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Darwin8u

Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States Member Since 2011

A part-time buffoon and ersatz scholar specializing in BS, pedantry, schmaltz and cultural coprophagia.

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  • "My wife says he's that Cold Desert ..."

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    Look, I'll admit it. I'm a huge fan of Cormac McCarthy and have read every (I mean EVERY) book, play, screenplay, and piece of short fiction (Wake for Susan [1959], A Drowning Incident [1960]) he has written. While 'The Road' is not his very best (Go read 'Suttree' or 'Blood Meridian' if you are looking for the late 20th Century's answer to Herman Melville and William Faulkner). 'The Road' is a very approachable McCarthy and loses none of McCarthy's prose stylings, while at the same time making his writing more palatable to the average mass-fiction reader.

    So, if you haven't read McCarthy before, this is a good first stop, but please DEAR GOD, don't let this be your only or your last stop. Read McCarthy more, read McCarthy often, or the kid gets it.

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    The Road

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    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
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    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Darwin8u says: "My wife says he's that Cold Desert Writer I love."
  • "No Easy Hothouse of Consecration"

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    There is something I love about Walker Percy. I think it is the loveliness of Percy's confrontation and struggle with spiritual belief. His characters are amazing, his prose is lovely. He writes these quirky scenes, in a sometimes peculiar prose, without them seeming fussy or overwrought (an amazing balancing act right there).

    Perhaps, I am just drawn to my big Trinity of Catholic Novelists(Greene, O'Connor, Percy). They don't play in an easy hothouse of consecration. They don't write about faith, belief, or redemption as if these topics were easy loads to lift. Percy, to me, meets the Modern man where he is; trapped between light and darkness, between falling and hoisting, between Heaven and Hell. Percy greets the reader and lifts him, slaps him on the ass, and pushes him on his way.

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    The Second Coming

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    • Narrated By David Hilder
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    Will Barrett of Linwood, North Carolina, is a depressed widower with a peculiar tendency to fall down in strange places. Allison, the girl in the greenhouse, has just escaped from a mental institution and is working hard to make a new life for herself. When their paths cross in a most unusual manner, a relationship begins that will help restore two struggling outcasts to new life. What follows is by turns touching and zany, tragic and comic, as Will undertakes his own Pascalian wager in search of proof that God exists.

    Darwin8u says: "No Easy Hothouse of Consecration"
  • "Beautiful, Absurd & Melancholic Fro..."

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    Absurd, fantastic, and the narrative almost measures up to the cover art. A book about two frontier assassin brothers in search of the 'pot of gold' over the rainbow. Two killer angels seeking to "understand why, or how they might change things for the better." This novel is about that quest. A quest to change, to understand, to alter lots, cheat fate and better predicaments. Fundamentally, however, it is about the things that link us: blood, death, family, lust and greed. The book's absurdity lacks nihilism, its craziness exists without meanness, and the killings and murders seem to echo with a beautiful melancholic fatalism of Charles Portis and Mark Twain.

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    The Sisters Brothers: A Novel

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    • By Patrick deWitt
    • Narrated By John Pruden
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    Hermann Kermit Warm is going to die. The enigmatic and powerful man known only as the Commodore has ordered it, and his henchmen, Eli and Charlie Sisters, will make sure of it. Though Eli doesn't share his brother's appetite for whiskey and killing, he's never known anything else. But their prey isn't an easy mark, and on the road from Oregon City to Warm's gold-mining claim outside Sacramento, Eli begins to question what he does for a living - and whom he does it for. With The Sisters Brothers, Patrick deWitt pays homage to the classic Western....

    Darwin8u says: "Beautiful, Absurd & Melancholic Frontier Noir."
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  • Chasing Fireflies

    "A Heartwarming Story You Won't Want to Miss"

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    With no published reviews of this book, I didn't really know what I was getting when I bought it on Audible. What I got was something wonderful. A good story, a good narrator and a tale that makes you think and consider the resilience of the human condition. In it, lost children are sheltered and nurtured by a once-lost man; long-ago mis-justices are researched and undone; and wisdom in the form of one-sentence phrases is delivered to all who listen.

    I like this book because it WASN'T an edge of the seat tale. Perhaps I've grown tired of that genre for the time being. . . so this, a form of gentle, descriptive, poignant story-telling really caught my interest. Yes there were mysteries to solve and complex personal interactions to weave, but it was mostly just a nice, solid story that engages you from the very beginning.

    If there are faults to be found, they come from two or three brief (and not critical) glitches in the recording quality. (In them, phrases are repeated, as if they were dubbed in.)

    All in all, if you are ready for something different, this book just might be the ticket.

  • We Are Water: A Novel

    "We Are Only As Sick As Our Secrets. . ."

