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    • Gilead

    • By: Marilynne Robinson
    • Narrated by: Tim Jerome
    • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 1,705
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,129
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      4 out of 5 stars 1,133

    In 1956, toward the end of Reverend John Ames's life, he begins a letter to his young son, an account of himself and his forebears. Ames is the son of an Iowan preacher and the grandson of a minister who, as a young man in Maine, saw a vision of Christ bound in chains and came west to Kansas to fight for abolition: He "preached men into the Civil War", then, at age 50, became a chaplain in the Union Army, losing his right eye in battle.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A perfect reading

    • By Aging Boomer on 10-05-08

    Regular price: $27.93

    • Housekeeping

    • By: Marilynne Robinson
    • Narrated by: Becket Royce
    • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 617
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      4 out of 5 stars 420
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 422

    A modern classic, Housekeeping is the story of Ruth and her younger sister, Lucille, who grow up haphazardly, first under the care of their competent grandmother, then of two comically bumbling great-aunts, and finally of Sylvie, their eccentric and remote aunt. The family house is in the small Far West town of Fingerbone, set on a glacial lake, the same lake where their grandfather died in a spectacular train wreck and their mother drove off a cliff to her death.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • errancy, abandonment, and madness

    • By Emily on 07-19-11

    Regular price: $23.93

    • Lila: A Novel

    • By: Marilynne Robinson
    • Narrated by: Maggie Hoffman
    • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 831
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 721
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 718

    Lila, homeless and alone after years of roaming the countryside, steps inside a small-town Iowa church - the only available shelter from the rain - and ignites a romance and a debate that will reshape her life. She becomes the wife of a minister, John Ames, and begins a new existence while trying to make sense of the life that preceded her newfound security. Neglected as a toddler, Lila was rescued by Doll, a canny young drifter, and brought up by her in a hardscrabble childhood.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Life is what it is....

    • By Stevon on 02-06-15

    Regular price: $27.99

    • The Givenness of Things

    • Essays
    • By: Marilynne Robinson
    • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
    • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 37

    The spirit of our times can appear to be one of joyless urgency. As a culture we have become less interested in the exploration of the glorious mind, and more interested in creating and mastering technologies that will yield material well-being. But while cultural pessimism is always fashionable, there is still much to give us hope.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Mostly thoughts on religious things

    • By Adam Shields on 01-26-16

    Regular price: $29.99

    • Home

    • A Novel
    • By: Marilynne Robinson
    • Narrated by: Maggi-Meg Reed
    • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 359
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 259
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 257

    Glory Boughton, aged 38, has returned to Gilead to care for her dying father. Soon her brother, Jack - the prodigal son of the family, gone for 20 years - comes home too, looking for refuge and trying to make peace with a past littered with tormenting trouble and pain.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Wish that I had read this one

    • By S. Elder on 10-02-08

    Regular price: $35.93

    • When I Was a Child I Read Books

    • Essays
    • By: Marilynne Robinson
    • Narrated by: Marilynne Robinson
    • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 57

    Ever since the 1981 publication of her stunning debut, Housekeeping, Marilynne Robinson has built a sterling reputation as a writer of sharp, subtly moving prose, not only as a major American novelist (her second novel, Gilead, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize) but also a rigorous thinker and incisive essayist. In When I Was a Child I Read Books, Robinson returns to and expands upon the themes that have preoccupied her work with renewed vigor.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great material, hard to process

    • By Jeff Hopper on 08-24-18

    Regular price: $17.00

    • What Are We Doing Here?

    • By: Marilynne Robinson
    • Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie
    • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15
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      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 11

    Marilynne Robinson has plumbed the human spirit in her renowned novels, including Lila and Gilead, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. In this new essay collection she trains her incisive mind on our modern political climate and the mysteries of faith. Whether she is investigating how the work of great thinkers about America, like Ralph Waldo Emerson and Alexis de Tocqueville, inform our political consciousness or discussing how beauty informs and disciplines daily life, Robinson's peerless prose and boundless humanity are on full display.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Unpersuasive and a bit repetitive

    • By Adam Shields on 03-07-18

    Regular price: $24.47

    • When I Was a Child: A "When I Was a Child I Read Books" Essay

    • By: Marilynne Robinson
    • Narrated by: Marilynne Robinson
    • Length: 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      4 out of 5 stars 2

    Marilynne Robinson has built a sterling reputation as a writer of sharp, subtly moving prose, not only as a major American novelist but also as a rigorous thinker and incisive essayist. In When I Was a Child I Read Books, she returns to and expands upon the themes that have preoccupied her work with renewed vigor.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful Short Memories

    • By The Wicked Parson on 02-24-17

    Regular price: $1.88

    • Gilead

    • By: Marilynne Robinson
    • Narrated by: Tim Jerome
    • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 14

    From the author of Housekeeping, Gilead is the long-hoped-for second novel by one of America's finest writers.

    Chosen by the New York Times Book Review as one of the top six novels of 2004.

    In 1956, toward the end of Reverend John Ames' life, he begins a letter to his young son, a kind of last testament to his remarkable forebears.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Dour Reading Failed to Resonate

    • By Ben on 11-27-13

    Regular price: $21.31

    • Thalia Book Club: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

    • By: Marilynne Robinson
    • Narrated by: James Wood
    • Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    Marilynne Robinson discusses her Pulitzer Prize-winning and New York Times best-selling second novel, the lyrical, luminous, unforgettable story of minister John Ames, as told poetically in a long letter to his young son. His powerful story spans three generations from the Civil War to the twentieth century. This is a book that is being passed hand to hand and that booksellers nationwide are recommending.

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Marilynne Robinson in Conversation with Susan Straight (2009)

    • Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
    • By: Marilynne Robinson
    • Narrated by: Susan Straight
    • Length: 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      4 out of 5 stars 2
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 2

    The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books began in 1996 with a simple goal: to bring together the people who create books with the people who love to read them. The festival was an immediate success and has become the largest and most prestigious book festival in the country, attracting more than 130,000 book lovers each year.

    Regular price: $4.19

    • Gilead

    • By: Marilynne Robinson
    • Narrated by: Otto Mellies
    • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Auf dem Sterbebett schreibt John Ames einen Brief an seinen siebenjährigen Sohn. Dem Kind will er alles erklären: Die Einsicht, mit der man das eigene Leben auf einen Schlag begreift, den Trost, der in einer einzelnen Berührung liegen kann, und den Ort, der sein Ende beschließt: Gilead, die kleine Stadt unter dem unermesslichen Himmel des Westens, leicht wie Staub und so schwer wie die Welt.

    Regular price: $17.86

    • The New Yorker Festival - Edward P. Jones and Marilynne Robinson

    • By: Edward P. Jones, Marilynne Robinson
    • Narrated by: Edward P. Jones, Marilynne Robinson
    • Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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    Edward P. Jones's first book, the story collection Lost in the City, won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. Marilynne Robinson made her literary debut in 1981 with the novel Housekeeping, which received a Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

    Regular price: $9.95