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  • The Iron Heel | Jack London

    The Iron Heel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jack London
    • Narrated By Darla Middlebrook, Mike Vendetti
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    Jack London, famed for his tales of adventure, was also a science fiction writer only rivaled in his time by the great H. G. Wells. The Iron Heel is a dystopia that would, in part, inspire George Orwell's masterwork, 1984. The Iron Heel tracks the rise of an oligarchic tyranny in the United States of America - and the doomed attempt to counter it. It is a novel more relevant today than it was in its day. Hear the "tale of capitalist oppression" that George Orwell couldn't stop thinking about.

    Jay Quintana says: "Brilliant argument against oligarchy, okay..."
  • Black Americans of Achievement: Rosa Parks | Mary Hull

    Black Americans of Achievement: Rosa Parks

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Mary Hull
    • Narrated By Darla Middlebrook
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    On December 1, 1955, seamstress Rosa Parks took a stand by refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white man. Her defiance against an unjust system triggered the Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped spark the civil rights movement in the 1960s. Parks demonstrated the effectiveness of unified peaceful protests, and throughout her life she advocated an end to violence, discrimination, and injustice, eventually establishing the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self-Development.

  • The Princess of Dhagabad: (The Spirits of the Ancient Sands) | Anna Kashina

    The Princess of Dhagabad: (The Spirits of the Ancient Sands)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Anna Kashina
    • Narrated By Darla Middlebrook
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    When, on the day of her age-coming, the princess opens a mysterious bronze bottle - a gift from her grandmother - she has no idea that she is about to unleash a power older than the world itself. Worse, she is not prepared for the bearer of this power to be a handsome man whose intense gray eyes pierce her very soul. Hasan, her new slave, is immeasurably wiser and stronger than anyone she has ever heard of, and he is now hers to command - if she can handle him, that is.

    Kathryn says: "Love the story, but needs a new narrator"
  • Magdalene | Angela Hunt

    Magdalene

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Angela Hunt
    • Narrated By Darla Middlebrook
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    In an era when women are sequestered and silenced, Miryam of Magdala lives a contended life until her son's careless gesture evokes a hostile action that shatters her serenity. With no hope of justice, Miryam commits an unthinkable act... and descends into depths of darkness that threaten her life and her sanity. Even after Yeshua the Messiah dramatically restores her life, Miryam can neither forget nor forgive unresolved injustices.

    Pamela says: "Highly recommended"
  • Childhood Speech, Language, and Listening Problems | Patricia McAleer Hamaguchi

    Childhood Speech, Language, and Listening Problems

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Patricia McAleer Hamaguchi
    • Narrated By Darla Middlebrook
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    The essential, up-to-date guide for helping children with language and listening problems. Does your child have trouble getting the right words out, following directions, or being understood? In this revised new edition of Childhood Speech, Language, and Listening Problems, speech-language pathologist Patricia Hamaguchi - who has been helping children overcome problems like these for more than 30 years - answers your questions to help you determine what's best for your child.

  • Oracle: Oracle Trilogy, Book 2 | Mike Resnick

    Oracle: Oracle Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Mike Resnick
    • Narrated By Darla Middlebrook
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    Since she was a little girl, all humanity has been frightened by Penelope Bailey's awesome psychic talent and her ability to bend events - and men - to her will. Now a grown woman and living on the planet Hades, Penelope is caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse with a bounty hunter, a government agent, and an out-for-profit outlaw cyborg - none of whom suspect the true depths of her power.

  • Lady Squire: Dawn's Ascension: Chronicles of Aetheaon, Book 2 | Leonard D. Hilley II

    Lady Squire: Dawn's Ascension: Chronicles of Aetheaon, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Leonard D. Hilley II
    • Narrated By Darla Middlebrook
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    During a dark, foggy night, Vyking ships from the Isles of Welkstone slip into Hoffnung Bay to aid Lord Waxxon's coup to take Hoffnung's throne from half elf Queen Taube. As Lord Waxxon's guards storm the castle, Queen Taube flees to Lady Dawn's chambers to help her daughter escape. After Hoffnung's fall, Lady Dawn flees for her life in the hope of gathering together an army to overthrow Lord Waxxon, who killed her mother to take the throne.

