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Talking Book Topics September–October

About Talking Book Topics

Talking Book Topics is published bimonthly in audio, large-print, and online formats and distributed at no cost to participants in the Library of Congress reading program for people who are blind or have a physical disability. An abridged version is distributed in braille. This periodical lists digital talking books and magazines available through a network of cooperating libraries and carries news of developments and activities in services to people who are blind, visually impaired, or cannot read standard print material because of an organic physical disability.

The annotated list in this issue is limited to titles recently added to the national collection, which contains thousands of fiction and nonfiction titles, including bestsellers, classics, biographies, romance novels, mysteries, and how-to guides. Some books in Spanish are also available. To explore the wide range of books in the national collection, visit the NLS Union Catalog online at or contact your local cooperating library.

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Library of Congress, Washington 2017
Catalog Card Number 60-46157
ISSN 0039-9183

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In Brief

Books for Adults

Adult Fiction

Adult Nonfiction

Books for Children

Childrenʼs Fiction

Children’s Nonfiction

Foreign Language Books

Audio Magazines


In Brief

“A new website and more: Expanding our services”

In a recent guest blog for the Library of Congress, NLS director Karen Keninger announced, “The NLS has a couple years of adventures ahead of it—adventures that sound chiefly technological, but are really about meeting our patrons’ needs as reliably, easily, and responsibly as possible.” New initiatives highlighted in the blog include:

  • The new NLS website, which uses “smart information architecture and navigation” and adds “tools and features for sighted visitors who may need to adjust what is on a monitor for their varying levels of visual acuity”
  • Duplication-on-Demand, a system NLS is testing “allowing network libraries to duplicate talking-book files onto digital cartridges at their own state-based locations”
  • Early investigation into using synthetic speech to make “time-sensitive materials available more quickly”
  • A pilot wireless download program that uses “wireless transmission of talking-book files directly to simple devices in patrons’ homes”
  • A test, in conjunction with Perkins Library, of loaning braille eReaders to patrons now that “a new generation of braille eReaders has brought the price point of such readers down”

For more details read the full blog post at

Audio-described tour available at the Library of Congress

Visitors to the Library of Congress who are blind or have visual impairments may enjoy the new Touch History tour of the historic Jefferson Building, which incorporates audio description and tactile exploration to provide a richer visitor experience. Free tours are scheduled for 8:45 a.m. on October 3 and 17, November 7 and 21, and December 5 and 19. Visitors may preregister at For more information or to arrange for a Touch History tour at a different time, contact the Visitor Services Office at (202) 707-9779 or email [email protected].


The following announcements may be of interest to readers. The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped reserves the right to publish announcements selectively, as space permits. The items mentioned, however, are not part of the NLS program, and their listings do not imply endorsement or support.

New Hadley Institute offerings on using the Internet and daily living tasks

Patrons looking to brush up on basic Internet skills may be interested in Internet Essentials, a new offering from the Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired. The online course includes four lessons and is open to both adult continuing education and high school students. Topics covered include accessible technology, desktop computers and mobile devices, searching for information, and making online purchases. For more information visit External or call 1-800-323-4238.

Hadley also offers a series of audio recordings that share practical tips to address daily living tasks made difficult by vision loss. Designed specifically for older adults with visual impairments, these recordings are free of charge and available on CD or on a Digital Talking Book (DTB) cartridge that is compatible with your NLS digital talking-book machine. For more information visit External or call 1-855-830-5355.

Sprint releases IP Relay app for deaf and deaf-blind individuals

Individuals who are deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability may benefit from a new app launched by Sprint Accessibility. The Sprint IP Relay mobile app, available for both Android and iOS devices, allows callers to make or receive IP relay phone calls from virtually anywhere within the U.S. and its territories where there is a mobile or Wi-Fi connection. Features include braille display integration and the ability to change font size and color for increased legibility. For more information visit External or email [email protected].


Books for Adults

Books listed in this issue of Talking Book Topics were recently sent to cooperating libraries. The complete collection contains a wide range of fiction and nonfiction books, including biographies, classics, westerns, mysteries, romances, and others.

Registered users may also immediately download all titles and magazines from the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) service at The free BARD Mobile app is available from the App Store, Google Play, and Amazon’s Appstore for reading talking books on your personal smart phone or tablet. To learn more about the collection or to sign up for BARD, contact your local cooperating library. Regional library telephone numbers and email addresses are listed on the last pages of this magazine.

Books within the headings Adult Fiction and Adult Nonfiction are listed alphabetically by subject category, author last name, and title. For example the title War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy would be listed in Adult Fiction under the Classics subject category and by the last name Tolstoy.

Note: A notice may appear immediately following the book description to indicate occurrences of violence, strong language, or descriptions of sex. The word “some” before any of these terms indicates an occasional or infrequent occurrence, as in “some strong language.” Commercials for which NLS does not have access to the print book may display the notice “unrated,” which means that the book may or may not contain violence, strong language, or descriptions of sex.

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Adult Fiction


Genius: The Game
DB85928 7 hours 42 minutes
by Leopoldo Gout
read by Stephen Van Doren
Three underprivileged young prodigies who possess incredible skills in technology and engineering team up in an exclusive competition. During the event, they stumble onto an incredibly dangerous situation. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

The Ice Limit
DB86939 16 hours 46 minutes
by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
read by Scott Brick
When the largest known meteorite is discovered—entombed in the earth for millions of years on a frigid, desolate island off the southern tip of Chile—a billionaire museum owner is determined to have it. But as an expedition team approaches the meteorite, people begin to die. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2010.

Until the Sea Shall Give Up Her Dead
DB86068 17 hours 1 minute
by S. Thomas Russell
read by Joe Wilson
After the events of A Ship of War (DB75950), Captain Charles Hayden returns to the HMS Themis and is sent to the West Indies. On the way, the crew discovers a boat with two men. Fearing they are spies, the crew learns a truth even more shocking. Violence and some strong language. 2014.


The Fortunes
DB86695 9 hours 38 minutes
by Peter Ho Davies
read by David Hartley-Margolin
Four stories trace the experience of Chinese and Chinese Americans through American history. Ling emigrates and finds work on the railroads. Anna works in the fantasy world of movies. Hate for Japanese people leads to Vincent’s death. John travels to China to adopt and learns more about the culture. Some violence. 2016.

Tell Me Something Real
DB86125 8 hours 5 minutes
by Calla Devlin
read by Marsha Rehns
1976. The three Babcock sisters cross the border from San Diego to a Mexican clinic so that their mother, who is ill with leukemia, can receive alternative treatments. Their world is shattered when they discover that an illness far more insidious than cancer poisons their home. Strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

The Whole Town’s Talking
DB86649 12 hours 9 minutes
by Fannie Flagg
read by Kimberly Farr
Follows the residents of the small Missouri town of Elmwood Springs through the decades. They lead normal lives, but when they die, folks remain for a time in the cemetery above the town, watching over friends and relatives. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

This Is How It Always Is
DB87225 11 hours 2 minutes
by Laurie Frankel
read by Gabra Zackman
Rosie and Penn Walsh-Adams are parents to five boys in Madison, Wisconsin. But their youngest son, Claude, from the age of three, has decided that he wants to be a girl. While the parents support his choice, their decision has consequences for the family. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

DB87101 11 hours 43 minutes
by Antonia Hayes
read by Abigail Maupin
Quirky and intelligent Ethan is obsessed with physics and astronomy. When Ethan falls ill due to complications from a trauma in infancy, his mother, Claire, must reconnect with her former husband, Mark. Old wounds are reexamined, and Ethan longs to connect with his father. Some strong language. 2016.

The Sixteenth of June
DB86819 7 hours 52 minutes
by Maya Lang
read by Teresa Willis
On the hundredth anniversary of the happenings in James Joyce’s Ulysses, June and Michael Portman begin their yearly celebration with a funeral. Their children, Leo and Stephen, are dealing with their own stalled lives. Nora, Leo’s fiancée and Stephen’s best friend, grieves her own mother. Some strong language. 2014.

A Lowcountry Wedding
DB85828 13 hours 30 minutes
by Mary Alice Monroe
read by Jennifer Hubbard
Three half sisters gather on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina. Harper and Carson are both preparing for their weddings in two months, when a stranger arrives on the island to expose a long-held family secret. Sequel to The Summer Wind and The Summer’s End (DB83241). Some descriptions of sex. 2016.

DB85747 8 hours 59 minutes
by Sonya Mukherjee
read by Nona Pipes
In a small town, as high school graduation approaches, two conjoined sisters, Clara and Hailey, must weigh the importance of their dreams as individuals against the risk inherent in the surgery that has the potential to separate them forever. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

The Mandibles: A Family, 2029–2047
DB85923 14 hours 39 minutes
by Lionel Shriver
read by Kristin Allison
After the American dollar loses all value in the year 2029, the Mandible family can no longer depend on its inheritance and the family members each find their own way of coping. Over the next couple of decades, their lives all change in startling ways. Strong language. 2016.

How to Write a Novel
DB86828 8 hours 27 minutes
by Melanie Sumner
read by Mare Trevathan
Twelve-and-a-half-year-old Aris Thibodeau has plans to improve her family’s life. Plan number one is to write a novel in thirty days by following a how-to book, in order to bring in some money. Plan number two is to get her mother to remarry. Both plans hit obstacles. Strong language. 2015.


Magic Binds
DB86822 11 hours 36 minutes
by Ilona Andrews
read by Mare Trevathan
Mercenary Kate and the former Beast Lord Curran are planning their wedding. But Kate’s father, Roland, has kidnapped the demigod Saiman and is slowly bleeding him dry in a never-ending bid for power. A Witch Oracle has predicted that if Kate marries the man she loves, Atlanta will burn and Kate will lose her love forever. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2016.

An Inheritance of Ashes
DB85719 11 hours 5 minutes
by Leah Bobet
read by Jill Fox
Now that the strange war is over, sixteen-year-old Hallie and her older sister struggle to maintain their family farm, waiting to see who will return from the distant battlefield. Desperate, they hire a wandering veteran, who has dangerous secrets. For senior high and older readers. 2015.

Winter of the Gods
DB87230 15 hours 25 minutes
by Jordanna Max Brodsky
read by various narrators
Selene, also known as the goddess Artemis, met classical scholar Theo Schultz when they helped stop a cult tied to the Olympian gods in The Immortals (DB84613). They team up once more to investigate when someone begins killing members of Selene’s divine family. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Paper and Fire: The Great Library, Book 2
DB85934 15 hours 56 minutes
by Rachel Caine
read by Erik Sandvold
Determined to rescue his friend from the clutches of Archivist Magister, smuggler and soldier Jess Brightwell enlists the help of his former classmates and the scholar Wolfe. The ragtag group embarks on a daunting mission that challenges all of their beliefs. Violence. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

The Plague of Swords
DB87235 21 hours 6 minutes
by Miles Cameron
read by Neil Dickson
Gabriel, the Red Knight, has many allies but just as many enemies, attacking on different fronts. The master strategist battles on, while others consider him as a replacement for the dead emperor. Spread thin over different fronts, Gabriel’s endeavors will all depend on whether he has correctly guessed his enemy’s true intentions. Sequel to The Dread Wyrm (DB82921). Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

The Demon King: A Seven Realms Novel
DB85907 15 hours 24 minutes
by Cinda Williams Chima
read by Jill Fox
The fates of former street-gang leader Han Alister and headstrong Princess Raisa entwine, as Han takes possession of an amulet that once belonged to an evil wizard and Raisa uncovers a conspiracy in the Grey Wolf Court. For senior high and older readers. 2009.

The Exiled Queen: A Seven Realms Novel, Book 2
DB86049 18 hours 17 minutes
by Cinda Williams Chima
read by Jill Fox
Princess Raisa flees from a forced marriage and finds sanctuary in a military academy. Meanwhile, Han runs from the Bayars, a dangerous family of wizards, and makes a hasty bargain with Crow, a mysterious wizard. For senior high and older readers. 2010.

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
DB86703 16 hours 11 minutes
by Cassandra Clare and others
read by Doug Tisdale Jr.
Collection of ten short stories chronicling Simon’s journey from amnesia to Ascension, as he works to regain his lost life while attending the Shadowhunter Academy. Previously published individually as e-books. Companion to The Mortal Instruments series. For senior high and older readers. 2015.

Labyrinth Lost
DB86814 9 hours 36 minutes
by Zoraida Córdova
read by Theresa Conkin
Sixteen-year-old Alex’s family can’t wait for her to come into her powers as a bruja—the most powerful witch in a generation, but Alex hates magic. On her Deathday celebration, Alex tries to give back her powers, but the Banishing Canto goes horribly wrong. Violence and strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

Snow White, Blood Red
DB86101 12 hours 50 minutes
edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
read by Catherine Byers
In this first installment of Datlow and Windling’s fairy tale anthology series, cherished stories are reimagined for adults by twenty writers, including Charles de Lint, Nancy Kress, Tanith Lee, Caroline Stevermer and Ryan Edmonds, Neil Gaiman, Jane Yolen, and Patricia A. McKillip. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 1993.

Saint’s Blood
DB86681 21 hours 10 minutes
by Sebastien de Castell
read by Jon Huffman
Greatcoats Falcio, Kest, and Brasti are still trying to defend Aline’s claim to the throne of Tristia. When Saints start being murdered, Falcio must discover who is behind the killings. Sequel to Knight’s Shadow (DB82809). Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2016.

A Green and Ancient Light
DB86074 8 hours 49 minutes
by Frederic S. Durbin
read by Doug Tisdale, Jr.
A young boy is shipped off to the countryside to stay with his grandmother to keep him safe from the war. While exploring the mysterious, ruined mansion in the woods near his village, he stumbles upon a soldier whose plane was shot down. 2016.

The Queen of Blood: Queens of Renthia, Book 1
DB86809 13 hours 12 minutes
by Sarah Beth Durst
read by Erin Jones
The natural world is full of spirits who want to kill and are only held back by the power of the Queen and her heirs. When the balance is broken, Daleina, a young girl from the forests, is the world’s only hope to control the spirits. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. 2016.

Crossroads of Canopy
DB86931 11 hours 3 minutes
by Thoraiya Dyer
read by Christine Marshall
Thirteen kingdoms, each ruled by a god or goddess, join together in the treetops of a giant forest to form the city of Canopy. Those like Unar, born below the sunlit forest heights, are usually slaves. Unar seeks a different life in service to a goddess. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

The Ferryman Institute
DB86610 14 hours 16 minutes
by Colin Gigl
read by Stephen Hoye
Charlie Dawson is the most successful Ferryman for the dead in history, but he’s burning out, having been in the position for more than two hundred and fifty years. He receives a mysterious message that he has a choice to save a woman and stop being a Ferryman, but his decision brings danger. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Nettle King: A Night and Nothing Novel
DB85853 11 hours 27 minutes
by Katherine Harbour
read by Gabriella Cavallero
After her boyfriend, Jack, sacrificed himself to save her sister in Briar Queen (DB82693), Finn Sullivan was desperate to rescue Jack from the underworld. But her journey to the land of the dead may have unleashed something horrible upon the world of the living. Some strong language. 2016.

The Drafter
DB85564 17 hours 4 minutes
by Kim Harrison
read by Cynthia Farrell
Peri Reed is a covert government agent with a special talent: she is a drafter, able to alter time but unable to remember the history she rewrites. When her name is on a list of corrupt agents, she doesn’t know whom to trust. Violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2015.

Roses and Rot
DB85896 11 hours 58 minutes
by Kat Howard
read by Carol Jacobanis
Writer Imogen and dancer Marin are sisters, both invited to the Melete artist program for a year. The two hope to reconnect while they hone their art but find that Melete has a dark tie to the faerie realm. Strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2016.

Prairie Fire
DB86042 8 hours 35 minutes
by E.K. Johnston
read by Jill Fox
Following the events in The Story of Owen (DB82415), dragon slayers Owen and Sadie and bard Siobhan rebuild the burned town of Trondheim. But soon the trio joins the military ranks of the Oil Watch with a new purpose. Violence. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2015.

Eleventh Grave in Moonlight
DB86932 9 hours 19 minutes
by Darynda Jones
read by Lorelei King
PI Charley Davidson is coping with the knowledge that she is a goddess and her daughter is destined to save the world. Her husband, Reyes, tries to get her to drop her latest investigation: searching for the evil adoptive parents of Reyes and his brother Shawn. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Children of Earth and Sky
DB85775 21 hours 59 minutes
by Guy Gavriel Kay
read by George Holmes
Novel is set in a fantasy world inspired by Renaissance Europe, with echoes of the historical conflicts between Christians and Ottomans. A diverse cast of characters—including wealthy merchants, scheming pirates, spies, artists, priests, and nobles—navigate the dangerous waters of the political and religious intrigues. Violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2016.

Dreams of Distant Shores
DB86592 10 hours 8 minutes
by Patricia A. McKillip
read by Nicola Daval
Collection of seven shorter works of fantasy fiction from the author of The Riddle-Master of Hed (DB48692), an essay on writing, and an afterword from writer Peter S. Beagle. Includes “Mer,” a previously unpublished story about a witch and a mermaid. 2016.

Limits of Power and Crown of Renewal
DB86124 34 hours 42 minutes
by Elizabeth Moon
read by Mark Ashby
As Limits of Power opens, the queen of the elves has been killed. Kieri, her grandson, must heal the relations between humans and elves before their enemies attack once more. In Crown of Renewal, Kieri’s kingdom is threatened by the reappearance of magery. Sequel to Echoes of Betrayal (DB74405). 2014.

Queen of Hearts
DB85929 6 hours 0 minutes
by Colleen Oakes
read by Kristin Allison
When an enchanting stranger arrives at Wonderland Palace, Princess Dinah, the future Queen of Hearts, is launched into Wonderland’s dangerous political game. When her throne is threatened, she must discover who her enemies are or risk losing her head. Some violence. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales
DB86514 12 hours 52 minutes
edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe
read by Paige O’Malley
Fantasy authors reimagine eighteen classic fairy tales. Includes Daryl Gregory’s take on Hansel and Gretel, “Even the Crumbs Were Delicious.” Other authors in the collection include Seanan McGuire, Garth Nix, and Naomi Novik. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2016.

Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection
DB86772 22 hours 33 minutes
by Brandon Sanderson
read by various narrators
Eight short works of fiction explore the author’s fantasy worlds. These include the Hugo Award-winning “The Emperor’s Soul,” which is set in the world of his novel Elantris (DB82159), as well as stories and novellas set in the worlds of the Stormlight Archive and Mistborn series. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

A Conjuring of Light
DB87273 19 hours 5 minutes
by V.E. Schwab
read by various narrators
The dark magic responsible for the annihilation of Black London rises, threatening life in the other three Londons. Kell, reviled after the events of A Gathering of Shadows (DB83869), struggles with his friendship with Lila and his bond with foster brother Rhy. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

DB85795 9 hours 45 minutes
by Amy Tintera
read by Julie-Ann Elliott
Left with nothing after her parents are slain in Ruina, Emelina Flores is determined to get revenge. Her cunning plan is to infiltrate the enemy’s kingdom, pose as the crown prince’s betrothed, and to find her kidnapped sister. Violence. For senior high and older readers. 2016.


A Remarkable Kindness
DB86593 12 hours 56 minutes
by Diana Bletter
read by Barbara Rappaport
Four women come together in an Israeli seaside village as war looms. Aviva, who has already lost one son; nurse Lauren; Lauren’s best friend, Emily; and college student Rachel share their hopes and dreams for the future. Tragedy looms, however. Some violence. 2015.

The Terranauts
DB86693 18 hours 15 minutes
by T. Coraghessan Boyle
read by Mare Trevathan
In 1994, eight scientists head to the desert of Arizona to enter E2, a sealed ecological system where they will live for the next two years. The experiment will challenge the four men and four women both physically and psychologically. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2016.

DB86686 14 hours 5 minutes
by Michael Chabon
read by Gregory Maupin
A man makes a deathbed confession to his grandson, recounting his youth, his experiences in World War Two kidnapping German rocket scientists, and how he fell in love with his wife, a Holocaust survivor. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. 2016.

Heat and Light
DB85894 14 hours 12 minutes
by Jennifer Haigh
read by L.J. Ganser
In the town of Bakerton, Pennsylvania, which sits on top of the natural-gas-rich Marcellus Shale, prison guard Richard Devlin decides to sell his mineral rights to finance his dream. Meanwhile, his neighbors hold out against drilling, and his wife claims the water is poisoning their daughter. Some strong language. 2016.

I’ll Take You There
DB86808 6 hours 46 minutes
by Wally Lamb
read by Jack Fox
Film professor Felix Funicello normally hosts a movie club for his students at an empty New York theater. One night, the ghosts of two stars of the silent film era appear to him at the theater, offering an exclusive screening of scenes from his life. Some strong language. 2016.

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper
DB85718 7 hours 55 minutes
by Phaedra Patrick
read by Jack Fox
A year after the death of his beloved wife, Miriam, Arthur Pepper is sorting through her possessions and finds a lovely charm bracelet he never saw her wear. His decision to search for the story behind each charm takes him far from his comfort zone. Some strong language. 2016.

Grief Is the Thing with Feathers
DB86057 1 hour 39 minutes
by Max Porter
read by David Hartley-Margolin
A man is shocked by the sudden death of his wife. He is deeply grieving and struggling to raise two boys on his own when a giant crow arrives on his doorstep to help the family heal. Some strong language. 2015.

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk
DB86852 8 hours 53 minutes
by Kathleen Rooney
read by Xe Sands
New Year’s Eve, 1984. At eighty-five years old, Lillian Boxfish walks through Manhattan, visiting some of her favorite spots. She thinks back on her career, when she was briefly the most successful woman in advertising in America—a career she left behind for marriage, motherhood, divorce, and a breakdown. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Absolutely True Lies
DB86805 12 hours 41 minutes
by Rachel Stuhler
read by Carol Dines
When the magazine Holly Gracin works for closes down, her uncle comes through with a connection that lands her a job as a celebrity memoir ghostwriter. Child star Daisy Mae Dixson has lots of hidden secrets, and Holly finds her own life unraveling alongside Daisy’s. Strong language. 2015.

The Seed Collectors
DB86052 14 hours 13 minutes
by Scarlett Thomas
read by Madelyn Buzzard
Oleander Gardener ran the celebrity retreat known as Namaste House. At her death, her relatives gather to receive their inheritance: seed pods that could grant either spiritual enlightenment or death. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2015.

One Good Dog
DB87276 8 hours 23 minutes
by Susan Wilson
read by various narrators
In a momentary loss of self-control, high-powered businessman Adam March loses everything that he has worked his entire adult life to achieve. Assigned to work in a soup kitchen as community service, he encounters the mixed-breed pit bull Chance. Adam rescues Chance and discovers he is saving himself. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2010.

Another Brooklyn
DB85925 2 hours 28 minutes
by Jacqueline Woodson
read by Mare Trevathan
August returns to Brooklyn to settle the affairs of her father after his death. When she chances upon one of her best friends from childhood, Sylvia, on the train, she reminisces about growing up in the 1970s with Sylvia and her other best friends, Angela and Gigi. Some descriptions of sex. 2016.

Historical Fiction

The Silent Songbird
DB86817 9 hours 8 minutes
by Melanie Dickerson
read by Jennifer Hubbard
England, 1384. Seventeen-year-old Evangeline, ward and cousin of King Richard II, tries to escape from an arranged marriage, dreaming of a life outside Berkhamsted Castle. But when she runs away, she finds herself embroiled in a tangled web that threatens England’s monarch. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2016.

Three Sisters, Three Queens
DB85926 19 hours 41 minutes
by Philippa Gregory
read by Kristin Allison
One family produces three queens. Sisters Margaret and Mary Tudor and sister-in-law Katherine of Aragon rule in Scotland, France, and England. The interplay of family and state test their relationships with each other as their lives play out. Some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2016.

Glory over Everything: Beyond The Kitchen House
DB86062 12 hours 1 minute
by Kathleen Grissom
read by David Hartley-Margolin
1830. Jamie Pyke, the son of a slave and her master from The Kitchen House (DB75504), is now living as a white man in Philadelphia. However, he is blackmailed into returning to the South to rescue a boy who has been kidnapped and sold into slavery. Some violence. 2016.

Standing at the Scratch Line
DB85780 32 hours 26 minutes
by Guy Johnson
read by Richard Davidson
1916. After a raid on a rival family’s operations results in him killing two white sheriff’s deputies, LeRoi “King” Tremain leaves Louisiana. Eventually he joins the troops fighting in France and then returns home to build his own family dynasty. Violence, explicit descriptions of sex, and some strong language. 1998.

DB86934 18 hours 18 minutes
by Min Jin Lee
read by Alison Hiroto
In the early 1900s, Sunja, the beloved daughter of a prominent Korean family, finds herself pregnant and abandoned by her lover. To save her family’s reputation, she marries a tubercular minister and moves to Japan. She and her descendants deal with being separated from their homeland and never quite accepted. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Outrun the Moon
DB85851 9 hours 31 minutes
by Stacey Lee
read by Mare Trevathan
San Francisco, California; 1906. Fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong—daughter of Chinese immigrants—struggles to hold her own among the spoiled heiresses at prestigious St. Clare’s School for Girls. When tragedy strikes, everyone must put aside their differences and band together to survive. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2016.

Work like Any Other
DB86128 8 hours 47 minutes
by Virginia Reeves
read by Jeff Allin
1920s. Bitter from farm life in rural Alabama, Roscoe builds transformers to draw electricity from the new power grid. One day a man from the power company investigates and is killed. Roscoe is sentenced to prison, and reflects on his life choices as his family continues to work the farm. 2016.

Lincoln in the Bardo
DB86941 7 hours 27 minutes
by George Saunders
read by various narrators
1862. One night, soon after the death of his eleven-year-old son, Willie, President Abraham Lincoln goes to visit the recently interred body in Georgetown. There, he encounters the ghosts of the cemetery’s residents, including Willie, who must escape the limbo he is in. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Eagle in Exile: Clash of Eagles Trilogy, Book 2
DB85570 21 hours 19 minutes
by Alan Smale
read by Robert Sams
Roman leader Gaius Marcellinus became allied with the Cohokia tribe of North America after he was captured in Clash of Eagles (DB81525). Now he must convince them to unite with other tribes if they want to prevail against a new army from Rome. Violence and some strong language. 2016.

The Girl from Venice
DB86696 7 hours 16 minutes
by Martin Cruz Smith
read by David Hartley-Margolin
1945. Fisherman Cenzo discovers the body of a young woman. Soon after, his boat is inspected by German SS officers—but the supposedly dead body has disappeared. Giulia is hiding from the Germans, with secrets of the black market and gold. Strong language and some violence. Bestseller. 2016.

