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Dave

Dave Whittier, CA Member Since 2010

I'm a big fan of SF/F/Horror, and all things in between and out.

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  • "We Only Live Once. Or Do We?"

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    Oh, this is a fun treat! It's been years since I read James Thurber's best known story - I remembered it being lighthearted, but boy can memories be faulty!

    "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" is really equal parts whimsy and melancholy. It's an ode to escapism and imagination, no doubt (not to mention wish-fulfillment), but in the end even poor Mitty's imagination seems to have it out for him as much as his life does, and is maybe just as empty and frustrating.

    Ben Stiller's reading hits all the right notes. He's able to capture the joy of Mitty's different daydreams, but also scales back when we're following Mitty through the frustrations of his real life, and find the sadness that permeates the story, and Mitty himself.

    It's a short little story, and it was a delight to hear it here.

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    Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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    • By James Thurber
    • Narrated By Ben Stiller
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    Mild-mannered Walter Mitty is a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. This well-known and beloved tale has launched its famous protagonist into the cultural lexicon, warranting his inclusion in English-language dictionaries and countless anthologies. Stiller's imaginative performance as Mitty is the perfect re-introduction to the classic character and a great preface to the upcoming film, for longtime fans and new listeners alike.

    Dave says: "We Only Live Once. Or Do We?"
  • "The Heirs to Ray Bradbury"

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    Unfortunately, Bradbury passed away right around the time Shadow Show came out, but for those of us still mourning his passing, this is an excellent way for us to remember him, hopefully shouting, “LIVE FOREVER!” all the way through.

    This collection kicks off with an introduction from the late, great Ray Bradbury himself, exclaiming his surprise and delight at the stories written by the authors in this collection, claiming them as his literary children, and he - their Papa.

    All the stuff we love about Bradbury is on display here: carnivals and tattoos, coming of age and loss of innocence, the turning points of youthful friendships, rocket ships, monsters, and the importance of storytelling.

    The first story is Neil Gaiman’s “The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury,” read by the author, and due to Bradbury’s passing, it’s particularly poignant. It’s the story of an older man struggling with a Bradbury-sized hole in his memories. It might be the most meta stories in this collection, but Gaiman’s reading is unsurprisingly inspired, and I would not be at all surprised if this particular story was nominated for loads of awards in 2013.

    Joe Hill’s “By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain” is probably my favorite story in the collection, if not my favorite story of the entire year. It’s an homage to a classic Bradbury tale, but it’s so much more than that – a coming of age story where imagination and reality collide when an imaginative girl and a boy who discover something unbelievable on the shoreline. Hill’s story manages to be that wonderful Bradburian trick – a haunting, heartbreaking, coming of age tale that manages to be both whimsical and melancholy at the same time. I mentioned that I wouldn’t be surprised if Gaiman’s story was nominated for awards. I sincerely hope this story is. (I will most likely nominate both myself.)

    Bradbury didn’t write female protagonists very often, so one of the pleasant surprises here is how quite a few of the authors dipped into Bradbury’s tradition of childhood stories and memories, but gave us memorable female characters. Alice Hoffman’s “Conjure” is one of these – a story about two best friends who come across an odd man living in a field (perhaps otherworldly), who piques both girls’ interest. Hoffman does an excellent job of dangling one fantastic element in front of us, but like a magician, whose revealing trick leaves you breathless with delight and surprise (in this case, something of a dark one). This is my first experience with Hoffman’s writing, and I’ll definitely be seeking out more of her work.

    I’ve never heard Kate Mulgrew read before, but her narrations for both the Hill and Hoffman stories absolutely floored me. They were both excellent stories already, but Mulgrew’s readings are like a force of nature – she tells them absolutely perfectly, and raised them to a newer level.

    George Takei read two stories as well – Margaret Atwood’s “Headlife,” which is maybe reminscient of “Marionettes, Inc.” and “Punishment without a Crime.” It’s a good story about a man wanting to escape his life, and fulfill all his secret desires, but Takei’s performance makes it ridiculously fun. Ditto Charle Yu’s short, but fun, “Earth (A Gift Shop)” – a story which might’ve been fun depending on the mood you read it in. But with Takei’s reading, it’s laugh out loud. How is it that Takei’s generally only read abridged versions of Star Trek novels? Get this guy a captain’s chair and a dozen more audiobooks STAT!

