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The Great American Read

This reading list, curated by PBS, shows the diversity of America's 100 most beloved books. Voting for America's greatest novel occurred in 2018. Learn more about The Great American Read at http://www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read/about/show/.

 

Note: Not all of the books on The Great American Read list are available from Wolfner Library or NLS. Below is a list of what is available.

 

Those interested in reading these titles can contact the library by email, mail or phone; request them online through WolfPAC; or download the digital and available braille books from the Braille and Audio Reading Download site (BARD).

 

Note: Books starting with BR05 are only available in physical form from Wolfner Library. BRCs and BREs are not available as physical braille from Wolfner Library, but are available to download as web braille. BRFs are foreign language material only available via request through an Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

 

Happy Reading!

 

1984 by George Orwell

BR010312; 3 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. 

DB025710 (Spanish)

DB034268

DB073474

Read by Maria del Carmen Siccardi. Reading time: 14 hours, 42 minutes.

Read by Andy Pyle. Reading time: 11 hours, 15 minutes.

Read by Andy Pyle. Reading time: 13 hours, 56 minutes.

A satirical, frightening novel about a future time under a totalitarian regime, where the people believe ignorance is strength and war is peace. For high school and older readers. For senior high and older readers. 1949.

 

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

BR011823; 2 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. 

BRF00964 (Spanish); web-braille not available.  

BRF02124 (French); web-braille not available. 

DB015223

DB029965 (Spanish)

DB053084

LP000020; 320 pages.

Read by John Pielmeier. Reading time: 6 hours, 17 minutes.

Read by Aroura Urby. Reading time: 5 hours, 19 minutes.

Read by Terence Aselford. Reading Time: 7 hours, 21 minutes.

A mischievous boy growing up in a Mississippi River town in the 19th century impresses his friends and horrifies adults by associating with the son of the town drunk, running away from home, attending his own funeral, witnessing a murder, and finding lost treasure. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 1876.

 

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

BR014874; 1 volume of braille. Volume 1. 

BRF02253 (French); web-braille not available. 

DB037602

DB046982 (Spanish)

Read by John Polk. Reading time: 4 hours, 15 minutes.

Read by Juan Ramirez. Reading time: 4 hours, 47 minutes.

Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy, dreams of riches and longs to see the world. He sails to Tangiers, crosses the desert, and eventually reaches Egypt, where he discovers his real destiny. On his journey, Santiago encounters a series of spiritual guides, including the alchemist who advises him to follow his heart. 1988.

  

Alex Cross Mysteries (series) by James Patterson

BRC00516 (First Book in Series); 4 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. Volume 4. 

DB035894 (First Book in Series)

Read by Chuck Benson. Reading time: 11 hours, 2 minutes.

Serial murder; bank robbery; kidnapping -- all of these crimes and more are investigated by Washington, D.C. police detective/psychologist Alex Cross. Told from the points of view of both Cross and the killer, these roller-coaster cases have plenty of twists and grisly details. Strong language, violence, and descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 1993.

 

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

BR001412; web-braille not available. 

BR012746; 2 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. 

DB012392

DB050842

LP000384; 359 pages. 

LP001762; 142 pages. 

Read by Yvonne Fair Tessler. Reading time: 6 hours, 10 minutes.

Read by Yvonne Fair Tessler. Reading time: 6 hours, 11 minutes.

Extraordinary things happen to Alice when she follows a white rabbit into a hole and encounters the Cheshire Cat, the Queen of Hearts, and other strange characters. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 1865.

  

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

DB077188

Read by Erin Jones. Reading time: 18 hours, 29 minutes.

After studying in the United States for thirteen years, Ifemelu, a Nigerian woman who blogs about race, returns home to Lagos. She has endured enough cultural issues and misses her first love. But the Nigerians label her an "Americanah." Some strong language. National Critics Book Prize winner. 2013.

 

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

DB011077

DB052972 (Spanish)

LP000905; 276 pages. 

Read by Burt Blackwell. Reading time: 6 hours, 13 minutes.

Read by María Pino. Reading time: 6 hours, 9 minutes.

Ten oddly-assorted people find themselves the houseguests of an invisible host who slowly begins killing them one by one. 1967.

 

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

BR006394; 3 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. 

BR010098; 3 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. 

DB014670

DB056114

LP000123; 474 pages. 

Read by Dale Carter. Reading time: 9 hours, 29 minutes.

Read by Barbara Rappaport. Reading time: 11 hours, 15 minutes.

Classic story of mischievous orphan girl with fiery red hair, a quick temper, and a vivid imagination. The orphanage sends her to a shy Nova Scotia farmer and his no-nonsense sister even though the family had requested a boy. But the longer Anne stays with them, the less they can remember life without her. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 1935.

 

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

DB010370

DB051074

Read by Gordon Gould. Reading time: 62 hours, 4 minutes.

Read by Michael Scherer. Reading time: 58 hours, 4 minutes.

Dagny Taggart, manager of a transcontinental railroad, opposes John Galt and others who relinquish control over their enterprises in exchange for security through government regulations. Espouses the clear-cut social values of the author's philosophy of objectivism within a fictional story line. Thirty-fifth anniversary edition with new introduction in 1992. Some strong language. 1957. 

 

Beloved by Toni Morrison

BR007074; web-braille not available. 

BR016707; 3 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. 

DB026026

Read by Yvonne Fair Tessler. Reading time: 11 hours, 31 minutes. 

Related in kaleidoscopic fashion and set in rural Ohio during the period immediately following the Civil War, this chronicle of slavery and its aftermath traces the life of Sethe, a former slave. Sethe has a secret in her past so horrific that it has alienated the community, driven off her two sons, isolated her surviving daughter, and threatened her new, loving relationship with Paul D., also a former slave. Bestseller. Some violence.1987.

 

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

BR017409; 4 volumes of braille. Volume 1Volume 2. Volume 3. Volume 4. 

DB062431

DB067987 (Spanish)

LP001500; 757 pages. 

