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    • Close to Hugh

    • By: Marina Endicott
    • Narrated by: Tom Rooney, Deborah Drakeford, Caitlin Driscoll, and others
    • Length: 17 hrs and 13 mins
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    Close to Hugh is a glorious, exuberant, poignant comic novel about youth and age, art and life, love and death - and about losing your mind and finding your heart's desire over the course of seven days one September. As the week opens, 50-something Hugh Argylle, owner of the Argylle Art Gallery, has a jarring fall from a ladder - a fall that leaves him with a fractured off-kilter vision of his own life and the lives of his friends.

    Regular price: $25.20

    • Late in the Day

    • By: Tessa Hadley
    • Narrated by: Abigail Thaw
    • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
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    Alexandr and Christine and Zachary and Lydia have been close friends since they first met in their 20s. Thirty years later Alex and Christine are spending a leisurely summer evening at home when they receive a call from a distraught Lydia. Zach is dead. In the wake of this profound loss, the three friends find themselves unmoored; all agree that Zach was the sanest and kindest of them all, the irreplaceable one they couldn’t afford to lose. Inconsolable, Lydia moves in with Alex and Christine. 

    Regular price: $21.81

    • West and The Redemption of Galen Pike

    • By: Carys Davies
    • Narrated by: Jilly Bond, Kris Dyer, Robert G. Slade
    • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
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    For the first time in audio, a collection of Carys Davies’ iconic novel West and her award-winning short story collection The Redemption of Galen PikeWest: Cy Bellman, American settler and widowed father of Bess, reads in the newspaper that huge ancient bones have been discovered in a Kentucky swamp. He leaves his small Pennsylvania farm and young daughter to find out if the rumours are true: that the giant monsters are still alive and roam the uncharted wilderness beyond the Mississippi River.

    Regular price: $16.35

    • Leading Men

    • A Novel
    • By: Christopher Castellani
    • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
    • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
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    In July of 1953, at a glittering party thrown by Truman Capote in Portofino, Italy, Tennessee Williams and his longtime lover Frank Merlo meet Anja Blomgren, a mysteriously taciturn young Swedish beauty and aspiring actress. Their encounter will go on to alter all of their lives. Ten years later, Frank revisits the tempestuous events of that fateful summer from his deathbed in Manhattan, where he waits anxiously for Tennessee to visit him one final time.

    Regular price: $31.50

    • A Visit from the Goon Squad

    • By: Jennifer Egan
    • Narrated by: Roxana Ortega
    • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
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    Jennifer Egan’s spellbinding interlocking narratives circle the lives of Bennie Salazar, an aging former punk rocker and record executive, and Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. Although Bennie and Sasha never discover each other’s pasts, the listener does, in intimate detail, along with the secret lives of a host of other characters whose paths intersect with theirs, over many years, in locales as varied as New York, San Francisco, Naples, and Africa. 

    Regular price: $28.00

    • The Cassandra

    • A Novel
    • By: Sharma Shields
    • Narrated by: Sophie Amoss
    • Length: 10 hrs
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    Mildred Groves, an unusual young woman gifted and cursed with the ability to see the future, goes to work in a top-secret research facility during WWII, only to be tormented by visions of what the mission will mean for humankind.  

    Regular price: $25.51

    • The Heavens

    • By: Sandra Newman
    • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
    • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
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    Transporting the listener between a richly detailed past and a frighteningly possible future, The Heavens is a powerful reminder of the consequences of our actions, a poignant testament to how the people we love are destined to change, and a masterful exploration of the power of dreams. 

    Regular price: $17.49

    • Death Is Hard Work

    • A Novel
    • By: Khaled Khalifa, Leri Price - translator
    • Narrated by: Neil Shah
    • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
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    Abdel Latif, an old man from the Aleppo region, dies peacefully in a hospital bed in Damascus. His final wish, conveyed to his youngest son, Bolbol, is to be buried in the family plot in their ancestral village of Anabiya. Though Abdel was hardly an ideal father, and though Bolbol is estranged from his siblings, this conscientious son persuades his older brother Hussein and his sister Fatima to accompany him and the body to Anabiya, which is - after all - only a two-hour drive from Damascus. There's only one problem: Their country is a war zone.

    Regular price: $17.49

    • The Nine Cloud Dream

    • By: Kim Man-jung, Heinz Insu Fenkl - translator
    • Narrated by: David Shih
    • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
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    Often considered the highest achievement in Korean fiction, The Nine Cloud Dream poses the question: Will the life we dream of truly make us happy? Written in 17th-century Korea, this classic novel's wondrous story begins when a young monk living on a sacred Lotus Peak in China succumbs to the temptation of eight fairy maidens. For doubting his master's Buddhist teachings, the monk is forced to endure a strange punishment: reincarnation as the most ideal of men. 

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Northern Lights

    • A Novel
    • By: Raymond Strom
    • Narrated by: Michael Crouch
    • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
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    A stunning debut novel set in the late 1990s as an androgynous youth arrives in small-town Minnesota searching for the mother who abandoned him as a child. 

