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Survival Lessons

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Fifteen years ago, Alice Hoffman received a diagnosis that changed everything about the life she'd been living. Most significant - aside from the grueling physical ordeal she underwent - was the way it changed how she felt inside and what she thought she ought to be doing with her days. Now she has written the book that she needed to read then. In this honest, wise, and upbeat guide, Alice Hoffman provides a road map for the making of one's life into the very best it can be. As she says, "In many ways I wrote this book to remind myself of the beauty of life, something that's all too easy to overlook during the crisis of illness or loss. There were many times when I forgot about roses and starry nights. I forgot that our lives are made up of equal parts sorrow and joy, and that it's impossible to have one without the other…I wrote to remind myself that in the darkest hour the roses still bloom, the stars still come out at night. And to remind myself that, despite everything that was happening to me, there were still some choices I could make."

©2013 Alice Hoffman. Recorded by arrangement with Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, a division of Workman Publishing Company, Inc. (P)2013 HighBridge Company

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Running with Scissors

17 ratings

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Running with Scissors is the true story of a boy whose mother (a poet with delusions of Anne Sexton) gave him away to be raised by her psychiatrist, a dead-ringer for Santa and a lunatic in the bargain. Suddenly, at age 12, Augusten Burroughs found himself living in a dilapidated Victorian in perfect squalor.  The doctor's bizarre family, a few patients, and a pedophile living in the backyard shed completed the tableau. Here, there were no rules, there was no school. The Christmas tree stayed up until summer, and Valium was eaten like Pez. And when things got dull, there was always the vintage electroshock therapy machine under the stairs.... Running with Scissors is at turns foul and harrowing, compelling and maniacally funny. But above all, it chronicles an ordinary boy's survival under the most extraordinary circumstances. Running with Scissors acknowledgments: Gratitude doesn't begin to describe it: Jennifer Enderlin, Christopher Schelling, John Murphy, Gregg Sullivan, Kim Cardascia, Michael Storrings, and everyone at St. Martin's Press. Thank you: Lawrence David, Suzanne Finnamore, Robert Rodi, Bret Easton Ellis, Jon Pepoon, Lee Lodes, Jeff Soares, Kevin Weidenbacher, Lynda Pearson, Lona Walburn, Lori Greenburg, John DePretis, and Sheila Cobb.  I would also like to express my appreciation to my mother and father for, no matter how inadvertently, giving me such a memorable childhood. Additionally, I would like to thank the real-life members of the family portrayed in this book for taking me into their home and accepting me as one of their own. I recognize that their memories of the events described in this book are different than my own. They are each fine, decent, and hard-working people.  The book was not intended to hurt the family. Both my publisher and I regret any unintentional harm resulting from the publishing and marketing of Running with Scissors.  Most of all, I would like to thank my brother for demonstrating, by example, the importance of being wholly unique. 

©2002 Augusten Burroughs (P)2002 Audio Renaissance, a Division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC

Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
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Un altro giro di giostra

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Viaggiare è sempre stato per Tiziano Terzani un modo di vivere. Quando scopre di avere il cancro viaggiare alla ricerca di una soluzione è la sua risposta istintiva. Questo è un viaggio diverso da tutti gli altri, e anche il più difficile perché ogni passo, ogni scelta - a volte fra ragione e follia, fra scienza e magia - ha a che fare con la sua sopravvivenza. Strada facendo prende appunti. Da una lunga permanenza a New York e poi in un centro "alternativo" della California nasce un ritratto inquietante dell'America. Da un lungo girovagare per l'India, compresi tre mesi passati da semplice novizio in un ashram, sempre in cerca di qualcosa o qualcuno che possa aiutarlo, Terzani arriva ad una visione di quel che di più profondo questo paese ha da offrire all'uomo: la sua spiritualità. Ogni cultura ha il suo modo di affrontare i problemi umani, specie quelli della malattia e del dolore. Così, dopo essersi interessato all'omeopatia, Terzani si rivolge alle culture d'Oriente sperimentando sulla propria pelle le loro soluzioni, siano esse strane diete, pozioni di erbe o canti sacri. Medicina tibetana, cinese, ayurveda, qi gong, reiki, yoga e pranoterapia sono fra le sue tappe. Alla fine il viaggio esterno alla ricerca di una cura si trasforma in un viaggio interiore, il viaggio di ritorno alle radici divine dell'uomo. La cura di tutte le cure è quella di cambiare punto di vista, di cambiare se stessi e con questa rivoluzione interiore dare il proprio contributo alla speranza in un mondo migliore. Tutto il resto inutile? Niente affatto. Tutto serve, la mente gioca un enorme ruolo nelle nostre vite, i miracoli esistono, ma ognuno deve essere l'artefice del proprio. Un libro sull'America, un libro sull'India, un libro sulla medicina classica e quella alternativa, un libro sulla ricerca della propria identità.

