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  • Five Short Stories by Women | Joyce Carol Oates,Amy Hempel,Rebecca Lee,Nadine Gordimer,Sandra Cisneros

    Five Short Stories by Women

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Joyce Carol Oates, Amy Hempel, Rebecca Lee, and others
    • Narrated By Emily Bergl, Lynn Collins, Sarah Drew, and others
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    L.A. Theatre Works presents Five Short Stories by Women, a quintet of tales from some of America’s most distinguished female authors.

    The Lovely Rod says: "Good dramas but lack variety"
  • A Book of American Martyrs: A Novel | Joyce Carol Oates

    A Book of American Martyrs: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Joyce Carol Oates
    • Narrated By Neil Hellegers, Tavia Gilbert, Kirsten Potter
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    In this striking, enormously affecting novel, Joyce Carol Oates tells the story of two very different yet intimately linked American families. Luther Dunphy is an ardent Evangelical who envisions himself as acting out God's will when he assassinates an abortion provider in his small Ohio town while Augustus Voorhees, the idealistic doctor who is killed, leaves behind a wife and children scarred and embittered by grief.

    MAUREEN says: "A weak & disappointing conclusion"
  • Blonde | Joyce Carol Oates

    Blonde

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joyce Carol Oates
    • Narrated By Jayne Atkinson
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    She was an all-American girl who became a legend of unparalleled stature. She inspired the adoration of millions, and her life has beguiled generations of fans and fellow artists. The story of Norma Jeane Baker, better known by her studio name, Marilyn Monroe, has been dissected for more than three decades, but never has it been captured in a narrative as breathtaking and transforming as Blonde.

    Tia says: "Why not "unabridged""
  • Lovely, Dark, Deep | Joyce Carol Oates

    Lovely, Dark, Deep

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Joyce Carol Oates
    • Narrated By Jason Culp, Maggi-Meg Reed
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    From the legendary literary master, winner of the National Book Award and New York Times best-selling author Joyce Carol Oates, a collection of ten spellbinding stories that maps the eerie darkness within us all. Insightful, disturbing, and mesmerizing in their lyrical precision, the stories in Lovely, Dark, Deep display Joyce Carol Oates's astonishing ability to make visceral the fear, hurt, and uncertainty that lurks at the edges of ordinary lives.

    lil' old me says: "Interesting Having Oates' Stories Together"
  • Selected Shorts: American Classics | Amy Tan,Donald Barthelme,Eudora Welty,Edgar Allan Poe,Joyce Carol Oates,John Sayles,Alice Walker

    Selected Shorts: American Classics

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Amy Tan, Donald Barthelme, Eudora Welty, and others
    • Narrated By Freda Foh Shen, David Strathairn, Stockard Channing, and others
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    A compilation of classic tales by great American writers performed by terrific actors, with a lineup including Pulitzer Prize winners, National Book Award winners, and PEN Award winners.

    Michael says: "Classic classics"
  • The Falls | Joyce Carol Oates

    The Falls

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Joyce Carol Oates
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    A man climbs over the railings and plunges into Niagara Falls. A newlywed, he has left behind his wife, Ariah Erskine, in the honeymoon suite the morning after their wedding. "The Widow Bride of The Falls", as Ariah comes to be known, begins a relentless, seven-day vigil in the mist, waiting for his body to be found.

    Harry I. Shuman says: "Clean Out Your Ears"
  • Black Water | Joyce Carol Oates

    Black Water

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Joyce Carol Oates
    • Narrated By Amanda Plummer
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    On Grayling Island, off the coast of Maine, Kelly Kelleher meets the Senator at a Fourth of July beach party. He is old enough to be her father; she is young enough to find his attention flattering. And with an optimism born of inexperience, she believes she can take care of herself. As evening approaches, the two move unaware toward a shattering appointment with destiny. When the Senator offers Kelly a ride to the ferry, it is not love but death that awaits her.

