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Roughing It

Roughing It Lowest new price: $33.95
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Author: Mark Twain

The unabridged classic on MP3 audio, narrated by Anais 9000. Three playback speeds on one disk; etext edition included. Running time: 15.7 hours (slow), 14.3 hours (medium), 13.0 hours (fast). Here is Twain at his best, spinning yarns of the old West from personal experience.


Kim

Kim Lowest new price: $27.95
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Author: Rudyard Kipling

The unabridged classic on MP3 audio, narrated by Anais 9000. Three playback speeds on one disk; etext edition included. Running time: 10.0 hours (slow), 9.1 hours (medium), 8.3 hours (fast). Fun, jingoistic story of an orphaned Irish boy dragooned into the British secret police in Colonial India -- while serving as chela (disciple) to a Tibetan lama! Makes a spooky read today.

One of the particular pleasures of reading Kim is the full range of emotion, knowledge, and experience that Rudyard Kipling gives his complex hero. Kim O'Hara, the orphaned son of an Irish soldier stationed in India, is neither innocent nor victimized. Raised by an opium-addicted half-caste woman since his equally dissolute father's death, the boy has grown up in the streets of Lahore:

Though he was burned black as any native; though he spoke the vernacular by preference, and his mother-tongue in a clipped uncertain sing-song; though he consorted on terms of perfect equality with the small boys of the bazar; Kim was white--a poor white of the very poorest.
From his father and the woman who raised him, Kim has come to believe that a great destiny awaits him. The details, however, are a bit fuzzy, consisting as they do of the woman's addled prophecies of "'a great Red Bull on a green field, and the Colonel riding on his tall horse, yes, and'--dropping into English--'nine hundred devils.'"

In the meantime, Kim amuses himself with intrigues, executing "commissions by night on the crowded housetops for sleek and shiny young men of fashion." His peculiar heritage as a white child gone native, combined with his "love of the game for its own sake," makes him uniquely suited for a bigger game. And when, at last, the long-awaited colonel comes along, Kim is recruited as a spy in Britain's struggle to maintain its colonial grip on India. Kipling was, first and foremost, a man of his time; born and raised in India in the 19th century, he was a fervid supporter of the Raj. Nevertheless, his portrait of India and its people is remarkably sympathetic. Yes, there is the stereotypical Westernized Indian Babu Huree Chander with his atrocious English, but there is also Kim's friend and mentor, the Afghani horse trader Mahub Ali, and the gentle Tibetan lama with whom Kim travels along the Grand Trunk Road. The humanity of his characters consistently belies Kipling's private prejudices, and raises Kim above the mere ripping good yarn to the level of a timeless classic. --Alix Wilber


Barry Lyndon

Barry Lyndon Lowest new price: $27.95
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Author: William Makepeace Thackeray

The unabridged classic on MP3 audio, narrated by Anais 9000. Three playback speeds on one disk; etext edition included. Running time: 11.8 hours (slow), 10.8 hours (medium), 9.8 hours (fast). An Irish knave progresses to rogue. His rollicking, wildly funny memoirs recount battles, card-playing and court intrigues.


Cowgirl Up and Ride (Rough Riders)

Cowgirl Up and Ride (Rough Riders) Lowest used price: $500.00
Author: Lorelei James

Ridin' the edge of lust is fun...until someone falls in love.

For years, goody-two boots AJ Foster wished her dream man Cord McKay would see her beyond the girl in pigtails. Now that she's old enough to stake her claim on him, she challenges the cowboy to teach her how to ride-and she doesn't mean horses.

Saddled with running the McKay ranch, dealing with the wild behavior of his brother and cousins, and raising his young son alone, divorced rancher Cord has sworn off all women. Yet AJ's innocence and sexual curiosity is a temptation he can't resist. From the start of their bedroom games, they're both aware the pull between them goes deeper than just smokin' hot sex. Although the sexy cowgirl sets his blood ablaze, Cord is determined to withstand AJ's efforts to lasso his battered heart.

