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    • Selected Shorts: Behaving Badly

    • By: Neil Gaiman, Nathan Englander, Stephen King, and others
    • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman, Jefferson Mays, Michael Imperioli, and others
    • Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 50
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      4 out of 5 stars 43
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      4 out of 5 stars 43

    The award winning series of classic and contemporary fiction returns with a collection of darkly funny short stories by the likes of Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Aimee Bender, A.M. Homes, Nathan Englander, Kim, Addonizio, and George Saunders. Readers include Anjelica Huston, Neil Gaiman, Michael Imperioli, Harris Yulin, Christina Pickles, Jefferson Mays, and Christine Ebersole.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Come close to me, and I'll eat your life.

    • By Cynthia on 02-28-16

    Regular price: $13.72

    • 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 64
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 51

    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

    • Selected Shorts: The Man Who Liked Dickens

    • By: Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated by: Leonard Nimoy
    • Length: 38 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37

    Selected Shorts is a weekly public radio show broadcast on over 130 stations to about 300,000 listeners. It is produced by Symphony Space and WNYC Radio and distributed by Public Radio International. The radio show is recorded live at the popular New York City stage show which began in 1985 and still enjoys sell-out audiences today at the Peter Sharp Theater at Symphony Space on Broadway and 95th Street in New York City. Selected Shorts is one of the premiere reading series in New York City.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The man who liked Dickens

    • By Patricia L. Schwatka on 04-23-17

    Regular price: $2.09

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

    • By: Amor Towles
    • Narrated by: Liesl Schillinger, Boyd Gaines
    • Length: 1 hr and 32 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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    A Gentleman in Moscow recounts the story of Count Alexander Rostov. In 1922, on the heels of the Russian Revolution, the count is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal and sentenced to permanent house arrest in Moscow's grand Hotel Metropol. In something of a literary feat, as the count's story progresses over three decades, the walls of the Metropol seem to expand, rather than close in around readers.

    Regular price: $3.41

    • 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 11
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 8
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 8

    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 Book Club: Joan Didion's Blue Nights

    • By: Joan Didion
    • Narrated by: Griffin Dunne, Joan Didion
    • Length: 1 hr
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    Didion discusses her deeply moving new memoir about her daughter, and her own fears and thoughts about growing old, in her first book since the National Book Award-winning The Year of Magical Thinking. As with that memoir, in her new one Didion confides and confronts her fears, frailties, and sorrows about her life as she looks back and forward. In conversation with her nephew Griffin Dunne ( After Hours).

    Regular price: $4.87

    • Selected Shorts

    • Pets!
    • By: Gail Godwin, Ana Menendez, Robertson Davies, and others
    • Narrated by: Jane Curtin, Jacqueline Kim, Charles Keating
    • Length: 2 hrs and 38 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    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

    • Selected Shorts: Chivalry

    • By: Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated by: Christina Pickles
    • Length: 26 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73

    Neil Gaiman's "Chivalry" performed by Christina Pickles. A delicious tale of an elderly British matron who buys the Holy Grail at a rummage sale. Selected Shorts is a weekly public radio show broadcast on over 130 stations to about 300,000 listeners. It is produced by Symphony Space and WNYC RADIO and distributed by Public Radio International. The radio show is recorded live at the popular New York City stage show which began in 1985 and still enjoys sell-out audiences today at the Peter Sharp Theater at Symphony Space on Broadway and 95th Street in New York City.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Perfect little story

    • By SmartShopper on 08-03-17

    Regular price: $2.09

    • Thalia Book Club: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

    • By: Marilynne Robinson
    • Narrated by: James Wood
    • Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    Marilynne Robinson discusses her Pulitzer Prize-winning and New York Times best-selling second novel, the lyrical, luminous, unforgettable story of minister John Ames, as told poetically in a long letter to his young son. His powerful story spans three generations from the Civil War to the twentieth century. This is a book that is being passed hand to hand and that booksellers nationwide are recommending.

