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    • The Trials of White Boy Rick

    • By: Evan Hughes
    • Narrated by: Evan Hughes
    • Length: 2 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 35
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      4 out of 5 stars 31
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 31

    It was the spring of 1987, and crack cocaine had turned whole swaths of Detroit into veritable combat zones. The city thought it had seen everything - until one evening that May, when the police arrested a 17-year-old kid named Rick Wershe. They called him White Boy Rick. In a city known for its fraught racial divide, Wershe had somehow joined the ranks of the drug kingpins on the predominantly black East Side before he was old enough to shave.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Incredible tale of injustice

    • By Mary D. on 09-20-18

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Operation Red Falcon

    • By: Ronen Bergman
    • Narrated by: Joel Lovell
    • Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 11
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    Early on the morning of September 1, 1996, the Israeli military began preparing for a war with Syria they were convinced was imminent. The Israelis had received top-secret intelligence from a Syrian general and informant code-named Red Falcon, recruited 23 years earlier by Mossad spy Yehuda Gil - himself known as "the man of a thousand faces." Gil had been the general's sole handler, the conduit of decades of critical intelligence. But now, on the brink of war, questions arose about who exactly was handling whom. What information was real and what was a lie?

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • wets your lips

    • By Lue M9 on 08-29-18

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Mother, Stranger

    • By: Cris Beam
    • Narrated by: Cris Beam
    • Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      1.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      2 out of 5 stars 3
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      1.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Author Cris Beam left her mother's home at age 14, driven out by a suburban household of hidden chaos and mental illness. Her mother, a descendant of William Faulkner, told neighbors and family that her daughter had died. The two never saw each other again. Nearly twenty-five years later, after building her own family and happy home life, a lawyer called to say her mother was dead. In this story about the fragility of memory and the complexity of family, Beam decides to look back at her own dark history, and for the secret to her mother's madness.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • A complete waste of time

    • By L. Barrell on 07-02-16

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Angel Killer

    • A True Story of Cannibalism, Crime Fighting, and Insanity in New York City
    • By: Deborah Blum
    • Narrated by: Deborah Blum
    • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 46
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      3 out of 5 stars 39
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 38

    In the mid-1920s, young children began to vanish from neighborhoods around New York City. It took the police a decade to find their abductor, an unassuming 64-year-old handyman named Albert Fish. Fish had committed crimes of unspeakable horror: He had not only abducted and murdered the children, but also tortured and, in some cases, eaten them. During Fish's trial, some of the country's most prominent psychiatrists debated the exact nature of Fish's crimes. Was he evil or insane? Who had the power to determine where one ended and the other began?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • grewsom

    • By LuLu on 03-08-17
    • A True Story of Cannibalism, Crime Fighting, and Insanity in New York City
    • By: Deborah Blum
    • Narrated by: Deborah Blum
    • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
    • Release date: 12-18-12
    • 3.5 out of 5 stars 46 ratings

    Regular price: $6.95

    • American Hippopotamus

    • By: Jon Mooallem
    • Narrated by: Jon Mooallem
    • Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 74
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 65
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64

    In 1910, the United States - its population exploding, its frontier all but exhausted - was in the throes of a serious meat shortage. But a small and industrious group of thinkers stepped forward with an answer, a bold idea being endorsed by the likes of Theodore Roosevelt and The New York Times. Their plan: to import hippopotamuses to the swamps of Louisiana and convince Americans to eat them.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I Loved This Story!...

    • By Douglas on 01-13-14

    Regular price: $6.95

    • A Thousand Pounds of Dynamite

    • By: Adam Higginbotham
    • Narrated by: Adam Higginbotham
    • Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 23
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      4 out of 5 stars 23

    The bomb appeared early one morning in an upstairs office of Harvey’s Wagon Wheel Casino near Lake Tahoe, an enigmatic box covered in a bewildering array of switches. A neatly typed letter explained that the box contained 1,000 pounds of dynamite. It was the largest improvised explosive device in American history - and its creator promised to explain how to remove it safely if the casino delivered $3 million by helicopter to a remote landing site in the mountains.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great

    • By Red Plammer on 10-24-16

    Regular price: $6.95

    • My Mother's Lover

    • By: David Dobbs
    • Narrated by: David Dobbs
    • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 4
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 4

    On her deathbed, David Dobbs's mother Evelyn Jane revealed a secret she'd kept for 60 years about the man she had truly loved, and lost. His name was Norman "Angus" Zahrt, a married World War II flight surgeon with whom she'd engaged in a secret love affair, just before he deployed to the Pacific and disappeared. Intrigued by his mother's hidden longing, Dobbs embarked on a reporter's quest to uncover Zahrt's fate, and that of his family. The story he returned with is an extraordinary tale of love, war, and how we confront the lost chances in our lives.

