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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 35,443
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32,391
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32,266

    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

    • The Man on the Mountaintop

    • An Audible Original Drama
    • By: Susan Trott, Libby Spurrier - adaptor
    • Narrated by: Stanley Tucci, Toby Jones, Clare Corbett, and others
    • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10,746
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,842
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,812

    The Man on the Mountaintop tells the story of Holy Man Joe, an ageing and unassuming man who lives in a hermitage on top of a mountain. During the summer months, thousands of hopefuls line the path leading to his door, seeking his wisdom. From bombastic, wealthy nobles intent on cheating their way to the top to drunkards who gradually build the physical and mental strength they need to quit their addiction, The Man on the Mountaintop is a rousing tale full of humour, wit and life lessons.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Delightful and full of wisdom

    • By Michele Mattix on 01-06-19

    Regular price: $6.95

    • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

    • By: Claire North
    • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
    • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,706
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,220
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,220

    No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes. Until now.As Harry nears the end of his 11th life, a little girl appears at his bedside. "I nearly missed you, Doctor August," she says. "I need to send a message." This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An unexpected treasure

    • By Stefanie on 08-24-15

    Regular price: $28.50

    • An American Marriage (Oprah’s Book Club)

    • A Novel
    • By: Tayari Jones
    • Narrated by: Sean Crisden, Eisa Davis
    • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11,911
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10,841
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10,805

    Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to 12 years for a crime Celestial knows he didn't commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Loved the Story, but...

    • By Lisa N. Haynes on 03-01-18

    Regular price: $24.49

    • 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 44,277
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40,315
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40,162

    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

    • The Handmaid's Tale

    • By: Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated by: Claire Danes
    • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31,241
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28,398
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28,391

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • My Top Pick for 2012

    • By Em on 11-30-12

    Regular price: $24.95

    • A Man Called Ove

    • By: Fredrik Backman
    • Narrated by: George Newbern
    • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62,987
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57,626
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57,523

    Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I Laughed and I Cried

    • By Bill on 08-22-15

    Regular price: $34.99

    • There There

    • A Novel
    • By: Tommy Orange
    • Narrated by: Darrell Dennis, Shaun Taylor-Corbett, Alma Ceurvo, and others
    • Length: 8 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,924
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,741
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,727

    Jacquie Red Feather is newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind in shame. Dene Oxendene is pulling his life back together after his uncle's death and has come to work at the powwow to honor his uncle's memory. Opal Viola Victoria Bear Shield has come to watch her nephew Orvil, who has taught himself traditional Indian dance through YouTube videos and will perform in public for the very first time. There will be glorious communion and a spectacle of sacred tradition and pageantry. And there will be sacrifice, and heroism, and loss.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Highly recommend.

    • By Rachel Subido on 07-09-18

    Regular price: $24.50

    • The Twelve

    • A Novel
    • By: Justin Cronin
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 26 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,056
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,179
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,174

    In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as "Last Stand in Denver", has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • TWO IN THIS SERIES IS ENOUGH

    • By Randall on 06-15-18

    Regular price: $45.50

    • Before I Met You

    • A Novel
    • By: Lisa Jewell
    • Narrated by: Helen Duff
    • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 777
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 729
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 725

    After her grandmother Arlette's death, Betty is finally ready to begin her life. She had forfeited university, parties, boyfriends, summer jobs in order to care for Arlette. Now she's ready for whatever life throws at her, and, since the will included a beneficiary unknown to her who lives in the city, she heads there to find the mysterious woman. In 1920s London, Arlette is starting her new life in a time of postwar change. Beautiful and charismatic, she's drawn into a hedonistic world, but then tragedy strikes, and she flees back to her childhood home....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not the author’s best...

    • By Phyllis on 12-23-18

    Regular price: $34.99

    • The Only Woman in the Room

    • By: Marie Benedict
    • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
    • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 277
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 269
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 267

    Her beauty almost certainly saved her from the rising Nazi party and led to marriage with an Austrian arms dealer. Underestimated in everything else, she overheard the Third Reich's plans while at her husband's side, understanding more than anyone would guess. She devised a plan to flee in disguise from their castle, and the whirlwind escape landed her in Hollywood. She became Hedy Lamarr, screen star.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Brilliant Woman Ahead of Her Time

    • By Lisa H on 01-18-19

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition

    • By: Margaret Atwood, Valerie Martin - essay
    • Narrated by: Claire Danes, full cast, Margaret Atwood
    • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24,811
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22,819
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22,752

