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    • All Those Explosions Were Someone Else's Fault

    • By: James Alan Gardner
    • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
    • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 91
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      4 out of 5 stars 82

    Kim Lam is an ordinary college student until a freak scientific accident (what else?) transforms Kim and three housemates into Sparks - and drafts them into the never-ending war between the Light and Dark. They struggle to master their new abilities - and (of course) to design cool costumes and come up with great hero-names. Turns out that "accident" was just the first salvo in a Mad Genius's latest diabolical scheme. Now it's up to four newbie heroes to save the day, before they even have a chance to figure out what their team's name should be!

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great start to a new series!

    • By Donaithnen on 11-16-17

    Regular price: $24.95

    • They Promised Me the Gun Wasn't Loaded

    • By: James Alan Gardner
    • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
    • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    Only days have passed since a freak accident granted four college students superhuman powers. Now Jools and her friends (who haven’t even picked out a name for their superhero team yet) get caught up in the hunt for a Mad Genius’ misplaced super-weapon. But when Jools falls in with a modern-day Robin Hood and his band of superpowered Merry Men, she finds it hard to sort out the Good Guys from the Bad Guys - and to figure out which side she truly belongs on. Especially since nobody knows exactly what the Gun does....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • thoroughly enjoyable

    • By Art on 11-30-18

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Orpheus

    • Greek Mythology
    • By: James Gardner
    • Narrated by: Paul Spera
    • Length: 21 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The story of Orpheus and Eurydice is the ultimate tragic love story. It is perhaps one of the most famous Greek myths, and the greatest artists have composed masterpieces to honour these two great lovers who lost their chance at reunion. The earliest account comes from Ibycus (circa 530 BC), a Greek lyric poet. This short story is a mixture of the various existing versions, presenting the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice in all its details, all the way to Orpheus' death at the hands of the Bacchantes.

    Regular price: $2.17

    • 14 Tsars, Emperors of Russia

    • Russian History
    • By: James Gardner
    • Narrated by: Katie Haigh
    • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
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    The Russian Empire was the third-largest empire in world history, stretching over three continents. It played a major role in 1812-1814 in defeating Napoleon's ambitions to control Europe and expanded to the west and south. At the beginning of the nineteenth century, the Russian Empire extended from the Arctic Ocean in the north to the Black Sea in the south, from the Baltic Sea on the west to the Pacific Ocean, and (until 1867) into Alaska in North America in the east. Its wide disparities bred dissidence and rebellions; along with its enormous size, this made it a challenge to govern.

    Regular price: $7.74

    • Commitment Hour

    • League of Peoples, Book 2
    • By: James Alan Gardner
    • Narrated by: Darren Stephens
    • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 26
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      4 out of 5 stars 25
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      4 out of 5 stars 25

    In the 25th century, Tober Cove is a wonderful place to be. With most of Earth's population long since departed for other planets, and with them the technology that makes such a journey possible, life here is simple and serene - especially for Fullin, a gifted musician whose talent commands many times the wages of a farmer or fisherman. But Fullin is twenty years old. And at that age, each person in Tober Cove must make the most important decision in life.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Crazy Twists

    • By Diane on 12-19-13

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Hunted

    • League of Peoples, Book 4
    • By: James Alan Gardner
    • Narrated by: Adam Henderson
    • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 22

    For the children of Admiral Alexader York, perfection wasn't just expected, it was guaranteed - written into their DNA before they were born. But while Samantha grew into the physical and mental marvel their father had bought and paid for, her twin brother Edward proved a disappointment. Genetic tinkering had raised Sam above the common herd, but Edward's faultless body housed a faulty brain.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Worthy of a good review!

