2013 Adult Winter Reading Program

“Books Made into Movies”

Grab the popcorn and chocolate-covered peanuts—some of our favorite books are now our favorite movies.


The program will have several different categories of books to choose from:

  • Adventure
  • Animals
  • Classics
  • History
  • Horror
  • Mystery
  • Romance
  • Science Fiction
  • War
  • Westerns

 

ADVENTURE

The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum

Read by Conrad Feininger. Reading time 18 hours 18 minutes
Rescued wounded and amnesic from the Mediterranean, the protagonist struggles to discover his identity--and that of his would-be assassins. His only clue: microfilm, surgically implanted in his skin, bearing the number of a Zurich bank account under the name "Bourne." Violence, some descriptions of sex, and some strong language. 1980.
Download The Bourne Identity, DB65406

 

Braveheart by Randall Wallace

Read by Graeme Malcolm. Reading time 7 hours 29 minutes
As a boy in 1276, William Wallace lost his father and brother at the hands of the English, who fought the Scots for control of Scotland. Now as a young man, Wallace wages a battle to avenge the death of his family and crush the tyranny of England. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex.
Download Braveheart, DB44916

 

Congo by Michael Crichton

Read by Bob Askey. Reading time 8 hours 50 minutes
A bright and beautiful woman computer scientist from a Houston-based corporation with global interests, a scientist accompanied by a gorilla who uses sign language, and a professional soldier/hunter all depart on a fearsome expedition into deepest Africa. Thanks to their knowledge of technology, history, gorilla language, and geography they are successful in their search for the lost city of Zinj and for the diamonds that are the raw materials for computer chips that will revolutionize the industry.
Download Congo, DB15813

 

The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth

Read by Guy Sorel. Reading time 13 hours 47 minutes
A secret group of French right-wing leaders, plotting to overthrow the government, hires a professional assassin, known as the Jackal, to kill President de Gaulle. The novel concerns the attempts of the police to identify and stop the brilliant criminal who is a master at eluding detection. Bestseller.

Download The Day of the Jackal, DB10894

 

The Deerslayer by James Fenimore Cooper

Read by Tom Luce. Reading time 21 hours 22 minutes
Classic novel of Natty Bumppo, also known as Deerslayer, and his days as a young hunter among the Delaware Indians. A rousing story of warfare between the Indians and the white settlers around Lake Otsego before 1745. Followed by 'The Last of the Mohicans' (DB 19920).
Download The Deerslayer, DB22249

 

Ice Station Zebra by Alistair MacLean

Read by Fred Major. Reading time 9 hours 50 minutes
A British intelligence agent aboard a nuclear-powered submarine investigates the mysterious destruction of a meteorological station on the Arctic ice cap. He becomes involved in one of the most desperate espionage missions of the Cold War.
Download Ice Station Zebra, DB21366

 

Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian

Read by Steven Crossley. Reading time 15 hours 2 minutes
Historical sea tale chronicles the adventures of Jack Aubrey of the Royal Navy, master and commander of the brig Sophie, as he and his crew battle the French and Spanish in the Mediterranean during the Napoleonic wars.
Download Master and Commander, DB33485

 

The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men against the Sea by Sebastian Junger

Read by Bill Wallace. Reading time 8 hours 17 minutes
Recounts the 1991 loss at sea of the New England fishing boat Andrea Gail in the "perfect storm" that resulted from the explosive convergence of several high-energy weather fronts. Depicts a fisherman's harsh life and gives a likely account of the vessel's final hour before sinking. Vividly portrays failed rescue efforts and people drowning. Bestseller.
Download The Perfect Storm, DB44751

 

Raise the Titanic! by Clive Cussler

Read by Bob Askey. Reading time 12 hours 28 minutes
To ensure America's security, it becomes essential to obtain the rare element byzanium, which lies in the hold of the sunken Titanic. Dirk Pitt, jack-of-all-trades, attempts to raise the ship, but a hurricane and Russian spies complicate his mission. Strong language.
Raise the Titanic, DB48575

 

You Only Live Twice by Ian Fleming

Read by Michael Clarke-Laurence. Reading time 6 hours 50 minutes
Still grieving over the death of his bride, James Bond is given a tough assignment in Japan to renew his will to live. He undertakes the penetration of an island fortress ruled by a madman who cultivates a grisly garden of deadly delights.
Download You Only Live Twice, DB18860

 

ANIMALS

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

Read by Robert Sams. Reading time 5 hours 51 minutes
Black Beauty, a fine stallion, tells of his suffering as he is sold from one cruel master to another. This book was written to dramatize the abuse of horses in nineteenth-century England. Some violence.
Download Black Beauty, DB41291

 

The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans

Read by David Hartley-Margolin. Reading time 12 hours 39 minutes
Thirteen-year-old Grace Maclean loses her leg when she and her horse, Pilgrim, are struck by a truck. Pilgrim is also injured-- mentally and physically. Grace's mother, magazine editor Annie Graves, learns of a horse whisperer--Tom Booker--who might be able to restore Pilgrim. In hopes that he will also help Grace, Annie takes both of them to his ranch in Montana. Strong language, violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex.
Download The Horse Whisperer, DB41402

