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Pictures at an Exhibition ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Mark Bramhall
7 discs

Born to an art dealer and his pianist wife, Max Berenzon is forbidden from entering the family’s business for reasons he cannot understand. He reluctantly attends medical school, reserving his true passion for his father’s beautiful gallery assistant, Rose. When Paris falls to the Nazis, the Berenzons survive in hiding, returning in 1944 to find that their priceless art collection has vanished. In Max’s obsessive hunt to recover his father’s paintings, he navigates a torn city of corrupt art dealers, black marketers, Râesistants, and collaborators, uncovering not only paintings but the stories of Rose’s heroism, and the truth behind a devastating family secret.

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Parrot and Olivier in American  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Humphrey Bower

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Olivier is the traumatized child of aristocratic survivors of the French Revolution. Parrot is the motherless son of an itinerant English printer. They are born on different sides of history, but their lives will be connected in the United States by an enigmatic one-armed marquis.

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Angelology ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Susan Denaker
17 discs

When twenty-three-year-old Sister Evangeline accidentally stumbles upon some mysterious letters exchanged between the late mother superior of her convent and the famous philanthropist Abigail Rockefeller, she is thrust into an ancient conflict between the Society of Angelologists and the monstrously beautiful descendants of angels and humans, the Nephilim.

Note: It started out well with good character development, a  good plot, and a firm storyline – but somehow, somewhere it turned into a melodrama.  What could have been 4 out of 5 hearts sadly became 3.  Too bad.  Susan Denaker is an excellent narrator though.  I’m impressed with her abilities and hope to find her work again soon.

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The Red Necklace ♥ ♥ ♥ 
Red by Carrington MacDuffie

8 discs

The winds of change are blowing through Paris in the winter of 1789, both for France and for  a striking and mysterious Gypsy boy named Yann Margoza. Yann was born with a gift for knowing what people are thinking and an uncanny ability to throw his voice, and he had been using those skills while working for a rather foolish magician. That work  ends  on the night of the magician s final performance. After meeting  shy Sido, an heiress with a cold-hearted father, an attachment is born that  influences both their paths.  While Revolution is afoot in France, Sido is being used as the pawn of a fearful villain who goes by the name Count Kalliovski. Some have instead called him the devil, and only Yann, for Sido s sake, will dare to oppose him

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The Secret History of the Pink Carnation ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Kate Reading

11 discs

Eloise Kelly, an intelligent American who has decided that true romantic heroes are a thing of the past, leaves Harvard’s Widener Library for England to finish her dissertation about Scarlet Pimpernel and the Purple Gentian, a dashing pair of spies. What she uncovers there is that which many historians have missed: a secret beginning with a letter dated 1803 and introducing the Pink Carnation-the most elusive spy of all time who single-handedly saved England from Napoleon’s invasion. Reading the secret history in hopes of unmasking the Pink Carnation’s identity, Eloise discovers a passionate romance that nearly changed the course of world events.

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A Tale of Two Cities  ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Frank Muller

12 Discs

The French Revolution was one of history s most explosive eras and has been captures in this epic novel.  After eighteen years as a political prisoner in the Bastille, the aging Doctor Manette is finally released and reunited with his daughter in England. There the lives of two very different men, Charles Darnay, an exiled French aristocrat, and Sydney Carton, a disreputable but brilliant English lawyer, become enmeshed through their love for Lucie Manette. From the tranquil roads of London, they are drawn against their will to the vengeful, bloodstained streets of Paris at the height of the Reign of Terror, and they soon fall under the lethal shadow of La Guillotine.

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Josephine: A life of an Empress ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Davina Porter

When she married Napoleon Bonaparte in 1796, Rose de Beauharnais was a 32-year-old widow who had narrowly escaped the French Revolution’s guillotine. She was six years older than he, notorious for her lovers, and unlikely to give him children, but possessed of the social connections and skills the ambitious young general thought would help him rise in the revolutionary army. He gave “his living reverie, his dream of perfect passion” a new name, Josephine

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