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NLS hosts virtual jazz concert
NLS is pleased to announce an upcoming virtual concert on March 3, 2021, featuring jazz pianist Matthew Whitaker. Whitaker, who was blind since birth and started playing the piano at age three, is a NLS patron who has used the Music Section’s accessible scores and reading materials on his rise to fame. His performance on March 3 will be proceeded by a livestreamed interview with Whitaker conducted by NLS Director Karen Keninger. For more information on event time and how to enjoy the event, follow NLS on Facebook, check out the NLS Music Notes blog at, or visit the LOC Events page at

Maryland LBPD offers monthly meetings on assistive technology
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Accessible information on COVID-19
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New audio description app launched
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New iPhone feature detects nearby people
Patrons who use iOS devices may benefit from a recent update to the built-in Magnifier app, which uses audible or haptic feedback to inform users of nearby people. The new People Detection feature also measures how far away people are, allowing users to maintain social distance—or simply to navigate crowded surroundings. It works on the iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, 12.9‑inch iPad Pro (4th generation), and 11‑inch iPad Pro (2nd generation) when running iOS 14.2 or later. For more information visit External. The recently released NLS guide to GPS and Wayfinding Apps, available at, offers other software suggestions for navigating your environment. Braille or large-print copies can be requested from your cooperating network library.

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. 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.
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Adult Fiction


Overthrow: The War with China and North Korea--Fall of an Empire
DB98257 15 hours 21 minutes
by David Poyer
read by Robert Sams
After the events of Hunter Killer (DB96295), Admiral Dan Lenson leads Operation Rupture--the naval and air invasion of South China in an effort to end this war. Elsewhere, Captain Cheryl Staurulakis advocates for the use of a new "super ship" while Dan's wife Blair negotiates secretly. Violence and strong language. 2019.


Salt Houses
DB98401 12 hours 17 minutes
by Hala Alyan
read by Leila Buck
Salma reads her daughter Alia's future in the dregs of Alia's coffee cup. It's a future filled with unsettling events, travel, and luck. The family is uprooted from Palestine and scattered in the wake of the Six-Day War in 1967. Connections across generations are tenuous. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

The How & the Why
DB98166 12 hours 18 minutes
by Cynthia Hand
read by various narrators
Even though she has the best parents a girl could ask for, Cassandra has questions that her adoptive parents can't answer. But a series of old letters may just hold the answers that Cass has been searching for. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2019.


The Night Country: A Hazel Wood Novel
DB98351 10 hours 25 minutes
by Melissa Albert
read by various narrators
After escaping Hinterland, Alice tries to make a new, unmagical life in New York City. But something stalks the Hinterland's survivors, and Alice suspects their deaths may have a darker purpose. Sequel to The Hazel Wood (DB90179). Strong language and some violence. For senior high and older readers. 2019.

DB98469 9 hours 22 minutes
by Eoin Colfer
read by Johnny Heller
Vern was once a fire-breathing dragon feared across the land. Now he hides out in the Louisiana swamps, drinking vodka and avoiding humans. When local teenager Squib witnesses dirty cop Regence Hooke murder a drug smuggler, his life is in danger. Vern saves Squib, and they team up against Hooke. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

The Rebel Mages
DB98164 18 hours 11 minutes
by Laurie Forest
read by various narrators
Two previously published novellas. In "Wandfasted," war forces a young girl to embark on her own unlikely adventure. In "Light Mage" the White Wand of myth belonged to another. Companion to The Black Witch (DB89058). Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2019.

A Longer Fall
DB98413 8 hours 10 minutes
by Charlaine Harris
read by Eva Kaminsky
Lizbeth Rose is hired for an easy protection job, transporting a crate into Dixie. But the straight-forward task turns into a massacre when the crate is stolen. Lizbeth goes undercover with an old friend to retrieve the crate, as what's inside can spark a rebellion. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

Empire Ascendant: The Worldbreaker Saga, Book 2
DB91022 14 hours 32 minutes
by Kameron Hurley
read by Peter Holdway
A dark star has returned to the sky, bringing invaders from a mirror world where an enemy might wear your face. The only hope for the nation of Dhai is an illegitimate ruler and a young former servant with wild magic. Sequel to The Mirror Empire (DB80884). Some violence and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2015.

A Scandal in Battersea: The Elemental Masters, Book 12
DB98418 11 hours 43 minutes
by Mercedes Lackey
read by Gemma Dawson
In an alternate twentieth-century England, psychics Nan and Sarah plan to celebrate Christmas with Dr. John Watson and his wife Mary, who are friends of Sherlock Holmes and Elemental Masters. But Christmas Eve is also hallowed to dark forces, and women have begun disappearing. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

The Name of All Things
DB97877 25 hours 48 minutes
by Jenn Lyons
read by various narrators
Since he set demons free across Quur, Kihrin D'Mon has been on the run from the wrath of an entire empire. His attempt to escape brings him into the path of Janel Theranon, a mysterious woman who claims to know Kihrin. Sequel to The Ruin of Kings (DB94725). Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.

The Harp of Kings
DB98415 15 hours 31 minutes
by Juliet Marillier
read by various narrators
Eighteen-year-old Liobhan and her brother Brocc are both talented musicians who arrive on Swan Island to compete for places among the island's team of elite warriors. Their unusual blend of skills makes them ideal for a particular job, going undercover as traveling minstrels to find a missing harp. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.

Come Tumbling Down
DB98175 3 hours 54 minutes
by Seanan McGuire
read by Seanan McGuire
When Jack left Eleanor West's School for Wayward Children she was carrying the body of her deranged sister--whom she had recently murdered in a fit of righteous justice--back to their home on the Moors. But death in their adopted world isn't always permanent. Violence and some strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

DB98471 20 hours 29 minutes
by L.E. Modesitt
read by William Dufris
Charyn, the young ruler of Solidar, has survived assassination, but struggles to gain control of a realm in the grip of social upheaval, war, and rioting. Solidar cannot be allowed to slide into turmoil that will leave the High Holders with their power, and the common people with nothing. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.

Shadowshaper Legacy: Shadowshaper Cypher, Book 3
DB98349 11 hours 40 minutes
by Daniel José Older
read by Anika Noni Rose
If Sierra has any hope of saving the world's future, she will need to control the power given to her by Death and confront her family's past. Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2020.

The Lady of the Lake
DB98184 20 hours 20 minutes
by Andrzej Sapkowski
read by Peter Kenny
After entering the portal in the Tower of Swallows, Ciri is trapped in an Elven world. She must find her way back to the Witcher and her companions, but Leo Bonhart is still on her trail. Sequel to The Tower of Swallows (DB98183). Translated from the 1999 Polish edition. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

The Deep
DB98191 4 hours 3 minutes
by Rivers Solomon
read by Daveed Diggs
Yetu and her people are the water-dwelling descendants of pregnant African slave women thrown overboard. To keep their lives peaceful, only the historian--now Yetu--must face remembering their past. When the memories become too much for Yetu, she flees to the surface. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.

The Beast Player
DB98441 14 hours 53 minutes
by Nahoko Uehashi
read by Caitlin Kelly
When some magical creatures mysteriously die while under her family's care, Elin's mother is blamed and sentenced to death. Now alone, Elin uses a special power to save her beloved beasts and a warring kingdom. Translated from the 2009 Japanese edition. Violence. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2018.


DB98204 7 hours 5 minutes
by Jessica Andrews
read by Natalie Ann Jamieson
Lucy meditates on her relationship with her mother and the rest of her family. She wends her way through their histories and the way the choices they made shaped who she became. After her grandfather dies, she moves into his house in Donegal. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.

DB98412 9 hours 20 minutes
by Rye Curtis
read by various narrators
Seventy-two-year-old Cloris Waldrip is the sole survivor of a plane crash. Lost and alone in the wilderness of Montana, she must rely on her wits and ingenuity. Park ranger Debra Lewis has been struggling with addiction and a divorce, but she makes finding Cloris her personal mission. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

Heart of Junk
DB98475 7 hours 46 minutes
by Luke Geddes
read by various narrators
Wichita, Kansas, is panicked over the abduction of toddler pageant princess Lindy Bobo. When the hosts of a popular antiques show postpone their visit to the Heart of America Antique Mall due to the crime, the owner and vendors of the mall join the search for the girl. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

Wife after Wife
DB98443 15 hours 0 minutes
by Olivia Hayfield
read by Steve West
Business mogul Harry Rose is head of the Rose Corporation and recently married to wife number six. But his perfect world is about to come crashing to the ground as his business and his love life comes under scrutiny. A modern novel reimagining the life and marriages of Henry VIII. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

When We Were Vikings
DB98476 10 hours 17 minutes
by Andrew David MacDonald
read by Phoebe Strole
Twenty-one-year-old Zelda was born with cognitive difficulties due to fetal alcohol syndrome. She is an avid Viking enthusiast, and when she finds out that her brother Gert has resorted to dangerous methods to make money to keep them afloat, Zelda decides to launch her own heroic quest. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

The Story of a Goat
DB98251 4 hours 28 minutes
by Perumal Murugan
read by Colleen Delany
One evening, a giant gives an old man a runt of a goat kid to raise. The goat is soon named Poonachi. She observes the world around her, finds joys, even as she is wary of dangers. Translated from the 2016 Tamil edition. Some violence and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2018.

The Factory
DB98224 4 hours 7 minutes
by Hiroko Oyamada
read by Abigail Maupin
In a Japanese factory, jobs are highly specialized and mind-numbingly boring. Yoshiko shreds paper all day. Her brother proofreads the factory's incomprehensible paperwork. Yoshio studies moss. The three don't know what the factory does, much less why they are there. Translated from the 2013 Japanese edition. 2019.

Reasons to Be Cheerful
DB98250 10 hours 22 minutes
by Nina Stibbe
read by Julie-Ann Elliott
England, 1979. Eighteen-year-old Lizzie Vogel has a new job as a dental assistant. The job comes with an eccentric boss as well as an apartment that allows her to get away from her alcoholic, nymphomaniacal, novel-writing mother. She meets Andy Nicolello and decides he's the man of her dreams. Strong language. 2019.

