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    • Where the Crawdads Sing

    • By: Delia Owens
    • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
    • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 55,053
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50,151
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49,935

    For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life - until the unthinkable happens.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful

    • By Seattle blues on 08-17-18

    Regular price: $24.50

    • A Mind of Her Own

    • By: Paula McLain
    • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
    • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13,948
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12,551
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 12,525

    Paris, 1893. Twenty-five-year-old Marie Sklodowska is studying science at the Sorbonne - one of the only universities in the world that has begun to admit women. A thousand miles from her native Poland, with no money and the odds stacked against any woman daring to pursue a career in such a rigorous field, Marie throws herself into her studies. She's certain that to succeed in a man's world, she will have to go it alone. Her meticulous plans get thrown slightly off-course when Marie attracts the attention of an accomplished young physicist, himself on the precipice of greatness.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Based on a true story

    • By Kingsley on 03-01-19

    Regular price: $7.95

    • Circe

    • By: Madeline Miller
    • Narrated by: Perdita Weeks
    • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16,847
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 15,756
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15,671

    In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child - not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring, like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power - the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Refined writing with an intimate performance

    • By Michael - Audible Editor on 04-11-18

    Regular price: $29.65

    • The Night Tiger

    • A Novel
    • By: Yangsze Choo
    • Narrated by: Yangsze Choo
    • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 662
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 620
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 619

    Quick-witted, ambitious Ji Lin is stuck as an apprentice dressmaker, moonlighting as a dance hall girl to help pay off her mother’s Mahjong debts. But when one of her dance partners accidentally leaves behind a gruesome souvenir, Ji Lin may finally get the adventure she has been longing for. Eleven-year-old houseboy Ren is also on a mission, racing to fulfill his former master’s dying wish: that Ren find the man’s finger, lost years ago in an accident, and bury it with his body. Ren has 49 days to do so, or his master’s soul will wander the earth forever.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful.

    • By Amazon Customer on 03-21-19

    Regular price: $27.99

    • The Tattooist of Auschwitz

    • A Novel
    • By: Heather Morris
    • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
    • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 5,976
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5,475
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 5,444

    In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a Tätowierer (German for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners. Imprisoned for more than two and a half years, Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism - but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion. Risking his own life, he uses his position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners alive.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A hopeful perspective on a harrowing time

    • By melyssa57 (A Page Before Bedtime dot com) on 10-10-18

    Regular price: $23.95

    • The Murmur of Bees

    • By: Sofia Segovia, Simon Bruni - translation
    • Narrated by: Xe Sands, Angelo Di Loreto
    • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    From the day that old Nana Reja found a baby abandoned under a bridge, the life of a small Mexican town forever changed. Disfigured and covered in a blanket of bees, little Simonopio is for some locals the stuff of superstition, a child kissed by the devil. But he is welcomed by landowners Francisco and Beatriz Morales, who adopt him and care for him. As he grows up, Simonopio becomes a cause for wonder to the Morales family, because when the uncannily gifted child closes his eyes, he can see what no one else can - visions of all that’s yet to come, both beautiful and dangerous.

    Regular price: $24.99

    • Before We Were Yours

    • A Novel
    • By: Lisa Wingate
    • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Catherine Taber
    • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46,951
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42,734
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42,581

    Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge - until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents - but they quickly realize the dark truth.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I was rivetted, finished in three days.

    • By Lin Cloward on 06-26-17

    Regular price: $35.00

    • Norse Mythology

    • By: Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
    • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43,954
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 40,218
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40,037

    Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • As good as it gets without the old texts

    • By William Taylor on 05-10-18

    Regular price: $23.95

    • The Song of Achilles

    • A Novel
    • By: Madeline Miller
    • Narrated by: Frazer Douglas
    • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,534
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,897
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,877

    Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. “The best of all the Greeks”—strong, beautiful, and the child of a goddess—Achilles is everything the shamed Patroclus is not. Yet despite their differences, the boys become steadfast companions. Their bond deepens as they grow into young men and become skilled in the arts of war and medicine—much to the displeasure and the fury of Achilles’ mother, Thetis, a cruel sea goddess with a hatred of mortals.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wasn't Expecting to Like It- BOY! was I wrong!!

    • By susan on 06-11-14

    Regular price: $30.79

    • A Gentleman in Moscow

    • A Novel
    • By: Amor Towles
    • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
    • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23,670
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 21,941
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21,861

    A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Reprieve Amidst Ugly News, Relentless Negativity

    • By Cathy Lindhorst on 08-27-17

    Regular price: $35.00

    • The Huntress

    • A Novel
    • By: Kate Quinn
    • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
    • Length: 18 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,927
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,805
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,794

    Bold and fearless, Nina Markova always dreamed of flying. When the Nazis attack the Soviet Union, she risks everything to join the legendary Night Witches, an all-female night bomber regiment wreaking havoc on the invading Germans. When she is stranded behind enemy lines, Nina becomes the prey of a lethal Nazi murderess known as the Huntress, and only Nina's bravery and cunning will keep her alive. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic!