©2011 Longanesi & C., Milano (P)2011 Adriano Salani Editore s.u.r.l., Milano

Length: 22 hrs and 57 mins
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Thandie Newton

2 ratings

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Joining us in the Audible Studios to talk about her narration of Jessie Burton’s The Restless Girls is BAFTA Award-winning British actress Thandie Newton.   Known for her starring roles in films such as Crash and Mission: Impossible 2, Thandie Newton has had an accomplished career onscreen. Acclaimed for her role as Maeve Millay in HBO series Westworld, for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination, and her role in BBC One drama Line of Duty, for which she received a TV BAFTA nomination, Thandie now narrates the audiobook of Jessie Burton’s short story 'The Restless Girls'.   Thandie talks to us about the importance of diversity in storytelling, explains why 'The Restless Girls' is a 21st-century fairy tale and shares her thoughts on being cast as a madame in Westworld.  

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

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Stephen Fry

41 ratings

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In this interview Stephen Fry talks to us about the process of narrating the complete adventures of London's greatest detective, Sherlock Holmes. He touches on the genius of Arthur Conan Doyle and reveals how joining the 'Sherlock Holmes Society' played a part in his expulsion from school and subsequent imprisonment. Coming round full circle, Stephen admits to having jumped at the chance of voicing Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection. Keen to delve once more into the 'majestic swing, rhythm and pulse of the text,' Stephen describes his experience in the recording studio, all the while expressing a general fondness for the magic of stories told aloud. As a renowned and beloved actor, writer, and presenter, Stephen Fry has imprinted himself into British culture. He has voiced all seven of the Harry Potter audiobooks, as well as titles such as The Picture of Dorian Gray, Mythos and Winnie the Pooh. His flawless rendition of literary classics is always second to none and in Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection, Stephen immediately draws you in and leaves you wanting more. Including personal introductions written by and narrated by Stephen, The Definitive Collection is a truly unique literary gem. Audible Members' Choice Winner of the Year, the audiobook has been described by listeners as 'superb' and 'over 70 hours of pure brilliance.'

©2016 Audible Studios (P)2016 Audible Studios

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Elizabeth Bear

1 rating

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Sci-fi writer Elizabeth Bear joins Gabriel Fleming in the Audible Studios to talk about her work.

©2016 Audible Ltd (P)2016 Audible Ltd

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Running in the Family

9 ratings

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In the late 1970s Ondaatje returned to his native island of Sri Lanka. As he records his journey through the drug-like heat and intoxicating fragrances of that "pendant off the ear of India", Ondaatje simultaneously retraces the baroque mythology of his Dutch-Ceylonese family. An inspired travel narrative and family memoir by an exceptional writer.

©1982 Michael Ondaatje (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Sally Field

11 ratings

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Joining us in the Audible Studios to talk about her autobiography, In Pieces, is two-time Academy Award and three-time Emmy Award-winning actress Sally Field.  One of the most enduring actors of our time, Sally Field has portrayed a variety of iconic roles on both the large and small screen. From her early roles in sitcoms and films such as Sybil and Gidget to her award-winning performances in Lincoln, Hello, My Name Is Doris and ER, Field has remained a celebrated figure and activist. Her new memoir, In Pieces, was published in September 2018.  In this interview, Sally Field shares her reflections on the parts that made me her famous, talks about her relationship with Burt Reynolds and discusses what it was like to open up old wounds in writing the book.  

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

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A Month in Siena

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From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Return comes a profoundly moving contemplation of the relationship between art and life.

Named One of the Best Books of the Year by The Washington Post and Evening Standard

After finishing his powerful memoir The Return, Hisham Matar, seeking solace and pleasure, traveled to Siena, Italy. Always finding comfort and clarity in great art, Matar immersed himself in eight significant works from the Sienese School of painting, which flourished from the 13th to the 15th centuries. Artists he had admired throughout his life, including Duccio and Ambrogio Lorenzetti, evoke earlier engagements he'd had with works by Caravaggio and Poussin, and the personal experiences that surrounded those moments.

Including beautiful full-color reproductions of the artworks, A Month in Siena is about what occurred between Matar, those paintings, and the city. That month would be an extraordinary period in the writer's life: an exploration of how art can console and disturb in equal measure, as well as an intimate encounter with a city and its inhabitants. This is a gorgeous meditation on how centuries-old art can illuminate our own inner landscape - current relationships, long-lasting love, grief, intimacy, and solitude - and shed further light on the present world around us.

Praise for A Month in Siena

"As exquisitely structured as The Return, driven by desire, yearning, loss, illuminated by the kindness of strangers. A Month in Siena is a triumph." (Peter Carey)

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Hisham Matar (P)2019 Random House Audio

