What’s Up The Dark Stain Edition

This episode gives you a glimmpse into some of the darker sides of a college town, as well as shows you how an innocent dog can contribute to “a dark stain.”

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Lords of the Sith: Star Wars

Written by: Paul S. Kemp Narrated by: Jonathan Davis Length:  10 hrs and 56 mins Pages: 321 Category: SciFi and Fantacy

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…. When the Emperor and his notorious apprentice Darth Vader find themselves stranded in the middle of insurgent action on an inhospitable planet, they must rely on each other, the Force, and their own ruthlessness to prevail. “It appears things are as you suspected, Lord Vader. We are indeed hunted.” Anakin Skywalker, Jedi Knight, is just a memory. Darth Vader, newly anointed Sith Lord, is ascendant. The Emperor’s chosen apprentice has swiftly proven his loyalty to the dark side. Still, the history of the Sith Order is one of duplicity, betrayal, and acolytes violently usurping their Masters – and the truest measure of Vader’s allegiance has yet to be taken. Until now. On Ryloth, a planet crucial to the growing Empire as a source of slave labor and the narcotic known as “spice”, an aggressive resistance movement has arisen, led by Cham Syndulla, an idealistic freedom fighter, and Isval, a vengeful former slave. But Emperor Palpatine means to control the embattled world and its precious resources – by political power or firepower – and he will be neither intimidated nor denied. Accompanied by his merciless disciple, Darth Vader, he sets out on a rare personal mission to ensure his will is done. For Syndulla and Isval, it’s the opportunity to strike at the very heart of the ruthless dictatorship sweeping the galaxy. And for the Emperor and Darth Vader, Ryloth becomes more than just a matter of putting down an insurrection: When an ambush sends them crashing to the planet’s surface, where inhospitable terrain and an army of resistance fighters await them, they will find their relationship tested as never before. With only their lightsabers, the dark side of the Force, and each other to depend on, the two Sith must decide if the brutal bond they share will make them victorious allies or lethal adversaries.

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Rhapsody: Child of Blood

Written by: Elizabeth Haydon Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins Length: 30 hrs and 8 mins Pages: 678 Category: SciFi and Fantacy

Rhapsody is a woman, a Singer of some talent, who is swept up into events of world-shattering import. On the run from an old romantic interest who won’t take no for an answer, Rhapsody literally bumps into a couple of shady characters: half-breeds who come to her rescue in the nick of time. Only the rescue turns into an abduction, and Rhapsody soon finds herself dragged along on an epic voyage, one that spans centuries and ranges across a wonder-filled fantasy world.

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The Vagrant

Written by: Peter Newman Narrated by: Jot Davies Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins Pages: 400 Category: SciFi and Fantacy

Years have passed since humanity’s destruction emerged from the Breach. Friendless and alone he walks across a desolate, war-torn landscape. As each day passes the world tumbles further into depravity, bent and twisted by the new order, corrupted by the Usurper, the enemy, and his infernal horde. His purpose is to reach the Shining City, last bastion of the human race, and deliver the only weapon that may make a difference in the ongoing war. What little hope remains is dying. Abandoned by its leader, The Seven, and its heroes, The Seraph Knights, the last defences of a once great civilisation are crumbling into dust. But the Shining City is far away and the world is a very dangerous place.

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Overruled

Written by: Emma Chase Narrated by: Jason Carpenter and Charlotte Penfield Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins Pages: 288 Category:  Romance

A Washington, DC, defense attorney, Stanton Shaw keeps his head cool, his questions sharp, and his arguments irrefutable. They don’t call him the Jury Charmer for nothing—with his southern drawl, disarming smile, and captivating green eyes, he’s a hard man to say no to. Men want to be him, and women want to be thoroughly cross examined by him. Stanton’s a man with a plan. And for a while, life was going according to that plan. Until the day he receives an invitation to the wedding of his high school sweetheart, the mother of his beloved ten-year-old daughter. Jenny is getting married—to someone who isn’t him.

