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  • The Brooklyn Follies | Paul Auster

    The Brooklyn Follies

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Paul Auster
    • Narrated By Paul Auster
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    Nathan Glass has come to Brooklyn to die. Divorced, estranged from his only daughter, the retired life insurance salesman seeks only solitude and anonymity. Then Nathan finds his long-lost nephew, Tom Wood, working in a local bookstore, a far cry from the brilliant academic career he'd begun when Nathan saw him last. Tom's boss is the charismatic Harry Brightman, whom fate has also brought to the "ancient kingdom of Brooklyn, New York".

    Roni says: "Brooklyn IS Still the World"
  • On Folly Beach | Karen White

    On Folly Beach

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Karen White
    • Narrated By Lyssa Browne
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    Folly Beach, South Carolina, has survived despite hurricanes and war. But it's the personal battles of Folly Beach's residents that have left the most scars, and they are why a young widow has been beckoned there to heal her own. To most people, Folly Beach is simply the last barrier island before reaching the great Atlantic. To some, it's a sanctuary for lost souls, which is why Emmy Hamilton's mother encourages her to buy a local bookstore, Folly's Finds, hoping it will distract Emmy from the loss of her husband.

    L. Persyn says: "You won't want to get out of your car"
  • The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam | Barbara W. Tuchman

    The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
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    In The March of Folly, two-time Pulitzer Prize winning historian Barbara Tuchman tackles the pervasive presence of folly in governments through the ages. Defining folly as the pursuit by governments of policies contrary to their own interests, despite the availability of feasible alternatives, Tuchman details four decisive turning points in history that illustrate the very heights of folly in government.

    peter says: "No stone left unturned"
  • Sir Philip's Folly: The Poor Relation, Book 4 | M. C. Beaton,Marion Chesney

    Sir Philip's Folly: The Poor Relation, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton, Marion Chesney
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    Just when everything at the Poor Relation Hotel seems to be running smoothly, Sir Philip brings in another poor relation, Mrs. Budge. When Sir Philip presents his paramour, Lady Fortescue swears great oaths and says the woman is probably related to half the costermongers in London and certainly does not possess one rich relative. Mrs. Budge does nothing but eat all day and refused to do any work around the hotel. Worst of all, Miss Tonks seems to be taking the romance between Sir Philip and Mrs. Budge quite hard.

    Marie says: "Another worthy read in this marvelous series"
  • Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly, and the Making of the Modern Middle East | Scott Anderson

    Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly, and the Making of the Modern Middle East

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Scott Anderson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
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    Based on four years of intensive primary document research, Lawrence in Arabiadefinitively overturns received wisdom on how the modern Middle East was formed. Sweeping in its action, keen in its portraiture, acid in its condemnation of the destruction wrought by European colonial plots, this is a book that brilliantly captures the way in which the folly of the past creates the anguish of the present.

    carolyn says: "A Middle East Built on Lies"
  • This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly | Carmen Reinhart,Kenneth Rogoff

    This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Carmen Reinhart, Kenneth Rogoff
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
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    Throughout history, rich and poor countries alike have been lending, borrowing, crashing - and recovering -their way through an extraordinary range of financial crises. Each time, the experts have chimed, "this time is different" - claiming that the old rules of valuation no longer apply and that the new situation bears little similarity to past disasters. This book proves that premise wrong.

    D. Littman says: "necessary piece to understand the current crisis"
  • Folly | Laurie R. King

    Folly

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
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    Tragedy and mental illness have been dark companions of Rae Newborn for more than 50 years. Her life seems to start rebuilding itself, though, when she moves to a deserted island to restore the house her mysterious great-uncle built in the 1920s. But Rae senses powerful forces stirring on the island. Is the skin-crawling feeling she has of someone watching her only in her mind, or has something disturbingly real taken notice of Rae?

