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  • Volume III: Upon the Dull Earth
    Volume III: Upon the Dull Earth Philip K. Dick
    Narrator:
    Peter Berkrot
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    Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) was one of the seminal figures of 20th century science fiction. His many stories and novels, which include such classics as The Man in the High Castle and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, reflect a deeply personal worldview, exploring the fragile, multifarious nature of reality itself and examining those elements that make us—or fail to make us—fully human. He did as much as anyone to demolish the artificial barrier between genre fiction and literature, and the best of his work has earned a permanent place in American popular culture.Upon the Dull Earth is the third installment of a uniform, five-volume edition of The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick. This generous collection contains 22 stories and novellas written in 1953 and 1954, along with extensive—and valuable—story notes. Included here are a number of bona fide PKD classics, among them the title story, the brilliantly conceived account of a bizarre, ultimately catastrophic resurrection, 'The Father-Thing,' in which a young boy comes to realize that his once familiar father has somehow changed, and The Golden Man (filmed in 2007 as Next), which tells the tale of a golden skinned mutant who may represent the future direction of the human race. These and all the other stories in this important and necessary audiobook offer a wide range of literary and intellectual pleasures. At the same time, they provide a fascinating glimpse into the continuing development of this iconic—and hugely influential—figure.
  • Volume IV: The Minority Report
    Volume IV: The Minority Report Philip K. Dick
    Narrator:
    Joyce Bean
    Patrick Lawlor
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    Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) was one of the seminal figures of 20th century science fiction. His many stories and novels, which include such classics as Ubik and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, reflect a deeply personal world view, exploring the fragile, multifarious nature of reality itself and examining those elements that make us—or fail to make us—fully human. He did as much as anyone to demolish the artificial barrier between genre fiction and 'literature,' and the best of his work has earned a permanent place in American popular culture.The Minority Report is the fourth installment of a uniform, five-volume edition of The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick. This generous collection contains 18 stories and novellas written between 1954 and 1963, years in which Dick produced some of his most memorable work, including such novels as Martian Time Slip and the Hugo Award-winning The Man in the High Castle. Included here are 'Autofac,' a post-apocalyptic tale in which humans share the devastated Earth with the machines they have created but no longer fully control; 'The Mold of Yancy,' a portrait of a world reduced to bland conformity by the vapid—and ubiquitous—pronouncements of a virtual demagogue; and 'The Days of Perky Pat,' another post-apocalypse story in which Earth's survivors find temporary solace in the Perky Pat game, a game rooted in the images and memories of a world that no longer exists. Finally, the classic title story, filmed by Steven Spielberg as Minority Report, posits a future state in which the 'Precrime' bureau, aided by a trio of pre-cognitive mutants, arrests and incarcerates 'criminals' for crimes they have not yet committed. Like its predecessors, this extraordinary volume is a treasure house of story, offering narrative pleasures and intellectual excitement in equal measure.
  • Volume V: We Can Remember It for You Wholesale
    Volume V: We Can Remember It for You Wholesale Philip K. Dick
    Narrator:
    David deVries
    Joyce Bean
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    Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) was one of the seminal figures of 20th century science fiction. His many stories and novels, which include such classics as Ubik and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, reflect a deeply personal world view, exploring the fragile, multifarious nature of reality itself and examining those elements that make us—or fail to make us—fully human. He did as much as anyone to demolish the artificial barrier between genre fiction and 'literature,' and the best of his work has earned a permanent place in American popular culture.We Can Remember It for You Wholesale is the final installment of a uniform, five-volume edition of The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick. This expansive collection contains 27 stories and novellas written between 1963 and 1981, years in which Dick produced some of his most mature work, including such novels as Ubik, Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said, and A Scanner Darkly. Among the many pleasures included here are the classic title story (filmed twice as Total Recall), in which an ordinary clerk, awash in resurrected memories, discovers the truth about his past and about the astonishing role he has played in human history; the Hugo-nominated 'Faith of Our Fathers,' with its bleak and controversial vision of a predatory deity; and 'The Electric Ant,' a brilliant embodiment of a classic Dick theme: the elusive—and changeable—nature of what we believe to be 'real.' Like its predecessors, this generous volume offers wit, ingenuity, and intellectual excitement on virtually every page. The best of these stories, like the best of Dick's novels, are richly imagined, deeply personal visions that no one else could have written. They're going to be around for a very long time to come.
