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  • Votive
    Votive Karen Brooks
    Narrator:
    Eloise Oxer
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    La Serenissima – a beautiful but deadly city where corrupt aristocrats rule and everything, including love, has a price. Tallow is anything but a simple candlemaker and when she has everything taken away from her – friends, family, hope – her survival relies on the Maleovellis. Casting aside the safety of her disguise, she becomes cold-hearted Tarlo, female courtesan and the toast of those who, if they knew her secret, would destroy her. But the intrigues of the Serenissian nobility are nothing against the larger forces moving within the world. And Tallow''s enemies have a hidden asset: the one thing they know she cannot possibly resist.
  • Vow of Silence
    Vow of Silence Chris Patchell
    Narrator:
    Kevin Stillwell
    Emily Cauldwell
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    Five years after the brutal slaying of her husband, software technology executive Jill Shannon is finally ready to take the next step in her life. With her wedding to Phoenix Arizona prosecuting attorney Conner Manning just eight weeks away, the only cloud on Jill's horizon is her future father-in-law's political ambitions for his son. Jill has dark secrets in her past. Secrets she can't afford to have exposed under the relentless lights of a political campaign. Then the murder of a reporter brings the cops straight to Jill's doorstep. When Phoenix Detective David Shaw turns up at Jill's door asking questions, he has no idea what a lethal Pandora's Box he's just opened. Was the womanizing reporter killed by a jealous husband, or was it related to his drug use? Or did it have something to do with the secret expose the reporter was working on? Jill Shannon looks like a dead-end lead but Shaw can't shake the feeling the beautiful widow has secrets she's not sharing. As Shaw finds himself drawn deeper into a twisted labyrinth of lies and danger, one thing becomes clear: some vows are made out loud in front of witnesses. But some vows are made in silence, and witnesses can't be left alive.
  • Vow to Love, A
    Vow to Love, A Sherryl Woods
    Narrator:
    Amy McFadden
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    The first time Penny Hayden and Sam Roberts met as teenagers, she stormed off in an outraged huff. The second time, nine years later, she hauled off and kicked him in the shin! It was then that Penny's grandfather knew they were a match made in heaven.…Oh, sure, Penny said that Sam was an insensitive jerk. And Sam insisted that he didn't need anyone in his perfectly solitary life. But her grandfather could read between the denials. And even if it was the last thing he accomplished, he vowed they would fall in love!
  • Vow, The
    Vow, The Felicity Goodrich
    Narrator:
    Carly Robins
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    It happens in the chill of a September night, 1939: Their small Polish village is raided, burned to the ground. Anna, a devoutly Catholic teenager, watches as her friend is shot, as her father is dragged off for conscription in the German army. Szymon, the young village priest, stands silently with his parishioners as their church is ransacked and torched. Anna clings to him—her dear friend and confidant—and by some luck, the Germans spare them. Five Septembers later, Anna and Szymon still cling together, now amid the turmoil of war. Though Anna dreads her engagement to a local ruffian and Szymon fears for his father’s life back home, the two find solace in their friendship. But when the Soviet army comes to “liberate” them, Anna endures an unspeakable atrocity and Szymon suffers his own tragedy. Now bound even more tightly by the sorrows they carry, they face a choice: honor the vows they’ve made to others or risk everything for the chance at salvation in each other.
  • Vox
    Vox Nicholson Baker
    Narrator:
    Gabra Zackman
    Mark Boyett
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    Vox is a novel that remaps the territory of sex – sex solitary and telephonic, lyrical and profane, comfortable and dangerous. It is an erotic classic that places Nicholson Baker firmly in the first rank of major American writers. “Imagine Chagall being commissioned to do the drawing for The Joy of Sex, and you’ll have some notion of the topsy-turvy, concupiscent free-for-all that Vox conjures up… The book achieves a giddy buoyancy that you don’t often find in American fiction.” – Michael Upchurch, San Francisco Chronicle “Explicit, often funny, and above all erotic…Baker specializes in the risky and playful.” – Cyra McFadden, Los Angeles Times “This is Ravel’s ‘Bolero’ played out on the page…The conversation gets sexier and sexier and…well, I’m too wrung out to go on.” – Louise Bernikow, Cosmopolitan
  • Voyage Across the Stars
    Voyage Across the Stars David Drake
    Narrator:
    Jay Snyder
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    Lissea Doorman wasn't one to refuse a challenge. Challenged by the rulers of Telaria to run a suicide mission, she put together a crew of tough mercenaries and brilliant specialists, ready for anything. Their journey took them through strange worlds, all the way to the Lost Colony—where they learned that their adventure was only just beginning.
