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2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

A Searing Portrait of Love and Grief

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UNABRIDGED) by Liz Moore Narrated by Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka

    Heft

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    Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

    Melinda says: "Intriguing--Captivating--Altering"
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UNABRIDGED) by Stephen King Narrated by Will Patton

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    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Marci says: "King and Patton create a winning combo"
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UNABRIDGED) by Donna Tartt Narrated by David Pittu

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    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
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    Imperial Woman: The Story of the Last Empress of China

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  • All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel (






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    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
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UNABRIDGED) by Christina Baker Kline Narrated by Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren

    Orphan Train: A Novel

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    • By Christina Baker Kline
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    Susan says: "Fascinating Journey for Two"
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UNABRIDGED) by Markus Zusak Narrated by Allan Corduner

    The Book Thief

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    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
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  • The Great Santini (






UNABRIDGED) by Pat Conroy Narrated by Dick Hill

    The Great Santini

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    • By Pat Conroy
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    cort says: "an excellent book"
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    Daniel says: "Finally! The unabridged version is here!"
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    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
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    Doctor Sleep: A Novel

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    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
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UNABRIDGED) by Patti Callahan Henry Narrated by Andi Arndt

    The Stories We Tell

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UNABRIDGED) by Thomas Weston Narrated by Roger Rignack

    Sinkhole Revolution

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    Bo paid little attention to the cracks forming in the walls of his cement block house in the small town of Gangaville, Florida. He attributed tremors to the house settling. Terror engulfed him as the floor of his bedroom collapsed, and he dropped into a sinkhole where he found people living that had captured him as part of a pending revolution.

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    How to Paint a Dead Man

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  • A Texas Ranger (






UNABRIDGED) by William MacLeod Raine Narrated by Mark F. Smith

    A Texas Ranger

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    When a hardened criminal kills guards and breaks out of prison, Steve Fraser, a lieutenant in the Texas Rangers, is tasked with bringing him to justice. From the bowels of a mine, deep underground, to the stone labyrinths of the mountains of Wyoming, Steve follows his quarry. But his chase requires him to befriend people who turn out to be wanted in another killing. How can he justify his actions with his innate sense of honesty, his new friends, and the bewitching woman he meets in their midst?

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    A Gift for Philomena

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UNABRIDGED) by Robert Brumm Narrated by Maureen Cavanaugh

    Black Water Creek

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    Kelly Raney ends her relationship with her abusive boyfriend the day she leaves him bleeding on the bedroom floor after an exceptionally violent fight. She grabs their toddler son, Keegan, and the two flee town with a few dollars and the clothes on their backs. Her car breaks down outside the small village of Black Water Creek. She reluctantly stays with the local auto mechanic, Ed Sheridan, and his wife until she can get back on her feet.

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UNABRIDGED) by Ben Bridges Narrated by Chaz Allen

    Gunsmoke Legend: An Ash Colter Western

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    Standard Bearer: Sword of Rome, Book 1

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    Britain, 55 BC: Julius Caesar’s invasion of the wild and mineral-rich land is becalmed, a stalemate exists between the forces of Rome and Britain. But the standard bearer of the Tenth Legion, Lucius Oppius, is about to display a depth of courage that will change the course of the invasion - and history. Encamped upon the south coast Caesar, admiring the courage and skill of his standard bearer, orders Oppius to accompany a native British archer and go behind enemy lines.

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  • Mr. Bloke's Item (






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    Mr. Bloke's Item

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    Who determines what stops the presses? Enter the world of Mark Twain who was handed an item from an emotional man late one night. The presses were stopped, the item run, and Twain was in trouble with his editor. Enjoy the humor as Twain tries to understand the importance of "Mr. Bloke’s Item".

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    A Winter at Broken Spur: The Montana Brides, Volume 4

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    Jessica Langdon is finding life tough since the death of her husband. Forced to run Langdon's Ranch on her own, she becomes the target of the town bully, George Simmons. Intent on showing her that she needs a man, George is not above playing dirty tricks on Jess, including cutting her fences. In her haste to escape George, Jess literally runs into Cole Jackson in the town of Broken Spur.

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    Fishead

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    First published in 1913, "Fishhead" by Irwin S. Cobb takes place at real Reelfoot Lake, the largest lake south of the Ohio line mostly in Tennessee but extending up across what is now the Kentucky line. The protagonist, Fishhead, a halfbreed lives alone by his choice and by the choice of his neighbors because of his deformity that causes his head to resemble a fish. This story was written in 1913, and the narrators chosen to leave the N-word in as part of the narration, so please be aware. This is another nery creepy story, that no doubt influenced H.P. Lovecraft.

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    Gladiator: Sword of Rome, Book 3

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    Rome, 51 BC: The centurion Lucius Oppius has left the battlefields of Gaul to venture to Rome. But he is about to discover the capital of the Empire can be every bit as dangerous as its provinces. Under orders from Caesar to secure an item of intelligence that will help him become a Consul again, Oppius is manipulated into taking part in a gladiatorial contest. The soldier must not only fight his enemies in the arena however. Marcus Porcius Cato warns "Caesar’s Champion" that victory inside the arena will bring death outside of it.