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    • The Book of Magic

    • A Collection of Stories by Various Authors
    • By: Gardner Dozois, K. J. Parker, Megan Lindholm, and others
    • Narrated by: Mark Deakins, Susan Denaker, Stephen Mendel, and others
    • Length: 24 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
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    An anthology celebrating the witches and sorcerers of epic fantasy - featuring stories by George R. R. Martin, Scott Lynch, Megan Lindholm and many more! Hot on the heels of Gardner Dozois' (Rogues, Old Venus) acclaimed anthology The Book of Swords comes this companion volume devoted to magic. How could it be otherwise? For every Frodo, there is a Gandalf...and a Saruman. For every Dorothy, a Glinda...and a Wicked Witch of the West. What would Harry Potter be without Albus Dumbledore...and Severus Snape?

    Non-member price: $22.03

    • Rival Queens

    • By: Kate Williams
    • Narrated by: Emma Cunniffe
    • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
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    Random House presents the audiobook edition of Rival Queens by Kate Williams. Elizabeth and Mary: cousins, rivals, queens. They loved each other, they hated each other - they could never escape one another. Kate Williams’ thrilling new history tells the story of Elizabeth I of England and her betrayal of Mary, Queen of Scots. At the end of the Tudor era, here were two women on two thrones. But this was a man’s world, and many believed that no woman should govern. All around Elizabeth and Mary were sycophants, spies and detractors who wanted their power, their favour and their bodies. And so they became one another’s closest confidantes....

    Non-member price: $33.43

    • The Pleasures of Men

    • By: Kate Williams
    • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood, Karina Fernandez, Penelope Rawlins, and others
    • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
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    Spitalfields, 1840. Catherine lives with her Uncle in a rambling house in London's East End, with little to occupy the days beyond her own colourful imagination. Then news reaches her of a disturbing murderer known as The Man of Crows. Catherine becomes more and more involved as she hungrily devours the news, and is soon snared in a deadly trap, where nothing is as it first appears...

    Non-member price: $26.06

    • England's Mistress

    • By: Kate Williams
    • Narrated by: Sophie Ward
    • Length: 16 hrs and 36 mins
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    A dramatic, sparkling tale of sex, glamour, intrigue, romance and heartbreak, England's Mistress traces the rise and rise of the gorgeous Emma Hamilton. Born into poverty, she clawed her way up through London’s underworlds of sex for sale to become England’s first media superstar. Nothing could stand in the way of her dreams– except her self-destructive desires.

    Non-member price: $37.61

    • Storms of War

    • By: Kate Williams
    • Narrated by: Katie Scarfe
    • Length: 20 hrs and 35 mins
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    In the idyllic early summer of 1914, life is good for the de Witt family. German Rudolf and his aristocratic English wife, Verena, are planning the wedding of their daughter, Emmeline, while their elder son, Arthur, is studying in Paris, and Michael is just back from his first term at Cambridge. Celia, the youngest of the de Witt children, is on the brink of adulthood and secretly dreams of escaping her carefully mapped-out future and exploring the world.

    Non-member price: $39.02

    • Josephine

    • By: Kate Williams
    • Narrated by: Sandra Duncan
    • Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This is the incredible rise and unbelievable fall of a woman whose energy and ambition is often overshadowed by Napoleon’s military might. In this triumphant biography, Kate Williams tells Josephine’s searing story, of sexual obsession, politics and surviving as a woman in a man’s world. Abandoned in Paris by her aristocratic husband, Josephine's future did not look promising.

    Non-member price: $37.46

    • Becoming Queen

    • By: Kate Williams
    • Narrated by: Carole Boyd
    • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
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    Our perception of Victoria the Queen is coloured by portraits of her older, widowed self – her dour expression embodying the repressive morality propagated in her time. But Becoming Queen reveals an energetic and vibrant woman, determined to battle for power. It also documents the Byzantine machinations behind Victoria’s quest to occupy the throne, and shows how her struggles did not end when finally the crown was placed on her head.

    Non-member price: $36.10

    • The House of Shadows

    • De Witt Family, Book 3
    • By: Kate Williams
    • Narrated by: Katie Scarfe
    • Length: 14 hrs and 26 mins
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    The De Witt family, who once led an idyllic and privileged life, are struggling to piece together the shattered fragments of their lives in the aftermath of the Great War. In 1939, the world is on the verge of turmoil with the approaching storm of the Second World War. The fragile peace of the De Witts' world is threatened once again as the family must deal with the consequences of another devastating war.

    Non-member price: $30.38

    • Marilyn Monroe: A Biography

    • By: Kate Williams
    • Narrated by: Shelley Gates
    • Length: 15 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Marilyn Monroe was an American actress and model. She became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s, emblematic of the era's attitudes towards sexuality. Although she was a top-billed actress for only a decade, her films grossed $200 million by the time of her unexpected death in 1962. She continues to be considered a major popular culture icon.

    Non-member price: $5.79

    • The Edge of the Fall

    • By: Kate Williams
    • Narrated by: Katie Scarfe
    • Length: 16 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In the aftermath of the Great War, the de Witt family are struggling to piece together the shattered fragments of their lives. Rudolf and his wife, Verena, are still reeling from the loss of their second son and don't know how to function in the postwar world. Stoneythorpe Hall has become an empty shell, with no servants to ensure its upkeep. Celia, the de Witts' youngest daughter, is still desperate to spread her wings and see more of the world.

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    • Fell Short

    • By Carron on 18-11-2017

    Non-member price: $39.02

    • Young Elizabeth

    • By: Kate Williams
    • Narrated by: Kate Williams
    • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
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    We can hardly imagine a Britain without Elizabeth II on the throne. It seems to be the job she was born for. And yet, for much of her early life, the young princess did not know the role that her future would hold. She was our accidental Queen. As a young girl, Elizabeth was among the guests in Westminster Abbey watching her father being crowned, making her the only monarch to have attended a parent's coronation.

    Non-member price: $29.96

    • The Ring and the Crown

    • By: Kate Williams
    • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
    • Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
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    An informative and entertaining look at royal weddings through English history. The excitement surrounding the marriage of Prince William to Kate Middleton has prompted four of Britain's top historical biographers to look closely at Royal Weddings.

    Non-member price: $13.20