But AJ isn't willing to settle for less than the whole shootin' match with her western knight. Sweet AJ has the power to heal-or heel-the gruff cowboy...unless Cord's pride keeps him from admitting their relationship is more than a simple roll in the hay.

Warning: This book contains raunchy sex scenes that'll work you into a lather faster than a winded horse, graphic language, resourceful use of baling twine, and nekkid cowboy lovin'.


Making Chase (Chase Brothers)

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Author: Lauren Dane

Tate Murphy is a girl from the wrong side of the tracks. She grew up a million miles away from the easy life Matt Chase has had. She's spent her life pulling herself and her siblings up and out of that trailer by the railroad tracks and she hasn't looked back. Matt Chase is a dream of a guy and she's certainly not going to turn down a short fling with one of the most handsome men she's ever seen! Matt Chase has watched each one of his brothers find love and he knows he's ready for that too. It's all a matter of finding the woman who captures his heart. He's certainly sampled his fair share of them but none has moved him the way Tate Murphy does. But as Matt gets to know Tate and appreciate her strength and unique beauty, he also realizes she's got some big self-esteem issues about her past. To build a future, he's got to find a way past some big road blocks.


Beach Road

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Author: James Patterson

Playaway is the simplest way to listen to a book on the go. Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, it comes with the audio content already on it and a battery to make it play. No Cassettes. No CDs. No Downloads. Simply plug in the earphones and enjoy. Tom Dunleavy has a one-man (and one-dog) law firm in the richest resort town in America legendary East Hampton, summer home to billionaires and megacelebrities. But his job barely keeps him in paper clips. His clients come from the year-rounders he grew up with, the people who make a living serving the rich. The movie moguls, models, and corporate honchos who swarm the beaches every summer already have lawyers on their payroll.

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The 5th Horseman

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Author: James Patterson

Playaway is the simplest way to listen to a book on the go. Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, it comes with the audio content already on it and a battery to make it play. No Cassettes. No CDs. No Downloads. Simply plug in the earphones and enjoy. The Women s Murder Club faces an unspeakable horror in an irresistible hospital and courtroom thriller by #1 bestselling author James Patterson. SOMEBODY DIES. A young mother is recuperating in a San Francisco hospital when she is suddenly gasping for breath. The call button fails to bring help in time. The hospital s doctors, some of the best in the nation, are completely mystified by her death. How did this happen? APOCALYPSE NEARS. This is not the first such case at the hospital. Just as patients are about to be released with a clean bill of health, their conditions take a devastating turn for the worse. Accompanied by the newest member of the Women s Murder Club, Yuki Castellano, Lieutenant Lindsay Boxer probes deeper into the incidents. Could these cases just be appalling coincidences? Or is a maniac playing God with people s lives? When someone close to the Women s Murder Club begins to exhibit the same frightening symptoms, Lindsay fears no one is safe.

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Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice Lowest used price: $24.99
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Author: Jane Austen

Playaway is the simplest way to listen to a book on the go. Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, it comes with the audio content already on it and a battery to make it play. No Cassettes. No CDs. No Downloads. Simply plug in the earphones and enjoy. Acclaimed to be the greatest novel ever written, the Story of Mrs. Bennet s finding husbands for her daughters is told with wit and charm. A must for lovers of good literature.

"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."

Next to the exhortation at the beginning of Moby-Dick, "Call me Ishmael," the first sentence of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice must be among the most quoted in literature. And certainly what Melville did for whaling Austen does for marriage--tracing the intricacies (not to mention the economics) of 19th-century British mating rituals with a sure hand and an unblinking eye. As usual, Austen trains her sights on a country village and a few families--in this case, the Bennets, the Philips, and the Lucases. Into their midst comes Mr. Bingley, a single man of good fortune, and his friend, Mr. Darcy, who is even richer. Mrs. Bennet, who married above her station, sees their arrival as an opportunity to marry off at least one of her five daughters. Bingley is complaisant and easily charmed by the eldest Bennet girl, Jane; Darcy, however, is harder to please. Put off by Mrs. Bennet's vulgarity and the untoward behavior of the three younger daughters, he is unable to see the true worth of the older girls, Jane and Elizabeth. His excessive pride offends Lizzy, who is more than willing to believe the worst that other people have to say of him; when George Wickham, a soldier stationed in the village, does indeed have a discreditable tale to tell, his words fall on fertile ground.