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    Wow! Wally Lamb has done it again! I've come to accept that this male writer somehow has a deep understanding of the female experience as well as the male . . . although I'll probably never understand how he did so. This book is simply outstanding; perhaps the best book of the year.

    This is a gripping story of a family with secrets that drive them apart and bring them together. It is a difficult read, with child sexual abuse serving as one of the family secrets; and one of the sicknesses, too. That said, it will surely touch a nerve with any reader whose family has experienced violence, abuse, alcoholism, extra-marital affairs, divorce, sibling rivalry or any of many other dysfunctional issues.

    The book uses a series to narrators, chapter by chapter, who are primary characters in the book. While some reviewers have indicated they found problems with some of the readers, I didn't. Each was unique and each, I thought, portrayed the character with great skill.

    In sum, great story, well read. Highly recommended!

  • A Town Like Alice

    "An Adventure and Love Story!"

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    What a great story -- with an equally great narrator! If you need lots of fast paced action to keep your attention, this book may not be your cup of tea; but if you are a patient listener (Robin Bailey's voice is mesmerizing) who likes to see a good story unfold gracefully, you will love this book. It starts in England, moves with the war to Malaya and Singapore and then climaxes in the vast hinterlands of Australia. The three major characters, each of whom are well defined and extremely likable; experience believable although frightful circumstances in their lives. The author has crafted a story ending that you won't discern until the very last chapter. In my view, a great book. . . but I am a patient listener!

  • Stolen

    "A Very, Very Good Listen!"

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    Talk about a wonderful surprise! Stolen is about the abduction of a young girl and more. . . it is about truth and lies, relationships, right and wrong, love and hate, compassion and disregard for the feelings of others. What is most interesting is that the abductee and abductor are both telling lies and truths, doing what is right and yet also doing what is wrong, hating while learning to love, and feeling empathy and compassion all while having disdain and disregard for the other.

    It is a great story, well narrated and certainly worth your time. I do think that women are more likely to relate to the story than men, but it may be that many men will like the book too.

    Take a chance. Listen!

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  • "A remarkable, poignant, masterful w..."

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    You might not expect a story set in Southeastern Mississippi to be so poignant and so
    completely involving. (I apologize to all Mississippians). The title refers to the method in which
    children are taught the spelling of their state's name. However, the story and the characters here are so thoroughly, so brilliantly conceived that the book holds your interest in a spellbinding way. Virtually any other book will find that this one is a hard act to follow. The primary characters, Larry Ott and Silas (who is known as 32) have a story to tell that draws you in and grabs you by the brain and heart. I searched for Tom Franklin's other work, and was disappointed to find how little there is. Very hard to make a living as a writer these days, no matter how breathtaking your talent is. I can rave about other books, but I can't rave hard enough to do this one justice. The two men have intertwining life stories that encircle each other in a way that constantly surprises you. Justice, that wonderful construct (in the abstract) follows them for twenty or thirty years of their lives. I won't spoil the plot or the nature of these two men for you: the delight is in your own discovery. The secondary characters are also extremely well drawn, although the women are less so than the men, as we have come to expect, even from the best of our male writers these days. One of the women turns out to have an absolutely critical role. I will say little more, except to tell Tom Franklin, if he happens to be reading, to bear up and be brave: his talent is almost matchless. We are out here reading, and we are waiting for him to write again.

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    Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter: A Novel

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    Larry Ott and Silas “32” Jones were unlikely boyhood friends. Larry was the child of lower middle-class white parents, Silas the son of a poor, single, black mother - their worlds as different as night and day. Yet a special bond developed between them in Chabot, Mississippi. But within a few years, tragedy struck. In high school, a girl who lived up the road from Larry had gone to the drive-in movie with him and nobody had seen her again.

    Ann says: "Excellent story, terrific narrator."

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UNABRIDGED) by James Rubart Narrated by James Rubart

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    The prophecy brought them together. But the Wolf has risen, and now their greatest battle begins. The four members of Warriors Riding have learned to wage war in the supernatural, to send their spirits inside people’s souls, to battle demonic forces, and to bring deep healing to those around them. But their leader Reece is struggling with the loss of his sight.

    marty says: "excellent"
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    Captain Blood (






UNABRIDGED) by Rafael Sabatini Narrated by Michael Maloney

    Captain Blood

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    Wrongfully arrested following the Monmouth rebellion of 1685, Peter Blood, country physician and former soldier, escapes the hangman's noose only to be exiled to the tropical colonies. Sold into slavery to a cruel plantation owner, his moral fortitude and medical ability soon earn him the favour of the island's governor and the attentions of Arabella, his master's niece.

