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    • The Testament of Mary

    • By: Colm Toibin
    • Narrated by: Meryl Streep
    • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,161
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,071
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      4 out of 5 stars 1,054

    Meryl Streep’s performance of Colm Tóibín's acclaimed portrait of Mary is hailed by the New York Times Book Review as “an ideal audiobook,” presenting the three-time Academy Award-winner in “yet another great role.” Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Colm Tóibín's The Testament of Mary presents Mary as a solitary older woman still seeking to understand the events that become the narrative of the New Testament and the foundation of Christianity. In the ancient town of Ephesus, Mary lives alone, years after her son's crucifixion. She has no interest in collaborating with the authors of the Gospel. They are her keepers, providing her with food and shelter and visiting her regularly. She does not agree that her son is the Son of God; nor that his death was "worth it"; nor that the "group of misfits he gathered around him, men who could not look a woman in the eye," were holy disciples. This woman who we know from centuries of paintings and scripture as the docile, loving, silent, long-suffering, obedient, worshipful mother of Christ becomes a tragic heroine with the relentless eloquence of Electra or Medea or Antigone, in a portrait so vivid and convincing that our image of Mary will be forever transformed.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • from a non believer...

    • By Taormina60 on 09-27-13

    Regular price: $10.49

    • Brooklyn

    • A Novel
    • By: Colm Toibin
    • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
    • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 588
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 530
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 533

    Eilis Lacey has come of age in small-town Ireland in the hard years following World War Two. When an Irish priest from Brooklyn offers to sponsor Eilis in America, she decides she must go, leaving her fragile mother and her charismatic sister behind. Eilis finds work in a department store on Fulton Street and, when she least expects it, finds love. Tony, who loves the Dodgers and his big Italian family, slowly wins her over with patient charm.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • ended too soon

    • By Tina Pasadena on 05-02-17

    Regular price: $17.00

    • House of Names

    • By: Colm Tóibín
    • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson, Charlie Anson, Pippa Nixon
    • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 256
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 242
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 242

    "I have been acquainted with the smell of death." So begins Clytemnestra's tale of her own life in ancient Mycenae, the legendary Greek city from which her husband, King Agamemnon, left when he set sail with his army for Troy. Clytemnestra rules Mycenae now, along with her new lover, Aegisthus, and together they plot the bloody murder of Agamemnon on the day of his return after nine years at war.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Power. Control. Restraint.

    • By David on 06-27-17

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Nora Webster: A Novel

    • By: Colm Toibin
    • Narrated by: Fiona Shaw
    • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 412
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 369
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 368

    Widowed at forty, with four children and not enough money, Nora has lost the love of her life, Maurice, the man who rescued her from the stifling world to which she was born. And now she fears she may be drawn back into it. Wounded, strong-willed, clinging to secrecy in a tiny community where everyone knows your business, Nora is drowning in her own sorrow and blind to the suffering of her young sons, who have lost their father.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Contrived & Overreaching

    • By Sara on 12-13-15

    Regular price: $27.99

    • The Master

    • By: Colm Toibin
    • Narrated by: Geoffrey Howard
    • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 296
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 145
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 146

    In The Master, his brilliant and profoundly moving fifth novel, Colm Toibin tells the story of Henry James, a famous novelist born into one of America's intellectual first families two decades before the Civil War. James left his country to live in Paris, Rome, Venice, and London among privileged artists and writers.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Perfect

    • By Kathy on 05-06-05

    Regular price: $23.07

    • A Guest at the Feast

    • By: Colm Tóibín
    • Narrated by: Colm Tóibín
    • Length: 2 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 40
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36

    The unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of Colm Tóibín's touching memoir, A Guest at the Feast, beautifully read by the author himself. A Guest at the Feast moves from the small town of Enniscorthy to Dublin, from memories of a mother who always had a book on the go to the author's early adulthood, from a love of literature to the influences of place and family. Tóibín's captivating memoir is the story of a writer coming of age and his connections between home, work and love. It is a perfect gem of a book.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • NOW WE KNOW+++you should listen to a "BELIEVER"

