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  • Things Fall Apart | Chinua Achebe

    Things Fall Apart

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Chinua Achebe
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
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    Okonkwo is born into poverty, with a wastrel for a father. Driven by ambition, he works tirelessly to gain the prosperity of many fields and wives and prestige in his village. But he is harsh as well as diligent. As he sees the traditions of his people eroded by white missionaries and government officials, he lashes out in anger.

    Darwin8u says: "Achebe's Magnum Opus"
  • Native Son | Richard Wright

    Native Son

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Richard Wright
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
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    Right from the start, Bigger Thomas had been headed for jail. It could have been for assault or petty larceny; by chance, it was for murder and rape. Native Son tells the story of this young black man caught in a downward spiral after he kills a young white woman in a brief moment of panic.

    Noah says: "Simply a classic"
  • Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America | Gilbert King

    Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Gilbert King
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
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    Devil in the Grove is the winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. Arguably the most important American lawyer of the 20th century, Thurgood Marshall was on the verge of bringing the landmark suit Brown v. Board of Education before the U.S. Supreme Court when he became embroiled in an explosive and deadly case that threatened to change the course of the civil rights movement and cost him his life. Despite death threats, the clan, and the urging of his associates, Marshall knew he had to defend "the Groveland Boys".

    Bill says: "Stunning history of the Jim Crow south. Essential"
  • Old Yeller | Fred Gipson

    Old Yeller

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Fred Gipson
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
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    When a novel like Huckleberry Finn or The Yearling comes along, it defies customary adjectives because of the intensity of the response it evokes in the reader. Such a tale is Old Yeller; to listen to this eloquently simply story of a boy and his dog in the Texas hill country is an unforgettable and deeply moving experience.

    Gillian says: "Beyond Heartbreaking"
  • The Plague of Doves | Louise Erdrich

    The Plague of Doves

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Louise Erdrich
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James, Kathleen McInerney
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    The unsolved murder of a farm family haunts the small, white, off-reservation town of Pluto, North Dakota. The vengeance exacted for this crime and the subsequent distortions of truth transform the lives of Ojibwe living on the nearby reservation and shape the passions of both communities for the next generation.

    Lori says: "Great American Tale"
  • Run | Ann Patchett

    Run

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
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    Since their mother's death, Tip and Teddy Doyle have been raised by their loving, possessive, and ambitious father. As the former mayor of Boston, Bernard Doyle wants to see his sons in politics, a dream the boys have never shared. But when an argument in a blinding New England snowstorm inadvertently causes an accident that involves a stranger and her child, all Bernard Doyle cares about is his ability to keep his children, all of his children, safe.

    Patti says: "Uneven"
  • Waiting on God: Today's Best Teachers of the Bible, Volume 1 | Francis Chan,James MacDonald,John Ortberg,Bill Hybels

    Waiting on God: Today's Best Teachers of the Bible, Volume 1

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Francis Chan, James MacDonald, John Ortberg, and others
    • Narrated By Francis Chan, James MacDonald, John Ortberg, and others
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    This volume includes: "When God Doesn't Listen" by Francis Chan; "Submission through Prayer" by James MacDonald; "Waiting On God" by John Ortberg: and "Why We Shouldn't Give Up On Prayer" by Bill Hybels.

    Jack says: "WOW!!!"
  • The Living Blood | Tananarive Due

    The Living Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Tananarive Due
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
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    After the disappearance of her immortal husband, David, Jessica Jacobs-Wolde must come to terms with the healing blood David gave to her and their daughter, Fana. As Fana’s powers grow, mother and daughter are swept into an epic battle to determine the fate of humankind.

    Thomas says: "Outstanding and original entertainment!!"
  • Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned | Walter Mosley

    Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Walter Mosley
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
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    Living in an abandoned apartment building in South-Central L.A., Socrates is one step away from the streets. He bags groceries at the supermarket, collects bottles and cans to recycle for pennies, and feels himself slipping toward invisibility - that is, until he meets 11-year-old Darryl, whose already committed murder and is perilously close to slipping into a life filled with only violence and bloodshed. Socrates' determination to fight for and save Darryl lights his own pathway to self-forgiveness.

    Kimberly says: "Must read!"
  • Harriet Tubman | Ann Petry

    Harriet Tubman

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ann Petry
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
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    When Harriet Tubman was born a plantation slave in 1820, her parents hoped she could learn a trade, so she wouldn't have to work in the fields. But because she defended a slave against an overseer, she became a field hand anyway. As she grew strong and learned to survive in the woods and find her way by the North Star, she dreamed of freedom. When she was almost 30, she finally made her escape, but her own freedom wasn't enough.

