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  • Australia Day
    Australia Day Melanie Cheng
    Narrator:
    Katherine Tonkin
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    Australia Day is a collection of stories by debut author Melanie Cheng. The people she writes about are young, old, rich, poor, married, widowed, Chinese, Lebanese, Christian, Muslim. What they have in common - no matter where they come from - is the desire we all share to feel that we belong. The stories explore universal themes of love, loss, family and identity while at the same time asking crucial questions about the possibility of human connection in a globalised world. Melanie Cheng is an important new voice, offering a fresh perspective on contemporary Australia. Her effortless, unpretentious realism balances an insider's sensitivity and understanding with an outsider's clear-eyed objectivity, showing us a version of ourselves richer and more multifaceted than anything we've seen before.
  • Australia's Most Unbelievable True Stories
    Australia's Most Unbelievable True Stories Jim Haynes
    Narrator:
    Jim Haynes
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    Did you know that in 1932 the Australian army was called out to wage war on an invading army of 20,000... emus? Or that the first royal personage to arrive in Australia was the King of Iceland and he came as a convict? And how about the spooky phenomenon of the mischief-making Guyra Ghost? From Jim Haynes, one of our most successful and prolific tellers of yarns and bush tales, comes this ultimate collection of unbelievable true Australian stories: the unknown, the forgotten, the surprising, the truly weird and the completely inexplicable. Told with a refreshing understatement, Australia's Most Unbelievable True Stories vividly evokes a vanishing Australia when anything was possible, when characters were larger than life and the bizarre and strange were normal.
  • Australian Heroines of World War One
    Australian Heroines of World War One Susanna de Vries
    Narrator:
    Deidre Rubenstein
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    The story of eight courageous women who had the courage and strength for which the Anzacs are renowned and the compassion and tenderness that only a woman can bring.One brave nursing sister Hilda Samsing became a whistle blower. Nursing aboard the hospital ship Gascon, outraged by the bungled evacuation of wounded Anzacs which was censored out of the press, she let her diary be shown in high places which raised questions in the House of Commons.In Belgium, Louise Creed, a Sydney journalist caught in the besieged city of Antwerp made a hair-raising escape from a German firing squad and lived to tell the tale. Brisbane’s Grace Wilson, ordered to establish an emergency hospital on drought ridden Lemnos Island, arrived there to find suffering Anzacs but no drinking water, tents, or medical supplies. Grace and her nurses tore up their petticoats to use as bandages, survived for weeks on bully beef and biscuits and saved the lives of thousands wounded at Lone Pine and the Nek. In November 1915 after a blizzard hit the trenches of Gallipoli they cared for Anzacs with frostbitten or gangrenous feet. After surviving hardship on Lemnos, young Florence James-Wallace works in France near the front line in a Casualty Clearing, treating soldiers with hideous wounds or blinded by mustard gas. The Germans emerged from their trenches and advanced as Florence and her stretcher cases escaped by lorry. In 1918 after years spent nursing men smashed and pulverised by machine gun fire she faced yet another challenge—an epidemic of Spanish flu. They returned to a world that only recognised male courage and were quickly forgotten, two of them awarded such meagre pensions they died destitute and forgotten.
  • Author Anonymous
    Author Anonymous E.K. Blair
    Narrator:
    Elena Wolfe
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    A true story told through the voice of New York Times best-selling author E. K. Blair. An intoxicatingly risqué stand-alone book. She's an author. She's a mother. She's a wife. She's a fraud, a woman marked and bound by her own deceit. Experience the astounding tale of how Anonymous battled through a year of scandals and betrayals, how her world fell from its axis with a single choice, and how she lost herself between reality and fantasy. This is a stand-alone true story tangled in lust, heartbreak, and contrition.
