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    • If on a Winter's Night a Traveler

    • By: Italo Calvino
    • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
    • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 308
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      4 out of 5 stars 282
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    Italo Calvino imagines a novel capable of endless mutations in this intricately crafted story about writing and readers. If on a Winter's Night a Traveler turns out to be not one novel but 10, each with a different plot, style, ambience, and author, and each interrupted at a moment of suspense. Together they form a labyrinth of literatures, known and unknown, alive and extinct, through which two readers, a male and a female, pursue both the story lines that intrigue them and one another.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The position of the feet during reading...

    • By literate rose on 02-09-18

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Invisible Cities

    • By: Italo Calvino
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 239
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      4 out of 5 stars 208
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      4 out of 5 stars 211

    In a garden sit the aged Kublai Khan and the young Marco Polo - Tartar emperor and Venetian traveler. Kublai Khan has sensed the end of his empire coming soon. Marco Polo diverts the emperor with tales of the cities he has seen in his travels around the empire: cities and memory, cities and desire, cities and designs, cities and the dead, cities and the sky, trading cities, hidden cities. Soon it becomes clear that each of these fantastic places is really the same place.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautiful prose poems read too quickly

    • By David on 10-04-16

    Regular price: $20.99

    • The Complete Cosmicomics

    • Translated by Martin McLaughlin, Tim Parks, & William Weaver
    • By: Italo Calvino, Martin McLaughlin - translator, Tim Parks - translator, and others
    • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
    • Length: 15 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 16

    Italo Calvino's beloved cosmicomics cross planets and traverse galaxies, speed up time or slow it down to the particles of an instant. Through the eyes of an ageless guide named Qfwfq, Calvino explores natural phenomena and tells the story of the origins of the universe. Poignant, fantastical, and wise, these 34 dazzling stories - collected here in one definitive anthology - relate complex scientific and mathematical concepts to our everyday world.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Moments of Greatness = Worth the Read

    • By Amazon Customer on 08-06-18

    Regular price: $31.49

    • Le città invisibili

    • By: Italo Calvino
    • Narrated by: Moro Silo
    • Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    Calvino è stato uno degli scrittori italiani degli ultimi decenni più amati e conosciuti nel mondo. Nato a Cuba e cresciuto a San Remo, Italia, cominciò la sua carriera come scrittore di opere realistiche e impegnate politicamente nel clima degli sconvolgimenti del dopoguerra italiano.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • No coincide exactamente con el libro

    • By Ramon Oliveira Cezar on 05-30-18

    Regular price: $6.30

    • The Baron in the Trees

    • By: Italo Calvino, Ana Goldstein - translator
    • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
    • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Cosimo di Rondo, a young Italian nobleman of the 18th century, rebels against his parents by climbing into the trees and remaining there for the rest of his life. He adapts efficiently to an existence in the forest canopy - he hunts, sows crops, plays games with earthbound friends, fights forest fires, solves engineering problems, and even manages to have love affairs. From his perch in the trees, Cosimo sees the Age of Enlightenment pass by and a new century dawn.  

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Six Memos for the Next Millennium

    • By: Italo Calvino, Geoffrey Brock - translator
    • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
    • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    At the time of his death, Italo Calvino was at work on six lectures setting forth the qualities in writing he most valued and which he believed would define literature in the century to come. Here, in Six Memos for the Next Millennium, are the five lectures he completed, forming not only a stirring defense of literature but also an indispensable guide to the writings of Calvino himself. He devotes one "memo" each to the concepts of lightness, quickness, exactitude, visibility, and multiplicity.

    Regular price: $13.99

    • The Path to the Spider's Nests

    • By: Italo Calvino, Martin McLaughlin - translator
    • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
    • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Italo Calvino was only 23 when he first published this bold and imaginative novel. It tells the story of Pin, a cobbler's apprentice in a town on the Ligurian coast during World War II. He lives with his sister, a prostitute, and spends as much time as he can at a seedy bar where he amuses the adult patrons. After a mishap with a Nazi soldier, Pin becomes involved with a band of partisans. Calvino's portrayal of these characters, seen through the eyes of a child, is not only a revealing commentary on the Italian resistance but an insightful coming-of-age story. 

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Why Read the Classics?

    • By: Italo Calvino, Martin McLaughlin - translator
    • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
    • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Italo Calvino was not only a prolific master of fiction, he was also an uncanny reader of literature, a keen critic of astonishing range. Why Read the Classics? is the most comprehensive collection of Calvino's literary criticism available in English, accounting for the enduring importance to our lives of crucial writers of the Western canon. Here - spanning more than two millennia, from antiquity to postmodernism - are 36 immediately relevant, accessible ruminations on the writers, poets, and scientists who meant most to Calvino at different stages of his life.

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Collection of Sand

    • By: Italo Calvino
    • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
    • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Italo Calvino's unbounded curiosity and masterly imagination are displayed in peak form in Collection of Sand, the last of his works published during his lifetime. Here he applies his graceful intellect to the delights of the visual world in essays on subjects ranging from cuneiform and antique maps to Mexican temples and Japanese gardens.  

