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    • How Literature Saved My Life

    • By: David Shields
    • Narrated by: Seth Michael Donsky
    • Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    Blending confessional criticism and anthropological autobiography, Shields explores the power of literature (from Blaise Pascal's Penses to Maggie Nelson's Bluets, Renata Adler's Speedboat to Proust's A Remembrance of Things Past) to make life survivable, maybe even endurable. Shields evokes his deeply divided personality (his "ridiculous" ambivalence), his character flaws, his woes, his serious despairs.

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Salinger

    • By: David Shields, Shane Salerno
    • Narrated by: Peter Friedman, January LaVoy, Robert Petkoff, and others
    • Length: 19 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 108
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 98
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 97

    Shields and Salerno illuminate most brightly the last 56 years of Salinger’s life: a period that, until now, had remained completely dark to biographers. Provided unprecedented access to diaries, letters, legal records, and secret documents, listeners will feel they have, for the first time, gotten beyond Salinger’s meticulously built-up wall. The result is the definitive portrait of one of the most fascinating figures of the 20th century.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good biographical details marred by over analysis

    • By Rich S. on 09-16-13

    Regular price: $37.75

    • Rebooting Culture: Narrative & Information in the New Age (2010): Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

    • Panel 1101
    • By: Mr. Nicholas Carr, Mr. Ander Monson, Mr. David Shields
    • Narrated by: Mr. David L. Ulin
    • Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 1

    The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books began in 1996 with a simple goal: to bring together the people who create books with the people who love to read them. The festival was an immediate success and has become the largest and most prestigious book festival in the country, attracting more than 130,000 book lovers each year.

    Regular price: $2.93

    • The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead

    • By: David Shields
    • Narrated by: Don Leslie
    • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 51
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 13

    Mesmerized, at times unnerved, by his 97-year-old father's nearly superhuman vitality and optimism, David Shields undertakes an investigation of the human physical condition. The result is this exhilarating book - both a personal meditation on mortality and an exploration of flesh-and-blood existence from crib to oblivion. It's an exploration that paradoxically prompts a renewed and profound appreciation of life.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Too much of the author's uninteresting story

    • By Mark on 03-10-09

    Regular price: $26.60

    • That Thing You Do with Your Mouth

    • The Sexual Autobiography of Samantha Matthews as Told to David Shields
    • By: David Shields, Samantha Matthews
    • Narrated by: Mia Barron
    • Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      1.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Actress and voiceover artist Samantha Matthews offers - in the form of an extended monologue, prompted and arranged by New York Times best-selling author (and Matthews' cousin once removed) David Shields - a vivid investigation of her startling sexual history.

    Regular price: $10.49

    • I Think You're Totally Wrong

    • A Quarrel
    • By: David Shields, Caleb Powell
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross, Luis Moreno
    • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5

    A debate, nearly to the death, about life and art, cocktails included. And a soon-to-be major motion picture from James Franco! Caleb Powell always wanted to become an artist, but he overcommitted to life (he's a stay-at-home dad to three young girls), whereas his former professor David Shields always wanted to become a human being, but he has overcommitted to art.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good Pseudo-Intellectual Chore Soundtrack

    • By A. Yerkes on 05-25-15

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Reality Hunger

    • A Manifesto
    • By: David Shields
    • Narrated by: Peter Marinker
    • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    Reality Hunger is a manifesto for a burgeoning group of interrelated but unconnected artists who, living in an unbearably artificial world, are breaking ever larger chunks of 'reality' into their work. The questions Shields explores - the bending of form and genre, the lure and blur of the real - play out constantly around us, and Reality Hungeris a radical reframing of how we might think about this 'truthiness'.

    Regular price: $21.32

    • Jeff, One Lonely Guy

    • By: Jeff Ragsdale, David Shields, Michael Logan
    • Narrated by: Jeff Ragsdale
    • Length: 3 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      2 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      2 out of 5 stars 1

    In October 2011, Jeff Ragsdale, a down-and-out actor and stand-up comedian, posted a flyer around Lower Manhattan asking people to call him if they wanted to talk. He thought he’d get a dozen calls; instead he got hundreds, and then thousands, once pictures of the flyer went viral on the net. The calls came from all over the country and from as far away as Spain, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Taiwan, and Australia. Jeff spoke to as many people as he could, answering his phone all day long.

    Regular price: $13.99

    • The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead

    • By: David Shields
    • Narrated by: Peter Marinker
    • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      1 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      1 out of 5 stars 1

    Mesmerized and somewhat unnerved by his 97-year-old father's vitality and optimism, David Shields undertakes an original investigation of our flesh-and-blood existence, our mortal being. Weaving together personal anecdote, biological fact, philosophical doubt, cultural criticism, and the wisdom of an eclectic range of writers and thinkers - from Lucretius to Woody Allen - Shields expertly renders both a hilarious family portrait and a truly resonant meditation on mortality.

    Regular price: $25.82