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    • Straight Man

    • By: Richard Russo
    • Narrated by: Sam Freed
    • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 980
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 655
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 659

    Russo's protagonist is William Henry Devereaux, Jr., the reluctant chairman of the English department of a badly underfunded college in the Pennsylvania rust belt. In the course of a single week, Devereaux will have his nose mangled by an angry colleague, imagine his wife is having an affair with his dean, wonder if a curvaceous adjunct is trying to seduce him with peach pits, and threaten to execute a goose on local television.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Shockingly good

    • By Jeffrey A. Sherman on 01-09-04

    Regular price: $33.60

    • Nobody's Fool

    • By: Richard Russo
    • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
    • Length: 24 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,533
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,081
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,079

    Divorced from his own wife and carrying on halfheartedly with another man's, saddled with a bum knee and friends who make enemies redundant, Sully now has one new problem to cope with: a long-estranged son who is in imminent danger of following in his father's footsteps. With its sly and uproarious humor and a heart that embraces humanity's follies as well as its triumphs, Nobody's Fool is storytelling at its most generous.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful Book Fabulous Narrator

    • By Marsha on 04-27-05

    Regular price: $35.93

    • Empire Falls

    • By: Richard Russo
    • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
    • Length: 20 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 699
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 642
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 643

    Dexter County, Maine, and specifically the town of Empire Falls, has seen better days, and for decades, in fact, only a succession from bad to worse. One by one, its logging and textile enterprises have gone belly-up, and the once vast holdings of the Whiting clan (presided over by the last scion’s widow) now mostly amount to decrepit real estate. The working classes, meanwhile, continue to eke out whatever meager promise isn’t already boarded up. Miles Roby gazes over this ruined kingdom from the Empire Grill, an opportunity of his youth that has become the albatross of his life.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Hugely Enjoyable

    • By margaret on 01-23-12

    Regular price: $38.50

    • Everybody's Fool

    • A Novel
    • By: Richard Russo
    • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
    • Length: 18 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,020
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 940
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 937

    Sully is staring down a VA cardiologist's estimate that he has only a year or two left, and it's hard work trying to keep this news from the most important people in his life: Ruth, the married woman he carried on with for years...the ultra-hapless Rub Squeers, who worries that he and Sully aren't still best friends...Sully's son and grandson, for whom he was mostly an absentee figure (and now a regretful one).

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant, hilarious, long-awaited sequel!

    • By KDW on 05-14-16

    Regular price: $38.50

    • Elsewhere

    • A Memoir
    • By: Richard Russo
    • Narrated by: Richard Russo
    • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 99
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 82
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 80

    Anyone familiar with Richard Russo's acclaimed novels will recognize Gloversville, once famous for producing that eponymous product and anything else made of leather. This is where the author grew up, the only son of an aspirant mother and a charming, feckless father who were born into this close-knit community. But by the time of his childhood in the 1950s, prosperity was inexorably being replaced by poverty and illness (often tannery-related), with everyone barely scraping by under a very low horizon.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Elsewhere---but not far enough

    • By William on 12-08-12

    Regular price: $24.50

    • The Destiny Thief

    • Essays on Writing, Writers and Life
    • By: Richard Russo
    • Narrated by: Richard Russo
    • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28

    In these nine essays, Richard Russo provides insight into his life as a writer, teacher, friend, and reader. From a commencement speech he gave at Colby College, to the story of how an oddly placed toilet made him reevaluate the purpose of humor in art and life, to a comprehensive analysis of Mark Twain's value, to his harrowing journey accompanying a dear friend as she pursued gender-reassignment surgery, The Destiny Thief reflects the broad interests and experiences of one of America's most beloved authors.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Richard Russo cannot write a bad book

    • By Owen M. on 01-14-19

    Regular price: $24.50

    • Bridge of Sighs

    • By: Richard Russo
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
    • Length: 26 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 630
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 271
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 272

