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  • Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness | Edward Abbey

    Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Edward Abbey
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
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    When Desert Solitaire was first published in 1968, it became the focus of a nationwide cult. Rude and sensitive. Thought-provoking and mystical. Angry and loving. Both Abbey and this book are all of these and more. Here, the legendary author of The Monkey Wrench Gang, Abbey's Road and many other critically acclaimed books vividly captures the essence of his life during three seasons as a park ranger in southeastern Utah.

    Artin says: "An immortal story, narrated beautifully"
  • The Desert Spear | Peter V. Brett

    The Desert Spear

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
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    The world remains under siege by demonkind stalking the land when the sun goes down. But a new hero has risen from the desert. Claiming to be the mythical Deliverer, Ahmann Jardir now rides alongside the allied desert tribes of Krasia. Jardir and his fellows are on an epic quest to vanquish the demons plaguing the world and bring humanity back from the brink of extinction.

    John says: "Worth My Credit"
  • Desert Queen: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell: Adventurer, Adviser to Kings, Ally of Lawrence of Arabia | Janet Wallach

    Desert Queen: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell: Adventurer, Adviser to Kings, Ally of Lawrence of Arabia

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Janet Wallach
    • Narrated By Jean Gilpin
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    Turning her back on her privileged life in Victorian England, Gertrude Bell (1868-1926), fired by her innate curiosity, journeyed the world and became fascinated with all things Arab. Traveling the length and breadth of the Arab region, armed with a love for its language and its people, she not only produced several enormously popular books based on her experiences but became instrumental to the British foreign office. When World War I erupted, and the British needed the loyalty of the Arab leaders, it was Gertrude Bell's work and connections that helped provided the brain for T. E. Lawrence's military brawn.

    MRS says: "A very interesting book"
  • Ibn Saud: The Desert Warrior Who Created the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia | Michael Darlow,Barbara Bray

    Ibn Saud: The Desert Warrior Who Created the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Michael Darlow, Barbara Bray
    • Narrated By Brian Bascle
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    Ibn Saud grew to manhood living the harsh traditional life of the desert nomad, a life that had changed little since the days of Abraham. Equipped with immense physical courage, he fought and won, often with weapons and tactics not unlike those employed by the ancient Assyrians, a series of astonishing military victories over a succession of enemies much more powerful than himself. Over the same period, he transformed himself from a minor sheikh into a revered king and elder statesman, courted by world leaders such as Churchill and Roosevelt.

    Jeff says: "A Captivating Portrait of the Man and His Times"
  • Desert Tales: A Wicked Lovely Novel | Melissa Marr

    Desert Tales: A Wicked Lovely Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Melissa Marr
    • Narrated By Nick Landrum
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    The Mojave Desert was a million miles away from the plots and schemes of the faery courts - and that's exactly why Rika chose it as her home. The once-mortal faery retreated to the desert's isolation after decades of carrying winter's curse inside her body. But her seclusion - and the freedom of the desert fey - are threatened by the Summer King's newfound strength. And when the manipulations of her trickster friend, Sionnach, thrust Rika into a new romance, she finds new power within herself - and a new desire to help Sionnach protect the desert fey and mortals alike.

    Andrew says: "A Good Extra Book"
  • The Desert Spear: The Demon Cycle, Book 2 | Peter V. Brett

    The Desert Spear: The Demon Cycle, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated By Colin Mace
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    Continuing the impressive debut fantasy series from author Peter V. Brett, The Desert Spear is book two of the Demon Cycle, pulling the reader into a world of demons, darkness and heroes. The Deliverer has returned, but who is he? Arlen Bales, formerly of the small hamlet of Tibbet's Brook, learnt harsh lessons about life as he grew up in a world where hungry demons stalk the night and humanity is trapped by its own fear.

