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    • The Overstory

    • By: Richard Powers
    • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
    • Length: 22 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Overstory unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fable that range from antebellum New York to the late 20th-century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. An air force loadmaster in the Vietnam War is shot out of the sky, then saved by falling into a banyan. An artist inherits 100 years of photographic portraits, all of the same doomed American chestnut. A hard-partying undergraduate in the late 1980s electrocutes herself, dies, and is sent back into life by creatures of air and light. A hearing- and speech-impaired scientist discovers that trees are communicating with one another.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Astonishingly powerful writing.

    • By Alexandria on 04-18-18

    Regular price: $41.99

    • The Echo Maker

    • By: Richard Powers
    • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
    • Length: 20 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 6
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
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      4 out of 5 stars 6

    On a winter night on a remote Nebraska road, 27-year-old Mark Schluter flips his truck in a near fatal accident. His older sister, Karin, returns to nurse Mark back from a traumatic head injury. But when he emerges from a coma, Mark believes that this woman is really an impostor who looks just like his sister. Shattered, Karin contacts the cognitive neurologist Gerald Weber, who eagerly investigates. What he discovers in Mark slowly undermines even his own sense of being.

    Regular price: $29.95

    • The Overstory

    • By: Richard Powers
    • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
    • Length: 22 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
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    Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Overstory by Richard Powers, read by Suzanne Toren. The Overstory unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fables that range from antebellum New York to the late 20th-century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Could have been an interesting book...

    • By Anonymous User on 03-30-19

    Regular price: $28.35

    • Galatea 2.2

    • By: Richard Powers
    • Narrated by: David Aaron Baker
    • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
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    After several years living abroad, the fictional protagonist of Galatea 2.2 - Richard Powers - returns to the US as Humanist-in-Residence at the enormous Center for the Study of Advanced Sciences. There he runs afoul of Philip Lentz, a cognitive neurologist intent upon modeling the human brain. Lentz involves Powers in an outlandish and irresistible project: to train a neural net on a canonical list of Great Books. Through repeated tutorials, the device grows gradually more worldly, until it demands to know its own name, sex, race, and reason for existing.

    Regular price: $31.49

    • The Time of Our Singing

    • By: Richard Powers
    • Narrated by: Peter Jay Fernandez
    • Length: 33 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
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    On Easter day, 1939, at Marian Anderson's epochal concert on the Washington Mall, David Strom, a German Jewish emigre scientist, meets Delia Daley, a young Philadelphia Negro studying to be a singer. Their mutual love of music draws them together, and - against all odds and better judgment - they marry. They vow to raise their children beyond time, beyond identity, steeped in song. But their three children must survive America's brutal here and now. 

    Regular price: $41.99

    • Orfeo

    • By: Richard Powers
    • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
    • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 159
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 139
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 141

    In Orfeo, Powers tells the story of a man journeying into his past as he desperately flees the present. Composer Peter Els opens the door one evening to find the police on his doorstep. His home microbiology lab - the latest experiment in his lifelong attempt to find music in surprising patterns - has aroused the suspicions of Homeland Security. Panicked by the raid, Els turns fugitive. As an Internet-fueled hysteria erupts, Els - the "Bioterrorist Bach" - pays a final visit to the people he loves, those who shaped his musical journey.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The Lost Chord

    • By Mel on 02-04-14

    Regular price: $28.34

    • Gain

    • By: Richard Powers
    • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Length: 17 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
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     Gain braids together two stories on very different scales. In one, Laura Body, divorced mother of two and a real estate agent in the small town of Lacewood, Illinois, plunges into a new existence when she learns she has ovarian cancer. In the other, Clare & Company, a soap manufacturer begun by three brothers in 19th-century Boston, grows over the course of a century and a half into an international consumer products conglomerate based in Laura's hometown.  

    Regular price: $34.99

    • The Gold Bug Variations

    • By: Richard Powers
    • Narrated by: Rachel Botchan, Andrew Garman
    • Length: 32 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 2
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Stuart Ressler, an up-and-coming molecular biologist, finds his career sidetracked by the turmoil of the '60s, and a young couple of the 1980s tries to discover why the biologist abandoned his scientific pursuits.  

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Great Expectations, Bigger Disappointments

    • By tom on 03-23-19

    Regular price: $41.99

    • Generosity

    • By: Richard Powers
    • Narrated by: David Pittu
    • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 97
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      4 out of 5 stars 56
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 58

    When Chicagoan Russell Stone finds himself teaching a Creative Nonfiction class, he encounters a young Algerian woman with a disturbingly luminous presence. Thassadit Amzwar's blissful exuberance both entrances and puzzles the melancholic Russell. How can this refugee from perpetual terror be so happy?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • All About Fiction

    • By James on 11-30-10

    Regular price: $31.93

    • L'Arbre-Monde

    • By: Richard Powers, Serge Chauvin
    • Narrated by: Leah Vaidis
    • Length: 21 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Après des années passées seule dans la forêt à étudier les arbres, la botaniste Pat Westerford en revient avec une découverte sur ce qui est peut-être le premier et le dernier mystère du monde : la communication entre les arbres. Autour de Pat s'entrelacent les destins de neuf personnes qui peu à peu vont converger vers la Californie, où un séquoia est menacé de destruction. Au fil d'un récit aux dimensions symphoniques, Richard Powers explore ici le drame écologique et notre égarement dans le monde virtuel. Son écriture généreuse nous rappelle que, hors la nature, notre culture n'est que "ruine de l'âme."

    Regular price: $19.99

    • Orfeo

    • By: Richard Powers
    • Narrated by: William Roberts
    • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Seventy-year old avant-garde composer Peter Els opens the door one evening to find the police outside. His DIY microbiology lab has come to the attention of Homeland Security. Panicked by the raid on his house, Els flees and turns fugitive, waiting for the evidence to clear him and for the alarm surrounding his activities to blow over. But alarm turns to national hysteria.

    Regular price: $21.58

    • Das größere Glück

    • By: Richard Powers
    • Narrated by: Ulrich Matthes
    • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
    • Abridged
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    Eine junge Frau in Chicago, die vor Glück nur so strahlt. Sie lebt völlig ohne Zorn, alle Freunde und Bekannte kreisen nur um sie...

    Regular price: $22.15

    • Prisoner's Dilemma

    • By: Richard Powers
    • Narrated by: Tandy Cronyn, Lori Gardner, Morgan Hallett, and others
    • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Something is wrong with Eddie Hobson Sr., father of four, sometime history teacher, quiz master, black humorist, and virtuoso invalid. His recurring fainting spells have worsened, and with his ingrained aversion to doctors, his worried family tries to discover the nature of his sickness. Meanwhile, in private, Eddie puts the finishing touches on a secret project he calls Hobbstown, a place that he promises will save him, the world, and everything that's in it. A dazzling novel of compassion and imagination, Prisoner's Dilemma is a story of the power of invalid experience. 

    Regular price: $31.49