    After a violent coup in the United States overthrows the Constitution and ushers in a new government regime, the Republic of Gilead imposes subservient roles on all women. Offred, now a Handmaid tasked with the singular role of procreation in the childless household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife, can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost everything, even her own name.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT

    • By ambER on 04-20-17

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Their Eyes Were Watching God

    • By: Zora Neale Hurston
    • Narrated by: Ruby Dee
    • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,206
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4,380
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,361

    Their Eyes Were Watching God, an American classic, is the luminous and haunting novel about Janie Crawford, a Southern Black woman in the 1930s, whose journey from a free-spirited girl to a woman of independence and substance has inspired writers and readers for close to 70 years.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Ruby Dee is amazing

    • By Jennifer on 04-20-13

    Regular price: $23.95

    • Pachinko

    • By: Min Jin Lee
    • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto
    • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,092
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,620
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4,608

    Profoundly moving and gracefully told, Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them. Betrayed by her wealthy lover, Sunja finds unexpected salvation when a young tubercular minister offers to marry her and bring her to Japan to start a new life.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • wonderful book

    • By erin on 12-11-17

    Regular price: $29.65

    • The Storyteller's Secret

    • A Novel
    • By: Sejal Badani
    • Narrated by: Siiri Scott
    • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,814
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,570
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,561

    Nothing prepares Jaya, a New York journalist, for the heartbreak of her third miscarriage and the slow unraveling of her marriage in its wake. Desperate to assuage her deep anguish, she decides to go to India to uncover answers to her family’s past. Intoxicated by the sights, smells, and sounds she experiences, Jaya becomes an eager student of the culture. But it is Ravi - her grandmother’s former servant and trusted confidant - who reveals the resilience, struggles, secret love, and tragic fall of Jaya’s pioneering grandmother during the British occupation. 

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Nice story, didn't like narration

    • By Stephen Silluzio on 12-20-18

    Regular price: $24.49

    • The Things They Carried

    • By: Tim O'Brien
    • Narrated by: Bryan Cranston
    • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,599
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,037
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7,007

    Hailed by The New York Times as "a marvel of storytelling", The Things They Carried’s portrayal of the boots-on-the-ground experience of soldiers in the Vietnam War is a landmark in war writing. Now, three-time Emmy Award winner-Bryan Cranston, star of the hit TV series Breaking Bad, delivers an electrifying performance that walks the book’s hallucinatory line between reality and fiction and highlights the emotional power of the spoken word.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Heavy Load

    • By Mel on 10-28-13

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Witch Elm

    • A Novel
    • By: Tana French
    • Narrated by: Paul Nugent
    • Length: 22 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4,476
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,173
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 4,158

    Toby is a happy-go-lucky charmer who's dodged a scrape at work and is celebrating with friends when the night takes a turn that will change his life - he surprises two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead. Struggling to recover from his injuries, beginning to understand that he might never be the same man again, he takes refuge at his family's ancestral home to care for his dying uncle Hugo. Then a skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden - and as detectives close in, Toby is forced to face the possibility that his past may not be what he has always believed.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Yes, the Main Character Comes Off Poorly, But...

    • By Marina on 10-19-18

    Regular price: $38.50

    • Once Upon a River

    • By: Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
    • Length: 16 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 911
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 848
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 843

    A body always tells a story - but this child’s was a blank page. Rita reached for the lantern. She trained its light on the child’s face. "Who are you?" she murmured, but the face said as little as the rest of her. It was impossible to tell whether, in life, these blunt and unfinished features had borne the imprint of prettiness, timid watchfulness, or sly mischief. If there had once been curiosity or placidity or impatience here, life had not had time to etch it into permanence. Only a very short time ago, the body and soul of this little girl had still been securely attached.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyed thoroughly... one minor glitch

    • By Jen817 on 12-27-18

    Regular price: $27.99

    • The God of Small Things

    • By: Arundhati Roy
    • Narrated by: Sneha Mathan
    • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 539
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 491
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 488

    Likened to the works of Faulkner and Dickens when it was first published 20 years ago, this extraordinarily accomplished debut novel is a brilliantly plotted story of forbidden love and piercing political drama, centered on the tragic decline of an Indian family in the state of Kerala, on the southernmost tip of India. Armed only with the invincible innocence of children, the twins Rahel and Esthappen fashion a childhood for themselves in the shade of the wreck that is their family.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Worthy Booker winner!

    • By Saman on 08-10-17

    Regular price: $24.47

    • The End of the Affair

    • By: Graham Greene
    • Narrated by: Colin Firth
    • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7,966
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,376
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7,335

    Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth ( The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent performance of Graham Greene classic

    • By Doggy Bird on 04-14-13

    Regular price: $19.95

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