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Recommendations from the Green Hand for those in search of Magical diversions

There are many ways to be swept away to a magical world. Here are some favorites. Cast a spell on yourself for a little while!

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Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

A Novel

By Susanna Clarke
Narrated by: Simon Prebble
Length: 32 hours 25 minutes

At the dawn of the nineteenth century, two very different magicians emerge to change England's history. In the year 1806, with the Napoleonic Wars raging on land and sea, most people believe magic to be long dead in England-until the reclusive Mr Norrell reveals his powers, and becomes a celebrity overnight.

Soon, another practicing magician...

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

Fully Dramatized Audio Edition
Folger Shakespeare Library Presents

By William Shakespeare
Narrated by: Full Cast Dramatization
Length: 2 hours 7 minutes

The World’s Leading Center for Shakespeare Studies

The Folger Shakespeare Library, home to the world’s largest Shakespeare collection, brings A Midsummer Night’s Dream to life with this new full-length, full-cast dramatic recording of its definitive Folger Edition.

In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare stages the... Read more »
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The Blue Sword

By Robin McKinley
Narrated by: Diane Warren
Length: 12 hours 15 minutes

Harry Crewe, the Homelander orphan girl, is pleased with her new home. Life in Istan is certainly easy, but a voice in her ear whispers that the home of her heart is among the Hillfolk, among the descendants of Lady aerin, who once wielded Gonturan, the Blue Sword. Read more »
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The Hero and the Crown

By Robin McKinley
Narrated by: Roslyn Alexander
Length: 10 hours 50 minutes

Although she is the daughter of Damar's king, aerin has never been accepted as full royalty. Both in and out of the royal court, people whisper the story of her mother, the witchwoman, who was said to have enspelled the king into marrying her to get an heir to rule Damar-then died of despair when she found she had borne a daughter instead of a... Read more »
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In the Forest of Forgetting

By Theodora Goss
Narrated by: Esther Wane
Length: 7 hours 44 minutes

Theodora Goss's first major short story collection showcases such stories as "The Rose in Twelve Petals," "The Rapid Advance of Sorrow," "Lily, With Clouds," "In the Forest of Forgetting," "Sleeping With Bears," and many more. Read more »
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Magic for Beginners


By Kelly Link
Narrated by: Various
Length: 10 hours 44 minutes

Perfect for readers of George Saunders, Karen Russell, Neil Gaiman, and Aimee Bender, Magic for Beginners is an exquisite, dreamlike dispatch from a virtuoso storyteller who can do seemingly anything. Kelly Link reconstructs modern life through an intoxicating prism, conjuring up unforgettable worlds with humor and humanity. These stories are at... Read more »
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Dar Oakley in the Ruin of Ymr

By John Crowley
Narrated by: John Crowley
Length: 15 hours 22 minutes

From award-winning author John Crowley comes an exquisite fantasy novel about a man who tells the story of a crow named Dar Oakley and his impossible lives and deaths in the land of Ka.

A Crow alone is no Crow.

Dar Oakley—the first Crow in all of history with a name of his own—was born two thousand years ago. When a man learns his language, Dar...

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Little, Big

or, The Fairies’ Parliament

By John Crowley
Narrated by: John Crowley
Length: 24 hours 35 minutes

Edgewood—which is not found on any map—is many houses, all put inside each other or across each other. It's filled with and surrounded by mystery and enchantment; the further in you go, the bigger it gets.

Smoky Barnable, who has fallen in love with Daily Alice Drinkwater, travels from the City on foot to Edgewood, her family home. There he...

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And Go Like This


By John Crowley
Narrated by: Graham Rowat
Length: 9 hours 33 minutes

Listening to John Crowley's stories is to see almost-familiar lives running parallel to our own, secret histories that never quite happened, memories that might be real or might be invented. In the thirteen stories collected here, Crowley sets his imagination free to roam from a 20th century Shakespeare festival to spring break at a future Yale... Read more »
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The Farthest Shore

Earthsea Cycle: Book #3

By Ursula K. Le Guin
Narrated by: Rob Inglis
Length: 8 hours 8 minutes

Return to Earthsea with Ged, the brash young wizard who survived the enchanted labyrinth of The Tombs of Atuan. In the third episode of this brilliant fantasy saga, a much older Ged sets off on a harrowing quest for the source of a terrible darkness that is taking the magic out of Earthsea. Read more »
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The Tombs of Atuan