    Regular price: $6.95

    • 52 Blue

    • By: Leslie Jamison
    • Narrated by: Leslie Jamison
    • Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 2

    At a remote military base in the Pacific Northwest, Navy sonar technicians hear a confounding sound. It is the voice of a whale, but one that sings at a frequency - 52 hertz - never before heard by scientists, and inaudible to other members of its species. The whale seems to be alone in the Pacific Ocean, unable to communicate with its kind.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Moby Dick’s reincarnation?

    • By Kindle Customer, Denver on 09-18-18

    Regular price: $6.95

    • The Electric Mind: One Woman's Battle Against Paralysis at the Frontiers of Science

    • By: Jessica Benko
    • Narrated by: Liz Stephens
    • Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Paralyzed and unable to speak after a stroke, Cathy Hutchinson was trapped inside her mind, only communicating with the outside world through her eyes. Then she heard about an experiment called BrainGate at Brown University that hoped to allow immobilized patients to control robotic limbs with their thoughts. But can what sounds like science fiction eventually transform the lives of quadriplegics? And could it help Cathy take control of her life? Jessica Benko tells the story of a radical new technology, a pioneering group of researchers, and one woman's effort to transcend her condition and the body itself.

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Half-Safe

    • A Story of Love, Obsession, and History's Most Insane Around-the-World Adventure
    • By: James Nestor
    • Narrated by: James Nestor
    • Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
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      4 out of 5 stars 14

    In 1948, a young Australian mining engineer named Ben Carlin set out to do the impossible: circumnavigate the globe, by land and sea, in a single vehicle. The vehicle in question was an amphibious jeep developed by the U.S. Army, which Carlin christened Half-Safe, after a deodorant slogan. It was a mechanical mongrel that was supposed to move with equal ease across land and water but in practice wasn't much good for either one. Undaunted, Carlin and his wife Elinore set off across the Atlantic Ocean with dreams of fame and fortune, and of carving a small notch in history.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Weird adventure story

    • By Katie on 01-03-19
    • A Story of Love, Obsession, and History's Most Insane Around-the-World Adventure
    • By: James Nestor
    • Narrated by: James Nestor
    • Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
    • Release date: 01-25-13
    • 4 out of 5 stars 17 ratings

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Before the Swarm

    • By: Nicholas Griffin
    • Narrated by: Nicholas Griffin
    • Length: 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
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      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    Mark Moffett doesn't just study ants, he travels among them. Moffet holds a Harvard Ph.D. in entomology and is an accomplished scientist, an award-winning author and journalist, and one of the best nature photographers of his generation. Years ago, this free-spirited naturalist left academia behind to plunge into the deepest jungles and observe insect societies up close. Now author Nicholas Griffin takes us inside Moffett's own world, to explore his death-cheating quest for discovery.

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Murder on the Mekong

    • A Notorious Pirate, a Global Superpower, and a Mystery in the Golden Triangle
    • By: Jeff Howe
    • Narrated by: Jeff Howe
    • Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 4
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      3 out of 5 stars 4
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      4 out of 5 stars 4

    At first, what happened on the Mekong River on October 5, 2011 seemed like a simple matter of rough frontier justice. A detachment of Thai military commandos reported that they had confronted a band of drug runners smuggling methamphetamines out of the Golden Triangle, the famously lawless borderlands between Burma, Laos, and Thailand. A gunfight ensued, the smugglers fled, and the commandos seized two barges and a haul of nearly a million pills.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Recommended

    • By Shipwrecked on 07-29-15
    • A Notorious Pirate, a Global Superpower, and a Mystery in the Golden Triangle
    • By: Jeff Howe
    • Narrated by: Jeff Howe
    • Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
    • Release date: 11-25-13
    • 3.5 out of 5 stars 4 ratings

    Regular price: $6.95

    • The Fort of Young Saplings

    • By: Vanessa Veselka
    • Narrated by: Vanessa Veselka
    • Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Vanessa Veselka grew up a child in motion. After her parents split, she'd lived in nine states by the age of seven, eventually landing with her mother in 1970s Greenwich Village. Along the way she became enthralled with a distant part of her identity: her father's ceremonial adoption into the Tlingit, an Alaskan native people of legendary martial prowess. As an adult her childhood memories of Tlingit warrior tales would transform into a quest to understand her own connection to a distant people and their history.