  • Author Bites the Dust, An
    Author Bites the Dust, An Arthur Upfield
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    Peter Hosking
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    A cat…a ping-pong ball…a drunken gardener.…With these slight clues to go on Detective-Inspector Bonaparte investigates the mysterious death of famous author, Mervyn Blake, who dies an agonising death late one night in his writing room. But how did he die? No one knows. No one that is until Bony's acute observation of human nature uncovers the murderer—and the method used to kill Blake.One of the few Bonaparte mysteries not set in the outback, An Author Bites the Dust reveals the author as his best and most ingenious.
  • Autobiography of a Tibetan Monk, The
    Autobiography of a Tibetan Monk, The Palden Gyatso
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    P. J. Ochlan
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    Palden Gyatso was born in a Tibetan village in 1933 and became an ordained Buddhist monk at 18 just as Tibet was in the midst of political upheaval. When Communist China invaded Tibet in 1950, it embarked on a program of 'reform' that would eventually affect all of Tibet's citizens and nearly decimate its ancient culture. In 1967, the Chinese destroyed monasteries across Tibet and forced thousands of monks into labor camps and prisons. Gyatso spent the next 25 years of his life enduring interrogation and torture simply for the strength of his beliefs. Palden Gyatso's story bears witness to the resilience of the human spirit, and to the strength of Tibet's proud civilization, faced with cultural genocide.
  • Autobiography of a Werewolf Hunter
    Autobiography of a Werewolf Hunter Brian P. Easton
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    Basil Sands
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    It takes more than silver bullets to kill a werewolf. Sylvester James knows what it is to be haunted. His mother died giving birth to him and his father never let him forget it; until the night he was butchered by a werewolf—the night a full moon ruined his life. Alone in the world, Sylvester is taken in by Michael Winterfox, a Cheyenne mystic. Winterfox, once a werewolf hunter, trains the boy to be a warrior—teaching him how to block out pain, stalk, fight, and kill. Bit by bit, all that makes Sylvester human is sacrificed to the hunt. Now, Sylvester's hatred has become a monster all its own, robbing him of conscience and conviction as surely as the Beast's bite. As he follows his vendetta into the outlands of the occult, options become scarce. And he learns it takes more than silver bullets to kill a werewolf... To kill a werewolf, it takes a hunter with a perfect willingness to die.
  • Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, The
    Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, The Benjamin Franklin
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    Grover Gardner
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    From printer's apprentice to internationally famous scientist, inventor, statesman, legislator, and diplomat, Benjamin Franklin led a most remarkable life. Seldom has history been so well-articulated by someone who was there as it is in this famous and compelling autobiography.
  • Autophobia
    Autophobia Brian Ladd
    Narrator:
    Susan Bennet
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    Cars are the scourge of civilization, responsible for everything from suburban sprawl and urban decay to environmental devastation and rampant climate change, not to mention our slavish dependence on foreign oil from dubious sources abroad. Add the astonishing price in human lives that we pay for our automobility, some 30 million people were killed in car accidents during the 20th century plus the countless number of hours we waste in gridlock traffic commuting to work, running errands, picking up our kids, and searching for parking, and one can't help but ask: Havent we had enough already? After a century behind the wheel, could we be reaching the end of the automotive age? From the Model T to the SUV, Autophobia reveals that our vexed relationship with the automobile is nothing new. In fact, debates over whether cars are forces of good or evil in our world have raged for over a century now, ever since the automobile was invented. According to Brian Ladd, this love and hate relationship we share with our cars is the defining quality of the automotive age. And everyone has an opinion about them, from the industry shills, oil barons, and radical libertarians who offer cars blithe paeans and deny their ill effects, to the technophobes, treehuggers, and killjoys who curse cars, ignoring the very real freedoms and benefits they provide us. Focusing in particular on our worlds cities, and spanning settings as varied as belle epoque Paris, Nazi Germany, postwar London, Los Angeles, New York, and the smoggy Shanghai of today, Ladd explores this love and hate relationship throughout, acknowledging adherents and detractors of the automobile alike. Eisenhower, Hitler, Jan and Dean, J. G. Ballard, Ralph Nader, OPEC, and, of course, cars, all come into play in this wide-ranging but remarkably wry and pithy book. A dazzling display of erudition, Autophobia is cultural commentary at its most compelling, history at its most searching and a surprising page-turner.
