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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 587
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 391
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 393

    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

    • Rabbit Is Rich

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
    • Length: 19 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 198
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 137
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 139

    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 Witches of Eastwick

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 155
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 97
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 98

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • "Enjoyed" the movie more

    • By Clarence on 08-18-09

    Regular price: $31.93

    • Rabbit Redux

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey 
    • Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 206
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 138
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 137

    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 at Rest

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
    • Length: 22 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 117
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 89
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 90

    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

    • The John Updike Audio Collection

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: Jane Alexander, Edward Herrmann, John Updike
    • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 94
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35

    The extraordinarily evocative stories depict the generation born in a small-town America during the Depression and growing up in a world where the old sexual morality was turned around and material comforts were easily had. Yet, as these stories reflect so accurately, life was still unsettling, and Updike chronicles telling moments both joyful and painful. The texts are taken from his recent omnibus, The Early Stories, 1953-1975.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good read

    • By Jody on 06-03-04

    Regular price: $9.11

    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    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
    • 5 out of 5 stars 24 ratings

    Regular price: $14.60

    • The Widows of Eastwick

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 66
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 26

    More than three decades have passed since the events described in John Updike's The Witches of Eastwick. The three divorcées - Alexandra, Jane, and Sukie - have left town, remarried, and become widows. They cope with their grief and solitude as widows do: they travel the world, to such foreign lands as Canada, Egypt, and China, and renew old acquaintance. Why not, Sukie and Jane ask Alexandra, go back to Eastwick for the summer?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Transformation

    • By I. Kissen on 01-08-09

    Regular price: $31.93

    • 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

    • My Father's Tears and Other Stories

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
    • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 9

    This was the late John Updike's first collection of new short fiction since the year 2000. My Father's Tears finds the author in a valedictory mood, as he mingles narratives of his native Pennsylvania with stories of New England suburbia and of foreign travel. American experience from the Depression to the aftermath of 9/11 finds reflection in these glittering pieces of observation, remembrance, and imagination.

    • out of 5 stars
    • Incredible stuff

    • By J on 10-31-09

    Regular price: $20.99

    • The Centaur

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: John MacDonald
    • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 5

    The Centaur is a modern retelling of the legend of Chiron, the noblest and wisest of the centaurs, who, painfully wounded yet unable to die, gave up his immortality on behalf of Prometheus. In the retelling, Olympus becomes small-town Olinger High School; Chiron is George Caldwell, a science teacher there; and Prometheus is Caldwell's 15-year-old son, Peter.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Father was toxic waste...

    • By LloydWilliams on 02-15-18

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Rabbit Remembered

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
    • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 97
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65

    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

    • 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 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    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

    • 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

    • 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 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

    • Snowing in Greenwich Village

    • The John Updike Audio Collection
    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: John Updike
    • Length: 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10

    A selection from the John Updike audio collection. These extraordinarily evocative stories depict the generation born in a small-town America during the Depression and growing up in a world where the old sexual morality was turned around and material comforts were easily had. Yet, as these stories reflect so accurately, life was still unsettling, and Updike chronicles telling moments both joyful and painful.

    Regular price: $1.13

    • 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 45
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 20

    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

    • 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

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