    Louis Charles ("Lucy") Lynch has spent all his 60 years in upstate Thomaston, New York, married to the same woman, Sarah, for 40 of them, their son now a grown man. Like his late, beloved father, Lucy is an optimist, though he's had plenty of reasons not to be: chief among them his mother, still indomitably alive.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful

    • By Victoria Wright on 10-08-07

    Regular price: $46.60

    • Trajectory

    • Stories
    • By: Richard Russo
    • Narrated by: Amanda Carlin, Arthur Morey, Fred Sanders, and others
    • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 69
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 63

    Russo's characters in these four expansive stories bear little similarity to the blue-collar citizens we're familiar with from many of his novels. In "Horseman", a professor confronts a young plagiarist as well as her own weaknesses as the Thanksgiving holiday looms closer and closer: "And after that, who knew?" In "Intervention", a realtor facing an ominous medical prognosis finds himself in his father's shadow while he presses forward - or not.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Melancholy but Rewarding

    • By David on 07-08-17

    Regular price: $28.00

    • That Old Cape Magic

    • By: Richard Russo
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
    • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 338
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 135
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 136

    That Old Cape Magic is a novel of deep introspection and every family feeling imaginable, with a middle-aged man confronting his parents and their failed marriage, his own troubled one, his daughter's new life and, finally, what it was he thought he wanted and what in fact he has.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • What you buy Russo books for....

    • By Stephen on 10-06-09

    Regular price: $31.93

    • Destroying Angel

    • The Carlucci Series, Book 1
    • By: Richard Paul Russo
    • Narrated by: Kristoffer Tabori
    • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 13

    In the mid twenty-first century San Francisco, a group of corpses is found chained together on the bottom of the bay. Retired police officer Louis Tanner must find the killer among a city full of serial murderers, cyborgs, and street-wise kids. This first book in the Carlucci series introduces famed police lieutenant Frank Carlucci.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Poor poor poor

    • By Reviews by Bill on 01-11-19

    Regular price: $20.97

    • It Occurs to Me That I Am America

    • New Stories and Art
    • By: Richard Russo, Joyce Carol Oates, Neil Gaiman, and others
    • Narrated by: Christian Barillas, Francois Chau, Kyla Garcia, and others
    • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    In time for the one-year anniversary of the Trump inauguration and the Women's March, this provocative, unprecedented anthology features original short stories from 30 best-selling and award-winning authors - including Alice Walker, Richard Russo, Walter Mosley, Joyce Carol Oates, Alice Hoffman, Neil Gaiman, Michael Cunningham, Mary Higgins Clark, and Lee Child - with an introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen.

    Regular price: $22.67

    • The Winter Father

    • The Collected Short Stories and Novellas of Andre Dubus, Volume 2
    • By: Andre Dubus, Richard Russo
    • Length: 13 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      0 out of 5 stars 0

    While the title novella of Dubus' Finding a Girl in America returns to the somewhat off-the-rails literary life of Hank Allison, the collection's opening story strikes a much darker tone.

    Regular price: $16.07

    • The Best of Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine

    • Joe Haldeman and Others
    • By: Joe Haldeman, John Morressy, Gene Wolfe, and others
    • Narrated by: Harlan Ellison, Cynthia Belliveau, Jeff Paul
    • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
    • Highlights
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 176
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 35

    This audio presentation of the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction is a super-duper triple issue, comprising ten key selections (most of the contents, actually) of FSF's September issue and the forthcoming double October/November issue.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A bountiful selection of scifi and fantasy.

