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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 596
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 398
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 400

    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 161
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 103
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 104

    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 Is Rich

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
    • Length: 19 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 201
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 139
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 141

    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

    • Rabbit at Rest

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
    • Length: 22 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 122
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 93
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 94

    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

    • Rabbit Redux

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey 
    • Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 209
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 140
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 139

    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

    • 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 95
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36

    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

    • 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

    • The Maples Stories

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: Peter Van Norden
    • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 16

    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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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 26
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25

    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 26 ratings

    Regular price: $14.60

    • The Family Meadow

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: John Updike
    • Length: 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7

    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

    • Foreword

    • The John Updike Audio Collection
    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: John Updike
    • Length: 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 21

    The author's foreward to the John Updike audio collection.Updike's 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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • I wanted character analysis not a mini bio.

    • By John Lane on 10-10-12
    • The John Updike Audio Collection
    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: John Updike
    • Length: 16 mins
    • Release date: 08-03-09
    • 3.5 out of 5 stars 38 ratings

    Regular price: $0.00

    • Trust Me

    • Short Stories
    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: John Updike
    • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      0 out of 5 stars 0

    The theme of trust, betrayed or fulfilled, runs through this collection of short stories: Parents lead children into peril, husbands abandon wives, wives manipulate husbands, and time undermines all. Love pangs, a favorite subject of the author, take on a new urgency as earthquakes, illnesses, lost wallets, and deaths of distant friends besiege his aging heroes and heroines.

    Regular price: $19.60

    • Rabbit Remembered

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
    • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 98
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66

    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

    • Lifeguard

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: John Updike
    • Length: 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    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

    • Selected Shorts

    • Baseball!
    • By: John Updike, T.C. Boyle
    • Narrated by: Jack Davidson, Fritz Weaver
    • Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 12

    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
    • A gem

    • By Hal on 10-24-11

    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 47 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 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

    • 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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