    Regular price: $6.95

    • The Life and Times of the Stopwatch Gang

    • By: Josh Dean
    • Narrated by: Crystal Fawn
    • Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 7
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      4 out of 5 stars 7

    In The Life and Times of the Stopwatch Gang, Josh Dean reconstructs the gang's glory days and reveals how the real story, pieced together through months of research and reporting - most prominently with Reid himself, as he comes to the end, at age 64, of his final days in the custody of the state - is more remarkable than the myth that has long been told.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • quick and interesting listen

    • By Jay V on 11-24-17

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Company Eight

    • By: Matthew Pearl
    • Narrated by: Matthew Pearl
    • Length: 1 hr and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3

    In the annals of American firefighting, the early 1800s were a dark time. Volunteer fire companies operated less as public servants and more as rival gangs: defying city regulations, extorting money from victims, sabotaging other companies to put out fires first, or letting them burn out of pure spite. Willard Sears, a Boston builder and abolitionist, set out to change all that with a vision for a fire company that would bring professionalism to a field laced with corruption and violence.

    Regular price: $6.95

    • The Sinking of the Bounty

    • The True Story of a Tragic Shipwreck and its Aftermath
    • By: Matthew Shaer
    • Narrated by: Matthew Shaer
    • Length: 1 hr and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7

    It was one of the strangest sights the Coast Guard pilots had ever seen: a tall-masted wooden ship, the kind that sailed centuries ago, capsizing in the wind and towering waves of Hurricane Sandy off the coast of North Carolina. It looked like something out of a movie - and, in a way, it was. The ship was the Bounty, a replica of a British merchant vessel of the same name whose crew famously mutinied in 1789. She had been built for a Marlon Brando film in the 1960s - and now she was sinking, her 16-person crew fleeing into the sea amid the splintered wood and torn canvas.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Tragic Tale, Read by the Author

    • By Admiralu on 01-17-19

    Regular price: $6.95

    • The Accidental Terrorist

    • A California Accountant's Coup d'Etat
    • By: Adam PIore
    • Narrated by: Adam Piore
    • Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      3 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Yasith Chhun was just a 42-year-old accountant living a comfortable life in California. Then he tried to overthrow the Cambodian government from his humble office in Long Beach. Inspired by films like Braveheart, Chhun planned "Operation Volcano," a scheme replete with espionage, jungle guerrillas, and East German rocket launchers. Could Chhun's quixotic, incredibly risky and potentially bloody coup possibly succeed?

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Not the book I was looking for

    • By michelle on 12-27-12

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Love and Ruin

    • By: James Verini
    • Narrated by: James Verini
    • Length: 1 hr and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 2

    Nothing about the romance between Nancy Hatch Dupree and Louis Dupree was what you'd call typical. For starters, there were the lovers themselves. Louis was a foul-mouthed paratrooper turned swashbuckling archaeologist. Nancy was a witty travel writer and the wife of a CIA station chief on the ragged frontier of the Cold War. Then there was the place and time: Kabul, Afghanistan in the 1960s, a heady and short-lived milieu of conniving spies, future mujahideen, and cocktail-swilling cosmopolitans.

    Regular price: $6.95

    • The Bones of Marianna

    • A Reform School, a Terrible Secret, and a Hundred-Year Fight for Justice
    • By: David Kushner
    • Narrated by: David Kushner
    • Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 12

    With its manicured lawns and well-kept college-style buildings, the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Florida-the largest reform school in the country-always seemed like a model for how to turn wayward teens back into productive members of society. But for decades, the century-old school's alumni whispered about a nightmarish reality that lurked behind the gleaming facade - a legacy of beatings, sexual abuse, and even murder, the evidence buried in unmarked graves on the overgrown fringes of the property.

    Regular price: $6.95

    • The Honeymoon Murder

    • By: Joshua Hammer
    • Narrated by: Joshua Hammer
    • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 4
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 5

    Anni and Shrien Dewani's life together was the stuff of romance novels: Love at first sight, a whirlwind courtship, a wedding proposal in Paris after a flight on Shrien's private plane. Young, wealthy, and attractive, the Dewanis were the kind of couple that seemed immune to misfortune - until they arrived in Cape Town, South Africa on their honeymoon. Barely a day later, a brutal carjacking left Anni dead and Shrien wandering alone through one of South Africa's most dangerous neighborhoods. At first, Anni Dewani's death seemed to be a random tragedy. But the police investigating the killing soon began to suspect that something more nefarious had happened.

    Regular price: $6.95

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