Rare Objects
DB85783 12 hours 30 minutes
by Kathleen Tessaro
read by Eva Wilhelm
1932. Maeve Fanning returns home to Boston after a disastrous time in New York City that led to her being involuntarily committed to a psychiatric hospital. While working at an antiques shop, her past haunts her, even as she flirts with upper-crust society. Some descriptions of sex. 2016.

The Pursuit of Pearls
DB85924 13 hours 49 minutes
by Jane Thynne
read by Gabriella Cavallero
Actress Clara Vine, from The Scent of Secrets (DB84813), walks a fine line as she pursues her career while spying on the Third Reich for British Intelligence in 1939. When a young costume designer is killed, Clara discovers more than what is reported in the press. Some violence. 2015.

A Certain Age
DB85922 10 hours 57 minutes
by Beatriz Williams
read by Mare Trevathan
New York, 1922. Theresa Marshall and her husband have an agreement to look the other way at each other’s indiscretions. When Theresa’s brother becomes engaged, she enlists the assistance of her current paramour—Octavian Rofrano—to investigate the young woman. Many secrets come to light. Some violence and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2016.


Star of the East: A Lady Emily Christmas Story
DB86936 2 hours 18 minutes
by Tasha Alexander
read by Bianca Amato
Lady Emily and Colin cannot refuse an invitation from her mother for a Christmas party to honor Ala Kapur Singh, who has recently received the Order of the Star of India. When his daughter’s jewelry goes missing and turns up in Emily’s possession, Emily must clear her name. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2014.

A Baxter Family Christmas
DB86525 5 hours 53 minutes
by Karen Kingsbury
read by Marsha Rehns
John Baxter invites a stranger named Kendra Bryant to have dinner with his family at Christmas. Kendra was the recipient of Erin Baxter’s heart after her death, and each member of the Baxter family must deal with the feelings that arise from meeting her. Bestseller. 2016.

Human Relationships

4 3 2 1
DB86898 36 hours 56 minutes
by Paul Auster
read by Paul Auster
From the moment Archie Ferguson is born in 1947, his life spirals out into four possible timelines. Amy Schneiderman plays a role in all of them, helping him to define his concept of love. As the many Archies age, they grow and experience the world around them. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

The Bookshop on the Corner
DB86665 11 hours 22 minutes
by Jenny Colgan
read by Pilar Witherspoon
Downsizing has left English librarian Nina out of a job. But she is not willing to give up on her love of finding people their perfect book. While on vacation in a small village in Scotland, she impulsively buys a van and opens a mobile bookshop. 2016.

Love Blind
DB85736 6 hours 47 minutes
by C. Desir and Jolene Perry
read by Mare Trevathan
After meeting at the school’s radio station, shy Kyle forms an unusual friendship with Hailey, a spunky rocker living with degenerative blindness. Together, they decide to tackle their bucket lists of greatest fears. Strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

I Liked My Life
DB86933 9 hours 49 minutes
by Abby Fabiaschi
read by various narrators
After her suicide, Maddy hovers over the lives of her husband, Brady, and daughter, Eve, hoping to help her family find the perfect woman to replace her. She picks school teacher Rory, but moving on is not that easy for any of them. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

The Year We Turned Forty
DB87106 10 hours 36 minutes
by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke
read by Carol Dines
The year three best friends—Jessie, Gabriela, and Claire—turn forty is the hardest year of their life, and all three face loss. When they turn fifty, they have a chance to make different decisions—but they may not be the right ones. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2016.

Leave Me
DB85893 8 hours 17 minutes
by Gayle Forman
read by Kate Kiley
As a woman with a full-time job, four-year-old twins, and a husband who is never home, Maribeth is so busy she fails to realize she has had a heart attack. When her family neglects to help her recuperate, Maribeth walks away. Strong language. 2016.

Girl Mans Up
DB87105 9 hours 27 minutes
by M-E Girard
read by Teresa Willis
Sixteen-year-old Pen is a girl, but she looks like a boy. She’s fine with it, but her parents want her to act and dress more like a girl. Pen, however, wants everyone to accept her the way she is. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

The Mother’s Promise
DB87278 9 hours 17 minutes
by Sally Hepworth
read by Barrie Kreinik
Alice and her fifteen-year-old daughter, Zoe, have always relied heavily on each other. But they both need to reach out to find others to lean on when Alice is diagnosed with cancer and Zoe struggles with increasing social anxiety. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

DB86586 8 hours 7 minutes
by Alice Hoffman
read by Lise Bruneau
Shelby Richmond never got over the tragic car accident she experienced at the age of eighteen, which left her best friend in a vegetative state. She tries to build a new life in New York, helped along by anonymous postcards offering hope and encouragement. Some strong language. 2016.

A Robot in the Garden
DB85930 10 hours 0 minutes
by Deborah Install
read by Erik Sandvold
One day a robot named Acrid Tang appears in Ben Chambers’s garden, in desperate need of repair. Ben, who recently lost his job and whose marriage is failing, sets off on a search to find Tang’s origins, a quest that takes the pair around the world. 2015.

Jumping Off Swings
DB86523 4 hours 8 minutes
by Jo Knowles
read by Lise Bruneau
Teens, Ellie, who feels loved when boys touch her, and Josh, an eager virgin with a troubled home life, deal with the ramifications of a pregnancy after they have a one-time fling. Strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2009.

We Are Okay
DB87287 5 hours 39 minutes
by Nina LaCour
read by Jorjeana Marie
After leaving her life behind to go to college in New York, Marin must face the truth about a tragedy that occurred in the final weeks of summer when her friend Mabel came to visit. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2017.

The Association of Small Bombs
DB86840 9 hours 41 minutes
by Karan Mahajan
read by L.J. Ganser
A car bomb explodes in a crowded Delhi marketplace in 1996. Among the dozens killed were two Hindu brothers, while their Muslim schoolmate Mansoor survives. The event has lasting effects on the families of the dead, the bombers, and the survivors. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2016.

100 Days
DB86616 8 hours 58 minutes
by Nicole McInnes
read by Emily Ellet
Fifteen-year-old Agnes suffers from progeria, a rare disease that causes her to age rapidly. Agnes and her friends, Moira and Boone, all plan to live life to its fullest before ultimately letting it go. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

Mister Monkey
DB86829 8 hours 53 minutes
by Francine Prose
read by Kristin Allison
Reveals the events behind the scenes at an off-Broadway children’s musical. Margot would rather be doing Chekhov, but she is trying to find some dignity in her embarrassing role in Mister Monkey. It becomes even more difficult when her twelve-year-old costar aggressively hits puberty. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2016.

A World without You
DB85744 8 hours 32 minutes
by Beth Revis
read by Doug Tisdale Jr.
Suffering from delusions and a resident of a special facility for troubled teens, Bo believes his superpower to manipulate time can help him be with Sofía, a fellow resident who has recently committed suicide. Strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

DB85740 8 hours 22 minutes
by Lindsey Rosin
read by Mare Trevathan
Four best friends—Layla, Alex, Emma, and Zoe—make a pact to lose their virginity before they graduate from high school. The foursome’s enthusiasm in their quest is contagious, and they end up learning a few things along the way. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

The Things We Wish Were True
DB86640 8 hours 22 minutes
by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen
read by Kate Kiley
In Sycamore Glen, North Carolina, the community pool is the center of the neighborhood. When a nearly tragic accident occurs at the pool and one long-absent resident returns, neighbors are forced to confront the secrets they’ve been keeping. 2016.


Hitler, Mussolini, and Me: A Sort of Triography
DB86566 7 hours 20 minutes
by Charles Davis
read by David Hartley-Margolin
Colgan, an Irish expatriate, is roped into leading a tour of the art of Italy with Hitler and Mussolini as his guests. As they travel, he learns what led to their assuming power, while he privately refers to them as the “Flatulent Windbag” and the “Constipated Prick.” Some strong language. 2016.

Legal Themes

Losing Faith
DB85722 10 hours 32 minutes
by Adam Mitzner
read by Barry Bernson
Powerful Russian criminal Nicolai Garkov threatens to expose preeminent New York City attorney Aaron Littman’s past affair with Judge Faith Nichols if Littman refuses to defend him in Nichols’s court. Meanwhile, Nichols is informed that her Supreme Court nomination hinges upon Garkov’s conviction. Littman’s attempt to warn Nichols ends in murder. 2015.

Mystery and Detective

The Adventuress: A Lady Emily Mystery
DB86937 9 hours 19 minutes
by Tasha Alexander
read by Bianca Amato
Emily and Colin travel to the French Riviera to celebrate the engagement of Emily’s lifelong friend the Duke of Bainbridge. But after the shocking death of one of the guests at the party in an apparent suicide, Emily doubts the coroner’s verdict. She and Colin search for the truth. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2015.

The Counterfeit Heiress: A Lady Emily Mystery
DB86938 9 hours 23 minutes
by Tasha Alexander
read by Bianca Amato
Lady Emily has an odd encounter at a masquerade ball with a disguised actress claiming to be mysterious heiress and world traveler Estella Lamar. When the imposter is later murdered, Emily must discover which woman was the intended victim, whether Estella is still alive, and the killer’s identity. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2014.

Mary Crow, Books 4–7
DB85797 38 hours 25 minutes
by Sallie Bissell
read by Mary Kane
Four mysteries, written between 2005 and 2015, featuring North Carolina Cherokee attorney Mary Crow. Includes Legacy of Masks, Music of Ghosts, Deadliest of Sins, and A Judgment of Whispers, in which Mary’s DA campaign may be tainted by a long-ago murder. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2015.

Evan Tanner, Books 4–5
DB85569 14 hours 30 minutes
by Lawrence Block
read by David DeBoy
Two novels featuring Evan Tanner, a champion of lost causes with permanent insomnia. In Two for Tanner, Tanner is undercover in Thailand as a rare butterfly researcher, attempting to rescue a singer and escape a guerrilla band. Also includes Tanner’s Tiger. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1968.

Me Tanner, You Jane
DB85745 5 hours 43 minutes
by Lawrence Block
read by Joe Wilson
In this outing, a sleepless Evan Tanner searches in Africa for a ruler who absconded with the state treasury. He meets up with a deadly jungle woman named Sheena. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1970.

The Sleepwalker
DB86768 9 hours 37 minutes
by Chris Bohjalian
read by various narrators
When Annalee Ahlberg—who sleepwalks—goes missing, her children fear the worst. Her older daughter also wonders why the detective knows so much about Annalee, why her mother leaves her bed only when her father is away, and—if she really died while sleepwalking—where her body is. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Tell Me, Pretty Maiden: A Molly Murphy Mystery
DB86097 10 hours 43 minutes
by Rhys Bowen
read by Anne Hancock
New York, 1902. Private investigator Molly Murphy finds a beautiful young woman lying unconscious in Central Park. As Molly visits local theaters and flophouses in an attempt to learn what happened, she is aided by her beau, the wrongfully suspended police captain Daniel, and influential friends like reporter Nelly Bly. 2008.

Old Bones
DB86942 10 hours 21 minutes
by Trudy Nan Boyce
read by Rebecca Lowman
During a vigil calling for police reform, students from historically black Spelman College are assaulted by rifle fire from a passing vehicle. Detective Sarah “Salt” Alt is investigating a recently discovered body, but she is called onto a riot detail when Atlanta reaches a boiling point over the Spelman violence. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Surrender, New York
DB86567 27 hours 26 minutes
by Caleb Carr
read by Stephen Van Doren
Upstate New York criminal psychologist Dr. Trajan Jones is asked to weigh in on the possible suicide of a teenager. Jones and trace-evidence expert and fellow online instructor Michael Li are soon investigating a series of deaths involving throwaways—teens abandoned by their parents. Strong language and some violence. Bestseller. 2016.

Long Lost: A Kate Burkholder Short Story
DB86238 1 hour 27 minutes
by Linda Castillo
read by Kathleen McInerney
When chief of police Kate Burkholder and John Tomasetti take a much-needed vacation at a small bed-and-breakfast outside of town, their relaxation is cut short by rumors that the old house where they’re staying is haunted by a girl who disappeared twenty years earlier. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Seeds of Deception: A Kate Burkholder Short Story
DB86239 1 hour 32 minutes
by Linda Castillo
read by Kathleen McInerney
A glimpse into chief of police Kate Burkholder’s Amish roots. Fourteen-year-old Katie and her best friend Mattie are picking apples when Billy Marquardt and his gang of English friends interrupts. Thumbing her nose at the Amish rules, Mattie disappears with Billy into the old barn—which then bursts into flame. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Murder Tightly Knit: An Amish Village Mystery, Book 2
DB86917 9 hours 24 minutes
by Vannetta Chapman
read by Mary Kane
When an Amish man is killed by a crossbow right after placing a call to the village yarn shop, Amish Village manager Amber Bowman and shop worker Hannah Troyer investigate. Hannah had noticed odd happenings at the yarn shop even before the murder. 2014.

Scrapbooking Mystery Series, Books 1–7
DB85483 62 hours 38 minutes
by Laura Childs
read by Margaret Strom
First seven entries, written between 2003 and 2009, in the series about Carmela Bertrand, who owns a New Orleans scrapbooking shop called Memory Mine and solves mysteries. Includes Keepsake Crimes, Photo Finished, Bound for Murder, Motif for Murder, Frill Kill, Death Swatch, and Tragic Magic. Includes recipes. Some strong language. 2009.

The Sleeping Beauty Killer: An Under Suspicion Novel
DB86692 8 hours 7 minutes
by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke
read by Kristin Allison
After Casey Carter finishes a fifteen-year prison sentence for the death of her fiancé, Hunter Raleigh, she turns to Laurie Moran’s show, Under Suspicion, to find Hunter’s murderer. But all clues still point to Casey, who claims to have mysteriously slept through the killing. Some violence. 2016.

Run You Down
DB86904 8 hours 20 minutes
by Julia Dahl
read by Andi Arndt
Teenager Aviva Kagan left her Brooklyn Hasidic Jewish life for a college boy—and then disappeared. Twenty-three years later, the child she left behind is New York City tabloid reporter Rebekah Roberts. A man from an ultra-Orthodox enclave contacts Rebekah about his young wife’s mysterious death. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2015.

Swamp Sniper
DB86930 7 hours 58 minutes
by Jana DeLeon
read by Cassandra Campbell
In the two weeks that CIA assassin Fortune Redding has been hiding in Sinful, Louisiana, she’s been harassed, shot at, and poisoned. Now, she faces a bigger challenge: one of her only friends is the lead suspect in the murder of the mayoral candidate. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2013.

Trouble in Mudbug
DB86929 9 hours 22 minutes
by Jana DeLeon
read by Johanna Parker
Scientist Maryse Robicheaux thought that her problems had disappeared with her mother-in-law’s death. The woman was rude, pushy, manipulative, and used her considerable wealth to ride herd over the entire town. Unfortunately, death doesn’t seem to be slowing her down one bit. Meanwhile, undercover agent Luc LeJeune investigates Maryse. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Hook, Line, and Murder: A Murder, She Wrote Mystery
DB86588 6 hours 32 minutes
by Jessica Fletcher and others
read by Lise Bruneau
Jessica and the sheriff’s wife, Maureen, have ex-con Brian Kinney as their guide in a fly-fishing competition. After spending years in prison for being an accomplice to convicted killer Darryl Jepson, Kinney was exonerated. But now Jepson has escaped and Maureen has gone missing. 2016.

DB85831 8 hours 53 minutes
by Parnell Hall
read by Jon Huffman
Cranston Pritchert—PI Stanley Hastings’ new client—claims his partners set him up to lose control of an investment firm by having a woman get him drunk in a bar. When Hastings uncovers evidence that Pritchert himself arranged for the woman’s involvement, the investigator begins to suspect that he too is being duped. Strong language. 1997.

Skin Deep: A Simeon Grist Suspense Novel
DB85909 8 hours 47 minutes
by Timothy Hallinan
read by Jack Fox
Los Angeles-based PI Simeon Grist is offered big money to prevent sadistic television star Toby Vane from hurting any more women until a syndication deal goes through. But Toby slips away on Simeon’s first night of babysitting, and an exotic dancer is found beaten and killed. Violence and strong language. 1990.

The Dry
DB86906 9 hours 45 minutes
by Jane Harper
read by Steven Shanahan
Federal agent Aaron Falk returns to his Australian rural hometown for the funeral of an old friend who allegedly killed himself, his wife, and their young son. Facing a town still suspicious of his role in a long-ago death, Aaron reluctantly agrees to investigate. Violence and strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

DB86642 8 hours 12 minutes
by Robert Harris
read by Roy McMillan
The Pope is dead. Behind the locked doors of the Sistine Chapel, one hundred eighteen cardinals from all over the globe—holy men, but with ambitions and rivals—will cast their votes in the world’s most secretive election. Over the next seventy-two hours one of them will become the most powerful spiritual figure on Earth. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

An Obvious Fact
DB86569 9 hours 51 minutes
by Craig Johnson
read by Joe Wilson
When Sheriff Walt Longmire and his friend Henry Standing Bear are asked to help investigate a hit-and-run bike accident at a motorcycle rally in a neighboring town, the case becomes quite complicated. Strong language and some violence. 2016.

Sorrow Road
DB85941 12 hours 2 minutes
by Julia Keller
read by Gabriella Cavallero
West Virginia-based prosecutor Bell Elkins gets an unexpected request from an old law school classmate. Darlene Strayer’s father died while in an Alzheimer’s facility, and she doesn’t believe it was from the disease. Meanwhile, Bell’s troubled daughter returns home. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. 2016.

The House between Tides
DB86555 14 hours 8 minutes
by Sarah Maine
read by Jennifer Hubbard
In 2010, a buried body is found in Hetty Deveraux’s newly inherited house on an island in the Outer Hebrides. As she and cousins Ruairidh Forbes and James Cameron search for answers, they uncover a tale of star-crossed lovers, jealousy, and death in 1910. Some violence. 2014.

The Darkest Secret
DB85938 11 hours 15 minutes
by Alex Marwood
read by Cecelia Riddett
Twelve years ago, wealthy Sean Jackson threw himself a fiftieth birthday-party weekend. During it, his second wife caught him cheating, and one of their three-year-old twin daughters disappeared. Now, Sean has died, and the people who were present on that terrible night gather for a funeral that will reveal the secrets of the past. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2016.

Everything You Want Me to Be
DB86910 10 hours 47 minutes
by Mindy Mejia
read by Emily Ellet
Small-town high school senior Hattie Hoffman is the star of the school play with plans to head to New York after graduation. When Hattie is found stabbed to death, the sheriff, a family friend, can’t imagine why. Flashbacks tell the story. Strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2017.

The Hangman
DB85865 1 hour 43 minutes
by Louise Penny
read by David DeBoy
In this novella set in the Three Pines village in Quebec, Chief Inspector Gamache is called to the scene of an apparent suicide—a spa hotel guest found hanging from a tree. But clues quickly turn the case into a murder investigation. Some strong language. 2010.

When the Music’s Over: An Inspector Banks Novel
DB86842 15 hours 27 minutes
by Peter Robinson
read by Cecelia Riddett
Newly promoted Detective Superintendent Banks’s first case is a cold one—poet Linda Palmer is accusing variety-show celebrity Danny Caxton of raping her five decades ago. Meanwhile, DI Annie Cabbot is called to investigate when the naked, beaten corpse of a teen girl is discovered by the road. Strong language and some violence. 2016.

Far from You
DB86813 8 hours 46 minutes
by Tess Sharpe
read by Erin Jones
After Sophie Winters survives a brutal attack in which her best friend, Mina, is murdered, she sets out to find the killer. Meanwhile, Sophie’s past oxy addiction causes people to suspect the incident was drug related. Strong language and some violence. For senior high and older readers. 2014.

I Woke Up Dead at the Mall
DB85798 8 hours 14 minutes
by Judy Sheehan
read by Lindsay Ellison
After being murdered, sixteen-year-old Sarah wakes up dead at the Mall of America, where she and other teenagers must finish up the unresolved business of their former lives. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

The Amateurs
DB86879 8 hours 32 minutes
by Sara Shepard
read by Mary Kane
Four teens—Seneca, Maddy, Brett, and Aerin—who met in an online cold-case solving forum—attempt to solve another teen’s murder in Dexby, Connecticut. Strong language and descriptions of sex. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

Missing, Presumed
DB85723 13 hours 10 minutes
by Susie Steiner
read by Madelyn Buzzard
Detective Manon Bradshaw investigates the disappearance of Cambridge graduate student Edith Hind, daughter of the royal family’s surgeon. She went missing from her house, leaving behind keys, phone, and blood. As details emerge, Edith’s personal life appears more and more complex. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2016.

Too Many Women: A Nero Wolfe Novel
DB85567 8 hours 45 minutes
by Rex Stout
read by David DeBoy
Nero Wolfe is hired by a large New York business firm to investigate the mysterious death of an employee. The job requires Wolfe and his assistant to work with the company’s employees, among whom are five hundred young women. Some strong language. 1947.

Tony Valentine, Books 1–2
DB85827 19 hours 40 minutes
by James Swain
read by Andy Pyle
The first two books in the series featuring retired New Jersey cop Tony Valentine, who now ferrets out con artists in casinos. In Grift Sense, he is in Las Vegas watching a blonde dealer named Nola. In Funny Money, his old partner is murdered in Atlantic City. Strong language. 2002.

Shoot to Thrill
DB86619 10 hours 23 minutes
by P.J. Tracy
read by Richard Davidson
A corpse in a bridal gown drowned in the river turns out to be a man in drag. Detectives Gino Rolseth and Leo Magozzi catch the case. Meanwhile, the Monkeewrench team members are among the cyber experts called in to help investigate online snuff videos. Strong language and some violence. 2010.

Occult and Horror

The Hatching
DB86520 10 hours 55 minutes
by Ezekiel Boone
read by David DeBoy
Strange phenomena occur around the world. Meanwhile in Washington, D.C., an entomologist is sent a rare specimen of carnivorous spider. An ancient predator is waking, and soon the planet will be under invasion. Violence and strong language. 2016.

The Ninth Circle
DB85891 7 hours 1 minute
by Brendan Deneen
read by Brit Herring
Sixteen-year-old Dan runs away from home to join the circus. As he travels with them through nine states, he falls in love, makes enemies, and discovers the performers have unusual abilities. He also learns someone is plotting to destroy the circus from within. Violence and strong language. 2013.

The Motion of Puppets
DB86116 9 hours 23 minutes
by Keith Donohue
read by Paige O’Malley
While visiting Québec City with her husband, Theo, Kay Harper is entranced by a puppet shop in the oldest part of town. Walking alone one night, she fears she is being followed and ducks into the shop, only to find herself trapped. Some violence. 2016.

DB85568 11 hours 21 minutes
by Alex Gordon
read by Joe Peck
Lauren Reardon is a witch tasked with guarding the thin places where evil enters the world. She heads to Jericho, an Oregon logging town with strange legends of ghosts and an evil lurking deep in the woods. Some violence and some strong language. 2016.

Thirteen Days of Midnight and Eight Rivers of Shadow
DB86914 20 hours 43 minutes
by Leo Hunt
read by J.P. Linton
In Thirteen Days of Midnight, Luke Manchett’s estranged father suddenly dies, leaving Luke a mysterious book and an unexpected role as a necromancer. In Eight Rivers of Shadow, a new girl at school requests Luke’s help to deal with a demon. Violence. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

The Graveyard Apartment
DB87218 10 hours 55 minutes
by Mariko Koike
read by Jon Pinnow
A couple with a young daughter are struggling to locate an affordable apartment in Tokyo when they find the perfect place. The only catch is that the building is surrounded on three sides by a graveyard. Translated from the original 1993 Japanese edition. Some violence and some strong language. 2016.

The Stopped Heart
DB85777 15 hours 16 minutes
by Julie Myerson
read by Catherine Byers
Mary Coles and her husband Graham move to a cottage in the English countryside to escape the grief of a recent tragedy. Mary sees ghosts from 150 years ago, which was when a redheaded stranger came to the house. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2016.

DB86712 14 hours 23 minutes
by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
read by Jeff Harding
The town of Black Spring, New York, has been dealing with a curse for centuries. Residents have high-tech ways to cope, including an app to log sightings of the town’s ghost, Katherine. Now a group of bored teens could ruin everything. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis
DB86658 17 hours 15 minutes
by Anne Rice
read by Simon Vance
Lestat is the host for Amel, the ancient spirit of vampire lore. Amel opens Lestat up to visions of the lost civilization of Atlantis. Sequel to Prince Lestat (DB79887). Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Just Kill Me
DB86121 8 hours 26 minutes
by Adam Selzer
read by Cynthia Farrell
After taking a summer job with a Chicago ghost-tour company, eighteen-year-old Megan is disturbed by increasing reports of “real” ghost sightings along the route and investigates. There are just some things a gal can’t ignore. Strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

Candle Cove and Other Stories
DB86591 1 hour 44 minutes
by Kris Straub
read by Ryan Dalusung
Seventeen very short works of horror. In the title story, which was adapted for a TV series, adults in a chat room discuss a disturbing children’s show from their childhood. Some violence. 2015.

Political Themes

DB85940 6 hours 24 minutes
by Michel Houellebecq
read by Jeremy Gage
Sorbonne lecturer François feels as if his life is in a rut. He attempts to sort out his love life, but as he does so, a new regime comes to power in France. Translated from the original French edition. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2015.

Psychological Themes

The Promise of Home
DB86109 11 hours 58 minutes
by Darcie Chan
read by Jean Cochran
Emily DiSanti, from The Mill River Redemption (DB79708), is renovating the McAllister mansion into a bed-and-breakfast. Determined to have it ready before the wedding of a local couple, she stumbles across a briefcase of letters that reveal the youth—and a secret—of the community’s elderly priest. Some strong language. 2015.

The Most Dangerous Place on Earth
DB86767 10 hours 58 minutes
by Lindsey Lee Johnson
read by Cassandra Campbell
Molly is a new, idealistic teacher at a wealthy California high school. Among her students is a group of privileged teenagers whose bullying caused the death of a fellow student back when they were all in middle school. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

My Sister Rosa
DB86704 14 hours 21 minutes
by Justine Larbalestier
read by Erik Sandvold
When his father moves the family to New York City, seventeen-year-old Australian Che’s desire to protect his sister, a psychopath, from the world must be balanced with his desperate need to protect the world from her. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

All That’s Left to Tell
DB87044 6 hours 51 minutes
by Daniel Lowe
read by George Newbern
While in Pakistan on business, Marc Laurent is kidnapped by terrorists and held for ransom. Every night, a woman called Josephine comes to Marc’s cell and asks him to tell her a story about his daughter, who was murdered a month before his capture. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Sweet Lamb of Heaven
DB85903 8 hours 54 minutes
by Lydia Millet
read by Lindsay Ellison
Anna and six-year-old daughter Lena are on the run from Anna’s abusive husband, Ned. They leave Alaska, where Ned is running for state senate, but he refuses to give up his hold on them so easily. Strong language. 2016.