Having set up the central misunderstanding of the novel, Austen then brings in her cast of fascinating secondary characters: Mr. Collins, the sycophantic clergyman who aspires to Lizzy's hand but settles for her best friend, Charlotte, instead; Lady Catherine de Bourgh, Mr. Darcy's insufferably snobbish aunt; and the Gardiners, Jane and Elizabeth's low-born but noble-hearted aunt and uncle. Some of Austen's best comedy comes from mixing and matching these representatives of different classes and economic strata, demonstrating the hypocrisy at the heart of so many social interactions. And though the novel is rife with romantic misunderstandings, rejected proposals, disastrous elopements, and a requisite happy ending for those who deserve one, Austen never gets so carried away with the romance that she loses sight of the hard economic realities of 19th-century matrimonial maneuvering. Good marriages for penniless girls such as the Bennets are hard to come by, and even Lizzy, who comes to sincerely value Mr. Darcy, remarks when asked when she first began to love him: "It has been coming on so gradually, that I hardly know when it began. But I believe I must date it from my first seeing his beautiful grounds at Pemberley." She may be joking, but there's more than a little truth to her sentiment, as well. Jane Austen considered Elizabeth Bennet "as delightful a creature as ever appeared in print". Readers of Pride and Prejudice would be hard-pressed to disagree. --Alix Wilber


The Internet And Society: A Reference Handbook (Contemporary World Issues)

The Internet And Society: A Reference Handbook (Contemporary World Issues) Lowest new price: $25.00
Author: Schell

An examination of the social impact of the Internet, this volume explores political, social, technical, legal, and economic controversies in a manner accessible to the general reader.


• A glossary of key terms, such as algorithm, ARPAnet, Hyper Text Markup Language, identity theft, Internet protocol, malicious mode, and Moore's law, helps readers find their bearings in the high-tech world of the Internet

• Bibliographical sketches of 20 key personalities―both positive and negative―in Internet history bring this high-tech story to life


A Chance in the World: An Orphan Boy, a Mysterious Past, and How He Found a Place Called Home

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Author: Steve Pemberton
Brand: Smarlance

“Pemberton’s beautifully told story is a rags to richesjourney―beginning in a place and with a jarring set of experiences that couldhave destroyed his life. But Steve’s refusal to give in to those forces, andhis resolve to create a better life, shows a courage and resilience that is anexample for many of us to follow.” ―Stedman Graham, Author, Educator

Home is the place where our life stories begin. It is wherewe are understood, embraced, and accepted. It is a sanctuary of safety andsecurity, a place to which we can always return. Down in the dank basement,amid my moldy, hoarded food and worm-eaten books, I dreamed that my real home,the place where my story had begun, was out there somewhere, and one day I wasgoing to find it.

Taken from his mother at age three, Steve Klakowicz lives aterrifying existence. Caught in the clutches of a cruel foster family andsubjected to constant abuse, Steve finds his only refuge in a box of booksgiven to him by a kind stranger. In these books, he discovers new worlds he canonly imagine and begins to hope that one day he might have a differentlife―that one day he will find his true home. A fair-complexioned boy with blueeyes, a curly Afro, and a Polish last name, he is determined to unravel themystery of his origins and find his birth family. Armed with just a singleclue, Steve embarks on an extraordinary quest for his identity, only to learnthat nothing is as it appears. A Chancein the World is the unbelievably true story of a wounded and broken boydestined to become a man of resilience, determination, and vision. Through itall, Steve’s story teaches us that no matter how broken our past, no matter howgreat our misfortunes, we have it in us to create a new beginning and to builda place where love awaits.


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