    • By Howard on 05-11-15

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Expendable

    • League of Peoples, Book 1
    • By: James Alan Gardner
    • Narrated by: Christine Marshall
    • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 122
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      4 out of 5 stars 107
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      4 out of 5 stars 106

    Under the benevolent leadership of the League of Peoples, there is no war, little crime, and life is sacred...unless you're an Explorer. The ugly, the flawed, the misfit, the deformed, they are the unwanted, flung to the farthest corners of the galaxy to investigate hostile planets and strange, vicious creatures. Out there, there are a thousand different - and terrible - ways to die.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Odd but delightful

    • By Almira on 10-05-12

    Regular price: $24.95

    • 100 quotes about Hatha Yoga

    • By: James Gardner
    • Narrated by: Katie Haigh
    • Length: 20 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Hatha yoga is the branch of yoga using asanas, that is to say with an emphasis on the physical exercises aiming to bring the practitioner closer to spiritual health, mastery and enlightenment. These 100 quotes by masters and practitioners alike will help you find the right balance and inspire your physical practice with the spirituality that has always been its true goal. 

    Regular price: $5.51

    • 10 Mythological Heroes & Stories

    • Greek Mythology
    • By: James Gardner
    • Narrated by: Paul Spera
    • Length: 2 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
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    Ten mythological heroes and stories from Greek mythology, for a delightful overview of the fundamentals of our culture. This is a selection of the most touching and inspiring stories from Ancient Greece; they have all inspired countless works of art through the centuries, often come from even more ancient myths, and are here retold in a detailed and lively manner.

    Regular price: $6.63

    • Undiluted Hocus-Pocus

    • The Autobiography of Martin Gardner
    • By: Martin Gardner, James Randi
    • Narrated by: David Marantz
    • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17
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    Martin Gardner wrote the Mathematical Games column for Scientific American for twenty-five years and published more than seventy books on topics as diverse as magic, philosophy, religion, pseudoscience, and Alice in Wonderland.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • HOUSEHOLD NAME?

    • By CHET YARBROUGH on 10-16-15

    Regular price: $14.95

    • 12 Labours of Hercules

    • Greek Mythology
    • By: James Gardner
    • Narrated by: Katie Haigh
    • Length: 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 2
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    "The Twelve Labours of Hercules" are a series of feats ordered by the gods carried out by Heracles, the greatest of the Greek heroes, whose name was later romanised as Hercules. The legend was first written whole, as a fixed cycle of twelve labours, in an epic Greek poem now lost, in about 600BC; as they survive in the original source, the labours are not all recounted in a single place, but must be reassembled from many sources. This short story is a retelling of Hercules' legend with an elegant style that will edify children and adults alike.

    Regular price: $2.17

    • Hamlet

    • A Summary of the Play by William Shakespeare
    • By: James Gardner, William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Katie Haigh
    • Length: 34 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
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    "The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark" is a tragedy by William Shakespeare. Hamlet is Shakespeare's longest play and among the most powerful and influential tragedies in English literature, with a story capable of "seemingly endless retelling and adaptation by others." The play seems to have been one of Shakespeare's most popular works during his lifetime and still ranks among his most-performed. It has inspired writers from Goethe and Dickens to Joyce and Murdoch, and has been described as "the world's most-filmed story after Cinderella".

    Regular price: $4.40

    • King Midas

    • Greek Mythology
    • By: James Gardner
    • Narrated by: Paul Spera
    • Length: 17 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The myth of King Midas is a cautionary tale about the dangers of believing that gold should be coveted above all things, and the foolishness of wishing without thinking. It appeared in Ovid's "Metamorphosis", and has inspired many works of art and literature through the centuries. This is a retelling of the complete tale of "The King with the Golden Touch", from the Gordian knot to the ears of an ass, in great detail and with an elegant style that will edify children and adults alike.