The Safest Lies
DB85834 8 hours 0 minutes
by Megan Miranda
read by Teresa Willis
After years of claiming the kidnappers she escaped from were coming back for her, Kelsey’s agoraphobic mother disappears. Kelsey quickly discovers that her mother isn’t who she thought she was—and that she’s not the abductor’s only target. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

Religious Themes

Land of Silence
DB86578 9 hours 12 minutes
by Tessa Afshar
read by Mare Trevathan
Tragedy and sorrow have stalked Elianna’s life, including the death of her four-year-old brother while in her care, the dissolution of her betrothal, and the sudden inheritance of her father’s business. Then, Elianna hears of a man who can heal with a touch. 2016.

A Certain Truth: The Trials of Kit Shannon, Book 6
DB86685 9 hours 33 minutes
by James Scott Bell
read by Carol Dines
Returning from her Hawaiian honeymoon via ocean liner, lawyer Kit Shannon Fox is approached by Wanda Boswell, whose obnoxious husband has been found dead. When the trial commences, Kit must deal with a client who may not be what she appears to be. 2004.

The Centurion’s Wife
DB86045 12 hours 22 minutes
by Davis Bunn and Janette Oke
read by Madelyn Buzzard
Leah, a servant in Pontius Pilate’s household and his niece by adoption, is given in marriage to Alban, a centurion commander. In the days and weeks after the execution of Jesus, the region is filled with tension and distrust as seeming miracles begin to happen. 2009.

The Damascus Way
DB86554 11 hours 45 minutes
by Davis Bunn and Janette Oke
read by Teresa Willis
Julia discovers her parents have been keeping a secret from her. Meanwhile, Jacob works for Julia’s father, helping to guard the caravans of wealthy merchants while also passing news between communities of Christ’s believers. He is shocked to find that Julia is also a messenger. They must work together to accomplish a mission. 2011.

The Amish Clockmaker
DB85721 10 hours 23 minutes
by Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner
read by Gregory Maupin
Newlywed Matthew Zook is developing plans to expand his family’s feed and tack store, but he runs into a problem over who owns the property. As he researches, Matthew discovers the story of Amish clockmaker Clayton Raber, accused of murdering his wife. Matthew’s search for Clayton reveals long-hidden truths. 2015.


The Problem with Forever
DB85735 12 hours 33 minutes
by Jennifer L. Armentrout
read by Mare Trevathan
After spending years suffering in foster care, Mallory gradually reemerges at a new public school. There she is reunited with a boy who had protected her years before. They rediscover the bond that brought them together, and let it turn into something more. Strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

The Versions of Us
DB85849 12 hours 7 minutes
by Laura Barnett
read by Mare Trevathan
Artist Jim Taylor and writer Eva Edelstein meet by chance on a Cambridge street in 1958. But what happens next? Three possible paths of their relationship over the next fifty years are explored in this novel. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2016.

Illusion Town
DB85561 8 hours 36 minutes
by Jayne Castle
read by Catherine Byers
On the planet of Harmony, a couple wake up in the gambling resort city of Illusion Town with no memory of getting married. All they remember is that they were in danger, so they attempt to retrace their steps. Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2016.

Dark Needs at Night’s Edge
DB86545 9 hours 14 minutes
by Kresley Cole
read by Teresa Willis
Néomi Laress haunts the New Orleans mansion in which she was murdered. She scares away all trespassers, until the vampire Conrad Wroth is imprisoned in the house and falls in love with her. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

Do You Want to Start a Scandal
DB86812 9 hours 23 minutes
by Tessa Dare
read by Carol Dines
Rumor has it that something scandalous happened at the Parkhurst ball, and Charlotte Highwood is at the center of the gossip. She must discover who was really having a secret tryst that night, or she will be forced to marry the arrogant Lord Granville. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2016.

A Change of Heart
DB86663 12 hours 40 minutes
by Sonali Dev
read by Catherine Byers
Dr. Nikhil Joshi was working for Doctors without Borders in Mumbai when his wife was killed. Still grieving, Nikhil is now working as a cruise ship doctor when he meets a woman who claims she received his wife’s heart as a transplant. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2016.

Nothing Sweeter and Sweet on You
DB85911 20 hours 25 minutes
by Laura Drake
read by Carol Dines
In Nothing Sweeter, a woman from L.A. looking to leave her past behind falls for a rancher. Sweet on You features a former army medic who decides to work for a pro bull-riding circuit, where she meets a rodeo champ. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2014.

Chase Me
DB85748 6 hours 51 minutes
by Laura Florand
read by Cecelia Riddett
Violette Lenoir, chef at a critically acclaimed restaurant in Paris, surprises a man breaking into her kitchen. When her restaurant is suddenly closed for a bogus salmonella scare, she suspects her burglar, Navy SEAL Chase Smith. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2016.

This Gun for Hire and The Devil You Know
DB86317 27 hours 0 minutes
by Jo Goodman
read by Clay Teunis
Two romances, written between 2015 and 2016, set in late-nineteenth-century Colorado. In This Gun for Hire, bodyguard Quill McKenna decides to bring on bounty hunter Calico Nash to help protect his employer’s daughter, Ann, only to find himself falling for Calico. Some violence and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2016.

The Nerdy and the Dirty
DB86651 7 hours 42 minutes
by B.T. Gottfred
read by various narrators
Penelope, who is obsessed with sex, and socially inept Benedict move in different social circles at Riverbend High School. But when circumstances get them together, their growing attraction turns into something more. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

DB86104 7 hours 10 minutes
by Vivi Greene
read by Laura Giannarelli
Heartbroken, young pop icon Lily Ross takes a long summer break to hang out with friends in Maine and work on herself, her upcoming world tour, and her new album. But when Lily meets a local, the unexpected occurs. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

DB86940 8 hours 54 minutes
by Sarah Jio
read by Brittany Pressley
Engaged to the perfect guy, Kailey Crane’s plans are thrown for a loop when she recognizes a local homeless man as Cade McAllister, who was once the love of her life. She thinks back on their time together as she tries to help Cade. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

The Daredevil Snared: The Adventurers Quartet Volume 3
DB86572 13 hours 3 minutes
by Stephanie Laurens
read by Gabriella Cavallero
Captain Caleb Frobisher is leading a scouting party to search the jungles of West Africa for kidnapped British citizens. One of the captives is spirited governess Katherine Fortescue, who gives Caleb a personal reason to be a hero. Some violence and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2016.

Hot in Hellcat Canyon
DB86107 10 hours 44 minutes
by Julie Anne Long
read by Lise Bruneau
TV star J.T. McCord’s truck breaks down in Hellcat Canyon, California, where he meets local waitress Britt Langley. They feel an immediate attraction for each other, but Britt’s past and J.T.’s bad-boy reputation complicate things. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2016.

What You Wish For
DB85919 11 hours 7 minutes
by Fern Michaels
read by Suzanne Duvall
Helen Ward flees across the country after her abusive husband tries to kill her and her dog, Lucie. With a new identity, Helen is rebuilding her life and even finds new love with college professor Sam Tolliver. But her past catches up to her. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2000.

Discovering You
DB86044 12 hours 5 minutes
by Brenda Novak
read by Jon Huffman
After ex-boyfriend Sebastian Young shot her husband in front of her, India Sommers moves to Whiskey Creek with her daughter Cassia. India is attracted to next-door neighbor Rod Amos, but she’s afraid he is another “bad boy.” Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2016.

A Chance of a Lifetime and A Summer to Remember
DB86571 19 hours 18 minutes
by Marilyn Pappano
read by Mare Trevathan
Two contemporary romances set in Tallgrass, Oklahoma. In A Chance of a Lifetime, widow Benita Ford finds love with an old friend. Fia and Elliot fall in love in A Summer to Remember, but something is keeping Fia from making plans. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2016.

If I Was Your Girl
DB86901 7 hours 2 minutes
by Meredith Russo
read by Samia Mounts
Amanda only wants to fit in at her new school, but she is keeping a secret. When she falls for Grant, guarded Amanda finds herself yearning to share with him everything about herself—including her previous life as Andrew. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Stonewall Book Award. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

Sweet Little Lies
DB86683 10 hours 20 minutes
by Jill Shalvis
read by Madelyn Buzzard
The fountain in the courtyard where Pru Harris lives is rumored to grant wishes. Pru wishes for true love for friend Finn O’Riley, but not with her. Even though she and Finn have great chemistry, she is keeping a secret. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2016.

Allegiance of Honor
DB86054 17 hours 20 minutes
by Nalini Singh
read by Theresa Conkin
The Trinity Accord between humans, changelings, and the Psy is fragile. Naya, the first child born of a Psy and a changeling, is the target of a kidnapping plot by those who want to see that peace broken. Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2016.

Riverbend Road and Snowfall on Haven Point
DB86372 16 hours 49 minutes
by RaeAnne Thayne
read by various narrators
Two romances set in Haven Point, Idaho. In Riverbend Road Wyn Bailey loves carrying on the family tradition of being a cop. Things get complicated when she develops feelings for her boss, chief of police Cade Emmett. Also includes Snowfall on Haven Point. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2016.

Science Fiction

The Year’s Best Military SF and Space Opera
DB86628 14 hours 10 minutes
edited by David Afsharirad
read by Robert Sams
The first volume in an anthology series collecting military and adventure science fiction short stories. Includes stories by, among others, Brad R. Torgersen, Charlie Jane Anders, Linda Nagata, Seth Dickinson, Stephen Gaskell, Holly Black, and Matthew Johnson. Some violence and some strong language. 2015.

Hwarhath Stories: Transgressive Tales by Aliens
DB86662 14 hours 56 minutes
by Eleanor Arnason
read by Catherine Byers
A collection of short fiction written as if by a fictional species called the hwarhath after encountering humanity. The stories are written from the perspective of a cultural anthropologist. Each story explores a different aspect of the alien species, including its mythology, culture, and biology. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. 2016.

Power Surge
DB85720 8 hours 8 minutes
by Ben Bova
read by Gregory Maupin
The science advisor to a newly elected senator, Jake Ross crafts an energy plan that could make America the world leader in energy production while still protecting the environment. Jake must learn, however, how to navigate Washington politics as he runs afoul of special interests, lobbies, and cynical bureaucrats. 2015.

Night of the Animals
DB86835 21 hours 9 minutes
by Bill Broun
read by Erik Sandvold
A homeless man named Cuthbert seeks to release the animals of the London Zoo in 2052. Convinced that he possesses the ability to communicate with animals, Cuthbert is fueled by the conviction that the animals have promised to reunite him with his dead brother if he fulfills a curious request. Strong language. 2016.

Vorkosigan Saga, Books 2–3
DB85901 19 hours 49 minutes
by Lois McMaster Bujold
read by Mark Ashby
Two space operas written in 1986 and 1991. In Shards of Honor, Cordelia Naismith is stranded on a remote planet with Barrayaran Aral Vorkosigan, and falls in love. In Barrayar, Cordelia has married Aral, but the two are caught in a time of political upheaval. 1991.

Stories of Your Life and Others
DB87031 11 hours 27 minutes
by Ted Chiang
read by Andy Pyle
Collection of eight science fiction short stories from award-winning author, including “Story of Your Life”—the basis for the 2016 movie Arrival. Mankind builds a tower to Heaven. The fundamentals of math are discovered to be arbitrary. Exposure to an alien language changes the perception of time. Bestseller. 2002.

The Continuous Katherine Mortenhoe
DB87103 10 hours 57 minutes
by D.G. Compton
read by Jill Fox
Very few people die of anything but old age anymore, and the exceptions provide material for television shows in which audiences watch someone’s dying weeks. When Katherine Mortenhoe learns she has only four weeks to live, she knows that this means she’s about to lose her privacy as well. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1974.

DB86055 15 hours 54 minutes
by John Connolly and Jennifer Ridyard
read by Alec Volz
Syl Hellais and Paul Kerr travel through the Derith wormhole. Trapped for a time, they finally emerge to find that years have passed, and civil war rages among the Illyri. Rumors say that Earth is lost, prey to the alien parasites known as the Others. Sequel to Empire (DB81560). Violence and some strong language. 2016.

The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Novellas 2015
DB86579 32 hours 34 minutes
edited by Paula Guran
read by J.P. Linton
A collection of novella-length science fiction and fantasy writing originally published in 2014. Includes stories by James S.A. Corey, Nancy Kress, K.J. Parker, Patrick Rothfuss, Genevieve Valentine, Seth Chambers, Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen, John P. Murphy, and Mary Rickert. Some violence and some strong language. 2015.

The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Novellas 2016
DB86666 24 hours 53 minutes
edited by Paula Guran
read by Mary Kane
A collection of novella-length science fiction and fantasy writing originally published in 2015. Includes stories by Aliette de Bodard, C.S.E. Cooney, Nnedi Okorafor, K.J. Parker, Rachel Pollack, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Carter Scholz, Usman T. Malik, and Bao Shu. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2015.

Star Wars: Ahsoka
DB86599 7 hours 6 minutes
by E.K. Johnston
read by Ashley Eckstein
After leaving the Jedi Order, Ahsoka takes refuge on a remote farming moon to start over. But when the Imperial forces invade Raada, Ahsoka must decide whether to run or to protect her new friends. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

The Diabolic
DB86664 14 hours 3 minutes
by S.J. Kincaid
read by Emily Ellet
Nemesis is a Diabolic, a humanoid teenager created to protect a galactic senator’s daughter. Raised side by side, Nemesis would kill for Sidonia and even give her life. When Sidonia is summoned to the Emperor to be a hostage, Nemesis stands in her place. Violence. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

Catalyst: Star Wars; A Rogue One Novel
DB86647 11 hours 17 minutes
by James Luceno
read by Jonathan Davis
The Republic and the Separatists have been battling for years. Orson Krennic is a member of Palpatine’s secret Death Star project. Scientist Galen Erso, his friend, could be the key to developing the superweapon, if only Krennic can coerce him into helping. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Ignite Me
DB87080 12 hours 22 minutes
by Tahereh Mafi
read by Carol Jacobanis
After the events in Unravel Me (DB86551), Juliette is torn over her growing feelings for Warner and her loyalty to Adam. But first, she must take down The Reestablishment once and for all. Strong language, descriptions of sex, and some violence. For senior high and older readers. 2014.

Unravel Me
DB86551 11 hours 35 minutes
by Tahereh Mafi
read by Abigail Maupin
Juliette and Adam have escaped to Omega Point, the headquarters of the rebel resistance, but Warner, their former captor from The Reestablishment, won’t let Juliette go without a fight. Sequel to Shatter Me (DB75867). Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. For senior high and older readers. 2013.

Beyond the Aquila Rift: The Best of Alastair Reynolds
DB85860 30 hours 48 minutes
by Alastair Reynolds
read by L.J. Ganser
A selection of the short fiction by the award-winning science fiction author who is known particularly for his work in the space opera subgenre. Includes, among others, “Troika,” “Trauma Pod,” “The Water Thief,” “Minla’s Flowers,” “The Old Man and the Martian Sea,” and “Diamond Dogs.” Some violence. 2016.

Women of Futures Past: Classic Stories
DB87079 11 hours 45 minutes
edited by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
read by Catherine Byers
A collection of science fiction short stories written by women from across the history of the genre until the early twenty-first century. Includes stories by Andre Norton, Anne McCaffrey, Lois McMaster Bujold, C.J. Cherryh, Nancy Kress, Pat Cadigan, and Connie Willis, among others. Some violence and some strong language. 2016.

The Dispatcher
DB87045 2 hours 20 minutes
by John Scalzi
read by Zachary Quinto
In the future, murder becomes nearly impossible because the victims of intentional murder come back to life for unknown reasons. Tony Valdez dispatches these individuals to help them avoid the reaper a second time. After a fellow Dispatcher is kidnapped, however, Tony learns there are worse things than death. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

DB86810 12 hours 33 minutes
by Neal Shusterman
read by Jill Fox
In a future world where natural death has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed or gleaned by professional reapers known as scythes. Teens Citra and Rowan are chosen for a scythe apprenticeship—a position neither of them wants. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

The Core of the Sun
DB85717 7 hours 46 minutes
by Johanna Sinisalo
read by Abigail Maupin
Set in an alternative Finland with an extreme welfare state that holds public health and social stability above all else, a young woman bred for sex and procreation goes on an adventure while seeking to satisfy her growing addiction to illegal chili peppers. Originally published in Finnish in 2013. Some descriptions of sex. 2016.

The Raft
DB86675 17 hours 43 minutes
by Fred Strydom
read by David DeBoy
On Day Zero, all the people on Earth lose their memory. The collapse of civilization is instantaneous, and people begin to form isolated communes. Kayle Jenner’s only memory is a vague vision of his son. In the search for his boy, Kayle will discover the truth behind Day Zero. Some violence and some strong language. 2015.

The Apex Book of World SF, Volumes 3–4
DB85571 21 hours 57 minutes
edited by Lavie Tidhar and Mahvesh Murad
read by Mark Ashby
The third and fourth volumes in a series of anthologies of speculative short fiction from around the world, compiled in 2014 and 2015. Some of the forty-four stories collected here were written in English, and some were translated from the authors’ native languages. Some violence and some strong language. 2015.

Central Station
DB85833 9 hours 14 minutes
by Lavie Tidhar
read by Alec Volz
Central Station lies in the shadow of a space terminal near Tel Aviv. The station is a melting pot that includes a cyborg ex-soldier, a data vampire, a robot priest, and children engineered to experience actual and virtual reality simultaneously. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2016.

Sisters of Tomorrow: The First Women of Science Fiction
DB86689 23 hours 39 minutes
edited by Lisa Yaszek and Patrick B. Sharp
read by Madelyn Buzzard
Selection of short fiction, essays, and poems by women working in the genre in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. Includes fiction by C.L Moore, poems by Julia Boynton Green, and journalism by L. Taylor Hansen. Also provides commentary documenting women’s contributions to the pulp-magazine community. Some violence and some strong language. 2016.

DB86576 9 hours 34 minutes
by Simone Zelitch
read by Catherine Byers
In an alternate history timeline, the sovereign state of Judenstaat was created in 1948, bordering Germany, Poland, and Czechoslovakia. Forty years later, Jewish historian Judit Klemmer is making a documentary on the history of Judenstaat when she receives a mysterious note about her husband’s murder. Some descriptions of sex. 2016.

Short Stories

A Natural History of Hell: Stories
DB87063 10 hours 10 minutes
by Jeffrey Ford
read by Jason Culp
A collection of short fiction exploring the wickedness that often lurks just beneath the surface of daily life. A couple is invited to a neighbor’s exorcism. A country witch intercedes on behalf of abused children. Emily Dickinson takes a carriage ride with death. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2016.

Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi
DB87052 2 hours 58 minutes
by John Scalzi
read by various narrators
A collection of humorous science fiction stories, none longer than 2,300 words. Contains four stories exclusive to this collection, including “Morning Announcements at the Lucas Interspecies School for Troubled Youth” and “Your Smart Appliances Talk about You behind Your Back.” Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Vampire in Love and Other Stories
DB86804 9 hours 44 minutes
by Enrique Vila-Matas
read by Andy Pyle
A selection of short fiction from across the author’s career. A man watches his dinner companion slip into the abyss. A dying hunchbacked barber falls in love with a choirboy. An unsuspecting man receives a call from a lonely ophthalmologist and learns a secret. Originally published in Spanish. Some violence and some strong language. 2016.

Spies and Espionage

Tom Clancy True Faith and Allegiance (A Jack Ryan Novel)
DB86661 19 hours 39 minutes
by Mark Greaney
read by Scott Brick
A Navy commander is attacked by a Russian man. A CIA operative is intercepted at Tehran Airport. A team of FBI officers is arrested in Indonesia. This series of seemingly unconnected events points to a compromise in U.S. government security, and Jack Ryan’s team must seek it out. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

The Black Widow
DB85912 13 hours 18 minutes
by Daniel Silva
read by Gregory Maupin
Gabriel Allon accepts one final operation on the eve of becoming Israel’s chief of secret intelligence. ISIS has bombed Paris, and the French government wishes Allon to eliminate the terrorist responsible. In order to gain access, Allon must send an agent to pose as a potential recruit. Some violence and some strong language. 2016.

Foreign Agent: A Thriller
DB85910 9 hours 28 minutes
by Brad Thor
read by Jack Fox
A safe house used by an American operations team is attacked, and footage of the carnage is released on the Internet. Counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath finds himself at the center of the storm as he searches for answers. Sequel to Code of Conduct: A Thriller (DB82641). Strong language and some violence. 2016.

An Honorable Man
DB86119 9 hours 19 minutes
by Paul Vidich
read by Richard Davidson
Washington, DC; 1953. As the Cold War ramps up, the CIA reels from a double agent in its midst, selling secrets to the Soviets and compromising agents around the globe. George Mueller, a dedicated agent, is entrusted with finding the mole. But Mueller has secrets of his own. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2016.


Dig Too Deep
DB86677 8 hours 4 minutes
by Amy Allgeyer
read by Theresa Conkin
When her activist mother gets arrested, Liberty moves to a small Kentucky town to live with her ailing grandmother. She learns the nearby mountaintop-removal mine is suspected of contaminating the water and sickening the residents. Strong language and some violence. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

Liar Liar: A Detective Helen Grace Thriller
DB86053 9 hours 40 minutes
by M.J. Arlidge
read by Teresa Willis
Detective Helen Grace is baffled by the first set of three residential fires that leaves one person dead. When the pattern immediately happens again, her team knows they are dealing with a murdering arsonist and must determine whether the victims were targets or collateral damage. Some violence and some strong language. 2015.

The Twenty-Three: A Promise Falls Novel
DB86570 14 hours 58 minutes
by Linwood Barclay
read by Erik Sandvold
In the trilogy’s final installment, residents of Promise Falls experience sometimes fatal flu-like symptoms after drinking tap water. P.I. Cal Weaver tries to find the culprit. Meanwhile, there appear to be serial killings in their midst, mysteriously tied to the number twenty-three. Strong language and some violence. 2016.

Under the Harrow
DB85733 5 hours 52 minutes
by Flynn Berry
read by Mare Trevathan
When Nora travels by train from London for dinner at her sister Rachel’s country home, she arrives instead at a horrific murder scene. Reeling in grief and determined to find Rachel’s killer, Nora begins investigating—and discovers she didn’t really know her sister. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2016.

The Premonition: A Short Story Prequel to The Sleepwalker
DB86643 1 hour 30 minutes
by Chris Bohjalian
read by Cady McClain
When a thunderstorm snaps a power line to the earth, two horses are killed in the nearby field, upsetting the peculiar boy who has just moved in and filling seventeen-year-old Lianna with a deep and abiding sense of dread. Meanwhile, Lianna’s mother begins to sleepwalk. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

The Lost Girls
DB86618 14 hours 50 minutes
by Allison Brennan
read by Emily Ellet
Photojournalist Siobhan Walsh has been searching for two childhood friends—sisters, missing from Mexico. When a newborn is found in Texas with Siobhan’s phone number, she suspects human trafficking and calls the FBI for help. Agents Lucy Kincaid and Noah Armstrong investigate. Strong language and some violence. 2016.

The Exiled
DB85732 7 hours 29 minutes
by Christopher Charles
read by Jon Pinnow
New Mexico homicide detective Wes Raney still struggles with the addiction he developed while working undercover for the narcotics division in New York in the eighties. Now he pairs up with the local sheriff to investigate a triple murder on a ranch, where nothing is as it appears. Violence and strong language. 2016.

With Malice
DB85832 7 hours 45 minutes
by Eileen Cook
read by Erin Jones
Eighteen-year-old Jill Charron wakes up in a hospital, unable to remember the past six weeks—including the accident that killed her best friend, if it was in fact an accident. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

DB85830 10 hours 53 minutes
by Catherine Coulter
read by Erin Jones
Married FBI agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock are on the case when a close family friend, powerful elderly businesswoman Venus Rasmussen, thinks someone is poisoning her. Meanwhile, agent Cam Wittier goes after an LA serial killer known as the Starlet Slasher. Some violence. 2016.

Good as Gone
DB85737 7 hours 50 minutes
by Amy Gentry
read by Kristin Allison
Eight years ago, thirteen-year-old Julie was abducted from her bedroom. Then Julie miraculously returns, but her story doesn’t make much sense. Julie’s mother struggles with doubts and suspicions. When she is contacted by a former detective turned private eye, she begins a torturous search for the truth. Strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2016.

DB86679 7 hours 52 minutes
by Dawn Ius
read by Erin Jones
Seventeen-year-old Jules Parish turned to stealing cars to take care of her younger sister, but after she is arrested, a wealthy eccentric offers her and three other teens a promising but perilous solution. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

Heartbreak Hotel: An Alex Delaware Novel
DB86870 11 hours 53 minutes
by Jonathan Kellerman
read by John Rubinstein
Thalia Mars, nearly one hundred years old, convinces psychologist Alex Delaware to meet with her to answer unsettling questions about criminal behavior. When he finds Thalia dead in her hotel suite, Alex and homicide detective Milo Sturgis embark on one of the most baffling investigations they’ve ever experienced. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Rise the Dark
DB86903 12 hours 3 minutes
by Michael Koryta
read by Robert Petkoff
Rise the dark. These were the last words written in the notebook of Florida PI Mark Novak’s wife, Lauren, before she was murdered. Now—as vandalism shuts the lights off in Red Lodge, Montana—Sabrina Baldwin is abducted by the recently released man Novak believes killed his wife. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

DB85933 7 hours 3 minutes
by Stephen Maher
read by Joe Wilson
Nova Scotian Phillip Scarnum is moving a client’s boat when he finds a stranded lobster boat. Wanting the big salvage fee, he risks his life to haul it to safety. But the dark aftermath of that act is even more dangerous. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2016.

This Is Where It Ends
DB86627 6 hours 14 minutes
by Marieke Nijkamp
read by Nanette Savard
Minutes after the principal of Opportunity High School in Alabama finishes her speech welcoming the student body, the students discover that the auditorium doors are locked—and then someone starts shooting. Violence and strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

Unrivaled: A Beautiful Idols Novel
DB86099 10 hours 23 minutes
by Alyson Noël
read by Emily Ellet
Aspiring reporter Layla, budding actress Aster, and guitar player Tommy find themselves with a VIP invite to the world of Los Angeles nightlife. They are lured into a competition with Hollywood’s hottest starlet, Madison Brooks, as the target. Then Madison goes missing. Strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

Cross the Line
DB86305 8 hours 34 minutes
by James Patterson
read by various narrators
A police official’s murder in the early morning hours in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., is followed by a brutal crime wave in which the victims are all criminals. Alex Cross pursues an adversary who has appointed himself judge, jury, and executioner. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

DB86935 9 hours 21 minutes
by Duane Swierczynski
read by various narrators
Philadelphia, 1965. Stan Walczak and another cop are gunned down. In 1995, Stan’s son, homicide detective Jim Walczak, learns that Stan’s convicted killer, Terrill Lee Stanton, has been sprung from prison. In 2015, Jim’s daughter, Audrey—a forensic science student—researches her grandfather’s murder and realizes Stanton may be innocent. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

The Woman in Cabin 10
DB85729 11 hours 0 minutes
by Ruth Ware
read by Theresa Conkin
After a nightmarish break-in, British journalist Lo Blacklock is exhausted but happy to board the exclusive cruise ship the Aurora on assignment. But when she awakens to the sounds of a woman being thrown overboard, Lo’s nightmare begins in earnest. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2016.

