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    • Against Football

    • One Fan's Reluctant Manifesto
    • By: Steve Almond
    • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
    • Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 18

    In Against Football Steve Almond details why, after 40 years as a fan, he can no longer watch the game he still loves. Using a synthesis of memoir, reportage, and cultural critique, Almond asks a series of provocative questions: Does our addiction to football foster a tolerance for violence, greed, racism, and homophobia? What does it mean that our society has transmuted the intuitive physical joys of childhood--run, leap, throw, tackle--into a billion-dollar industry?

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Sad, but gives you something to think about

    • By OneForAll on 02-05-16

    Regular price: $20.99

    • The Best American Erotica, Volume 12: Surviving Darwin

    • By: Susie Bright, Jane Smiley, Mary Gaitskill, and others
    • Narrated by: Susie Bright, Nelson George, Lenore Zann, and others
    • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
    • Highlights
    • Overall
      2.5 out of 5 stars 140
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 25

    Pulitzer Prize-winner Jane Smiley details a beautiful erotic interlude in an otherwise sordid real estate deal; Mary Gaitskill celebrates the unexpected ardor of one middle-aged couple; Steve Almond reminisces about the best one-man/three-girl Ecstasy party ever; Nelson George recounts the erotic escapades that befall a young man who accompanies a celebrity athlete when he picks up a gaggle of girls; and Carol Queen explores the joys of making love with summer fruit.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Why Susie?

    • By Jesse on 05-20-06

    Regular price: $19.95

    • My Life in Heavy Metal

    • By: Steve Almond
    • Narrated by: Steve Almond
    • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4

    A first collection of twelve powerful stories that takes a clear-eyed view of relationships between young men and women who have come of age in an era without innocence, My Life in Heavy Metal received tremendous acclaim in hardcover. In the past year, Almond has won a Pushcart Prize and been a finalist for the National Magazine Award.

    Regular price: $17.95

    • Candyfreak

    • A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America
    • By: Steve Almond
    • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
    • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 161
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 58

    Steve Almond doesn't just love candy, he unabashedly worships every aspect of confectionary culture, from the creation of an exceptional malt ball through the tragic demise of a badly conceived candy bar, from the emotion-laden memories stirred by a bite of chocolate to his near-drooling anticipation of spotting a new package on the candy shelves.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Pure AudioTruffle, diabetics cautioned

    • By inearthsha on 05-29-04
    • A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America
    • By: Steve Almond
    • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
    • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
    • Release date: 05-20-04
    • 4 out of 5 stars 161 ratings

    Regular price: $19.99

    • The Best American Erotica, Volume 13: The Nasty Kind

    • By: Kweli Walker, Susie Bright, Steve Almond
    • Narrated by: Susie Bright, Ian August, Gabra Zackman, and others
    • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
    • Highlights
    • Overall
      2.5 out of 5 stars 140
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 21

    Famous for taking her readers to undiscovered places, Susie Bright has changed the rules for writing about sex. Erotica is no longer under-the-covers reading; it's thrilling literature that showcases the best writing around.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Worth a listen

    • By Andrew on 04-04-07

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Best American Erotica, Volume 11: The Devil in Her Eye

    • By: Susie Bright, Claire Tristram, Steve Almond
    • Narrated by: David Shih, Elenna Stauffer, Ian August
    • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
    • Highlights
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 30

    In The Best American Erotica, Volume 11, we learn about the very first penis in science-fiction hotshot Geoffrey Landis's bawdy fairy tale; Touré's breathless prose poem sets us up with an evening's worth of erotic visitors; and in Jerry Stahl's story, a man recalls his boyhood fascination with his mother's friends and their elaborate undergarments.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Sliver of quiver

    • By Kelley on 04-20-07

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Which Brings Me to You

    • A Novel in Confessions
    • By: Steve Almond, Julianna Baggott
    • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne, Renée Raudman
    • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 21

    Two rambunctious, romantic flameouts. One boring wedding. One heated embrace in a quiet coatroom. This is not exactly the recipe for true love. John and Jane’s lusty encounter at a friend’s wedding isn’t really the beginning of anything with any weight to it; even they know that. When they manage to pull back, it occurs to them that they might start this whole thing over properly. They might try getting to know one another first, through letters.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful "two sides of the coin" book

    • By Jazmin on 02-25-11

    Regular price: $19.56

    • Mad Ducks and Bears

    • Football Revisited
    • By: George Plimpton, Steve Almond - foreword
    • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
    • Length: 9 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 1

    In Mad Ducks and Bears, George Plimpton's engaging companion to Paper Lion, Plimpton focuses on two of the most entertaining and roguish linemen and former teammates: Alex Karras ("Mad Ducks") and John Gordy ("Bears"), both of whom went on to achieve brilliant post-football success. A more reflective, less madcap audiobook than Plimpton's other work, Mad Ducks and Bears is no less truthful and searching.

    Regular price: $30.79