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Linda's Staff Picks

Linda is a big reader & a big listener. Some of these titles she has enjoyed in both audio & written format.

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Fortunately, the Milk

By Neil Gaiman
Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
Length: 58 minutes

Fortunately, the Milk

“Looking for a fantastic audiobook that will keep your whole family entertained? Look no further than this beautiful example of humor and imaginative storytelling from none other than Neil Gaiman himself. At 58 minutes long, it was short enough for my four-year-old to tune in and get the humor, and long and detailed enough to hold the attention and entertain the 9-, 6- and 40-year-olds who were also along for the ride. I highly recommend this great tale.”

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The Great Halifax Explosion

A World War I Story of Treachery, Tragedy, and Extraordinary Heroism

By John U. Bacon
Narrated by: Johnny Heller
Length: 10 hours 37 minutes

From New York Times bestselling author John U. Bacon, a gripping narrative history of the largest manmade detonation prior to Hiroshima: in 1917 a ship laden with the most explosives ever packed on a vessel sailed out of Brooklyn’s harbor for the battlegrounds of World War I; when it stopped in Halifax, Nova Scotia, an extraordinary disaster...

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Killers of the Flower Moon

The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

By David Grann
Narrated by: Will Patton, Ann Marie Lee & Danny Campbell
Length: 9 hours 4 minutes

If you enjoyed Say Nothing, then you’ll love Killers of the Flower Moon.

“The Osage Indians were the wealthiest people per capita in the 1920s - they were also getting murdered in diabolical schemes. This story touches on a range of topics, it is a lament for the mistreatment of the Native Americans, a sinister domestic thriller, a perplexing mystery set in the untamed west, a testament to a dying breed of wily western frontiersmen. You will hurtle through this compelling and insightful work that restores a piece of forgotten history to its rightful place.”

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Radio Free Vermont

A Fable of Resistance

By Bill McKibben
Narrated by: Danny Campbell
Length: 5 hours 53 minutes

 “We've got a long history of resistance in Vermont and this book is testimony to that fact.”
–Bernie Sanders

A book that's also the beginning of a movement, Bill McKibben's debut novel Radio Free Vermont follows a band of Vermont patriots who decide that their state might be better off as its own republic.

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The Plant Messiah

Adventures in Search of the World's Rarest Species

By Carlos Magdalena
Narrated by: Roy McMillan
Length: 8 hours 3 minutes

An impassioned memoir of saving extraordinary plants on the brink of extinction, by a scientist who has been called a "codebreaker" (Telegraph) and "an inspiration" (Jane Goodall)

Carlos Magdalena is not your average horticulturist. He's a man on a mission to save the world's most endangered plants. First captivated by the flora of his native... Read more »

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The Poison Squad

One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

By Deborah Blum
Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
Length: 11 hours 5 minutes

The Poison Squad

“Let us harken back to the turn of the twentieth century, when coffee was a mix of scorched sawdust and peas, meat was preserved by formaldahyde-fueled additives, and “brown sugar” consisted of ground-up bugs. Let us then meet Dr. Harvey Wiley, who faced a nation that believed people should eat what they want and took the renegade position of “Hey, maybe poisoning ourselves is a bad thing?” While there are shiver-inducing descriptions of the food people were consuming, the more terrifying fact exposed here is that businesses were willing to bribe, lie, and threaten the government in order to save costs and continue manufacturing poisoned food. (Terrifying but not surprising, and an activity that continues to lurk in our politics.) The writing is deft, and I highly recommend this book.”

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White Plague

A Joe Rush Novel: Book #1

By James Abel
Narrated by: Ray Porter
Length: 11 hours 16 minutes

In the frozen waters of the Arctic, Marine bioterror expert Joe Rush races to save a submarine crew from a lethal threat.

“The pleas for help stopped coming just after five in the morning, Washington time. The Pentagon staffers cleared for handling sensitive messages sat in horror for a moment and then tried other ways to reach the victims....
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Lab Girl

By Hope Jahren
Narrated by: Hope Jahren
Length: 11 hours 37 minutes

Lab Girl

“This book has it all: nature, love, science, drama, heartbreak, joy, and plenty of dirt. Not since Cheryl Strayed's Wild have I read such a rich and compelling nonfiction narrative. Lab Girl is the story of Jahren's life in science, and her writing on the wonders of nature will renew your sense of awe. But more than that, it is an exploration of friendship, mental illness, parenthood, and the messiness of life. The only flaw -- these pages fly by too quickly, leaving you wondering what you could possibly read next that will be just as good.”

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Almost Midnight

A Novel
Mike Bowditch Mysteries: Book #10

By Paul Doiron
Narrated by: Henry Leyva
Length: 9 hours 2 minutes

"Narrator Henry Leyva keeps listeners on the edge of their seats with his delivery of a story with more murder suspects than Maine has pine trees...This is an excellent, chilling story and performance." — AudioFile Magazine on The Precipice

"[Henry Leyva's] understated performance makes even minor characters' motives and personalities...