Below the Belt
DB86654 8 hours 8 minutes
by Stuart Woods
read by Tony Roberts
Newly ensconced in his Santa Fe abode with a lovely female companion, Stone Barrington receives a call from an old friend requesting a delicate favor. A situation has arisen that could deteriorate into a lethal quagmire, involving an impressive gentleman whose star is on the rise. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

War Stories

Everyone Brave Is Forgiven
DB85931 12 hours 34 minutes
by Chris Cleave
read by David Hartley-Margolin
Less than an hour after war is declared, Mary North signs up for service with the British War Office. Hoping to be a spy, she is instead assigned to teaching. As she cares for her charges, she finds herself drawn to two soldiers. Some violence. 2016.


The Holdouts
DB86807 6 hours 52 minutes
by William Decker
read by Ray Foushee
Arizona, 1964. Stolen yearlings that he didn’t even know were missing are returned to rancher Sam Howard. What’s more, he can’t figure out how they could have been taken. Sam holds a roundup to determine just how many cattle are still gone. In the process, he uncovers a complex scheme. Some strong language. Spur Award. 1979.

Forty Times a Killer!
DB85942 10 hours 37 minutes
by William W. Johnstone
read by Richard Davidson
John Wesley Hardin is fifteen the first time he kills a man, and by the time he turns seventeen, he’s gained a reputation for killing that draws in wannabe gunslingers to try their luck. By the end, he will have killed forty-two men in cold blood. Violence and strong language. 2014.

Shot in the Back
DB86691 7 hours 55 minutes
by William W. Johnstone
read by David Hartley-Margolin
A ninety-five-year-old man walks into a Texas recruiting office in 1942, seeking to enlist. He claims to be the infamous bank robber Jesse James and describes the events of his life after faking his own death with the help of Robert Ford. Some violence and some strong language. 2015.

Adult Nonfiction

Animals and Wildlife

Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon
DB86106 13 hours 39 minutes
by Bronwen Dickey
read by Faith Potts
Journalist addresses the issue of the negative reputation of the dogs known as pit bulls. The term is associated with several common American breeds that somehow went from being considered beloved family pets to being reviled as vicious, uncontrollable beasts. Some violence and some strong language. 2016.

Being a Dog: Following the Dog into a World of Smell
DB86639 10 hours 58 minutes
by Alexandra Horowitz
read by Kimberly Schraf
Canine cognition expert and author of Inside of a Dog (DB70356) takes a closer look at how dogs use their sense of smell to navigate the world. Also looks at the human sense of smell and efforts of the author to increase her olfactory sensitivity. 2016.


Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street
DB85746 19 hours 11 minutes
by Michael Davis
read by Bill Wallace
A journalist chronicles the long-running children’s program Sesame Street and places it within the greater historical context of television for kids. Profiles the creative people behind the show, including puppeteer Jim Henson, and the business decisions that kept the show afloat since its debut in 1969. 2008.

Dada and Surrealism: A Very Short Introduction
DB86482 7 hours 48 minutes
by David Hopkins
read by J.P. Linton
History of the two early-twentieth-century art movements and their lasting cultural impact. Explores the work of artists such as Marcel Duchamp and Salvador Dali, the publications and public events through which they promoted their ideas, and the aesthetic differences between Dada and Surrealism. 2004.

Ancient Egyptian Art and Architecture: A Very Short Introduction
DB85857 4 hours 14 minutes
by Christina Riggs
read by Jeremy Gage
Presents the art of objects and structures produced in Egypt over a 3,500-year period. Examines art and architecture to highlight the complexity, misconceptions, and Eurocentric biases in studying ancient Egypt’s contributions. Includes museums, building construction, writing, kingship, royal and divine power, and insights into Egyptian societies. 2014.

How to See: Looking, Talking, and Thinking about Art
DB86785 7 hours 7 minutes
by David Salle
read by Steven Carpenter
Collection of thirty-three essays, some previously published, exploring contemporary art by profiling artists, specific works, and broader questions of the place of art in the world. Discusses the mechanics that make a particular piece work and those that cause the work to fail as a piece of art. 2016.

Contemporary Art: A Very Short Introduction
DB86479 5 hours 37 minutes
by Julian Stallabrass
read by Catherine Byers
An exploration of changes in the art world effected by world events since 1989. Discusses the globalization of art production and consumption, cost and uses, efforts to bring art and fashion closer together, competition with mass culture, art as investment, corporate sponsorship, and the growth of museums. 2004.

Christian Art: A Very Short Introduction
DB85843 3 hours 43 minutes
by Beth Williamson
read by Lou Harpenau
Explores the changing ways that artists over two millennia have portrayed Christian icons and themes such as the Virgin Mary, the Crucifixion, and the saints. Discusses catacomb paintings, narrative imagery in medieval books, murals in Old St. Peter’s Basilica, and controversial contemporary works. 2004.


Galaxies: A Very Short Introduction
DB86385 3 hours 40 minutes
by John Gribbin
read by Lou Harpenau
Astrophysicist explains how understanding of our galaxy and its place in the universe has increased dramatically due to technological advances. Indicates that discovery of the ages of the universe, galaxies, and stars appears to confirm twentieth-century physics and quantum mechanics. Explores black holes and dark matter. Includes glossary. 2008.

A Space Traveler’s Guide to the Solar System
DB87061 8 hours 44 minutes
by Mark Thompson
read by Bill Delaney
Astronomer presents an exploration of the solar system as if it were possible to fly between planets as you would between cities on Earth. Discusses the mechanics of planetary movement, planetary bodies, other astronomical objects, and more. 2016.


If at Birth You Don’t Succeed: My Adventures with Disaster and Destiny
DB87233 10 hours 18 minutes
by Zach Anner
read by Zach Anner
Comedian Zach Anner admits he botched his own birth. Two months early, underweight, and unprepared for life, he entered the world with cerebral palsy and an uncertain future. Anner humorously details how he became a viral Internet sensation who has hosted two travel shows, impressed Oprah, and driven the Mars Rover. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

A Torch Kept Lit: Great Lives of the Twentieth Century
DB86913 8 hours 34 minutes
by William F. Buckley
read by Peter Johnson
A collection of eulogies from a political commentator about great figures of his time, including presidents, prime ministers, celebrities, scoundrels, intellectuals, and rock stars. The collection draws on his personal memories and private correspondence. Includes eulogies for Winston Churchill, Ronald Reagan, Elvis Presley, and Truman Capote, among others. Bestseller. 2016.

Radioactive! How Irène Curie and Lise Meitner Revolutionized Science and Changed the World
DB86067 6 hours 49 minutes
by Winifred Conkling
read by Laura Adducci
Recounts the discovery of artificial radiation by Irène and Frédéric Joliot-Curie in 1934. Their groundbreaking advancement in physics led physicist Lise Meitner to unlock the secrets of fission. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2016.

Mao: A Very Short Introduction
DB86139 5 hours 8 minutes
by Delia Davin
read by Catherine Byers
Chronological account of the life and mixed legacy of Mao Zedong (1893–1976). Covers Mao’s childhood, intellectual development and conversion to Marxism, early revolutionary activities, and leadership of the People’s Republic of China. Details the disastrous Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution campaigns and China’s break with the Soviet Union. 2013.

Galileo: A Very Short Introduction
DB85681 3 hours 48 minutes
by Stillman Drake
read by Mark Ashby
Science professor argues that the Catholic Church, in condemning Galileo by its Roman Inquisition in 1633, turned its back on him, but he never rejected the Church. Galileo strove for scientific inquiry’s freedom from subservience to philosophy and theology. Drake uses Galileo’s writings to elucidate conflicts with contemporaries. 1980.

Fauna and Family: More Durrell Family Adventures on Corfu
DB86694 7 hours 0 minutes
by Gerald Durrell
read by Jon Pinnow
Naturalist writes about his adventures with friends—human and animal—and his family, including his novelist brother Lawrence Durrell, on the enchanting island of Corfu before World War II. Durrell evokes the rapture of a small boy discovering the world around him. 1978.

The Most Wanted Man in China: My Journey from Scientist to Enemy of the State
DB85854 14 hours 40 minutes
by Fang Lizhi
read by John Haag
A profile of Fang Lizhi, one of China’s most prominent scientists, whose questioning of the authority of the Communist regime led to his being stripped of his position in 1957. He spent the next few decades alternately denounced and reaccepted, until he finally fled to the United States in 1989. 2016.

The Magnolia Story
DB86524 5 hours 20 minutes
by Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines
read by Colleen Delany
The married couple who host the home improvement program Fixer Upper tell their story. The pair, who met in Waco, Texas, share anecdotes about being married, parenting four children, starting a successful business, and finding their design style, as well as their personal faith. Bestseller. 2016.

Eureka! 50 Scientists Who Shaped Human History
DB86779 9 hours 5 minutes
by John Grant
read by Ken Kliban
Fifty portraits of scientific geniuses, including Hippocrates, Hypatia of Alexandria, Galileo Galilei, Ada Lovelace, Rachel Carson, Stephen Hawking, and others. The author describes how they have shaped humanity’s understanding of the sciences and provides a glimpse into their personal lives as well. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2016.

The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life
DB86596 11 hours 38 minutes
by John Le Carré
read by John Le Carré
The famous author of spy novels such as Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (DB38219) and The Spy Who Came In from the Cold (DB16772) recounts stories from his life, including his years serving in British intelligence during the Cold War. Also discusses his life as a writer. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Into the Lion’s Mouth: The True Story of Dusko Popov; World War II Spy, Patriot, and the Real-Life Inspiration for James Bond
DB86678 12 hours 20 minutes
by Larry Loftis
read by Barry Bernson
The life of Dusko Popov, a Serbian playboy who eventually came to serve the Abwehr, MI5, MI6, and the FBI as a spy. Discusses his entanglements with espionage, murder, assassins, and lovers, as well as his role as the inspiration for the fictional James Bond. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. 2016.

Paul McCartney: The Life
DB85727 32 hours 25 minutes
by Philip Norman
read by Bill Burton
Music journalist interviews the former Beatle’s friends, family, and musical partners to construct a portrait of the popular music icon. Covers his early life and years with the Beatles, his subsequent musical endeavors, and his personal relationships. Some strong language. 2016.

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo
DB85779 9 hours 41 minutes
by Amy Schumer
read by Pilar Witherspoon
Actor, comedian, and creator of the hit show Inside Amy Schumer shares the experiences that have shaped her as a woman. Painful childhood moments, awkward sexual encounters, and her development as a performer are all mined for their comedic value. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2016.

John Aubrey, My Own Life
DB86896 14 hours 47 minutes
by Ruth Scurr
read by John Lescault
Collection of diary entries by John Aubrey (1626–1697), author of Brief Lives (DB29791), beginning when he was eight years old. Covers his childhood in Wiltshire, England; studies at Oxford; involvement in England’s Civil War; romantic entanglements; work as an antiquarian and historian; and more. 2015.

A Little Thing Called Life: On Loving Elvis Presley, Bruce Jenner, and Songs in Between
DB86831 15 hours 1 minute
by Linda Thompson
read by Laura Adducci
Songwriter begins her story with the death of Elvis Presley. Moving back in time, she tells of her youth in Memphis, Tennessee, and the years she was in a relationship with Presley. She also discusses her marriage to Bruce Jenner and his early struggles with his gender identity. 2016.

A Man for All Markets: From Las Vegas to Wall Street, How I Beat the Dealer and the Market
DB87280 16 hours 32 minutes
by Edward O. Thorp
read by Edward O. Thorp
Mathematician discusses his experiences working as a college professor while also designing a scientific method for winning at blackjack and in the stock market. Examines rules and laws about gambling and trading, criminal behavior such as Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, and risk management, among other topics. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Blood Brother: Jonathan Daniels and His Sacrifice for Civil Rights
DB86050 7 hours 12 minutes
by Rich Wallace and Sandra Neil Wallace
read by Alec Volz
Biography of white seminary student and freedom fighter Jonathan Daniels, who traveled to Selma, Alabama, in 1965 to help black residents register to vote. Later, while assisting in the civil rights movement in Lowndes, Alabama, Daniels was shot and killed. Some violence. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

Business and Economics

Eccentric Orbits: The Iridium Story
DB86875 20 hours 15 minutes
by John Bloom
read by Ken Kliban
Chronicles the story of Dan Colussy, a retired Pan Am executive, who led a coalition of investors to buy a constellation of satellites intended to support a telephony network called Iridium from Motorola in 2000. Discusses the personalities involved, the business implications, and the history of rocket and satellite technology. 2016.

Black Ops Advertising: Native Ads, Content Marketing, and the Covert World of the Digital Sell
DB86609 7 hours 51 minutes
by Mara Einstein
read by Tamara Marston
Media studies professor examines the rise of sponsored content in media, which frequently appears to be unbiased information. Discusses advertising methods, discriminating between news and paid endorsements, and the psychology behind marketers’ shift from trying to get consumers to buy to trying to get them to share. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Preston Tucker and His Battle to Build the Car of Tomorrow
DB86912 10 hours 19 minutes
by Steve Lehto
read by Richard Davidson
Profile of Preston Tucker, automobile designer and entrepreneur. Discusses his design and business influences and partnerships, the creation of the Tucker ’48 automobile, and the government investigation into this venture. Analyzes the importance of the Tucker ’48 in automobile history. Includes foreword by comedian and car enthusiast Jay Leno. 2016.

The Man Who Knew: The Life and Times of Alan Greenspan
DB86598 29 hours 11 minutes
by Sebastian Mallaby
read by Dan Woren
Biography of Alan Greenspan, chairman of the Federal Reserve from 1987 to 2006. Examines his early influences growing up in New York City, his work on Richard Nixon’s 1968 presidential campaign, and the challenges he faced in his tenure at the Federal Reserve. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Corporate Social Responsibility: A Very Short Introduction
DB86480 5 hours 27 minutes
by Jeremy Moon
read by Patricia Kilgarriff
Founding director of the International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) challenges critics on both ends of the political spectrum. Explains the philosophy behind CSR, provides examples of it in practice, and describes international efforts to help companies manage their community impacts. 2014.

Ray and Joan: The Man Who Made the McDonald’s Fortune and the Woman Who Gave It All Away
DB86659 9 hours 2 minutes
by Lisa Napoli
read by Lisa Napoli
Dual biography of Ray Kroc (1902–1984) and his wife, Joan (1928–2003). Discusses Ray’s development of McDonald’s and his personal fortune, as well as Joan’s philanthropy efforts using that same fortune after she was widowed. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Taxation: A Very Short Introduction
DB86889 5 hours 10 minutes
by Stephen Smith
read by George Holmes
Professor of economics uses contemporary and historical examples to show why taxation plays such a central role in politics and public debate. Considers such key issues as where the burden of taxation really lies, how taxation affects the economy, and the effects of tax avoidance and tax evasion. 2015.

Simple Rules: How to Thrive in a Complex World
DB86818 8 hours 58 minutes
by Donald Sull and Kathleen M. Eisenhardt
read by Bill Burton
Management professors present decision-making strategies based on a premise of simple rules. Topics discussed include limiting the number of rules applied to a situation, ways to make better decisions, developing your rules, when to break the rules, and more. 2015.


The Computer: A Very Short Introduction
DB85845 4 hours 16 minutes
by Darrel Ince
read by Erin Jones
Details the evolution of computers over the past fifty years from slow, expensive data processors that filled a room to affordable desk- and pocket-sized products used every day for work, education, communication, and entertainment. Includes chapters on the Internet, cloud computing, and computer security. 2011.


Foolproof Preserving: A Guide to Small Batch Jams, Jellies, Pickles, Condiments, and More
DB86037 10 hours 43 minutes
by The Editors at America’s Test Kitchen
read by Robert Sams
Guide to best practices and recipes related to preserving and canning food. Topics covered include common vocabulary, food preservation science, step-by-step canning instructions, tips for troubleshooting common issues, necessary tools, and recipes for jams, jellies, chutneys, pickles, tomatoes, fruit in syrup, condiments, and fruit butter. 2016.

Table Manners: How to Behave in the Modern World and Why Bother
DB87228 2 hours 15 minutes
by Jeremiah Tower
read by Jeremiah Tower
Guide to manners for people of all ages and all occasions. Provides advice on norms of etiquette when acting as a host or guest and appropriate attire for a wide range of venues. Covers food allergies, RSVPs, cell phones, and more. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Rhapsody in Schmaltz: Yiddish Food and Why We Can’t Stop Eating It
DB87065 12 hours 51 minutes
by Michael Wex
read by Richard Davidson
Author of Born to Kvetch (DB62333) examines the role of food in Yiddish history and culture. Discusses dietary laws, fundamentals of the cuisine, specific dishes like cholent, everyday and holiday foods, and food’s relationship to the wider Jewish culture. 2016.


The Prince of Paradise: The True Story of a Hotel Heir, His Seductive Wife, and a Ruthless Murder
DB86518 15 hours 18 minutes
by John Glatt
read by Jason Culp
In 2009, seven years after his wife had someone tie him up and rob him, Florida hotel heir Ben Novack, Jr., was found bound and dead, shortly after his mother’s suspicious death. Discusses Novack’s family history, his troubled marriage to ex-stripper Narcy, and the murder trial. Violence and some strong language. 2013.

Gangster Warlords: Drug Dollars, Killing Fields, and the New Politics of Latin America
DB86580 13 hours 18 minutes
by Ioan Grillo
read by Peter Johnson
British-born reporter—who has long written about Latin America—interviewed gangsters, police, and victims of violence for this examination of the drug trade and crime syndicates of Brazil, Jamaica, Mexico, and Central America. He outlines a three-pillared approach to confronting the drug wars: reforming drug policy, building justice systems, and transforming ghettos. 2016.

Blood, Bullets, and Bones: The Story of Forensic Science from Sherlock Holmes to DNA
DB86620 6 hours 49 minutes
by Bridget Heos
read by Steven Carpenter
An overview of the history of modern forensic science, from the first poison tests in the 1700s to the rise of criminal profiling, fingerprinting, blood-spatter and firearm analysis, DNA evidence, and more. Some violence. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America
DB86746 16 hours 14 minutes
by Elizabeth Hinton
read by Mary Kane
Harvard history and African American studies assistant professor examines the reasons behind the United States’ creation of the world’s largest prison system. She traces it back to Lyndon Johnson’s War on Crime, which overshadowed his War on Poverty and led to the federal government’s role in militarizing local police and focusing on punishment. 2016.

Corruption: A Very Short Introduction
DB86076 6 hours 2 minutes
by Leslie Holmes
read by Gary Tipton
Explores corruption in government and business—starting with experts’ disagreement over precisely what it is. Discusses cultural differences in what constitutes corrupt behavior; its social, legal, political, and economic impacts; systemic causes of corruption; and national and international efforts to fight it. 2015.

Alligator Candy: A Memoir
DB85781 7 hours 4 minutes
by David Kushner
read by Nick DePinto
Journalist’s examination of the childhood disappearance of his older brother, Jon. In 1973 Tampa, Florida, eleven-year-old Jon headed for a convenience store on his bike, promising the author, then four, to bring him back alligator candy. He never returned. Violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2016.

Diet and Nutrition

Presto! How I Made Over 100 Pounds Magically Disappear and Other Magical Tales
DB86058 11 hours 13 minutes
by Penn Jillette
read by Stephen Van Doren
Well-known magician of the Penn and Teller duo humorously describes the unusual weight loss odyssey he embarked upon when his hypertension wasn’t resolved by medication. Following ex-NASA scientist Ray Cronise’s advice, he began by eating just potatoes for two weeks to break food habits. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2016.

The Case against Sugar
DB86660 11 hours 35 minutes
by Gary Taubes
read by Mike Chamberlain
Author of Bad Science (DB37221) and Nobel Dreams (DB26075) examines the sugar industry. Discusses the history of the industry, the science of the food, Americans’ addiction to it as a food and a business, the role of sugar in nutrition, and more. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Government and Politics

Waging War: The Clash between Presidents and Congress, 1776 to ISIS
DB86877 14 hours 53 minutes
by David J. Barron
read by Peter Johnson
An account of the history of the struggle between presidents and Congress over who has the power to declare and wage war, beginning with an account of Washington’s conflict with the Continental Congress over his plan to burn New York City before the British invasion. 2016.

The Spy Who Couldn’t Spell: A Dyslexic Traitor, an Unbreakable Code, and the FBI’s Hunt for America’s Stolen Secrets
DB86615 8 hours 14 minutes
by Yudhijit Bhattacharjee
read by Robert Fass
In the early twenty-first century, one of the largest thefts of government secrets was committed by an ingenious traitor named Brian Regan, whose intricate espionage scheme and complex system of coded messages were made even more baffling by his dyslexia. The author recounts Regan’s escapades and the hunt to catch him. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

International Security: A Very Short Introduction
DB86148 5 hours 6 minutes
by Christopher S. Browning
read by Patrick Downer
What is security, and how can it be achieved? Researcher argues for acknowledging multiple interrelated factors underlying narrow concerns with war and peace, and examines issues beyond protecting national borders. Discusses the United Nations, the changing nature of war, threats from climate change, competition for resources, and energy security. 2013.

It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us
DB86051 11 hours 12 minutes
by Hillary Rodham Clinton
read by Kerry Dukin
The former First Lady and US senator outlines the responsibility that all members of society share towards our children. She advocates governmental social reforms while noting the many institutions that can work together to help raise children and support families. From the 2006 tenth-anniversary edition. 1996.

Cyberspies: The Secret History of Surveillance, Hacking, and Digital Espionage
DB85944 16 hours 35 minutes
by Gordon Corera
read by Peter Johnson
The author describes the intertwining of technology and espionage, from World War II through the Cold War, the birth of the Internet, and the era of hackers and surveillance. Gathers stories from heads of state, hackers, and spies, focusing particularly on work carried out by the UK, the US, and China. 2015.

One Child: The Story of China’s Most Radical Experiment
DB85751 7 hours 57 minutes
by Mei Fong
read by Cecelia Riddett
An investigation of China’s adoption of the one-child policy and its repercussions on every sector of Chinese society. Issues addressed include—among other things—unauthorized second children, only-children attempting to support their elderly family members on their own, villages full of single men, an aging population, and the vast adoption market. 2016.

The Israel-Palestine Conflict: One Hundred Years of War
DB86120 11 hours 40 minutes
by James L. Gelvin
read by Peter Johnson
An introduction to the history of tensions and hostilities between Israel and Palestine, from the mid-nineteenth century through the early twenty-first century. Explores external pressures and internal logic propelling the conflict. Includes biographical profiles, eyewitness accounts, poetry, fiction, and official documentation. 2014.

A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order
DB86908 8 hours 55 minutes
by Richard Haass
read by various narrators
The author argues for an updated approach to world order that reflects the reality that power is widely distributed and that borders mean less than they once did. His proposal includes a new take on sovereignty, ways the US should tackle foreign policy, suggestions for addressing national debt, and more. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

The Making of Donald Trump
DB86834 6 hours 51 minutes
by David Cay Johnston
read by Bill Wallace
In-depth report of the mogul’s rise to power, beginning with his childhood in Queens, New York. Examines such topics as the origins of his family’s fortune, his own business empire, his education and early career, and his successful presidential bid. Draws on interviews, financial records, court documents, and public statements. Bestseller. 2016.

The British Constitution: A Very Short Introduction
DB85840 4 hours 43 minutes
by Martin Loughlin
read by Lou Harpenau
Law professor narrates a history of Britain’s governance rules, not codified in a single authoritative document. Compares American and French models. Discusses the role of Parliament, expanding government encroaching on civil liberties, and constitutional modernizers’ loss of faith in traditional conventions’ ability to carry adequate authority. 2013.

Missing Man: The American Spy Who Vanished in Iran
DB85406 9 hours 34 minutes
by Barry Meier
read by Julian Thompson
In 2013, it was revealed that former FBI-agent-turned-private-investigator Robert Levinson, who had disappeared in Iran six years prior, had been there on a mission for the CIA and was captured. Interviews and CIA files weave together the story of Levinson’s time in Iran and the efforts to rescue him. 2016.

Socialism: A Very Short Introduction
DB86795 7 hours 11 minutes
by Michael Newman
read by J.P. Linton
Professor of politics explains socialist ideas in the framework of their historical evolution, from the French Revolution to the present day. Looks at practice as well as theory, centering on the contrast between communism in Cuba and social democracy in Sweden. Identifies lessons of the past and evaluates future prospects. 2005.

The Assassination Complex: Inside the Government’s Secret Drone Warfare Program
DB86000 7 hours 24 minutes
by Jeremy Scahill
read by Joe Peck
A discussion of America’s drone programs and military kill/capture operations, and the vital role assassination plays in US counterterrorism policy. Declassified documents are examined across a fourteen-year span and four presidential terms. 2016.

Scalia’s Court: A Legacy of Landmark Opinions and Dissents
DB85784 18 hours 37 minutes
by Antonin Scalia and Kevin A. Ring
read by Robert Sams
A former counsel to the U.S. Senate’s Constitution Subcommittee collects and analyzes the statements that best illustrate Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s character, philosophy, and legacy. Includes many of Scalia’s memorable opinions regarding, among other things, free speech, separation of powers, race, religious freedom, rights of the accused, and abortion. 2004.

The Intimidation Game: How the Left Is Silencing Free Speech
DB86907 14 hours 1 minute
by Kimberley Strassel
read by Jennifer Edges
Conservative columnist uses firsthand accounts to support her views on how disclosure and campaign finance laws have been manipulated by the political left to attack free speech and free association. Discusses the shutting down of various activists and businesses, the IRS’s interactions with the Tea Party, and more. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

International Relations: A Very Short Introduction
DB86394 4 hours 38 minutes
by Paul Wilkinson
read by Lou Harpenau
Expert on international relations organizes this overview around three major actors on the world stage: countries, nongovernmental organizations such as multinational corporations, and intergovernmental organizations such as the United Nations. Considers problems facing the global community such as climate change, nuclear proliferation, and human rights violations. 2007.