  • Soothsayer: Oracle Trilogy, Book 1 | Mike Resnick

    Soothsayer: Oracle Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Mike Resnick
    • Narrated By Darla Middlebrook
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    Mouse, a hard-bitten, cynical woman and professional thief, finds herself in deep trouble when her attempt to rescue a seemingly helpless little girl has potentially deadly consequences in this brilliant and haunting installment of Santiago-inspired adventure. Young Penelope has long had a price on her head, and Carlos Mendoza now knows how she has outwitted her captors - and the awesome powers behind her success. As Carlos moves in for the kill, Mouse is hard-pressed to preserve her life, defend Penelope, and in so doing, save humanity.

    saige says: "Decent story but narration leaves you wanting"
  • Prophet: Oracle Trilogy, Book 3 | Mike Resnick

    Prophet: Oracle Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mike Resnick
    • Narrated By Darla Middlebrook
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    With all of humanity frightened by her powers of prophecy, and a paid assassin known as the Iceman determined to kill her, Penelope Bailey hides on an obscure planet.

  • Sojourner Truth | Peter Krass

    Sojourner Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Peter Krass
    • Narrated By Darla Middlebrook
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    One of America's first civil rights activists was a former slave named Sojourner Truth. Truth was born into slavery around the year 1797, and would wait thirty years to win her freedom. Her 1850 autobiography brought attention to the evils of slavery, and her work during the Civil War, her speeches highlighting injustice, and her efforts to ensure greater equality for all Americans inspired those who would follow.

  • Annisa: Daughter of Afghanistan | Kathleen MacArthur

    Annisa: Daughter of Afghanistan

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Kathleen MacArthur
    • Narrated By Darla Middlebrook
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    Set internationally and spanning two decades, Annisa is an intricate portrait of a young Afghan girl's struggle to survive after the Soviet invasion in 1979. Her harrowing escape to America, and her fatal decision to return to her people in Afghanistan, evokes insight into a society torn apart by terrorism, drug smuggling, and bitter conflicts over the role of its women.

    Jan says: "She could have been the girl on the Nat Geo cover"
  • Youth | Isaac Asimov

    Youth

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 16 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Darla Middlebrook
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    Slim and Red decide to train the to small animals Red has captured as a circus act. You can imagine the chagrin of Red's father an important industrialist realizes that the small animals are actually surviving aliens who have traveled to this world to open up an interstellar trade relationship. There are lots of possibilities here, so listen along as Darla Middlebrook transports us to the world of Isaac Asimov.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "An Asimov Classic With a Poor Reader"
  • Shawndirea: Chronicles of Aetheaon, Book One | Leonard D. Hilley II

    Shawndirea: Chronicles of Aetheaon, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Leonard D. Hilley II
    • Narrated By Darla Middlebrook
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    Often the smallest unexpected surprises garner the most demanding dilemmas, which proves to be the ordeal that entomologist Ben Whytten faces. While netting butterflies to add to his vast collection, he mistakenly sweeps what he thinks is the most spectacular butterfly he has ever seen into his net. Upon examining his catch, Ben is horrified to discover he has captured a faery and shredded her delicate wings into useless ribbons.

    James says: "What a horrible narration!"
  • The Lost Enforcer | Irene Radford,Bob Brown

    The Lost Enforcer

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Irene Radford, Bob Brown
    • Narrated By Darla Middlebrook
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    From a galaxy torn by civil war to a sleepy planet on the edge of the known universe, Enforcer Jakai del Quint pursues the failed Warlord Dorno Ban Sant to final showdown leaving Jakai alone and stranded on a planet called Earth far from the civilization he fought to protect. More than a hundred years later Jakai awakes, freed from his hibernation by a curious hiker.