    Mark S. Traub says: "Swashbuckling at its Finest"
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    The Lost Art of Gratitude (






ABRIDGED) by Alexander McCall Smith Narrated by Hilary Neville

    The Lost Art of Gratitude

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    • By Alexander McCall Smith
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    Isabel Dalhousie, philosopher and amateur solver of other people's problems, meets an old foe, Minty Auchterlonie, at a birthday party attended by their young children. Ambitious Minty, now the head of a small investment bank, is in trouble with her shareholders. Isabel becomes involved, and is drawn into a murky world of financial concealment.

    Neryl says: "A Giggle on the Way to Work"
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    The Kite Runner (






UNABRIDGED) by Khaled Hosseini Narrated by Khaled Hosseini

    The Kite Runner

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    Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

    Joseph says: "A storyteller's story"
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  • 4.4 (5777 ratings)
    Doctor Sleep: A Novel (






UNABRIDGED) by Stephen King Narrated by Will Patton

    Doctor Sleep: A Novel

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    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
  • 4.4 (5439 ratings)
    The Art of Racing in the Rain (






UNABRIDGED) by Garth Stein Narrated by Christopher Evan Welch

    The Art of Racing in the Rain

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    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
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    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    Lora says: "Enzo (because he's so wize) for president."
  • 4.4 (4992 ratings)
    A Thousand Splendid Suns (






UNABRIDGED) by Khaled Hosseini Narrated by Atossa Leoni

    A Thousand Splendid Suns

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    • By Khaled Hosseini
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    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    David says: "Somber but gripping"
  • Orphan Train: A Novel (






UNABRIDGED) by Christina Baker Kline Narrated by Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren

    Orphan Train: A Novel

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    Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

    Susan says: "Fascinating Journey for Two"
  • The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream (






UNABRIDGED) by Paulo Coelho Narrated by Jeremy Irons

    The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream

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    Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an Alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest.

    Linda says: "Marvelous Book & Expressive Reader"
  • Take This Regret (






UNABRIDGED) by A. L. Jackson Narrated by Andi Arndt

    Take This Regret

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    Christian Davison has a plan for his life. He is determined to become an attorney and to one day take his place as partner in his father's law firm. Nothing will stand in his way, not even Elizabeth Ayers and their unborn child. After Christian cuts her from his life, Elizabeth spends the next five years struggling to provide for her daughter and willing to sacrifice anything to give her child a safe, comfortable life. For five years, Christian has regretted the day he walked away from his family and will do anything to win them back just as Elizabeth will do anything to protect her daughter from the certain heartache she believes Christian will bring upon them.

    Books,Coffee and Wine says: "PERFECT! Heartbreaking Awesome!!"
  • Me Before You: A Novel (






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    Me Before You: A Novel

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    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Bonny says: "Will & Louisa - each has what the other one needs"
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  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel (






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    Doctor Sleep: A Novel

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    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
  • The Husband's Secret (






UNABRIDGED) by Liane Moriarty Narrated by Caroline Lee

    The Husband's Secret

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    Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive....

    FanB14 says: "Soap Opera Digest"
  • The Vacationers (






UNABRIDGED) by Emma Straub Narrated by Kristen Sieh

    The Vacationers

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    For the Posts, a two-week trip to the Balearic island of Mallorca with their extended family and friends is a celebration: Franny and Jim are observing their thirty-fifth wedding anniversary, and their daughter, Sylvia, has graduated from high school. The sunlit island, its mountains and beaches, its tapas and tennis courts, also promise an escape from the tensions simmering at home in Manhattan. But all does not go according to plan.

    RueRue says: "Bland"
  • I Am Pilgrim: A Thriller (






UNABRIDGED) by Terry Hayes Narrated by Christopher Ragland

    I Am Pilgrim: A Thriller

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    An anonymous young woman murdered in a run-down hotel, all identifying characteristics dissolved by acid. A father publicly beheaded in the blistering heat of a Saudi Arabian public square. A notorious Syrian biotech expert found eyeless in a Damascus junkyard. Smoldering human remains on a remote mountainside in Afghanistan. A flawless plot to commit an appalling crime against humanity.

    Gerald S. Gold says: "Tom Clancy revisited"
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  • The Rosie Project: A Novel (






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    The Rosie Project: A Novel

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    Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a "wonderful" husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical - most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent - and on a quest of her own....

    Margaret says: "A fun listen"
  • Sniper Elite: One Way Trip: A Novel (






UNABRIDGED) by Scott McEwen, Thomas Koloniar Narrated by Brian Hutchison

    Sniper Elite: One Way Trip: A Novel

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    The President of the United States can’t decide how to respond to a classified video showing the Taliban’s brutal treatment of their captive - a female helicopter pilot of the Army’s elite Special Operations Aviation Regiment. Afraid that a botched rescue will further destabilize foreign policy and end his presidency, the Commander-in-Chief falters. But when the Special Ops community learns that one of their own is being tortured and will almost certainly be killed, no executive order will stop them from attempting a rescue mission.