    • By Annie on 03-04-19

    Regular price: $49.05

    • The Pillars of the Earth

    • By: Ken Follett
    • Narrated by: Richard E. Grant
    • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 344
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 213
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 213

    The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame...and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Spellbinding but Unabridged?

    • By Reademandweep on 11-18-07

    Regular price: $28.00

    • The Nightingale

    • By: Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated by: Polly Stone
    • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 50,096
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 45,403
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 45,326

    Audie Award, Fiction, 2016. From the number-one New York Times bestselling author comes Kristin Hannah’s next novel. It is an epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II. She is the author of twenty-one novels. Her previous novels include Home Front, Night Road, Firefly Lane, Fly Away, and Winter Garden.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Heroic & Harrowing Work Of Fiction

    • By Sara on 08-21-15

    Regular price: $31.49

    • The Alice Network

    • A Novel
    • By: Kate Quinn
    • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
    • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26,010
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23,998
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23,892

    In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • We are standing on the shoulders of giants...

    • By Marie on 02-25-18

    Regular price: $31.93

    • The Lost Girls of Paris

    • A Novel
    • By: Pam Jenoff
    • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden, Henrietta Meire, Candace Thaxton
    • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,115
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,022
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,015

    One morning while passing through Grand Central Terminal on her way to work, Grace Healey finds an abandoned suitcase tucked beneath a bench. Unable to resist her own curiosity, Grace opens the suitcase, where she discovers a dozen photographs - each of a different woman. In a moment of impulse, Grace takes the photographs and quickly leaves the station. Grace soon learns the suitcase belonged to a woman named Eleanor Trigg, leader of a network of female secret agents who were deployed out of London during the war. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Intriguing page turner

    • By Sarah E Chavez on 02-12-19

    Regular price: $28.51

    • Beneath a Scarlet Sky

    • A Novel
    • By: Mark Sullivan
    • Narrated by: Will Damron
    • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24,894
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22,473
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22,393

    Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager - obsessed with music, food, and girls - but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier - a move they think will keep him out of combat.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Best Thing? It Really Happened!

    • By Charles Atkinson on 08-07-17

    Regular price: $23.99

    • Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel

    • By: A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
    • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
    • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,406
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,175
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,159

    It is a tale of ghosts, of madness, of revenge - of old alliances giving way to new intrigues. Denmark is changing, shaking off its medieval past. War with Norway is on the horizon. And Hamlet - son of the old king, nephew of the new - becomes increasingly entangled in a web of deception - and murder. Beautifully performed by actor Richard Armitage ("Thorin Oakenshield" in the Hobbit films), Hamlet, Prince of Denmark takes Shakespeare’s original into unexpected realms, reinventing a story we thought we knew.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Something Rotten in Denmark...

    • By Carole T. on 08-23-14

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Ragged Edge of Night

    • By: Olivia Hawker
    • Narrated by: Nick Sandys, Olivia Hawker
    • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,206
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,063
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,057

    Germany, 1942. Franciscan friar Anton Starzmann is stripped of his place in the world when his school is seized by the Nazis. He relocates to a small German hamlet to wed Elisabeth Herter, a widow who seeks a marriage - in name only - to a man who can help raise her three children. Anton seeks something too - atonement for failing to protect his young students from the wrath of the Nazis. But neither he nor Elisabeth expects their lives to be shaken once again by the inescapable rumble of war. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Ragged Edge of Night must be made into a movie

    • By M. King on 10-04-18

    Regular price: $24.99

    • The Thirteenth Tale

    • A Novel
    • By: Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated by: Ruthie Henshall, Lynn Redgrave
    • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 208
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 112
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 109

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Gorgeous prose with suspence

    • By pam on 03-17-12

    Regular price: $23.93

    • Lost Roses

    • A Novel
    • By: Martha Hall Kelly
    • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati, Tavia Gilbert, Karissa Vacker, and others
    • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53

    It is 1914, and the world has been on the brink of war so often many New Yorkers treat the subject with only passing interest. Eliza Ferriday is thrilled to be traveling to St. Petersburg with Sofya Streshnayva, a cousin of the Romanovs. Eliza embarks on the trip of a lifetime to see the splendors of Russia. But when Austria declares war on Serbia, Eliza escapes back to America, while Sofya and her family flee to their country estate. In need of domestic help, they hire the local fortune-teller’s daughter, Varinka, unknowingly bringing intense danger into their household.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Lost Rose’s

    • By Holly Potter on 04-19-19

    Regular price: $31.50

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