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    • Autumn

    • By: Ali Smith
    • Narrated by: Melody Grove
    • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 294
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 271
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 269

    Fusing Keatsian mists and mellow fruitfulness with the vitality, the immediacy, and the color hit of Pop Art, Autumn is a witty excavation of the present by the past. The novel is a stripped-branches take on popular culture and a meditation, in a world growing ever more bordered and exclusive, on what richness and worth are, what harvest means.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Incredible use of language

    • By Mary on 03-06-17

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Winter

    • By: Ali Smith
    • Narrated by: Melody Grove
    • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46

    In Winter, life force matches up to the toughest of the seasons. In this second novel in her acclaimed Seasonal cycle, the follow-up to Ali Smith's sensational Autumn, Smith's shape-shifting quartet of novels casts a merry eye over a bleak post-truth era with a story rooted in history, memory, and warmth, its taproot deep in the evergreens: art, love, laughter. It's the season that teaches us survival.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Stellar and magical!

    • By BK on 07-07-18

    Regular price: $20.99

    • How to Be Both

    • A Novel
    • By: Ali Smith
    • Narrated by: John Banks
    • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 115
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 100
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 101

    Borrowing from painting’s fresco technique to make an original literary double-take, it's a fast-moving, genre-bending conversation between forms, times, truths, and fictions. There’s a Renaissance artist of the 1460s. There’s the child of a child of the 1960s. Two tales of love and injustice twist into a singular yarn where time gets timeless, structural gets playful, knowing gets mysterious, fictional gets real--and all life’s givens get given a second chance.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Incompetent Foreign Pronunciation

    • By J. Kahn on 06-28-15

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Winter

    • By: Ali Smith
    • Narrated by: Melody Grove
    • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    Winter? Bleak. Frosty wind, earth as iron, water as stone, so the old song goes. The shortest days, the longest nights. The trees are bare and shivering. The summer's leaves? Dead litter. The world shrinks; the sap sinks. But winter makes things visible. And if there's ice, there'll be fire. It's the season that teaches us survival. Here comes Winter the second audiobook in Ali Smith's shape-shifting quartet of stories.

    Regular price: $16.73

    • Artful

    • By: Ali Smith
    • Narrated by: Ali Smith
    • Length: 4 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21

    In 2012, Ali Smith delivered the Weidenfeld lectures on European comparative literature at St. Anne’s College, Oxford. Those lectures, presented here, took the shape of discursive stories that refused to be tied down to either fiction or the essay form. Thus, Artful is narrated by a character who is haunted - literally - by a former lover, the writer of a series of lectures about art and literature. A hypnotic dialogue unfolds between storytelling and a meditation on art that encompasses love, grief, memory, and revitalization.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • #Reality/Loss/Mythology

    • By Ellen K. on 11-14-18
    • By: Ali Smith
    • Narrated by: Ali Smith
    • Length: 4 hrs and 6 mins
    • Release date: 05-07-13
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 22 ratings

    Regular price: $17.47

    • Spring

    • By: Ali Smith
    • Narrated by: TBD
    • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
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      0 out of 5 stars 0
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      0 out of 5 stars 0

    On the heels of Autumn and Winter comes Spring, the continuation of Ali Smith's celebrated Seasonal Quartet, a series of stand-alone novels, separate but interconnected (as the seasons are), wide-ranging in timescale and light-footed through histories. 

    Regular price: $20.99

    • How to Be Both

    • By: Ali Smith
    • Narrated by: John Banks
    • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7

    How to Be Both is a novel all about art's versatility. There's a renaissance artist of the 1460s. There's the child of a child of the 1960s. Two tales of love and injustice twist into a singular yarn where time gets timeless, structural gets playful, knowing gets mysterious, fictional gets real - and all life's givens get given a second chance.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Annoying

    • By Robin on 01-18-15

    Regular price: $22.27

    • Autumn

    • Seasonal Quartet, Book 1
    • By: Ali Smith
    • Narrated by: Melody Grove
    • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 22

    Fusing Keatsian mists and mellow fruitfulness with the vitality, the immediacy and the colour hit of Pop Art - via a bit of skullduggery - Autumn is a witty excavation of the present by the past. Autumn is a take on popular culture and a meditation in a world growing ever more bordered: what constitutes richness and worth?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • moving tale of an unusual friendship

    • By Erik on 08-10-18

    Regular price: $16.73

    • Public Library and Other Stories

    • By: Ali Smith
    • Narrated by: Ali Smith
    • Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 1

    The stories in Ali Smith's new collection are about what we do with books and what they do with us: how they travel with us; how they shock us, change us, challenge us, banish time while making us older, wiser, and ageless all at once; how they remind us to pay attention to the world we make.

