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    • Slouching Towards Bethlehem

    • By: Joan Didion
    • Narrated by: Diane Keaton
    • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 732
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 668
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 659

    Universally acclaimed from the time it was first published in 1968, Slouching Towards Bethlehem has been admired for decades as a stylistic masterpiece. Academy Award-winning actress Diane Keaton ( Annie Hall, The Family Stone) performs these classic essays, including the title piece, which will transport the listener back to a unique time and place: the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco during the neighborhood’s heyday as a countercultural center.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Didion deserves better.

    • By Victoria Wright on 01-21-13

    Regular price: $17.95

    • The Year of Magical Thinking

    • By: Joan Didion
    • Narrated by: Barbara Caruso
    • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,349
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,346
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,365

    "Life changes fast....You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends." These were among the first words Joan Didion wrote in January 2004. Her daughter was lying unconscious in an intensive care unit, a victim of pneumonia and septic shock. Her husband, John Gregory Dunne, was dead. The night before New Year's Eve, while they were sitting down to dinner, he suffered a massive and fatal coronary. The two had lived and worked side by side for nearly 40 years.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book to Read, but I didn’t like it

    • By Michael on 05-08-15

    Regular price: $16.98

    • The White Album

    • By: Joan Didion
    • Narrated by: Susan Varon
    • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 269
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 234
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 238

    First published in 1979, The White Album records indelibly the upheavals and aftermaths of the 1960s. Examining key events, figures, and trends of the era - including Charles Manson, the Black Panthers, and the shopping mall - through the lens of her own spiritual confusion, Joan Didion helped to define mass culture as we now understand it. Written with a commanding sureness of tone and linguistic precision, The White Album is a central example of American reportage and a classic of American autobiography.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Time Capsule of a Bygone Age

    • By Ian C Robertson on 10-21-15

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Play It As It Lays

    • By: Joan Didion
    • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
    • Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 188
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 169
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 167

    A ruthless dissection of American life in the late 1960s, Play It As It Lays captures the mood of an entire generation, the ennui of contemporary society reflected in spare prose that blisters and haunts the listener.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • a bit existential and good

    • By Darryl on 04-28-13

    Regular price: $14.95

    • South and West

    • From a Notebook
    • By: Joan Didion
    • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr, Nathaniel Rich
    • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 58
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 50
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 53

    Joan Didion has always kept notebooks - of overheard dialogue, observations, interviews, drafts of essays, and articles - and here is one such draft that traces a road trip she took with her husband, John Gregory Dunne, in June 1970, through Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • "Notes" Are Not a Book

    • By Carole T. on 03-11-17

    Regular price: $14.00

    • Blue Nights

    • By: Joan Didion
    • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
    • Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 276
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 240
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 241

    From one of our most powerful writers, a work of stunning frankness about losing a daughter. Richly textured with bits of her own childhood and married life with her husband, John Gregory Dunne, and daughter, Quintana Roo, this new book by Joan Didion examines her thoughts, fears, and doubts regarding having children, illness, and growing old.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Extremely moving memoir, well-narrated

    • By Doggy Bird on 12-16-11

    Regular price: $17.50

    • Where I Was From

    • By: Joan Didion
    • Narrated by: Gabrielle De Cuir
    • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57

    In her moving and insightful new book, Joan Didion reassesses parts of her life, her work, her history and ours. A native Californian, Didion applies her scalpel-like intelligence to the state’s ethic of ruthless self-sufficiency in order to examine that ethic’s often tenuous relationship to reality. Combining history and reportage, memoir and literary criticism, Where I Was From explores California’s romances with land and water; its unacknowledged debts to railroads, aerospace, and big government; the disjunction between its code of individualism and its fetish for prisons.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • California belongs to Joan Didion.

    • By Darwin8u on 11-04-15

    Regular price: $17.96

    • After Henry

    • By: Joan Didion
    • Narrated by: Elizabeth Hess
    • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 13

    In her latest forays into the American scene, Joan Didion covers ground from Washington to Los Angeles, from a TV producer's gargantuan "manor" to the racial battlefields of New York's criminal courts. At each stop she uncovers the mythic narratives that elude other observers: Didion tells us about the fantasies the media construct around crime victims and presidential candidates; she gives us new interpretations of the stories of Nancy Reagan and Patty Hearst; she charts America's rollercoaster ride through evanescent booms and hard times that won't go away.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • It'll blow a hole in your retina

    • By Darwin8u on 10-03-15

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Miami

    • By: Joan Didion
    • Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 18

    It is where Fidel Castro raised money to overthrow Batista and where two generations of Castro's enemies have raised armies to overthrow him, so far without success. It is where the bitter opera of Cuban exile intersects with the cynicism of U.S. foreign policy. It is a city whose skyrocketing murder rate is fueled by the cocaine trade, racial discontent, and an undeclared war on the island 90 miles to the south.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Havana vanities come to dust in Miami.

    • By Darwin8u on 09-22-15

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Democracy

    • By: Joan Didion
    • Narrated by: Denise Poirier
    • Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 11

    Inez Victor knows that the major casualty of the political life is memory. But the people around Inez have made careers out of losing track. Her senator husband wants to forget the failure of his last bid for the presidency. Her husband's handler would like the press to forget that Inez's father is a murderer. And, in 1975, the year in which much of this bitterly funny novel is set, America is doing its best to lose track of its one-time client, the lethally hemorrhaging republic of South Vietnam.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Author interruptions are odd.