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Hold Me: Fool’s Gold

Written by: Susan Mallery Narrated by: Tanya Eby Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins Pages: 384 Category:  Romance

Destiny Mills believes passion has its place – like in the lyrics of the country songs that made her parents famous. After a childhood full of drama and heartache, she wants a life that’s calm. Safe. Everything that Kipling Gilmore isn’t. Her temporary assignment with the Fool’s Gold search and rescue team puts her in delicious proximity to the former world-class skier every day. Part of her aches to let go for once…the rest is terrified what’ll happen if she does. Though an accident ended his career, Kipling still lives for thrills – and a hot fling with a gorgeous redhead like Destiny would be a welcome diversion. Yet beneath his new coworker’s cool facade is a woman who needs more than he’s ever given. With her, he’s ready to take the risk. But love, like skiing, is all about trust – and before you soar, you have to be willing to fall.

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                 Rescued

Written by: Linda Rettstatt Narrated by: Caroline McLaughlin Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins Pages: 226 Category:  Romance

Alexandra Ramsey has been rescuing strays since she was abandoned by her mother at the age of seven. Now Alex’s passion is poured into Harley’s Haven, the no-kill animal shelter she built from scratch in Cade’s Point, Mississippi. Evan Whiting rode the crest of the wave of success as a top chef in Manhattan until 26 people were sickened by bad crab meat. He lost his restaurant, his savings, his reputation, and his wife. Evan retreats to the home he inherited in rural Mississippi to start over.

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    Gathering Prey, the prey series, Book 25

Written by: John Sandford Narrated by: Richard Ferron Length: 10 hrs and 55 mi Pages: 416 Category:Mysteries and Thrillers

They call them Travelers. They move from city to city, panhandling, committing no crimes – they just like to stay on the move. And now somebody is killing them. Lucas Davenport’s adopted daughter, Letty, is home from college when she gets a phone call from a woman Traveler she’d befriended in San Francisco. The woman thinks somebody’s killing her friends, she’s afraid she knows who it is, and now her male companion has gone missing. She’s hiding out in North Dakota, and she doesn’t know what to do. Letty tells Lucas she’s going to get her, and, though he suspects Letty’s getting played, he volunteers to go with her. When he hears the woman’s story, though, he begins to think there’s something in it. Little does he know. In the days to come, he will embark upon an odyssey through a subculture unlike any he has ever seen, a trip that will not only put the two of them in danger – but just may change the course of his life.

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Memory Man

Written by: David Baldacci Narrated by:Ron Mclarty, Orlagh Cassidy Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins Pages: 417 Category: Mysteries and Thrillers

Amos Decker’s life changed forever – twice. The first time was on the gridiron. A big, towering athlete, he was the only person from his hometown of Burlington ever to go pro. But his career ended before it had a chance to begin. On his very first play, a violent helmet-to-helmet collision knocked him off the field for good and left him with an improbable side effect – he can never forget anything. The second time was at home nearly two decades later. Now a police detective, Decker returned from a stakeout one evening and entered a nightmare – his wife, young daughter, and brother-in-law had been murdered. His family destroyed, their killer’s identity as mysterious as the motive behind the crime, and unable to forget a single detail from that horrible night, Decker finds his world collapsing around him. He leaves the police force, loses his home, and winds up on the street, taking piecemeal jobs as a private investigator when he can. But over a year later, a man turns himself in to the police and confesses to the murders. At the same time a horrific event nearly brings Burlington to its knees, and Decker is called back in to help with this investigation. Decker also seizes his chance to learn what really happened to his family that night. To uncover the stunning truth, he must use his remarkable gifts and confront the burdens that go along with them. He must endure the memories he would much rather forget. And he may have to make the ultimate sacrifice.

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The Bone Tree: A Novel

Written by: Greg Iles Narrated by: Robert Petkoff Length: 32 hrs and 25 mins Pages: 816 Category:  Mysteries and Thrillers

Former prosecutor Penn Cage and his fiancee, reporter and publisher Caitlin Masters, have barely escaped with their lives after being attacked by wealthy businessman Brody Royal and his Double Eagles, a KKK sect with ties to some of Mississippi’s most powerful men. But the real danger has only begun as FBI Special Agent John Kaiser warns Penn that Brody isn’t the true leader of the Double Eagles. The puppeteer who actually controls the terrorist group is a man far more fearsome: the chief of the state police’s Criminal Investigations Bureau, Forrest Knox. The only way Penn can save his father, Dr. Tom Cage – who is fleeing a murder charge as well as corrupt cops bent on killing him – is either to make a devil’s bargain with Knox or destroy him. While Penn desperately pursues both options, Caitlin uncovers the real story behind a series of unsolved civil rights murders that may hold the key to the Double Eagles’ downfall. The trail leads her deep into the past, into the black backwaters of the Mississippi River, to a secret killing ground used by slave owners and the Klan for more than 200 years…a place of terrifying evil known only as “the bone tree”.

