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  • The Swans of Fifth Avenue: A Novel | Melanie Benjamin

    The Swans of Fifth Avenue: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Melanie Benjamin
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Paul Boehmer
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    Of all the glamorous stars of New York high society, none blazes brighter than Babe Paley. Her flawless face regularly graces the pages of Vogue, and she is celebrated and adored for her ineffable style and exquisite taste, especially among her friends - the alluring socialite Swans Slim Keith, C. Z. Guest, Gloria Guinness, and Pamela Churchill. By all appearances, Babe has it all. But beneath this elegantly composed exterior dwells a passionate woman - a woman desperately longing for true love and connection.

    Sudi says: "If You Are Of Certain Age, You'll Enjoy This"
  • The Aviator's Wife: A Novel | Melanie Benjamin

    The Aviator's Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Melanie Benjamin
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    For much of her life, Anne Morrow, the shy daughter of the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, has stood in the shadows of those around her, including her millionaire father and vibrant older sister, who often steals the spotlight. Then Anne, a college senior with hidden literary aspirations, travels to Mexico City to spend Christmas with her family. There she meets Colonel Charles Lindbergh, fresh off his celebrated 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic. Enthralled by Charles’s assurance and fame, Anne is certain the celebrated aviator has scarcely noticed her. But she is wrong.

    Audrey says: "The Megalomaniac's Wife"
  • The Girls in the Picture: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By Melanie Benjamin
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
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    It is 1914, and 25-year-old Frances Marion has left her (second) husband and her Northern California home for the lure of Los Angeles, where she is determined to live independently as an artist. But the word on everyone's lips these days is "flickers" - the silent moving pictures enthralling theatergoers. Turn any corner in this burgeoning town and you'll find made-up actors running around, as a movie camera captures it all. In this fledgling industry, Frances finds her true calling: writing stories for this wondrous new medium.

  • The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb: A Novel | Melanie Benjamin

    The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By Melanie Benjamin
    • Narrated By Kim Mai Guest
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    In her national best seller Alice I Have Been, Melanie Benjamin imagined the life of the woman who inspired Alice in Wonderland. Now, in this jubilant new novel, Benjamin shines a dazzling spotlight on another fascinating female figure whose story has never fully been told: a woman who became a nineteenth century icon and inspiration—and whose most daunting limitation became her greatest strength.

    Rupe says: "Amazing"
  • Reckless Hearts (Short Story): A Story of Slim Hawks and Ernest Hemingway | Melanie Benjamin

    Reckless Hearts (Short Story): A Story of Slim Hawks and Ernest Hemingway

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 17 mins)
    • By Melanie Benjamin
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
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    Spain, 1959. Slim Hawks Hayward likes to think she doesn't get jealous. But when her dear friend, Lauren "Betty" Bacall, learns that Papa Hemingway has come to watch the bullfights and insists that Slim makes introductions, she can't help feeling protective. Slim has known Papa for years. He always makes her feel like the most beautiful woman in the room - even when his wife is standing right beside him. Truth be told, Slim could have learned to love him all those years ago, in the streets of Havana or the mountains of the American West.

  • Grand Central: Original Stories of Postwar Love and Reunion | Melanie Benjamin,Jenna Blum,Sarah Jio,Sarah McCoy,Karen White,Amanda Hodgkinson,Pam Jenoff,Kristina McMorris,Alyson Richman,Erika Robuck

    Grand Central: Original Stories of Postwar Love and Reunion

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Melanie Benjamin, Jenna Blum, Sarah Jio, and others
    • Narrated By Carla Mercer-Meyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    On any particular day, thousands upon thousands of people pass through New York City's Grand Central Terminal, through the whispering gallery, beneath the ceiling of stars, and past the information booth and its beckoning four-faced clock, to whatever destination is calling them. It is a place where people come to say hello and good-bye. And each person has a story to tell.

    Kindle Customer says: "Grand Central: Memories"
  • Alice I Have Been: A Novel | Melanie Benjamin

    Alice I Have Been: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Melanie Benjamin
    • Narrated By Samantha Eggar
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    Few works of literature are as universally beloved as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Now, in this spellbinding historical novel, we meet the young girl whose bright spirit sent her on an unforgettable trip down the rabbit holeand the grown woman whose story is no less enthralling.

    Christine says: "Wonderful...but missing the author's note"
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