    Emily says: "Irresistable"
  • We Were the Mulvaneys | Joyce Carol Oates

    We Were the Mulvaneys

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Joyce Carol Oates
    • Narrated By Scott Shina
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    Judd is the youngest of the four Mulvaney children - three boys and a girl - on their parents’ lush farm in upstate New York. In his childhood, Judd is swept along by the sheer energy of the Mulvaneys and their wealth of beloved family stories. But now, 30 years old, Judd looks back through his memories to tell the secrets that eventually ripped apart the fabric of his storybook family.

    Jason says: "Overlooked Masterpiece"
  • The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares: Novellas and Stories of Unspeakable Dread | Joyce Carol Oates

    The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares: Novellas and Stories of Unspeakable Dread

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Joyce Carol Oates
    • Narrated By Adam Verner, Christine Williams
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    An incomparable master storyteller in all forms, in The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares Joyce Carol Oates spins six imaginative tales of suspense. The Corn Maiden is the gut-wrenching story of Marissa, a beautiful and sweet, but somewhat slow, eleven-year-old girl with hair the color of corn silk. Her single mother comes home one night to find her missing and panics, frantically knocking on the doors of her neighbors.

    Michael says: "Very Unsettling"
  • Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang | Joyce Carol Oates

    Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Joyce Carol Oates
    • Narrated By Jane Gabbert
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    Foxfire chronicles the life of five unforgettably real teenage girls in upstate New York in the 1950s. This controversial, topical tale captures the exhilaration of conspiracy, the blaze of youth, and the inevitable end of violence.

  • Jack of Spades: A Tale of Suspense | Joyce Carol Oates

    Jack of Spades: A Tale of Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Joyce Carol Oates
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Andrew J. Rush has achieved the kind of critical and commercial success most authors only dream about: his 28 mystery novels have sold millions of copies in nearly 30 countries, and he has a top agent and publisher in New York. He also has a loving wife, three grown children, and is a well-regarded philanthropist in his small New Jersey town. But Rush is hiding a dark secret. Under the pseudonym "Jack of Spades", he writes another string of novels - dark potboilers that are violent, lurid, even masochistic...

    debbie ortiz says: "Very well written suspense."
  • The Man Without a Shadow: A Novel | Joyce Carol Oates

    The Man Without a Shadow: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Joyce Carol Oates
    • Narrated By Susan Hanfield
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    In 1965, neuroscientist Margot Sharpe meets the attractive, charismatic Elihu Hoopes - the "man without a shadow" - whose devastated memory, unable to store new experiences or to retrieve the old, will make him the most famous and most studied amnesiac in history. Over the course of the next 30 years, Margot herself becomes famous for her experiments with E. H. - and inadvertently falls in love with him.

    AandB says: "Awful"
  • The Lost Landscape: A Writer's Coming of Age | Joyce Carol Oates

    The Lost Landscape: A Writer's Coming of Age

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joyce Carol Oates
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
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    The Lost Landscape is Joyce Carol Oates' vivid chronicle of her hardscrabble childhood in rural Western New York State. From memories of her relatives to those of a charming bond with a special red hen on her family farm, from her first friendships to her earliest experiences with death, The Lost Landscape is a powerful evocation of the romance of childhood and its indelible influence on the woman and the writer she would become.

    Annalisa says: "Moving and delicate"
  • Carthage: A Novel | Joyce Carol Oates

    Carthage: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Joyce Carol Oates
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen, David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Zeno Mayfield's daughter has disappeared into the night, gone missing in the wilds of the Adirondacks. But when the community of Carthage joins a father's frantic search for the girl, they discover the unlikeliest of suspects…a decorated Iraq War veteran with close ties to the Mayfield family. As grisly evidence mounts against the troubled war hero, the family must wrestle with the possibility of having lost a daughter forever. Carthage plunges us deep into the psyche of a wounded young corporal haunted by unspeakable acts of wartime aggression, while unraveling the story of a disaffected young girl whose exile from her family may have come long before her disappearance.

