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January–February 2012

In Brief

Books for Adults

Books for Children

Foreign Language Books

Audio Magazines

January–February 2012

In Brief

Books for Adults

Books for Children

Foreign Language

Audio Magazines

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.

The annotated list in this issue is limited to titles recently added to the national collection, which contains thousands of fiction and nonfiction titles, including bestsellers, classics, biographies, romance novels, mysteries, and how-to guides. Some books in Spanish are also available. To explore the wide range of books in the national collection, access the NLS International Union Catalog online at loc.gov/nls or contact your local cooperating library.

Talking Book Topics is available online in HTML and plain text at www.loc.gov/nls/tbt and in downloadable audio files on the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) service at http://nlsbard.loc.gov/.

Library of Congress, Washington 2011
Catalog Card Number 60-46157
ISSN 0039-9183

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About BARD

Most books and magazines listed in Talking Book Topics are available free of charge to eligible readers for download. To use the BARD service contact your cooperating library or visit nlsbard.loc.gov for more information.

Music scores and instructional materials

Individuals registered for NLS music services may receive braille and large-print music scores, texts, and instructional recordings about music and musicians through the NLS Music Section. For more information about the NLS music collection call 1-800-424-8567, send an e-mail to [email protected], or visit www.loc.gov/nls/music/index.html.

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In Brief

Collection Development Advisory Group will not meet in 2012

Because of budgetary reductions, NLS will not host a meeting of the Collection Development Advisory Group (CDAG) in 2012. The next CDAG meeting is expected to take place in May 2013. Further information will be announced as it becomes available.

Magazine of the Month selections for 2012

Two NLS programs offer readers samples of magazines not otherwise available through network libraries. Subscribers to Magazine of the Month and Young Adult Magazine of the Month receive a different magazine on audiocassette each month. For a free subscription to either program, contact your cooperating talking-book library. Subscribers may expect to receive a few of the following selections:

Magazine of the Month

Fido Friendly
Living Without
Classic Trains
Mystery Scene
Make: Technology on Your Time
My Home, My Style
Eating Well
Martha Stewart Living
Popular Communications
Hobby Farm Home

Alternates: The Absolute Sound; Whole Dog Journal; Delight Gluten Free; Railfan and Railroad; Poets and Writers; Popular Mechanics; Fresh Home; Cook's Country; Vegetarian Times; All You; CQ: Radio Amateurs Journal; Country Living

Young Adult Magazine of the Month

Teen Ink
Dog Fancy
Road & Track
Game Informer
Comics Buyer's Guide
Fantasy and Science Fiction

Alternates: NBA: HOOP; Twist; Cicada; Dog World; Motor Trend; Beckett Massive Online Gamer; PC Gamer; The Source; Cemetery Dance

Using DTBM cartridges that contain multiple books

The cartridges you receive from the library will almost always contain a single book. However, it is possible for a cartridge to contain many books. When you insert a multi-book cartridge into your digital talking-book machine (DTBM), you will hear an announcement telling you the number of books on the cartridge. Initially, the first book is selected. To review the books contained on the cartridge and select a different book, press and hold the Play/Stop button. This will put your DTBM in bookshelf mode. While in bookshelf mode, you can use the Rewind (RW) and Fast-Forward (FF) buttons to cycle through the available titles. Pressing the Play/Stop button will select a title for play. The DTBM will remember which book you selected even if the cartridge is temporarily removed.


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

Scholarship opportunity for college students who are blind

Blind college students in the United States may now apply for a 2012 scholarship from the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), which offers thirty such grants annually. Applications for 2012 are due by March 31, 2012. Membership in NFB is not required. For more information on eligibility and the application process, visit www.nfb.org/scholarships external link, e-mail [email protected], or call (410) 659-9314, extension 2415.

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Books for Adults

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.

Digital talking books, available on cartridges, are labeled with the prefix DB. Most books fit on one cartridge. Cassette books are labeled with the prefix RC and play at 15/16 ips. One cassette holds up to six hours of play. To order books, contact your cooperating library. Many books are also available for download on the NLS BARD web site at http://nlsbard.loc.gov/.

Note: For the information of the reader, a notice may appear immediately following the book description to indicate occurrences of violence, strong language, or explicit descriptions of sex. The word "some" before any of these terms indicates an occasional or infrequent occurrence, as in "some strong language."

Are you registered for BARD?

Don't like waiting for the mail? Eligible readers can instantly download most books and magazines listed in Talking Book Topics through BARD, the Braille and Audio Reading Download. For more information contact your cooperating library or visit http://nlsbard.loc.gov/.

Adult Nonfiction

No Simple Victory: World War II in Europe, 1939–1945     DB 66737
25 hours 9 minutes
by Norman Davies
read by Jake Williams
British author of Rising '44: The Battle for Warsaw (RC 60875) concentrates on the battles of World War II's Eastern front, with accounts of atrocities perpetrated by Stalin. Highlights Soviet war aims, displaced populations, and concentration camps maintained by the communists into the postwar era. Some violence. 2006.

Standing Tall: A Memoir of Tragedy and Triumph     DB/RC 66785
9 hours 58 minutes
by C. Vivian Stringer
read by Tonya Baltimore
Autobiography of nationally acclaimed women's basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer (born 1948). Describes her experiences as her high school's first black cheerleader and as coach at Cheyney State College and Iowa and Rutgers universities. Discusses her daughter's disabling meningitis and her husband's sudden death in 1992. 2008.

Vermeer's Hat: The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global World     DB 66957
10 hours 32 minutes
by Timothy Brook
read by Anne Hancock
Author explores western expansion and commerce through the art of Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer (1632–1675). Considers what the dish of fruit depicted in Young Woman Reading a Letter at an Open Window reveals about Europe's acquisition of Chinese porcelain and what other works say about seventeenth-century international trade. 2008.

I'll Be Watching You     DB/RC 66983
15 hours 20 minutes
by M. William Phelps
read by Jim Zeiger
Details the lives of serial killer and Rutgers graduate Edwin "Ned" Snelgrove and his victims. Discusses Snelgrove's aspiration to kill more people than Ted Bundy had. Covers Ned's 2002 trial in Connecticut and prosecutor's efforts to convict him. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2008.

Every Move You Make     DB 66992
15 hours 53 minutes
by M. William Phelps
read by Jim Zeiger
Highlights the deceptions of career criminal Gary C. Evans, who confessed to the 1989 murder of Damien Cuomo. Relates that Evans convinced the mother of Cuomo's child that Cuomo had deserted her, his subsequent affair with the woman, and his other crimes. Violence and strong language. 2005.

No Way Home: The Decline of the World's Great Animal Migrations     DB/RC 67424
8 hours 1 minute
by David S. Wilcove
read by Bill Wallace
Ecologist examines the plight of monarch butterflies, wildebeests, salmon, sea turtles, songbirds, and other migratory species that undertake seasonal journeys between feeding, mating, or nesting grounds. Describes four main threats: habitat loss, man-made obstacles, overexploitation, and climate change. Calls for cooperation among international agencies to coordinate conservation efforts. 2008.

Bastard Tongues: A Trailblazing Linguist Finds Clues to Our Common Humanity in the World's Lowliest Languages     DB/RC 68139
10 hours 39 minutes
by Derek Bickerton
read by Dan Bloom
Linguist recounts his search for the origins of Creole languages that evolved among West African slaves in South America, the Caribbean, and elsewhere as a method to communicate between diverse populations. Discusses the similar grammatical traits among all Creoles—despite geographic isolation—which provide evidence of innate biological language programming. 2008.

W.C. Handy: The Life and Times of the Man Who Made the Blues     DB 69060
10 hours 8 minutes
by David Robertson
read by Jake Williams
Biography of William Christopher Handy (1873–1958) traces his Alabama childhood during Reconstruction, his musical training, and his early career performing in ragtime and vaudeville venues. Highlights Handy's ability to write scores and publish commercially, his relocation to Memphis and then Harlem, and the accident that blinded him. 2009.

The Wild Places     DB/RC 69068
10 hours 37 minutes
by Robert Macfarlane
read by Bill Wallace
Macfarlane recounts his journeys in search of the remaining "wild places" in England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Describes his adventures to remote islands, beaches, marshes, forests, and mountaintops as he simultaneously reflects on the interconnectedness of nature and humanity and his transformed understanding about the notion of "wildness." 2007.

Paul Newman: A Life     DB 69075
18 hours 25 minutes
by Shawn Levy
read by David Hartley-Margolin
Chronicles the sixty-year career of leading man Newman (1925–2008), whose work included fifty-eight movies, five Broadway plays, and ten Oscar nominations. Also discusses his race-car driving, camps for ill children, fifty-year second marriage to actress Joanne Woodward, his children from both marriages, and battle with cancer. Some strong language. 2009.

My Remarkable Journey     DB 69154
8 hours 30 minutes
by Larry King
read by Ted Stoddard
Emmy Award-winning CNN television personality's lighthearted description of growing up in 1940s Brooklyn listening to Dodgers baseball on the radio, breaking into show business in 1957 as a Miami deejay, and interviewing professional athletes, world leaders, and entertainers. Includes comments from King's friends and family. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

Plant-Driven Design: Creating Gardens That Honor Plants, Place, and Spirit     DB 69246
13 hours 12 minutes
by Scott Ogden and Lauren Springer Ogden
read by Lou Harpenau
Husband and wife garden designers explain their landscaping philosophy, which differs from the prevalent concept of gardens focused on human activities and dominated by hardscapes. They describe how to create idealized natural spaces where plants are the main element and people can become immersed in nature. 2008.

Uranium: War, Energy, and the Rock That Shaped the World     DB/RC 69262
13 hours 10 minutes
by Tom Zoellner
read by Butch Hoover
Examines the history and the dangers surrounding Earth's natural element uranium. Discusses the 1950s mineral-mining rushes and the deadly uranium-mining conditions in both the United States and the former Soviet Union. Also explores the benefits of nuclear power plants versus carbon-emitting systems. 2009.

Defending Baltimore against Enemy Attack: A Boyhood Year during World War II     DB/RC 69411
2 hours 30 minutes
by Charles Osgood
read by Charles Osgood
Emmy Award-winning broadcaster recounts being a nine-year-old boy in Baltimore's Liberty Heights neighborhood in 1942. Describes living with the threat of war, attending Catholic school, and being obsessed with baseball, radio programs, and patriotism. Commercial audiobook. 2004.

The Journey of T.D. Jakes: Living a Life of Faith, Blessing, and Favor     DB/RC 69416
6 hours 2 minutes
by Richard Young
read by Alan Bomar Jones
Biography of African American minister, songwriter, author, and performer T.D. Jakes (born 1957). Traces Jakes's life from his impoverished Appalachian upbringing to his success as founder of a Dallas megachurch called the Potter's House. Commercial audiobook. 2008.

Most Evil: The Further Serial Murders of Dr. George Hodel     DB/RC 69420
7 hours 15 minutes
by Steve Hodel
read by various narrators
The author of Black Dahlia Avenger (RC 56255), a retired LAPD detective who implicated his own father in the Hollywood murder of Elizabeth Short, investigates further killings that Dr. George Hill Hodel may have committed. Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Valkyrie     DB/RC 69660
4 hours 59 minutes
by Philipp Freiherr von Boeselager
read by Bill Wallace
The author, an aristocrat from the Rhineland, describes his service in the German cavalry during World War II. Explains why he joined the clandestine military conspiracy to assassinate Hitler and how, as Field Marshal Kluge's aide-de-camp, Boeselager remained anonymous when fellow conspirators were arrested and tortured. Violence. 2008.

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Miles to Go     DB/RC 69666
4 hours 24 minutes
by Miley Cyrus
read by Kristin Allison
Sixteen-year-old Miley Cyrus reflects on her personal life before and during production of the hit Disney television show Hannah Montana. Discusses romances, friendships, and family relationships as she gained fame and fortune. Includes her likes, dislikes, and hopes for future achievements. For junior and senior high readers. 2009.

One Thousand Places to See in the U.S.A. and Canada before You Die     DB 69698
79 hours 21 minutes
by Patricia Schultz
read by Kerry Dukin
Guide to museums, natural wonders, historic homes, classic ballparks, scenic byways, and more. Destinations are arranged geographically and include Alaska's Inside Passage, Alberta's Jasper National Park, California's Pacific Coast Highway, the Daytona Speedway, and the Library of Congress. Provides information on accommodations and best times to visit. Bestseller. 2007.

Practical Improvements for Older Homeowners: Easy Ways to Make Your Home More Comfortable as You Age     DB 69710
6 hours 8 minutes
by Rick Peters
read by Brian Conn
Step-by-step instructions for remodeling a home to facilitate independent living. Offers ideas for bathrooms, hallways, kitchens, and other living areas. Suggests ways to improve flooring, steps, lighting, and doors, including adding grab bars and ramps. Lists necessary tools and estimated costs. 2006.

Covering Ground: Unexpected Ideas for Landscaping with Colorful, Low-Maintenance Ground Covers     DB 69712
11 hours 34 minutes
by Barbara W. Ellis
read by Lou Harpenau
Guide to using ground covers such as vines, spreaders, shrubs, and flowers to add interest to existing gardens, create natural alternatives to traditional lawns, and edge paths, curbs, and driveways. Suggests specific plants for various soil types and sun exposures. Includes design ideas and tips on care and propagation. 2007.

A Little Bit Wicked: Life, Love, and Faith in Stages     DB 69714
8 hours 23 minutes
by Kristin Chenoweth
read by Michael McCullough
Autobiography of Tony Award-winning actress and recording artist (born 1968), who performed in the musical Wicked and on the television series Pushing Daisies and The West Wing. Chenoweth describes her Oklahoma upbringing, coping with Ménière's disease, and the challenges of being religious in show business. Some strong language. 2009.

Glorious One-Pot Meals: A Revolutionary New Quick and Healthy Approach to Dutch-Oven Cooking     DB 69718
5 hours 52 minutes
by Elizabeth Yarnell
read by Gary Tipton
Dozens of recipes for complete, balanced meals using methods of "infusion cooking" in which meats, vegetables, and grains are layered in a lidded cast-iron Dutch oven and flash-cooked in a very hot oven. Time-saving dishes include beef with sherried mushroom sauce, feta shrimp with roasted tomatoes, and sesame-peanut tofu. 2009.

Walking the Gobi: A 1,600-Mile Trek across a Desert of Hope and Despair     DB 69721
9 hours 2 minutes
by Helen Thayer
read by Michael McCullough
New Zealand adventurer details the fulfillment of her fifty-year-old dream at age sixty-three. Describes spending eighty-one often-grueling days walking across the Mongolian Gobi Desert with her husband and two camels—after five years of planning and despite injuries from a car accident. 2007.

The Diabetic Chef's Year-Round Cookbook: A Fresh Approach to Using Seasonal Ingredients     DB 69722
6 hours 16 minutes
by Chris Smith
read by Gary Tipton
Executive chef at a top U.S. medical center offers a month-by-month cookbook for people with diabetes and other dietary concerns. Offers dozens of flavorful recipes, such as cantaloupe salsa, baked salmon, and pumpkin polenta, that use seasonal, market-fresh foods. Each selection includes nutritional information and diabetic exchanges. 2008.

Grasses: Versatile Partners for Uncommon Garden Design     DB 69733
4 hours 46 minutes
by Nancy J. Ondra
read by Lou Harpenau
Guide to incorporating ornamental grasses into perennial gardens to add texture, variety, color, and year-round interest. Provides basic botanical information and offers suggestions for use in borders, pathways, containers, and water features or as ground covers. Discusses design, selection, and sun and soil considerations for specific plants. 2002.

