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    • Cloudsplitter

    • A Novel
    • By: Russell Banks
    • Narrated by: Pete Larkin
    • Length: 29 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 51
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      4 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 46

    Deeply researched, brilliantly plotted, and peopled with a cast of unforgettable characters both historical and wholly invented, Cloudsplitter is dazzling in its re-creation of the political and social landscape of our history during the years before the Civil War, when slavery was tearing the country apart. But within this broader scope, Russell Banks has given us a riveting, suspenseful, heartbreaking narrative filled with intimate scenes of domestic life, of violence and action in battle, of romance and familial life and death that make the listener feel in astonishing ways what it is like to be alive in that time.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Captivating read

    • By James P. Barraza on 08-02-17

    Regular price: $53.61

    • A Permanent Member of the Family

    • By: Russell Banks
    • Narrated by: Danny Campbell, Andrus Nichols, Robin Miles
    • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 15

    The New York Times lauds Russell Banks as "the most compassionate fiction writer working today," and hails him as a novelist who delivers, "wrenching, panoramic visions of American moral life." Long celebrated for his unflinching, empathetic works that explore the unspoken but hard realities of contemporary culture, Banks now turns his keen intelligence and emotional acuity on perhaps his most complex subject yet: the shape of family in its many forms.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not the best collection...

    • By DJ on 01-29-15

    Regular price: $21.67

    • Lost Memory of Skin

    • By: Russell Banks
    • Narrated by: Scott Shepherd
    • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 208
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 173
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 175

    Suspended in a strangely modern-day version of limbo, the young man at the center of Russell Banks’s uncompromising and morally complex new novel must create a life for himself in the wake of incarceration. Known in his new identity only as the Kid, and on probation after doing time for a liaison with an underage girl, he is shackled to a GPS monitoring device and forbidden to live within 2,500 feet of anywhere children might gather. With nowhere else to go, the Kid takes up residence under a south Florida causeway, in a makeshift encampment with other convicted sex offenders.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing "Must Read" Tale of (In)Justice in America

    • By Ellen on 10-15-11

    Regular price: $31.93

    • Rule of the Bone

    • A Novel
    • By: Russell Banks
    • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
    • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 84
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 75

    When we first meet him, Chappie is a punked-out teenager living with his mother and abusive stepfather in an upstate New York trailer park. During this time, he slips into drugs and petty crime. Rejected by his parents, out of school and in trouble with the police, he claims for himself a new identity as a permanent outsider; he gets a crossed-bones tattoo on his arm, and takes the name "Bone."

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Out of the mouths of teenagers

    • By Lori on 01-07-17

    Regular price: $28.51

    • Family Life

    • By: Russell Banks
    • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer, Cassandra Campbell
    • Length: 2 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In Family Life, Russell Banks' first novel, he transforms the dramas of domesticity into the story of a royal family in a mythical contemporary kingdom. Life inside this kingdom includes the king (dubbed "the Hearty" or "the Bluff"), who squeals angrily as is his wont; the queen, who, while pondering the mirror in her chambers, decides to write a book; three adolescent princes who are, respectively, a superb wrestler, a fanatical sports car driver, and a sullen drunk.

    Regular price: $15.96

    • Continental Drift

    • By: Russell Banks
    • Narrated by: Zach Villa
    • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    Now available for the first time in audiobook format, a powerful literary classic from one of contemporary fiction's most acclaimed and important writers. Russell Banks' Continental Drift is a masterful novel of hope lost and gained and a gripping, indelible story of fragile lives uprooted and transformed by injustice, disappointment, and the seductions and realities of the American dream.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • A better book to read than listen to.

    • By Edward on 02-26-18

    Regular price: $31.93

    • The Darling

    • By: Russell Banks
    • Narrated by: Mary Beth Hurt
    • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 352
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 104
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 109

    The Darling is Hannah Musgrave's story, told emotionally and convincingly years later by Hannah herself. A political radical and member of the Weather Underground, Hannah has fled America to West Africa, where she and her Liberian husband become friends and colleagues of Charles Taylor, the notorious warlord and now ex-president of Liberia. When Taylor leaves for the United States in an effort to escape embezzlement charges, he's immediately placed in prison.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Complex and compelling

    • By Ellen on 02-05-05

    Regular price: $28.51

    • Book of Jamaica

    • By: Russell Banks
    • Narrated by: Norman Dietz
    • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Banks explores the complexities of political life in the Caribbean.

