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  • If You Only Knew | Kristan Higgins

    If You Only Knew

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Kristan Higgins
    • Narrated By Xe Sands, Amy Rubinate
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    Wedding-dress designer Jenny Tate understands the happily ever after business, yet somehow she's still involved in her ex-husband's life. In fact Owen's new wife may - inexplicably - be Jenny's new best friend. Sensing this, well, relationship isn't helping her move on, Jenny trades the Manhattan skyline for her hometown up the Hudson, where she'll be able to bask in her sister Rachel's picture-perfect family life...and hopefully make one of her own.

    karen says: "EXCELLENCE made EXCELLENT thru the NARRATION."
  • Muralist | B. A. Shapiro

    Muralist

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By B. A. Shapiro
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
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    Alizée Benoit, an American painter working for the Works Progress Administration (WPA), vanishes in New York City in 1940 amid personal and political turmoil. No one knows what happened to her. Not her Jewish family living in German-occupied France. Not her artistic patron and political compatriot, Eleanor Roosevelt. Not her close-knit group of friends, including Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, and Lee Krasner.

    alyxsheerheart says: "Like the Beginning; Indifferent About the Rest"
  • Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself | Kristin Neff

    Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kristin Neff
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
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    The relentless pursuit of high self-esteem has become a virtual religion - and a tyrannical one at that. Our ultracompetitive culture tells us we need to be constantly above average to feel good about ourselves, but there is always someone more attractive, successful, or intelligent than we are. And even when we do manage to grab hold of high self-esteem for a brief moment, we can't seem to keep it. Our sense of self-worth goes up and down like a ping-pong ball, rising and falling in lockstep with our latest success or failure.

    Erika says: "Learning self-compassion is transforming my life."
  • Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting | Laura Markham

    Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Laura Markham
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
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    Based on the latest research on brain development and extensive clinical experience with parents, Dr. Laura Markham's approach is as simple as it is effective. Her message: Fostering emotional connection with your child creates real and lasting change. When you have that vital connection, you don't need to threaten, nag, plead, bribe - or even punish. This remarkable guide will help parents better understand their own emotions - and get them in check - so they can parent with healthy limits, empathy, and clear communication.

    Ken DV says: "Some things made sense, others didn't"
  • Euphoria: A Novel | Lily King

    Euphoria: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Lily King
    • Narrated By Simon Vance, Xe Sands
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    English anthropologist Andrew Bankson has been alone in the field for several years, studying the Kiona river tribe in the territory of New Guinea. Haunted by the memory of his brothers' deaths and increasingly frustrated and isolated by his research, Bankson is on the verge of suicide when a chance encounter with colleagues, the controversial Nell Stone and her wry and mercurial Australian husband, Fen, pulls him back from the brink. Nell and Fen have just fled the bloodthirsty Mumbanyo and, in spite of Nell's poor health, are hungry for a new discovery.

    David says: "Anthropologists in Love"
  • Area X: The Southern Reach Trilogy - Annihilation, Authority, Acceptance | Jeff VanderMeer

    Area X: The Southern Reach Trilogy - Annihilation, Authority, Acceptance

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jeff VanderMeer
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick, Bronson Pinchot, Xe Sands
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    Dive into the mysteries of Area X, a remote and lush terrain that has inexplicably sequestered itself from civilization. Twelve expeditions have gone in, and not a single member of any of them has remained unchanged by the experience - for better or worse.

    Kelt says: "Book 1: intriguing! Book 2: Zzzz. Book 3: WTF!"
  • The Art Forger | B. A. Shapiro

    The Art Forger

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By B. A. Shapiro
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
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    Making a living reproducing famous artworks for a popular online retailer and desperate to improve her situation, Claire is lured into a Faustian bargain with Aiden Markel, a powerful gallery owner. She agrees to forge a painting - a Degas masterpiece stolen from the Gardner Museum - in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But when that very same long-missing Degas painting is delivered to Claire's studio, she begins to suspect that it may itself be a forgery. Her desperate search for the truth leads Claire into a labyrinth of deceit where secrets hidden since the late 19th century may be the only evidence that can now save her life.

