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    • Gary Schmidt's The Wednesday Wars

    • Thalia Kids' Book Club
    • By: Gary Schmidt
    • Narrated by: Khris Lewin
    • Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 2

    Two-time Newbery Medal winner Gary Schmidt talks about the frequently comic mishaps and adventures of a 12-year-old Long Island boy in the Vietnam era. Actor Khris Lewin performs an excerpt from the book. Thalia Kids' Book Club events are lively talks between children's book authors and their fans (ages 9-12) plus one event for teens. Each event includes a creative writing project, a free-wheeling discussion with the audience, and a book signing. Sometimes an actor stops by to read from the book.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • entertaining to listen too. an overall great read.

    • By T. Boyd on 10-08-15

    Regular price: $4.87

    • Selected Shorts: American Classics

    • By: Amy Tan, Donald Barthelme, Eudora Welty, and others
    • Narrated by: Freda Foh Shen, David Strathairn, Stockard Channing, and others
    • Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 59
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46

    A compilation of classic tales by great American writers performed by terrific actors, with a lineup including Pulitzer Prize winners, National Book Award winners, and PEN Award winners.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Classic classics

    • By Michael on 08-30-12

    Regular price: $19.60

    • Thalia Book Club: Amor Towles "A Gentleman in Moscow"

    • By: Amor Towles
    • Narrated by: Liesl Schillinger, Boyd Gaines
    • Length: 1 hr and 33 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    Brimming with humor and wit, an unforgettable cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, A Gentleman in Moscow casts a spell as it relates the count's endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose. Amor Towles joins us for an evening of conversation with Liesl Schillinger on this thrilling new work. With a reading by Tony Award-winning actor Boyd Gaines.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • poor audio

    • By toppadiddypop on 01-10-18

    Regular price: $3.41

    • Selected Shorts: New American Stories

    • By: Aleksandar Hemon, Jhumpa Lahiri, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and others
    • Narrated by: Boyd Gaines, Rita Wolf, Condola Rashad, and others
    • Length: 1 hr and 59 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62

    New American Stories presents diverse stories of contemporary American life and dreams lost and found, by four of the best young contemporary writers - Jhumpa Lahiri, Sherman Alexie, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Aleksandar Hemon - as performed by terrific stage and screen actors. All four writers have a unique perspective on the American experience, which is reflected in their work.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Riveting stories so well told!

    • By Grace L. Miller on 09-09-12

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Thalia Book Club: The Lover

    • By: Marguerite Duras
    • Narrated by: Catherine Lacey, Akhil Sharma, Francoise Mouly, and others
    • Length: 1 hr and 21 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Catherine Lacey ( Nobody Is Ever Missing), Akhil Sharma ( Family Life), Francoise Mouly (art editor at The New Yorker), and Kate Zambreno ( Heroines, Green Girl) discuss the acclaimed novel in celebration of its 30th anniversary. Marguerite Duras' ( Hiroshima Mon Amour) haunting, luminous book tells of the tumultuous affair between an adolescent French girl and her Chinese lover in prewar Indochina. With a reading by Kathleen Chalfant ( The Affair, Angels in America on Broadway).

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Lack of book

    • By T. Metcalf on 01-11-17

    Regular price: $3.41

    • Thalia Kids' Book Club: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler - 50th Anniversary

    • By: E. L. Konigsburg
    • Narrated by: Blue Balliett, Chris Grabenstein, Wendy Mass, and others
    • Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      0 out of 5 stars 0

    An afternoon of readings and lively discussion with contemporary authors, including Blue Balliett ( Chasing Vermeer), Chris Grabenstein ( Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library), Wendy Mass ( The Candymakers), and Alexander London ( The Wild Ones), who have been inspired by E. L. Konigsburg's Newbery Award-winning classic about a sister and brother who run away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and find themselves caught up in a mysterious adventure.

    Regular price: $3.41

    • Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep

    • Thalia Book Club
    • By: Jonathan Lethem, Judith Freeman, Rich Cohen
    • Narrated by: Symphony Space
    • Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Chandler's dark first novel is full of endlessly inventive wordplay, with the wry, cynical, private detective Philip Marlowe. Join the investigation with Jonathan Lethem ( Gun, With Occasional Music and Fortress of Solitude), Judith Freeman ( The Long Embrace: Raymond Chandler and The Woman He Loved), and Rich Cohen ( Sweet and Low: A Family Story) as they compare notes on Chandler's grand style, its place in the mystery canon, and its influence on their work.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Misleading title

    • By Renae on 01-23-11

    Regular price: $4.87

    • Thalia Book Club: Catch 22 - 50th Anniversary with Christopher Buckley, Robert Gottlieb, and Mike Nichols

    • By: Christopher Buckley, Robert Gottlieb, Mike Nichols, and others
    • Narrated by: Lesley Stahl
    • Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      2.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      2.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      2.5 out of 5 stars 12

    An evening of readings and discussion: Heller's friends and colleagues including Christopher Buckley, Robert Gottlieb and Mike Nichols, revisit his classic black comedy set at the end of WWII, one of the most important books about patriotism, honor, the absurdities of war and beauracracy of the twentieth century. The conversation is led by Lesley Stahl. An excerpt is performed by Scott Shepherd (Gatz). "The rock and roll of novels...There's no book like it." (Norman Mailer)