An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination: A Memoir     DB 69734
4 hours 24 minutes
by Elizabeth McCracken
read by Michael McCullough
Award-winning author of Niagara Falls All Over Again (RC 53633) reflects on the loss of her first child, who died in utero while she and her husband Edward were in France. McCracken recalls her pregnancy and bittersweet moments of grief, humor, and hope preceding the birth of another child. 2008.

How Not to Act Old: One Hundred Eighty-five Ways to Pass for Phat, Sick, Hot, Dope, Awesome, or at Least Not Totally Lame     DB 69737
4 hours 14 minutes
by Pamela Redmond Satran
read by Madelyn Buzzard
Columnist provides tips on curtailing old-age behaviors around young people. Suggests implementing proactive changes such as reformatting e-mail messages, learning to text with your thumbs, familiarizing yourself with certain websites, embracing slang, and more. Includes lists of words and actions to avoid, if at all possible. Strong language. 2009.

The Inner History of Devices     DB 69738
5 hours 52 minutes
edited by Sherry Turkle
read by Erin Jones
Thirteen essays in the form of memoirs, ethnographies, and clinical cases describe our use of technology and its impact on our lives and relationships. Includes the personal account of a woman with prosthetic eyes, who discusses her growing dependence on electronic devices and her changing self-image. 2008.

Can I Wear My Nose Ring to the Interview? The Crash Course; Finding, Landing, and Keeping Your First Real Job     DB 69746
9 hours 8 minutes
by Ellen Gordon Reeves
read by Carol Dines
Provides tips for applying and interviewing for jobs and suggests involvement in networking and mentoring to discover potential employers. Addresses attention-grabbing cover letters, résumé structure, interview basics, and physical preparation. Also answers frequently asked questions and discusses office etiquette. For senior high and older readers. 2009.

American-Made: The Enduring Legacy of the WPA; When FDR Put the Nation to Work     DB 69750
24 hours 10 minutes
by Nick Taylor
read by Jon Huffman
Chronicles the accomplishments and criticisms of the Works Projects Administration (WPA), from its creation by presidential act in 1935 to its dismantlement eight years later. Discusses WPA relief programs that trained workers and created public-works projects designed to improve the nation's schools, bridges, highways, dams, and military bases. 2008.

Myths, Illusions, and Peace: Finding a New Direction for America in the Middle East     DB 69760
15 hours 40 minutes
by Dennis Ross and David Makovsky
read by John Polk
Examines U.S. failures in achieving strategic goals in the Middle East. Contends that past interactions accepted false mythologies about the region. Suggests new approaches to government policies, negotiations, and diplomacy and a new set of principles for balancing American values and interests. 2009.

The Writer as Migrant     DB 69772
3 hours 3 minutes
by Ha Jin
read by Roy Avers
Chinese-born American author of the National Book Award-winning novel Waiting (RC 49107) presents three interconnected essays on human migration, language, and the notion of "homeland." Reflects on the lives and works of fellow displaced writers such as Joseph Conrad, V.S. Naipaul, Vladimir Nabokov, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, and Lin Yutang. 2008.

Clara's War: One Girl's Story of Survival     DB 69774
13 hours 5 minutes
by Clara Kramer
read by Mitzi Friedlander
Zolkiew, Poland; 1942. Chronicles the experiences of Jewish teenager Clara Schwarz, who kept a wartime diary while hiding in a basement. Describes her anti-Semitic, ethnic-German neighbor Valentin Beck saving Clara and seventeen other family members and friends after the Nazis took over the town. Violence and some strong language. 2009.

The Power of Two: Surviving Serious Illness with an Attitude and an Advocate     DB 69777
9 hours 15 minutes
by Brian Monaghan and Gerri Monaghan
read by J. Michael McCullough
A former San Diego attorney and his wife share fifty ways to help a loved one survive a health problem. Relates Brian Monaghan's diagnosis of stage IV metastatic melanoma and the advocacy of his wife Gerri, who steered Brian through treatment, hospital stays, and recovery. Offers strategies and resources. 2009.

Why We Make Mistakes: How We Look without Seeing, Forget Things in Seconds, and Are All Pretty Sure We Are Way above Average     DB 69780
9 hours 40 minutes
by Joseph T. Hallinan
read by Gary Tipton
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist attributes human error to systematic, subconscious biases that influence perception and memory. Draws on elements of psychology and consumer behavior to analyze real-life examples, such as why people forget names and passwords. Discusses gender differences and what one can do to make fewer mistakes. 2009.

Small Loom and Freeform Weaving: Five Ways to Weave     DB 69781
3 hours 23 minutes
by Barbara Matthiessen
read by Carol Dines
Beginner's guide to weaving using portable and inexpensive framing options such as knitter's looms, handheld Weavettes, homemade board looms, pins, and found objects. Includes instructions for some thirty small-scale projects ranging from wearables to home decorations. Covers design basics, weaving techniques, and finishing procedures. 2008.

Magnificent Desolation: The Long Journey Home from the Moon     DB 69784
11 hours 2 minutes
by Buzz Aldrin
read by Ray Foushee
Astronaut reflects on his notoriety after the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing: his alcoholism, clinical depression, and two failed marriages. Discusses his recovery from addiction, eventual acceptance of his celebrity status, and his loving and lasting marriage to Lois Driggs Cannon. 2009.

Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan     DB/RC 69898
12 hours 50 minutes
by Greg Mortenson
read by Erik Sandvold
Author of Three Cups of Tea (RC 64285) and cofounder of the Central Asia Institute chronicles his school-building efforts and promotion of female literacy in remote areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Discusses Mortenson's long-term goals and shares anecdotes about those impacted by his work. Bestseller. 2009.

Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement That Shattered the Party     DB 69909
12 hours 58 minutes
by Max Blumenthal
read by Jake Williams
Award-winning journalist asserts that the twenty-first-century Republican Party is fully in the grip of its right wing. Examines the political, social, and religious agendas of conservative Christians and their influential members, including James Dobson and Sarah Palin. Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

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Operation Bite Back: Rod Coronado's War to Save American Wilderness     DB 69916
11 hours 3 minutes
by Dean Kuipers
read by Bill Wallace
Author reflects on Rod Coronado's radical environmentalism, sometimes referred to as ecoterrorism. Discusses Coronado's evolving political philosophy and status as an FBI "person of interest." Covers the influence the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Patriot Act, and the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act have had on ecoactivism. Some strong language. 2009.

Science under Siege: Defending Science, Exposing Pseudoscience     DB 69923
21 hours 31 minutes
edited by Kendrick Frazier
read by Ray Childs
Skeptical Inquirer editor presents some forty essays by scientists, psychologists, philosophers, physicians, and critics refuting information that appears to be scientific but is in fact not supported by data. Covers the denial of AIDS and global warming, the anti-vaccination movement, and the controversial debate between evolution and intelligent design. 2009.

Windows 7 for Seniors for Dummies     DB 69977
7 hours 51 minutes
by Mark Justice Hinton
read by Butch Hoover
Guide to Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system explains using the desktop, creating and organizing documents, connecting to the Internet, playing games, watching movies, and protecting your computer and data. Describes the parts of a window and discusses accessories, printers, online shopping, photography, music playlists, and more. 2009.

How We Decide     DB 69978
11 hours 7 minutes
by Jonah Lehrer
read by Randy Wieck
Journalist describes the neurobiology of decision making. Uses situational anecdotes, such as what happens when a quarterback decides to throw a pass, to demonstrate the neurological differences between reason and emotion. Contrasts going with your gut instinct and relying on too much information. Bestseller. 2009.

It's Your Time: Activate Your Faith, Achieve Your Dreams, and Increase in God's Favor     DB 69979
10 hours 32 minutes
by Joel Osteen
read by Gary Tipton
Citing real-life examples and scripture, the pastor of the Lakewood Church in Houston and author of Become a Better You (RC 65690) and Your Best Life Now (RC 59330) offers inspirational advice on overcoming adversity. Bestseller. 2009.

Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul: How to Create a New You     DB 69980
10 hours 27 minutes
by Deepak Chopra
read by Gary Tipton
Alternative-medicine advocate Chopra offers ten steps to connect body, mind, and soul. Uses his patients' case studies to illustrate lifestyle transformations. Explains ways to achieve deeper awareness, focus on relationships, and transcend obstacles. Bestseller. 2009.

The Fourth Star: Four Generals and the Epic Struggle for the Future of the United States Army     DB 69981
14 hours 34 minutes
by David Cloud and Greg Jaffe
read by Jon Huffman
Pentagon correspondents highlight four American generals who have overseen the War on Terror in Iraq and Afghanistan: John Abizaid, David Petraeus, George Casey, and Peter Chiarelli. The authors trace the transformation of the U.S. military bureaucracy since the Vietnam War and describe strategic successes and failures. 2009.

Johns Hopkins Patients' Guide to Breast Cancer     DB 69983
4 hours 17 minutes
by Lillie D. Shockney
read by Kerry Dukin
Registered nurse, breast-cancer survivor, and author of One Hundred Questions and Answers about Advanced and Metastatic Breast Cancer (DB 69567) discusses treatments for all stages of the disease. Explains side effects and risks and covers coping skills. Includes special advice for older women. 2010.

A Guide to Special Education Advocacy: What Parents, Clinicians, and Advocates Need to Know     DB 69984
12 hours 0 minutes
by Matt Cohen
read by Butch Hoover
Provides a detailed overview of special education and disability rights laws in the United States. Focuses on problems that parents, advocates, and clinicians may encounter and describes strategies to address those conflicts and gain better educational accommodations for children with special needs. 2009.

Hell Riders: The True Story of the Charge of the Light Brigade     DB 70158
14 hours 26 minutes
by Terry Brighton
read by David Cutler
Chronicles the 1854 to 1856 Crimean War—in which Great Britain, France, and Turkey were allied against Russia—and the circumstances leading up to the conflict. Highlights the British cavalry's charge, initiated by mistake, of Russian artillery at Balaklava. Also discusses Florence Nightingale's nursing support and the battle's immortalization in the well-known poem by Tennyson. 2004.

Mistress of the Monarchy: The Life of Katherine Swynford, Duchess of Lancaster     DB 70169
18 hours 3 minutes
by Alison Weir
read by Colleen Delany
Biography of Katherine Swynford (1350?–1403), who was raised in the English royal court of Edward III. Describes Swynford's affair with and later marriage to the king's third surviving son, John of Gaunt, the duke of Lancaster. Highlights family ties, feudal society, and the dynasty established by the couple's union. 2009.

One Hundred Missions North     DB 70180
16 hours 8 minutes
by Kenneth H. Bell
read by Patrick Downer
Retired USAF brigadier general recounts North Vietnam missions he flew in an F-105 Thunderchief from October 1966 to June 1967 while stationed at the Takhli Royal Thai Air Force Base. Provides combat-diary entries he wrote, directly after returning from battle, to record harrowing and tragic experiences. Some strong language. 1993.

No Right to Remain Silent: The Tragedy at Virginia Tech     DB 70186
10 hours 51 minutes
by Lucinda Roy
read by Mary Kane
Virginia Tech professor analyzes the circumstances that resulted in student Seung-Hui Cho, whom she tutored, murdering thirty-two students and professors on April 16, 2007. Discusses Cho's mental problems, the complex laws that did not protect the community, and the failure of university officials to take action before the tragedy. 2009.

Invisible Hands: The Making of the Conservative Movement from the New Deal to Reagan     DB 70188
11 hours 24 minutes
by Kim Phillips-Fein
read by Michael Scherer
Historian discusses the role of certain American businessmen in advancing conservative economics in government, tax codes, and regulations over the course of forty years. Examines the movement from its origins in 1934, as a reaction to the New Deal, to its culmination in 1980, with Ronald Reagan's presidential victory. 2009.

Rock 'n' Roll Soldier: A Memoir     DB/RC 70386
7 hours 35 minutes
by Dean Ellis Kohler
read by Erik Sandvold
Musician recalls his dreams of stardom during the 1960s, the draft notice that interrupted his plans, and his time in the Army's military police in Vietnam. Discusses his assignment to establish a band and travel through treacherous terrain to entertain the troops. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2009.

A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog     DB 70393
8 hours 14 minutes
by Dean Koontz
read by Guy Williams
Recalls ways that Trixie, a three-year-old golden retriever and former service dog for Canine Companions for Independence, inspired the lives of bestselling novelist Dean Koontz and his wife Gerda. Details fond and poignant memories of Trixie's short but full life. 2009.

The Time of My Life     DB 70394
8 hours 19 minutes
by Patrick Swayze and Lisa Niemi
read by Guy Williams
The actor/dancer known for his starring roles in the movies Dirty Dancing and Ghost presents his memoir, cowritten by his dancer/actor/director wife of thirty-four years. Describes their lifestyle, love of horses, and careers, including the TV series fifty-seven-year-old Swayze was filming as he battled terminal pancreatic cancer in 2009. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Keckly     DB 70395
15 hours 47 minutes
by Jennifer Fleischner
read by Kristin Allison
Dual biography of First Lady Mary Lincoln and her Washington, D.C., seamstress Elizabeth Keckly, a former slave who bought her own freedom and started a business. Speculates on the women's friendship during the period Mrs. Lincoln suffered through the deaths of her son and husband and experienced financial difficulties. 2003.

Occult America: The Secret History of How Mysticism Shaped Our Nation     DB 70401
10 hours 50 minutes
by Mitch Horowitz
read by Bill Wallace
The author discusses the history of occultism in America and the emerging differences in practices from the Old World. Highlights the influence of Mother Ann and the Shaking Quakers in New York in 1776 and other notable spiritual leaders. Includes origins of the Ouija board, horoscopes, and more. 2009.

You Were Always Mom's Favorite! Sisters in Conversation throughout Their Lives     DB 70402
10 hours 5 minutes
by Deborah Tannen
read by Jill Ferris
Linguist professor and author of You Just Don't Understand (RC 32031) and other books about communication examines the complex relationships between sisters. Uses anecdotes to explain the ways female siblings can be both positive and negative influences in each other's lives. Discusses rivalry, alignment, support, and shared inheritance. 2009.

No Speed Limit: The Highs and Lows of Meth     DB 70408
10 hours 37 minutes
by Frank Owen
read by Guy Williams
Journalist examines the culture surrounding the manufacture, use, and trade of methamphetamine. Recounts interviews with addicts, "cooks," and dealers. Discusses the drug's origins and history—including military applications during World War II—and describes political and law-enforcement efforts to stop substance abuse. Some strong language. 2007.

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Stop Second-Guessing Yourself—the Toddler Years: A Field-Tested Guide to Confident Parenting     DB/RC 70409
5 hours 19 minutes
by Jen Singer
read by Kristin Allison
Creator of the MommaSaid.net website offers light-hearted advice for parents of children ages one to three. Topics include understanding your child's transition from baby to toddler, taking your tot out in public, managing sleep issues, potty training, handling play dates, disciplining, and dealing with illness. 2009.

Help Your Dog Fight Cancer: What Every Caretaker Should Know about Canine Cancer; Featuring Bullet's Survival Story     DB 70425
7 hours 11 minutes
by Laurie Kaplan
read by Faith Potts
Writer who covers animals' medical issues discusses cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment options and their side effects for canines. Describes her Siberian husky's bout with the disease and from this experience suggests medical interventions, diet, and supplements. Offers guidance on home care and pet advocacy. 2008.

