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    • Motherless Brooklyn

    • By: Jonathan Lethem
    • Narrated by: Geoffrey Cantor
    • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 343
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 312
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 312

    From America's most inventive novelist, Jonathan Lethem, comes this compelling and compulsive riff on the classic detective novel. Lionel Essrog is Brooklyn's very own Human Freakshow, an orphan whose Tourettic impulses drive him to bark, count, and rip apart language in startling and original ways. Together with three veterans of the St. Vincent's Home for Boys, he works for small-time mobster Frank Minna's limo service cum detective agency. Life without Frank, the charismatic King of Brooklyn, would be unimaginable.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • You're Not the Only Freak Show in Town!

    • By Dave on 05-01-14

    Regular price: $28.51

    • The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick

    • By: Philip K. Dick, Pamela Jackson (editor), Jonathan Lethem (editor)
    • Narrated by: Fred Stella
    • Length: 52 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 110
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 100
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 96

    Based on thousands of pages of typed and handwritten notes, journal entries, letters, and story sketches, The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick is the magnificent and imaginative final work of an author who dedicated his life to questioning the nature of reality and perception, the malleability of space and time, and the relationship between the human and the divine. Edited and introduced by Pamela Jackson and Jonathan Lethem, this is the definitive presentation of Dick’s brilliant, and epic, work.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating Journals of a Garage Philosopher

    • By Rich S. on 10-05-13

    Regular price: $34.99

    • Selected Shorts: Even More Laughs

    • By: T. Coraghessan Boyle, Jonathan Lethem, Miranda July, and others
    • Narrated by: Jerry Zaks, Alec Baldwin, Christine Baranski, and others
    • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 53
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 33

    From silly chuckles to rueful ironic glee to deep cosmic laughter, this new volume of humorous tales samples the best of recent seasons of the popular public radio series Selected Shorts.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Smiling more than laughing

    • By Timo on 12-02-10

    Regular price: $19.60

    • The Fortress of Solitude

    • By: Jonathan Lethem
    • Narrated by: David Aaron Baker
    • Length: 18 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 316
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 176
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 179

    This is the story of two boys, Dylan Ebdus and Mingus Rude. They are friends and neighbors, but because Dylan is white and Mingus is black, their friendship is not simple. This is the story of their Brooklyn neighborhood, which is almost exclusively black despite the first whispers of something that will become known as "gentrification."

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A smorgasbord of language

    • By Jonathan on 10-21-03

    Regular price: $35.00

    • The Feral Detective

    • A Novel
    • By: Jonathan Lethem
    • Length: 12 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
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    Phoebe Siegler first meets Charles Heist in a shabby trailer on the eastern edge of Los Angeles. She’s looking for her friend’s missing daughter, Arabella, and hires Heist to help. A laconic loner who keeps his pet opossum in a desk drawer, Heist intrigues the sarcastic and garrulous Phoebe. Reluctantly, he agrees to help. The unlikely pair navigate the enclaves of desert-dwelling vagabonds and find that Arabella is in serious trouble - caught in the middle of a violent standoff that only Heist, mysteriously, can end.

    Regular price: $30.79

    • Amnesia Moon

    • By: Jonathan Lethem
    • Narrated by: Scott Sowers
    • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 25

    In Jonathan Lethem's wryly funny second novel, we meet a young man named Chaos, who's living in a movie theater in post-apocalyptic Wyoming, drinking alcohol, and eating food out of cans. It's an unusual and at times unbearable existence, but Chaos soon discovers that his post-nuclear reality may have no connection to the truth. So he takes to the road with a girl named Melinda in order to find answers.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Mediocre Moon: Furry Road

    • By Darwin8u on 06-29-15

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Ice

    • 50th Anniversary Edition
    • By: Anna Kavan, Jonathan Lethem - foreword, Kate Zambreno - afterword
    • Narrated by: Nigel Patterson
    • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    In a frozen, apocalyptic landscape, destruction abounds: great walls of ice overrun the world and secretive governments vie for control. Against this surreal, yet eerily familiar broken world, an unnamed narrator embarks on a hallucinatory quest for a strange and elusive "glass-girl" with silver hair. He crosses icy seas and frozen plains, searching ruined towns and ransacked rooms, all to free her from the grips of a tyrant known only as the warden and save her before the ice closes all around.