 

The Incredible Journey by Sheila Every Burnford

Read by Ilona Dulaski. Reading time 3 hours 15 minutes
A novel about three animals: a Labrador retriever, a Siamese cat, and an old white bull terrier. Discusses their journey as they make their way home across 250 miles of Canadian wilderness. The movie is available in VHS format, DV000049
Download The Incredible Journey, DB33792

 

Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog by John Grogan

Read by Gregory Gorton. Reading time 9 hours 16 minutes
A columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer reminisces about the untrainable Labrador retriever that he and his wife acquired as Florida newlyweds. Recalls Marley's hilarious escapades and his capacity for love as the Grogans become the parents of three kids. Bestseller. 2005.
Download Marley and Me, DB61561

 

Old Yeller by Fred Gipson

Read by Jack Fox. Reading time 3 hours 11 minutes
1860s Texas. Fourteen-year-old Travis at first resents the big, yellow stray dog that hangs around his home, but he comes to love and depend on him. With his father away on a cattle drive, Travis is the man of the house and looks to Old Yeller for help and protection. The movie is available in VHS format, DV000076
Download Old Yeller, DB47404

 

Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand

Read by Annie Wauters. Reading time 14 hours 22 minutes
Recounts the rise of an "undersized, crooked-legged" thoroughbred horse who in 1938 was the year's number-one newsmaker over Franklin Roosevelt, Hitler, and Lou Gehrig. Hillenbrand tells Seabiscuit's story through the three men who made a true long shot into a winner: owner Charles Howard, trainer Tom Smith, and jockey Red Pollard. Bestseller. 2001.
Download Seabiscuit, DB51968

 

Secretariat by William Nack

Read by Jack Fox. Reading time 14 hours 52 minutes
Account of Secretariat, the "horse of the century," who won the 1973 Triple Crown--the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and the Belmont Stakes races. Describes the roles of owner Penny Chenery, trainer Lucien Laurin, jockey Ron Turcotte, and groom Eddie Sweat. Basis for motion picture. Bestseller. 1975. The movie is available in DVD format, DVD00652
Download Secretariat, DB71943

 

War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

Read by David Cutler. Reading time 3 hours 54 minutes
Joey, a horse, recalls his experiences growing up on an English farm, his struggle for survival when sold to the cavalry during World War I, and his reunion with Albert, his beloved master. 1982.
Download War Horse, DB72156


Where the Red Fern Grows: The Story of Two Dogs and a Boy by Wilson Rawls

Read by David Palmer. Reading time 7 hours 11 minutes
Ten-year-old Billy, a country boy in the Ozarks, wants a pair of coonhounds so badly that he works hard for two years to pay for them.
Download Where the Red Fern Grows, DB32449

 

White Fang by Jack London

Read by L.J. Ganser. Reading time 7 hours 39 minutes
A wolf-dog, rescued from danger and tamed by a kind master, redeems his brute nature by defending his master's family against an escaped convict. Companion to The Call of the Wild (DB 49486). 1906.
Download White Fang, DB51689

 

CLASSICS

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Read by Nick Sullivan. Reading time 11 hours 22 minutes
Tom Sawyer's friend young Huck Finn explains the reasons he is running away from home and recounts his exploits floating down the Mississippi River on a raft with Jim, an escaped slave. Companion to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (DB 53084). Some strong language. 1884.
Download The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, DB57349

 

Emma by Jane Austen

Read by Anne Chodoff. Reading time 15 hours 22 minutes
First published in 1816, this novel tells of a restless young woman, living with her widowed father in a small English town. She finds her chief amusement in arranging the lives of her friends, a diversion which leads to complications.
Download Emma, DB23490

 

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Read by Alexander Scourby. Reading time 4 hours 56 minutes
The glitter and recklessness of the Jazz Age is the backdrop for this novel about Jay Gatsby's desperate attempt to recapture the past, and along with it, the love of Daisy Buchanan. Amid extravagant parties at Gatsby's palatial estate, his neighbor narrates the story of his obsession with the American dream.
Download The Great Gatsby, DB16147

 

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

Read by Patrick Horgan. Reading time 5 hours 52 minutes
The evil of Sir Hugo, master of the lonely Manor Baskerville on the moors, began the 'Curse of the Baskervilles' in the seventeenth-century. Now, years later, the legendary Hound returns and Sir Charles Baskerville dies. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson move in to solve the crime. The movie is available in VHS format, DV000099
Download The Hound of the Baskervilles, DB14165

 

Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

Read by Tom Martin. Reading time 8 hours 50 minutes
A Scottish lowlander narrates his adventures when his uncle tries to have him sent to America as a slave, and when he instead falls in with the daredevil Jacobite Alan Stewart.
Download Kidnapped, DB25158

 