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Marcovaldo. Ovvero le stagioni in città

    • By: Italo Calvino
    • Narrated by: Marco Paolini
    • Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Funghi in città, La villeggiatura in panchina, Il piccione comunale, La città smarrita nella neve...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • La poesia comica dell' uomo semplice

    • By Alessandro T. on 07-03-16

    Regular price: $7.35

    • L' Uccel bel-verde e La Foresta-radice-labirinto

    • By: Italo Calvino
    • Narrated by: Martina Pittarello
    • Length: 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    L'Uccel bel-verde racconta di un re, di una regina sfortunata, di due sorelle invidiose e una vecchia molto cattiva. Due fratelli e una sorellina dai capelli d'oro dovranno trovare l'uccel bel-verde e conoscere il suo segreto per rompere l'incantesimo. Una delle piu' belle storie per bambini di Calvino ...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Ben Fatto

    • By John on 01-05-18

    Regular price: $6.30

    • Difficult Loves

    • By: Italo Calvino
    • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
    • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      2 out of 5 stars 1

    In Difficult Loves, Italy's master storyteller weaves tales in which cherished deceptions and illusions of love-including self-love-are swept away in magical instants of recognition. A soldier is reduced to quivering fear by the presence of a full-figured woman in his train compartment; a young clerk leaves a lady's bed at dawn; a young woman is isolated from bathers on a beach by the loss of her bikini bottom. Each of them discovers hidden truths beneath the surface of everyday life.

    Regular price: $20.99

    • The Road to San Giovanni

    • By: Italo Calvino
    • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
    • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    In five elegant autobiographical meditations Calvino delves into his past, remembering awkward childhood walks with his father, a lifelong obsession with the cinema, and fighting in the Italian Resistance against the Fascists. He also muses on the social contracts, language, and sensations associated with emptying the kitchen rubbish and the shape he would, if asked, consider the world. These reflections on the nature of memory itself are engaging, witty, and lit through with Calvino's alchemical brilliance.

    Regular price: $13.99

    • Racconti italiani di Natale

    • By: Italo Calvino, Mario Rigoni Stern, Grazia Deledda
    • Narrated by: Eleonora Calamita, Giancarlo Previati, Maria Grazia Mandruzzato
    • Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 1
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      3 out of 5 stars 1
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      3 out of 5 stars 1

    Riscopriamo il piacere di ascoltare i grandi scrittori italiani che hanno dedicato al Natale queste storie...

    Regular price: $7.12

    • Marcovaldo

    • or The Seasons in the City (Translated by William Weaver)
    • By: Italo Calvino, William Weaver - translator
    • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
    • Length: 3 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    Marcovaldo is an unskilled worker in a drab industrial city in northern Italy. He is an irrepressible dreamer and an inveterate schemer. Much to the puzzlement of his wife, his children, his boss, and his neighbors, he chases his dreams - but the results are never the expected ones.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Perfect narrator and wonderful story

    • By Dn8sk!#Ujka on 12-17-17

    Regular price: $13.99

    • Hermit in Paris

    • Autobiographical Writings
    • By: Martin McLaughlin translator, Italo Calvino
    • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
    • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 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

    This posthumously published collection offers a unique, puzzle-like portrait of one of the postwar era's most inventive and mercurial writers. In letters and journals, occasional pieces and interviews, Italo Calvino recalls growing up in seaside Italy and fighting in the antifascist resistance during World War II, traces the course of his literary career, and reflects on his many travels, including a journey through the United States in 1959 and 1960.

    Regular price: $17.49

    • L'ultimo canale. L'avventura di una bagnante. Tutto in un punto

    • By: Italo Calvino
    • Narrated by: Moro Silo
    • Length: 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 2

    Tre racconti fra i più conosciuti di Calvino. Divertenti e ironici tutti, ma pregni di elementi di riflessione sulle moderne idiosincrasie, tic e tabù. Con L'ultimo canale del 1984 la televisione e la confusione fra realtà ed apparenza entrano decisamente da protagonisti nella letteratura italiana.

    Regular price: $6.30

    • The Nonexistent Knight

    • By: Italo Calvino
    • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
    • Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Set in the time of Charlemagne and narrated by a nun with her own secrets to keep, The Nonexistent Knight tells the story of Agilulf, a gleaming white suit of armor with nothing inside it. A challenge to his honor sends Agilulf on a search through France, England, and North Africa to confirm the chastity of a virgin he saved from rape years earlier.    

    Regular price: $17.49

    • The Cloven Viscount

    • Translated by Archibald Colquhoun
    • By: Italo Calvino
    • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
    • Length: 2 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    In this fantastically macabre tale, the separate halves of a nobleman split in two by a cannonball go on to pursue their own independent adventures. In a battle against the Turks, Viscount Medardo of Terralba is bissected lengthwise by a cannonball. One half of him returns to his feudal estate and takes up a lavishly evil life. Soon the other, virtuous half appears. The two halves become rivals for the love of the same woman, fight a bloody duel, and achieve a miraculous resolution.

    Regular price: $10.49

    • Selected Shorts

    • Readers & Writers
    • By: Evelyn Waugh, Molly Giles, Ray Bradbury, and others
    • Narrated by: Tony Roberts, John Shea, Leonard Nimoy, and others
    • Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 55
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30

    A boon for booklovers, this audio set features funny, fantastical and poignant stories about people with unique and passionate connections to the written word.

    Tony Roberts reads a hilarious Walter R. Brooks story about how Ed - a talking horse - became a voracious reader of adventure tales and mysteries. In a story by Italo Calvino, read by John Shea, a man tries to make the most of his beach holiday by reading and making love at the same time.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Truly Enjoyable!

    • By Mazz on 01-07-16

    Regular price: $19.60

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