    Dan Chaon’s “Little America” follows a boy and his kidnapper driving through a dystopian nation, and the tension in this sparse, disturbing tale continues to ratchet up from the very first minute. I don’t think I’ve read anything by Chaon before, but I’m already on the lookout for more. I thought I knew who these characters were and where this story was at the beginning, but the destination they ended at instead was much more surprising and satisfying.

    Kelly Link’s “Two Houses” questions the nature and necessity of stories, and particularly ghost stories, following a crew of astronauts travelling between planets. Like most of Link’s stories, there are many layers beneath the surface, and it’s a story that I could listen to over and over again.

    Sam Weller’s “The Girl in the Funeral Parlor,” Jacqueline Mitchard identifies her story “Two of a Kind,”and Dave Eggers “Who Knocks?” are all also pretty top-notch.

    There are also several Hollywood Tales, a genre and city Bradbury enjoyed playing in. Mort Castle’s “Light” is the third story he’s written (to date) that focuses on Marilyn Monroe, giving us a disturbing take on her life and death, but most importantly, how she became the sensation she is. Jay Bonansinga’s “Heavy” is a slightly more lighthearted tale of mortality and friendship.

    A short afterword is provided with each story by the author, to give some insight into their tale, as well as their connection to Ray Bradbury. It’s incredible to hear how Bradbury took some of these authors under his wing prior to them ever selling a story – like Dan Chaon. As a young adult, Bradbury gave Chaon a tour of his office, and spent an afternoon talking with him about writing. Afterward, he critiqued quite a few of Chaon’s stories (including the story presented here). And it was charming to see writers like Harlan Ellison reminiscence (Ellison’s story is, amusingly, twice as long as his story). Others wax on about how Bradbury influenced them.

    This is hands down one of the best collections I can remember experiencing, and a wonderful tribute to Bradbury. Perhaps, thanks to his literary children,” Live Forever” isn’t such an impossible feat for Bradbury after all.

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    Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury

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    • By Sam Weller (Editor), Mort Castle (Editor)
    • Narrated By George Takei, Edward Herrmann, Kate Mulgrew, and others
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    Ray Bradbury - peerless storyteller, poet of the impossible, and one of America's most beloved authors - is a literary giant whose remarkable career spanned seven decades. Now 26 of today's most diverse and celebrated authors offer new short works in honor of the master; stories of heart, intelligence, and dark wonder from a remarkable range of creative artists.

    Dave says: "The Heirs to Ray Bradbury"
  • "Best When In SantaLand"

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    If you're not ready for Department Store Christmas Carolers or Mall Santas, plug Holidays On Ice into your ears. Sedaris generally does an excellent job of pointing toward the madness of the holidays, without feeling like a Grinch.

    The opening story "The SantaLand Diaries" is about Sedaris working in a Department Store as an elf, and if you've ever experienced a certain frustration (along with Charlie Brown) about the commercialization of Christmas, or Christmas being pushed on you, this story is a can't miss.

    The rest of the stories weren't nearly as much fun for me. "Seasons Greetings" and "Christmas Means Giving" in particular ended felt overly mean and cruel.

    That said, others, like "Dinah, The Christmas Whore," and "Six to Eight Black Men" were genuinely amusing. I wouldn't call "Monster Mash" fun, but it was incredibly well written.

    (There are more stories in this edition than in the previous version. Personally, I think the additional stories are welcome.)

    I suspect, like "A Christmas Carol," I'll make listening to "The SantaLand Diaries" and some of the stories an annual tradition.

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    Holidays on Ice: Featuring Six New Stories

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    • By David Sedaris
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    David Sedaris's beloved holiday collection is new again with six more pieces, including a never before published story. Along with such favorites as the diaries of a Macy's elf and the annals of two very competitive families, are Sedaris's tales of tardy trick-or-treaters ("Us and Them"); the difficulties of explaining the Easter Bunny to the French ("Jesus Shaves"); and what to do when you've been locked out in a snowstorm ("Let It Snow").

    C. Telfair says: "Add a touch of Bitter to your Holiday Sweet"
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  • The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

    "A Classic!"

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    This is one of Twain's early humorous stories, taken from a tale he overheard from a disreputable con man who ran a less than fair frog race. The beauty of Twain, no matter if he is racing frogs or sailing down the Mississippi, is the richness of character and language and setting that transport the reader through time and space to a land of beings just different enough and still just enough like us to make us reflect upon our own circumstances, morals and customs from a different angle--and outlandish enough to make us laugh in the bargain.

