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THOMAS

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  • "The voice New York in the 90s"

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    This is wonderful collection of what amount to short quips and observations written in a highly entertaining way. However, even with Ms Lebowitz's rich voice it remains a work far better read on the printed page. After about the 30th short piece that familiar pattern -- which is amusing in the printed work -- begins to become a little annoying.

    Still, these pieces are just so wonderful that they certainly surpass most offerings on Audible. In particular the piece on how to tell if your child is a writer is intensely funny.

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    The Fran Lebowitz Reader

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Fran Lebowitz
    • Narrated By Fran Lebowitz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    The Fran Lebowitz Reader brings together in one volume, with a new preface, two best sellers, Metropolitan Life and Social Studies, by an "important humorist in the classic tradition" (The New York Times Book Review) who is "the natural successor to Dorothy Parker" (British Vogue). In "elegant, finely honed prose" (The Washington Post Book World), Lebowitz limns the vicissitudes of contemporary urban life - its fads, trends, crazes, morals, and fashions. By turns ironic, facetious, deadpan, sarcastic, wry, wisecracking, and waggish, she is always wickedly entertaining.

    susan says: "Wonderful in her own voice."
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  • The Fran Lebowitz Reader

    "Laugh out loud funny"

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    If you could sum up The Fran Lebowitz Reader in three words, what would they be?

    Dry, Witty, Entertaining


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was a collection of short comic essays, so no ending


    Which character – as performed by Fran Lebowitz – was your favorite?

    Fran herself!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The book does not lend itself to being a movie


  • 4.3 (55 ratings)
    Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls (






UNABRIDGED) by David Sedaris Narrated by David Sedaris

    Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (53)

    A guy walks into a bar.From here, the story could take many turns. A guy walks into a bar and meets the love of his life. A guy walks into a bar and finds no one else is there. When this guy is David Sedaris, the possibilities are endless, but the result is always the same: he will both delight you with twists of humour and intelligence and leave you deeply moved. In Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, Sedaris remembers his father's dinnertime attire (shirtsleeves and underpants), his first colonoscopy (remarkably pleasant), and the time he considered buying the skeleton of a murdered Pygmy. The common thread? Sedaris masterfully turns each episode into a love story: how it feels to be in a relationship where one loves and is loved over many years, what it means to be part of a family, and how it's possible, through all of life's absurdities, to accept oneself. With Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, David Sedaris shows once again why he has been called 'A humorist par excellence, he can make Woody Allen appear ham-tongued, Oscar Wilde a drag' (Observer).

    Matthew says: "Not a fan I’m afraid"
  • 4.6 (45 ratings)
    Who's on First  by Bud Abbott, Lou Costello Narrated by Bud Abbott, Lou Costello

    Who's on First

    • ORIGINAL (27 mins)
    • By Bud Abbott, Lou Costello
    • Narrated By Bud Abbott, Lou Costello
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    One of the most famous baseball comedy acts ever was this humorous exchange between Bud Abbott and Lou Costello.

    Marv says: "Beware!"
  • 4.6 (25 ratings)
    Our Miss Brooks: Volume One (






UNABRIDGED) by Eve Arden, Gale Gordon, Jeff Chandler, Richard Crenna, Jane Morgan

    Our Miss Brooks: Volume One

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Eve Arden, Gale Gordon, Jeff Chandler, and others
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    This collection features 18 classic radio episodes of "Our Miss Brooks", starring Eve Arden in her famous role of Connie Brooks, Madison High's 10th grade English teacher. Co-starring Gale Gordon as Principal Osgood Conklin, Jeff Chandler as bashful biologist Philip Boynton, Richard Crenna as Connie's student Walter Denton and Jane Morgan as Connie's landlady Mrs. Davis.

    Alla says: "Great listen"
  • 4.3 (10 ratings)
    Broadway Bound (Dramatization) (






UNABRIDGED) by Neil Simon Narrated by Dan Castellaneta, Caroline Aaron, Kyle Colerider-Krugh, James Gleason, Alan Mandell, Johnatan Silverman, Jobeth Williams

    Broadway Bound (Dramatization)

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By Neil Simon
    • Narrated By Dan Castellaneta, Caroline Aaron, Kyle Colerider-Krugh, and others
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Having returned from World War II, Eugene Jerome and his brother Stanley pair up to break into the world of professional comedy writing. Inspiration strikes when they aim their sights on their dysfunctional family - and the network broadcasts it nationwide!