Interior Chinatown
DB98416 4 hours 23 minutes
by Charles Yu
read by Joel de la Fuente
Every day, actor Willis Wu heads to the Chinatown restaurant where they are perpetually filming a police procedural TV show. He feels like he plays a bit role even in his own life, but dreams of one day having a chance at something more. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

Historical Fiction

A Long Petal of the Sea
DB98363 9 hours 48 minutes
by Isabel Allende
read by Edoardo Ballerini
Roser Bruguera finds her life intertwined with that of Victor Dalmau as they both flee into France during the Spanish Civil War. Along with two thousand others, they board the SS Winnipeg, a ship chartered by the poet Pablo Neruda to take refugees to Chile. Translated from the 2019 Spanish edition. Violence. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

The Secret Guests
DB98205 8 hours 48 minutes
by Benjamin Black
read by Barrie Kreinik
As parents across England prepare to protect their children amidst the German Blitz, two girls--Margaret and Elizabeth--are shipped off to Ireland. They arrive under the names of Mary and Ellen at the estate of the Duke of Edenmore. But suspicions about their identities take hold. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

The Wedding Gift
DB98159 10 hours 38 minutes
by Marlen Suyapa Bodden
read by various narrators
Sarah Campbell is an enslaved woman who has been given as a wedding present to her half-sister Clarissa Allen and Clarissa's new husband. But Clarissa's husband sends them back home to avoid scandal, upending the family's standing. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2013.

Recipe for a Perfect Wife
DB98399 9 hours 54 minutes
by Karma Brown
read by various narrators
Alice Hale has left a career in publicity to follow her husband to the suburbs of New York. There, she finds a cookbook belonging to the previous owner, Nellie Murdoch. As Alice cooks, Nellie's life as a young wife in the 1950s unfolds--including a sinister side of marriage. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

The Third Daughter
DB98207 10 hours 39 minutes
by Talia Carner
read by Saskia Maarleveld
Russia, 1889. While fleeing the pogroms, Batya's father receives an offer for her hand from a wealthy stranger who promises to bring her to America. But the man takes Batya to Buenos Aires, where she becomes a prostitute. She remains hopeful of reuniting with her family. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.

In the Full Light of the Sun
DB97406 13 hours 19 minutes
by Clare Clark
read by Mark Ashby
In 1920s Berlin, the lives of four people converge. Artist Emmeline searched for meaning. Art connoisseur Julius prefers paintings over people. Jewish lawyer Frank recognizes the dangers of the rising Nazi party. And art dealer Matthias provokes scandal with a new van Gogh. Strong language and descriptions of sex. 2019.

Sword of Kings
DB98188 13 hours 20 minutes
by Bernard Cornwell
read by various narrators
Ships from Uhtred of Bebbanburg's holdings are disappearing. He begins to investigate, but turmoil from Edward's kingdom threatens to disrupt what peace he has. Eventually an oath, along with the cause of the attacks on the ships, spur him to head south. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.

The Daughter's Tale
DB98199 9 hours 11 minutes
by Armando Lucas Correa
read by Cassandra Campbell
In 2015 New York City, eighty-year-old Elise Duval is visited by a woman bearing messages from her very distant past. In 1939 Berlin, Amanda Sternberg is forced to flee after her husband Julius is sent to a concentration camp. In France, she makes a haunting choice. Translated from Spanish. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.

The Dead Republic
DB98394 12 hours 19 minutes
by Roddy Doyle
read by Gerard Doyle
1951. Henry Smart, from Oh, Play That Thing (DB61130), is returning home to Ireland to work with Hollywood director John Ford on his latest movie. Henry's plans to retire to village life are upended by tumult with Ford and IRA uprisings. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2010.

The Lacemaker
DB98155 12 hours 14 minutes
by Laura Frantz
read by Aimee Lilly
Williamsburg, Virginia; 1775. As rebellion stirs, lacemaker Elisabeth "Liberty" Lawson finds herself abandoned by her fiancé and accused of being a spy for the British. The only one who comes to her aid is patriot Noble Rynallt, who has enemies of his own. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Christy Award. 2018.

DB98370 8 hours 28 minutes
by Catherine Ryan Hyde
read by Jonathan Taylor
After receiving a letter from his brother Roy stationed in Vietnam, and needing an escape from his parents' constant fighting, fourteen-year-old Lucas goes on a long walk. He discovers an isolated cabin occupied by a woman and her dogs. The connection they form may also save Lucas's best friend, who struggles with his own family issues. 2019.

The Whispers of War
DB98468 10 hours 15 minutes
by Julia Kelly
read by Mary Woodvine
England, 1939. Three friends worry over the future. Socialite Nora tries to find work with the government. Matchmaker Hazel tries to hide secrets. And German expatriate Marie fears imprisonment if war comes. When Germany invades Poland, Marie is labeled an enemy alien and the three work together to keep her free. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

Where the World Ends
DB98442 7 hours 20 minutes
by Geraldine McCaughrean
read by Angus King
In the summer of 1727, Quill and his friends are put ashore on a remote sea stac to harvest birds for food, and only the end of the world can explain why no boat returns to collect them. Some violence and some strong language. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2017.

Now We Shall Be Entirely Free
DB97379 15 hours 1 minute
by Andrew Miller
read by Andy Pyle
1809. John Lacroix returns home to England from the war in Spain, his condition ragged. As he physically recovers, he decides to travel north to Scotland, determined to forget the horrors he has witnessed. But his past haunts him in more than memory. Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex. 2018.

The Queen's Fortune: A Novel of Desiree, Napoleon, and the Dynasty That Outlasted the Empire
DB98461 15 hours 52 minutes
by Allison Pataki
read by Justine Eyre
Desiree Clary's world has turned upside down, and it's on her to save her family from the guillotine. She begins a relationship with Napoleon Bonaparte and they secretly agree to marry. But Napoleon's head is turned by Josephine de Beauharnais. Desiree becomes entangled in the new French court. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

The King at the Edge of the World
DB98458 9 hours 35 minutes
by Arthur Phillips
read by Euan Morton
1591. Mahmoud Ezzedine joins the diplomatic mission from the Ottoman Empire to England as its doctor. Ten years later, he has been left behind in England and is recruited to spy on James VI of Scotland. Queen Elizabeth is dying, and a Catholic cannot ascend. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

Goodnight from London
DB98456 9 hours 46 minutes
by Jennifer Robson
read by Saskia Maarleveld
1940. Journalist Ruby Sutton moves to London to report on the European war--and get a fresh start. Just as she's starting to get settled in her new life, the Blitz begins. She works to stay an objective observer, but her resolve is tested. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

All the Days Past, All the Days to Come
DB98430 14 hours 40 minutes
by Mildred D. Taylor
read by Allyson Johnson
Following a romance and law school, Cassie Logan returns home to Mississippi and becomes involved in voter registration drives and the Civil Rights Movement. Sequel to The Road to Memphis (DB32965). Violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2020.

Light Changes Everything
DB98156 10 hours 39 minutes
by Nancy E. Turner
read by Emily Shaffer
Arizona Territory, 1907. Mary Pearl knows it was the reading of Jane Austen's novels that changed her fortunes. She is looking forward to attending Wheaton College when she meets Aubrey Hanna, who steals a kiss and proposes marriage. Her future teeters on a knife point. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.

The Girl They Left Behind
DB98397 10 hours 59 minutes
by Roxanne Veletzos
read by Cassandra Campbell
Bucharest, 1941. A little Jewish girl is left on the steps of an apartment building. She is eventually adopted by a wealthy couple who rename her Natalia. As a young woman in Soviet Romania, Natalia is offered a chance at freedom, but must leave behind all she loves. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.

DB98202 15 hours 5 minutes
by Rita Woods
read by Ella Turenne
Through the generations, the word remembrance is shared. In present day Ohio, an elderly woman warns her nurse's aide of rising racism. In 1791 Haiti, an enslaved woman is forced to abandon her children. And in 1857 New Orleans, an enslaved teen chases her freedom. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.

Run Me to Earth
DB98462 6 hours 2 minutes
by Paul Yoon
read by Ramon De Ocampo
Laos, 1969. Three orphans--Alisak, Prany, and Noi--have bonded and become friends as they try to survive the war that has overtaken their country. When the doctor they work for, Vang, secures their evacuation, it sets them on separate paths across the world. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

Human Relationships

Crow Flight
DB98345 9 hours 58 minutes
by Susan Cunningham
read by Emily Lawrence
Computer programmer Gin and new transfer student, Felix, work on a school project that uses computer simulations to study the behavior of crows. As she enters Felix's world and digs further into the data, Gin uncovers a terrible secret. Some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2018.

The Girl with the Louding Voice
DB98455 12 hours 9 minutes
by Abi Daré
read by Adjoa Andoh
Fourteen-year-old Adunni dreams of an education, but after her mother's death, her father sells her to be the third wife of a local man. She runs away to the city, but can only find work as a wealthy family's servant. She learns to fight for herself. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

Blonde Roots
DB98393 8 hours 8 minutes
by Bernardine Evaristo
read by Sandra James-Young
The history of the transatlantic slave trade has been reversed, and Africans have enslaved Europeans. Englishwoman Doris is reading her owner's latest anti-abolitionist screed when she is anonymously offered the chance at escape. Dreaming of those she left behind, she takes the offer. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Older Brother
DB98377 6 hours 57 minutes
by Mahir Guven
read by Peter Holdway
A Franco-Syrian family made up of a French father--who is an atheist communist and taxi driver--and his two adult sons find themselves at odds. The oldest son works for an app-based car service, and the younger son gets involved in a jihad. Translated from the 2017 French edition. Strong language and some violence. 2019.

