Most widely held works by Blackstone Audiobooks
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury ( Recording )
6 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 594 libraries worldwide
In a society in which books are outlawed, Montag, a regimented fireman in charge of burning the forbidden volumes, meets a revolutionary school teacher who dares to read. Suddenly he finds himself a hunted fugitive, forced to choose not only between two women, but between personal safety and intellectual freedom.
Comfort food by Kate Jacobs ( Recording )
5 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 542 libraries worldwide
From the New York times best-selling author of The Friday night knitting club comes a delectable new novel about food, family, and second chances. Augusta "Gus" Simpson, a Martha Stewart-esque TV cooking personality, has come a long way since her husband died suddenly, leaving her to raise and support their two daughters on her own. Channeling her grief into hard work, she carved a successful career out of her natural talents as a chef and hostess. But now, as she approaches 50, she finds that her well-earned turf may not be as secure as she thought. A hot young Latin beauty queen with a flair for spices and an ambition for stardom is threatening to steal her spot on the Cooking Channel. As Gus struggles to remake herself for a new age of media, she discovers that her entire life may need a makeover, including her relationship with her daughters and, perhaps, another chance at romance.
The brutal telling by Louise Penny ( Recording )
1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 474 libraries worldwide
A stranger is found murdered in the village bistro and antiques store and all clues point to bistro owner Olivier being the killer. Once again, Chief Inspector Gamache and his team are called in to strip back layers of lies, exposing both treasures and rancid secrets long buried--but not forgotten.
Tweak growing up on methamphetamines by Nic Sheff ( Recording )
2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 443 libraries worldwide
Nic Sheff was drunk for the first time at age eleven. In the years that followed, he would regularly smoke pot, do cocaine and ecstasy, and develop addictions to crystal meth and heroin. Even so, he felt like he would always be able to quit and put his life together whenever he needed to. It took a violent relapse one summer in California to convince him otherwise. In a voice that is raw and honest, Nic spares no detail in telling us the compelling, heartbreaking, and true story of his relapse and the road to recovery. As we watch Nic plunge the mental and physical depths of drug addiction, he paints a picture of a person at odds with his past, with his family, with his substances, and with himself.
Beautiful boy a father's journey through his son's meth addiction by David Sheff ( Recording )
3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 411 libraries worldwide
David Sheff's story is a first: a teenager's addiction from the parent's point of view--a real-time chronicle of the shocking descent into substance abuse and the gradual emergence into hope. Before meth, Sheff's son, Nic, was a varsity athlete, honor student, and award-winning journalist. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who stole money from his eight-year-old brother and lived on the streets. With haunting candor, Sheff traces the first warning signs, the attempts at rehabilitation, and, at last, the way past addiction. He shows us that, whatever an addict's fate, the rest of the family must care for one another, too, lest they become addicted to addiction.
What is left the daughter by Howard A Norman ( Recording )
2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 401 libraries worldwide
Orphaned by the sudden suicides of both his parents (who discovered they were in love with the same woman), seventeen-year-old Wyatt Hillyer is taken in by his aunt and uncle in the small town of Middle Economy, Nova Scotia, where he is apprenticed to his uncle's toboggan business and falls in love with his ravishing adopted cousin, Tilda. Setting in motion the novel's chain of life-altering passions is the arrival of German student Hans Mohring, carrying only a satchel. Tilda's feelings for Hans stir up tensions that will test the bonds of love, family, and community to its limits. Wyatt's personal account of the astonishing events leading up to his fathering of a beloved daughter spills out twenty-one years later.
Matterhorn a novel of the Vietnam War by Karl Marlantes ( Recording )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 396 libraries worldwide
When young Waino Mellas, a Bravo Company lieutenant, is unceremoniously dropped into the jungle of Vietnam, he is instantly forced into manhood. Facing the horrors of war in Southeast Asia, Waino and his comrades embark on a long, torturous, bloody adventure, where the Vietnamese wilderness is just as dangerous as the enemy.
The age of innocence by Edith Wharton ( Recording )
5 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 383 libraries worldwide
The first Pulitzer Prize for literature awarded to a woman was for The age of innocence, Edith Wharton's elegant portrait of desire and betrayal in Old New York. In the highest circle of New York social life during the 1870s, Newland Archer, a young lawyer, prepares to marry the docile May Welland. But before their engagement is announced, he meets the mysterious, nonconformist Countess Ellen Olenska, May's cousin, who has returned to New York after a long absence. Ellen mirrors his own sense of disillusionment with society and the "good marriage" he is about to embark upon and provokes a moral struggle within him as he continues to go through the motions. A social commentary of surprising compassion and insight, The age of innocence toes the line between the comedy of manners and the tragedy of thwarted love.
Tell-all by Chuck Palahniuk ( Recording )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 380 libraries worldwide
Hazie Coogan, who for decades has tended to the outsized needs of veteran actress Katherine "Miss Kathie" Kenton, discovers that bounder Webster Carlton Westward III has written a celebrity tell-all memoir foretelling Miss Kathie's death in a forthcoming Lillian Hellman-penned musical extravaganza. As the body count mounts, Hazie must execute a plan to save Katherine Kenton for her fans--and for posterity.
Making rounds with Oscar [the extraordinary gift of an ordinary cat by David Dosa ( Recording )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 355 libraries worldwide
An otherwise ordinary cat, Oscar has the uncanny ability to predict when people are about to die. Adopted by staff members at Steere House nursing home when he was a kitten, the three-year-old tabby has presided over the deaths of more than twenty-five nursing home residents thus far. His mere presence at the bedside is viewed by physicians and nursing-home staff as an almost absolute indicator of impending death, considered a blessing because it allows staff members to notify families that the end is near and because he provides companionship to those who would otherwise have died alone.