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Read by Patricia Beaudry. Reading time 18 hours 40 minutes
The author's home life in New England is the basis of this book, which has been popular for more than a century. The tale tells the story of the four March sisters--quick-tempered Jo, who is restless for freedom; Beth, who loves her home and family; Meg, who longs for pretty clothes; and self-absorbed Amy. A favorite of both children and adults. 1947.
Download Little Women, DB18128

 

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Read by Graci Ragsdale. Reading time 3 hours 12 minutes
A tale of the far-reaching bonds of friendship between two itinerant ranch workers: George, the more levelheaded, and Lennie, more dependent. Their dream of owning a small farm is doomed by Lennie's unintentional overuse of his physical strength and George's honorable attempt to resolve the problem it causes. Some strong language. 1937.
Download Of Mice and Men, DB48515

 

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Read by David Cutler. Reading time 8 hours 42 minutes
First published in the late nineteenth century. A beautiful youth has his portrait painted by an artist with a flair for the morbid. The portrait becomes the mirror of its innocent-appearing subject's inner life. Introduction by Edmund White. 1999. The movie is available in VHS format, DV000324
Download The Picture of Dorian Gray, DB56794

 

The Scarlet Letter: A Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Read by Ian Reed. Reading time 10 hours 15 minutes
Symbolic novel set in Puritan New England traces the effects of sin on people's lives. Hester Prynne is forced to display her transgression openly in the form of a scarlet letter "A" for adultery. Her husband is obsessed with revenge, and her lover, a minister, conceals his guilt and shame. The movie is available in DVD format, DVD00591
Download The Scarlet Letter, DB48457

 

A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

Read by Kimberly Schraf. Reading time 3 hours 59 minutes
In this play, a recently widowed, faded southern belle visits her bohemian sister and lusty brother-in-law in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Seeking the lost gentility of her early life, she instead faces a mental breakdown because of the insensitivity of those around her. 1947.
Download A Streetcar Named Desire, DB46212

 

HISTORY

Butterfield 8 by John O'Hara

Read by John Stratton. Reading time 8 hours 29 minutes
Inspired by a New York murder case and set in Prohibition-era Manhattan of the early 1930s, this novel revolves around the sensational lives of the seedy characters who inhabit the speakeasies and underground clubs of New York's upper East Side. Principal among the cast is Gloria Wandrous, who is on a doomed quest for love. Some strong language.
Download Butterfield 8, DB44130

 

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

Read by Lisette Lecat. Reading time 7 hours 51 minutes
A fictional account of how the seventeenth-century artist Vermeer came to paint a portrait of a young woman wearing a pearl earring. When sixteen-year-old Griet, a Protestant, becomes a maid in Vermeer's Catholic household, the drudgery of her duties is offset by working in the artist's studio. Some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 1999. The movie is available in VHS format, DV000531
Download Girl with a Pearl Earring, DB50258

 

The Great Train Robbery by Michael Crichton

Read by David Hartley-Margolin. Reading time 8 hours 25 minutes
Fictionalized account of the 1855 theft of a fortune in gold bullion destined for English troops in Crimea. London mobster Edward Pierce assembles a host of professional criminals to execute the heist, including snakesman "Clean Willy" Williams, safecracker Robert Agar, and con artist Miss Miriam. Some violence. 1975.
Download The Great Train Robbery, DB65257

 

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Read by Jill Fox. Reading time 17 hours 37 minutes
Jackson, Mississippi; 1962-1964. College grad and fledgling writer Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan searches for a book-worthy project. At the urging of an editor, Skeeter interviews African American maids Aibileen and Minny about their relationships with their employers. Violating integration laws, the three women question their lives. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2009. The movie is available in DVD format, DVD00629
Download The Help, DB68889

 

How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn

Read by George Holmes. Reading time 20 hours 13 minutes
Before leaving his childhood home, Huw Morgan reminisces about his youth in South Wales. He remembers when the coal mines still flourished and family members and friends fought, loved, laughed, and cried as they struggled to survive labor troubles and hard times in the valley. National Book Award. 1939.
Download How Green was my Valley, DB60225

 

The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

Read by Martha Harmon Pardee. Reading time 20 hours 13 minutes.
Fictional portrayal of Mary Boleyn and her siblings, Anne and George, at Henry VIII's court, where the three were sent to advance the Howard family's fortunes. Mary's account takes her from her own affair with the king and her replacement by Anne to Anne's execution. Some descriptions of sex. 2001.
Download The Other Boleyn Girl, DB58873

 

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

Read by Yolande Bavan. Reading time 21 hours 5 minutes
A fictionalized account of the life of a typical geisha in 1930s and 1940s Japan. Sayuri recalls being nine years old when she and her sister are sold to a geisha house as their mother lies dying. From then on Sayuri learns the traditional exotic art of pleasing men. Bestseller.
Download Memoirs of a Geisha, DB45008

 

Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow

Read by Jeff Baker. Reading time 7 hours 48 minutes
A story set in 1906 New York that incorporates luminaries of the period, including Theodore Roosevelt, Sigmund Freud, and Emma Goldman. A ragtime musician from Harlem falls victim to racist vandalism and seeks redress through violence. Strong language, violence, and descriptions of sex.
Download Ragtime, DB44378

 

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Read by Robin Miles. Reading time 10 hours 16 minutes
South Carolina, 1964. Fourteen-year-old Lily rescues her African American housekeeper--and substitute mother--Rosaleen, from the hospital. Rosaleen had been beaten for trying to register to vote. They flee to a safe place where Lily's battered late mother had also fled--a beekeeping operation run by three black sisters. Some strong language. 2002.
Download The Secret Life of Bees, DB55533

 

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Read by Nick Sullivan. Reading time 12 hours 44 minutes
1931. Veterinary student Jacob Jankowski's world comes crashing down when his parents die in a car accident. Broke, Jacob joins the circus, falls for Marlena, a married circus star, and cares for animals like Rosie the elephant. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. Bestseller. 2006.
Download Water for Elephants, DB62718

 

HORROR

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

Read by Roy Avers. Reading time 10 hours 32 minutes
A store clerk in the remote town of Rhinebeck, New York, is given the long-lost journal of Abraham Lincoln with instructions to write a manuscript. But the new volumes narrate Lincoln's previously unknown path in life, as one of the greatest vampire hunters. Violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2010.
Download Abraham Lincoln, DB70658

 

Coma: A Novel by Robin Cook

Read by Yvonne Fair Tessler. Reading time 10 hours 53 minutes
In this chiller in a hospital setting, a young woman medical student attempts to solve a heinous crime. Some strong language. Bestseller. 1977.
Download Coma, DB10479

 

The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

Read by Mitzi Friedlander. Reading time 12 hours 34 minutes
A novel concerning the diabolical possession of a star's daughter. While the actress is filming a picture in Washington, D.C., she becomes concerned over the increasingly bizarre and macabre behavior of her child, and is finally forced to seek the services of an exorcist when all else fails. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language.
Download The Exorcist, DB12688

 

Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

Read by Nick Sullivan. Reading time 15 hours 2 minutes
Frightening world of vampires as told to a young boy who tapes the story on cassette. Follows the fortunes of Louis, a gentle vampire; Lestat, a vengeful and bloodthirsty vampire; and Claudia, a little demon with the face of a doll. 1976.
Download Interview with the Vampire, DB61222

 

Jaws by Peter Benchley

Read by John Stratton. Reading time 8 hours 39 minutes
A Long Island resort town tries to cover up a young woman's death when pieces of her shark-ridden body are found along the beach. But the shark strikes again. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1977.
Download Jaws, DB 62714

 

Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz

Read by David Toney. Reading time 10 hours 52 minutes
Thomas, a twenty-year-old short order cook, possesses the paranormal ability to see dead people and predict violence. Thomas's premonitory vision of mass murder activates when he meets "Fungus Man," who is surrounded by bodachs, malevolent spirits that foretell bloodshed. Thomas uses his insights to deter catastrophe. Violence. Bestseller. 2003.
Download Odd Thomas, DB56919

 

Psycho by Robert Bloch

Read by Dennis Bateman. Reading time 4 hours 51 minutes
The classic thriller that inspired the Alfred Hitchcock movie of the same name. A young woman who has just stolen a lot of money has the bad luck to stop at a secluded motel run by a painfully shy manager with a fatal mother fixation. Some descriptions of violence. The movie is available in VHS format, DV000147
Download Psycho, DB19378

 

The Ruins by Scott Smith

Read by Jonathan Davis. Reading time 16 hours 38 minutes
Two American couples abandon their lazy August holiday on a Yucatan beach to search inland for a German tourist's brother at a mysterious archaeological site. Their very survival comes into question as they encounter an increasingly horrific menace. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2006.
Download The Ruins, DB63204

 

The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

Read by Yvonne Fair Tessler. Reading time 11 hours 15 minutes
Clarice Starling, a young FBI agent, tracks down a serial killer known as Buffalo Bill, who preys exclusively on overweight women. The killer flays the victims' bodies and deposits the remains in rivers. The only clues are provided by another sociopathic killer, psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter, who practices cannibalism. Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex. Bestseller 1988.
Download The Silence of the Lambs, DB27020

 

Watchers by Dean R. Koontz

Read by James DeLotel. Reading time 16 hours 22 minutes
A fable-like tale that blends suspense, fantasy, and sentiment. World-weary Travis Cornell stumbles upon a super-intelligent golden retriever with uncanny powers in a California wood. The dog, Einstein, reveals how he and a vile murderous creature called 'The Other' were created by U.S. scientists in a secret genetic experiment. The plot includes a romance and follows a psycho killer hired by Soviet spies. Strong language, violence, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller 1987.
Download Watchers, DB25982

 