Light It Up
DB98161 9 hours 28 minutes
by Kekla Magoon
read by various narrators
Shae Tatum, an unarmed thirteen-year-old Black girl, is shot by a white police officer, throwing their community into upheaval and making it a target of demonstrators. Strong language and some violence. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2019.

DB97867 12 hours 53 minutes
by Amy Poeppel
read by Carly Robins
Allison Brinkley was optimistic when her husband’s new job moved her family to Manhattan, but that optimism dims when she's unexpectedly unemployed. An accident outside her child's school leads her to a job with pop star Carter Reid, who has been cast in a new Broadway musical. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.

My Oxford Year
DB97870 10 hours 0 minutes
by Julia Whelan
read by Julia Whelan
American Ella Durran is thrilled when a scholarship allows her to study abroad at Oxford University. She has a messy run-in with a jerk only to discover he is her literature professor. The two strike up a friendship with the possibility of more, leaving Ella with a difficult decision. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.

True to the Game III
DB98405 6 hours 10 minutes
by Teri Woods
read by various narrators
Gena, from True to the Game II (DB97543), discovers who her mysterious stalker and savior is, but there's another, more dangerous, person out there trying to kill her and her family. With crooked cops searching for money, Gena must lay low if she's going to survive. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2008.


The Mutations
DB98253 4 hours 57 minutes
by Jorge Comensal
read by Eva Wilhelm
Militant atheist, successful attorney, and traditional family man Ramón discovers the pain he is experiencing is cancer of the tongue. As his family deals with the diagnosis and treatment, their maid Elodia gives Ramón a foul-mouthed parrot. Translated from the 2016 Spanish edition. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2019.

Mystery and Detective

In the Shadow of Vesuvius
DB98153 9 hours 37 minutes
by Tasha Alexander
read by Bianca Amato
1902. While studying the ruins of Pompeii, Lady Emily Hargreaves, her husband Colin, and her friend Ivy Brandon discover a decidedly not ancient Roman dead body. The discovery sets off a deadly series of events, which unveils a story hidden for two millennia. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.

Murder on the Left Bank
DB97625 8 hours 36 minutes
by Cara Black
read by Carine Montbertrand
A dying man comes to lawyer Eric Besson with a notebook of investment records from decades of laundering stolen money for dirty cops. But while turning the notebook in, Besson's nephew is murdered, and the notebook disappears. PI Aimee Leduc--hired to find the notebook--worries it may implicate her cop father. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.

Ettie Smith Amish Mysteries, Books 7-14
DB98222 27 hours 15 minutes
by Samantha Price
read by Theresa Conkin
Eight mysteries, written in 2016 and 2017, feature Amish amateur sleuth Ettie Smith. Includes Betrayed, Amish False Witness, Amish Barn Murders, Amish Christmas Mystery, Who Killed Uncle Alfie?, Lost, Amish Cover-Up, and Amish Crossword Murder, in which Ettie must solve an Amish crossworder's murder with clues left in the puzzles. 2017.

Occult and Horror

Echoes: The Saga Anthology of Ghost Stories
DB98221 29 hours 12 minutes
edited by Ellen Datlow
read by Madelyn Buzzard
A collection of contemporary short stories about ghosts that range from eerie to terrifying, most original to this anthology. Authors include Seanan McGuire, Richard Kadrey, Gemma Files, Garth Nix, Joyce Carol Oates, Alice Hoffman, and Paul Tremblay. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2019.

Psychological Themes

DB98466 3 hours 49 minutes
by Jenny Offill
read by Cassandra Campbell
Lizzie Benson has worked to help her God-haunted mother and recovering addict brother stabilize. A new job allows her to spend time working as a fake shrink. But as those she loves begin to spiral out of control, she must confront the limits of her abilities. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

The Truants
DB98417 9 hours 39 minutes
by Kate Weinberg
read by Olivia Dowd
Jess Walker enrolled at her East Anglian university because of the mesmerizing Agatha Christie scholar, Dr. Lorna Clay, whose seminars soon transform Jess's thinking. Swept up in Lorna's thrall, Jess falls in with a tightly knit group of rule-breakers, but the dynamic between the friends quickly darkens. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

Religious Themes

The Bake Shop
DB98185 7 hours 35 minutes
by Amy Clipston
read by Lauren Berst
The Lancaster County bake shop that Christiana Kurtz opens is so popular that the line blocks the leather and woodcraft shop next door run by Jeffrey Stoltzfus. Although they start off on the wrong foot, the two form a friendship--until Christiana's father intervenes. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.


DB98477 10 hours 14 minutes
by Adriana Anders
read by Coleen Marlo
When the research station in Antarctica where Angel Smith works is attacked, she and glaciologist Ford Cooper barely make it out alive. With no way to contact the outside and a madman on their heels, they must fight to survive in the most inhospitable place on earth. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

Huckleberry Lake
DB98186 15 hours 13 minutes
by Catherine Anderson
read by Susan Bennett
Erin De Laney, disillusioned with her work in law enforcement, takes a job at her uncle's ranch in Mystic Creek. She meets Wyatt Fitzgerald, the deaf foreman on the ranch, and works with him to help an abused horse. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.

Fast Lane
DB98114 9 hours 45 minutes
by Kristen Ashley
read by various narrators
On their journey to becoming one of the biggest bands in history, the Roadmasters had one touchstone. Lyla was lead singer Preacher McCade's muse, the love of his life, and the band's moral compass. But when the band hit the fast lane of fame and fortune, a crash was coming. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.

Mists of the Serengeti
DB97408 9 hours 35 minutes
by Leylah Attar
read by Peter Holdway
When a bomb explodes in Tanzania, Jack, a divorced coffee farmer, loses his daughter and Englishwoman Rodel loses her only sibling. They meet when Rodel comes to Africa to finish her sister's work with local orphans. Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2017.

Moti on the Water
DB98255 9 hours 8 minutes
by Leylah Attar
read by Eva Wilhelm
Moti is headed on a two-week cruise of the Greek islands with her Indian American family. Both her family fortuneteller and her eccentric mother say Moti's soul mate is the handsome best man, Nikos, but she finds herself drawn to shipboard chef Alexandros. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2019.

The Country Guesthouse: A Sullivan's Crossing Novel
DB98176 8 hours 39 minutes
by Robyn Carr
read by Thérèse Plummer
When her best friend died suddenly, Hannah Russell became the guardian to five-year-old Noah. To give them both time to adjust and grieve, Hannah rents a country house in Colorado. They meet the house owner, a man also dealing with grief. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

Royally Endowed
DB98406 7 hours 34 minutes
by Emma Chase
read by various narrators
Bodyguard Logan St. James grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, in a family on the wrong side of the law. But there's only one woman he wants. For years he's watched over her, protected her--but beautiful Ellie Hammond is off-limits. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Love Lettering
DB98177 11 hours 33 minutes
by Kate Clayborn
read by Nicol Zanzarella
Meg's hand-lettering skills have made her designed planners a hot item in New York. She's suffering from a creative block, however, and an unlikely encounter with disgruntled former client, Reid, might give her the inspiration she needs. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

Class 5, Books 1-4
DB97574 41 hours 57 minutes
by Michelle Diener
read by Catherine Byers
Four books of science fiction romance written between 2015 and 2019. In Dark Horse, Rose has been kidnapped from Earth and must work with a rogue AI to gain her freedom. Also includes Dark Deeds, Dark Minds, and Dark Matters. Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2019.

My Fake Rake: The Union of the Rakes
DB98414 10 hours 8 minutes
by Eva Leigh
read by Zara Hampton-Brown
Lady Grace Wyatt is content to be a wallflower, focusing on scientific pursuits. But when a handsome, celebrated naturalist returns from abroad, Grace wishes, for once, to be noticed. She convinces her friend, anthropologist Sebastian Holloway, to publicly court her. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.

Devil in Tartan
DB97874 10 hours 13 minutes
by Julia London
read by Derek Perkins
Under threat of losing their home, Lottie Livingstone and her clan take to the seas to sell a shipload of illegal whiskey. When an attack leaves them vulnerable, she orchestrates the siege of a rival's ship and now holds the devilish Scottish captain Aulay Mackenzie under her command. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.

Tempting the Laird
DB98173 9 hours 34 minutes
by Julia London
read by Derek Perkins
Her beloved late aunt Zelda taught Catriona Mackenzie to live out loud and speak her mind, and that's exactly what she does when Zelda's legacy--a refuge for women in need--comes under fire. Her quest puts her in the path of the disturbingly mysterious Hamlin Graham, Duke of Montrose. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.

The Stars and the Blackness between Them
DB98440 9 hours 23 minutes
by Junauda Petrus
read by various narrators
Sixteen-year-old Audre and Mabel, both from different backgrounds, fall in love and figure out how to care for each other as one of them faces a fatal illness. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2019.

Bootleg Springs, Books 1-3
DB97782 29 hours 32 minutes
by Lucy Score and Claire Kingsley
read by Cecelia Riddett
Three romances set in a small West Virginia town. In Whiskey Chaser, politician Devlin McCallister has retreated to Bootleg Springs to escape the scandal that ended his marriage. He meets local spitfire, Scarlett Bodine. Also includes Sidecar Crush and Moonshine Kiss. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2018.

After Ever Happy
DB97875 15 hours 24 minutes
by Anna Todd
read by various narrators
It’s never been all rainbows and sunshine for Tessa and Hardin, but each new challenge they've faced has only made their bond stronger. When a revelation about the past shakes Hardin and Tessa suffers a tragedy, will they stick together again, or be torn apart? Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2015.