  • Voyage from Yesteryear
    Voyage from Yesteryear James P. Hogan
    Narrator:
    Ed French
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    Voyage from Yesteryear is a 1982 science fiction novel by the author James P. Hogan. It explores themes of anarchism and the appropriateness of certain social values in the context of high-technology. The inspiration for the novel was the contention that the ongoing conflict in Northern Ireland had no immediate practical solution, and could only be solved if the children of one generation were somehow separated from their parents, and hence did not learn any of their prejudices.
  • Voyage of Innocence
    Voyage of Innocence Elizabeth Edmondson
    Narrator:
    Nicolette McKenzie
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    From the author of The Frozen Lake comes an enthralling novel of love, betrayal, and idealism as three very different young women go up to Oxford in the years immediately before World War Two. Vee—the clergyman’s daughter. Boyish, alluring, she plans to use her time at Oxford to put right everything that went wrong in her loveless childhood. Her friendship with Alfred introduces her to politics and the subversive attractions of secret societies; it will lead to her career as a secret agent, but at what cost to old loyalties and her true feelings? Claudia, radiant, intense, aristocratic, is equally drawn to the secret society and one member in particular; his dazzling influence will see her travel to Berlin and come under the spell of fascism as war looms. And Lally, glamorous daughter of an Irish-American senator, is sceptical of the society and the arguments from both sides.
  • Voyage of Strangers
    Voyage of Strangers Elizabeth Zelvin
    Narrator:
    Nick Podehl
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    The year is 1493, and young Jewish sailor Diego Mendoza has returned from Columbus’s triumphant first voyage with tales of lush landscapes, rivers running with gold, and welcoming locals. But back home in Spain, Diego finds the Inquisition at its terrifying peak and he must protect his spirited sister, Rachel, from betrayal and death. Disguising herself as a boy, Rachel sneaks onto Columbus’s second expedition, bound for the new lands they call the Indies. As the Spaniards build their first settlements and search for gold, Diego and Rachel fall in love with the place, people, and customs. Still forced to hide their religious faith and Rachel’s true identity, the brother and sister witness the Spaniards’ devastation of the island in their haste to harvest riches. This unflinching look at Columbus’s exploration and its terrible cost to the native Taino people introduces two brave youths who valiantly struggle against the inevitable destruction of paradise. Revised edition: This edition of Voyage of Strangers includes editorial revisions.
  • Voyage of the Golden Handshake, The
    Voyage of the Golden Handshake, The Terry Waite
    Narrator:
    Stephen Thorne
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    On a cold morning in Grimsby, Albert Hardcastle wakes up to the first day of his retirement. His days of working in a shop are behind him, and he and his wife, Alice, decide to celebrate by taking the luxury cruise of which they always dreamed. Meanwhile, on the Essex coast, Rear Admiral Sir Benbow Harrington, a retired Royal Navy officer, is trying to assemble a fleet of passenger ships. His newest vessel, the Golden Handshake, is ready for its maiden voyage. At least that's what Sir Benbow thinks, and if others disagree, he ignores them. When Albert and Sir Benbow embark on the Golden Handshake's first cruise, they encounter characters and experiences more colourful than they could ever have imagined and meet with both triumph and disaster as well as plenty in between. The Voyage of the Golden Handshake is a warm and charmingly funny story which reminds you that life is for living, and in which Terry Waite shows an unexpected talent for comic fiction. Terry Waite was born in Cheshire in 1939, the son of a village policeman. He worked with the Anglican Church in Uganda, then in Rome, before becoming a member of the Archbishop of Canterbury's staff. He negotiated the release of many hostages in Iran, Libya, and Lebanon. Contrary to popular belief, he is not a clergyman. While negotiating the release of captives in Beirut, he was taken hostage and spent 1,763 days in captivity, more than four years of which were in solitary confinement. Since his release in November 1991, he has dedicated himself to study, writing, lecturing, and humanitarian activities. He is president of Emmaus UK, an international charity working with homeless people; founder and president of Hostage, a charity providing support for hostages and their families; and joint founder of YCare, a development agency for young people. Awarded the MBE in 1983 and CBE in 1992, he holds many honorary doctorates both in the UK and overseas. He continues to travel widely and is much sought after as a public speaker. He is the author of three previous books: Taken on Trust, Footfalls in Memory, and Travels with a Primate. The Voyage of the Golden Handshake is his first novel.