Read by Erik Sandvold. Reading time: 15 hours, 32 minutes.

Read by María Pino. Reading time: 14 hours, 59 minutes.

Death narrates the tale of nine-year-old Liesel from 1939 to 1943 in Nazi Germany. Liesel copes with a foster family, air raids, her friend Rudy, and a hidden Jew, sustained by the books she steals. Michael L. Printz honor book. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2006.

 

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz

BR021308; 4 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. Volume 4. 

DB065402

DB067964 (Spanish)

Read by Barry Bernson. Reading time: 9 hours, 33 minutes.

Read by Juan Ramirez. Reading time: 13 hours, 43 minutes.

New Jersey. Overweight Dominican American Oscar works as a substitute teacher and dreams about being a famous writer. Oscar grew up with his rebellious sister Lola and beautiful mother, but the ancient curse of fukú haunts their lives--until he decides to do something about it. Violence and strong language. Pulitzer Prize. Bestseller. 2007.

 

The Call of the Wild by Jack London

BR009833; 1 volume of braille. Volume 1. 

BR012582; 1 volume of braille. Volume 1. 

DB012550 (Spanish)

DB027843

DB049486

LP000392; 185 pages. 

Read by Emilio De Torre. Reading time: 4 hours, 37 minutes.

Read by Steve Grad. Reading time: 3 hours, 18 minutes.

Read by L. J. Ganser. Reading time: 3 hours, 36 minutes.

Buck, a St. Bernard, is stolen and trained to be a sled dog in the Alaska gold fields. Abused by both men and dogs, Buck learns to fight ruthlessly until he finds in John Thornton a master he loves and respects. 1903.

       

Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

BR011980; 4 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. Volume 4. 

DB018132

DB048063

LP001793; 906 pages. 

Read by Leon Janney. Reading time: 18 hours, 23 minutes.

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. 1989.

 

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

BR001617; web-braille not available. 

BR011909; 2 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. 

DB012335

DB047480

Read by Ray Hagen. Reading time: 6 hours, 8 minutes.

Read by Ray Hagen. Reading time: 6 hours, 54 minutes.

As Christmas vacation begins, Holden Caulfield recounts his feelings and reactions to flunking out of Pencey, his third prep school. Instead of heading straight home, he wanders around New York City. This account of his adventures conveys his dismay at the adult world. Strong language. For senior high and older readers. 1945.

 

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

BR001318; web-braille not available.

BR017770; 1 volume of braille. Volume 1. 

DB046839

DB061062 (Spanish)

DB074950

LP001308; 224 pages. 

LP002165; 184 pages. 

Read by Jamie Horton. Reading time: 3 hours, 31 minutes.

Read by María Pino. Reading time: 4 hours, 2 minutes.

Read by Alexander Scourby. Reading time: 3 hours, 10 minutes.

A little girl who can talk to animals is devoted to both Wilbur, the foolishly smug pig, and Charlotte, the beautiful gray spider who saves Wilbur's life. For grades 3-6. 1952.

 

Chronicles of Narnia (series) by C.S. Lewis

BR007215 (First Book in Series); 1 volume of braille. Volume 1. 

BR013945 (First Book in Series); 1 volume of braille. Volume 1. 

DB016987 (First Book in Series)

DB050083 (Full Series)

LP000017 (First Book in Series); 192 pages. 

Read by Bryan Clark. Reading time: 4 hours, 3 minutes.

Read by Erik Sandvold. Reading time: 35 hours, 32 minutes.

The Pevensie siblings and other children are magically transported to the land of Narnia where they battle evil witches, help kidnapped princes, and go on many other exciting adventures guided by the lion Aslan who is the guardian of this world. For grades 4-7.1955.

 

The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel

BR016674; 5 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. Volume 4. Volume 5. 

DB015791

DB052680

DB054959 (Spanish)

Read by Diane Eilenberg. Reading time: 20 hours, 41 minutes.

Read by Martha Harmon Pardee. Reading time: 19 hours, 40 minutes.

Read by María Pino. Reading time: 25 hours, 6 minutes.

After her people perish in an earthquake during the Ice Age, Cro-Magnon girl Ayla is adopted by a beetle-browed Neanderthal clan. Punished repeatedly for flouting taboos, teenaged Ayla eventually realizes she must leave the group and find her own kind. Earth's Children series, book 1. Bestseller. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. 1980.

 

The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah

DB057412

Read by Michele Schaeffer. Reading time: 11 hours, 20 minutes.

Gritty portrayal of the coming-of-age of Winter Santiaga, born in 1977 to a fourteen-year-old mother and a drug-dealing father in Brooklyn's projects. The family's lavish lifestyle falls apart when Winter's mother is shot and her father is imprisoned, sending Winter to the streets. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1999.

 

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

BR007222; web-braille not available. 

BR012265; 2 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. 

DB040883 (Spanish)

DB058842

LP001792; 590 pages. 

Read by María Pino. Reading time: 8 hours, 5 minutes.

Read by Tracy Mickens-Hundley. Reading time: 8 hours, 51 minutes.

Follows two black sisters--Nettie, a missionary, and Celie, raped by her father and married to a cruel man. Nettie's letters do not reach Celie, and Celie's shame is so great that she writes only to God. Anniversary edition includes Walker's 1992 preface. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Pulitzer Prize. 1982.

  

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

BR013109; 4 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. Volume 4. 

DB015948

DB050482

Read by Joel Crothers. Reading time: 13 hours, 10 minutes.

Read by Bruce Huntey. Reading time: 12 hours, 35 minutes.

Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about slovenly, obese Ignatius Reilly, who is forced to seek employment in New Orleans after his tipsy mother has a car accident. Reilly, a medievalist who hates everything modern, runs through a succession of jobs in which he wreaks havoc. Some strong language. 1980.

 

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

BR006917; web-braille not available.

5 volumes of press braille

DB011299

DB056946

DB072960 (Spanish)

DBF04202 (Russian)

Read by Guy Sorel. Reading time: 18 hours, 51 minutes.