Science Fiction

The Heap
DB98446 9 hours 29 minutes
by Sean Adams
read by various narrators
After a five hundred story building collapses, a community of workers is hired to remove the debris, trash, and bodies. Orville comes to find his brother Bernard, a radio DJ and the only known survivor of the collapse. Bernard continues to broadcast, and the brothers communicate through the show. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

Wings of Creation
DB98353 15 hours 53 minutes
by Brenda Cooper
read by various narrators
Joseph, Chelo, and Alicia are on their way home when a probe intercepts them with a troubling message from Marcus. They change course to the seemingly idyllic planet of Lopali, where new challenges await them. Sequel to Reading the Wind (DB70216). Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

DB98163 11 hours 48 minutes
by Michael Grant
read by Amanda Dolan
While the Rockborn Gang tries to outmaneuver a new supervillain created by meteorite shrapnel, Malik investigates the possibility that their reality is an elaborate simulation. Sequel to Villain (DB93079). Violence and strong language. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2019.

Master & Apprentice: Star Wars
DB98355 11 hours 45 minutes
by Claudia Gray
read by Jonathan Davis
When a former student of the Jedi Dooku requests assistance with a political dispute, Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi travel to the court of Pijal. As their simple assignment grows increasingly complicated, Obi-Wan’s faith in his mentor is tested. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.

Into the Fire: Vatta's Peace, Book 2
DB98190 14 hours 56 minutes
by Elizabeth Moon
read by Brittany Pressley
Admiral Kylara Vatta exposes many secrets in the mysterious arctic base she and her crew discovered in Cold Welcome (DB88950). However, the organization behind the base remains secretive. To her surprise, Kylara also uncovers ties to her own family's past. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.

No Way
DB97863 13 hours 47 minutes
by S.J. Morden
read by William Hope
After being abandoned on Mars in One Way (DB97862), Frank Kittridge must fight to find his way home. When the survivors of another failed base find Frank, they attempt to take what little he has left. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.

One Way
DB97862 12 hours 6 minutes
by S.J. Morden
read by William Hope
The company contracted to construct a new Mars base begins to cut corners in order to fulfill its obligations, including sending astronauts instead of relying on automation. As the recruited inmates encounter a growing number of accidents, team member Frank uncovers a terrible secret. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.

Howling Dark: The Sun Eater, Book 2
DB98447 28 hours 6 minutes
by Christopher Ruocchio
read by Samuel Roukin
Hadrian has spent half a century unsuccessfully searching for the lost planet of Vorgossos in hopes of contacting the alien Cielcin. Now, he must venture beyond the Sollan Empire. Sequel to Empire of Silence (DB93203). Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.

Dooku: Jedi Lost
DB98356 6 hours 23 minutes
by Cavan Scott
read by various narrators
When his Jedi abilities are discovered, Dooku is trained by the legendary Master Yoda. As he rises through the ranks of the Jedi, however, Dooku finds himself growing increasingly fascinated by another Jedi Master’s mission to study ancient Sith relics. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.

DB98165 8 hours 52 minutes
by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller
read by Jason Segel
After discovering terrifying information about Otherworld, the Company's high-tech VR gaming experience, Simon and Kat are on the run. They join forces with a hacker, a gangster, and a digital entity. Sequel to Otherworld (DB89669). Strong language. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2018.

The Toll: Arc of a Scythe, Book 3
DB97589 16 hours 8 minutes
by Neal Shusterman
read by Mark Ashby
Citra and Rowan have disappeared, and new radical laws have risen in their absence. Meanwhile, corrupt High Blade Goddard demands absolute dominion, and the few remaining scythes frantically try to stop him. Some violence and some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2019.

Hell Divers II: Ghosts
DB97866 8 hours 15 minutes
by Nicholas Sansbury Smith
read by R.C. Bray
Ten years after Hell Diver Xavier "X" Rodriguez was left behind on Earth, a mysterious distress signal calls the Hell Divers to the surface. Once there, the team begins to uncover secrets Captain Jordan would rather keep hidden. Sequel to Hell Divers (DB97725). Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Hell Divers V: Captives
DB98352 9 hours 53 minutes
by Nicholas Sansbury Smith
read by R.C. Bray
Xavier and Magnolia finally find the Metal Islands only to discover its society to be a violent warrior culture ruled by a cannibal king. Meanwhile, the Hell Divers prepare for battle after learning the truth about World War III. Sequel to Hell Divers IV: Wolves (DB97967). Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.

Me, Myself, & Him
DB97424 6 hours 15 minutes
by Chris Tebbetts
read by Doug Tisdale Jr.
In two parallel universes, eighteen-year-old Chris navigates the summer before college--in one universe he is forced to spend three months with his emotionally distant father in California, and in the other he remains home and deals with a swiftly changing friendship. Strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2019.

Dead Astronauts
DB98220 8 hours 8 minutes
by Jeff VanderMeer
read by Jill Fox
Three shape-shifting creatures slip through time and space, waging a war for the fate of the world against an all-powerful corporation. Meanwhile, a crazed man wanders the desert, haunted by an invisible monster he created. Some strong language. 2019.

Short Stories

It's a Whole Spiel: Love, Latkes, and Other Jewish Stories
DB98254 9 hours 15 minutes
edited by Katherine Locke and Laura
read by Eva Wilhelm
Fourteen short stories featuring Jewish teens. In Hannah Moskowitz's short story "Neilah," a college girl contemplates her identity on Yom Kippur and struggles with an eating disorder. Strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2019.

Spies and Espionage

Liars' Legacy: Jack and Jill Mysteries, Book 2
DB98444 12 hours 25 minutes
by Taylor Stevens
read by Jennifer O'Donnell
The often-estranged spy twins are traveling to meet the father they've never known when a trap is sprung. A Russian operation will go to great lengths to capture them, while US operatives seek to assassinate them, leading to a chase across Europe. Sequel to Liars' Paradox (DB98116). Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.


Off the Grid: FBI Series, Books 5-6
DB97593 18 hours 1 minute
by Barbara Freethy
read by Eva Wilhelm
In Dangerous Choice, FBI agent Diego Rivera's and Tara Powell's hunts for missing loved ones become entangled in a Colombian village, and at least one of them becomes a target. Also includes Ruthless Cross. Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2019.

Catfishing on CatNet
DB98340 8 hours 53 minutes
by Naomi Kritzer
read by various narrators
Sixteen-year-old Steph's constant companion is an online community called CatNet, a feline-centered social media site where the admin is CheshireCat, a sentient AI who loves cat pictures. When a threat emerges, Steph races to save the AI and the site. Strong language. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2019.

One of Us Is Next
DB9843310 hours 27 minutes
by Karen M. McManus
read by various narrators
A year after the teens were cleared of a fellow classmate's death, a new dangerous game emerges and targets students at Bayview High, again. Sequel to One of Us Is Lying (DB88357). Violence, descriptions of sex, and some strong language. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2020.

The Executioner, Books 4-6
DB98223 17 hours 3 minutes
by Don Pendleton
read by Ray Foushee
Books four through six in the series, published in 1970 and 1971. In Miami Massacre, Bolan discovers an opportunity to take on the Mafia in one fell swoop in Miami. Also includes Continental Contract and Assault on Soho. Sequel to The Executioner, Books 1-3 (DB97371). Violence and strong language. 1971.

Jane Anonymous
DB98350 8 hours 13 minutes
by Laurie Faria Stolarz
read by Emily Bauer
Seventeen-year-old Jane Anonymous
chronicles the events leading up to her abduction and seven-month captivity, and then her painful return to family and friends. Strong language and some violence. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2020.

Adult Nonfiction

Animals and Wildlife

Dog Is Love: Why and How Your Dog Loves You
DB98374 7 hours 12 minutes
by Clive D. L. Wynne
read by Peter Holdway
A canine behaviorist draws on studies from his own lab and others around the world to look at the question of whether dogs do, in fact, love their humans. Using research such as MRIs of dogs interacting with their owners, he concludes that affection is intrinsic to dogs. 2019.


A Marvelous Life: The Amazing Story of Stan Lee
DB98187 14 hours 44 minutes
by Danny Fingeroth
read by Danny Fingeroth
Biography of Stan Lee (1922-2018), who co-created iconic comics including Spider-Man, the X-Men, and the Avengers at Marvel Comics. Uses interviews with Lee, his colleagues and friends, and Lee's personal archives to examine his life, career, and controversies. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.


The Survivors: A Story of War, Inheritance, and Healing
DB98195 8 hours 37 minutes
by Adam Frankel
read by various narrators
Author describes his investigation of his family's past, which included surviving the Holocaust. While searching, the author also discovers new information about his own identity and heritage. Examines global truths about trauma within families and its effects on later generations. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.

Trouble Maker for Justice: The Story of Bayard Rustin, the Man behind the March on Washington
DB98261 4 hours 19 minutes
by Jacqueline Houtman and
read by Bob Moore
Chronicles the life and accomplishments of Bayard Rustin (1912-1987), who was an influential leader in America's civil rights movement. A strong believer in the power of nonviolence, Rustin, an openly gay man, called on all races to find a way to work together. For junior and senior high readers. 2019.

How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir
DB98361 5 hours 36 minutes
by Saeed Jones
read by Saeed Jones
Poet describes his experiences growing up as Black and gay in the American South through a series of vignettes. Describes familial relationships, romantic flings, and friendships. Examines what people do for and to each other in the search for identity. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.

Hey, Kiddo
DB98439 2 hours 52 minutes
by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
read by various narrators
Award-winning author's graphic novel memoir about growing up with a drug-addicted mother, a missing father, and two unforgettably opinionated grandparents. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2018.

Business and Economics

Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America
DB98396 10 hours 40 minutes
by Marcia Chatelain
read by Machelle Williams
Examines the role of franchises, particularly of McDonald's, in the development of Black wealth in America. Topics include the ways McDonald's policies impacted the civil rights movement, the tension between Black capitalism and rising obesity and diabetes rates in Black Americans, and voting rights. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

The New Silk Roads: The Present and Future of the World
DB97669 6 hours 46 minutes
by Peter Frankopan
read by Leighton Pugh
British historian examines the early twenty-first century, particularly the late 2010s, in the context of the Silk Roads of history. Topics discussed include the infrastructure of China, trade deals among republics of Central Asia, and apparent harmony between Russia and Turkey. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.

