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Charles and Emma: The Darwin’s Leap of Faith  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Rosalyn Landor
6 Discs

Charles Darwin published The Origin of Specie, his revolutionary tract on evolution and the fundamental ideas involved, in 1859 and nearly 150 years later, the theory of evolution continues to create tension between the scientific and religious communities.  That same debate raged within Darwin himself, and played an important part in his marriage: his wife, Emma, was quite religious, and her faith gave Charles a great deal to consider as he worked on a theory that continues to spark intense debates.  Charles and Emma is a thought-provoking account of the marriage behind evolutionary theory: how their personal lives affected his work and vice versa. 

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Tipperary  ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Frank Delany

14 discs

Set in Ireland just before the War for Independence and covering the trials of the Civil War Years,  Charles O’Brien, a healer meets the graceful yet cold April Burke, the only child of a noble Irish family. In an effort to woo her, Charles convinces April to petition for ownership of the castle as her birthright. Yet this castle, languishing in disrepair and abandonment causes an outrage in the community when the English lady comes to take her claim.   April rejects Charles more than once and it all is recorded for a History teacher to discover many years later and find more than their love story in the pages of Charles’s account.

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The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Paul Boehmer, Susan Duerdan, John Lee, Rosalyn Landor and Juliet Mills

7 discs

As London is emerging from the shadow of World War II when writer Juliet Ashton discovers her next subject in a book club on Guernsey Island. After friends are discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island they come up with the book club as a spur-of-the-moment alibi. Yet the book club seems to be the answer to much of their anxiety during the war.

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Stephen Chbosky

6 discs

10th grader Charlie is dealing with the suicide of his best friend by crying.  Crying a lot.  Charlie discusses the perplexities of this experience and that of  sex, drugs and school through a series of letters to an un-named friend.     He hangs out with a group of seniors, among whom are Patrick, a gay teen and Samantha, his secret crush. Throughout the story Charlie comes to terms with his English teacher’s choice in books and the root of his psychological problems.

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Life Class ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Russell Boulter
6 discs

In the spring of 1914, a group of young students gather in an art studio for a life-drawing class. Paul Tarrant and Elinor Brooke are two components of a love triangle, and at the outset of the war, they turn to each other. After volunteering for the Red Cross, Paul must confront the fact that life, love, and art will never be the same for him.

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Galileo’s Daughter ♥ ♥ ♥
Ready by George Guidall

9 discs

galileoGalileo Galilei was the foremost scientist of his day. Though he never left Italy, his inventions and discoveries were heralded around the world. His telescopes allowed him to reveal the heavens and enforce the astounding argument that the earth moves around the sun. For this belief, he was brought before the Holy Office of the Inquisition, accused of heresy, and forced to spend his last years under house arrest. Galileo’s oldest child was thirteen when he placed her in a convent near him in Florence, where she took the most appropriate name of Suor Maria Celeste. Her support was her father’s greatest source of strength. Her presence, through letters which Sobel has translated from Italian and masterfully woven into the narrative, graces her father’s life now as it did then. Galileo’s daughter dramatically recolors the personality and accomplishment of a mythic figure whose seventeenth-century clash with Catholic doctrine continues to define the schism between science and religion.

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The Historian ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Joanne Whalley, Martin Jarvis, Dennis Boutsikaris, Jim Ward, Rosalyn Landor and Robin Atkin Downes

10 discs

the_historian__19_smallA young woman discovers an ancient book and a cache of old letters in her father’s library, and thus begins her adventurous quest for the truth about Vlad the Impaler, a search that will span continents and generations, and a confrontation with the darkest powers of evil.

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