    Amy says: "Enriched"
  • A Mad, Wicked Folly | Sharon Biggs Waller

    A Mad, Wicked Folly

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Sharon Biggs Waller
    • Narrated By Katharine McEwan
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    Welcome to the world of the fabulously wealthy in London, 1909, where dresses and houses are overwhelmingly opulent, social class means everything, and women are taught to be nothing more than wives and mothers. Into this world comes 17-year-old Victoria Darling, who wants only to be an artist - a nearly impossible dream for a girl. After Vicky poses nude for her illicit art class, she is expelled from her French finishing school. Shamed and scandalized, her parents try to marry her off to the wealthy Edmund Carrick-Humphrey. But Vicky has other things on her mind....

    espo says: "Great Listen"
  • Dead Man's Folly: A Hercule Poirot Mystery | Agatha Christie

    Dead Man's Folly: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By David Suchet
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    Whilst organising a mock murder hunt for the village fete hosted by Sir George and Lady Stubbs, a feeling of dread settles on the famous crime novelist Adriane Oliver. Call it instinct, but it's a feeling she just can't explain...or get away from. In desperation she summons her old friend, Hercule Poirot - and her instincts are soon proved correct when the "pretend" murder victim is discovered playing the scene for real, a rope wrapped tightly around her neck.

    Gudrun says: "A great Agatha Christie"
  • Thale's Folly | Dorothy Gilman

    Thale's Folly

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated By John McDonough
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    Andrew Thale is not exactly thrilled when his overbearing father sends him on an errand to assess the property inherited from an eccentric aunt. Andrew is intrigued though, when he finds the house fully occupied. Its odd and interesting residents have a calming effect on him, especially the beautiful young woman named Tarragon. But his arrival seems to have set a series of mysterious events into motion. Narrator John McDonough’s engaging performance lets you share in the excitement and camaraderie.

    Rebekah says: "Excellent Story and Narration!"
  • Chains of Folly: A Magdalene la Batarde Mystery, Book 4 | Roberta Gellis

    Chains of Folly: A Magdalene la Batarde Mystery, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Roberta Gellis
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
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    That Nelda Roundheels had been murdered would have been of little interest to anyone - except that her body turned up in the bishop of Winchester's bedchamber with a letter to the bishop, from the king's most important enemy, rolled up in her breastband. The bishop and his knight, Sir Bellamy of Itchen, realize immediately that the purpose of putting the body in Winchester's bedchamber is to embarrass and discredit the bishop. And the reason for this attack on Winchester is his calling of a convocation to chastise the king for acting high-handedly against the bishop of Salisbury.

    S. Williams says: "Great book. A real shame about the narrator."
  • The Highlander's Folly: The Novels of Loch Moigh, Book 3 | Barbara Longley

    The Highlander's Folly: The Novels of Loch Moigh, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Barbara Longley
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
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    A brave fifteenth-century Highlander fiercely devoted to his foster family, Hunter of clan MacKintosh can defeat any man in battle. Thanks to his fae gifts, he can read the intent of his opponents and guess their next moves. But when the faerie Madame Giselle sends Hunter to the present day, he stumbles into a staged battle and rescues a young knight - only to discover that the knight is a woman, and she's anything but a damsel in distress.

    Scotty says: "Can I give this more than 5 stars?"
  • Flinx's Folly: A Pip and Flinx Novel | Alan Dean Foster

    Flinx's Folly: A Pip and Flinx Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Alan Dean Foster
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
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    New York Times best-selling author Alan Dean Foster delivers the eagerly awaited new Pip and Flinx novel featuring a certain twenty-four-year-old with red hair, growing powers, and a loyal sidekick who just happens to be a flying mini-dragon. Sure to delight longtime fans and win new ones, Flinx's Folly follows Flinx on a thrilling quest to unravel the mysteries of his mind and body. It is a quest that forces him to confront a horror almost beyond human comprehension.