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • This is NOT AN AUDIOBOOK

    • By Sarah P. on 11-20-17

    Regular price: $4.87

    • Thalia Book Club

    • Lisey's Story by Stephen King
    • By: Stephen King
    • Narrated by: John Connolly, Maria Tucci
    • Length: 1 hr and 21 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 50
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 14

    Lisey's Story, Stephen King's most personal and powerful novel, explores wellsprings of creativity, the temptations of madness, and the secret language of love. In this special event, recorded live at Symphony Space in New York City, King is interviewed by Irish novelist John Connolly. Maria Tucci reads a selection from Lisey's Story.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Dissapointment

    • By Carolann on 07-04-07

    Regular price: $3.95

    • 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

    • Thalia Kids' Book Club: Rick Riordan's Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard

    • By: Rick Riordan
    • Narrated by: Adam Gidwitz
    • Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    The number-one New York Times best-selling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Kane Chronicles, and the Heroes of Olympus series returns to launch the first book in his newest series, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer. In conversation with Adam Gidwitz ( A Tale Dark and Grimm).

    Regular price: $3.41

    • 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 22
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 18

    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

    • Thalia Kids' Book Club: Raina Telgemeier, Ghosts

    • By: Raina Telgemeier
    • Narrated by: Madeline Cohen
    • Length: 55 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      2 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      1 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 1

    The number-one New York Times best-selling author and illustrator of Smile, Drama, and Sisters comes to Symphony Space with her latest graphic novel, Ghosts. Two sisters move to a new town only to learn that it's haunted - and the time of year when ghosts reunite with their loved ones is fast approaching!

    Regular price: $3.41

    • Jeanne Birdsall's The Penderwicks series

    • Thalia Kids' Book Club
    • By: Jeanne Birdsall
    • Narrated by: uncredited
    • Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    The National Book Award-winning author of The Penderwicks talks about the much-loved series that takes readers into the enchanting world of four very different sisters. Fans of classic children's literature will love the charming, old-fashioned style that still appeals to a contemporary audience. Actress Rita Wolf will perform an excerpt from one of the books.

    Regular price: $4.87

    • Thalia Book Club: Jennifer Egan Manhattan Beach, and Celeste Ng Little Fires Everywhere

    • By: Jennifer Egan, Celeste Ng
    • Narrated by: Cindy Cheung, Susannah Rogers
    • Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      0 out of 5 stars 0

    The Pulitzer Prize-winning Jennifer Egan and best-selling Celeste Ng come together for a compelling discussion of their new novels, Manhattan Beach and Little Fires Everywhere, two stories of family secrets and the children who discover them. Performances by Cindy Cheung (Mistress America) and Susannah Rogers (The Diary of a Teenage Girl).

    Regular price: $3.41

    • Selected Shorts

    • Pets!
    • By: Gail Godwin, Ana Menendez, Robertson Davies, and others
    • Narrated by: Jane Curtin, Jacqueline Kim, Charles Keating
    • Length: 2 hrs and 40 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    The cast of characters in this compilation is a menagerie of animals: cats, dogs, birds, even a dragon - and their owners. These stories look at the myriad of experiences, and adventures, that pet ownership can bring. Join a medieval scholar who discovers that not all mythical creatures are extinct, stalk the night with the Cat of Frankenstein, kick that caffeine habit with a class of kindergartners, dance along with a divorcée and her dog, and more!

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great stories but Not for Kids

    • By Edward M. Tashjian on 01-02-08

    Regular price: $19.60

    • Thalia Book Club: On Beauty with Author Zadie Smith

    • By: Zadie Smith
    • Narrated by: Laura Miller
    • Length: 1 hr and 21 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    Author Zadie Smith discusses her much-anticipated third novel, On Beauty. Set on both sides of the Atlantic, the novel follows the chain of events when the son of a liberal British academic family falls in love with the daughter of an American right-wing icon. A brilliant analysis of family life, the institution of marriage, and the intersection of the personal and political, the book is also very funny indeed. Interviewed by Laura Miller of salon.com.

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Thalia Book Club: Salman Rushdie Two Years and Twenty-Eight Nights

    • By: Salman Rushdie
    • Narrated by: A. M. Holmes, Michael Potts
    • Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
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      0 out of 5 stars 0
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    The author of Midnight's Children discusses Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights with A. M. Homes. Rushdie's novel is a masterpiece about the age-old conflicts that remain in today's world, and an enduring testament to the power of storytelling.

    Regular price: $3.41

    • Thalia Kids' Book Club: 40th Anniversary of Tuck Everlasting with Natalie Babbitt

    • By: Natalie Babbitt
    • Narrated by: Gregory Maguire, Colby Minifie, Samuel Babbitt
    • Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      1 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      1.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      2 out of 5 stars 2

    The award-winning author discusses her unforgettable novel, first published in 1975, with author Gregory Maguire ( Wicked). Babbitt's classic story centers on a young girl who stumbles upon the mysterious Tuck family and their secret, magic spring. The moving prose and rich imagery have made this story a favorite among young readers.

    Regular price: $3.41

    • Thalia Book Club: David Wroblewski's The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

    • By: David Wroblewski
    • Narrated by: Ted Marcoux, Daniel Menaker
    • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    The novelist talks with author and journalist Daniel Menaker about this deeply satisfying first novel—a multigenerational family story, great adventure, and murder mystery set in the farmlands of northern Wisconsin. This mesmerizing book centers on the coming of age of a mute teenage boy who has a rare ability to communicate with dogs.

    Regular price: $4.87

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