    Regular price: $6.95

    • 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 7
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      5 out of 5 stars 6
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      5 out of 5 stars 6

    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

    • Thalia Kids' Book Club: Sara Pennypacker and Marla Frazee's Clementine series

    • By: Sara Pennypacker, Marla Frazee
    • Narrated by: Symphony Space
    • Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 2
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      1 out of 5 stars 1
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      1 out of 5 stars 1

    The author and illustrator team behind the popular Clementine - a funny, independent third-grader who has taken her place alongside such beloved book characters as Ramona Quimby, Super Fudge, and Judy Moody - discuss their latest collaboration, Clementine, Friend of the Week.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Thalia kid's book club

    • By Amazon Customer on 04-11-18

    Regular price: $4.87

    • Thalia Kids' Book Club: Brian Jacques' Redwall Series

    • By: Brian Jacques
    • Narrated by: Jon Scieszka
    • Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    A rollicking conversation between British author Brian Jacques and Jon Scieszka about the newest installment in Jacques' beloved Redwall series, Eulalia!. Redwall's heroes are peace-loving mice, moles, shrews, squirrels, and their friends who exhibit human characteristics in a medieval setting. They face the dark side of the animal world, represented by rats, weasels, stoats, foxes, and their villain allies, in the day-to-day struggle of good versus evil.

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Thalia Book Club: Markus Zusak, Bridge of Clay

    • By: Markus Zusak
    • Narrated by: MJ Franklin, Brian Wiles
    • Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
    • Original Recording
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    The storyteller who gave us the extraordinary best seller The Book Thief, which spent more than a decade on The New York Times best seller list, talks with MJ Franklin (MashReads) about his long-awaited new novel - an unforgettable and sweeping family saga. Featuring a reading from the novel by Brian Wiles (Billions). Only New York City appearance!

    Regular price: $3.41

    • 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 27 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 15

    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)

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This is NOT a version of the audio book but its great!

    • By Anonymous User on 07-04-18

    Regular price: $4.87

    • Thalia Book Club: Gary Shteyngart - Little Failure: A Memoir

    • By: Gary Shteyngart
    • Narrated by: Jay McInerney
    • Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
    • Original Recording
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      0 out of 5 stars 0
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    The author of Super Sad True Love Story presents his new memoir, a seriously hilarious exploration of his life so far.

    Regular price: $3.41

    • Thalia Book Club: Mary-Louise Parker - Dear Mr. You

    • By: Mary-Louise Parker
    • Narrated by: Leslie Jamison
    • Length: 1 hr and 25 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      2 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      2 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      2.5 out of 5 stars 3

    The award-winning actress presents her literary debut. An unconventional memoir in letters, Dear Mr. You chronicles Parker's life through correspondence with men from her past and imagined future and reveals the complexity and power found in relationships both loving and fraught. In conversation with Leslie Jamison ( The Empathy Exams).

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Boring q&a

    • By Bette D. Young on 04-17-16

    Regular price: $3.41

    • Thalia Book Club: Denis Johnson's Jesus' Son 25th Anniversary

    • By: Denis Johnson
    • Narrated by: Chuck Palahniuk, Victor LaValle, Michael Cunningham, and others
    • Length: 59 mins
    • Original Recording
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    Authors Chuck Palahniuk ( Fight Club), Victor LaValle ( The Devil in Silver), Michael Cunningham ( The Hours), and Jenny Offill ( Dept. of Speculation) celebrate the 25th anniversary of Denis Johnson's contemporary classic short story collection. Jesus' Son chronicles the grief and transcendence of dreamers, addicts, and lost souls; and inspired the film starring Billy Crudup, Holly Hunter, Denis Leary, and Jack Black.

    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: The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James, with Jennifer Egan, Siri Hustvedt and Margot Livesey

    • By: Henry James
    • Narrated by: Jennifer Egan, Margot Livesy, Fritz Weaver, and others
    • Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
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      5 out of 5 stars 3

    Novelists Egan (Pulitzer Prize-winner for A Visit from the Goon Squad), Hustvedt ( The Summer Without Men) and Livesey ( The Flight of Gemma Hardy) - the trio that brought Middlemarch and Anna Karenina to life at this book club - are back by popular demand to revisit James' classic. With a reading from the novel by Fritz Weaver.

    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 78
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67

    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

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