    Jeremy says: "Story could be OK but for the reader"
  • Ice Magic, Fire Magic | Shauna Roberts

    Ice Magic, Fire Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Shauna Roberts
    • Narrated By Darla Middlebrook
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    In the sentient land of Veridia, Fila dreams of a simple future: using her women's magic of creation to help the Toiler people of the countryside. But when Veridia loses its Servant, the human conduit linking Veridia and its peoples, it chooses her daughter, Fila, as its new Servant. Mourning her mother and her lost dreams and doubting her worthiness, Fila sets out for the capital to be invested. On her journey, assassins attack, sent by a usurper with corrupted magic.

  • Ruins Excavation | Eric T. Reynolds,Rose Reynolds,Emmeline Wolfe,Nisi Shawl

    Ruins Excavation

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Eric T. Reynolds, Rose Reynolds, Emmeline Wolfe, and others
    • Narrated By Darla Middlebrook
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    Speculative fiction stories that are set in or about Archaeological Ruins. The protagonist in each story is an archaeologist who is a woman of color. Ruins range from those in the American Southwest to Central America, to the Andes Mountains to Egypt to the Middle East, Egypt to Aboriginal Australia, and across other areas. Some incorporate mythology of the ancient cultures who built and inhabited the ruins. Some of the protagonists are descendants of the ancient peoples of the ruins.

  • Tortured Memory: Brier Hospital Series | Lawrence Gold

    Tortured Memory: Brier Hospital Series

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Lawrence Gold
    • Narrated By Darla Middlebrook
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    Abbie had been treating two victims of the Chabot rapist who targeted girls, and as she's making progress in their care, unbelievably, someone abducts and strangles them. Their deaths devastate Abbie. During Abbie's difficult recovery, memories of past events gradually return. They are fragmentary and torture her with memory flashes and nightmares. Gradually, she begins to suspect that one of her adult patients may be the strangler.

    Donna says: "What a disappointment"
  • Eolyn | Karin Rita Gastreich

    Eolyn

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Karin Rita Gastreich
    • Narrated By Darla Middlebrook
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    Sole heiress to a forbidden craft, Eolyn lives in a world where women of her kind are tortured and burned. When she meets Akmael, destined to assume the throne of this violent realm, she embarks upon a path of adventure, love, betrayal and war. Bound by magic, torn apart by destiny, Eolyn and the Mage King confront each other in an epic struggle that will determine the fate of a millennial tradition of magic.

    mani says: "Eolyn"
  • Gruesomely Grimm Zombie Tales | Wilhelm Grimm,Jakob Grimm,TW Brown

    Gruesomely Grimm Zombie Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Wilhelm Grimm, Jakob Grimm, TW Brown
    • Narrated By Darla Middlebrook
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    Over a century ago, The Brothers Grimm compiled an iconic collection of stories. Over forty years ago, American cinema was infected by the walking dead. A few years ago, classic literature fell to that same infection. Now, it is time for the logical, but simultaneously unlikely, fusion of the often mistakenly labeled Grimm's Fairy Tales to fall prey to the gaping maw of undeath. Volume One of Gruesomely Grimm Zombie Tales offers up the first twenty-five stories with a liberal dose of blood, gore, and zombies.

    KensaiEd says: "Rewind and Rewind Some More!"
  • Three Great Lies | Vanessa MacLellan

    Three Great Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Vanessa MacLellan
    • Narrated By Darla Middlebrook
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    While vacationing in Egypt Jeannette Walker, a cynical scientist jaded by swarms of tour groups and knick-knack shacks, is lured by a teenage tour guide to visit a newly discovered tomb. No other tourists there! Inside the chamber, she tumbles down a shaft and 3,000 years back in time. Now, in a world where deities walk the streets and prophecy stinks up the air, Jeannette is desperate for normal and the simple pleasures of sanitation and refrigeration.

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