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This Is Not a Fashion Story

34 ratings

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New York Times best seller  “We Wore What's Danielle Bernstein Is Giving Us the Modern-Day Sex and the City With New Memoir" (E!) A revealing (in more ways than one) tell-all from Long Island girl-turned-international fashion influencer, designer, CEO, and tech entrepreneur Danielle Bernstein, the creative genius behind the hit style platform @WeWoreWhat. Danielle Bernstein spent her youth shopping at discount department stores, getting boozy in suburban backyards, and proposing marriage to every boy she dated. By age 19, she was a college dropout living in a West Village shoebox with three roommates and only six months to prove that her blog, @WeWoreWhat, could become a full blown career...or else board the train back to her mom's house. Flash forward 10 years. Danielle is more than a famed influencer with over two million followers. She's also a bonafide business woman - a CEO, tech founder, and fashion designer whose living a dream lifestyle that includes all-expense-paid luxury travel to Paris and Positano, skipping the velvet rope, and controlling her own destiny. Despite these successes, Danielle has never been your typical play-by-the-rules fashionista. She disrupted the fashion industry using her own playbook - one that she's finally ready to share with you, her listeners. This Is Not a Fashion Story is the down and dirty tale of how a Long Island-born teenager became one of the most recognizable names in fashion. It's a story that proves success isn't about a college degree or how rich your parents are. It's about trusting your gut, knowing when to take risks, and fighting to get what you want in life, love, and business. But above all, it's the story of how a young girl made in the concrete jungle that is New York City - and how you can too.

©2020 Danielle Bernstein (P)2020 Vertel Publishing

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The Chiffon Trenches

42 ratings

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New York Times Best Seller From the pages of Vogue to the runways of Paris, this “captivating” (Time) memoir by a legendary style icon captures the fashion world from the inside out, in its most glamorous and most cutthroat moments. “The Chiffon Trenches honestly and candidly captures 50 sublime years of fashion.” (Manolo Blahnik) Named one of the best books of the year by NPR, Fortune, and Garden & Gun During André Leon Talley’s first magazine job, alongside Andy Warhol at Interview, a fateful meeting with Karl Lagerfeld began a decades-long friendship with the enigmatic, often caustic designer. Propelled into the upper echelons by his knowledge and adoration of fashion, André moved to Paris as bureau chief of John Fairchild’s Women’s Wear Daily, befriending fashion’s most important designers (Halston, Yves Saint Laurent, Oscar de la Renta). But as André made friends, he also made enemies. A racially tinged encounter with a member of the house of Yves Saint Laurent sent him back to New York and into the offices of Vogue under Grace Mirabella. There, he eventually became creative director, developing an unlikely but intimate friendship with Anna Wintour. As she rose to the top of Vogue’s masthead, André also ascended and soon became the most influential man in fashion. The Chiffon Trenches offers a candid look at the who’s who of the last 50 years of fashion. At once ruthless and empathetic, this engaging memoir tells with raw honesty the story of how André not only survived the brutal style landscape but thrived - despite racism, illicit rumors, and all the other challenges of this notoriously cutthroat industry - to become one of the most renowned voices and faces in fashion. Woven throughout the audiobook are also André’s own personal struggles that have impacted him over the decades, along with intimate stories of those he has turned to for inspiration (Diana Vreeland, Diane von Fürstenberg, Lee Radziwill, to name a few), and of course his Southern roots and ongoing faith, which have guided him since childhood. The result is a highly compelling listen that captures the essence of a world few of us will ever have real access to, but one that we all want to know oh so much more about.

©2020 André Leon Talley (P)2020 Random House Audio

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Amanda Prowse

1 rating

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Exclusive interview. Amanda Prowse joins Elise Italiaander in the Audible Studios to discuss her latest book, life as a writer, family dynamics, what it was like to narrate her audiobook, and much more.

©2016 Audible, Ltd (P)2016 Audible Ltd

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A Russian Journal

3 ratings

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Steinbeck and Capa's account of their journey through Cold War Russia is a classic piece of reportage and travel writing. Just after the Iron Curtain fell on Eastern Europe, Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Steinbeck and acclaimed war photographer Robert Capa ventured into the Soviet Union to report for the New York Herald Tribune. This rare opportunity took the famous travelers not only to Moscow and Stalingrad - now Volgograd - but through the countryside of the Ukraine and the Caucasus. Hailed by the New York Times as "superb" when it first appeared in 1948, A Russian Journal is the distillation of their journey and remains a remarkable memoir and unique historical document. What they saw and movingly recorded in words and on film was what Steinbeck called "the great other side there... the private life of the Russian people." Unlike other Western reporting about Russia at the time, A Russian Journal is free of ideological obsessions. Rather, Steinbeck and Capa recorded the grim realities of factory workers, government clerks, and peasants, as they emerged from the rubble of World War II - represented here in Capa's stirring photographs alongside Steinbeck's masterful prose. Through it all, we are given intimate glimpses of two artists at the height of their powers, answering their need to document human struggle. This edition features an introduction by Steinbeck scholar Susan Shillinglaw.