    Anne says: "A Major Disappointment!!"
  • Tails of Wonder and Imagination | Stephen King,Neil Gaiman,George R. R. Martin,Joyce Carol Oates,Susanna Clarke,Lawrence Block,Tanith Lee

    Tails of Wonder and Imagination

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, George R. R. Martin, and others
    • Narrated By Teresa DeBerry, Jeremy Arthur, Cynthia Barrett
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    What is it about the cat that captivates the creative imagination? No other creature has inspired so many authors to take pen to page. Mystery, horror, science fiction, and fantasy stories have all been written about cats.

    David Groveman says: "Inconsistent Quality"
  • The Accursed | Joyce Carol Oates

    The Accursed

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Joyce Carol Oates
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    Princeton, New Jersey, at the turn of the 20th century: a tranquil place to raise a family, a genteel town for genteel souls. But something dark and dangerous lurks at the edges of the town, corrupting and infecting its residents. Vampires and ghosts haunt the dreams of the innocent. A powerful curse besets the elite families of Princeton; their daughters begin disappearing. A young bride on the verge of the altar is seduced and abducted by a dangerously compelling man - a shape-shifting, vaguely European prince who might just be the devil.

    Amanda says: "Not for the typical Horror fan"
  • Prison Noir | Joyce Carol Oates (editor)

    Prison Noir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Joyce Carol Oates (editor)
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett, David Marantz, Joe Barrett, and others
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    This anthology, with stories set in different prisons across the US, presents an absolutely new perspective on prison literature. Featuring brand-new stories by: Christopher M. Stephen, Sin Soracco, Scott Gutches, Eric Boyd, Ali F. Sareini, Stephen Geez, B.M. Dolarman, Zeke Caligiuri, Marco Verdoni, Kenneth R. Brydon, Linda Michelle Marquardt, Andre White, Timothy Pauley, Bryan K. Palmer, and William Van Poyck.

  • Evil Eye: Four Novellas of Love Gone Wrong | Joyce Carol Oates

    Evil Eye: Four Novellas of Love Gone Wrong

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Joyce Carol Oates
    • Narrated By Donna Postel, Luci Christian, Chris Patton, and others
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    Listeners know that few authors are able to create an atmosphere of unease and terror as well as Oates, a fact confirmed by the four novellas presented here. All the novellas in this collection revolve around the theme of love gone wrong - horribly, shockingly wrong.

    ricketsj says: "Interesting stories, but morbidly fixated."
  • Soul at the White Heat: Inspiration, Obsession, and the Writing Life | Joyce Carol Oates

    Soul at the White Heat: Inspiration, Obsession, and the Writing Life

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Joyce Carol Oates
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
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    "Why do we write?" With this question Joyce Carol Oates, in this new collection of seminal essays and criticism, begins an imaginative exploration of the writing life and all its attendant anxieties, joys, and futilities. Leading her quest is a desire to understand the source of the writer's inspiration - do subjects haunt those who might bring them back to life until the writer submits? Or does something "happen" to us, a sudden ignition of a burning flame? Can the appearance of a muse-like Other bring about a writer's best work?

    Teresa Dieter says: "Book content overshadowed by illogical performance"
  • The Sacrifice: A Novel | Joyce Carol Oates

    The Sacrifice: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Joyce Carol Oates
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin, Sisi Aisha Johnson, Karole Foreman, and others
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    When a 14-year-old girl is the alleged victim of a terrible act of racial violence, the incident shocks and galvanizes her community, exacerbating the racial tension that has been simmering in this New Jersey town for decades. In this magisterial work of fiction, Joyce Carol Oates explores the uneasy fault lines in a racially troubled society. In such a tense, charged atmosphere, Oates reveals that there must always be a sacrifice - of innocence, truth, trust, and, ultimately, of lives.

    Mesha Brooks says: "What happened to the end?"
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