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  • 2666 | Roberto Bolaño

    2666

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Roberto Bolaño
    • Narrated By John Lee, Armando Durán, G. Valmont Thomas, and others
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    Composed in the last years of Roberto Bolaño's life, 2666 was greeted across Europe and Latin America as his highest achievement, surpassing even his previous work in its strangeness, beauty, and scope. Its throng of unforgettable characters includes academics and convicts, an American sportswriter, an elusive German novelist, and a teenage student and her widowed, mentally unstable father. Their lives intersect in the urban sprawl of Santa Teresa - a fictional Juárez - on the U.S.-Mexico border.

    William says: "The Best Book I Read or Listened to in 2009"
  • The Savage Detectives: A Novel | Roberto Bolaño

    The Savage Detectives: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Roberto Bolaño
    • Narrated By Eddie Lopez, Armando Durán
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    The late Chilean writer Roberto Bolaño has been called the García Marquez of his generation. The Savage Detectives is a hilarious and sexy, meandering and melancholy, companionable and complicated road trip through Mexico City, Barcelona, Israel, Liberia, and finally the desert of northern Mexico. It is the first of Bolaño's two giant works, with 2666, to be translated into English and is already being hailed as a masterpiece.

    Rebecca Lindroos says: "Started slow but ended great"
  • Los detectives salvajes [The Wild Detectives]

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Roberto Bolaño
    • Narrated By Alberto Santillán, Angelines Santana, Yareli Arizmendi, and others
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    Entre la narrativa detectivesca, la novela "de carretera", el relato biográfico y la crónica, Los detectives salvajes está considerada por la crítica y el público de todo el mundo como una de las mejores y más originales ficciones escritas en las últimas décadas. Uno de los mejores libros en español de los últimos 25 años según.

  • Nocturno de Chile [By Night in Chile] | Roberto Bolano

    Nocturno de Chile [By Night in Chile]

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Roberto Bolano
    • Narrated By Walter Krochmal
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    Del Opus Dei e importante crítico literario chileno vivió durante la segunda mitad del siglo XX. Sebastián Urrutia Lacroix nos narra sus recuerdos padeciendo una fiebre muy alta y nos hace partícipes de algunos sucesos históricos en los que él participó en su natal Chile y sin entender el porqué sucedió así, también nos hace ver su relación con importantes figuras del ámbito político y cultural chileno, como Neruda y Pinochet.

    Louis says: "El narrador tiene acento n.americano con "tr""
  • Last Evenings on Earth | Roberto Bolano

    Last Evenings on Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Roberto Bolano
    • Narrated By David Crommett
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    The first short-story collection in English by the acclaimed Chilean author Roberto Bolano. Winner of a 2005 PEN Translation Fund Award. "The melancholy folklore of exile," as Roberto Bolano once put it, pervades these 14 haunting stories. Bolano's narrators are usually writers grappling with private (and generally unlucky) quests, who typically speak in the first person, as if giving a deposition, like witnesses to a crime.

    Ivan Bellman says: "Hey Audible... why does the icon say Chinese Lit?"
  • Distant Star | Roberto Bolano

    Distant Star

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Roberto Bolano
    • Narrated By Walter Krochmal
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    A chilling novel about the nightmare of a corrupt and brutal dictatorship. The star of Roberto Bolano's hair-raising novel Distant Star is Alberto Ruiz-Tagle, an air force pilot who exploits the 1973 coup to launch his own version of the New Chilean Poetry, a multimedia enterprise involving sky-writing, poetry, torture, and photo exhibitions. For our unnamed narrator, who first encounters this "star" in a college poetry workshop, Ruiz-Tagle becomes the silent hand behind every evil act in the darkness of Pinochet's regime.

    Sierra says: "Omg"
  • The Third Reich | Roberto Bolano,Natasha Wimmer (translator)

    The Third Reich

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Roberto Bolano, Natasha Wimmer (translator)
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    On vacation with his girlfriend, Ingeborg, the German war games champion Udo Berger returns to a small town on the Costa Brava where he spent the summers of his childhood. Soon they meet another vacationing German couple, Charly and Hanna, who introduce them to a band of locals—the Wolf, the Lamb, and El Quemado—and to the darker side of life in a resort town.Late one night, Charly disappears without a trace, and Udo’s well-ordered life is thrown into upheaval; while Ingeborg and Hanna return to their lives in Germany, he refuses to leave the hotel.

    meg says: "Great And Greatly Over My Head"
  • Amulet | Roberto Bolaño

    Amulet

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Roberto Bolaño
    • Narrated By Adriana Sananes
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    A tour de force, Amulet is a highly charged first-person, semi-hallucinatory novel that embodies in one woman's voice the melancholy and violent recent history of Latin America. Amulet is a monologue, like Bolaño's acclaimed debut in English, By Night in Chile. The speaker is Auxilio Lacouture, a Uruguayan woman who moved to Mexico in the 1960s, becoming the "Mother of Mexican Poetry", hanging out with the young poets in the cafés and bars of the University.