©1948 John Steinbeck (P)2014 Penguin Audio

Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
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Leonardo da Vinci [Spanish Edition]

4 ratings

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El aclamado autor de los best sellers Steve Jobs y Einstein nos vuelve a cautivar con la vida del genio más creativo de la historia en esta fascinante biografía. Basándose en las miles de páginas de los cuadernos manuscritos de Leonardo y nuevos descubrimientos sobre su vida y su obra, Walter Isaacson teje una narración que conecta el arte de Da Vinci con sus investigaciones científicas, y nos muestra cómo el genio del hombre más visionario de la historia nació de habilidades que todos poseemos y podemos estimular, tales como la curiosidad incansable, la observación cuidadosa y la imaginación juguetona. Su creatividad, como la de todo gran innovador, resultó de la intersección entre la tecnología y las humanidades. Despellejó y estudió el rostro de numerosos cadáveres, dibujó los músculos que configuran el movimiento de los labios y pintó la sonrisa más enigmática de la historia, la de la Mona Lisa. Exploró las leyes de la óptica, demostró como la luz incidía en la córnea y logró producir esa ilusión de profundidad en la Última cena. La habilidad de Leonardo da Vinci para combinar arte y ciencia - esplendorosamente representada en el Hombre de Vitruvio - continúa siendo la regla de oro de la innovación. La apasionante vida de este gran hombre debe recordarnos la importancia de inculcar el conocimiento, pero sobre todo la voluntad contagiosa de cuestionarlo: ser imaginativos y pensar de manera diferente. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2017 Walter Isaacson (P)2018 Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, S.A.U.

Length: 19 hrs and 47 mins
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Thoreau: Walden / Civil Disobedience

19 ratings

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In 1845 Henry David Thoreau, one of the principal New England Transcendentalists, left the small town of Concord for the country. Beside the lake of Walden he built himself a log cabin and returned to nature, to observe and reflect – while surviving on eight dollars a year. From this experience emerged Walden, one of the great classics of American literature, and a deeply personal reaction against the commercialism and materialism that Thoreau saw as the main impulses of mid-19th-century America. Here also is Civil Disobedience, Thoreau’s essay on just resistance to government, which not only challenged the establishment of his day but has been used as a flag for later campaigners from Mahatma Ghandi to Dr Martin Luther King. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2010 Naxos Audiobook (P)2010 Naxos Audiobook

Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
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There Was a Country

10 ratings

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From the legendary author of Things Fall Apart comes a long-awaited memoir about coming of age with a fragile new nation, then watching it torn asunder in a tragic civil war. The defining experience of Chinua Achebe's life was the Nigerian civil war, also known as the Biafran War, of 1967-1970. The conflict was infamous for its savage impact on the Biafran people, Chinua Achebe's people, many of whom were starved to death after the Nigerian government blockaded their borders. By then, Chinua Achebe was already a world-renowned novelist, with a young family to protect. He took the Biafran side in the conflict and served his government as a roving cultural ambassador, from which vantage he absorbed the war's full horror. Immediately after, Achebe took refuge in an academic post in the United States, and for more than 40 years he has maintained a considered silence on the events of those terrible years, addressing them only obliquely through his poetry. Now, decades in the making, comes a towering reckoning with one of modern Africa's most fateful events, from a writer whose words and courage have left an enduring stamp on world literature. Achebe masterfully relates his experience, both as he lived it and how he has come to understand it. He begins his story with Nigeria's birth pangs and the story of his own upbringing as a man and as a writer so that we might come to understand the country's promise, which turned to horror when the hot winds of hatred began to stir. To read There Was a Country is to be powerfully reminded that artists have a particular obligation, especially during a time of war. All writers, Achebe argues, should be committed writers - they should speak for their history, their beliefs, and their people. Marrying history and memoir, poetry and prose, There Was a Country is a distillation of vivid firsthand observation and 40 years of research and reflection. Wise, humane, and authoritative, it will stand as definitive and reinforce Achebe's place as one of the most vital literary and moral voices of our age. "1966", "Benin Road", "Penalty of Godhead", "Generation Gap", "Biafra, 1969", "A Mother in a Refugee Camp", "The First Shot", "Air Raid", "Mango Seedling", "We Laughed at Him", "Vultures", and "After a War" from Collected Poems by Chinua Achebe. Copyright 1971, 1973, 2004 by Chinua Achebe. Used by permission of Anchor Books, a division of Random House, Inc. and The Wylie Agency, LLC.

©2012 Chinua Achebe (P)2012 Penguin Audio

Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
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Julie Andrews

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Joining us at a riverside London hotel is Dame Julie Andrews, DBE, an English actress, singer and author. She has now released her second memoir, Home Work.  Born in Surrey in 1935, Andrews' parents divorced and she originally lived with her father, then moved back to live with her mother and stepfather. Her stepfather was turbulent, but he sponsored her voice lessons, and from 1945 Andrews began performing with her mother and stepfather unbilled.  Andrews made her professional solo debut at the London Hippodrome singing the difficult aria 'Je suis Titania' from Mignon in 1947. She then became the youngest solo performer ever to be seen in a Royal Command Variety Performance before King George VI and Queen Elizabeth at the London Palladium aged 13. On 30th September 1954, on the eve of her 19th birthday, Andrews made her Broadway debut portraying Polly Browne in The Boy Friend.  Walt Disney, who had seen Andrews on Broadway, asked her to play Mary Poppins. She won multiple awards for her performance. Andrews also played Maria Von Trapp in The Sound of Music (1965), for which she received a Tony Award nomination. She earned her third Oscar nomination for Victor/Victoria (1982).  Andrews was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Screen Actors Guild awards in 2007. She published Home: A Memoir of My Early Years in 2008 and has since been writing children's fiction with her daughter, Emma, as well as collaborating on Andrews' newest memoir Home Work.   We spoke to Julie Andrews about working with Walt Disney, what revisiting her diaries for Home Work revealed to her and what she hopes people will remember her for. 

