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    • The Maples Stories

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: Peter Van Norden
    • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In 1956, Updike published a story, "Snowing in Greenwich Village," about a young couple, Joan and Richard Maple, at the beginning of their marriage. Over the next two decades, he returned to these characters again and again, tracing their years together raising children, finding moments of intermittent happiness, and facing the heartbreak of infidelity and estrangement.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A weak reader hampers the work of a legend

    • By J.Means on 01-06-14

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Separating

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: Peter Van Norden
    • Length: 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    The Maples Stories consists of eighteen classic stories from across John Updike's career, forming aluminous chronicle of the life and times of one marriage in all its rich emotional complexity. "Separating," the fourteenth story in the collection, details the Maples' decision to part ways, their pragmatism about the split concealing their underlying emotions as they struggle to relate the news to their four nearly-grown children.

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    • The Assembled Parties

    • By: Richard Greenberg
    • Narrated by: Matthew Arkin, Wilson Bethel, Dana Delany, and others
    • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4 out of 5 stars 3
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    It's Christmas 1980, and inside a sprawling Upper West Side apartment, Faye Bascov is about to throw an opulent Christmas dinner - a tradition for this secular, well-educated Jewish family. But any family gathering is an invitation for old resentments to boil over, as Faye's sister-in-law Julie and the extended family have plenty to hash out. Flash-forward to 2000, and the apartment, now much shabbier, reflects how the family's fortunes have changed, and the Bascovs now have to reckon with the legacy of their family discord.

    Regular price: $4.95

    • Twin Beds in Rome

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: Peter Van Norden
    • Length: 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      3 out of 5 stars 1
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    As Richard and Joan Maple's story continues in this fourth story in the collection, their marriage is falling apart. Though both intensely desire separation, they continue to hold on to their broken relationship. So rather than get away from each other, they go away with each other - to Rome.

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    • Grandparenting

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: Peter Van Norden
    • Length: 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    "Grandparenting," the final installation of The Maples Stories, concludes with Joan and Richard transitioning into new roles as grandparents for the first time, navigating the strange world of a split yet unified family years after their divorce.

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    • Wife-Wooing

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: Peter Van Norden
    • Length: 12 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Maples Stories consists of eighteen classic stories from across John Updike's career, forming aluminous chronicle of the life and times of one marriage in all its rich emotional complexity. In 1956, Updike published the story "Snowing in Greenwich Village," about a young couple, Joan and Richard Maple, at the beginning of their marriage. Over the next two decades, he returned to these characters again and again, tracing their years together raising children, finding moments of intermittent happiness, and facing the heartbreak of infidelity and estrangement.

    Regular price: $0.87

    • Here Come the Maples

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: Peter Van Norden
    • Length: 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 1
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      3 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 1

    The Maples Stories consists of eighteen classic stories from across John Updike's career, forming aluminous chronicle of the life and times of one marriage in all its rich emotional complexity. In 1956, Updike published the story "Snowing in Greenwich Village," about a young couple, Joan and Richard Maple, at the beginning of their marriage. Over the next two decades, he returned to these characters again and again, tracing their years together raising children, finding moments of intermittent happiness, and facing the heartbreak of infidelity.

    Regular price: $0.87

    • Divorcing: A Fragment

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: Peter Van Norden
    • Length: 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 1

    The Maples Stories consists of eighteen classic stories from across John Updike's career, forming aluminous chronicle of the life and times of one marriage in all its rich emotional complexity. "Divorcing: A Fragment", the sixteenth story in the Maples saga, offers a glimpse into the heartbreaking complexity of a relationship's collapse, no matter how flawed.

    Regular price: $0.87

    • Eros Rampant

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: Peter Van Norden
    • Length: 29 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Maples Stories consists of eighteen classic stories from across John Updike's career, forming aluminous chronicle of the life and times of one marriage in all its rich emotional complexity. In this ninth story, "Eros Rampant," the loves and loyalties of Maple family are revealed, to the heartbreak of some.

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    • Marching through Boston

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: Peter Van Norden
    • Length: 23 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Maples Stories consists of eighteen classic stories from across John Updike's career, forming aluminous chronicle of the life and times of one marriage in all its rich emotional complexity. The fifth story in this collection, "Marching through Boston," finds Richard and Joan Maple still holding on to the tattered threads of their marriage. As Joan is caught up in the civil rights movement, an unwell Richard joins her at a march in Boston.