Read by Robert Blumenfeld. Reading time: 44 hours, 23 minutes.

Read by Paul Gamache. Reading time: 53 hours, 6 minutes.

Read by Viachislav Gerasimov. Reading time: 53 hours, 30 minutes.

Young sailor Edmond Dantès, unjustly accused of helping the exiled Napoleon in 1815, escapes from jail after fourteen years to take revenge on the four men who caused his imprisonment. Now wealthy after recovering a buried treasure, Dantès assumes a new identity and plots the ruin of his accusers. 1845.

 

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

BR006832; web-braille not available. 

BR018145; 6 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. Volume 4. Volume 5. Volume 6. 

BRF00151 (Russian); web-braille not available. 

DB021783

DB050147

Read by Alexander Scourby. Reading time: 22 hours, 36 minutes.

Read by Fred Major. Reading time: 24 hours, 10 minutes.

Psychological chronicle of a sensitive intellectual who nearly convinces himself that he is exempt from moral law because poverty drives him to murder. 1950.

 

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

BR015215; 2 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. 

DB056893

Read by Bruce Huntey. Reading time: 6 hours, 9 minutes.

Fifteen-year-old Christopher, who exhibits behavioral problems associated with autism, investigates the murder of his neighbor's dog. His severely logical approach leads him down an unexpected path, bringing him face to face with the dissolution of his parent's marriage while providing insight into the workings of his mind. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2002.

 

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

BR015406; 4 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. Volume 4. 

BR017772; 4 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. Volume 4. 

DB055735

DB058957 (Spanish)

Read by Jack Fox. Reading time: 16 hours, 31 minutes.

Read by María Pino. Reading time: 18 hours, 20 minutes.

Professor Robert Langdon investigates the crime scene of the Louvre's murdered curator. Joining him is French cryptologist Sophie Neveu. The clues left behind pit two Catholic societies against each other in search of the Holy Grail. Robert Langdon series, book 2. Gateway Book Award nominee, 2005-2006. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2003.

 

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

BR008808; web-braille not available. 

BR015246; 9 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. Volume 4. Volume 5. Volume 6. Volume 7. Volume 8. Volume 9.

9 volumes of press braille

DB024290

DB060979 (Spanish)

Read by Ed Blake. Reading time: 38 hours, 19 minutes.

Read by Juan Ramirez. Reading time: 80 hours, 51 minutes.

A Spanish parody of romances of chivalry, whose hero is an addlepated, idealistic old country gentleman. Accompanied by his ignorant but shrewd and practical squire, he sets out like a knight of old to search for adventure and to right wrongs. 1964.

 

Doña Barbara by Rómulo Gallegos

DB026423 (Spanish)

Read by Carlos Montalban. Reading time: 10 hours, 58 minutes.

The setting for this novel is a Venezuelan estate, which is divided between the heirs: one-half goes to Santos Luzardo who abandons it, while the other half is acquired by Dona Barbara. Years later Santos returns to claim his ranch, which powerful Dona Barbara has seized. 1968.

 

Dune by Frank Herbert

DB044126

Read by J.P. Linton. Reading time: 22 hours, 47 minutes.

In this science fiction novel with sociological and religious overtones, an exile with psychic powers becomes the prophet of the savage people on the planet Dune. 1965.

 

Fifty Shades of Grey (series) by E.L. James

DB074504 (Full Series)

DB074993 (First Book in Series-Spanish)

LP030428 (First Book in Series); 716 pages. 

Read by Gabriella Cavallero. Reading time: 54 hours, 32 minutes.

Read by Gabriela Garcia. Reading time: 20 hours, 45 minutes.

Set in Portland and Seattle, this erotic trilogy was conceived as Twilight fanfiction and mirrors many of Edward and Bella’s story arcs, taking their dynamic and placing it in the context of a consensual, sexual adult relationship with an extreme edge. It traces the turbulent relationship between an inexperienced, impulsive, and romantic young woman and a sexually experienced but emotionally stunted man with a well-defined fetish for submissive women and BDSM. What they lack in outright compatibility is compensated for by their mutual attraction and the willingness to repeatedly indulge one another. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. 2011.

 

Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews

DB036176

Read by Barbara Caruso. Reading time: 13 hours, 59 minutes.

In order to inherit a fortune, Corrine Dollanganger  hides the existence of her four children from their grandfather by packing them off to live secretly in an attic. But the grandfather's death takes years, and the children's ordeal of boredom and desire, interrupted only by their grandmother's acts of sadistic cruelty, stretches into months and years. Dollanganger series, book 2. Bestseller. Explicit descriptions of sex. 1979.

 

Foundation (series) by Isaac Asimov

DB010365 (First Book in Series)

Read by Robert Donley. Reading time: 7 hours, 54 minutes.

Set in the year 12,000 (Galactic Era) amidst the titanic Galactic Empire, this classic hard science fiction series stars Hari Seldon, developer of psychohistory, a highly accurate method of forecasting the future. When Hari predicts the downfall of the Empire, he establishes a hidden colony to preserve the Empire's culture. The colony's survival and later control of the Empire ensue. 1970.

 

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

BR012173; 3 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. 

DB025709 (Spanish)

DB025835

LP000009; 319 pages. 

Read by Luis Felipe Covarrubias. Reading time: 2 hours, 29 minutes.

Read by Ronald B. Meyer. Reading time: 8 hours, 32 minutes.

A science student, Victor Frankenstein, invents an artificial man using body parts from several corpses. The hideous creature cannot find companionship and becomes violent. Eventually he turns on his creator. 1818.

 

Game of Thrones (series) by George R.R. Martin

DB045742 (First Book in Series)

DB080992 (First Book in Series-Spanish)

Read by Roy Avers. Reading time: 31 hours, 2 minutes.

Read by Aurelio Dominguez. Reading time: 47 hours, 59 minutes.

In the shadow of an oncoming winter likely to last longer than a decade, families ruthlessly vie for power in the Seven Kingdoms. As war threatens to erupt, the last heirs to a fallen dynasty wander the continent, and dragons make their return to the world. Some descriptions of sex, some strong language, and some violence. 1996.