  • Tobin's Palm: A Classic American Short Story

    "Only mildly humorous..."

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    Definitely not the author's best work. And this story is only twenty minutes. Then you get five minutes of music and ads! What the crap???

  • Wild Child

    "Wonderfully Lyrical..."

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    account of the historical story of the Wild Boy Of Aveyron!... Back in the late 1990's when I was moonlighting from my job as college English instructor to do some work as an occupational therapist with autistic children, I did extensive research into feral children in order to better understand the developing mind whose debilitating difficulty was the inability to connect with fellow humans. Of course, the work Jean Itard did with the famous "Victor," the "Wild Boy of Aveyron" is usually the first stop on such a journey (although I was first taken in by the heartbreaking true story of "Genie," a young girl who spent 13 years in almost utter isolation). Boyle's account is slightly fictionalized, by necessity, for his rendering, but his research into the case is apparent, and while fine details are painted in, the story itself holds to the truth. I highly recommend this historical tale for anyone interested in feral children--or just a very well written story! (It appeals to the literature lover in me just as much as the psychology buff.) Recommended supplemental reading for those interesting would include Michael Newton's wonderful book on feral children Savage Girls And Wild Boys, not to mention Lucien Malson's The Problem Of Feral Children, and, of course, Itard's own meticulously-kept diaries during the time of his work with Victor. (It must be noted that Itard's work influenced Seguin, and both were later a heavy influence on the renowned educator Marie Montessori.) It could even be said that Itard, though he saw his own work with Victor as less than successful, might well be seen as the first special education teacher.) Also of note is the Truffaut film The Wild Child (also about Victor), Susan Curtiss' fine book on Genie and Wasserman's fictional treatment of the strange case of Kasper Hauser.

  • Very Good Jeeves

    "Truly Wish I Had A New Jeeves Story Everyday..."

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    Wodehouse's wit and dry cleverness seem inexhaustible in these stories. There is a wry smile or a wonderful laugh in almost every minute. The best of British humor!

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  • "He’s quirky, clever."

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    The best part is unusual ideas. My brain liked it.

    This is 63 vignettes. Some are just a few sentences. Others are several pages long. Some are like random thoughts of the author. Some have a little story to them. Many times I laughed. Some times I just said “huh” at the end. The last story was about a translator that was beyond me. I didn’t get it. I probably should have reread it, but I didn’t, so I remain ignorant about the humor in that one. Overall I loved this book. He thinks differently than I do, so I love his messing with my mind. My favorites were the following:

    No One Goes to Heaven... ( I loved his view of what heaven was like. I never would have thought of that.)
    Constructive Criticism (really good scene)
    Kellogg’s (surprising and a good story)
    Chris Hansen at the Justin Bieber Concert
    The Something by John Grisham
    Rithmetic
    Bingo
    The World’s Biggest Rip-Off
    Discussion Questions (I was laughing during his asking the questions.)

    AUDIOBOOK NARRATORS:
    B.J. Novak narrated most of the book. Other actors and actresses read parts. It was well done.

    Genre: humorous essays

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    One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By B. J. Novak
    • Narrated By B. J. Novak, Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, and others
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    B.J. Novak's One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories is an endlessly entertaining, surprisingly sensitive, and startlingly original debut that signals the arrival of a brilliant new voice in American fiction. A boy wins a $100,000 prize in a box of Frosted Flakes - only to discover how claiming the winnings might unravel his family. A woman sets out to seduce motivational speaker Tony Robbins - turning for help to the famed motivator himself. A new arrival in Heaven, overwhelmed with options, procrastinates over a long-ago promise to visit his grandmother....

    Marci says: "It gets better, and better, and better, and better"

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    Coyote Tales (






UNABRIDGED) by Jim Bihyeh Narrated by Cayenne Chris Conroy

    Coyote Tales

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    Coyote - the trickster, thief, warrior, wizard, coward, clown, and savior - has come to call in these 10 stories set in the modern Navajo Nation.

    Ryan says: "Excellent reader for an excellent story"
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    Complete Short Stories, Volume 3 (






UNABRIDGED) by W. Somerset Maugham Narrated by Charlton Griffin

    Complete Short Stories, Volume 3

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    In 1938 Maugham wrote, "Fact and fiction are so intermingled in my work that now, looking back on it, I can hardly distinguish one from the other." Maugham also wrote that most of his short stories were inspired by accounts he heard firsthand during his travels to the lonely outposts of the British Empire. In volume three of this series, we present all of the remaining short stories which Maugham published after World War I and which he subsequently caused to be republished in various collections.

