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    • Rivals! Frenemies Who Changed the World

    • By: Scott McCormick
    • Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi, Samantha Turret, Khristine Hvam, and others
    • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,517
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,099
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,083

    Did you know that most of our dinosaur fossils were discovered because two grown men absolutely hated each other? It’s true! Rivals! Frenemies Who Changed the World is a riotous audio exclusive, like if Monty Python taught your history class. Each volume of four 30-minute histories will dig into the petty name-calling and grumbling grudges that led to many of the world’s greatest advancements, all delivered with a cheeky sense of humor. Choose sides: Cope or Marsh, the jerks who discovered so many dinosaurs; Hamilton or Burr, whose rivalry fueled American politics; and many more....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Warning for parents...

    • By Jetjaguar15 on 07-08-19

    Regular price: $5.95

    • The Book Thief

    • By: Markus Zusak
    • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
    • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22,638
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19,428
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19,456

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Glad I took a chance.

    • By Robert on 08-20-11

    Regular price: $41.27

    • 1776

    • By: David McCullough
    • Narrated by: David McCullough
    • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13,879
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10,090
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10,048

    In this stirring audiobook, David McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence, when the whole American cause was riding on their success, without which all hope for independence would have been dashed and the noble ideals of the Declaration would have amounted to little more than words on paper.  

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Front Seat on History

    • By Mark on 10-22-05

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Refugee

    • By: Alan Gratz
    • Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom, Kyla Garcia, Assaf Cohen
    • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,121
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,029
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,025

    This timely and powerful novel tells the story of three different children seeking refuge. Josef is a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany. With the threat of concentration camps looming, he and his family board a ship bound for the other side of the world. Isabel is a Cuban girl in 1994. With riots and unrest plaguing her country, she and her family set out on a raft, hoping to find safety in America. Mahmoud is a Syrian boy in 2015. With his homeland torn apart by violence and destruction, he and his family begin a long trek toward Europe.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Intended for 5-8th graders, but it is good for adults too

    • By LJK on 12-21-17

    Regular price: $17.49

    • Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

    • The Definitive Edition
    • By: Anne Frank
    • Narrated by: Selma Blair
    • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,454
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,071
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,058

    More than 50 years after its first publication, Doubleday's definitive edition of Anne Frank's famous diary generated an extraordinary amount of excitement when it was published in early 1995. Enthusiastically received by critics and readers alike, it reigned for nine weeks on The New York Times best seller list and will remain for all time the version that millions of readers will cherish.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • First review I've written - Had to write it

    • By Cynthianna on 12-21-10

    Regular price: $38.60

    • Island of the Blue Dolphins

    • By: Scott O'Dell
    • Narrated by: Tantoo Cardinal
    • Length: 3 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,304
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,004
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,000

    Island of the Blue Dolphins is the remarkable story of a strange and beautiful Indian girl who lives a serene and courageous life as the solitary survivor on an island off the California coast. Left behind when the rest of her tribe fled, she waits, year after year, for a ship to come for her. She fights for her very survival, building a shelter, hunting for food, and making weapons to stave off her enemies, the wild dogs who took her brother.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Beloved Favorite!

    • By Pamela M. on 10-01-14

    Regular price: $21.27

    • Salt to the Sea

    • By: Ruta Sepetys
    • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie, Will Damron, Cassandra Morris, and others
    • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,384
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,190
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,181

    In 1945, World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia, and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, almost all of them with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer to safety.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautiful heartbreaker

    • By ernest drown on 02-20-16

    Regular price: $32.20

    • Duel at Araluen

    • Ranger's Apprentice: The Royal Ranger
    • By: John Flanagan
    • Narrated by: John Keating
    • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 311
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 286
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 287

    King Duncan and Princess Cassandra are trapped in the south tower of Castle Araluen and under near-constant attack from the Red Fox Clan. Sir Horace and Ranger Commandant Gilan are holed up in an old hill fort, surrounded by the enemy. And Ranger's apprentice Maddie is the only one who can save them all. With the help of Hal, Thorn, and the rest of the Heron brotherband, Maddie will have to break her father and his men out of the hill fort, but will they reach Castle Araluen in time?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another success!

    • By robinelle schroder on 07-23-19

    Regular price: $35.00

    • Howl's Moving Castle

    • By: Diana Wynne Jones
    • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
    • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,988
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,366
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,386

    A Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book and ALA Notable and Best of the Year in Young Adult Fiction, Howl's Moving Castle is by acclaimed fantasy writer Diane Wynne Jones and was transformed into an Academy Award nominated animated motion picture by Hayao Miyazaki. On a rare venture out from her step-mother's hat shop, Sophie attracts the attention of a witch, who casts a terrible spell transforming the young girl into an old crone.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very Entertaining

    • By Christopher on 07-02-12

    Regular price: $31.47

    • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

    • By: John Boyne
    • Narrated by: Michael Maloney
    • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,788
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,455
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,453

    The story of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is very difficult to describe. Usually we give some information about the audiobook, but in this case we think that would spoil the listening. We think it's important that you start to listen without knowing what it is about.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Great book, terrible narration

    • By Gary on 11-23-08

    Regular price: $19.93

    • Ghosts of the Shadow Market

    • By: Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and others
    • Narrated by: full cast
    • Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 155
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 142
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 142

