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    • People of the Book

    • By: Geraldine Brooks
    • Narrated by: Edwina Wren
    • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In 1996, Hanna Heath, a rare-book expert, is offered the job of a lifetime: analysis and conservation of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, which has been rescued during the Bosnian war. Priceless and beautiful, the book is one of the earliest Jewish volumes ever to be illuminated with images. When Hanna discovers a series of artifacts in its ancient binding, she begins to unlock the book's mysteries. The reader is ushered into an exquisitely detailed past, tracing the book's journey from its salvation back to its creation.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting story, great story concept

    • By Karen on 03-04-2016

    Non-member price: $41.73

    • Caleb's Crossing

    • By: Geraldine Brooks
    • Narrated by: Jennifer Ehle
    • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 30
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      4 out of 5 stars 27
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 26

    Caleb Cheeshateaumauk was the first native American to graduate from Harvard College back in 1665. Caleb's Crossing gives voice to his little known story. Caleb, a Wampanoag from the island of Martha's Vineyard, seven miles off the coast of Massachusetts, comes of age just as the first generation of Indians come into contact with English settlers, who have fled there, desperate to escape the brutal and doctrinaire Puritanism of the Massachusetts Bay colony.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Loved the story, loathed the narration

    • By Katherine Avery on 04-09-2018

    Non-member price: $51.21

    • Nine Parts of Desire

    • The Hidden World of Islamic Women
    • By: Geraldine Brooks
    • Narrated by: Geraldine Brooks
    • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
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      5 out of 5 stars 25

    Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women is the story of Brooks’ intrepid journey toward an understanding of the women behind the veils, and of the often contradictory political, religious, and cultural forces that shape their lives. In fundamentalist Iran, Brooks finagles an invitation to tea with the ayatollah’s widow—and discovers that Mrs. Khomeini dyes her hair.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Outstanding: a must read for all - not only women.

    • By Margaret on 08-07-2015

    Non-member price: $46.09

    • The Secret Chord

    • By: Geraldine Brooks
    • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
    • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 94
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      4 out of 5 stars 85

    From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of People of the Book, Year of Wonders and March comes a unique and vivid novel that retells the story of King David's extraordinary rise to power and fall from grace. It's 1000 BC. The Second Iron Age. The time of King David. Anointed as the chosen one when just a young shepherd boy, David will rise to be king, grasping the throne and establishing his empire. But his journey is a tumultuous one, and the consequences of his choices will resound for generations.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Audible comes into its own for this book

    • By Katie on 15-05-2016

    Non-member price: $34.95

    • March

    • By: Geraldine Brooks
    • Narrated by: Richard Easton
    • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
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    As the North reels under a series of unexpected defeats during the dark first year of the war, one man leaves behind his family to aid the Union cause. His experiences will utterly change his marriage and challenge his most ardently held beliefs. Riveting and elegant as it is meticulously researched, March is an extraordinary novel woven out of the lore of American history.

    Non-member price: $38.87

    • Kingdom of Olives and Ash

    • Writers Confront the Occupation
    • By: Michael Chabon - editor, Ayelet Waldman - editor, Colum McCann, and others
    • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman, Fred Sanders
    • Length: 16 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Published to coincide the with 50th anniversary of the Israel occupation of the West Bank, an anthology that explores the human cost of the conflict there as witnessed by such notable writers as Colum McCann, Colm Toibin, Dave Eggers, Madeleine Thien, Eimear McBride and Taiye Selasi and editors Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman.

    Non-member price: $26.53

    • Foreign Correspondence

    • A Pen Pal's Journey from Down Under to All Over
    • By: Geraldine Brooks
    • Narrated by: Geraldine Brooks
    • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
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    As a young girl in a working-class neighborhood of Sydney, Australia, Geraldine Brooks longed to discover the places where history happens and culture comes from, so she enlisted pen pals who offered her a window on adolescence in the Middle East, Europe, and America. Twenty years later, Brooks, an award-winning foreign correspondent, embarked on a human treasure hunt to find her pen friends. She found men and women whose lives had been shaped by war and hatred, by fame and notoriety, and by the ravages of mental illness. 

    Non-member price: $34.13

    • People of the Book

    • A Novel
    • By: Geraldine Brooks
    • Narrated by: Edwina Wren
    • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 3

    This ambitious, electrifying work traces the harrowing journey of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, a beautifully illuminated Hebrew manuscript created in 15th-century Spain.

    When it falls to Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, to conserve this priceless work, the series of tiny artifacts she discovers in its ancient binding - an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair - only begin to unlock its deep mysteries.

    Non-member price: $43.73

    • Boyer Lectures 2011: The Idea of Home

    • By: Geraldine Brooks
    • Narrated by: Geraldine Brooks
    • Length: 2 hrs and 24 mins
    • Original Recording
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    Pulitzer-prize winning author and journalist Geraldine Brooks talks about the concept of home and where the heart really is. The Boyer Lectures have been going since the early days of the Australian Broadcasting Commission (this is the 52nd year). Every year, the ABC board invites a prominent Australian to present a series of radio lectures, expressing their thoughts on major social, cultural, scientific or political issues.

    Non-member price: $15.18

    • Geraldine Brooks' People of the Book

    • Thalia Book Club
    • By: Geraldine Brooks
    • Narrated by: John Hockenberry
    • Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
    • Abridged
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    Brooks discusses her latest historical novel with award-winning journalist John Hockenberry, the host of WNYC's new morning show, The Takeaway. The book, inspired by a real rare illuminated manuscript, imagines its life from its creation in medieval Seville to the present, through the lives of the people who come into contact with the book. Actress Rita Wolf will perform an excerpt.

    Non-member price: $7.07