    Elaine says: "An Incredible human being"
  • A Gathering of Old Men | Ernest J. Gaines,Sally Darling

    A Gathering of Old Men

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ernest J. Gaines, Sally Darling
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James, Michelle-Denise Woods
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    When Sheriff Mapes is summoned to a sugarcane plantation to find a dead Cajun farmer, he knows who committed the crime. Mapes finds himself powerless, however, when nearly 20 elderly black men confess to the murder. Can justice be served, or will the dead man's brutish father pass judgment his way?

    David Robbins says: "Complex and engaging."
  • Eclipse | Richard North Patterson

    Eclipse

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Richard North Patterson
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
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    The spellbinding story of an American lawyer who takes on a nearly impossible case - the defense of an African freedom fighter against his corrupt government's charge of murder. Damon Pierce's life has just reached a defining moment: a gifted California lawyer, he's being divorced by his wife and his work often seems soulless. Then he receives a frantic e-mail from Marissa Brand Okari - a woman he loved years ago - and decides to risk everything to respond to her plea for help.

    says: "Eclipse"
  • Fearless Jones | Walter Mosley

    Fearless Jones

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Walter Mosley
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
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    Walter Mosley, "one of crime fiction's brightest stars" (People), returns to mysteries at last! Fearless Jones is a dazzling new thriller, set in 1950s L.A. and featuring the most engaging hero since Easy Rawlins.

    Gypsy Wife says: "Mosley at Perfection"
  • Dirty Work | Larry Brown

    Dirty Work

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Larry Brown
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James, Ed Sala
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    This gripping novel is not only one of the best books written about Vietnam; it is also one of the most powerful anti-war novels in American literature. Walter James has no face. Braiden Chaney has no arms or legs. They lost them 22 years ago, in Vietnam. Now, in the course of one long night in a V.A. hospital, these two soldiers, one black, the other white, reveal how they came to be where they are and what they can only hope to become.

    Charles V. says: "Dirty Work"
  • Junebug | Alice Mead

    Junebug

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Alice Mead
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
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    In the dingy Auburn Street project where Junebug lives, ten is the age when young boys start joining gangs and helping drug dealers. Junebug has watched his friend, Darnell, drift away in a sleek, dark-windowed car. He has seen his Aunt Jolita, surrounded by a cloud of jewelry and perfume, strut off with silent gang leaders. Junebug’s mother works hard to keep him and his little sister safe. So do the librarian and the tutor who set up a reading room in the basement of the graffiti-coated apartment building.

  • The African | Harold Courlander

    The African

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Harold Courlander
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
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    The African is Harold Courlander’s critically-acclaimed novel of the slave trade as seen through the eyes of Hwesuhunu. An insightful journey through the volatile frontiers of American slavery, this unforgettable story is the riveting primary source for Alex Haley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Roots.

    Kindle Customer says: "The African"
  • The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume 1: The Pox Party | M.T. Anderson

    The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume 1: The Pox Party

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By M.T. Anderson
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
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    He is a boy dressed in silks and white wigs and given the finest of classical educations. Raised by a group of rational philosophers known only by numbers, the boy and his mother, a princess in exile from a faraway land, are the only people in their household assigned names. As the boy's regal mother, Cassiopeia, entertains the house scholars with her beauty and wit, young Octavian begins to question the purpose behind his guardians' fanatical studies.

    Shelly M. Felton says: "Compelling"
  • Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington | Terry Teachout

    Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Terry Teachout
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
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    Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington was the greatest jazz composer of the twentieth century - and an impenetrably enigmatic personality whom no one, not even his closest friends, claimed to understand. The grandson of a slave, he dropped out of high school to become one of the world's most famous musicians, a showman of incomparable suavity who was as comfortable in Carnegie Hall as in the nightclubs where he honed his style.

    John says: "This audiobook needs music"
  • Kick | Walter Dean Myers,Ross Workman

    Kick

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Walter Dean Myers, Ross Workman
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
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    Kevin Johnson is 13 years old. And heading for juvie. He's a good kid, a great friend, and a star striker for his Highland, New Jersey, soccer team. His team is competing for the State Cup, and he wants to prove he has more than just star-player potential. Kevin's never been in any serious trouble... until the night he ends up in jail. Enter Sergeant Brown, a cop assigned to be Kevin's mentor. If Kevin and Brown can learn to trust each other, they might be able to turn things around before it's too late.

  • Holy Bible, Volume 22: Gospel According to Matthew |  American Bible Society

    Holy Bible, Volume 22: Gospel According to Matthew

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By American Bible Society
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
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    The Gospel According to Matthew is Volume 22 from Gospel and Acts, the New Testament, from the unabridged Contemporary English Version Translation of the Holy Bible.

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