    Regular price: $28.51

    • Voyager

    • Travel Writings
    • By: Russell Banks
    • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
    • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7

    The acclaimed, award-winning novelist takes us on some of his most memorable journeys in this revelatory collection of travel essays that spans the globe, from the Caribbean to Scotland to the Himalayas. Now in his mid-70s, Russell Banks has indulged his wanderlust for more than half a century. "Since childhood, I've longed for escape, for rejuvenation, for wealth untold, for erotic and narcotic and sybaritic fresh starts, for high romance, mystery, and intrigue," he writes in this compelling anthology.

    Regular price: $28.51

    • The Angel on the Roof

    • The Stories of Russell Banks
    • By: Russell Banks
    • Narrated by: Robert Fass
    • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 5

    With The Angel on the Roof, Russell Banks offers listeners an astonishing collection of 30 years of his short fiction, revised especially for this volume and highlighted by the inclusion of nine new stories that are among the finest he has ever written. As is characteristic of all of Banks' works, these stories resonate with irony and compassion, honesty and insight, extending into the vast territory of the heart and the world, from working-class New England to Florida and the Caribbean and Africa.

    Regular price: $39.92

    • The Reserve

    • By: Russell Banks
    • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
    • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 63
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10

    Twenty-nine-year-old Vanessa Cole is a wild, stunningly beautiful heiress, the adopted only child of a highly regarded New York brain surgeon and his socialite wife. Twice married, Vanessa has been scandalously linked to any number of rich and famous men. But on the night of July 4, 1936, at her parents' country home in a remote Adirondack Mountain enclave known as The Reserve, two events coincide to permanently alter the course of Vanessa's callow life.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Where was his editor?!?

    • By Ms. on 02-15-08

    Regular price: $28.51

    • Hamilton Stark

    • By: Russell Banks
    • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
    • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1

    Hamilton Stark is a New Hampshire pipe fitter and the sole inhabitant of the house from which he evicted his own mother. He is the villain of five marriages and the father of a daughter so obsessed that she has been writing a book about him for years. Hamilton Stark is a boor, a misanthrope, a handsome man: funny, passionately honest, and a good dancer. The narrator, a middle-aged writer, decides to write about Stark as a hero whose anger and solitude represent passion and wisdom

    Regular price: $28.51

    • Relation of My Imprisonment

    • A Fiction
    • By: Russell Banks
    • Narrated by: John Pruden
    • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    The Relation of My Imprisonment is a work of fiction utilizing a form invented in the seventeenth century by imprisoned Puritan divines. Designed to be exemplary, works of this type were aimed at brethren outside the prison walls and functioned primarily as figurative dramatization of the test of fait all true believers must endure.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Russell Banks Rocks!

    • By Laura on 12-19-13

    Regular price: $15.96

    • La réserve

    • By: Russell Banks
    • Narrated by: Michel Vuillermoz
    • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
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    À la fin des années 30, alors que l'Europe voit arriver les totalitarismes au pouvoir, la Réserve reste inchangée. Au cœur des montagnes et des lacs des Adirondacks, c'est un autre drame qui progresse lentement. Le peintre Jordan Groves approche la société des gens riches, qu'il croit d'abord détester, mais il découvre qu'il n'échappera pas à leurs forces d'attraction et de corruption, incarnées par Vanessa, jeune femme trouble et fascinante.

    Regular price: $19.14

    • The Best of Chatting Up a Storm

    • By: Claudia Cragg, Russell Banks, Garrison Keillor, and others
    • Narrated by: Claudia Cragg
    • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
    • Original Recording
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    Russell Banks, Garrison Keillor, and Dave Isay are among those heard on Chatting Up a Storm, Vol. 1, a distillation of the best broadcast interviews by journalist Claudia Cragg, with thinkers, authors, and change-makers from the United States and around the world.

    Regular price: $17.47

    • Drei Erzählungen

    • By: Sophie Dahl, Russell Banks, O. Henry
    • Narrated by: Andreas Fröhlich, Oliver Rohrbeck, Jens Wawrczeck
    • Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
    • Abridged
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    "Drei Erzählungen" ist der dritte Teil der "DREI"-Trilogie. Oliver Rohrbeck, Jens Wawrczeck und Andreas Fröhlich (Sprecher der "Drei ???") lesen Geschichten über die Liebe - von Sophie Dahl, Russell Banks und O. Henry.

    Regular price: $7.29