Billion Dollar Brand Club: How Dollar Shave Club, Warby Parker, and Other Disruptors Are Remaking What We Buy
DB98198 8 hours 37 minutes
by Lawrence Ingrassia
read by Sean Patrick Hopkins
Journalist profiles digital brands such as Dollar Shave Club, Casper, Third Love, and Warby Parker to illustrate the ways they are disrupting their individual industries through innovations in manufacturing, marketing, logistics, and customer service. Examines the business environments and cultures that have created space for their successes. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

Think Outside the Building: How Advanced Leaders Can Change the World One Smart Innovation at a Time
DB98404 11 hours 56 minutes
by Rosabeth Moss Kanter
read by Rosabeth Moss Kanter
Professor at Harvard Business School argues that skillful advanced leadership requires the ability to search for talent outside of organizations in order to overcome stasis within the establishment and produce significant innovation. Uses case studies to illustrate her points. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

Sabotage: The Hidden Nature of Finance
DB98400 6 hours 20 minutes
by Anastasia Nesvetailova and Ronen Palan
read by Jared Zak
Economists argue that the primary impetus for financial innovation is not to create better systems, but to avoid regulation and oversight, which results in deliberate sabotage. Examines multiple time periods and crashes to illustrate the systemic issues with the financial system. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

The Founding Fortunes: How the Wealthy Paid for and Profited from America's Revolution
DB98395 10 hours 52 minutes
by Tom Shachtman
read by Sean Patrick Hopkins
Co-author of Gilded Leaf (DB30206) examines the use and development of personal fortunes during colonial America through the Revolution and first thirty years of the American republic. Personalities profiled include Robert Morris, John Hancock, Alexander Hamilton, Henry Laurens, William Bingham, and Oliver Wolcott, Jr. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.

Rewriting the Rules of the European Economy
DB98203 11 hours 1 minute
by Joseph E. Stiglitz
read by Robertson Dean
Author of Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy (DB83070) presents an assessment of the European economy in the wake of cutbacks of social protections and austerity programs. Suggests policies for supporting innovation and creating a more dynamic economy. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

Career and Job Training

Sizing People Up: A Veteran FBI Agent's User Manual for Behavior Prediction
DB98403 7 hours 33 minutes
by Robin Dreeke and Cameron
read by Robin Dreeke
Behavior analyst formerly with the FBI presents a guide to identifying if someone is a friend or foe and understanding the six signs of behavior prediction. The signs are: vesting, longevity, reliability, actions, language, and stability. Uses examples from his work to illustrate his arguments. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

A New Day One: Trauma, Grace, and a Young Man's Journey from Foster Care to Yale
DB98369 3 hours 36 minutes
by Rodney J. Walker
read by Steven Carpenter
Author shares his experiences growing up on the South Side of Chicago and being in the foster care system due to his parents' addictions to drugs. Discusses societal issues that affected his neighborhood and family, his school situations, and mentors he had along the way. 2016.


Make Noise: A Creator's Guide to Podcasting and Great Audio Storytelling
DB98200 8 hours 16 minutes
by Eric Nuzum
read by George Newbern
Media consultant and podcast creator presents a guide to creating your own podcast. Emphasizes the importance of knowing your target audience and crafting compelling storytelling. Topics covered include determining format, interviewing skills, crafting scripts, building and leading creative teams, and building your audience. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.

The Reality Game: How the Next Wave of Technology Will Break the Truth
DB98157 7 hours 46 minutes
by Samuel Woolley
read by Angelo Di Loreto
Examines research conducted on the use of technology to spread disinformation. Topics covered include the ways we define truth, the history of methods to spread disinformation, using critical thinking skills and what leads to conspiracy theories, artificial intelligence, and the rise of social media. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.


The Third Rainbow Girl: The Long Life of a Double Murder in Appalachia
DB98420 10 hours 35 minutes
by Emma Copley Eisenberg
read by Emma Copley Eisenberg
In 1980 in Pocahontas County, West Virginia, twenty-six-year-old Vicki Durian and nineteen-year-old Nancy Santomero were murdered in an isolated clearing while hitchhiking to a festival known as the Rainbow Gathering. Follows the threads of this crime through the complex history of Appalachia. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.


Diet and Nutrition

How Not to Diet: The Groundbreaking Science of Healthy, Permanent Weight Loss
DB98337 23 hours 45 minutes
by Michael Greger
read by Michael Greger
Nutrition expert, physician, and author of How Not to Die (DB84053) examines the latest research on the leading causes--and remedies--of obesity. Identifies twenty-one weight-loss accelerators available to our bodies, incorporating the latest discoveries in cutting-edge areas like chronobiology to reveal the factors that maximize our natural fat-burning capabilities. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.

Government and Politics

The Soul of the First Amendment
DB98365 3 hours 14 minutes
by Floyd Abrams
read by Steven Carpenter
Lawyer and legal scholar specializing in First Amendment issues discusses the scope of the constitutional protections of free speech. Compares the First Amendment's wide reach to similar protections in other democratic nations. Examines conflicts that have arisen through the publication of classified materials under claims of free speech. 2017.

Stolen Justice: The Struggle for African American Voting Rights
DB98339 5 hours 12 minutes
by Lawrence Goldstone
read by James Shippy
Traces the injustices of the post-Reconstruction era through the eyes of incredible individuals, both heroic and barbaric, and examines the legal cases that made the Supreme Court a partner of white supremacists in the rise of Jim Crow. Violence and some strong language. Commercial audiobook. For junior and senior high readers. 2020.

Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin's Most Dangerous Hackers
DB97515 12 hours 4 minutes
by Andy Greenberg
read by Mark Bramhall
Recounts the desperate hunt to identify and track a group of Russian hackers behind the infamous NotPetya malware that caused widespread disruption. Discusses the future of global digital warfare. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.

I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening): A Guide to Grace-Filled Political Conversations
DB98194 5 hours 37 minutes
by Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth
read by various narrators
The two authors, who have opposing political views, discuss tactics for productive and respectful conversations about difficult issues. Advice includes recognizing nuance, listening to understand, patience, putting relationships before policy, and more. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.

Impeach: The Case against Donald Trump
DB98366 6 hours 28 minutes
by Neal Katyal and Sam Koppelman
read by Jonathan Taylor
Supreme Court lawyer and former Acting Solicitor General argues in favor of the impeachment of President Trump. Discusses potential consequences for American democracy and explains his own perspective on why the president's actions demand such consequences. 2019.

Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America's Progressive Elite
DB98362 7 hours 25 minutes
by Peter Schweizer
read by Charles Constant
The investigative journalist who wrote Throw Them All Out (DB79585) examines top American politicians and the paths they have taken to accrue wealth and power. Discusses the private finances and secret deals of these individuals, drawing from corporate documents and legal filings. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

LGBT Issues

What's Your Pronoun? Beyond He & She
DB98467 6 hours 58 minutes
by Dennis Baron
read by Paul Boehmer
Linguist examines the use of pronouns--including he, she, they, zie, and hir--through history. Topics include the role of pronouns in establishing rights and identities; words that were introduced, but did not survive; and use of the singular they. Includes a chronology of gender-neutral and nonbinary pronouns. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

Medicine and Health

Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain
DB97650 9 hours 31 minutes
by John J. Ratey and Eric Hagerman
read by Walter Dixon
Psychiatrist explains how elevating heart rate and breaking a sweat beats stress, lifts mood, fights memory loss, and sharpens intellect by physically remodeling the brain for peak performance. Presents research and case studies to illustrate the mind-body connection. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2008.

Quit Like a Woman: The Radical Choice to Not Drink in a Culture Obsessed with Alcohol
DB98338 10 hours 10 minutes
by Holly Whitaker
read by Holly Whitaker
Feminine-centric path to sobriety focuses on getting at the root causes that lead people to overindulge, provides the tools necessary to break the cycle of addiction, and shows what is possible when we remove alcohol and destroy our belief system around it. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.


Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to a Tribe Called Quest
DB98408 6 hours 20 minutes
by Hanif Abdurraqib
read by Ron Butler
Essayist and author of They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us (DB92565) draws on his own personal experiences to reflect on the influence of seminal rap group A Tribe Called Quest. He traces their career, musical influences, and place in music and cultural history. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.

No Encore! Musicians Reveal Their Weirdest, Wildest, Most Embarassing Gigs
DB98409 7 hours 34 minutes
by Drew Fortune
read by Peter Berkrot
A collection of stories spanning four decades that chronicle what can go wrong--onstage or offstage--when musicians play live. Contributors include members of The Police, Garbage, Ministry, Linkin Park, Insane Clown Posse, Ween, Van Halen, and many more. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.

1973: Rock at the Crossroads
DB98375 16 hours 22 minutes
by Andrew Grant Jackson
read by Mark Ashby
Examines a pivotal year in rock music, with huge albums and splintering subgenres. The author highlights some of the groundbreaking releases of 1973, including Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon, and debuts from Bruce Springsteen and Aerosmith. Strong language. 2019.

Nature and the Environment

Trooper: The Bobcat Who Came in from the Wild
DB97704 8 hours 9 minutes
by Forrest Bryant Johnson
read by Barry Abrams
Mojave Desert tour guide recounts his nineteen years with the bobcat--Trooper--he rescued as a kitten from entrapment in a cholla cactus in 1987 while scouting out potential tour locations. Discusses the relationships family and friends formed with Trooper, and the ways Trooper interacted with other animals. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.

Still Waters: The Secret World of Lakes
DB97702 8 hours 1 minute
by Curt Stager
read by Matthew Josdal
Zoologist and geologist examines the ecological systems of lakes and their role in evolutionary development as well as the spiritual and philosophical impact of them on humans. Topics include the continuing influence of Walden Pond, effects of climate change, and the intersection of faith traditions with science. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.