    • By Kelly on 05-04-18

    Regular price: $17.96

    • A Book of Common Prayer

    • By: Joan Didion
    • Narrated by: Marisa Vitali
    • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 13

    Writing with the telegraphic swiftness and microscopic sensitivity that have made her one of our most distinguished journalists, Joan Didion creates a shimmering novel of innocence and evil. A Book of Common Prayer is the story of two American women in the derelict Central American nation of Boca Grande. Grace Strasser-Mendana controls much of the country's wealth and knows virtually all of its secrets; Charlotte Douglas knows far too little.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Strong tale badly told

    • By A reader in Berkeley on 06-04-17

    Regular price: $17.96

    • Salvador

    • By: Joan Didion
    • Narrated by: Eileen Stevens
    • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 24

    The place is El Salvador in 1982, at the ghastly height of its civil war. The writer is Joan Didion, who delivers an anatomy of that country's particular brand of terror - its mechanisms, rationales, and intimate relation to United States foreign policy. As ash travels from battlefields to body dumps, interviews a puppet president, and considers the distinctly Salvadoran grammar of the verb "to disappear," Didion gives us a book that is germane to any country in which bloodshed has become a standard tool of politics.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Didion writes like an orthopedic surgeon cuts

    • By Darwin8u on 01-29-14

    Regular price: $6.95

    • The Last Thing He Wanted

    • By: Joan Didion
    • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    Elena McMahon walks off the presidential campaign she has been covering for a major newspaper to do a favor for her father. Elena's father does deals. And it is while acting as his agent in one such deal - a deal that shortly goes spectacularly wrong - that she finds herself on an island where tourism has been superseded by arms dealing, covert action, and assassination. The Last Thing He Wanted is a tour de force - persuasive in its detail, dazzling in its ambiguities, enchanting in its style.

    Regular price: $17.96

    • Run, River

    • By: Joan Didion
    • Narrated by: Holly Cate
    • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 17

    Joan Didion's electrifying first novel is a haunting portrait of a marriage whose wrong turns and betrayals are at once absolutely idiosyncratic and a razor-sharp commentary on the history of California. Everett McClellan and his wife, Lily, are the great-grandchildren of pioneers, and what happens to them is a tragic epilogue to the pioneer experience, a story of murder and betrayal that only Didion could tell with such nuance, sympathy, and suspense.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Thought-provoking, riveting, memorable

    • By Avalon on 08-23-13

    Regular price: $17.96

    • Joan Didion at the 92nd Street Y

    • By: Joan Didion
    • Narrated by: Joseph Lelyveld
    • Length: 46 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20

    Joyce Carol Oates called Joan Didion "an articulate witness to the most stubborn and intractable truths of our time." Ms. Didion is the author of the novels Play It as It Lays and The Last Thing He Wanted, the essay collections Slouching Toward Bethlehem and The White Album, and the memoirs Where I Was From and The Year of Magical Thinking.

    Regular price: $1.95

    • Selected Shorts

    • Travel Tales
    • By: N.M. Kelby, Max Steele, Nadine Gordimer, and others
    • Narrated by: Mia Dillon, Paul Hecht, Christina Pickles, and others
    • Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    Selected Shorts: Travel Tales presents a collection of classic travel experiences. Selected Shorts is an award-winning series of classic and contemporary short fiction read by acclaimed actors. The Selected Shorts radio series is a co-production of Symphony Space and WNYC, New York Public Radio, and is heard on public radio stations nationwide.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • loved every minute

    • By Shannel Reed on 02-16-16

    Regular price: $19.60

    • Thalia Book Club: Joan Didion's Blue Nights

    • By: Joan Didion
    • Narrated by: Griffin Dunne, Joan Didion
    • Length: 1 hr
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    Didion discusses her deeply moving new memoir about her daughter, and her own fears and thoughts about growing old, in her first book since the National Book Award-winning The Year of Magical Thinking. As with that memoir, in her new one Didion confides and confronts her fears, frailties, and sorrows about her life as she looks back and forward. In conversation with her nephew Griffin Dunne ( After Hours).

    Regular price: $4.87

    • South and West: From a Notebook

    • By: Joan Didion
    • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
    • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    Joan Didion has always kept notebooks: of overheard dialogue, observations, interviews, drafts of essays and articles. Here is one such draft that traces a road trip she took with her husband, John Gregory Dunne, in June 1970, through Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. She interviews prominent local figures, describes motels, diners, a deserted reptile farm, a visit with Walker Percy, a ladies' brunch at the Mississippi Broadcasters' Convention.

    Regular price: $7.22

    • Blue Nights

    • By: Joan Didion
    • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
    • Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
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    From one of America’s greatest and most iconic writers: an honest and courageous portrait of age and motherhood. Several days before Christmas 2003, Joan Didion’s only daughter, Quintana, fell seriously ill. In 2010, Didion marked the sixth anniversary of her daughter’s death. Blue Nights is a shatteringly honest examination of Joan Didion’s life as a mother, a woman and a writer.

    Regular price: $10.31

    • Intet gælder

    • By: Joan Didion
    • Narrated by: Grete Tulinius
    • Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Angst og glamour præger Joan Didions barske Hollywood-roman "Intet gælder" - en helt central bog i det 20. århundredes amerikanske litteratur, som nu for første gang foreligger på dansk. Bogen udkommer i "Skala"-serien, der består af genopdagede hovedværker, også bøger, der tidligere har været glemt, misforstået eller dømt ude. "Gyldendal Skala" er nye klassikere til en ny tid.

    Regular price: $12.79