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  1. 8.4 hrs • Dec/20/2011 • Unabridged

    George Bowling, an insurance salesman, hits middle age and feels impelled to “come up for air” from his life of quiet desperation. With seventeen pounds he has won at a race, he steals a vacation from his wife and his family and pays a visit to Lower Binfield, the village where he grew up, to fish for carp in a pool he remembers from thirty years before. But the pool is gone, Lower Binfield has changed beyond recognition, and the principal event of Bowling's holiday is an accidental bombing by the RAF. Bowling’s everyman life is also a sort of cavalcade of England from 1893 to 1938. Written when the clouds of World War II were already gathering, this story of Bowling’s journey into his own and his country’s past is told with humor, warmth, and nostalgia which will surprise and delight George Orwell’s many readers.

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    Coming Up for Air

    Read by Richard Brown
    8.4 hrs • Dec/20/2011 • Unabridged
    Library CD
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  2. 9.1 hrs • Apr/20/2012 • Unabridged

    The most coveted combat decoration in all Germany, the Blue Max was a symbol of power, fame, and prestige beyond the reach of ordinary mortals. Bruno Stachel is a nobody, a newly recruited junior officer in a First World War combat squadron. But he is determined not to remain a nobody for long. He has his sights on the Blue Max, the most coveted of all German decorations, and he will do anything to get it. From the very moment he shoots down his first plane, everything he does is aimed at that goal. This world-famous novel of deadly combat in the skies tells the story of the men who killed for the Blue Max—and died for it. Stachel—murderer and alcoholic. His meteoric rise to glory alienated him from his fellow pilots, and ultimately from human decency. Kettering—collector of pornography. He became the victim of Stachel’s ruthless ambition. Von Klugermann—the haughty aristocrat. He delved too deeply into Stachel’s torment, only to discover a cobra. Kaeti—the woman who knew them all. Arrogant noblewoman, black- mailing nymphomaniac—and Stachel’s beautiful mistress. Jack D. Hunter’s novel is a classic of war literature and a brilliant study of a pilot tortured by his naked ambition.

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    The Blue Max

    Read by Grover Gardner
    9.1 hrs • Apr/20/2012 • Unabridged
    Library CD
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