 

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

BR021669; 2 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. 

DB085921

Read by Jon Pinnow. Reading time: 3 hours, 50 minutes.

Aspiring to be the fastest sprinter on his city's elite track team, gifted runner Ghost finds his goal challenged by a tragic past with an abusive, alcoholic father. Tracker series, book 1. For grades 5-8. 2016.

 

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

BR016160; 2 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. 

DB059561

Read by Roy Avers. Reading time: 9 hours, 22 minutes.

1950s. Dying seventy-six-year-old Gilead, Iowa, minister John Ames writes a parting letter to his young son. John reflects on the tensions between his pacifist father and militant abolitionist grandfather (both preachers), the death of his first wife and child, the gospel, a friend's transgressions, and life's eternal mystery. Gilead series, book 1. Pulitzer Prize. Bestseller. 2004.

 

The Giver by Lois Lowry

BR009626; 1 volume of braille. Volume 1. 

BR051959; web-braille not available. 

DB037689

LP000125; 226 pages. 

LP002272; 226 pages. 

Read by June Carter. Reading time: 5 hours, 1 minute.

Jonas lives in a utopia: there is no hunger, no disease, no fear; the elderly are tenderly cared for, and every child has attentive parents. The society is uniformly run. Jonas eagerly awaits the Ceremony of Twelve, when twelve-year-olds receive assignments for their lifelong professions. He is selected to be the new Receiver of Memories. As such he learns of misery and pain, but also of joy and love. Giver series, book 1. For grades 6-9 and older readers. Newbery Award. 1994.

 

The Godfather by Mario Puzo

BR001865; web-braille not available. 

DB011773 (Spanish)

DB025677

Read by Juan Cañas. Reading time: 21 hours, 25 minutes.

Read by Robert O'Keefe. Reading time: 16 hours, 38 minutes.

The world and underworld of the Mafia is revealed in this novel of paradoxical terror and benevolence. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. 1969.

 

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

BR019868; 6 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. Volume 4. Volume 5. Volume 6. 

DB074888

DB079986 (Spanish)

LP030228; 711 pages. 

Read by Mare Trevathan and Erik Sandvold. Reading time: 17 hours, 55 minutes.

Read by Nadia Garzon. Reading time: 20 hours, 19 minutes.

Nick and Amy alternate telling the story of their troubled marriage, their move from New York to Nick's Missouri hometown, and Amy's disappearance on their fifth wedding anniversary. As clues begin to implicate Nick, he learns more about Amy. Strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2012.

 

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

BR008519; web-braille not available. 

BR011427; 9 volumes of press braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. Volume 4. Volume 5. Volume 6. Volume 7. Volume 8. Volume 9.

DB033082

Read by Mitzi Friedlander. Reading time: 42 hours, 45 minutes.

A romantic Civil War epic in which Scarlet O' Hara, a forceful and ruthless heroine, and Rhett Butler, a war profiteer, play out their tempestuous love affair against the background of the war-torn South. Pulitzer Prize. 1936.

 

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

BR001621; web-braille not available. 

BR009954; 5 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. Volume 4. Volume 5. 

DB054967 (Spanish)

DB068308

Read by María Pino. Reading time: 21 hours, 21 minutes.

Read by Steven Carpenter. Reading time: 17 hours, 20 minutes.

The story of the Depression farmers and their families driven from the dust bowl of their Oklahoma farms to the promised land of California to find work. Instead, they face organized opposition to their struggle to survive. Strong language. Pulitzer Prize. 1936.

 

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

BR001587; web-braille not available. 

BR011178; 5 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. Volume 4. Volume 5. 

DB011454

DB053991

Read by Clark Niederjohn. Reading time: 20 hours, 37 minutes.

Read by Graeme Malcolm. Reading time: 17 hours, 25 minutes.

Pip, a poor orphan boy, is befriended by an unknown benefactor and goes to London to live the life of a gentleman. The sequence of events and his meetings with strange and colorful characters, change him from a shallow youth to a mature man. Oprah's Book Club. 1932.

 

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

BR011057; 2 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. 

DB012249 (Spanish)

DB016147

DB055714

LP000175; 228 pages.

Read by Juan Cañas. Reading time: 6 hours, 38 minutes.

Read by Alexander Scourby. Reading time: 4 hours, 56 minutes.

Read by David Hartley-Margolin. Reading time: 6 hours, 34 minutes.

Against the glitter and recklessness of the Jazz Age, Jay Gatsby makes a 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. 1925.

 

Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift

BR002929; web-braille not available. 

BR012766; 3 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. 

DB023150

LP000221; 448 pages. 

Read by Bradley Bransford. Reading time: 14 hours, 32 minutes.

The 18th century biting satire on morals, art and politics from four different points of view. Includes an introduction and a summary of the literary criticism on this classic. 1967.

 

Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

BR011911; 3 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. 

DB024695

LP030986; 531 pages. 

Read by Laura Giannarelli. Reading time: 10 hours, 48 minutes.

Set in the future, the United States of America is now the Republic of Gilead, a fundamentalist Christian theocracy that arose after fanatics shot the president, machine-gunned the Congress and forced the army to declare a state of emergency. To reverse the declining birthrate, women are forcibly recruited into the ranks of Handmaids and are assigned to the Commanders of the Faithful, whose wives are barren. Some strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller 1986.

 

Harry Potter (series) by J.K. Rowling

BR014710 (First Book in Series-Spanish); 3 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. 

BR017774 (First Book in Series); 2 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. 

BRF02251 (First Book in Series-French); web-braille not available. 

DB047260 (First Book in Series)

DB050988 (First Book in Series-Spanish)

LP000610 (First Book in Series); 422 pages. 

Read by Erik Sandvold. Reading time: 8 hours, 55 minutes.

Read by María Pino. Reading time: 9 hours, 20 minutes.

