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    • Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant: Modern Life as Interpreted By Someone Who Is Reasonably Bad at Living It

    • By: Joel Golby
    • Narrated by: Joel Golby
    • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
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    There are a few things you need to know about Joel Golby. Both his parents are dead. His dad was an alcoholic. He himself has a complicated relationship with alcohol. He once went to karaoke three times in five days. He will always beat you at Monopoly, and he will always cheat. Joel makes a name for himself as a journalist who brings us distinguished articles such as 'A Man Shits on a Plane So Hard It Has to Turn Around and Come Back Again', but that says more about us than him. 

    Regular price: $13.08

    • Ninth Street Women

    • Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler: Five Painters and the Movement That Changed Modern Art
    • By: Mary Gabriel
    • Narrated by: Lisa Stathoplos
    • Length: 39 hrs and 14 mins
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    Set amid the most turbulent social and political period of modern times, Ninth Street Women is the impassioned, wild, sometimes tragic, always exhilarating chronicle of five women who dared to enter the male-dominated world of 20th-century abstract painting - not as muses but as artists. From their cold-water lofts, where they worked, drank, fought, and loved, these pioneers burst open the door to the art world for themselves and countless others to come. 

    • Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler: Five Painters and the Movement That Changed Modern Art
    • By: Mary Gabriel
    • Narrated by: Lisa Stathoplos
    • Length: 39 hrs and 14 mins
    • Release date: 02-19-19
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    Regular price: $30.79

    • Revolver

    • The Secret History of the Beatles
    • By: Geoffrey Giuliano, Avalon Giuliano
    • Narrated by: Bob Sinfield
    • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
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    Thirty years after their acrimonious split, the Beatles continue to be the most influential and best loved band the world has ever seen. Yet despite all that has been written about them, few have managed to get behind the public facade of the Fab Four and write the truth about the world's most popular band. No one knows more about their secret world than Geoffrey Giuliano. For the first time Geoffrey has brought together exclusive interviews with the band's inner circle to create the most vivid and sensational portrait of the band ever published.

    Regular price: $10.90

    • As Time Goes By

    • By: Derek Taylor, Jon Savage - foreword
    • Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
    • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
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    Derek Taylor's iconic memoir is a rare opportunity to be immersed in one of the most whirlwind music sensations in history: Beatlemania. As Time Goes By tells the remarkable story of Taylor's trajectory from humble provincial journalist to loved confidant right at the center of the Beatles' magic circle. In charming, conversational prose, Taylor shares anecdotes and reminiscences so vivid and immediate that you find yourself plunged into the beating heart of 1960s counterculture.  

    Regular price: $17.49

    • The Turning-Point of My Life

    • By: Mark Twain
    • Narrated by: Steve Kelly
    • Length: 22 mins
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    Twain reflects on the defining moment of his childhood. The incident occurred when a measles epidemic was raging in his hometown; fear was everywhere, and Twain was confined to the house for months. The turning point was when he left the house as he concluded that taking brave action was better than being smothered by fear. 

    Regular price: $1.39

    • Motley Rock Stories

    • Dying Is Not a Great Way to Make a Living
    • By: Jack Valentine
    • Narrated by: Jack Valentine
    • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
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    The untold story of Mick Mars, the driving force behind Motley Crue as told by his bandmate in their dues-paying era in the Hollywood rock scene of the mid- to late 1970s.  

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Go Ahead in the Rain

    • Notes to A Tribe Called Quest
    • By: Hanif Abdurraqib
    • Narrated by: Ron Butler
    • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
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    The seminal rap group A Tribe Called Quest brought jazz into the genre, resurrecting timeless rhythms to create masterpieces. This narrative follows Tribe from their early days as part of the Afrocentric rap collective known as the Native Tongues, through their first three classic albums, to their eventual breakup and long hiatus. Throughout the narrative, poet and essayist Hanif Abdurraqib connects the music and cultural history to their street-level impact and draws from his own experience to reflect on how its distinctive sound resonated among fans like himself.

    Regular price: $34.99

    • My Debut as a Literary Person

    • By: Mark Twain
    • Narrated by: Steve Kelly
    • Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
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    Mark Twain relates how he broke the news when he was still unknown. He was in Honolulu when the survivors from the harrowing open sea voyage of the clipper-ship Hornet arrive. He stayed up late to get the accounts of the sailors’ trials, writes through the night and relays a detailed account when the other reporters only had an outline report. 

    Regular price: $4.89

    • Shoot That One

    • More Essays by Javier Grillo-Marxuach
    • By: Javier Grillo-Marxuach
    • Narrated by: Colby Elliott
    • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
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    In this follow-up to his first collection of essays - Shoot This One - television writer and producer Javier Grillo-Marxuach continues to overshare about his misadventures in the small screen to a degree that will make you fear for his future employment. The essays in Shoot That One offer both a tantalizing glimpse into the inner circles of the entertainment industry, as well a management lesson disguised as a juicy tell-all.

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Lucio Fontana: An Artist Between Worlds

    • Studies in World Art, Book 101
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Stephen Floyd
    • Length: 12 mins
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    Lucio Fontana is rightly regarded as one of the most important Italian artists active in the 20 years after World War II, important not only in Italy, but in a pan-European sense. It is, however, also important to remember additionally that he was born in Argentina and spent quite important parts of his early career there, working first as an assistant to his father, Luigi, a sculptor, and then independently.  