MYSTERY

Along Came a Spider: An Alex Cross Mystery by James Patterson

Read by Chuck Benson. Reading time 11 hours 2 minutes
At 5 a.m. Deputy Chief Alex Cross, detective and psychologist, is investigating a brutal triple murder in southeast Washington. Later that day, Washington Day School teacher Gary Soneji kidnaps two students. Secret Service agent Jezzie Flanagan is called in to work with Cross. They realize the killer of more than 200 people may be a psychopath with a split personality. Strong language, violence, and descriptions of sex. Bestseller.
Download Along Came a Spider, DB35897

 

And then there were None by Agatha Christie

Read by Burt Blackwell. Reading time 6 hours 13 minutes
Ten oddly-assorted people find themselves the houseguests of an invisible host who slowly begins killing them one by one. The movie is available on DVD format DVD00564
Download And Then There Were None, DB11077

 

Angels and Demons by Dan Brown

Read by Jack Fox. Reading time 17 hours 27 minutes
Professor of religious iconology Robert Langdon is called to the Vatican to investigate the murder of a physicist by the brotherhood of the Illuminati, a secret medieval society. Joining Langdon is the victim's beautiful daughter, Vittoria, and scientists from CERN, a Swedish research facility. Some violence and some strong language. 2000.
Download Angels and Demons, DB51799

 

Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King

Read by Pam Ward. Reading time 7 hours 59 minutes
Sixty-five-year-old Dolores Claiborne of Little Tall Island goes to the local police to set the record straight regarding both the recent death of her employer, wealthy Vera Donovan, and the death of Dolores's husband Joe thirty years earlier. A dozen stenographer's tapes later, the story of Vera and her housekeeper Dolores, two self-described bitches, is told. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. Bestseller.
Download Dolores Claiborne, DB35892

 

The Last Juror by John Grisham

Read by John Polk. Reading time 12 hours 4 minutes
Clanton, Mississippi; 1970. Twenty-three-year-old Willie Traynor buys the bankrupt county paper and begins building circulation. He inflames readers with his reporting of a young widow's rape and murder by Danny Padgitt, who threatens his jury with revenge if they convict him. Years later Padgitt returns for retribution. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2004.
Download The Last Juror, DB57381

 

Mystic River by Dennis Lehane

Read by Fred Major. Reading time 13 hours 29 minutes
Sean, Jimmy, and Dave were eleven when Dave was briefly abducted from a Boston slum. Twenty-five years later, ex-con Jimmy's daughter is murdered and Dave becomes a suspect. Sean, now a homicide detective, is assigned to the case. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. Bestseller. 2001. The movie is available on VHS format, DV000519
Download Mystic River, DB51758

 

One for the Money by Janet Evanovich

Read by Celeste Lawson. Reading time 7 hours 6 minutes
Out-of-work lingerie buyer Stephanie Plum blackmails her cousin Vinnie into hiring her as a bounty hunter. Her first case is Joe Morelli, a vice cop accused of shooting an unarmed man. Stephanie's feelings towards Joe are mixed because he never called after she gave up her virginity to him in high school. She locates Joe over and over again, but he refuses to cooperate unless she helps him prove his innocence. Strong language and some violence.
Download One for the Money, DB40224

 

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Read by Barbara Caruso. Reading time 16 hours 34 minutes
Rebecca, the glamorous mistress of a great English estate, died eight months before Maxim de Winter brought a young and frightened second wife to live there. Mystery, intrigue, and violence eventually reveal the circumstances surrounding Rebecca's death.
Download Rebecca, DB48914

 

Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

Read by Richard Davidson. Reading time 14 hours 30 minutes
Set on an island in Puget Sound shortly after World War II. Carl Heine has drowned, and Kabuo Miyomoto, a fellow fisherman, is charged with Heine's murder. Covering the trial for the local newspaper is Ishmael Chambers, who was the first love of Hatsue, the defendant's wife. As the trial gets under way, the courtroom and the entire once peaceful community are tense with suspicion and prejudice. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1994.
Download Snow Falling on Cedars, DB40688

 

A Stranger Is Watching by Mary Higgins Clark

Read by Martha Harmon Pardee. Reading time 6 hours 39 minutes
Manhattan. Steve Peterson eagerly awaits the execution of Ronald Thompson, the man convicted of his wife Nina's brutal murder. But days before the scheduled event, Steve's six-year-old asthmatic son, Neil, and his journalist girlfriend, Sharon, are kidnapped, possibly by the actual killer. Violence and some strong language. 1977.
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ROMANCE

Breakfast at Tiffany's: A Short Novel and Three Stories by Truman Capote

Read by Gary Roan. Reading time 4 hours 12 minutes
The popular tale of Holly Golightly, the former Texas child bride whose intoxicating personality takes the story's narrator and Manhattan itself by storm. Also includes short stories "House of Flowers," "A Diamond Guitar," and "A Christmas Memory." Some strong language. 1950.
Download Breakfast at Tiffany's, DB58223

 

