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  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society | Mary Ann Shaffer,Annie Barrows

    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Baymer, Susan Duerden, Roselyn Landor, and others
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    Why we think it’s a great listen: The best book club you’ve never heard of – but will be eager to join, courtesy of a full cast of true characters. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
  • Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition |  The Great Courses

    Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition

    • ORIGINAL (42 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Elizabeth Vandiver, Professor James A. W. Heffernan
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    From the anonymous author of the Epic of Gilgamesh in ancient Mesopotamia to William Faulkner writing about Mississippi 3,600 years later, many of Western culture's greatest figures have been writers. Their landmark themes, unique insights into human nature, dynamic characters, experimental storytelling techniques, and rich philosophical ideas helped create the vibrant storytelling methods we find reflected in today's authors.

    Mary Elizabeth Reynolds says: "Epic Audio"
  • Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction | Jonathan Culler

    Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jonathan Culler
    • Narrated By Jonathan Yen
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    What is literary theory? Is there a relationship between literature and culture? These are some of questions addressed by Jonathan Culler in this new edition of his highly popular Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction. Culler, an extremely lucid commentator and much admired in the field of literary theory, uses easy-to-grasp examples as he outlines the ideas behind schools of criticism that can otherwise be quite daunting, such as deconstruction, semiotics, and postcolonial theory.

  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society | Mary Ann Shaffer

    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer
    • Narrated By Charlie Norfolk
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    January 1946 and writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from a man in Guernsey, who has found her name written inside a book. As they exchange letters, she is drawn into the eccentric world of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which boasts a charming cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.

  • The Western Literary Canon in Context |  The Great Courses

    The Western Literary Canon in Context

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor John M. Bowers
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    What exactly is the Western literary canon? Why does it contain certain works and not others? And what do particular works in the Western canon tell us about the development of literature and civilization? Explore these and other thought-provoking lectures with a thorough investigation of more than 30 key works of the Western canon and the critical roles they played-and continue to play-in the development of Western literature.

    Stephen P. Manning says: "Great content marred by post-modern self-hatred"
  • Salt of the Earth | Jack Olsen

    Salt of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jack Olsen
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
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    Joe Gere said he died on the afternoon his 12-year-old daughter Brenda disappeared. It was left to Brenda's mother Elaine to sustain her stricken family, search for her missing child, and pressure the authorities for justice. From the first minutes of the investigation, suspicion fell on Michael Kay Green, a steroid-abusing "Mr. Universe" hopeful, but there was no proof of a crime, leaving police and prosecutors stymied. Tips and sightings poured in as lawmen and volunteers combed the Cascades forest.

    Suzanne says: "Compelling True Crime -portrait of a family"
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: CliffsNotes | Elizabeth Conner

    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: CliffsNotes

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 41 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Conner
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
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    The CliffsNotes study guide on Shaffer and Barrows' The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society supplements the original literary work, giving you background information about the author, an introduction to the work, critical commentaries, expanded glossaries, and a comprehensive index, all for you to use as an educational tool that will allow you to better understand the work. CliffsNotes Review tests your comprehension of the original text and reinforces learning with questions, answers, and more.

  • The Misbegotten Son | Jack Olsen

    The Misbegotten Son

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jack Olsen
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
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    An account of the crimes of Arthur Shawcross describes how the paroled child killer shot, stabbed, suffocated, and strangled 16 Rochester, New York, prostitutes and examines how the legal system failed his victims.

    Angela says: "Not the Typical True Crime Book"
  • Forgery and Counterforgery: The Use of Literary Deceit in Early Christian Polemics | Bart D. Ehrman

    Forgery and Counterforgery: The Use of Literary Deceit in Early Christian Polemics

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bart D. Ehrman
    • Narrated By Noah Michael Levine
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    "Arguably the most distinctive feature of the early Christian literature," writes Bart Ehrman, "is the degree to which it was forged." The Homilies and Recognitions of Clement; Paul's letters to and from Seneca; Gospels by Peter, Thomas, and Philip; Jesus' correspondence with Abgar, letters by Peter and Paul in the New Testament - all forgeries. To cite just a few examples.

    Jonathon says: "Probably a better read than a listen."
  • The Sympathizer: A Novel | Viet Thanh Nguyen

    The Sympathizer: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Viet Thanh Nguyen
    • Narrated By Francois Chau
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    Pulitzer Prize, Fiction, 2016. It is April 1975, and Saigon is in chaos. At his villa, a general of the South Vietnamese army is drinking whiskey and, with the help of his trusted captain, drawing up a list of those who will be given passage aboard the last flights out of the country. The general and his compatriots start a new life in Los Angeles, unaware that one among their number, the captain, is secretly observing and reporting on the group to a higher-up in the Viet Cong.

    Joe Kraus says: "The Great Vietnamese Novel(Port)Nguyen's Complaint"
  • Everything Matters! | Ron Currie

    Everything Matters!

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Ron Currie
    • Narrated By Abby Craden, Hillary Huber, Mark Deakins, and others
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    In infancy, Junior Thibodeaux is encoded with a prophecy: a comet will obliterate life on Earth in 36 years. Alone in this knowledge, he comes of age in rural Maine grappling with the question, "Does anything I do matter?"

    fred says: "Don't Give Up On This One"
  • Literary Theory | Clare Connors

    Literary Theory

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Clare Connors
    • Narrated By Kelly Birch
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    Rescuing the subject from dry abstractions, Clare Connors focuses on the real questions that emerge when we read and study literature - such as how we find meaning and how literature relates to its historical context - before exploring the response of theorists. Using selections from works including poetry by Christina Rossetti and Annie Proulx’s Brokeback Mountain, Connors unites theory with practice, revealing how enjoyable it is to think about reading.