The Best American Sports Writing, 2009     DB 70433
16 hours 14 minutes
edited by Leigh Montville
read by Jeff Allin
Twenty-four sports-related journal selections. "Alive and Kicking" describes a Jordanian Muslim woman's efforts to organize poverty-stricken teen refugees into a soccer team in an Atlanta suburb. "Quarterbacks Built Here" highlights the exclusive DeBartolo Sports University's quarterback academy in California that trains future star athletes. Some strong language. 2009.

A Night Out with Robert Burns: The Greatest Poems     DB 70443
5 hours 0 minutes
by Robert Burns
read by David Cutler
Representative poetry by Scotland's famous poet Robert Burns (1759–1796), selected and introduced by Scottish author Andrew O'Hagan. Organized in four overlapping categories with biographical and textual notes, the selections include the New Year's favorite "Auld Lang Syne." 2008.

Camus, a Romance     DB 70463
14 hours 39 minutes
by Elizabeth Hawes
read by Faith Potts
Author relates her years of passionate and prolonged research on Albert Camus (1913–1960), the 1957 Nobel Laureate. Combines biography and literary criticism to portray the complex philosophic writer who grew up in North Africa, later moved to France, battled with tuberculosis, enjoyed women, and feuded with Jean-Paul Sartre. 2009.

To the Rescue: Found Dogs with a Mission     DB 70466
6 hours 29 minutes
by Elise Lufkin
read by Faith Potts
Animal-adoption advocate profiles fifty-two dogs and one cat that were rescued from abuse or abandonment and trained as therapy and service animals. Offers firsthand accounts of individuals who benefited from their companionship. Includes questions to consider before adopting a dog. For senior high and older readers. 2009.

Reading Jesus: A Writer's Encounter with the Gospels     DB 70470
7 hours 39 minutes
by Mary Gordon
read by Margaret Strom
Novelist reads the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John as literary texts to decipher Jesus and his message. She highlights passages to reveal Jesus's teachings, comparing different translations and adding her own commentary. 2009.

America's Prophet: Moses and the American Story     DB 70476
11 hours 29 minutes
by Bruce Feiler
read by Bob Moore
Author of Where God Was Born (RC 61658) and Walking the Bible (RC 52171) visits Clark Island, where the pilgrims observed their first Sabbath in the New World; the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia; and other U.S. landmarks to explore the influence of the biblical prophet Moses in American history. 2009.

Corn Flakes with John Lennon and Other Tales from a Rock 'n' Roll Life     DB 70477
9 hours 19 minutes
by Robert Hilburn
read by Gregory Gorton
Los Angeles Times critic reveals behind-the-scenes anecdotes from his decades of reviewing musicians. Mixes details from encounters with Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, U2, and others with analysis of their cultural impact. Introduction by Bono. Some strong language. 2009.

A Nation on Fire: America in the Wake of the King Assassination     DB 70478
10 hours 2 minutes
by Clay Risen
read by Bob Moore
Details the riots that followed the April 4, 1968, assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Discusses the turmoil that erupted in major American cities and led President Lyndon B. Johnson to call in federal troops to supplement the local police and national guard. Some strong language. 2009.

Is It a Big Problem or a Little Problem? When to Worry, When Not to Worry, and What to Do     DB 70479
11 hours 1 minute
by Amy Egan and others read by Jeff Allin
Therapists who founded a Maryland private school for children with disabilities provide strategies for parents and teachers to manage early childhood behavioral issues. They discuss social, emotional, speech, language, motor, and sensory-processing development in young children and offer advice on when to seek professional help. 2007.

How Markets Fail: The Logic of Economic Calamities     DB 70480
14 hours 27 minutes
by John Cassidy
read by Robert Sams
Business journalist examines the rise of free-market ideology and the economics of market failure and uses these principles to explain the 2007 to 2009 financial crisis. Analyzes market bubbles, copycat behavior, credit crunches, and regulation. 2009.

Moon River and Me: A Memoir     DB 70492
11 hours 52 minutes
by Andy Williams
read by Patrick Downer
Autobiography of singer Andy Williams, born in Iowa in 1927, who began his career performing with his brothers. Williams describes his rise to fame as a solo act on television shows and in Las Vegas. Discusses his early marriage to French dancer Claudine Longet and his friendship with the Kennedys. 2009.

Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage     DB 70526
10 hours 11 minutes
by Elizabeth Gilbert
read by Gabriella Cavallero
Author of Eat, Pray, Love (RC 61789) recounts her relationship with Felipe, whom she met in Bali. He shared her fear of matrimony—but marry they must if he was to remain with her in the United States. Chronicles her second journey, contemplating love and researching marriage throughout Southeast Asia. Bestseller. 2010.

The Sundance Kid: The Life of Harry Alonzo Longabaugh     DB 70529
6 hours 49 minutes
by Donna B. Ernst
read by Jill Ferris
Descendants of Harry Alonzo Longabaugh, who was known as the Sundance Kid, present new information on the infamous outlaw, from his early years in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, to his supposed death in San Vicente, Bolivia. They correct historical inaccuracies like Sundance's alleged participation in the 1897 Belle Fourche bank robbery. 2009.

Conquering Fear: Living Boldly in an Uncertain World     DB 70530
6 hours 9 minutes
by Harold S. Kushner
read by Bill Wallace
Rabbi and author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People (RC 48900) discusses fear and suggests ways to manage this emotion. He uses religious teachings and personal accounts as guides for empowerment. Includes a message of hope. 2009.

Handling Peer Pressure     DB 70532
2 hours 56 minutes
by Kate Stevenson Clark
read by Kristin Allison
Uses case studies of historical figures and celebrities to examine peer pressure and provide advice on handling difficult social issues. Explores the coercion to conform that teens encounter in fashion, academics, socializing, and other parts of daily life. Advocates building self-confidence and finding peaceful solutions. For senior high readers. 2009.

Discrimination: Opposing Viewpoints     DB 70536
8 hours 8 minutes
edited by Jacqueline Langwith
read by Jill Ferris
Attorneys, journalists, professors, and other professionals weigh in on prejudice in its many forms—gender, religious, sexual orientation, and racial—and debate the impact of such discrimination on American society. Discusses affirmative action, laws, racial profiling, and Title IX. For senior high readers. 2008.

The Good Soldiers     DB/RC 70623
11 hours 3 minutes
by David Finkel
read by Mark Boyett
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist recounts his time with an army infantry battalion, the 2-16, during "the Surge," a January 2007 counterinsurgency campaign in Iraq. Chronicles the experiences of Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Kauzlarich and his men as they faced firefights, dangerous patrols, death, and injury. Violence and strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Just Kids     DB/RC 70750
7 hours 49 minutes
by Patti Smith
read by Mare Trevathan
Singer-songwriter's memoir of her relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe (1946–1989). Smith (born 1946) reminisces about their 1967 meeting in New York City, where they lived together at the Hotel Chelsea, started their artistic careers, and befriended other creative types. Some strong language. National Book Award. Bestseller. 2010.

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Adult Fiction

Three Men in a Boat (to Say Nothing of the Dog)     DB 66776
5 hours 46 minutes
by Jerome K. Jerome
read by Peter Lavezzoli
Tale of three overworked English-men who take a boating holiday on the Thames. George, William, and the narrator—accompanied by Montmorency, the dog—anticipate the joys of long, lazy summer days but instead face uncooperative camping equipment, inclement weather, rampant hypochondria, and other disasters. 1889.

Dictation: A Quartet     DB/RC 67138
5 hours 47 minutes
by Cynthia Ozick
read by Gillian Green
Four stories of deception and revenge by O. Henry Prize winner and author of Heir to the Glimmering World (RC 59528). In the title work the secretaries of Henry James and Joseph Conrad conspire to achieve their own immortality. Includes "Actors," "At Fumicaro," and "What Happened to the Baby?" 2008.

Night Train to Lisbon     DB/RC 67291
19 hours 3 minutes
by Pascal Mercier
read by Ray Childs
Swiss classical languages teacher Raimund Gregorius becomes intrigued by the writings of deceased Portuguese intellectual Amadeu de Prado. Impulsively, Gregorius takes the night train to Lisbon on a quest to learn more about this doctor of principles who felt compelled to confront Salazar's dictatorship. 2004.

Venus on the Half-Shell and Others     DB/RC 67295
14 hours 38 minutes
by Philip José Farmer
read by Julian Thompson
Collection of Farmer's science fiction tales, written under the pen names of literary characters. In the title work, by Kurt Vonnegut character Kilgore Trout, the Space Wanderer roams the universe asking unanswerable questions. Tarzan meets Sherlock Holmes in "The Adventures of the Peerless Peer" by John H. Watson, M.D. 2008.

Animal's People     DB 67503
13 hours 24 minutes
by Indra Sinha
read by Mark Ashby
India. Nineteen-year-old orphan Animal walks on all fours because of injuries he sustained during a poison-gas leak at an American-owned factory called the "Kampani." He falls in with protesters who are boycotting a clinic that may be doing the Kampani's dirty work. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2007.

Blue Moon: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter     DB 68430
15 hours 22 minutes
by Laurell K. Hamilton
read by Annie Wauters
Anita Blake's ex-fiancé Richard—the alpha werewolf whom she left for master vampire Jean-Claude—is arrested on the charge of attempted rape in Tennessee. Anita must spring him from jail before the rise of the next full moon exposes his true identity. Strong language, explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 1998.

Smooth-Talking Stranger     DB 68711
9 hours 23 minutes
by Lisa Kleypas
read by Annie Wauters
Ella Varner cares for her newborn nephew after her sister abandons him. Ella storms around Houston looking for the baby's likely father and confronts Jack Travis, from Blue-Eyed Devil (RC 66308). Although innocent, Jack joins in the search—and falls in love. Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2009.

Hood: King Raven, Book 1     DB 68879
17 hours 13 minutes
by Stephen R. Lawhead
read by Ray Childs
While dallying with maiden Mérian, Bran ap Brychan, the sole heir to the Elfael throne, misses his father's journey to swear fealty to King William. After his father and his army are unjustly slain by Norman invaders, Bran escapes to the forest to regroup and lead his ragtag followers. Violence. 2006.

Talk of the Town: A Novel of Daily, Texas     DB/RC 69058
10 hours 23 minutes
by Lisa Wingate
read by Kristin Allison
Mandalay Florentino, associate television producer of the hit reality show American Megastar, travels to small-town Daily, Texas, to plan a surprise reunion concert for hometown, trouble-prone finalist Amber Anderson. Manda juggles her job and personal issues, the swarming paparazzi, and an attraction to a gorgeous country boy with a secret. 2008.

A Mercy     DB 69148
5 hours 33 minutes
by Toni Morrison
read by Tonya Baltimore
Colonial North America, 1680s. An Anglo-Dutch trader reluctantly accepts a young slave girl named Florens as payment for a bad debt. Her mother hopes the transaction will prove a mercy to Florens, but subsequent years in Jacob Vaark's household reveal the harsh reality of being under another's dominion. Some violence. Bestseller. 2008.

Gone Tomorrow: A Jack Reacher Novel     DB 69167
12 hours 17 minutes
by Lee Child
read by Ted Stoddard
Riding the New York subway late at night, former military policeman Jack Reacher sees a woman exhibiting all of the eleven signs of being a suicide bomber. He approaches her and she kills herself—thrusting Jack into the nightmare she was trying to end. Violence and some strong language. 2009.

Maelstrom: Destroyermen, Book 3     DB 69174
15 hours 45 minutes
by Taylor Anderson
read by Michael Scherer
Supreme Commander Matt Reddy returns with allied expeditionary forces from a Lemurian mass exodus after the Griks and the Amagi repel their siege. But with the Amagi badly damaged, the allies gain time to prepare for an upcoming battle. Sequel to Crusade (DB 69110). Violence and some strong language. 2009.

Trouble     DB 69181
10 hours 26 minutes
by Jesse Kellerman
read by Gregory Gorton
When medical student Jonah Stem comes to the aid of a woman who is bleeding and screaming for help, he accidentally kills her attacker. The woman locates Jonah to thank him, beginning a relationship with him that quickly becomes dangerous. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

Liars Anonymous     DB 69182
7 hours 4 minutes
by Louise Ure
read by Annie Wauters
Three years ago in Tucson Jessie was acquitted of a murder she actually did commit. Now working as an emergency dispatcher, Jessie thinks she hears a killing in progress and begins a deadly investigation, confronting her troubled past. Violence and strong language. 2009.

Prayers for Sale     DB 69184
9 hours 15 minutes
by Sandra Dallas
read by Faith Potts
Middle Swan, Colorado; 1936. Elderly Hennie Comfort befriends newcomer Nit Spindle, a newly married seventeen-year-old. Hennie, a natural storyteller, entertains the lonely girl by reminiscing about the seventy years she has spent in the mountains while the menfolk mined for gold. 2009.

Fairy Tale Weddings     DB/RC 69414
10 hours 7 minutes
by Debbie Macomber
read by Teri Clark Linden
Two romance novellas feature unlikely couples. In Cindy and the Prince janitor Cindy Territo crashes a Christmas ball sponsored by Thorndike Prince's company. In Some Kind of Wonderful bankrupt socialite Judy Lovin agrees to join business rival John McFarland on vacation. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters     DB 69427
11 hours 6 minutes
by Jane Austen and Ben Winters
read by Katherine Kellgren
After being evicted from their childhood home upon their father's death, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood are sent to an island full of savage creatures and dark secrets. Elinor falls in love with Edward Ferrars while Marianne is courted by a man-monster. Violence. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Royal Blood: Vampire Kisses, Book 6     DB/RC 69449
4 hours 0 minutes
by Ellen Schreiber
read by Kristin Allison
Raven reluctantly starts the new school year only to learn that her vampire boyfriend's parents are coming to visit. But once they arrive Raven wonders when Alexander will introduce her to them, and she stresses over her irritating nemesis Trevor. For junior and senior high readers. 2009.

Close Case: A Samantha Kincaid Novel     DB/RC 69451
10 hours 4 minutes
by Alafair Burke
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Portland, Oregon. Two new cases represent a moral dilemma for deputy district attorney Samantha Kincaid, whose boyfriend is a cop. First, a white officer shoots a black mother during a traffic stop, and then police apparently force a confession in a noted reporter's murder. Strong language and some violence. 2005.

Guardian of Lies: A Paul Madriani Novel     DB 69461
15 hours 45 minutes
by Steve Martini
read by David Hartley-Margolin
Young Costa Rican Katia realizes in horror that her American host, a wealthy coin dealer, has no intention of letting Katia return home—but she doesn't know why. The night she escapes, a hit man murders the dealer and frames Katia. Attorney Paul Madriani takes the case. Violence and strong language. 2009.

Drowned Hopes: A Dortmunder Mystery     DB 69512
15 hours 14 minutes
by Donald E. Westlake
read by Barry Bernson
Burglar John Dortmunder receives a visit from his former cellmate Tom Jimson, who needs help recovering $700,000 he buried on land that has since been flooded for a reservoir. Tom wants to blow up the dam, but Dortmunder and his gang seek a subtler solution. Some strong language. 1990.

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-sixth Annual Collection     DB 69513
46 hours 21 minutes
edited by Gardner Dozois
read by John Polk
Thirty tales and a 2008 genre review. In Paul McAuley's "City of the Dead" a constable on a distant planet confronts thugs seeking answers among alien ruins. Includes works by Stephen Baxter, Nancy Kress, Alastair Reynolds, and Michael Swanwick. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2009.

