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  • One for the Money: A Stephanie Plum Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2001)
    Performance
    (1742)
    Story
    (1737)

    You’ve lost your job as a department store lingerie buyer, your car’s been repossessed, and most of your furniture and small appliances have been sold off to pay last month’s rent. Now the rent is due again. And you live in New Jersey. What do you do? If you’re Stephanie Plum, you become a bounty hunter. But not just a nickel-and-dime bounty hunter; you go after the big money. That means a cop gone bad. And not just any cop. She goes after Joe Morelli, a disgraced former vice cop who is also the man that took her virginity....

    Pat H. says: "NOT THE GREATEST."
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Deborah Moggach
    • Narrated By Juliet Mills
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (93)

    When Ravi Kapoor, an overworked London doctor, reaches the breaking point with his difficult father-in-law, he asks his wife: “Can’t we just send him away somewhere? Somewhere far, far away.” His prayer is seemingly answered when Ravi’s entrepreneurial cousin sets up a retirement home in India, hoping to re-create in Bangalore an elegant lost corner of England. Several retirees are enticed by the promise of indulgent living at a bargain price, but upon arriving, they are dismayed to find that restoration of the once sophisiticated hotel has stalled....

    C. Telfair says: "Screenwriters Changed it for the Better"
  • Gulliver's Travels: A Signature Performance by David Hyde Pierce

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jonathan Swift
    • Narrated By David Hyde Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (621)
    Performance
    (434)
    Story
    (438)

    A Signature Performance: Four-time Emmy Award winner David Hyde Pierce delivers an air of lovable self-importance in his rendition of the classic social satire that remains as fresh today as the day it was published.

    Rose says: "Loved every minute"
  • Up in the Air

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Walter Kirn
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    Ryan Bingham's job as a Career Transition Counselor - he fires people - has kept him airborne for years. Although he has come to despise his line of work, he has come to love the culture of what he calls "Airworld" - finding contentment within pressurized cabins, anonymous hotel rooms, and a wardrobe of wrinkle-free slacks.

    Edwin says: "Thought Provoking"
  • Youth in Revolt: The Journals of Nick Twisp

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By C. D. Payne
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Youth in Revolt brings us the journals of Nick Twisp, California's most precocious diarist, whose ongoing struggles to make sense out of high school, deal with his divorced parents, and lose his virginity result in his transformation from an unassuming 14-year-old to a modern youth in open revolt. As his family splinters, worlds collide, and the police block all routes out of town, Nick must cope with economic deprivation, homelessness, and the gulag of the public schools.

    Paul Norwood says: "Guy's Bood"
  • The Men Who Stare at Goats

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (509)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (252)

    In 1979, a secret unit was established by the most gifted minds within the US army. Defying all known accepted military practice - and, indeed, the laws of physics - they believed that a soldier could adopt the cloak of invisibility, pass cleanly through walls and, perhaps most chillingly, kill goats just by staring at them. Entrusted with defending America from all known adversaries, they were the First Earth Battalion. And they really weren't joking. What's more, they're back and fighting the War on Terror.

    Joseph says: "Hilarious and a little scary"
  • I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Tucker Max
    • Narrated By Tucker Max
    Overall
    (687)
    Performance
    (320)
    Story
    (319)

    "My name is Tucker Max, and I am an asshole. I get excessively drunk at inappropriate times, disregard social norms, indulge every whim, ignore the consequences of my actions, mock idiots and posers, sleep with more women than is safe or reasonable, and just generally act like a raging dickhead. But, I do contribute to humanity in one very important way: I share my adventures with the world."

    Jean-Claude says: "okay... ummm"
  • I Love You, Beth Cooper

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Larry Doyle
    • Narrated By Paul Rust
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Denis Cooverman wanted to say something really important in his high school graduation speech. So, in front of his 512 classmates and their 3,000 relatives, he announced: "I love you, Beth Cooper." It would have been such a sweet, romantic moment. Except that Beth, the head cheerleader, has only the vaguest idea who Denis is. And Denis, the captain of the debate team, is so far out of her league he is barely even the same species.

    jennifer says: "wonderful book"
  • Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John Grogan
    • Narrated By John Grogan
    Overall
    (1234)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (123)

    John and Jenny were just beginning their life together. They were young and in love, with a perfect little house and not a care in the world. Then they brought home Marley, a wriggly yellow furball of a puppy. Life would never be the same.

    Reade says: "One of the worst"
  • The Nanny Diaries

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Emma McLaughlin, Nicola Kraus
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (483)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (68)

    What do you do when you are a nanny to an obscenely rich Park Avenue matron named X? Mrs. X refuses to do anything for herself, including cook, clean, or take care of her 4-year-old son. You are expected to do everything, including maintaining the mental health of said 4-year-old, even while Mrs. X decides that it is time for a divorce. You'll have to bear up under the strain with wit and panache, even as the boundaries between your working life and your so-called private life blur, merge, and disappear.

