American Sniper by Chris Kyle
Read by David Hartley-Margolin. Reading time 11 hours 28 minutes
Texas ranch hand-turned-Navy SEAL recalls his career as the sniper with the most kills in U.S. military history. Describes his training, his four tours of duty in Iraq, and the strains of deployment on his family life. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2012.
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Area 51 by Annie Jacobsen
Read by Kerry Dukin. Reading time 21 hours 3 minutes
Journalist examines the history of Area Fifty-one, a secret military facility in the Nevada desert. Discusses the importance of the Atomic Energy Commission's initial control of the site and the public's fascination with its mysteries. Reveals details of highly classified "black ops" projects carried out there. Bestseller. 2011.
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Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua
Read by Mary Kane. Reading time 5 hours 38 minutes
Yale law professor--a daughter of Chinese immigrants--describes the traditional Chinese parenting style she has used to raise her and her Jewish husband's two daughters. Not allowed to hang out with friends, the girls must get perfect grades and excel at violin or piano. Relates the successes and conflicts. Bestseller. 2011.
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The Best Advice I Ever Got by Katie Couric
Read by Jill Ferris. Reading time 8 hours 21 minutes
News anchor shares advice and anecdotes she has collected from nearly one hundred notable personalities, including Maya Angelou, Beyonce, Michael Bloomberg, Drew Brees, Bill Clinton, and Suze Orman. Contributors and Couric herself discuss courage, hard work, tenacity, and other components of success. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2011.
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Bossypants by Tina Fey
Read by Theresa Conkin. Reading time 7 hours 1 minute
Creator and star of the sitcom 30 Rock uses humor to describe her home life and career. Discusses her training in improv; celebrating her chubby phase; working on Saturday Night Live as a writer, actor, and Sarah Palin impersonator; and dealing with breast-feeding fanatics. Strong language. Bestseller. 2011.
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Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard
Read by Martha Harmon Pardee. Reading time 11 hours 40 minutes
Chronicles the life of James A. Garfield (1831-1881), the twentieth American president. Highlights Garfield's rise from poverty to the Oval Office. Details the attack by deranged office-seeker Charles Guiteau and the medical care that killed Garfield despite the efforts of Alexander Graham Bell. Bestseller. 2011.
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F in Exams by Richard Benson
Read by Jack Fox. Reading time 36 minutes
Collection of students' inventive attempts to answer vexing test questions for which they are unprepared. Example: What is a vacuum? Answer: Something my mom says I should use more often. Bestseller. 2011.
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Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo
Read by Andy Pyle. Reading time 4 hours 50 minutes
Burpo, a pastor in Nebraska, relates the 2003 experiences reported by his three-year-old son Colton, who believes that during an emergency appendectomy he died, went to heaven, and returned to life. Colton describes seeing Jesus, angels, and deceased relatives. Bestseller. 2010.
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I Beat the Odds Michael Oher
Read by Bob Moore. Reading time 6 hours 7 minutes
Professional football player and the subject of the book and the movie The Blind Side (DB 63689) describes his childhood in Memphis and his climb out of homelessness. Offers suggestions to kids in poverty and suggests ways adults can reach children who need help. Bestseller. 2011.
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If You Ask Me (and of Course You Won't) by Betty White
Read by Jill Ferris. Reading time 2 hours 40 minutes
Eighty-nine-year-old award-winning actress from The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls, and Hot in Cleveland comments on aging and friendships. Discusses her love of animals and continuing popularity, as evidenced by her hosting Saturday Night Live and starring in a Super Bowl commercial in 2010. Bestseller. 2011.
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In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
Read by Erin Jones. Reading time 13 hours 18 minutes
Follows the lives of U.S. ambassador William E. Dodd and his family, who moved to Berlin, Germany, in 1933. Discusses their attitudes toward the Nazi Party, obliviousness to Hitler's true character, and naive reactions to the persecution of Jews and Americans and the enforcement of stringent laws. Bestseller. 2011.
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Killing Lincoln by Bill O'Reilly
Read by Mike Stefanelli. Reading time 9 hours 46 minutes
Political commentator O'Reilly and historian Dugard recount the last weeks of the Civil War in the spring of 1865. The authors follow actor John Wilkes Booth and his coconspirators as they plotted revenge for the South and assassinated President Abraham Lincoln on April 14. Bestseller. 2011.
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The King's Speech by Mark Logue
Read by Graeme Malcolm. Reading time 7 hours 34 minutes
The grandson of Lionel Logue (1880-1953) uses his ancestor's diaries and correspondence to depict Australian-born Logue's life and his role as speech therapist for Albert, the duke of York, who was crowned King George VI on May 12, 1937. Bestseller. 2010.
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Life by Keith Richards
Read by Erik Sandvold. Reading time 23 hours 48 minutes
Autobiography of the Rolling Stones guitarist (b. 1943). Recounts his wartime London childhood, his education, and the beginnings of the group in 1962. Discusses bandmates including Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood, and Brian Jones as well as his lover Anita Pallenberg and wife Patti Hansen. Strong language. Bestseller. 2010.
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Living beyond Your Feelings by Meyer, Joyce
Read by Jill Ferris. Reading time 8 hours 30 minutes
Christian author warns against allowing emotions to rule your life. Uses scripture, psychological research, and her own experiences to explain ways to control your sentiments. Discusses common feelings, personality types, and the mind-body connection. Bestseller. 2011.
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Nearing Home by Billy Graham
Read by Patrick Downer. Reading time 6 hours 15 minutes
Ninety-three-year-old evangelist, whose wife Ruth died in 2007, uses his personal experience of aging to illustrate ways to achieve spiritual growth while facing life's transitions. Discusses retirement, health, and grief and suggests viewing one's latter years from God's perspective. Bestseller. 2011.
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Rin Tin Tin by Susan Orlean
Read by Martha Harmon Pardee. Reading time 12 hours 12 minutes
Relates the 1918 discovery of an abandoned German shepherd puppy on a French World War I battlefield by American soldier Lee Duncan. Describes Rin Tin Tin and his descendants' acting roles from early silent movies to the 1950s television show. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2011.
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Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
Read by Mark Delgado. Reading time 21 hours 3 minutes.
Biography of entrepreneur Steve Jobs (1955-2011) chronicles his childhood, education, entry-level jobs in California's Silicon Valley, 1976 cofounding of Apple computer in his parents' garage, and leadership in spearheading the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. Discusses Jobs's personal and professional relationships and his 2003 cancer diagnosis. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2011.
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A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard
Read by Mare Trevathan. Reading time 6 hours
The author describes her 1991 abduction at age eleven by parolee Phillip Garrido and his wife. Recounts her eighteen years of captivity, during which she endured sexual abuse and raised two daughters, and her 2009 discovery and rescue. Strong language, explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. Bestseller. 2011.
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Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Read by Faith Potts. Reading time 16 hours 32 minutes
Author of Seabiscuit details the life of Louis Zamperini (b. 1917), an Olympic runner and World War II bombardier, who survived a plane crash and forty-seven days adrift at sea only to become a POW in Japan. Relates Louis's later religious awakening under Billy Graham's ministry. Violence. Bestseller. 2010.
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