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    • Rabbit, Run

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
    • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 563
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 370
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 372

    Harry Angstrom was a star basketball player in high school and that was the best time of his life. Now in his mid-20s, his work is unfulfilling, his marriage is moribund, and he tries to find happiness with another woman. But happiness is more elusive than a medal, and Harry must continue to run--from his wife, his life, and from himself, until he reaches the end of the road and has to turn back....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great, but gritty and depressing

    • By Peregrine on 01-22-09

    Regular price: $35.93

    • The Witches of Eastwick

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 152
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 94
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 95

    Before they were the widows of Eastwick, our heroines were a trio of delightfully wicked witches. In a small New England town in that hectic era when the sixties turned into the seventies, there lived three witches. Alexandra Spoffard, a sculptress, could create thunderstorms. Jane Smart, a cellist, could fly. The local gossip columnist, Sukie Rougemont, could turn milk into cream. Divorced but hardly celibate, the wonderful witches one day found themselves quite under the spell of the new man in town.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • How did this thing ever become a best seller?

    • By WhosYourChubby on 10-10-16

    Regular price: $31.93

    • Rabbit Is Rich

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
    • Length: 19 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 194
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 133
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 135

    The time is 1979: Skylab is falling, gas lines are lengthening, the president collapses while running in a marathon, and double-digit inflation coincides with a deflation of national confidence. Nevertheless, Harry Angstrom feels in good shape, ready to enjoy life at last - until his son, Nelson, returns from the West, and the image of an old love pays a visit to his lot. New characters and old populate these scenes from Rabbit's middle age, as he continues to pursue, in his erratic fashion, the rainbow of happiness.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant Writing

    • By L. Berlyne-Kovler on 02-27-09

    Regular price: $39.93

    • The Maples Stories

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: Peter Van Norden
    • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 15

    In 1956, Updike published a story, "Snowing in Greenwich Village," about a young couple, Joan and Richard Maple, at the beginning of their marriage. Over the next two decades, he returned to these characters again and again, tracing their years together raising children, finding moments of intermittent happiness, and facing the heartbreak of infidelity and estrangement.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A weak reader hampers the work of a legend

    • By J.Means on 01-06-14

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Rabbit at Rest

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
    • Length: 22 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 115
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 88
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 89

    In John Updike's fourth and final novel about ex-basketball player Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom, the hero has acquired heart trouble, a Florida condo, and a second grandchild. His son, Nelson, is behaving erratically; his daughter-in-law, Pru, is sending out mixed signals; and his wife, Janice, decides in mid-life to become a working girl. As, though the winter, spring, and summer of 1989, Reagan's debt-ridden, AIDS-plagued America yields to that of George Bush, Rabbit explores the bleak terrain of late middle age.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I Cannot Add to Glowing Reviews

    • By Chris Reich on 08-08-15

    Regular price: $47.93

    • Selected Stories

    • The Alligators, A & P, Pigeon Feathers, The Family Meadow, Witnesses, Separating
    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: John Updike
    • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22

    John Updike reads six stories he has selected from the 100-odd he has published. Mr. Updike, when asked to described his method of reading aloud, said "I try to picture the things described and to speak the words distinctly, and to let the emotion come through on its own." The method works beautifully.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Life, Love and Chivalry

    • By W Perry Hall on 07-12-15
    • The Alligators, A & P, Pigeon Feathers, The Family Meadow, Witnesses, Separating
    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: John Updike
    • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
    • Release date: 06-16-09
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 23 ratings

    Regular price: $14.60

    • Rabbit Redux

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey 
    • Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 199
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 131
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 130

    The assumptions and obsessions that control our daily lives are explored in tantalizing detail by master novelist John Updike in this wise, witty, sexy story. Harry Angstrom - known to all as Rabbit, one of America's most famous literary characters - finds his dreary life shattered by the infidelity of his wife. How he resolves - or further complicates - his problems makes a compelling read.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Bring on more Rabbit!

    • By L. Berlyne-Kovler on 02-16-09

    Regular price: $39.93

    • Rabbit, Run

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: William Hope
    • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 2

    It's 1959, and Harry 'Rabbit' Angstrom, one-time high school sports superstar, is going nowhere. At twenty-six he is trapped in a second-rate existence - stuck with a fragile, alcoholic wife, a house full of overflowing ashtrays and discarded glasses, a young son and a futile job. With no way to fix things, he resolves to flee from his family and his home in Pennsylvania, beginning a thousand-mile journey that he hopes will free him from his mediocre life.

    Regular price: $20.24

    • Seek My Face

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: Kathryn Walker
    • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10

    In John Updike's twentieth novel, the 78-year-old painter Hope Chafetz, who in the course of her eventful life has been Hope Ouderkirk, Hope McCoy, and Hope Holloway, answers questions put to her by a New York interviewer named Kathryn, and recapitulates, throughout the story of her own career, the triumphant, poignant saga of postwar American art.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Better than 90% of the pap that passes for writing

    • By Stephen on 04-24-05

    Regular price: $27.95

    • The Afterlife and Other Stories

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: John Updike
    • Length: 2 hrs and 44 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    A fantastic short story collection from critically acclaimed and bestselling author John Updike.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Be Aware, It's An Abridged Edition

    • By IthacaNancy on 05-08-14

    Regular price: $14.60

    • The New Yorker (April 10, 2006)

    • By: John Cassidy, David Owen, George Saunders, and others
    • Narrated by: uncredited
    • Length: 2 hrs and 2 mins
    • Highlights
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      0 out of 5 stars 0

    "Alien Nation" by John Cassidy; "The Soundtrack of Your Life" by David Owen; "Nostalgia" by George Saunders; "The Understudy" by David Sedaris; "Here's Why" by Malcolm Gladwell; "Drawn to Gypsies" by John Updike; and "Splitsville, U.S.A." by Nancy Franklin.

