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  • The Tortilla Curtain | T. C. Boyle

    The Tortilla Curtain

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By T. C. Boyle
    • Narrated By T. C. Boyle
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    Topanga Canyon is home to two couples on a collision course. Los Angeles liberals Delaney and Kyra Mossbacker lead an ordered, sushi-and-recycling existence in a newly gated hilltop community: He is a sensitive nature writer, she an obsessive realtor. Mexican illegals Candido and America Rincon desperately cling to their vision of the American Dream as they fight off starvation in a makeshift camp deep in the ravine.

    William says: "Thought-provoking, enthralling"
  • The Relive Box and Other Stories | T. C. Boyle

    The Relive Box and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By T. C. Boyle
    • Narrated By T. C. Boyle
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    From the collection's title story, featuring a Halcom X1520 Relive Box that allows users to experience anew almost any moment from their past, to "The Five-Pound Burrito", the tale of a man aiming to build the biggest burrito in town, the 12 stories in this collection speak to the humor, the pathos, and the struggle that is part of being human while relishing the whimsy of wordplay and the power of a story well told. In stories that span a variety of styles and genres, Boyle addresses the enduring concerns of the human mind and heart while taking on timely social concerns.

  • The Terranauts: A Novel | T. C. Boyle

    The Terranauts: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By T. C. Boyle
    • Narrated By Lynde Houck, Joy Osmanski, Charlie Thurston
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    It is 1994, and in the desert near Tillman, Arizona, 40 miles from Tucson, a grand experiment involving the future of humanity is underway. As climate change threatens the Earth, eight scientists, four men and four women dubbed the Terranauts, have been selected to live under glass in E2, a prototype of a possible off-Earth colony. Their sealed three-acre compound comprises five biomes - rain forest, savanna, desert, ocean, and marsh - and enough wildlife, water, and vegetation to sustain them.

    Laura VanderPloeg says: "Aggravating Narrator Ruins Great Book"
  • The Harder They Come: A Novel | T.C. Boyle

    The Harder They Come: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By T.C. Boyle
    • Narrated By Graham Hamilton
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    Set in contemporary Northern California, The Harder They Come explores the volatile connections between three damaged people - an aging ex-marine and Vietnam veteran, his psychologically unstable son, and the son's paranoid, much older lover - as they careen toward an explosive confrontation.

    Bonny says: "Intense, gripping, absorbing"
  • Selected Shorts: A Touch of Magic | Andrew Lam,Ray Bradbury,Haruki Murakami,T. C. Boyle,Donald Barthelme,Kevin Brockmeier,Jonathan Safran Foer

    Selected Shorts: A Touch of Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Andrew Lam, Ray Bradbury, Haruki Murakami, and others
    • Narrated By James Naughton, Stephen Colbert, John Lithgow, and others
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    By turns funny, moving, romantic and surreal, and filled with unexpected twists and turns, each of the tales on this lineup has a magical element.

  • The Women: A Novel | T. C. Boyle

    The Women: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By T. C. Boyle
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    Told through the experiences of the four women who loved him, this imaginative account of Frank Lloyd Wright's raucous life blazes with Boyle's trademark wit and invention. Boyle's protean voice captures these very different women and, in doing so, creates a masterful ode to the creative life in all its complexity and grandeur.

    Diane says: "didn't work for me"
  • A Friend of the Earth | T. C. Boyle

    A Friend of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By T. C. Boyle
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
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    A Friend of the Earth opens in the year 2025, as Tyrone O'Shaughnessy Tidewater ekes out a bleak living in southern California, managing a rock star's private menagerie. Global warming is a reality. The biosphere has collapsed and most of the major mammalian species are extinct.

    Kindle Customer says: "The Future"
  • Episode 52: Mikhail Baryshnikov, T.C. Boyle, and Germany's Kriegskinder | David Remnick,T.C. Boyle,Burkhard Bilger,Vaslav Nijinsky,Nicolas Niarchos

    Episode 52: Mikhail Baryshnikov, T.C. Boyle, and Germany's Kriegskinder

    • ORIGINAL (55 mins)
    • By David Remnick, T.C. Boyle, Burkhard Bilger, and others
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    This week, Mikhail Baryshnikov talks about playing the troubled genius and revolutionary choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky...

  • San Miguel | T. C. Boyle

    San Miguel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By T. C. Boyle
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
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    From the New York Times best-selling author of The Women, a historical novel about three women’s lives on a California island. On a tiny, desolate, windswept island off the coast of Southern California, two families, one in the 1880s and one in the 1930s, come to start new lives and pursue dreams of self-reliance and freedom. Their extraordinary stories, full of struggle and hope, are the subject of T. C. Boyle’s haunting new novel.

    Sharon says: "First time T.C. Boyle reader"
  • When the Killing's Done: A Novel | T. C. Boyle

    When the Killing's Done: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By T. C. Boyle
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
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    Alma Boyd Takesue is a National Park Service biologist who is spearheading the efforts to save the Channel Islands’ endangered native creatures from invasive species like rats and feral pigs, which, in her view, must be eliminated. Her antagonist, Dave LaJoy, is a dreadlocked local businessman who, along with his lover, the folksinger Anise Reed, is fiercely opposed to the killing of any species whatsoever and will go to any lengths to subvert the plans of Alma and her colleagues.