  • Autopilot
    Autopilot Andrew Smart
    Narrator:
    Kevin Free
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    Andrew Smart wants you to sit and do nothing much more often—and he has the science to explain why.At every turn we're pushed to do more, faster, and more efficiently: That drumbeat resounds throughout our wage-slave society. Multitasking is not only a virtue, it's a necessity. Books such as Getting Things Done, The One Minute Manager, and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People regularly top the best seller lists, and have spawned a considerable industry.But Andrew Smart argues that slackers may have the last laugh. The latest neuroscience shows that the 'culture of effectiveness' is not only ineffective, it can be harmful to your well-being. He makes a compelling case—backed by science—that filling life with activity at work and at home actually hurts your brain.A survivor of corporate-mandated 'Six Sigma' training to improve efficiency, Smart has channeled a self-described 'loathing' of the time-management industry into a witty, informative, and wide-ranging audiobook that draws on the most recent research into brain power. Use it to explain to bosses, family, and friends why you need to relax—right now.
  • Autopsy
    Autopsy Richard Babcock
    Narrator:
    Tara Giordano
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    Unhappily married to an abusive man with a big life insurance policy, Michelle Weeks thought she'd plotted out the perfect crime. But when her best-laid plans unravel and a nosy insurance agent shows up at her door, Michelle is forced to embark on a desperate cover-up: a frantic dance that includes improbable alliances with a corrupt cop and a medical examiner's assistant, plus a hasty trip to a Caribbean medical school, the theft of a freshly dead corpse, and a bone-chilling run-in with a ghoulish cult. In Autopsy: A Love Story, bestselling Kindle Singles author Richard Babcock (My Wife's Story, Ah, Rat) delivers his most heart-pounding and wickedly funny exploration of men, women and trouble.
  • Autumn
    Autumn Vina Jackson
    Narrator:
    Imogen Church
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    I always knew I was different from other women. An eminent psychiatrist has established there are five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. When Dominik died, I experienced none of these. I initially found myself reeling in shock, and then all I could do was miss him, miss him and miss him over and again. Missed his presence, his words, the familiar hard warmth of his body in the bed next to me when I awoke on cold winter mornings and, shamelessly, evoked all the many ways he would make love to me, the rawness of his domination, and how I opened myself to him and his desires like no other man before him.
  • Autumn Brides
    Autumn Brides Kathryn Springer
    Katie Ganshert
    Beth K. Vogt
    Narrator:
    Julie Carr
    Amber Quick
    Kristy Ragland
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    Happily ever after begins today. The honor of your presence is requested at three autumn weddings.…A September Bride by Kathryn SpringerWhen Annie moves to Red Leaf, she’s ready to call the little town home. Deputy Jesse Kent can’t believe his mother has handed the keys to her bookshop over to a woman she met on the internet. Jesse has seen his mother taken advantage of before, and he decides to keep a close eye on this Annie Price. But when a close eye turns into a historical wedding reenactment with Jesse and Annie as the couple, make-believe nuptials quickly give way to real-life emotions.An October Bride by Katie GanshertNo one but Jake and Emma know the true reason they’re getting married—so Emma’s dying father can walk her down the aisle. While Jake and Emma plan an autumn wedding together, it becomes clear that their agreement has a few complications—the biggest being their true feelings for each other.A November Bride by Beth K. VogtHaving celebrated the big 3-0 by ending a relationship, Sadie is tired of romantic relationships-by-text. The only man she knows willing to put down his iPhone and have face-to-face conversations with her is Erik. It’s time to put a 21st-century twist on the Sadie Hawkins’ tradition of a woman going after her man. But when he realizes he’s fallen for her, can Erik convince Sadie his just-for-fun dates were the prelude to “‘til death do us part”?
