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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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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 Postmistress ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Orlagh Cassidy
9 discs

In 1940, on the eve of the United States’ entrance into World War II, Iris James, the postmistress of Franklin, a small town on Cape Cod, does the unthinkable: she doesn’t deliver a letter. In London, American radio gal Frankie Bard is working with Edward R. Murrow, reporting on the blitz. One night in a bomb shelter, she meets a doctor from Cape Cod with a letter in his pocket. She vows to deliver the letter when she returns from Germany and France where she is to report on war refugees desperately trying to escape. The residents of Franklin think the war can’t touch them; but as Frankie’s radio broadcasts air, some know that the war is indeed coming. And when Frankie arrives at their doorstep, the two stories collide in a way no one could have foreseen

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The Winter Garden ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Susan Ericksen
12 discs

Meredith and Nina Whitson are as different as sisters can be. One stayed at home to raise her children and manage the family apple orchard and the other followed a dream and traveled the world to become a famous photojournalist. But when their beloved father fails ill, Meredith and Nina find themselves together again standing alongside their cold and disapproving mother Anya.  The girls discover that their mother harbors a secret past which explains why she had never been able to give them the  comfort they crave.

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Day After Night ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Dagmara Dominczyk
7 discs

Four young women haunted by unspeakable memories and losses, afraid to begin to hope, find salvation in the bonds of friendship and shared experience even as they confront the challenge of re-creating themselves in a strange new country. Based on the extraordinary true story of the October 1945 rescue of more than two hundred Jewish prisoners from the Atlit internment camp outside Haifa.

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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 Reader ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Campbell Scott

4 discs

When he falls ill on his way home from school, fifteen-year-old Michael Berg is rescued by Hanna, a woman twice his age. In time  he begins an affair with this emotionally remote older woman and then she inexplicably disappears.  Years later, when he is a law student and she is on trial, Michael discovers that Hanna is a “survivor” of the Holocaust.

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