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    Best Bondage Erotica 2014 (






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    Best Bondage Erotica 2014

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    Rachel Kramer Bussel ties her readers up in knots each year as they anticipate the very best BDSM stories of the year. And, she does not disappoint, defying the odds and occasionally gravity with tales of bondage at its best. These whip-smart tales of domination, submission, spanking, and other highly imaginative acts keep readers in a frenzy. Best Bondage Erotica 2014 features 21 hot bondage tales that titillate from the bedroom to the dungeon and beyond.

  • 4.8 (11 ratings)
    The Big Garage on Clearshot: Growing Up, Growing Old, and Going Fishing at the End of the Road (






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    The Big Garage on Clearshot: Growing Up, Growing Old, and Going Fishing at the End of the Road

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    The colorful cast of characters in End of the Road, Alaska, congregate around the coffeepot at the Big Garage to share wit and wisdom.

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    Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files (






UNABRIDGED) by Jim Butcher Narrated by James Marsters

    Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files

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    Here, together for the first time, are the shorter works of best-selling author Jim Butcher - a compendium of cases that Harry and his cadre of allies managed to close in record time. The tales range from the deadly serious to the absurdly hilarious.

    Brian says: "Know what sucks about this book?"
  • 4.4 (2646 ratings)
    The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Narrated by Charlton Griffin

    The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1

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    • By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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    First appearing in print in 1890, the character of Sherlock Holmes has now become synonymous worldwide with the concept of a super sleuth. His creator, Conan Doyle, imbued his detective hero with intellectual power, acute observational abilities, a penchant for deductive reasoning and a highly educated use of forensic skills. Indeed, Doyle created the first fictional private detective who used what we now recognize as modern scientific investigative techniques.

    David says: "mouth watering"
  • 4.6 (1273 ratings)
    The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 2 (






UNABRIDGED) by Arthur Conan Doyle Narrated by Charlton Griffin

    The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 2

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    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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    Volume two in this series consists of one novel, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and two collections of short stories, which include "Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes" and "The Return of Sherlock Holmes" (a total of 23 stories). These creations by Doyle represent the finest work of his Holmes series, and certainly the most famous.

    T. says: "a list of what you'll find in Volume 2"
  • 4.3 (956 ratings)
    First Meetings: In the Enderverse (






UNABRIDGED) by Orson Scott Card Narrated by Gabrielle De Cuir, Amanda Karr, Stefan Rudnicki

    First Meetings: In the Enderverse

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    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Gabrielle De Cuir, Amanda Karr, Stefan Rudnicki
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    First Meetings is a collection of three novellas (plus the original "Ender's Game") that journey into the origins and the destiny of one Ender Wiggin.

    Amazon Customer says: "Essential Backstory for Ender Fans!"
  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes: The Heirloom Collection (






UNABRIDGED) by Arthur Conan Doyle Narrated by Simon Vance

    The Complete Sherlock Holmes: The Heirloom Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (58 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes tales are rightly ranked among the seminal works of mystery and detective fiction. Included in this collection are all four full-length Holmes novels and more than forty short masterpieces - from the inaugural adventure A Study in Scarlet to timeless favorites like “The Speckled Band” and more. At the center of each stands the iconic figure of Holmes - brilliant, eccentric, and capable of amazing feats of deductive reasoning.

    Santa Fe Painter says: "A Table of Contents & Audible Part/Chapter Notes"
  • The Things They Carried (






UNABRIDGED) by Tim O'Brien Narrated by Bryan Cranston

    The Things They Carried

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    • By Tim O'Brien
    • Narrated By Bryan Cranston
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    Hailed by The New York Times as "a marvel of storytelling", The Things They Carried’s portrayal of the boots-on-the-ground experience of soldiers in the Vietnam War is a landmark in war writing. Now, three-time Emmy Award winner-Bryan Cranston, star of the hit TV series Breaking Bad, delivers an electrifying performance that walks the book’s hallucinatory line between reality and fiction and highlights the emotional power of the spoken word.

