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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.

  • 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"
  • 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"
  • 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""
  • The Accursed | Joyce Carol Oates

    The Accursed

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Joyce Carol Oates
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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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"
  • 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"
  • Big Mouth & Ugly Girl | Joyce Carol Oates

    Big Mouth & Ugly Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Joyce Carol Oates
    • Narrated By Hilary Swank, Chad Lowe
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    Matt Donaghy has always been a Big Mouth. But it's never gotten him in trouble, until the day Matt is accused of threatening to blow up Rocky River High School.

    Ursula Riggs has always been an Ugly Girl. A loner with fierce, staring eyes, Ursula has no time for petty high school stuff like friends and dating, or at least that's what she tells herself. Ursula is content with minding her own business. And she doesn't even really know Matt Donaghy.

    Paris Granville says: "Prose that grabs you"
  • 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
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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.

    Lua Wilkinson says: "Didn't make it 2 hours"
  • 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"
  • Black Dahlia & White Rose: Stories | Joyce Carol Oates

    Black Dahlia & White Rose: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Joyce Carol Oates
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia, Coleen Marlo, Tavia Gilbert
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    The New York Times has hailed Joyce Carol Oates as "a dangerous writer in the best sense of the word, one who takes risks almost obsessively with energy and relish." Black Dahlia & White Rose, a collection of 11 previously uncollected stories, showcases the keen rewards of Oates's relentless brio and invention. In one beautifully honed story after another, Oates explores the menace that lurks at the edges of and intrudes upon even the seemingly safest of lives - and maps with rare emotional acuity the transformational cost of such intrusions.

  • 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"
  • A Widow's Story: A Memoir | Joyce Carol Oates

    A Widow's Story: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Joyce Carol Oates
    • Narrated By Ellen Parker
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    In a work unlike anything she's written before, National Book Award-winner Joyce Carol Oates unveils a poignant, intimate memoir about the unexpected death of her husband of 46 years and its wrenching, surprising aftermath.

    Pamela Harvey says: "Breathless!"
  • 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?

  • 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 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"
  • 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?"
  • 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.

  • The Truth Teller | Joyce Carol Oates

    The Truth Teller

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 38 mins)
    • By Joyce Carol Oates
    • Narrated By Charles Durning, Arthur Hanket, Gary Kroeger, and others
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    Joyce Carol Oates' hilarious take-off on a classic Southern play begins when liberated Hedda arrives home to visit the family estate, ruled by the family’s tyrannical patriarch, “Tiny” Culligan. Tiny doesn’t know what to make of Hedda’s intellectual boyfriend, Saul. But then, Saul doesn’t know what to make of Hedda’s sister, the slinky Maggie, who finds Jewish professors very sexy indeed. A full cast L.A. Theatre Works performance featuring: Charles Durning, Arthur Hanket, Gary Kroeger, Marsha Mason, Priscilla Pointer, William Schallert and JoBeth Williams.

  • The Perfectionist | Joyce Carol Oates

    The Perfectionist

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 52 mins)
    • By Joyce Carol Oates
    • Narrated By Barbara Bosson, Annabeth Gish, Harold Gould, and others
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    Prize-winning author Joyce Carol Oates turns her satiric eye to Tobias Harte, a man obsessed with perfection in everything from ethics to egg salad. Rollicking comedy ensues as Harte struggles with his highly imperfect family and friends.

  • High Crime Area: Tales of Darkness and Dread | Joyce Carol Oates

    High Crime Area: Tales of Darkness and Dread

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Joyce Carol Oates
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Ray Chase, Donna Postel, and others
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    In the title story, a white aspiring professor is convinced she is being followed. No need to panic - she has a handgun stowed away in her purse, just in case. But when she turns to confront her black male shadow, the situation isn't what she expects. In "The Rescuer" a promising graduate student detours to inner-city Trenton, New Jersey, to save her brother from a downward spiral. But she soon finds out there may be more to his world than to hers.

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