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    • The Executioner's Song

    • By: Norman Mailer
    • Narrated by: Maxwell Hamilton
    • Length: 42 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27

    Norman Mailer's Pulitzer Prize-winning and unforgettable classic about convicted killer Gary Gilmore now in audio. Arguably the greatest book from America's most heroically ambitious writer, The Executioner's Song follows the short, blighted life of Gary Gilmore who became famous after he robbed two men in 1976 and killed them in cold blood. After being tried and convicted, he immediately insisted on being executed for his crime. To do so, he fought a system that seemed intent on keeping him alive long after it had sentenced him to death. 

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Pulitzer-winner spoiled by numskulled narration

    • By W Perry Hall on 05-21-18

    Regular price: $34.21

    • The Naked and the Dead

    • By: Norman Mailer
    • Narrated by: John Buffalo Mailer
    • Length: 26 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 150
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 139
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 140

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • John Buffalo Mailer narrates his father's book

    • By J. Larson on 08-11-16

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Ancient Evenings

    • A Novel
    • By: Norman Mailer
    • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Length: 30 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 14

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointing

    • By night owl on 04-17-18

    Regular price: $20.99

    • The Armies of the Night

    • History as a Novel, the Novel as History
    • By: Norman Mailer
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    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.

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Oswald's Tale

    • An American Mystery
    • By: Norman Mailer
    • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
    • Length: 29 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39

    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."

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Outstanding

    • By night owl on 04-21-17

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Harlot's Ghost

    • A Novel
    • By: Norman Mailer
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 48 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 31

    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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Frustrating story telling

    • By anna on 03-07-17

    Regular price: $20.99

    • The Fight

    • By: Norman Mailer
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
    • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 29

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Narrator refers to himself in 3rd person.

    • By Katie on 08-01-18

    Regular price: $20.99

    • The Spooky Art

    • Thoughts on Writing
    • By: Norman Mailer
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
    • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    "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.

    Regular price: $20.99

    • 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

    • Miami and the Siege of Chicago

    • By: Norman Mailer
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
    • Length: 9 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 15

    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.

    Regular price: $20.99

    • An American Dream

    • By: Norman Mailer
    • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
    • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    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.

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Tough Guys Don't Dance

    • A Novel
    • By: Norman Mailer
    • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
    • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7

    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.

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Mind of an Outlaw

    • Selected Essays
    • By: Norman Mailer
    • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
    • Length: 22 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    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.

    Regular price: $20.99

    • On God

    • An Uncommon Conversation
    • By: Norman Mailer
    • Narrated by: Kent Bateman
    • Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 9

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Much food for the curious mind.

    • By Maine Writer on 01-09-15

    Regular price: $18.80

    • The Deer Park

    • A Novel
    • By: Norman Mailer
    • Narrated by: John Buffalo Mailer
    • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 9

    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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Horrible

    • By Nancy in MA on 12-08-17

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Barbary Shore

    • A Novel
    • By: Norman Mailer
    • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
    • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3

    Published at the height of the McCarthy era, Norman Mailer's audacious novel of socialism is at once an elegy and an indictment, a sinuous moral thriller and an intellectual slugfest. Wounded during World War II, Mike Lovett is an amnesiac, and much of his past is a secret to himself. But when Lovett rents a room in Brooklyn, he finds that his housemates have secrets of their own: one betrays a husband no one ever sees; another may have been a Communist executioner.

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Selected Letters of Norman Mailer

    • By: Norman Mailer, J. Michael Lennon - editor
    • Narrated by: David de Vries
    • Length: 29 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
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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.

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Of a Fire on the Moon

    • By: Norman Mailer
    • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
    • Length: 17 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    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

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • I don't get why this book was written

    • By Adam on 11-11-17

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Of a Small and Modest Malignancy, Wicked and Bristling with Dots

    • By: Norman Mailer
    • Narrated by: Brian Sutherland
    • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      0 out of 5 stars 0
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      0 out of 5 stars 0

    He prepared therefore for the meditative journey that proves most excruciating in Limbo, a rounding through the past, a trip back! It is a venture full of perils. To meditate on TV might prove equal to writing a recollection of an enemy one has never met and cannot quite believe in. Indeed, how to conceive of an enemy who is without personal animosity? It was like writing a memoir of an oxymoron. Limbo set its tasks.

    Regular price: $2.99

    • The Gospel According to the Son

    • A Novel
    • By: Norman Mailer
    • Narrated by: John Buffalo Mailer
    • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    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."

    Regular price: $20.99

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