Do You Enjoy Historical Fiction? Audiobooks at the Falmouth Public Library

The Library has a large collection of books on CD in many genres. This is the second in a series highlighting some of the historical fiction titles in our collection.

Be Careful What You Wish For by Jeffrey Archer

Follow the struggles and triumphs of the Clifton and Barrington families into the 1960’s: the construction of a luxury ocean liner which comes under sabotage from the IRA; the Clifton family’s entry into the London art scene; and a sweeping ending with all of the Barringtons and the Cliftons aboard the ship for its maiden voyage. Call # CD SPOKEN Archer (9 discs, 11.5 hrs.)

The Daring Ladies of Lowell by Kate Alcott

Eager to escape life on her family’s farm, Alice Barrow moves to Lowell in 1832 and throws herself into the hard work demanded of the mill girls. In spite of the long hours, she discovers a vibrant new life and a true friend–a saucy, strong-willed girl name Lovey Cornell. But conditions at the factory become increasingly dangerous, and Alice finds the courage to represent the workers and their grievances. Although mill owner, Hiram Fiske, pays no heed, Alice attracts the attention of his eldest son, the handsome and reserved Samuel Fiske. Their mutual attraction is intense, tempting Alice to dream of a different future for herself. This dream is shattered when Lovey is found strangled to death. A sensational trial follows, bringing all the unrest that’s brewing to the surface. Alice finds herself torn between her commitment to the girls in the mill and her blossoming relationship with Samuel. Call # CD SPOKEN Alcott (9 discs, 10.5 hrs.)

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Traces more than three decades in the lives of a wealthy Charleston debutante who longs to break free from the strictures of her household and pursue a meaningful life, and the urban slave, Handful, who is placed in her charge as a child before finding courage and a sense of self. Call # CD SPOKEN Kidd (12 discs, 14 hrs.)

An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris

Paris, winter 1895. Georges Picquart, recently promoted head of the agency that helped convict Dreyfus of treason. Picquart believes in Dreyfus’s guilt, even after he witnesses the man’s protestations of innocence. But gradually Picquart comes to suspect that a spy remains at large in the military. With evidence mounting, pointing to deceit at the highest levels of government, Picquart has nowhere to turn and is compelled to question his most deeply held beliefs about his country and himself. Call # CD SPOKEN Harris (13 discs, 16 hrs.)



Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

“Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to ‘aging out’ out of the foster care system. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse…. As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance. Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life–answers that will ultimately free them both. Rich in detail and epic in scope, Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of unexpected friendship, and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are.

Call # CD SPOKEN Kline (7 discs, 8 hrs., 35 min.)

The Secret Life of Violet Grant by Beatriz Williams

In 1964, Vivian Schuyler receives an overseas parcel in the mail. The contents draw her back into her family’s past, and the hushed-over crime of an aunt she never knew. Berlin, 1914: Violet Schuyler Grant endures her marriage to scientist Dr. Walter Grant; he provides the support to her position as a young American female physicist. As Vivian digs deeper into her aunt’s past and the mystery of her ultimate fate, Violet’s story sheds light on the darkness of her years abroad.  Call # CD SPOKEN Williams (12 discs; 14 hrs., 38 min.)

A Star for Mrs. Blake by April Smith

Meeting for the first time for a shared pilgrimage to France to visit the graves of their World War I soldier sons, an Irish maid, a chicken farmer’s wife, a Boston socialite, a former tennis star and a librarian meet a brutally scarred journalist before confronting a shocking secret set against a lesser-known historical event. Call # CD SPOKEN Smith (9 discs, 11.5 hrs.)

The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress by Ariel Lawhon

A steamy reimagining of the scandal-marked 1930 disappearance of Justice Joseph Crater explores events decades later from the perspectives of the three women who knew him best–his Chanel-draped wife, his showgirl mistress, and his dutiful housemaid. Call # CD SPOKEN Lawhon (10 discs, 12 hrs.)

Worthy Brown’s Daughter by Phillip Margolin

Matthew Penny, a young lawyer, arrives on the frontier with nothing but shattered dreams. Unable to face the memories that await back home, he joins the handful of lawyers practicing in Portland, Oregon—which in 1860 is just a riverfront town in a state less than a year old. Worthy Brown, a slave from Georgia, journeys west with his master, Caleb Barbour, who promises to reward Worthy and his daughter, Roxanne, with their freedom if they help him establish a homestead in Oregon. When Barbour reneges on his pledge, Worthy’s hope for a fresh start with his child is destroyed.  Call # CD SPOKEN Margolin (8 discs, 8 hrs. 59 min.)

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