1527–1540: The Story of the First African-American Explorer of the American South    DB/RC 69270
13 hours 12 minutes
by Robert Goodwin
read by Bruce Huntey
Chronicles the ordeals of three conquistadors and an African slave, Esteban, during their trek across Florida, Texas, and Mexico after a failed 1527 expedition. The author uses primary Spanish sources to reenact the men's encounters with natives, their battle for survival, and their eventual fate. Violence and strong language. 2008.

Cheever: A Life    DB 69273
30 hours 51 minutes
by Blake Bailey
read by Roy Avers
Literary biography of Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Cheever (1912–1982) portrays his struggles with alcoholism, sexuality, marriage, family matters, and writing short stories for the New Yorker. Delves into the details of his life and career in chronological progression. Some strong language. 2009.

Mrs. Dred Scott: A Life on Slavery's Frontier    DB/RC 69274
30 hours 22 minutes
by Lea VanderVelde
read by Kerry Dukin
Law professor details Harriet Scott's life and role in the landmark slavery case that was rejected in the U.S. Supreme Court's 1857 decision. Describes Harriet's children, daily living, and servitude in Sioux territory and on military outposts. Speculates on possible reasons the Scotts first filed suit in St. Louis. 2009.

How Wikipedia Works: And How You Can Be a Part of It    DB/RC 69275
24 hours 1 minute
by Phoebe Ayers and others read by Lou Harpenau
Reference guide to exploring Wikipedia, a free online encyclopedia that anyone can edit and contribute to. Provides information on evaluating Wikipedia articles, creating your own articles, flagging articles, importing images and media files, and understanding policies and guidelines. Includes material on the Wikimedia Foundation's sister projects—Wikibooks, Wikinews, and more. 2008.

American Passage: The History of Ellis Island    DB/RC 69277
18 hours 34 minutes
by Vincent J. Cannato
read by Gary Tipton
Historian examines the history and politics of Ellis Island from 1892 to 1924, a period when twelve million immigrants were processed there. Details the evolution of public policy for admittance into the United States. Includes actual immigration cases of people who were filtered through the system. 2009.

Corvus: A Life with Birds    DB/RC 69278
10 hours 30 minutes
by Esther Woolfson
read by Mitzi Friedlander
Nature writer reflects on the years she and her family have cared for wild, captive-bred, and rescued birds at their Scotland home. Describes bonds with a rook named Chicken and other birds, many from the corvid or crow family. Discusses avian history, behavior, and depiction in poetry and literature. 2008.

The Elfish Gene: Dungeons, Dragons, and Growing Up Strange    DB/RC 69284
10 hours 41 minutes
by Mark Barrowcliffe
read by Alec Volz
Comedian and journalist looks back on his adolescent obsession with the role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons. Discusses the effects of gaming on his social life and the compulsion to prove he was smarter than the next nerd. Also describes his struggle to overcome addiction to playing the game. 2008.

A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez    DB/RC 69287
9 hours 26 minutes
by Selena Roberts
read by Carol Dines
Biography of Alex Rodriguez, the highest-paid player in the history of baseball. Sports Illustrated writer expands on her exposé of Rodriguez's use of steroids—tracing substance abuse since his high school days in Miami. Details Rodriguez's personal and professional life, including his divorce and dedication to Kabbalah. Some strong language. 2009.

When March Went Mad: The Game That Transformed Basketball    DB/RC 69289
11 hours 44 minutes
by Seth Davis
read by Alec Volz
Sports reporter recounts the college basketball season that lead up to the dramatic 1979 NCAA championship game between All-American stars Earvin "Magic" Johnson of the Michigan State Spartans and Larry Bird of the Indiana State Sycamores. Highlights coaches Jud Heathcote and Bill Hodges. For senior high and older readers. 2009.

The Meaning of Sunglasses: And a Guide to Almost All Things Fashionable    DB/RC 69293
8 hours 41 minutes
by Hadley Freeman
read by Madelyn Buzzard
Fashion editor and columnist examines women's obsession with fashion and beauty. In short, satirical essays Freeman evaluates the various available types of blouses, exercise clothes, animal prints, accessories, swimsuits, and shoes and explains what your choices say about you. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2008.

Stepping out of Line: Lessons for Women Who Want It Their Way—in Life, in Love, and at Work    DB/RC 69358
5 hours 29 minutes
by Nell Merlino
read by Laural Merlington
Feminist political advisor Merlino, who created the 1993 Ms. Foundation for Women's "Take Our Daughters to Work Day," illustrates ways women can use their imagination and dedication to pursue their ideals. Offers personal examples as well as those of other successful women. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

The American Home Front: 1941–1942    DB/RC 69407
13 hours 33 minutes
by Alistair Cooke
read by John Byrne Cooke
Account of British American journalist's trip across the United States during the 1940s to assesses the country's transition from the Depression into a war economy. Portrays migrating workers in Indiana, African Americans in the discriminatory South, and interned Japanese Americans in California. Strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2006.

Mark Bittman's Kitchen Express: Four Hundred Four Inspired Seasonal Dishes You Can Make in Twenty Minutes or Less    DB/RC 69447
9 hours 19 minutes
by Mark Bittman
read by Jake Williams
With the goal of getting good food onto the table fast and having fun doing it, the author provides "precisely imprecise" recipes for dishes such as microwave honey eggplant, grilled steak with gorgonzola sauce, and crisp fennel gratin. Includes a substitution guide and advice on stocking a pantry. 2009.

Losing Mum and Pup: A Memoir    DB/RC 69502
6 hours 8 minutes
by Christopher Buckley
read by Fred Major
Novelist and only child Christopher Buckley writes of the emotional turmoil of losing his parents—iconic conservative writer William F. Buckley and socialite Patricia Taylor Buckley—who died within ten months of each other. Recounts the events of that last year and pays tribute to his parents' strong personalities. Bestseller. 2009.

Crazy for the Storm: A Memoir of Survival    DB/RC 69509
8 hours 9 minutes
by Norman Ollestad
read by Andy Pyle
Author describes being the lone survivor of a small-airplane mountaintop crash in 1979 when he was eleven. Vignettes from his childhood with a father who pushed extreme sports explain his having the stamina necessary to make it down the mountain alone. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2009.

Singing Was the Easy Part    DB/RC 69518
8 hours 0 minutes
by Vic Damone
read by Jack Fox
Autobiography of pop singer and movie star Vic Damone, born Vito Farinola in 1928 Brooklyn. Damone offers anecdotes about getting his first hit song at age seventeen, palling around with celebrities such as Frank Sinatra and Perry Como, marrying movie stars, and dealing with the mob. Strong language. 2009.

Bluegrass: A True Story of Murder in Kentucky     DB/RC 69520
6 hours 1 minute
by William Van Meter
read by Ray Foushee
Describes the events surrounding the 2003 rape and murder of Kentucky sorority girl Katie Autry—who spent years in foster care before attending college. Details the arrests, conflicting stories, and trials of two young men who crossed paths with Katie that night. Violence and strong language. 2009.

Bears: A Brief History    DB/RC 69521
5 hours 52 minutes
by Bernd Brunner
read by Butch Hoover
German scholar examines the centuries-long interaction between humans and bears in Europe, America, Russia, and Japan. Discusses bears' role in cultural tradition and folklore. Provides facts, anecdotes, and naturalists' accounts about different varieties, their habitats, behaviors, and the reality of their diminishing numbers. 2007.

The Blue Moon Boys: The Story of Elvis Presley's Band    DB/RC 69522
10 hours 39 minutes
by Ken Burke and Dan Griffin
read by Jack Fox
Chronicles the history of the Blue Moon Boys—the Memphis band that featured bassist Bill Black, guitarist Scotty Moore, drummer D.J. Fontana, and vocalist Elvis Presley, who joined in 1954 at Sam Phillips's Sun studio. Uses first-person accounts to stress the group's importance to Elvis's success. Some strong language. 2006.

Live Fast, Love Hard: The Faron Young Story    DB/RC 69523
9 hours 0 minutes
by Diane Diekman
read by Erin Jones
Biography of honky-tonk singer Faron Young (1932–1996) traces his forty-year career that culminated in his posthumous 2000 induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Includes insights from Young's family and colleagues revealing his abusive side and discusses the history of country music. Strong language. 2007.

Eco Barons: The Dreamers, Schemers, and Millionaires Who Are Saving Our Planet     DB/RC 69524
13 hours 6 minutes
by Edward Humes
read by Butch Hoover
Pulitzer Prize winner discusses some environmental visionaries and their little-known efforts to save our planet. Describes ecofriendly accomplishments of millionaire Douglas Tompkins, CEO of Esprit clothing, who purchased 625,000 acres of forest in Patagonia for preservation, and endeavors of other individuals, both wealthy and not, and of nonprofit groups. 2009.

Excuses Begone! How to Change Lifelong, Self-Defeating Thinking Habits    DB/RC 69532
8 hours 0 minutes
by Wayne W. Dyer
read by Brian Conn
Asserting that any self-limiting belief can be challenged and reversed, a self-help author examines eighteen common excuses such as "it will be difficult" and "it's not my nature." Details seven principles, including willingness and compassion, for achieving paradigm shifts in thought. Provides seven questions designed to banish excuses. Bestseller. 2009.

The AARP Retirement Survival Guide: How to Make Smart Financial Decisions in Good Times and Bad    DB/RC 69533
12 hours 55 minutes
by Julie Jason
read by Butch Hoover
AARP offers advice on achieving retirement security. Jason, a personal money manager, discusses the basic sources of retirement income including social security, annuities, CDs, home equity, and pensions. Explains taxes, market investments, the evaluation of retirement-income products, and the role of financial advisors. 2009.

Superfreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance    DB 69688
7 hours 36 minutes
by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
read by Jack Fox
Bestselling authors return to the economics of everyday riddles discussed in Freakonomics (RC 60337). They explore the statistics and trends of offbeat topics such as the dangers of walking while intoxicated, the declining costs of prostitution, the worst month to have a baby, and more. Bestseller. 2009.

Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir according to Kathy Griffin    DB/RC 69691
11 hours 41 minutes
by Kathy Griffin
read by Madelyn Buzzard
Comic uses her trademark off-color, name-dropping humor to gossip about her personal life and career. Discusses her successful television roles as a sidekick in the sitcom Suddenly Susan and as the star of the Emmy Award-winning reality show Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List. Strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

End the Fed    DB/RC 69693
5 hours 48 minutes
by Ron Paul
read by Jack Fox
Ron Paul, Republican congressman from Texas and author of The Revolution (DB/RC 67036), proposes abolishing the Federal Reserve Bank—the "Fed," our central banking system—and returning to the gold standard. Maintains that the Fed is run by powerful bankers who manipulate interest rates, cause inflation, and create economic busts. Bestseller. 2009.

Jim Cramer's Getting Back to Even    DB/RC 69694
12 hours 22 minutes
by James J. Cramer
read by Barry Bernson
Mad Money television host offers advice on investing since the 2008 economic meltdown, with references to specific stocks and regional banks to watch. Instructs young people on setting long-term goals and older people on keeping what they still have. Bestseller. 2009.

Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman    DB/RC 69695
13 hours 40 minutes
by Jon Krakauer
read by Roy Avers
Author of Into Thin Air (RC 44525) chronicles the life of professional football player Pat Tillman, who enlisted in the U.S. Army after 9/11. Discusses the circumstances that led to Tillman's 2004 death in Afghanistan by friendly fire and the army's misrepresentation of the incident. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

Mayo Clinic Guide to Living with a Spinal Cord Injury    DB 69696
8 hours 20 minutes
by Mayo Clinic
read by Carol Dines
Team of Mayo Clinic specialists offer advice for spinal-cord-injury patients. They cover aspects of living with the condition, including hiring a personal-care assistant and going back to work; discuss maintaining emotional, physical, and sexual health; and provide information about research and clinical trials. 2009.

Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town    DB 69739
10 hours 16 minutes
by Nick Reding
read by Jon Huffman
Chronicles Oelwein, Iowa, from 2005 to 2008 as a crystal methamphetamine epidemic destroys the farming town. Discusses the economics, politics, and cultural history that makes "crank" the drug of the white working class. Profiles a local physician, county prosecutor, addict, and dealer. Violence and strong language. 2009.

Encore: Finding Work That Matters in the Second Half of Life    DB 69748
5 hours 46 minutes
by Marc Freedman
read by Brian Conn
Suggests that having an "encore career" offers those of retirement age or retiring early the freedom to work in more meaningful and flexible ways. Recounts the experiences of second-career pioneers, who put fulfilling their personal desires and contributing to society ahead of income. 2007.

Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City    DB 69852
13 hours 53 minutes
by Greg Grandin
read by Mary Kane
A history professor discusses Henry Ford's rubber plantation in Brazil's Amazon Basin that included American-style planned communities. Chronicles the experiment from the land purchase in 1927 to the project's demise in 1945. Examines the clash between Ford's puritanical vision and the jungle's ecology and population. 2009.

The Bard: Robert Burns, a Biography    DB 69891
17 hours 25 minutes
by Robert Crawford
read by Alexander Strain
Scottish professor presents the life, loves, struggles, and writing of Scotland's great national poet Robert Burns (1759–1796). Discusses his humble birth, self-education, political attitudes, and gift for language as evidenced in his poems, songs, and letters. Analyzes Burns's work in the context of his experiences and thinking. 2009.

Rubies in the Orchard: How to Uncover the Hidden Gems in Your Business    DB/RC 69910
5 hours 41 minutes
by Lynda Resnick
read by Jill Ferris
Noted marketer for POM Wonderful, Teleflora, the Franklin Mint, and FIJI water divulges secrets of successful marketing campaigns for large and small companies. Provides tips for advantageous advertising in places beyond television, such as billboards, magazines, radio, and the Internet. Stresses the importance of businesses adopting environmentally friendly practices. 2009.

