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    • This Boy's Life

    • By: Tobias Wolff
    • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
    • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 436
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 364
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 365

    This book essentially launched the memoir craze that has been going strong ever since. The story is pretty grim: teen-aged Wolff moves with his divorced mother from Florida to Utah to Washington State to escape her violent boyfriend. When she remarries, Wolff finds himself in a bitter battle of wills with his abusive stepfather, a contest in which the two prove to be more evenly matched than might have been supposed.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautiful, unsentimental memoir of youth

    • By Darwin8u on 04-27-13

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Hunters in the Snow

    • By: Tobias Wolff
    • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
    • Length: 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 22

    Three friends are leaving the suburbs of Spokane on a hunting trip. Kenny is the prankster, harsh and mean. Frank is laid-back and full of idealism. Tub is overweight, sensitive, and the brunt of everyone's jokes. Searching for tracks in the snow, the trio has little luck until they spot a set of deer prints heading into a nearby farm. Kenny, desperate for a token of their difficult journey, insists that they ask the farmer's permission to hunt on his land.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great story

    • By Silva on 09-16-17

    Regular price: $1.39

    • In the Garden of the North American Martyrs

    • By: Tobias Wolff
    • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
    • Length: 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    Meticulous, funny, eccentric - Mary has always been mindful of the complex role she plays as a professor of history. Her lectures are carefully written out beforehand; her departmental loyalties ambiguous. She is so careful, in fact, that she began to see herself as flat, dull, and lifeless. The closing of Brandon College, the institution she'd spent more than fifteen years at, changes everything. Forced to find another position, Mary finds herself at an experimental college in rainy Oregon.

    Regular price: $4.19

    • Deep Kiss

    • By: Tobias Wolff
    • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
    • Length: 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    When Joe Reed was a teenager, he fell so deeply in love with Mary Claude Moore that his parents threatened to send him away. Decades later, he's living a normal life with his wife and their two children; yet in the thirty years since he's last seen Mary Claude, he hasn't stopped thinking of her. With recent news of her in hand, Joe begins to understand the reasons for which he has never stopped loving her - and just how pivotal that time in his life had been.

    Regular price: $2.79

    • The Night in Question

    • By: Tobias Wolff
    • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
    • Length: 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    A story of siblings and faith from short-story master Tobias Wolff. Frances has always been protective of her younger brother Frank. The children of a brutal father and a sick, defenseless mother, Frances fought to keep her brother safe. And throughout all of his adult failings – from drug addiction to near-fatal car crashes - she has stood by his side. Now Frank has found religion. Standing in his crisp white shirt and restrictive tie, he's eager to recount last Sunday's sermon to his older sister.

    Regular price: $1.39

    • Our Story Begins

    • New and Selected Stories
    • By: Tobias Wolff
    • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
    • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 66
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 26

    Wolff here returns with fresh revelations - about biding one's time, or experiencing first love, or burying one's mother - that come to a variety of characters in circumstances at once everyday and extraordinary. A retired Marine enrolls in college while her son trains for Iraq. A lawyer takes a difficult deposition. An American in Rome indulges the Gypsy who's picked his pocket.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great

    • By chris on 04-11-08

    Regular price: $23.07

    • The Deposition

    • By: Tobias Wolff
    • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
    • Length: 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Burke, a San Francisco lawyer, is defending a woman who has been disabled by a botched surgery. His client has a personal connection to Burke, and the trial happens to be taking place in his Ohio hometown, a place ravaged by fallen industries and greedy corporations. While taking a deposition from a particularly difficult witness, Burke calls for a break and takes a walk around the neighborhood where he grew up. A chance encounter with a beautiful woman sets in motion a series of events that Burke could never have foreseen - and is unlikely to forget.

    Regular price: $1.39

    • Bullet in the Brain

    • By: Tobias Wolff
    • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
    • Length: 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    Anders is an angry, cynical man. A book critic known for his scathing reviews, he finds any excuse to dismiss, belittle, or insult. This afternoon is no more agitating than the next. Angers finds himself in a long line at the bank, waiting to reach a teller. Even after two men - wearing masks and carrying guns - take control of the building, Anders is unfazed. It's this behavior that lands him with a pistol against his stomach and a man screamingin his face. And when the bank robber, indignant over Anders' behavior, shoots the book critic in the head, his mind floats through the memories of his life, settling on one particular event....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Perfect Example

    • By Sarah on 08-01-17

    Regular price: $0.69

    • Selected Shorts

    • The William Hurt Collection
    • By: Tobias Wolff, Ron Carlson, Richard Ford, and others
    • Narrated by: William Hurt
    • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    A collection of poignant, romantic and funny tales performed by Academy Award -winning actor William Hurt. This collection includes a bonus track of an exclusive interview with William Hurt. Hurt's readings are thoughtful, tender, romantic, and resonant. A treasure.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • amazing voice for audio

    • By Parola138 on 09-30-12

    Regular price: $19.60

    • Her Dog

    • By: Tobias Wolff
    • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
    • Length: 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    John didn't want a dog. He wasn't ready, he said. Grace, on the other hand, did want a dog, and when she brought Victor home from the pound, John made sure Grace knew it was her dog, her responsibility. But when Grace dies, John is left with just Victor and his grief, and he learns a new level of devotion.