The Way of the Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic State
DB87342 11 hours 29 minutes
by Graeme Wood
read by Graeme Wood
Using interviews, the author provides character studies of a variety of ISIS supporters, recruiters, and sympathizers, including an Egyptian tailor who wants to live under Shariah law, a Japanese convert who believes that the eradication of borders is a religious imperative, and an Australian preacher who translates the group’s sermons and threats into English. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

British Politics: A Very Short Introduction
DB85692 4 hours 39 minutes
by Tony Wright
read by Jake Williams
Political insider analyzes British government system long recognized as a model of simplicity and stability. Highlights increased complexity reflecting Britain’s culturally diverse society. Discusses ministers, changing attitudes toward the referendum, reforms to address concentrations of unchecked executive power, accountability, and the political system’s adaptability to maintain balanced, responsive government. 2013.

Hobbies and Crafts

Knitting Ephemera: A Compendium of Articles, Useful and Otherwise, for the Edification and Amusement of the Handknitter
DB86035 5 hours 3 minutes
by Carol J. Sulcoski
read by Marsha Rehns
Collection of articles, tidbits, and factoids of interest to knitters and crocheters. Includes entries about the patron saint of knitting—currently not assigned—a description of a nineteenth-century spinning bee, a history of the sizing of knitting needles and crochet hooks, a quiz on slogans for fiber-related companies, and more. 2015.

Home Management

Do Parents Matter? Why Japanese Babies Sleep Well, Mexican Siblings Don’t Fight, and American Families Should Just Relax
DB86690 8 hours 23 minutes
by Robert A. LeVine and Sarah LeVine
read by Jake Williams
Harvard anthropologists discuss their decades-long study of global parenting styles and their discovery that culture may affect children more than individual parents. The implementation of particular practices in various cultures is examined, such as the Hausa tribe’s avoidance of verbal and eye contact with infants. 2016.

Journalism and the Media

A Complex Fate: William L. Shirer and the American Century
DB85743 28 hours 20 minutes
by Ken Cuthbertson
read by Joe Wilson
Biography of journalist William L. Shirer (1904–1993), who rose to prominence in the late 1930s as a broadcast partner of Edward R. Murrow, based in Nazi Germany. Discusses his early life in the Midwest, work for the Chicago Tribune, fall from grace during the McCarthy era, and eventual redemption. 2015.


What the F: What Swearing Reveals about Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves
DB86833 14 hours 2 minutes
by Benjamin K. Bergen
read by Joe Wilson
Linguist and cognitive scientist explores the role of swearing in language. Discusses what swearing reveals about the ways the brain processes language, the way that words fall in and out of being considered vulgar, slurs, early language development, and nonverbal “bad language,” among other things. Strong language. 2016.

Accidence Will Happen: A Recovering Pedant’s Guide to English Language and Style
DB85786 9 hours 1 minute
by Oliver Kamm
read by Steven Carpenter
A discussion of the formal rules of the English language, their significance, and whether most errors matter. The author explains his view that most purists’ prohibitions may be disregarded and why. Also addresses specific usage conundrums. 2015.

Drive Time English: Intermediate Level
DB87038 4 hours 5 minutes
by Living Language
read by an unknown narrator
Intermediate-advanced level ESL program that imparts important English-language vocabulary, grammar, conversation, and culture. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2014.

Drive Time French: Beginner Level
DB87039 4 hours 33 minutes
by Living Language
read by an unknown narrator
Simplified program to learn the basics of French vocabulary, grammar, conversation, and culture. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. English/French language. 2014.

Drive Time German: Beginner Level
DB87041 4 hours 19 minutes
by Living Language
read by an unknown narrator
Simplified program to learn the basics of German vocabulary, grammar, conversation, and culture. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. English/German language. 2014.

Drive Time Italian: Beginner Level
DB87040 4 hours 46 minutes
by Living Language
read by an unknown narrator
Simplified program to learn the basics of Italian vocabulary, grammar, conversation, and culture. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. English/Italian language. 2009.

Drive Time Japanese: Beginner Level
DB87042 4 hours 34 minutes
by Living Language
read by an unknown narrator
Simplified program to learn the basics of Japanese vocabulary, grammar, conversation, and culture. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. English/Japanese. 2014.

Drive Time Spanish: Beginner Level
DB87043 4 hours 13 minutes
by Living Language
read by an unknown narrator
A simplified program to learn the basics of Spanish vocabulary, grammar, conversation, and culture. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. English/Spanish language. 2014.

Linguistics: A Very Short Introduction
DB86400 4 hours 8 minutes
by P.H. Matthews
read by Lou Harpenau
The origins of language, how and why languages change, the relationship between speaking and thinking, the development of rules for grammar and syntax, the mechanics of speech, and the brain’s role in processing language. 2003.

Legal Issues

Louis D. Brandeis: American Prophet
DB86595 7 hours 52 minutes
by Jeffrey Rosen
read by Bill Delaney
The author of The Supreme Court (DB67517) examines the lasting influence of Supreme Court justice Louis D. Brandeis (1856–1941), the first Jewish man appointed. Discusses his philosophies regarding regulatory consolidation, corporate monopolies, the role of the federal government versus state government, and more. 2016.


Classical Literature: A Very Short Introduction
DB85695 5 hours 11 minutes
by William Allan
read by Jake Williams
Classics professor illustrates the seminal influence of the invention of major literary genres and their norms and conventions through the analysis of 1,200 years of ancient Greek and Roman work. Identifies dominant motifs, defines the epic hero, and warns against underestimating the revolutionary nature of these writers’ achievements. 2014.

The Lady with the Borzoi: Blanche Knopf, Literary Tastemaker Extraordinaire
DB85724 14 hours 12 minutes
by Laura Claridge
read by Kerry Dukin
Author of Emily Post (DB68850) chronicles the life of Blanch Knopf (1894–1966), cofounder and president of publishing house Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. Describes her early childhood in New York City, relationship with her husband (the company’s namesake), personal relationships, and impact on the publishing industry. 2016.

Known and Strange Things: Essays
DB86516 14 hours 48 minutes
by Teju Cole
read by Richard Davidson
Collection of fifty-five previously published essays by the author of Every Day Is for the Thief (DB78983) and Open City (DB79016). Works explore a range of topics that are of particular interest to him, including politics, photography, travel, history, and literature. 2016.

Contemporary Fiction: A Very Short Introduction
DB85846 4 hours 6 minutes
by Robert Eaglestone
read by Abigail Maupin
Literature professor explores form, genre, and how present-day novels display patterns that make us more intelligible to ourselves. Discusses blurring the line between reality and fiction, and analyzes emblematic examples of how novels engage with the past, present, and future. Expresses views on the role of literary criticism. 2013.

French Literature: A Very Short Introduction
DB85680 4 hours 2 minutes
by John D. Lyons
read by Peter Holdway
Examination of France’s literary heritage through the lens of the protagonist, who reveals his era’s worldview. Discusses first-person narrative, the changing status of the hero, and questioning of the social order. Compares central characters within and across time periods, analyzing how all genres exhibit what is important. 2010.

Books for Living
DB86655 7 hours 6 minutes
by Will Schwalbe
read by Jeff Harding
The author of The End of Your Life Book Club (DB75762) discusses books that have impacted his life throughout the years. Includes E.B. White’s Stuart Little (DB31831), Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train (DB80635), and James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room (DB12503), among others. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Bestsellers: A Very Short Introduction
DB85837 3 hours 52 minutes
by John Sutherland
read by Lou Harpenau
Literature professor in England and the U.S. defines and describes the bestseller phenomenon from the end of nineteenth-century America. Explores the reception of British fiction in America and American fiction in England, and discusses book production technology, bookselling practices, and the bestseller’s future in the era of digitization. 2007.

Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing
DB86827 13 hours 36 minutes
by Jennifer Weiner
read by Kristin Allison
Collection of twenty-nine essays, some previously published, by the author of Good in Bed (DB54308) and Who Do You Love (DB82702). Topics discussed include the importance of literature by and for women, parenting, writing, her Jewish culture and faith, literary influences, and more. Strong language. 2016.

Medicine and Health

How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS
DB86612 24 hours 31 minutes
by David France
read by Rory O’Malley
History of the successful battle to halt the AIDS epidemic, from the creator of the documentary How to Survive a Plague. Explores the grassroots movement of activists who helped develop the drugs that turned HIV from a mostly fatal infection to a manageable disease. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

If Our Bodies Could Talk: A Guide to Operating and Maintaining a Human Body
DB86656 12 hours 4 minutes
by James Hamblin
read by James Hamblin
Doctor-turned-journalist draws from his own medical training as well as from hundreds of interviews with scientists and medical practitioners to explore health questions that never seem to go away. Covers topics such as sleep, aging, and diet. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Cancer: A Very Short Introduction
DB85693 5 hours 18 minutes
by Nicholas James
read by Jake Williams
Cofounder of the CancerHelp UK website discusses the causes of cancer, diagnostic procedures, traditional and alternative treatment options, the cost of care, and the process by which new drugs and technologies find their way to market. 2011.

The Autoimmune Solution: Prevent and Reverse the Full Spectrum of Inflammatory Symptoms and Diseases
DB86070 17 hours 48 minutes
by Amy Myers
read by Nona Pipes
An autoimmune-disease specialist (who has also experienced Graves’ disease as a patient) provides a four-pillared approach to dealing with a wide variety of inflammatory diseases, including allergies, IBS, cardiovascular disease, and fibromyalgia. Based on the idea that food is medicine, ‘The Myers Way’ includes a thirty-day protocol for meal plans and recipes. 2015.

The Thyroid Connection: Why You Feel Tired, Brain-Fogged, and Overweight—and How to Get Your Life Back
DB86380 15 hours 38 minutes
by Amy Myers
read by Jeremy Gage
Specialist in thyroid and autoimmune diseases, who herself had Graves’ disease, explains that thyroid dysfunction can be the hidden cause of a wide array of health issues and why doctors often misdiagnose it. Includes a twenty-eight-day program she developed to address thyroid problems. 2016.

Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital
DB86611 14 hours 43 minutes
by David Oshinsky
read by Fred Sanders
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian charts the turbulent rise of American medicine by examining New York’s iconic East Side public hospital, from its 1738 origins to the present—through the Civil War, the first civilian ambulance corps, the first nursing school for women, and the AIDS epidemic. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Epidemiology: A Very Short Introduction
DB86487 5 hours 13 minutes
by Rodolfo Saracci
read by John Haag
Describes the ways researchers combine the tools of medicine, social science, and statistics to monitor public health and control the spread of diseases. Examines epidemiologists’ roles in linking cigarette smoking to lung cancer and testing the first polio vaccine. Discusses ethical concerns over data collection. 2010.

Black Man in a White Coat
DB86748 9 hours 35 minutes
by Damon Tweedy
read by Bob Moore
Black physician explores the issues of how and why his race suffers from more health problems than others and how that is dealt with in the largely white medical community. He explains his own intersecting role by examining his Duke medical school experience, internship, psychiatry training, and early clinical practice. 2015.

Farewell to the East End: Call the Midwife
DB86063 10 hours 51 minutes
by Jennifer Worth
read by Kristin Allison
In this final book of the London midwife’s memoir trilogy, she chronicles the last of her work among the East End characters—including a patient and her identical twin who share a husband—before Worth’s career took her elsewhere. Includes a glossary of obstetric terms. PBS series tie-in. 2005.

Shadows of the Workhouse: Call the Midwife
DB86108 9 hours 55 minutes
by Jennifer Worth
read by Lise Bruneau
Following Call the Midwife (DB76915), London midwife Jennifer Worth continues chronicling her time working in the postwar East End. This time, she focuses on the stories of people she met who grew up in the harsh workhouses where the poor were given accommodation and employment. PBS series tie-in. 2005.

Bleed, Blister, Puke, and Purge: The Dirty Secrets behind Early American Medicine
DB86583 4 hours 22 minutes
by J. Marin Younker
read by Robert Sams
Recounts the crude beginnings of medicine, from a time when well-intentioned but undereducated physicians did more damage than good. Exposes the extraordinary practices and major players of American medical history, from the colonial era to the late 1800s. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2016.


The Grail Guitar: The Search for Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze” Telecaster
DB85913 6 hours 30 minutes
by Chris Adams
read by Gregory Maupin
The author bought a Fender Telecaster guitar from a music store in London in 1973. At the time, the salesman told him one of Jimi Hendrix’s roadies had brought in the instrument. Forty years later, hearing rumors of a famous lost Hendrix guitar, Adams decides to investigate. 2016.

Love for Sale: Pop Music in America
DB87064 9 hours 36 minutes
by David Hajdu
read by Jeremy Gage
A music critic and professor chronicles popular music in America, from the sheet music sold in the late 1800s, through the dawn of radio and music recording, to the music downloads of the modern day. More than just entertainment, he argues, pop music is a tool for social change. 2016.

Florence Foster Jenkins: The Biography That Inspired the Critically Acclaimed Film
DB86711 8 hours 36 minutes
by Nicholas Martin and Jasper Rees
read by Katherine Kellgren
Biography of soprano singer Florence Foster Jenkins (1868–1944), who was described as “lacking pitch, rhythm, or tone.” Discusses life with her wealthy parents, her rushed marriage and its failure, and the musical career she built as a teacher and performer. Basis for 2016 movie. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Absolutely on Music: Conversations
DB86911 9 hours 8 minutes
by Haruki Murakami and Seiji Ozawa
read by George Holmes
Transcriptions of conversations that occurred in 2010 and 2011 between two Japanese men prominent in the arts. Writer Murakami prompts conductor Ozawa to discuss his career in classical music, and the two compare opinions on some famous recordings. Translated from the Japanese. 2016.

Ethnomusicology: A Very Short Introduction
DB85676 4 hours 53 minutes
by Timothy Rice
read by Mark Ashby
Past president of the Society for Ethnomusicology explains the value of studying music not as an art form but as a vital part of the lives of individuals and societies. Discusses the history of the field, its research methods, and its theories about the nature of music. 2014.

DB86613 18 hours 40 minutes
by Robbie Robertson
read by MacLeod Andrews
Guitarist and songwriter for the musical group The Band reflects on his life and career. Drawn to storytelling from his early years, he recounts his many musical collaborations, up through The Band’s final performance at the 1976 concert known as “The Last Waltz.” Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Altamont: The Rolling Stones, the Hells Angels, and the Inside Story of Rock’s Darkest Day
DB86060 11 hours 4 minutes
by Joel Selvin
read by Jon Pinnow
Rock journalist revisits the famous concert held at Altamont Speedway on December 6, 1969. The free show, headlined by the Rolling Stones, is famous for the violence of the security provided by motorcycle gang the Hells Angels, who killed one concertgoer. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2016.

The Blues: A Very Short Introduction
DB85838 3 hours 57 minutes
by Elijah Wald
read by Barry Bernson
Musician traces a tradition permeating many forms of music. Blues reflects deep emotion but is not limited to heartache. Examines the broad variety of blues music and performers, the close relationship with jazz and country music, and the influence on rock, pop, and rap. 2010.

Nature and the Environment

The Genius of Birds
DB85848 11 hours 13 minutes
by Jennifer Ackerman
read by Kristin Allison
Exploration of technical and social intelligence of birds. Surveys twenty-first-century research into birds’ behavioral and morphological traits, including ways to measure intelligence, the structure of their brains, ways they use technology, social interactions, diversity of birdsong, use of space and time, and more. 2016.

Climate: A Very Short Introduction
DB85844 4 hours 29 minutes
by Mark Maslin
read by Lou Harpenau
Geographer explains what controls and affects the Earth’s climate system. Discusses atmosphere and oceans, plate tectonics, the greenhouse effect, and the distinction between weather and climate. He explores human activity’s role in climate change, why it matters, and possible solutions. 2013.

The Moth Snowstorm: Nature and Joy
DB86836 8 hours 53 minutes
by Michael McCarthy
read by David Hartley-Margolin
Eight essays by a journalist exploring the changing climate and environment. Uses personal narratives to highlight the loss of species—including the decline in moths that gave rise to the title of the book—the impact of nature on emotional well-being, and sharing the love of nature with the next generation. 2015.

Sibley’s Birding Basics
DB85752 5 hours 45 minutes
by David Allen Sibley
read by Joe Wilson
Artist specializing in birds provides instruction on the hobby of birding. Discusses identification techniques, how to handle misidentification of birds, morphological features of different species, and birdcalls. Includes a short discussion on the ethics of birding and information regarding conservation efforts. 2002.

Birding for the Curious: The Easiest Way for Anyone to Explore the Incredible World of Birds
DB85750 4 hours 4 minutes
by Nate Swick
read by Joe Wilson
Introductory guide to the hobby of birding. Discusses reasons to take up the endeavor, which field guides are best, engaging with the birding community, developing a bird-friendly environment in your own backyard, and contributing to the scientific community. 2015.

The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries from a Secret World
DB86697 7 hours 28 minutes
by Peter Wohlleben
read by Jon Pinnow
Forester shares his observations as well as research by others into the networked nature of trees and forests. Discusses communication by trees, the life cycle of an organic forest versus one planted, and the interaction of trees with their greater environment. Translated from the original 2015 German edition. Bestseller. 2016.


Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction
DB85697 6 hours 0 minutes
by Susan Blackmore
read by Jill Ferris
Psychologist explores what it means to be conscious, reviewing approaches and theories regarding separation of the subjective self from the physical brain. Poses the question: is consciousness a grand delusion, not emerging from brain activity? Examines damaged minds, altered states, illusions, hypnosis, meditation, and free will. 2005.

Critical Theory: A Very Short Introduction
DB86481 4 hours 40 minutes
by Stephen Eric Bronner
read by Patricia Kilgarriff
Traces the roots of critical theory, which emerged in Germany between the world wars; its influence on the New Left and the student movement of the 1960s; and its present-day offshoots. Discusses the ideas of leading proponents such as philosopher Herbert Marcuse and psychoanalyst Erich Fromm. 2011.

Emotion: A Very Short Introduction
DB86485 4 hours 28 minutes
by Dylan Evans
read by Patricia Kilgarriff
Explores the evolutionary history of emotions and their necessity for survival. Discusses anthropological studies of cultural differences and underscores universal similarities. Argues that emotions are not obstacles to intelligence, allied rather than hostile to reason. Examines their effect on memory, attention, and perception, and recent developments in artificial intelligence. 2001.

Habermas: A Very Short Introduction
DB85684 5 hours 10 minutes
by James Gordon Finlayson
read by Mark Ashby
Explores work of European intellectual whose social and political theories contribute to understanding society’s alienation and oppression. Highlights a key theme—learning from catastrophes. Explains his anti-nationalism position and views on Germany’s unification and European integration. Includes appendix summarizing five areas of research, with basic questions and answers. 2005.

Existentialism: A Very Short Introduction
DB86488 6 hours 26 minutes
by Thomas R. Flynn
read by J.P. Linton
Elucidates the philosophical way of life whose relevance extends beyond post-World War II Left-Bank Paris. Presents five themes of existentialism and discusses noted thinkers, including Kierkegaard (father of theistic existentialism), Nietzsche (father of atheistic existentialism), Sartre, de Beauvoir, and Camus. Explores existentialist approaches to language. Includes glossary. 2006.

Confucianism: A Very Short Introduction
DB85696 5 hours 3 minutes
by Daniel K. Gardner
read by Jake Williams
History professor presents the teachings of Confucius, recorded and interpreted by disciples over generations, and attaining prominence centuries after his death. Highlights the overriding concerns of goodness in man and in government, and illustrates the adaptability to timely issues that keeps the philosophy a relevant tradition. 2014.

Indian Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction
DB86393 4 hours 46 minutes
by Sue Hamilton
read by Lou Harpenau
Survey of 2,500 years of Indian thought, which the author explains is more closely linked with religion than Western philosophy is, but shouldn’t be thought of as “mystical.” Discusses karma and rebirth, the Upanishads, dharma, yoga, and the Buddha’s teachings. 2001.

Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction
DB86815 4 hours 46 minutes
by Samir Okasha
read by Jack Fox
Professor of philosophy of science reviews the main themes of his field. Beginning with a brief history of modern science, he asks whether there is a discernible pattern to the way scientific ideas change. Discusses explanation, inference, and the debate between realist and anti-realist views of science. 2016.

Spinoza: A Very Short Introduction
DB86793 5 hours 5 minutes
by Roger Scruton
read by George Holmes
Professor of aesthetics provides an overview of the life and work of Benedict de Spinoza (1632–1677), represented as the father of the Enlightenment and the last guardian of the medieval world. Scruton presents a systematic analysis of Spinoza’s philosophy and shows its relevance to the intellectual preoccupations of the present. 2002.

Free Speech: A Very Short Introduction
DB86491 4 hours 12 minutes
by Nigel Warburton
read by Nona Pipes
Philosophy Bites podcaster offers an overview of the arguments for and against protecting speech—especially speech that is false, blasphemous, or hateful. Analyzes John Stuart Mill’s classic work on the subject, On Liberty, and the debate over censoring pornography. Considers the Internet’s impact on free expression. 2009.

Psychology and Self-Help

Humour: A Very Short Introduction
DB85687 3 hours 53 minutes
by Noël Carroll
read by Steven Carpenter
A serious analysis of what makes us laugh, and why. Discusses theories of humor espoused by thinkers such as Plato, Freud, and Kierkegaard, illustrated with examples from contemporary culture. Considers the role humor plays in defining and reinforcing social norms. 2014.

Schizophrenia: A Very Short Introduction
DB86797 7 hours 38 minutes
by Christopher Frith and Eve Johnstone
read by J.P. Linton
A neuropsychologist and a psychiatrist present the facts about this illness that is widely misrepresented in media, literature, and film. They describe what schizophrenia is really like, how it progresses, and what treatments might be applied; provide detailed descriptions of patients and their histories; and explore research prospects. 2003.

Madness: A Very Short Introduction
DB86402 4 hours 59 minutes
by Andrew Scull
read by Andy Pyle
Frequent writer on the history of psychiatry recounts two millennia of medical, sociological, and cultural perspectives on madness—even while acknowledging that his use of the anachronistic word “is bound to provoke.” Discusses the difficulty in defining mental illness and ever-evolving ideas about its causes and treatment. 2011.

The Inkblots: Hermann Rorschach, His Iconic Test, and the Power of Seeing
DB87286 15 hours 44 minutes
by Damion Searls
read by Paul Boehmer
A history of psychoanalyst and psychiatrist Hermann Rorschach and the test he developed in 1917 at a Swiss asylum—an interpretative personality code that revolved around how the patient saw movement, color, and form in inkblots. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.


Apostle: Travels among the Tombs of the Twelve
DB87034 14 hours 19 minutes
by Tom Bissell
read by Tom Bissell
The coauthor of The Disaster Artist (DB81546) visits the tombs that have traditionally and historically been associated with the twelve apostles of Jesus. Examines the men themselves, the ways that their experiences shaped them, and the evolution of their stories over the years. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

God: A Very Short Introduction
DB85683 4 hours 53 minutes
by John Bowker
read by Bob Moore
Religious studies scholar explores the belief in a deity that the majority of people have and have had throughout history. Examines the Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and the diverse family of religions in India, showing how and why understandings, descriptions, and characterizations have transformed over time. 2014.

Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction
DB86146 4 hours 53 minutes
by Jonathan A.C. Brown
read by Ken Kliban
Georgetown University Islamic studies scholar explores what Muhammad has meant to Muslims over the past fourteen centuries. Considers both the “pious legend” and the facts, and places controversial aspects of Muhammad’s life, such as his polygamy, in the context of his times. 2011.

Mormonism: A Very Short Introduction
DB86166 4 hours 59 minutes
by Richard Lyman Bushman
read by Patrick Downer
Authority on Mormon history examines the faith’s roots; its doctrines, including those that set Mormons apart from traditional Christians; and the challenges the religion faces in the twenty-first century. Discusses the church’s administration and its institutions, such as the controversial—and long-ago renounced—practice of plural marriage. 2008.

Joan Chittister: Essential Writings
DB85734 12 hours 13 minutes
by Joan Chittister
read by Jill Ferris
Collection of sixty-seven previously published essays by the author of Called to Question (DB84564) and Uncommon Gratitude (DB84571). Topics explored include developing and recognizing a passion for God, what it means to have a passion for life, and acting on a passion for justice. 2014.

Queer Virtue: What LGBTQ People Know about Life and Love and How It Can Revitalize Christianity
DB86921 7 hours 8 minutes
by Elizabeth M. Edman
read by Mary Kane
Episcopalian priest with experience as a political strategist explores the intersection of Christianity and queer ethics. Utilizes her thirty years of experience studying and teaching theology and her work on LGBTQ rights advocacy to propose that the recognition of queer people can deepen and improve understanding of Christian values. 2016.

Letters to a Young Muslim
DB86902 5 hours 0 minutes
by Omar Saif Ghobash
read by Omar Saif Ghobash
Diplomat from the United Arab Emirates provides advice in the form of letters directed toward his sons about growing up Muslim. Considers the questions of what it means to be a good Muslim, staying true to your faith while interacting with the secular world, and more. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

The Book of Mormon: A Very Short Introduction
DB85691 4 hours 51 minutes
by Terryl L. Givens
read by Jake Williams
Revered scripture or reflection of Joseph Smith-era popular culture, the Book of Mormon qualifies the Bible as only one in a series of divine revelations. Literature professor analyzes this clan history, its variety of stories illustrating God’s participation with humanity, its origins, and controversies it has engendered. 2009.

How to Survive the Apocalypse: Zombies, Cylons, Faith, and Politics at the End of the World
DB87082 8 hours 21 minutes
by Robert Joustra and Alissa Wilkinson
read by Emily Ellet
Using lessons provided by television shows like Battlestar Galactica, Game of Thrones, and The Walking Dead, the author discusses ways to navigate the intersection of religion and politics while retaining a Christian identity. Examines philosophy, linguistics, and theology. 2016.

Buddhist Ethics: A Very Short Introduction
DB86093 4 hours 59 minutes
by Damien Keown
read by Jeremy Gage
University of London professor of Buddhist ethics considers how Buddhists might respond to some of the modern world’s moral dilemmas, including war and terrorism, animal welfare, suicide, euthanasia, and cloning. 2005.

Thomas Aquinas: A Very Short Introduction
DB86890 4 hours 48 minutes
by Fergus Kerr
read by Catherine Byers
Professor of divinity explores the world of Thomas Aquinas (AD 1224–1275), providing biographical information and cultural context by which to situate the philosophical and theological controversies in which Thomas engaged. Offers a detailed account of Thomas’s major work, the formidable three-part Summa Theologiae, as well as secondary writings. 2009.

Seven Women: And the Secret of Their Greatness
DB85847 6 hours 56 minutes
by Eric Metaxas
read by David Hartley-Margolin
Author of Seven Men (DB76907) profiles seven women—Joan of Arc, Susanna Wesley, Hannah More, Saint Maria of Paris, Corrie ten Boom, Rosa Parks, and Mother Teresa—and explores the influence of their faith on their life decisions. 2015.