    • By RenoWill on 04-09-12

    Regular price: $15.49

    • New Ways to Kill Your Mother

    • Writers and Their Families
    • By: Colm Toibin
    • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
    • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 19

    In a brilliant, nuanced, and wholly original collection of essays, the best-selling and award-winning author of Brooklyn and The Empty Family offers a fascinating exploration of famous writers’ relationships to their families and their work.From Jane Austen’s aunts to Tennessee Williams’s mentally ill sister, the impact of intimate family dynamics can be seen in many of literature’s greatest works. In New Ways to Kill Your Mother, Colm Tóibín traces and interprets those family ties.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A Literary Box of Chocolates

    • By Cariola on 11-02-13

    Regular price: $16.96

    • Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know

    • By: Colm Toibin
    • Length: 6 hrs
    • Unabridged
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    Elegant, profound, and riveting, Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know illuminates not only the complex relationships between three of the greatest writers in the English language and their fathers, but also illustrates the surprising ways these men surface in their work. Through these stories of fathers and sons, Tóibín recounts the resistance to English cultural domination, the birth of modern Irish cultural identity, and the extraordinary contributions of these complex and masterful authors.  

    Regular price: $17.00

    • The Heather Blazing

    • A Novel
    • By: Colm Toibin
    • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 51
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 49

    Eamon Redmond is a judge in Ireland’s high court, a completely legal creature who is just beginning to discover how painfully unconnected he is from other human beings. With effortless fluency, Colm Tóibín reconstructs the history of Eamon’s relationships - with his father, his first "girl", his wife, and the children who barely know him - and he writes about Eamon’s affection for the Irish coast with such painterly skill that the land itself becomes a character. The result is a novel of stunning power.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Quiet but Lovely Story

    • By Cariola on 03-29-13

    Regular price: $22.63

    • On Elizabeth Bishop

    • By: Colm Tóibín
    • Narrated by: John Keating
    • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    In this book novelist Colm Tóibín offers a deeply personal introduction to the work and life of one of his most important literary influences - the American poet Elizabeth Bishop. Ranging across her poetry, prose, letters, and biography, Tóibín creates a vivid picture of Bishop while also revealing how her work has helped shape his sensibility as a novelist and how her experiences of loss and exile resonate with his own.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Worthwhile

    • By Shipwrecked on 06-24-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Empty Family

    • Stories
    • By: Colm Toibin
    • Narrated by: Colm Toibin, Jeff Woodman, Alma Cuervo, and others
    • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 21

    In the captivating stories that make up The Empty Family, Colm Tibn delineates with a tender and unique sensibility, lives of unspoken or unconscious longing, of individuals often willingly cast adrift from their history. From the young Pakistani immigrant who seeks some kind of permanence in a strange town, to the Irish woman reluctantly returning to Dublin and discovering a city that refuses to acknowledge her long absence, each of Tibn's stories manage to contain whole worlds.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Empty Family

    • By Jenn on 08-16-16

    Regular price: $22.63

    • Brooklyn

    • By: Colm Tóibín
    • Narrated by: Stine Gyldenkerne
    • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      2 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      2.5 out of 5 stars 8

    Irland i 50'erne: Den unge pige Eilis bor sammen med sin mor og søster i en lille by, hvor der er meget langt til resten af verden. Faren er død, og pengene er små. Storesøsteren arbejder hårdt om dagen og spiller golf om aftenen. Her møder Eilis en praest, som er hjemme på besøg fra New York, og som lover at skaffe Eilis et job "over there". Efter en hård overfart til Amerika møder den lidt sky og tilbageholdende pige den nye verden, Brooklyn og New York. I Brooklyn flytter Eilis ind i et pensionat for irske piger og begynder at arbejde bag disken i en paen tøjforretning.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Russian

    • By joanna wilson on 10-25-16

    Regular price: $17.52

    • The South

    • By: Colm Toibin
    • Narrated by: Terry Donnelly
    • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 15

    In 1950, Katherine Proctor leaves Ireland for Barcelona, determined to escape her family and become a painter. There she meets Miguel, an anarchist veteran of the Spanish Civil War, and begins to build a life with him. But Katherine cannot escape her past, as Michael Graves, a fellow Irish émigré in Spain, forces her to reexamine all her relationships: to her lover, her art, and the homeland she only thought she knew. The South is a novel of classic themes - of art and exile, and of the seemingly irreconcilable yearnings for love and freedom - to which Colm Tóibín brings a new, passionate sensitivity.

