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  • Paradise Lost | John Milton

    Paradise Lost

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Milton
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    John Milton's Paradise Lost is one of the greatest epic poems in the English language. It tells the story of the Fall of Man, a tale of immense drama and excitement, of rebellion and treachery, of innocence pitted against corruption, in which God and Satan fight a bitter battle for control of mankind's destiny.

    Tony McClung says: "The most accessible reading of Paradise Lost"
  • Paradise Lost & Paradise Regained | John Milton

    Paradise Lost & Paradise Regained

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Milton
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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    Paradise Lost, along with its companion piece, Paradise Regained, remain the most successful attempts at Greco-Roman style epic poetry in the English language. Remarkably enough, they were written near the end of John Milton's amazing life, a bold testimonial to his mental powers in old age. And, since he had gone completely blind in 1652, 15 years prior to Paradise Lost, he dictated it and all his other works to his daughter.

    thomas says: "SELL YOUR SHIRT FOR THIS AUDIO BOOK!"
  • This Side of Paradise | F. Scott Fitzgerald

    This Side of Paradise

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Brian D'eon
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    F. Scott Fitzgerald’s pseudo- autobiographical first novel. It describes life at Princeton among the glittering, bored, and disillusioned “lost generation” of post World War1 America. Published in 1920, when he was just 23, the novel was an overnight success and propelled Fitzgerald to instant stardom as spokesman of the Jazz Age.

    Parola138 says: "pre-WWI joy"
  • The Fountains of Paradise | Arthur C. Clarke

    The Fountains of Paradise

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
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    Vannemar Morgan's dream is to link Earth to the stars with the greatest engineering feat of all time: a 24,000-mile-high space elevator. But first he must solve a million technical, political, and economic problems while allaying the wrath of God. For the only possible site on the planet for Morgans Orbital Tower is the monastery atop the Sacred Mountain of Sri Kanda.

    David Citron says: "Human-focused science fiction"
  • Cold Paradise: A Stone Barrington Novel | Stuart Woods

    Cold Paradise: A Stone Barrington Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
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    Cop-turned-lawyer Stone Barrington, he of street smarts, dry wit, and debonair charm, becomes reacquainted with a case he thought was buried years ago, and must settle romantic entanglements that haunt him still. Allison Manning, the beautiful and enigmatic woman Stone defended against a murder charge in Dead in the Water, mysteriously reappears to request his help with a set of problems she has never resolved.

    Julia N. says: "Good but not great. Easy to listen to Dick Hill"
  • Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There | David Brooks

    Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By David Brooks
    • Narrated By David Brooks
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    It used to be pretty easy to distinguish between the bourgeois world of capitalism and the bohemian counterculture. The bourgeois worked for corporations, wore gray, and went to church. The bohemians were artists and intellectuals. Bohemians championed the values of the liberated 1960s; the bourgeois were the enterprising yuppies of the 1980s.

    S. Perreten says: "Bobos in Paradise"
  • A Cold Day in Paradise | Steve Hamilton

    A Cold Day in Paradise

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Steve Hamilton
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
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    Other than the bullet lodged less than a centimeter from his heart, former Detroit police officer Alex McKnight thought he had put the nightmare of his partner’s death and his own near-fatal injury behind him. After all, Maximilian Rose, convicted of the crimes has been locked in the state pen for years. But in the small town of Paradise, Michigan, where McKnight has traded his badge for a cozy cabin in the woods, a murderer with Rose’s unmistakable trademarks appears to be back to his killing ways.

    Dennis says: "A modern Agatha Christie thriller"
  • The Other Side of Paradise: A Memoir | Staceyann Chin

    The Other Side of Paradise: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Staceyann Chin
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    Stacyann Chin has appeared on television and radio, including The Oprah Winfrey Show , CNN, and PBS, discussing issues of race and sexuality. But it is her extraordinary voice that launched her career as a performer, poet, and activist. Here, she shares her unforgettable story of triumph against all odds in this brave and fiercely candid memoir.

    No one knew Staceyann's mother was pregnant until a dangerously small baby was born on the floor of her grandmother's house in Jamaica, on Christmas Day.

  • Death in Paradise: A Jesse Stone Novel | Robert B. Parker

    Death in Paradise: A Jesse Stone Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Robert Forster
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    The local cops haven't seen anything like this, but Jesse's L.A. past has made him all too familiar with floaters. This girl hadn't committed suicide; she hadn't been drowned; she'd been shot and dumped, discarded like trash. Before long it becomes clear that she had a taste for the wild life; and her own parents can't be bothered to report her missing, or even admit that she once was a child of theirs. All Jesse has to go on is a young man's school ring on a gold chain, and a hunch or two.

    Jas says: "Great listen."
  • Paradise Lost | J.A. Jance

    Paradise Lost

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By J.A. Jance
    • Narrated By Debra Monk
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    For Sheriff Joanna Brady and her 12-year-old daughter Jenny, an innocent Girl Scout campout turns into a lethal game when Jenny and her tentmate, Dora Matthews, discover a murdered Phoenix woman.