Sikhism: A Very Short Introduction
DB86796 5 hours 58 minutes
by Eleanor Nesbitt
read by Catherine Byers
Ethnographic survey of the monotheistic religion that originated in the Punjab region of northern India during the fifteenth century and is now practiced by twenty-four million adherents worldwide. Describes Muslim and Hindu contexts, spiritual teachings of the first Guru—Guru Nanak—and devotional principles embodied in Sikh scripture, the Guru Granth Sahib. 2016.

Catholicism: A Very Short Introduction
DB85841 4 hours 48 minutes
by Gerald O’Collins
read by Lou Harpenau
Former dean at the Gregorian University in Rome recounts the history of the Catholic Church; explains its teachings, customs, and sacraments; and ponders the challenges it faces in the years ahead. 2008.

The Devil: A Very Short Introduction
DB86080 4 hours 54 minutes
by Darren Oldridge
read by Andy Pyle
Scholar in early modern religious history considers Satan’s role in Christian theology over the past two thousand years; his interactions with humankind; his depictions in art, literature, and film; and his relevance in the modern world. 2012.

Islam: A Very Short Introduction
DB86149 6 hours 0 minutes
by Malise Ruthven
read by Michael Scherer
Overview of Islam as a faith, political ideology, and cultural identity for one-fifth of the world’s population. Topics include the Koran; the life of Muhammad; the differences between Sunni, Shia, and Sufi Muslims; Sharia law; the role of women in Islamic life; and jihad. 2012.

Pilgrimage: My Search for the Real Pope Francis
DB86657 10 hours 13 minutes
by Mark K. Shriver
read by Jim Frangione
Son of Eunice Kennedy and Sargent Shriver describes his crisis of faith after their deaths. When Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was installed as Pope Francis, Shriver undertook a journey to understand the man behind the cassock. Recounts interviews with intimates and acquaintances of the new pope. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Islamic History: A Very Short Introduction
DB86133 4 hours 59 minutes
by Adam J. Silverstein
read by Ken Kliban
Explores Islam’s rise and development from the seventh century to the present. Explains how camels, caravans, conquests, and colonialism helped spread the new religion; the ways it was shaped by Arabs, Persians, and Turks; and the institutions common to Muslim societies. 2010.

Shaken: Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life’s Storms
DB86286 6 hours 15 minutes
by Tim Tebow
read by Fred Berman
Heisman Trophy winner and author of Through My Eyes (DB73458) reflects on the joys and disappointments he has experienced in his life and the impact his faith has had on his ability to ride those waves. Discusses his football career, charitable foundation, mission work, and more. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Catholic Women Confront Their Church: Stories of Hurt and Hope
DB86821 9 hours 47 minutes
by Celia Viggo Wexler
read by Jill Ferris
Journalist shares the stories of ten women, including herself, discussing their Catholic faith and points of conflict they have with the institution of the Catholic Church. Topics covered include working for pro-choice organizations, matters of theology, exclusion of women from Church leadership roles, and more. 2016.

Christianity: A Very Short Introduction
DB85661 3 hours 48 minutes
by Linda Woodhead
read by Mark Ashby
Overview of the key themes of Christian life and thought, including various interpretations of the nature of Jesus Christ and the concepts of sin and salvation. Examines the growth and spread of Christianity and its place in the modern world. 2014.

Science and Technology

Intelligence: A Very Short Introduction
DB86474 5 hours 13 minutes
by Ian J. Deary
read by Erik Sandvold
Describes facts psychologists have discovered about differences in thinking powers. Discusses decline with aging, the study of twins and adoptees in identifying genetic and environmental influences, and the mystery of the rising IQ. Presents data from important tests and surveys, and recognizes that reasons for brains’ differing efficiencies are unknown. 2001.

Einstein’s Masterwork: 1915 and the General Theory of Relativity
DB86723 6 hours 38 minutes
by John Gribbin
read by Ryan Dalusung
An astrophysicist examines Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, which he presented in 1915 and which was partially confirmed a century later by the detection of gravitational waves. Places the theory into context within Einstein’s larger body of work as well as the scientific research being conducted at the time. 2016.

Human Anatomy: A Very Short Introduction
DB85686 4 hours 24 minutes
by Leslie Klenerman
read by Michael Scherer
Orthopedic surgery professor presents the principles and basic structure of the complex machine that is the human body. Describes the origins of the science, noted physiologists’ contributions, and its terminology. Studies the skeleton, cardiovascular and central nervous systems, and each body part, including what can go wrong. 2015.

Paper: Paging through History
DB86680 14 hours 22 minutes
by Mark Kurlansky
read by Jill Fox
Author of Cod (DB45502) and Salt (DB55857) examines the development and history of paper. Traces the evolution of human communication and the recording of it, the invention of paper in China and its adaptation elsewhere, and paper’s impact on literacy, the arts, science, and more. 2016.

The Eye: A Very Short Introduction
DB85677 3 hours 1 minute
by Michael F. Land
read by Mark Ashby
Traces the evolution of the marvel of biological engineering that controls vision. Describes how vision works in humans and other creatures, the eye’s parts, how it moves, what happens in the brain, and what can go wrong. Discusses loss of vision and restoration procedures in those not blind from birth. 2014.

The Brain: A Very Short Introduction
DB85839 4 hours 45 minutes
by Michael O’Shea
read by Kerry Dukin
Neuroscientist explores the astoundingly complex signaling network in the brain that underlies all mental functions, how component cells communicate with one another, and the evolution of the nervous system. Discusses unanswered questions in neuroscience and the potential benefits of its interface with robotics and information technology. 2005.

Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War
DB86098 9 hours 28 minutes
by Mary Roach
read by Catherine Byers
Science writer tackles the science behind a soldier’s challenges, such as panic, exhaustion, heat, and noise. Examines studies on hearing loss and combat survivability, the problems with zippers, medics’ shock training, and other unconventional topics related to the inner workings of the military. 2016.

Genes: A Very Short Introduction
DB86493 4 hours 46 minutes
by Jonathan Slack
read by Terry Donnelly
Presents ideas about genes, what they are and what functions they perform. Discusses the discovery of the three-dimensional structure of DNA, genome sequencing, mutations, and quantitative genetics. Explores controversial issues regarding the inheritability of IQ and mental illness, and whether there is any genetic basis for race. 2014.

Symmetry: A Very Short Introduction
DB86791 5 hours 40 minutes
by Ian Stewart
read by Emily Ellet
Research mathematician explores one of the key concepts in mathematics and science. Examines the role of symmetry in physics, chemistry, and biology. Shows how the property underlies fundamental theories of physics, atomic lattices and molecules, the patterns of sand dunes and shells, and animal locomotion. 2013.

Fossils: A Very Short Introduction
DB85679 4 hours 17 minutes
by Keith Thomson
read by Mark Ashby
Past director of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History explains the study of fossils and the ways they help us understand the Earth’s past. Considers the public’s fascination with fossils—especially the remains of dinosaurs—and recounts famous hoaxes such as Piltdown man. 2005.

Social Sciences

We Should All Be Feminists
DB87556 0 hours 47 minutes
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
read by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Based on a 2012 TED Talk of the same name, novelist and MacArthur Fellowship recipient argues for a revised version of feminism for the twenty-first century. She centers the philosophy around inclusion and awareness, using her experience with Nigerian and Western culture to inform her views. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2014.

This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto against Ageism
DB86698 9 hours 7 minutes
by Ashton Applewhite
read by Kristin Allison
An activist examines the socially constructed idea of ageism. Advocates for social change and the necessary shift that needs to take place for an age-friendly world to emerge. Explores common misconceptions about age in such topics as the body and mind, sexuality, and the workplace. Some strong language. 2016.

The Fate of Gender: Nature, Nurture, and the Human Future
DB86839 12 hours 20 minutes
by Frank Browning
read by Jeremy Gage
Journalist examines the state of gender understanding and expression in the early twenty-first century. Discusses the separation between sex and gender identification, academic and medical research, education, politics, legislation, and more. Some descriptions of sex. 2016.

Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America
DB86905 5 hours 34 minutes
by Michael Eric Dyson
read by Michael Eric Dyson
Author of April 4, 1968 (DB66789) and The Black Presidency (DB84212) presents a sermon directed at white people about confronting white privilege. Analyzes the impact of white privilege on the received narrative of American history and urges white people to take responsibility for equality on a personal level. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2017.

Black Lives Matter
DB85862 2 hours 2 minutes
by Sue Bradford Edwards and Duchess Harris
read by Ken Jackson
Explores police shootings and vigilante violence toward African Americans in the United States, community reactions, activist-driven protests, and court proceedings surrounding the trials. Highlights the origins of the Black Lives Matter movement, and a call for change. Some violence. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

Utopia Drive: A Road Trip through America’s Most Radical Idea
DB87078 16 hours 53 minutes
by Erik Reece
read by Richard Davidson
Survey of eleven communities—contemporary and historic—which operate according to defined ideals to achieve a utopian vision, some secular and others religious. Analyzes the roles utopian communities played in the development of America, their life cycles, and their lingering impact on the twenty-first century. 2016.

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
DB85796 8 hours 38 minutes
by J.D. Vance
read by Clay Teunis
Memoir of growing up in the Ohio Rust Belt in a family culture rooted in Scots-Irish Appalachia. Explores political themes affecting these community cultures through the lens of personal and familial experiences. Discusses what it took to go from nearly failing high school to graduating from Yale Law School. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2016.

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race
DB85936 5 hours 45 minutes
edited by Jesmyn Ward
read by Brandon Bujnowski
Collection of seventeen essays addressing the experience of race and racism in twenty-first century America, edited by the author of Salvage the Bones (DB74033). Includes pieces by Claudia Rankine, Daniel José Older, Edwidge Danticat, and former United States Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey. 2016.

Sports and Recreation

This Road I Ride: Sometimes It Takes Losing Everything to Find Yourself
DB85932 6 hours 10 minutes
by Juliana Buhring
read by Laura Adducci
After the death of the man she loved, a woman with almost no previous cycling experience decides to circumnavigate the globe on a bicycle. She cycles over eighteen thousand miles, across nineteen countries and four continents, over a span of 144 days. Some strong language. 2016.

House of Nails: A Memoir of Life on the Edge
DB86515 8 hours 10 minutes
by Lenny Dykstra
read by L.J. Ganser
Baseball player reflects on his spectacular rise and fall. A star baseball player in the 1980s and 1990s, he moved to the business world and enjoyed a lavish lifestyle after retirement from the game. It all fell apart, however, upon his conviction and imprisonment for fraud. Strong language. 2016.

Seeing Home: The Ed Lucas Story; a Blind Broadcaster’s Story of Overcoming Life’s Greatest Obstacles
DB86568 9 hours 18 minutes
by Ed Lucas and Christopher Lucas
read by Bill Wallace
A blind baseball broadcaster tells his personal and professional story. Lucas lost his sight in an accident in 1951 at age twelve. His love of baseball led him to a career broadcasting games and interviewing players. His love of his children led him to fight for custody after his wife left. 2015.

Forward: A Memoir
DB86577 7 hours 2 minutes
by Abby Wambach
read by Nona Pipes
At her retirement in 2015, the author was the highest scorer in soccer history, male or female. She shares stories of professional triumphs, including winning the Olympic gold medal and playing on World Cup Championship teams. She also shares personal stories of her battles with gender discrimination and homophobia. Strong language. 2016.

The 1997 Masters: My Story
DB87705 6 hours 6 minutes
by Tiger Woods
read by various narrators
Marks the twentieth anniversary of the pro golfer’s historic win at the PGA Masters tournament in 1997 at the age of just twenty-one. Woods not only analyzes his performance at that tournament, but looks back on his path to the Masters and remembers those who helped him get there. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Stage and Screen

The Princess Diarist
DB86648 5 hours 12 minutes
by Carrie Fisher
read by various narrators
Actress looks back on her experience playing the iconic role of Princess Leia in the movie Star Wars. Working from journals she kept in 1977 during filming, Fisher shares what it was like behind the scenes and shares her thoughts on show business and fame. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-Ins: My A–Z Index
DB87275 8 hours 33 minutes
by Kathy Griffin
read by Kathy Griffin
Comedian and self-described D-list celebrity presents humorous stories of the encounters she has had with famous people throughout her career, arranged alphabetically. She includes everyone from Woody Allen to Warren Zevon, with stops in between for Tom Hanks, Taylor Swift, and Donald Trump. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Around the Way Girl: A Memoir
DB87110 7 hours 8 minutes
by Taraji P. Henson
read by Teresa Willis
An actress famous for her roles on TV series such as Empire and movies including Hidden Figures shares her story and insights into the challenges of being a black actress in Hollywood. Raised by a single mother in Washington, DC, her parents supported her dreams. Some strong language. 2016.

Scrappy Little Nobody
DB86700 7 hours 59 minutes
by Anna Kendrick
read by Laura Adducci
As an actress, the author had early success on Broadway before moving to Hollywood, where she starred in films such as Up in the Air and Pitch Perfect. She shares humorous stories of her awkward youth and professional growth. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2016.

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
DB86608 8 hours 46 minutes
by Trevor Noah
read by Trevor Noah
The host of TV’s The Daily Show shares his coming-of-age story as the child of a white father and black mother in South Africa. Their very union was considered a crime, and when the author was born during apartheid, his biracial status made him an outcast. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.


Full Moon over Noah’s Ark: An Odyssey to Mount Ararat and Beyond
DB86667 11 hours 44 minutes
by Rick Antonson
read by Peter Holdway
Chronicle of the author’s participation in an expedition to climb Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey and his further travels in Iraq, Iran, and Armenia. Discusses the history of the region, including border disputes, the role of Ararat in biblical and mythological floods, and personalities who have explored the mountain. 2016.

The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street
DB85716 4 hours 25 minutes
by Helene Hanff
read by Madelyn Buzzard
Author of 84, Charing Cross Road (DB39381) provides a witty account of a first journey to England, with visits to Windsor, Oxford, the Shakespeare country, Stoke Poges, and London. Mrs. Hanff tastes fame fleetingly as an author on Bloomsbury Street. 1973.

The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks
DB86575 13 hours 15 minutes
by Terry Tempest Williams
read by Laura Adducci
Author of Red (DB56831) explores the history and meaning—both personally and nationally—of the United States’ National Park System, focusing on twelve parks in thirteen essays. Among the parks featured are Grand Teton in Wyoming, Theodore Roosevelt in North Dakota, Acadia in Maine, and Gettysburg in Pennsylvania. 2016.

U.S. History

Lady Bird and Lyndon: The Hidden Story of a Marriage That Made a President
DB86582 16 hours 50 minutes
by Betty Boyd Caroli
read by Margaret Strom
Biography of First Lady Claudia T. “Lady Bird” Johnson (1912–2007) and an exploration of her marriage to Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908–1973). Describes Lady Bird’s early life, Lyndon’s courtship of her, the concessions each made to the advancement of his career, their daughters, and the role Lady Bird played in politics. 2015.

Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume 1: The Early Years, 1884–1933
DB86282 22 hours 10 minutes
by Blanche Wiesen Cook
read by Kate Reading
The first volume in a comprehensive biography of the longest-serving First Lady of the United States, who worked as a politician, diplomat, and activist. This volume discusses her birth into American aristocracy, her early private life, and her public fight against discrimination. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 1992.

Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume 3: The War Years and After, 1939–1962
DB86605 26 hours 27 minutes
by Blanche Wiesen Cook
read by Eliza Foss
The third volume in a comprehensive biography of the longest-serving First Lady of the United States, who worked as a politician, diplomat, and activist. This volume covers World War II, FDR’s death, the founding of the UN, and Eleanor’s death in 1962. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Brilliant Beacons: A History of the American Lighthouse
DB86622 17 hours 50 minutes
by Eric Jay Dolin
read by Patrick Downer
Author of Fur, Fortune, and Empire (DB74803) and When America First Met China (DB80624) chronicles the development, usage, and history of lighthouses in America. Examines the impact of their use on commerce, federal government oversight and control, and technological advances. Profiles personalities involved in running lighthouses. 2016.

Most Blessed of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination
DB85829 12 hours 33 minutes
by Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter S. Onuf
read by Lou Harpenau
Gordon-Reed, author of The Hemingses of Monticello (DB67564), and historian Onuf explore the complex character of Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826). They detail his philosophical growth from early adulthood to old age, ambitions for his home life, the impact of his travels, and his particular enthusiasms. 2016.

The Parker Sisters: A Border Kidnapping
DB86584 9 hours 7 minutes
by Lucy Maddox
read by Bob Moore
In 1851, young Elizabeth and Rachel Parker were kidnapped in Pennsylvania and hurried across the border to be sold in Maryland. Depicts the dangers for free blacks living in the border country of Pennsylvania and Maryland, given that both fugitive and free blacks could be sold if taken across state lines. 2016.

The Common Cause: Creating Race and Nation in the American Revolution
DB85782 30 hours 12 minutes
by Robert G. Parkinson
read by Bob Moore
A discussion of how leaders of the American Revolution united the thirteen colonies by using propaganda to link British tyranny to colonial prejudices and fears about insurrectionary slaves and violent Native Americans. 2016.

The Beats: A Very Short Introduction
DB85836 4 hours 6 minutes
by David Sterritt
read by Gregory Maupin
The social, cultural, and aesthetic sensibilities of the Beat Generation’s novelists and poets, including Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William S. Burroughs. Topics include the roots of the Beat experience, analysis of the writers’ work, and the lasting influence of the Beats. 2013.

New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early America
DB85937 13 hours 20 minutes
by Wendy Warren
read by Catherine Byers
Examines the relationship between the growth of the northern colonies and the Atlantic slave trade, demonstrating how New England’s economy derived much of its vitality from the high volume of slave ships in its ports. Also documents the selling of Native Americans into slavery in the West Indies. 2016.

The Struggle for Sea Power: A Naval History of the American Revolution
DB86682 22 hours 9 minutes
by Sam Willis
read by Alec Volz
A broad depiction of the American Revolution’s naval theater, which embroiled twenty-two navies fighting across five oceans. Examines how the war might have turned out differently if Britain had been able to focus solely on the American colonies, and shows how sea power helped shape the future of America and the British Empire. 2015.


The Secret War: Spies, Ciphers, and Guerrillas, 1939–1945
DB86688 31 hours 46 minutes
by Max Hastings
read by Kerry Dukin
Author of Retribution (DB66833) and Catastrophe 1914 (DB78009) examines the use of spycraft and guerrilla warfare during World War II. Discusses individual countries’ intelligence programs, major personalities, technology, and specific programs considered and implemented. Considers the impact of these programs on the outcome of the war. 2016.

World History

Iran: A Very Short Introduction
DB86132 4 hours 5 minutes
by Ali M. Ansari
read by Peter Johnson
History professor examines the history and mythology of Iran, its many revolutions and political turmoil, its rich cultural heritage, and its relationship with the West. Discusses the influence of Zoroastrianism, the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Shi’ism, and the contradictory nature of Iranian identity. 2014.

Antisemitism: A Very Short Introduction
DB85855 5 hours 30 minutes
by Steven Beller
read by George Holmes
Scholar of Jewish and European history examines the centuries-long heritage of hostility to Jews, extending back before Christianity’s emergence. Discusses institutionally reinforced restrictions and persecutions, xenophobic nationalism, and Islamic fundamentalism. Stresses the importance of building a global community that ensures and respects rights and interests of any minority. 2007.

The Celts: A Very Short Introduction
DB85842 5 hours 19 minutes
by Barry Cunliffe
read by Kerry Dukin
Archaeologist examines evolving concept of the Celts and debunks the too-simplistic myths about their invasion of Britain and their cohesion as a European brotherhood. Presents archaeological evidence supporting changes spread through cultural interactions as well as migration. Describes how their image gradually mellowed from western European barbarian savages to a peaceable civilization. 2003.

Druids: A Very Short Introduction
DB85670 4 hours 15 minutes
by Barry Cunliffe
read by Mark Ashby
Oxford University archaeologist weighs literary accounts of the Druids against the remaining evidence of their culture. Discusses Druid religious and burial practices, the reports of ancient Greek and Roman writers, and the post-medieval revival of interest in—and fanciful reinvention of—the Druids. 2010.

From Silk to Silicon: The Story of Globalization through Ten Extraordinary Lives
DB85908 12 hours 58 minutes
by Jeffrey E. Garten
read by Barry Bernson
A look at globalization through the lives of ten individuals whose accomplishments helped further this. Includes profiles of Genghis Khan, Mayer Rothschild, Cyrus Field, Margaret Thatcher, and Andy Grove, among others. Examines the links between these figures and how much their achievements have affected the world. 2016.

Modern Japan: A Very Short Introduction
DB86144 5 hours 56 minutes
by Christopher Goto-Jones
read by Catherine Byers
History of Japan from the mid-nineteenth century—when U.S. Commodore Matthew Perry landed at Uraga Bay to demand more open trade with the isolated, feudal country—to the present. Covers Japan’s pursuit of empire, post-World War II democratization and economic boom, and contemporary quest for identity. 2009.

The Love of Strangers: What Six Muslim Students Learned in Jane Austen’s London
DB85776 13 hours 15 minutes
by Nile Green
read by Ken Kliban
A description of the lives of six Iranian students sent to study in England in 1815. The author depicts the four years they spent in Regency London, including the abandonment by their chaperone, their entrance into society, and their efforts to acquire the technology to defend Iran against Russia. 2015.

Rescue at Los Baños: The Most Daring Prison Camp Raid of World War II
DB85900 11 hours 5 minutes
by Bruce Henderson
read by Michael Scherer
Explains how, as the Allied victory in the Pacific drew near in 1945, the treatment of Allied prisoners of war grew more sadistic, with most prisoners not expected to survive much longer without rescue. Consequently, General Douglas MacArthur ordered a dangerous rescue mission to the prison camp at Los Baños in the Philippines. Some violence. 2015.

The Audacious Crimes of Colonel Blood: The Spy Who Stole the Crown Jewels and Became the King’s Secret Agent
DB85778 14 hours 25 minutes
by Robert Hutchinson
read by George Holmes
A description of the exploits of Colonel Thomas Blood, a notorious outlaw who was nicknamed the “Father of All Treasons” after his involvement in an attempted coup d’etat as well as several plots to assassinate Charles II. Ultimately, Blood served as the king’s personal spy while continuing to conspire. 2015.

The King’s Revenge: Charles II and the Greatest Manhunt in British History
DB86574 15 hours 46 minutes
by Don Jordan and Michael Walsh
read by J.P. Linton
Journalists recount the aftermath of the execution of Charles I in 1649 and the consequences of his son’s vow to bring the killers to justice. A monumental manhunt ensued, spread out across both Europe and America, lasting over thirty years and intensifying after Charles II took the throne. 2016.

Decolonization: A Very Short Introduction
DB85701 4 hours 12 minutes
by Dane Kennedy
read by Jake Williams
National History Center director repudiates the view that the post-World War II breakup of colonial empires was largely a well-planned and peaceful process. Describes the upheavals that accompanied decolonization, the rise of nationalist leaders such as India’s Mohandas Gandhi, and the challenges the newly independent countries faced. 2016.

The Soviet Union: A Very Short Introduction
DB86794 5 hours 5 minutes
by Stephen Lovell
read by Ken Kliban
Historian approaches the Soviet Union thematically, blending political history with social and cultural considerations. Characterizes the workings of Soviet society and its political system from 1917 to 1991. Emphasizes contradictions and paradoxes within this large and complex state. Examines the Soviet Union’s impact and lessons learned. 2009.

Stalin’s Englishman: Guy Burgess, the Cold War, and the Cambridge Spy Ring
DB86876 17 hours 20 minutes
by Andrew Lownie
read by Jason Culp
A member of the Cambridge Spies—a group of British men recruited to pass intelligence to the Soviets during World War II—Guy Burgess was first approached in the 1930s. The author examines the depths of Burgess’s betrayal of the British Intelligence Service, his personal relationships, and his final escape to Russia. 2015.

Rogue Heroes: The History of the SAS, Britain’s Secret Special Forces Unit That Sabotaged the Nazis and Changed the Nature of War
DB86597 13 hours 3 minutes
by Ben Macintyre
read by Ben Macintyre
A recounting of the story of Britain’s World War II secret force, the Special Air Service (SAS). The brainchild of young aristocrat David Stirling, the SAS parachuted behind enemy lines to face the Nazis, first in Africa and then on the Continent. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

1493 for Young People: From Columbus’s Voyage to Globalization
DB85866 7 hours 12 minutes
by Charles C. Mann
read by Kurt Elftmann
Adaptation for a younger audience by Rebecca Stefoff of her bestselling history book 1493 (DB73773). Analyzes globalization from fifteenth-century European exploration and colonization to early-twenty-first-century economies and cultures. Highlights the benefits and unforeseen consequences. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2014.

Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War
DB85563 15 hours 44 minutes
by Viet Thanh Nguyen
read by J.P. Linton
Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sympathizer (DB82047) examines the long-term psychological, sociological, and cultural impacts of war through the lens of the Vietnam War. Discusses the broader topics of ethics, industries, and aesthetics. Presents the concept that wars are fought twice: first on the battlefield and second in memory. 2016.

African History: A Very Short Introduction
DB85588 5 hours 42 minutes
by John Parker and Richard Rathbone
read by Bill Wallace
Two historians reflect on the ways our understanding of Africa’s past has changed as they explore the continent’s varied cultures, religions, and identities; the impact of colonialism and the slave trade; and contemporary challenges such as widespread poverty and civil unrest. 2007.

City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp
DB85749 14 hours 9 minutes
by Ben Rawlence
read by Bill Wallace
A portrayal of the lives of nine occupants of the Dadaab refugee camp in the inhospitable deserts of northern Kenya, where only thorn bushes grow. Those profiled include a former child soldier, a schoolgirl, and a man who scrapes together a living by pushing a wheelbarrow. Some violence. 2016.

The Edge of the Empire: A Journey to Britannia; from the Heart of Rome to Hadrian’s Wall
DB86075 15 hours 37 minutes
by Bronwen Riley
read by J.P. Linton
In the year A.D. 130, Rome is the heart of a vast empire ruled by Hadrian, and Britannia is merely a troublesome, faraway province. Using an extensive range of Greek and Latin sources, the author describes an epic journey from Rome to Hadrian’s Wall at the empire’s northwestern frontier. 2015.

Herodotus: A Very Short Introduction
DB85685 3 hours 37 minutes
by Jennifer T. Roberts
read by Mark Ashby
Analysis of the ancient Greek writer’s sweeping account of the Greco-Persian wars, The Histories, which combined facts with myths, revealing—and sometimes lurid—ethnographic anecdotes, and storytelling flair. Explains the strengths and weaknesses of Herodotus’s methodology and why his work was unique in its time. 2011.

