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  • Lost Memory of Skin | Russell Banks

    Lost Memory of Skin

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Russell Banks
    • Narrated By Scott Shepherd
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    Suspended in a strangely modern-day version of limbo, the young man at the center of Russell Banks’s uncompromising and morally complex new novel must create a life for himself in the wake of incarceration. Known in his new identity only as the Kid, and on probation after doing time for a liaison with an underage girl, he is shackled to a GPS monitoring device and forbidden to live within 2,500 feet of anywhere children might gather. With nowhere else to go, the Kid takes up residence under a south Florida causeway, in a makeshift encampment with other convicted sex offenders.

    Ellen says: "Amazing "Must Read" Tale of (In)Justice in America"
  • Rule of the Bone: A Novel | Russell Banks

    Rule of the Bone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Russell Banks
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
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    When we first meet him, Chappie is a punked-out teenager living with his mother and abusive stepfather in an upstate New York trailer park. During this time, he slips into drugs and petty crime. Rejected by his parents, out of school and in trouble with the police, he claims for himself a new identity as a permanent outsider; he gets a crossed-bones tattoo on his arm, and takes the name "Bone."

    anne jeffrey says: "Wow! An Authentic Voice Perfectly Performed"
  • Voyager: Travel Writings | Russell Banks

    Voyager: Travel Writings

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Russell Banks
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
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    The acclaimed, award-winning novelist takes us on some of his most memorable journeys in this revelatory collection of travel essays that spans the globe, from the Caribbean to Scotland to the Himalayas. Now in his mid-70s, Russell Banks has indulged his wanderlust for more than half a century. "Since childhood, I've longed for escape, for rejuvenation, for wealth untold, for erotic and narcotic and sybaritic fresh starts, for high romance, mystery, and intrigue," he writes in this compelling anthology.

  • Cloudsplitter: A Novel | Russell Banks

    Cloudsplitter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Russell Banks
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
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    Deeply researched, brilliantly plotted, and peopled with a cast of unforgettable characters both historical and wholly invented, Cloudsplitter is dazzling in its re-creation of the political and social landscape of our history during the years before the Civil War, when slavery was tearing the country apart. But within this broader scope, Russell Banks has given us a riveting, suspenseful, heartbreaking narrative filled with intimate scenes of domestic life, of violence and action in battle, of romance and familial life and death that make the listener feel in astonishing ways what it is like to be alive in that time.

  • The Darling | Russell Banks

    The Darling

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Russell Banks
    • Narrated By Mary Beth Hurt
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    The Darling is Hannah Musgrave's story, told emotionally and convincingly years later by Hannah herself. A political radical and member of the Weather Underground, Hannah has fled America to West Africa, where she and her Liberian husband become friends and colleagues of Charles Taylor, the notorious warlord and now ex-president of Liberia. When Taylor leaves for the United States in an effort to escape embezzlement charges, he's immediately placed in prison.

    Ellen says: "Complex and compelling"
  • Continental Drift | Russell Banks

    Continental Drift

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Russell Banks
    • Narrated By Zach Villa
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    Now available for the first time in audiobook format, a powerful literary classic from one of contemporary fiction's most acclaimed and important writers. Russell Banks' Continental Drift is a masterful novel of hope lost and gained and a gripping, indelible story of fragile lives uprooted and transformed by injustice, disappointment, and the seductions and realities of the American dream.

  • A Permanent Member of the Family | Russell Banks

    A Permanent Member of the Family

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Russell Banks
    • Narrated By Danny Campbell, Andrus Nichols, Robin Miles
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    The New York Times lauds Russell Banks as "the most compassionate fiction writer working today," and hails him as a novelist who delivers, "wrenching, panoramic visions of American moral life." Long celebrated for his unflinching, empathetic works that explore the unspoken but hard realities of contemporary culture, Banks now turns his keen intelligence and emotional acuity on perhaps his most complex subject yet: the shape of family in its many forms.

    DJ says: "Not the best collection..."
  • The Angel on the Roof: The Stories of Russell Banks | Russell Banks

    The Angel on the Roof: The Stories of Russell Banks

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Russell Banks
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
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    With The Angel on the Roof, Russell Banks offers listeners an astonishing collection of 30 years of his short fiction, revised especially for this volume and highlighted by the inclusion of nine new stories that are among the finest he has ever written. As is characteristic of all of Banks' works, these stories resonate with irony and compassion, honesty and insight, extending into the vast territory of the heart and the world, from working-class New England to Florida and the Caribbean and Africa.