    Regular price: $22.63

    • House of Names

    • By: Colm Tóibín
    • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson, Charlie Anson, Pippa Nixon
    • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1

    On the day of his daughter's wedding, Agamemnon orders her sacrifice. His daughter is led to her death, and Agamemnon leads his army into battle, where he is rewarded with glorious victory. Three years later he returns home, and his murderous action has set the entire family - mother, brother, sister - on a path of intimate violence as they enter a world of hushed commands and soundless journeys through the palace's dungeons and bedchambers.

    Regular price: $20.65

    • The Testament of Mary

    • By: Colm Tóibín
    • Narrated by: Meryl Streep
    • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    From the author of Brooklyn, in a voice that is both tender and filled with rage, The Testament of Mary tells the story of a cataclysmic event which led to an overpowering grief. For Mary, her son has been lost to the world, and now, living in exile and in fear, she tries to piece together the memories of the events that led to her son's brutal death. To her he was a vulnerable figure, surrounded by men who could not be trusted, living in a time of turmoil and change.

    Regular price: $23.24

    • The Blackwater Lightship

    • By: Colm Toibin
    • Narrated by: Niamh Cusack
    • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Set in Ireland in the 1990s, Colm Tóibín's The Blackwater Lightship tells the story of the Devereux family. Dora Devereux, her daughter Lily and her granddaughter Helen have come together after years of strife and reached an uneasy truce. Helen’s adored brother, Declan, is dying. Two friends join him and the women in a crumbling old house by the sea, where the six of them, from different generations and with different beliefs, must listen to and come to terms with one another. 

    Regular price: $16.35

    • Brooklyn

    • By: Colm Tóibín
    • Narrated by: Niamh Cusack
    • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    It is Ireland in the early 1950s and for Eilis Lacey, as for so many young Irish girls, opportunities are scarce. So when her sister arranges for her to emigrate to New York, Eilis knows she must go, leaving behind her family and her home for the first time. Arriving in a crowded lodging house in Brooklyn, Eilis can only be reminded of what she has sacrificed. She is far from home - and homesick.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautiful

    • By Katerina Georgieva on 04-13-17

    Regular price: $20.66

    • Mothers and Sons

    • Stories
    • By: Colm Toibin
    • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
    • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 15

    This beautifully written, intensely intimate collection explores a subject of nearly universal experience: the psychological push and pull between a mother and a son.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good Reader, Odd Endings

    • By Deborah on 06-11-08

    Regular price: $17.47

    • Thalia Book Club: Colum McCann's 'Let the Great World Spin' and Colm Toibin's 'Brooklyn'

    • By: Colum McCann, Colm Toibin
    • Narrated by: Michael Cerveris
    • Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    The Irish writers and good friends discuss their newest novels (each of which is set in New York City and was chosen by Amazon as one of the Top 4 Books of 2009) with each other and the audience. Michael Cerveris performs excerpts from both authors. A book signing follows.

    Regular price: $4.87

    • Nora Webster

    • By: Colm Tóibín
    • Narrated by: Fiona Shaw
    • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 16

    The downloadable, digital audiobook edition of Colm Tóibín's new novel, read by Fiona Shaw. It is the 1960s and Nora Webster is living with her two young sons in a small town on the east coast of Ireland. The love of her life, Maurice, has just died.Nora must learn how to forge a new life for herself, how to give her sons a future as she tries to hold onto the past.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Mediocre story of an Irish widow

    • By Brandy on 09-27-17

    Regular price: $23.45

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