    Regular price: $23.09

    • Gun, with Occasional Music

    • By: Jonathan Lethem
    • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
    • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 204
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 165
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 165

    Gumshoe Conrad Metcalf has problems - not the least of which are the rabbit in his waiting room and the trigger-happy kangaroo on his tail. Near-future Oakland is an ominous place where evolved animals function as members of society, the police monitor citizens by their karma levels, and mind-numbing drugs such as Forgettol and Acceptol are all the rage. In this brave new world, Metcalf has been shadowing the wife of an affluent doctor, perhaps falling a little in love with her at the same time.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • SF SLAMS into a hard-boiled, noir pulp!

    • By Darwin8u on 04-18-12

    Regular price: $15.36

    • Girl in Landscape

    • By: Jonathan Lethem
    • Narrated by: David Aaron Baker
    • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 19

    At the age of 13, Pella Marsh emigrates with her family to the Planet of the Archbuilders. These enigmatic aborigines have names like Lonely Dumptruck and Hiding Kneel, and a civilization that baffles and frightens their human visitors. As the spikily independent Pella becomes an uneasy envoy between two species, Girl in Landscape deftly interweaves themes of exploration and otherness, loss, and sexual awakening.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful novel, horrendous audio book

    • By Grant Hayslip on 03-13-18

    Regular price: $27.93

    • Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep

    • Thalia Book Club
    • By: Jonathan Lethem, Judith Freeman, Rich Cohen
    • Narrated by: Symphony Space
    • Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Chandler's dark first novel is full of endlessly inventive wordplay, with the wry, cynical, private detective Philip Marlowe. Join the investigation with Jonathan Lethem ( Gun, With Occasional Music and Fortress of Solitude), Judith Freeman ( The Long Embrace: Raymond Chandler and The Woman He Loved), and Rich Cohen ( Sweet and Low: A Family Story) as they compare notes on Chandler's grand style, its place in the mystery canon, and its influence on their work.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Misleading title

    • By Renae on 01-23-11

    Regular price: $4.87

    • Dissident Gardens

    • A Novel
    • By: Jonathan Lethem
    • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
    • Length: 16 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 86
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 74
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 75

    At the center of Jonathan Lethem’s superb new novel stand two extraordinary women. Rose Zimmer, the aptly nicknamed Red Queen of Sunnyside, Queens, is an unreconstructed Communist and mercurial tyrant who terrorizes her neighborhood and her family with the ferocity of her personality and the absolutism of her beliefs. Her brilliant and willful daughter, Miriam, is equally passionate in her activism, but flees Rose’s suffocating influence and embraces the Age of Aquarius counterculture of Greenwich Village. Both women cast spells that entrance or enchain the men in their lives....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Not for me

    • By JV on 09-19-13

    Regular price: $35.00

    • Chronic City

    • A Novel
    • By: Jonathan Lethem
    • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
    • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 174
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 72
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 76

    Chase Insteadman, a handsome fixture on Manhattan's social scene, lives off residuals earned as a child star on a beloved sitcom. Chase owes his current social cachet to an ongoing tragedy much covered in the tabloids: His teenage sweetheart and fiancée is trapped by a layer of low-orbit mines on the International Space Station, from which she sends him rapturous and heartbreaking love letters. Like his fiancée , Chase is adrift, she in Earth's stratosphere, he in a vague routine.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Don't listen to the naysayers!

    • By Bobby on 01-21-11

    Regular price: $35.93

    • As She Climbed Across the Table

    • By: Jonathan Lethem
    • Narrated by: David Aaron Baker
    • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 62
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 25

    Philip is in love with Alice. As the novel opens, he is beginning to lose her. Not to another man, as he fears, but to, literally, nothing. Alice is a physicist, and a team at the University where both she and Philip work has created a hole, a vacuum, a doorway of nothingness inside the laboratory. They call it "Lack". Alice becomes obsessed with Lack, as Philip is obsessed by Alice.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Contender: Most Punchable Protagonist of the Year