    Michelle says: "Stark and poignant!"
  • Peanut Goes to School: A Short Story of the Elder Races (






UNABRIDGED) by Thea Harrison Narrated by Sophie Eastlake

    Peanut Goes to School: A Short Story of the Elder Races

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    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
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    Dragos Cuelebre is no longer the only dragon. Dragos’s son Liam Cuelebre (a.k.a. Peanut) is springing into existence, reminiscent of the first of the Elder Races who were born at the beginning of the world. At just six months of age, he has already grown to the size of a large five-year-old boy. He can read, write in complete sentences, and his math skills are off the chart. A white dragon in his Wyr form, Liam also holds more power than almost anyone else.

    Amazon Customer says: "So cute!"
  • One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories (






UNABRIDGED) by B. J. Novak Narrated by B. J. Novak, Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, Jason Schwartzman, Katy Perry, Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling

    One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By B. J. Novak
    • Narrated By B. J. Novak, Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, and others
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    B.J. Novak's One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories is an endlessly entertaining, surprisingly sensitive, and startlingly original debut that signals the arrival of a brilliant new voice in American fiction. A boy wins a $100,000 prize in a box of Frosted Flakes - only to discover how claiming the winnings might unravel his family. A woman sets out to seduce motivational speaker Tony Robbins - turning for help to the famed motivator himself. A new arrival in Heaven, overwhelmed with options, procrastinates over a long-ago promise to visit his grandmother....

    Marci says: "It gets better, and better, and better, and better"
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  • Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files (






UNABRIDGED) by Jim Butcher Narrated by James Marsters

    Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files

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    • By Jim Butcher
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    Here, together for the first time, are the shorter works of best-selling author Jim Butcher - a compendium of cases that Harry and his cadre of allies managed to close in record time. The tales range from the deadly serious to the absurdly hilarious.

    Brian says: "Know what sucks about this book?"
  • Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales (






UNABRIDGED) by Stephen King Narrated by Becky Ann Baker, John Cullum, Boyd Gaines, Peter Gerety, Josh Hamilton, Arliss Howard, Judith Ivey, Stephen King, Justin Long

    Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales

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    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Becky Ann Baker, John Cullum, Boyd Gaines, and others
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    The first collection of stories Stephen King has published since Nightmares & Dreamscapes nine years ago, Everything's Eventual includes one O. Henry Prize winner, two other award winners, four stories published by The New Yorker, and "Riding the Bullet", King's original e-book, which attracted over half a million online readers and became the most famous short story of the decade. Intense, eerie, and instantly compelling, they announce the stunningly fertile imagination of perhaps the greatest storyteller of our time.

    Samir Quntar "al-Muti" says: "A Really Great Audiobook"
  • A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows: An Outlander Novella (






UNABRIDGED) by Diana Gabaldon Narrated by Robert Ian MacKenzie

    A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows: An Outlander Novella

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    • By Diana Gabaldon
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    Available for the first time as an audiobook in this original Outlander novella, Diana Gabaldon reveals what really happened to Roger MacKenzie Wakefield’s parents. Orphaned during World War II, Roger believed that his mother died during the London Blitz, and that his father, an RAF pilot, was killed in combat. But in An Echo in the Bone, Roger discovers that this may not be the whole story. Now, in "A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows," readers finally learn the truth.

    Jina says: "Overall a grim story, but oh, so well written."
  • Shots Fired: Stories from Joe Pickett Country (






UNABRIDGED) by C. J. Box Narrated by Chandler David

    Shots Fired: Stories from Joe Pickett Country

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    From C. J. Box, the New York Times-bestselling author of the Joe Pickett novels, comes a thrilling book of suspense stories about the Wyoming he knows so well - and the dark deeds and impulses that can be found there. Over the course of eighteen books, C. J. Box has been consistently hailed for his brilliant storytelling and extraordinary skills at creating character, suspense, and a deep sense of place. All of those strengths are in the ten riveting stories - three of them never before published - that make up Shots Fired.

    justin says: "That's odd...a THREE star review within 3 hours???"
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  • The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes (






UNABRIDGED) by Arthur Conan Doyle Narrated by Charlton Griffin

    The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes

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    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
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    Here in one recording is every Sherlock Holmes story ever written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Originally appearing in serial form, these famous stories are here presented in the order in which they were first published beginning in 1887. Included in this definitive, award-winning collection are four novels and 56 short stories, a total of 60 titles. The 56 short stories are aggregated into five named collections, just as they were originally published in book form.