Dare to Be a Man: The Truth Every Man Must Know—and Every Woman Needs to Know about Him    DB/RC 69974
9 hours 23 minutes
by David G. Evans
read by David G. Evans
Baptist minister and television host offers advice to men on living up to God's design. Encourages men to embrace responsibility and become obedient to God and advises women to lose unrealistic expectations and foster the spiritual growth of their partners. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America    DB/RC 69976
10 hours 4 minutes
by Timothy Egan
read by Dean Robertson
Depicts the 1910 forest fire that devastated swaths of Idaho, Washington, and Montana and portrays the people who battled the flames. Highlights President Theodore Roosevelt's and the fledgling U.S. Forest Service's stance against mining and timber interests, which led to efforts to conserve the country's natural resources. Some strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

When the Game Was Ours    DB/RC 70080
13 hours 8 minutes
by Larry Bird and Earvin "Magic" Johnson
read by Dick Hill
Former NBA basketball players Larry Bird of the Boston Celtics and Earvin "Magic" Johnson of the L.A. Lakers describe their professional rivalry, which began in a 1979 college-championship game. They highlight their feud and its influence on the sport. Strong language. Bestseller. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope That Matters    DB/RC 70087
4 hours 57 minutes
by Timothy Keller
read by Tom Parks
Presbyterian pastor and author of The Reason for God (RC 66151) cautions against striving for money and other material goods. Suggests that people become wary of the seduction of success and power and preaches that only God can satisfy one's needs. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

The War That Killed Achilles: The True Story of Homer's Iliad and the Trojan War     DB/RC 70091
8 hours 59 minutes
by Caroline Alexander
read by Michael Page
Classicist Alexander critiques Homer's epic poem The Iliad (DB/RC 66356) and its tale of heroes, gods, and battles. Details the quarrel between Achilles and his commander Agamemnon and emphasizes the idea that war has been abhorrent through the ages. Some violence and some strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Googled: The End of the World as We Know It    DB/RC 70092
14 hours 0 minutes
by Ken Auletta
read by Jim Bond
New Yorker columnist profiles the Internet search engine company Google from its conception in 1996 by Stanford graduate students Sergey Brin and Larry Page to its dominance in the advertising field. Details the company's growth and its legal, ethical, and competitive challenges. Strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Toward the Setting Sun: Columbus, Cabot, Vespucci, and the Race for America     DB 70104
16 hours 51 minutes
by David Boyle
read by Robert Sams
British historian chronicles the collaborations among fifteenth-century Italian merchant-explorers Christopher Columbus, John Cabot, and Amerigo Vespucci as they pursued profitable ventures after the Ottoman Empire took over eastern routes. Details the explorers' involvement with the slave trade and their search for alternative routes to the Indies and China. Violence. 2008.

Let This Voice Be Heard: Anthony Benezet, Father of Atlantic Abolitionism    DB 70107
18 hours 55 minutes
by Maurice Jackson
read by Joe Peck
Biography of French-born abolitionist Anthony Benezet (1713–1784), who settled in Philadelphia and became involved in the Quaker antislavery community. Describes the influence of Benezet's political and social views on British and French abolition of slave trading. Details Benezet's establishment of the African Free School and the Free African Society. 2009.

The Airplane: How Ideas Gave Us Wings    DB 70113
12 hours 28 minutes
by Jay Spenser
read by Patrick Downer
Former curator at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum chronicles the innovations that solved technical challenges from aviation's conception to the development of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Discusses airplane construction: fuselage, wings, controls, propulsion, and landing gear. Portrays pioneers Sir George Cayley, Otto Lilienthal, Hugo Junkers, and others. 2008.

Native Universe: Voices of Indian America     DB 70128
11 hours 56 minutes
edited by Gerald McMaster and Clifford E. Trafzer
read by Mark Ashby
Indian scholars, writers, and leaders celebrate their cultural heritage through three main topics: "Our Universes" examines the diversity of beliefs and ceremonies, "Our Peoples" probes historical events such as the arrival of Christopher Columbus, and "Our Lives" offers stories and poems on contemporary identity. 2008.

Thirty Days to Getting Over the Dork You Used to Call Your Boyfriend: A Heartbreak Handbook    DB 70133
2 hours 39 minutes
by Clea Hantman
read by Mary Kane
Guide for self-preservation in romantic break-ups. Explains the five stages of grief—denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Provides tips and daily empowering activities. Also suggests music that makes the transition easier and fun. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2008.

Burning Cold: The Cruise Ship Prinsendam and the Greatest Sea Rescue of All Time    DB 70137
8 hours 28 minutes
by H. Paul Jeffers
read by Bob Moore
Journalist describes the dramatic 1980 rescue of a Dutch cruise ship that caught fire near Alaska. After spending up to sixteen hours in lifeboats, all of the more than five hundred staff and passengers—many of whom were elderly—were saved by the coast guard, air force, and nearby tankers. 2006.

Searching for Steinbeck's Sea of Cortez: A Makeshift Expedition along Baja's Desert Coast    DB 70138
11 hours 43 minutes
by Andromeda Romano-Lax
read by Faith Potts
The author, her husband Brian, and their two children—five and almost two years old—set out with an inexperienced captain to retrace John Steinbeck's 1940 boat journey as recorded in The Log from the Sea of Cortez. Recounts their two-month adventure and comments on the region's threatened ecology. 2002.

Chagall: A Biography    DB 70150
21 hours 50 minutes
by Jackie Wullschlager
read by Annie Wauters
Biography of modern artist Marc Chagall (1887–1985), born Moyshe Shagal to an Orthodox Jewish family in Russia. Art critic for the Financial Times portrays the painter in the context of twentieth-century wars and social turmoil. Highlights his immigration to France, family life, and relationships with fellow artists. 2008.

Unbelievable: Investigations into Ghosts, Poltergeists, Telepathy, and Other Unseen Phenomena, from the Duke Parapsychology Laboratory    DB 70179
9 hours 21 minutes
by Stacy Horn
read by Jeff Allin
Explores the history of Duke University's Parapsychology Lab and the researchers' efforts to either prove or debunk claims of ghosts, poltergeists, ESP, and other paranormal activity. 2009.

Plain, Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution    DB 70182
18 hours 2 minutes
by Richard Beeman
read by Steven Carpenter
Historian provides a day-by-day account of the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. Uses primary and secondary sources to illustrate the debates and negotiations that raged between the states before the document's ratification. Discusses the failure to come to an agreement about the issue of slavery. 2009.

More than a Game: The Glorious Present and the Uncertain Future of the NFL    DB 70189
7 hours 49 minutes
by Brian Billick
read by Julian Thompson
Super Bowl-winning Baltimore Ravens coach-turned-television analyst explains the inner workings of professional football. Discusses player selection, game strategy and tactics, and publicity, providing anecdotes from his own experience. Expresses concern about the sport's future because of the coming expiration of the player-owner collective-bargaining agreement in 2010 and other issues. 2009.

Fifty Miles from Tomorrow: A Memoir of Alaska and the Real People    DB 70190
7 hours 13 minutes
by William L. Iggiagruk Hensley
read by Mark Ashby
The author, an Iñupiat elder and chair of the First Alaskans Institute, describes his traditional, seminomadic childhood as well as his later education in the lower forty-eight states. Discusses his stint in the Alaska state legislature, role in the native land-claims movement, and commitment to preserving his culture. 2009.

What's Age Got to Do with It? Living Your Healthiest and Happiest Life    DB/RC 70204
6 hours 39 minutes
by Robin McGraw
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
The author of Inside My Heart(RC 63472), who is married to television's Dr. Phil, addresses aging and women. McGraw and a panel of professionals offer advice on health, fashion, psychological well-being, and self-care. They answer common questions concerning fitness programs, nutrition, and hair and skin care. Bestseller. 2009.

Lit: A Memoir    DB/RC 70207
12 hours 54 minutes
by Mary Karr
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
This third installment of Karr's memoirs, which follows bestsellers The Liar's Club (RC 41154) and Cherry (RC 51940), describes her post-high school days—college, marriage, young motherhood, and divorce—and the alcoholism and recovery that shaped them. Strong language. 2009.

Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals    DB/RC 70209
10 hours 43 minutes
by Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Coauthors of Animals in Translation (RC 59860) examine emotional needs of animals, from dogs and cats to livestock and zoo creatures. Provides guidelines for ensuring mental well-being by stimulating positive emotions through play and avoiding negative ones—such as fear. Discusses the impact of environment and warning signs of distress. Bestseller. 2009.

But I Trusted You and Other True Cases: Ann Rule's Crime Files, Volume 14    DB/RC 70372
11 hours 38 minutes
by Ann Rule
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Seven accounts of murders in which the victims trusted their killers. In the title case, a school counselor was shot by his estranged wife while he slept. "Monohan's Last Date" recounts the crime of a trucker dispatching a swinger. Violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2009.

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right    DB 70422
6 hours 11 minutes
by Atul Gawande
read by Robert Sams
Surgeon explores the ways checklists can help prevent failure in an increasingly complex world. Discusses the successful integration of such lists into his own field of medicine and provides supplementary examples from other disciplines, including engineering and flying. Bestseller. 2009.

Haiti in the Balance: Why Foreign Aid Has Failed and What We Can Do about It    DB 70423
10 hours 6 minutes
by Terry F. Buss
read by Steven Carpenter
Analyzes Haitian history, politics, and foreign relations to offer opinions as to why outside assistance has been so ineffectual in pulling the population out of poverty. Discusses changes that could be made by Haitians and the international community. 2008.

The Best American Sports Writing, 2008    DB 70428
18 hours 14 minutes
edited by William Nack
read by Robert Sams
Twenty-nine diverse selections from print and online journals. Includes John Brant's "Following Terry Fox," an account of a young athlete who, despite having lost one leg to cancer, attempted to run across Canada, and Paul Solotaroff's "Casualties of the NFL," an exploration of the plight of injured ex-football players. 2008.

The Best American Essays, 2008    DB 70431
13 hours 54 minutes
edited by Adam Gopnik
read by Robert Sams
Twenty-one diverse essays from Harper's Magazine, National Geographic, the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and others. Rich Cohen recounts his brief experiment with a toothbrush mustache in "Becoming Adolf." Jonathan Lethem offers a discourse on plagiarism composed almost entirely of borrowed passages. Also features Ariel Levy, John Updike, and David Sedaris. 2008.

Church Boy    DB 70436
5 hours 57 minutes
by Kirk Franklin
read by Bob Moore
Autobiography of gospel singer Kirk Franklin describes his impoverished childhood in his great aunt's home in Fort Worth, Texas. Recalls the early recognition of his talent that enabled him to lead his Baptist church choir at age eleven. Highlights his continued musical success and his faith in God. 1998.

The Dream Begins: How Hawai'i Shaped Barack Obama    DB 70438
6 hours 18 minutes
by Stu Glauberman and Jerry Burris
read by Bob Moore
Political writers discuss the influence of the multicultural climate of 1970s Hawaii on President Barack Obama's character. Highlights Obama's enrollment in a private school and his relationships with his parents, grand-parents, and fellow students. Includes 2004 Democratic National Convention keynote address. 2008.

The Clinton Tapes: Wrestling History with the President    DB 70440
25 hours 58 minutes
by Taylor Branch
read by Mark Ashby
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian's reflections about his recorded conversations with former U.S. president Bill Clinton provide insight into Clinton's personal and political life. Topics include health-care reform, domestic and international affairs, impeachment, the death of Clinton's mother, and Al Gore's defeat in the 2000 election. 2009.

Rescue Ink: How Ten Guys Saved Countless Dogs and Cats, Twelve Horses, Five Pigs, One Duck, and a Few Turtles    DB 70441
7 hours 11 minutes
by Denise Flaim
read by Gregory Gorton
Chronicles the work of a New York-based nonprofit animal-rescue organization formed by motorcycle and tattoo aficionados. Describes efforts to find homes for dogs and cats, recover stolen pets, confront accused abusers, and prevent cruelty through community outreach. 2009.

To the End of the Earth: Our Epic Journey to the North Pole and the Legend of Peary and Henson    DB 70448
12 hours 12 minutes
by Tom Avery
read by Mark Ashby
British explorer Avery describes his 2005 expedition to replicate American Robert Peary's thirty-seven-day dash to the North Pole in 1909. Combines history of polar exploration with the account of his team's adventures and hardships using dogs and wooden sleds on treacherous ice. Some strong language. 2009.

It Could Happen Here: America on the Brink    DB 70467
5 hours 14 minutes
by Bruce Judson
read by Bob Moore
Author of Go It Alone! (RC 59638) analyzes the increase in economic inequality in America, focusing on the diminishing middle class and the potential for social revolution. Presents a fictional study to illustrate worst-case scenarios and compares the U.S. financial situation to that of other countries. 2009.

Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet    DB 70468
9 hours 8 minutes
by Mark Lynas
read by Mark Ashby
Journalist examines the impact of each one-degree rise in Earth's average temperature. Cites scientific studies to detail environmental, economic, and cultural consequences of global warming including extreme weather, species decline, and societal collapse. Concludes that greenhouse-gas emissions must be significantly reduced by 2017 to avert disaster. 2008.

Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation    DB/RC 70582
11 hours 52 minutes
by Daniel J. Siegel
read by Daniel J. Siegel
Psychiatrist combines Western neuroscience and Eastern meditation to explore ways a troubled mind can right itself. Cites case studies of patients who used reflection to overcome life obstacles. Posits that mindfulness and empathy can rewire the brain. Commercial audiobook. 2010.

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Trail Hand: A Western Story    DB/RC 66772
6 hours 8 minutes
by R.W. Stone
read by Dave Corey
A young American cowboy hires on as a scout to drive a herd of twelve hundred horses from Mexico to California. When his fellow wranglers blame him for an ambush along the trail, he attempts to clear his name and return the stolen animals—or die trying. Some strong language. 2006.

Timber Creek    DB/RC 66779
4 hours 35 minutes
by Cameron Judd
read by Peter Lavezzoli
Dakota Territory. Luke McCan signs on as a teamster for a freight line running from Pierre to Deadwood. Along the trail, notorious outlaw Evan Bridger murders Luke's friend. Years pass before Luke finally gets a chance at revenge—only now he's a deputy and Bridger's a prisoner. 1989.

The Invisible    DB/RC 66781
4 hours 23 minutes
by Mats Wahl
read by Gary Roan
Teen Hilmer Eriksson realizes that his fellow students at their rural Swedish high school can't see him. When detective Harald Fors arrives to investigate his disappearance, Hilmer tags along to watch—growing weaker and weaker. Some violence and some strong language. For senior high readers. 2000.

Wit's End    DB/RC 67294
8 hours 19 minutes
by Karen Joy Fowler
read by Nicola Daval
Teacher Rima Lanisell visits her godmother Addison Early in Santa Cruz, California. Addison, a famous mystery writer, was once an intimate friend of Rima's father, and she named a character in her series after him. Rima probes her father's connection to Addison—and to a real-life murder. Some strong language. 2008.

