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  • One Hundred Years of Solitude

  • By: Gabriel García Márquez, Gregory Rabassa - translator
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,875
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,585
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,592

One of the 20th century's enduring works, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a widely beloved and acclaimed novel known throughout the world and the ultimate achievement in a Nobel Prize-winning career. The novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. Rich and brilliant, it is a chronicle of life, death, and the tragicomedy of humankind. In the beautiful, ridiculous, and tawdry story of the Buendía family, one sees all of humanity, just as in the history, myths, growth, and decay of Macondo, one sees all of Latin America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Audiobook!

  • By Greg on 02-26-14
Narrated by: John Lee
4 out of 5 stars
  • The Adventures of Augie March

  • By: Saul Bellow
  • Narrated by: Tom Parker
  • Length: 22 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 415
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 329

Augie is a poor but exuberant boy growing up in Chicago during the Depression. While his friends all settle into chosen professions, Augie demands a special destiny. He tests out a wild succession of occupations, proudly rejecting each as too limiting - until he tangles with the glamorous perfectionist Thea.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story, wonderful reader

  • By Sarah on 02-07-11
Narrated by: Tom Parker
4 out of 5 stars
  • Brick Lane

  • By: Monica Ali
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Sastre
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 53

Nanzeen's inauspicious birth in a Bangladeshi village imbues in her a sense of fatalism that she carries across continents. Married off to a man old enough to be her father, Nanzeen moves to London and cares for her family. But gradually she begins to question whether fate controls her or whether she has a hand in her own destiny. She discovers both the complexity that comes with free choice and the depth of her attachment to her husband, her daughters and her new world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A truly wonderful book!

  • By Anonymous User on 11-24-03
Narrated by: Elizabeth Sastre
3.5 out of 5 stars
  • Cannery Row

  • By: John Steinbeck
  • Narrated by: Jerry Farden
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,541
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,356
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,350

Published in 1945, Cannery Row focuses on the acceptance of life as it is: both the exuberance of community and the loneliness of the individual. Drawing on his memories of the real inhabitants of Monterey, California, Steinbeck interweaves the stories of Doc, Henri, Mack and his boys, and the other characters in this world where only the fittest survive, to create a novel that is at once one of his most humorous and most poignant works.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Five stars with a Caveat

  • By Bette on 04-23-12
Narrated by: Jerry Farden
4.5 out of 5 stars
  • Last Night in Montreal

  • By: Emily St. John Mandel
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

When Lilia Albert was a child, her father appeared on the doorstep of her mother's house and took her away. Now, haunted by an inability to remember much about her early childhood, Lilia moves restlessly from city to city, abandoning lovers and eluding the private detective who has dedicated a career to following close behind. Then comes Eli.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Something reslly different

  • By Donna on 03-21-16
Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
4 out of 5 stars
  • The Moviegoer

  • By: Walker Percy
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 396
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 337
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 340

A winner of the National Book Award, The Moviegoer established Walker Percy as an insightful and grimly humorous storyteller. It is the tale of Binx Bolling, a small-time stockbroker who lives quietly in suburban New Orleans, pursuing an interest in the movies, affairs with his secretaries, and living out his days. But soon he finds himself on a "search" for something more important, some spiritual truth to anchor him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Percy's Prose Dances with Grace, Charm and Style

  • By Darwin8u on 10-11-12
Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
3.5 out of 5 stars
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's

  • By: Truman Capote
  • Narrated by: Michael C. Hall
  • Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,605
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,603

Golden Globe-winning actor Michael C. Hall ( Six Feet Under) performs Truman Capote's masterstroke about a young writer's charmed fascination with his unorthodox neighbor, the "American geisha" Holly Golightly. Holly - a World War II-era society girl in her late teens - survives via socialization, attending parties and restaurants with men from the wealthy upper class who also provide her with money and expensive gifts. Over the course of the novella, the seemingly shallow Holly slowly opens up to the curious protagonist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "Better to look at the sky than live there"

  • By W Perry Hall on 02-12-14
Narrated by: Michael C. Hall
4.5 out of 5 stars
  • The Nightingale

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Polly Stone
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 45,317
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41,055
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 40,988

Audie Award, Fiction, 2016. From the number-one New York Times bestselling author comes Kristin Hannah’s next novel. It is an epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II. She is the author of twenty-one novels. Her previous novels include Home Front, Night Road, Firefly Lane, Fly Away, and Winter Garden.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heroic & Harrowing Work Of Fiction

  • By Sara on 08-21-15
Narrated by: Polly Stone
5 out of 5 stars
  • A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain

  • By: Robert Olen Butler
  • Narrated by: Robert Olen Butler
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 85

Robert Olen Butler's lyrical and poignant collection of stories about the aftermath of the Vietnam War and its impact on the Vietnamese was acclaimed by critics across the nation and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1993. This edition includes two subsequently published stories - "Salem" and "Missing" - that brilliantly complete the collection's narrative journey with a return to the jungles of Vietnam.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Messages from Vietnam

  • By David on 04-24-17
Narrated by: Robert Olen Butler
4 out of 5 stars
  • Shanghai Girls

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa See
  • Narrated by: Janet Song
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,336

Hoping to improve their social standing, May and Pearl's parents arrange for their daughters to "Gold Mountain men" who have come from Los Angeles to find brides. But when the sisters leave China and arrive at Angel's Island (the Ellis Island of the West, where they are detained, interrogated, and humiliated for months) they feel the harsh reality of leaving home. And when May discovers she's pregnant, the situation becomes even more desperate. The sisters make a pact that no one can ever know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Touching, sad, and enjoyable

  • By Beach Biker on 07-15-09
Narrated by: Janet Song
4 out of 5 stars
  • The Signature of All Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 21 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,621
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,208
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,217

In The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction, inserting her inimitable voice into an enthralling story of love, adventure and discovery. Spanning much of the 18th and 19th centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker - a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't miss this one

  • By Molly-o on 12-27-13
Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
4.5 out of 5 stars
  • A Tokyo Romance

  • By: Ian Buruma
  • Narrated by: Ian Buruma
  • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

When Ian Buruma arrived in Tokyo in 1975, Japan was little more than an idea in his mind, a fantasy of a distant land. A sensitive misfit in the world of his upper middle class youth, what he longed for wasn't so much the exotic as the raw, unfiltered humanity he had experienced in Japanese theater performances and films, witnessed in Amsterdam and Paris. 

Narrated by: Ian Buruma
4 out of 5 stars

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