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    • Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish

    • A Novel
    • By: David Rakoff
    • Narrated by: David Rakoff
    • Length: 2 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 443
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 411
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 406

    From the incomparable David Rakoff, a poignant, beautiful, witty, and wise novel in verse whose scope spans the 20th century. Through his books and his radio essays for NPR's This American Life, David Rakoff has built a deserved reputation as one of the finest and funniest essayists of our time. Written with humor, sympathy, and tenderness, this intricately woven novel proves him to be the master of an altogether different art form. Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish leaps cities and decades as Rakoff sings the song of an America whose freedoms can be intoxicating, or brutal.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Stunning Farewell

    • By Brooks on 09-27-13

    Regular price: $14.00

    • Half Empty

    • By: David Rakoff
    • Narrated by: David Rakoff
    • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 713
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 541
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 537

    In this deeply funny (and, no kidding, wise and poignant) book, Rakoff examines the realities of our sunny, gosh­ everyone-can-be-a-star contemporary culture and finds that, pretty much as a universal rule, the best is not yet to come, adversity will triumph, justice will not be served, and your dreams won’t come true. The book ranges from the personal to the universal, combining stories from Rakoff’s reporting and accounts of his own experi­ences....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Even better heard than read

    • By Maeghan on 12-15-10

    Regular price: $23.93

    • Fraud

    • By: David Rakoff
    • Narrated by: David Rakoff
    • Length: 4 hrs
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 552
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 301
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 301

    The wry and the heartfelt join in David Rakoff's prose to resurrect that most neglected of literary virtues: wit. As he finds himself in all the far-flung hinterlands of our culture, this fish out of water winds up satirizing himself more than his subject matter, to hilarious effect.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • OMG Laugh Out Loud

    • By Suzn F on 08-16-12

    Regular price: $19.93

    • Don't Get Too Comfortable (Unabridged Selections)

    • By: David Rakoff
    • Narrated by: David Rakoff
    • Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 714
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 315
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 318

    David Rakoff's bestselling collection of autobiographical essays, Fraud, established him as one of today's funniest and most insightful writers. Now, in Don't Get Too Comfortable, Rakoff moves from the personal to the public, journeying into the land of unchecked plenty that is contemporary America. Rarely have greed, vanity, selfishness, and vapidity been so mercilessly and wittily skewered.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • More wonderful David Rakoff

    • By Nell Huntworth on 01-01-10

    Regular price: $14.60

    • Selected Shorts: Funny Business

    • By: Simon Rich, David Schickler, Joe Meno, and others
    • Narrated by: Wyatt Cenac, Isiah Sheffer, Kirsten Vangsness, and others
    • Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 20

    From wild and wacky to knee-slapping, laugh-out-loud fun, these humorous tales represent some of the best of recent seasons of the hit public radio series Selected Shorts. Comedian Wyatt Cenac gives a killer performance of Simon Rich’s hilarious tale of woe from the point of view of a condom in a young man’s wallet. Alec Baldwin gives a delightful over-the-top performance of James Thurber’s wonderfully silly classic tale of the day everybody in a small Ohio town thought the dam broke.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Some very entertaining, some not

    • By D. Littman on 11-22-14

    Regular price: $19.60

    • Selected Shorts

    • Lots of Laughs!
    • By: Nicholson Baker, John Updike, David Schickler, and others
    • Narrated by: Thomas Gibson, Charles Keating, David Rakoff
    • Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 196
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 52
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 51

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful Radio Show

    • By Steve on 11-26-05

    Regular price: $19.60

    • Selected Shorts

    • Are We There Yet?
    • By: Stuart Dybek, Martha Gellhorn, Edward P. Jones, and others
    • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka, Joanna Gleason, Sonia Manzano, and others
    • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    A lot can happen on the way from one place to another, especially when an overnight flight makes for an unexpected romantic encounter between strangers seated together; a trucker finds life beyond the ranch where he grew up; and a bored Midwestern housewife tries to escape Kansas City.

    Regular price: $19.60

    • Thalia Book Club: Julie Otsuka's The Buddha in the Attic

    • By: Julie Otsuka
    • Narrated by: Rita Wolf, David Rakoff
    • Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    The 2011 National Book Award-nominated author of When the Emperor Was Divine discusses her spellbinding new novel, about a group of Japanese picture brides who come to America in the early 1900s, with the performer and essayist David Rakoff. The book traces the women's lives from their boat journey on which they imagine their husbands and concludes with their "disappearance" in World War II. Like Otsuka's first book, The Buddha in the Attic is about identity and what it means to be "other" in uncertain times.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • story not complete

    • By Nissi Ortiz on 10-01-18

    Regular price: $4.87