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  • Protocol for a Kidnapping
    Protocol for a Kidnapping Ross Thomas
    Narrator:
    Malcolm Hillgartner
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    When his old boss is kidnapped, St. Ives reluctantly agrees to free him. Philip St. Ives loses his first job in journalism as soon as he realizes he hates the man who gave it to him. Chicago Post editor Amfred Killingsworth is a pompous blowhard, and fires his newest reporter for failing to fawn over him. St. Ives goes to New York, where he lands a daily column and the close friendship of an assortment of crooks. Killingsworth goes in a less respectable direction, becoming the US ambassador to Yugoslavia. By the time the ambassador gets himself kidnapped, the only man who can save him is his former cub reporter. The kidnappers demand the release of a Slavic poet in exchange for the ambassador, and St. Ives goes behind the Iron Curtain to arrange the hand-off. To protect a trove of ugly Washington secrets, he’ll have to save the life of a universally disliked man.
  • Proud Servant, The
    Proud Servant, The Margaret Irwin
    Narrator:
    David Monteath
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    James Graham, Marquis of Montrose, the soldier-poet who fought so magnificently and so fruitlessly for his King, Charles I. A tale of seduction and witchcraft and a promise made to Charles I to 'raise Scotland for the King.' Margaret Irwin's novels of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries have been popular for decades. The author's particular hall-mark is the way she blends exciting adventure, romance and penetrating character-study with scrupulous historical accuracy.
  • Proust Was a Neuroscientist
    Proust Was a Neuroscientist Jonah Lehrer
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    Dan John Miller
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    In this technology-driven age, it’s tempting to believe that science can solve every mystery. After all, science has cured countless diseases and even sent humans into space. But as Jonah Lehrer argues in this sparkling debut, science is not the only path to knowledge. In fact, when it comes to understanding the brain, art got there first.Taking a group of artists – a painter, a poet, a chef, a composer, and a handful of novelists – Lehrer shows how each one discovered an essential truth about the mind that science is only now rediscovering. We learn, for example, how Proust first revealed the fallibility of memory; how George Eliot discovered the brain’s malleability; how the French chef Escoffier identified umami (the fifth taste); how Cézanne worked out the subtleties of vision; and how Gertrude Stein exposed the deep structure of language – a full half-century before the work of Noam Chomsky and other linguists. It’s the ultimate tale of art trumping science.More broadly, Lehrer shows that there’s a cost to reducing everything to atoms and acronyms and genes. Measurement is not the same as understanding, and this is what art knows better than science. An ingenious blend of biography, criticism, and first-rate science writing, Proust Was a Neuroscientist urges science and art to listen more closely to each other, for willing minds can combine the best of both, to brilliant effect.
  • Provenance
    Provenance Laney Salisbury
    Aly Sujo
    Narrator:
    Marty Peterson
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    Here is a tautly paced investigation of one the 20th century's most audacious art frauds, which generated hundreds of forgeries—many of them still hanging in prominent museums and private collections today. Provenance is the extraordinary narrative of one of the most far-reaching and elaborate deceptions in art history. Investigative reporters Laney Salisbury and Aly Sujo brilliantly recount the tale of a great con man and unforgettable villain, John Drewe, and his sometimes unwitting accomplices. Chief among those was the struggling artist John Myatt, a vulnerable single father who was manipulated by Drewe into becoming a prolific art forger. Once Myatt had painted the pieces, the real fraud began. Drewe managed to infiltrate the archives of the upper echelons of the British art world in order to fake the provenance of Myatt's forged pieces, hoping to irrevocably legitimize the fakes while effectively rewriting art history. The story stretches from London to Paris to New York, from tony Manhattan art galleries to the esteemed Giacometti and Dubuffet associations, to the archives at the Tate Gallery. This enormous swindle resulted in the introduction of at least 200 forged paintings, some of them breathtakingly good and most of them selling for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Many of these fakes are still out in the world, considered genuine and hung prominently in private houses, large galleries, and prestigious museums. And the sacred archives, undermined by John Drewe, remain tainted to this day. Provenance reads like a well-plotted thriller, filled with unforgettable characters and told at a breakneck pace. But this is most certainly not fiction; Provenance is the meticulously researched and captivating account of one of the greatest cons in the history of art forgery.
  • ProvenCare
    ProvenCare Glenn D. Steele Jr., MD
    David T. Feinberg, MD
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    Scott R. Pollak
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    The gold standard in reengineering healthcare delivery When it comes to providing high-quality care in the most efficient, cost-effective way possible, ProvenCare has proven to be the gold standard in the industry. Developed at Geisinger Health System and praised by healthcare leaders worldwide, this pioneering approach provides an essential blueprint for healthcare executives who want to provide higher levels of care for their patients, greater incentives for practitioners, and smarter solutions at lower costs. ProvenCare will help you achieve four transformational goals: 1. Create a truly integrated system that connects all employees―physicians, nurses, pharmacists, medical technicians and specialists, administrators, desk clerks, IT workers, food services, security guards, even financial officers. 2. Nurture partnerships between payers and providers―by sharing crucial medical information as well as financial risks. 3. Strengthen your leadership―from top to bottom, in every department and division. 4. Drive continuous innovation―with sustainable benefits for future success. Packed with practical solutions to pervasive industry problems, this book provides you with the same field-tested strategies that have made Geisinger one of the most respected names in the healthcare industry. Written by the physician executive who led the development and implementation of ProvenCare and the current CEO of this widely hailed organization, this authoritative guide shows leaders how to reengineer care delivery using innovative strategies, proven processes, and performance-enhancing tools that will create value, improve quality, and reduce costs. Best of all, you'll be well-equipped to tackle challenges in the future. Whether it's new government guidelines or insurance industry upsets, the fundamental challenges in healthcare will always remain the same: access, quality, and cost. With ProvenCare, you'll have the tools you need to deliver the best care in the best way at the best price.