    Rhonda says: "The Nanny Diaries"
  • Running with Scissors: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Augusten Burroughs
    • Narrated By Augusten Burroughs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1010)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (245)

    Running with Scissors is the true story of a boy whose mother (a poet with delusions of being Anne Sexton) gave him away to be raised by her psychiatrist, a dead ringer for Santa and a lunatic in the bargain.

    Arthur Held says: "NOT what I was expecting"
  • The Devil Wears Prada

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lauren Weisberger
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1185)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (276)

    Andrea Sachs, a small-town girl fresh out of college, is hired as the assistant to Miranda Priestly, the successful editor of Runway magazine. Andrea finds herself in an office that shouts Prada! Armani! Versace! at every turn. As things escalate from the merely unacceptable to the downright outrageous, Andrea begins to realize that the job a million girls would die for may just kill her. And even if she survives, she has to decide whether the job is worth the price of her soul.

    Howard says: "You won't be able to stop the player"
  • Fired: Tales of Jobs Gone Bad

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Annabelle Gurwitch
    • Narrated By Annabelle Gurwitch
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Rejection has never been so hilarious! After her role in a Woody Allen play was rethought, actress Annabelle Gurwitch (TBS' Dinner and a Movie) was devastated. Then, she got funny. Gurwitch and a revolving cast of fellow show-biz veterans share their stories when L.A. Theatre Works records Fired: Tales of Jobs Gone Bad.

    Diane says: "Treat Yourself!"
  • Shopgirl

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Steve Martin
    • Narrated By Steve Martin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (531)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (81)

    Grammy Nominee for Best Spoken Word Album
    Mirabelle, the "shopgirl" behind the glove counter at Neiman Marcus, is slightly lost, off-kilter, and shy. But there's something about Mirabelle. Steve Martin reads this charming novella. Hear an interview with the author and browse more Martin.

    Julie Rosenthal says: "Loved it"
  • Be Cool

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Elmore Leonard
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    The sequel to Chili Palmer's hit movie Get Leo tanked, and now Chili's itching for a comeback. So when a power-lunch with record label executive and former associate Tommy Athens ends in a mob hit, he soon finds himself in an unlikely alliance with organized crime detective Darryl Holmes and the likely next target of Russian gangsters. But where others see danger, Chili Palmer sees story possibilities.

    Jerret says: "Fantastic dialogue!"
  • Sideways

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Rex Pickett
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (82)

    Sideways is the story of two friends, Miles and Jack, going away together for the last time to steep themselves in everything that makes it good to be young and single: pinot, putting, and prowling bars. In the week before Jack plans to marry, the pair heads out from Los Angeles to the Santa Ynez wine country.

    C. D Strother says: "if you liked the movie, you will like the book"
  • Don't Eat This Book: Fast Food and the Supersizing of America

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Morgan Spurlock
    • Narrated By Morgan Spurlock
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    Can man live on fast food alone? Morgan Spurlock tried to do just that. For 30 days, he ate nothing but three "squares" a day from McDonald's as part of an investigation into the effects of fast food on American health. The resulting documentary won him resounding applause and a worldwide release that broke box-office records. Audiences were captivated by Spurlock's experiment, during which he gained 25 pounds, his blood pressure skyrocketed, and his libido all but disappeared.

    Jeff says: "A must-read!"
  • The Big Bounce

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Elmore Leonard
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Jack Ryan always wanted to play pro ball. But he couldn't hit a curveball, so he turned his attention to less legal pursuits. A tough guy who likes walking the razor's edge, he's just met his match, and more, in Nancy. She's a rich man's plaything, seriously into thrills and risk, and together she and Jack are pure heat ready to explode. But when simple housebreaking and burglary give way to the deadly pursuit of a really big score, the stakes suddenly skyrocket.

    Richard Delman says: "Average Leonard; average narrator."
  • High Fidelity

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Nick Hornby
    • Narrated By David Cale
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (40)

    Rob is a pop music junkie who runs his own semi-failing record store in London. His girlfriend, Laura, has just left him for the guy upstairs, and Rob is both miserable and relieved. After all, could he have spent his life with someone who has a bad record collection?

    Andrew says: "A G"
  • About a Boy

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Nick Hornby
    • Narrated By David Cale
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    About a Boy stars a guy called Will, who doesn't really want any children. He wonders why it bothers people that he lives so happily alone in his fashionable, Lego-free flat, with massive speakers, and an expensive cream-colored rug that no kid has ever thrown up on. Then Will meets Angie. He has never been out with a mom before. And it has to be said that Angie's long blond hair and big blue eyes are not irrelevant to his sudden reassessment of his attitude toward children. She is truly beautiful.

    R. says: "did i miss something?"
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