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  • Beautiful Ruins | Jess Walter

    Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
  • The Financial Lives of the Poets | Jess Walter

    The Financial Lives of the Poets

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Jess Walter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    A few years ago, small-time finance journalist Matthew Prior quit his day job to gamble everything on a quixotic notion: a Web site devoted to financial journalism in the form of blank verse. When his big idea - and his wife's eBay resale business - ends with a whimper (and a garage full of unwanted figurines), they borrow and borrow, whistling past the graveyard of their uncertain dreams.

    Amanda says: "I Want What They're Having."
  • In Contempt | Christopher A. Darden,Jess Walter - contributor

    In Contempt

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Christopher A. Darden, Jess Walter - contributor
    • Narrated By Christopher Darden
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    This number-one New York Times best seller is an unflinching look at what the television cameras could not show: behind-the-scenes meetings, the deteriorating relationships between the defense and prosecution teams, the taunting, baiting, and pushing matches between Darden and Simpson, the intimate relationship between Darden and Marcia Clark, and the candid factors behind Darden's controversial decision for Simpson to try on the infamous glove, and much more.

    SPC says: "Abridged despite label"
  • We Live in Water: Stories | Jess Walter

    We Live in Water: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini, Jess Walter
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    We Live in Water, the first collection of short fiction from New York Times best-selling author Jess Walter, is a suite of diverse, often comic stories about personal struggle and diminished dreams, all of them marked by the wry wit and generosity of spirit that has made him one of our most talked-about writers.

    Suzn F says: "Interesting Collection of Short Stories"
  • The Zero | Jess Walter

    The Zero

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Christopher Graybill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    From its opening scene, when hero cop Brian Remy wakes up to find he's shot himself in the head, novelist Jess Walter takes us on a harrowing tour of a city and a country shuddering through the aftershocks of a devastating terrorist attack. As the smoke slowly clears, Remy finds that his memory is skipping, lurching between moments of lucidity and days when he doesn't seem to be living his own life at all.

    Dawn says: "Wow ..."
  • Fiction: Lives on the Brink (2010): Los Angeles Times Festival of Books: Panel 2063 | Seth Greenland,Eric Puchner,Mark Haskell Smith,Jess Walter

    Fiction: Lives on the Brink (2010): Los Angeles Times Festival of Books: Panel 2063

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 1 min)
    • By Seth Greenland, Eric Puchner, Mark Haskell Smith, and others
    • Narrated By Jerry Stahl
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    The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books began in 1996 with a simple goal: to bring together the people who create books with the people who love to read them. The festival was an immediate success and has become the largest and most prestigious book festival in the country, attracting more than 130,000 book lovers each year.

  • Schöne Ruinen | Jess Walter

    Schöne Ruinen

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Sascha Rotermund
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    Ein verschlafener Ort an der ligurischen Küste im Frühjahr 1962: Pasquale hat von seinem Vater eine Pension geerbt, und wenn er nicht gerade in der Brandung steht, um mühsam einen Strand anzulegen, vermisst er ein Felsplateau, auf dem ein Tennisplatz entstehen soll. Denn Pasquale hat eine Vision: Er will aus Porto Vergogna einen glamourösen Ferienort machen, der Touristen aus aller Welt anlockt, am liebsten aus Amerika.

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