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David Leavitt

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  • The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer | David Leavitt

    The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Leavitt
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
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    To solve one of the great mathematical problems of his day, Alan Turing proposed an imaginary computer. Then, attempting to break a Nazi code during World War II, he successfully designed and built one, thus ensuring the Allied victory. Turing became a champion of artificial intelligence, but his work was cut short. As an openly gay man at a time when homosexuality was illegal in England, he was convicted and forced to undergo a humiliating "treatment" that may have led to his suicide.

    Rush D. Austin says: "First Audible Book I Returned"
  • The Indian Clerk | David Leavitt

    The Indian Clerk

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By David Leavitt
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcom
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    Based on the remarkable true story of G. H. Hardy and Srinivasa Ramanujan, and populated with such luminaries such as D. H. Lawrence, Bertrand Russell, and Ludwig Wittgenstein, The Indian Clerk takes this extraordinary slice of history and transforms it into an emotional and spellbinding story about the fragility of human connection and our need to find order in the world.

    Charles says: "A unique and completely enjoyable experience"
  • The Two Hotel Francforts: A Novel | David Leavitt

    The Two Hotel Francforts: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Leavitt
    • Narrated By Stephen Bel Davies
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    It is the summer of 1940, and Lisbon, Portugal, is the only neutral port left in Europe - a city filled with spies, crowned heads, and refugees of every nationality, tipping back absinthe to while away the time until their escape. Awaiting safe passage to New York on the SS Manhattan, two couples meet: Pete and Julia Winters, expatriate Americans fleeing their sedate life in Paris; and Edward and Iris Freleng, sophisticated, independently wealthy, bohemian, and beset by the social and sexual anxieties of their class.

    David says: "A Disappointment"
  • The Lost Language of Cranes | David Leavitt

    The Lost Language of Cranes

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By David Leavitt
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
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    Set in the 1980s against the backdrop of a swiftly gentrifying Manhattan, The Lost Language of Cranes tells the story of 25-year-old Philip, who realizes he must come out to his parents after falling in love for the first time with a man. Philip's parents are facing their own crisis: pressure from developers and the loss of their longtime home.

    Marco says: "Bildugsroman for a gay man"
  • Equal Affections | David Leavitt

    Equal Affections

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By David Leavitt
    • Narrated By Suzanne Torren
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    An elaboration of some of David Leavitt's early stories, Equal Affections - his second novel - is about the family of a woman, Louise Cooper, who is dying of cancer. The family has other problems: Nat, Louise's husband, is having an affair; her daughter, April, a lesbian with a thriving career as a singer, finds herself pregnant; and her son, Danny, also gay, is worried about his lover's commitment to him.

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