  • Literary Modernism: The Struggle for Modern History |  The Great Courses

    Literary Modernism: The Struggle for Modern History

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Jeffrey Perl
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    Professor Perl invites you in these eight lectures to abandon your preconceptions and consider some of the most controversial authors of the 20th century: the Modernists.Who were they? How did "classical" Modernists like Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, and James Joyce differ from "neo-Modernists" like Gertrude Stein and William Carlos Williams? What made them believe and write as they did? Why were political extremism, war, and self-destructive behavior such defining forces in their writing (and their personal demons)? What do they have to say to us today in the 21st century?These lectures place literary Modernism within the wide-ranging context of the philosophy, literature, politics, and morality of its time. In doing so, they allow you to look more clearly at the writers and works who have contributed to the definition of human culture. You'll see Eliot, Joyce, Pound, Yeats, James, Lawrence, and others spring to life with their radical beliefs about art and their unforgettable novels and stories. These lectures do not shrink from the challenges imposed by exploring Modernism, or from challenging the answers that scholars have routinely accepted. Nor do they shy away from the difficulties of literary Modernism itself; a literary genre that intimidates many. But despite all this, these lectures are brilliantly organized, crystal clear, and an invaluable tool for finally wrapping your brain around a dramatic roster of authors and an enduring canon of literature.

    Peregrine says: "Fine record of Perl's thinking"
  • Summary of The Alchemist: by Paulo Coelho | Includes Analysis |  Instaread

    Summary of The Alchemist: by Paulo Coelho | Includes Analysis

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    • By Instaread
    • Narrated By Dwight Equitz
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    The Alchemist is a Brazilian novel about a shepherd named Santiago, an 18-year-old youth who abandons his life in Spain to embark upon an epic treasure hunt across Africa. Making several unexpected stops along the way, he uncovers profound truths about himself, the world, and the kingdom of God, which are fundamentally connected. Ultimately, he finds the treasure, but along the way, he also finds love and personal fulfillment.

    Saarim says: "Great Summary!"
  • Literary Life: A Second Memoir | Larry McMurtry

    Literary Life: A Second Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Henry Strozier
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    In Literary Life, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Larry McMurtry opens up about the triumphs and trials of his abundant literary career. From his early interest in writing, which began with a creative writing class at Rice University, to a career that boasts over 40 novels and an Academy Award-winning screenplay, this intimate portrait of the author offers a glimpse into an intelligent, honest, and undeniably profound voice in contemporary American Literature.

  • A Prayer for Owen Meany | John Irving

    A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
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    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Esther says: "The Best ever audio book"
  • Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold | C. S. Lewis

    Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By C. S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Nadia May
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    Set in the pre-Christian world of Glome on the outskirts of Greek civilization, it is a tale of two princesses: the beautiful Psyche, who is loved by the god of love himself, and Orual, Psyche's unattractive and embittered older sister, who loves Psyche with a destructive possessiveness. Her frustration and jealousy over Psyche's fate sets Orual on the troubled path of self-discovery. Lewis's last work of fiction, this is often considered his best by critics.

    Stephanie says: "One of a kind."
  • Spirit Horses | Alan S. Evans

    Spirit Horses

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Alan S. Evans
    • Narrated By Ted Brooks
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    In the hills of Tennessee, Shane Carson, a gifted, nationally-recognized horseman, is living the good life. When a mysterious mustang shows up on his farm, Shane doesn't know how - or why - the horse appeared, but the horse's distinctive brand identifies her. She is one of the Spirit Horses, a rare, wild herd that runs free on the Shoshone reservation in Wyoming. Watched over for centuries in the tribe's ancestral valleys, these exquisite horses, according to belief, provide a link to the afterlife. When tragedy strikes in his life, Shane nearly loses his will to live - but for one promise he made to his young son: to return the mustang....

    Debbie says: "Loved this story"
  • A Reign of Steel: Sorcerer's Ring, Book 11 | Morgan Rice

    A Reign of Steel: Sorcerer's Ring, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Morgan Rice
    • Narrated By Wayne Farrell
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    In A Reign of Steel, Gwendolyn must protect her people as she finds King's Court under siege. She strives to evacuate them from the Ring-but there is one problem: Her people refuse to leave. As a power struggle ensues, Gwen finds her queenship under challenge for the first time - while the greatest threat to the Ring looms. Behind the McClouds lie the threat of Romulus and his dragons, who, with the Shield destroyed, embark on a catastrophic invasion, nothing left to stand between them and the complete annihilation of the Ring.

  • The Fellowship: The Literary LIves of the Inklings: J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams | Philip Zaleski,Carol Zaleski

    The Fellowship: The Literary LIves of the Inklings: J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Philip Zaleski, Carol Zaleski
    • Narrated By John Curless
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    C. S. Lewis is the 20th century's most widely read Christian writer and J. R. R. Tolkien its most beloved mythmaker. For three decades they and their closest associates formed a literary club known as the Inklings, which met weekly in Lewis' Oxford rooms and a nearby pub. They read aloud from works in progress, argued about anything that caught their fancy, and gave one another invaluable companionship, inspiration, and criticism.

    M. J. Palmer says: "A Thorough Moving Tribute"
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