  • Voluntary Madness
    Voluntary Madness Vicki Hendricks
    Narrator:
    Staci Anderson
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    Punch and Juliette make a pack to live a wild life in Key West for a year, creating scenes to use in his novel with the climax a legendary suicide during Fantasy Fest. But the money runs out early, and their escapades, such as the break-in at Hemingway House and robbing gourmet restaurants for carry-outs take a serious turn. Bohemian atmosphere, a sex-maniac Yorkie, and a Key West witch add magic to the romp as the young woman and her alcoholic African-American-Italian boyfriend try to outsmart fate in this unusual coming of age novel. Bonnie and Clyde/ Romeo and Juliet on a motorcycle, the meaning of love explored at Coral Castle, graphic sex and violence—all in high gear.
  • Volunteers, The
    Volunteers, The Douglas Reeman
    Narrator:
    David Rintoul
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    They were the men and women of the Royal Navy's Special Operations units. Carrying out lightning raids on hostile coasts, they became a navy within a navy—each handpicked for their individual skills, and all of them courageous. Against the mighty backdrop of World War II they performed their small but deadly operations—living often beyond hope, sometimes beyond mercy. This is the dramatic story of a handful of such people. The Volunteers.
  • Volveré a buscarte
    Volveré a buscarte Pilar Cernuda
    Narrator:
    Pilar Corral
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    En los años cincuenta, Antonio Padín abandona Galicia rumbo a Argentina en busca de una vida mejor para su familia. Treinta años antes ya lo hizo su abuelo Antonio quien nunca volvió, pero él le hace una promesa a Maruxa: “Volveré a buscarte.”Lo que no sabe es que esa aventura le descubrirá, entre otras cosas, la verdadera historia de su abuelo, un mundo de salones elegantes y un amor apasionado que hará resquebrajarse su promesa y le obligará a elegir entre el deber o la pasión.  Los Padín siguen la tradición de su valle gallego y emigran a América a buscar fortuna. Son tiempos de pobreza y para muchos es la única opción para abrirse camino. Antonio recibe “el billete de llamada” y se embarca lleno de miedos rumbo a Argentina. Allí, encontrará no solo futuro sino la historia de su familia que no conocía.  Pilar Cernuda debuta en la novela con esta gran historia que nos habla del amor y el olvido, de la distancia, y el compromiso. De mujeres fuertes que saben que su familia depende de ellas, de sentimientos, y de esperanzas. Volveré a buscarte tiene la melancolía de las tierras gallegas y el refinado glamour del Buenos Aires de los años cincuenta. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.
  • Von Gobstopper's Arcade
    Von Gobstopper's Arcade Alexandra Adornetto
    Narrator:
    Matilda Reed
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    Master toymaker Gustav Von Gobstopper announces plans to build a special Toy Arcade to commemorate the extraordinary bravery of Drabville's children, who have twice escaped the clutches of the wicked Lord Aldor. The children couldn't be more excited. But when Milli and Ernest encounter a suspicious collection of characters at the Arcade, it quickly becomes apparent they have stumbled upon a malicious master plan designed to extinguish the very existence of childhood! As Christmas Eve draws close, Milli and Ernest find themselves enlisted as Santa's helpers for a Christmas spectacle like no other.
  • Voodoo Heart
    Voodoo Heart Scott Snyder
    Narrator:
    Kevin T. Collins
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    Scott Snyder’s protagonists inhabit a playfully deranged fictional world in which a Wall Street trader can find himself armed with a speargun, guarding a Dumpster outside a pawnshop in Florida; or an employee at Niagara Falls (his job: watching for jumpers) will take off in a car after a blimp in which his girlfriend has escaped. But in Snyder’s wondrous imagination there’s a thin membrane between the whimsical and the disturbing: the unlikely affair between a famous actress—in hiding after surgery—and a sporting goods salesman takes an ominous turn just as she begins to heal; an engaged couple’s relationship is fractured when one of them becomes obsessed with an inmate at the women’s prison next door. Dark, funny, powerful, this debut collection underscores the remarkable gifts of a fiercely original young writer.
  • Voodoo Histories
    Voodoo Histories David Aaronovitch
    Narrator:
    James Langton
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    Our age is obsessed by the idea of conspiracy. We see it everywhere—from Pearl Harbor to 9/11, from the assassination of Kennedy to the death of Diana. In this age of terrorism we live in, the role of conspiracy is a serious one—one that can fuel radical or fringe elements to violence. For award-winning journalist David Aaronovitch, there came a time when he started to see a pattern among these inflammatory theories. He found that these theories used similarly murky methods with which to insinuate their claims: they linked themselves to the supposed conspiracies of the past ('it happened then so it can happen now'); they carefully manipulated their evidence to hide its holes; and they relied on the authority of dubious academic sources. Most important, they elevated their believers to membership of an elite—a group of people able to see beyond lies to a higher reality. But why believe something that entails stretching the bounds of probability so far? Surely it is more likely that men did actually land on the moon in 1969 than that thousands of people were enlisted to fabricate an elaborate hoax. In this entertaining and enlightening book—aimed at providing ammunition for those who have found themselves at the wrong end of a conversation about moon landings or the twin towers—Aaronovitch carefully probes and explodes a dozen of the major conspiracy theories. In doing so, he examines why people believe them and makes an argument for a true skepticism—one based on a thorough knowledge of history and a strong dose of common sense.
