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  • Things Fall Apart  | Chinua Achebe

    Things Fall Apart

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Chinua Achebe
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
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    Okonkwo is born into poverty, with a wastrel for a father. Driven by ambition, he works tirelessly to gain the prosperity of many fields and wives and prestige in his village. But he is harsh as well as diligent. As he sees the traditions of his people eroded by white missionaries and government officials, he lashes out in anger.

    Darwin8u says: "Achebe's Magnum Opus"
  • Lit: A Memoir | Mary Karr

    Lit: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Mary Karr
    • Narrated By Mary Karr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Lit follows Mary Karr's descent into the inferno of alcoholism and madness - and her astonishing resurrection. Karr's longing for a solid family seems secure when her marriage to a handsome, Shakespeare-quoting poet produces a son they adore. But she can't outrun her apocalyptic past. She drinks herself into the same numbness that nearly devoured her charismatic but troubled mother, reaching the brink of suicide. A hair-raising stint in "The Mental Marriott" awakens her to the possibility of joy, and leads her to an unlikely faith.

    Pamela Harvey says: "Compelling."
  • 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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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"
  • The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean | Susan Casey

    The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Susan Casey
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    For centuries, mariners have spun tales of gargantuan waves, 100-feet high or taller. Until recently scientists dis­missed these stories - waves that high would seem to violate the laws of physics. But in the past few decades, as a startling number of ships vanished and new evidence has emerged, oceanographers realized something scary was brewing in the planet’s waters. They found their proof in February 2000, when a British research vessel was trapped in a vortex of impossibly mammoth waves in the North Sea - including several that approached 100 feet.

    Alexis says: "great narrator"
  • Freedom Summer: The Savage Season That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy | Bruce Watson

    Freedom Summer: The Savage Season That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Bruce Watson
    • Narrated By David Drummond
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    In the summer of 1964, with the civil rights movement stalled, seven hundred college students descended on Mississippi to register black voters, teach in Freedom Schools, and live in sharecroppers' shacks. But by the time their first night in the state had ended, three volunteers were dead, black churches had burned, and America had a new definition of freedom.

    Roy says: "The Long Hot Summer"
  • The Mind's Eye | Oliver Sacks

    The Mind's Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated By Oliver Sacks, Richard Davidson
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    An exploration of vision through the case histories of six individuals - including a renowned pianist who continues to give concerts despite losing the ability to read the score, and a neurobiologist born with crossed eyes who, late in life, suddenly acquires binocular vision, and how her brain adapts to that new skill.

    Lynn says: "Blindness"
  • The Human Stain | Phillip Roth

    The Human Stain

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Phillip Roth
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    Overall
    (712)
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    (626)
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    It is 1998, the year in which America is whipped into a frenzy of prurience by the impeachment of a president, and in a small New England town, an aging classics professor, Coleman Silk, is forced to retire when his colleagues decree that he is a racist. The charge is a lie, but the real truth about Silk would have astonished even his most virulent accuser.

    Guinnevere says: "Less Dramatic than the Title Implies"
  • The Woody Allen Collection: Without Feathers, Getting Even, Mere Anarchy, Side Effects | Woody Allen

    The Woody Allen Collection: Without Feathers, Getting Even, Mere Anarchy, Side Effects

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Woody Allen
    • Narrated By Woody Allen
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    Woody Allen - writer, director, and actor - can now add narrator to his long list of achievements, as he’s teamed up with Audible to make his best-selling books available in audio for the very first time. The Woody Allen Collection, featuring four of his classic short-story books, highlights the comedian’s biting wit and signature style - performed as only he can. These hilarious stories examine the deepest of human questions from the highest heights of absurdity.

    Joe says: "Well worth the wait"
  • Henderson the Rain King | Saul Bellow

    Henderson the Rain King

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Saul Bellow
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
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    Bellow evokes all the rich colour and exotic customs of a highly imaginary Africa in this comic novel about a middle-aged American millionaire who, seeking a new, more rewarding life, descends upon an African tribe. Henderson's awesome feats of strength and his unbridled passion for life earns him the admiration of the tribe - but it is his gift for making rain that turns him from mere hero into messiah.

    Chris Reich says: "Amazing Book on Many Levels"
  • Ironweed | William Kennedy

    Ironweed

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By William Kennedy
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
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    (99)
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    Francis Phelan, ex-ballplayer, part-time gravedigger, full-time drunk, has hit bottom. Years ago he left Albany in a hurry after killing a scab during a trolley workers' strike; he ran away again after accidentally – and fatally – dropping his infant son. Now, in 1938, Francis is back in town, roaming the old familiar streets with his hobo pal, Helen, trying to make peace with the ghosts of the past and the present.