    • By Robert Fisher on 08-17-04

    Regular price: $16.95

    • Empire Falls (Danish Edition)

    • By: Richard Russo
    • Narrated by: Peter Bøttger
    • Length: 21 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      1 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      1 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      1 out of 5 stars 2

    Miles Roby har langet burgere over disken i Empire Grill i tyve år, og derfra kan han se ned ad hovedgaden i den engang så driftige industriby Empire Falls og fornemme byens puls, som nu slår meget langsomt. For Whiting-familien, der ejer fabrikkerne og det meste andet på egnen, har flyttet produktionen væk fra byen, og det har skruet livet i Empire Falls ned på vågeblus.Så det er bekymrede kunder, der letter deres hjerte over for Miles - som har sine helt egne problemer.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • It's all Greek to me!

    • By Gashea on 11-06-16

    Regular price: $15.17

    • Carlucci's Edge

    • The Carlucci Series, 2
    • By: Richard Paul Russo
    • Narrated by: Kristoffer Tabori
    • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    Carlucci's Edge brings to life a chilling scenario in the bleak urban landscape that is twenty-first-century San Francisco and marks the return of Lt. Frank Carlucci, first seen in Destroying Angel. The San Francisco Police Department is stonewalling seemingly unrelated murder investigations, and Carlucci is determined to find out why. His unauthorized investigation leads him to an insidious black market run by top political officials.

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Whore's Child and Other Stories

    • By: Richard Russo
    • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall, Robertson Dean, Arthur Morey, and others
    • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 39
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 31

    A cynical Hollywood moviemaker confronts his dead wife’s lover and abruptly realizes the depth of his own passion. As his parents’ marriage disintegrates, a precocious fifth-grader distracts himself with meditations on baseball, spaghetti, and his place in the universe. And in the title story, an elderly nun enters a college creative writing class and plays havoc with its tidy notions of fact and fiction. The Whore’s Child is further proof that Russo is one of the finest writers we have.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Worth the Download

    • By Delah on 10-31-11

    Regular price: $21.00

    • Selected Shorts

    • Wondrous Women
    • By: Teolinda Gersao, Kim Edwards, Allan Gurganus, and others
    • Narrated by: Kathleen Chalfant, Holly Hunter, Marian Seldes, and others
    • Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    Strong female protagonists grace this collection of passionate stories dedicated to mothers, daughters, wives, and lovers. A woman splurges on an irresistible coat that becomes her; a feisty teenager who has grown up as her activist mother¿s poster-child realizes the strength of her own convictions; and a young peasant woman saved from drowning is suddenly drawn to her rescuer and hopeful about her life.

    Regular price: $19.60

    • Everybody's Fool

    • By: Richard Russo
    • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
    • Length: 18 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    The irresistible Sully, who in the intervening years has come by some unexpected good fortune, is staring down a VA cardiologist’s estimate that he has only a year or two left, and it’s hard work trying to keep this news from the most important people in his life: Ruth, the married woman he carried on with for years; the ultra-hapless Rub Squeers, who worries that he and Sully aren’t still best friends; and Sully’s son and grandson, for whom he was mostly an absentee figure (and now a regretful one). 

    Regular price: $38.17

    • Carlucci's Heart

    • Lt. Frank Carlucci, Book 3
    • By: Richard Paul Russo
    • Narrated by: Kristoffer Tabori
    • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    The third cyberthriller featuring Lt. Frank Carlucci from Philip K. Dick Award-winning author Richard Paul Russo. In a future, gritty San Francisco, Lieutenant Frank Carlucci is drawn into an investigation surrounding the disappearance of his daughter's friend. As Carlucci digs deeper, the corruption and decay he finds is nothing compared to a final horror that could have devastating implications: A secret known only as Cancer Cell.

    Regular price: $23.77

    • Mohawk

    • By: Richard Russo
    • Narrated by: William Hope
    • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      0 out of 5 stars 0

    An unforgettable tale of life, love and passion in a decaying mill town in upstate New York. Mohawk, New York, is one of those small towns that lie almost entirely on the wrong side of the tracks. Its citizens, too, have fallen on hard times. Dallas Younger, a star athlete in high school, now drifts from tavern to poker game, losing money and, inevitably, another set of false teeth.

    Regular price: $26.11

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