The Middle Ages: A Very Short Introduction
DB86162 4 hours 25 minutes
by Miri Rubin
read by Peter Holdway
Diverse overview of Europe between roughly 500 and 1500. Topics include family and community life in cities and rural settlements, the spread of Christian culture and the often violent relationship between Christians and Jews, the exploitation of natural resources, and the ongoing legacy of the Middle Ages. 2014.

East West Street: On the Origins of “Genocide” and “Crimes against Humanity”
DB85859 14 hours 37 minutes
by Philippe Sands
read by Peter Johnson
An examination of how two men with similar backgrounds yet no personal connection—Rafael Lemkin and Hersch Lauterpacht—simultaneously came to develop theories about and push for the introduction of the legal concepts of “genocide” and “crimes against humanity” to aid in the prosecution of Nazi war criminals. 2016.

The Crusades: A Very Short Introduction
DB86077 4 hours 55 minutes
by Christopher Tyerman
read by Lou Harpenau
Medieval scholar challenges common misunderstandings while recounting the history—and historiography—of the Crusades, beginning with Pope Urban II’s call in 1095 to reclaim Jerusalem from Muslim rule. Considers the role of holy war in Christian culture and cautions against drawing parallels between the Crusades and modern-day political and religious conflicts. 2004.

Exploration: A Very Short Introduction
DB86084 4 hours 13 minutes
by Stewart A. Weaver
read by Jack Fox
Analyzes the uniquely human compulsion to travel seeking discovery and adventure, and discusses the intrusive nature of activity that usually encouraged occupation, conquest, and control. Presents examples of acquisition and dissemination of new knowledge of earth’s inhabitants, from earliest prehistoric human migrations to the latest polar and underwater explorations. 2015.

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Books for Children

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Books are listed alphabetically within the headings Children’s Fiction and Children’s Nonfiction by subject category, author last name, and title. For example, the title Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown would be listed in Children’s Fiction under the Classics subject category and by the last name Brown.

Children’s Fiction


The Imagination Box
DB85789 6 hours 22 minutes
by Martyn Ford
read by David DeBoy
Tim, a ten-year-old orphan, discovers that Professor Eisenstone’s box can make the things he imagines become real. But when Eisenstone is kidnapped along with his contraption, Tim and the professor’s granddaughter Dee, must find the criminals before they use the box. For grades 3-6. 2015.

DB86624 5 hours 18 minutes
by Sam Gayton
read by Robert Sams
When the protectors fail and a dangerous creature terrorizes her village, young Greta travels alone to Avalon, the island of heroes, in search of a giant-slayer. She proves that even the mightiest of heroes can come in small packages. For grades 3-6. 2015.

Scar Island
DB87056 6 hours 43 minutes
by Dan Gemeinhart
read by MacLeod Andrews
Twelve-year-old Jonathan Grisby has been sent to the Slabhenge Reformatory School for Troubled Boys, a former lunatic asylum now run by a sadist who enjoys punishing the boys and setting them against each other. Then a lightning strike kills all the adults. Commercial audiobook. For grades 5-8. 2017.

Spy Ski School
DB86832 7 hours 4 minutes
by Stuart Gibbs
read by Doug Tisdale Jr.
Thirteen-year-old Ben’s unexpected success outside the classroom causes the CIA to activate him for a mission at a Colorado ski school, where Ben must bond with fellow beginner Jessica Shang, the daughter of a suspected Chinese crime boss. Sequel to Evil Spy School (DB82622). For grades 5-8. 2016.

The Emerald Tablet: Five Elements
DB87198 8 hours 23 minutes
by Dan Jolley
read by Alec Volz
After finding an old map, Gabe and his friends—Brett, Lily, and Kaz—follow clues to a secret chamber beneath San Francisco. While in that chamber, they perform what they think is a friendship ritual, but strange events reveal a sinister cult from a parallel realm. For grades 5-8. 2016.

Captain Awesome, Books 12–15
DB86751 2 hours 30 minutes
by Stan Kirby
read by Kurt Elftmann
Four humorous adventures, written in 2014 and 2015, featuring Eugene and his team of superheroes. In Captain Awesome Gets a Hole-in-One, a mini-golf party gets competitive. Includes Captain Awesome and the Easter Egg Bandit, Captain Awesome Goes to Superhero Camp, and Captain Awesome and the Mummy’s Treasure. For grades 2-4. 2015.

The Secret Sea
DB86841 10 hours 49 minutes
by Barry Lyga
read by Jeremy Gage
Three friends—Zak, Moira, and Khalid—find themselves plunged into an alternate universe after Zak hears a voice warning him about dangers. Stuck, the three try to help people in this new world and get back home. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2016.


The Wolf’s Boy
DB86061 5 hours 36 minutes
by Susan Williams Beckhorn
read by Jon Pinnow
Shunned because of his clubfoot, Kai turns to his wolf, Uff, for true companionship. But after something bad happens, Kai and Uff must leave the tribe to brave the long winter together and learn what it takes to survive on their own. For grades 4-7. 2016.


Anna Wang, Books 2–4
DB86806 7 hours 35 minutes
by Andrea Cheng
read by Jennifer Hubbard
Books two through four, written between 2013 and 2015, featuring Anna, whose family adopts a baby girl from China in The Year of the Baby. Anna learns about her heritage in The Year of the Fortune Cookie, and a pen pal visits in The Year of the Three Sisters. For grades 3-6. 2015.

DB85905 8 hours 4 minutes
by Karen Harrington
read by Andy Pyle
Twelve-year-old Wayne Kovok loses his uncle to war and his voice to a plane crash in the same year. He must learn to communicate differently as he navigates relationships with his estranged father, his grandfather, and his new friend Denny Rosenblatt. For grades 5-8. 2016.

The Infamous Ratsos
DB85790 0 hours 26 minutes
by Kara LaReau
read by David DeBoy
Rat brothers Louie and Ralphie Ratso try to prove they can be as rough and tough as their father in the Big City, but every time they try, the siblings end up performing good deeds instead. For grades K-3. 2016.

Last in a Long Line of Rebels
DB87232 6 hours 37 minutes
by Lisa Lewis Tyre
read by Dorothy Dillingham Blue
When the city announces plans to seize her family’s house, which is 175 years old, through eminent domain, twelve-year-old Louise Mayhew decides to find a way to save it. Her ancestor’s diary, which links the house to the Underground Railroad, and a hidden treasure may provide the answer. Commercial audiobook. For grades 4-7. 2015.


The Girl Who Drank the Moon
DB85739 8 hours 31 minutes
by Kelly Barnhill
read by Mare Trevathan
Every year a community leaves a baby as an offering to a powerful yet misunderstood witch named Xan. One infant—now a young girl—is being raised by the witch and must unlock the powerful magic buried deep inside her. For grades 4-7. 2016.

The Boy Who Knew Too Much: Munchem Academy
DB86684 7 hours 41 minutes
by Commander S.T. Bolivar
read by Andy Pyle
When Mattie Larimore is sent to Munchem Academy, the world’s top reform school, he uncovers a creepy conspiracy led by Headmaster Rooney to fix all the problem children—including Mattie’s brother Carter—for good. For grades 4-7. 2016.

Mice of the Round Table: A Tail of Camelot
DB86788 6 hours 51 minutes
by Julie Leung
read by Kurt Elftmann
Young mouse Calib Christopher seeks to fulfill his dream of becoming a Knight of Camelot by embarking on a quest to identify the culprit behind a tragedy at the annual Harvest Tournament. For grades 3-6. 2016.

Lodestar: Keeper of the Lost Cities
DB86553 15 hours 27 minutes
by Shannon Messenger
read by Abigail Maupin
As the ogres threaten war, Sophie isn’t sure whom to trust, and she worries about the safety of her loved ones. She works to translate a symbol and piece together the clues to stop the Neverseen. Sequel to Everblaze; Neverseen (DB83402). For grades 5-8. 2016.

Bad Hair Day: Whatever After
DB86725 3 hours 23 minutes
by Sarah Mlynowski
read by Emily Eiden
On their fifth trip through the magic mirror, siblings Abby and Jonah find themselves in the story of Rapunzel—and they believe they can free her from her tower, reunite her with her parents, and give her a happy ending. Sequel to Dream On (DB79342). Commercial audiobook. For grades 3-6. 2014.

The Wrong Side of Magic
DB85920 9 hours 50 minutes
by Janette Rallison
read by Carol Dines
Hudson, an average eighth-grader, stopped believing in magic a long time ago—until the day a compass whisks him away to the magical land of Logos. Hudson finds himself with a troll curse and a girl determined to find a missing princess. For grades 4-7. 2016.

If the Magic Fits: One Hundred Dresses, Book 1
DB86603 7 hours 20 minutes
by Susan Maupin Schmid
read by Jessica Almasy
Darling Dimple, a young orphan, discovers a closet full of magical dresses. Each dress gives her the appearance of another person in the castle, and that, along with her own magical abilities, helps her protect Princess Mariposa from betrayal as the castle swarms with suitors. Commercial audiobook. For grades 4-7. 2016.


Frank and Lucky Get Schooled
DB86883 0 hours 16 minutes
by Lynne Rae Perkins
read by Jeff Allin
Young Frank and his dog, Lucky, learn about each other, go to school to learn more, and then explore the world around them. They study science, geography, and even foreign languages together. For grades K-3. 2016.

The Friendship Experiment
DB86825 4 hours 34 minutes
by Erin Teagan
read by Mare Trevathan
When aspiring scientist Madeline Little starts sixth grade, she writes standard operating procedures to methodically deal with the unknowns. However, Maddie learns that she can’t control every little aspect of her life. For grades 4-7. 2016.

The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones
DB86604 6 hours 2 minutes
by Wendelin Van Draanen
read by J.B. Adkins
After his mom moves them away to escape her abusive boyfriend, young writer Lincoln Jones uses his stories as a refuge from the real world. When a nosy girl at school starts prying into his writing and personal life, things get complicated. Commercial audiobook. For grades 4-7. 2016.

Growing Up

Garvey’s Choice
DB86925 0 hours 54 minutes
by Nikki Grimes
read by Joe Peck
Novel in verse. Filling an emotional void with food, bookworm Garvey struggles with his weight and school bullies and is unable to connect with his sports-minded father. But when his friend pushes him to audition for chorus, Garvey finally finds himself and his voice. For grades 4-7. 2016.

Alvin Ho, Books 4–6
DB86878 7 hours 56 minutes
by Lenore Look
read by Kurt Elftmann
Three books, written between 2011 and 2014, featuring young Alvin, who fears everything. Includes Allergic to Dead Bodies, Funerals, and Other Fatal Circumstances; Allergic to Babies, Burglars, and Other Bumps in the Night; and Allergic to the Great Wall, the Forbidden Palace, and Other Tourist Attractions. For grades 2-4. 2016.

Stella Batts Needs a New Name
DB84160 1 hour 25 minutes
by Courtney Sheinmel
read by Graci Ragsdale-Miller
When a boy in her third-grade class makes fun of her name, Stella picks a new one for herself, but discovers her real name suits her. For grades 3-6. 2012.

Stella Batts: Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow, Book 2
DB84380 1 hour 19 minutes
by Courtney Sheinmel
read by Graci Ragsdale-Miller
Everything starts going wrong for Stella when she falls asleep and wakes up with chewing gum stuck in her hair. Then Stella learns that her best friend, Willa, is moving away, and she tries her hand at magic to get her to stay. For grades 3-6. 2012.

Finding Perfect
DB86623 6 hours 2 minutes
by Elly Swartz
read by Laura Giannarelli
After her mother leaves for a job in Toronto, twelve-year-old Molly struggles with the stress of being left behind. She believes winning the school’s poetry slam contest is the answer to her mounting perfectionist problems. For grades 4-7. 2016.

Hundred Percent
DB85799 7 hours 11 minutes
by Karen Romano Young
read by Anne Hancock
Christine Gouda, called Tink, and her best friend, Jackie, are excited yet dubious about entering sixth grade. Suddenly everything seems awkward and just plain weird: boys behave oddly, clothes do not fit the way they should, and friends move in different circles. For grades 5-8. 2016.

Historical Fiction

Freedom over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life
DB86629 0 hours 43 minutes
by Ashley Bryan
read by Kurt Elftmann
Eleven enslaved people narrate their experiences as pieces of property and talk about personal dreams and desires that could never be taken away from them. Based on original slave auction and plantation estate documents. For grades 3-6. 2016.

Heroes of the Surf: A Rescue Story Based on True Events
DB85864 0 hours 17 minutes
by Elisa Carbone
read by Joe Peck
When the Pliny, a huge steamship, runs aground off the New Jersey coast in 1882, two boys and their families are among the passengers dramatically rescued by members of the U.S. Life-Saving Service. Includes notes about the event on which the story is based. For grades K-3. 2012.

Lion Island: Cuba’s Warrior of Words
DB86787 1 hour 33 minutes
by Margarita Engle
read by Joe Peck
Novel in verse. In 1870s Cuba, Antonio Chuffat, a messenger boy of Chinese, African, and Cuban descent, becomes a translator and documents the freedom struggle of indentured Chinese laborers. For grades 5-8. 2016.

Steamboat School
DB86886 0 hours 20 minutes
by Deborah Hopkinson
read by Bob Moore
St. Louis, Missouri; 1847. When a new state law against educating African Americans forces Reverend John to close his school, he finds an ingenious solution by moving the school to a steamboat on the Mississippi River. For grades K-3. 2016.

Midnight without a Moon
DB87125 6 hours 31 minutes
by Linda Williams Jackson
read by Mare Trevathan
Mississippi, 1955. Thirteen-year-old Rose Lee Carter dreams of following her mama up to Chicago to attend an integrated school and be safe. But after Emmett Till and others in the community are killed, Rose wonders if she should stay to fight instead. Violence and some strong language. For grades 5-8. 2017.

The Left-Handed Fate
DB85895 13 hours 2 minutes
by Kate Milford
read by Terry Donnelly
Friends Lucy and Max embark on a quest to find the three pieces of a magical engine which can end the War of 1812. However, their schooner, the Left-Handed Fate, is taken by the Americans, and the duo must persuade their new, young captain to help them. For grades 5-8. 2016.

A Melody Classic, Volumes 1–2
DB85904 7 hours 36 minutes
by Denise Lewis Patrick
read by Teresa Willis
Detroit, Michigan; 1960s. In No Ordinary Sound, nine-year-old Melody is excited to sing solo for her church and gets advice from her activist sister and her brother, an aspiring Motown star. In Never Stop Singing, Melody tries to lead her friends in an effort to make their community better. For grades 3-6. 2016.

Around America to Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, a Kitten, and 10,000 Miles
DB85791 0 hours 18 minutes
by Mara Rockliff
read by Catherine Frels
1916. Two friends and suffragists, Nell Richardson and Alice Burke, and their kitten drive across the country to inspire equal voting rights for women. For grades K-3. 2016.


Lailah’s Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story
DB85730 0 hours 12 minutes
by Reem Faruqi
read by Gabriella Cavallero
Lailah is delighted that she can fast during the month of Ramadan like her family and her friends in Abu Dhabi, but finding a way to explain the fast to her teacher and classmates in Atlanta is a challenge until she receives some good advice from a librarian. For grades K-3. 2015.

A Boy Called Christmas
DB86288 4 hours 26 minutes
by Matt Haig
read by Stephen Fry
Nikolas, the boy who would one day be known as Santa Claus, goes on a life-changing quest to the North Pole. Commercial audiobook. For grades 3-6. 2016.

This Day in June
DB85949 0 hours 27 minutes
by Gayle E. Pitman
read by Faith Potts
A rhyming Pride parade experience. Includes end matter to serve as a primer on LGBT history and culture and to explain references made in the story. Stonewall Book Award. For grades K-3. 2014.

The Christmas Boot
DB86823 0 hours 9 minutes
by Lisa Wheeler
read by Mare Trevathan
Hannah Greyweather’s life is changed when she finds a magic wish-granting boot in the forest outside her home. For preschool-grade 2. 2016.


Disaster Diaries, Books 1–3
DB86587 6 hours 38 minutes
by R. McGeddon
read by Robert Sams
Three books featuring friends—Sam, Arty, and Emmie—battling disasters in their sleepy town of Sitting Duck. In Zombies!, purple goo turns a fellow classmate into the undead. In Aliens!, small, cute creatures prove to be very dangerous. And an evil genius plots world domination in Brainwashed! For grades 3-6. 2014.


Into the Lion’s Den: The Devlin Quick Mysteries
DB86646 6 hours 35 minutes
by Linda Fairstein
read by Kathleen McInerney
After someone steals a page out of a rare book of maps at the New York Public Library, twelve-year-old Devlin Quick is determined to bring the thief to justice. With the help of her mother, the local police commissioner, Devlin and her friends piece the clues together. Commercial audiobook. For grades 3-6. 2016.


Germy Blew The Bugle
DB83742 2 hours 57 minutes
by Rebecca C. Jones
read by Richard Magesis
Germy, from Germy Blew It—Again! (DB83023), launches a new endeavor to make money. However, he soon realizes he will not be getting rich with his paper, The Bugle—but it does provide other noteworthy perks. For grades 3-6. 1990.

Project Droid, Books 1–2
DB85947 1 hour 29 minutes
by Nancy Krulik and Amanda Burwasser
read by Steven Carpenter
In Science No Fair!, Logan hopes his android cousin, Java, will help him win the class science fair—but Java has other ideas. In Soccer Shocker!, Logan flips out when he learns that Java will be on his team. For grades 2-4. 2016.

Science Fiction

The Fever Code
DB86645 9 hours 59 minutes
by James Dashner
read by Mark Deakins
Before the trials in The Maze Runner (DB72392), WICKED found Thomas, the perfect boy, to help them build the maze and find the cure for the Flare, a plague that devastated the world. Thomas must uncover the truth before time runs out. Commercial audiobook. For grades 6-9. 2016.

A Hero for WondLa and The Battle for WondLa
DB86552 19 hours 21 minutes
by Tony DiTerlizzi
read by Carol Dines
Books two and three, written between 2012 and 2014, featuring Eva Nine and her new alien friend, Rovender Kitt. In A Hero for WondLa, Eva travels to New Attica, a human colony, where she discovers that something bad is happening. Follows The Search for WondLa (DB72285). For grades 5-8. 2014.

The Ministry of SUITs
DB85914 8 hours 59 minutes
by Paul Gamble
read by Gary Tipton
Curious Jack is a perfect choice as the newest recruit to SUIT—the Strange, Unusual, and Impossible Things ministry. His first investigations include unconfirmed signs of pirates as well as the disappearance of oddball kids in Belfast. For grades 4-7. 2016.

The Orphan Army: The Nightsiders, Book 1
DB85725 9 hours 31 minutes
by Jonathan Maberry
read by Andy Pyle
In the future, bug-like aliens invade Earth. Young Milo Silk learns through dreams and strange encounters that there are other ancient monsters on the planet that are also threatened by the aliens and that he and his friends may be destined to save the universe. For grades 5-8. 2015.

Galaxy Zack, Books 5–8
DB86671 2 hours 42 minutes
by Ray O’Ryan
read by David DeBoy
Books five through eight, written between 2013 and 2014, featuring a boy’s adventures on planet Nebulon. In Three’s a Crowd!, Zack’s best friend from Earth, Bert Jones, visits him for the weekend on Nebulon. Includes A Green Christmas!, A Galactic Easter!, and Drake Makes a Splash! For grades K-3. 2014.

Short Stories

The Witch’s Vacuum Cleaner and Other Stories
DB87196 4 hours 4 minutes
by Terry Pratchett
read by Andy Pyle
Anthology of fourteen short stories written between 1966 and 1973, when Terry Pratchett was in his teens and published in his local newspaper. In “The Truly Terrible Toothache,” a borough librarian stumbles onto a magical book and accidentally plunges the town into Elizabethan times. For grades 3-6. 1973.

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Children’s Nonfiction


The Great White Shark Scientist
DB85863 2 hours 18 minutes
by Sy Montgomery
read by Marsha Rehns
Follows Dr. Greg Skomal, great white shark biologist with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, as he studies the habits and habitats of great whites in order to save this amazing, calm, and misunderstood creature. For grades 5-8. 2016.

Owls! Strange and Wonderful
DB85565 0 hours 48 minutes
by Laurence Pringle
read by Patrick Downer
Explores the life of the elusive night creature the owl, found in a variety of habitats and on every continent except Antarctica. Discusses the physical characteristics, hunting techniques, and myths of the owl. For grades 3-6. 2016.


Space Junk: The Dangers of Polluting Earth’s Orbit
DB85793 2 hours 10 minutes
by Karen Romano Young
read by Kurt Elftmann
Examines the proliferation of debris in outer space, such as twenty-six hundred nonoperational satellites—also known as zombies—and discusses methods of retrieving and disposing of the material . For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2016.


Trombone Shorty
DB85566 0 hours 18 minutes
by Troy Andrews
read by Ken Jackson
Autobiography of music prodigy Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, who was leading his own band by age six. Today this Grammy-nominated artist headlines the legendary New Orleans Jazz Fest. Coretta Scott King Award. For grades K-3 and older readers. 2015.

Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis
DB86884 0 hours 13 minutes
by Jabari Asim
read by Robert Sams
Portrait of civil rights leader John Lewis during his childhood. Young John tended the family farm’s flock of chickens and regularly practiced his sermons on his new hen congregation. For grades K-3. 2016.

Grover Cleveland, Again! A Treasury of American Presidents
DB85788 4 hours 39 minutes
by Ken Burns
read by Kurt Elftmann
Profiles forty-three American presidents and provides insight into their personal lives, from odd nicknames to the types of pets they owned—President Woodrow Wilson used his sheep to trim the White House lawn—to the occupations they held prior to holding office. For grades 5-8. 2016.

Courageous Women of the Civil War: Soldiers, Spies, Medics, and More
DB85850 7 hours 20 minutes
by M.R. Cordell
read by Jill Ferris
Profiles sixteen women who defied the social norms of the time and found a way to actively participate in the Civil War. Several of these remarkable women were soldiers, spies, and medics on the front lines in both the Union and Confederate armies. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2016.

When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop
DB86521 0 hours 23 minutes
by Laban Carrick Hill
read by Kurt Elftmann
Short biography of Clive Campbell, also known as DJ Kool Herc, who spun records and created an innovative style of playing music to make the breaks of the musical interludes between verses longer for dancing. John Steptoe New Talent Award. For grades 2-4. 2013.

Hidden Figures: Young Readers’ Edition; The Untold True Story of Four African American Women Who Helped Launch Our Nation into Space
DB86824 5 hours 4 minutes
by Margot Lee Shetterly
read by Jill Ferris
Profiles four African American women who worked as human computers for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, now known as NASA. Details their lives and groundbreaking contributions to the space program. Basis for the 2016 movie. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2016.

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat
DB86753 0 hours 22 minutes
by Javaka Steptoe
read by Gary Telles
Biography of the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960–1988). Highlights his unique, collage-style paintings and discusses his childhood in Brooklyn, where tragedy struck. Jean-Michel persevered and continued to create neo-Expressionist pieces to become a highly successful artist. For grades K-3. 2016.

Some Writer! The Story of E.B. White
DB86626 2 hours 43 minutes
by Melissa Sweet
read by Robert Sams
Biography of E.B. (Elwyn Brooks) White, the author who wrote the beloved classics Charlotte’s Web (DB74950) and Stuart Little (DB31831). Uses personal letters, photos, and family ephemera to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 2016.

Charles Darwin’s Around-the-World Adventure
DB86752 0 hours 35 minutes
by Jennifer Thermes
read by Kurt Elftmann
Short biography of naturalist Charles Darwin, tracing his exploratory adventures around South America aboard the HMS Beagle in 1831. Darwin’s collection of insects, fossils, and animal specimens, along with his observations of the natural world, would change how the world viewed evolution. For grades K-3. 2016.

Rising Above: How 11 Athletes Overcame Challenges in Their Youth to Become Stars
DB85731 5 hours 25 minutes
by Gregory Zuckerman
read by Jake Williams
Profiles eleven athletes, using personal accounts to highlight the struggles they faced before becoming role models later in life. For example, NBA star Caron Butler broke out of the cycle of drugs and crime because of his determination to live a productive life. For grades 5-8. 2016.

Folk and Fairy Tales

Let’s Clap, Jump, Sing and Shout; Dance, Spin and Turn It Out! Games, Songs and Stories from an African American Childhood
DB87070 3 hours 21 minutes
by Patricia C. McKissack
read by Laura Giannarelli
Treasury of African American children’s games, songs, poetry, stories, and jump-rope rhymes. Discusses the coded language in the songs of the Underground Railroad, and the superstitions and fables that served to keep children from harm. For grades K-3 and older readers. 2017.


Dollars and Sense: A Kid’s Guide to Using—Not Losing—Money
DB85787 2 hours 57 minutes
by Elaine Scott
read by Patrick Downer
Overview of the history of money, banking systems, debt, and personal finance. Discusses the economic fluctuations of the Great Depression to the Great Recession. For grades 5-8. 2016.


Getting to Know Our Planet, Books 5–8
DB85792 0 hours 49 minutes
by Vicky Franchino
read by Bob Moore
Discover the various habitats, the people and creatures that thrive there, and climate in four different biomes. Includes Canadian Taiga, Florida Wetlands, Sahara Desert, and South American Cloud Forest. For grades 2-4. 2016.


Vietnam: A History of the War
DB86923 3 hours 23 minutes
by Russell Freedman
read by Bob Moore
An award-winning author recounts the history of Vietnam and the Vietnam War. Describes how it began, why it was so difficult to end, and how its tragic legacy endures today. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2016.

We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler
DB85753 2 hours 7 minutes
by Russell Freedman
read by George Holmes
Recounts the true story of Hans Scholl and his sister Sophie. Once members of the Hitler Youth, the siblings questioned Hitler’s regime and became members of White Rose, a leaflet campaign of active resistance to the Nazis. Some violence. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2016.

The Titanic: Blast Back!
DB86103 0 hours 41 minutes
by Nancy Ohlin
read by Bob Moore
A brief history of the infamous ocean liner. Also discusses what life was like aboard the RMS Titanic during its short maiden voyage, just before its tragic collision with an iceberg on April 14, 1912. For grades 2-4. 2016.

Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story
DB86589 4 hours 46 minutes
by Caren Stelson
read by Faith Potts
Recounts the story of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki through the eyes of Sachiko Yasui, who was six when the devastation was wrought. Describes her experiences in the aftermath of the attack as well as her long journey to find peace. Some violence. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2016.

Titanic Young Survivors: Ten True Tales
DB83581 5 hours 19 minutes
by Allan Zullo
read by Richard Magesis
The stories of ten real-life survivors of the Titanic disaster in 1912. Includes an account from seventeen-year-old Jack Thayer, who managed to survive after he leaped into the icy waters. For grades 3-6. 2012.