    Alicia Grega says: "Read The Savage Detectives first"
  • The Return | Roberto Bolano

    The Return

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Roberto Bolano
    • Narrated By Walter Krochmal
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    A stunning collection of short stories - mostly dealing with the sex trade - by the late Chilean master and author of The Savage Detectives. The Return contains thirteen unforgettable stories that seem to tell what Bolano called "the secret story," "the one we’ll never know." Bent on returning to haunt you, Bolano’s tales might concern the unexpected fate of a beautiful ex-girlfriend, or soccer, witchcraft, or a dream of meeting the poet Enrique Lihn: They always surprise.

  • The Insufferable Gaucho | Roberto Bolano

    The Insufferable Gaucho

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Roberto Bolano
    • Narrated By David Crommett
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    A trove of strange, arresting, short masterworks - five stories and two essays - by Roberto Bolano, a writer who pulls bloodthirsty rabbits out of his hat. As Pankaj Mishra remarked in The Nation, one of the remarkable qualities of Bolano’s short stories is that they can do the “work of a novel.” The Insufferable Gaucho contains tales bent on returning to haunt you.

  • Between Parenthesis: Essays, Articles and Speeches, 1998-2003 | Roberto Bolano

    Between Parenthesis: Essays, Articles and Speeches, 1998-2003

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Roberto Bolano
    • Narrated By David Crommett
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    Between Parentheses collects most of the newspaper columns and articles Bolano wrote during the last five years of his life, as well as the texts of some of his speeches and talks and a few scattered prologues. "Taken together," as the editor Ignacio Echevarra remarks in his introduction, they provide “a personal cartography of the writer: The closest thing, among all his writings, to a kind of fragmented 'autobiography.'"

  • Woes of the True Policeman | Roberto Bolaño

    Woes of the True Policeman

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Roberto Bolaño
    • Narrated By Armando Durán
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    Begun in the 1980s and worked on until the author's death, in 2003, Woes of the True Policeman is Roberto Bolaño's last, unfinished novel. The novel follows Oscar Amalfitano - an exiled Chilean university professor and widower - through the maze of his revolutionary past, his relationship with his teenage daughter, Rosa, his passion for a former student, and his retreat from scandal in Barcelona. Forced to leave Barcelona for Santa Teresa, a Mexican city close to the U.S. border where women are being killed in unprecedented numbers, Amalfitano soon begins an affair with Castillo, a young forger of Larry Rivers paintings.

    Barbara says: "Outtakes maybe, but not very funny"
  • The Skating Rink | Roberto Bolano

    The Skating Rink

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Roberto Bolano
    • Narrated By Emilio Delgado, David Crommett, Tony Chiroldes
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    A phenomenally unusual three-way murder mystery. With a murder at its heart, Roberto Bolano’s The Skating Rink is, among other things, a crime novel. Murder seems to have exerted a fascination for the endlessly talented Bolano, who in his last interview, according to The Observer, "declared, in all apparent seriousness, that what he would most like to have been was a homicide detective." Set in the seaside town of Z, north of Barcelona, The Skating Rink is told in short, suspenseful chapters by three male narrators, and revolves around a beautiful figure skating champion, Nuria Mart.

  • Antwerp | Roberto Bolaño

    Antwerp

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 57 mins)
    • By Roberto Bolaño
    • Narrated By David Crommett
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    Written when he was only 27, Antwerp can be viewed as the Big Bang of Roberto Bolaño’s fictional universe. This novel presents the genesis of Bolano’s enterprise in prose; all the elements are here, highly compressed, at the moment when his talent explodes. From this springboard—which Bolaño chose to publish in 2002, twenty years after he’d written it (“and even that I can’t be certain of”)—as if testing out a high dive, he would plunge into the unexplored depths of the modern novel.

    Alicia Grega says: "disappointing listen"
  • Monsieur Pain | Roberto Bolano

    Monsieur Pain

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Roberto Bolano
    • Narrated By Walter Krochmal
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    A disciple of Mesmer is put in charge of curing the hypochondria of a poor South American abandoned in a Paris hospital in the spring of 1938. It seems as though nothing bad could possibly happen, until the hypnotist Pierre Pain becomes embroiled in intrigue which plans ritual assassination of planetary proportions.

    Darwin8u says: "Everything was geometry and sh!t!"
  • The Secret of Evil | Roberto Bolano

    The Secret of Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Roberto Bolano
    • Narrated By Tony Plana
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    A collection that gathers everything Bolano was working on before his untimely death. A North American journalist in Paris is woken at 4 a.m. by a mysterious caller with urgent information. For V. S. Naipaul the prevalence of sodomy in Argentina is a symptom of the nation’s political ills. Daniela de Montecristo (familiar to readers of Nazi Literature in the Americas and 2666) recounts the loss of her virginity. Belano’s son Gernimo disappears in Berlin during the Days of Chaos in 2005.

  • Lumpenroman | Roberto Bolano

    Lumpenroman

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Roberto Bolano
    • Narrated By Winnie Böwe
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