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    • George Carlin Reads to You

    • An Audio Collection Including Grammy Winners 'Braindroppings' and 'Napalm & Silly Putty'
    • By: George Carlin
    • Narrated by: George Carlin
    • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,933
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2,631
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,599

    If one George Carlin audio is funny, then two are funnier and three must be funniest, right? That's our thinking behind this new collection. t's a HighBridge library of laugh-out-loud, award-winning recordings featuring George himself performing many of his best bits.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Like a Cast of Thousands

    • By Rick on 07-16-12

    Regular price: $34.97

    • Brain Droppings

    • By: George Carlin
    • Narrated by: George Carlin
    • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 400
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 178
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 176

    Grammy Winner for Best Spoken Comedy Album
    Performed by George Carlin himself, and filled with thoughts, musings, questions, lists, beliefs, curiosities, monologues, assertions, assumptions, and other verbal ordeals, Brain Droppings is infectiously funny.

    New! Don't miss our AudibleComedy combo, featuring original humor from standups Greg Proops and Steve Marmel.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • If you like the Carlin of late...

    • By Terri A. on 12-12-11

    Regular price: $17.47

    • The Comedians

    • Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels and the History of American Comedy
    • By: Kliph Nesteroff
    • Narrated by: Kliph Nesteroff
    • Length: 15 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 281
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 259
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 260

    In The Comedians, comedy historian Kliph Nesteroff brings to life a century of American comedy with real-life characters, forgotten stars, mainstream heroes and counterculture iconoclasts. Based on over 200 original interviews and extensive archival research, Nesteroff's groundbreaking work is a narrative exploration of the way comedians have reflected, shaped, and changed American culture over the past 100 years.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good stories, but...

    • By Susan on 04-16-18

    Regular price: $29.95

    • What Makes Sammy Run?

    • By: Budd Schulberg
    • Narrated by: Chris Andrew Ciulla
    • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    The classic book that shaped two generations' view of the movie business and introduced the archetypal Hollywood player Sammy Glick. He's got a machete mouth and a genius for double-cross. As Budd Shulberg - author of the screenplay On the Waterfront - follows Sammy's relentless upward progress, he creates a virtuoso study in character that manages to be hilariously appalling yet deeply compassionate.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not much of a scandal anymore

    • By Stewart Gooderman on 07-23-18

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Napalm & Silly Putty

    • By: George Carlin
    • Narrated by: George Carlin
    • Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 86
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 79

    Yes, George Carlin is here with more of what he did better than any other comic: uproarious observations, laser-targeted crankiness, linguistic legerdemain, and inspired weirdness. ("If the shoe fits, get another just like it." "When you sneeze, all the numbers in your head go up by one.") Napalm & Silly Putty is just what his fans have been waiting for—another generous helping of notions, nonsense, assertions, assumptions, mockery, merriment, silliness, sarcasm, and, to be sure, plenty of disturbing references and toxic alienation.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • does not dissapoint

    • By Pawel S. Gibas on 08-27-18

    Regular price: $17.47

    • Bab: A Sub-Deb

    • By: Mary Roberts Rinehart
    • Narrated by: Angie Hickman
    • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
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    Precocious 17-year-old Bab, with a sizeable sense of the romantic and an over-developed sense of the dramatic, shares how these traits get her into continuous scrapes via school themes, journals, and articles meant for publication. Managing an allowance is easy - isn't buying a car to save on shoe repair fiscally responsible? Is the family's butler a spy for Germany? Set against the backdrop of the first World War, these humorous tales highlight how little has changed in the past century with regard to a young girl's finding her place in the world. 

    Regular price: $19.99

    • Poor Richard's Almanac

    • By: Benjamin Franklin
    • Narrated by: Robert Bethune
    • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 24

    Unlike most editions of Poor Richard, this one includes essentially all of the text, not just the aphorisms and sayings. This gives you, Courteous Listener, a much better appreciation of how Franklin wrote and thought. In particular, you will find that the full body of the Poor Richard almanacs contains a great deal of religious and spiritual thought in which Franklin laid out and propounded his understanding of Christianity as it stood in his day.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Content Good But Disappointing Production

    • By Joel on 09-15-17

    Regular price: $20.97

    • I'm Dreaming of a Black Christmas

    • By: Lewis Black
    • Narrated by: Lewis Black
    • Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 246
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 155
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 154

    From Lewis Black, the uproarious and perpetually apoplectic New York Times best-selling author and Daily Show regular, comes a ferociously funny book about his least favorite holiday, Christmas.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Passing the torch

    • By steve on 01-13-11

    Regular price: $21.00

    • Friendship

    • By: Ralph Waldo Emerson
    • Narrated by: Phil Paonessa
    • Length: 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
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      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 5

    Emerson's treatise on the nature of friendship. The only reward of virtue is virtue; the only way to have a friend is to be one. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brutally honest outlook on friendship

    • By Amazon Customer on 08-08-18

    Regular price: $2.79

    • Our Miss Brooks, Collection 2

    • By: Black Eye Entertainment
    • Narrated by: full cast
    • Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
    • Original Recording
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    Our Miss Brooks was a situation comedy show heard on radio and seen on television and films. It starred Hollywood film and New York stage veteran Eve Arden, who had specialized in playing the wisecracking friend to the heroine. The series centered on Connie Brooks, a smart, sharp-witted, lovable English teacher at fictional Madison High School. Between gentle wisecracks, Miss Brooks doted on nerdish student Walter Denton (Richard Crenna) and frequently locked horns with crusty, cranky Principal Osgood Conklin (Gale Gordon).