    D says: "Engrossing forage into art forgery and intrigue"
  • Controlling People: How to Recognize, Understand, and Deal with People Who Try to Control You | Patricia Evans

    Controlling People: How to Recognize, Understand, and Deal with People Who Try to Control You

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Patricia Evans
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
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    In Controlling People, best-selling author Patricia Evans tackles the "controlling personality" and reveals how and why these people try to run other people's lives. She also explains the compulsion that makes them continue this behavior - even as they alienate others and often lose those they love. Should you ever find yourself in the thrall of someone close to you, Controlling People is here to give you the wisdom, power, and comfort you need to be a stronger, happier, and more independent person.

    Thomasine says: "Wow, Wow, Wow!! Powerful Healing Insights!"
  • The Prayer Box: A Novel | Lisa Wingate

    The Prayer Box: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Lisa Wingate
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
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    When Iola Anne Poole, an old-timer on Hatteras Island, passes away in her bed at ninety-one, the struggling young mother in her rental cottage, Tandi Jo Reese, finds herself charged with the task of cleaning out the rambling Victorian house. Running from a messy, dangerous past, Tandi never expects to find more than a temporary hiding place within Iola's walls, but everything changes with the discovery of eighty-one carefully decorated prayer boxes, one for each year, dating from Iola's youth to her last days.

    Sara says: "A story that draws you in"
  • Descent | Tim Johnston

    Descent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Tim Johnston
    • Narrated By Xe Sands, R.C. Bray
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    From the day Caitlin vanishes the lives of her family members are irrevocably altered, each assuming blame for that day's tragic events. As the initial days of hope are replaced by weeks of anxiety and despair, they find themselves increasingly isolated, each wondering: Is she still alive? Will we ever know what happened?

    Marjorie says: "Disappointing Descent"
  • The Next Best Thing | Kristan Higgins

    The Next Best Thing

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kristan Higgins
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
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    Lucy Lang isn't looking for fireworks. She's looking for a nice, decent man. Someone who'll mow the lawn, flip chicken on the barbecue, teach their future children to play soccer. But most important: someone who won't inspire the slightest stirring in her heart - or anywhere else. A young widow, Lucy can't risk that kind of loss again. But sharing her life with a cat named Fat Mikey and the Black Widows at the family bakery isn't enough either.

    jodiod says: "Brilliant rom com!!!"
  • Only for Him: Volume 1 | Cristin Harber

    Only for Him: Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Cristin Harber
    • Narrated By Xe Sands, Jeffrey Kafer
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    Grayson Ford and Emma Kinglsey - close since they were kids, opposites in every way. He's the stuff high school crushes are made of, Mister Popular, and captain of every team. She's artsy, cute, and not in his league, though fully aware of Summerland's "I Dream of Dating Grayson Ford" support group. He hides a life of hell. His father hates him, his mother's gone. Emma is his only savior, yet she doesn't know her power over him. She's the only girl he wants, the only one he could ever tell - though he won't.

    Melanie says: "loved it!!"
  • A Toxic Trousseau: Witchcraft Mysteries, Book 8 | Juliet Blackwell

    A Toxic Trousseau: Witchcraft Mysteries, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Juliet Blackwell
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
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    Even the most skilled sorceress can't ward off a lawsuit, and Lily is not at her enchanting best with her hands full as the temporary leader of San Francisco's magical community. So after her potbellied pig, Oscar, head butts rival clothier Autumn Jennings, Lily tries to make peace without a costly personal injury case.

    Theresa Lindquist says: "Best Of A Good Thing."
  • The Midwife's Confession | Diane Chamberlain

    The Midwife's Confession

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Diane Chamberlain
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe, Cassandra Campbell, Abby Craden, and others
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    Dear Anna, What I have to tell you is difficult to write, but I know it will be far more difficult for you to hear, and I'm so sorry. The unfinished letter is the only clue Tara and Emerson have to the reason behind their close friend Noelle's suicide. Everything they knew about Noelle - her calling as a midwife, her passion for causes, her love for her friends and family - described a woman who embraced life. Yet there was so much they didn't know. With the discovery of the letter and its heartbreaking secret, Noelle's friends begin to uncover the truth about this complex woman who touched each of their lives.

