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    • We Need to Talk About Kevin

    • A Novel
    • By: Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
    • Length: 16 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,425
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,266
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,270

    Eva never really wanted to be a mother - and certainly not the mother of a boy who ends up murdering seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a much-adored teacher who tried to befriend him, all two days before his 16th birthday. Now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood, and Kevin’s horrific rampage, in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her estranged husband, Franklin.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A smart, chilling story. Told in a very unique way

    • By aaron on 01-09-12

    Regular price: $34.22

    • The Mandibles

    • A Family, 2029-2047
    • By: Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated by: George Newbern
    • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 299
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 266
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 268

    In 2029 the United States is engaged in a bloodless world war that will wipe out the savings of millions of American families. Overnight, on the international currency exchange, the "almighty dollar" plummets in value, to be replaced by a new global currency: the "bancor". In retaliation the president declares that America will default on its loans. With "Deadbeat Nation" being unable to borrow, the government prints money to cover its bills. What little remains for savers is rapidly eaten away by runaway inflation.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • So that's what the left and the right have in common!!!

    • By Moe on 06-30-16

    Regular price: $34.22

    • So Much for That

    • By: Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
    • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 120
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 71
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 72

    Shep Knacker has long saved for “The Afterlife”: an idyllic retreat to the Third World where his nest egg can last forever. Traffic jams on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway will be replaced with “talking, thinking, seeing, and being” — and enough sleep. When he sells his business for a cool million dollars, his dream finally seems within reach. Yet his wife Glynis has concocted endless excuses why it’s never the right time to go.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • haunting...read this summer on the beach!!

    • By Linda on 07-06-10

    Regular price: $23.08

    • We Need to Talk About Kevin

    • By: Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated by: Lorelei King
    • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63

    Kevin Khatchadourian killed several of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a teacher, shortly before his 16th birthday. He is visited in prison by his mother, Eva, who narrates in a series of letters to her estranged husband, Franklin, the story of Kevin's upbringing. A successsful career woman, Eva is reluctant to forgo her independence and the life she shares with Franklin to become a mother.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • what a pity it was abridged!

    • By francesca on 04-02-14

    Regular price: $15.88

    • Property

    • Stories Between Two Novellas
    • By: Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated by: Lionel Shriver
    • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
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    A striking new collection of ten short stories and two novellas that explores the idea of property in every meaning of the word, from the acclaimed New York Times best-selling author of the National Book Award finalist So Much for That and the international best seller We Need to Talk About Kevin.

    Regular price: $34.22

    • Property: A Collection

    • By: Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated by: Lionel Shriver
    • Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The first ever story collection from the inimitable Lionel Shriver. This landmark publication, the first collection of stories from a master of the form, explores the idea of 'property' in both senses of the word: real estate and stuff. These sharp, brilliantly imaginative pieces illustrate how our possessions act as proxies for ourselves and how tussles over ownership articulate the power dynamics of our relationships. In Shriver’s world, we may possess people and objects and places, but in turn they possess us.

    Regular price: $15.81

    • The Post-Birthday World

    • By: Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated by: Tanya Eby Sirois
    • Length: 20 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 86
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 56
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 54

    Children's book illustrator Irina McGovern enjoys a quiet and settled life in London with her partner, fellow American expatriate Lawrence Trainer, a smart, loyal, disciplined intellectual at a prestigious think tank. To their small circle of friends, their relationship is rock solid, until the night Irina unaccountably finds herself dying to kiss another man: their old friend from South London, the stylish, extravagant, passionate top-ranking snooker player Ramsey Acton.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A terrific examinination of relationships

    • By Susan D on 12-04-10

    Regular price: $18.19

    • Will the Left Survive the Millennials?

    • By: Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated by: Barbara Benjamin-Creel
    • Length: 6 mins
    • Unabridged
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    "Will the Left Survive the Millennials?" is from the September 22, 2016 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by Lionel Shriver and narrated by Barbara Benjamin-Creel.

    Regular price: $0.95

    • Big Brother

    • A Novel
    • By: Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated by: Alice Rosengard
    • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 214
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 194
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 197

    When Pandora picks up her older brother Edison at the airport, she doesn't recognize him. In the four years since the siblings last saw each other, he has gained hundreds of pounds. What happened? Imposing himself on Pandora's world, Edison breaks her husband Fletcher's handcrafted furniture, and entices her stepson to drop out of high school. After the brother-in-law has more than overstayed his welcome, Fletcher delivers his wife an ultimatum: It's him or me.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Well worth the credit--

    • By Jacqueline on 07-17-13

    Regular price: $31.93

    • Game Control

    • By: Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
    • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 5

    Eleanor Merritt, a do-gooding American family-planning worker, was drawn to Kenya to improve the lot of the poor. Unnervingly, she finds herself falling in love with the beguiling Calvin Piper despite, or perhaps because of, his misanthropic theories about population control and the future of the human race. Surely, Calvin whispers seductively in Eleanor's ear, if the poor are a responsibility they are also an imposition.

    Regular price: $18.19

    • The Standing Chandelier: A Novella

    • By: Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated by: Lionel Shriver
    • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2 out of 5 stars 1
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      2 out of 5 stars 1
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      2 out of 5 stars 1

    When Weston Babansky receives an extravagant engagement present from his best friend (and old flame), Jillian Frisk, he doesn't quite know what to make of it - or how to get it past his fiancée. Especially as it's a massive, handmade, intensely personal sculpture that they'd have to live with forever. As the argument rages about whether Jillian's gift was an act of pure platonic generosity or something more insidious, battle lines are drawn....