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Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town

Written by: John Krakauer Narrated by: Mozhan Marno, Scott Brick Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins Pages: 386 Category:  Nonfiction

Misoula, Montana, is a typical college town, with a highly regarded state university, bucolic surroundings, a lively social scene, and an excellent football team – the Grizzlies – with a rabid fan base. The Department of Justice investigated 350 sexual assaults reported to the Missoula police between January 2008 and May 2012. Few of these assaults were properly handled by either the university or local authorities. In this Missoula is also typical. A DOJ report released in December of 2014 estimates 110,000 women between the ages of 18 and 24 are raped each year. Krakauer’s devastating narrative of what happened in Missoula makes clear why rape is so prevalent on American campuses and why rape victims are so reluctant to report assault. Acquaintance rape is a crime like no other. Unlike burglary or embezzlement or any other felony, the victim often comes under more suspicion than the alleged perpetrator. This is especially true if the victim is sexually active, if she had been drinking prior to the assault – and if the man she accuses plays on a popular sports team. The vanishingly small but highly publicized incidents of false accusations are often used to dismiss her claims in the press. If the case goes to trial, the woman’s entire personal life becomes fair game for defense attorneys.

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What’s up in Bard Books!

Indecent proposal

Book Number: DB80438 By: Molly O’Keefe Reading time:11 hours, 45 minutes. Read by: Carol Dines. Category: Romance

After one hot interlude, Ryan Kaminski can’t believe she is pregnant with the baby of ambitious political candidate Harrison Montgomery. As scandal brews, Harrison bullies Ryan to accept the public position of becoming his wife, but love isn’t part of the offer. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2014.

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Black Sunday

Book Number: DB53082 By: Thomas Harris Reading time: 10 hours, 44 minutes. Read by: Annie Wauters. Category: Suspense Fiction

To protest American policies in the Middle East, a fanatical terrorist group plots the annihilation of 80,000 Super Bowl spectators. Their prime weapon is Michael Lander, a deranged ex-navy pilot seeking revenge, and his handler–beautiful assassin Dahlia Iyad. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 1975.

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Choke: a novel

Book Number: DB52781 By: Chuck Palahniuk Reading time:7 hours, 11 minutes. Read by: Fred Major. Category: Psychological Fiction

Medical school dropout Victor Mancini offers a bizarre, angry confession of why he believes he is a loser. He works at a colonial theme park, attends sex-addiction group meetings, and pretends to choke in restaurants to pay for his mother’s elder care. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2001.

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The blinding knife

Book Number: DB81074 By: Brent Weaks Reading time: 24 hours, 15 minutes. Read by: Simon Vance Category: Fantasy Fiction

Gavin Guile has only one year to make peace with the son he never knew he had and the ex-fiance?e who resents him for keeping secrets, all while fighting threats to the Prism and dealing with the magic running rampant in the world. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2012.

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The discarded: a Jonathan Quinn novel

Book Number: DB79905 By: Brett Battles Reading time: 10 hours, 0 minutes. Read by: John Haag Category: Suspense Fiction

Seven years ago, Orlando’s mentor, Abraham, accepted an assignment to courier a package out of Japan–not realizing it was a four-year-old girl. After reluctantly relinquishing her, Abraham has been trying ever since to ascertain that she is safe. When he gets close, Quinn and Orlando assist. Violence and strong language. 2014.

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What’s up in bard magazines!

People

Date: April 27, 2015 Read by: Joanne Giaquinta Reading Time: 2 hours, 14 minutes.

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The New York Times Book Review

Date: April 19, 2015 Read by: Gary Telles; Mary Kane Reading Time: 4 hours, 42 minutes.

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The Economist

Date: April 25-May 1, 2015 Read by: Various Readers Reading Time: 7 hours, 49 minutes

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What’s up on Kindle!

DIY: Fix Your Resume in 7 Steps

By: Tim Windhof Pages: 50

Your resume is your most important career document. This book walks the reader step-by-step through the process of drafting, crafting and writing their own stellar resume. It is the purpose of this book to reveal and demonstrate the “key ingredients” to drafting a highly individualized resume that yields interviews. It is not another mediocre resume template book, but an actual guide on how to customize it yourself.

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