Peeled     DB/RC 67296
5 hours 22 minutes
by Joan Bauer
read by Kate Kiley
Eerie occurrences at a house in the apple-growing community of Banesville, New York, have the local newspaper printing sensational articles about ghostly activities. But high school reporter Hildy Biddle is determined to find out the truth—including possible connections between the paper and a theme-park developer. For senior high readers. 2008.

Cold Blooded: New Orleans Series    DB/RC 67399
15 hours 3 minutes
by Lisa Jackson
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Olivia Benchet is horrified by visions of a priest torturing and killing young women. Disbelieving at first, New Orleans detective Rick Bentz soon realizes Benchet is seeing real murders. Meanwhile, Bentz's daughter becomes one of the killer's intended targets. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2002.

Hot Blooded: New Orleans Series    DB/RC 67401
13 hours 37 minutes
by Lisa Jackson
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
A threatening caller harasses New Orleans radio psychologist Samantha "Sam" Leeds. Then a woman phones, claiming to be the now-dead person who asked Sam for help years ago in Houston. Detective Rick Bentz and Sam's mysterious new neighbor investigate. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. 2001.

Dust     DB/RC 67426
9 hours 18 minutes
by Elizabeth Bear
read by Mare Trevathan
Aboard a decaying starship, young servant Rien cares for her mistress's new prisoner Perceval, whose angel wings have been severed. When Rien discovers Perceval is her sister, she helps her to safety. Jacob Dust, a being with artificial intelligence, watches over the girls as they attempt to prevent war. Some violence. 2007.

A Dangerous Age    DB/RC 67432
6 hours 14 minutes
by Ellen Gilchrist
read by Celeste Lawson
Half-Cherokee Olivia Hand, a newspaper editor in Tulsa, Oklahoma, confronts her mixed feelings about the war in Iraq as she and her cousins endure tragedies. Companion to I Cannot Get You Close Enough (RC 35282) and The Anna Papers (RC 28884). Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2008.

Holidays on Ice    DB/RC 68134
4 hours 35 minutes
by David Sedaris
read by Erik Sandvold
Short Christmas tales by humorist, playwright, and National Public Radio commentator. Sedaris relives his stint as a department store elf in "SantaLand Diaries." In "Seasons Greetings to Our Friends and Family!!!" a housewife facing homicide charges updates loved ones in her annual holiday newsletter. Some strong language. 1997.

Runner: A Jane Whitefield Novel    DB/RC 68841
13 hours 9 minutes
by Thomas Perry
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Jane Whitefield stopped helping desperate people change their identities five years ago and settled into her life as a surgeon's wife trying to conceive. Now Christine, young and pregnant, is fleeing from dangerous people her boyfriend hired to bring her back—and she needs Jane's help. Violence and strong language. 2009.

Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi; Outcast    DB 68944
11 hours 33 minutes
by Aaron Allston
read by Alec Volz
After blaming Jedi Grand Master Luke Skywalker for Jacen Solo's abuse of power during Jacen's reign as Sith Lord, the Galactic Alliance Chief of State has Luke arrested. Sentenced to ten years in exile, Luke and his son Ben search for the reason Jacen turned to the dark side. 2009.

Gardenias for Breakfast    DB/RC 69216
7 hours 42 minutes
by Robin Jones Gunn
read by Carol Dines
Abby and her twelve-year-old daughter Hannah travel from Hawaii across country to visit their relatives, which include Abby's estranged mother and beloved grandmother. Abby is surprised that Hannah has a preference for Abby's once-difficult mother and vows, with God's help, to make amends. 2005.

The Unincorporated Man    DB/RC 69241
23 hours 49 minutes
by Dani Kollin and Eytan Kollin
read by Roy Avers
Multibillionaire Justin Cord cheats death by constructing a cryogenic unit. After reanimation three centuries later, Justin finds himself in a world where humans are "incorporated" at birth and spend their lives struggling to gain the majority of their own shares. Justin's arrival disrupts the corporate order. Some strong language. 2009.

So Brave, Young, and Handsome    DB/RC 69244
8 hours 5 minutes
by Leif Enger
read by Jack Fox
Minnesota, 1900s. Struggling to write a second masterpiece, novelist Monte Becket accompanies Glendon Hale, a boatbuilder with a checkered past, to Mexico, where Glendon hopes to reconcile with his estranged wife. But their attempts to elude an ex-Pinkerton detective draw Monte further away from his family and the law. 2008.

The Cheater    DB/RC 69247
11 hours 21 minutes
by Nancy Taylor Rosenberg
read by Madelyn Buzzard
Judge Lily Forrester befriends newcomer Anne Bradley, who secretly runs a referral club that provides alibis for lying spouses. But Anne occasionally kills her clients, and Lily's errant husband Bryce may be Anne's next target. Sequel to Buried Evidence (RC 50853). Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

BoneMan's Daughters    DB/RC 69248
9 hours 49 minutes
by Ted Dekker
read by Jack Fox
A serial killer who breaks the bones in his young victims' bodies targets teen model Bethany. Bethany's long-estranged father, intelligence officer Ryan has just witnessed a murderer using identical methods on teens in Iraq. Returning stateside, Ryan frantically tries to save Bethany—while becoming a suspect himself. Violence. 2009.

Patient Zero    DB/RC 69250
16 hours 3 minutes
by Jonathan Maberry
read by Alec Volz
Baltimore detective Joe Ledger shoots and kills Javad Mustapha, a suspected terrorist, during a police raid. When the covert Department of Military Sciences recruits Ledger, the detective finds himself facing Mustapha again, as well as a new breed of terrorist—zombies. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2009.

A Knife to Remember: A Jane Jeffry Mystery    DB/RC 69254
5 hours 13 minutes
by Jill Churchill
read by Jill Fox
A movie company sets up shop in a field near Jane Jeffry's neighborhood. Filming halts when the prop manager is found dead—stabbed with Jane's kitchen knife. Suspects include odd-ball director Roberto Cavagnari and washed-up actress Lynette Harwell, who had an affair with Jane's husband. Some strong language. 1994.

Life Sentences    DB/RC 69257
10 hours 25 minutes
by Laura Lippman
read by Jill Fox
Noted white memoirist Cassandra Fallows decides to write about a black childhood acquaintance, Calliope Jenkins, who spent seven years in prison for the never-solved disappearance of her baby. Cassandra's Baltimore research exposes truths about her own family as well as the story behind Calliope and their other friends. 2009.

This Is Not a Game    DB/RC 69258
10 hours 51 minutes
by Walter Jon Williams
read by Jill Fox
Stranded in violent Jakarta after a government collapse, computer-game designer Dagmar petitions the gamer community to help her escape the city. But after Dagmar returns, someone guns down her friend, and Dagmar must turn to the alternate-reality players once again. Some strong language. 2008.

The Last Theorem    DB/RC 69260
13 hours 23 minutes
by Arthur C. Clarke and Frederik Pohl
read by John Polk
In a world where humanity is in constant conflict, Sri Lankan Ranjit Subramanian reconstructs Fermat's unpublished mathematical proof. While enjoying newfound fame, Ranjit is contacted by the U.S. government about a secret job. However, unbeknownst to the world, grand galactic aliens order the destruction of the violent human race. 2008.

Talk of the Town    DB/RC 69266
10 hours 1 minute
by Sherrill Bodine
read by Carol Dines
When her newspaper changes hands, Chicago gossip columnist Rebecca Covington is replaced by a younger woman. Delegated to the food section, Rebecca makes up recipes along with her usual witticisms and falls in love with her new boss. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

In the Dark    DB/RC 69276
10 hours 14 minutes
by Brian Freeman
read by Erin Jones
Tish Verdure asks Duluth detective Jonathan Stride to help her investigate a thirty-year-old murder. The victim, Laura Starr, was Tish's best friend and Jonathan's late wife's sister. Tish has long-kept secrets about the night eighteen-year-old Laura was bludgeoned to death with a baseball bat. Violence and strong language. 2009.

Plain Language    DB/RC 69279
12 hours 45 minutes
by Barbara Wright
read by Mitzi Friedlander
Mid-1930s. Virginia Mendenhall travels to Colorado to marry Alfred Bowen, a man she has met only twice. Virginia adjusts to ranch hardships, but as the drought and Depression worsen, tensions rise, secrets surface, and Virginia's troubled brother pays a visit. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. Spur Award. 2003.

The Sign    DB/RC 69281
14 hours 22 minutes
by Raymond Khoury
read by Jack Fox
Reporter Gracie Logan witnesses a mysterious, ethereal sphere of light hovering in the sky as her team films Antarctica's ice shelf. While other strange, global-wide visual phenomena occur, Gracie and Matt Sherwood race to discover the origins of the events, determine God's existence, and solve a murder. Some strong language. 2009.

Hawke: An Alex Hawke Thriller    DB/RC 69282
15 hours 46 minutes
by Ted Bell
read by Barry Bernson
The Caribbean. British naval hero Alexander Hawke hunts down an experimental Russian submarine carrying ballistic missiles. The assignment brings Hawke into a deadly confrontation with three diabolical brothers who have overthrown Castro—and who murdered Hawke's parents years ago. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

Lamentation: The Psalms of Isaak, Book 1    DB/RC 69283
14 hours 13 minutes
by Ken Scholes
read by Gary Tipton
An ancient weapon destroys the city of Windwir and its great Androfrancine library. Isaak, the sole survivor and a metal man, claims responsibility. But Rudolfo, Lord of the Ninefold Forest Houses, suspects another is the culprit—and realizes that the Named Lands will soon be at war. 2009.

Hangman Blind    DB/RC 69285
10 hours 28 minutes
by Cassandra Clark
read by Erin Jones
Britain, 1382. Hildegard, a Cistercian nun, seeks a suitable grange for a new priory. She consults her friend, wealthy landowner Lord Roger de Hutton, to help secure a property. But when someone tries to poison Roger, Hildegard instead searches for the would-be killer. Some violence and some strong language. 2008.

Eve: A Novel of the First Woman    DB/RC 69288
16 hours 4 minutes
by Elissa Elliott
read by Madelyn Buzzard
Fictionalized account of the biblical first woman, Eve, and her family. Eve recounts her and Adam's banishment from the Garden of Eden. Eve's daughters Naava, Aya, and Dara describe their struggles and those of their brothers Cain, Abel, and Jacan. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

The Rock and the River    DB/RC 69290
6 hours 26 minutes
by Kekla Magoon
read by Brian Conn
Chicago, 1968. Sam respects the teachings of his peaceful civil-rights activist father. But witnessing a friend's brutal beating by white police officers makes Sam question his dad's nonviolence. Then Sam's brother joins the Black Panther Party. Some violence. For junior and senior high readers. Coretta Scott King Award. 2009.

Soldier's Farewell: A Western Story    DB/RC 69291
6 hours 12 minutes
by Johnny D. Boggs
read by Jack Fox
1860. Young Smith Munro runs a remote stagecoach station in Soldier's Farewell and records daily comings and goings in a diary. As the Civil War brews, Smith's army-officer brother Julian unexpectedly returns, claiming he has new orders. But the arrival of a dubious stranger soon reveals the truth. 2008.

The Scarecrow    DB/RC 69445
11 hours 36 minutes
by Michael Connelly
read by David Hartley-Margolin
Los Angeles Times reporter Jack McEvoy, from The Poet (RC 44935), wants a big story for his last two weeks on the job. He stumbles upon a high-tech serial-killer case and a chance to work again with FBI agent Rachel Walling. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2009.

The Strain: The Strain Trilogy, Book 1    DB/RC 69500
14 hours 40 minutes
by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan
read by Roy Avers
The CDC's Dr. Eph Goodweather investigates a ghostly scene on the JFK tarmac: a recently landed Boeing 777 sits with all systems dead, shades down, and no signs of life. An awakened vampire virus greater and more horrific than imaginable rapidly spreads through the night. Violence and strong language. 2009.

Swimsuit     DB/RC 69505
7 hours 27 minutes
by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
read by Ray Foushee
Swimsuit model Kim McDaniels disappears from a Hawaiian beach. Cop-turned-reporter Ben Hawkins covers the story for the L.A. Times—and uses it as inspiration for his next book. Ben soon confronts a killer filming crimes for a sadistic audience. Violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2009.

A Plague of Secrets: A Dismas Hardy Mystery    DB 69511
12 hours 9 minutes
by John Lescroart
read by Ray Foushee
Coffee shop owner Maya Townshend, the mayor's niece, is accused of murdering her store manager, a drug dealer. Attorney Dismas Hardy and his investigator Wyatt Hunt search for the real killers, while lieutenant Abe Glitsky copes with his son's near-fatal accident. Some violence and some strong language. 2009.

Preacher's Quest: The First Mountain Man, Book 13    DB/RC 69516
9 hours 22 minutes
by William W. Johnstone
read by John Polk
Preacher turns down an offer to help guide a group of tenderfooted Easterners through the Rockies. But after a deadly attack, Preacher has no choice but to join the expedition, which is pursued by Indians and outlaws. Sequel to Preacher's Fortune (DB/RC 65078). Violence and some strong language. 2007.

Preacher's Showdown: The First Mountain Man    DB 69517
9 hours 16 minutes
by William W. Johnstone
read by John Polk
St. Louis. Two cousins hoping to open a trading post hire mountain man Preacher to guide them out west. Preacher, postponing an opportunity for vengeance, joins the expedition. But a beautiful stowaway brings trouble to the wagon train. Sequel to Preacher's Quest (DB/RC 69516). Violence and some strong language. 2008.

A Bride in the Bargain    DB 69519
10 hours 0 minutes
by Deeanne Gist
read by Jill Fox
Washington Territory, 1865. Widowed lumberjack Joe Denton needs to find a new wife so he can keep his government land. Anna Ivey travels out west to forget her sorrows and discovers that she's been promised to be Joe's bride. The two coexist until love comes into their hearts. 2009.

With a Twist    DB 69527
9 hours 9 minutes
by Deirdre Martin
read by Erin Jones
New York. Natalie Bocuse, a recovering shopaholic who dreams of managing a restaurant, waitresses at her sister's French bistro until reporter Quinn O'Brien gets her hired at his parents' Irish pub. But his love plan backfires when Natalie dates his boss. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

Tails of Love    DB/RC 69529
7 hours 32 minutes
by Lori Foster and Stella Cameron
read by Erin Jones
Ten stories in which animals bring love into the lives of their human companions. In Lori Foster's "Man's Best Friend" a broken-down car and a lost puppy unite longtime crushes. In Kate Angell's "Norah's Arc" a wayward pygmy goat plays matchmaker. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

Schemers: A "Nameless Detective" Mystery    DB/RC 69530
7 hours 35 minutes
by Bill Pronzini
read by John Polk
The Nameless Detective investigates the case of Gregory Pollexfen, whose valuable mystery books were stolen from his locked San Francisco home library. Meanwhile Nameless's associate Tamara is in love, and his cohort Jake seeks a stalker with no apparent connection to his victims. Some violence and some strong language. 2009.