  • Voyage of the Heart
    Voyage of the Heart Soraya M. Lane
    Narrator:
    Karen Peakes
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    From bestselling author Soraya M. Lane comes a story of friendship, love, and heartbreak at the end of World War II. 1945: Along with hundreds of other war brides, Betty, Madeline, Alice, and June set sail for New York to be with the men they love. In the days they spend at sea, the four young women become firm friends and vow to stay in touch no matter what their new lives bring. Life in a new country comes with many challenges, but Betty, Madeline, Alice, and June didn’t move half way across the world to give up without a fight. As their love is tested, the one thing they can count on is the friendship they forged while crossing the Atlantic.
  • Voyage of the Southern Sun, The
    Voyage of the Southern Sun, The Michael Smith
    Narrator:
    Michael Smith
    Aaron Patrick
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    Michael Smith spent 20 years restoring Melbourne's beloved Sun Theatre and becoming one of Australia's last independent cinema operators. He then set off on a rather different journey: to become the first person to fly solo around the world in an amphibious plane. With limited flying experience, no support team and only basic instruments in his tiny flying boat, the Southern Sun, Smith risked his life to make modern aviation history. His adventures include an unexpected greeting by Special Branch on his arrival in the UK, a near-death experience while leaving Greenland, and a wondrous journey up the Mississippi. In just seven months he made 80 stops around the globe, exploring 25 cities and communities, and visiting some 70 cinemas. All along the way Smith updated his online journal, cheered on by 50,000 followers. In 2016 he was named Australian Geographic's Adventurer of the Year.
  • Voyage of the Turtle
    Voyage of the Turtle Carl Safina
    Narrator:
    David Drummond
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    As Carl Safina's compelling natural-history adventure makes clear, the fate of the leatherback turtle is in our hands. The distressing decline of these ancient sea turtles in Pacific waters and their surprising recovery in the Atlantic illuminate the results—both positive and negative—of our interventions and the lessons that can be applied, globally, to restore the oceans and their creatures. We accompany award-winning natural-history expert Safina and his colleagues as they track leatherbacks across the world's oceans and onto remote beaches of every continent, including a thrilling journey from Monterey, California, to nesting grounds in Papua, New Guinea. Throughout, in his peerless prose, Safina captures the delicate interaction between these gentle giants and the humans who are playing a significant role in their survival.
  • Voyage of Their Life, The
    Voyage of Their Life, The Diane Armstrong
    Narrator:
    Deidre Rubenstein
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    In August 1948, 545 passengers boarded an overcrowded, clapped-out vessel in Marseilles to face an uncertain future in Australia and New Zealand. They came from displaced persons camps in Germany, death camps in Poland, labour camps in Hungary, gulags in Siberia and stony Aegean islands. There were those who had been hunted by the Nazis and those who had welcomed them; those who had followed the Communists and those who had fled them. Diane Armstrong set sail on the Derna with her parents when she was nine years old. Like a detective searching for clues, she has located over a hundred of the passengers. Through their recollections and memorabilia, as well as archival documents, she has recreated the voyage and traced what became of their hopes and dreams. The result is the unique portrayal of a migrant ship and its passengers.
  • Voyeur's Motel, The
    Voyeur's Motel, The Gay Talese
    Narrator:
    Joe Barrett
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    On January 7, 1980, in the run-up to the publication of his landmark best seller Thy Neighbor's Wife, Gay Talese received an anonymous letter from a man in Colorado. 'Since learning of your long-awaited study of coast-to-coast sex in America,' the letter began, 'I feel I have important information that I could contribute to its contents or to contents of a future book.' The man went on to tell Talese an astonishing secret: that he had bought a motel to satisfy his voyeuristic desires. He had built an attic 'observation platform', fitted with vents, through which he could peer down on his unwitting guests. Unsure what to make of this confession, Talese traveled to Colorado where he met the man - Gerald Foos - verified his story in person, and read some of his extensive journals, a secret record of America's changing social and sexual mores. But because Foos insisted on remaining anonymous, Talese filed his reporting away, assuming the story would remain untold. Now, after 35 years, he's ready to go public, and Talese can finally tell his story. The Voyeur's Motel is an extraordinary work of narrative journalism and one of the most talked about books of the year.
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