Assassin: An Alex Hawke Thriller     DB 69514
15 hours 7 minutes
by Ted Bell
read by Barry Bernson
British commander Alexander Hawke's bride Victoria is killed just minutes after their wedding ceremony. As Hawke seeks revenge for her death, he also conducts a mission to stop a ruthless assassin who is targeting U.S. diplomats and their families. Strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2004.

The Lovers: A Charlie Parker Novel     DB/RC 69649
12 hours 24 minutes
by John Connolly
read by Jim Zeiger
With his PI license suspended, Charlie Parker works as a bar manager in Portland, Maine. Charlie also investigates the circumstances behind his policeman father's shooting of two teenagers that led to his suicide. Traveling to New York City, Charlie learns the truth—and encounters true evil. Violence and strong language. 2009.

Surrender to the Devil: The Scoundrels of St. James     DB/RC 69661
7 hours 54 minutes
by Lorraine Heath
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
London, 1851. Sterling Mabry, the duke of Greystone, is intrigued by Frannie Darling, the bookkeeper for her childhood friend Jack Dodger, from In Bed with the Devil (DB/RC 67276). But Frannie does not want to be a rich man's mistress. Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2009.

Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi; Omen     DB 69701
9 hours 43 minutes
by Christie Golden
read by Alec Volz
Luke and Ben Skywalker, from Outcast (DB 68944), continue their search for the source of Jacen's madness as more Jedis are afflicted with insanity and one "flow-walks" to escape capture. When Luke and Ben seek answers in the dangerous Kathol Rift, a different threat emerges—a lost planet inhabited by Sith. 2009.

The Traffickers: Badge of Honor, Book 9     DB 69705
12 hours 55 minutes
by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth
read by Fred Major
Philadelphia. Police sergeant Matt Payne contacts the Texas Rangers when investigation of a meth lab explosion inside a seedy hotel reveals the charred remains of two Hispanic men and connections to a dangerous Mexican drug trafficker. Sequel to Final Justice (RC 55725). Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2009.

The Stepmother     DB 69707
13 hours 35 minutes
by Carrie Adams
read by Madelyn Buzzard
London attorney Tessa King, from The Godmother (DB/RC 69232), becomes engaged to an older man named James Kent. James, unfortunately, has three daughters and an alcoholic ex-wife, Bea. Tessa contends with the girls' jealousy, Bea's hostility, and her own aging parents—until a crisis brings everyone together. Strong language. 2009.

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Carry On, Jeeves     DB 69717
7 hours 32 minutes
by P.G. Wodehouse
read by Fred Major
Ten stories about the adventures of the irresponsible Bertie Wooster and his indispensable valet Jeeves. The incomparable valet proves himself time and again as he copes with uninvited houseguests, patches up broken romances, and listens politely to Bertie's harebrained schemes. 1925.

Hell Town: The Last Gunfighter     DB 69723
8 hours 26 minutes
by William W. Johnstone
read by Roy Avers
A fresh silver strike reopens the Lucky Lizard Mine in Buckskin, Nevada, drawing gamblers, swindlers, outlaws, and other unsavory characters to the former ghost town. It's up to the new marshal, gunslinger Frank Morgan, to keep the peace. Violence and some strong language. 2007.

Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi; Abyss     DB 69724
12 hours 43 minutes
by Troy Denning
read by Alec Volz
Han and Leia Solo, from Omen (DB 69701), continue to fight to protect insane Jedis from being arrested or frozen in carbonite. Meanwhile, Luke and Ben Skywalker travel to the Maw cluster to talk to the mysterious Mind Drinkers. 2009.

The Professional: A Spenser Novel     DB 69725
5 hours 20 minutes
by Robert B. Parker
read by Ray Foushee
Four young women married to older, wealthy men hire Boston PI Spenser to stop Gary Eisenhower, their former lover, who is blackmailing each of them. Spenser is investigating, with help from his psychologist girlfriend Susan Silverman and cohort Hawk, when several murders occur. Strong language. 2009.

Rules of Vengeance     DB 69726
14 hours 18 minutes
by Christopher Reich
read by Fred Major
Physician Jonathan Ransom attends a conference in London, where he encounters his fugitive wife Emma, a former U.S. operative. When police suspect Emma's involvement in a deadly car bombing, Jonathan hunts her down. Sequel to Rules of Deception (DB/RC 67850). Violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2009.

The Last Valley     DB 69730
9 hours 3 minutes
by A.B. Guthrie
read by Jack Fox
After World War I, veteran Ben Tate comes to Arfive, Montana, and buys the Advocate, which he and his new wife transform into a lively and controversial newspaper. Sequel to Arfive (DB/RC 68730). Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1975.

Dead Man's Puzzle: A Puzzle Lady Mystery     DB 69731
7 hours 52 minutes
by Parnell Hall
read by Mitzi Friedlander
Cora Felton is on her own after her niece Sherry—the secret creator of Cora's crosswords—goes on her honeymoon. When Chief Harper brings Cora a puzzle found with Mr. Overmeyer's body, Cora fears ex-posing her limitations. Meanwhile, Sherry's ex-husband, some of Mr. Overmeyer's heirs, and more murder victims show up. 2009.

Xenopath: A Bengal Station Novel     DB 69735
11 hours 6 minutes
by Eric Brown
read by Alec Volz
Former telepath Jeff Vaughan accepts a lucrative job as a reader for an investigative agency on Bengal Station and reluctantly agrees to receive a new mind implant. As Jeff examines a laser decapitation case, he uncovers another related murder. Some violence and some strong language. 2009.

Take One: Above the Line, Book 1     DB 69747
9 hours 9 minutes
by Karen Kingsbury
read by Erin Jones
Missionaries Chase Ryan and Keith Ellison head to Bloomington, Indiana, to make a religious film. When their plans unravel—leaving millions of dollars in jeopardy—the two wonder if God wants them to make this movie. Dr. John Baxter, from Sunset (DB/RC 67914), brings reassurance. 2009.

The Missing     DB 69749
12 hours 40 minutes
by Tim Gautreaux
read by Jack Fox
New Orleans, 1921. War veteran Sam Simoneaux works as a floorwalker until three-year-old Lily is kidnapped on his watch. Lily's parents and Sam take jobs on a riverboat with hopes of finding the girl, but they discover violence, ignorance, and family secrets among the backwoodsmen. Violence and strong language. 2009.

Take Two: Above the Line, Book 2     DB 69752
8 hours 23 minutes
by Karen Kingsbury
read by Erin Jones
Independent filmmakers Chase Ryan and Keith Ellison have had success with their first project and now seek to make a movie based on a bestselling inspirational novel. A famous Hollywood actor wants to be in the new film, but Chase's wife Kelly disagrees with their plans. 2009.

Crossfire: A High Risk Novel     DB 69753
9 hours 11 minutes
by JoAnn Ross
read by Erin Jones
South Carolina. FBI special agent Cait Cavanaugh reluctantly teams up with her old flame—former Navy SEAL Quinn McKade—to stop a serial sniper who is shooting military officials. Meanwhile reporter Valentine Snow receives anonymous clues about the killings. Strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

Ambush Valley: The Last Gunfighter, Book 17     DB 69754
7 hours 57 minutes
by William W. Johnstone
read by Roy Avers
Outlaw Cicero McCoy robs a bank owned by gunfighter Frank Morgan's son Conrad and buries the loot somewhere in Ambush Valley. Frank poses as an inmate in Yuma Prison to befriend Cicero and orchestrate an escape, hoping Cicero will lead him to the money. Violence and some strong language. 2008.

Dexter by Design     DB 69755
10 hours 35 minutes
by Jeff Lindsay
read by Alec Volz
Someone is using dead bodies to create works of art around Miami. When the artist targets Dexter's family, Dexter is surprised to feel that protecting them is as important to him as safeguarding his serial-killer identity. Sequel to Dexter in the Dark (RC 66839). Violence and strong language. 2009.

Hardball: A V.I. Warshawski Mystery     DB 69756
15 hours 40 minutes
by Sara Paretsky
read by Mitzi Friedlander
Chicago. Public defender-turned-private detective V.I. Warshawski seeks Lamont Gadsden, an African American man who disappeared in 1967, some forty years ago. Her search is connected to a decades-old case involving the murder of a civil rights worker—a racially charged investigation that involved Vic's late cop father. Strong language. 2009.

Thunder of Eagles     DB 69757
6 hours 36 minutes
by William W. Johnstone
read by Jack Fox
Colorado. Wade Garrison wants to build a railroad connecting Higbee to La Junta, but faces opposition from rancher Ike Clinton and his hired guns. Wade calls on Falcon MacCallister to diffuse the situation before construction stops. Sequel to Crusade of Eagles (DB/RC 69220). Some violence and some strong language. 2008.

Shavetail     DB 69759
13 hours 8 minutes
by Thomas Cobb
read by John Polk
Arizona Territory, 1871. When seventeen-year-old Ned Thorne arrives for duty, Corporal Brickner, a conniving old mule driver, takes advantage of the young "shavetail"—a name applied to untrained mules and soldiers. Outranked but not outwitted, Ned faces scorpions and Indians in a battle for survival. Violence. Spur Award. 2008.

A Civil Contract     DB 69761
14 hours 15 minutes
by Georgette Heyer
read by J. Michael McCullough
After the death of his father, the viscount Lynton, Adam Deveril returns to his ancestral home only to find it mired in debt and neglect. He must sell the estate—or find a wealthy bride. Heiress Jenny Chawleigh seems a perfect match, but Adam cannot forget his first love. 1961.

The Awakening: Darkest Powers, Book 2     DB 69763
6 hours 56 minutes
by Kelley Armstrong
read by Erin Jones
When recaptured supernatural Chloe, from The Summoning (DB/RC 68930), learns that she must rehabilitate or be terminated, she plots to escape. But first she needs to learn the secrets surrounding the other supernaturals' pasts and keep Simon and Derek safe. Some violence. For senior high readers. 2009.

The Devil's Bones     DB 69764
8 hours 7 minutes
by Jefferson Bass
read by Jack Fox
Tennessee. Forensic anthropologist Bill Brockton, from Flesh and Bone (DB/RC 67318), learns that his girlfriend's killer, Garland Hamilton, has escaped custody. Authorities track Hamilton to a mountain cabin where he may—or may not—have been killed in an explosion. Meanwhile Brockton investigates rumors of a disreputable crematorium. Some violence. 2008.

The Lost Art of Gratitude: An Isabel Dalhousie Mystery     DB 69765
9 hours 3 minutes
by Alexander McCall Smith
read by Mitzi Friedlander
Scotland. A sudden tax audit and the mysterious gift of a funeral wreath lead investment banker Minty Auchterlonie to believe she's being blackmailed. As Isabel Dalhousie, philosopher and editor of the Review of Applied Ethics, investigates these suspicions, she receives an unexpected marriage proposal from her child's father. 2009.

The Light of Burning Shadows: The Iron Elves, Book 2     DB 69766
10 hours 30 minutes
by Chris Evans
read by Roy Avers
Having thwarted the plans of the legendary elf-witch Shadow Monarch, Major Konowa Swift Dragon, from A Darkness Forged in Fire (DB/RC 68530), starts a new quest. Konowa's army searches for the original iron elves while rumors spread about another prophesied falling star. Violence. 2009.

Undone     DB 69768
16 hours 32 minutes
by Karin Slaughter
read by Madelyn Buzzard
Georgia Bureau of Investigation detective Will Trent and Dr. Sara Linton work together when a naked woman is hit by a car after escaping a torture chamber. Then another woman is found dead and a third goes missing. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

The Boy Who Dared     DB 69770
6 hours 17 minutes
by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
read by Andy Pyle
1942. Seventeen-year-old Helmuth Hübener is imprisoned for treason. While awaiting execution in his filthy prison cell, Helmuth looks back over his short life, recalling friendships, family, and his courageous endeavor to share the truth with other Germans about Hitler and the war. For junior and senior high readers. 2008.

That Devil's No Friend of Mine     DB 69779
6 hours 48 minutes
by J.D. Mason
read by Erin Jones
Undertaker Bishop Fontaine's death reveals secrets and desires among those who knew him best. Bishop's married friend and business partner Lamar pursues Bishop's grown daughter. Blues singer Rayne confronts addiction. Boxer Cole struggles with his wife. But a newcomer could change everything. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

A Breed Apart     DB 69782
12 hours 25 minutes
by Pierre Davis
read by Andy Pyle
A biologically enhanced Labrador retriever escapes from the Pearson Institute of Health Sciences during a botched robbery attempt. As public safety officer Elliot Elliot, a former cop, races to find the dog, Elliot encounters startling medical research and a ruthless contract killer. Strong language and some violence. 2009.

For the Love of Pete     DB 69785
9 hours 43 minutes
by Julia Harper
read by Michael McCullough
Undercover FBI agent Dante Torelli saves Zoey Addler during a gunfight, but he and Zoey watch helplessly as her baby niece Pete is kidnapped by the mob. Dante and Zoey rescue Pete, but she is kidnapped again—this time with another baby. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

Return to Sullivans Island     DB 69787
11 hours 8 minutes
by Dorothea Benton Frank
read by Erin Jones
Recent college graduate Beth Hayes returns home to house-sit while her mother Susan, from Sullivan's Island (RC 52486), spends time in Paris. Beth finds work as a reporter but her naïveté and involvement with the wrong guy complicate her life. Some strong language. 2009.

Capture     DB 69847
15 hours 10 minutes
by Robert K. Tanenbaum
read by Gregory Gorton
New York. District attorney Butch Karp prosecutes a Broadway producer accused of murdering an actress. Meanwhile Butch, his wife Marlene, and their daughter Lucy battle various foes, including members of a shadowy anti-American group and criminal mastermind Andrew Kane, whose face transplant has failed. Strong language and some violence. 2009.

Mastered by Love: A Bastion Club Novel, Book 8     DB 69887
16 hours 19 minutes
by Stephanie Laurens
read by Corrie James
Northumbria, England; 1816. Retired spymaster Royce "Dalziel" Varisey, the duke of Wolverstone, returns north to govern his ancestral lands. Royce decides to marry the estate's attractive chatelaine Minerva Chesterton, an heiress in her own right, and begins a seduction that will lead to marriage. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

The Cold Dish: A Walt Longmire Mystery     DB/RC 69906
14 hours 18 minutes
by Craig Johnson
read by Jim Zeiger
Absaroka County, Wyoming. Sheriff Walter Longmire investigates the shooting death of Cody Pritchard, who was convicted of raping a young Native American girl two years ago. As tensions rise in the community, Walt begins to fear his friend Henry Standing Bear may be involved. Strong language and some violence. 2005.

The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volume 2     DB/RC 69928
42 hours 22 minutes
by Arthur Conan Doyle
read by Erik Sandvold
Three story collections, one novel, two parodies, and two essays featuring British detective Sherlock Holmes. "The Adventure of the Empty House" begins after Holmes has presumably fallen to his death during an encounter with his nemesis Professor Moriarty. Sequel to The Complete Sherlock Holmes (RC 54993). 2003.

From a Distance: Timber Ridge Reflections     DB/RC 69951
13 hours 54 minutes
by Tamera Alexander
read by Jill Ferris
Colorado Territory, 1875. Elizabeth Westbrook arrives in Timber Ridge to photograph the Rocky Mountains and to restore her health. Former Confederate soldier Daniel Ranslett protects Elizabeth after one of her film exposures captures a murder. Although from different backgrounds, the two fall in love. 2008.

