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  • We Need to Talk About Kevin: A Novel | Lionel Shriver

    We Need to Talk About Kevin: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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.

    aaron says: "A smart, chilling story. Told in a very unique way"
  • The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047 | Lionel Shriver

    The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By George Newbern
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    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.

    Moe says: "So that's what the left and the right have in common!!!"
  • The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047 | Lionel Shriver

    The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By George Newbern
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    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.

    Mark H. Sutherland says: "Dystopian, Compelling, Entertaining."
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin | Lionel Shriver

    We Need to Talk About Kevin

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
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    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.

    francesca says: "what a pity it was abridged!"
  • So Much for That | Lionel Shriver

    So Much for That

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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.

    Linda says: "haunting...read this summer on the beach!!"
  • A Perfectly Good Family | Lionel Shriver

    A Perfectly Good Family

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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.

    JC says: "The Mansion is Lovable"
  • The Female of the Species | Lionel Shriver

    The Female of the Species

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Paul Birchard, Lionel Shriver - author's note
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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.

  • The Post-Birthday World | Lionel Shriver

    The Post-Birthday World

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby Sirois
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    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.

    Susan D says: "A terrific examinination of relationships"
  • Big Brother: A Novel | Lionel Shriver

    Big Brother: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Alice Rosengard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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.

    Jacqueline says: "Well worth the credit--"
  • Will the Left Survive the Millennials? | Lionel Shriver

    Will the Left Survive the Millennials?

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Barbara Benjamin-Creel
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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.

  • Double Fault | Lionel Shriver

    Double Fault

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Jennifer Woodward
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    'Love me, love my game,' says professional tennis player Willy Novinsky at 23. Tennis has been Willy's one love - until she meets the uncannily confident Eric Oberdorf. Low-ranked but untested, Eric, too, aims to make his mark on the international tennis circuit. They marry. But their life together soon grows poisoned by full-tilt competition over which spouse can rise to the top first. Willy discovers that her perfect partner may also prove her most devastating opponent.

  • Ordinary Decent Criminals: A Novel | Lionel Shriver

    Ordinary Decent Criminals: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Melanie MacHugh
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    For 10 years Estrin Lancaster has fled Philadelphia. From the Philippines to Berlin, she's been a traveler without a destination, an expatriate without a motherland. In each of the cities Estrin favors, she manages an apartment, a job, and a lover and never tarries past the first signs of ennui.

    Payel says: "Big fan of Lionel Shriver, not this book"
  • Female of the Species | Lionel Shriver

    Female of the Species

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Fred Stella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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.

    F. Turner says: "Rare weak novel from the wonderful Lionel Shriver"
  • BBC National Short Story Award 2013 (5 Shortlisted titles) | Sarah Hall,Lisa Blower,Lionel Shriver,Lucy Wood,Lavinia Greenlaw

    BBC National Short Story Award 2013 (5 Shortlisted titles)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Sarah Hall, Lisa Blower, Lionel Shriver, and others
    • Narrated By Andrea Riseborough, Rebekah Staton, Nancy Crane, and others
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    The five titles shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award 2013, administered in partnership with BookTrust. Contains: Mrs Fox by Sarah Hall read by Andrea Riseborough, Barmouth by Lisa Blower read by Rebekah Staton, Prepositions by Lionel Shriver read by Nancy Crane, Notes from the House of Spirits by Lucy Wood read by Hattie Morahan, We Are Watching Something Terrible Happening by Lavinia Greenlaw read by Claire Skinner.

  • The Standing Chandelier: A Novella | Lionel Shriver

    The Standing Chandelier: A Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Lionel Shriver
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    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....

  • The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047 | Lionel Shriver

    The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By George Newbern
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    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.

  • Double Fault | Lionel Shriver

    Double Fault

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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.

    Pamela Harvey says: "Nine hours of arguing"
  • Big Brother | Lionel Shriver

    Big Brother

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Alice Rosengard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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.

    Ilinca says: "interesting, timely, insightful"
  • Game Control | Lionel Shriver

    Game Control

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Laurel Lefkow
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    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.

  • The Post-Birthday World | Lionel Shriver

    The Post-Birthday World

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Helen Johns, Lionel Shriver - author's note
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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.

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