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    • Old School

    • By: Tobias Wolff
    • Narrated by: Dan Cashman
    • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
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      5 out of 5 stars 4
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      4 out of 5 stars 4

    Determined to fit in at his New England prep school, the narrator has learned to mimic the bearing and manners of his adoptive tribe while concealing as much as possible about himself. His final year, however, unravels everything he’s achieved and steers his destiny in directions no one could have predicted.  

    Regular price: $21.00

    • This Boy's Life

    • By: Tobias Wolff
    • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
    • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 467
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 393
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 393

    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 32
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 27

    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

    • Sanity

    • By: Tobias Wolff
    • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
    • Length: 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    April's father, a psychology professor, has had a breakdown and has landed in the Alta Vista State Hospital. Her stepmother, Claire, is just waiting for him to get out so she can leave on a trip to Italy - a trip April is worried Claire won't come back from. She needs Claire, at least until she finishes high school. She needs her not just as a companion but as a worldly woman who can tell April about men and their desires…men far different from her boyfriend, Stuart.

    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
      4 out of 5 stars 70
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29

    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

    • Selected Shorts

    • The William Hurt Collection
    • By: Tobias Wolff, Ron Carlson, Richard Ford, and others
    • Narrated by: William Hurt
    • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27

    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

    • Flyboys

    • By: Tobias Wolff
    • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
    • Length: 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    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

    • 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 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    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

    • Powder

    • By: Tobias Wolff
    • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
    • Length: 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    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

    • Smorgasbord

    • By: Tobias Wolff
    • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
    • Length: 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1

    García, the wealthy, swaggering son of a foreign dictator, invites two lower-class boys from his boarding school to have dinnerin New York along with his Spanish-speaking stepmother, Linda. When the groupdecides to go to a kitschy, unpretentious Swedish smorgasbord rather than a fine restaurant, García refuses to leave the limousine, still angry with Linda after an argument over money. Linda proves to be more than the young men had anticipated, and she has more influence over them during their brief encounter than they will ever know.

    Regular price: $5.59

    • The New Yorker, June 9 & 16, 2008

    • Part 2 (Tobias Wolff, Edwidge Danticat, George Saunders)
    • By: Tobias Wolff, Edwidge Danticat, George Saunders
    • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Essays by Uwem Akpan, Mohammed Naseehu Ali, Tobias Wolff, Edwidge Danticat, Allegra Goodman, and George Saunders; "Holiday in Hellmouth", by James Wood; "Dymaxion Man", by Elizabeth Kolbert; "Funhouse", by Peter Schjeldahl; and "The Gerbil's Revenge", by Sasha Frere-Jones.

    Regular price: $5.95

    • The Night in Question

    • By: Tobias Wolff
    • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
    • Length: 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    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

    • Bullet in the Brain

    • By: Tobias Wolff
    • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
    • Length: 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30

    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

    • The Cross Country Runner

    • The Collected Short Stories and Novellas of Andre Dubus, Book 3
    • By: Andre Dubus, Tobias Wolff
    • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot, Robert Fass, Joe Barrett, and others
    • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This third volume in the series draws together for the first time many of Dubus' previously uncollected stories, including work from the mid-1960s and the late 1990s. The earliest story appearing here in audiobook form for the first time is "The Cross Country Runner". The final story - the Western-themed "Sisters" - is the last piece of fiction Dubus was working on when he died suddenly in 1999 at just 63 years old. 

    Regular price: $17.47

    • The Chain

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

    • 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 Rich Brother

    • By: Tobias Wolff
    • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
    • Length: 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • 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

    • Two Boys and a Girl

    • By: Tobias Wolff
    • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
    • Length: 33 mins
    • Unabridged
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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

    • Mortals

    • By: Tobias Wolff
    • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
    • Length: 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 3

    Mr. Givens’ obituary is nothing remarkable, hardly something to remember at all. He led a quiet life, served in the Army, was married to the same woman for 42 years, and worked at the same job practically his whole life. He wasn’t a baseball player or a movie star, he was the furthest thing from a celebrity. In fact, the only thing noteworthy about his obituary is what happens after it runs in the newspaper, when he shows up in the office of the Metro editor wondering who decided to pronounce him dead.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Very Good

    • By S F Burns on 01-06-15

    Regular price: $4.19

    • Say Yes

    • By: Tobias Wolff
    • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
    • Length: 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    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

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