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A Better Man

A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
Chief Inspector Gamache Novel: Book #15

By Louise Penny
Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
Length: 13 hours 8 minutes

"Robert Bathurst's intelligent narration captures every nuance, every emotion, and each of Louise Penny's subtle revelations about the unique, completely engaging residents of Three Pines." — AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award winner

Catastrophic spring flooding, blistering attacks in the media, and a mysterious disappearance greet Chief...

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An Irish Country Wedding

A Novel
Irish Country Books: Book #7

By Patrick Taylor
Narrated by: John Keating
Length: 12 hours 48 minutes

An Irish Country Wedding is another heart-warming addition to New York Times bestselling author Patrick Taylor's Irish Country series.

Love is in the air in the colourful Ulster village of Ballybucklebo, where Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly has finally proposed to the darling of his youth, Kitty O'Hallorhan. There's a wedding to be planned, but...

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The Pout-Pout Fish

A Pout-Pout Fish Adventure: Book #1

By Deborah Diesen
Narrated by: Alexander Gould
Length: 10 minutes

The first book in the New York Times bestselling Pout-Pout Fish series from Deborah Diesen and illustrator Dan Hanna!

Deep in the water,
Mr. Fish swims about
With his fish face stuck
In a permanent pout.

Can his pals cheer him up?
Will his pout ever end?
Is there something he can learn
From an unexpected friend?

Swim along with the pout-pout fish as he...

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Oscar Robertson and the Basketball Team That Awakened a City

By Phillip Hoose
Narrated by: Brad Sanders
Length: 4 hours 26 minutes

"Narrator Brad Sanders's baritone voice bestows deserved gravitas on this remarkable story...Hoops and history fans won't be the only ones appreciating this inspirational listen." — AudioFile Magazine

is the true story of the all-black high school basketball team that broke the color barrier in segregated 1950s Indiana, masterfully told...

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The Prisoner of Heaven

By Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Narrated by: Peter Kenny
Length: 7 hours 21 minutes

Once again, internationally acclaimed, New York Times bestselling author Carlos Ruiz Zafón creates a rich, labyrinthine tale of love, literature, passion, and revenge, set in a dark, gothic Barcelona, in which the heroes of The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game must contend with a nemesis that threatens to destroy them.

“Gabriel García...

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Caesar's Last Breath

Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us

By Sam Kean
Narrated by: Ben Sullivan
Length: 10 hours 33 minutes

Caesar's Last Breath

“In the beginning there was no earth and no air as we know it today. Kean takes us through the billions of years of changes with how the atmosphere became full of air! He tells biographical stories of early scientists who discover oxygen, hydrogen, etc. down the periodic table in an engaging form. Basically, Caesar's last breath is still around, molecules of air move and may stay in our atmosphere unless an "event" makes a big commotion. But outer space "air" adds to us daily and humans have even added more troublesome chemicals to our air. Think of the atomic bomb, nuclear testing, and forms of pollution. And ALIENS? This is a serious book on chemistry BUT enjoyable because of the presentation of facts - with historical references, personalities, trials & errors (lots of those!) and the author's sense of humor! Bravo, Sam Kean.”

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The Firebrand and the First Lady

Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice

By Patricia Bell-Scott
Narrated by: Karen Chilton
Length: 14 hours 25 minutes

An important, groundbreaking book--two decades in work--that tells the story of the unlikely but history-changing twenty-eight-year bond forged between Pauli Murray (granddaughter of a mulatto slave, who, against all odds, as a lesbian black woman, became a lawyer, civil rights pioneer, Episcopal priest, poet, and activist) and Eleanor Roosevelt... Read more »

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Surrender, New York

A Novel

By Caleb Carr
Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
Length: 23 hours 46 minutes

Caleb Carr, bestselling author of The Alienist and The Angel of Darkness, has created a contemporary psychological thriller haunted by the shadowy hands of established power.In rural, impoverished Burgoyne County, New York, a pattern of strange deaths begins to emerge: adolescent boys and girls are found murdered, their corpses left hanging in... Read more »

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By Doris Kearns Goodwin
Narrated by: Intro and Afterword Read by the Author
Length: 18 hours 5 minutes

The New York Times bestselling book about the early development, growth, and exercise of leadership from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin “should help us raise our expectations of our national leaders, our country, and ourselves” (The Washington Post).

“After five decades of magisterial output, Doris Kearns Goodwin leads the... Read more »

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Lessons From Lucy

The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog

By Dave Barry
Narrated by: Dave Barry
Length: 4 hours 1 minutes

In this “little gem” (Washington Independent Review of Books), Pulitzer Prize–winning columnist and New York Times bestselling author Dave Barry learns how to age happily from his old but joyful dog, Lucy.

As Dave Barry turns seventy—not happily—he realizes that his dog, Lucy, is dealing with old age far better than he is. She has more friends,... Read more »

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Deception Cove

Winslow and Burke Series: Book #1

By Owen Laukkanen
Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell & Courtney Patterson
Length: 11 hours 15 minutes

A rescue dog, an ex-Marine, and an ex-convict are caught in the crosshairs of a ruthless gang in remote Washington state in this "first-rate thriller" (Associated Press) for "fans of CJ Box and Michael Koryta" (Booklist).
Former US Marine Jess Winslow reenters civilian life a new widow, with little more to her name than a broken-down house, a... Read more »

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