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  • The Naked and the Dead | Norman Mailer

    The Naked and the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Norman Mailer
    • Narrated By John Buffalo Mailer
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    Hailed as one of the finest novels to come out of the Second World War, The Naked and the Dead received unprecedented critical acclaim upon its publication and has since become part of the American canon. This fiftieth anniversary edition features a new introduction created especially for the occasion by Norman Mailer.

    J. Larson says: "John Buffalo Mailer narrates his father's book"
  • Harlot's Ghost: A Novel | Norman Mailer

    Harlot's Ghost: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Norman Mailer
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
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    With unprecedented scope and consummate skill, Norman Mailer unfolds a rich and riveting epic of an American spy. Harry Hubbard is the son and godson of CIA legends. His journey to learn the secrets of his society - and his own past - takes him through the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the "momentous catastrophe" of the Kennedy assassination. All the while, Hubbard is haunted by women who were loved by both his godfather and President Kennedy.

    Jeffrey L. Gingold says: "Timely & Terrific"
  • The Spooky Art: Thoughts on Writing | Norman Mailer

    The Spooky Art: Thoughts on Writing

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Norman Mailer
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
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    "Writing is spooky," according to Norman Mailer. "There is no routine of an office to keep you going, only the blank page each morning, and you never know where your words are coming from, those divine words." In The Spooky Art, Mailer discusses with signature candor the rewards and trials of the writing life, and recommends the tools to navigate it. Addressing the listener in a conversational tone, he draws on the best of more than fifty years of his own criticism, advice, and detailed observations about the writer's craft.

  • The Armies of the Night: History as a Novel, the Novel as History | Norman Mailer

    The Armies of the Night: History as a Novel, the Novel as History

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Norman Mailer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
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    The Armies of the Night chronicles the famed October 1967 March on the Pentagon, in which all of the old and new Left - hippies, yuppies, Weathermen, Quakers, Christians, feminists, and intellectuals - came together to protest the Vietnam War. Alongside his contemporaries, Mailer went, witnessed, participated, suffered, and then wrote one of the most stark and intelligent appraisals of the 1960s.

  • The Fight | Norman Mailer

    The Fight

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Norman Mailer
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
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    In 1974 in Kinshasa, Zaïre, two African American boxers were paid five million dollars apiece to fight each other. One was Muhammad Ali, the aging but irrepressible "professor of boxing." The other was George Foreman, who was as taciturn as Ali was voluble. Observing them was Norman Mailer, a commentator of unparalleled energy, acumen, and audacity.

    Bookworm says: "Horrible"
  • Ancient Evenings: A Novel | Norman Mailer

    Ancient Evenings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Norman Mailer
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
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    Norman Mailer's dazzlingly rich, deeply evocative novel of ancient Egypt breathes life into the figures of a lost era: the eighteenth-dynasty Pharaoh Rameses and his wife, Queen Nefertiti; Menenhetet, their creature, lover, and victim; and the gods and mortals that surround them in intimate and telepathic communion. Mailer's reincarnated protagonist is carried through the exquisite gardens of the royal harem, along the majestic flow of the Nile, and into the terrifying clash of battle.

    Setken says: "Its Ka came forth splendidly!"
  • Oswald's Tale: An American Mystery | Norman Mailer

    Oswald's Tale: An American Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Norman Mailer
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
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    In perhaps his most important literary feat, Norman Mailer fashions an unprecedented portrait of one of the great villains - and enigmas - in United States history. Here is Lee Harvey Oswald - his family background, troubled marriage, controversial journey to Russia, and return to an "America [waiting] for him like an angry relative whose eyes glare in the heat."

    night owl says: "Outstanding"
  • The Deer Park: A Novel | Norman Mailer

    The Deer Park: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Norman Mailer
    • Narrated By John Buffalo Mailer
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    Amid the cactus wilds some two hundred miles from Hollywood lies a privileged oasis called Desert D'Or. It is a place for starlets and would-be starlets, directors, studio execs, and the well-groomed lowlifes who cater to them. And, as imagined by Norman Mailer in this blistering classic of 1950s Hollywood, Desert D'Or is a moral proving ground, where men and women discover what they really want - and how far they are willing to go to get it.

  • Tough Guys Don't Dance: A Novel | Norman Mailer

    Tough Guys Don't Dance: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Norman Mailer
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
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    When Tim Madden, an unsuccessful writer living on Cape Cod, awakes with a gruesome hangover, a painful tattoo on his upper arm, and a severed female head in his marijuana stash, he has almost no memory of the night before. As he reconstructs the missing hours, Madden runs afoul of retired prizefighters, sex addicts, mediums, former cons, a world-weary ex-girlfriend, and his own father, old now but still a Herculean figure.

  • Of a Fire on the Moon | Norman Mailer

    Of a Fire on the Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Norman Mailer
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
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    For many, the moon landing was the defining event of the twentieth century. So it seems only fitting that Norman Mailer - the literary provocateur who altered the landscape of American nonfiction - wrote the most wide-ranging, far-seeing chronicle of the Apollo 11 mission. A classic chronicle of America's reach for greatness in the midst of the Cold War, Of a Fire on the Moon compiles the reportage Mailer published between 1969 and 1970 in Life magazine

  • Advertisements for Myself | Norman Mailer

    Advertisements for Myself

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Norman Mailer
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
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    Originally published in 1959, Advertisements for Myself is an inventive collection of stories, essays, polemic, meditations, and interviews. It is Mailer at his brilliant, provocative, outrageous best. Emerging at the height of "hip", Advertisements is at once a chronicle of a crucial era in the formation of modern American culture and an important contribution to the great autobiographical tradition in American letters.