Harry Potter, a neglected orphan, learns on his eleventh birthday that he is actually a wizard and is invited to attend the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. His life changes dramatically as he learns of his fame in the wizarding world for surviving a killing curse by the dark wizard Voldemort, whose fate is connected with Potter's. Through the series, Harry faces many dangers with his friends Ron and Hermione as they try to stop Voldemort's rise to power. Bestseller. For grades 4-7. 1998.

 

Hatchet (series) by Pary Paulsen

BR008059 (First Book in Series); web-braille not available. 

BR011525 (First Book in Series); 1 volume of braille. Volume 1. 

DB030535 (First Book in Series)

LP000236 (First Book in Series); 222 pages. 

LP050073 (First Book in Series); 206 pages. 

Read by Gary Tipton. Reading time: 4 hours, 17 minutes.

Brian, thirteen and troubled by his parent's divorce, is flying in a single-engine plane to visit his father. As Brian is the only passenger, the pilot casually shows him how to fly the plane. When the pilot has a heart attack and dies, Brian must take control. After the plane crashes in the Canadian wilderness, Brian has only the hatchet attached to his belt to help him survive. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 1987.

 

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

BR011418; 4 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. Volume 4. 

DB058105

LP000657; 163 pages. 

LP033024; 122 pages. 

Read by Gary Telles. Reading time: 6 hours, 58 minutes.

The new captain of a river steamboat takes his first journey upstream deep into the African continent, into adventures among natives and unseen danger. Some violence and strong language. 1902.

 

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

BR019132; 4 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. Volume 4. 

DB068889

LP031289; 862 pages. 

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.

 

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

BR014438; 2 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. 

DB018339

Read by Dennis Bateman. Reading time: 5 hours, 49 minutes.

When Earth is demolished to make room for a galactic freeway, sole survivor Arthur Dent is forced to take up a life of hitchhiking around the cosmos with the aid of his alien friend, Ford Prefect, and a book called the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Hitchhiker's series, book 1. 1980.

 

Hunger Games (series) by Suzanne Collins

BR018488 (First Book in Series); 3 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. 

DB068384 (First Book in Series)

DB074957 (First Book in Series-Spanish)

LP002028 (First Book in Series); 485 pages. 

Read by Erin Jones. Reading time: 9 hours, 14 minutes.

Read by Maria Fernanda Lloreda. Reading time: 12 hours, 10 minutes.

Readers will be riveted by the world-building in in this sometimes bleak but always compelling dystopian science fiction trilogy. Balancing a fast pace with well-developed, complex characters (including a strong female protagonist), the action blends grim tales of survival against a backdrop of social commentary. Adding to the intrigue is an intense romantic quagmire. For junior and senior high readers. 2008.

 

The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy

BR007205; web-braille not available. 

DB021513

Read by Merwin Smith. Reading time: 17 hours, 19 minutes.

The entire crew of "Red October," a new Soviet missile submarine under the command of Marko Ramius, is defecting to the United States. Most of the Russian navy is sent to the U.S. Atlantic coast to find and destroy the sub. Jack Ryan, a CIA data analyst, gets the job of making contact with Ramius, and the United States mobilizes all its resources to protect our shores and the sub. Some strong language. Jack Ryan series, book 1. 1984.

 

The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead

BR013053; 2 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. 

In this allegorical mystery set in the 1940s, Lila Mae Watson, the city's first minority woman elevator inspector, works by psychic intuition. When an elevator fails on her watch and her empiricist rivals seek her undoing, Lila conducts a secret probe that yields a startling discovery. Some strong language. 1999.

 

The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

BR008550; available for ILL only

BR014988; 4 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. Volume 4. 

DB009600

DB056346

LP000152; 220 pages. 

Read by Stanley Eisenberg. Reading time: 17 hours, 43 minutes.

Read by Peter Jay Fernandez. Reading time: 20 hours, 57 minutes.

Classic novel of a young man's search for identity. Follows the unnamed protagonist from his youth in a Southern town through the depression years in Harlem, where he examines and rejects the values thrust on him by both whites and blacks. Some strong language. National Book Award 1953. 1947.

 

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

BR001216; web-braille not available. 

BR010514; 4 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. Volume 4. 

DB010886

DB047868

LP033015; 681 pages. 

Read by Rachel Gurney. Reading time: 18 hours, 50 minutes.

Read by Jennifer Mendenhall. Reading time: 20 hours, 15 minutes.

This 19th-century English novel is about a plain and intelligent woman who becomes the governess for an estate, is caught up in the mysteries of the manor, and falls in love with the master of the house. 1941.

 

Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

BR007747; web-braille not available. 

DB029021

DB065996 (Spanish)

Read by Yvonne Fair Tessler. Reading time: 11 hours, 6 minutes.

Read by María Pino. Reading time: 11 hours, 15 minutes.

In 1949 four Chinese women living in San Francisco founded the Joy Luck Club where they met to play mah jong, tell stories, and "feast" on scraps. Forty years later one of the women dies, her daughter takes her place at the club, and a secret is revealed that unleashes in each person the need to reach back and remember. Bestseller. 1989.

 

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

BR009345; 4 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. Volume 4. 

*Physical Copy Available for ILL Only

DB032018

DB040859 (Spanish)

Read by Chuck Benson. Reading time: 14 hours, 20 minutes.

Read by Juan Ramirez. Reading time: 22 hours, 24 minutes.

Something is terribly wrong at Jurassic Park on a remote island off the coast of Costa Rica. Visitors and residents are being attacked by strange looking animals that maul them and leave behind a sticky saliva. In reality, dinosaurs cloned and raised by a genetic engineering firm have escaped. Consultants are brought in to solve the problem, but soon everyone is running for dear life. Jurassic Park series, book 1. Some strong language. Bestseller. 1990.

 

Left Behind (series) by Tim F. LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins

BR013919 (First Book in Series); 3 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. 

DB047462 (First Book in Series)

DB050980 (First Book in Series-Spanish)

Read by Bob Askey. Reading time: 11 hours, 11 minutes.