  • Providence Noir
    Providence Noir Ann Hood
    Narrator:
    Timothy Andrés Pabon
    P. J. Oakland
    Hillary Huber
    Greta Jung
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    Akashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each story is set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the city of the book.Featuring brand-new stories by: John Searles, Elizabeth Strout, Taylor M. Polites, Hester Kaplan, Robert Leuci, Amity Gaige, Peter Farrelly, Pablo Rodriguez, Bruce DeSilva, Marie Myung-Ok Lee, Luanne Rice, Dawn Raffel, Thomas Cobb, LaShonda Katrice Barnett, and Ann Hood.Anyone who has spent time in Providence, Rhode Island, knows that lurking in the shadows are many sinister noir elements and characters. The city is ripe for this volume, and Akashic is proud to have recruited the amazing Ann Hood as editor. The impressive contributor list conveys the caliber of Providence Noir, which joins Cape Cod Noir, Boston Noir, and Boston Noir 2: The Classics in sketching a dark and alternative portrait of these New England locales.From the introduction by Ann Hood:“Providence was founded in 1636 by a rogue named Roger Williams. Williams escaped here when Massachusetts was ready to deport him back to England. In the almost four hundred years since, we’ve become infamous for all sorts of crimes and misdemeanors, including serving as home base for the Patriarca crime family for decades. My very own Uncle Eddie—I can hear Mama Rose screaming at me: ‘He wasn't a blood relative! He was related through marriage!’—was gunned down in the Silver Lake section of town in 1964, just a year after he drove me in his white Cadillac convertible in a parade as the newly crowned Little Miss Natick. The writer Geoffrey Wolff told me that once he went to a barber in Princeton, New Jersey, and the barber asked him where he was from. ‘Providence,’ Wolff told him. The barber put down his scissors, raised his hands in the air, and said, ‘Providence? Don't shoot!’“I’ve asked fourteen of my favorite writers to contribute short stories to Providence Noir. We have stories to make you shiver, stories to make you think, stories that will show you my beautiful, noirish city in a way it’s never been highlighted before.”
  • Providence of Fire, The
    Providence of Fire, The Brian Staveley
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    Simon Vance
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    Brian Staveley's The Providence of Fire, the second novel in the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, a gripping new epic fantasy series in the tradition of Brandon Sanderson and George R. R. Martin The conspiracy to destroy the ruling family of the Annurian Empire is far from over. Having learned the identity of her father's assassin, Adare flees the Dawn Palace in search of allies to challenge the coup against her family. Few trust her, but when she is believed to be touched by Intarra, patron goddess of the empire, the people rally to help her retake the capital city. As armies prepare to clash, the threat of invasion from barbarian hordes compels the rival forces to unite against their common enemy. Unknown to Adare, her brother Valyn, renegade member of the empire's most elite fighting force, has allied with the invading nomads. The terrible choices each of them has made may make war between them inevitable. Between Valyn and Adare is their brother Kaden, rightful heir to the Unhewn Throne, who has infiltrated the Annurian capital with the help of two strange companions. The knowledge they possess of the secret history that shapes these events could save Annur or destroy it.
  • Providence Rag
    Providence Rag Bruce DeSilva
    Narrator:
    Jeff Woodman
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    “DeSilva’s portrait of the city is at once jaundiced and adoring, and in his hands Providence becomes an appealingly noir backdrop.” —Kirkus ReviewsLiam Mulligan is an old-school investigative reporter for a dying newspaper in Providence, Rhode Island. He knows every street and alley, every priest and prostitute, every cop and street thug. He knows the mobsters and politicians—who are pretty much one and the same.Inspired by a true story, Providence Rag finds Mulligan, his pal Mason, and the newspaper they both work for at an ethical crossroads. The youngest serial killer in history butchered five of his neighbors before he was old enough to drive. When he was caught, Rhode Island’s antiquated criminal statutes—never intended for someone like him—required that all juveniles, no matter their crimes, be released at the age of twenty-one.Nevertheless, this killer is still behind bars, serving time for crimes supposedly committed on the inside. That these charges were fabricated is an open secret; but nearly everyone, including Mulligan, is fine with it. If the monster ever gets out, Mulligan figures, more people will surely die.But Mason is not fine with it. If officials can get away with framing this killer, he declares, they could do it to anybody. As Mason sets out to prove the authorities are perverting the justice system, Mulligan searches frantically for some legal way to keep a monster behind bars. Their dueling investigations pit friend against friend in a high-stakes race against time—and snare them in an ethical dilemma that has no right answer.
