The Pulitzer Prize is a U.S. award which honors achievements in newspaper journalism, literature, and musical composition. It was established by Joseph Pulitzer and is administered by Columbia University in New York City.
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  • Interpreter of Maladies

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jhumpa Lahiri
    • Narrated By Matilda Novak
    Overall
    (547)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (325)

    With accomplished precision and gentle eloquence, Jhumpa Lahiri traces the crosscurrents set in motion when immigrants, expatriates, and their children arrive, quite literally, at a cultural divide. The nine stories in this stunning debut collection unerringly chart the emotional journeys of characters seeking love beyond the barriers of nations and generations.

    Jennifer says: "Novel-amazing; Audio-mediocre"
    Pulitzer Winner, Fiction, 2000
  • Embracing Defeat

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By John W. Dower
    • Narrated By Edward Lewis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (70)

    This illuminating study explores the ways in which the shattering defeat of the Japanese in World War II, followed by over six years of American military occupation, affected every level of Japanese society. The author describes the countless ways in which the Japanese met the challenge of "starting over", from top-level manipulations concerning the fate of Emperor Hirohito to the hopes, fears, and activities of ordinary men and women in every walk of life.

    Keith R. Finch says: "Pulitzer Prize Winner!"
    Pulitzer Winner, General Nonfiction, 2000
  • Dinner with Friends

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 35 mins)
    • By Donald Margulies
    • Narrated By full cast
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    Winner of the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for drama, Dinner with Friends examines the lives of two couples and the repercussions of divorce on their friendship. With wit, compassion, and consummate skill, playwright Donald Margulies weighs the costs of breaking up...and of staying together.

    Scott says: "I thought I was on Broadway"
    Pulitzer Winner, Drama, 2000
  • The Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Michael Cunningham
    • Narrated By Michael Cunningham
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (68)

    The Hours is the story of three women: Clarissa Vaughan, Laura Brown, and Virginia Woolf. By the end of the novel, the stories intertwine in remarkable ways, and finally come together in an act of subtle and haunting grace.

    Steve says: "Very literary, intentionally slight plot"
    Pulitzer Winner, Fiction, 1999
  • Basin and Range: Annals of the Former World, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By John McPhee
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (69)

    To geologists, rocks are beautiful, roadcuts are windowpanes, and the earth is alive, a work in progress. The cataclysmic movement that gives birth to mountains and oceans is ongoing and can still be seen at certain places on our planet. One of these is the Basin and Range region centered in Nevada and Utah.

    Julie says: "Wow."
    Pulitzer Winner, General Nonfiction, 1999
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jared Diamond
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1375)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (316)

    In this groundbreaking work, evolutionary biologist Jared Diamond stunningly dismantles racially based theories of human history by revealing the environmental factors actually responsible for history's broadest patterns. It is a story that spans 13,000 years of human history, beginning when Stone Age hunter-gatherers constituted the entire human population. Guns, Germs, and Steel is a world history that really is a history of all the world's peoples, a unified narrative of human life.

    Carol L. says: "Badly Abridged"
    Pulitzer Winner, General Nonfiction, 1998
  • American Pastoral

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Philip Roth
    • Narrated By Ron Silver
    Overall
    (1030)
    Performance
    (456)
    Story
    (449)

    Philip Roth presents a vivid portrait of an innocent man being swept away by a current of conflict and violence in his own backyard - a story that is as much about loving America as it is hating it. Seymour "Swede" Levov, a legendary high school athlete, a devoted family man, a hard worker, and the prosperous heir of his father's Newark glove factory comes of age in thriving, triumphant postwar America. But everything he loves is lost when the country begins to run amok in the turbulent 1960s. Not even a most private, well-intentioned citizen, it seems, gets to sidestep the sweep of history. American Pastoral is the story of a fortunate American's rise and fall ... a strong, confident man, a master of social equilibrium, overwhelmed by the forces of social disorder. For the Swede is not allowed to stay forever blissful living out life in rural Old Rimrock in his 170 year-old stone farmhouse with his pretty wife (his college sweetheart and Miss New Jersey of 1949) and his lively albeit precocious daughter, the apple of his eye ... that is until she grows up to become a revolutionary terrorist.

    Thomas says: "A Masterpiece"
    Pulitzer Winner, Fiction, 1998
  • Angela's Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Frank McCourt
    • Narrated By Frank McCourt
    Overall
    (2976)
    Performance
    (1718)
    Story
    (1721)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: There’s no gentle way to put this – Frank McCourt’s performance of Angela’s Ashes is just better than the Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Frank McCourt shares his sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking story of growing up poor, Irish, and Catholic in the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela's Ashes.