Home Safe    DB 69531
8 hours 31 minutes
by Elizabeth Berg
read by Mitzi Friedlander
The husband of Chicago author Helen Ames passes away unexpectedly and she becomes overly dependent on her adult daughter. In need of additional income, Helen decides to teach a writing workshop for adults. With assistance from her students and a developing love interest, Helen embarks upon a new life. 2009.

The Fixer Upper    DB 69535
14 hours 18 minutes
by Mary Kay Andrews
read by Jill Fox
Disgraced junior lobbyist Dempsey Killebrew leaves Washington after she becomes her boss's scapegoat in a political scandal. Dempsey heads to Georgia to remodel a house that her father inherited, becomes friendly with the locals, and finds romance—before the FBI arrives. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2009.

Pure     DB 69536
9 hours 2 minutes
by Terra Elan McVoy
read by Jill Fox
Several years ago fifteen-year-old Tabitha and four of her friends promised to remain virgins until they marry. But when Tabitha meets Jake and kisses him and another friend confesses to having sex, secrets and doubts test the bonds among the five teenagers. For junior and senior high readers. 2009.

Lost Destiny: The Blood of Kerensky, Volume 3    DB 69537
15 hours 49 minutes
by Michael A. Stackpole
read by Alec Volz
3052. ComStar, the covert interstellar communications network serving the five Successor States, has been secretly aiding the invading Clans. ComStar intends to unite and rule the Inner Sphere, but internal conflict may destroy the empire that they have sworn to protect. Sequel to Blood Legacy (DB/RC 69224). Some violence. 1991.

The Girl Who Played with Fire: Millennium Trilogy    DB 69599
18 hours 15 minutes
by Stieg Larsson
read by Mary Kane
Stockholm. Computer hacker Lisbeth Salander, from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (DB/RC 67759), stands accused of murdering two journalists who were researching sex trafficking. Lisbeth's former lover, magazine publisher Mikael Blomkvist, investigates to exonerate her. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2006.

Fugitive     DB/RC 69652
8 hours 29 minutes
by Phillip Margolin
read by Jack Fox
Twelve years ago, ex-con spiritual guru Charlie Marsh fled America to avoid murder charges. After angering an African dictator, he returns to the States to stand trial. Attorney Amanda Jaffe must keep Marsh off death row and out of a killer's sights. Violence and some strong language. 2009.

The O. Henry Prize Stories, 2007    DB/RC 69665
15 hours 15 minutes
edited by Laura Furman
read by Gabriella Cavallero
Twenty short stories selected from diverse periodicals. In Brian Evenson's "Mudder Tongue" a teacher gradually loses his language ability. Includes "The View from Castle Rock" by Alice Munro and "El Ojo de Agua" by Susan Straight. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2007.

Rogue Forces    DB/RC 69675
12 hours 4 minutes
by Dale Brown
read by Jim Zeiger
Retired Lieutenant General Patrick McLanahan and former U.S. President Kevin Martindale now own a military-contractor company, Scion Aviation International. When Kurdish terrorists attack Turkey and hide in Iraq, Scion is hired to find the culprits—causing resentment among regular troops and calling into question McLanahan's loyalty. Violence and strong language. 2009.

Shadow Command    DB/RC 69676
13 hours 43 minutes
by Dale Brown
read by Jim Zeiger
Russian president Leonid Zevitin manipulates U.S. president Joseph Gardner into cutting support for Lieutenant General Patrick McLanahan's high-tech aerospace weapons center. But McLanahan—who's on an orbiting space station—suspects a threat and plots an unauthorized attack on the Russians' Iranian base. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. 2008.

Pursuit of Honor: CIA Agent Mitch Rapp    DB 69687
11 hours 40 minutes
by Vince Flynn
read by Jack Fox
After Al Qaeda attacks Washington, D.C., CIA chief Irene Kennedy sends agents Mitch Rapp and Mike Nash undercover to investigate. Their probe reveals an internal spy, rogue terrorists with an unexpected source of revenue, and murder. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2    DB 69689
9 hours 32 minutes
by Suzanne Collins
read by Erin Jones
Victorious district twelve tributes Katniss and Peeta, from the Hunger Games (DB/RC 68384), have secured lives of safety and plenty for themselves and their families. But because they won by defying the rules, they have unwittingly incited a rebellion. Some violence. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2009.

Black Hills    DB/RC 69690
16 hours 42 minutes
by Nora Roberts
read by Madelyn Buzzard
Childhood friends and briefly young lovers, former New York cop Cooper and cougar expert Lil are uneasily reunited years later when Coop returns to South Dakota to help his injured grandfather. Now they must work together to outsmart a killer. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2009.

A Gate at the Stairs    DB/RC 69697
10 hours 13 minutes
by Lorrie Moore
read by Erin Jones
Naive college student Tassie is a nanny for Sarah and Edward, who are trying to adopt their biracial foster child. During the school year Tassie struggles with her job, falls for a Brazilian classmate, encounters racism, and endures a family tragedy. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2009.

Avenger: The Last Gunfighter    DB 69700
8 hours 26 minutes
by William W. Johnstone
read by Roy Avers
Gunslinger Frank Morgan runs into hired guns en route to Boston, where he planned to kill the man responsible for his beloved's death. Forced to postpone vengeance, Frank instead helps farmers fight a railroad dispute and does a favor for Buffalo Bill Cody. Violence and some strong language. 2007.

Murder in the Chateau: An Eleanor Roosevelt Mystery    DB 69702
7 hours 46 minutes
by Elliott Roosevelt
read by Mitzi Friedlander
1941. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt travels to Nazi-occupied France to attend a clandestine meeting between French and German resistance leaders planning Hitler's assassination. After a high-ranking SS officer is murdered, Eleanor investigates the crime. She conceals the death from other guests, who include General Erwin Rommel and Gertrude Stein. 1996.

Bank Shot: A Dortmunder Mystery    DB 69704
5 hours 46 minutes
by Donald E. Westlake
read by Barry Bernson
Dortmunder schemes to steal an entire bank that is being temporarily housed in a mobile home by hitching it to a truck and driving away. Joining Dortmunder on this caper are Kelp, a car thief; Murch, an experienced getaway driver; and Victor, a former FBI agent. Some strong language. 1972.

Preacher's Pursuit: The First Mountain Man    DB 69706
8 hours 41 minutes
by William W. Johnstone
read by John Polk
At a remote Rocky Mountain settlement, Preacher meets newcomer Laura Mallory, who wants to bring railway service to the outpost. While Preacher is distracted by Laura (and by outlaws trying to kill him), Indians backed by foreign agents attack. Sequel to Preacher's Showdown (DB 69517). Violence and some strong language. 2009.

Intensely Alice    DB 69708
6 hours 2 minutes
by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
read by Kerry Dukin
Alice and her friends volunteer at a soup kitchen the summer before their senior year, yet they yearn to do something wild. Meanwhile Alice plots to spend a night with Patrick in Chicago but wonders how far to take their relationship. Some descriptions of sex. For senior high readers. 2009.

Judgment at Gold Butte     DB 69716
6 hours 20 minutes
by Terrell L. Bowers
read by Jon Huffman
Professional poker player Joe Bratt flees Pueblo, Colorado, after killing the mayor's son in self-defense. Running from hired guns, he meets Raylene Stanfield, who convinces him to impersonate her late father, a judge in Gold Butte. Joe tries to enforce justice until his past resurfaces. 2008.

Spartan Gold    DB 69719
11 hours 40 minutes
by Clive Cussler
read by Ray Foushee
Treasure-hunting couple Sam and Remi Fargo discover a World War II-era midget torpedo submarine in a Maryland swamp. Inside the craft they spot one of Napoleon Bonaparte's rare bottles of wine and begin searching for the entire collection—but they are not the only ones interested in finding it. Bestseller. 2009.

206 Bones    DB 69720
8 hours 55 minutes
by Kathy Reichs
read by Erin Jones
Forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan awakens in a dark cell, bound and disoriented. Slowly, Tempe reconstructs events leading to her abduction, starting with a trip to Chicago where she faced accusations of botching a high-profile autopsy by misinterpreting skeletal remains. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

Missing Susan: An Elizabeth MacPherson Novel    DB 69728
8 hours 35 minutes
by Sharyn McCrumb
read by Madelyn Buzzard
Criminologist Rowan Rover, a tour guide to Britain's infamous murder sites, is recruited by a mysterious businessman to kill the man's unsuspecting niece Susan, who will be among the participants on an upcoming tour. Rowan agrees, not knowing that newly married forensic anthropologist Elizabeth MacPherson will also be there. 1991.

The Telling Pool    DB 69832
9 hours 54 minutes
by David Clement-Davies
read by Alexander Strain
In the reign of Richard the Lionheart, Welsh teen Rhodri Falcon accompanies his parents to a country fair, where a fortune-teller and a blind blacksmith take an interest in the amulet Rhodri wears about his neck—and in his destiny. Some violence. For junior and senior high readers. 2005.

Straight from the Hip: The Lone Star Sisters, Book 3    DB 69858
9 hours 50 minutes
by Susan Mallery
read by Julie-Ann Elliott
When an oil rig accident temporarily blinds Izzy Titan, her sisters Skye and Lexi send her to Nick Hollister's survival school to regain her confidence. There Izzy falls in love with Nick—until she discovers his connection to her half brother. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

The Shape of Things to Come: The Ultimate Revolution    DB 69871
24 hours 56 minutes
by H.G. Wells
read by James Konicek
Dr. Philip Raven, an intellectual working for the League of Nations, dies in 1930, leaving behind an unpublished manuscript inspired by visions. Raven's writings chronicle humanity from the time of his death to 2106—a "history of the future"—and foretell a war, a plague, and political chaos. Includes 2005 introduction. 1933.

Blood Promise: A Vampire Academy Novel    DB 69888
15 hours 41 minutes
by Richelle Mead
read by Julie-Ann Elliott
Rose drops out of St. Vladimir's Academy to fulfill a promise of vengeance she once made to her lover Dimitri. But when she finds Dimitri in Russia, Rose hesitates and endangers herself. Violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. For senior high and older readers. 2009.

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction    DB/RC 69896
10 hours 54 minutes
by David Michaels
read by Jim Zeiger
The Third Echelon targets mercenary Sam Fisher, a rogue Splinter Cell operative, as a mole. With former fellow agents and newly trained recruits closing in, Fisher evades capture and investigates a few people of interest. Violence. Bestseller. 2009.

Alive Day    DB/RC 69912
6 hours 29 minutes
by Tom Sullivan
read by Guy Williams
Blind psychiatrist Brenden McCarthy treats marine corporal Antwone Carver, an Iraq War veteran who is paralyzed from the waist down. Antwone struggles with his disability but finds inspiration with the help of therapy, medication, and Brenden's lovable guide dog Nelson. Sequel to Together (DB/RC 67040). 2009.

All the Colors of Darkness: An Inspector Alan Banks Mystery    DB/RC 69915
12 hours 49 minutes
by Peter Robinson
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
After boys find theater set designer Mark Hardcastle's corpse hanging from a tree, detective inspector Annie Cabbot discovers the murdered body of Hardcastle's lover Doug Silbert. Cabbot asks vacationing chief inspector Alan Banks to help her investigate the puzzling possible murder-suicide. Some strong language. 2009.

About Face: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery    DB/RC 69920
9 hours 5 minutes
by Donna Leon
read by David Hartley-Margolin
Venetian policeman Guido Brunetti's investigation of the murder of an out-of-town Carabiniere officer leads to evidence of toxic garbage and illegal dumping. A distant female relative of Brunetti's wife Paola somehow becomes entangled in a related death and adultery. Some strong language. 2009.

Alexandria: A Marcus Didius Falco Mystery    DB/RC 69921
12 hours 4 minutes
by Lindsey Davis
read by David Hartley-Margolin
Egypt, A.D. 77. Informer Marcus Didius Falco, his wife Helena Justina, their two young daughters, and Marcus's brother-in-law journey to Alexandria to visit an uncle. When Theon, the head of the Great Library, is murdered after dining with the family, Marcus and Helena investigate and discover deadly academic politics. 2009.

Smoker: An Atticus Kodiak Novel    DB/RC 69925
10 hours 59 minutes
by Greg Rucka
read by David Hartley-Margolin
Bodyguard Atticus Kodiak provides security for Jeremiah Pugh, a tobacco-industry whistleblower scheduled to testify that his company knew cigarettes were dangerous. When a deadly assassin targets Jeremiah and the violence escalates, Atticus begins to suspect an inside job. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. 1998.

The Foreigner    DB/RC 69926
10 hours 31 minutes
by Francie Lin
read by Erik Sandvold
Emerson Chang travels to Taiwan—his mother's homeland—to scatter her ashes and settle the estate with his shady brother Little P. Becoming enmeshed in a criminal underworld, Emerson uncovers a dark secret and struggles to salvage his family legacy. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. Edgar Award. 2008.

Red to Black    DB/RC 69931
11 hours 52 minutes
by Alex Dryden
read by Gabriella Cavallero
Russian spy Anna falls for her British counterpart Finn. Finn goes rogue after becoming disillusioned with his mission of ferreting out a plan hatched in 1960s East Germany. Anna agrees to accompany him, which forces her to become a double agent. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2009.

A Reliable Wife    DB/RC 69936
8 hours 19 minutes
by Robert Goolrick
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
In 1907, Catherine Land answers wealthy Ralph Truitt's advertisement for a wife. She's not the plain, poor woman she pretends to be, and he is tormented by his past. Despite their secret plans, a relationship develops between them. Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

Shadow of Betrayal    DB/RC 69937
13 hours 31 minutes
by Brett Battles
read by Jim Zeiger
After body-disposal expert Jonathan Quinn, from The Cleaner (RC 64446), experiences a botched operation in Ireland, he is dispatched to New York City, where Christopher Jackson, an intelligence director, has been murdered. Quinn, framed for the crime, tracks down the culprits. Violence and strong language. 2009.