Ford County: Stories     DB 69982
9 hours 5 minutes
by John Grisham
read by Fred Major
Seven short stories set in rural Ford County, Mississippi. In "Fetching Raymond" a mother and her two grown boys travel across the state to witness another son's execution. In "Fish Files" a divorce attorney receives an unexpected largess and changes his life. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

The First Apostle     DB 69988
11 hours 22 minutes
by James Becker
read by Jon Huffman
After Italian police inform Mark Hampton of his wife's accidental death, Mark and his friend Tunbridge Wells detective Chris Bronson travel to Italy to identify her body. They discover a mysterious Latin inscription in the Hamptons' villa and a police report that doesn't add up. Strong language. 2008.

Oh. My. Gods.     DB 70013
7 hours 1 minute
by Tera Lynn Childs
read by Jill Fox
Phoebe Castro's life turns upside down when her mother becomes engaged to a near stranger and moves herself and Phoebe to Serfopoula, Greece. After Phoebe learns her new school is an academy for descendants of Greek gods, she tries to fit in. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2008.

Gunman     DB 70014
5 hours 36 minutes
by Lauran Paine
read by Jack Fox
Three western tales. In the title novella, Ray Kelly, who spent five years in Yuma Prison on charges of rustling, returns to the town of Welton to exact revenge on the man who put him behind bars—cattle baron Morton Salter. Includes War at Broken Bow and Taos Man. 2006.

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Chasing the Bear: A Young Spenser Novel     DB 70018
2 hours 32 minutes
by Robert B. Parker
read by Ray Foushee
Boston detective Spenser reminisces with Susan, the girl of his dreams, about his teenage escapades. He recalls helping his best friend Jeannie when she was abducted by her abusive father. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2009.

Mum's the Word     DB 70117
11 hours 10 minutes
by Dorothy Cannell
read by Corrie James
Ellie's husband Ben receives an invitation to try out for a position in a secret culinary society. Ellie, who is nearly three months pregnant, accompanies her husband to an Illinois gothic mansion immortalized in a Hollywood film. When the competition turns deadly, Ellie puts her sleuthing skills to use. 1990.

Flesh and Spirit     DB 70126
19 hours 42 minutes
by Carol Berg
read by Patrick Downer
Valen, the descendant of cartographers and diviners, suffers an injury while looting instead of soldiering and finds a safe haven in Gillarine Abbey. His stolen bounty includes a book he once pawned—Valen's grandfather's rare book of maps containing a valuable and mysterious power. Some violence and some strong language. 2007.

The Walking Stick     DB 70171
12 hours 5 minutes
by Winston Graham
read by Laura Giannarelli
Twenty-six-year-old Deborah Dainton, who uses a walking stick since contracting polio at a young age, works for a prestigious London auction house. Deborah falls in love with bohemian painter Leigh Hartley and finds herself drawn into a high-stakes robbery plot that puts her livelihood—and her heart—at risk. 1967.

Imager's Challenge: Imager Portfolio, Book 2     DB 70172
16 hours 2 minutes
by L.E. Modesitt
read by Michael Scherer
After recovering from injuries sustained in Imager (DB 69191), Rhennthyl begins his new position as Commander Artois's unwanted Collegium liaison to the Civic Patrol of L'Excelsis. Meanwhile High Holder Ryel, Johanyr's father, plots revenge against Rhenn and his family. Some violence. 2009.

Breath and Bone     DB 70178
22 hours 5 minutes
by Carol Berg
read by Patrick Downer
Enchantment-addicted Valen strives to rescue a child and save the land of Navronne, while bound to serve the Bastard Prince of Evanore. Meanwhile, Sila Diaglou, priestess of the Harrowers, and Brother Gildas manipulate Valen. Sequel to Flesh and Spirit (DB 70126). Some violence and some strong language. 2008.

Pushing Up Daisies: A Dirty Business Mystery     DB 70191
7 hours 57 minutes
by Rosemary Harris
read by Faith Potts
Master gardener Paula Holliday, a once-promising documentary filmmaker who moved to suburban Connecticut to start a landscaping business, undertakes restoration of the historic Halcyon estate. But when Paula unearths an infant's mummified body then discovers a rival business owner has been stabbed, she begins a sleuthing career as well. 2008.

Almost Home     DB 70195
10 hours 55 minutes
by Pam Jenoff
read by Annie Wauters
State department intelligence officer Jordan Weiss has avoided England since her Cambridge college boyfriend's drowning. Now Jordan requests an assignment there to help a very ill friend—and learns there was something suspicious about her beau's death. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

Obsidian Prey     DB 70196
9 hours 18 minutes
by Jayne Castle
read by Laura Giannarelli
Prospector Lyra Dore's ex-boyfriend Cruz Sweetwater needs help rescuing scientists trapped inside an ancient amethyst ruin. Lyra thought she was done with Cruz, but now she must use her psychic abilities to save them all. Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

Joheved: Rashi's Daughters, Book 1     DB/RC 70211
14 hours 40 minutes
by Maggie Anton
read by Gabriella Cavallero
Troyes, France; 1070s. Scholar Salomon ben Isaac, writer of the first Talmud commentary, begins secretly teaching Talmud to his three daughters. When the eldest, Joheved, becomes betrothed to Meir ben Samuel, she must resolve the conflict between marital happiness and her love of learning. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2005.

The Cat Dancers: A Cam Richter Mystery     DB/RC 70224
16 hours 8 minutes
by P.T. Deutermann
read by Jim Zeiger
A soccer mom, her child, and a cashier are killed during a botched minimart hold-up. The two crooks confess but are freed on a technicality. When the pair is abducted, North Carolina cop Cam Richter suspects vigilantism—and a possible connection to risk-taking mountain lion photographers. Violence and strong language. 2005.

The Brutal Telling     DB 70226
14 hours 27 minutes
by Louise Penny
read by Anne Hancock
Québec. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache investigates the murder of an old man found bludgeoned in a bistro. At a remote cabin purportedly owned by the deceased, Gamache and his team find a cache of rare books, priceless antiquities—and blood. Some strong language. 2009.

Ha'penny     DB/RC 70229
9 hours 27 minutes
by Jo Walton
read by Gabriella Cavallero
1949. Continues the alternate history of Farthing (RC 66042), in which England and Nazi Germany are allies. Inspector Carmichael of Scotland Yard uncovers a plot to kill Hitler and Britain's fascist prime minister, Normanby. Some violence and some strong language. 2007.

Hundred in the Hand     DB 70233
10 hours 25 minutes
by Joseph M. Marshall
read by Jim Zeiger
1920. John Richard Cloud from the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation tells his daughters and grandson the events of his life, including his marriage to a white woman, allegiance to Crazy Horse, and efforts to save the Lakota culture that culminated in the December 1866 massacre of U.S. soldiers. 2007.

By Heresies Distressed     DB 70235
21 hours 51 minutes
by David Weber
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
King Cayleb and Queen Sharleyan wed, uniting the Charis and Chisholm kingdoms against massacres committed by Mother Church's Group of Four. Sharleyan enjoys the marriage, but a false religion and Cayleb's secrets threaten her safety. Sequel to By Schism Rent Asunder (DB/RC 67494). Some violence and some strong language. 2009.

Spider Mountain: A Cam Richter Mystery     DB 70237
15 hours 5 minutes
by P.T. Deutermann
read by Jim Zeiger
Ex-cop Cam Richter, now a private investigator because of the events in The Cat Dancers (DB/RC 70224), helps a park ecologist after a new ranger is raped in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Richter encounters a violent backwoods clan hiding a terrible secret. Violence and strong language. 2006.

Star Wars: The Old Republic; Darth Bane, Dynasty of Evil     DB/RC 70241
10 hours 42 minutes
by Drew Karpyshyn
read by Jim Zeiger
Apprentice Zannah, from Rule of Two (RC 65922), follows Darth Bane's orders to investigate a Jedi's murder on the planet Doan. But she has her own agenda: to claim the title of Dark Lord despite her master's doubts. Meanwhile, Princess Serra of Doan seeks vengeance upon a black-armored man. 2009.

Sarah's Promise: Country Road Chronicles     DB/RC 70246
9 hours 39 minutes
by Leisha Kelly
read by Anne Hancock
Illinois, 1946. Sarah Wortham worries about her fiancé Frank Hammond, who is helping his brother Sam move over two hundred miles, from Camp Point to Jacksonville. Frank wants to research job prospects in Jacksonville, but Sarah is reluctant to live so far from home. 2008.

Liberty Square: A Kate Delafield Mystery     DB/RC 70247
6 hours 13 minutes
by Katherine V. Forrest
read by Mare Trevathan
L.A. cop Kate Delafield, accompanied by her lover Aimee, goes to Washington, D.C., to attend an FBI seminar and a gathering of Vietnam War veterans. After the couple's hotel door is riddled with bullets and a reunion participant is murdered, Kate's unofficial investigation exposes deadly, long-held secrets. Strong language. 1996.

Abandon     DB 70248
11 hours 49 minutes
by Blake Crouch
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Colorado. In 1893 the residents of a dying mining town disappear without a trace on Christmas Day. More than a hundred years later, some visitors investigate the restricted site and are trapped by a snowstorm, only to discover that they are not alone. Violence and strong language. 2009.

Roadside Crosses: A Kathryn Dance Novel     DB/RC 70249
13 hours 30 minutes
by Jeffery Deaver
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Crosses along Monterey highways predict future deaths. California Bureau of Investigation body-language expert Kathryn Dance, from The Sleeping Doll (RC 64945), initially suspects Travis Brigham, a troubled student whose role in a fatal car crash sparked online attacks from bloggers—who are now the victims. Violence and some strong language. 2009.

Walking Dead: An Atticus Kodiak Novel     DB/RC 70376
8 hours 54 minutes
by Greg Rucka
read by David Hartley-Margolin
When someone brutally murders ex-bodyguard Atticus Kodiak's neighbors and abducts their teenaged daughter, local police cover it up. To find the girl, Atticus leaves the town in the Republic of Georgia where he and hit woman Alena are hiding—and enters the world of child prostitution. Violence and strong language. 2009.

Dead of Winter: A Louis Kincaid Novel     DB 70379
16 hours 28 minutes
by P.J. Parrish
read by Ray Childs
Louis Kincaid takes a job with the police in Loon Lake, Michigan, where he discovers that his predecessor, also a young African American, was murdered. Louis's investigation makes him question the motives of his new boss—and fear for his life. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. 2001.

Kydd: A Kydd Naval Adventure     DB 70382
11 hours 39 minutes
by Julian Stockwin
read by Erik Sandvold
Twenty-year-old wigmaker Thomas Paine Kydd is impressed into the Royal Navy to join the fight against the post-revolutionary French. Gradually he learns the ways of the sea and is guided by a seasoned sailor and an adventurer. He endures battles, shipwrecks, and desertion. Some violence. 2001.

A Rule against Murder: A Three Pines Mystery     DB 70384
12 hours 16 minutes
by Louise Penny
read by Anne Hancock
Armand Gamache, chief inspector of Quebec homicide, and his wife Reine-Marie vacation at an inn outside of Montreal. When a member of the Morrow family, attending a reunion at the same inn, is murdered, Gamache investigates and uncovers secrets among the staff and guests. Some strong language. 2008.

The Killer's Wife     DB/RC 70388
7 hours 24 minutes
by Bill Floyd
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
After her husband was convicted of a string of murders in California, Nina Mosley changed her name to Leigh Wren and moved to North Carolina with their young son. Six years later the father of one of the victims tracks Leigh down and exposes her identity. Violence and strong language. 2008.

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Death and Judgment: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery     DB 70389
8 hours 36 minutes
by Donna Leon
read by David Hartley-Margolin
Venetian Commissario Guido Brunetti links the deaths of eight foreign women who were hidden in the back of a truck that crashed along a mountain road to the murder of international attorney Carlo Trevisan aboard a train. After two additional deaths, Brunetti uncovers the motive for the killings. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1995.

Paint It Black: A Louis Kincaid Novel     DB 70396
11 hours 58 minutes
by P.J. Parrish
read by Ray Childs
African American Michigan ex-cop Louis Kincaid flies to Florida to help exonerate a black woman imprisoned for the murder of her husband. But soon another black man's stabbing death sets the accused wife free—and puts Kincaid on the trail of a serial killer. Violence and strong language. 2002.

Mama Dearest     DB 70397
9 hours 51 minutes
by E. Lynn Harris
read by Mare Trevathan
Singer/actress Yancey Braxton, from Any Way the Wind Blows (RC 53010), is determined to jump-start her career. But Yancey's mother returns from a stint in jail and the daughter Yancey gave up for adoption also comes back into her life. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

Lost River: A Valentin St. Cyr Mystery     DB 70398
10 hours 51 minutes
by David Fulmer
read by David Hartley-Margolin
New Orleans, 1913. When a man is found shot to death in a Storyville brothel, Creole detective Valentin St. Cyr returns to the life—and people—he tried to leave behind. The case could cost Valentin his freedom and his girlfriend. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2009.

Altar of Eden     DB 70403
12 hours 13 minutes
by James Rollins
read by John Haag
New Orleans, Louisiana. U.S. Border Patrol officer Jack Menard teams up with veterinarian Lorna Polk to track down the people responsible for a boatload of exotic, genetically modified, highly intelligent animals. They also hunt for a bizarre beast that has escaped. Violence and some strong language. 2010.

The Demon's Lexicon     DB/RC 70404
8 hours 48 minutes
by Sarah Rees Brennan
read by Kristin Allison
Brothers Nick and Alan Ryves live on the run from magicians and demons. When classmates Mae and her brother Jamie arrive unannounced at the Ryves home requesting help, Nick refuses. But then Alan gets marked and Nick hunts the responsible party. For senior high and older readers. 2009.

After the Moment     DB 70406
5 hours 48 minutes
by Garret Freymann-Weyr
read by Mare Trevathan
Seventeen-year-old Leigh Hunter travels to Maryland to tell his stepsister Millie that her father died in a car accident. While consoling Millie, he meets and falls in love with Millie's unstable friend Maia. But Leigh is still involved in a relationship back home. For senior high readers. 2009.

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie     DB/RC 70410
9 hours 35 minutes
by Alan Bradley
read by Kristin Allison
England, 1950. Eleven-year-old aspiring chemist Flavia de Luce overhears her father in a heated argument with a stranger, who turns up dead in the garden of the Luces' decaying estate. When Flavia's father is charged with murder, she seeks clues in their village and his past to exonerate him. 2009.

Another Man's Moccasins: A Walt Longmire Mystery     DB 70412
9 hours 41 minutes
by Craig Johnson
read by Jim Zeiger
A young Vietnamese woman found dead along a Wyoming interstate carried an old picture of someone who appears to be Sheriff Walt Longmire. The case—soon linked to a human trafficking ring—triggers Walt's memories of experiences as a Marine during the Vietnam War. Strong language and some violence. Spur Award. 2008.

The Morgue and Me     DB 70413
8 hours 40 minutes
by John C. Ford
read by Erik Sandvold
Eighteen-year-old Christopher Newell gets a summer job at the morgue hoping to learn about forensic pathology for his future career as a spy. But when examining a corpse leads Christopher to suspect a police cover-up, he investigates the case himself. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2009.

Heaven Is a Long Way Off: A Novel of the Mountain Men     DB 70420
9 hours 48 minutes
by Win Blevins
read by Jim Zeiger
California, 1820s. Wanted for murder, widowed mountain man Sam Morgan must elude authorities while he searches for his infant daughter Esperanza, who he believes has been kidnapped by a wealthy don. Sequel to Dancing with the Golden Bear (DB/RC 70377). Some violence and some descriptions of sex. 2006.