    Regular price: $18.16

    • The Night Tiger

    • By: Yangsze Choo
    • Narrated by: Yangsze Choo
    • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
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    They say a tiger that devours too many humans can take the form of a man and walk amongst us.... In 1930s colonial Malaya, a dissolute British doctor receives a surprise gift of an 11-year-old Chinese houseboy. Sent as a bequest from an old friend, young Ren has a mission: to find his dead master's severed finger and reunite it with his body. Ren has 49 days, or else his master's soul will roam the earth forever.

    Regular price: $21.81

    • Territory of Light

    • A Novel
    • By: Yuko Tsushima
    • Narrated by: Rina Takasaki
    • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
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    It is spring. A young woman, left by her husband, starts a new life in a Tokyo apartment. Territory of Light follows her over the course of a year as she struggles to bring up her two-year-old daughter alone. Her new home is filled with light streaming through the windows, so bright she has to squint, but she finds herself plummeting deeper into darkness, becoming unstable, untethered. As the months come and go and the seasons turn, she must confront what she has lost and what she will become.   

    Regular price: $18.89

    • They Came Like Swallows

    • By: William Maxwell
    • Narrated by: Kaleo Griffith
    • Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
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    To eight-year-old Bunny Morison, his mother is an angelic comforter in whose absence nothing is real or alive. To his older brother, Robert, his mother is someone he must protect, especially since the deadly influenza epidemic of 1918 is ravaging their small Midwestern town. To James Morison, his wife, Elizabeth, is the center of a life that would disintegrate all too suddenly were she to disappear. Through the eyes of these characters, William Maxwell creates a sensitive portrait of an American family and of the complex woman who is its emotional pillar.

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Rutting Season

    • Stories
    • By: Mandeliene Smith
    • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
    • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
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    In these lucid, sharply observant stories, Mandeliene Smith traces the lives of men and women in moments of crisis: a woman whose husband has just died, a social worker struggling to escape his own past, a girl caught in a standoff between her mother's boyfriend and the police. A lively and insightful collection, Rutting Season is dark, humorous, and moving, filled with complex characters who immediately demand our interest and attention.

    Regular price: $17.49

    • Anil's Ghost

    • By: Michael Ondaatje
    • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
    • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
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    The time is our own time. The place, Sri Lanka, the island nation off the southern tip of India, a country formerly known as Ceylon, which is steeped in centuries of cultural achievement and tradition - and forced into the late 20th century by the ravages of civil war and the consequences of a country divided against itself. Into this maelstrom steps a woman, Anil Tissera, born in Sri Lanka, educated in the West, a forensic anthropologist sent by an international human-rights group to work with officials to discover the source of the organized campaigns of murder engulfing the island.

    Regular price: $23.80

    • Lost Children Archive

    • By: Valeria Luiselli
    • Narrated by: Valeria Luiselli, Kivlighan de Montebello
    • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
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    A family in New York packs the car and sets out on a road trip. A mother, a father, a boy and a girl, they head southwest, to the Apacheria, the regions of the US which used to be Mexico. They drive for hours through desert and mountains. They stop at diners when they’re hungry and sleep in motels when it gets dark. The little girl tells surreal knock knock jokes and makes them all laugh. The little boy educates them all and corrects them when they’re wrong. The mother and the father are barely speaking to each other.

    Regular price: $13.08

    • The Storm

    • By: Kate Chopin
    • Narrated by: Alice Greendale
    • Length: 13 mins
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    An intense story of love, lust, and betrayal set amidst an intense storm in the American South, The Storm is the sequel to At the 'Cadian Ball by American novelist Kate Chopin. Beautifully crafted and a considered a groundbreaking work of fiction when it was published, it candidly discusses sexual passion and extramarital affairs.

    Regular price: $2.09

    • The Way Back

    • By: Bill Whiting
    • Narrated by: Martin Carroll
    • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
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    After losing his home and savings to his lying son, widower Robin Bentley has a breakdown and is consigned to a care home for the elderly. He’s deeply depressed and has lost himself. As his health improves, he feels imprisoned and decides he must escape. While sneaking away, his path is blocked by a scary, battle-worn bull terrier, which is being hunted by the police. Very frightened, Robin distracts its attention with food from his rucksack, and then hurriedly makes the long walk to his planned hideaway at a seaside caravan park. But the fearsome beast follows him relentlessly...

    Regular price: $14.95

    • The Shoemaker and the Devil

    • By: Anton Chekhov
    • Narrated by: Griff Beck
    • Length: 15 mins
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    In this masterful story of numb desperation and farcical humor of everyday life by Russian playwright and writer Anton Chekhov, Fyodor Nilov, a poor shoemaker who longs to become rich, is granted his wish. But he soon discovers something he wasn't prepared for. 

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    • You Know You Want This

    • Cat Person and Other Stories
    • By: Kristen Roupenian
    • Narrated by: Aubrey Plaza, Jayme Mattler, Molly Pope, and others
    • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
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    From the creator of 'Cat Person' - the first short story to go viral - comes You Know You Want This, a compulsive collection about sex, dating and modern life. These are stories of women’s lives now. They also happen to be horror stories. In some, women endure the horror. In others, they inflict it. Here are women at work, at home, on dates, at the doctor’s, with their families and with their friends. Here are women grappling with desire, punishment, guilt and anger. These are stories that make you feel fascinated but repelled, scared but delighted, revolted but aroused.

    Regular price: $21.81

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