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Katherine

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  • "Zero stars was not a choice"

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    I was looking for the book. Didn't realize that wasn't what I was getting until I saw 1.36 hours. Waste of 3 clicks, never mind the $4.

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    Thalia Book Club: 'To Kill a Mockingbird' 50th Anniversary Celebration - Readings, Discussion and Audience Q&A

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 39 mins)
    • By Symphony Space
    • Narrated By Stephen Colbert, Isaiah Sheffer, Jayne Anne Phillips, and others
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (174)

    Authors and actors including Stephen Colbert, Libba Bray (award winning young-adult novelist Going Bovine, winner of 2010 Printz Award), Oskar Eustis (Artistic Director at The Public Theater), Kurt Andersen (novelist and Studio 360 Host), Jayne Anne Phillips (novelist and National Book Award finalist Lark & Termite), filmmaker Mary McDonagh Murphy (author of the upcoming book Scout, Atticus, and Boo), and others pay tribute to the Pulitzer prize-winning classic novel about racial injustice and loss of innocence in a small Southern town.

    Casey says: "This is not the full story."
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  • Thalia Book Club: 'To Kill a Mockingbird' 50th Anniversary Celebration - Readings, Discussion and Audience Q&A

    "Wanted to hear the book"

    Overall

    so I agree with those that have reviewed before me. I was hoping to hear the book during my commute and got a literature lesson. it was waste of my first credit and left a bad impression.

Michael

Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 08-30-12 Member Since 2002

I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

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  • "Weak"

    4 of 4 helpful votes

    I am a very big fan of short stories and have listened to the Selected Shorts program for over 20 years. These stories were good, but none were really great. The reader were all quite good, but the stories were not my cup of tea. The American Classics is my favorite volume of stories so far.

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    Selected Shorts: New American Stories

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By Aleksandar Hemon, Jhumpa Lahiri, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and others
    • Narrated By Boyd Gaines, Rita Wolf, Condola Rashad, and others
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    New American Stories presents diverse stories of contemporary American life and dreams lost and found, by four of the best young contemporary writers - Jhumpa Lahiri, Sherman Alexie, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Aleksandar Hemon - as performed by terrific stage and screen actors. All four writers have a unique perspective on the American experience, which is reflected in their work.

    Michael says: "Weak"

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  • 4.6 (181 ratings)

    This Is Water: The Original David Foster Wallace Recording

    • ORIGINAL (24 mins)
    • By David Foster Wallace
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (107)

    Only once did David Foster Wallace give a public talk on his views on life, during a commencement address given in 2005 at Kenyon College. This is the audio recording of David Foster Wallace delivering that very address. How does one keep from going through their comfortable, prosperous adult life unconsciously? How do we get ourselves out of the foreground of our thoughts and achieve compassion? The speech captures Wallace's electric intellect as well as his grace in attention to others.

    John Nosal says: "The MVP of my book/audio library"
  • 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
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    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
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (30)

    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 (105 ratings)

    Christopher Hitchens in Conversation with Salman Rushdie

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 16 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Salman Rushdie
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (87)

    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.

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  • 4.3 (63 ratings)

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

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 12 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    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"
  • 4.4 (51 ratings)

    A Rare Recording of J. R. R. Tolkien

    • ORIGINAL (42 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By J. R. R. Tolkien
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (44)

    J. R. R. Tolkien was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor best known as the author of fantasy works like "The Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings." Listen as Tolkien reads "The Adventures of Tom Bombadil," "The Hoard," "Perry-The-Winkle," and "The Man in the Moon Came Down Too Soon." Also included is a reading of "A Elbereth Gilthoniel" in Elvish and "The Road Goes Ever on," sung by William Elvin with music by Donald Swann.

    Sandy says: "A very rare treat"
  • 4.7 (48 ratings)

    The New Yorker Festival - American Obsession with Precociousness

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 27 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    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 (44 ratings)

    The Best Cigarette

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 7 mins)
    • By Billy Collins
    • Narrated By Billy Collins
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    Here for download is the best-selling and award-winning recording of former U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins. No poet since Robert Frost has managed to combine high critical acclaim with such broad popular appeal. His last three collections of poems have broken sales records for poetry, and his readings are usually standing room only. His audience has been enhanced tremendously by his appearances on National Public Radio, and it includes people of all backgrounds and age groups.