©2019 Audible Ltd (P)2019 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Julie Andrews
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 9 mins
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Brian Blessed

4 ratings

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Legendary British actor Brian Blessed joins Audible Studios to talk about the release of his new audiobook, The Panther in My Kitchen. In this witty and heartwarming tale of his many encounters with animals, listeners can expect to be whisked away by one of the greatest voices of our time.  Following the success of his best-selling autobiography, Absolute Pandemonium: My Louder Than Life Story, Brian Blessed introduces his new work and talks life, pets, animal rights and future endeavours. 

©2017 Audible Ltd (P)2017 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Brian Blessed
Length: 15 mins
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Reni Eddo-Lodge

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Joining us in the Audible Studios to talk about her acclaimed debut title, Why I’m No longer Talking to White People About Race, is award-winning author and journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge.   A freelance journalist and author, Reni Eddo-Lodge is one of the country’s critical young thinkers, focusing her work on feminism and exposing structural racism. Her debut Jhalak Prize-winning title, Why I’m No longer Talking to White People About Race, was published in June 2017.   Reni Eddo-Lodge talks to us about narrating her audiobook, her thoughts on positive discrimination and what makes her hopeful about Britain today.  

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Reni Eddo-Lodge
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 14 mins
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The Monk of Mokha

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From the best-selling author of The Circle, the true story of a young Yemeni-American man, raised in San Francisco, who dreams of resurrecting the ancient art of Yemeni coffee but finds himself trapped in Sana'a by civil war, and his riveting tale of escape. Mokhtar Alkhanshali grew up in San Francisco, one of seven siblings raised by Yemeni immigrants in a tiny apartment. At age 24, unable to pay for college, he works as a doorman. Until: a statue of an Arab raising a cup of coffee awakens something in him. He sets out to learn the rich history of coffee in Yemen and the complex art of tasting and identifying varietals. He travels to Yemen, collects samples of beans, eager to bring improved cultivation methods to the farmers. And he is on the verge of success when civil war engulfs Yemen in 2015 and he is trapped in Sana'a. Desperate to escape, he embarks on a passage that has him twice kidnapped at gunpoint, dodging US-made bombs dropped by the Saudi air force, and crossing the Red Sea onboard an unsafe skiff, all the while carrying two suitcases of coffee. A heart-pounding true story that weaves together the history of coffee, the ongoing Yemeni civil war, and the courageous journey of a young man - a Muslim and a US citizen - following the most American of dreams.

©2018 Dave Eggers (P)2018 Random House Audio

Narrator: Dion Graham
Author: Dave Eggers
Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
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Ben Aaronovitch

4 ratings

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Ben Aaronovitch is the best-selling author most well-known for his urban fantasy series, Rivers Of London. He joins Robin Morgan in the Audible Studios to discuss, among other things, his latest book The Hanging Tree.

©2016 Audible Ltd (P)2016 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Ben Aaronovitch
Author: Robin Morgan
Length: 23 mins
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Franz Kafka

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In the waning years of the 19th century, Europe began to feel the effects of the Industrial Revolution. With the rise of mechanical technologies that upgraded productivity in terms of raw quantity, the Romantic era was rendered dispensable, and soon to be replaced. The region known as Bohemia, later to be reorganized into the Czech Republic, was buffeted by various influences of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire and the nearby sensibilities of Russian society.  The arts, particularly in the city of Prague, were shaped and reshaped by the pull of nearby Vienna and the European tastes of St. Petersburg. In the previous century, the young Mozart had once called Prague his favorite center of European music. Catherine the Great recreated the artistic splendors of Western cities within proximity to Bohemia, and in the 19th century, composer Antonin Dvorak and others came to represent the final years of the Romantic era in the new state of Czechoslovakia. With the continent’s new industrial personality, the arts shed their preoccupation with the importance of personal urges and gave way to a cooler, bare view of life. Programmatic music and realistic art lost their preeminence, and in the more abstract, surreal, and “practical” era that followed, mirroring the effects of mechanical invention, the great writers followed suit.  Among the most unique authors in the early 20th century, and as a Jewish German-language writer, he proved to be an ideal conduit for his era’s deepest anxieties. Already emotionally damaged, he was physically weak as well, unable to confront society on any level. His sense of intimidation at the hands of his family reached deeply pathological proportions, and he suffered further from a simultaneous, desperate mix of embrace and revulsion with the Jewish faith. Retreating into familiar representations of his time, Kafka created a series of nightmarish short stories and novels, in which someone much like him played the central role. Settings tended to be a mixture of landmarks, and rather than being based on real events from his life, Kafka’s stories are more linked to the habits of his own inner demons and exterior relationships.  Kafka’s work was unprecedented in its day, but terms commonly used to describe his work today include “absurdist” and “visionary fiction”. The former is at times perceived by modern readers as whimsical, but more correctly applies to locales and situations that could not possibly exist or take place. In the latter, Kafka hangs the presiding issues of the piece on fictitious human and natural riddles that exacerbate the victimhood of central characters. These artificial dilemmas stand as the unsolvable barriers that lace each narrative.  Nearly a century after his death, Kafka is considered one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, despite being a virtual unknown throughout his life. In fact, Kafka never intended for his unpublished work to be released posthumously, but his wishes were ignored, and it was certainly to the world’s benefit. Kafka’s work is so profound and unique that the term “Kafkaesque” is now a part of the English language, a reference to surreal distortions and amazing complexities, and his works served as the forerunners for some of the 20th century’s most influential short forms, such as The Alfred Hitchcock Hour and The Twilight Zone.  Franz Kafka: The Life and Legacy of One of the 20th Century’s Most Influential Writers examines his short life, unique work, and enduring reputation.