How to Live a Good Life: A Guide to Choosing Your Personal Philosophy
DB98110 10 hours 15 minutes
edited by Massimo Pigliucci and others
read by various narrators
Fifteen philosophers each present their thoughts on leading an examined and meaningful life. Their perspectives range over both Eastern and Western schools of philosophy, four major religions, and contemporary philosophies such as existentialism and effective altruism. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.


Lord of the Butterflies: Poems
DB97792 1 hour 50 minutes
by Andrea Gibson
read by Faith Potts
Collection of thirty-eight poems exploring the themes of gender, romance, loss, and family. "Ode to the Public Panic Attack" examines the feelings of managing a mental health condition while working as a performance artist and living life. Strong language and some violence. 2018.


A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith
DB98201 12 hours 45 minutes
by Timothy Egan
read by Timothy Egan
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of The Immortal Irishman (DB84598) recounts his examination of his Catholic faith through a journey by foot from Canterbury Cathedral in England to Rome after his mother's death. Discusses the history of medieval pilgrimages, locations, and the impact on him. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.

Who Is an Evangelical: The History of a Movement in Crisis
DB97790 5 hours 31 minutes
by Thomas S. Kidd
read by Bob Moore
Historian examines the development of American Evangelical Christianity from the early 1800s to the rise of Donald Trump, while excluding those in the prosperity gospel movement. Provides historical context to introduce evangelicals' experiences, practices, and beliefs. Analyzes reasons for the crisis the faith tradition faces in the early-twenty-first century. 2019.

Saving God from Religion: A Minister's Search for Faith in a Skeptical Age
DB98402 6 hours 55 minutes
by Robin R. Meyers
read by Robin R. Meyers
Christian minister presents a manifesto for reclaiming faith from a transactional viewpoint to find the presence of God in the everyday world. Uses examples from personal experiences and those he has counseled to illustrate his arguments. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

We Gather Together: The Religious Right and the Problem of Interfaith Politics
DB98371 15 hours 25 minutes
by Neil J. Young
read by Mark Ashby
Historian presents an analysis of the Religious Right that argues the cohesive factor between factions was of theology, and not politics, that was in opposition to the ecumenical collaboration between liberal Protestants, Catholics, and Jews. Discusses interfaith meetings, prominent personalities, and political messaging. 2016.

Science and Technology

The Stars in Our Pockets: Getting Lost and Sometimes Found in the Digital Age
DB98206 5 hours 38 minutes
by Howard Axelrod
read by Tom Taylorson
Man who was blinded in one eye while in college reflects on his relationship with technology. Examines living a technology-less life in Vermont for two years and readjusting to life in a technology-driven society. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

Humble Pi: When Math Goes Wrong in the Real World
DB98152 9 hours 35 minutes
by Matt Parker
read by Matt Parker
Mathematician explores what happens when the foundational math of projects goes wrong. Examples include a man trying to buy a Harrier Jet using Pepsi Points in the 1990s, an air traffic control system automatically shutting down in 2004, and a building starting fires in 2013. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.

The Math of Life and Death: 7 Mathematical Principles That Shape Our Lives
DB98459 8 hours 24 minutes
by Kit Yates
read by Kit Yates
Mathematician presents a guide to understanding the mathematical principles that shape our everyday life. Topics include exponential growth and decay, optimization, statistics and probability, and number systems. Uses case studies to illustrate his points including DNA analysis, medical screening results, and the Chernobyl disaster. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.

Social Sciences

Why We Can't Sleep: The Generation X Woman's New Midlife Crisis
DB98358 5 hours 46 minutes
by Ada Calhoun
read by Ada Calhoun
A journalist examines the stresses and misery faced by many Generation X women entering middle age in the early twenty-first century. Analyzes new worries faced by this generation and discusses the cultural and political contexts for these stresses. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.

Hands Up, Don't Shoot: Why the Protests in Ferguson and Baltimore Matter, and How They Changed America
DB97415 10 hours 57 minutes
by Jennifer E. Cobbina
read by Jeff Allin
Examines effects and experiences of local residents and protestors around high-profile police killings of young Black men. Discusses the Black Lives Matter movement, policing tactics during the protests surrounding these deaths, and the larger effects on American society. Draws on interviews with locals. Violence and strong language. 2019.

The Cure for Hate: A Former White Supremacist's Journey from Violent Extremism to Radical Compassion
DB98218 8 hours 33 minutes
by Tony McAleer
read by Andy Pyle
Author recounts his years spent as a white nationalist, rising through the ranks to a leadership role in the White Aryan Resistance (WAR). Describes how fatherhood spurred him to question his hateful beliefs and details his journey to disengage from white supremacist ideology. Some strong language. 2019.

How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy
DB98398 8 hours 13 minutes
by Jenny Odell
read by Rebecca Gibel
Artist's manifesto to resist the capitalistic demand to always be doing something. Examines the forces of a capitalism-based society, ways to refuse engagement with it, mindfulness, and restructuring your life to create a more meaningful personal understanding of happiness and progress. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.

Yale Needs Women: How the First Group of Girls Rewrote the Rules of an Ivy League Giant
DB98445 10 hours 2 minutes
by Anne Gardiner Perkins
read by Erin Bennett
Describes the experiences and challenges faced by the first female undergraduates enrolled at Yale University. Discusses how they fought backwards traditions to create opportunities for themselves and future women. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.

Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication
DB98368 11 hours 17 minutes
by Oren Jay Sofer
read by Jonathan Taylor
Mindfulness trainer details his method for effective communication by combining mindfulness with nonviolent communication. Discusses the importance of presence, intention and attention, and provides practical exercises for applying these techniques in relationships with romantic partners, friends, colleagues, and family members. 2018.

Kill Reply All
DB98154 5 hours 20 minutes
by Victoria Turk
read by Victoria Turk
Journalist for Wired presents a guide to navigating communication in the early twenty-first century. Discusses communicating in the workplace, building romantic relationships, managing friendships, and the ways the greater online community operates. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.

Sports and Recreation

Bliss(ters): How I Walked from Mexico to Canada One Summer
DB98474 8 hours 34 minutes
by Gail M. Francis
read by Wendy Tremont King
Memoir of a woman who, just before her 40th birthday, quit her job and set out to spend five months walking from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail, meeting an eclectic group of fellow hikers along the way. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.

Homegrown: How the Red Sox Built a Champion from the Ground Up
DB98472 10 hours 37 minutes
by Alex Speier
read by George Newbern
A Boston Globe baseball reporter looks at the 2018 Red Sox season. He believes their success was the result of careful, patient planning and shrewd decision-making that allowed Boston to develop a golden generation of prospects--and then build upon that talented core to assemble a juggernaut. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.

Uppity: My Untold Story about the Games People Play
DB90730 9 hours 38 minutes
by Bill White
read by Bruce Huntey
Memoir of a former first baseman for teams including the St. Louis Cardinals and the Philadelphia Phillies, who went on to a successful career as a sportscaster and served as the president of the National League from 1989 to 1994. Discusses his early career, experiences with segregation, and later successes. Some strong language. 2011.

Blood, Sweat, and Tears: Jake Gaither, Florida A&M, and the History of Black College Football
DB98379 12 hours 56 minutes
by Derrick E. White
read by David DeBoy
Professor presents the history of African American college football in America through the lens of Hall of Fame coach Jake Gaither. Looks at his football program at Florida A&M, as well as the programs at historically Black colleges, and how they were affected by the civil rights movement. 2019.

Stage and Screen

Broadway to Main Street: How Show Tunes Enchanted America
DB97400 12 hours 45 minutes
by Laurence Maslon
read by David DeBoy
Theatre professor and author of Broadway: The American Musical (DB63278) examines how the songs from Broadway musicals made their way into popular music over the years, from early cast albums of classic shows to the modern phenomenon of Hamilton. 2018.

US History

The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of the Donner Party
DB98450 10 hours 58 minutes
by Daniel James Brown
read by Michael Prichard
Recounts the tragic journey of a party of settlers traveling west to California in the nineteenth century. Particularly describes the harrowing weeks spent traversing the Sierra Nevada Mountains as heavy snows fell. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.

World History

The Age of Reason Begins: A History of European Civilization in the Period of Shakespeare, Bacon, Montaigne, Rembrandt, Galileo, and Descartes; 1558-1648
DB98193 34 hours 53 minutes
by Will Durant and Ariel Durant
read by Grover Gardner
Surveys the turbulent period of religious strife and scientific progress from the accession of Elizabeth I of England in 1558 to the death of Descartes in 1650. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 1961.

Genius & Anxiety: How Jews Changed the World, 1847-1947
DB98449 18 hours 4 minutes
by Norman Lebrecht
read by Jonathan Davis
Examines the wide variety of contributions made to global society over the course of a century by individuals with Jewish origins. Begins with the Communist Manifesto and ends with the founding of Israel. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.

No Surrender: My Thirty-Year War
DB98189 6 hours 44 minutes
by Hiroo Onoda
read by Lane Nishikawa
Author recounts his harrowing experiences surviving in the Philippine jungle. Describes how, after evading capture during World War II, the author continued his isolated existence in the jungle for decades, unaware that the war had ended. Translated from the Japanese edition. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 1974.

Books for Children

Listed books were recently sent to cooperating libraries. Books and magazines are also available for immediate download from the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) site at To order books or sign up for BARD, contact your local cooperating library.
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


Night of Dangers: The Adventurers Guild
DB98342 8 hours 22 minutes
by Zack Loran Clark and Nick Eliopulos
read by Johnny Heller
A new evil has taken over the city of Freestone, and the threat seems to be coming from someone within the Adventurers Guild. Sequel to Twilight of the Elves (DB98167). Commercial audiobook. For grades 4-7. 2019.

Pendragon: Journal of an Adventure through Time and Space, Books 6-8
DB98364 41 hours 14 minutes
by D.J. MacHale
read by Mark Ashby
Books six through eight, written between 2005 and 2007, featuring adventurer Bobby Pendragon and his pursuit of Saint Dane, a nefarious Traveler. Includes The Rivers of Zadaa, The Quillan Games, and The Pilgrims of Rayne. For grades 5-8. 2007.

