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  • 4.4 (116 ratings)
    Dueling Anthologists Billy Collins and Garrison Keillor at the 92nd Street Y  by Billy Collins, Garrison Keillor

    Dueling Anthologists Billy Collins and Garrison Keillor at the 92nd Street Y

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    • By Billy Collins, Garrison Keillor
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    Billy Collins, former United States poet laureate, and Garrison Keillor, host of A Prairie Home Companion, return to the Y to read favorite poems from their new anthologies 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day (Mr. Collins) and Good Poems for Hard Times (Mr. Keillor).

    Sarah says: "a fresh look at poetry"
  • 4.4 (115 ratings)
    Christopher Hitchens in Conversation with Salman Rushdie  by Christopher Hitchens Narrated by Salman Rushdie

    Christopher Hitchens in Conversation with Salman Rushdie

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    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Salman Rushdie
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    Over the course of his 60 years, Christopher Hitchens has been a citizen of both the United States and the United Kingdom. He has been both a socialist opposed to the war in Vietnam and a supporter of the U.S. war against Islamic extremism in Iraq. He has been both a foreign correspondent in some of the world's most dangerous places and a legendary bon vivant. He is a fervent atheist, raised as a Christian, by a mother whose Jewish heritage was not revealed to him until her suicide.

    Ian C Robertson says: "Very Entertaining"
  • 4.6 (113 ratings)
    The New Yorker Festival - Richard Dawkins: Disciple of Darwin  by Richard Dawkins Narrated by Henry Finder

    The New Yorker Festival - Richard Dawkins: Disciple of Darwin

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    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Henry Finder
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    Richard Dawkins holds the Charles Simonyi Chair of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford. His books include the best-selling The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker, Climbing Mount Improbable, The Ancestor's Tale, and A Devil's Chaplain, a collection of essays. He has received the International Cosmos Prize and the Kistler Prize.

    Brad says: "Excellent!"
  • 4.3 (66 ratings)
    Ken Follett: The History of the Thriller at the 92nd Street Y  by Ken Follett

    Ken Follett: The History of the Thriller at the 92nd Street Y

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    • By Ken Follett
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    Ken Follett uses his gift for storytelling to present a detailed account of the thriller's place in history and literature. Follett is the author of more than a dozen best-selling novels, including Eye of the Needle, The Pillars of the Earth, and Whiteout. He is also president of the Dyslexia Institute, a member of the National Literacy Trust, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

    Terry says: "Use as a preamble to Pillars of the Earth"
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  • 4.5 (56 ratings)
    Neil Gaiman in Conversation with Chip Kidd: Sandman 20th Anniversary Celebration (






ABRIDGED) by Neil Gaiman Narrated by Chip Kidd

    Neil Gaiman in Conversation with Chip Kidd: Sandman 20th Anniversary Celebration

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    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Chip Kidd
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    The New York Times best-selling author, Neil Gaiman, discusses Sandman, the acclaimed comic book series widely considered to be one of the most original and artistically ambitious series of the modern age. Sandman is a rich blend of modern myth and dark fantasy in which contemporary fiction, historical drama and legend are seamlessly interwoven.

  • 4.7 (49 ratings)
    The New Yorker Festival - American Obsession with Precociousness  by Malcolm Gladwell

    The New Yorker Festival - American Obsession with Precociousness

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 27 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
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    Malcolm Gladwell has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1996. He is the author of The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference and Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, which was published this year. Both books grew out of articles that first appeared in the magazine. Mr. Gladwell will discuss other works in progress as well.

    Mary says: "Entertaining and Insightful"
  • 4.4 (39 ratings)
    George Carlin with Judy Gold at the 92nd Street Y (






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    George Carlin with Judy Gold at the 92nd Street Y

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    • By George Carlin
    • Narrated By Judy Gold
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    Recently passed, George Carlin was a comedian famous for his "Seven Dirty Words" routine. To his credit are nearly 20 albums, five Grammy awards, and two Cable Ace Awards, and more HBO specials than anyone. He authored several books, including The New York Times best seller Brain Droppings and Napalm & Silly Putty. In this interview, he speaks with Judy Gold about his life and his comedy, and answers questions from the audience.

    David says: "Carlin Overcomes..."
  • 4.4 (26 ratings)
    Dennis Prager: The Case for Judaism (






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    Dennis Prager: The Case for Judaism

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    • By Dennis Prager
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    Nationally syndicated radio talk show host Dennis Prager - described in Jewish Week as "one of the three most interesting minds in American Jewish life" - offers compelling arguments in favor of Judaism, developed over many years of speaking to people from virtually every religion and culture.

    S. Mcphillips says: "amazing insightful"
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  • 4.3 (25 ratings)
    Essential Vonnegut Interviews (






UNABRIDGED) by Kurt Vonnegut Narrated by Kurt Vonnegut, Walter James Miller

    Essential Vonnegut Interviews

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    • By Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated By Kurt Vonnegut, Walter James Miller
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    Over the course of Kurt Vonnegut's career as a writer, he has sat down many times with radio host and interviewer Walter James Miller to conduct in-depth discussions of his work and the world. Now the best of these interviews have been collected in an audiobook for the first time. This is the perfect audio collection for the Vonnegut fan who wants to understand the writer as he was, is, and will be.

  • 4.5 (23 ratings)
    The New Yorker Festival - Anarchy and Animation: Cartoon Chaos Theory  by Brad Bird, Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Matt Maiellaro, Dave Willis Narrated by Tad Friend

    The New Yorker Festival - Anarchy and Animation: Cartoon Chaos Theory

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    • By Brad Bird, Trey Parker, Matt Stone, and others
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    Brad Bird is a director at Pixar Animation Studios and the writer and director of the Academy Award-winning animated feature The Incredibles. He also wrote and directed The Iron Giant and served as executive consultant on the TV series The Simpsons and King of the Hill. He completed his first animated film at the age of 14.

    Greg says: "This was a good listen!"

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    Ben Bova and Orson Scott Card both are excellent authors and it was wonderful hearing their thoughts on the audio book world, which has really taken over in an unexpected way hasn't it. This was an enjoyable interview with opinions we the public is curious to hear about from the authors point of view.

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    A delightful discussion even for one who has read all 12. I'm impressed that there was not a whisper about Widmerpool, who is, I think, the only character other than Nick Jenkins who is in every book. For those who listen, I recommend that you also read the books. Take your time. And buy Hilary Spurling's "Invitation to the Dance."

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    In this exclusive interview with Audible Modern Vanguard host Jim Atlas, Charles McGrath contrasts Anthony Powell’s multi-volume masterpiece with the novels of Marcel Proust and Evelyn Waugh. In its scope – a universe populated by over 300 characters! - Dance to the Music of Time has as much in common with character-driven TV series like The Wire and The Sopranos as it does with other classics of British social comedy.

    RM Simon says: "Welcome to the Dance"

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