    Regular price: $2.17

    • Vigilant

    • League of Peoples, Book 3
    • By: James Alan Gardner
    • Narrated by: Laurel Lefkow
    • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    Two species lived in peaceful coexistence on the planet Demoth until a deadly plague wiped out millions of the winged Ooloms while leaving humans untouched, helpless to do more than ease the suffering of their alien friends and neighbors. Faye Smallwood saw the horror firsthand, caring for the plague victims in her fahter's hospital. She was there when he discovered the cure that made him famous. She was also there when a freak accident killed him.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • NOT QUITE A SEQUEL

    • By Professor on 11-22-12

    Regular price: $24.25

    • Radiant

    • League of Peoples, Book 7
    • By: James Alan Gardner
    • Narrated by: Katherine Gibson
    • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 22

    Explorer Third Class Youn Sue is Expendable - a member of the highly skilled and highly disposable Explorer Corps trained to undertake hazardous missions so that the rest of humanity need not be upset by their (almost-certain) deaths. With her partner, Tut, Youn is sent to rescue an innocent planet from the extremely dangerous sentient Balrog. But how do you defeat an alien intelligence so advanced that it literally knows what you will do before you do ... especially when it has its own sinister plans?

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Macbeth

    • A Summary of the Play by William Shakespeare
    • By: James Gardner, William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Katie Haigh
    • Length: 23 mins
    • Abridged
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      4 out of 5 stars 2

    "The Tragedy of Macbeth" is a play written by William Shakespeare. Set mainly in Scotland, the play illustrates the damaging physical and psychological effects of political ambition on those who seek power for its own sake. The play was most likely written during the reign of James I, who had been James VI of Scotland before he succeeded to the English throne in 1603. James was a patron of Shakespeare's acting company and of all the plays Shakespeare wrote during James's reign, "Macbeth" most clearly reflects the playwright's relationship with the sovereign.

    Regular price: $4.40

    • The Merchant of Venice

    • A Summary of the Play by William Shakespeare
    • By: James Gardner, William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Katie Haigh
    • Length: 29 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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    "The Merchant of Venice" is a 16th-century play by William Shakespeare in which a merchant in Venice must default on a large loan provided by a Jewish moneylender. It has been listed among Shakespeare's greatest comedies, although its tone is often dramatic. This is a detailed summary of the play, written in today's language, for all willing to acquire a greater understanding of Shakespeare's work and widen their culture.

    Regular price: $4.40

    • Icarus

    • Greek Mythology
    • By: James Gardner
    • Narrated by: Paul Spera
    • Length: 14 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The myth of Icarus is an ageless story of failure at the hands of pride, similar to that of Phaeton. It is a fundamental part of Greek mythology and of modern culture. This short story is a retelling of the myth from 1914, a year in which it was easy to fear for a son who would soar in the sky with metal wings; the story of Icarus and Daedalus is told in great detail and with an elegant style that will edify children and adults alike.

    Regular price: $2.17

    • Stranded

    • By: Anthony Francis, Anne Bishop, James Alan Gardner
    • Narrated by: Amberlynn Hallett, Taylor Szemerey
    • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 15
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      4 out of 5 stars 12
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      4 out of 5 stars 12

    The New York Times Best-selling fantasy author Anne Bishop makes her U.S. debut in science fiction with this engaging futuristic novella. The Restorers travel the universe fulfilling a purpose handed down through the generations. They live and die aboard city-ships, never knowing the worlds they create and save. What begins as a disastrous training exercise in creating and balancing ecosystems becomes an unexpected fight for survival. The only hope may be the secret project of an untried Restorer.

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Russian Stories for Kids

    • The Story of King Frost & King Kojata
    • By: James Gardner
    • Narrated by: Katie Haigh
    • Length: 19 mins
    • Unabridged
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    "King Kojata" is a Slavonic fairy tale. A king and a queen had no children. One day, the king was travelling and grew thirsty. He found a spring with a cup floating in it. He did not succeed at trying to grab the cup: it always evaded his hands. When he dropped to drink directly, a creature in the well grabbed his beard and would not free him until he promised to give it something he knew nothing about, and which he would find on his return home.

    Regular price: $2.17

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