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Bernadette Dunne
About Bernadette Dunne
Bernadette Dunne has appeared on stage at The Kennedy Center, The Washington Shakespeare Company, and Woolly Mammoth in Washington, D.C. As a playwright, her works have been produced in New York, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. She has recorded over 100 titles and received a Golden Earphone Award for A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.
Bernadette Dunne's Most Recent Performances

Ayn Rand and the World She Made

  • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 36 mins)
  • By Anne C. Heller
  • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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Ayn Rand is the author of two phenomenally best-selling ideological novels, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, which have sold over 12 million copies in the United States alone. Through them, she built a right-wing cult following in the late 1950s and became the guiding light of Libertarianism and of White House economic policy in the 1960s and '70s. Her defenses of radical individualism and of selfishness as a "capitalist virtue" have permanently altered the American cultural landscape.

Mark says: "Great history of both Rand and her era"

The Cloud Pavilion

  • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
  • By Laura Joh Rowland
  • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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(35)
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(13)
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Japan, 1701. A woman is brutally attacked within a bamboo prison as clouds swirl around her head. Meanwhile, at Edo Castle, samurai detective turned chamberlain Sano Ichiro is suspicious of his old rival, Yanagisawa, who has been oddly cooperative since returning from exile.

Anna says: "Thoroughly enjoyable"

The Early Ayn Rand: A Selection from Her Unpublished Fiction (Revised Edition)

  • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 35 mins)
  • By Ayn Rand
  • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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This remarkable, newly revised collection of Ayn Rand's early fiction ranges from beginner's exercises to excerpts from early versions of We the Living and The Fountainhead. Arranged chronologically, from 1926 through 1940, these works allow readers to follow the extraordinary trajectory of Rand's literary and intellectual growth, from a 21-year-old Russian immigrant struggling to master English to the brilliant prose stylist and sophisticated philosopher she was to become in her mature work.

John says: "Want more Rand? Here it is."

A Good Fall: Stories

  • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
  • By Ha Jin
  • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne, Ray Porter, Robertson Dean, and others
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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With the same profound attention to detail that is a hallmark of his previous acclaimed works of fiction National Book Award winner Ha Jin gives us a collection of stories that delves into the experience of Chinese immigrants in America. Ha Jin depicts here the full spectrum of immigrant life and the daily struggles - some minute, some grand - faced by these men, women, and children.

Paul says: "A different view"
Essential Listening
Start your listening with these ultimate performances!
  • Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes behind the Veil

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Deborah Rodriguez, Kristin Ohlson
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (128)
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    (131)

    Most Westerners working in Afghanistan spend their time tucked inside a military compound or embassy. Not Deborah Rodriguez. Here, she tells the story of the beauty school she founded in the middle of Kabul and of the vibrant women who were her students. When Rodriguez opened the Kabul Beauty School, she not only empowered her students with a new sense of autonomy but also made some of the closest friends of her life.

    Becky says: "Thumbs down"
    When Deborah Rodriguez opened a beauty school in Kabul, she participated in a fascinating cultural experiment. Dunne guides us through this remarkable story.
  • Firestorm

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Iris Johansen
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    For Kerry Murphy, the inferno is never far away. The flames of that long-ago night still burn in her nightmares: the heat, the choking smoke, the helplessness. She can never run fast enough. Now a gifted arson investigator haunted by her mother's death in a fire, Murphy teams up with a mysterious operative Silver to stop a psychopath determined to set the world on fire. She soon discovers that to catch him, she must use her secret weapon, a prospect that terrifies her more than anything.

    Mary S. Murray says: "interestingly different"
    Dunne brings excellent character depth to this fast-paced thriller.
  • Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ruth Reichl
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Garlic and Sapphires is Ruth Reichl's riotous account of the many disguises she employs to dine anonymously. There is her stint as Molly Hollis, a frumpy blond with manicured nails and an off-beige Armani suit that Ruth takes on when reviewing Le Cirque. The result: her famous double review of the restaurant: first she ate there as Molly; and then as she was coddled and pampered on her visit there as Ruth, New York Times food critic.

    Kathleen says: "disappointing"
    Narrator Bernadette Dunne sounds very much like Reichl herself, inhabiting every delicious moment and brining you along for the bite. Whether you're a food fan or not, this is a great memoir.
  • Memoirs of a Geisha

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Arthur Golden
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In a voice both haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri describes her life as a geisha. Taken from her home at the age of nine, she is sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. Witness her transformation as you enter a world where appearances are paramount, virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder, women beguile powerful men, and love is scorned as illusion.

    Stephanie says: "Best Book in a while"
    Critically acclaimed and heralded as a triumphant work of fiction, Memoirs of a Geisha is a truly unforgettable listen. Bernadette Dunne narrates this captivating story.