    J. Patrello says: "I don't even like poetry"
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  • 4.3 (36 ratings)

    George Carlin with Judy Gold at the 92nd Street Y

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 28 mins)
    • By George Carlin
    • Narrated By Judy Gold
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    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
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    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.

  • Thalia Book Club: 'To Kill a Mockingbird' 50th Anniversary Celebration - Readings, Discussion and Audience Q&A

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 39 mins)
    • By Symphony Space
    • Narrated By Stephen Colbert, Isaiah Sheffer, Jayne Anne Phillips, and others
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (174)

    Authors and actors including Stephen Colbert, Libba Bray (award winning young-adult novelist Going Bovine, winner of 2010 Printz Award), Oskar Eustis (Artistic Director at The Public Theater), Kurt Andersen (novelist and Studio 360 Host), Jayne Anne Phillips (novelist and National Book Award finalist Lark & Termite), filmmaker Mary McDonagh Murphy (author of the upcoming book Scout, Atticus, and Boo), and others pay tribute to the Pulitzer prize-winning classic novel about racial injustice and loss of innocence in a small Southern town.

    Casey says: "This is not the full story."
  • This Is Water: The Original David Foster Wallace Recording

    • ORIGINAL (24 mins)
    • By David Foster Wallace
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (107)

    Only once did David Foster Wallace give a public talk on his views on life, during a commencement address given in 2005 at Kenyon College. This is the audio recording of David Foster Wallace delivering that very address. How does one keep from going through their comfortable, prosperous adult life unconsciously? How do we get ourselves out of the foreground of our thoughts and achieve compassion? The speech captures Wallace's electric intellect as well as his grace in attention to others.

    John Nosal says: "The MVP of my book/audio library"
  • It's Possible

    • ORIGINAL (58 mins)
    • By Les Brown
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    In this program, Les Brown provides a foundational key that can propel you to your next higher level. There are times in life when it seems hard to actually affirm that you can make it; and that you can actually overcome that particular obstacle and attain that new height. You can’t always say I know I can and keep integrity with yourself and your true feelings. What you can use as a benchmark and a place to always fall back to is “It’s Possible!”

    Vincent Musschoot says: "Charismatic speech"
  • Ken Follett: The History of the Thriller at the 92nd Street Y

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 12 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    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"
  •  
  • Copenhagen

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Michael Frayn
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina, David Krumholtz, Shannon Cochran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    How different would the world have looked had the Nazis been the first to build an atomic bomb? Werner Heisenberg, one of Hitler's lead nuclear scientists, famously and mysteriously met in Copenhagen with his colleague and mentor, Niels Bohr, one of the founders of the Manhattan Project. Michael Frayn's Tony Award-winning drama imagines their reunion. Joined by Niels' wife, Margrethe, these three brilliant minds converge for an encounter of atomic proportions.

    Kindle Customer says: "A fascinating may have been"
  • Thalia Book Club: Colum McCann's 'Let the Great World Spin' and Colm Toibin's 'Brooklyn'

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 23 mins)
    • By Colum McCann, Colm Toibin
    • Narrated By Michael Cerveris
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (3)

    The Irish writers and good friends discuss their newest novels (each of which is set in New York City and was chosen by Amazon as one of the Top 4 Books of 2009) with each other and the audience. Michael Cerveris performs excerpts from both authors. A book signing follows.

  • Anthony Bourdain, Eric Ripert, and Gabrielle Hamilton on 'How I Learned to Cook' at the 92nd Street Y

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 25 mins)
    • By Anthony Bourdain, Eric Ripert, Gabrielle Hamilton
    • Narrated By Michael Ruhlman
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (47)

    Anthony Bourdain, Gabrielle Hamilton, and Eric Ripert are all well established, accomplished chefs; they share their early cooking experiences, what influenced their cooking styles, and what made them want to be chefs forever. Bourdain is the executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles, the author of the best-selling book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, and the host of the popular Food Network series, A Cook's Tour.