Read by Juan Ramirez. Reading time: 15 hours, 42 minutes.

The Rapture has stolen true Christian believers away to Heaven, with those left behind thrown into chaos and confusion in what is now Hell on Earth. While most in the world have no earthly idea what caused their loved ones and leaders to disappear, a small group of born-again Christians has realized the truth and formed the Tribulation Force to defeat the Anti-Christ, save lost souls, and prepare for the Tribulation. 1995.

 

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

BR001431; web-braille not available. 

BR010846; 1 volume of braille. Volume 1. 

DB044071

LP000147; 180 pages. 

Read by James DeLotel. Reading time: 1 hour, 56 minutes.

The narrator's plane is forced down in the African desert, where he meets the little prince from Asteroid B-612, who freely shares his experiences with the fascinated pilot. For grades 3-6. 1943.

 

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

BR009758; 4 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. Volume 4. 

BR011778; 5 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. Volume 4. Volume 5. 

DB018128

DB058830

DB076966 (Spanish)

LP001388; 1118 pages. 

Read by Patricia Beaudry. Reading time: 18 hours, 40 minutes.

Read by Laura Giannarelli. Reading time: 21 hours, 35 minutes

Read by Laura Giannarelli. Reading time: 11 hours, 4 minutes.

Recounts the lives 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. March Family/Little Women series, book 1. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 1868.

 

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

BR006198; web-braille not available. 

BR013696; 8 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. Volume 4. Volume 5. Volume 6. Volume 7. Volume 8.

DB022959

Read by Bob Askey. Reading time: 35 hours, 16 minutes.

A three-thousand-mile cattle drive, from the banks of the Rio Grande to Montana's big sky country, is the centerpiece of this vivid epic of the late-nineteenth-century American West and its adventurous inhabitants. Lonesome Dove series, book 1. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Pulitzer Prize. Bestseller. 1985.

 

Looking for Alaska by John Green

DB061873

LP002831; 353 pages. 

Read by Ken Kliban. Reading time: 8 hours, 36 minutes.

Entering boarding school in Alabama, sixteen-year-old Miles "Pudge" Halter encounters new experiences: challenging classes, extreme pranks, and Alaska Young, a moody, sexy girl whose death in a car crash might be a suicide. Printz Award. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. For senior high readers. 2005.

 

Lord of the Rings (series) by J.R.R. Tolkien

BR009745 (First Book in Series); 5 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. Volume 4. Volume 5. 

*Physical Copy Available for ILL Only

DB047486 (First Book in Series)

DB060980 (First Book in Series-Spanish)

LP001249 (First Book in Series); 855 pages. 

Read by David Palmer. Reading time: 18 hours, 35 minutes.

Read by María Pino. Reading time: 20 hours, 15 minutes.

The epic Lord of the Rings trilogy is a world-building fantasy about a quest to rid the world of a great, terrifying menace. Richly detailed and magnificently descriptive, the series is populated by creatures drawn from Norse and Anglo-Saxon mythology. It may be read either as adventure or as an allegory for the battle between good and evil. 1954.

 

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

BR014806; 3 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. 

DB054698

LP030661; 560 pages. 

Read by Jill Fox. Reading time: 10 hours, 45 minutes.

Susie Salmon, a fourteen-year-old girl murdered by a neighbor, watches over her family and friends from heaven. While adjusting to a new habitat, she reaches out to them as she observes their struggle to survive their grief. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. Bestseller. Gateway Book Award nominee, 2004-2005. 2002.

 

The Martian by Andy Weir

BR021144; 5 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. Volume 4. Volume 5. 

DB078389

LP030901; 560 pages. 

Read by J.P. Linton. Reading time: 12 hours, 45 minutes.

Six days after becoming the first man to walk on Mars, astronaut Mark Watney is caught in a windstorm. Though his support crew thinks he died, Mark survived and now faces abandonment, failed machinery, and a hostile environment. Strong language. Bestseller. 2011.

 

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

BR012284; 4 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. Volume 4. 

DB045008

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. 1997.

 

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

BR001608; web-braille not available. 

BR014641; 5 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. Volume 4. Volume 5. 

DB034184 

DB038812 (Spanish)

LP033171; 773 pages. 

Read by Gordon Gould. Reading time: 25 hours, 36 minutes.

Read by Juan Ramirez. Read by Reading time: 28 hours, 49 minutes.

Sailor Ishmael narrates this allegory of human potential and limitations. Seeking adventure, Ishmael signs on as a harpooner with Captain Ahab's whaling ship. Once at sea, the crew discovers that, despite dire warnings from other ships and a prophet, Captain Ahab is obsessed with killing Moby Dick, the white whale responsible for his missing leg. Violence. 1991.

 

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

BR015245; 2 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. 

DB043180

LP031285; 261 pages. 

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? Calhoun-Lewis. book 1. Some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 1996. 

 

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

DB059490

DB060988 (Spanish)

Read by Peter Gil. Reading time: 14 hours, 33 minutes.

Read by Peter Gil. Reading time: 14 hours, 51 minutes.

1820s to 1920s. Latin American epic tale follows seven generations of the Buendía family through triumphs and disasters that parallel the fortunes and misfortunes of their utopian town, Macondo. By the Colombian Nobel Prize-winning author. Oprah's Book Club. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1967.

 

Outlander (series) by Diana Gabaldon

DB036535 (First Book in Series)

Read by Barbara Caruso. Reading time: 33 hours, 24 minutes.

Who would have known stepping into a circle of standing stones would transport you back in time to eighteenth century Scotland? Claire Randall learned this the hard way in the year 1945. While there, she falls in love with the young Scottish warrior Jamie Fraser as they are swept up in the events of the Jacobite uprising. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. 1991.

 

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

BR011484; 2 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. 

BR017779; 2 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. 

DB022433

LP000231; 291 pages. 

LP050054; 336 pages. 

Read by Ray Foushee. Reading time: 4 hours, 58 minutes.