    Michael says: "Darkly Lovely"
  • The Good Thief | Hannah Tinti

    The Good Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Hannah Tinti
    • Narrated By William Dufris
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    Twelve-year-old Ren doesn't know who his parents were. He doesn't know who left him at St. Anthony's orphanage, or how he lost his left hand when still an infant. He is resigned to life without a family to call his own and terrified of the future. But then a young man named Benjamin Nab appears, claiming to be Ren's long-lost brother, and his convincing tale of how Ren lost his hand and his parents is enough to persuade the monks at the orphanage to release the boy. But is Benjamin really who he says he is?

    MR AJ Moore says: "Close But No Cigar?"
  • The Scent of Rain and Lightning | Nancy Pickard

    The Scent of Rain and Lightning

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Nancy Pickard
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Written with the wisdom and grace devoted readers have come to expect from the award-winning author of The Virgin of Small Plains, here is a brilliantly moving tale of family, murder, and redemptive love.

    Maddie says: "Really good book; poorly chosen narrator"
  • Time's Arrow: Or the Nature of the Offense | Martin Amis

    Time's Arrow: Or the Nature of the Offense

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Martin Amis
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Martin Amis turns to a tricky literary conceit to tell the story of an ex-Nazi, Dr. Tod T. Friendly. Friendly is possessed of two separate voices, one running backward from his death, the other running forward, fleeing his unsavory past.

    Darwin8u says: "A minor experiment from a very good author."
  • Three Stations: An Arkady Renko Novel | Martin Cruz Smith

    Three Stations: An Arkady Renko Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Martin Cruz Smith
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
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    In Three Stations, Arkady Renko’s skills are put to their most severe test. Though he has been technically suspended from the prosecutor’s office for once again turning up unpleasant truths, he strives to solve a last case: the death of an elegant young woman whose body is found in a construction trailer on the perimeter of Moscow’s main rail hub. It looks like a simple drug overdose to everyone—except to Renko, whose examination of the crime scene turns up some inexplicable clues.

    Kenneth says: "Not up to the usual"
  • Wild Child: And Other Stories | T. C. Boyle

    Wild Child: And Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By T. C. Boyle
    • Narrated By T. C. Boyle
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    In the title story of this rich new collection, T.C. Boyle has created so vivid and original a retelling of the story of Victor, the feral boy who was captured running naked through the forests of Napoleonic France, that it becomes not just new, but definitive: yes, this is how it must have been. The tale is by turns magical and moving, a powerful investigation of what it means to be human. There is perhaps no one better than T. C. Boyle at engaging, shocking, and ultimately gratifying his readers.

    Rebecca says: "Not sure which way to tip the scale..."
  • Await Your Reply : A Novel | Dan Chaon

    Await Your Reply : A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Dan Chaon
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Three strangers who are trying to find their way in the wake of loss become entwined in an identity theft scheme, which has a resounding impact on them all. A gorgeously written psychological study, and a meditation on identity in the modern world, this is a literary novel with the haunting momentum of a thriller.

    Rob Prindle says: "Well Narrated, but Thoroughly Depressing"
  • The Most Powerful Idea in the World: A Story of Steam, Industry, and Invention | William Rosen

    The Most Powerful Idea in the World: A Story of Steam, Industry, and Invention

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By William Rosen
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
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    Award-winning author William Rosen tells the story of the men responsible for the Industrial Revolution and the machine that drove it: the steam engine.

    Roy says: "A Revelation about a Revolution"
  • The War of the Roses | Warren Adler

    The War of the Roses

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Warren Adler
    • Narrated By Dave Giorgio
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    (41)
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    (22)
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    The Roses met at an auction on Cape Cod. Oliver had just bought a Staffordshire figurine-one of a pair-but Barbara outbid him for its mate. The figurines belonged together, and so did the Roses. Now the two objets d'art sat together on a shelf in the Roses' home-symbols of the passion their owners shared. A passion that united them and now was about to tear them apart.

    ATX-LH says: "The movie made more sense"
  • Solar | Ian McEwan

    Solar

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Roger Allam, Ian McEwan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (409)
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    (211)
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    Nobel Prize-winning physicist Michael Beard is fast approaching 60, a mere shell of the academic titan he once was. While his fifth marriage falls apart, Michael suddenly finds himself with an unexpected opportunity to reinvigorate his career and possibly save humankind from the growing threat of global warming.

    Cariola says: "McEwan Does It Again!"
  • Big City, Bad Blood | Sean Chercover

    Big City, Bad Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Sean Chercover
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (249)
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    (142)
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    Disillusioned newspaper reporter-turned-private detective Ray Dudgeon doesn't want to save the world; he just wants to do an honest job well. But when doing an honest job threatens society's most powerful and corrupt, Ray's odds of survival make for a sucker's bet.

    Eva Gannon says: "Quintessentially Chicago"
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