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Lilac Girls

Lilac Girls

by Martha Hall Kelly

Chapter 1CarolineSeptember 1939If I’d known I was about to meet the man who’d shatter me like bone china on terra-cotta, I would have slept in. Instead, I roused our florist, Mr. Sitwell, from his bed to make a boutonnière. My first...

Narrator: Kathrin Kana
Published: 04/05/2016
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The Orphans Tale

The Orphan's Tale

by Pam Jenoff

A powerful novel of friendship set in a traveling circus during World War II, The Orphan's Tale introduces two extraordinary women and their harrowing stories of sacrifice and survival Sixteen-year-old Noa has been cast out in disgrace after beco...

Narrator: Jennifer Wydra
Published: 02/21/2017
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The Award

The Award

by Danielle Steel

Capturing historical events, terrifying moments of danger, tragedy, the price of war, and the invincible spirit of a woman of honor, The Award is a monumental tale from one of our most gifted storytellers—Danielle Steel’s finest, most emot...

Narrator: Adam Verner
Published: 11/01/2016
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The Flame Bearer

The Flame Bearer

by Bernard Cornwell

The next installment of Bernard Cornwell’s bestselling series chronicling the epic saga of the making of England, "like Game of Thrones, but real" (Observer, London)—the basis for The Last Kingdom, the hit television series coming to Netfl...

Narrator: Matt Bates
Published: 11/29/2016
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The Boston Girl

The Boston Girl

by Anita Diamant

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Red Tent and Day After Night, comes an unforgettable coming-of-age novel about family ties and values, friendship and feminism told through the eyes of young Jewish woman growing up in Boston in the ea...

Narrator: Linda Lavin
Published: 12/09/2014
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Three Sisters Three Queens

Three Sisters, Three Queens

by Philippa Gregory

“There is only one bond that I trust: between a woman and her sisters. We never take our eyes off each other. In love and in rivalry, we always think of each other.” From the #1 New York Times bestselling author behind the upcoming Starz o...

Narrator: Bianca Amato
Published: 08/09/2016
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Pegasus

Pegasus

by Danielle Steel

#1 New York Times bestselling author Danielle Steel delivers one of her strongest books to date with this trans-generational narrative that draws inspiration from her own family history. Opening on the cusp of World War II and following an aristocrati...

Narrator: Malcolm Hillgartne...
Published: 10/28/2014
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The Kitchen House

The Kitchen House

by Kathleen Grissom

Gone with the Wind is turned upside down in this stunning debut novel of the antebellum South, a tragic story of pageturning suspense, exploring the meaning of family, where love and loyalty prevail.When a white servant girl violates the order of plan...

Narrator: Orlagh Cassidy and...
Published: 04/26/2010
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The Summer Before the War

The Summer Before the War

by Helen Simonson

 

Narrator: Fiona Hardingham
Published: 03/22/2016
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Warriors of the Storm

Warriors of the Storm

by Bernard Cornwell

The ninth installment in the New York Times bestselling Saxon Tales, the epic saga of the making of England, magnificently brought to life by “the reigning king of historical fiction” (USA Today).A fragile peace reigns in Wessex, Mercia an...

Narrator: Matt Bates
Published: 01/19/2016
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Orphan 8

Orphan #8

by Kim van Alkemade

A stunning debut novel in the vein of Sarah Waters’ historical fiction and inspired by true events, it tells the fascinating story of a woman who must choose between revenge and mercy when she encounters the doctor who subjected her to dangerous...

Narrator: Ginny Auer
Published: 08/04/2015
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The Girl Who Came Home

The Girl Who Came Home

by Hazel Gaynor

A voyage across the ocean becomes the odyssey of a lifetime for a young Irish woman. . . .Ireland, 1912 . . .Fourteen members of a small village set sail on RMS Titanic, hoping to find a better life in America. For seventeen-year-old Maggie Murphy, th...

Narrator: Alana Kerr
Published: 04/01/2014
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The Taming of the Queen

The Taming of the Queen

by Philippa Gregory

By the #1 New York Times bestselling author behind the Starz original series The White Queen, a riveting new Tudor tale featuring King Henry VIII’s sixth wife Kateryn Parr, the first English queen to publish under her own name.Why would a woman ...