    Ms. Melendez says: "More Pip & Flinx please!!!"
  • FDR's Folly: How Roosevelt and His New Deal Prolonged the Great Depression | Jim Powell

    FDR's Folly: How Roosevelt and His New Deal Prolonged the Great Depression

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jim Powell
    • Narrated By William Hughes
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    In the minds of historians and the American public alike, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was one of our greatest presidents, not least because he supposedly saved America from the Great Depression. But as historian Jim Powell reveals in this groundbreaking book, Roosevelt's New Deal policies actually prolonged and exacerbated the economic disaster.

    David says: "Very Important"
  • My Sweet Folly | Laura Kinsale

    My Sweet Folly

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
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    Through their innocent correspondence, a lonely young wife grows to love an imaginary man thousands of miles away. But when he returns to England from India, her idea of reality is turned upside down. Drawn from a safe world of tea and parlor chat into madness and mystery, she cannot find her own cherished Robert in the frightening stranger who claims her love. Laura Kinsale personally chose the exceptional talent of Nicholas Boulton to voice her favorite heroine, sweet, witty Folie with her ferret, Toot.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Delightful Journey of Romance vs Reality"
  • McNally's Folly | Vincent Lardo

    McNally's Folly

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Vincent Lardo
    • Narrated By Boyd Gaines
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    In a play filled with murders, only Archy McNally - South Florida's premiere sleuth-about-town created by Lawrence Sanders - can separate the actors from the genuine article, and bring down the curtain on the latest and most enjoyable of McNally's follies.

  • Arsenals of Folly | Richard Rhodes

    Arsenals of Folly

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Richard Rhodes
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
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    In a narrative that moves like a thriller, Rhodes sheds light on the Reagan administration's unprecedented arms buildup in the early 1980s, as well as the arms-reduction campaign that followed, and Reagan's famous 1986 summit meeting with Gorbachev. Rhodes' detailed exploration of events of this time constitutes a prehistory of the neoconservatives. The story is new, compelling, and continually surprising - a revelatory re-creation of a hugely important era of our recent history.

    Thomas says: "overall outstanding"
  • Lieberman's Folly: The Abe Lieberman Mysteries, Book 1 | Stuart M. Kaminsky

    Lieberman's Folly: The Abe Lieberman Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
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    A pair of cops hunt the killer of the most beautiful hooker on Chicago’s North Side. On a blistering Chicago afternoon, the Cubs are winning and Abe Lieberman is waiting to meet a prostitute. This mild-mannered old police detective still has a few tricks up his sleeves - and one of them is named Estralda Valdez. One of the city’s loveliest women of the night, she is Lieberman’s most prized confidential informant, and she needs help with a psychotic john. Though they suspect she’s only paranoid, Lieberman and his partner, Bill Hanrahan, agree to watch Valdez’s back.

    Saikungbob says: "The best book I've listened to in a long time"
  • Hope's Folly: The Dock Five Universe Series, Book 3 | Linnea Sinclair

    Hope's Folly: The Dock Five Universe Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Linnea Sinclair
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
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    Admiral Philip Guthrie is in an unprecedented position: on the wrong end of the law, leading a ragtag band of rebels against the oppressive Imperial forces. Or he would be if he could get his command ship, the derelict cruiser called Hope's Folly, functioning. Not much can rattle Philips legendary cool, but the woman who helps him foil an assassination attempt on Kirro Station will.

    Joki says: "Great Series - 3rd in the Dock Five"
  • Almayer's Folly | Joseph Conrad

    Almayer's Folly

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
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    Set in Malaya, Almayer's Folly is Joseph Conrad's first novel. In it, he charts the decline of a Dutch merchant after a 25 year struggle against overwhelming odds. Though married to a bitter and hateful Malayan wife, Almayer refuses to accept the financial ruin which he has precipitated. Instead, he dreams of fantastic wealth and a return to the civilization of his youth, accompanied by his loving daughter, Nina.

    Darwin8u says: "Obsession, alienation, failure and forgetting."
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