Grave Goods    DB/RC 69939
10 hours 16 minutes
by Ariana Franklin
read by Gabriella Cavallero
Twelfth-century England. An earthquake near Glastonbury Abbey exposes a coffin bearing the rumored remains of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere. King Henry II, who is attempting to squelch rebellion in Wales, calls on doctor and forensic specialist Adelia Aguilar to authenticate the bones. Some violence and some strong language. 2009.

Shadow Gate: Crossroads, Book 2    DB/RC 69941
23 hours 25 minutes
by Kate Elliott
read by Kristin Allison
Former eagle-reeve Marit is murdered and reborn as a Guardian—a godlike being who provides justice for the Hundred. However the Guardians have split into good and evil, and she is tempted to join the corrupt, oppres-sive regime. Sequel to Spirit Gate (RC 63658). Violence and some descriptions of sex. 2008.

Song for a Shadow    DB/RC 69942
10 hours 10 minutes
by Bernie MacKinnon
read by Erik Sandvold
Eighteen-year-old Aaron escapes his mentally unstable mother and the fame of his rock-star father. After getting a job in a Fox Hill, Maine, grocery store, Aaron becomes friends with the owners and their son Doug. He also finds love with their daughter Gail. Strong language. For senior high readers. 1991.

A Royal Pain: A Royal Spyness Mystery    DB/RC 69943
8 hours 55 minutes
by Rhys Bowen
read by Gabriella Cavallero
London, 1930s. The queen asks Lady Georgiana, from Her Royal Spyness (RC 66100), to chaperone Bavarian princess Hannelore, who the queen hopes will distract her son, the prince of Wales, from his unsuitable American lover. Hanni proves to be a handful, displaying penchants for shop-lifting, slang, and communists. Murder ensues. 2008.

Beyond This Moment: Timber Ridge Reflections    DB/RC 69945
17 hours 48 minutes
by Tamera Alexander
read by Jill Ferris
Colorado Territory, 1876. Dr. Molly Whitcomb is fired by her Georgia college after she has an affair with another professor. Arriving in Timber Ridge to teach school, pregnant Molly pretends to be a widow and is courted by Sheriff James McPherson. But will the truth jeopardize their future? 2009.

The Accidental Family    DB/RC 69946
11 hours 44 minutes
by Rowan Coleman
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Sophie Mills, from The Accidental Mother (RC 66229), leaves London to follow her former wards Izzy and Bella to Cornwall after she falls in love with their father Louis. Complications occur when Louis runs into an old lover and learns that he has a grown son. 2009.

Bright Futures: A Lew Fonesca Mystery    DB/RC 69950
9 hours 18 minutes
by Stuart M. Kaminsky
read by Jim Zeiger
Sarasota, Florida. Two teens from a high school for gifted students hire process server Lew Fonesca. Their classmate Ronnie stands accused of murdering Philip Horvecki, a wealthy developer who sought to abolish a college financial-aid program. The investigation pits Lew against an unknown assailant. Strong language and some violence. 2008.

Letting Go    DB/RC 69965
25 hours 11 minutes
by Philip Roth
read by Luke Daniels
1950s America. Newly discharged Korean War veteran Gaby Wallach returns to graduate school after his mother passes away. Gaby meets fellow graduate student Paul Herz, Paul's troubled wife Libby, and single mother Martha Reganhart—and becomes entwined in their problems. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 1961.

Liar     DB/RC 69966
9 hours 8 minutes
by Justine Larbalestier
read by Channie Waites
Compulsive liar Micah, who looks like a boy, becomes the main suspect in the murder of her friend Zach, a popular guy Micah was seeing outside of school. Micah tries to explain—but no one knows what is true. Strong language and some violence. For senior high readers. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

The Perfect Christmas    DB/RC 69967
4 hours 18 minutes
by Debbie Macomber
read by Tavia Gilbert
Cassie Beaumont looks to professional matchmaker Simon Dodson to find true love for her. Simon assigns Cassie three holiday tasks: raise money for charity, dress up as Santa's elf, and prepare dinner for neighbors. After completing these duties Cassie will meet her mate. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

The Hidden Man    DB/RC 69968
10 hours 40 minutes
by David Ellis
read by Luke Daniels
Attorney Jason Kolarich, who lost his wife and child in a car accident, is hired to defend his old friend Sammy Cutler from a murder charge. Sammy may have killed the long-ago kidnapper of his sister. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Unhallowed Ground    DB/RC 69970
9 hours 9 minutes
by Heather Graham
read by Emily Durante
While converting a historic Florida mansion into a bed-and-breakfast, Sarah McKinley discovers old bones inside the walls. Sarah and PI Caleb Anderson connect the house's dark past to missing-persons cases and to a dead housekeeper who practiced black magic. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Skinned     DB/RC 69972
8 hours 40 minutes
by Robin Wasserman
read by Kate Reinders
To save her from dying after a horrible accident, Lia's parents transplant her brain into a mechanical body. Lia is rejected at school and returns home to isolation as religious extremists hold protests over the new technology. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. For senior high readers. Commercial audiobook. 2008.

Home in Time for Christmas    DB/RC 69973
6 hours 59 minutes
by Heather Graham
read by Angela Dawe
Driving from New York to her parents' house for Christmas, Melody Tarleton almost runs over a man in Revolutionary War garb. Jake Mallory swears he's a Patriot soldier fighting the British. Melody takes Jake home to her family—and falls in love. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Covet: A Novel of the Fallen Angels    DB/RC 70079
14 hours 48 minutes
by J.R. Ward
read by Eric Dove
After construction worker Jim Heron is electrocuted, he meets four angels who tell him that he must help humanity in a contest between angels and demons. Jim has to save seven sinners—the first a wealthy businessman torn between two women. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. Commercial audio-book. 2009.

Breathless     DB/RC 70081
8 hours 15 minutes
by Dean Koontz
read by Jeffrey Cummings
Rocky Mountains. Grady Adams and his three-year-old Irish wolfhound Merlin spot two strange white animals playing in the meadow. These mysterious creatures quickly vanish but other baffling phenomena occur, causing the government to take an interest. Violence and some strong language. Bestseller. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Lucky Break: The Corwin Curse, Book 3    DB/RC 70082
8 hours 30 minutes
by Carly Phillips
read by Renee Raudman
Despite a family love curse, contractor Jason Corwin falls for his client Lauren Perkins, who only wants to sell her late grandmother's house and move on. A saboteur and the promise of hidden treasure could put an end to the Corwin curse. Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

The Promised World    DB/RC 70084
9 hours 50 minutes
by Lisa Tucker
read by Tanya Eby
After Billy Cole commits suicide, his  twin sister Lila has a mental breakdown. Lila's husband Patrick learns that the twins lied about the death of their parents and about their shared childhood. Lila also tries to protect Billy's children from the past. Strong language and some violence. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

The Everafter    DB/RC 70086
5 hours 7 minutes
by Amy Huntley
read by Tavia Gilbert
After her death, seventeen-year-old Maddy finds a way to revisit moments in her life by using objects that she lost while she was alive. Maddy tries to figure out the emotions, events, and meaning of her existence. For senior high readers. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

The Humbling    DB/RC 70088
3 hours 38 minutes
by Philip Roth
read by Dick Hill
Divorced, aging actor Simon Axler retreats to a New England village after a nervous breakdown. A visit from Pegeen Stapleford, the daughter of former colleagues, breaks his self-imposed exile. The two begin a torrid affair despite Stapleford's lesbian past. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Shadows of War: Larry Bond's Red Dragon Rising    DB/RC 70089
15 hours 8 minutes
by Larry Bond and Jim DeFelice
read by Luke Daniels
2014. After suffering through years of drought and famine, China invades Vietnam. Josh MacArthur, an American global-warming specialist working in northern Vietnam, witnesses the massacre. Chinese commando Jing Yo seeks to silence MacArthur, while CIA operative Mara Duncan tries to save him. Violence and strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

A Matter of Class    DB/RC 70093
4 hours 9 minutes
by Mary Balogh
read by Anne Flosnik
To improve his family's social status, gadfly Reginald Mason, a wealthy merchant's son, agrees to marry Lady Annabelle Ashton, the disgraced daughter of the earl of Havercroft. The two resent the match at first, but love blooms as they become acquainted. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2010.

Leah's Choice: Pleasant Valley, Book 1    DB/RC 70094
8 hours 17 minutes
by Marta Perry
read by Tanya Eby
Leah, a teacher in the Amish community of Pleasant Valley, is attracted to Daniel, a widower with three children who recently relocated there to farm. But when her former fiancé Johnny returns to patch things up, Leah is torn between the two men. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Just the Way You Are    DB/RC 70095
10 hours 16 minutes
by Christina Dodd
read by Natalie Ross
College student Hope Prescott, whose siblings went to separate foster homes when their parents died, meets Zack Givens through work. Their friendship turns passionate until Hope discovers Zack has deceived her. To regain her trust, he helps search for her siblings. Explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2003.

13 1/2    DB 70096
9 hours 0 minutes
by Nevada Barr
read by Dan John Miller
Two young brothers are found covered in blood at their Minnesota home in 1968, and one serves time for murdering their family. Afterwards, he moves to New Orleans under an alias. But the secret starts unraveling in 2007, endangering him—and his new wife. Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Say When, The Art of Mending, and The Year of Pleasures    DB/RC 70097
21 hours 45 minutes
by Elizabeth Berg
read by various narrators
Three novels by Elizabeth Berg. In Say When Frank refuses to move out when his wife wants a divorce. In The Art of Mending Laura's family reunion turns dark. In The Year of Pleasures a widow retires to a small town. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2005.

Whitefire     DB/RC 70098
14 hours 1 minute
by Fern Michaels
read by Sandra Burr
During the reign of Ivan the Terrible in Russia, marauders destroy Katerina's village and steal her priceless white horses. To find her herd, Katerina teams up with the man who seduced her—and falls in love. Violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 1978.

Amazing Gracie    DB/RC 70099
9 hours 10 minutes
by Sherryl Woods
read by Janet Metzger
Workaholic Gracie MacDougal lost three of her last four boyfriends to other women before quitting her hotel-management job. In Seagull Point, Virginia, Gracie discovers the perfect Victorian house to turn into a bed-and-breakfast, but lawyer Kevin Daniels doesn't want to sell. Some explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 1998.

Legacy     DB 70100
14 hours 24 minutes
by Cayla Kluver
read by Anna Chlumsky
Princess Alera of Hytanica resents being duty-bound to wed Steldor, the suitor chosen as successor to the throne. The more Alera becomes aware of palace intrigue and ancient feuds, the less sure she is of right and wrong. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. For junior and senior high readers. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Mrs. Miracle    DB/RC 70101
7 hours 5 minutes
by Debbie Macomber
read by Jennifer Van Dyck
Seth Webster struggles to raise his boisterous twin boys after his wife dies. Housekeepers come and go before Mrs. Merkle arrives and takes control. "Mrs. Miracle," as the children call her, encourages romance between Seth and travel-agency owner Reba Maxwell. Commercial audiobook. 1996.

Honolulu    DB 70108
16 hours 23 minutes
by Alan Brennert
read by Laura Giannarelli
Hawaii, 1914. A sixteen-year-old Korean girl named Regrettable who desires an education commits to a marriage arranged through missionaries. After her new husband beats her nearly to death, Regrettable now named Jin, leaves him. She supports herself in a variety of low-paying jobs while embracing her freedom. Some violence. 2009.

The Highland Fling Murders: A Murder, She Wrote Mystery    DB 70123
7 hours 0 minutes
by Donald Bain
read by Margaret Strom
Jessica Fletcher, in Britain promoting her latest mystery novel, accepts an invitation to stay at the Scotland Yard inspector's ancestral Scottish castle, which is rumored to be haunted by the ghost of an executed seventeenth-century witch. When a local girl is murdered in an eerily similar manner, Jessica investigates. 1997.

A Short History of Women    DB 70127
7 hours 57 minutes
by Kate Walbert
read by Colleen Delany
Evelyn is an impressionable British thirteen-year-old when her mother, Dorothy Trevor Townsend, starves herself and dies for women's suffrage in 1914. Dorothy's story becomes a legacy for Evelyn, precipitating her move to America and influencing the life choices of future generations of family women. 2009.

The Complete Chronicles of Conan    DB 70130
41 hours 15 minutes
by Robert E. Howard
read by Mark Delgado
Twenty-nine stories, drafts, and verses from Conan creator Robert E. Howard (1906–1936), many that were originally published in the pulp magazine Weird Tales. The Conan adventures include "The Phoenix on the Sword," "Shadows in Zamboula," "The Frost-Giant's Daughter," and more. Contains 2006 afterword by Stephen Jones. 1932.

Cutting for Stone    DB 70131
21 hours 38 minutes
by Abraham Verghese
read by Mark Ashby
Ethiopia, 1954. Twin brothers Shiva and Marion Stone's mother, an Indian nun, dies during their birth and their British father abandons them. As revolution brews decades later, Marion, a surgeon, flees to America, where he eventually confronts his past. Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

Sotah     DB 70135
14 hours 33 minutes
by Naomi Ragen
read by Annie Wauters
Dina Reich lives with her strict Orthodox family in Jerusalem. Dina's husband is chosen for her but a later encounter with a married man disgraces her, and she is forced to leave her husband and child and flee to America. Some descriptions of sex. 1992.

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Volume 3    DB 70136
25 hours 1 minute
edited by Jonathan Strahan
read by Mary Kane
Twenty-eight science fiction and fantasy short stories and novellas written in 2008. Includes Ian McDonald's "The Dust Assassin," Greg Egan's "Crystal Nights," Michael Swan-wick's "From Babel's Fall'n Glory We Fled . . . ," Kelly Link's "Pretty Monsters," and more. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2009.

Hot on Her Heels    DB 70143
10 hours 28 minutes
by Susan Mallery
read by Julie-Ann Elliott
Deputy Dana Birch vows to protect the Titan sisters from their half brother Garth Duncan. But Garth, who hates patriarch Jed for not helping his mother, proves that Jed has endangered the sisters and framed Garth. Dana reluctantly joins forces with Garth. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

The Spymaster's Lady    DB 70148
13 hours 1 minutes
by Joanna Bourne
read by Joe Peck
Napoleonic era. British spy Robert Grey journeys to France to capture his French counterpart Annique Villiers, the "Fox Cub." Imprisoned together, the two join forces to escape while fighting their growing sexual attraction. Back in England, Annique faces a clash of loyalties. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

Tempting the Gods: The Selected Stories of Tanith Lee, Volume 1    DB 70149
8 hours 39 minutes
by Tanith Lee
read by Joe Peck
Twelve fantasy tales by Nebula Award winner. In "After I Killed Her" a king begs a widowed warrior to slay a dragon. In "These Beasts" a tomb robber's heist brings unexpected consequences. "The Kingdoms of the Air" relates a knight's grail quest. Also includes "Death Loves Me." Some violence. 2009.