    Lisa says: "entertaining"
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  • 3.9 (155 ratings)
    I'm Dreaming of a Black Christmas (






UNABRIDGED) by Lewis Black Narrated by Lewis Black

    I'm Dreaming of a Black Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Lewis Black
    • Narrated By Lewis Black
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
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    (75)
    Story
    (73)

    From Lewis Black, the uproarious and perpetually apoplectic New York Times best-selling author and Daily Show regular, comes a ferociously funny book about his least favorite holiday, Christmas.

    Robert says: "Seemed a little forced (though he warns you)"
  • 3.8 (47 ratings)
    The New! Improved! Bob and Ray Book (






ABRIDGED) by Bob Elliott, Ray Goulding Narrated by Bob Elliott, Ray Goulding

    The New! Improved! Bob and Ray Book

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Bob Elliott, Ray Goulding
    • Narrated By Bob Elliott, Ray Goulding
    Overall
    (47)
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    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    Listen and laugh as Bob and Ray introduce such classic characters as Elmer Stapley, the Word Wizard; Holden Merkley, noted economist and comparison shopper; and roving literary critic Ward Stuffer.

    Donald says: "Classic"
  • 3.9 (43 ratings)
    Abbott & Costello: Masters of Comedy (






UNABRIDGED) by Bud Abbott, Lou Costello

    Abbott & Costello: Masters of Comedy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Bud Abbott, Lou Costello
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    Beloved movie and television stars Bud Abbott and Lou Costello made their name on the radio, and the resulting long-running radio show preserved a rich vaudeville tradition and sensational comedy sketches. The sarcasm of Abbott's stern straight man is the perfect comedic compliment to the muffled screams of Costello's blustery "baaaad boy."

    Frederick says: "Great retakes on entertaining the troops!"
  • 4.1 (32 ratings)
    Brighton Beach Memoirs  by Neil Simon Narrated by Valerie Harper, Jonathan Silverman, full cast

    Brighton Beach Memoirs

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 54 mins)
    • By Neil Simon
    • Narrated By Valerie Harper, Jonathan Silverman, full cast
    Overall
    (32)
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    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Neil Simon's darkly funny memoir of his family in 1930s Brooklyn is presented here by a full cast featuring Valerie Harper, Jonathan Silverman, and Max Casella.

    Thomas says: "Brighton Beach Memoirs"
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  • 3.9 (28 ratings)
    The Fran Lebowitz Reader (






UNABRIDGED) by Fran Lebowitz Narrated by Fran Lebowitz

    The Fran Lebowitz Reader

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Fran Lebowitz
    • Narrated By Fran Lebowitz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    The Fran Lebowitz Reader brings together in one volume, with a new preface, two best sellers, Metropolitan Life and Social Studies, by an "important humorist in the classic tradition" (The New York Times Book Review) who is "the natural successor to Dorothy Parker" (British Vogue). In "elegant, finely honed prose" (The Washington Post Book World), Lebowitz limns the vicissitudes of contemporary urban life - its fads, trends, crazes, morals, and fashions. By turns ironic, facetious, deadpan, sarcastic, wry, wisecracking, and waggish, she is always wickedly entertaining.

    susan says: "Wonderful in her own voice."
  • George Carlin Reads to You: An Audio Collection Including Grammy Winners 'Braindroppings' and 'Napalm & Silly Putty'  by George Carlin Narrated by George Carlin

    George Carlin Reads to You: An Audio Collection Including Grammy Winners 'Braindroppings' and 'Napalm & Silly Putty'

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By George Carlin
    • Narrated By George Carlin
    Overall
    (900)
    Performance
    (810)
    Story
    (803)

    If one George Carlin audio is funny, then two are funnier and three must be funniest, right? That's our thinking behind this new collection. t's a HighBridge library of laugh-out-loud, award-winning recordings featuring George himself performing many of his best bits.