The Best American Mystery Stories, 2008     DB 70429
16 hours 48 minutes
edited by George Pelecanos
read by Annie Wauters
Twenty tales of mystery, crime, and suspense. In Alice Munro's "Child's Play," a terrible secret shared among young friends resurfaces decades later as one of them lies on her deathbed. In James Lee Burke's "Mist," a Hurricane Katrina evacuee struggles in the wake of unimaginable loss. 2008.

The Best American Short Stories, 2008: Selected from U.S. and Canadian Magazines     DB 70430
13 hours 52 minutes
edited by Salman Rushdie
read by Steven Carpenter
Twenty stories from Harper's Magazine, the New Yorker, and other periodicals. Katie Chase's "Man and Wife" depicts an arranged marriage between a schoolgirl and a much-older businessman. Includes works by T.C. Boyle, Kevin Brockmeier, Alice Munro, and Tobias Wolff. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2008.

The Best American Short Stories, 2009: Selected from U.S. and Canadian Magazines     DB 70434
15 hours 34 minutes
edited by Alice Sebold
read by James Konicek
Twenty short stories covering such diverse subjects as war, family, and natural disasters. In Adam Johnson's "Hurricanes Anonymous" a Louisiana UPS driver returns to his van after a delivery to find his ex-lover has abandoned him—and their toddler son. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2009.

Raven Summer     DB 70435
3 hours 46 minutes
by David Almond
read by Steven Carpenter
Northumberland, England. Young Liam and his friend Max follow the call of a raven to an abandoned baby. When Liam visits the baby in foster care, he bonds with two other foster children—Crystal, a wild child, and Oliver, a refugee from war-torn Liberia. For senior high readers. 2008.

Cold Truth     DB 70452
11 hours 23 minutes
by Joel Goldman
read by Joe Peck
Kansas City attorney Lou Mason defends Jordan Hackett—a young woman accused of killing her psychiatrist, radio personality Dr. Gina Davenport. Mason, however, doubts Hackett is guilty. His investigation into the Davenport and Hackett families uncovers surprising relationships and causes attempts on his life. Violence and strong language. 2004.

Murder Is Binding: A Booktown Mystery     DB 70453
9 hours 44 minutes
by Lorna Barrett
read by Margaret Strom
Stoneham, New Hampshire. Newcomer Tricia Miles, owner of a mystery bookstore located along a corridor of Main Street devoted to specialty bookshops, discovers the body of murdered cookbook dealer and rival merchant Doris Gleason. When Tricia herself becomes a suspect, she sets out to clear her name. Includes recipes. 2008.

Simmer Down: A Gourmet Girl Mystery     DB 70458
6 hours 38 minutes
by Jessica Conant-Park and Susan Conant
read by Colleen Delany
Graduate student Chloe Carter's boyfriend Josh, a chef, prepares to open Simmer, a posh new Boston restaurant. At a fundraiser featuring Josh's cuisine, a nightclub owner is bludgeoned to death with Josh's professional-grade food processor. Chloe races to solve the crime before opening night. Includes recipes. 2007.

Off Minor: A Charlie Resnick Mystery     DB 70459
9 hours 45 minutes
by John Harvey
read by David Cutler
Inspector Resnick's team investigates the disappearance of little Gloria Summers, last seen at a playground. Months later an odd, troubled youth who knew Gloria finds her body and becomes a suspect. Then another young girl living nearby also disappears. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1991.

God Ain't Blind     DB 70460
10 hours 33 minutes
by Mary Monroe
read by Colleen Delany
Annette, last seen in God Don't Play (RC 64159), takes a young lover at the urging of her best friend Rhoda. Annette's husband finally admits why he has neglected her. Meanwhile Rhoda's troubled daughter returns and creates more havoc. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

Free Agent     DB 70491
8 hours 55 minutes
by Jeremy Duns
read by Mark Ashby
Nigeria, 1969. Defecting KGB agent Vladimir Slavin reveals information that could expose British operative Paul Dark's identity as a WWII-era double agent. Paul sets out to confront—and possibly kill—Slavin and to find the Russian nurse he once loved but thought was dead. Some violence and some strong language. 2009.

Carter Finally Gets It     DB 70493
7 hours 42 minutes
by Brent Crawford
read by Mark Delgado
Will Carter—who has ADD—spends freshman year of high school obsessed with hot girls, sports, and basic survival. But when his friend Abby suddenly confesses to liking him, Carter realizes that growing up and dating are harder than they look. Some strong language. For junior and senior high readers. 2009.

Wireless     DB 70498
12 hours 11 minutes
by Charles Stross
read by Mark Delgado
Nine science fiction short stories written by Stross between 1998 and 2008. In "Unwirer," a collaboration with Cory Doctorow, the U.S. government arrests and charges with terrorism people who are using wireless cards and opening Internet access. Includes his Locus Award-winning novella, Missile Gap. Some strong language. 2009.

I, Sniper: A Bob Lee Swagger Novel     DB/RC 70523
15 hours 31 minutes
by Stephen Hunter
read by David Hartley-Margolin
The FBI suspects that Vietnam-era sniper Carl Hitchcock murdered four aging leaders of the 1960s antiwar movement. When Hitchcock is found dead during the investigation, they ask retired sniper Bob Lee Swagger for insight. Swagger believes Hitchcock was innocent and hunts for the real culprit. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

A Long and Winding Road: A Novel of the Mountain Men     DB 70528
10 hours 11 minutes
by Win Blevins
read by Jim Zeiger
New Mexico, 1833. Sam Morgan sets out to rescue two brides kidnapped by Navajo raiders. Sam's adopted son Tomás—a former slave—joins him, as does Sam's fellow trapper Jean-Baptiste Charbonneau, son of Sacajawea. Sequel to Heaven Is a Long Way Off (DB 70420). Some violence and some descriptions of sex. 2007.

Death without Company: A Walt Longmire Mystery     DB 70533
10 hours 52 minutes
by Craig Johnson
read by Jim Zeiger
Wyoming. Sheriff Walt Longmire investigates the death of Mari Baroja, an elderly Basque woman, at an assisted living facility. Delving into Mari's past, he uncovers evidence of abuse connections to the coal-bed methane industry and a fellow lawman. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2006.

A Cousin's Prayer: Indiana Cousins, Book 2     DB 70535
7 hours 51 minutes
by Wanda E. Brunstetter
read by Kristin Allison
Young Amish woman Katie Miller, still traumatized by her boyfriend's death, returns home to Indiana from her grandparents' house in Florida to attend her cousin's wedding. Former schoolmate Freeman Bontrager begins courting Katie, but Eunice, a rival for his affection, starts gossip. Sequel to A Cousin's Promise (DB 70535). 2009.

Front and Center     DB 70538
5 hours 50 minutes
by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
read by Kristin Allison
Wisconsin. Happy that the football season is over, linebacker D.J., from Off Season (RC 65720), returns to her normal life. But when basketball season begins D.J. stresses about her demanding coach, college scouts, and her ex-boyfriend Brian Nelson. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2009.

The Unseen Academicals: A Novel of Discworld     DB 70539
13 hours 22 minutes
by Terry Pratchett
read by Kristin Allison
Lord Vetinari, the tyrant of Ankh-Morpork, decides to create a football team at Unseen University. Trevor, the son of an athlete, and candle dribbler Mr. Nutt train the wizards, staff, and students with the help of pie maker Glenda and her assistant Juliet. For senior high and older readers. 2009.

Coming Attractions: Katie Weldon, Book 3     DB 70542
7 hours 46 minutes
by Robin Jones Gunn
read by Kristin Allison
As college graduation nears, Katie believes her boyfriend Rick is going to propose, but she is uncertain about their future together. Meanwhile, Katie's friend Eli offers a spontaneous lifestyle that appeals to her. She turns to God for guidance. For senior high readers. 2009.

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Thirteen Reasons Why     DB 70544
8 hours 6 minutes
by Jay Asher
read by Erik Sandvold
Clay Jensen receives a box of audiocassettes in the mail with no return address. Hannah Baker—a girl he barely knew but secretly liked, who committed suicide—recorded a final message for thirteen people to listen to and then pass on to the next person. For senior high readers. 2007.

Breaking the Rules     DB 70547
14 hours 13 minutes
by Barbara Taylor Bradford
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
After surviving a brutal attack, Londoner Marie Marsden, known as "M," moves to New York to jump-start her modeling career. There she falls in love with and marries actor Larry Vaughan, but M's assailant discovers her whereabouts. Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

Wages of Sin     DB 70553
8 hours 57 minutes
by Jenna Maclaine
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
England, 1815. Witch Dulcinea "Cin" Craven struggles to control her powerful sorcery skills as an ancient, evil demon takes notice of her newfound abilities. Her only chance for survival is to enlist the help of the Righteous—three vampire warriors. Violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

Hurricane Song     DB 70556
3 hours 22 minutes
by Paul Volponi
read by Erik Sandvold
Sophomore football hopeful Miles Shaw has moved from Chicago to join his father, a jazz musician in New Orleans, when Hurricane Katrina hits. Holed up in the Superdome without electricity or food, they protect each other as gangs attack. Violence and strong language. For junior and senior high readers. 2008.

The Chains of Sarai Stone     DB 70560
5 hours 33 minutes
by Cynthia Haseloff
read by Kristin Allison
1861. Twenty-five years ago, Indian raiders massacred Silas Stone's wife and two of his sons. They also kidnapped his grandchildren, including beautiful Sarai. Now Sarai has finally been found, but she does not want to come home and refuses to leave her Comanche family. Some violence. 1995.

Never Tell a Lie     DB 70563
7 hours 5 minutes
by Hallie Ephron
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
When very pregnant Ivy Rose and her husband David have a yard sale, they are surprised by the arrival of Melinda White, also pregnant, whom they knew slightly in high school. After David gives Melinda a tour of the house, she disappears—and mounting evidence implicates David. 2009.

Diving into the Wreck     DB 70566
9 hours 1 minute
by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
read by Kristin Allison
When a lone space pilot nicknamed Boss picks up a faint energy signature, she finds a derelict five-thousand-year-old Dignity Vessel from Earth. Returning to Longbow Station, Boss keeps the amazing—but impossible—discovery secret from everyone, including the five expert divers she hires to explore the perilous wreck. Some strong language. 2009.

Irreplaceable     DB 70567
12 hours 16 minutes
by Stephen Lovely
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Iowa. After Alex Voormann's wife Isabel is run over by a truck, Alex donates her heart to Chicago mother Janet Corcoran. A year later, Alex is still conflicted over his decision when a grateful Janet and the guilty driver contact him and his mother-in-law. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

Terminal Mind     DB 70572
10 hours 40 minutes
by David Walton
read by Erik Sandvold
Future America. The Philadelphia Crater is splintered: the poor of the Combs barely survive, while the rich of the Rim overindulge in biological modifications. Rimmer Mark McGovern and Comber Darin Kinsley hack into a satellite in protest and accidentally release a destructive virus. Philip K. Dick Award. 2008.

Risky Business     DB 70580
6 hours 59 minutes
by Nora Roberts
read by Gabra Zackman
The Caribbean. After the body of Liz Palmer's dive-business employee Jerry Sharpe is discovered, Jerry's twin Jonas arrives with questions Liz can't answer. But when Liz's life is threatened, she joins Jonas in his search through Jerry's dangerous past. Some explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 1986.

Winter Garden     DB/RC 70583
14 hours 51 minutes
by Kristin Hannah
read by Susan Ericksen
Sisters Meredith, a homebody, and Nina, a world-traveling photojournalist, reunite at their father's deathbed along with Anya, their coldhearted Russian mother. Anya promises her husband that she will tell the girls the story of her past in war-torn Leningrad. Strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2010.

Iron River     DB/RC 70584
12 hours 7 minutes
by T. Jefferson Parker
read by David Colacci
LAPD deputy sheriff Charlie Hood, from Renegades (DB/RC 69330), joins a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms operation to stop the flow of U.S. weapons into Mexico. Hood uncovers a gun manufacturer's illegal scam, but another team member is kidnapped. Strong language and some violence. Commercial audiobook. 2010.

The Truth about Lord Stoneville     DB/RC 70589
9 hours 46 minutes
by Sabrina Jeffries
read by James Clamp
Carefree rake Oliver Sharpe, the marquess of Stoneville, is threatened with disinheritance if he doesn't marry. Oliver blackmails American Maria Butterfield, whose search for her missing fiancé has brought her to London, into masquerading as his betrothed. Explicit descriptions of sex, some violence and some strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2010.

East of Desolation     DB 70590
5 hours 50 minutes
by Jack Higgins
read by Michael Page
A pilot's widow hires Joe Martin to fly her and insurance company representatives to Cape Desolation, Greenland, where her husband's small plane crashed. But the body they find is not the husband's—and a cache of emeralds may be behind everything. Some violence and some strong language. Commercial audiobook. 1968.

Once a Runner     DB 70591
8 hours 37 minutes
by John L. Parker
read by Patrick Lawlor
College student Quenton Cassidy is suspended from the track team after joining an anti-Vietnam War protest. Quenton quits school, leaving behind a girlfriend and a scholarship, and travels to a monastic country retreat to train for a four-minute-mile race. Strong language. Commercial audiobook. 1978.

No Mercy     DB/RC 70592
10 hours 36 minutes
by Lori Armstrong
read by Jennifer Van Dyck
Part-Sioux Mercy Gunderson, a U.S. army sniper home on leave in South Dakota, discovers a dead boy on her late father's ranch. When her nephew is also murdered and the sheriff fails to follow up, Mercy herself investigates. Violence and strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2010.

Dance to the Piper     DB 70594
6 hours 55 minutes
by Nora Roberts
read by Marie Caliendo
Dancer Maddy O'Hurley meets music mogul Reed Valentine and the two fall in love despite different outlooks and experiences. Descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 1988.

Fired Up     DB/RC 70595
10 hours 4 minutes
by Jayne Ann Krentz
read by Joyce Bean
Financier Jack Winters fears he is falling victim to the centuries-old family curse that will make him insane unless he finds the legendary Burning Lamp. Jack turns to Seattle paranormal investigator Chloe Harper for help. Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Wicked: Witch     DB 70596
8 hours 18 minutes
by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie
read by Cassandra Morris
After her parents' deaths, Holly goes to Seattle to live with her aunt Marie-Claire and twin cousins Amanda and Nicole. Holly learns that they are descended from an ancient line of French witches who have battled warlocks for centuries. Violence and some strong language. For senior high readers. Commercial audiobook. 2002.

Captivate     DB/RC 70597
8 hours 2 minutes
by Carrie Jones
read by Julia Whelan
Zara, from Need (DB/RC 69421), has contained the pixies threatening Bedford, Maine, but now a new pixie king, Astley, has come to town. Despite her distrust, Zara must work with him to rescue her boyfriend Nick. Some violence. For senior high readers. Commercial audiobook. 2010.

Catalyst: A Tale of the Barque Cats     DB/RC 70598
8 hours 39 minutes
by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
read by Laural Merlington
Chessie, a cat who lives aboard a spacecraft with her human Janina, is kidnapped. Chessie gives birth in captivity, and one kitten forms a telepathic connection with their captor's son. When government disease-control measures threaten the cats, everyone joins forces to save them. Commercial audiobook. 2010.

Where the God of Love Hangs Out: Fiction     DB/RC 70599
7 hours 15 minutes
by Amy Bloom
read by Susan Ericksen
Two sets of linked stories exploring passion, family, and friendship anchor this compilation by the author of Away (RC 65368). In the title piece a woman comes clean about her past to her father-in-law. Strong language, explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. Commercial audiobook. 2010.