A Map of Home    DB 70156
7 hours 46 minutes
by Randa Jarrar
read by Annie Wauters
Boston-born Nidali, daughter of a Greek Egyptian mother and a Muslim Palestinian father, grows up in Kuwait. When Iraq invades in 1990, Nidali's family flees first to Egypt and later Texas, where—to her parents' dismay—Nidali quickly adapts to teen culture. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

Upside Down, Inside Out    DB 70170
11 hours 4 minutes
by Monica McInerney
read by Colleen Delany
Irish art-school dropout Eva Kennedy goes on holiday in Australia to visit her childhood friend Lainey. On a lark they introduce Eva as a well-known sculptor/singer. Meanwhile, successful industrial designer Joseph Wheeler backpacks while on business down under. Joseph and Eva meet and fall in love with each other's persona. 2002.

Cutting Edge: A Charlie Resnick Mystery    DB 70175
10 hours 5 minutes
by John Harvey
read by David Cutler
When physician Tim Fletcher is attacked by a scalpel-wielding assailant after leaving the hospital, inspector Charlie Resnick and his team investigate the incident and a series of other assaults. Meanwhile, Charlie's ex-wife tries to make contact. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 1991.

The Spirit Stone: The Silver Wyrm, Book 2    DB 70177
17 hours 34 minutes
by Katharine Kerr
read by Michael Scherer
When Horsekin raiders claim their right to the Westlands and construct a fortress—Zakh Gral—Prince Dar prepares for war against them. Meanwhile, Neb and Branna struggle to recover their memories from past incarnations. Sequel to The Gold Falcon (DB 70125). Some strong language. 2007.

Paper, Scissors, Death: A Kiki Lowenstein Scrap-N-Craft Mystery    DB 70181
8 hours 54 minutes
by Joanna Campbell Slan
read by Faith Potts
St. Louis. Scrapbooking housewife Kiki Lowenstein's comfortable life is shattered when her husband George's naked corpse is found at the local Ritz-Carlton. While trying to create a new life for herself and her daughter, Kiki tracks George's killer and uncovers his sordid secret life. Includes paper-crafting tips. 2008.

Nightwalkers     DB 70183
11 hours 43 minutes
by P.T. Deutermann
read by Erik Todd Dellums
North Carolina. Tired of suburban life, cop-turned-PI Cam Richter purchases Glory's End, a decaying plantation near the site of a Civil War massacre. However, he soon becomes the victim of a determined stalker. As the pranks escalate, Cam finds links to the past. Some violence and some strong language. 2009.

No Time for Goodbye    DB 70192
11 hours 17 minutes
by Linwood Barclay
read by Gregory Gorton
Fourteen-year-old Cynthia Bigge awakens one morning to an inexplicably empty house—and her parents and older brother never return. Still confused and frightened twenty-five years later, Cynthia, with the help of a private detective, a television show, and her husband, starts digging for answers—with terrifying results. Violence and strong language. 2007.

Wondrous Strange    DB 70194
7 hours 14 minutes
by Lesley Livingston
read by Mark Delgado
When seventeen-year-old Shakespearean actress Kelley Winslow meets Sonny Flannery, a Janus Guard of the Samhain Gate, she discovers the fairy otherworld. But this year when the gate opens on the night of Samhain, something horrible comes through to the human world. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2009.

Dead and Gone: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel    DB/RC 70203
7 hours 44 minutes
by Charlaine Harris
read by Kristin Allison
Wereanimals publicly announce their existence to the human world in the Great Reveal. But when a mutilated werepanther is discovered outside of Merlotte's bar, Sookie Stackhouse finds herself in the middle of a murder and a creature war. Explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

92 Pacific Boulevard: Cedar Cove, Book 9     DB/RC 70205
9 hours 25 minutes
by Debbie Macomber
read by Mare Trevathan
Cedar Cove, Washington. Soon after widowed sheriff Troy Davis breaks off his relationship with his former high school girlfriend Faith Beckwith, her home is vandalized. Realizing that Faith was targeted and that she may leave town for good, Troy is determined to protect her—and reclaim her affections. Bestseller. 2009.

Kindred in Death    DB/RC 70206
11 hours 37 minutes
by J.D. Robb
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
A police captain asks Eve Dallas to lead the investigation of his sixteen-year-old daughter's rape and murder. Although her team quickly discovers promising clues to the killer's identity, Dallas slowly realizes the complexity of the crime. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2009.

The Lacuna    DB/RC 70208
17 hours 20 minutes
by Barbara Kingsolver
read by Gabriella Cavallero
An American youth in 1930s Mexico City, Harrison Shepherd works for artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera and their houseguest, Russian exile Lev Trotsky. Returning to the United States, Shepherd becomes a bestselling author, but his past associations raise suspicions during McCarthy's Communist witch hunt. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

Club Dead: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel    DB/RC 70210
7 hours 36 minutes
by Charlaine Harris
read by Kristin Allison
After Sookie's cheating boyfriend vampire Bill disappears, his boss Eric convinces Sookie to rescue Bill from kidnappers. She travels to Jackson, Mississippi, where werewolf Alcide helps Sookie search nightclubs for her wayward lover. Strong language, explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2003.

Between the Devil and Desire: The Scoundrels of St. James, Book 2    DB/RC 70212
10 hours 3 minutes
by Lorraine Heath
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
London, 1851. Wealthy Jack Dodger, the owner of an exclusive gentle-man's club, from In Bed with the Devil (DB/RC 67276), unexpectedly becomes the guardian of the late duke of Lovingdon's young son. But it is the duke's gorgeous widow Olivia who intrigues Jack. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

On a Whim: Katie Weldon, Book 2    DB/RC 70214
7 hours 45 minutes
by Robin Jones Gunn
read by Kristin Allison
Katie is struggling to finish her senior year at college. She longs for a closer relationship with her boyfriend Rick and helps two students from Africa. Despite financial and personal problems, Katie receives unexpected gifts from God. For senior high and older readers. 2008.

Reading the Wind    DB/RC 70216
13 hours 58 minutes
by Brenda Cooper
read by Kristin Allison
Genetically engineered siblings Chelo and Joseph have been separated for three years. Chelo lives among scientific roamers on Fremont while Joseph returns to his ancestral planet. When Joseph learns that Chelo is threatened, he plots a rescue. Sequel to The Silver Ship and the Sea (DB/RC 67285). Some violence. 2008.

Beauty for Ashes: A Novel of the Mountain Men    DB/RC 70220
12 hours 50 minutes
by Win Blevins
read by Jim Zeiger
Rocky Mountains, 1820s. Mountain man Sam Morgan seeks Meadowlark, the Crow woman he loves. But when Sam faces competition from a Crow warrior, he realizes he must learn the tribe's ways to win Meadowlark's heart. Sequel to So Wild a Dream (RC 61705). Some violence and some strong language. 2004.

Tall, Dark, and Texan: Whispering Mountain Trilogy, Book 3    DB/RC 70221
8 hours 24 minutes
by Jodi Thomas
read by Kristin Allison
Texas, 1856. Widow Jessie Barton and her young daughters arrive from Chicago to ask rancher Teagen McMurray for refuge. Jessie, pretending to be her husband, has corresponded with Teagen for years. But Teagen wants no female encumbrances. Sequel to Texas Princess (RC 65729). Explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. 2008.

Abandoned: A Thriller    DB/RC 70225
14 hours 25 minutes
by Cody McFadyen
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
A woman tossed screaming from a moving car disrupts an outdoor wedding attended by Smoky Barrett and her FBI team, from The Darker Side (DB/RC 68253). The victim is a long-missing LAPD detective, whose husband just received her life insurance money. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

As the World Churns: A Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery with Recipes    DB/RC 70227
6 hours 51 minutes
by Tamar Myers
read by Kristin Allison
On their honeymoon, Mennonite mayor Magdalena Yoder and Jewish doctor Gabe Rosen get a call from the prison warden informing them that Magdalena's brother-in-law, murderer Melvin Stoltzfus, has escaped. Mysteries mount when someone attacks elderly veterinarian Doc Shafor just before a Holstein competition in Hernia, Pennsylvania. 2008.

A War of Gifts: An Ender Story    DB/RC 70230
2 hours 45 minutes
by Orson Scott Card
read by Erik Sandvold
Holiday-themed science fiction novella. The International Fleet forces minister's son Zeck Morgan to enroll in Battle School, which bans religious observances. Citing his faith, Zeck refuses to participate in war games—but also protests his classmates' commemoration of Saint Nicholas Day. Debate ensues until counselor Ender Wiggin sets Zeck straight. 2007.

Mrs. Malory and No Cure for Death: A Sheila Malory Mystery    DB/RC 70234
6 hours 44 minutes
by Hazel Holt
read by Jill Ferris
Taviscombe, England. John Morrison, an arrogant, much-disliked doctor, is found stabbed to death in his office. To help solve the murder, Sheila Malory, who is undergoing medical treatment, investigates John's unusual past, various romantic and professional entanglements, and rumors of malpractice. 2005.

The Dark Horse: A Walt Longmire Mystery    DB/RC 70240
9 hours 31 minutes
by Craig Johnson
read by Jim Zeiger
Wyoming. Mary Barsad confesses to shooting her husband Wade after he allegedly locked her champion horses in a barn and set it afire. Sheriff Walt Longmire, however, has doubts about his prisoner's story and discovers that others may also have wanted Wade dead. Strong language and some violence. 2009.

Mr. Cavendish, I Presume    DB/RC 70242
8 hours 26 minutes
by Julia Quinn
read by Kristin Allison
Lady Amelia has been engaged to the duke of Wyndham since she was an infant. His lack of interest in her changes when they share a kiss. Then the duke receives news about his title. Sequel to The Lost Duke of Wyndham (RC 66945). Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

Fire     DB/RC 70243
10 hours 58 minutes
by Kristin Cashore
read by Kristin Allison
Fire, the last remaining human monster, has exceptional beauty and the ability to read and control minds. Although she is afraid of being corrupted, Fire must learn to use her power to save the king. Companion to Graceling (DB/RC 67938). For senior high readers. 2009.

Hunger: A Gone Novel, Book 2    DB/RC 70244
13 hours 35 minutes
by Michael Grant
read by Kristin Allison
Without parents or food, conditions worsen for the young people in the Fallout Alley Youth Zone, or FAYZ. Normal and mutant kids fight among themselves as an evil creature with sinister plans emerges. Some violence. For junior and senior high readers. 2009.

The Honor of Spies    DB/RC 70374
20 hours 28 minutes
by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth
read by David Hartley-Margolin
1943. U.S. agent Cletus Frade helps German lieutenant colonel Wilhelm Frogger escape a Mississippi prisoner-of-war camp. Frade hopes this will persuade Frogger's uncooperative parents, who know Nazi secrets, to provide intelligence vital to the Allied war effort. Sequel to Death and Honor (DB/RC 67043). Some strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

The First Rule: A Joe Pike Novel    DB/RC 70375
8 hours 46 minutes
by Robert Crais
read by David Hartley-Margolin
A team of professional criminals kills former mercenary Frank Meyer and his entire family in their home. Frank's one-time employer Joe Pike sets out to avenge the murders and, with help from his PI partner Elvis Cole, to determine why Frank was targeted. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2010.

Dancing with the Golden Bear: A Novel of the Mountain Men    DB/RC 70377
9 hours 34 minutes
by Win Blevins
read by Jim Zeiger
1826. Young mountain man Sam Morgan and his Crow bride Meadowlark join Jedediah Smith's expedition from Salt Lake to California. The fur trappers seek adventure and wealth but instead find themselves in a fight for survival. Sequel to Beauty for Ashes (DB/RC 70220). Some violence. 2005.

Kindness Goes Unpunished: A Walt Longmire Mystery    DB/RC 70378
9 hours 44 minutes
by Craig Johnson
read by Jim Zeiger
Sheriff Walt Longmire and his friend Henry Standing Bear take a road trip from Wyoming to Philadelphia, where Walt visits his daughter Cady, a lawyer. When Cady is attacked and her boyfriend—the assumed perpetrator—is killed, Walt takes matters into his own hands. Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

The Devil's Eye: An Alex Benedict Novel, Book 4    DB/RC 70383
11 hours 25 minutes
by Jack McDevitt
read by Kristin Allison
Interstellar antiquities dealer Alex Benedict, from Seeker (RC 62061), receives a cryptic plea from horror writer Vicki Greene before Vicki has her memory permanently erased. Alex and pilot Chase Kolpath visit a remote human world where Vicki researched her last book—The Devil's Eye—and uncover political secrets. 2008.

Pecking Order    DB 70437
16 hours 23 minutes
by Omar Tyree
read by Erik Todd Dellums
San Diego accountant Ivan David realizes his dream of becoming a party planner and partners with Italian Brazilian businesswoman Lucina Gallo. After years of hard work Ivan becomes wealthy and acts on his feelings for Lucina. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

Tears of the Heart    DB 70446
6 hours 41 minutes
by Lauran Paine
read by Robert Sams
Twenty-year-old Toby, falsely charged with stealing horses, spends two years in jail. Once released, Toby heads to New Mexico to work at Rancho Trinitaria, where a deadly confrontation with a former prison guard threatens Toby's newfound liberty. Toby fights for his freedom, with the help of friends. Some violence. 1995.

The Cellist of Sarajevo     DB 70447
5 hours 32 minutes
by Steven Galloway
read by Mark Ashby
Sarajevo, 1992. A cellist plays Albinoni's Adagio in G Minor as a memorial on each of twenty-two days following a mortar attack that kills twenty-two citizens who are standing in a bread line. The music deeply affects a sniper, a father, and an older man. Inspired by historic events. 2008.

Let the Great World Spin    DB 70450
12 hours 22 minutes
by Colum McCann
read by Steven Carpenter
New York City, 1974. Disparate residents—including Philippe Petit, who performs an illegal high-wire walk between the Twin Towers; the judge who hears Petit's case; and a grieving mother—encounter death, love, and salvation. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. National Book Award. 2009.