    Regular price: $7.45

    • The Post-Birthday World

    • By: Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated by: Helen Johns, Lionel Shriver - author's note
    • Length: 24 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Irina McGovern's destiny hinges on a single kiss. Whether she gives into its temptation will determine whether she stays with her reliable partner, Lawrence, or runs off with Ramsey, a hard-living snooker player. Employing a parallel universe structure, Shriver spins Irina's competing futures with two drastically different men. An intellectual and fellow American, Lawrence is clever and supportive but rigid and emotionally withdrawn. A British celebrity, Ramsey is passionate and spontaneous but jealous and undereducated.

    Regular price: $27.93

    • The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047

    • By: Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated by: George Newbern
    • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 23

    The brilliant new novel from the Orange Prize-winning author of We Need to Talk About Kevin centres on three generations of the Mandible family as a fiscal crisis hits a near-future America. It is 2029. The Mandibles have been counting on a sizable fortune filtering down when their 97-year-old patriarch dies. Yet America's soaring national debt has grown so enormous that it can never be repaid. Under siege from an upstart international currency, the dollar is in meltdown.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Dystopian, Compelling, Entertaining.

    • By Mark H. Sutherland on 04-16-17

    Regular price: $15.45

    • The Female of the Species

    • By: Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated by: Paul Birchard, Lionel Shriver - author's note
    • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Still unattached and childless at 59, world-renowned anthropologist Gray Kaiser is seemingly invincible - and untouchable. Returning to make a documentary at the site of her first great triumph in Kenya, she is accompanied by her faithful middle-aged assistant, Errol McEchern, who has loved her for years in silence. When young graduate assistant Raphael Sarasola arrives on the scene, Gray is captivated and falls hopelessly in love - before an amazed Errol's eyes.

    Regular price: $14.97

    • Prepositions (BBC National Short Story Award 2013)

    • By: Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated by: Nancy Crane
    • Length: 17 mins
    • Original Recording
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    A letter between two female friends is fraught with difficult emotions as long-held resentments are finally expressed. One woman's husband died in 9/11 while the woman writing the letter lost her husband on 9/11, in an incident unrelated to the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Two deaths, both tragic, have sent the women's lives in opposite directions, placing unforeseen pressures on their friendship.

    Regular price: $7.75

    • A Perfectly Good Family

    • By: Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
    • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      2.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      2.5 out of 5 stars 6

    Following the death of her worthy liberal parents, Corlis McCrea moves back into her family's grand Reconstruction mansion in North Carolina, willed to all three siblings. Her timid younger brother has never left home. When her bullying black-sheep older brother moves into "his" house as well, it's war.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The Mansion is Lovable

    • By JC on 11-14-17

    Regular price: $23.08

    • The Mandibles

    • A Family, 2029-2047
    • By: Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated by: George Newbern
    • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    The year is 2029, and nothing is as it should be. The very essence of American life, the dollar, is under attack. In a coordinated move by the rest of the world's governments, the dollar loses all its value. The American president declares that the States will default on all its loans; prices skyrocket, currency becomes essentially worthless, and we watch one family struggle to survive through it all. The Mandibles can count on their inheritance no longer, and each member must come to terms with this in their own way.

    Regular price: $31.93

    • Female of the Species

    • By: Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated by: Fred Stella
    • Length: 15 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      2.5 out of 5 stars 8

    World-famous anthropologist Gray Kaiser has almost everything. She is brilliance, self-sufficient, and beautiful. But at 59, one thing is still missing from her life. She has never been in love. Her assistant Errol McEchern has loved her for many years, but she doesn't know.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Rare weak novel from the wonderful Lionel Shriver

    • By F. Turner on 08-10-11

    Regular price: $25.89

    • Double Fault

    • By: Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated by: Renée Raudman
    • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 8

    Tennis has been Willy Novinsky's one love ever since she first picked up a racquet at the age of four. A middle-ranked pro at 23, she's met her match in Eric Oberdorf, a low-ranked Princeton grad who also intends to make his mark on the international tennis circuit. Eric becomes Willy's first passion off the court, and eventually they marry. But while wedded life begins well, competition soon puts a strain on their relationship - and an accident sends Willy sliding irrevocably toward resentment, tragedy, and despair.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Nine hours of arguing

    • By Pamela Harvey on 09-28-11

    Regular price: $23.08

    • Big Brother

    • By: Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated by: Alice Rosengard
    • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7

    When Pandora picks up her older brother, Edison, at her local Iowa airport, she literally doesn’t recognize him. The once slim, hip New York jazz pianist has gained hundreds of pounds. What happened? Soon Edison’s slovenly habits, appalling diet, and know-it-all monologues are driving Pandora and her fitness-freak husband Fletcher insane. After the brother-in-law has more than overstayed his welcome, Fletcher delivers his wife an ultimatum: It’s him or me. Rich with Shriver’s distinctive wit and ferocious energy, Big Brother is about fat: why we overeat and whether extreme diets ever really work.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • interesting, timely, insightful

    • By Ilinca on 05-31-13

    Regular price: $15.45

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