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  • Unfettered: Tales By Masters of Fantasy | Terry Brooks,Patrick Rothfuss,Robert Jordan,Jacqueline Carey,R.A. Salvatore,Naomi Novik,Peter V. Brett,Shawn Speakman (editor)

    Unfettered: Tales By Masters of Fantasy

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Terry Brooks, Patrick Rothfuss, Robert Jordan, and others
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim, Marc Vietor, Bronson Pinchot, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (679)
    Performance
    (604)
    Story
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    You define life or it defines you. In Shawn Speakman’s case, it was both. Lacking health insurance and diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2011, Shawn quickly accrued a massive medical debt that he did not have the ability to pay. That’s when New York Times best-selling author Terry Brooks offered to donate a short story that Shawn could sell to help alleviate those bills—and suggested he ask the same of his other writer friends. Unfettered is the result: An anthology built in order to relieve that debt, featuring short stories by some of the best fantasy writers in the genre.

    Stephanie says: "Mixed feelings"
  • Oscar and Lucinda | Peter Carey

    Oscar and Lucinda

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Peter Carey
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
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    Story
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    Oscar Hopkins is a high-strung preacher's kid with hydrophobia and noisy knees. Lucinda Leplastrier is a frizzy-haired heiress who impulsively buys a glass factory with the inheritance forced on her by a well-intentioned adviser. In the early parts of this lushly written audiobook, author Peter Carey renders the seminal turning points in his protagonists' childhoods as exquisite 19th-century set pieces.

    Darwin8u says: "A book to wade in, submerge into."
  • True History of the Kelly Gang | Peter Carey

    True History of the Kelly Gang

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Peter Carey
    • Narrated By Gianfranco Negroponte
    Overall
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    (131)
    Story
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    Ned Kelly's name resonates in Australia the same way the name Jesse James does in America. Was he a crusading folk hero or murderous horse thief and bank robber? Who was the real Ned Kelly? As the impoverished son of an Irish convict, Kelly was cheated, lied to, and abused by the English. Committed to fighting back against oppression, Kelly and his gang of outlaws eluded police for nearly two years.

    Margaret says: "Brilliant and Poetic"
  • Parrot and Olivier in America | Peter Carey

    Parrot and Olivier in America

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Peter Carey
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (78)

    Olivier, an improvisation on the life of Alexis de Tocqueville, is the traumatized child of aristocratic survivors of the French Revolution. Parrot is the motherless son of an itinerant English printer. Born on different sides of history, their lives will be joined by an enigmatic one-armed marquis.

    TX lilbit says: "Like nothing else"
  • Songs of Love and Death: All-Original Tales of Star-Crossed Love | George R. R. Martin (editor),Gardner Dozois (editor),Neil Gaiman,Peter S. Beagle,Tanith Lee,Marjorie M. Liu,Jacqueline Carey

    Songs of Love and Death: All-Original Tales of Star-Crossed Love

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin (editor), Gardner Dozois (editor), Neil Gaiman, and others
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante, Michael Page, Susan Duerden, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (122)

    Award-winning, best-selling author Neil Gaiman demonstrates why he’s one of the hottest stars in literature today with “The Thing About Cassandra,” a subtle but chilling story of a man who meets an old girlfriend he had never expected to see .International blockbuster bestselling author Diana Gabaldon sends a World War II RAF pilot through a stone circle to the time of her Outlander series in “A Leaf on the Winds of All Hallows.”

    Myra says: "Eclectic mix"
  • Amnesia | Peter Carey

    Amnesia

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Carey
    • Narrated By Colin Friels
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    How does a young woman from suburban Melbourne become America's public enemy number one? When Gaby Baillieux releases the Angel Worm into the computers of Australia's prison system, freeing hundreds of asylum seekers, she sets off a chain reaction. These prisons are run by US companies, and so the doors of some 5000 American institutions have also opened. And to some watching eyes, the secrets of both countries threaten to pour out. Was this a mistake? Or has the elusive Gaby declared cyberwar on the US?

    Ian C Robertson says: "Forgetable"
  • Amnesia | Peter Carey

    Amnesia

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Peter Carey
    • Narrated By Colin McPhillamy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
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    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Peter Carey has won the Booker prize twice for his ventures into historical fiction, True History of the Kelly Gang and Oscar and Lucinda. Now the acclaimed Australian author is set to address a rather more contemporary situation. Amnesia is a thrilling and witty journey to the place where the cyber underworld of radicals and hackers collides with international power politics.

    Allen says: "Aimless and boring"
  • Star Trek, Gateways: What Lay Beyond | Diane Carey,Peter David, more

    Star Trek, Gateways: What Lay Beyond

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Diane Carey, Peter David, more
    • Narrated By David Kaye
    Overall
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    (18)
    Story
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    Commanders from six Star Trek crews are faced with the ultimate gamble, as they hurl themselves through a Gateway without any knowledge of what lay beyond. Each faces a personally unique challenge, struggling to find a way back to the ships and homes they left behind. Waiting behind at least one of the Gateways are the ageless Iconians, the primordial architects of the mysterious portals causing chaos throughout the Milky Way galaxy.

    Robert says: "Beware"
  • The Chemistry of Tears | Peter Carey

    The Chemistry of Tears

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Peter Carey
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays, Susan Lyons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    Critics have used every possible superlative to praise the works of two-time Man Booker Prize winner Peter Carey. In The Chemistry of Tears, Carey continues to astound with a story of love, death, and human invention. Museum curator Catherine’s affair comes to an abrupt end with her married lover’s untimely death. Denied outward grief by the nature of their relationship, Catherine retreats into isolation. Delving into notebooks more than a century old, she feels a growing connection to Henry Brandling, who in 1854 gave life to a mechanical creature.

