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  • Selected Shorts: Funny Business | Simon Rich,David Schickler,Joe Meno,Ian Frazier,R.T. Smith,James Thurber,Dorothy Parker,Dave Eggers,Kevin Barry

    Selected Shorts: Funny Business

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Simon Rich, David Schickler, Joe Meno, and others
    • Narrated By Wyatt Cenac, Isiah Sheffer, Kirsten Vangsness, and others
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    From wild and wacky to knee-slapping, laugh-out-loud fun, these humorous tales represent some of the best of recent seasons of the hit public radio series Selected Shorts. Comedian Wyatt Cenac gives a killer performance of Simon Rich’s hilarious tale of woe from the point of view of a condom in a young man’s wallet. Alec Baldwin gives a delightful over-the-top performance of James Thurber’s wonderfully silly classic tale of the day everybody in a small Ohio town thought the dam broke.

    D. Littman says: "Some very entertaining, some not"
  • Beatlebone | Kevin Barry

    Beatlebone

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Kevin Barry
    • Narrated By Kevin Barry
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    It is 1978, and John Lennon has escaped New York City to try to find the island off the west coast of Ireland he bought nine years prior. Leaving behind domesticity, his approaching 40s, his inability to create, and his memories of his parents, he sets off to find calm in the comfortable silence of isolation. But when he puts himself in the hands of a shape-shifting driver full of Irish charm and dark whimsy, what ensues can only be termed a magical mystery tour.

    Achlasaba says: "The story didn't do it for me"
  • First Words | Spalding Gray,Lynda Barry,Tom Bodett,Marion Winik,Rick Reynolds,Hugh Gallagher,Richard B. Stolley,Kevin Kling,Bailey White

    First Words

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 4 mins)
    • By Spalding Gray, Lynda Barry, Tom Bodett, and others
    • Narrated By Phoenix Audio
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    The explosion in storytelling festivals and one-person shows demonstrate that Americans are growing disenchanted with the mass media and returning to the simple pleasures of a well-told story. Here is a survey of great contemporary monologues, including excerpts by Spalding Gray, Lynda Barry, Tom Bodett, and Peter Matthiessen.

  • Beatlebone | Kevin Barry

    Beatlebone

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Kevin Barry
    • Narrated By Kevin Barry
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    He will spend three days alone on his island. That is all that he asks.... John is so many miles from love now and home. This is the story of his strangest trip. John owns a tiny island off the west coast of Ireland. Maybe it is there that he can at last outrun the shadows of his past. The tale of a wild journey into the world and a wild journey within, Beatlebone is a mystery box of a novel. It's a portrait of an artist at a time of creative strife.

  • City of Bohane | Kevin Barry

    City of Bohane

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Kevin Barry
    • Narrated By Kevin Barry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Forty years in the future. The once-great city of Bohane on the west coast of Ireland is on its knees, infested by vice and split along tribal lines. There are the posh parts of town, but it is in the slums and backstreets of Smoketown, the tower blocks of the Northside Rises and on the eerie bogs of Big Nothin’ that Bohane really lives. For years, the city has been in the cool grip of Logan Hartnett, the dapper godfather of the Hartnett Fancy gang. But there’s trouble in the air. They say his old nemesis is back in town.

  • City of Bohane | Kevin Barry

    City of Bohane

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Kevin Barry
    • Narrated By Kevin Barry
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    Shortlisted for the 2011 Costa First Novel Award. Winner of the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award. Forty years in the future. The once-great city of Bohane on the west coast of Ireland is on its knees, infested by vice and split along tribal lines. There are the posh parts of town, but it is in the slums and backstreets of Smoketown, the tower blocks of the Northside Rises and the eerie bogs of Big Nothin' that the city really lives.

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