    Simone says: "Another great book by Diane Chamberlain!"
  • All I Ever Wanted | Kristan Higgins

    All I Ever Wanted

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Kristan Higgins
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
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    Turning 30 has its ups and downs. For Callie Grey, coming to grips with her age means facing the fact that her boyfriend-slash-boss is way overdue with a marriage proposal. And that she's way off track, because Mark has suddenly announced his engagement to the company's new Miss Perfect. If that isn't bad enough, her mom decides to throw her a Big Three-Oh birthday bash - in the family funeral home.

    jodiod says: "Loved!!"
  • Spellcasting in Silk: Witchcraft Mysteries, Book 7 | Juliet Blackwell

    Spellcasting in Silk: Witchcraft Mysteries, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Juliet Blackwell
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
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    Lily would like nothing better than to relax, enjoy her friends, and take care of business at her store, which is booming thanks to San Francisco's upcoming Summer of Love Festival. But as the unofficial witchy consultant to the SFPD, she is pulled into yet another case.

    Bonnie says: "Magical fun"
  • Tarnished and Torn: Witchcraft Mysteries, Book 5 | Juliet Blackwell

    Tarnished and Torn: Witchcraft Mysteries, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Juliet Blackwell
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
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    When Lily arrives at an antique jewelry fair, her bargain sensors go off left and right - but she also picks up a faint vibration of magic. Could the hard-bargaining merchant Griselda be a fellow practitioner? It certainly seems that way when a sudden fire sends panic through the crowd, and Lily discovers Griselda murdered in a way that nods to an old-fashioned witch hunt. A crime that hits close to home turns into an unwelcome flash from the past when the police bring in their lead suspect - Lily's estranged father.

    Cozy Reader says: "Outstanding!"
  • Acceptance: The Southern Reach Trilogy, Book 3 | Jeff VanderMeer

    Acceptance: The Southern Reach Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jeff VanderMeer
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick, Bronson Pinchot, Xe Sands
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    It is winter in Area X. A new team embarks across the border on a mission to find a member of a previous expedition who may have been left behind. As they press deeper into the unknown - navigating new terrain and new challenges - the threat to the outside world becomes only more daunting. In the final installment of the Southern Reach Trilogy, the mysteries of Area X may have been solved, but their consequences and implications are no less profound - or terrifying.

    Joseph Mieczkowski Jr. says: "Nice continuation, terrible production value."
  • And After the Fire: A Novel | Lauren Belfer

    And After the Fire: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Lauren Belfer
    • Narrated By Xe Sands, Simon Vance
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    In the ruins of Germany in 1945, at the end of World War II, American soldier Henry Sachs takes a souvenir, an old music manuscript, from a seemingly deserted mansion and mistakenly kills the girl who tries to stop him. In America in 2010, Henry's niece, Susanna Kessler, struggles to rebuild her life after she experiences a devastating act of violence on the streets of New York City. When Henry dies soon after, she uncovers the long-hidden music manuscript.

    Gerald W. Riley says: "Bach, History, Mystery, and Jewish Heritage "
  • Ties That Bind | Marie Bostwick

    Ties That Bind

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Marie Bostwick
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin, Xe Sands
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    In her compelling, beautifully crafted novel, New York Times best-selling author Marie Bostwick celebrates friendships old and new - and the unlikely threads that sometimes lead us exactly where we need to go. Christmas is fast approaching, and New Bern, Connecticut, is about to receive the gift of a new pastor, hired sight unseen to fill in while Reverend Tucker is on sabbatical. Meanwhile, Margot Matthews’ friend, Abigail, is trying to matchmake, even though Margot has all but given up on romance.

    Carol Dollar Smith says: "Surprise! Christian Fiction"
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