    Rick says: "Like a Cast of Thousands"
  • Abbott & Costello: Masters of Comedy (






UNABRIDGED) by Bud Abbott, Lou Costello

    Abbott & Costello: Masters of Comedy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Bud Abbott, Lou Costello
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    Beloved movie and television stars Bud Abbott and Lou Costello made their name on the radio, and the resulting long-running radio show preserved a rich vaudeville tradition and sensational comedy sketches. The sarcasm of Abbott's stern straight man is the perfect comedic compliment to the muffled screams of Costello's blustery "baaaad boy."

    Frederick says: "Great retakes on entertaining the troops!"
  • How to Tell a Story and Other Essays (






UNABRIDGED) by Mark Twain Narrated by Brian Troxell

    How to Tell a Story and Other Essays

    • UNABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Brian Troxell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    American writer Samuel Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain has given us some literary gems with Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn and his travel adventures in 19th-century Europe and to Australia and New Zealand. In How to Tell a Story and Other Essays, Twain discusses the telling of stories, rather than providing more stories.

    Michael says: "Not impressed at all"
  • Fierce Pajamas: Selections from an Anthology of Humor Writing (






ABRIDGED) by David Remnick, Henry Finder, editors Narrated by Byron Jennings, Julie Halston

    Fierce Pajamas: Selections from an Anthology of Humor Writing

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Remnick, Henry Finder, editors
    • Narrated By Byron Jennings, Julie Halston
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (4)

    Fierce Pajamas is a delightful treat, a treasury of laughter from The New Yorker, a publication described by W.H. Auden as "the best comic magazine in existence." This collection features unabridged selections by Steve Martin, Woody Allen, James Thurber, Dorothy Parker, Ogden Nash, and more.

    Sue says: "great, but niche"
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  • Henny Youngman Himself (






UNABRIDGED) by Henny Youngman

    Henny Youngman Himself

    • UNABRIDGED (45 mins)
    • By Henny Youngman
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Henny Youngman was responsible for the most popular comedic one-liner in history: "Take my wife...please." His rapid-fire delivery was admired by comedians and audiences for 70 years. These are his classics.

  • I'm Dreaming of a Black Christmas (






UNABRIDGED) by Lewis Black Narrated by Lewis Black

    I'm Dreaming of a Black Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Lewis Black
    • Narrated By Lewis Black
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (73)

    From Lewis Black, the uproarious and perpetually apoplectic New York Times best-selling author and Daily Show regular, comes a ferociously funny book about his least favorite holiday, Christmas.

    Robert says: "Seemed a little forced (though he warns you)"
  • The Fran Lebowitz Reader (






UNABRIDGED) by Fran Lebowitz Narrated by Fran Lebowitz

    The Fran Lebowitz Reader

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Fran Lebowitz
    • Narrated By Fran Lebowitz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    The Fran Lebowitz Reader brings together in one volume, with a new preface, two best sellers, Metropolitan Life and Social Studies, by an "important humorist in the classic tradition" (The New York Times Book Review) who is "the natural successor to Dorothy Parker" (British Vogue). In "elegant, finely honed prose" (The Washington Post Book World), Lebowitz limns the vicissitudes of contemporary urban life - its fads, trends, crazes, morals, and fashions. By turns ironic, facetious, deadpan, sarcastic, wry, wisecracking, and waggish, she is always wickedly entertaining.

    susan says: "Wonderful in her own voice."
  • Fifty Shades of Fifty Shades of Grey: A Romantic Comedy / Erotic Romance Parody (






UNABRIDGED) by Riley J. Ford Narrated by Gillian Vance

    Fifty Shades of Fifty Shades of Grey: A Romantic Comedy / Erotic Romance Parody

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Riley J. Ford
    • Narrated By Gillian Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    What happens when you try 50 Shades in the REAL world? When accountant Ben Weaver awakens after an erotic dream, he encounters a wife who is unwilling, uninterested, and who once again has a headache. The unworldly but focused Ben decides he will do anything to rekindle his sex life, including imitating the erotic techniques of billionaire Christian Grey from the Fifty Shades series.