This young adult classic is set in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Fourteen-year-old Ponyboy tells how it looks and feels to be a Greaser from the wrong side of the tracks. He describes the guerilla raids into Greaser territory by their upper-middle-class enemy, the Socs, and the beating that led to a murder charge and two deaths. For junior and senior high readers. 1967.

 

Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

BR017780; 2 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. 

DB011341

DB056794

LP000154; 324 pages. 

Read by Richard Clarke. Reading time: 9 hours, 30 minutes.

Read by David Cutler. Reading time: 8 hours, 42 minutes.

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. 1891.

 

The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan

BR002373; web-braille not available. 

BR003894; web-braille not available. 

DB010053

Read by Richard Norman. Reading time: 11 hours, 20 minutes.

An allegory of Christian life in which Christian, the hero, leaves the City of Destruction to find Zion, the city of God. As he travels along with his burden of sins, various incidents embody the essentials of Christianity. 1964.

 

Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

DB030999

DB070968 (Spanish)

Read by Merwin Smith. Reading time: 40 hours, 34 minutes.

Read by María Pino. Reading time: 50 hours, 49 minutes.

Historical novel set in twelfth century England. Philip, prior of the monastery at Kingsbridge, and Tom, a master mason, would like to build a new cathedral. They are helped along when Tom's stepson torches the current cathedral. They are hindered, however, by a powerful and jealous bishop, and Ellen--who witnessed an ancient treachery. Kingsbridge series, book 1. Oprah's Book Club. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 1989.

 

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

BRC00687; 11 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. Volume 4. Volume 5. Volume 6. Volume 7. Volume 8. Volume 9. Volume 10. Volume 11. 

DB029012

Read by Bob Askey. Reading time: 25 hours, 12 minutes.

When he was eleven years old, Owen Meany hit a foul ball that struck and killed the mother of his best pal, Johnny Wheelwright the story's narrator. Thereafter, Owen believes himself to be an instrument of God. What happens to the two pals after that accident is extraordinary and terrifying. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. Book club selection. 1989.

 

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

BR001583; web-braille not available. 

BR011521; 3 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. 

DB020513

DB050549

DB070966 (Spanish)

LP001487; 561 pages. 

Read by Rachel Gurney. Reading time: 13 hours, 56 minutes.

Read by Jennifer Mendenhall. Reading time: 12 hours, 8 minutes.

Read by María Pino. Reading time: 14 hours, 25 minutes.

A classic novel of social customs in late eighteenth-century England. Depicts the personality clash between Elizabeth Bennet, one of five daughters of a country gentleman, and prosperous, aristocratic landowner Fitzwilliam Darcy, which eventually develops into courtship. 1813.

 

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

BR021347; 6 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. Volume 4. Volume 5. Volume 6. 

DB073772

Read by Erik Sandvold. Reading time: 16 hours, 46 minutes.

2045. Multibillionaire James Halliday dies, leaving his last will and testament online for the world to see. His massively multiplayer online game OASIS has a hidden feature--an Easter egg--and the person who finds the egg first wins Halliday's fortune. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2011.

 

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

BR012354; 4 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. Volume 4.

*Physical Copy Available for ILL Only

DB011106

DB048914

Read by Dale Carter. Reading time: 14 hours, 28 minutes.

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. 1907.

 

A Separate Peace by John Knowles

BR010776; 2 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. 

BR050343; web-braille not available. 

DB024697

LP031020; 236 pages. 

LP050033; 196 pages. 

Read by Christopher Hurt. Reading time: 5 hours, 41 minutes.

The rivalry in the friendship of two roommates at a New Hampshire boarding school during the summer session of 1942 is traumatized by a crippling accident that leads to further tragedy. Some strong language. 1959.

 

The Shack by William P. Young

BR019771; 4 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. Volume 4. 

DB067237

DB067982 (Spanish)

LP032515; 376 pages. 

Read by Guy Williams. Reading time: 9 hours, 55 minutes.

Read by Juan Ramirez. Reading time: 11 hours, 27 minutes.

Years ago, Mackenzie "Mack" Phillips's daughter Missy disappeared during a family vacation in Oregon. Now Mack receives a cryptic letter--apparently from God--inviting him back to the remote shack where Missy may have been murdered. There Mack confronts his grief, communes with God, and makes life-changing discoveries. Bestseller. 2007.

 

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

BR013524; 1 volume of braille. Volume 1. 

DB016148

DB052190

LP001692; 244 pages. 

Read by Alan Haines. Reading time: 3 hours, 32 minutes.

Read by Steven Carpenter. Reading time: 4 hours, 12 minutes.

An allegory, based on East Indian mysticism, about a young man's spiritual journey. He becomes consort to a courtesan, then a wealthy businessman, and finally companion to a humble ferryman whose wisdom comes from the endlessly murmuring river. 1951.

 

Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut

DB015759

Read by Sam Tsoutsouvas. Reading time: 7 hours, 50 minutes.

The richest and most depraved man in America blasts off in a space ship with the one woman capable of resisting him. A novel of science fiction, satire, and black humor. 1959.

 

The Stand by Stephen King

DB012942

DB031946 (Spanish)

DB056081

Read by Diane Eilenberg. Reading time: 32 hours, 11 minutes.

Read by Juan Cañas. Reading time: 44 hours, 27 minutes.

Read by Bruce Huntey. Reading time: 46 hours, 37 minutes.

An experimental virus called superflu hits the world--rapidly wiping out the whole of civilization except for the few who are immune. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 1978. 

 

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

BR003615; 2 volumes of braille. 

BR016853; 2 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. 

DB034114

LP000160; 310 pages. 

Read by Alexander Scourby. Reading time: 6 hours, 28 minutes.

A group of wealthy English and American expatriates in post-World War I Europe travel from the cafes of Paris to the bullfights of Spain--eating and drinking, aimlessly socializing, and quarreling among themselves. The disillusioned characters reflect the war-weary lost generation of the 1920s. Some strong language. 1926.

 

Swan Song by Robert R. McGammon

BR018725; 7 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. Volume 4. Volume 5. Volume 6. Volume 7. 