  • Voodoo Killings, The
    Voodoo Killings, The Kristi Charish
    Narrator:
    Susannah Jones
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    Kristi Charish's The Voodoo Killings introduces Kincaid Strange, not your average voodoo practitioner.... For starters, she's only 27. Then there's the fact that she lives in rain-soaked Seattle, which is not exactly Haiti. And she's broke. With raising zombies outlawed throughout the continental USA, Kincaid has to eke out a living running séances for university students with more money than brains who are desperate for guitar lessons with the ghost of a Seattle grunge rocker - who happens to be Kincaid's on-again, off-again roommate. Then a stray zombie turns up outside her neighborhood bar: Cameron Wight, an up-and-coming visual artist with no recollection of how he died or who raised him. Not only is it dangerous for Kincaid to be caught with an unauthorized zombie, she soon realizes he's tied to a spate of murders: Someone is targeting the zombies and voodoo practitioners in Seattle's infamous Underground City, a paranormal hub. When the police refuse to investigate, the City's oldest and foremost zombie asks Kincaid to help. Raising ghosts and zombies is one thing, but finding a murderer? She's broke, but she's not stupid. And then she becomes the target.... As the saying goes, when it rains it pours, especially in Seattle.
  • Voodoo Master, The
    Voodoo Master, The Maxwell Grant
    Narrator:
    Richard Ferrone
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    The Shadow matches wits against Dr. Rodil Mocquino, the so-called Voodoo Master. Dr. Mocquino possesses a strange hypnotic power over men that causes them to do his bidding like mindless zombies. When the evil Voodoo Doctor creates an army of walking dead drones to carry out his latest vile plan, it's up to The Shadow to put an end to the black magic and the doctor himself.
  • Voodoo Planet
    Voodoo Planet Andre Norton
    Narrator:
    Jim Roberts
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    From one of the most prolific writers of the 20th century, an imaginative adventure set among the starsAboard the Solar Queen, Dane Thorson is happy to be embarking on a two-year interstellar journey as a mail carrying vessel. When he and the crew accept an invitation to the planet of Khatka, what should have been a respite from their voyage becomes a battle for life and death with a powerful, mind-controlling wizard, Lumbrilo.
  • Voodoo River
    Voodoo River Robert Crais
    Narrator:
    Patrick Lawlor
    Mel Foster
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    L.A. private eye Elvis Cole is hired by popular television star Jodie Taylor to delve into her past and identify the biological parents who gave her up for adoption thirty-six years before. Cole's assignment is to find out their biological history and report back.It seems all too clear cut. But when he gets to Louisiana and begins his search, he finds out there's something much darker going on. Other people are also looking for Taylor's parents; and some are ending up dead.And when Cole realizes that his employer knew more than she was telling, Voodoo River becomes a twisting tale of identity, secrets, and murder.
  • Vortex
    Vortex Jon Land
    Narrator:
    J. Paul Guimont
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    A Vietnam special-forces veteran investigates a government conspiracy to build a superweapon that could alter the very fabric of reality. In San Diego, a cadre of American scientists toils on a weapon with the power to make things flit in and out of reality. If perfected, Project Vortex will make the atomic bomb look like a bow and arrow. They test it on a 727 on its way into Kennedy airport, and the experiment is successful, save for two dangerous aberrations. First is a passenger, a young man to whom Vortex gives strange powers over other people - powers he can control, but cannot understand. Second is an air traffic controller who calls in an old Vietnam buddy, Joshua Bane, to help investigate the plane that disappeared. When the controller vanishes, Bane is alone, staring down the barrel of government conspiracy that has the nation on the precipice of a third world war.
  • Vote
    Vote Gary Paulsen
    Narrator:
    Jesse Bernstein
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    Some people lead and some people get out of the way. It’s a universal rule. A cosmic inevitability. Kevin Spencer is one lucky guy. Tina Zabinski, the World’s Most Beautiful, Most Perfect, Best-Smelling Girl, is finally his girlfriend. But now that he’s got the girl, will he be able to keep her? Enter his mortal enemy, Cash Devine. Handsome, smooth-talking Cash is running for class president, and he seems to have his eye on Tina. Kev’s got to dazzle her, so he decides to exercise his great political mind and run against Cash. There’s just one little problem: Kevin has to win. Gary Paulsen continues his exploration of the quirky, inventive mind of fourteen-year-old Kevin in this hilarious companion to Liar, Liar; Flat Broke; and Crush.
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