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The Girl Who Played with Fire ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Simon Vance
18:38

The Girl Who Played with Fire, shifts focus from journalist, Mikhail Blomkvist, onto the socially awkward computer hacker Lisbeth Salander.  Lisbeth becomes entangled in an investigation into sex trafficking, murder, and establishment corruption.  An expert hacker and mathematics-obsessive she is difficult, psychologically traumatised, and capable of extreme violence as she confronts her former attacker and guardian, the police and her father.

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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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Mockingjay   ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Carolyn McCormick
11 hrs 43 mins

Katniss has survived her ordeal at the Quarter Quell, and she and her family are safe in District 13. Gale is there as well, but Peeta is being held at the Capitol as President Snow’s very special prisoner. Events move quickly, but realization unfolds slowly as Katniss learns that she has been a pawn in more ways than she ever supposed and that her role as the face of the revolution is one with unanticipated consequences, including a climbing death toll for which she holds herself personally responsible. -Booklist

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The Girl who Chased the Moon ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Rebecca Lowman
6 discs

Emily Benedict came to Mullaby, North Carolina, hoping to solve at least some of the riddles surrounding her mother’s life. Such as, why did Dulcie Shelby leave her hometown so suddenly? And why did she vow never to return? But the moment Emily enters the house where her mother grew up and meets the grandfather she never knew, a reclusive, real-life gentle giant, she realizes that mysteries aren’t solved in Mullaby, they’re a way of life. Here are rooms where the wallpaper changes to suit your mood. Unexplained lights skip across the yard at midnight. And a neighbor bakes hope in the form of cakes.

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Practical Magic ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Christina Moore

For more than two hundred years, the Owens women had been blamed for everything that went wrong in their Massachusetts town. Gillian and Sally endured that fate as well.   As children, the sisters were forever outsiders, taunted, talked about, pointed at. Their elderly aunts almost seemed to encourage the whispers of witchery, with their musty house and their exotic concoctions and their crowd of black cats. But all Gillian and Sally wanted was to escape.  But the bonds they share, even into adulthood, bring them back–almost as if by magic

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The Vision of Emma Blau ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Kim Edwards-Fukei
5 discs

emmaIn 1905, Stefan Blau, recently emigrated from Burgdorf, has a vision of a girl dancing in a courtyard (foreshadowing identifies her as his eventual granddaughter, Emma) and resolves to give substance to his dream in a building that he will call the Wasserburg. Stefan’s passion for the Wasserburg is also a curse, manifested when both his first wife and his second die in childbirth. Determined not to risk another child, he returns to Burgdorf and marries Helene Montag (sister of Leo, the dwarf Trudi’s father in Stones). Helene tricks him and has a child of her own–and survives–but the sibling rivalry among Stefan’s offspring, combined with the personality defects they acquire when he reserves all his love for the Wasserburg, will threaten to destroy the family.

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Fortune’s Rocks ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Blair Brown

5 discs

fortuneThe time is the turn of the last century, the setting a rocky New Hampshire coastline resort area nicknamed “Fortune’s Rocks.” Olympia Biddeford, age 15, is walking the beach, feeling the first stirrings of her womanhood. The strong-willed daughter of an upstanding Boston couple, she soon “learns of desire” as she begins a passionate affair with a married writer, John Haskell, three times her age. From the moment they meet (he is a visiting friend of her father’s), they experience a sexual spark–Olympia feels “liquid” in his presence. Soon, they fall into sinful trysting.

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