©2021 Charles River Editors (P)2021 Charles River Editors

Narrator: Colin Fluxman
Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
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Kaffee und Zigaretten

Summary

Ferdinand von Schirachs persönlichstes Werk.

Ferdinand von Schirachs neues Buch verwebt autobiographische Erzählungen, paradoxe Aperçus, Betrachtungen und Reflexionen zu einem erzählerischen Ganzen, in dem sich Privates und Allgemeines auf faszinierende Weise berühren, verzahnen und wechselseitig spiegeln. Es geht um prägende Erlebnisse des Erzählers, um flüchtige Momente des Glücks, um Einsamkeit, um die Sehnsucht nach Heimat, um Kunst und Gesellschaft ebenso wie um die großen Lebensthemen Ferdinand von Schirachs, um merkwürdige Rechtsfälle und Begebenheiten, um die Idee des Rechts und die Würde des Menschen. Diese Vielschichtigkeit macht "Kaffee und Zigaretten" zum persönlichsten Werk Ferdinand von Schirachs.

©2019 Luchterhand Verlag, München (P)2019 der Hörverlag

Narrator: Lars Eidinger
Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
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A Field Guide to Getting Lost

6 ratings

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Whether she is contemplating the history of walking as a cultural and political experience over the past 200 years (Wanderlust), or using the life of photographer Eadweard Muybridge as a lens to discuss the transformations of space and time in late 19th-century America (River of Shadows), Rebecca Solnit has emerged as an inventive and original writer whose mind is daring in the connections it makes. A Field Guide to Getting Lost draws on emblematic moments and relationships in Solnit's own life to explore issues of wandering, being lost, and the uses of the unknown. The result is a distinctive, stimulating, and poignant voyage of discovery.

©2005 Rebecca Solnit (P)2014 Audible Inc.

Narrator: Rebecca Solnit
Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
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Philip Roth

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The renowned biographer's definitive portrait of a literary titan. Appointed by Philip Roth and granted independence and complete access, Blake Bailey spent years poring over Roth's personal archive, interviewing his friends, lovers, and colleagues, and engaging Roth himself in breathtakingly candid conversations. The result is an indelible portrait of an American master and of the postwar literary scene. Bailey shows how Roth emerged from a lower-middle-class Jewish milieu to achieve the heights of literary fame, how his career was nearly derailed by his catastrophic first marriage, and how he championed the work of dissident novelists behind the Iron Curtain. Bailey examines Roth's rivalrous friendships with Saul Bellow, John Updike, and William Styron, and reveals the truths of his florid love life, culminating in his almost-20-year relationship with actress Claire Bloom, who pilloried Roth in her 1996 memoir, Leaving a Doll's House. Tracing Roth's path from realism to farce to metafiction to the tragic masterpieces of the American Trilogy, Bailey explores Roth's engagement with nearly every aspect of postwar American culture.

©2021 Blake Bailey (P)2021 Recorded Books Inc.

Narrator: George Guidall
Author: Blake Bailey
Length: 29 hrs and 30 mins
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Meik Wiking

3 ratings

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Meik Wiking joins Robin Morgan in the Audible Studios to discuss his guide to happiness. Meik Wiking is the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen. He is committed to finding out what makes people happy and has concluded that hygge is the magic ingredient that makes Danes the happiest people in the world.

©2016 Audible Ltd (P)2016 Audible Ltd

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Carlo Rovelli

2 ratings

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World-renowned physicist Carlo Rovelli joins Robin Morgan in the Audible Studios to discuss his best-selling world Seven Brief Lessons on Physics.

©2016 Audible Ltd (P)2016 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Carlo Rovelli
Length: 13 mins
Available on Audible
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Contested Will

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For nearly two centuries, the authorship of William Shakespeare's plays has been challenged by writers and artists as diverse as Sigmund Freud, Mark Twain, Henry James, Helen Keller, Orson Welles, Malcolm X, and Sir Derek Jacobi. How could a young man from rural Warwickshire, lacking a university education, write some of the greatest works in the English language? How do we explain the seemingly unbridgeable gap between Shakespeare's life and works? Contested Will unravels the mystery of Shakespeare's authorship, retracing why and when doubts first arose, what's at stake in the controversy for how we value Shakespeare's achievement, and why, in the end, there can be no doubt about who wrote the plays.