  • Miami and the Siege of Chicago | Norman Mailer

    Miami and the Siege of Chicago

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Norman Mailer
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
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    1968. The Vietnam War was raging. President Lyndon Johnson, facing a challenge in his own Democratic Party from the maverick antiwar candidate Eugene McCarthy, announced that he would not seek a second term. In April, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated and riots broke out in inner cities throughout America. Bobby Kennedy was killed after winning the California primary in June. In August, Republicans met in Miami, picking the little-loved Richard Nixon as their candidate.

  • The Gospel According to the Son: A Novel | Norman Mailer

    The Gospel According to the Son: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Norman Mailer
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    Norman Mailer fused fact and fiction to create indelible portraits of such figures as Marilyn Monroe, Gary Gilmore, and Lee Harvey Oswald. In The Gospel According to the Son, Mailer reimagines, as no other modern author has, the key character of Western history. Here is Jesus Christ's story in his own words: the discovery of his divinity and the painful, powerful journey to accepting and expressing it, "as if I were a man enclosing another man within."

  • An American Dream | Norman Mailer

    An American Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Norman Mailer
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    As Stephen Rojack, a decorated war hero and former congressman who murders his wife in a fashionable New York City high-rise, runs amok through the city in which he was once a privileged citizen, author Norman Mailer peels away the layers of our social norms to reveal a world of pure appetite and relentless cruelty. One part Nietzsche, one part de Sade, and one part Charlie Parker, An American Dream grabs the listener by the throat and refuses to let go.

  • First Words: Earliest Writing from Favorite Contemporary Authors | Margaret Atwood,Roy Blount Jr.,Pat Conroy,Gail Godwin,Stephen King,Norman Mailer,Joyce Carol Oates,William Styron,Amy Tan,John Updike

    First Words: Earliest Writing from Favorite Contemporary Authors

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood, Roy Blount Jr., Pat Conroy, and others
    • Narrated By Elliott Gould, Kevin McCarthy, Judith Ivey
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    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.

  • Mind of an Outlaw: Selected Essays | Norman Mailer

    Mind of an Outlaw: Selected Essays

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Norman Mailer
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    As America's foremost public intellectual, Norman Mailer was a ubiquitous presence in our national life - on the airwaves and in print - for more than sixty years. With his supple mind and pugnacious persona, he engaged society more than any other writer of his generation. The trademark Mailer swagger is much in evidence in these pages as he holds forth on culture, ideology, politics, sex, gender, and celebrity, among other topics.

  • Ten Thousand Words a Minute | Norman Mailer

    Ten Thousand Words a Minute

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Norman Mailer
    • Narrated By Brian Sutherland
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    Paret lay on the ground, quivering gently, a small froth on his mouth. The house doctor jumped into the ring. He knelt. He pried Paret's eyelid open. He looked at the eyeball staring out. He let the lid snap shut. He reached into his satchel, took out a needle, jabbed Paret with a stimulant. Paret's back rose in a high arch. He writhed in real agony. They were calling him back from death. One wanted to cry out, "Leave the man alone. Let him die."

  • The Castle in the Forest | Norman Mailer

    The Castle in the Forest

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Norman Mailer
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
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    The final work of fiction from Norman Mailer, a defining voice of the postwar era, is also one of his most ambitious, taking as its subject the evil of Adolf Hitler. The narrator, a mysterious SS man in possession of extraordinary secrets, follows Adolf from birth through adolescence and offers revealing portraits of Hitler's parents and siblings. A crucial reflection on the shadows that eclipsed the 20th century, Mailer's novel delivers myriad twists and surprises along with characteristically astonishing insights into the struggle between good and evil that exists in us all.

  • Selected Letters of Norman Mailer | Norman Mailer,J. Michael Lennon - editor

    Selected Letters of Norman Mailer

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Norman Mailer, J. Michael Lennon - editor
    • Narrated By David de Vries
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    Over the course of a nearly sixty-year career, Norman Mailer wrote more than 30 novels, essay collections, and nonfiction books. Yet nowhere was he more prolific - or more exposed - than in his letters. All told, Mailer crafted more than 45,000 pieces of correspondence (approximately 20 million words), many of them deeply personal, keeping a copy of almost every one. Now the best of these are published - most for the first time - in one remarkable volume that spans seven decades and several lifetimes.

  • On God: An Uncommon Conversation | Norman Mailer

    On God: An Uncommon Conversation

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Norman Mailer
    • Narrated By Kent Bateman
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    A towering figure in American literature, Norman Mailer here explores his concept of the nature of God. In a series of probing, challenging, and uncommon dialogues, Mailer establishes his own system of belief, one that rejects both organized religion and atheism. He presents a view in which our world is created by an artistic God who often succeeds but can also fail in the face of determined opposition by contrary powers in the universe.

    Maine Writer says: "Much food for the curious mind."
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