Astonishing X-Men: Gifted
By Peter David
DB 77045, Available as BARD Download
The world has discovered that mutants exist, and the general public's fear of the unknown prompts demand that mutants be cured. But the X-Men have plans to defend themselves and others who share their extraordinary differences. Some violence and some strong language. 2013.
Astonishing X-Men: Gifted
The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture
By Glen Weldon
DB 85801, Available as BARD Download
NPR contributor traces the history of Batman in comics, television, and film. Discusses story and character development and transition, artists and writers assigned to the comic, impact of the TV and film adaptations, and controversies including the killing of sidekick Robin in 1988. Analyzes concomitant development of fan culture. Strong language. 2016.
Catalyst: a Rogue One Novel
By James Luceno
DB 86647, Available as BARD Download
The Republic and the Separatists have been battling for years. Orson Krennic is a member of Palpatine's secret Death Star project. Scientist Galen Erso, his friend, could be the key to developing the superweapon, if only Krennic can coerce him into helping. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.
The Elfish Gene: Dungeons, Dragons, and Growing Up Strange
By Mark Barrowcliffe
DB 69284, Available as BARD Download
Comedian and journalist looks back on his adolescent obsession with the role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons. Discusses the effects of gaming on his social life and the compulsion to prove he was smarter than the next nerd. Also describes his struggle to overcome addiction to playing the game. 2008.
By Rainbow Rowell
DB 77545, LT 16703, Available as BARD Download
Eighteen-year-old Cath's adoration of fantasy character Simon Snow leads to her penning a fanfiction story that is popular online. Offline, shy Cath is out of her comfort zone at her new college--until romance finds her. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. For senior high and older readers. 2013.
The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks
By Sam Maggs
DB 81634, BR 20937, Available as BARD Download
Associate editor for the pop culture website "The Mary Sue" discusses what it means to be a fan of things that tend to presume a white and male orientation. Provides tips for those beginning to explore fandoms, and examines the intersection of feminism and fandom. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2015.
The Fellowship of the Ring (Lord of the Rings, book one)
By J.R.R. Tolkien
DB 47486, BR 9745, LT 3664, Available as BARD Download
As the Ring cycle begins, Frodo, a home-loving hobbit, inherits the magic ring that his Uncle Bilbo brought back from his adventures in The Hobbit. To protect the ring from the powers of darkness, Frodo must make a long, dangerous journey. 1954.
By Ferrett Steinmetz
DB 81709, Available as BARD Download
Magic users manipulate reality, bending the universe to their will, but they can never forget that the universe will bend back. A new drug called Flex contains crystallized magic, and Paul Tsabo becomes a Flex dealer to help his injured daughter. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2015.
A Game of Thrones
By George R.R. Martin
DB 45742, BR 21103, Available as BARD Download
In a bygone world of decades-long seasons, three families struggle for the throne. When honorable Lord Eddard Stark of Winterfell is sent south to be the hand of the king, he faces many ambitious and ruthless people. Meanwhile the king contends with wildlings and creatures beyond the domain wall. Some descriptions of sex, some strong language, and some violence. 1996.