©2009 James Shapiro (P)2010 Tantor

Narrator: Wanda McCaddon
Length: 11 hrs
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Steve Parrish

1 rating

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Joining us in the Audible Studios is British champion bike and truck racer, team manager and TV commentator Steve Parrish to discuss his latest book, Parrish Times: My Life as a Racer.  With a multichampionship-winning career in motorcycle racing, team management and truck racing, Steve Parrish, who is also renowned for his practical jokes, published his autobiography, Parrish Times: My Life as a Racer in May 2018. Steve Parrish talks to us about writing his autobiography and his motorcycle career, driving a truck without a license and what he gets up to with his collection of emergency service vehicles.

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Steve Parrish
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 14 mins
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Unwasted

1 rating

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The single glass of wine with dinner... the cold beer on a hot day... the champagne flute raised in a toast... what I'd drink if Hunter S. Thompson wanted to get wasted with me... these are my fantasies lately. Too bad I've gone sober. When Sacha Z. Scoblic was drinking, she was a rock star; the days were rough and the nights filled with laughter and blackouts. Then she gave it up. She had to. Here are her adventures in an utterly and maddeningly sober world... and how she discovered that nothing is as odd and fantastic as life without a drink in hand.

©2011 Sacha Z. Scoblic (P)2018 Tantor

Narrator: Julie McKay
Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
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Voyager

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The acclaimed, award-winning novelist takes us on some of his most memorable journeys in this revelatory collection of travel essays that spans the globe, from the Caribbean to Scotland to the Himalayas. Now in his mid-70s, Russell Banks has indulged his wanderlust for more than half a century. "Since childhood, I've longed for escape, for rejuvenation, for wealth untold, for erotic and narcotic and sybaritic fresh starts, for high romance, mystery, and intrigue," he writes in this compelling anthology. The longing for escape has taken him from the "bright green islands and turquoise seas" of the Caribbean islands to peaks in the Himalayas, the Andes, and beyond. In Voyager, Russell Banks, a lifelong explorer, shares highlights from his travels: interviewing Fidel Castro in Cuba; motoring to a hippie reunion with college friends in Chapel Hill, North Carolina; eloping to Edinburgh with his fourth wife, Chase; driving a sunset-orange metallic Hummer down Alaska's Seward Highway. In each of these remarkable essays, Banks considers his life and the world. In Everglades National Park, a "perfect place to time-travel", he traces his own time line. "I keep going back, and with increasingly clarity I see more of the place and more of my past selves. And more of the past of the planet as well." Recalling his trips to the Caribbean in the title essay, "Voyager", Banks dissects his relationships with the four women who would become his wives. In the Himalayas he embarks on a different quest of self-discovery. "One climbs a mountain not to conquer it but to be lifted like this away from the earth up into the sky," he explains. Pensive, frank, beautiful, and engaging, Voyager brings together the social, the personal, and the historical, opening a path into the heart and soul of this revered writer.

©2016 Russell Banks (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Mark Bramhall
Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
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Jane Corry

1 rating

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Jane Corry joins Gabriel Fleming to talk about her latest novel, My Husband's Wife.

©2016 Audible Ltd (P)2016 Audible Ltd

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The Kid

4 ratings

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The syndicated sex-advice columnist of "Savage Love" tells a no-holds-barred story of an ordinary American couple who want to have a baby, except that in this case, the couple happens to be Savage and his boyfriend.

©2000 Dan Savage (P)2013 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Dan Savage
Author: Dan Savage
Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
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Sauve-toi, la vie t'appelle

3 ratings

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"Lors de ma première naissance, je n'étais pas là. Mon corps est venu au monde le 26 juillet 1937 à Bordeaux. On me l'a dit. Je suis bien obligé d'y croire puisque je n'en ai aucun souvenir. Ma seconde naissance, elle, est en pleine mémoire. Une nuit, j'ai été arrêté par des hommes armés qui entouraient mon lit. Ils venaient me chercher pour me mettre à mort. Mon histoire est née cette nuit-là." C'est cette histoire bouleversante que Boris Cyrulnik nous raconte pour la première fois en détail dans ce livre audio où l'émotion du survivant se conjugue au talent de l'écrivain, où le récit tragique se mêle à la construction de la mémoire, où l'évocation intime d'une enfance fracassée par la guerre exalte la volonté de surmonter le malheur et de répondre à l'appel de la vie. Une histoire poignante, hors du commun, qui retentit profondément en chacun d'entre nous.

©2012 Odile Jacob (P)2018 Audiolib

Narrator: Vincent Schmitt
Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
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Alastair Humphreys

1 rating

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Joining us at Audible Studios is English adventurer, author, and motivational speaker, Alastair Humphreys. He has three audiobooks available on Audible: My Midsummer Morning, Microadventures and Around the World by Bike. The latter is an audiobook bundle of his books Moods of Future Joys and Thunder and Sunshine, which detail his cycling adventure around the world.  In this interview we spoke to Alastair about all three of his audiobooks and how things have changed for him over the years. Along the way we covered would he rather be too hot or too cold, adventure with a friend or alone, and even if it works to be married to someone with a different perspective on his travels.

