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  • Commonwealth | Ann Patchett

    Commonwealth

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating's christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny's mother, Beverly - thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families.

    Mel says: "Patchett and Me--In-sympatico"
  • This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage | Ann Patchett

    This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Ann Patchett
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    Blending literature and memoir, Ann Patchett, author of State of Wonder and Bel Canto examines her deepest commitments: to writing, family, friends, dogs, books, and her husband in This is the Story of a Happy Marriage. Together, these essays, previously published in The Atlantic, Harper, Vogue, and The Washington Post, form a resonant portrait of a life lived with loyalty and with love.

    Bonny says: "Entertaining, engrossing, and elucidative essays"
  • State of Wonder: A Novel | Ann Patchett

    State of Wonder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
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    Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

    F. B. Herron says: "Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!"
  • The Magician's Assistant | Ann Patchett

    The Magician's Assistant

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Karen Ziemba
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    When Parsifal, a handsome and charming magician, dies suddenly, his widow Sabine - who was also his faithful assistant for 20 years - learns that the family he claimed to have lost in a tragic accident is very much alive and well.

    Pamela Harvey says: "Patchett Has It"
  • Bel Canto | Ann Patchett

    Bel Canto

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
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    Somewhere in South America at the home of the country's vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of Mr. Hosokawa, a powerful Japanese businessman. Roxanne Coss, opera's most revered soprano, has mesmerized the guests with her singing. It is a perfect evening, until a band of terrorists breaks in, taking the entire party hostage.

    Nicky Gleason says: "Surprisingly engrossing"
  • Truth & Beauty: A Friendship | Ann Patchett

    Truth & Beauty: A Friendship

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Ann Patchett
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    The author of Bel Canto, winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Orange Prize, and long-running New York Times best seller, turns to nonfiction in a moving chronicle of her decades-long friendship with the critically acclaimed and recently deceased author, Lucy Grealy.

    Suzn F says: "It got better...."
  • Run | Ann Patchett

    Run

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
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    Since their mother's death, Tip and Teddy Doyle have been raised by their loving, possessive, and ambitious father. As the former mayor of Boston, Bernard Doyle wants to see his sons in politics, a dream the boys have never shared. But when an argument in a blinding New England snowstorm inadvertently causes an accident that involves a stranger and her child, all Bernard Doyle cares about is his ability to keep his children, all of his children, safe.

    Patti says: "Uneven"
  • The Patron Saint of Liars | Ann Patchett

    The Patron Saint of Liars

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
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    St. Elizabeth's is a home for unwed mothers in the 1960s. Life there is not unpleasant, and for most, it is temporary. Not so for Rose, a beautiful, mysterious woman who comes to the home pregnant but not unwed. She plans to give up her baby because she knows she cannot be the mother it needs.

    But St. Elizabeth's is near a healing spring, and when Rose's time draws near, she cannot go through with her plans, not all of them.

    Carol T. Carr says: "Well-crafted, Painful But Worth Finishing"
  • Ann Patchett Interview | Ann Patchett

    Ann Patchett Interview

    • ORIGINAL (14 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
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    In this interview, best-selling author Ann Patchett talks about her most recent novel, Run. She discusses her inspiration for the book, her writing process, and one of the constant themes in her works: what our relationship is to strangers and how we are all connected in a greater family.

    Paula S says: "Better wirter than interviewee"
  • Commonwealth | Ann Patchett

    Commonwealth

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Laurence Bouvard
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    It is 1964: Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating's christening uninvited, where he notices a heart-stoppingly beautiful woman. When Bert kisses Beverly Keating, his host's wife, he sets in motion the joining of two families. In 1988, Franny Keating, now 24, meets one of her idols, the famous author Leon Posen. After telling him about her family, she unwittingly relinquishes control over their story.

  • What Now? | Ann Patchett

    What Now?

    • UNABRIDGED (53 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Ann Patchett
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    Based on her lauded commencement address at Sarah Lawrence College, this stirring essay by best-selling author Ann Patchett offers hope and inspiration for anyone at a crossroads, whether graduating, changing careers, or transitioning from one life stage to another. With wit and candor, Patchett tells her own story of attending college, graduating, and struggling with the inevitable question, "What now?"

    Annie M. says: "A commencement message for life"
  • State of Wonder | Ann Patchett

    State of Wonder

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Nancy Baldwin
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    Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down Dr. Annick Swenson, who has disappeared in the Amazon while working on a valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her, Marina’s research partner Anders Eckman, died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding her former mentor as well as answers to several troubling questions about her friend’s death.

    Matthew says: "A wonderful story, beautifully told"
  • Thalia Book Club: Ann Patchett's State of Wonder | Ann Patchett

    Thalia Book Club: Ann Patchett's State of Wonder

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 26 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Emma Straub, Alan Alda
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    The author of Bel Canto and Truth & Beauty talks with Jane Hamilton (A Map of the World; The Short History of a Prince) and delves deeply into the backstory of her latest creation, a thought-provoking literary thriller, set deep in the Amazon jungle, with fascinating characters that defy our expectations, and chockful of suspense, romance, and betrayal.

  • Fluss der Wunder | Ann Patchett

    Fluss der Wunder

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Irina von Bentheim
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    Im Auftrag eines Pharmainstituts reist Marina Singh in den brasilianischen Urwald, um ihren verschollenen Kollegen Anders zu suchen...

  • Collecting Strays at the Thanksgiving Table | Ann Patchett

    Collecting Strays at the Thanksgiving Table

    • UNABRIDGED (7 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Fleet Cooper
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    "Collecting Strays at the Thanksgiving Table" is from the November 20, 2016 Lifestyle section of The New York Times. It was written by Ann Patchett and narrated by Fleet Cooper.

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