    The Shadow Market is a meeting point for faeries, werewolves, warlocks, and vampires. There, the Downworlders buy and sell magical objects, make dark bargains, and whisper secrets they do not want the Nephilim to know. As a Silent Brother, Brother Zachariah is a sworn keeper of the laws and lore of the Nephilim. But once he was a Shadowhunter called Jem Carstairs, and his love, then and always, is the warlock Tessa Gray. And Jem is searching through the Shadow Markets, in many different cities over long years, for a relic from his past.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great wrap up

    • By B on 06-11-19

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

    • By: Mildred D. Taylor
    • Narrated by: Lynne Thigpen, Jacqueline Woodson
    • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,128
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 910
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 928

    Set in Mississippi at the height of the Depression, this is the story of one family's struggle to maintain their integrity, pride, and independence in the face of racism and social injustice. And it is also Cassie's story - Cassie Logan, an independent girl who discovers over the course of an important year why having land of their own is so crucial to the Logan family, even as she learns to draw strength from her own sense of dignity and self-respect. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing!!!

    • By Amazon Customer on 11-06-18

    Regular price: $27.93

    • Chains

    • By: Laurie Halse Anderson
    • Narrated by: Madison Leigh
    • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,045
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 915
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 915

    Freedom. In 1776 New England, that word is on everyone's lips. But for 13-year-old Isabel the word holds a different meaning, especially after the only mistress she has ever known dies, and instead of receiving the freedom promised, she and her sister are sold to the Locktons, a wealthy New York family. In a matter of hours Isabel has to leave Rhode Island for the hustle and bustle of colonial New York City - a community divided and caught up in the American colonies struggle for independence.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Historical Fiction for All Ages

    • By EmilyA on 04-29-12

    Regular price: $20.99

    • The Little Prince

    • By: Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Richard Howard - translator
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 1 hr and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,651
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,236
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,248

    A pilot stranded in the desert awakes one morning to see, standing before him, the most extraordinary little fellow. "Please," asks the stranger, "draw me a sheep." And the pilot realizes that when life's events are too difficult to understand, there is no choice but to succumb to their mysteries. He pulls out pencil and paper... And thus begins this wise and enchanting fable that, in teaching the secret of what is really important in life, has changed forever the world for its readers.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • quirky sweet

    • By DENNIS on 08-15-12

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Fever 1793

    • By: Laurie Halse Anderson
    • Narrated by: Bailey Carr
    • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 237
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 205
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 207

    During the summer of 1793, Mattie Cook lives above the family coffee shop with her widowed mother and grandfather. Mattie spends her days avoiding chores and making plans to turn the family business into the finest Philadelphia has ever seen. But then the fever breaks out. Disease sweeps the streets, destroying everything in its path and turning Mattie's world upside down. At her feverish mother's insistence, Mattie flees the city with her grandfather. But she soon discovers that the sickness is everywhere, and Mattie must learn quickly how to survive in a city frantic with disease.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Good book, unbearable narration

    • By Maura on 07-29-18

    Regular price: $17.49

    • Bud, Not Buddy

    • By: Christopher Paul Curtis
    • Narrated by: James Avery
    • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,057
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 835
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 828

    Bud, Not Buddy, a Newbery Medal winner, is full of laugh-out-loud humor and wonderful characters, hitting the high notes of jazz and sounding the deeper tones of the Great Depression.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Still one of my top 10 favorites after 14 years

    • By Samantha Nicole Gordon on 01-08-16

    Regular price: $14.60

    • A Little History of the World

    • By: E. H. Gombrich
    • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
    • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 944
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 709
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 710

    E. H. Gombrich's world history, an international best seller now available in English for the first time, is a text dominated not by dates and facts but by the sweep of experience across the centuries, a guide to humanity's achievements, and an acute witness to its frailties.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • an enlightening book; very well read

    • By A.B.Oxford on 06-03-06

    Regular price: $19.57

    • The Secret Garden

    • By: Frances Hodgson Burnett
    • Narrated by: Josephine Bailey
    • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,609
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,259
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,264

    When Mary Lennox's parents die from cholera in India, the spoiled orphan is transplanted to her uncle's 600-year-old gloomy and secretive estate in England. She is certain that she is destined for misery at Misselthwaite Manor. However, she soon discovers an arched doorway into an overgrown garden, locked shut since the death of her aunt 10 years earlier.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Secret Garden

    • By ELLEN POAGE on 04-04-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

    • By: Mackenzi Lee
    • Narrated by: Christian Coulson
    • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,222
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3,041
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,036

    Henry "Monty" Montague doesn't care that his roguish passions are far from suitable for the gentleman he was born to be. But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quests for pleasure and vice are in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family's estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Even better than I expected...

    • By 5ismyfavoritenumber on 07-22-17

    Regular price: $28.51

    • Stalking Jack the Ripper

    • By: Kerri Maniscalco, James Patterson
    • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
    • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,182
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,091
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,091

    Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord's daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life. Against her stern father's wishes and society's expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle's laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. Audrey's work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags her into the investigation of a serial murderer.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great listen

    • By lauren on 10-03-16

    Regular price: $28.50

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