    Carol Meissner says: "Not worth reading…"
  • My Life as a Fake | Peter Carey

    My Life as a Fake

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter Carey
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons
    Overall
    (71)
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    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    In the 1950s poet Christopher Chubb composes a body of sexually charged poems. Chubb then dupes a trendy literary magazine into believing the poems were composed by the late Bob McCorkle, an undiscovered genius. But the trick backfires, and soon Chubb finds himself tormented by the very monster he creates. Decades later, a literary editor named Sarah Wode-Douglass begins peeling back the layers of the Chubb mystery in, of all places, Malaysia, where the reclusive poet remains in hiding.

    Michael says: "Good Quirky"
  • His Illegal Self | Peter Carey

    His Illegal Self

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Peter Carey
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
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    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Che is a precocious young boy raised in isolated privilege by his New York grandmother. Yearning for his famous outlaw parents - radical 1960s activists who are now among the FBI's most wanted - he's denied access to television and the news. But he takes hope from his teenage neighbor, who predicts, "They will come for you, man. They'll break you out of here."

    ring46 says: "Stunning"
  • Jack Maggs | Peter Carey

    Jack Maggs

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Peter Carey
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    With scars on his back and silver in his pocket, the huge figure of Jack Maggs strides across the rich landscape of 19th century London. As this enigmatic man moves through its streets and houses, his single-minded quest to find his son will engender love, deceit, and vengeance in the lives around him.

    Kathleen says: "Jack Maggs"
  • Theft | Peter Carey

    Theft

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Peter Carey
    • Narrated By Stan Pretty
    Overall
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    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Butcher Boone is an all-id all-the-time Australian painter of enormous talent and renown. Now divorced and bankrupted by his former wife, who tired of his excesses, Butcher has been reduced to caretaking a remote estate for his largest collector. And since the deaths of his working-class parents, he has also been saddled with his beloved, bedeviling brother Hugh, who, like Butcher, has a primarily pugilistic relationship with the world.

  • Parrot and Olivier in America | Peter Carey

    Parrot and Olivier in America

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Peter Carey
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (21)
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    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Olivier is a young aristocrat, one of an endangered species born in France just after the Revolution. Parrot, the son of an itinerant English printer, wanted to be an artist but has ended up in middle age as a servant. When Olivier sets sail for the New World - ostensibly to study its prisons, but in reality to avoid yet another revolution - Parrot is sent with him, as spy, protector, foe and foil.

    Phillip says: "A grand story, full of great characters"
  • The Chemistry of Tears | Peter Carey

    The Chemistry of Tears

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Peter Carey
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Jefferson Mays
    Overall
    (2)
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    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    When Catherine's secret lover dies suddenly, she has nowhere to turn to except her work. A middle-aged curator in a London museum, Catherine is given a very particular project: a box of intricate clockwork parts that appear to be the remains of a 19th century automaton - a beautifully made mechanical bird. When she discovers the diary of the man who commissioned the machine, she is partially rescued from one obsession by another: who was Henry Brandling?

    ANNE says: "unpleasant"
  • The Chemistry of Tears | Peter Carey

    The Chemistry of Tears

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Peter Carey
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays, Susan Lyons
    Overall
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    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Following the success of Parrot and Olivier in America comes another wonderfully rich tale with historical themes from the twice Booker-winner. Catherine Gehrig, conservator at a London museum, learns of the unexpected death of her colleague and lover of thirteen years. Only the museum's director knew of the affair, and sends Catherine to work on a special project away from prying eyes.

    Mackenzie says: "Another great novel from Carey"
  • Theft: A Love Story | Peter Carey

    Theft: A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Peter Carey
    • Narrated By Stan Pretty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
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    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Michael "Butcher" Boone is an ex-"really famous" painter, now reduced to living in the remote country house of his biggest collector and acting as caretaker for his younger brother, Hugh, a damaged man of imposing physicality and childlike emotions. Together, they've forged a delicate equilibrium, a balance instantly destroyed when a mysterious young woman named Marlene walks out of a rainstorm and into their lives.

    Carol says: "This grew on me."
  • His Illegal Self | Peter Carey

    His Illegal Self

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Peter Carey
    • Narrated By Nicolette McKenzie
    Overall
    (8)
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    Story
    (5)

    Che is raised in isolated privilege by his New York grandmother, the precocious son of radical Harvard students in the sixties. Yearning for his famous outlaw parents, denied all access to television and the news, he takes hope from his long-haired teenage neighbour who predicts "They will come for you, man. They'll break you out of here."

    Ian C Robertson says: "A Struggle"
  • Amnesia | Peter Carey

    Amnesia

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Peter Carey
    • Narrated By Colin Friels
    Overall
    (2)
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    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Has a young Australian woman declared cyber war on the United States? (The Justice Department thinks so.) Or was her Angel Worm intended only to open the prison doors of those unfortunates detained by Australia's harsh immigration policies? Did American suffer collateral damage? Can she be extradited to a country with the death penalty? Is she innocent? Can she be saved? Enter her mother, the actress Celine Baillieux.

  • Parrot and Olivier in America | Peter Carey

    Parrot and Olivier in America

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Peter Carey
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin, Jonathan Keeble
    Overall
    (7)
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    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Olivier is a French aristocrat, the traumatized child of survivors of the Revolution. Parrot is the son of an itinerant printer who always wanted to be an artist but has ended up a servant. Born on different sides of history, their lives will be brought together by their travels in America. When Olivier sets sail for the New World, ostensibly to study its prisons but in reality to save his neck from one more revolution – Parrot is sent with him, as spy, protector, foe, and foil.

    Steven says: "Intriguing"
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