Narrator: Bianca Amato
Published: 08/25/2015
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The House Girl

The House Girl

by Tara Conklin

Two remarkable women, separated by more than a century, whose lives unexpectedly intertwine. . . 2004: Lina Sparrow is an ambitious young lawyer working on a historic class-action lawsuit seeking reparations for the descendants of American slaves. 185...

Narrator: Bahni Turpin
Published: 02/12/2013
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The Golem and the Jinni

The Golem and the Jinni

by Helene Wecker

Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When he...

Narrator: George Guidall
Published: 04/23/2013
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The Kingmakers Daughter

The Kingmaker's Daughter

by Philippa Gregory

In The Kingmaker’s Daughter, #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory presents the riveting story of Anne Neville, her sister Isabel, and their ever-changing fortunes.The Kingmaker’s Daughter is the gripping and ultimately tra...

Narrator: Bianca Amato
Published: 08/14/2012
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Hawaii

Hawaii

by James A. Michener

James A. Michener was one of the world’s most popular writers, the author of more than forty books of fiction and nonfiction, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning Tales of the South Pacific, the bestselling novels The S...

Narrator: Larry McKeever
Published: 08/04/2015
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A Gentleman in Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow

by Amor Towles

A New York Times bestseller Chosen as a best book of the year by NPR, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Philadelphia Inquirer“The same gorgeous, layered richness that marked Towles’ debut, Rules...

Narrator: Nicholas Guy Smith...
Published: 09/06/2016
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A Breath of Snow and Ashes

A Breath of Snow and Ashes

by Diana Gabaldon

A worldwide sensation with more than 12 million copies in print, Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series has produced #1 best-selling novels and earned a fiercely devoted fan base. Another spellbinding entry in the series, A Breath of Snow and Ashes c...

The Outlander series #6
Narrator: Davina Porter
Published: 09/21/2005
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The Time In Between

The Time In Between

by Maria Duenas

This reading group guide for The Time in Between includes an introduction and discussion questions for enhancing your book club. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for y...

Narrator: Zilah Mendoza
Published: 11/08/2011
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The Velvet Hours

The Velvet Hours

by Alyson Richman

As Paris teeters on the edge of the German occupation, a young Frenchwoman closes the door to her late grandmothers treasure-filled apartment, unsure if shell ever return. An elusive courtesan, Marthe de Florian had cultivated a life of art and beaut...

Narrator: Tavia Gilbert; Kat...
Published: 09/06/2016
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Gates of Fire

Gates of Fire

by Steven Pressfield

NATIONAL BESTSELLER - "An incredibly gripping, moving, and literate work of art, rarely does an author manage to re-create a moment in history with such mastery, authority, and psychological insight." - Nelson DeMilleAt Thermopylae, a rocky mountain p...

Narrator: Derek Jacobi
Published: 07/05/2000
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The Last Kingdom

The Last Kingdom

by Bernard Cornwell

This is the exciting—yet little known—story of the making of England in the 9th and 10th centuries, the years in which King Alfred, his son and grandson defeated the Danish Vikings who had invaded and occupied three of England's four k...

Narrator: Jonathan Keeble
Published: 12/02/2014
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Forgotten Tales of China

Forgotten Tales of China

by Lisa April Smith

For the first time, author Lisa April Smith merges her proven skill at delivering unforgettable characters and page-turning suspense with historic fiction. Based on exhaustive research and set in the Chinese cradle of civilization, the Yellow River b...

Narrator: Nancy Wu
Published: 02/01/2016
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The Pillars of the Earth

The Pillars of the Earth

by Ken Follett

Chapter 1In a broad valley, at the foot of a sloping hillside, beside a clear bubbling stream, Tom was building a house. The walls were already three feet high and rising fast. The two masons Tom had engaged were working steadily in the sunshine, thei...

Narrator: John Lee,Richard E...
Published: 10/09/2007
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The Lady of the Rivers

The Lady of the Rivers

by Philippa Gregory

#1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory weaves witchcraft, passion, and adventure into the story of Jacquetta, Duchess of Bedford, a woman who navigated a treacherous path through the battle lines in the War of the Roses. Descended from ...