    D. Austin says: "I just need love!"
  •  
  • Our Miss Brooks: Volume One (






UNABRIDGED) by Eve Arden, Gale Gordon, Jeff Chandler, Richard Crenna, Jane Morgan

    Our Miss Brooks: Volume One

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Eve Arden, Gale Gordon, Jeff Chandler, and others
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    This collection features 18 classic radio episodes of "Our Miss Brooks", starring Eve Arden in her famous role of Connie Brooks, Madison High's 10th grade English teacher. Co-starring Gale Gordon as Principal Osgood Conklin, Jeff Chandler as bashful biologist Philip Boynton, Richard Crenna as Connie's student Walter Denton and Jane Morgan as Connie's landlady Mrs. Davis.

    Alla says: "Great listen"
  • Brighton Beach Memoirs  by Neil Simon Narrated by Valerie Harper, Jonathan Silverman, full cast

    Brighton Beach Memoirs

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 54 mins)
    • By Neil Simon
    • Narrated By Valerie Harper, Jonathan Silverman, full cast
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Neil Simon's darkly funny memoir of his family in 1930s Brooklyn is presented here by a full cast featuring Valerie Harper, Jonathan Silverman, and Max Casella.

    Thomas says: "Brighton Beach Memoirs"
  • Brain Droppings (






ABRIDGED) by George Carlin Narrated by George Carlin

    Brain Droppings

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By George Carlin
    • Narrated By George Carlin
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (51)

    Grammy Winner for Best Spoken Comedy Album
    Performed by George Carlin himself, and filled with thoughts, musings, questions, lists, beliefs, curiosities, monologues, assertions, assumptions, and other verbal ordeals, Brain Droppings is infectiously funny.

    New! Don't miss our AudibleComedy combo, featuring original humor from standups Greg Proops and Steve Marmel.

    Ray says: "Interesting"
  • Rare Daws Butler, Volume 2: More Comedy from the Voice of Yogi Bear!  by Daws Butler Narrated by Daws Butler, Stan Freberg, June Foray

    Rare Daws Butler, Volume 2: More Comedy from the Voice of Yogi Bear!

    • ORIGINAL (59 mins)
    • By Daws Butler
    • Narrated By Daws Butler, Stan Freberg, June Foray
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    As heard on Sirius XM Radio and NPR stations, here is volume two of Rare Daws Butler. Daws Butler was the voice magician behind such classic cartoon characters as Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, and Quick Draw McGraw. Daws also co-wrote and voiced many of Stan Freberg's greatest comedy records, including Saint George and the Dragonet. Host Joe Bevilacqua presents an hour of rare Daws Butler comedy recordings, featuring the voices of Stan Freberg, June Foray and others.

    Robert says: "More great, rare Daws!"
  • My Watch (






UNABRIDGED) by Mark Twain Narrated by Glenn Hascall

    My Watch

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Glenn Hascall
    Overall
    (0)
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    (0)
    Story
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    Today fewer people wear watches than ever. The reason may be that cell phones have a digital clock so there seems little need to wear a timepiece on your arm or in your pocket. Perhaps Mark Twain would have wished that he had a cell phone because his watch was costing him much more than an early cell phone upgrade. If you’ve ever had something repaired multiple times you will identify with the humorous struggle Twain relates in the short story "My Watch".

  • Rogers-isms: The Cowboy Philosopher on the Peace Conference  by Will Rogers Narrated by Sara Morsey

    Rogers-isms: The Cowboy Philosopher on the Peace Conference

    • ORIGINAL (29 mins)
    • By Will Rogers
    • Narrated By Sara Morsey
    Overall
    (0)
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    (0)
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    Humorist Will Rogers, known as The Cowboy Philosopher, serves up political satire 1900s style in his notes on the Paris Peace Conference and the formation of the League of Nations following World War I. Rogers-isms is as pointed and dry as any contemporary political commentary. Referring to the Conference as "the Peace Feast" Rogers says "…I don't want to see the world grow up in ignorance on this historical subject."

