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  • Rabbit, Run | John Updike

    Rabbit, Run

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Updike
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
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    Harry Angstrom was a star basketball player in high school and that was the best time of his life. Now in his mid-20s, his work is unfulfilling, his marriage is moribund, and he tries to find happiness with another woman. But happiness is more elusive than a medal, and Harry must continue to run--from his wife, his life, and from himself, until he reaches the end of the road and has to turn back....

    Peregrine says: "Great, but gritty and depressing"
  • The Witches of Eastwick | John Updike

    The Witches of Eastwick

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By John Updike
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
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    Before they were the widows of Eastwick, our heroines were a trio of delightfully wicked witches. In a small New England town in that hectic era when the sixties turned into the seventies, there lived three witches. Alexandra Spoffard, a sculptress, could create thunderstorms. Jane Smart, a cellist, could fly. The local gossip columnist, Sukie Rougemont, could turn milk into cream. Divorced but hardly celibate, the wonderful witches one day found themselves quite under the spell of the new man in town.

    Clarence says: ""Enjoyed" the movie more"
  • Selected Shorts: Lots of Laughs! | Nicholson Baker,John Updike,David Schickler,Neil Gaiman

    Selected Shorts: Lots of Laughs!

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Nicholson Baker, John Updike, David Schickler, and others
    • Narrated By Thomas Gibson, Charles Keating, David Rakoff
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    Selected Shorts is an award-winning series of classic and contemporary short fiction read by acclaimed actors. The readings are recorded live at Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York City. The Selected Shorts radio series is a co-production of Symphony Space and WNYC, New York Public Radio, and is heard on public radio stations nationwide.

    Steve says: "Wonderful Radio Show"
  • The Maples Stories | John Updike

    The Maples Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Updike
    • Narrated By Peter Van Norden
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    In 1956, Updike published a story, "Snowing in Greenwich Village," about a young couple, Joan and Richard Maple, at the beginning of their marriage. Over the next two decades, he returned to these characters again and again, tracing their years together raising children, finding moments of intermittent happiness, and facing the heartbreak of infidelity and estrangement.

    Richard says: "A weak reader hampers the work of a legend"
  • The John Updike Audio Collection | John Updike

    The John Updike Audio Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Updike
    • Narrated By Jane Alexander, Edward Herrmann, John Updike
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    The extraordinarily evocative stories depict the generation born in a small-town America during the Depression and growing up in a world where the old sexual morality was turned around and material comforts were easily had. Yet, as these stories reflect so accurately, life was still unsettling, and Updike chronicles telling moments both joyful and painful. The texts are taken from his recent omnibus, The Early Stories, 1953-1975.

    Jody says: "Good read"
  • Rabbit Is Rich | John Updike

    Rabbit Is Rich

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By John Updike
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
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    The time is 1979: Skylab is falling, gas lines are lengthening, the president collapses while running in a marathon, and double-digit inflation coincides with a deflation of national confidence. Nevertheless, Harry Angstrom feels in good shape, ready to enjoy life at last - until his son, Nelson, returns from the West, and the image of an old love pays a visit to his lot. New characters and old populate these scenes from Rabbit's middle age, as he continues to pursue, in his erratic fashion, the rainbow of happiness.

    L. Berlyne-Kovler says: "Brilliant Writing"
  • Selected Stories: The Alligators, A & P, Pigeon Feathers, The Family Meadow, Witnesses, Separating | John Updike

    Selected Stories: The Alligators, A & P, Pigeon Feathers, The Family Meadow, Witnesses, Separating

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Updike
    • Narrated By John Updike
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    John Updike reads six stories he has selected from the 100-odd he has published. Mr. Updike, when asked to described his method of reading aloud, said "I try to picture the things described and to speak the words distinctly, and to let the emotion come through on its own." The method works beautifully.

    W Perry Hall says: "Life, Love and Chivalry"
  • Separating | John Updike

    Separating

    • UNABRIDGED (28 mins)
    • By John Updike
    • Narrated By Peter Van Norden
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    The Maples Stories consists of eighteen classic stories from across John Updike's career, forming aluminous chronicle of the life and times of one marriage in all its rich emotional complexity. "Separating," the fourteenth story in the collection, details the Maples' decision to part ways, their pragmatism about the split concealing their underlying emotions as they struggle to relate the news to their four nearly-grown children.

  • Rabbit Redux | John Updike

    Rabbit Redux

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By John Updike
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey 
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    The assumptions and obsessions that control our daily lives are explored in tantalizing detail by master novelist John Updike in this wise, witty, sexy story. Harry Angstrom - known to all as Rabbit, one of America's most famous literary characters - finds his dreary life shattered by the infidelity of his wife. How he resolves - or further complicates - his problems makes a compelling read.

    L. Berlyne-Kovler says: "Bring on more Rabbit!"
  • Rabbit Remembered | John Updike

    Rabbit Remembered

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Updike
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
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    The stunning novella that concludes John Updike's acclaimed Rabbit series is now available on audio. Set 10 years after Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom's death, Rabbit Remembered returns listeners to the small Pennsylvania town where Harry's widow, Janice, and his son, Nelson, still reside. They are faced with a surprise when Annabelle, Harry's 39-year-old illegitimate daughter, arrives on the scene, bringing with her ghosts from the past.

