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Quinn Cummings Gives Good Book Advice

Quinn Cummings doesn't know much but she knows books. Specifically, she knows what great audiobooks should sound like. Some are for kids, some are for the whole family and some are just for you, sitting on your couch, trying to forget the rest of the family for just a few minutes. "But which are which?" If it's not immediately clear, it goes like this: kids, whole family, you, couch. Then, back to one. Have questions? Ask me on Twitter; I'm @Quinncy.

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Henry and Ribsy

Henry Huggins: Book #3

By Beverly Cleary
Narrated by: Neil Patrick Harris
Length: 2 hours 30 minutes

In this humorous and heartfelt novel from Newbery Medal-winning author Beverly Cleary, the bond between a boy and his dog proves strong, as Henry vows to stick up for Ribsy…even if he is a trouble-maker!

From the first moment Henry found Ribsy, the curious mutt was poking his nose into things he shouldn't be. Whether terrorizing the garbage man,... Read more »

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A Wrinkle in Time

By Madeleine L'Engle
Narrated by: Hope Davis, Ava DuVernay, Madeleine L'Engle & Charlotte Jones Voiklis
Length: 6 hours 26 minutes

Madeleine L'Engle's ground-breaking science fiction and fantasy classic, now a major motion picture. This audiobook includes an introduction read by the film director Ava DuVernay, a foreword read by the author, and an afterword read by Madeleine L’Engle’s granddaughter Charlotte Jones Voiklis.

Meg Murray, her little brother Charles Wallace, and... Read more »

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D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths

By Ingri d'Aulaire & Edgar Parin d'Aulaire
Narrated by: Paul Newman, Sidney Poitier & Kathleen Turner
Length: 4 hours 13 minutes

Read by Paul Newman, Sidney Poitier, Kathleen Turner, and Matthew Broderick

Here are the immortals of Olympus—the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece—as freshly described as if they were alive today.

Mighty Zeus with his fistful of thunderbolts; mischievous little Hermes; grey-eyed Athena, godess of wisdom; Asclepius, the first physician; Orpheus... Read more »

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The Feather Thief

Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century

By Kirk Wallace Johnson
Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
Length: 8 hours 4 minutes

The Feather Thief

“The Feather Thief is true crime at its best — a tale starting with the Amazonian explorations of Darwin-era naturalists, rooted in the eccentric sensibilities of Victorian collectors, fueled by the obscure cult of fly-fishing tying, and culminating with a shocking 2009 British Museum heist by a shy American flautist. All of these elements are deftly brought together at a thriller’s pace by author Kirk Johnson, a veteran of the Iraqi reconstruction effort suffering from PTSD, who stumbles across the story while fly-fishing in New Mexico in 2011. I mean, you can’t make this stuff up.”

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The Vanishing Half

A Novel

By Brit Bennett
Narrated by: Shayna Small
Length: 11 hours 33 minutes

The Vanishing Half

“This is an intriguing story, part family saga, part social commentary, about twin sisters whose lives diverged into two very different directions. Desiree and Stella grew up in Mallard, Louisiana, a place that didn't show up on any map and a community that in the 1960s was racist in a peculiar way: the population was almost exclusively very light-skinned African Americans, many of whom could pass for white. Fourteen years before the story begins, Desiree and Stella suddenly left home together to find work in New Orleans. Shortly afterwards, Stella disappeared without a trace. Desiree married, had a child, and in 1968 decided to return to Mallard to her mother's house to escape an abusive husband. Skipping ahead ten years to 1978, we meet Stella, who has also married and had a child, and now lives in California in an exclusively white upscale neighborhood where not even her husband knows about her African American blood. In a coincidence that the author makes seem believable, the twins' daughters meet, and Stella's secret is in danger of being exposed. Bennett's characters are well-developed and provide a clearly-drawn portrait of race, gender, and the ties that hold families and relationships together.”

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A Short History of Nearly Everything

By Bill Bryson
Narrated by: Richard Matthews
Length: 18 hours 16 minutes

One of the world’s most beloved and bestselling writers takes his ultimate journey -- into the most intriguing and intractable questions that science seeks to answer.