    Karen says: "A classic book *and* a classic audiobook"
    Pulitzer Winner, Biography, 1997
  • Independence Day: Frank Bascombe, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Richard Ford
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (70)

    Apparently directionless since his divorce, Frank Bascombe migrates from one non-committal relationship to another. He freely indulges his tendencies to self absorption, over-intellectualization, and neurotic ambivalence. But all of that changes one fateful Fourth of July weekend, when, armed with the Declaration of Independence, he embarks on a mission to save his troubled teenaged son.

    Burton Verner says: "Great Book - Great Narrator"
    Pulitzer Winner, Fiction, 1996
  • The Young Man from Atlanta

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 26 mins)
    • By Horton Foote
    • Narrated By Shirley Knight, David Selby
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    In 1950s Houston, an affluent couple is transformed by tragedy when their son dies under mysterious circumstances and the husband loses his job of 40 years. Shirley Knight recreates her Tony-nominated performance in this 1995 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama.

    Lindsay says: "Short, Sweet and Predictable"
    Pulitzer Winner, Drama, 1995
  • The Shipping News

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Annie Proulx
    • Narrated By Robert Joy
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, The Shipping News shows why E. Annie Proulx is recognized as a gifted and original writer. When Quoyle, a 36-year-old, third rate newspaperman, learns that his two-timing wife has abandoned him and their two daughters, he returns to his ancestral home on the Newfoundland coast, to rebuild his life. We also recommend Proulx's, Accordion Crimes.

    Karen says: "Find the unabridged version!"
    Pulitzer Winner, Fiction, 1994
  • Truman

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By David McCullough
    Overall
    (596)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (190)

    Distinguished historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough tells one of the greatest American stories in this stirring audio adaptation of Truman - a compelling, classic portrait of a life that shaped history.

    Lee says: "Superb! A solid choice!"
    Pulitzer Winner, Biography, 1993
  • Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words that Remade America

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Garry Wills
    • Narrated By Garry Wills
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (30)

    There is perhaps no more compelling example of the power of words than Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. In merely 272 words, Lincoln gave the nation "a new birth of freedom" by tracing its history to the Declaration of Independence, as well as incorporating elements of the Greek revival and Transcendentalism. Garry Wills breathes news life into words we thought we knew and reveals much about a President so easily mythologized but often misunderstood.

    Darwin8u says: "A Review in 292"
    Pulitzer Winner, General Nonfiction, 1993
  • The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Daniel Yergin
    • Narrated By Bob Jamieson
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (113)

    The Prize recounts the panoramic history of oil, and the struggle for wealth and power that has always surrounded oil. This struggle has shaken the world economy, dictated the outcome of wars, and transformed the destiny of men and nations. The Prize is as much a history of the 20th-century as of the oil industry itself.

    Randol says: "major let down"
    Pulitzer Winner, General Nonfiction, 1992
  • A Thousand Acres

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jane Smiley
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (86)

    Three daughters and their husbands are pulled into a tangle of love, jealousy, and fear when their father, Larry Cook, grows too old to manage the family's fertile thousand-acre farm. As each couple struggles with their own tragedies and challenges, they know their father is judging them in light of the weighty inheritance that hovers within their reach.

    C. Carlson says: "good book bad reader"
    Pulitzer Winner, Fiction, 1992
  • Lost in Yonkers

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 55 mins)
    • By Neil Simon
    • Narrated By Barbara Bain, Dan Castellaneta, full cast
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    Set in Yonkers in 1942, two boys, aged 13 and 16, must spend one year with their austere and demanding grandmother. While the war rages in Europe, Jay and Arty learn the ropes from Uncle Louis and assorted relatives, all peculiar characters. Neil Simon's Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning play is performed here by a full cast, featuring Barbara Bain, Dan Castellaneta, and more.

    Noreen says: "Timeless! Fantastic! Bravo!"
    Pulitzer Winner, Drama, 1991
  • The Heidi Chronicles

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Wendy Wasserstein
    • Narrated By Martha Plimpton, Kaitlin Hopkins, Grant Shaud, and others
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    This Pulitzer Prize and Tony award-winning play is the tale of a baby-boomer's long hard road from 1960s confusion to 1990s self-made woman...or so she hopes.

    Rose says: "Great to Finally Hear!"
    Pulitzer Winner, Drama, 1989
  • Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Taylor Branch
    • Narrated By Joe Morton, CCH Pounder
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (34)

    This audio adaptation focuses primarily on Martin Luther King, Jr. and the key moments that defined his rise to the forefront of the civil rights movement. From Rosa Parks' monumental arrest in Montgomery to King's imprisonment in Birmingham and his triumphant march on Washington, Taylor Branch provides an unsurpassed portrait of King's rise to greatness.

    Darcy says: "Amazing account of King & Civil Rights Movement"
    Pulitzer Winner, History, 1989
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