    Yvette says: "Pretty good production & a great value!!!"
  • Extraction (






UNABRIDGED) by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child Narrated by Rene Auberjonois

    Extraction

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 7 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
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    From number-one New York Times best-selling authors Preston & Child, an all-new short story featuring Agent Pendergast, available only as an ebook and audio download. In New Orleans' French Quarter, the Tooth Fairy isn't a benevolent sprite who slips money under your pillow at night.... He's a mysterious old recluse who must be appeased with teeth - lest he extract retribution. When young Diogenes Pendergast loses a tooth, however, his skeptical older brother Aloysius is determined to put the legend to the test...with dire consequences.

    Janels says: "Great Pendergast short story, don't use a credit"
  • Tenth of December: Stories (






UNABRIDGED) by George Saunders Narrated by George Saunders

    Tenth of December: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By George Saunders
    • Narrated By George Saunders
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    One of the most important and blazingly original writers of his generation, George Saunders is an undisputed master of the short story, and Tenth of December is his most honest, accessible, and moving collection yet. In the taut opener, "Victory Lap", a boy witnesses the attempted abduction of the girl next door and is faced with a harrowing choice: Does he ignore what he sees, or override years of smothering advice from his parents and act? In "Home", a combat-damaged soldier moves back in with his mother and struggles to reconcile the world he left with the one to which he has returned.

    Molly-o says: "I could never have known"
  • Joe Ledger: Special Ops (






UNABRIDGED) by Jonathan Maberry Narrated by Ray Porter

    Joe Ledger: Special Ops

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Captain Joe Ledger - former cop, former Army Ranger, and currently the top-kick of Echo Team, an elite squad of first-class shooters who roll out to face down the world's most dangerous terrorists. Not fanatics with explosive vests or political hostage takers. Joe and his team square off against terrorists who have the most advanced and exotic weapons of mass destruction, designer bioweapons, cutting-edge transgenics…real mad-scientist stuff.

    Tracy says: "If you have already read Missing Files"
  • The No-Gunman: A Frontier Tale of Outlaws, Lawlessness, and One Man’s Code of Honor (






UNABRIDGED) by L. Ron Hubbard Narrated by R. F. Daley, Tait Ruppert, Josh R. Thompson, Jim Meskimen, Luke Baybak, David O' Donnell

    The No-Gunman: A Frontier Tale of Outlaws, Lawlessness, and One Man’s Code of Honor

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By L. Ron Hubbard
    • Narrated By R. F. Daley, Tait Ruppert, Josh R. Thompson, and others
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    As a young man Monte Calhoun was as wild as they come, thinking the measure of a man was how hard he could drink and how straight he can shoot. But several years of schooling back East have changed him. Now, as steadfast and principled as a young Jimmy Stewart, Monte has become The No-Gun Man.The East Coast has civilized him, and he’s bringing some of that civilization home to Superstition, Arizona...even if it means refusing to avenge the murder of his own father.

  • Red Death over China (






UNABRIDGED) by L. Ron Hubbard Narrated by R. F. Daley, Chris Emerson, Thomas Silcott, Tamra Meskimen, Jim Meskimen, Robert Wu, Max Williams

    Red Death over China

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By L. Ron Hubbard
    • Narrated By R. F. Daley, Chris Emerson, Thomas Silcott, and others
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    It is one of the greatest conflicts - and a pivotal turning point - in history…the Chinese civil war. On one side stands Chiang Kai-shek and the Nationalists. On the other, Mao Zedong and the Communists. And their forces are about to meet in a decisive battle…the outcome of which is in the hands of one American pilot, John Hampton, a man who, like Bogart in Casablanca, couldn’t care less.… He’s a mercenary, flying for the highest bidder, his only loyalty to himself and to cold hard cash.

  • Mr. Tidwell Gunner: A 19th-Century Seafaring Saga of War, Self-reliance, and Survival (






UNABRIDGED) by L. Ron Hubbard Narrated by R. F. Daley, Brooke Bloom, Ron Paulson, Enn Reitel, Jim Meskimen, Michael Yurchak, Christina Huntington

    Mr. Tidwell Gunner: A 19th-Century Seafaring Saga of War, Self-reliance, and Survival

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By L. Ron Hubbard
    • Narrated By R. F. Daley, Brooke Bloom, Ron Paulson, and others
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    Imagine a young Laurence Olivier cast as a scholarly Oxford professor - an academic snatched out of his bookish world and pressed into service aboard Lord Nelson’s legendary British fleet - in the position of schoolmaster. Such is the life of the land-loving, seafaring Mister Tidwell, Gunner. Thrust into service at the height of the Napoleonic Wars, Tidwell soon finds himself directly in the line of fire and way out of his depth. Fate has cast him into a terrible and terrifying spot - alone on deck to face the fearsome approach of a French man-o’-war.