In A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson trekked the Appalachian Trail -- well, most of it. In In A Sunburned Country, he confronted some of the most lethal wildlife Australia has t Read more »o...
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Half Magic

By Edward Eager
Narrated by: Full Cast
Length: 3 hours 30 minutes

Beloved by children (and the parents lucky enough to share it with them) since it was first published in 1954, Half Magic is the uproarious tale of four siblings who discover a charm that grants exactly half of whatever they wish for--with results that are twice as predictable (and hilarious) as you might expect.

Jane, Mark, Katharine, and Marth Read more »a...
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From the Mixed-up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

By E.L. Konigsburg
Narrated by: Jill Clayburgh
Length: 3 hours 46 minutes

Run away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art with E. L. Konigsburg’s beloved classic and Newbery Medal­–winning novel From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.

When Claudia decided to run away, she planned very carefully. She would be gone just long enough to teach her parents a lesson in Claudia appreciation. And she would go i Read more »n...
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Some Luck

A novel
The Last Hundred Years Trilogy: A Family Saga: Book #1

By Jane Smiley
Narrated by: Lorelei King
Length: 14 hours 47 minutes

Longlisted for the 2014 National Book Award

From the winner of the Pulitzer Prize: a powerful, engrossing new novel—the life and times of a remarkable family over three transformative decades in America. 

On their farm in Denby, Iowa, Rosanna and Walter Langdon abide by time-honored values that they pass on to their five wildly differen Read more »t...
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Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle

By Betty MacDonald
Narrated by: Karen White
Length: 2 hours 42 minutes

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle lives in an upside-down house and smells like cookies. She was even married to a pirate once. Most of all, she knows everything about children. She can cure them of any ailment. Patsy hates baths. Hubert never puts anything away. Allen eats v-e-r-y slowly. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle has a treatment for all of t Read more »hem.
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Whatever After #10: Sugar and Spice

By Sarah Mlynowski
Narrated by: Emily Eiden
Length: 3 hours

Abby and Jonah's magical adventures continue in the tenth installment of Sarah Mlynowski's New York Times bestselling series! This time, the kids get mixed up in Hansel and Gretel's story.

When Abby and Jonah's magic mirror brings them into the story of Hansel and Gretel, they're determined not to fracture this tasty fairy tale. They figure... Read more »

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Everybody Rise

A Novel

By Stephanie Clifford
Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
Length: 12 hours 44 minutes

An instant New York Times bestseller!

Chosen as one of Summer's Best Books by People Magazine
Featured in Time Magazine's Summer Reading
Entertainment Weekly's Summer Must List
Good Housekeeping Beach Reads Feature

"A witty tale about a high-society wannabe...Little is more delicious than watching an ambitious but tragically flawed protagonist... Read more »

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Peter and the Starcatchers

Starcatchers Series: Book #1

By Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson
Narrated by: Jim Dale
Length: 8 hours 39 minutes

In an evocative and fast-paced adventure on the high seas and on a faraway island an orphan boy named Peter and his mysterious new friend, Molly, overcome bands of pirates and thieves in their quest to keep a fantastical secret safe and save the world from evil. Bestselling authors Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson have turned back the clock and... Read more »

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Maisie Dobbs

The Maisie Dobbs Novels: Book #1

By Jacqueline Winspear
Narrated by: Rita Barrington
Length: 10 hours

The book that introduced the world to the intuitive, intelligent, and resourceful heroine Maisie Dobbs—one of literature’s favorite sleuths

Maisie Dobbs entered domestic service in 1910 at thirteen, working for Lady Rowan Compton. When her remarkable intelligence is discovered by her employer, Maisie becomes the pupil of Maurice Blanche, a... Read more »

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A Zoo in My Luggage

By Gerald Durrell
Narrated by: Rupert Degas
Length: 5 hours 23 minutes

A Zoo in My Luggage is the colourful, first-hand account of Gerald Durrell’s six-month animal-collecting trip in British Cameroon, and his attempts to create his own zoo. Motivated by a passion for wildlife, and a desire to save endangered species from extinction, Durrell assembles a glorious panoply of exotic animals – including a female baboon... Read more »

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