The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller

Read by Bob Askey. Reading time 4 hours 14 minutes
Robert Kincaid, a photographer for National Geographic, arrives in Madison County, Iowa, on August 16, 1965, to photograph covered bridges. He stops at the home of Francesca Johnson to ask directions, but stays for four wonderful days--days that awaken within them a deep and abiding love, which creates another being called "us." But she is married, and they must let go of one another. Some descriptions of sex. Bestseller.
Download The Bridges of Madison County, DB35861


Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding

Read by Jennifer Mendenhall. Reading time 7 hours 15 minutes
Despite a long list of resolutions, British Bridget Jones's year gets off to "an exceptionally bad start" when her parents try to fix up their thirtyish dateless daughter with their friends' unappealing divorced son. But all is not lost--it appears that Bridget's crush on her boss is developing into a two-sided flirtation. Strong language. Bestseller. The movie is available on VHS format, DV000492
Download Bridget Jones's Diary, DB46267

 

Can You Keep a Secret? By Sopie Kinsella

Read by Martha Harmon Pardee. Reading time 9 hours 57 minutes
On a flight to London, Emma Corrigan shares her deepest secrets with a seatmate. After landing safely, Emma expects life to return to normal--but then she discovers the fellow traveler is none other than her "mega-boss," Jack Harper. He keeps finding reasons to cross Emma's path. Strong language. Bestseller. 2004.

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How Stella Got Her Groove Back by Terry McMillan

Read by Gail Nelson. Reading time 11 hours 14 minutes
Forty-two-year-old Stella Payne, a successful, divorced black woman, decides on impulse to go to Jamaica while her son is visiting his father. Not expecting romance, Stella is shocked to be wooed by a twenty-year-old Jamaican student and even more surprised to find herself falling in love. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller.
Download How Stella Got her Groove Back, DB42803

 

Northern Lights by Nora Roberts

Read by Michele Schaeffer. Reading time 15 hours 27 minutes
Lunacy, Alaska. New sheriff Nate Burke finds the job challenging. While the former cop recovers from his Baltimore partner's violent death, he investigates an unsolved crime that threatens his current life and love, fiery bush pilot Meg Galloway. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. 2004.
Download Northern Lights, DB58932

 

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks Read by Robert Sams

Reading time 5 hours 41 minutes
An elderly man reads from a notebook to his wife, who has Alzheimer's disease. Gradually he unfolds the story of a couple who fell in love the summer after high school and were reunited by a fluke fourteen years later. But will his wife recognize her own story? Some explicit descriptions of sex. 1996.
Download The Notebook, DB43180

 

Once in a Lifetime by Danielle Steel

Read by Sharon Murray. Reading time 11 hours 34 minutes
Internationally acclaimed author Daphne Fields lies in an intensive-care unit after being struck by a car on Christmas Eve. Flashbacks reveal the tragedies in her life: the loss of her husband and daughter in a fire, her son's deafness, and the accidental death of her lover. Descriptions of sex. Bestseller.
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PS, I Love You by Cecelia Ahern

Read by Martha Harmon Pardee. Reading time 12 hours 30 minutes
Ireland. Twenty-nine-year-old Holly grieves for her late husband. But, before dying, Gerry prepared a final gift: ten letters, one for each month remaining in the year, listing tasks for Holly to accomplish. Surrounded by family and friends, Holly learns to move on. Some strong language. 2004.
Download PS, I Love You, DB66248

 

A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks

Read by John Polk. Reading time 5 hours 9 minutes
Fifty-seven-year-old Landon thinks back to 1958, the year that changed his life. Pious, bible-carrying Jamie Sullivan asks seventeen-year-old Landon to costar with her in the Christmas play written by her preacher father. As they spend time together, Landon is shocked to realize he's falling in love. Bestseller. 1999.
Download A Walk to Remember, DB49104

 

SCIENCE FICTION

 The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton

Read by Chuck Benson. Reading time 7 hours 47 minutes
After an unmanned space probe lands in a small town in Arizona, most of the residents die mysteriously. Four scientists try to discover the nature of the microorganism that has contaminated the satellite while the president ponders atomic destruction to save the rest of the country.
Download The Andromeda Strain, DB37973

 

The Children of Men by P.D. James

Read by Bob Askey. Reading time 9 hours 42 minutes
In 1995, aware that all living men are infertile, Theo Faron notes that the earth's last human being has been born. On January 1, 2021, that last human born, Joseph Ricardo, dies at the age of twenty-five. Theo's cousin Xan Lyppiatt, warden of England, rules supreme as he watches the world crumble because of despair-based oppression. Then suddenly a pregnant woman is discovered! Some violence. Bestseller.
Download The Children of Men, DB35885

 

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

Read by David Broughton. Reading time 5 hours 51 minutes
A 15-year-old hooligan named Alex roams the streets of London terrorizing people at random. He is arrested and subjected to corrective brainwashing with unanticipated results. The author adds a flavor of reality of his prophecy of future urban life by inventing the teenage dialect of 'nadsat.' Violence and strong language.
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Contact: A Novel by Carl Sagan