Hoax for Hire
DB97422 6 hours 18 minutes
by Laura Martin
read by Doug Tisdale Jr.
Grayson McNeil comes from a long line of cryptid hunters, until his dad decided that they should become professional hoaxers instead. But then his father and grandfather go missing in the wake of a job gone wrong. For grades 3-6. 2019.


Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story
DB98387 0 hours 30 minutes
by Kevin Noble Maillard
read by Eva Wilhelm
A family comes together to enjoy fry bread, a post-colonial food that is a shared tradition for Native American families all across the continent. Includes a recipe and an extensive author's note. Sibert Medal. For preschool-grade 2. 2019.

DB98170 0 hours 9 minutes
by Oge Mora
read by Tracey Leigh
When all of their special Saturday
plans go awry, Ava and her mother still find a way to appreciate one another and their time together. Commercial audiobook. For preschool-grade 2. 2019.

My Papi Has a Motorcycle
DB98388 0 hours 12 minutes
by Isabel Quintero
read by Eva Wilhelm
Daisy takes a trip around the neighborhood with her father on his motorcycle and sees familiar people and places, but also notices a changing community. For grades K-3. 2019.


Forest of Shadows: Frozen II
DB97852 8 hours 14 minutes
by Kamilla Benko
read by Rachel Matthews
After a strange illness strikes Arendelle, Anna discovers a secret room in the castle and incants a magic spell hoping to cure the sickness. Instead, a sinister wolf arrives, threatening to destroy the peaceful kingdom. Commercial audiobook. For grades 3-6. 2019.

A Giant Problem: Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles, Book 2
DB98343 1 hour 45 minutes
by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black
read by Andrew McCarthy
As giants start waking up and destroying everything around their Florida neighborhood, Nick, Laurie, Jules, and Cindy work frantically to find a solution. Commercial audiobook. For grades 3-6. 2008.

The Wyrm King: Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles, Book 3
DB98344 2 hours 9 minutes
by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black
read by Andrew McCarthy
After defeating the giants, Nick, Julie, Laurie, and their friends try to prevent a hydra from creating sinkholes all over Florida. Commercial audiobook. For grades 3-6. 2009.

The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm: Tales from Alagaësia, Volume 1
DB98341 4 hours 57 minutes
by Christopher Paolini and Angela
read by Gerard Doyle
Three new stories featuring Eragon set a year after he left Alagaësia to find a home to train the newest generation of Dragon Riders. Commercial audiobook. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2018.

Moon Rising: Wings of Fire
DB97830 7 hours 32 minutes
by Tui T. Sutherland
read by Shannon McManus
When Moonwatcher, a young NightWing with secret powers, begins school at the academy started by the dragonets of destiny after the end of the war, she soon realizes that someone is attacking the students. Sequel to The Brightest Night (DB97829). Commercial audiobook. For grades 4-7. 2015.


Classics of Childhood: Classic Stories and Tales Read by Celebrities, Volume 2
DB97856 3 hours 30 minutes
published by Blackstone Audio, Inc.
read by various narrators
Six classic fairytales read by celebrities such as Jaclyn Smith, Michael York, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Sharon Stone. Includes "The Princess and the Pea" and "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." Commercial audiobook. For grades K-3. 2009.


Meet the Dinotrux
DB98347 0 hours 6 minutes
by Chris Gall
read by Michael Mola
Part-dinosaur, part-truck creatures called Dinotrux become friends and work together to find a way to cross a river. Commercial audiobook. For preschool-grade 2. 2015.

Redwood and Ponytail
DB98438 4 hours 55 minutes
by K.A. Holt
read by various narrators
Told in verse in two voices, two girls who are opposite in many ways find they are drawn to each other. The friendship of Kate, a cheerleader, and Tam, an athletic tomboy, deepens and changes in ways they did not anticipate. Commercial audiobook. For grades 5-8. 2019.

The Backstagers and the Final Blackout, Book 3
DB98384 5 hours 14 minutes
by Andy Mientus
read by Deborah Desmone
A mysterious masked man has stolen all of the magical theater artifacts, and it is up to the Backstagers, each with his or her own unique skills, to retrieve them. Based on the comics created by James Tynion IV and Rian Sygh. For grades 5-8. 2019.

Pearl the Magical Unicorn
DB98346 0 hours 37 minutes
by Sally Odgers
read by Samantha Turret
Pearl, a magical unicorn, is still learning how to use her powers. With the help of her friends, Tweet and Olive, Pearl begins to believe in herself--especially after they stumble upon three naughty, stinky gobble-uns. Commercial audiobook. For grades K-3. 2018.

Growing Up

Judy Moody and the Right Royal Tea Party
DB98383 1 hour 53 minutes
by Megan McDonald
read by Deborah Desmone
When eight-year-old Judy learns that some of her ancestors lived in England and possibly were related to the Queen, her enthusiasm for having royal blood causes problems with her friends. For grades 2-4. 2018.

Historical Fiction

One True Way
DB97426 3 hours 37 minutes
by Shannon Hitchcock
read by Gabriella Cavallero
1970s. From the moment she met Samantha, star of the school basketball team, on her first day at Daniel Boone Middle School, Allie felt like she found the perfect friend. But as their friendship grows it begins to evolve into a deeper emotion. For grades 3-6. 2018.

A Place to Belong
DB98171 8 hours 55 minutes
by Cynthia Kadohata
read by Jennifer Ikeda
Twelve-year-old Hanako and her family, reeling from their confinement in an internment camp, renounce their American citizenship to move to Hiroshima, a city devastated by the atomic bomb dropped by Americans. Commercial audiobook. For grades 5-8. 2019.

The Christmas Doll
DB97861 3 hours 10 minutes
by Elvira Woodruff
read by Bernadette Dunne
As Christmas approaches, Lucy, a ten-year-old orphan living on the streets of London, is overjoyed to be given the job of sewing hearts for the dolls in a doll shop. Commercial audiobook. For grades 4-7. 2000.


Classics of Childhood: A Christmas Collection, Volume 3
DB97857 4 hours 52 minutes
published by Blackstone Audio, Inc.
read by various narrators
Collection of holiday stories for children that are read by celebrities such as Robby Benson, Ralph Waite, Jonathan Winters, Jack Lemmon, Dudley Moore, and Carl Reiner. Includes "The Little Match Girl" and "Miracle on 34th Street." Commercial audiobook. For grades K-3. 2010.


Ready for Action: Toy Academy
DB98432 1 hour 54 minutes
by Brian Lynch
read by P.J. Ochlan
After the events in Some Assembly Required (DB98431), misfit toy Grumbolt trains as an action toy and sidekick to Rex Everything, the academy bully. When toy Tempest Boomcloud breaks out of a display case, the unlikely duo race to stop her. Commercial audiobook. For grades 2-4. 2019.

Some Assembly Required: Toy Academy
DB98431 1 hours 44 minutes
by Brian Lynch
read by P.J. Ochlan
Attending Toy Academy to train in the art of play, misfit little toy Grumbolt resolves to find his proper place. But when a plot by rival Evil Toy Academy threatens his school, Grumbolt takes a risk and proves his worth. Commercial audiobook. For grades 2-4. 2018.

Alien Superstar
DB97851 4 hours 57 minutes
by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver
read by Henry Winkler
Alien Buddy C. Burger escapes his home planet, lands in North Hollywood, and is cast in a new television series. But now Buddy must pretend his six eyes and suction-cup feet are the costume and his human skin is real. Commercial audiobook. For grades 3-6. 2019.

Mystery and Detective

King & Kayla and the Case of Found Fred
DB98382 0 hours 14 minutes
by Dori Hillestad Butler
read by Colleen Delany
While on vacation at Grandma's house, canine King becomes the lead detective after he finds Fred, a lost dog who smells like smoke and hamburgers. The three of them search for Fred's humans. For grades K-3. 2019.

Religious Themes

Cul-de-Sac Kids, Collections 1-4
DB98367 18 hours 14 minutes
by Beverly Lewis
read by Eva Wilhelm
Twenty-four previously published chapter books, written between 1993 and 2001, featuring a group of kids that learn the value of friendship and faith on Blossom Hill Lane. Includes The Double Dabble Surprise, The Chicken Pox Panic, The Crazy Christmas Angel Mystery, No Grown-Ups Allowed, and more. For grades 2-4. 2001.

Song of the Stars: A Christmas Story
DB97855 0 hours 7 minutes
by Sally Lloyd-Jones
read by David Suchet
Nature and the animal kingdom celebrate the birth of Jesus, while most people do not even notice that a miracle has occurred. Commercial audiobook. For preschool-grade 2 and older readers. 2011.


Dinotrux Go to School
DB98348 0 hours 8 minutes
by Chris Gall
read by Michael Mola
Prehistoric part-dinosaur part-truck creatures help each other get ready for their first day of school. Commercial audiobook. For preschool-grade 2. 2014.

Science Fiction

Enemies: Klawde; Evil Alien Warlord Cat
DB98435 3 hours 33 minutes
by Johnny Marciano and Emily Chenoweth
read by various narrators
Warlord cat Klawde continues to suffer in exile as Raj starts a new school, but a further complication arises when both are unexpectedly confronted by figures from their pasts. Sequel to Klawde (DB98434). Commercial audiobook. For grades 2-4. 2019.

Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat
DB98434 3 hours 9 minutes
by Johnny Marciano and Emily
read by various narrators
Klawde, the exiled ruler of the planet Lyttyrboks, and Raj, who just moved from Brooklyn to tiny Elba, Oregon, forge an unlikely friendship as they find their footing in a strange new world. Commercial audiobook. For grades 2-4. 2019.