    Regular price: $17.50

    • Public Library and Other Stories

    • By: Ali Smith
    • Narrated by: Ali Smith
    • Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Why are books so very powerful? The stories in this collection are about what we do with books and what they do with us: how they travel with us and shock us, change us and challenge us, banish time while making us older, wiser and ageless all at once and how they remind us to pay attention to the world that we make. With this brilliantly inventive collection, Ali Smith joins the campaign to save our public libraries and celebrate their true place in our culture and history.

    Regular price: $11.18

    • The Accidental

    • By: Ali Smith
    • Narrated by: Heather O'Neill, Stina Nielsen, Jeff Woodman, and others
    • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 204
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 48

    Barefoot, thirtysomething Amber shows up at the door of a Norfolk cottage that the Smarts are renting for the summer. Amber doesn't know them, but she talks her way in, telling lies, and stays for dinner. Eve, an author, thinks Amber is a student her husband is sleeping with. Michael, an English professor, knows only that her car broke down. Daughter Astrid, age 12, thinks she's her mother's friend. Son Magnus, 17, thinks she's an angel.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent writing, thought provoking

    • By L on 03-20-06

    Regular price: $24.47

    • There but for the

    • By: Ali Smith
    • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
    • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 35

    At a dinner party in the posh London suburb of Greenwich, Miles Garth suddenly leaves the table midway through the meal, locks himself in an upstairs room, and refuses to leave. Neighbors and friends slowly gathers around the house, and the story of Miles is one told from the points of view of four of them: a woman in her 40s called Anna, a man in his 60s called Mark, a woman in her 80s called May, and a 10-year-old child called Brooke. The thing is... none of these people knows Miles anything more than glancingly.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Insufferable as a bad house guest

    • By Robert on 08-24-12

    Regular price: $18.27

    • Artful

    • By: Ali Smith
    • Narrated by: Ali Smith
    • Length: 4 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Originally four lectures given by Ali Smith at Oxford University, Artful is a tidal wave of ideas in four thematically organised bursts of thought: On Time, On Form, On Edge and On Offer and On Reflection. Refusing to be tied down to either fiction or the essay form, Artful is narrated by a character who is haunted - literally - by a former lover, the writer of a series of lectures about art and literature. Full of both the poignancy and humour of fiction and all the sideways insights and jaunty angles you would expect from Ali Smith’s criticism

    • By: Ali Smith
    • Narrated by: Ali Smith
    • Length: 4 hrs and 6 mins
    • Release date: 05-02-13
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 ratings

    Regular price: $18.59

    • There But For The

    • By: Ali Smith
    • Narrated by: Diane Beck
    • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    Imagine you give a dinner party and a friend of a friend brings a stranger to your house as his guest. He seems pleasant enough. Imagine that this stranger goes upstairs halfway through the dinner party and locks himself in one of your bedrooms and won't come out. Imagine you can't move him for days, weeks, months. If ever. Ali Smith's dazzling new novel is a funny, moving book about time, memory, thought, presence, quietness in a noisy time, and the importance of hearing ourselves think.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good premise, didn't deliver

    • By Nikki on 08-31-12

    Regular price: $16.16

    • The Story of Antigone

    • By: Ali Smith
    • Narrated by: Ali Smith
    • Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    The crow crossed the sky, slow-beating her wings. Beat, beat, beat. It was night, not yet morning, and her feathers were so black that she coasted the air invisible above the city wall. Thus begins Ali Smith's retelling of Sophocles' tragedy, about a young Theban princess who decides to bury her dishonoured brother Polynices, against King Creon's express orders, with heart-breaking consequences.

    Regular price: $5.64