Read by Pam Ward. Reading time 14 hours 30 minutes
A speculative adventure of the first encounter of humankind with intelligent life from beyond our solar system. Brilliant astrophysicist Ellie Arroway of Project Argus is instrumental in decoding the first radio signal received from space, and she persuades world leaders not to consider the message a threat. Bestseller 1985.
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Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

Read by Bob Askey. Reading time 10 hours 1 minute
In a future Earth engaged in an interstellar war against insectoid aliens, Ender Wiggins is chosen at the age of six to be trained as the military genius who will carry his people to victory. Along with his brother Peter and his sister Valentine, he not only brings the conflict to an end, but also affects the evolution of human society. Strong language.
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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Read by Jeff Halberstadt. Reading time 5 hours 29 minutes
Social satire set in the future, when owning or reading books is a crime. Guy Montag, the fireman-hero, becomes a fugitive when he succumbs to temptation. Some strong language.
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The Hunger Games, Book 1 by Suzanne Collins

Read by Erin Jones. Reading time 9 hours 14 minutes
In a future North America, Panem's rulers maintain control through a televised survival competition pitting teens from twelve districts in a fight to the death. Sixteen-year-olds Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark are this year's girl and boy contestants from District Twelve. Some violence. For junior and senior high readers. 2008.
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I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

Read by Bob Askey. Reading time 7 hours 15 minutes
U. S. Robots and Mechanical Men, Inc, headed by the strong-minded Susan Calvin, manufactures and sells intelligent, human-like robots. Nine stories illustrate how the robots are programmed with the three Laws of Robotics to serve man, despite many of the ingrained fears and prejudices humans have against them. Some violence.
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Sphere: a novel by Michael Crichton

Read by Bob Askey. Reading time 11 hours 58 minutes

Thriller about a team of scientists who are brought to the South Pacific to investigate a huge spaceship resting on the ocean floor. Inside the ship, which bears evidence of being a future artifact that traveled back in time after a confrontation with a black hole, the scientists find a metallic sphere. As time passes, bizarre events occur, and then one by one the scientists begin to be murdered. Some strong language. Bestseller 1987.
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The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

Read by David Palmer. Reading time 3 hours 21 minutes
In this short novel, the first of Wells's works in science fiction, the Time Traveller constructs a machine that will enable him to travel backward or forward in time. He travels far into the future and reappears dishevelled, pale, and haggard. 1895.
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WAR

Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest by Stephen E. Ambrose Read by Bill Wallace. Reading time 12 hours 43 minutes

Drawing on journals, letters, and interviews with veterans of Easy Company, the author tells the story of the combat rifle unit that parachuted into France early on D-Day. And, despite hardships and casualties, E Company was responsible for the capture of Hitler's Bavarian retreat at war's end. Some strong language.
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Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

Read by Robert Sams. Reading time 18 hours 19 minutes
A wounded Confederate soldier leaves the war on an arduous trek to his mountain home and the woman he aims to marry. Meanwhile, his intended struggles to work her deceased father's hardscrabble farm. Depicts hardship, peril, and courage in the wartime South. Strong language and violence. Bestseller.
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The Dirty Dozen by E.M. Nathanson

Read by Ray Childs. Reading time 23 hours 50 minutes
Europe, 1944. Twelve U.S. military renegades serving life sentences or facing execution are given a last-chance mission behind Nazi lines. Led by Captain John Reisman, the convicts endure a rigorous training, and are then dropped in France ahead of the Normandy invasion. Explicit descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. 1965.
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Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

Read by Gary Telles. Reading time 20 hours 3 minutes
Bombardier Yossarian desperately tries to stay alive during World War II. Military rules make it impossible for anyone to achieve the combat quota necessary to quit flying. Yossarian and his buddies concoct ways to avoid the ridiculous orders of their officers. Strong language and descriptions of sex.
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The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

Read by David Hartley-Margolin. Reading time 9 hours 23 minutes
This novel, which shared the 1992 Booker Prize, is set in Italy during the final days of World War II. Four people occupy an abandoned villa--the "English patient," badly burned in a parachute jump; a former spy and thief who was tortured by the Nazis; an exhausted nurse; and a bomb-disposal expert. The members of this disparate quartet reveal their pasts while forming new connections to one another. Some strong language. The movie is available on VHS format, DV000156
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For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

Read by Lindsay Ellison. Reading time 18 hours 6 minutes
American Robert Jordan has joined the Republicans fighting against the Fascists during the Spanish civil war. He is on a mission to destroy a strategically located bridge with the help of a band of guerillas. At their camp he falls in love with Maria, a young torture victim. Some violence.
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Gods and Generals by Jeff Shaara

Read by Christopher Hurt. Reading time 19 hours 15 minutes
Shaara depicts the onset of the Civil War right up to the Battle of Gettysburg in this prequel to his father's The Killer Angels (DB 45457). The story is told primarily through the lives of Stonewall Jackson, Winfield Scott Hancock, Joshua Chamberlain, and Robert E. Lee. Describes significant battles fought at Chancellorsville and Fredericksburg. Bestseller.
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Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever 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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Schindler's List by Thomas Keneally