    Annelien says: "Great story!"
  • Tears of the Desert: A Memoir of Survival in Darfur | Halima Bashir,Damien Lewis

    Tears of the Desert: A Memoir of Survival in Darfur

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Halima Bashir, Damien Lewis
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
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    Halima Bashir was born into the Zaghawa tribe, whose customs have remained unchanged for centuries, in the remote western deserts of Sudan in the region of South Darfur. Halima's father named his daughter after the traditional medicine woman of the village, and she grew up in a happy and close-knit childhood environment. Her father became a wealthy man by his tribe's standards, so he could afford to send Halima to school and university. Halima went on to study medicine, and at 24 she returned to her tribe and began practicing as their first ever qualified doctor.

    kristin says: "Very heartbreaking"
  • Delaney's Desert Sheikh, Stone Cold Surrender & Riding the Storm | Brenda Jackson

    Delaney's Desert Sheikh, Stone Cold Surrender & Riding the Storm

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Brenda Jackson
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
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    Delaney won't let a mix-up delay her vacation, so she agrees to share a secluded cabin with another guest - a sheikh bent on seduction.... In the mountains of Montana, charming player Stone helps a prim and proper lady find her mother - for the reward of passion-filled nights under the stars.... Back in Atlanta, firefighter Storm will sweet-talk any woman into his bed - even a too-hot-too-handle virgin who leaves him craving more....

    Suzette says: "Story Great Narrator needs work"
  • Desert Places | Blake Crouch

    Desert Places

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
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    Greetings. There is a body buried on your property, covered in your blood. The unfortunate young lady's name is Rita Jones. In her jeans pocket you'll find a slip of paper with a phone number on it. Call that number. If I have not heard from you by 8:00 P.M., the police will receive an anonymous call. I'll tell them where Rita Jones is buried on your property, how you killed her, and where the murder weapon can be found in your house. (I do believe a paring knife is missing from your kitchen.)

    JALAYNE says: "LIONSGATE NEEDS BLAKE"
  • The Opal Desert | Di Morrissey

    The Opal Desert

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Di Morrissey
    • Narrated By Kate Hood
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    Kerrie, in her 40s, has just lost her famous sculptor husband who had been the centre of her existence and for whom she made many sacrifices and she now finds her life has lost direction. Shirley, approaching 80, was betrayed by her lover many years before and has retreated from the world, becoming a recluse living in an underground dugout. Anna,19, has a promising athletic career but is torn between the commitment to her sport, which could carry her to the Olympics, or enjoying life like other young people.

    sarah yates says: "reviewing opal desert"
  • The Desert and the Blade: A Novel of the Change | S. M. Stirling

    The Desert and the Blade: A Novel of the Change

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
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    Reiko, empress of Japan, has allied herself with Princess Órlaith, heir to the High Kingdom of Montival, to find the Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi, the Grass-Cutting Sword, a legendary treasure of an ancient dynasty that confers valor and victory to its bearer. Órlaith understands all too well the power it signifies. Her own inherited blade, the Sword of the Lady, was both a burden and a danger to her father, Rudi Mackenzie, as it failed to save the king from being assassinated.

    Robin Graves says: "problems with sound quality"
  • Desert Heat | J. A. Jance

    Desert Heat

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By J. A. Jance
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
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    A cop lies dying beneath the blistering Arizona sun - a local lawman who may well have become the next sheriff of Cochise County. The police brass claim that Andy Brady was dirty, and that his shooting was a suicide attempt. Joanna Brady, his devoted wife and mother of their nine-year-old daughter, knows a cover-up when she hears one...and murder when she sees it.

    CatBookMom says: "A great beginning to a terrific series"
  • Desert Bound | Elizabeth Hunter

    Desert Bound

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Hunter
    • Narrated By Liisa Ivary
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    Alex McCann and Teodora "Ted" Vasquez left Cambio Springs together. Ted came back. Alex didn't. Now, years later, the future alpha of the McCann wolves has returned with plans to bring new life to the dying desert community. Plans that could change everything for the isolated enclave of shapeshifters in the California desert. Some love the plan. Others hate it. As the town's doctor and one of the strongest daughters in the cat clan, Ted has her own concerns about exposing her community to outsiders.