The Lord of Death    DB 70454
10 hours 15 minutes
by Eliot Pattison
read by Steven Carpenter
While transporting a body through Tibet, exiled Chinese national Shan Tao Yun comes upon the murder scene of China's tourism minister and a western woman. Arrested for the crime, Shan must find the killer to ensure his own freedom—and his imprisoned son's survival. Violence and some strong language. 2009.

Pirate Sun: Virga, Book 3    DB 70455
9 hours 22 minutes
by Karl Schroeder
read by Mark Delgado
Garth Diamandis, from Queen of Candesce (DB 70176), and Venera Fanning scheme to break her husband Chaison out of Falcon prison. Chaison, who escapes before Venera arrives, seeks revenge on the government of Slipstream for leaving him in jail. Some descriptions of sex. 2008.

Nothing but Ghosts    DB 70462
4 hours 20 minutes
by Beth Kephart
read by Mary Kane
Sixteen-year-old Katie copes with her mother's death by working at Miss Martine's estate, where she stumbles upon a mystery. With the help of co-worker Danny and the glamorous town librarian Ms. McDermott, Katie searches for answers, finds companionship, and gradually overcomes her grief. For senior high readers. 2009.

Strange Angels    DB 70487
8 hours 25 minutes
by Lili St. Crow
read by Mary Kane
After Dru's mother dies, Dru's father drags her across the country teaching her to kill the monsters that no one in the normal world sees but her. When her father disappears during a mission, sixteen-year-old Dru hunts those responsible. Violence and strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2009.

Bad Guys    DB 70490
9 hours 19 minutes
by Linwood Barclay
read by Gregory Gorton
Zack Walker and his family return to the city, where he starts working for his wife's newspaper. His new life includes new worries: a temperamental car bought at a police auction, dangerous stakeouts with a private detective, and an odd suitor who is stalking his daughter. Violence and strong language. 2005.

Deeper than the Dead    DB/RC 70524
12 hours 18 minutes
by Tami Hoag
read by Kristin Allison
1985. Tommy and Wendy are being chased by school bullies when Tommy stumbles on a half-buried corpse. Their concerned teacher, Anne Navarre, becomes involved in the discovery and is soon in danger. Meanwhile Detective Mendez asks the FBI to assist in the investigation. Strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2010.

The Lost    DB/RC 70525
10 hours 52 minutes
by J.D. Robb and others read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Four novellas featuring love and mystery. In J.D. Robb's Missing in Death, detective Eve Dallas investigates a tourist's disappearance from the Staten Island Ferry. In Patricia Gaffney's The Dog Days of Laurie Summer, Laurie awakes from a coma in the body of her dog. Includes Lost in Paradise and Legacy. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2009.

Again to Carthage     DB/RC 70586
11 hours 30 minutes
by John L. Parker
read by Patrick Lawlor
Quenton Cassidy, from Once a Runner (DB 70591), leaves his career as an attorney after his best friend dies in Vietnam. Quenton returns to the world of competitive running in an attempt to qualify for the next Olympic Games. Strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2007.

The Lock Artist    DB/RC 70587
12 hours 47 minutes
by Steve Hamilton
read by MacLeod Andrews
Teenager Michael Smith, who experienced a trauma at age eight that left him mute, has the ability to open any locked door or safe. Blackmailed to work on burglary jobs for a Detroit mobster, Michael struggles to regain his speech—and his life. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2010.

Almost like Being in Love    DB/RC 70588
10 hours 26 minutes
by Christina Dodd
read by Natalie Ross
Pepper Prescott witnesses a murder and flees to her foster mother's Idaho ranch. Pepper reunites with former boyfriend Dan Graham, who is now an undercover Special Forces agent. Meanwhile an unknown enemy and Pepper's sisters search for her. Explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. Commercial audiobook. 2004.

Big Girl    DB/RC 70606
10 hours 31 minutes
by Danielle Steel
read by Kathleen McInerny
Growing up in L.A. was hard for Victoria Dawson: her parents constantly tormented her about her size. But Victoria escapes and takes a teaching job in New York City, where she learns to accept herself. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. Commercial audiobook. 2010.

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Children's Nonfiction

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Mission Control, This Is Apollo: The Story of the First Voyages to the Moon    DB/RC 69525
3 hours 53 minutes
by Andrew Chaikin
read by Andy Pyle
Chronicles the NASA response to President John Kennedy's challenge to put a man on the moon, describing the successes and failures of all seventeen Apollo missions from 1967 through 1972. Discusses the astronauts' courage, moonwalks, and reactions to space travel. For grades 5-8. 2009.

Zoos and Animal Welfare    DB/RC 69526
3 hours 8 minutes
edited by Christine Van Tuyl
read by Carol Dines
Fourteen articles from reputable organizations and experts debate whether animals suffer in captivity. Essays discuss whether elephants belong in zoos or sanctuaries, whether there is a problem with surplus captive animals, the role of zoos in education and animal conservation, and the future of zoos. For grades 6-9. 2008.

True Green Kids: One Hundred Things You Can Do to Save the Planet    DB/RC 69573
2 hours 17 minutes
by Kim McKay and Jenny Bonnin
read by Kristin Allison
Suggests ways to encourage personal involvement in protecting Earth's resources while at home, at school, in the outdoors, shopping, or on vacation. Recommends practicing the four Rs—reduce, reuse, recycle, and rethink—from limiting time in showers and eating organic foods to making environmentally themed movies. For grades 3-6. 2008.

Great Medieval Projects You Can Build Yourself    DB/RC 69681
4 hours 29 minutes
by Kris Bordessa
read by Ray Childs
Discussion of Medieval European society, customs, and codes of conduct accompanies corresponding activities using readily available materials. Includes instructions for making typical foods and a jester hat, shield, plaster-of-paris helmet, reliquary box, and clay-pot bell, among other items. For grades 4-7. 2008.

Celebrate Chinese New Year    DB/RC 69711
0 hours 38 minutes
by Carolyn Otto
read by Madelyn Buzzard
Explains the significance of Chinese New Year traditions—the food, fireworks, dragons, lanterns, and family activities. Includes instructions for making a paper lantern, playing the drum and flower game, and baking fortune cookies. For grades K-3. 2009.

Almost Astronauts: Thirteen Women Who Dared to Dream    DB 69713
3 hours 33 minutes
by Tanya Lee Stone
read by Erin Jones
Discusses the thirteen American women who passed the stringent physical and mental exams required to become astronauts in the 1960s but were disqualified on the basis of gender. Covers the role these female pilots played as pioneers for admittance to the NASA program. For grades 6-9. 2009.

Under Siege! Three Children at the Civil War Battle for Vicksburg    DB 69732
4 hours 22 minutes
by Andrea Warren
read by Andy Pyle
Follows the 1863 siege on Confederate Vicksburg—the key to Mississippi River traffic—by the Union army. Ten-year-old Lucy McRae and eleven-year-old Willie Lord, both Vicksburg residents who survived in dugout caves, and twelve-year-old Frederick, the son of invading general Grant, provide eyewitness accounts of the conflict. For grades 5-8. 2009.

Cycling Science    DB 69740
0 hours 50 minutes
by James Bow
read by Kerry Dukin
Explains ways advances in technology improve cycling speeds and rider performance. Discusses the evolution of the bike—its frame, wheels, gears, brakes—and the use of scientific studies in formulating diet and exercise plans to maximize cyclists' training. For grades 3-6. 2009.

Baseball Science    DB 69741
0 hours 54 minutes
by James Bow
read by Kerry Dukin
Examines the roles of science and technology in modern baseball games, from developing the most efficient equipment and ball parks to strengthening athletes by improving training techniques and nutritional requirements. For grades 3-6. 2009.

Skateboarding Science    DB 69742
0 hours 46 minutes
by Helaine Becker
read by Kerry Dukin
Explains the history of skateboarding and the evolution of skateboard equipment. Discusses the science behind the sport and offers an overview of the materials used to manufacture wheels, trucks, and shoes. Provides health and safety tips, including instructions on basic technique. For grades 3-6. 2009.

Soccer Science    DB 69743
0 hours 45 minutes
by Natalie Hyde
read by Kerry Dukin
Examines advances in soccer gear—new materials for shoes and uniforms, and better construction of soccer balls. Discusses improving players' skills through diet, physical exercises, and visualization techniques. Also discusses stadium design. For grades 3-6. 2009.

Swimming Science    DB 69744
0 hours 50 minutes
by Hélène Boudreau
read by Kerry Dukin
Explains the relationship between swimming and scientific principles such as buoyancy, gravity, thrust, and drag. Describes technology advances that help swimmers achieve faster times, including the use of wind tunnels and new fabrics for swimsuits. Discusses training exercises, stroke-refinement techniques, racing tactics, and pool enhancements. For grades 3-6. 2009.

The Raven and Other Poems    DB 69751
1 hour 15 minutes
by Edgar Allan Poe
read by Roy Avers
A selection of eerie and mysterious poems written by American writer Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1849). Includes "The Raven," which made him famous in 1845, and the haunting lilt of "Annabel Lee." Introduction by Philip Pullman. For grades 6-9. 2000.

Wolf Handbook: Cub Scout    DB 70154
2 hours 47 minutes
by Boy Scouts of America
read by Michael Scherer
This 2009 reprint explains the requirements for earning the Wolf badge for second-grade or eight-year-old boys. Details each of the twelve achievements or "tracks" of the Wolf trail, including identifying and using tools and cooking and eating. Reviews the initial Bobcat badge requirements. Provides a parent guide. For grades K-3. 2003.

Cub Scout Bear Handbook    DB 70163
4 hours 37 minutes
by Boy Scouts of America
read by Michael Scherer
This 2008 reprint explains the requirements for earning the Bear badge for third-grade or nine-year-old boys. Details each of the twenty-four choices available within the twelve achievements, including opening a savings account and building a toolbox. Reviews the initial Bobcat badge requirements. Provides a parent guide. For grades 2-4. 2003.

Rachel Carson: Fighting Pesticides and Other Chemical Pollutants    DB 70197
1 hour 43 minutes
by Patricia Lantier
read by Patrick Downer
Biography of marine biologist Rachel Carson (1907–1964), whose book Silent Spring (RC 20184) alerted the public to the dangers of pesticides, especially DDT. Discusses Carson's love and respect for the natural world that led to her scientific career and publications about environmental concerns. For grades 4-7. 2009.

Al Gore: A Wake-Up Call to Global Warming    DB 70199
1 hour 44 minutes
by Dale Anderson
read by Patrick Downer
Biography of former vice president of the United States Albert Gore Jr. (born 1948), proponent of climate protection and 2007 Nobel Peace Prize winner. Discusses his political career, his increased interest in global warming issues, and his documentary film and book An Inconvenient Truth (RC 64771). For grades 4-7. 2009.

David Suzuki: Doing Battle with Climate Change    DB 70201
1 hour 39 minutes
by Suzy Gazlay
read by Patrick Downer
Biography of Canadian environmental activist David Suzuki (born 1936), who challenges contributors to global warming on television and in his writing. Discusses his teaching and genetics-research career, his science documentaries, and his efforts to protect Earth's resources. For grades 4-7. 2009.

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Children's Fiction

Shug     DB/RC 66782
4 hours 33 minutes
by Jenny Han
read by Mimi Bederman
At twelve, Annemarie, called Shug (short for sugar) by her family, feels that nothing is going right. She is too tall and skinny, she has a crush on her best friend Mark who doesn't notice, and even her girlfriends are changing. For grades 5-8. 2006.

Bird Lake Moon    DB/RC 67029
3 hours 13 minutes
by Kevin Henkes
read by Julian Thompson
After his father moves out, twelve-year-old Mitch and his mother spend the summer with his grandparents at Bird Lake. Ten-year-old Spencer and his family have returned to the lake where Spencer's brother drowned six years ago. As the boys spend time together, each begins to heal. For grades 4-7. 2008.

Clementine's Letter    DB/RC 67134
1 hour 45 minutes
by Sara Pennypacker
read by Kate Kiley
Clementine's beloved third-grade teacher Mr. D'Matz is competing in a contest to spend the rest of the year in Egypt. But Clementine does not want him to win. So she writes an unusual letter of recommendation. Sequel to The Talented Clementine (RC 65326). For grades 2-4. 2008.

The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey    DB/RC 67135
12 hours 40 minutes
by Trenton Lee Stewart
read by Don Hagen
Reynie, Kate, Sticky, and Constance, first featured in The Mysterious Benedict Society (DB/RC 65341), engage in a mind-bending scavenger hunt of clues and riddles that turns into a desperate search for the missing Mr. Benedict himself. For grades 4-7. 2008.

The Last of the High Kings    DB/RC 67411
5 hours 50 minutes
by Kate Thompson
read by Anne Hancock
J.J. Liddy, a youth in The New Policeman (DB/RC 67277), is now a father of four—including eleven-year-old Jenny, a fairy changeling. To protect humankind, Jenny concocts a plan that involves tricking a púka and honoring the last of Ireland's High Kings. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2007.

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate    DB/RC 69280
8 hours 59 minutes
by Jacqueline Kelly
read by Jill Fox
Texas, 1899. Being the only girl in the middle of six brothers, it is deemed odd that eleven-year-old Calpurnia Virginia Tate (Callie Vee) does not prefer knitting socks and learning cookery with her mother to roaming outdoors with her naturalist grand-father. For grades 5-8. 2009.

The Desperado Who Stole Baseball    DB/RC 69286
6 hours 21 minutes
by John H. Ritter
read by Brian Conn
California, 1881. Twelve-year-old Jack Dillon hopes to play baseball on his uncle's rough-and-tumble Dillontown Nine team. While crossing the desert on horseback, Jack encounters Billy the Kid and reads him a news clipping about the team's big-stakes challenge to the champion Chicago White Stockings. For grades 5-8. 2009.

Soldier's Secret: The Story of Deborah Sampson    DB/RC 69528
4 hours 38 minutes
by Sheila Solomon Klass
read by Jill Fox
After completing her indentured servitude, Deborah Sampson, a tall and strong young woman, wants to join America's Continental army and help the colonies gain independence. She disguises herself as a boy, enlists in a Massachusetts regiment, and serves admirably as a Revolutionary War soldier. For grades 6-9. 2009.

