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  • Let the Great World Spin | Colum McCann

    Let the Great World Spin

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Colum McCann
    • Narrated By Richard Poe, Gerard Doyle, Carol Monda, and others
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    In the dawning light of a late-summer morning, the people of lower Manhattan stand hushed, staring up in disbelief at the Twin Towers. It is August 1974, and a mysterious tightrope walker is running, dancing, leaping between the towers, suspended a quarter-mile above the ground. In the streets below, a slew of ordinary lives become extraordinary in best-selling novelist Colum McCann's stunningly intricate portrait of a city and its people.

  • TransAtlantic: A Novel | Colum McCann

    TransAtlantic: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Colum McCann
    • Narrated By Geraldine Hughes
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    In the National Book Award-winning Let the Great World Spin, Colum McCann thrilled readers with a marvelous high-wire act of fiction that The New York Times Book Review called "an emotional tour de force". Now McCann demonstrates once again why he is one of the most acclaimed and essential authors of his generation with a soaring novel that spans continents, leaps centuries, and unites a cast of deftly rendered characters, both real and imagined.

  • Letters to a Young Writer: Some Practical and Philosophical Advice | Colum McCann

    Letters to a Young Writer: Some Practical and Philosophical Advice

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Colum McCann
    • Narrated By Colum McCann
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    Intriguing and inspirational, this book is a call to look outward rather than inward. McCann asks his listeners to constantly push the boundaries of experience, to see empathy and wonder in the stories we craft and hear. A paean to the power of language, both by argument and by example, Letters to a Young Writer is fierce and honest in its testament to the bruises delivered by writing as both a profession and a calling. It charges aspiring writers to learn the rules and even break them.

  • Thirteen Ways of Looking: Fiction | Colum McCann

    Thirteen Ways of Looking: Fiction

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Colum McCann
    • Narrated By Colum McCann
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    In such acclaimed novels as Let the Great World Spin and TransAtlantic, National Book Award-winning author Colum McCann has transfixed listeners with his precision, tenderness, and authority. Now, in his first collection of short fiction in more than a decade, McCann charts the territory of chance and the profound and intimate consequences of even our smallest moments.

  • This Side of Brightness | Colum McCann

    This Side of Brightness

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Colum McCann
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
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    From the author of Songdogs, a magnificent work of imagination and history set in the tunnels of New York City. In the early years of the century, Nathan Walker leaves his native Georgia for New York City and the most dangerous job in America. A sandhog, he burrows beneath the East River, digging the tunnel that will carry trains from Brooklyn to Manhattan. Above ground, the sandhogs - black, white, Irish, Italian - keep their distance from each other until a spectacular accident welds a bond between them.

  • Dancer | Colum McCann

    Dancer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Colum McCann
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Nick Pauling, Jessica Almasy, and others
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    Dancer is the erotically charged story of the Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev as told through the cast of those who knew him: there is Anna Vasileva, Rudi's first ballet teacher, who rescues her protege from the stunted life of his provincial town; Yulia, whose sexual and artistic ambitions are thwarted by her Soviet-sanctioned marriage; and Victor, the Venezuelan street hustler, who reveals the lurid underside of the gay celebrity set.

  • Dancer | Colum McCann

    Dancer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Colum McCann
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Nick Pauling, Jessica Almasy, and others
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    Dancer is the erotically charged story of the Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev as told through the cast of those who knew him: there is Anna Vasileva, Rudi's first ballet teacher, who rescues her protégé from the stunted life of his provincial town; Yulia, whose sexual and artistic ambitions are thwarted by her Soviet-sanctioned marriage; and Victor, the Venezuelan street hustler, who reveals the lurid underside of the gay celebrity set.

  • Kingdom of Olives and Ash: Writers Confront the Occupation | Michael Chabon - editor,Ayelet Waldman - editor,Colum McCann,Colm Toibin,Dave Eggers,Geraldine Brooks

    Kingdom of Olives and Ash: Writers Confront the Occupation

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Michael Chabon - editor, Ayelet Waldman - editor, Colum McCann, and others
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman, Fred Sanders
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    Published to coincide the with 50th anniversary of the Israel occupation of the West Bank, an anthology that explores the human cost of the conflict there as witnessed by such notable writers as Colum McCann, Colm Toibin, Dave Eggers, Madeleine Thien, Eimear McBride and Taiye Selasi and editors Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman.

  • Let the Great World Spin | Colum McCann

    Let the Great World Spin

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Colum McCann
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    It is August 1974, and a tightrope walker is suspended between the twin towers, watched by thousands in the streets below. Elegantly weaving together their seemingly disparate lives, McCann's powerful novel comes alive in the unforgettable voices of the city's people, unexpectedly drawn together by hope, beauty, and the tightrope walker's "artistic crime of the century".

  • Thalia Book Club: Colum McCann's 'Let the Great World Spin' and Colm Toibin's 'Brooklyn' | Colum McCann,Colm Toibin

    Thalia Book Club: Colum McCann's 'Let the Great World Spin' and Colm Toibin's 'Brooklyn'

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 23 mins)
    • By Colum McCann, Colm Toibin
    • Narrated By Michael Cerveris
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    The Irish writers and good friends discuss their newest novels (each of which is set in New York City and was chosen by Amazon as one of the Top 4 Books of 2009) with each other and the audience. Michael Cerveris performs excerpts from both authors. A book signing follows.

  • Transatlantic | Colum McCann

    Transatlantic

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Colum McCann
    • Narrated By Antoine Louvard
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    S'appuyant sur une construction impressionnante de virtuosité, l'auteur bâtit un pont sur l'Atlantic, entre l'Amérique et l'Irlande, du XIXe siècle à nos jours. Mêlant Histoire et fiction, une œuvre sur le déracinement et le dépassement de soi.