    Lulu says: "Good, But Not Quite Up To Par"
  • Desert God: A Novel of Ancient Egypt | Wilbur Smith

    Desert God: A Novel of Ancient Egypt

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated By Mike Grady
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    Game of Thrones meets Ancient Egypt in this magnificent, action-packed epic. On the gleaming banks of the Nile, the brilliant Taita - slave and advisor to the Pharaoh - finds himself at the center of a vortex of passion, intrigue, and danger. His quest to destroy the Hyksos army and form an alliance with Crete takes him on an epic journey up the Nile, through Arabia and the magical city of Babylon, and across the open seas.

    Blue Dragonfly says: "The wily Taita returns again"
  • Wet Desert: A Novel | Gary Hansen

    Wet Desert: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Gary Hansen
    • Narrated By Greg Dehm
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    Grant Stevens, a mid-level manager for the Bureau of Reclamation, only wanted to build dams. He never imagined he would be swept into a desperate race against an environmental terrorist bent on restoring the Colorado River by blowing up the dams. Left temporarily in charge of the Bureau, Grant must react when the first dam is attacked. He faces the unthinkable task of mitigating the massive flood roaring down the Colorado.

    Sher from Provo says: "Well written and compelling"
  • Desert Desperate | Dana Mentink

    Desert Desperate

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Dana Mentink
    • Narrated By Sage Brighten
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    If you're not green and prickly, it's like standing in the bottom of a volcano hoping your SPF 15 will do the trick. So how does Simone Greevey, a 20-something e-zine editor from San Francisco wind up wearing a duck costume in sweltering Seepwillow, Arizona? In Desert Desperate, Simone loses her job and her fiancé in one fell swoop and runs to the arms of her eccentric aunt, owner of the Ruddy Duck trailer park, a hundred miles from nowhere.

  • A Desert Called Peace: Carrera, Book 1 | Tom Kratman

    A Desert Called Peace: Carrera, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Tom Kratman
    • Narrated By James Fouhey
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    He raised an army against those who took everything from him. They should have picked their enemies more carefully. Five centuries from now, on a remarkably Earthlike planet that is mankind's sole colony in space, religious fanatics called the "Salafi Ikhwan" have murdered the uncle of former colonel Patrick Hennessey. That was their first mistake, because uncle was rich and Hennessey was rather a good colonel. But they also murdered Hennessey's wife, Linda, and their three small children, and that was their worst mistake for she was the only restraint Hennessey had ever accepted.

    John says: "Good Listen!"
  • Desert Island Discs: 70 Years of Castaways | Sean Magee

    Desert Island Discs: 70 Years of Castaways

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Sean Magee
    • Narrated By Juliette Stevenson, Alex Jennings
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    For seventy years now Desert Island Discs has managed that rare feat – to be both enduring and relevant. By casting away the biggest names of the day in science, business, politics, showbiz, sport and the arts, it presents a cross-sectional snapshot of the times in which we live. As the decades have passed, the programme has kept pace; never frozen in time yet always, somehow, comfortingly the same.

  • The Never-Open Desert Diner: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By James Anderson
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
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    Ben Jones lives a quiet, hardscrabble life, working as a trucker on Route 117, a little-travelled road in a remote region of the Utah desert that serves as a haven for fugitives and others looking to hide from the world. For many of the desert's inhabitants, Ben's visits are their only contact with the outside world, and the only landmark worth noting is a once-famous roadside diner that hasn't opened in years.

  • American Ghost: A Family's Haunted Past in the Desert Southwest | Hannah Nordhaus

    American Ghost: A Family's Haunted Past in the Desert Southwest

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Hannah Nordhaus
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
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    The dark-eyed woman in the long, black gown was first seen in the 1970s, standing near a fireplace. She was sad and translucent, present and absent at once. Strange things began to happen in the Santa Fe hotel where she was seen. Gas fireplaces turned off and on without anyone touching a switch. Glasses flew off shelves. And in one second-floor suite with a canopy bed and arched windows looking out to the mountains, guests reported alarming events.

    rosegold says: "A true American tale"
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