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Jane Austen: A Life from Beginning to End

    • Biographies of British Authors, Book 2
    • By: Hourly History
    • Narrated by: Mike Nelson
    • Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
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    Jane Austen wrote that in her novels she painted the world on a “little bit (two inches wide) of ivory,” working “with so fine a brush.” Her well-known books, such as Pride and Prejudice and Emma, display the power of this approach; her observations about human nature have proven so accurate and entertaining that her books continue to be beloved 200 years after they were written.

    Regular price: $6.95

    • On Drinking

    • By: Charles Bukowski
    • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
    • Length: 4 hrs and 14 mins
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    Charles Bukowski turns to the bottle in this revelatory collection of poetry and prose that includes some of the writer’s best and most lasting work. A self-proclaimed “dirty old man”, Bukowski used alcohol as muse and as fuel, a conflicted relationship responsible for some of his darkest moments, as well as some of his most joyful and inspired. In On Drinking, Bukowski expert Abel Debritto has collected the writer’s most profound, funny, and memorable work on his ups and downs with the hard stuff.

    Regular price: $20.52

    • Mother Winter

    • A Memoir
    • By: Sophia Shalmiyev
    • Narrated by: Sophia Shalmiyev
    • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
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    An arresting memoir equal parts refugee coming-of-age story, feminist manifesto, and meditation on motherhood, displacement, gender politics, and art that follows award-winning writer Sophia Shalmiyev’s flight from the Soviet Union, where she was forced to abandon her estranged mother, and her subsequent quest to find her. 

    Regular price: $17.00

    • Siren Song

    • My Life in Music
    • By: Seymour Stein, Gareth Murphy - contributor
    • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
    • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
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    Seymour Stein is America's greatest living record man. Not only has he signed and nurtured more important artists than anyone alive, now 60 years in the game, he's still the hippest label head, traveling the globe in search of the next big thing. Since the late '50s, he's been wherever it's happening, and along that winding path, he discovered and broke out a skyline full of stars, including Madonna, The Ramones, Talking Heads, Depeche Mode, Madonna, The Smiths, The Cure, Ice-T, Lou Reed, Seal, and many others.

    Regular price: $20.99

    • BEAT

    • The Latter Days of the Beat Generation
    • By: Andy Clausen
    • Narrated by: Andy Clausen
    • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
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    BEAT is an unfiltered chronicle of the wild escapades of those who made the living poetry that expressed the atomic age and beyond. Here is Ginsberg, Corso, Burroughs, Cassady, di Prima, Waldman, Micheline, Kesey, Bukowski, Kaufman, Vega, Bremser, and many others. Firsthand accounts from East Coast to West Coast, Prague to Kathmandu, Andy Clausen was there. 

    • The Latter Days of the Beat Generation
    • By: Andy Clausen
    • Narrated by: Andy Clausen
    • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
    • Release date: 02-08-19
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    Regular price: $19.95

    • Another Planet

    • A Teenager in Suburbia
    • By: Tracey Thorn
    • Narrated by: Tracey Thorn
    • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
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    In a 1970s commuter town, Tracey Thorn's teenage life was forged from what failed to happen. Her diaries were packed with entries about not buying things, not going to the disco, the school coach not arriving. Before she was a best-selling musician and writer, Tracey Thorn was a typical teenager: bored and cynical, despairing of her aspirational parents. Her only comfort came from house parties, Meaningful Conversations and the female pop icons who hinted at a new kind of living.

    Regular price: $18.54

    • Merseybeast

    • A Musical Memoir
    • By: Ian McNabb
    • Narrated by: Ian McNabb
    • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
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    Ian's audiobook edition is told as if you were sitting down with him over a drink and is an exhilarating, exciting, frequently hilarious account of his hits and misses, written with astonishing frankness. Ian McNabb is a Mercury Prize-nominated artist who got to play with many of his childhood heroes. This is an audiobook for anyone who ever wanted to know what happens when you (almost) get everything you ever wanted.

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    • Does what it says on the tin

    • By Andy Ravenscroft on 02-21-19

    Regular price: $21.81

    • Without Lying Down

    • By: Cari Beauchamp
    • Narrated by: Holly Palance
    • Length: 20 hrs and 3 mins
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    Cari Beauchamp masterfully combines biography with social and cultural history to examine the lives of Frances Marion and her many female colleagues who shaped filmmaking from the early teens through the 1940s. Frances Marion was Hollywood's highest paid screenwriter - male or female - for almost three decades, wrote almost 200 produced films and remains the only woman to win two Academy Awards for original screenwriting (The Big House and The Champ).

    Regular price: $35.70

    • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

    • By: James Joyce
    • Narrated by: Drew Dillon
    • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
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    The first novel by James Joyce, this semi-autobiographical narrative depicts the life of Stephen Dedalus, a character created as an allusion to Daedalus, a craftsman in Greek mythology. Beginning by depicting the early stages of Stephen's life, the language of the novel grows with the main character as he awakens sexually and rebels against religion. When he realizes that Ireland is restricting him, he commits to a self-imposed exile and travels elsewhere to grow as an artist - but not before declaring Ireland his homeland.

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    • Bluff City

    • The Secret Life of Photographer Ernest Withers
    • By: Preston Lauterbach
    • Narrated by: Sean Patrick Hopkins
    • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
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    Who was Ernest Withers? Most Americans may not know the name, but they do know his photographs. Withers took some of the most legendary images of the 1950s and ’60s: Martin Luther King, Jr., riding a newly integrated bus in Montgomery, Alabama; Emmett Till’s uncle pointing an accusatory finger across the courtroom at one of his nephew’s killers; scores of African-American protestors, carrying a forest of signs reading "I am a man." But while he enjoyed unparalleled access to the inner workings of the civil rights movement, Withers was working as an informant for the FBI.    

    Regular price: $19.95

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