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Lost to the West ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Lars Brownworth
8 discs

In AD 476 the Roman Empire fell–or rather, its western half did. Its eastern half, which would come to be known as the Byzantine Empire, would endure and often flourish for another eleven centuries. Though its capital would move to Constantinople, its citizens referred to themselves as Roman for the entire duration of the empire’s existence.  An absorbing look at the forgotten Byzantine Empire, its surprising role in shaping Western civilization, and the lessons it holds for modern societies.

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Sarah  ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Bernadette Dunne

8 discs

Canaan Trilogy,  Book One. Sarah was born into a world of great luxury in the Sumerian city-state of Ur, the birthplace of writing, currency, government, and law. The daughter of a powerful lord, she has inherited her father’s strong will and she balks at the marriage he has arranged for her. During the festivities leading up to the wedding, she panics and flees, slipping through the ramparts of Ur to the banks of the Euphrates. There she falls into the arms of a young stranger, a member of a nomadic tribe camped on the outskirts of the capital city. His name is Abram.

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The Alchemist ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Jeremy Irons

4 discs

An Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles along the way. But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasures found within.

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Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Christina Moore

When eleven-year old Shabanu, the daughter of a nomad in the Cholistan Desert of present-day Pakistan, is pledged in marriage to an older man whose money will bring prestige to the family, she must either accept the decision, as is the custom, or risk the consequences of defying her father’s wishes.

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The Red Tent ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Red by Carol Bilger

AredThe story of the story of Jacob’s daughter, Dinah, who is known in an episode in the book of Genesis as a woman dishonored by Shalem and the cause of a bloody massacre. Dinah herself narrates this novel, giving a new perspective on herself, Jacob’s wives, Leah and Rachel and her famous half-brother, Joseph. This is a celebration of women and their work: of life, birth, cooking, cleaning, sewing, gardening, and even dying. The novel traces their lives from childhood to death, in the process examining sexual and religious practices of the day, and what it meant to be a woman.

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