    Regular price: $14.99

    • The Fran Lebowitz Reader

    • By: Fran Lebowitz
    • Narrated by: Fran Lebowitz
    • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 116
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 102
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 102

    The Fran Lebowitz Reader brings together in one volume, with a new preface, two best sellers, Metropolitan Life and Social Studies, by an "important humorist in the classic tradition" ( The New York Times Book Review) who is "the natural successor to Dorothy Parker" (British Vogue). In "elegant, finely honed prose" ( The Washington Post Book World), Lebowitz limns the vicissitudes of contemporary urban life - its fads, trends, crazes, morals, and fashions. By turns ironic, facetious, deadpan, sarcastic, wry, wisecracking, and waggish, she is always wickedly entertaining.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful in her own voice.

    • By Sue C on 11-07-12

    Regular price: $33.60

    • Neil Simon's Eugene Trilogy

    • Brighton Beach Memoirs, Biloxi Blues, Broadway Bound
    • By: Neil Simon
    • Narrated by: Dan Castellaneta, Jonathan Silverman, Justine Bateman
    • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 18

    Here is Neil Simon’s acclaimed semi-autobiographical Eugene Trilogy, including Brighton Beach Memoirs. In the first installment of the trilogy, 14-year-old Eugene is preoccupied by his passion for the Yankees and his lust for his beautiful cousin. Biloxi Blues, The second hilarious installment of the Eugene Trilogy follows our naïve hero and his sadistic drill sergeant through boot camp in Biloxi, Mississippi.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Two Excellent Performances of a Great Trilogy

    • By Readin' and Rockin' on 07-03-15

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Abbott & Costello

    • Masters of Comedy
    • By: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello
    • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 81
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 50

    Beloved movie and television stars Bud Abbott and Lou Costello made their name on the radio, and the resulting long-running radio show preserved a rich vaudeville tradition and sensational comedy sketches. The sarcasm of Abbott's stern straight man is the perfect comedic compliment to the muffled screams of Costello's blustery "baaaad boy."

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great retakes on entertaining the troops!

    • By Frederick on 12-14-11

    Regular price: $22.37

    • Fierce Pajamas

    • Selected Humor Writing from The New Yorker
    • By: David Remnick, Henry Finder, editors
    • Narrated by: Byron Jennings, Julie Halston
    • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 89
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 13

    Fierce Pajamas is a delightful treat, a treasury of laughter from The New Yorker, a publication described by W.H. Auden as "the best comic magazine in existence." This collection features unabridged selections by Steve Martin, Woody Allen, James Thurber, Dorothy Parker, Ogden Nash, and more.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • great, but niche

    • By Sue on 02-21-06

    Regular price: $21.27

    • How to Tell a Story and Other Essays

    • By: Mark Twain
    • Narrated by: Brian Troxell
    • Length: 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 171
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 146
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 146

    American writer Samuel Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain has given us some literary gems with Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn and his travel adventures in 19th-century Europe and to Australia and New Zealand. In How to Tell a Story and Other Essays, Twain discusses the telling of stories, rather than providing more stories.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Does not disappoint! Very funny!

    • By CourtneyWNY on 02-09-15

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Our Miss Brooks

    • Volume One
    • By: Eve Arden, Gale Gordon, Jeff Chandler, and others
    • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28

    This collection features 18 classic radio episodes of "Our Miss Brooks", starring Eve Arden in her famous role of Connie Brooks, Madison High's 10th grade English teacher. Co-starring Gale Gordon as Principal Osgood Conklin, Jeff Chandler as bashful biologist Philip Boynton, Richard Crenna as Connie's student Walter Denton and Jane Morgan as Connie's landlady Mrs. Davis.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great listen

    • By Alla on 09-23-11

    Regular price: $25.17

    • Occupational Hazards: The Blue-Collar Omnibus

    • By: Geoff Sturtevant
    • Narrated by: John McLain, Jonathan Sleep, Steven Jay Cohen, and others
    • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 66
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67

    A collection of absurdist and thought-provoking stories from the author's Return to the Dirt, Just Speculating, and more, including unreleased, exclusive, audio-only content! Performed by a cast of award-winning and Audie® nominated narrators. Fans of the macabre, dark humor, and cerebral thrillers are guaranteed a good listen. Occupational Hazards is an unflinching ride through the absurdity of it all. Existentialism, absurdism, and outlandish humor merge with ordinary, workaday life for a truly unique perspective of the human experience. Not recommended for the faint of heart or easily offended. But if meaty stories are what you're after....We hope you're hungry.  

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • My Bologna has a first name . . .

    • By Ray Johnson on 07-20-18

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Irrepressible Wit of Mark Twain

    • Five Humourous Pieces
    • By: Mark Twain
    • Narrated by: Cathy Dobson
    • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    Five classic examples of the sheer comic genius of Mark Twain. "The One Million Pound Bank Note", "The McWilliamses and the Burglar Alarm", "The Stolen White Elephant", "Cannibalism in the Cars", and "The Awful German Language".

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good topics

    • By mm on 06-22-17

    Regular price: $10.32

    • National Lampoon Radio Hour Classics

    • Show #12 (02/02/74)
    • By: John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Gilda Radner, and others
    • Length: 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
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      0 out of 5 stars 0

    Marijuana; Egyptian Archaeology; Ed's Big Date; Norman Fishbank, Pirate; The Ballad of Charles Whitman; The Mason Reese Institute; and more.

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Once in a Lifetime

    • By: George S. Kaufman, Moss Hart
    • Narrated by: Caroline Aaron, Edward Asner, Jen Dede, and others
    • Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 12

    It’s 1929 as The Jazz Singer hits the silver screen and the talkies promise to change movies forever. Enter three down-and-out vaudevillians who hatch a hare-brained scheme to “make it big” in Tinsel Town. Their plan? To open a voice academy for the witless stars of silent movies. The only things standing in their way are ditzy starlets and power-hungry movie moguls.

    Regular price: $6.95

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