DB026498

Read by David Palmer. Reading time: 31 hours, 23 minutes.

A horror novel set in a future world born of nuclear disaster where ancient evil roams a devastated America. The Man with the Scarlet Eye, the Man of Many Faces, gathers under his power the forces of human greed and madness while searching for the child named Swan who has the gift of life. Violence, strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1987.

 

Tales of the City (series) by Armistead Maupin

DB039531 (First Book in Series)

Read by Ray Hagen. Reading time: 8 hours, 28 minutes.

Set in San Francisco in the 1970s, these "tales" were first published as a daily column in the Chronicle. Fresh from Cleveland, Mary Ann Singleton gets a quick initiation into California lifestyle when she takes a room at 28 Barbary Lane, a bohemian boarding house run by Anna Madrigal, who welcomes new tenants with a home-grown reefer. Strong language and descriptions of sex. 1978.

 

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Huston

BR016074; 2 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. 

DB035745

LP001687; 414 pages. 

Read by Catherine Byers. Reading time: 6 hours, 32 minutes.

This classic novel tells the story of Janie, a handsome black woman, and her three marriages: to middle-aged Logan Killicks, a prosperous farmer; to Joe Starks, a go-getter who makes Janie Mrs. Mayor Starks of Eatonville, Florida; and to Tea Cake Woods, who teaches Janie, at forty, the reality of love and happiness. 1937.

 

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

DB047510

Read by Bob Moore. Reading time: 6 hours, 9 minutes.

Portrays traditional Ibo society in nineteenth-century Nigeria and one of its great men, Okonkwo. Through rituals, the lives of the individual and the community are unified, giving them order and significance. But the time-honored system of beliefs and behavior falls apart with the arrival of missionaries and colonists. 1992.

 

This Present Darkness by Frank E. Peretti

DB029252

Read by Roy Avers. Reading time: 16 hours, 9 minutes.

Ashton is a typical small American college town. Or is it typical? There seems to be some unknown force that is trying to destroy this peaceful town. Can the prayers of a few faithful people prevail against this evil force? Darkness series, book 1. 1986.

 

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

BR009237; 3 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. 

BR012850; 3 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. 

BRE00096; 4 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. Volume 4. 

DB072989 (Spanish)

DB077672

LP001221; 336 pages. 

Read by Juan Carlos Rueda. Reading time: 12 hours, 12 minutes.

Read by Mare Trevathan. Reading time: 10 hours, 12 minutes.

Six-year-old Scout and her brother Jem are intrigued by their reclusive neighbor. Meanwhile, their father Atticus, an attorney, defends a black man charged with raping a white woman in their small Alabama town. Some violence and some strong language. Pulitzer Prize. For junior and senior high and older readers. 1960.

 

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

BR001620

BR021736; 6 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. Volume 4. Volume 5. Volume 6. 

DB010426

DB044769

DBC11252 (Spanish)

LP000153; 682 pages. 

Read by Maria Tucci. Reading time: 14 hours, 45 minutes.

Read by Laura Giannarelli. Reading time: 17 hours, 1 minute.

Read by Maria Luz Sandoval. Reading time: 20 hours.

A novel about an Irish American girl's childhood and youth, her struggles with poverty, and her efforts to get an education, set in the midst of Brooklyn tenement life in the early 1900's. 1943.

 

Twilight Saga (series) by Stephenie Meyer

BR018146 (First Book in Series); 4 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. Volume 4. 

DB062066 (First Book in Series)

DB067970 (First Book in Series-Spanish)

LP001922 (First Book in Series); 631 pages.

Read by Anne Hancock. Reading time: 14 hours.

Read by María Pino. Reading time: 15 hours.

Moving to the small town of Forks in Washington State, high school student Bella Swan is captivated by the mysterious Edward Cullen who she later finds out is a vampire. The series follows their love story and the dangers they face in order to be together. For senior high readers. 2005.

 

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

BR009710; 14 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. Volume 4. Volume 5. Volume 6Volume 7. Volume 8. Volume 9. Volume 10. Volume 11. Volume 12. Volume 13. Volume 14. 

BRF00440 (Russian); web-braille not available. 

DB026275

DB067136

LP000164; 3319 pages. 

Read by Alexander Scourby. Reading time: 60 hours, 52 minutes.

Read by Conrad Feininger. Reading time: 63 hours, 28 minutes.

Epic historical novel portrays five aristocratic families against the background of Russian social life during the Napoleonic Wars (1805-1814). Depicts campaign battles, the burning of Moscow, and the French army's winter retreat. 1869.

 

The Watchers by Dean Koontz

DB025982

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. 1987.

 

Wheel of Time (series) by Robert Jordan

DB034701 (First Book in Series)

Read by Jon Beryl. Reading time: 31 hours, 35 minutes.

The richly detailed Wheel of Time series is epic fantasy chronicling the adventures of reluctant heroes forced to defend humanity against monsters and dark prophecies. Lushly written, possessed of a strong sense of place, its rich detail and intricate plotting guarantee one hair-raising adventure after another. Some violence. 1990.

 

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

BR011548; 2 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. 

DB032449

LP000913; 212 pages. 

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. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 1961.

 

White Teeth by Zadie Smith

DB050261

Read by Anne Flosnik. Reading time: 19 hours, 16 minutes.
Set in London and spanning some twenty-five years, these are the misadventures of World War II buddies Archie Jones, an Englishman, and Samad Iqbal, a Bengali Muslim. Encompassing their marriages and offspring, their story explores religion, ethnicity, and gender. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller. 2000.

 

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

BR001218; web-braille not available. 

BR011902; 3 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. 

DB025178

LP000169; 566 pages. 

Read by Dale Hodges. Reading time: 14 hours, 47 minutes.

This classic nineteenth-century English novel, set in the wild moor country of Yorkshire, is about Heathcliff, a foundling raised in the Earnshaw home, who passionately loves Catherine. He dedicates his life to the realization of that love and revenge on those who oppose him. 1847.