    Amazon Customer says: "Worth the effort"
  • Talk Talk | T.C. Boyle

    Talk Talk

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By T.C. Boyle
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    The first time Bridger saw Dana she was dancing barefoot, her hair aflame in the red glow of the club, her body throbbing with rhythms and cross-rhythms that only she could hear. He was mesmerized. That night they were both deaf, mouthing to each other over the booming bass. And it was not until their first date, after he had agonized over what CD to play in the car, that Bridger learned that her deafness was profound and permanent. By then, he was falling in love.

    Pamela Harvey says: "Too Much Talk"
  • Grün ist die Hoffnung | T. C. Boyle

    Grün ist die Hoffnung

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By T. C. Boyle
    • Narrated By Stefan Kaminski
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    Felix Nasmyth hat alles hingeschmissen: Er ist raus aus Kinderchor und Schulorchester, hat der Kirche den Rücken gekehrt, das Studium abgebrochen, geheiratet und sich scheiden lassen. Jetzt mühen er und seine Freunde sich in den abgelegenen Bergen von Kalifornien einen ganzen Sommer lang mit dem Anbau von Hanf ab. Danach wollen sie ernten und eine halbe Million Dollar einsacken.

  • A Death in Kitchawank, and Other Stories | T. C. Boyle

    A Death in Kitchawank, and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By T. C. Boyle
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    Few authors write with such sheer love of story and language as T. C. Boyle, and that is nowhere more evident than in his inventive, wickedly funny, and always entertaining short stories. Here are 14 new tales previously unpublished in book form. By turns mythic and realistic, farcical and tragic, ironic and moving, Boyle's stories have mapped a wide range of human emotions. The stories here reflect his maturing themes.

    Christina Doren says: "Nobody does it better."
  • Wenn das Schlachten vorbei ist | T.C. Boyle

    Wenn das Schlachten vorbei ist

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By T.C. Boyle
    • Narrated By Jan Josef Liefers
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    Vier Schiffbrüche, elf Tote, atemlose Spannung von der ersten bis zur letzten Seite - wie stark der neue Roman von T. C. Boyle ist, das weiß man bei der Lesung von Jan Josef Liefers bereits nach wenigen Minuten. Schauplatz eines erbitterten Kampfes zwischen Umweltschützern verschiedener Couleur ist eine rattenverseuchte Insel vor der wilden Südküste Kaliforniens: Die Wissenschaftlerin Alma soll in offiziellem Auftrag das aus dem Gleichgewicht geratene Ökosystem wiederherstellen...

  • Wild Child: And Other Stories | T. C. Boyle

    Wild Child: And Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By T. C. Boyle
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    In the title story of this rich new collection, T.C. Boyle has created so vivid and original a retelling of the story of Victor, the feral boy who was captured running naked through the forests of Napoleonic France, that it becomes not just new, but definitive: yes, this is how it must have been. The tale is by turns magical and moving, a powerful investigation of what it means to be human. There is perhaps no one better than T. C. Boyle at engaging, shocking, and ultimately gratifying his readers.

    Rebecca says: "Not sure which way to tip the scale..."
  • Balto | T. C. Boyle

    Balto

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    Angelle's father is a drunk, and Angelle and her little sister, Lisette, know it. Their mother has told them as much. But their mother has abandoned them and gone back to France, leaving only the empty promise to return behind. Now Angelle is the key witness in a case that may decide whether she and Lisette are taken away from their father. Angelle must choose between the truth that could hurt them all and the "necessary truth" her father's lawyer wants her to tell.

  • Admiral | T. C. Boyle

    Admiral

    • UNABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By T. C. Boyle
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    In high school Nisha worked as a dog-sitter for the Strikers, eccentric millionaires, taking care of their prized Afghan, Admiral. When she returns after college to tend to her ill mother, the Strikers call on her once again. But this time they want her to take care of Admiral II, the clone of their deceased dog. The original Admiral's experiences must, of course, be replicated as closely as possible.

  • La Conchita | T. C. Boyle

    La Conchita

    • UNABRIDGED (29 mins)
    • By T. C. Boyle
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    Gordon is a delivery driver with a predilection toward road rage, and he's on the most important delivery of his life. In Santa Barbara there's a mother of three on life support waiting for Gordon, waiting for the liver he's transporting from Los Angeles. But there's a mudslide, and cars are being swept away, people being buried in the sludge. And Gordon, who's as far from a hero as they come, has to find a way to get the liver to Santa Barbara.

  • Die Terranauten | T. C. Boyle

    Die Terranauten

    • ABRIDGED (16 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By T. C. Boyle
    • Narrated By August Diehl, Ulrike C. Tscharre, Eli Wasserscheid
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    Die Hölle, das sind immer die anderen... Was passiert, wenn man vier Männer und vier Frauen in ein riesiges Terrarium einsperrt? T. C. Boyles fabelhafter Roman, basierend auf einer wahren Geschichte, erzählt vom halsbrecherischen Versuch, eine neue Welt zu erschaffen, um sich vor dem Untergang unserer eigenen zu retten. Zwar bleibt die schöne neue Welt im Glas von Kriegen, Epidemien und Umweltkatastrophen verschont. Doch es kommt darauf an, wer mit im Glashaus sitzt.

  • Selected Shorts: Baseball! | John Updike,T.C. Boyle

    Selected Shorts: Baseball!

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Updike, T.C. Boyle
    • Narrated By Jack Davidson, Fritz Weaver
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    Selected Shorts is an award-winning series of classic and contemporary short fiction read by acclaimed actors. The readings are recorded live at Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York City. The Selected Shorts radio series is a co-production of Symphony Space and WNYC, New York Public Radio, and is heard on public radio stations nationwide.

    Hal says: "A gem"
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