The Greek Who Stole Christmas: A Diamond Brothers Mystery, Book 5    DB 69699
1 hour 47 minutes
by Anthony Horowitz
read by Gary Tipton
London, England. Fourteen-year-old Nick and his older brother Tim, an ineffectual private detective, investigate a death threat against the popular Greek singer Minerva, who is scheduled to open Santa's workshop at Harrods. For grades 5-8. 2007.

Dragon's Heart: Pit Dragon Chronicles, Book 4    DB 69703
9 hours 35 minutes
by Jane Yolen
read by Bruce Huntey
After a year in hiding, Jakkin and Akki return to Austar IV. They have new abilities and knowledge that could transform their planet or destroy it—but first they must get themselves out of danger. Sequel to A Sending of Dragons (RC 29652). For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2009.

Sassy: Little Sister Is Not My Name!    DB/RC 69715
1 hour 58 minutes
by Sharon M. Draper
read by Jill Fox
Sassy Simone Sanford wishes her family wouldn't always call her Little Sister, even though she is the youngest. She is also the smallest in her fourth-grade class. But sometimes being small comes in handy—especially if you have courage on the inside. For grades 2-4. 2009.

Box Out    DB/RC 69924
5 hours 41 minutes
by John Coy
read by Erik Sandvold
High school sophomore Liam is thrilled when he's asked to move up to the varsity basketball team. But Liam jeopardizes his new position by taking a stand against the coach for leading prayers before games and for enforcing teamwide participation in religious fellowship sessions. For grades 6-9. 2008.

The Dragon in the Sock Drawer    DB/RC 69971
3 hours 26 minutes
by Kate Klimo
read by Walter M. Mayes
Ten-year-old cousins Jesse and Daisy find an egg that hatches into a baby dragon they name Emmy. The kids discover an interactive website that teaches them how to keep Emmy safe and fed, but the site also warns about a villainous dragon slayer. For grades 3-6. Commercial audiobook. 2008.

When the Whistle Blows    DB/RC 70090
4 hours 1 minute
by Fran Cannon Slayton
read by Peter Berkrot
West Virginia, 1940s. Portrays seven Halloweens in the life of Jimmy Cannon, who grows up worshipping his father and two older brothers, all of whom work for the railroad. Jimmy plays pranks and football and spies on the train workers' secret society. For grades 6-9. Commercial audiobook. 2010.

Finding Susie    DB 70152
0 hours 21 minutes
by Sandra Day O'Connor
read by Margaret Strom
One summer Sandra looks for a pet to keep her company on the ranch. She tries to adopt wild animals—a tortoise, a cottontail rabbit, a coyote, and a baby bobcat—but realizes they belong in the desert. Then one day in town, Sandra finds the right pet. For grades K-3. 2009.

Fire: Tales of Elemental Spirits    DB 70173
9 hours 12 minutes
by Robin McKinley and Peter Dickinson
read by Steven Carpenter
Five stories about magical creatures associated with fire. Dickinson contributes short pieces "Phoenix," "Fireworm," and "Salamander Man." McKinley offers "Hellhound" and the longest tale, "First Flight," about a young wizard whose rescue of a lame animal brings unexpected results. For grades 6-9. 2009.

Mercy Watson Thinks like a Pig: Mercy Watson, Book 5    DB/RC 70222
0 hours 23 minutes
by Kate DiCamillo
read by Anne Hancock
After Mercy Watson, a hungry pig, eats all the pansies in Eugenia and Baby's garden, Eugenia calls Animal Control. Mercy goes to a tea party while the Animal Control officer tries to track her down. Beginning chapter book. For grades K-3. 2008.

The Battle for Skandia: Ranger's Apprentice, Book 4    DB/RC 70228
10 hours 2 minutes
by John Flanagan
read by Erik Sandvold
After Temujai warriors capture Evanlyn, Ranger's apprentice Will sets out to rescue her against great odds. When the Temujai army invades Skandia, the Skandians make an uneasy union with the kingdom of Araluen to repel their mutual foe. Sequel to The Icebound Land (RC 66039). For grades 5-8. 2006.

The Sorcerer of the North: Ranger's Apprentice, Book 5    DB/RC 70236
9 hours 30 minutes
by John Flanagan
read by Erik Sandvold
Now a full-fledged ranger responsible for a sleepy fief, Will finds new adventures seeking the traitors who poisoned the king, investigating rumors of sorcery, and trying to rescue his friend Alyss, who is taken hostage. Sequel to The Battle for Skandia (DB/RC 70228). For grades 5-8. 2008.

Pearl and Wagner: One Funny Day    DB/RC 70238
0 hours 13 minutes
by Kate McMullan
read by Anne Hancock
Wagner the mouse does not enjoy April Fools' Day because everyone at school keeps tricking him, including his best friend Pearl. Then finally Wagner gets the last laugh. Three short chapters. For grades K-3. 2009.

Gooney Bird Is So Absurd    DB/RC 70250
1 hour 32 minutes
by Lois Lowry
read by Anne Hancock
Mrs. Pidgeon teaches Gooney Bird's second-grade class how to write poetry—haiku, couplets, limericks, and free verse. So when Mrs. Pidgeon has a family emergency, Gooney Bird inspires the students to write their most important poem for her. Sequel to Gooney the Fabulous (RC 64379). For grades 2-4. 2009.

Syren: Septimus Heap, Book 5    DB/RC 70400
11 hours 44 minutes
by Angie Sage
read by Kristin Allison
Aunt Zelda sends Wolf Boy on a task. Meanwhile Septimus and his dragon Spit Fyre fly off to bring Beetle and Princess Jenna home. But the three friends end up stranded on a dangerous island where an eerie presence sings to Septimus. For grades 4-7. 2009.

Wicked Will    DB/RC 70416
4 hours 15 minutes
by Bailey MacDonald
read by Kristin Allison
Stratford-on-Avon, 1576. Viola, who is traveling with Uncle Matthew's acting troupe, has trouble maintaining her disguise as young boy Tom Pryne around inquisitive twelve-year-old Will Shakespeare. But Will's over-active imagination serves them well when Matthew is accused of murdering a mean farmer. For grades 5-8. 2009.

The Unfinished Angel    DB 70449
2 hours 23 minutes
by Sharon Creech
read by Mary Kane
Zola, an imaginative American girl, and her father move to a small village in the Swiss Alps to open a school. Zola meets the town's mixed-up resident angel and, together, Zola and the angel rescue a group of homeless orphans and cheer up some senior citizens. For grades 4-7. 2009.

Operation Yes    DB 70461
5 hours 21 minutes
by Sara Lewis Holmes
read by Mark Delgado
Gari moves in with her cousin Bo's family when her mother is deployed to Iraq. The cousins enjoy the improvisational theater techniques they learn in Miss Loupe's sixth-grade classroom—and put them to good use after Miss Loupe's brother is reported missing in Afghanistan. For grades 4-7. 2009.

Steel Trapp: The Academy    DB/RC 70593
8 hours 24 minutes
by Ridley Pearson
read by William Dufris
Teenager Steven "Steel" Trapp and his friend Kaileigh attend a boarding school for budding spies. The two discover that several upperclassmen and a teacher at the academy are watching them even as they begin their first assignment in Boston. For grades 5-8. Commercial audiobook. 2010.

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La Isla bajo el Mar (The Island beneath the Sea)     DB 68952
17 horas 21 minutos
por Isabel Allende
leído por María Pino
Zarité, una esclava en la colonia de Saint-Domingue en los fines del siglo XVIII, contempla los amores, humillaciones y la buena suerte que le correspondían en su vida. Una panoplia de relaciones se desarrolla, tanto íntimas como crueles, que manifestan las contradicciones coloniales que dio a luz a Haití. Violencia y descripciones de índole sexual. (Zarité, a former slave in Saint-Domingue in the late eighteenth century, contemplates the loves, indignities, and fortunes of her life. Both tender and cruel relationships unfold, which highlight the colonial contradictions that gave birth to Haiti. Violence and some descriptions of sex.) 2009.

Gabriel García Márquez: Una Vida (Gabriel García Márquez: A Life)    DB 68964
38 horas 2 minutos
por Gerald Martin
leído por Juan Ramírez
Biografía oficial del autor célebre quien ganó el Premio Nobel de Literatura en 1982. Examina los años formativos del escritor (nació en 1927 en Colombia), sus amistades políticas y literarias, su activismo social, y su estilo de escritura. Explora la influencia de su vida privada en sus novelas, como Cien Años de Soledad (RC 60988. Lenguaje injurioso. (Official biography of 1982 Nobel Prize-winning writer Gabriel García Márquez (born 1927 in Colombia). Highlights his early years, political and literary friendships, social activism, and writing style. Discusses the influence of his private life on his novels, including Cien Años de Soledad (RC 60988). Some strong language.) 2009.

Cocina Cubana: 350 Recetas Típicas (Cuban Cooking: 350 Typical Recipes)    DB 68969
9 horas 4 minutos
por Raquel Roque
leído por María Pino
Una exposición de la cocina clásica de la isla caribeña. Empezando con cócteles de ron, sopas, ensaladas, y continuando con croquetas, frituras, plátanos, varios platos principales, postres y mermeladas, explora los sutiles sabores y variedades de comida cubana. (This compilation explores the subtle flavors and varieties of classic Cuban food. Presents recipes ranging from rum-based cocktails to soups, salads, croquettes, banana and plantain side dishes, main entrées, and desserts and marmalades.) 2007.

En Mis Propias Palabras: Introducción a Mis Enseñanzas y Filosofia (In My Own Words: An Introduction to My Teachings and Philosophy)    DB 68970
5 horas 41 minutos
por Dalai Lama
leído por Juan Ramírez
Esta compilación editada por Rajiv Mehrotra presenta los escritos y enseñanzas del decimocuarto Dalai Lama del Tibet. El líder espiritual, erudito budista, y laureado del Premio Nobel de la Paz explora la naturaleza de la felicidad, la ley del karma, la meditación, la transformación de la mente, la ética y la importancia del empirismo y la ciencia. (Compilation edited by Rajiv Mehrotra presents writings and teachings of the fourteenth Dalai Lama of Tibet. The spiritual leader, Buddhist scholar, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate explores the nature of happiness, the law of karma, meditation, transformation of the mind, ethics, and the importance of empiricism and science.) 2008.

Vivas en Su Jardín: La Verdadera Historia de las Hermanas Mirabal y Su Lucha por la Libertad (Live in Your Garden: The True Story of the Mirabal Sisters and Their Struggle for Liberty)     DB 68972
11 horas 43 minutos
por Dedé Mirabal
leído por María Pino
Dedé Mirabal cuenta la historia de sus tres hermanas, Patria, Minerva, y María Teresa, conocidas como "Las Mariposas" cuya oposición al gobierno de Trujillo en Santo Domingo les costó la vida en 1960. Un retrato íntimo de hermanas comprometidas políticamente cuya muerte dio lugar a dramáticos cambios políticos y las convirtieron en heroínas nacionales. (Dedé Mirabal describes the activism of her three sisters, whose open opposition to the government of Trujillo in the Dominican Republic cost them their lives in 1960. Discusses the siblings' deaths, which led to dramatic political change and made them national heroes.) 2009.

Jesús: Una Historia de Iluminación (Jesus: A Story of Enlightenment)    DB 68974
8 horas 52 minutos
por Deepak Chopra
leído por Gilberto Cabrera
Moviendo más allá de las tradiciones de sus padres, un joven judío llamado Jesús embarca en una búsqueda espiritual. A lo largo de su viaje manifiesta poderes milagrosos, tiene un profundo despertar, y acepta su destino—y sus amigos son testigos de los grandes cambios en él.  (Moving beyond the traditions of his parents, a young Jewish man named Jesus embarks on a spiritual quest. During his journey he manifests miraculous powers, undergoes a profound awakening, and accepts his destiny—and his friends witness the great changes in him.) 2008.

El Encantador de Perros: Los Mejores Consejos para Educar y Comprender a tu Mascota (Cesar's Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems)    DB 68977
11 horas 23 minutos
por César Millán y Melissa Jo Peltier
leído por Juan Ramírez
El rehabilitador de perros y estrella méxicano-estadounidense del programa de televisión Dog Whisperer with César Millán, explica el uso de la psicología para entrenar a mascotas. Incluye anécdotas de sus clientes y su propia manada de perros. Describe cómo se enseña a dueños como "hablar" el idioma de sus perro y estimular el ejercicio físico, la disciplina, y el afecto. (Mexican-born dog rehabilitator and star of television's Dog Whisperer with César Millán explains using psychology to train one's pet. Includes anecdotes from his clients' and his own animals. Discusses teaching owners to "speak" their dog's language and encourages exercise, discipline, and affection.) 2006.

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Audio Magazines

American Heritage (quarterly)
Analog Science Fiction and Fact (10 issues)
Asimov's Science Fiction (10 issues)
The Atlantic Monthly (10 issues)
Das Beste aus Reader's Digest (German; 12 issues)
Bon Appétit (monthly)
Consumer Reports (monthly)
Contemporary Sound Track: A Review of Pop, Jazz, Rock, and Country (bimonthly)
Cricket (for children, on one cassette with National Geographic Kids; 9 issues)
Diabetes Forecast (monthly)
Discover (10 issues)
Ebony (11 issues)
Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine (10 issues)
Foreign Affairs (6 issues)
France-Amérique (French; 11 issues)
Good Housekeeping (monthly)
Health and Nutrition Newsletters (includes The Johns Hopkins Medical Letter—Health after Fifty, Mayo Clinic Health Letter, and Nutrition Action Healthletter; monthly)
Horticulture (7 issues)
Magazine of the Month (monthly)
Money (monthly)
The Musical Mainstream (quarterly)
The Nation (47 issues)
National Geographic (monthly)
National Geographic Kids (for children and teens, on one cassette with Cricket; 10 issues)
National Review (24 issues)
The New York Times Book Review (weekly)
Odyssey (9 issues)
Outdoor Life (10 issues)
People (51 issues)
People en Español (Spanish; 11 issues)
QST (monthly)
Quarterly Music Magazine (quarterly)
Smart Computing (monthly)
Sound & Vision (8 issues)
Spider: The Magazine for Children (9 issues)
Sports Illustrated (51 issues)
Sports Illustrated for Kids (monthly)
Talking Book Topics (bimonthly; also contains NLS News, published quarterly)
Travel & Leisure (monthly)
True West (10 issues)
Vanidades (Spanish; 12 issues)
The Week (48 issues)
The Writer (12 issues)
Young Adult Magazine of the Month (monthly)

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Posted on 2014-12-02