People of the book by Geraldine Brooks ( Recording )
3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 322 libraries worldwide
In 1996, Hanna Heath, a young Australian book conservator is called to analyze the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, a priceless six-hundred-year-old Jewish prayer book that has been salvaged from a destroyed Bosnian library. When Hanna discovers a series of artifacts in the centuries' old binding, she unwittingly exposes an international cover up.
The man who smiled by Henning Mankell ( Recording )
3 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 312 libraries worldwide
A disillusioned Inspector Kurt Wallander is thrown back into the fray when he becomes both hunter and hunted. Crestfallen, dejected, and spiraling into an alcohol-fuelled depression after killing a man in the line of duty, Inspector Wallander has made up his mind to quit the police force for good. When an old acquaintance, a solicitor, seeks Wallander's help and later turns up dead, Wallander realizes that he was wrong not to listen.
The rosewood casket by Sharyn McCrumb ( Recording )
5 editions published between 1996 and 2007 in English and held by 294 libraries worldwide
Randall Stargill's four sons have gathered at their mountain farm to build a coffin for their dying father. His passing causes a dilemma for his sons, who must come to terms with their dysfunctional family, and also decide what to do with the farm, which has been Stargill land since 1790. Only Clayt, the youngest, a naturalist and Daniel Boone reenactor, who loves the land like a latter-day pioneer, wants to save the farm from a real estate developer bent on despoiling the mountain.
Crime and punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky ( Recording )
6 editions published between 1983 and 2008 in English and held by 269 libraries worldwide
One of the greatest works of fiction ever written, Crime and punishment is an intense psychological study, a terrifying murder mystery, and a fascinating detective thriller instilled with philosophical, religious, and social commentary. Dostoevsky studies the psychological impact upon a desperate and impoverished student when he murders a despicable pawnbroker, transgressing moral law to ultimately "benefit humanity ... This new narration of Crime and punishment takes the listener on a journey into the darkest recesses of the criminal and depraved mind and exposes the soul of a man possessed by both good and evil who cannot escape his own conscience.
The day of the jackal by Frederick Forsyth ( Recording )
4 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 258 libraries worldwide
The Jackal, the world's most cunning and revered assassin, is given a treacherous mission that could spell disaster for world diplomacy. Catching wind of a mysterious assassination plot, authorities throughout Europe mobilize a manhunt. However, without knowing the Jackal's true target, authorities are forced to wait until the clever killer makes his next move.
The Dead Sea cipher by Elizabeth Peters ( Recording )
6 editions published between 1996 and 2006 in English and held by 256 libraries worldwide
When Dinah heard the cries for help through her hotel room wall, English in the middle of Beirut, she thought the men were only drunk and fighting. That mistake was the first step in an odyssey of terror that would take her to the cities of Sidon, Tyre, Damascus, and finally Jerusalem, not knowing if the man she was following would lead her to safety or into a deadly trap.
The soloist a lost dream, an unlikely friendship, and the redemptive power of music by Steve Lopez ( Recording )
4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 247 libraries worldwide
When journalist Steve Lopez sees Nathaniel Ayers playing his heart out on a two-string violin on Los Angeles' skid row, he finds it impossible to walk away. More than thirty years ago, Ayers was a promising classical bass student at Juilliard--ambitious, charming, and also one of the few African-Americans--until he gradually lost his ability to function, overcome by schizophrenia. Over time, the two men form a bond and Lopez imagines that he might be able to change Ayers's life. The soloist is a beautifully told story of devotion in the face of seemingly unbeatable challenges.
City of thieves by David Benioff ( Recording )
4 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 180 libraries worldwide
When a dead German paratrooper lands in his street, Lev is caught looting the body and dragged to jail, fearing for his life. He shares his cell with the charismatic and grandiose Kolya, a handsome young soldier arrested on desertion charges. Instead of the standard bullet in the back of the head, Lev and Kolya are given a shot at saving their own lives by complying with an outrageous directive: secure a dozen eggs for a powerful colonel to use in his daughter's wedding cake. In a city cut off from all supplies and suffering unbelievable deprivation, Lev and Kolya embark on a hunt to find the impossible.
The Civil War a narrative Fort Sumter to Perryville by Shelby Foote ( Recording )
11 editions published between 1989 and 2009 in English and held by 94 libraries worldwide
Here begins one of the most remarkable works of history ever fashioned. All the great battles are here, of course, from Bull Run through Shiloh, the Seven Days, Second Manassas to Antietam and Perryville in the fall of 1862, but so are the smaller and often equally important engagements on both land and sea: Ball's Bluff, Fort Donelson, Pea Ridge, Island Ten, New Orleans, Monitor versus Merrimac, and Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign--to mention only a few.
A basic history of the United States. Volume 5, The welfare state, 1929-1985 by Clarence Buford Carson ( Recording )
11 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 70 libraries worldwide
The fifth volume covers the Great Depression through the mid-eighties. Carson elucidates the causes of the stock market crash and the years of economic depression which followed. Further discussions are equally engaging, including the New Deal, Social Security, World War II, the Cold War, the Warren Court, the Cultural Revolution, Vietnam, the rise of the Conservative movement, Nixon and Watergate, the Carter presidency, and the start of the Reagan years.
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