Narrator: Bianca Amato
Published: 10/18/2011
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The Painted Girls

The Painted Girls

by Cathy Marie Buchanan

Paris, 1878. Following the death of their father from overwork, the three van Goethem sisters find their lives upended. Without their fathers wages, and with what little their mother earns as a laundress disappearing down the absinthe bottle, eviction...

Narrator: Cassandra Campbell...
Published: 01/10/2013
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Predator

Predator

by Wilbur Smith

Former operative Major Hector Cross must face off against a pair of lethal enemies and prevent an international catastrophe in this gripping contemporary adventure-thriller—perfect for fans of Clive Cussler, Ted Bell, and Vince Flynn—from ...

Narrator: Ben Onwukwe
Published: 03/22/2016
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A Christmas Hope

A Christmas Hope

by Anne Perry

Anne Perrys vastly entertaining (Newark(NJ)Star-Ledger) holiday novels are as delicious as mince pie and plum pudding (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel).A Christmas Hopeis just as delectable, the gripping story of an unforgettable battle between goodness an...

The Christmas Novellas #11
Narrator: Simon Prebble
Published: 11/12/2013
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A Place Called Freedom

A Place Called Freedom

by Ken Follett

Larger-than-life characters, and an epic plot brimming with the energy of his internationally-acclaimed thrillers make Ken Folletts A Place Called Freedom an experience not to be missed. This lush novelset in 1766 England and Americaevokes an era ripe...

Narrator: Simon Prebble
Published: 04/07/2015
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Memoirs of A Geisha

Memoirs of A Geisha

by Arthur Golden

Arthur Golden was educated at Harvard College, where he received a degree in art history, specializing in Japanese art.

Narrator: Bernadette Dunne,E...
Published: 07/05/2000
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Constant Princess

Constant Princess

by Philippa Gregory

Daughter of Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain, Katherine of Aragon has been fated her whole life to marry Prince Arthur of England. The match becomes as passionate as it is politically expedient. But tragically, Arthur falls ill and extracts ...

Narrator: Jill Tanner
Published: 03/08/2011
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War Cry

War Cry

by Wilbur Smith

The saga of the legendary Courtney family continues in this fourteenth installment in Wilbur Smith’s bestselling series—the sequel to 2009’s Assegai—a thrilling tale of espionage, adventure, and danger, set in Africa and spanni...

Narrator: Sean Barrett
Published: 04/04/2017
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Pharaoh

Pharaoh

by Wilbur Smith

An epic historical adventure set in Ancient Egypt from the New York Times bestselling legend Stephen King has called the "best historical novelist."One of the world’s bestselling authors, Wilbur Smith returns to Ancient Egypt in a breathtaking e...

Narrator: Mike Grady
Published: 10/18/2016
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The Empty Throne

The Empty Throne

by Bernard Cornwell

The eighth installment of Bernard Cornwell’s bestselling series chronicling the epic saga of the making of England, “like Game of Thrones, but real” (The Observer, London)—the basis for The Last Kingdom, the hit BBC America tel...

Narrator: Matt Bates
Published: 01/06/2015
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Alex Crosss TRIAL

Alex Cross's TRIAL

by James Patterson

The year is 1906, and America is segregated. Hatred and discrimination plague the streets, the classroom, and the courts. But in Washington D.C., Ben Corbett, a smart and courageous lawyer, makes it his mission to confront injustice at every turn. He ...

Narrator: Dylan Baker
Published: 08/24/2009
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Fall of Giants

Fall of Giants

by Ken Follett

Chapter OneJune 22, 1911On the day King George V was crowned at Westminster Abbey in London, Billy Williams went down the pit in Aberowen, South Wales.The twenty-second of June, 1911, was Billy's thirteenth birthday. He was woken by his father. Da's t...

Narrator: John Lee,Dan Steve...
Published: 09/28/2010
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The Dante Club

The Dante Club

by Matthew Pearl

In 1865 Boston, the members of the Dante Club -- poets and Harvard professors Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, and James Russell Lowell, along with publisher J.T. Fields -- are finishing America's first translation of The Divine ...