The Spacedog Cometh: Klawde; Evil Alien Warlord Cat
DB98436 3 hours 29 minutes
by Johnny Marciano and Emily Chenoweth
read by various narrators
Warlord cat Klawde faces the arrival of Space Ranger Barx, a dog hoping to settle an intergalactic score. Meanwhile, Raj contends with his formidable grandmother as she eagerly plans an embarrassing birthday party celebration. Sequel to Enemies (DB98435). Commercial audiobook. For grades 2-4. 2019.

Short Stories

Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks
DB97796 4 hours 8 minutes
by Jason Reynolds
read by Jeff Allin
A collection of ten short stories that all take place in the same day about kids walking home from school. For grades 5-8. 2019.

Children's Nonfiction

Animals and Wildlife

Beetle Battles: One Scientist's Journey of Adventure and Discovery
DB98373 3 hours 36 minutes
by Doug Emlen
read by Jonathan Taylor
Scientist discusses beetle weapons and how their horns and armor change to better suit them in different environments. He also compares their weapon evolution to the development of weapons by humans. For grades 6-9. 2019.

Nature's Ninja: Animals with Spectacular Skills
DB98381 1 hour 5 minutes
by Rebecca L. Johnson
read by Eva Wilhelm
Award-winning author compares different species of animals to ninjas, the legendary warriors from Japan. From the stealthy gecko to the sneaky rove beetle, each creature is examined for its own unique ability. For grades 4-7. 2020.

Bugs in Danger: Our Vanishing Bees, Butterflies, and Beetles
DB98372 4 hours 1 minute
by Mark Kurlansky
read by Steven Carpenter
Award-winning author explains the growth, spread, and recent declines of the planet's beloved insects and shows just how much creepy-crawly bugs matter to our world. For grades 5-8. 2019.

The Great Shark Rescue: Saving the Whale Sharks
DB98376 0 hours 54 minutes
by Sandra Markle
read by Eva Wilhelm
Award-winning author introduces the whale shark, the largest fish in the ocean that can grow to 40 feet long. Facing threats from commercial fishing as well as climate change, whale sharks were categorized as endangered in 2016. Meanwhile, scientists continue to study these gentle giants. For grades 4-7. 2020.


Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina
DB97853 5 hours 46 minutes
by Michaela DePrince and Elaine DePrince
read by Allyson Johnson
Memoir of Michaela DePrince, who lived the first few years of her life in war-torn Sierra Leone until being adopted by an American family. As a teenager, she became one of the premiere ballerinas in the United States. Commercial audiobook. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2014.


Let 'er Buck! George Fletcher, the People's Champion
DB98386 0 hours 45 minutes
by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
read by Jonathan Taylor
Explores the legacy of Black cowboy George Fletcher, who bonded with horses at an early age. When he unfairly lost the 1911 Pendleton Round-Up to a white man, the outraged audience declared Fletcher as People's Champion and honor him to this day. For grades 3-6. 2019.

Peace, Love, Action! Everyday Acts of Goodness from A to Z
DB98260 2 hours 54 minutes
by Tanya Zabinski
read by Julie-Ann Elliott
Profiles twenty-six renowned social reformers and activists. Each profile includes a section to inspire young readers to take tangible actions to build a sustainable, just, and loving world. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 2019.


Strange but True
DB98378 2 hours 51 minutes
by Kathryn Hulick
read by Eva Wilhelm
Presents ten unsolved mysteries, from alien encounters to sea monsters, and encourages using critical thinking skills to evaluate whether the reported phenomena is possible or not. For grades 4-7. 2019.


The Night before Christmas
DB97854 0 hours 7 minutes
by Clement C. Moore
read by Peter Linz
Classic Christmas poem about a visit from St. Nicholas, originally published in 1823. Commercial audiobook. For preschool-grade 2 and older readers. 2013.

Seven Candles for Kwanzaa
DB97859 0 hours 12 minutes
by Andrea Davis Pinkney
read by Alfre Woodard
Describes the origins and practices of Kwanzaa, the seven-day festival during which people of African descent rejoice in their ancestral values. Commercial audiobook. For grades K-3. 1993.

Jesus Calling: The Story of Christmas
DB97858 0 hours 19 minutes
by Sarah Young
read by Nan Gurley
Describes the birth of Jesus Christ and explains the Christian meaning of Christmas. Commercial audiobook. For preschool-grade 2. 2018.


By and By: Charles Albert Tindley, the Father of Gospel Music
DB98385 0 hours 21 minutes
by Carole Boston Weatherford
read by Ken Jackson
Short, lyrical biography of Charles Tindley, a preacher and gospel music composer. Born free, young Tindley toiled in the fields and educated himself by reading newspapers. Years later, a composer of dozens of hymnals, his music legacy inspired the civil rights anthem "We Shall Overcome." For grades 2-4. 2020.

Elvis Is King!
DB98263 0 hours 27 minutes
by Jonah Winter
read by Eric Messner
Presents the life and legacy of Elvis Presley. Raised by his parents in impoverished conditions in Tupelo Mississippi, shy Elvis inspired others with his music and later became a cultural icon known as the "King of Rock and Roll." For grades K-3. 2019.


Eek, You Reek! Poems about Animals That Stink, Stank, Stunk
DB98262 0 hours 27 minutes
by Jane Yolen and Heidi E.Y. Stemple
read by Eric Messner
Collection of poems about the different critters in nature that make a funky impact in their environment. For grades 2-4. 2019.

Science and Technology

Nikola Tesla for Kids: His Life, Ideas, and Inventions; with 21 Activities
DB97590 5 hours 35 minutes
by Amy M. O'Quinn
read by Robert Sams
Recounts the life of inventor and engineer, Nikola Tesla (1856-1943). Best known for designing the alternating-current (AC) electrical system, Tesla also developed several other technological advances. Includes activities such as making static electricity and a soda bottle submarine. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2019.

Foreign Language


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.

La Casa de Riverton (The House at Riverton)
DB98389 20 horas 37 minutos
por Kate Morton
leído por Catherine Nunez
Grace Bradley ha mantenido durante mucho tiempo secretos sobre el presunto suicidio de un joven poeta cerca de una mansión inglesa en 1924. Cuando un director de cine se comunica con Grace, ahora de noventa y ocho años, sobre el trágico incidente, ella recuerda los años en que trabajó como la criada de la familia Hartford y era la confidente de sus hijas. 2015. (Grace Bradley has long-held secrets about a young poet's alleged suicide near an English manor in 1924. When a film director contacts ninety-eight-year-old Grace about the tragic incident, she thinks back to the years she worked as the Hartford family maid and was their daughters' confidant. 2015.)

La Casa de los Veinte Mil Libros (The House of Twenty Thousand Books)
DB90987 12 horas 51 minutos
por Sasha Abramsky
leído por María Pino
Un periodista recrea el mundo único de la casa de sus abuelos en Londres. Chimen y Miriam Abramsky acumularon una extensa colección de literatura socialista e historia judía, y frecuentemente celebraban grandes reuniones para reunir a pensadores influyentes, incluyendo a Eric Hobsbawm e Isaiah Berlin. 2016. (A journalist recreates the singular world of his grandparents' house in London. Chimen and Miriam Abramsky amassed an extensive collection of socialist literature and Jewish history, and they frequently held large gatherings to bring together influential thinkers, including Eric Hobsbawm and Isaiah Berlin. 2016.)

El Niño con el Pijama de Rayas (The Boy in the Striped Pajamas)
DB91739 5 horas 30 minutos
por John Boyne
leído por Irma Bello
Segunda Guerra Mundial. Un niño de nueve años, Bruno, está consternado cuando su familia se traslada de Berlín a una casa de campo remota. Se esfuerza por entender por qué él no puede ser amigo de un niño al otro lado de una cerca de alambre. Traducido del inglés. Para grados 6 a 9 y lectores mayores. 2007. (World War II. Nine-year-old Bruno is dismayed when his family moves from Berlin to a remote country house. He struggles to understand why he can’t be friends with the boy behind the wire fence. Translated from the English. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2007.)

Las Supervivientes (Final Girls)
DB91509 11 horas 49 minutos
por Riley Sager
leído por María Pino
Hace una década, mientras que estaba de vacaciones en una cabaña, Quincy Carpenter fue la única que escapó un ataque salvaje de un asesino. Mientras se recuperaba, ella conoce a otra "última chica." Ahora, después de una frenética llamada a Quincy, esa mujer ha sido asesinada. Violencia, lenguaje injurioso, y descripciones de índole sexual. 2018. (A decade ago, while vacationing at a cabin, Quincy Carpenter was the only one to escape a killer’s savage attack. In recovery, she met another "final girl." Now, after a frantic call to Quincy, that woman has been killed. Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex. 2018.)

Todas las Familias Felices (Happy Families)
DB91616 14 horas 51 minutos
por Mercedes de Vega
leído por by María Pino
Madrid, 2003. La vida de Teresa Anglada se ve desbaratada por el misterio de la desaparición de su hija Jimena en un museo popular--en la fecha exacta en que desapareció su padre en 1970. Violencia y lenguaje injurioso. 2018. (Madrid, 2003. Teresa Anglada's life is derailed by the mystery of the disappearance of her daughter Jimena in a popular museum--on the exact date that her own father disappeared in 1970. Violence and strong language. 2018.)

La Vida Interior de los Animales: Amor, Duelo, Compasión - Asombrosas Miradas a un Mundo Oculto (The Inner Life of Animals: Love, Grief, and Compassion - Surprising Observations of a Hidden World)
DB91519 7 horas 54 minutos
por Peter Wohlleben
leído por Aurelio Dominguez
El autor de La vida secreta de los árboles (DB84982) proporciona sus observaciones sobre el comportamiento animal. Examina las emociones percibidas en mamíferos, pájaros, insectos, y otras criaturas. Traducido de la edición original en alemán de 2016. 2017. (Author of La vida secreta de los árboles (DB84982) provides his observations of animal behavior. Examines the emotions perceived in mammals, birds, insects, and other creatures. Translated from the original 2016 German-language edition. 2017.)

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