    Katherine says: "Great Insight and fun to listen!"
  • The New Yorker Festival: The Incredible: A Conversation Between George Saunders and Jonathan Safran Foer

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 22 mins)
    • By The New Yorker
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Recorded live at the 2007 New Yorker Festival in New York City.

    George Saunders is the author of the story collections CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, Pastoralia, and In Persuasion Nation; an illustrated novella, The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil; and a children's book, The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip. The Braindead Megaphone, a collection of his essays, many of which first appeared in The New Yorker, was released in September 2007.

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  • Yogi Berra at the 92nd Street Y

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 2 mins)
    • By Yogi Berra
    • Narrated By David Kaplan
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    Yogi Berra is a beloved American baseball personality. On the field, his exploits with the New York Yankees made him a vital part of the most successful sports franchise ever. Off the field, his wit and humor made him a legend. He is the author of the best-selling books It Ain't Over, The Yogi Book, and When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It! Here is inspiration and wisdom from one of baseball's greatest heroes.

    Amazon Customer says: "You Can't Help But Love This Guy"
  • Buried Child

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 48 mins)
    • By Sam Shepard
    • Narrated By Hale Appleman, Tom Bower, John Getz, and others
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    It's a curious homecoming for Vince, the son nobody seems to remember. Violence is never far from the surface as his unexpected return uncovers a deep, dark secret that triggers catastrophe in Sam Shepard's Pulitzer Prize-winning Buried Child. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Hale Appleman as Vince; Tom Bower as Dodge; John Getz as Father Dewis; Amy Madigan as Halie; Robert Parsons as Tilden; Jeff Perry as Bradley; and Madeline Zima as Shelly. Directed by Peter Levin.

  • This Is Water: The Original David Foster Wallace Recording

    • ORIGINAL (24 mins)
    • By David Foster Wallace
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (107)

    Only once did David Foster Wallace give a public talk on his views on life, during a commencement address given in 2005 at Kenyon College. This is the audio recording of David Foster Wallace delivering that very address. How does one keep from going through their comfortable, prosperous adult life unconsciously? How do we get ourselves out of the foreground of our thoughts and achieve compassion? The speech captures Wallace's electric intellect as well as his grace in attention to others.

    John Nosal says: "The MVP of my book/audio library"
  • The New Yorker Festival - Richard Dawkins: Disciple of Darwin

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 22 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Henry Finder
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

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

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 32 mins)
    • By Billy Collins, Garrison Keillor
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (30)

    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"
  • Christopher Hitchens in Conversation with Salman Rushdie

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 16 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Salman Rushdie
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (87)

    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.

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

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 12 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    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"
  • A Rare Recording of J. R. R. Tolkien

    • ORIGINAL (42 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By J. R. R. Tolkien
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (44)

    J. R. R. Tolkien was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor best known as the author of fantasy works like "The Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings." Listen as Tolkien reads "The Adventures of Tom Bombadil," "The Hoard," "Perry-The-Winkle," and "The Man in the Moon Came Down Too Soon." Also included is a reading of "A Elbereth Gilthoniel" in Elvish and "The Road Goes Ever on," sung by William Elvin with music by Donald Swann.

    Sandy says: "A very rare treat"
  • The New Yorker Festival - American Obsession with Precociousness

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 27 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    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"
  • The Best Cigarette

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 7 mins)
    • By Billy Collins
    • Narrated By Billy Collins
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    Here for download is the best-selling and award-winning recording of former U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins. No poet since Robert Frost has managed to combine high critical acclaim with such broad popular appeal. His last three collections of poems have broken sales records for poetry, and his readings are usually standing room only. His audience has been enhanced tremendously by his appearances on National Public Radio, and it includes people of all backgrounds and age groups.

    J. Patrello says: "I don't even like poetry"
  •  
  • George Carlin with Judy Gold at the 92nd Street Y

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 28 mins)
    • By George Carlin
    • Narrated By Judy Gold
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

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

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 34 mins)
    • By Susanna Clarke
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    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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