A Knife Edge     DB 70603
13 hours 50 minutes
by David Rollins
read by Mel Foster
Special investigator Vin Cooper researches the accidental death of a marine scientist who was attacked by a shark after he fell off a military ship near the coast of Japan. When a second scientist dies Cooper suspects a cover-up. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2006.

The Death Trust     DB/RC 70604
13 hours 32 minutes
by David Rollins
read by Mel Foster
Air force investigator major Vincent "Vin" Cooper and agent Anna Masters probe two bizarre deaths: those of U.S. general Abraham Scott—the vice president's son-in-law—and of Scott's army-sergeant son. Vin and Anna uncover accidents pointing to a political conspiracy. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2005.

Numbers     DB/RC 70605
9 hours 3 minutes
by Rachel Ward
read by Sarah Coomes
Teenager Jem can see numbers in people's eyes—the date they will die. Jem attempts to avoid emotional attachments but bonds with Spider on a day-trip to London, where she discovers that all tourists share the same numbers. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. For senior high readers. Commercial audiobook. 2010.

Summer Lovin'     DB/RC 70607
8 hours 11 minutes
by Carly Phillips
read by Bernadette Quigley
New Jersey. Zoe Costa, from Under the Boardwalk (RC 62838), is intrigued when Boston lawyer Ryan Baldwin claims to be related to Zoe's foster sister Sam, whom the Costas are about to adopt. Zoe investigates and uncovers Baldwin family secrets. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2005.

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Bulletproof Mascara     DB/RC 70609
11 hours 51 minutes
by Bethany Maines
read by Renee Raudman
Linguist Nikki Lanier becomes a covert operative for makeup conglomerate Carrie Mae. After being trained and armed with flash grenade lipsticks and other deadly cosmetic technologies, Nikki teams up with Valerie Robinson to rescue an abducted sex-trade protestor. Strong language and some violence. Commercial audiobook. 2010.

The Wild Zone     DB/RC 70610
10 hours 33 minutes
by Joy Fielding
read by Jeffrey Cummings
Miami, Florida. Personal trainer Jeff Rydell, his half brother Will, and friend Tom Whitman—a dishonorably discharged veteran—pick up Suzy Bigelow at a South Beach bar. But Suzy, an abused wife, has her own agenda. Strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2010.

The Wife's Tale     DB/RC 70611
11 hours 40 minutes
by Lori Lansens
read by Justine Eyre
Obese Mary Gooch's handsome husband Jimmy leaves her on their silver anniversary. Mary flies from rural Ontario to her mother-in-law's home in California to wait for Jimmy. Instead she finds kindred spirits and her authentic self. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2010.

The Man You'll Marry and The First Man You Meet     DB/RC 70612
6 hours 54 minutes
by Debbie Macomber
read by Kate Rudd
In The Man You'll Marry Shelly is horrified when her family's marriage-predicting wedding dress arrives. In The First Man You Meet newly married Shelly sends the gown to the Hawaii hotel room where her best friend Jill will be staying. Commercial audiobook. 2010.

The Killing Edge     DB 70615
9 hours 23 minutes
by Heather Graham
read by Julia Whelan
Florida psychologist Chloe Marin, who escaped a party-turned-massacre as a teen, helps police and PI Luke Cane search for a missing model. Chloe is guided by visions of the model's ghost—and haunted by memories of the bloodbath she survived. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2010.

Gentle Warrior     DB/RC 70616
11 hours 0 minutes
by Julie Garwood
read by Anne Flosnik
Feudal England. Elizabeth Montwright escaped the massacre that slaughtered her family and exiled her from her ancestral castle. Disguised as a peasant and bent on revenge, Elizabeth seeks help from baron Geoffrey Berkley. But Geoffrey wants only to seduce her. Violence and explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 1985.

The Sheen on the Silk     DB 70617
19 hours 9 minutes
by Anne Perry
read by Angela Dawe
Physician Anna Zarides arrives in 1273 Constantinople to help clear the name of her exiled brother. Anna disguises herself as a eunuch and works her way up in society among feuding politicians and priests. Meanwhile, a new crusade threatens the city. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2010.

Close to You     DB/RC 70621
10 hours 40 minutes
by Christina Dodd
read by Natalie Ross
Austin, Texas. New television reporter Kate Montgomery hires bodyguard Teague Ramos after she realizes someone is stalking her. Meanwhile, Kate's sisters Pepper and Hope, who were raised in foster families, search for her. Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2005.

Rachel's Garden: Pleasant Valley, Book 2     DB/RC 70644
9 hours 31 minutes
by Marta Perry
read by Tanya Eby
With her Amish community's help, widow Rachel Brand operates a dairy farm and raises her three children. When Gideon Zook, a friend of Rachel's late husband, offers to build her a greenhouse, she initially resists but comes to realize that life goes on. Commercial audiobook. 2010.

Innocent     DB 70748
13 hours 7 minutes
by Scott Turow
read by Jack Fox
Sixty-year-old appellate court judge Rusty Sabich is accused of killing his bipolar wife Barbara. Tommy Molto, who had unsuccessfully tried Rusty for his lover's murder in Presumed Innocent (RC 26965), leads the prosecution in Rusty's trial. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2010.

Point Omega     DB/RC 70751
3 hours 37 minutes
by Don DeLillo
read by Guy Williams
Director Jim Finley approaches Iraq war planner and scholar Richard Elster to be the subject of a documentary film. Elster invites Finley to his desert retreat, where the two spend days talking. Then Elster's daughter arrives and the moviemaker's plan takes an unexpected turn. Some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2010.

The Postmistress     DB/RC 70752
10 hours 33 minutes
by Sarah Blake
read by Gabriella Cavallero
1940–1941. Postmistress Iris and newlywed Emma are newcomers on Cape Cod, while female reporter and New York native Frankie is covering the Blitz in London. Emma's physician husband joins the war effort in England, where a tragic accident brings the three women's lives together. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2010.

The Wolf at the Door     DB/RC 70755
8 hours 35 minutes
by Jack Higgins
read by David Hartley-Margolin
After Russia's prime minister targets an elite group of British spies for assassination, top operative Sean Dillon and his cohorts begin a counteroperation to protect themselves and their families. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2010.

Kisser     DB/RC 70756
7 hours 20 minutes
by Stuart Woods
read by David Hartley-Margolin
Stone Barrington agrees to help find a Broadway role for actress Carrie Cox while protecting her from her ex-husband. Barrington also takes on the case of an artist swindling the daughter of a wealthy art dealer. Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2010.

Angelology     DB/RC 70757
18 hours 47 minutes
by Danielle Trussoni
read by Gabriella Cavallero
After receiving a peculiar request to access St. Rose Convent's archives, Sister Evangeline searches for answers on her own. Her discoveries thrust her into an age-old battle between the Society for Angelologists and the half-angel, half-human Nephilim as a catastrophic event nears. Violence. Best-seller. 2010.

Fantasy in Death     DB/RC 70758
10 hours 49 minutes
by J.D. Robb
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
New York, 2060. Lieutenant Eve Dallas investigates the decapitation of virtual-reality game inventor Bart Minnock in his secure apartment. Eve's husband Roarke teaches Eve to play computer games, and Eve writes a new program to capture the killer. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2010.

Caught     DB/RC 70759
10 hours 47 minutes
by Harlan Coben
read by Jim Zeiger
Dan Mercer grew up in foster care before graduating from Princeton and taking a job working with troubled teens. His life implodes when an investigative reporter accuses him of being a pedophile. Meanwhile, in the same New Jersey community, a seventeen-year-old girl disappears without a trace. Some violence. Bestseller. 2010.

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand     DB 70760
12 hours 40 minutes
by Helen Simonson
read by Gabriella Cavallero
Sussex, England. Straitlaced, retired, and widowed Major Ernest Pettigrew gradually falls in love with an educated, British-born Pakistani widow Mrs. Ali. Their burgeoning relationship must weather problems with younger family members, latent prejudice among the villagers, and a series of misunderstandings. Bestseller. 2010.

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Books for Children

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Children's Nonfiction

Young Charles Darwin and the Voyage of the Beagle    DB/RC 69077
2 hours 33 minutes
by Ruth Ashby
read by Kristin Allison
This biography of Charles Darwin (1809–1882) focuses on the scientific observations and discoveries about the natural world that he made during his five-year shipboard voyage around the world. Discusses his collections of plants and birds, which led him to his theory of evolution. For grades 4-7. 2009.

Hybrid Cars     DB 69771
0 hours 58 minutes
by Bonnie Juettner
read by Erin Jones
Discusses fossil fuels and the energy crisis and their role in the development of hybrid cars. Surveys the past, present, and future use of electricity, hydrogen, and compressed air as alternative power sources. Provides an overview of automakers' experiments and products, including the Toyota Prius. For grades 4-7. 2009.

Cars on Mars: Roving the Red Planet     DB 69985
1 hour 33 minutes
by Alexandra Siy
read by Barry Bernson
Discusses the geological mission of the twin robotic rovers Spirit and Opportunity that were sent to Mars in 2003. Explains physical conditions on Mars's surface, the vehicles' mechanical problems and their solutions, and the transmitted images that indicate water once existed on Mars. For grades 5-8. 2009.

Real Knights: Over Twenty True Stories of Battle and Adventure     DB 69994
0 hours 43 minutes
by Christopher Gravett
read by Jack Fox
Short entries on individual knights including Richard the "Lionheart," who died in 1199 from an arrow in the shoulder, and the future King Henry V of England, who survived an arrow in the face. Discusses facts about armor, clothing, and war tactics, as well as castles and tournaments. For grades 4-7. 2005.

Meet Naiche: A Native Boy from the Chesapeake Bay Area     DB 69997
0 hours 40 minutes
by Gabrielle Tayac
read by Erin Jones
Details the daily routine of Naiche Woosah Tayac, a rural Maryland boy. Discusses his Piscataway and Apache family heritage, tribal customs, and traditional ceremonies, such as the awakening of Mother Earth, that are still observed today. For grades 4-7. 2002.

Animal Communication     DB 70001
2 hours 31 minutes
by Stephen M. Tomecek
read by Andy Pyle
Examines reasons why animals and insects communicate: getting food, staying safe, finding a mate, and protecting territory. Discusses examples of communication behavior, such as using visuals, chemicals, sound, and touch. Also presents scientific discoveries involving animal intelligence. For grades 6-9. 2009.

Animal Courtship     DB 70002
2 hours 37 minutes
by Krista West
read by Erin Jones
Discusses the ways various species attract mates to produce offspring. Examines the rules and rituals of insects, birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals that seek a partner by singing, dancing, glowing, or attacking. For grades 6-9. 2009.

Animal Defenses     DB 70003
3 hours 36 minutes
by Christina Wilsdon
read by Randy Wieck
Examines behavioral and physical adaptations that animals and insects make to avoid being eaten. Discusses blending in with surroundings during threats of danger, tactics for escape, body armor, bad smells and tastes, powerful poisons, venomous stings and bites, imitating another creature, and fighting back. For grades 6-9. 2009.

Animal Hunting and Feeding     DB 70004
2 hours 19 minutes
by Natalie Goldstein
read by Brian Conn
Examines various ways animals and insects find food: some wait for food to come by, some chase or trap prey, and some scavenge from others' leftovers. Discusses food chains, food webs, and evolutionary changes caused by feeding relationships. For grades 6-9. 2009.

Animal Life in Groups     DB 70005
3 hours 26 minutes
by Toney Allman
read by Carol Dines
Discusses the advantages to individuals who live as part of a social group and explains various group structures, from hives and flocks to packs and herds. Examines community living in terms of the evolution of cooperative behavior, intelligence, and emotions. For grades 6-9. 2009.

Animal Migration     DB 70006
3 hours 20 minutes
by Gretel H. Schueller and Sheila K. Schueller
read by Carol Dines
Discusses the long journeys undertaken by butterflies, birds, reindeer, turtles, and whales, among others, to find a comfortable climate, eat better, or reproduce. Explains the instinct to begin a migration, the dangerous conditions, and seasonal cycles. For grades 6-9. 2009.

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Make Your Own Musical Instruments     DB 70021
0 hours 33 minutes
by Anna-Marie D'Cruz
read by Kerry Dukin
Step-by-step directions for creating eight musical instruments from readily available materials. Turn big buttons, cord, and thin cardboard into castanets; a plastic shopping bag and empty Pringle tubes into bongo drums; or a shoebox, wooden coat hanger, and rubber bands into a harp. Adult supervision recommended. For grades 3-6. 2009.

Saving the Ghost of the Mountain: An Expedition among Snow Leopards in Mongolia     DB 70022
2 hours 13 minutes
by Sy Montgomery
read by Barry Bernson
Chronicles a trip to Altai Mountains, Mongolia, by scientist Tom McCarthy and his team, to study and protect the elusive snow leopard. Discusses McCarthy's background, interests, and enjoyment of field work. Provides facts on the animals, peoples, and history of the region. For grades 5-8. 2009.

A Kid's Guide to Making a Terrarium     DB 70024
0 hours 45 minutes
by Stephanie Bearce
read by Madelyn Buzzard
Explains how to plan, create, and maintain a miniature garden under glass in your own home. Discusses making a working water cycle, selecting a proper container, and growing tropical plants. Encourages experimentation. For grades 3-6. 2009.

A Kid's Guide to Container Gardening     DB 70025
0 hours 48 minutes
by Stephanie Bearce
read by Madelyn Buzzard
Explains how to grow plants—herbs, vegetables, flowers—in pots, tubs, wooden boxes, or any other container that will hold soil. Discusses the advantages of these portable gardens, selecting the right plant for your climate, and keeping it growing. For grades 3-6. 2009.

John Muir: Protecting and Preserving the Environment     DB 70198
1 hour 46 minutes
by Henry Elliot
read by Patrick Downer
Biography of conservationist John Muir (1838–1914), founder of the Sierra Club in 1892. Discusses Muir's love for the wilderness; his thousand-mile walk from Indiana to Florida; his camping trips, including one with President Roosevelt; and his work to establish national parks. For grades 4-7. 2009.

Victor Wouk: The Father of the Hybrid Car     DB 70200
1 hour 43 minutes
by Sean Callery
read by Patrick Downer
Biography of the American electrical engineer Victor Wouk (1919–2005), who in 1974 invented the hybrid car, which runs on gas and electricity. Discusses the environmental issues that his invention addressed and the commercial success of these alternative vehicles twenty-seven years later. For grades 4-7. 2009.

Ernest Hemingway: A Writer's Life     DB 70464
4 hours 57 minutes
by Catherine Reef
read by James Konicek
Biography of Ernest Hemingway (1899–1961), whose streamlined prose won both a Pulitzer and a Nobel Prize. Discusses his adventures as a hunter, war correspondent, and soldier. Covers his love for drinking and bullfighting, his wives and children, and his writing prowess. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2009.

Mean behind the Screen: What You Need to Know about Cyberbullying     DB 70474
0 hours 57 minutes
by Toney Allman
read by Mark Delgado
Discusses online harassment, or cyberbullying, and its consequences. Explains why this behavior is hurtful and risky to both the receiver and the sender. Offers possible solutions to the problem. A high-interest, low-vocabulary book. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2009.

Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don't You Grow Weary     DB 70496
2 hours 1 minute
by Elizabeth Partridge
read by Bob Moore
Traces the 1965 protests against voting discrimination in Alabama led by Martin Luther King Jr. Discusses ordinary kids placing themselves at risk of being beaten and sprayed with tear gas to participate in the civil rights struggle in Selma and the five-day march to Montgomery. For grades 5-8. 2009.