  • My Favorite Husband  by Jess Oppenheimer, Madelyn Pugh, Bob Carroll Narrated by Samantha Bennett, Jeff Conaway, Harold Gould, Marilu Henner, Joe Liss, Alley Mills

    My Favorite Husband

    • ORIGINAL (51 mins)
    • By Jess Oppenheimer, Madelyn Pugh, Bob Carroll
    • Narrated By Samantha Bennett, Jeff Conaway, Harold Gould, and others
    Overall
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    (0)
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    Before Lucy and Desi became America’s favorite television couple, Lucille Ball developed her show-business-aspiring housewife character from 1948-1951 on CBS Radio. Some of TV’s most popular sitcom stars reprise two episodes from the radio series that inspired I Love Lucy. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Samantha Bennett, Jeff Conaway, Harold Gould, Marilu Henner, Joe Liss and Alley Mills.

  • The Hydrophobic Skunk (






UNABRIDGED) by Irvin S. Cobb Narrated by Glenn Hascall

    The Hydrophobic Skunk

    • UNABRIDGED (11 mins)
    • By Irvin S. Cobb
    • Narrated By Glenn Hascall
    Overall
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    (0)
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    What could be better than a guided trip down into the heart of the Grand Canyon? How about great conversation, food, and a story about an unusual skunk that lives in the belly of the canyon? Yes, that would create a tale worth remembering - and a night worth forgetting. Narrated by Glenn Hascall.

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  • Ten Best Stories (






UNABRIDGED) by O. Henry Narrated by Lisa Campbell

    Ten Best Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By O. Henry
    • Narrated By Lisa Campbell
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    Vsem druz'jam anglijskogo jazyka! Esli vy izuchaete anglijskij ili svobodno na nem govorite, u vas est' zamechatel'naja vozmozhnost' proslushat' smeshnye i pechal'nye, sentimental'nye i iskrennie rasskazy odnogo iz samyh chitaemyh literatorov v mire, mastera korotkoj formy - O. Genri. Tekst ne adaptirovan, chto dolzhno byt' osobenno prijatno dlja ljudej, vladejushhih anglijskim na vysokom urovne.

  • Camp Waterlogg Chronicles, Seasons 1 - 5  by Joe Bevilacqua, Lorie Kellogg, Pedro Pablo Sacristán Narrated by Joe Bevilacqua, Lorie Kellogg, full cast

    Camp Waterlogg Chronicles, Seasons 1 - 5

    • ORIGINAL (29 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Joe Bevilacqua, Lorie Kellogg, Pedro Pablo Sacristán
    • Narrated By Joe Bevilacqua, Lorie Kellogg, full cast
    Overall
    (0)
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    Part improvisation, part audio cartoon, The Camp Waterlogg Chronicles, Seasons 1 - 5 is a five-volume collection of the successful comedy show created by two radio-theater veterans. Each volume contains six one-hour segments of the comic misadventures of Sergeant Lefty, Olive Pitts, Ellis the Boatkeeper, Squeaky Lkie, Stinky Peter, Mrs. Terwilliger, and all the wacky denizens of Camp Waterlogg, the dilapidated camp for kids in the Catskills.

  • The Kingdom of Absurdities (






UNABRIDGED) by Bruce Gatenby Narrated by Ross Pendleton

    The Kingdom of Absurdities

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Bruce Gatenby
    • Narrated By Ross Pendleton
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    America 2013: All the madness, insanity and absurdity we witness every day in politics, journalism and personal life began in the laboratories of humanities departments in academia, when English professors, based upon their ability to read, decided they were experts in EVERYTHING and unleashed the virus of Political Correctness on an unsuspecting nation. Wielding the unholy trinity of race, class and gender, academics seized power not only in academia but in journalism and politics as well, creating our current dystopia, The Kingdom Of Absurdities.

  • Jerry and the Pirates, Vol. 4  by Jerry Robbins Narrated by Jerry Robbins and the Colonial Radio Players

    Jerry and the Pirates, Vol. 4

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jerry Robbins
    • Narrated By Jerry Robbins and the Colonial Radio Players
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    Set in the lovely seacoast town of Marblehead Massachusetts, Jerry and the Pirates is CRT's homage to the classic TV sitcoms of the 60's and 70's. Jerry Davenport is a motion picture screenwriter who has left Hollywood for the quiet serenity of the craggy shores of the east coast. That serenity is soon shattered with the arrival of this three nephews.