Earthsea Cycle: Book #2

By Ursula K. Le Guin
Narrated by: Rob Inglis
Length: 5 hours 30 minutes

WHEN YOUNG TENAR is chosen as high priestess to the ancient and nameless Powers of the Earth, everything is taken away -- home, family, possessions, even her name. For she is now Arha, the Eaten One, guardian of the ominous Tombs of Atuan. While she is learning her way through the dark labyrinth, a young wizard, Ged, comes to steal the Tombs'... Read more »
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Tales from Earthsea

Earthsea Cycle: Book #5

By Ursula K. Le Guin
Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
Length: 12 hours 12 minutes

The tales of this book explore and extend the world established by the Earthsea novels--yet each stands on its own. It contains the novella "The Finder," and the short stories "The Bones of the Earth," "Darkrose and Diamond," "On the High Marsh," and "Dragonfly." Concluding with with an account of Earthsea's history, people, languages,... Read more »
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A Wizard of Earthsea

Earthsea Cycle: Book #1

By Ursula K. Le Guin
Narrated by: Rob Inglis
Length: 7 hours 17 minutes

"The shapeless mass of darkness split apart. It sundered, and a pale spindle of light gleamed between his open arms. In the oval of light there moved a human shape: a tall woman . beautiful, and sorrowful, and full of fear."-from A Wizard of Earthsea A Wizard of Earthsea, first in a tetralogy that includes The Tombs of Atuan and The Farthest... Read more »
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The Shapeshifters

By Stefan Spjut
Narrated by: Ray Chase
Length: 14 hours 18 minutes

Summer 1978. A young boy disappears without a trace from a summer cabin. His mother claims he was carried away by a giant. He is never found.Twenty-five years later, another child goes missing. This time there's a lead: a single photograph taken by Susso Myren. Myren has devoted her life to the search for trolls, legendary giants known as... Read more »
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Welcome to Bordertown: Special Edition

New Stories and Poems of the Borderlands

By Holly Black (Editor) & Ellen Kushner (Editor)
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, MacLeod Andrews, Holly Black, Ellen Kushner, Steven Brust, Neil Gaiman & Dounya El-Mohtar
Length: 18 hours 10 minutes

Special Edition features original music by Drew Miller - including a fully-produced track of the song "Run Back Across the Border" by Steven Brust, with the author himself on lead vocals - and Neil Gaiman reading his own poem, "The Song of the Song." Bordertown: a city on the Border between the human world and the elfin realm. A place where... Read more »
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The Princess Bride - Abridged - Abridged

By William Goldman
Narrated by: Rob Reiner
Length: 2 hours 32 minutes

This adventure story has everything you could want: the good guy, some bad guys, the girl, sword fighting, revenge, romance, of course a happy ending, along with rodents of unusual size. Join Westley the plucky farm boy, Buttercup the beautiful young maiden, Inigo Montoya the driven, embittered swordsman, and many other strange and unusual... Read more »
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The Neverending Story

By Michael Ende
Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
Length: 13 hours 34 minutes

In this classic fantasy novel from author Michael Ende, small and insignificant Bastian Balthazar Bux is nobody's idea of a hero, least of all his own. Then, through the pages of an ancient, mysterious book, he discovers the enchanted world of Fantastica, and only Bastian himself can save the fairy people who live there. ... Read more »
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Dragonriders of Pern: Book #6

By Anne McCaffrey
Narrated by: Sally Darling
Length: 9 hours 3 minutes

When the voice of Piemur-an apprentice at Harper Hall-changes, he has to leave the companionship of Master Shonagar behind. But his disappointment is soon replaced by a new challenge. He is to enter the service of the Master Harper himself as a rider of dragons. Soon, he embarks on a dangerous mission to the Southern Hold. The future of Pern... Read more »
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Harper Hall: Book #1

By Anne McCaffrey
Narrated by: Sally Darling
Length: 7 hours 15 minutes

Journey to the wonder-filled world of Pern in the first volume of Anne McCaffrey's best-selling Harper Hall Trilogy. Dragonsong is the spellbinding tale of Menolly of Half Circle Hold, a brave young girl who flees her seaside village and discovers the legendary fire lizards of Pern. All her life, Menolly has longed to learn the ancient secrets... Read more »
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Harper Hall: Book #2

By Anne McCaffrey
Narrated by: Sally Darling
Length: 10 hours 3 minutes

Menolly has returned home and entered the Harper Hall. But her entry into the Hall proves the beginning of more troubles, and the Master Harper gives her a difficult time because she is a girl. As Menolly begins to despair, she finds help in the shape of nine bright allies. Read more »
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