Narrator: John Seidman,Boyd ...
Published: 05/23/2006
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Yellow Crocus

Yellow Crocus

by Laila Ibrahim

Moments after Lisbeth is born, she’s taken from her mother and handed over to an enslaved wet nurse, Mattie, a young mother separated from her own infant son in order to care for her tiny charge. Thus begins an intense relationship that will sha...

Narrator: Bahni Turpin
Published: 08/19/2014
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The Kings Curse

The King's Curse

by Philippa Gregory

The final novel in the Cousins’ War series, the basis for the critically acclaimed Starz miniseries The White Queen, by #1 New York Times bestselling author and “the queen of royal fiction” (USA Today) Philippa Gregory tells the fasc...

Narrator: Bianca Amato
Published: 09/09/2014
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Year of Wonders

Year of Wonders

by Geraldine Brooks

Geraldine Brooks is the author of five novels: the Pulitzer Prize-winning March; the international bestsellers Caleb's Crossing, People of the Book, and Year of Wonders; and, most recently, The Secret Chord. She has also written the acclaimed nonficti...

Narrator: Geraldine Brooks
Published: 08/05/2010
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News of the World

News of the World

by Paulette Jiles

National Book Award Finalist—FictionIt is 1870 and Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought ...

Narrator: Grover Gardner
Published: 03/29/2016
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Boleyn Inheritance

Boleyn Inheritance

by Philippa Gregory

Reading Group Guide The Boleyn Inheritance Philippa Gregory Introduction We are players in this game, but we do not choose our own moves. The men will play us for their own desires. All we can do is try to survive whatever happens next... In Tud...

Narrator: Davina Porter, Bia...
Published: 03/08/2011
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Ross Poldark

Ross Poldark

by Winston Graham

Winston Graham was the author of forty novels. His books have been widely translated and his famous Poldark series has been developed into two television series in twenty-four countries. Winston Graham was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature a...

Narrator: Oliver Hembrough
Published: 04/14/2015
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The White Princess

The White Princess

by Philippa Gregory

The newest novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author and “queen of royal fiction” (USA TODAY) Philippa Gregory tells the passionate story of Elizabeth of York, daughter of the White Queen, who gets caught in the middle of a battle fo...

Narrator: Bianca Amato
Published: 07/23/2013
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World Without End

World Without End

by Ken Follett

In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, a sweeping epic novel set in twelfth-century England centered on the building of a cathedral and many of the hundreds of lives it affected. Critics were overwhelmed&...

Narrator: Richard E. Grant
Published: 10/09/2007
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Queens Gambit

Queen's Gambit

by Elizabeth Fremantle

Twice widowed by 31, beautiful and intelligent, Katherine Parr, is obliged to return to Henry VIII's court, but suspicious of the aging king and those who surround him, she does so with reluctance. She brings her stepdaughter, Meg, who has been trauma...

Narrator: Georgina Sutton
Published: 08/06/2013
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Lord John and the Private Matter

Lord John and the Private Matter

by Diana Gabaldon

The epic, multivolume Outlander saga is the starting point for a brilliant new series that begins with the novel Lord John and the Private Matter. Filled with intrigue and mystery and starring one of the most popular Outlander characters, Lord John Gr...

The Lord John series #1
Narrator: Jeff Woodman
Published: 09/24/2003
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Imperium

Imperium

by Robert Harris

From the bestselling author of Pompeii comes the most provocative and brilliant novel of Rome and its power struggles since I, Claudius. Of all the great figures of the Roman world, none was more fascinating or charismatic than Marcus Cicero, the gr...

Narrator: Oliver Ford Davies...
Published: 09/19/2006
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Americas First Daughter

America's First Daughter

by Stephanie Dray

In a compelling, richly researched novel that draws from thousands of letters and original sources, bestselling authors Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie tell the fascinating, untold story of Thomas Jefferson’s eldest daughter, Martha “Patsy...

Narrator: Cassandra Campbell...
Published: 03/01/2016
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