Read by Ed Blake. Reading time 14 hours 29 minutes
In 1939, Oskar Schindler, a young, wealthy, enterprising German interested in drinking and women, is a less-than-exemplary Catholic. In this 'nonfiction novel,' Keneally tells the story of his transformation into a man who, at great personal risk, saves hundreds of Jews from death during World War II. Some strong language. Violence.
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The Thin Red Line by James Jones

Read by Alan Hewitt. Reading time 23 hours 7 minutes
A multi-level fictional chronicle of the amphibious military operation in the World War II Guadalcanal campaign. Explores the collective behavior of a wide and varied cross-section of American military men, from the Big Brass who observe the strategy to the fighting men who carry out the battle plans without knowing or caring about them. 1962.
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WESTERNS

Appaloosa by Robert B. Parker

Read by Titus Welliver. Reading time 4 hours 55 minutes
Appaloosa. Marshal Virgil Cole and deputy Everett Hitch convict outlaw rancher Randall Bragg of murder. Bragg escapes prison while Cole falls for beautiful but malevolent Allie. Years later Bragg returns with a presidential pardon, and Cole is torn between right and wrong. Descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. 2005.
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Dances with Wolves by Michael Blake

Read by David Palmer. Reading time 8 hours 41 minutes
When Lieutenant Dunbar arrives at Fort Hays, the drunken, half- crazed major in charge immediately assigns him to Fort Sedgewick, an abandoned army outpost. Then the major is sent back east because of mental incompetence, and the army is unaware of Dunbar's presence at the fort. Alone, with only a wolf and Indian friends, Dunbar finds himself adapting to the Indian way of life--a life in which he is happy until his past comes back to haunt him. Bestseller.
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Hombre by Elmore Leonard

Read by Chuck Benson. Reading time 4 hours 17 minutes
A stagecoach robbery in 1884 reveals the true character of the victims--especially of John Russell, known as Hombre. He was shunned for his Apache ties by his travel companions, until they needed his physical prowess to save them.
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Sackett by Louis L'Amour

Read by Chuck Benson. Reading time 4 hours 13 minutes
William Tell Sackett, the oldest brother in the clan and a drifter, discovers a beautiful girl, a vein of gold in a valley, and all the problems that go with them. Sequel to The Daybreakers (DB 36179). 1961.
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The Searchers by Alan LeMay

Read by Jack Fox. Reading time 8 hours 4 minutes
Comanches attack the Edwards homestead, killing the family and kidnapping ten-year-old Debbie. Debbie's uncle Amos, a Civil War veteran, and foster brother, Martin Pauley, vow to find her. Years pass, testing the limits of hope and endurance and revealing Amos's true motives. Basis for a movie starring John Wayne. 1954.
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Shane by Jack Schaefer

Read by John Polk. Reading time 4 hours 52 minutes
Wyoming territory, 1889. A mysterious stranger named Shane rides into the Starretts' ranch and learns of trouble between cattle baron Fletcher and the homesteaders. Shane decides to stay and help the family keep their stake. Some violence. For senior high and older readers. 1949. The movie is available on VHS format, DV000334 and on DVD format, DVD00334
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True Grit by Charles Portis

Read by Terry Hayes Sales. Reading time 5 hours 47 minutes
Fifty years afterward, a woman tells how, as a girl of fourteen, she, a federal marshal, and a Texas Ranger tracked her father's murderer from Arkansas into Indian territory. Some violence.
The movie is available on VHS format, DV000121
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Until Day Breaks: A Saga of Texas, Book 1 by Will Cook

Read by Michael Scherer. Reading time 7 hours 8 minutes
1870s. Although Tracy Cameron is a career army officer, he believes in peace more than war--especially in North Texas, with the Comanche. Backers in Washington, D.C., support Cameron, but General Sherman has other ideas. Original version of the novel for the 1961 movie Two Rode Together. 1999.
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The Virginian: A Horseman of the Plains by Owen Wister

Read by David Palmer. Reading time 13 hours 56 minutes
The story of the Virginian is told by an easterner who, while visiting a Wyoming ranch, is impressed by the slow-talking, quick-witted, southern cowboy. Things heat up when another easterner arrives on the scene-- the new schoolteacher, young Molly Wood. The Virginian falls for Molly and tries to convince her to reciprocate, but his irksome feud with a surly ranch hand threatens their relationship. Some violence. 1902.
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Western Union by Zane Grey

Read by Jim Zeiger. Reading time 9 hours 22 minutes
1861. Wayne Cameron leaves Boston to seek his fortune out West. The tenderfoot joins a crew of Western Union workers constructing a telegraph line along the Oregon Trail. Wayne and his friends cross hundreds of miles of mountains and treeless plains full of buffalo, hostile Indians, and other perils. 1939.
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