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  • 4.6 (113 ratings)

    The New Yorker Festival - Richard Dawkins: Disciple of Darwin

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 22 mins)
    • 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!"
  • 4.4 (110 ratings)

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

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 32 mins)
    • 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 (106 ratings)

    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.

  • 4.3 (64 ratings)

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

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 12 mins)
    • 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 (55 ratings)

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

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 27 mins)
    • 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 (48 ratings)

    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"
  • 4.3 (37 ratings)

    George Carlin with Judy Gold at the 92nd Street Y

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 28 mins)
    • 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..."
  • 4.3 (34 ratings)

    Thalia Book Club: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell with Author Susanna Clarke

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 34 mins)
    • By Susanna Clarke
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
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    Susanna Clarke discusses her remarkable debut novel, the BookSense Book of the Year, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell with her friend, novelist Neil Gaiman. Set in an alternate version of England in the early 1800s, an England in which the people yearn to recapture the practical magic of an earlier era, this fantasy novel combines the wit of Jane Austen with rollicking adventure and hilarious scholarly footnotes.

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  • 4.3 (25 ratings)

    Essential Vonnegut Interviews

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 16 mins)
    • 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.

  • 4.4 (25 ratings)

    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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    Vanna Bonta is one of the most authentic, innovative, original and evocative writers. The work, ideas and ground breaking life is signature in her literary work and awards. While many writers are stifled in boxes from which they write, Bonta stands up to live. Who knew the novel Flight would, ten years later, end up featured on History Channel in a landmark episode, 'Sex in Space' to colonizing other worlds? Cream rises to the top like zero gravity. Reviews are always divided with original genius, just one more sign this is an unforgettable author, a true poet.

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I read science, biographies, histories, mysteries, adventures, thrillers, educationals, linguistics but not no way, not no how, romances.

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    I listened to this presentation and I read the book. In fact, I've read everything Harris has written. And here's the thing, this is not that great of a presentation. But the book is well worth it. Harris attempts to generate from scratch a whole new way of examining morality and ethics and building a moral code from the ground up in a logical, scientific way. And he succeeds. The book, Moral Landscape is great. But this intro to it is lacking in the excitement and genius of the full book. Skip this, buy the book.

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    Sam Harris Discusses The Moral Landscape

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    • By Sam Harris
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    Sam Harris tears down the wall between scientific facts and human values, arguing that most people are simply mistaken about the relationship between morality and the rest of human knowledge. Harris urges us to think about morality in terms of human and animal well-being, viewing the experiences of conscious creatures as peaks and valleys on a "moral landscape".

    Joe says: "Bad sales pitch for a good product"

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    • By Symphony Space
    • Narrated By Stephen Colbert, Isaiah Sheffer, Jayne Anne Phillips, and others
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    Casey says: "This is not the full story."
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    Susan says: "NOT A BOOK"
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    Katherine says: "Great Insight and fun to listen!"
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    • By Emma Donoghue
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    Scott says: "This is not the full book"
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