    • By Joe on 08-10-16

    Regular price: $23.93

    • A Gambler's Anatomy

    • A Novel
    • By: Jonathan Lethem
    • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
    • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 82
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 77
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 78

    Handsome, impeccably tuxedoed Bruno Alexander travels the world winning large sums of money from amateur "whales" who think they can challenge his peerless acumen at backgammon. Fronted by his pasty, vampiric manager, Edgar Falk, Bruno arrives in Berlin after a troubling run of bad luck in Singapore. Perhaps it was the chance encounter with his crass childhood acquaintance Keith Stolarsky and his smoldering girlfriend, Tira Harpaz. Or perhaps it was the emergence of a blot that distorts his vision so he has to look at the board sideways.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not Chabon's Best, wait no...Lethem's

    • By Darwin8u on 10-24-16

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Men and Cartoons

    • Stories
    • By: Jonathan Lethem
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Lethem, David Aaron Baker, Sandra Bernhard
    • Length: 3 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10

    Jonathan Lethem's new collection of stories is a feast for his fans and the perfect introduction for new listeners: a smorgasbord of fantastic, amusing, poignant tales written in a dizzying variety of styles. Lethem is a trailblazer of a new kind of literary fiction, sampling high and low culture to create fictional worlds that are utterly original.

    Regular price: $14.60

    • The Wall of the Sky, the Wall of the Eye

    • By: Jonathan Lethem
    • Narrated by: Graham Winton, Kevin R. Free
    • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    And in "Forever, Said the Duck," stored computer personalities scheme to break free of their owners. In these and other stories in this striking collection, Jonathan Lethem, author of The Fortress of Solitude and Motherless Brooklyn, draws the reader ever more deeply into his strange, unforgettable world - a trip from which there may be no easy return.

    Regular price: $20.99

    • It Happened in Boston?

    • By: Russell H. Greenan, Jonathan Lethem
    • Narrated by: Robert Fass
    • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    In this breathtakingly imaginative audiobook - now appearing in audio for the first time - we enter the mind of an unnamed artist of prodigious talent and intelligence who is determined to correct the world's wrongs via a direct confrontation with the Almighty, no matter what the consequences. A spellbinding tale told by a memorably unreliable narrator, It Happened in Boston? places you inside a vivid world that brilliantly and surprisingly interweaves art, genius, love, madness, betrayal, God - and murder.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Fun art stuff, OK story

    • By Greg on 10-18-17

    Regular price: $24.47

    • The Ecstasy of Influence

    • Nonfictions, Etc.
    • By: Jonathan Lethem
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Lethem
    • Length: 16 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 27

    A constellation of previously published pieces and new essays as provocative and idiosyncratic as any he’s written, this volume sheds light on an array of topics from sex in cinema to drugs, graffiti, Bob Dylan, cyberculture, 9/11, book touring, and Marlon Brando, as well as on a shelf’s worth of his literary models and contemporaries: Norman Mailer, Paula Fox, Bret Easton Ellis, James Wood, and oth­ers.

    Regular price: $35.00

    • The Disappointment Artist (Selected Unabridged Essays)

    • By: Jonathan Lethem
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Lethem
    • Length: 3 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 13

    In a volume he describes as "a series of covert and not-so-covert autobiographical pieces", Jonathan Lethem explores the nature of cultural obsession, in his case, with examples as diverse as western films, comic books, the music of Talking Heads and Pink Floyd, and the New York City subway. Along the way, he shows how each of these "voyages out from himself" have led him home, home to his father's life as a painter, and to the source of his beginnings as a writer.

    Regular price: $14.60

    • You Don't Love Me Yet

    • A Novel
    • By: Jonathan Lethem
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Lethem
    • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 43
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      2.5 out of 5 stars 10

    Lucinda Hoekke spends eight hours a day at the Complaint Line, listening to anonymous callers air their random grievances. One frequent caller, who insists on speaking only to Lucinda, captivates her with his off-color ruminations and opaque self-reflections. In blatant defiance of the rules, Lucinda and the Complainer arrange a face-to-face meeting - and fall desperately in love.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • More fun than most of

    • By D. Lockwood on 07-24-07

    Regular price: $21.27

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