  • The Slickers: In Which a Western Lawmen Cracks Down on Crime...in Manhattan (






UNABRIDGED) by L. Ron Hubbard Narrated by R. F. Daley, Tamra Meskimen, Phil Proctor, Kristin Proctor, Corey Burton, John Mariano, Enn Reitel

    The Slickers: In Which a Western Lawmen Cracks Down on Crime...in Manhattan

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By L. Ron Hubbard
    • Narrated By R. F. Daley, Tamra Meskimen, Phil Proctor, and others
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    Tex Larimee is a grizzled Arizona sheriff who’s leaving the deserts of Cactus County behind, blazing a trail east to mix it up with The Slickers in the canyons of Manhattan. Years later, Clint Eastwood would follow the exact same trail in Coogan’s Bluff - a western lawman on the loose in New York City. Tex’s welcome to New York is a rude one. Robbed of his cash, gun, and badge, he’s locked in a room in back of a run-down bar. Breaking out of the bar, he goes looking for his best friend…only to find him dead, his throat cut.

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  • Showdown Trail: A Western Duo (






UNABRIDGED) by Louis L'Amour, Jon Tuska Narrated by Jim Gough

    Showdown Trail: A Western Duo

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Louis L'Amour, Jon Tuska
    • Narrated By Jim Gough
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    In "The Trail to Peach Meadow Canyon", Mike Bastian has been raised by outlaw chief Ben Curry and trained in frontier skills by Curry's most trusted associates. Curry now wants to retire from leadership of the gang he has headed for years. But he is frustrated in this ambition by various factions within his gang who want to seize leadership and by Mike himself, who is not sure that he wants to lead the life of an outlaw.

  • Puttin' on the Ritz: This Is Not What I Expected (






UNABRIDGED) by Lisa Kinsey Narrated by Patrick M. Seymour

    Puttin' on the Ritz: This Is Not What I Expected

    • UNABRIDGED (5 mins)
    • By Lisa Kinsey
    • Narrated By Patrick M. Seymour
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    Dear S-F, I saw you were having a bad day. Summer Internship? That's rough. Payin' Dues? We're all payin' dues. It never ends. Especially, when you wanna make it real. Gotta find a way to relax-in-it. You're gonna make it. You made me laugh, S-F!

  • The Grim Reaper's Bedside Story Book: Tales of Gruesome and Unusual Deaths (






UNABRIDGED) by Edgar Allan Poe, Sherwood Anderson, Alexander Pushkin, Wilkie Collins, Thomas Hardy, Arnold Bennett, Egerton Castle Narrated by Cathy Dobson

    The Grim Reaper's Bedside Story Book: Tales of Gruesome and Unusual Deaths

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Edgar Allan Poe, Sherwood Anderson, Alexander Pushkin, and others
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    A highly unsettling collection of macabre stories in which death and the dead are key themes. Moon’s Gibbet by Egerton Castle, A Strange Goldfield by Guy Boothby, The Withered Arm by Thomas Hardy, The Pistol Shot by Alexander Pushkin, The Premature Burial by Edgar Allan Poe, The Dead Hand by Wilkie Collins, The Famous Race between the Hearse and the Steamroller by Sidney Keyes, The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe, Nine O’Clock by Wilkie Collins, The Queen of Spades by Alexander Pushkin.

  • Old Land, New Tales: 20 Short Stories by Writers of the Shaanxi Region in China (






UNABRIDGED) by Chen Zhongshi, Jia Pingwa Narrated by Mikael Naramore, Kate Rudd

    Old Land, New Tales: 20 Short Stories by Writers of the Shaanxi Region in China

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Chen Zhongshi, Jia Pingwa
    • Narrated By Mikael Naramore, Kate Rudd
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    In this captivating collection from the Shaanxi region, considered the cradle of Chinese civilization, twenty disparate and unique voices come together to show a China caught between new-world advancements and old-world traditions. From the homeland of China’s first dynasty and the world-famous terra-cotta warriors, these tales show rugged rural life colliding with fast-paced city life; hollow arranged marriages juxtaposed with torrid forbidden love affairs; and the vanity of newly minted millionaires clashing with the desperation of the poor.