  • Book of Jamaica | Russell Banks

    Book of Jamaica

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Russell Banks
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
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    Banks explores the complexities of political life in the Caribbean.

  • Hamilton Stark | Russell Banks

    Hamilton Stark

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Russell Banks
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
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    Hamilton Stark is a New Hampshire pipe fitter and the sole inhabitant of the house from which he evicted his own mother. He is the villain of five marriages and the father of a daughter so obsessed that she has been writing a book about him for years. Hamilton Stark is a boor, a misanthrope, a handsome man: funny, passionately honest, and a good dancer. The narrator, a middle-aged writer, decides to write about Stark as a hero whose anger and solitude represent passion and wisdom

  • The Reserve | Russell Banks

    The Reserve

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Russell Banks
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
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    Twenty-nine-year-old Vanessa Cole is a wild, stunningly beautiful heiress, the adopted only child of a highly regarded New York brain surgeon and his socialite wife. Twice married, Vanessa has been scandalously linked to any number of rich and famous men. But on the night of July 4, 1936, at her parents' country home in a remote Adirondack Mountain enclave known as The Reserve, two events coincide to permanently alter the course of Vanessa's callow life.

    Ms. says: "Where was his editor?!?"
  • Relation of My Imprisonment: A Fiction | Russell Banks

    Relation of My Imprisonment: A Fiction

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Russell Banks
    • Narrated By John Pruden
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    The Relation of My Imprisonment is a work of fiction utilizing a form invented in the seventeenth century by imprisoned Puritan divines. Designed to be exemplary, works of this type were aimed at brethren outside the prison walls and functioned primarily as figurative dramatization of the test of fait all true believers must endure.

    Laura says: "Russell Banks Rocks!"
  • Family Life | Russell Banks

    Family Life

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Russell Banks
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer, Cassandra Campbell
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    In Family Life, Russell Banks' first novel, he transforms the dramas of domesticity into the story of a royal family in a mythical contemporary kingdom. Life inside this kingdom includes the king (dubbed "the Hearty" or "the Bluff"), who squeals angrily as is his wont; the queen, who, while pondering the mirror in her chambers, decides to write a book; three adolescent princes who are, respectively, a superb wrestler, a fanatical sports car driver, and a sullen drunk.

  • La réserve | Russell Banks

    La réserve

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Russell Banks
    • Narrated By Michel Vuillermoz
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    À la fin des années 30, alors que l'Europe voit arriver les totalitarismes au pouvoir, la Réserve reste inchangée. Au cœur des montagnes et des lacs des Adirondacks, c'est un autre drame qui progresse lentement. Le peintre Jordan Groves approche la société des gens riches, qu'il croit d'abord détester, mais il découvre qu'il n'échappera pas à leurs forces d'attraction et de corruption, incarnées par Vanessa, jeune femme trouble et fascinante.

  • The Best of Chatting Up a Storm | Claudia Cragg,Russell Banks,Garrison Keillor,Dave Isay

    The Best of Chatting Up a Storm

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Claudia Cragg, Russell Banks, Garrison Keillor, and others
    • Narrated By Claudia Cragg
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    Russell Banks, Garrison Keillor, and Dave Isay are among those heard on Chatting Up a Storm, Vol. 1, a distillation of the best broadcast interviews by journalist Claudia Cragg, with thinkers, authors, and change-makers from the United States and around the world.

  • Drei Erzählungen | Sophie Dahl,Russell Banks,O. Henry

    Drei Erzählungen

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 9 mins)
    • By Sophie Dahl, Russell Banks, O. Henry
    • Narrated By Andreas Fröhlich, Oliver Rohrbeck, Jens Wawrczeck
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    "Drei Erzählungen" ist der dritte Teil der "DREI"-Trilogie. Oliver Rohrbeck, Jens Wawrczeck und Andreas Fröhlich (Sprecher der "Drei ???") lesen Geschichten über die Liebe - von Sophie Dahl, Russell Banks und O. Henry.

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