    Gloria says: "Enjoyable"
  • Birds of a Lesser Paradise: Stories | Megan Mayhew Bergman

    Birds of a Lesser Paradise: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Megan Mayhew Bergman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
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    Exploring the way our choices and relationships are shaped by the menace and beauty of the natural world, Megan Mayhew Bergman’s powerful and heartwarming collection captures the surprising moments when the pull of our biology becomes evident, when love or fear collides with good sense, or when our attachment to an animal or wild place can’t be denied.

    Tony says: "A WONDERFUL COLLECTION"
  • A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster | Rebecca Solnit

    A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Rebecca Solnit
    • Narrated By Emily Beresford
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    A Paradise Built in Hell is an investigation of the moments of altruism, resourcefulness, and generosity that arise amid disaster's grief and disruption and considers their implications for everyday life. It points to a new vision of what society could become - one that is less authoritarian and fearful, more collaborative and local.

  • Burning Paradise | Robert Charles Wilson

    Burning Paradise

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
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    Cassie Klyne, 19 years old, lives in the United States in the year 2015 - but it's not our United States, and it's not our 2015. Cassies world has been at peace since the Great Armistice of 1918. There was no World War II, no Great Depression. Poverty is declining, prosperity is increasing everywhere; social instability is rare. But Cassie knows the world isn't what it seems. Her parents were part of a group who gradually discovered the awful truth: That for decades - back to the dawn of radio communications - human progress has been interfered with, made more peaceful and benign, by an extraterrestrial entity.

    Marci says: "Annoyingly Bad"
  • Strangers in Paradise | Heather Graham

    Strangers in Paradise

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Heather Graham
    • Narrated By Erin Yuen
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    Alexi Jordan has come to the old Florida estate to heal the wounds left by a bad marriage - and runs straight into trouble. She doesn't mind the fact that the mansion was supposedly haunted - after all, she can look after herself. It's the feelings stirred by her neighbor Rex Morrow, who seems intent on being her protector, that's giving her the jitters. Alexi chose the wrong man once before; can anything be scarier than the thought of her doing it again?

  • The Race for Paradise: An Islamic History of the Crusades | Paul M. Cobb

    The Race for Paradise: An Islamic History of the Crusades

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Paul M. Cobb
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    In The Race for Paradise, Paul M. Cobb offers a new history of the confrontations between Muslims and Franks we now call the "Crusades", one that emphasizes the diversity of Muslim experiences of the European holy war. There is more to the story than Jerusalem, the Templars, Saladin, and the Assassins. Cobb considers the Arab perspective on all shores of the Muslim Mediterranean, from Spain to Syria.

  • Captive Paradise: A History of Hawaii | James L. Haley

    Captive Paradise: A History of Hawaii

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By James L. Haley
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
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    The most recent state to join the union, Hawaii is the only one to have once been a royal kingdom. After its discovery by Captain Cook in the late 18th century, Hawaii was fought over by European powers determined to take advantage of its position as the crossroads of the Pacific. The arrival of the first missionaries marked the beginning of the struggle between a native culture with its ancient gods, sexual libertinism, and rites of human sacrifice and the rigid values of the Calvinists.

    Joanna says: "Biased History at its Worst!"
  • Turtle in Paradise | Jennifer L. Holm

    Turtle in Paradise

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jennifer L. Holm
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
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    Life isn't like the movies, and 11-year-old Turtle is no Shirley Temple. She's smart and tough and has seen enough of the world not to expect a Hollywood ending. After all, it's 1935, and jobs and money and sometimes even dreams are scarce. So when Turtle's mama gets a job housekeeping for a lady who doesn't like kids, Turtle says goodbye without a tear and heads off to Key West, Florida, to stay with relatives she's never met.

    Jennifer says: "Delightful, funny, and touching."
  • Mermaids in Paradise | Lydia Millet

    Mermaids in Paradise

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Lydia Millet
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
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    In this hilarious novel from Pulitzer Prize finalist Lydia Millet, a honeymooning couple makes friends with a marine biologist who discovers genuine mermaids in a coral reef - and who, the next night, apparently drowns in her hotel bathtub. As a resort chain swoops in to corner the market on mermaids, the newlyweds (opinionated, skeptical narrator Deb and handsome online gamer Chip, the world's friendliest man) join forces with other vacationers.

    siscyn says: "Sarcastic waste of time"
  • The Ladies' Paradise | Emile Zola

    The Ladies' Paradise

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Emile Zola
    • Narrated By Lee Ann Howlett
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    Country girl Denise Baudu arrives in Paris hoping for a position in her uncle's clothing shop. However, her uncle's shop, along with other small shops in the area, is doing poorly. This is due to the large store across the street - The Ladies' Paradise - which is swallowing up the small specialty stores by offering 'one-stop shopping' at discounted prices. 19th Century Paris is experiencing the dawn of the department store. Despite her loyalty to her uncle, Denise is drawn to the progressive Ladies' Paradise and it's owner, the driven but charismatic Monsieur Mouret.

    Gaele says: "rich and layered use of description"
  • Paradise Lost | John Milton

    Paradise Lost

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Milton
    • Narrated By Anton Lesser
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    In words remarkable for their richness of rhythm and imagery, Milton tells the story of man's creation, fall, and redemption, "to justify the ways of God to men". Here, unabridged, and told with exceptional sensitivity and power by Anton Lesser, is the plight of Adam and Eve, the ambition and vengefulness of Satan and his cohorts.

    David says: "Great Epic Poem Narrated Well"
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