  • Fishing the Sloe-Black River | Colum McCann

    Fishing the Sloe-Black River

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Colum McCann
    • Narrated By Clodagh Bowyer, Tim Smallwood, Paul Nugent, and others
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    The short fiction of Colum McCann documents a dizzying cast of characters in exile, loss, love, and displacement. There is the worn boxing champion who steals clothes from a New Orleans laundromat, the rumored survivor of Hiroshima who emigrates to the tranquil coast of Western Ireland, the Irishwoman who journeys through America in search of silence and solitude.

  • Thalia Book Club: Colum McCann Thirteen Ways of Looking | Colum McCann

    Thalia Book Club: Colum McCann Thirteen Ways of Looking

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 27 mins)
    • By Colum McCann
    • Narrated By Lila Azam Zanganeh
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    The Irish author of TransAtlantic presents his first collection of short fiction in over a decade. With unsurpassed empathy for his characters and their inner lives, Thirteen Ways of Looking explores the territory of chance and the profound and intimate consequences of even our smallest moments. In conversation with Lila Azam Zanganeh (The Enchanter: Nabokov and Happiness).

  • Everything in This Country Must: A Novella and Two Stories | Colum McCann

    Everything in This Country Must: A Novella and Two Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Colum McCann
    • Narrated By Clodagh Bowyer, Paul Nugent, Sean Gormley
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    In a daring tour de force, Colum McCann takes on the most intractable of conflicts: the Troubles in Northern Ireland. In this, his fourth book, McCann, a writer of fierce originality and haunting lyricism, turns to the Troubles and reveals, as only fiction writers can, the reverberations of political tragedy in the most intimate lives of men and women, parents and children.

  • TransAtlantic | Colum McCann

    TransAtlantic

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Colum McCann
    • Narrated By Geraldine Hughes
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    1919. Emily Ehrlich watches as two young airmen pilot the very first non-stop transatlantic flight. 1998. Senator George Mitchell criss-crosses the ocean in search of Irish peace. How many more tragedies must there be before an agreement can be reached? 1845. Frederick Douglass, a black American slave, lands in Ireland to champion ideas of democracy and freedom, only to find a famine unfurling at his feet. TransAtlantic intricately weaves together personal stories to explore the tangled skein of connections that make up our lives.

  • Songdogs | Colum McCann

    Songdogs

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Colum McCann
    • Narrated By Paul Nugent
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    With unreliable memories and scraps of photographs as his only clues, Conor Lyons follows in the tracks of his father, a rootless photographer, as he moved from war-torn Spain, to the barren plains of Mexico, where he met and married Conor's mother, to the American West, and finally back to Ireland, where the marriage and the story reach their heartrending climax. As the narratives of Conor's quest and his parents' lives twine and untwine, Colum McCann creates a mesmerizing evocation of the gulf between memory and imagination, love and loss, past and present.

  • Thirteen Ways of Looking | Colum McCann

    Thirteen Ways of Looking

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Colum McCann
    • Narrated By Colum McCann
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    Told from a multitude of perspectives in lyrical, hypnotic prose, Thirteen Ways of Looking is a groundbreaking work of true resonance. Accompanied by three equally powerful stories set in Afghanistan, Galway and London, this is a tribute to humanity's search for meaning and grace from a writer at the height of his form, capable of imagining immensities even in the smallest corners of our lives.

  • Danseur | Colum McCann

    Danseur

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Colum McCann
    • Narrated By Stephane Ronchewski, Juliette Degenne
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    Dans le plus ambitieux de ses romans à ce jour, Colum McCann réinvente la figure de Rudolf Noureïev, celui dont le nom fut synonyme de génie, de sexe et d'excès. Des horreurs de la bataille de Stalingrad à la permissivité sauvage du New York des années soixante-dix, entouré d'une impressionnante cohorte de personnages, réels ou imaginaires, se tient l'artiste : volontaire, lascif, ambitieux, mû par le besoin d'une perfection à jamais hors d'atteinte. Il en résulte une monumentale histoire d'amour, d'art et d'exil.

  • Les saisons de la nuit | Colum McCann

    Les saisons de la nuit

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Colum McCann
    • Narrated By Frantz Confiac
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    À travers l'extraordinaire portrait d'une famille d'ouvriers américains, du début du siècle à nos jours, Colum McCann impose un univers romanesque d'une rare puissance, et une prose d'une beauté rude et lumineuse. New York, 1916. Des terrassiers creusent les tunnels du métro sous l'East River. Des noirs, comme Nathan Walker, venu de sa Géorgie natale, des Italiens, des Polonais, des Irlandais... Pendant les dures heures de labeur dans les entrailles de la terre, une solidarité totale règne entre eux.

  • Transatlantik | Colum McCann

    Transatlantik

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Colum McCann
    • Narrated By Wolfram Koch, Gabriele Blum
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    1845: Der ehemalige Sklave Frederick Douglass reist durch das von Hungersnot gepeinigte Irland, um für die Abschaffung der Sklaverei zu werben. 1919: Zwei Flieger unternehmen den ersten Nonstop-Flug über den Atlantik mit Kurs auf Irland. 1998: Ein US-Senator verlässt seine junge Familie, um die Friedensgespräche in Belfast zu einem unsicheren Abschluss zu führen. Hinter diesen drei großen Momente irischer Geschichte kommen die Schicksale dreier unbekannter Frauen zum Vorschein.

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