  • Autumn Castle, The
    Autumn Castle, The Kim Wilkins
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    Richard Aspel
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    Berlin in autumn: Christine Starlight lives in an artists' colony with her lover Jude, whose patience and beauty have eased her battle with chronic pain. But Christine begins to be haunted by childhood recollections of a little girl's disappearance and the flapping of a blackbird's wings. Then her world is rocked by the return of a childhood friend.…Mayfridh rules over a land where a wolf is the queen's counsellor, fate turns on the fall of an autumn leaf, and mortals feel no pain. As Christine becomes addicted to Mayfridh's world, so Mayfridh grows addicted to Christine's, falling dangerously in love with Jude.
  • Autumn Collection
    Autumn Collection Sarah M. Eden
    Annette Lyon
    Heather B. Moore
    Heather Horrocks
    Stephanie Black
    Rachelle J. Christensen
    Narrator:
    Emily Sutton-Smith
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    Six Award-Winning Authors have contributed new stories to A Timeless Romance Anthology: Autumn Collection.In Heather Horrocks' charming story, A Hound Dog Named Elvis, interior designer, Kaitlin Hartley returns to her hometown of Aspen Grove, California, to the job of her dreams after a year of specialized training in New York. During the town's Autumn Festival, she enters her dachshund, Elvis, into the Running of the Hallowieners race. Joshua Moore, the man who hadn't wanted her to leave Aspen Grove, but hadn't waited for her either, enters Elvis's sister, Priscilla. When Kaitlin gets home afterward, she realizes Elvis has left the building—with Joshua. She has the wrong dog! Can she get her dog—and the man she's never stopped loving—back?Eye for an Eye, Stephanie Black's thrilling novella, follows Mallory as she is just getting her life back together, living with her sister and brother-in-law and starting college. After a difficult few years following a family tragedy, she's finally ready to move forward, which includes getting to know the charming Darien better. But when illegal drugs turn up in her sister's drawer, the first person accused is Mallory, and suddenly she doesn't know who to trust. She turns to Darien, but with all evidence pointing at her, she doesn't know if Darien is the man to save her.In First Heist, a suspenseful novella by Heather B. Moore, Mia, an undercover agent is about to make a handoff to co-agent, Omar Zagouri. But before she can complete her assignment, her cover is blown, and she finds herself escaping with Omar. The only problem is, her boss warned her about Omar and his sketchy history of landing himself in the middle of danger. After losing her mother in an attack planned for Mia, pulling off any heist with a man like Omar is the last thing she needs for her career...or her life.Sarah M. Eden's cozy mystery, Letter for Two, we meet Sophia, who looks forward to the 5:30 p.m. mail sorting she does with her next door neighbor, Ethan. They live in a renovated house, now split into two apartments. Ethan is one of those dreamy, smart guys, but he shows no interest other than being friendly toward Sophia. When they find a mysterious letter addressed to Eleanor, dated to 1953, Sophia and Ethan determine to solve the puzzle together. Sophia knows that spending evenings with Ethan in 'research' might be her only chance to convince him that she should be more than just a neighbor.In the enchanting novella, Silver Cascade Secrets, by Rachelle J. Christensen, Jillian is the master landscaper at a beautiful park. Meeting Travis there soon after breaking up with her boyfriend, Jillian is wary at first. Travis seems like a great guy, but Jillian had fallen for great guys before. When she learns that his brother, Craig, was murdered six months before, her heart goes out to Travis. True to her curious nature, she starts asking questions and learns about Craig's close connection with the park. But finding the answers puts Jillian's life in danger, and she must decide who she really trusts.Chocolate Obsessed, a captivating romantic suspense by Annette Lyon, we meet Whitney, an executive pastry chef who is working her resort's booth at the New York Chocolate Show. The only problem is that she shares the shift with her arch rival, Stephen. But then an unexpected visitor shows up: Jeremy, a man who lost a dessert competition she judged. When Jeremy confronts her and becomes threatening, Stephen gets Jeremy dragged off by security. But that doesn't throw Jeremy off for long; soon Stephen and Whitney are running for their lives.
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