Recycle This Book: One Hundred Top Children's Book Authors Tell You How to Go Green     DB 70499
4 hours 39 minutes
edited by Dan Gutman
read by Bob Moore
Authors provide tips to save energy, reduce waste, and help the environment. In "Stamp Out Witches' Drawers" John Scieszka recommends never using plastic bags. In "It's a Wrap!" Lurlene McDaniel suggests recycling maps and newspapers as gift wrap. For grades 5-8. 2009.

Ghost Hunters     DB/RC 70555
1 hour 51 minutes
by William W. Lace
read by Kristin Allison
Explores the supernatural world of ghosts and those who hunt them. Profiles popular paranormal investigators Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson, who are known for their television show Ghost Hunters. Discusses creepy locations; the history of ghost "busting;" and the tasks of tracking, recording, and photographing apparitions. For grades 5-8. 2010.

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Children's Fiction

If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period     DB/RC 66780
4 hours 38 minutes
by Gennifer Choldenko
read by Miriam Wagner
In alternating chapters, Kirsten and Walker describe adjusting to seventh grade. Kirsten complains about gaining weight, losing her best friend, and dealing with her parents' fights. Walker wants to succeed in this all-white private school. Then Kirsten discovers that she and Walker share a wrenching secret. For grades 5-8. 2007.

George's Secret Key to the Universe     DB/RC 66970
5 hours 12 minutes
by Lucy Hawking and Stephen Hawking
read by Kristin Allison
George enters the modern world of technology when he meets his new neighbor Annie and her scientist father Eric, whose supercomputer Cosmos can whisk these explorers anywhere in the universe. When a rival scientist sends Eric to a black hole, George must save him. For grades 4-7. 2007.

Dandelion Fire: One Hundred Cupboards, Book 2     DB 69727
13 hours 26 minutes
by N.D. Wilson
read by John Polk
Henry York continues exploring the worlds he first discovered in One Hundred Cupboards (DB/RC 66869). Although aware of the danger, Henry is determined to find the truth about where he is from and who his parents are. For grades 4-7. 2009.

Uncharted Waters     DB 69736
4 hours 30 minutes
by Leslie Bulion
read by Gary Tipton
Jonah and his ten-year-old sister Jaye spend the summer with their uncle Nate at the beach. Jonah's secrets—fear of the sea and failing seventh-grade English—overshadow his vacation, but jobs at a marina and with a marine biologist help Jonah sort out these issues. For grades 4-7. 2006.

Standing for Socks     DB 69745
4 hours 24 minutes
by Elissa Brent Weissman
read by Jill Fox
In fifth grade, Fara becomes known for wearing mismatched socks as a statement of individuality. But in sixth grade, when she campaigns to be student-council president, people pay less attention to her ideas than to her socks, much to Fara's distress. For grades 4-7. 2009.

Martin Bridge: Onwards and Upwards!     DB 69758
0 hours 58 minutes
by Jessica Scott Kerrin
read by Madelyn Buzzard
In "Keyboard" Martin reacts to his mother's enthusiasm for playing a musical instrument. While in "Rope" Martin's dislike of having a girl join his Junior Badgers troop changes to respect for Laila's courage. For grades 2-4. 2009.

The Beef Princess of Practical County     DB 69783
4 hours 49 minutes
by Michelle Houts
read by Erin Jones
Twelve-year-old Libby raises two calves in hopes of winning the steer competition at Practical County Fair in Nowhere, Indiana. Her father warns her not to name them or become too attached because they will be sold at auction. Libby names the calves Piggy and Mule. For grades 4-7. 2009.

Everything for a Dog     DB 70000
4 hours 48 minutes
by Ann M. Martin
read by Brian Conn
Bone, an orphaned dog from A Dog's Life (RC 60787), finds and loses a series of homes. In alternating stories Charlie's family pet Sunny helps him through the grief of his older brother's death and Henry, a lonely boy, pleads for a dog of his own. For grades 4-7. 2009.

Death in the Air: The Boy Sherlock Holmes; His Second Case     DB/RC 70217
7 hours 42 minutes
by Shane Peacock
read by Guy Williams
London, July 1867. Thirteen-year-old Sherlock Holmes watches as trapeze star Monsieur Mercure plummets one hundred feet to the floor of the Crystal Palace. Sherlock examines the broken trapeze bar, hears Mercure's last words, and notices something that no one else sees. For grades 5-8. 2008.

White Sands, Red Menace     DB/RC 70219
7 hours 20 minutes
by Ellen Klages
read by Mare Trevathan
New Mexico, 1946. Twelve-year-old Suze Gordon and her friend Dewey Kerrigan, from The Green Glass Sea (RC 64564), move to the rocket-testing town of Alamogordo. Differences in politics and moral beliefs increase tension between Suze's parents, while the girls face conflicts of their own. For grades 5-8. 2008.

Charlie Bone and the Beast: Children of the Red King, Book 6     DB/RC 70223
7 hours 34 minutes
by Jenny Nimmo
read by Anne Hancock
When Asa Pike, a Bloor's Academy student with the ability to change into a beast at dusk, goes missing, twelve-year-old Charlie Bone suspects a new classmate, the magically gifted Dagbert Endless, of foul play. Sequel to Charlie Bone and the Hidden King (DB/RC 62776). For grades 5-8. 2007.

Charlie Bone and the Shadow: Children of the Red King, Book 7     DB 70251
8 hours 17 minutes
by Jenny Nimmo
read by Anne Hancock
The enchanter Count Harken seeks revenge on the Red King's heirs by imprisoning Charlie Bone's ancestors in the forbidding land of Badlock. Traveling through a painting, Charlie and his friend's dog Runner Bean head to the rescue. Sequel to Charlie Bone and the Beast (DB/RC 70223). For grades 5-8. 2008.

Vanishing Girl: The Boy Sherlock Holmes; His Third Case     DB/RC 70380
8 hours 59 minutes
by Shane Peacock
read by Guy Williams
Victorian London. Young Master Sherlock investigates an abduction case. Fourteen-year-old Victoria of the wealthy Rathbone family disappears in broad daylight from crowded Hyde Park. There are no clues, and no ransom note is sent until several months pass. For grades 5-8. 2009.

Alfred Kropp: The Thirteenth Skull     DB/RC 70381
8 hours 23 minutes
by Rick Yancey
read by Erik Sandvold
Alfred, the last descendant of Sir Lancelot, is once again in danger as he investigates a top-secret project called SOFIA and eludes a new enemy who seems determined to kill him. Sequel to Alfred Kropp: The Seal of Solomon (RC 65725). Violence. For grades 6-9. 2008.

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Where the Mountain Meets the Moon     DB 70391
4 hours 43 minutes
by Grace Lin
read by Gabriella Cavallero
Minli, an adventurous girl, lives in a poor Chinese village near Fruitless Mountain. Inspired by her father's stories, Minli sets out to find the Old Man of the Moon to restore the mountain's bounty. Along the way, Minli encounters magical creatures, including a helpful dragon. For grades 3-6. Newbery Honor Book. 2009.

Rescuing Seneca Crane     DB 70392
5 hours 51 minutes
by Susan Runholt
read by Mare Trevathan
Edinburgh, Scotland. Fourteen-year-old American girls Kari and Lucas befriend lonely teenage piano prodigy Seneca Crane. When Seneca disappears after a concert, Kari and Lucas follow a clue and their own instincts to find Seneca and attempt a rescue. For grades 5-8. 2009.

Umbrella Summer     DB/RC 70399
3 hours 41 minutes
by Lisa Graff
read by Mare Trevathan
After her eleven-year-old brother Jared dies suddenly from a rare heart condition, ten-year-old Annie worries about everything being dangerous, from bug bites to riding her bike. A new neighbor, Mrs. Finch, and some of her friends help Annie cope with her sadness and honor Jared's life. For grades 4-7. 2009.

This Family Is Driving Me Crazy: Ten Stories about Surviving Your Family     DB 70475
4 hours 29 minutes
edited by M. Jerry Weiss and Helen S. Weiss
read by Gregory Gorton
Ten short stories about kids dealing with their families. In Gordon Korman's "Wimp of Sparta," Peter refuses to join his daredevil family in dangerous sports. In Walter Dean Myers's "Midnight Bus to Georgia," Grandpa Lee Curry has shady adventures in Harlem. For grades 5-8. 2009.

When the Sergeant Came Marching Home     DB 70485
4 hours 58 minutes
by Don Lemna
read by Mark Delgado
Ten-year-old Donald's father comes home to Montana after World War II and decides to buy a run-down farm in the middle of nowhere. Angry and confused, Donald plans to run away to Hollywood. For grades 4-7. 2008.

The Little Secret     DB 70502
4 hours 32 minutes
by Kate Saunders
read by Mary Kane
When Jane befriends Staffa, the oddly old-fashioned new girl in her class, and accepts an invitation to spend summer vacation in Scotland, Jane begins an adventure that takes her to a magical realm from which she may not be able to return. For grades 3-6. 2006.

Seattle Blues     DB 70506
4 hours 35 minutes
by Michael Wenberg
read by Mary Kane
Seattle, 1970. Thirteen-year-old Maya learns more about her African American heritage and the jazz age when she spends the summer with her grandmother. Finding her grandfather's trombone in the attic leads Maya and her grandmother to discover a shared love of music. For grades 5-8. 2009.

Flight of the Phoenix: Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist; Book 1     DB 70527
2 hours 25 minutes
by R.L. LaFevers
read by Erik Sandvold
England, 1928. After his parents are declared lost at sea, ten-year-old Nate's guardian, Aunt Phil, whisks him away to Arabia. There he begins his training as a beastologist by overseeing the birth of a phoenix, which happens only once every five hundred years. For grades 3-6. 2009.

Change-Up: Mystery at the World Series     DB 70540
8 hours 25 minutes
by John Feinstein
read by Erik Sandvold
While covering the World Series in Boston, teenage sports reporters Stevie and Susan Carol, from Cover-Up (DB/RC 67245), interview pitcher Norbert Doyle. Discrepancies in his life story arouse their suspicions, but Doyle's secrets are not about baseball. For grades 6-9. 2009.

Clover Twig and the Magical Cottage     DB 70561
5 hours 32 minutes
by Kaye Umansky
read by Mare Trevathan
Ten-year-old Clover Twig, a sensible and hardworking girl, takes a job with Mrs. Eckles, a messy witch with a weird cottage. While Mrs. Eckles is away, Clover defends the cottage—helped by her new friend Wilf and Neville, a smelly cat—from Mrs. Eckles's feuding sister. For grades 4-7. 2008.

Steel Trapp: The Challenge     DB/RC 70585
5 hours 52 minutes
by Ridley Pearson
read by William Dufris
Fourteen-year-old Steven "Steel" Trapp travels by train to Washington, D.C., to enter his scent-sniffing robot in the National Science Challenge contest. Steel tries to return a briefcase that was left on an overhead rack and finds himself involved in a terrorist plot. For grades 5-8. Commercial audiobook. 2008.

Mare's War     DB 70850
7 hours 55 minutes
by Tanita S. Davis
read by Mare Trevathan
Teens Octavia and Tali reluctantly take a cross-country road trip with their eighty-year-old grandmother. But Mare's stories about growing up black in 1940s Alabama and running away from home to join the army during World War II make the journey worthwhile. For grades 6-9. Coretta Scott King Honor Book. 2009.

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Foreign Language Books


El Viaje (The Journey)     DB 68966
1 hora 59 minutos
editado por Kenneth Jernigan
leído por Juan Ramírez
Colección de ensayos que acentúan las contribuciones significativas de los ciegos a la sociedad. Incluye obras por por Kenneth Jernigan, ex presidente de la Federación Nacional de Ciegos; Peggy Pinder, abogado; y Theodore Paul Lubitz, violinista, cantante, y afinador de pianos. (Collection of essays that highlight meaningful contributions to society by individuals with blindness. Includes entries by Kenneth Jernigan, spokesperson for the National Federation of the Blind; Peggy Pinder, lawyer; and Theodore Paul Lubitz, violinist, singer, and piano tuner.) 1993.

Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo: El Amor entre el Elefante y la Paloma (Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo: The Love between the Elephant and the Dove)     DB 68980
4 horas 50 minutos
por Gabriel Sánchez Sorondo
leído por Juan Ramírez
Explora la relación tumultuosa de los artistas mexicanos Kahlo y Rivera. Ella, una pequeña semi-inválida; el, veinte años mayor que ella, corpulento, y dado a beber. Su amor volátil, politizado, y no convencional cambia la cara del arte latinoamericano. Descripciones de índole sexual. (Explores the marriage of Mexican artists Kahlo and Rivera—she petite and physically impaired by injuries and pain; he twenty years her senior, corpulent, and given to drink. Author asserts that their volatile, politicized, and unconventional relationship changed Latin American art. Some descriptions of sex.) 2009.

El Dinero del Diablo (The Devil's Money)     DB 68981
7 horas 44 minutos
por Pedro Ángel Palou
leído por Gilberto Cabrera
Roma. Padre Ignacio Gonzaga y Shoval Revach, un especialista forense de Israel, llegan al Vaticano para investigar una serie de asesinatos brutales. Un rastro de pruebas arroja luz sobre un pasado secreto: la historia desconocida de la Santa Sede en la sombra de Mussolini y Hitler. (Rome. Father Ignacio Gonzaga and Shoval Revach, an Israeli forensic specialist, arrive at the Vatican to investigate a series of brutal murders. They discover evidence of secret connections, lost to history, between the Holy See, Mussolini, and Hitler.)  2009.

Forjadores de la América Independiente (Builders of the Independent Americas)     DB 68984
5 horas 0 minutos
por Gabriela Orozco
leído por María Pino
Una introducción concisa a los movimientos de independencia en las Américas de los siglos dieciocho y diecinueve. Explora las guerras paralelas de emancipación política del dominio colonial y la lucha por la libertad en los dos hemisferios. Evalúa la huella colectiva de Washington, Bolívar, Hidalgo y Costilla, San Martín y otros sobre la historia de la región. (Concise introduction to the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century independence movements of the Americas. Explores the parallel wars of political emancipation from colonial rule in both hemispheres. Assesses the collective impact of Washington, Bolívar, Hidalgo y Costilla, San Martín, and others on the history of the region.) 2009.

Diario de Ana Frank (The Diary of Anne Frank)     DB 68986
9 horas 26 minutos
por Ana Frank
leído por María Pino
En este diario comenzando en su decimotercer cumpleaños en 1942, una niña judía expresa sus esperanzas y temores durante dos años confinado con su familia en un apartamento secreto en Ámsterdam ocupado por los alemanes. Traducido por Patricia González Villanueva. (In this diary begun on her thirteenth birthday in 1942, a Jewish girl in German-occupied Amsterdam records her hopes and fears during two years of close confinement with her family as they hide from the Nazis in a secret apartment. Translated by Patricia González Villanueva.) 2009.

Purgatorio (Purgatory)     DB 68992
8 horas 52 minutos
por Tomás Eloy Martínez
leído por María Pino
Emilia Dupuy está completamente soprendida al encontrar a su marido, Simón Cardoso, en un restaurante en Nueva Jersey. Lo perdió hace treinta años antes en Argentina, supuestamente "desaparecido" por la junta militar. El hecho de que no ha envejecido en lo mínimo apunta hacia un misterio mucho más grande. Descripciones de índole sexual y lenguaje injurioso. (Emilia is shocked to find her husband Simón in a New Jersey restaurant thirty years after he went missing in Argentina—presumably "disappeared" by the military junta. The fact that he has not aged points to a larger mystery. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex.) 2008.

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Audio Magazines

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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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