    Amazon Customer says: "Rabbit from Start to Finish"
  • Rabbit at Rest | John Updike

    Rabbit at Rest

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By John Updike
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
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    In John Updike's fourth and final novel about ex-basketball player Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom, the hero has acquired heart trouble, a Florida condo, and a second grandchild. His son, Nelson, is behaving erratically; his daughter-in-law, Pru, is sending out mixed signals; and his wife, Janice, decides in mid-life to become a working girl. As, though the winter, spring, and summer of 1989, Reagan's debt-ridden, AIDS-plagued America yields to that of George Bush, Rabbit explores the bleak terrain of late middle age.

    Chris Reich says: "I Cannot Add to Glowing Reviews"
  • The Afterlife and Other Stories | John Updike

    The Afterlife and Other Stories

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By John Updike
    • Narrated By John Updike
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    A fantastic short story collection from critically acclaimed and bestselling author John Updike.

    IthacaNancy says: "Be Aware, It's An Abridged Edition"
  • Eggs, Cookies, and Leeches: Memorable Writing from The New Yorker | Malcolm Gladwell,Hendrik Hertzberg,John Colapinto,John Updike,Seymour Hersh,Burkhard Bilger,Jonathan Franzen,Sasha Frere-Jones

    Eggs, Cookies, and Leeches: Memorable Writing from The New Yorker

    • HIGHLIGHTS (4 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell, Hendrik Hertzberg, John Colapinto, and others
    • Narrated By uncredited
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    Certainly, all the writing in The New Yorker is memorable, and this collection is no exception. The authors include such best sellers as Malcolm Gladwell, Seymour Hersh, and Jonathan Franzen - and the subjects range from the lives of short-order cooks to the secrets of college admissions.

    Curmudgen says: "A random collection?"
  • Twin Beds in Rome | John Updike

    Twin Beds in Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (19 mins)
    • By John Updike
    • Narrated By Peter Van Norden
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    As Richard and Joan Maple's story continues in this fourth story in the collection, their marriage is falling apart. Though both intensely desire separation, they continue to hold on to their broken relationship. So rather than get away from each other, they go away with each other - to Rome.

  • The New Yorker (June 13 & 20, 2005) | Seymour Hersh,David Sedaris,James Surowiecki,Edmund White,John Updike,Robert Littell,Sasha Frere-Jones,David Denby

    The New Yorker (June 13 & 20, 2005)

    • HIGHLIGHTS (1 hr and 46 mins)
    • By Seymour Hersh, David Sedaris, James Surowiecki, and others
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    "Watergate Days" by Seymour Hersh, "Turbulence" by David Sedaris, "In Case of Emergency" by James Surowiecki, "My Women" by Edmund White, "The Great Game Gone" by John Updike, "The Gift and the Curse" by Sasha Frere-Jones, and "Aiming Low" by David Denby.

  • Selected Shorts: Baseball! | John Updike,T.C. Boyle

    Selected Shorts: Baseball!

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Updike, T.C. Boyle
    • Narrated By Jack Davidson, Fritz Weaver
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    Selected Shorts is an award-winning series of classic and contemporary short fiction read by acclaimed actors. The readings are recorded live at Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York City. The Selected Shorts radio series is a co-production of Symphony Space and WNYC, New York Public Radio, and is heard on public radio stations nationwide.

    Hal says: "A gem"
  • The Widows of Eastwick | John Updike

    The Widows of Eastwick

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By John Updike
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
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    More than three decades have passed since the events described in John Updike's The Witches of Eastwick. The three divorcées - Alexandra, Jane, and Sukie - have left town, remarried, and become widows. They cope with their grief and solitude as widows do: they travel the world, to such foreign lands as Canada, Egypt, and China, and renew old acquaintance. Why not, Sukie and Jane ask Alexandra, go back to Eastwick for the summer?

    I. Kissen says: "Transformation"
  • Rabbit, Run | John Updike

    Rabbit, Run

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By John Updike
    • Narrated By William Hope
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    It's 1959, and Harry 'Rabbit' Angstrom, one-time high school sports superstar, is going nowhere. At twenty-six he is trapped in a second-rate existence - stuck with a fragile, alcoholic wife, a house full of overflowing ashtrays and discarded glasses, a young son and a futile job. With no way to fix things, he resolves to flee from his family and his home in Pennsylvania, beginning a thousand-mile journey that he hopes will free him from his mediocre life.

  • Grandparenting | John Updike

    Grandparenting

    • UNABRIDGED (35 mins)
    • By John Updike
    • Narrated By Peter Van Norden
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    "Grandparenting," the final installation of The Maples Stories, concludes with Joan and Richard transitioning into new roles as grandparents for the first time, navigating the strange world of a split yet unified family years after their divorce.

  • Terrorist | John Updike

    Terrorist

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By John Updike
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
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    The son of a bohemian Irish-American mother and an Egyptian father who disappeared when he was three, Ahmad turned to Islam at the age of 11. He feels his faith threatened by the materialistic, hedonistic society he sees around him in the slumping factory town of New Prospect, in northern New Jersey.

    Lyn says: "Updike vindicated"
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