    Regular price: $0.87

    • Sublimating

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: Peter Van Norden
    • Length: 20 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Maples Stories consists of eighteen classic stories from across John Updike's career, forming aluminous chronicle of the life and times of one marriage in all its rich emotional complexity. In this twelfth story, "Sublimating," Richard buys a cabbage, Joan enjoys the car wash, and the two of them give up on sex.

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    • Snowing in Greenwich Village

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: Peter Van Norden
    • Length: 19 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In 1956, Updike published the story "Snowing in Greenwich Village," about a young couple, Joan and Richard Maple, at the beginning of their marriage. Over the next two decades, he returned to these characters again and again, tracing their years together raising children, finding moments of intermittent happiness, and facing the heartbreak of infidelity and estrangement.

    Regular price: $0.87

    • The Taste of Metal

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: Peter Van Norden
    • Length: 13 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Maples Stories consists of eighteen classic stories from across John Updike's career, forming aluminous chronicle of the life and times of one marriage in all its rich emotional complexity. In this sixth story from The Maples Stories, Richard and Joan attend a party, after which an intoxicated Richard gets behind the wheel. With his wife in the backseat and Eleanor, a woman to whom Richard is undeniably attracted, in the passenger seat, he sets off into the snowy night.

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    • Your Lover Just Called

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: Peter Van Norden
    • Length: 18 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In 1956, Updike published the story "Snowing in Greenwich Village," about a young couple, Joan and Richard Maple, at the beginning of their marriage. Over the next two decades, he returned to these characters again and again, tracing their years together raising children, finding moments of intermittent happiness, and facing the heartbreak of infidelity and estrangement.

    Regular price: $0.87

    • Giving Blood

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: Peter Van Norden
    • Length: 27 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Maples Stories consists of eighteen classic stories from across John Updike's career, forming aluminous chronicle of the life and times of one marriage in all its rich emotional complexity. This third story in the collection finds Richard and Joan Maple in their ninth year of marriage. A brilliant metaphor full of irony and eloquent prose, "Giving Blood" reveals to listeners a hint of the tension and verbal lacerations that are slowly but surely causing the destruction of a marriage.

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    • Nakedness

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: Peter Van Norden
    • Length: 17 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In 1956, Updike published the story "Snowing in Greenwich Village," about a young couple, Joan and Richard Maple, at the beginning of their marriage. Over the next two decades, he returned to these characters again and again, tracing their years together raising children, finding moments of intermittent happiness, and facing the heartbreak of infidelity and estrangement.

    Regular price: $0.87

    • Plumbing

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: Peter Van Norden
    • Length: 15 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In 1956, Updike published the story "Snowing in Greenwich Village," about a young couple, Joan and Richard Maple, at the beginning of their marriage. Over the next two decades, he returned to these characters again and again, tracing their years together raising children, finding moments of intermittent happiness, and facing the heartbreak of infidelity and estrangement. In this tenth story, "Plumbing," Richard Maple reflects on the past as his family moves into a new home.

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    • Waiting Up

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: Peter Van Norden
    • Length: 10 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In 1956, Updike published the story "Snowing in Greenwich Village," about a young couple, Joan and Richard Maple, at the beginning of their marriage. Over the next two decades, he returned to these characters again and again, tracing their years together raising children, finding moments of intermittent happiness, and facing the heartbreak of infidelity and estrangement.

    Regular price: $0.87

    • Gesturing

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: Peter Van Norden
    • Length: 28 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Maples Stories consists of eighteen classic stories from across John Updike's career, forming aluminous chronicle of the life and times of one marriage in all its rich emotional complexity. In the fifteenth installment, "Gesturing," Richard finally leaves the Maples' suburban town after their summer separation, taking an apartment in nearby Boston. Though both he and Joan continue to see their lovers, they can't escape the bond they forged over years of marriage and raising children.

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    • The Red-Herring Theory

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: Peter Van Norden
    • Length: 12 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In 1956, Updike published the story "Snowing in Greenwich Village," about a young couple, Joan and Richard Maple, at the beginning of their marriage. Over the next two decades, he returned to these characters again and again, tracing their years together raising children, finding moments of intermittent happiness, and facing the heartbreak of infidelity and estrangement. In this eleventh story, Richard and Joan, after hosting a party, talk about love and deceit in the suburbs.

    Regular price: $0.87