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April 5th is National Nebraska Day

Lonesome Dove

By: Larry McMurtry
Narrated by: Lee Horsley
Length: 36 hours 44 minutes

A love story, an adventure, and an epic of the frontier, Larry McMurtry’s Pulitzer Prize- winning classic, Lonesome Dove, the third book in the Lonesome Dove tetralogy, is the grandest novel ever written about the last defiant wilderness of America. Journey to the dusty little Texas town of Lonesome Dove and meet an unforgettable assortment of... Read more

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Fangirl

By: Rainbow Rowell
Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman & Maxwell Caulfield
Length: 12 hours 47 minutes

In Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl, Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out... Read more

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My Ántonia

By: Willa Cather
Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
Length: 7 hours 19 minutes

Widely recognized as Willa Cather’s finest book and one of the outstanding novels of American literature, My Ántonia tells of the life of early American pioneers in Nebraska.Through Jim Burden’s endearing, smitten voice, we revisit the remarkable vicissitudes of immigrant life in the Nebraska heartland with all its insistent bonds. Guiding the... Read more

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O Pioneers!

By: Willa Cather
Narrated by: Kate Reading
Length: 5 hours 59 minutes

"The history of every country begins in the heart of a man or a woman," writes Willa Cather in O Pioneers! The country is America; the woman is Alexandra Bergson, a fiercely independent young Swedish immigrant girl who inherits her father's farm in Nebraska. A model of emotional strength, courage, and resolve, Alexandra fights long and hard to... Read more

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Eleanor & Park

By: Rainbow Rowell
Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman & Sunil Malhotra
Length: 8 hours 55 minutes

Bono met his wife in high school, Park says.
So did Jerry Lee Lewis, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be, she says, we’re 16.
What about Romeo and Juliet?
Shallow, confused, then dead.

I love you, Park says.
Wherefore art thou, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be.

Set over the course of one school year in... Read more

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Night of the Twisters

The Most Dangerous Night of Their Lives

By: Ivy Ruckman
Narrated by: Riley Duggan
Length: 2 hours 50 minutes

When a tornado watch is issued one Tuesday evening in June, twelve-year-old Dan Hatch and his best friend, Arthur, don't think much of it. After all, tornado warnings are a way of life during the summer in Grand Island, Nebraska. But soon enough, the wind begins to howl and the lights and telephone stop working. Then the emergency siren starts... Read more

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This Blessed Earth

A Year in the Life of an American Family Farm

By: Ted Genoways
Narrated by: Christopher Solimene
Length: 8 hours 17 minutes

The family farm lies at the heart of our national identity, and yet its future is in peril. Rick Hammond grew up on a farm, and for forty years he has raised cattle and crops on his wife's fifth-generation homestead in Nebraska, in hopes of passing it on to their four children. But as the handoff nears, their small family farm—and their entire... Read more

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Kings of Broken Things

By: Theodore Wheeler
Narrated by: Christopher Lane
Length: 10 hours 52 minutes

With characters depicted in precise detail and wide panorama—a kept-woman’s parlor, a contentious interracial baseball game on the Fourth of July, and the tragic true events of the Omaha Race Riot of 1919—Kings of Broken Things reveals the folly of human nature in an era of astonishing ambition.During the waning days of World War I, three lost... Read more

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Rhinos in Nebraska

The Amazing Discovery of the Ashfall Fossil Beds

By: Alison Pearce Stevens
Narrated by: Mark Sanderlin
Length: 1 hour 57 minutes

Twelve million years ago, rhinos, elephants, and camels roamed North America. They would gather at nearby watering holes―eating, drinking, and trying not to become someone else’s lunch. But one day, in what we now know as Nebraska, everything changed. The explosion of a supervolcano a thousand miles away sent a blanket of ash that buried these... Read more

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Zoo Nebraska

The Dismantling of an American Dream

By: Carson Vaughan
Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
Length: 8 hours 47 minutes

A resonant true story of small-town politics and community perseverance and of decent people and questionable choices, Zoo Nebraska is a timely requiem for a rural America in the throes of extinction.Royal, Nebraska, population eighty-one—where the church, high school, and post office each stand abandoned, monuments to a Great Plains town that... Read more

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Wagons West Nebraska!

Wagons West Series: Book #2

By: Dana Fuller Ross
Narrated by: Phil Gigante
Length: 12 hours 12 minutes

Autumn, 1837. Blazing onward from the eastern shores, to Missouri, the legendary wagon train sent by U.S. President Andrew Jackson has reached the last outpost of civilization. Now five hundred strong, these brave pioneers set a course across the great rolling plains toward the treacherous Rockies, hoping to stake a claim in the American West.... Read more

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