    CyndiB says: "A FIVE STAR READ"
  • What Alice Forgot (






UNABRIDGED) by Liane Moriarty Narrated by Tamara Lovatt-Smith

    What Alice Forgot

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    What would happen if you were visited by your younger self, and got a chance for a do-over?Alice Love is twenty-nine years old, madly in love with her husband, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine her surprise when, after a fall, she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! she HATES the gym!) and discovers that she's actually thirty-nine, has three children, and is in the midst of an acrimonious divorce.

    Yvonne says: "Loved..."
  • Fixed on You (






UNABRIDGED) by Laurelin Paige Narrated by Carly Robins

    Fixed on You

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    Stalking and restraining orders are a thing of Alayna Wither's past. With her MBA newly in hand, she has her future figured out - move up at the nightclub she works at and stay away from any guy who might trigger her obsessive love disorder. A perfect plan. But what Alayna didn't figure on is Hudson Pierce, the new owner of the nightclub. He's smart, rich, and gorgeous - the kind of guy Alayna knows to stay away from if she wants to keep her past tendencies in check. Except, Hudson's fixed his sights on her.

    karen says: "What an Exquisite display of male Sex - Drooling !"
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    Meet the Devohrs: Zee, a Marxist literary scholar who detests her parents' wealth but nevertheless finds herself living in their carriage house; Gracie, her mother, who claims she can tell your lot in life by looking at your teeth; and Bruce, her step-father, stockpiling supplies for the Y2K apocalypse and perpetually late for his tee time. Then there's Violet Devohr, Zee's great-grandmother, who they say took her own life somewhere in the vast house, and whose massive oil portrait still hangs in the dining room.

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    Sophie May has a secret. One that she's successfully kept for years. It's meant that she's had to give up her dreams of going to university and travelling the world to stay in her little village, living with her mum and working in the local teashop. But then she meets the gorgeous Billy - an actor with ambitions to make it to the top. And when they fall in love, Sophie is whisked away from the comfort of her life into Billy's glamorous - but ruthless - world.

  • Yahudit (






UNABRIDGED) by Sammy Goldman Narrated by Chelsea M. Smith

    Yahudit

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    • By Sammy Goldman
    • Narrated By Chelsea M. Smith
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    Yahudit, whose parents met at Stanford, try to provide a Jewish-centric identity for Yahudit, but she rebels. Yahudit begins to see the rifts in the family as she comes of age and realizes that the hardworking Hollywood boss father and a good Yiddish mama that her mother portrays herself out to be are not exactly what they seem. Yahudit meets a Mexican, named Carlos, who works at the kosher fast food place near her Hebrew Sunday school, and become romantically involved with him, much to the dismay of her Hebrew school friends.

  • The Brambles (






UNABRIDGED) by Eliza Minot Narrated by Eileen Stevens

    The Brambles

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Eliza Minot
    • Narrated By Eileen Stevens
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    This is the story of the Bramble family - Margaret, Max, and Edie - three adult siblings careening through wildly different byways of adult life. Margaret, mother of three, is about to take her ailing father into the tumult and chaos of her already overcrowded home. Edie is young and single, but struggling mightily to anchor her solitary life. Max, newly married, newly a father, is buckling under the weight of new responsibilities.

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  • Faithless (






UNABRIDGED) by Mink Choi Narrated by Emily Zeller

    Faithless

    • UNABRIDGED (36 mins)
    • By Mink Choi
    • Narrated By Emily Zeller
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    Faithless is a work of experimental fiction weaving through various scenes and memories of being in love, out of love, and abused by love as told and experienced by Grace, a troubled 20-something-year-old struggling with her identity as a bisexual Korean-American. Everything is recounted as experienced - in fragments.

  • Being Real (






UNABRIDGED) by Sherwood Smith Narrated by Jessica Almasy

    Being Real

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 3 mins)
    • By Sherwood Smith
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy
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    Lys and her family win a chance to be a "real family" on reality TV. That means real money, desperately needed in the rotten economy these days, but they only get that money as long as they stay on the air. What can they do to be real enough to please the viewers?

  • Dog Gone, Back Soon: A Novel (






UNABRIDGED) by Nick Trout Narrated by Peter Berkrot

    Dog Gone, Back Soon: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Nick Trout
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
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    When Dr. Cyrus Mills returned home after inheriting his estranged father's veterinary practice, the last thing he wanted was to stay in Eden Falls, Vermont. However, the previously reclusive veterinarian pathologist quickly found that he actually enjoyed treating animals and getting to know the eccentric residents of the tiny provincial town - especially an alluring waitress named Amy.