    Regular price: $0.69

    • The Benefit of the Doubt

    • By: Tobias Wolff
    • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
    • Length: 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    While on a crowded bus near the Vatican, a man named Mallon - visiting Italy on business - feels someone reaching into his pockets, searching for his wallet. He elbows the pickpocket, seriously injuring the man. Driven by his guilty conscience, Mallon finds himself peering in on the life of an unfamiliar culture and learning more about the world than he ever could have imagined.

    Regular price: $2.79

    • That Room

    • By: Tobias Wolff
    • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
    • Length: 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    In this short story by the masterful Tobias Wolff, a teenage boy learns the joys - and struggles - of adult life.

    Eager for independence and adult-like freedom, a teenage boy takes a summer job baling hay on a rural farm. Savoring the farm wife’s attention and the extra change in his pocket, the boy feels like a grown man. The fellow hands give him a sense of camaraderie - Clemson, a fastidious boy who attends the same high school; Eduardo, a talkative Mexican seasonal worker; and Miguel, a quiet man and Eduardo’s brother.

    Regular price: $0.69

    • Say Yes

    • By: Tobias Wolff
    • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
    • Length: 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5

    Ann's friends envy her. None of their husbands even lift a finger to help with the household chores. Ann's husband is different, though. Then a simple hypothetical conversation while they wash and dry the dishes causes Ann to see her husband in a different light - and causes him to rethink the way two people can know each other.

    Regular price: $0.69

    • The Liar

    • By: Tobias Wolff
    • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
    • Length: 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      2.5 out of 5 stars 5

    James is a liar. He enjoys inventing fantastic stories about his family, particularly his mother. Margaret is orderly, stubborn, and judgmental - a woman who throws rocks at hungry bears and never misses four o'clock Mass. She loves her children but has always struggled with James. Like his deceased father, he's fascinated by the darker aspects of life - car crashes, illness, and crime. Dr. Murphy, the family physician who dabbles in psychiatry, believes that James' lying is harmless. His mother, however, thinks otherwise.

    Regular price: $2.79

    • The Rich Brother

    • By: Tobias Wolff
    • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
    • Length: 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    A classic tale of brotherly love and rivalry from short story master Tobias Wolff. Pete has always been successful. Happily married with two daughters, he lives a comfortable life in Santa Cruz. Pete is a practical, hardworking man and he enjoys life's monetary pleasures. His younger brother, Donald, is a gaunt, troubled man. Unmarried and without children, Donald earns what little money he has by occasionally painting houses. He's a religious man, unlike Pete, and has spent several years as a member of various Christian groups.

    Regular price: $5.59

    • The Chain

    • By: Tobias Wolff
    • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
    • Length: 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    When Gold's daughter is viciously attacked by a neighbor'sdog and barely escapes with her life, Gold's world is torn open. Haunted by the incident and unable to convince local authorities to take action, he agrees to a friend's offer of retaliation. When he feels compelled to return the favor,one bad turn leads to another - and this time, Gold finds the repercussions much worse than he ever could have anticipated.

    Regular price: $5.59

    • Powder

    • By: Tobias Wolff
    • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
    • Length: 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
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      0 out of 5 stars 0
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      0 out of 5 stars 0

    With his marriage on the rocks, a father takes his son skiing for the weekend. After insisting on staying just a bit longer - despite a growing blizzard - the boy's father finds they're snowed in at the resort, the road blockaded by state troopers. To what lengths will he go to keep his marriage intact?

    Regular price: $3.49

    • Firelight

    • By: Tobias Wolff
    • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
    • Length: 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    "Firelight" tells the story of a mother and her son who are spending the afternoon viewing apartments on a chilly day in Seattle, Washington. The two have no intention of renting one - they can only afford to live in a meager boarding house. Nevertheless, they spend every Saturday wandering through apartments and department stores, dreaming of a different life.

    Regular price: $1.39

    • Flyboys

    • By: Tobias Wolff
    • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
    • Length: 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      0 out of 5 stars 0

    In this short story from Our Story Begins, three friends confront their relationships to one another as they work on plans to build their very own airplane. Clark’s parents are rich, supplying the boys with all they need to follow their pursuits, making films and building catapults. Meanwhile, Freddy’s family is dealing with the loss of his older brother, and Freddy’s friends are having a hard time knowing how to act around him anymore. The boys all have their troubles, but maybe their airplane can help them escape....

    Regular price: $2.79

    • Two Boys and a Girl

    • By: Tobias Wolff
    • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
    • Length: 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
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    Gilbert saw Mary Ann first, but the second time he sees her she is dancing with his best friend, Rafe. The three of them begin hanging out all the time, driving around in the car Rafe got as a present for getting into Yale. But when Rafe goes out of town, Gilbert and Mary Ann keep the tradition going, seeing movies and going on drives...in Rafe's car no less.

    Regular price: $5.59

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