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God of the Hive ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Jenny Sterlin

10 Discs

Maintaining tenuous contact only by means of coded messages and cryptic notes with her husband, Sherlock Holmes, and with Holmes’ young granddaughter in her safekeeping, Russell will have to call on instincts she didn’t know she had as the famous husband and wife sleuths are pursued by a killer immune from the sting of justice.

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Simon Vance
13 discs

The disappearance forty years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden, gnaws at her octogenarian uncle, Henrik Vanger. He is determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder. He hires crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist, recently at the wrong end of a libel case, to get to the bottom of Harriet’s disappearance. Lisbeth Salander, a twenty-four-year-old, pierced tattooed genius hacker, possessed of the hard-earned wisdom of someone twice her age and a terrifying capacity for ruthlessness, assists Blomkvist with the investigation. This unlikely team discovers a vein of nearly unfathomable iniquity running through the Vanger family, an astonishing corruption at the highest echelon of Swedish industrialism and a surprising connection between themselves.

Note:  While this is an incredible story with the perfect ending, yet I found the violence wholly chilling and beyond what I normally manage.   However, the passages containing violence are pivotal to the character’s background and methodology.

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Gardens of Water ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Mark Bramhall

10 discs

When an earthquake hits Pakistan Sinan Basioglu, a devout Muslim and his family must depend on their American neighbors for survival. Sinan doesn’t like this because his daughter and the American teacher’s son are having a secret relationship and she is trying to escape Kurdish tradition.

Narrator Mark Barmhall, is extraordinary.

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Crime and Punishment ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by George Guidall

21 discs

Raskolnikov, a nihilistic young man in the midst of a spiritual crisis, makes the fateful decision to murder a cruel pawnbroker, justifying his actions by relying on science and reason, and creating his own morality system. The aftermath of his crime and detective Petrovich’s murder investigation result in a cat-and-mouse game.  I wanted to be moved.  I wanted to be connected to the plot.  I was not impressed, but see how it has a place of honor in literary history.  Perhaps I would have been drawn in if the reader had been anyone else but Guidall.  There isn’t a thing wrong with his performance, but his pitch is a little too familiar.  There was a time when he narrated nearly every book on the shelf.  I little bit of Guidall goes a long way.  And 21 discs is a long way.

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The Swan Thieves ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Sarah Zimmerman, Treat Williams, Anne Heche, John Lee and Erin Corttrell
17 discs

Psychiatrist Andrew Marlowe, devoted to his profession and the painting hobby he loves, has a solitary but ordered life. When renowned painter Robert Oliver attacks a canvas in the National Gallery of Art and becomes his patient, Marlow finds that order destroyed. Desperate to understand the secret that torments the genius, he embarks on a journey that leads him into the lives of the women closest to Oliver and a tragedy at the heart of French Impressionism.


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The Mermaid Chair ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Eliza Foss

11 discs

Inside the abbey of a Benedictine monastery on tiny Egret Island, just off the coast of South Carolina, resides a beautiful and mysterious chair ornately carved with mermaids and dedicated to a saint who, legend claims, was a mermaid before her conversion.   Jessie Sullivan is called home to Egret Island to cope with her mother performs a startling and enigmatic act of violence at the abbey.   Amid the gorgeous marshlands and tidal creeks Jessie becomes drawn to Brother Thomas, a monk who is mere months from taking his final vows. What transpires will unlock the roots of her mother’s tormented past and put her own marriage in jepoardy.

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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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