Pride: Celebrating Diversity and Community
DB86041 2 hours 42 minutes
by Robin Stevenson
read by Abigail Maupin
Overview of the celebration of Pride Day worldwide every June. Discusses why GLBT—gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender—people and their supporters come together to celebrate diversity and equality. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2016.


Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph
DB86926 1 hour 13 minutes
by Roxane Orgill
read by Bob Moore
A collection of poems recounts the efforts of Esquire magazine graphic designer Art Kane to photograph a group of famous jazz artists in front of a Harlem brownstone in 1958. For grades 4-7. 2016.


Dear Pope Francis
DB85487 1 hour 0 minutes
by Pope Francis
read by Joe Peck
A collection of thirty letters written from children around the world to Pope Francis. Each one is answered by the Pope and provides spiritual guidance. For grades K-3 and older readers. 2016.


Germs: Fact and Fiction, Friends and Foes
DB87072 0 hours 18 minutes
by Lesa Cline-Ransome
read by Lise Bruneau
An introduction to the world of good and bad bacteria through the perspective of a germ named Sam. Recounts the long history of Sam’s family. For preschool-grade 2. 2017.

Bel the Weather Girl, Books 1–3
DB85861 0 hours 33 minutes
by Belinda Jensen
read by Catherine Frels
Bel, the young daughter of a meteorologist mom, eases her cousin’s fear of different weather events by explaining the science behind them. Includes A Party for Clouds: Thunderstorms, Raindrops on a Roller Coaster: Hail, and The Sky Stirs Up Trouble: Tornadoes. For grades K-3. 2016.

Scientists in Action! Books 5–9
DB85785 4 hours 2 minutes
by Clifford Thompson and others
read by Mark Delgado
Five books featuring different scientific fields of study, with an overview of each discipline. Includes Climatologists!, Crime Scene Techs!, Cyber Spy Hunters!, Marine Biologists!, and Robot Builders!. For grades 5-8. 2016.

Sports and Recreation

The Legendary World of Sports, Books 1–6
DB85794 4 hours 2 minutes
by Dave Campbell and others
read by Patrick Downer
Six books explore sports history: The Biggest Upsets of All Time, The Greatest Coaches of All Time, The Most Amazing Sports Moments of All Time, The Most Dominant Dynasties of All Time, The Most Notorious Curses of All Time, and The Oddest Superstitions of All Time. For grades 4-7. 2016.

Inside Look at Sports Events, Books 1–6
DB86522 2 hours 29 minutes
by Todd Kortemeier
read by Bob Moore
Six books in a series, each featuring a different major sport event and highlighting the athletes, teams, coaches, and fans. Includes Inside the Daytona 500, Inside the NBA Finals, Inside the Olympics, Inside the Super Bowl, Inside the World Cup, and Inside the World Series. For grades 4-7. 2016.

You and Your Body

To Burp or Not to Burp
DB86674 0 hours 59 minutes
by Dave Williams and Loredana Cunti
read by Robert Sams
An examination of how the human body behaves in microgravity, answering questions about topics such as how astronauts go to the bathroom, why they grow taller, and why burping is risky in space. For grades 2-4. 2016.

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Foreign Language Books


Los libros presentes en esta edición de Talking Book Topics (Temas de Libros Parlantes) se enviaron recientemente a las bibliotecas de cooperación. La colección completa contiene una amplia gama de libros de ficción y no ficción, incluyendo biografías, clásicos, de vaqueros, misterio, romance y otros.

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Nota: Puede aparecer un aviso inmediatamente a continuación de la descripción del libro para indicar escenas de violencia, lenguaje violento o descripciones de sexo. La palabra “algunas” antes de cualquiera de estos términos indica un hecho ocasional o poco frecuente, como por ejemplo “lenguaje violento poco frecuente”. Los audiolibros comerciales de los cuales el NLS no tiene acceso al libro impreso, pueden presentar el aviso “sin calificación”, lo que significa que el libro puede contener o no violencia, lenguaje violento o descripciones de sexo.

Super Sopas: 80 Recetas Veganas para Toda la Familia (Super Soups: 80 Vegan Recipes for the Whole Family)
DB84955 2 horas 59 minutos
por Ana Benítez
leído por María Pino
Una colección de recetas cuya intención es la revindicación de la sopa como plato principal, en lugar de un plato de entrada. Consiste en recetas veganas que pueden ser personalizadas y expandidas, utilizando una amplia variedad de especias, frutas, verduras y granos y creadas en distintos estilos internacionales. (A collection of recipes intended to reinvent soup as a main dish rather than a mere menu starter. Includes vegan recipes that can be personalized and expanded using a wide variety of spices, fruits, vegetables, and grains. Also includes information for cooking in various international styles.) 2016.

Manual para Mujeres de la Limpieza (A Manual for Cleaning Women)
DB83996 15 horas 54 minutos
por Lucia Berlin
leído por María Pino
Una colección retrospectiva de cuentos de la autora estadounidense. Las historias de Berlin incluyen milagros cotidianos y momentos de gracia en las lavanderías y en las casas de medio camino del suroeste de los Estados Unidos, en las casas de las clases altas, entre las operadoras de la centralita telefónica, entre las madres que luchan y las malas madres, y los autostopistas. Traducido del inglés. Lenguaje injurioso. (A retrospective collection of stories from the American author. Berlin’s stories include everyday miracles and moments of grace in the laundromats and halfway houses of the American Southwest, in the homes of the upper classes, among switchboard operators, struggling mothers, bad mothers, and hitchhikers. Strong language.) 2016.

Comprender la Degeneración Macular Asociada a la Edad: DMAE (Understanding Age-Related Macular Degeneration: AMD)
DB83972 2 horas 36 minutos
por Anniken Burés y Rafael Navarro
leído por María Pino
Una guía concisa para comprender y reducir los efectos de la Degeneración Macular Asociada a la Edad. Explora la anatomía del ojo y el impacto de la enfermedad. (A concise guide for understanding and reducing the effects of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Explores the anatomy of the eye and the impact of the disease.) 2015.

El Ardor (Ardor)
DB84958 15 horas 36 minutos
por Roberto Calasso
leído por María Pino
El políglota autor italiano explora los mitos, la historia, y la filosofía de los Vedas y la compleja civilización que dio lugar a estos textos sagrados del subcontinente indio. Traducido del italiano. Descripciones de índole sexual. (Polyglot Italian author explores the myths, history, and philosophy of the Vedas and the complex civilization that spawned these sacred texts of the Indian subcontinent. Translated from Italian. Descriptions of sex.) 2016.

La Razón de Estar Contigo (A Dog’s Purpose)
DB84954 12 horas 6 minutos
por W. Bruce Cameron
leído por Martin Untrojb
A través de cuatro vidas, un perro encuentra su razón de ser. Su primera experiencia es como un perrito salvaje. Reencarnado como un cobrador dorado se hace amigo con un niño llamado Ethan. Después de volver a la vida como un pastor alemán en una unidad canina, su viaje final lo reúne con un Ethan ya anciano. Traducido del inglés. (Throughout four lifetimes, a dog finds his reason for being. His first experience is as a feral puppy. Reincarnated later as a golden retriever, he bonds with a boy named Ethan. After returning to life as a K-9 unit German shepherd, his final journey reunites him with an aged Ethan.) 2017.

El Origen de las Especies (On the Origin of Species)
DB83994 4 horas 7 minutos
por Charles Darwin
leído por Tony Chiroldes
Un tratado clásico de la biología y de la ciencia moderna por Charles Darwin (1809–1882) que introdujo su teoría influyente de cómo cada especie se desarrolla o evoluciona de una anterior. Originalmente publicado en 1859; traducido del inglés. Con un prólogo de Margarita Rodríguez Acero. [Classic treatise on biology and modern science by Charles Darwin (1809–1882) that introduced his influential theory of how every species develops or evolves from a previous one. Originally published in 1859; translated from English. With a prologue by Margarita Rodríguez Acero.] 2013.

La Última Sombra del Imperio (The Last Shadow of the Empire)
DB83982 7 horas 52 minutos
por Pedro J. Fernández
leído por Alejandro Ruiz
Ciudad de México. En una serie de entradas en diarios y cartas que abarcan los años desde 1833 hasta 1867, se desarrolla la historia extraña de Antonio Cota. A medida que Maximiliano, el monarca austríaco de los Habsburgo, asume el poder, le asigna a Cota la tarea de localizar a una niña que supuestamente puede comunicarse con los muertos. Violencia y lenguaje injurioso. (Mexico City. In a series of diary entries and letters spanning from 1833 to 1867, the strange tale of Antonio Cota unfolds. As Austrian Hapsburg monarch Maximilian assumes power, he tasks Cota with locating a girl who can purportedly speak to the dead. Violence and strong language.) 2015.

Lugares Oscuros (Dark Places)
DB83978 14 horas 20 minutos
por Gillian Flynn
leído por Irma Bello
Hace veinticinco años, el hermano de Libby fue declarado culpable de asesinar a su madre y sus hermanas. Cuando el fondo fiduciario sobre lo cual ella ha estado subsistiendo se acaba, Libby —ya con treinta y un años de edad— toma dinero de un grupo que está tratando de demostrar la inocencia de su hermano. Traducido del inglés. Violencia, lenguaje injurioso, y descripciones de índole sexual. (Twenty-five years ago, Libby’s brother was convicted of murdering their mother and sisters. When the trust fund that she’s been subsisting on runs dry, Libby—now thirty-one—takes money from a group that is trying to prove her brother’s innocence. Translated from English. Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex.) 2016.

La Viajera del Tiempo (The Time Traveler)
DB83993 5 horas 46 minutos
por Lorena Franco
leído por María Pino
Cinco años después de que su hermano —y alma gemela— William se desaparece misteriosamente, Lía encuentra la imagen inconfundible de su hermano en una pintura del siglo diecinueve. Lía pronto descubre un secreto profundo que cambia su vida por todo tiempo. Lenguaje injurioso. (Five years after her brother—and kindred spirit—William mysteriously disappears, Lía finds his unmistakable image in a nineteenth-century painting. Lía soon uncovers a profound secret that changes her life for all time. Strong language.) 2016.

Musa (Muse)
DB84961 8 horas 54 minutos
por Jonathan Galassi
leído por Martin Untrojb
Mientras trabajaba en una librería de una pequeña ciudad, Paul Dukach descubre la obra de la poeta célebre Ida Perkins. Se convierte en un experto en Perkins, se traslada a Nueva York, y entra en el mundo editorial. Explora su sexualidad, la sociedad literaria, y la propia Ida. Traducido del inglés. (While working in a small-town bookstore, Paul Dukach discovers the work of celebrity poet Ida Perkins. He becomes an expert on Perkins, moves to New York, and enters the world of publishing. He explores his sexuality, literary society, and Ida herself. Strong language and descriptions of sex.) 2016.

Cicatriz (Scar)
DB83975 13 horas 0 minutos
por Juan Gómez-Jurado
leído por Peter Pereyra
Simon es un programador de software socialmente torpe que encuentra una mujer llamada Irina a través de un sitio de citas en línea. Pero Irina, marcada con una enigmática cicatriz en la mejilla, arrastra un oscuro secreto. Violencia, lenguaje injurioso, y descripciones de índole sexual. (Simon is a socially awkward software programmer who meets a woman named Irina at an online dating site. But Irina, marked with a mysterious scar on her cheek, hides a dark secret. Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex.) 2015.

Casarse con Él (Marrying Winterborne)
DB84959 15 horas 46 minutos
por Lisa Kleypas
leído por Martin Untrojb
Es cierto que Rhys Winterborne es hijo de un dueño de una tienda de comestibles galés, pero él construyó un imperio de grandes almacenes que le trajo riqueza y éxito. Sin embargo, él quiere lo único que no puede comprar —Lady Helen Ravenel— por su esposa. Traducido del inglés. Lenguaje injurioso y algunas descripciones explícitas de índole sexual. (Rhys Winterborne may be the son of a Welsh grocer, but he built a department store empire which brought him wealth and success. Still, he wants the one thing he can’t buy—Lady Helen Ravenel—for his wife. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex.) 2016.

El Tren de los Huérfanos (Orphan Train)
DB83973 9 horas 49 minutos
por Christina Baker Kline
leído por María Pino
Molly, una adolescente adoptiva, es enviada para realizar servicios a la comunidad a la casa de Vivian Daly, una mujer de noventa y un años de edad. Cuando Molly limpia el ático, Vivian recuerda su emigración de Irlanda, la pérdida de su familia, y ser enviada a Minnesota en un tren de huérfanos —y los dos encuentran una conexión. Traducido del inglés. Violencia, lenguaje injurioso, y descripciones de índole sexual. (Foster teen Molly is sent to ninety-one-year-old Vivian Daly’s house to perform community service. As Molly cleans the attic, Vivian reminisces about emigrating from Ireland, losing her family, and being sent to Minnesota on an orphan train—and the two connect. Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex.) 2016.

La Mujer de la Libreta Roja (The Red Notebook)
DB84957 4 horas 51 minutos
por Antoine Laurain
leído por German Jaramillo
París. Laurent Letellier es el feliz dueño de una pequeña librería. Un día, en su camino al trabajo, él encuentra un bolso de mujer que contiene una libreta roja peculiar. Intrigado por su contenido, Laurent hace su misión reunir la libreta con su dueña. Traducido del francés. (Paris. Laurent Letellier is the happy owner of a small bookstore. On his way to work one day, he finds a woman’s handbag containing a red notebook. Intrigued by its contents, he makes it his mission to reunite the owner with her notebook. Translated from French.) 2016.

Vestido de Novia (Wedding Dress)
DB83968 9 horas 40 minutos
por Pierre Lemaitre
leído por Irma Bello
Sophie Duguet habita en un mundo de confusión y miedo: siempre perdiendo cosas, ella es olvidadiza, y termina en situaciones desconcertantes. Y ahora, inexplicablemente, los cadáveres comienzan a acumularse a su alrededor. Traducido del francés. Violencia, lenguaje injurioso, y descripciones de índole sexual. (Sophie Duguet inhabits a world of confusion and fear. Constantly losing things, she is forgetful and ends up in disconcerting situations. And now, inexplicably, dead bodies seem to be piling up around her. Translated from French. Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex.) 2014.

La Estirpe del Silencio (The Lineage of Silence)
DB83969 5 horas 30 minutos
por Sandra Lorenzano
leído por Irma Bello
Tijuana, en los años 1930. Anette y Claire, hermanas huérfanas en París, son enviadas a México para ser casadas. Mientras tanto, Margarita Carmen Cansino se encuentra en una relación abusiva con su padre, años antes de encontrar la fama en Hollywood como Rita Hayworth. Violencia, lenguaje injurioso, y descripciones de índole sexual. (Tijuana, 1930s. Anette and Claire, sisters orphaned in Paris, are sent to Mexico to be married. Meanwhile, Margarita Carmen Cansino finds herself in an abusive relationship with her father, years before she finds stardom in Hollywood as Rita Hayworth. Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex.) 2015.

Las Imperfectas (The Imperfect)
DB83992 4 horas 38 minutos
por Cristy Marrero
leído por María Pino
Diez mujeres latinas — jóvenes y modernas— viven sus vidas a toda velocidad, intentando encontrar la paz interior en un mundo lleno de expectativas poco realistas. Lenguaje injurioso y descripciones de índole sexual. (Ten Latina women—modern and young—live their lives at full speed, trying to find inner peace in a world full of unrealistic expectations. Strong language and descriptions of sex.) 2016.

Tormenta de Espadas: Canción de Hielo y Fuego III (A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire III)
DB83953 63 horas 28 minutos
por George R.R. Martin
leído por Aurelio Dominguez
El rey Joffrey de la Casa Lannister ahora se sienta en el Trono de Hierro, en la tierra de los Siete Reinos. Pero todavía hay otros que compiten por el poder en un cuento de la traición, la codicia y la ambición. Continuación de Choque de Reyes (DB81982). Lenguaje injurioso, y descripciones de violencia, y de índole sexual. (King Joffrey of House Lannister now sits on the Iron Throne in the land of Seven Kingdoms. But there are still others who vie for power in a tale of treachery, greed, and ambition. Sequel to Choque de Reyes (DB81982). Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex.) 2012.

El Evangelio Secreto de la Virgen María (The Secret Gospel of the Virgin Mary)
DB83983 9 horas 31 minutos
por P. Santiago Martín
leído por María Pino
Un sacerdote español —fundador de los Franciscanos de María— presenta una traducción de un manuscrito venerado, el Itinerarium, compuesta por la monja española Egeria, que ofrece un relato en primera persona supuestamente de María, madre de Jesús de Nazaret, recuperado por Egeria durante su peregrinaje a la Tierra Santa alrededor del año 380 d.C. (Spanish priest—founder of the Franciscans of Mary—introduces a translation of a venerated manuscript, the Itinerarium, written by the Spanish nun Egeria, which offers a purported first-person account by Mary, mother of Jesus of Nazareth, recovered by Egeria during her pilgrimage to the Holy Land circa AD 380.) 2014.

Nacidos para Correr: Una Tribu Oculta, Superatletas, y la Carrera Más Grande Que el Mundo Nunca Ha Visto (Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen)
DB83971 14 horas 30 minutos
por Christopher McDougall
leído por German Jaramillo
El autor relata su visita con los tarahumaras —un pueblo nativo de las Barrancas del Cobre de México— conocidos por su capacidad para correr distancias extremas descalzos y sin lesiones. Incorpora la historia y la fisiología de correr así como la forma correcta de correr sin dolor. Traducido del inglés. (The author recounts his visit to the Tarahumara—an indigenous tribe in Mexico’s Copper Canyon—noted for their ability to run extreme distances barefoot and without injury. Incorporates the history and physiology of running as well as the proper, pain-free way to run. Strong language.) 2011.

Historias de Mujeres: Edición Ampliada (Stories of Women: Expanded Edition)
DB83964 6 horas 54 minutos
por Rosa Montero
leído por Irma Bello
Un autora española refleja en las contribuciones de las mujeres a la cultura humana mediante la exploración de las vidas de Irene de Constantinopla, Mary Wollstonecraft, George Sand, Camille Claudel, las hermanas Brontë, Frida Kahlo, Margaret Mead, y Simone de Beauvoir, entre otras. (Spanish author reflects upon the contributions of women to human culture by exploring the lives of Irene of Constantinople, Mary Wollstonecraft, George Sand, Camille Claudel, the Brontë sisters, Frida Kahlo, Margaret Mead, and Simone de Beauvoir, among others.) 2015.

Silencio: El Poder de la Quietud en un Mundo Ruidoso (Silence: The Power of Quiet in a World Full of Noise)
DB83976 4 horas 16 minutos
por Thich Nhat Hanh
leído por Tony Chiroldes
El monje budista vietnamita Thich Nhat Hanh presenta una guía para el desarrollo de lo que él considera el más poderoso recurso interno —el silencio— para encontrar la felicidad y la paz. Incluye ejercicios de respiración y técnicas contemplativas para enfocar la atención y lograr una sensación de armonía. (A Vietnamese Buddhist monk presents a guide to developing what he deems the most powerful inner resource—silence—to find happiness and peace. Includes breathing exercises and mindfulness techniques to focus attention and achieve a sense of harmony.) 2016.

El Pozo: Novelas Breves 1 (The Well: Short Novels 1)
DB83991 11 horas 25 minutos
por Juan Carlos Onetti
leído por Martin Untrojb
Una colección de novelas breves del autor uruguayo Juan Carlos Onetti (1909–1994). Incluye El pozo (1939), Los adioses (1954), Para una tumba sin nombre (1959), La cara de la desgracia (1960), y Jacob y el otro (1961). (Collection of short novels by the Uruguayan author Juan Carlos Onetti (1909–1994). Includes El Pozo (1939), Los Adioses (1954), Para una Tumba sin Nombre (1959), La Cara de la Desgracia (1960), and Jacob y el Otro (1961).) 2016.

Slim: El Mexicano Más Rico del Mundo (Slim: The Richest Mexican in the World)
DB83981 17 horas 25 minutos
por Diego Enrique Osorno
leído por Martin Untrojb
Un periodista de investigación explora la vida del magnate de los negocios Carlos Slim Helú. Un hijo de inmigrantes libaneses en México, Carlos Slim llegó a ser una de las personas más ricas del planeta, según Forbes, con un valor neto de más de cincuenta mil millones de dólares. (Investigative journalist explores the life of business magnate Carlos Slim Helú. A child of Lebanese immigrants in Mexico, Carlos Slim rose to be one of the richest people in the world, according to Forbes, with a net worth of more than fifty billion dollars.) 2015.

Hombres Buenos (Good Men)
DB81975 21 horas 48 minutos
por Arturo Pérez-Reverte
leído por Aurelio Dominguez
En vísperas de la Revolución Francesa, dos miembros de la Real Academia Española —un bibliotecario y un almirante— son enviados a París para adquirir en forma clandestina copias de la Encyclopédie de D’Alembert y Diderot, que estaba prohibida en España. En el proceso, los dos encuentran un mundo en llamas. Violencia. (On the eve of the French Revolution, two members of the Spanish Royal Academy—a librarian and an admiral—are sent to Paris to clandestinely acquire copies of d’Alembert and Diderot’s Encyclopédie, which has been banned in Spain. In the process, the two encounter a world on fire. Violence.) 2015.

Los Exfumadores Somos Invencibles (Former Smokers Are Invincible)
DB83977 6 horas 37 minutos
por Josep M. Ramon Torrell
leído por Martin Untrojb
Un doctor en Medicina y profesor de Salud Pública de Barcelona describe el beneficio de abandonar el “tabaquismo”— la cultura del uso y abuso de tabaco. Describe cómo la nicotina impacta negativamente al cerebro humano y cómo abandonar el hábito no sólo mejora la salud, pero también resulta en estados mentales positivos y en la felicidad. (Medical doctor and professor of public health from Barcelona describes the benefit of abandoning “tabaquismo“—the culture of tobacco use and abuse. Describes how nicotine negatively affects the human brain and how abandoning smoking results not only in better health, but in positive mental states and happiness.) 2016.

La Noche de los Alfileres (The Night of the Pins)
DB83967 10 horas 19 minutos
por Santiago Roncagliolo
leído por Jorge Pupo
Lima, 1992. Carlos, Manu, Moco, y Beto —cuatro inadaptados de una escuela católica— ponen en marcha un plan de veganza mal concebido que tendrá un impacto en sus vidas durante décadas. Violencia, lenguaje injurioso, y descripciones de índole sexual. (Lima, 1992. Four Catholic school misfits—Carlos, Manu, Moco, and Beto—hatch an ill-conceived plan for revenge that will impact their lives for decades. Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex.) 2016.

Los Perros Descalzos (Barefoot Dogs)
DB83980 5 horas 46 minutos
por Antonio Ruiz-Camacho
leído por Aurelio Dominguez
En esta colección de cuentos relacionados, los parientes y amigos del patriarca rico José Victoriano Arteaga en diferentes partes del mundo —en Palo Alto, Austin, y Madrid— tratan de dar sentido a su secuestro en la Ciudad de México. Violencia, lenguaje injurioso, y descripciones de índole sexual. (In this collection of related stories, the relatives and friends of wealthy patriarch José Victoriano Arteaga—in Palo Alto, Austin, and Madrid—try to make sense of his kidnapping in Mexico City. Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex.) 2016.

La Noche de la Usina (Night of the Plant)
DB83965 10 horas 51 minutos
por Eduardo Sacheri
leído por Peter Pereyra
Buenos Aires. Durante la crisis económica del 2001, un grupo de vecinos da con un esquema para hacer dinero que pronto falla, y en lugar de ganancias, su foco se convierte en la búsqueda de la justicia. Violencia y lenguaje injurioso, (Buenos Aires. During the economic crisis of 2001, a group of neighbors hits upon a scheme to make money, which soon backfires. Instead of profit, their focus turns to justice. Violence and strong language.) 2016.

33 Revoluciones (33 Revolutions)
DB84953 7 horas 29 minutos
por Canek Sánchez Guevara
leído por Alejandro Ruiz
Para el protagonista sin nombre de esta novela corta, la vida en La Habana contemporánea es un disco de vinilo roto; el encuentra que sus problemas comienzan realmente cuando él se niega a conformarse. Esta obra póstuma del nieto del Che Guevara incluye ocho cuentos adicionales. Violencia, lenguaje injurioso, y descripciones de índole sexual. (Life in contemporary Havana is a broken record to the unnamed protagonist of this short novel; he finds that his problems truly begin when he refuses to conform. Posthumous work by the grandson of Che Guevara that includes eight additional stories. Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex.) 2016.

Divorcio en el Aire (Divorce Is in the Air)
DB83974 13 horas 17 minutos
por Gonzalo Torné
leído por German Jaramillo
Joan-Marc y Helen —una pareja española de mediana edad— van a un spa para tratar de salvar su matrimonio. En sus interacciones allí, la historia de vida y de la familia de Joan-Marc, junto con sus ideas, prejuicios y frustraciones, emerge. Lenguaje injurioso y descripciones de índole sexual. (Joan-Marc and Helen—a middle-aged Spanish couple—go to a spa to try to save their marriage. In their interactions there, the story of the life and family of Joan-Marc, together with his ideas, prejudices, and frustrations, emerges. Strong language and descriptions of sex.) 2013.

Matadero Cinco; o, La Cruzada de los Niños (Slaughterhouse-Five; or, the Children’s Crusade)
DB83979 6 horas 56 minutos
por Kurt Vonnegut
leído por Peter Pereyra
En este clásico de la ficción estadounidense, Billy Pilgrim se pierde en el tiempo y visita manifestaciones pasadas y presentes: un viudo senil perseguido por un asesino, un joven recién casado, una jirafa en el planeta Tralfamadore —donde el tiempo es una ilusión— y, crucialmente, un prisionero de guerra americano durante el bombardeo de Dresde en la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Traducido del inglés. Lenguaje injurioso. (In this classic of American fiction, Billy Pilgrim is lost in time and randomly revisits his past and present manifestations: widower pursued by an assassin; newlywed; giraffe on the planet Tralfamadore, where time is an illusion; and, crucially, American POW during the firebombing of Dresden in World War II. Translated from English. Strong language.) 2015.

Milena o el Fémur Más Bello del Mundo (Milena or the Most Beautiful Femur in the World)
DB83966 14 horas 38 minutos
por Jorge Zepeda Patterson
leído por Jorge Pupo
Un hombre que muere en los brazos de una prostituta pone en marcha una cadena de eventos que reúne a los Azules —tres justicieros— y Milena, una mujer objeto de trata, nacida en Croacia, revelando una red de violencia y corrupción que se extiende desde México a Ucrania. Violencia, lenguaje injurioso, y descripciones de índole sexual. (A man dying in the arms of a prostitute sets in motion a chain of events that brings together the “Azules”—three justice seekers—and Milena, a trafficked woman from Croatia, revealing a criminal network that stretches from Mexico to Ukraine. Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex.) 2014.

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