  • Provinces of Night
    Provinces of Night William Gay
    Narrator:
    Dick Hill
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    The year is 1952, and E.F. Bloodworth has returned to his home - a forgotten corner of Tennessee - after twenty years of roaming. The wife he walked out on has withered and faded, his three sons are grown and angry. Warren is a womanizing alcoholic, Boyd is driven by jealousy to hunt down his wife's lover, and Brady puts hexes on his enemies from his mamma's porch. Only Fleming, the old man's grandson, treats him with the respect his age commands, and sees past all the hatred to realize the way it can posion a man's soul. It is ultimately the love of Raven Lee, a sloe-eyed beauty from another town, that gives Fleming the courage to reject this family curse.
  • Provincetown Follies, Bangkok Blues
    Provincetown Follies, Bangkok Blues Randall Peffer
    Narrator:
    Jim O'Hare
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    Luang kho ngu hao. Now I put my hand in the cobra's throat. Tuki Aparecio did not kill her lover. She did not burn down the Painted Lady - at least, not with fire. Tuki lit up the stage nightly, with her hair in braids and her glorious costumes; glittering, smoldering, singing her heart out for an audience who loved her. She brought the house down with her performances. But she's innocent of murder, innocent of arson. How can Michael DeCastro possibly hope to defend this beautiful drag queen, who brings with her a whole pack of nasty little secrets, straight from Bangkok's notorious tenderloin district? She speaks in aphorisms, the wisdom of the Buddha combined with the lyrics of Whitney Houston. She is fascinating. And Michael can't let her go to jail.
  • Provocative
    Provocative Lisa Renee Jones
    Narrator:
    Lance Greenfield
    Grace Grant
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    Book one in the sexy and intense new White Lies duet by Lisa Renee Jones! There are those moments in life that are provocative in their very existences, that embed in our minds forever, and, sometimes, our very souls. They change us, mold us, maybe even save us. But some are darker, dangerous. If we allow them to, they control us. Seduce us. Quite possibly even destroy us. The moment I walked into Sonoma's Reid Winter Winery and Vineyard and made eye contact with Faith Winter for the first time was one of those moments. Provocative because I know at least one of her secrets, of which I suspect she has many. Provocative because she believes I was a stranger to her when we met, but I am not. Provocative because I sought her out with no intention of touching her. But now I have. Now I want her. Now I have to have her. But that changes nothing. It doesn't change why I came for her.
  • Provoked
    Provoked Rebecca Zanetti
    Narrator:
    Karen White
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    A Time for War.... A casualty of the war between the demons and the vampires, Jase Kayrs has been missing for six long years. His older brothers want answers—but they're going to have to get them from an unlikely source. For when Kane Kayrs tracks down Amber Freebird, what he finds is a blonde, vegan pacifist who has no intention of using her skills in his war.... A Time for Love.... Amber enjoys her life of chaotic freedom and has no intention of falling in line just because a sexy-as-sin vampire insists on order. Unfortunately he discovers she may be the only hope they have of finding his brother, and there's no way he's going to let her go—even if it means mating her to gain her cooperation. The two are as different as can be, yet when the dominant Kane and the untamed Amber finally unite to rescue Jase, they just may find that opposites really do attract....
  • Proxies
    Proxies M.J. Locke
    Narrator:
    Dina Pearlman
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    In the parched twenty-first century Southwest, Carli D'Auber has made the most important discovery of the century. She has pioneered a new form of communications: It is now possible to send your consciousness across hundreds of thousands of miles, to be present in another country or in another world, through a remote device. But powerful forces have seized control of her invention. A globe-spanning corporation has taken the credit for its discovery. And on a distant orbital platform, a secret hive of children, trained from birth to use the new technology, are using borrowed android bodies—'proxies'—to stage a stunning coup against an interstellar mission. But they need Carli to carry out their plan; they have sent a deadly cyborg to track her down. An exciting and exotically imagined thriller melding a moving human story with the latest speculations in cloning, telepresence, and advanced biotechnology.
  • Psalms Through the Centuries
    Psalms Through the Centuries Susan Gillingham
    Narrator:
    Julie Williams
    Norman Dietz
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    This is the first of a two-volume bible commentary covering the Psalms and examining the role of these biblical poems throughout Jewish and Christian history. Provides a fascinating introduction to the literary, historical, and theological background of psalmody. Examines the psalms through liturgy and prayer, study and preaching, translation and imitation, and musical composition and artistic illustration.
  • Psmith in the City
    Psmith in the City P.G. Wodehouse
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    Jonathan Cecil
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    Psmith and his friend Mike are sent by their fathers to work in the City. But work is the last thing on Psmith's mind; surely there are more interesting things to do with the day than spend it in a bank? Unfortunately the natives aren't conducive to his socialising within work hours, but all's fair in love and work as the monocled Old Etonian, with a little grudging help from Mike, begins to rope in allies in order to reform the bank manager and make him A Decent Member of Society. And if all else fails, there's always blackmail.
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