    Regular price: $5.95

    • Eggs, Cookies, and Leeches

    • Memorable Writing from The New Yorker
    • By: Malcolm Gladwell, Hendrik Hertzberg, John Colapinto, and others
    • Narrated by: uncredited
    • Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
    • Highlights
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 44
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 19

    Certainly, all the writing in The New Yorker is memorable, and this collection is no exception. The authors include such best sellers as Malcolm Gladwell, Seymour Hersh, and Jonathan Franzen - and the subjects range from the lives of short-order cooks to the secrets of college admissions.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • A random collection?

    • By Curmudgeon on 01-24-12

    Regular price: $12.95

    • Golf Dreams

    • Writings on Golf
    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: John Updike
    • Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Golf has been the subject of many books and the province of many experts, but few have written as sympathetically, or as knowingly, about the peculiar charms of bad golf, and the satisfactions of an essentially losing struggle. John Updike has been writing about golf since he took the game up at the age of 25. In the nearly 40 years of pleasurable bafflement that have followed, he has composed essays for Golf Digest and short stories for The New Yorker concerning the sport.

    Regular price: $19.60

    • First Words

    • Earliest Writing from Favorite Contemporary Authors
    • By: Margaret Atwood, Roy Blount Jr., Pat Conroy, and others
    • Narrated by: Elliott Gould, Kevin McCarthy, Judith Ivey
    • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6

    Most kids write stories. Only a few of them grow up to be successful authors. But before there was Carrie, there was Jhonathan and the Witchs. And before there was Rabbit Angstrom, Toyota Dealer, there was Manuel Cirarro, famous detective. Could we have seen the seeds of success in Stephen King's and John Updike's juvenilia? A funny and surprisingly informative gathering of childhood creations by today's most celebrated writers.

    Regular price: $23.07

    • Rabbit Remembered

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
    • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64

    The stunning novella that concludes John Updike's acclaimed Rabbit series is now available on audio. Set 10 years after Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom's death, Rabbit Remembered returns listeners to the small Pennsylvania town where Harry's widow, Janice, and his son, Nelson, still reside. They are faced with a surprise when Annabelle, Harry's 39-year-old illegitimate daughter, arrives on the scene, bringing with her ghosts from the past.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Rabbit from Start to Finish

    • By Amazon Customer on 09-05-09

    Regular price: $27.93

    • Terrorist

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
    • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 97
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 30

    The son of a bohemian Irish-American mother and an Egyptian father who disappeared when he was three, Ahmad turned to Islam at the age of 11. He feels his faith threatened by the materialistic, hedonistic society he sees around him in the slumping factory town of New Prospect, in northern New Jersey.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Updike vindicated

    • By Lyn on 08-06-08

    Regular price: $25.87

    • Selected Shorts

    • Lots of Laughs!
    • By: Nicholson Baker, John Updike, David Schickler, and others
    • Narrated by: Thomas Gibson, Charles Keating, David Rakoff
    • Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 196
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 52
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 51

    Selected Shorts is an award-winning series of classic and contemporary short fiction read by acclaimed actors. The readings are recorded live at Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York City. 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
    • Wonderful Radio Show

    • By Steve on 11-26-05

    Regular price: $19.60

    • The New Yorker (December 24 & 31, 2007) Part 2

    • By: Caleb Crain, John Updike, James Wood, and others
    • Narrated by: Dan Bernard, Christine Marshall
    • Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      0 out of 5 stars 0

    There are six articles in the second part of this double issue: "Twilight of the Books", by Caleb Crain; "Visual Trophies", by John Updike; "Squall Lines", by James Wood; "Alma", by Junot Díaz; "The Arbus Factor", by Lore Segal; and "I Hit Hamlet", by Paul Rudnick.

    Regular price: $5.95

    • The New Yorker (December 3, 2007)

    • By: Hendrik Hertzberg, Ben McGrath, Frances FitzGerald, and others
    • Narrated by: Dan Bernard, Christine Marshall
    • Length: 2 hrs and 7 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      0 out of 5 stars 0

    There are six articles in this edition: "Huckabee?", by Hendrik Hertzberg; "The Pigeon Police", by Ben McGrath; "Come One, Come All", by Frances FitzGerald; "Darwin's Surprise", by Michael Specter; "Nan, American Man", by John Updike; and "High Fliers", by David Denby.

    Regular price: $5.95

    • The New Yorker, September 1st, 2008 (John Colapinto, Ryan Lizza, John Updike)

    • By: John Colapinto, Ryan Lizza, John Updike
    • Narrated by: Dan Bernard, Christine Marshall
    • Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
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    "Attack-Dog Days", by Hendrik Hertzberg; "The Code of the West", by Ryan Lizza; "Stop, Thief!", by John Colapinto; "Max Factor in Hollywood", by John Updike; and "Under Suspicion", by David Denby.

    Regular price: $5.95

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