©2019 Audible Ltd (P)2019 Audible Ltd

Author: Holly Newson
Length: 30 mins
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The Saddest Words

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"How do we read William Faulkner in the 21st century?" asks Michael Gorra, one of America's most preeminent literary critics. Should we still read William Faulkner in this new century? What can his works tell us about the legacy of slavery and the Civil War, that central quarrel in our nation's history? These are the provocative questions that Michael Gorra asks in this historic portrait of the novelist and his world. Born in 1897 in Mississippi, Faulkner wrote such iconic novels as Absalom, Absalom! and The Sound and the Fury, creating in Yoknapatawpha County the richest gallery of characters in American fiction, his achievements culminating in the 1949 Nobel Prize in Literature. But given his works' echo of "Lost Cause" romanticism, his depiction of Black characters and Black speech, and his rendering of race relations in a largely unreconstructed South, Faulkner demands a sobering reevaluation. Interweaving biography, absorbing literary criticism, and rich travelogue, The Saddest Words recontextualizes Faulkner, revealing a civil war within him, while examining the most plangent cultural issues facing American literature today.

©2020 Michael Gorra (P)2020 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

Narrator: Joe Barrett
Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
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Speak Memory

4 ratings

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From one of the 20th century's great writers comes one of the finest autobiographies of our time. Speak, Memory, first published in 1951 as Conclusive Evidence and then assiduously revised in 1966, is an elegant and rich evocation of Nabokov’s life and times, even as it offers incisive insights into his major works, including Lolita, Pnin, Despair, The Gift, The Real Life of Sebastian Knight, and The Luhzin Defense.  One of the 20th century’s master prose stylists, Vladimir Nabokov was born in St. Petersburg in 1899. He studied French and Russian literature at Trinity College, Cambridge, then lived in Berlin and Paris, where he launched a brilliant literary career. In 1940 he moved to the United States, and achieved renown as a novelist, poet, critic, and translator. He taught literature at Wellesley, Stanford, Cornell, and Harvard. In 1961 he moved to Montreux, Switzerland, where he died in 1977.

©1947, 1951, 1967 Vladimir Nabokov (P)2010 Audible, Inc

Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki
Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
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Julia Shaw

8 ratings

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Think you have a good memory? Think again. Dr. Julia Shaw, author of The Memory Illusion, drops by the Audible Studio to discuss false memory, trust, recall and implanting.

©2016 Audible Ltd (P)2016 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Julia Shaw, Audible
Length: 10 mins
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On Writers and Writing

9 ratings

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What is the role of the writer? Prophet? High priest of art? Court jester? Or witness to the real world?  Looking back on her own childhood and writing career, Margaret Atwood examines the metaphors which writers of fiction and poetry have used to explain - or excuse! - their activities, looking at what costumes they have assumed, what roles they have chosen to play. In her final chapter she takes up the challenge of the title: if a writer is to be seen as "gifted", who is doing the giving and what are the terms of the gift? Atwood's wide reference to other writers, living and dead, is balanced by anecdotes from her own experiences, both in Canada and elsewhere. The lightness of her touch is offset by a seriousness about the purpose and the pleasures of writing, and by a deep familiarity with the myths and traditions of western literature.  Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa and grew up in northern Quebec, Ontario, and Toronto. She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master's degree from Radcliffe College. Throughout her 30 years of writing, Atwood has received numerous awards and honorary degrees. Hew novel The Blind Assassin won the 2000 Booker Prize for Fiction. She is the author of more than 25 volumes of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction and is perhaps best known for her novels, which include Alias Grace (1996), The Robber Bride (1994), Cat's Eye (1988), The Handmaid's Tale (1983), Surfacing (1972) and The Edible Woman (1970). Acclaimed for her talent for portraying both personal lives and worldly problems of universal concern, Atwood's work has been published in more than 35 languages, including Japanese, Turkish, Finnish, Korean, Icelandic, and Estonian.

©2002 O.W. Toad Ltd 2002 (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Margaret Atwood
Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
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World Mental Health Day - And That's Okay

15 ratings

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In this World Mental Health Day Audible Sessions Special, nine celebrities discuss their experiences with mental health. We hear what their mental health problems feel like to them; their experiences of speaking to friends, family, professionals and the public; and the things that can help them feel better.    In these conversations, we cover topics from social media to suicidal thoughts, and we say that whether you sometimes find it difficult to leave the house; you have anxiety, depression, or OCD; or you need to airplane your phone every now and then to stop it becoming addictive - that’s okay.   Featuring Susan Calman, Clarke Carlisle, Marverine Cole, Bryony Gordon, Matt Haig, Matt Johnson, Katie Piper, Vicky Vox and Simon Webbe.   This episode was created in partnership with Mind, the mental health charity. If anything in this programme has affected you or you would like to speak to someone about your mental health, please call the Mind Infoline on 0300 123 3393 or visit the Mind website, mind.org.uk.

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

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Nicholas Sparks

5 ratings

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Nicholas Sparks has published over 20 books, most of which have been international bestsellers. Many have gone on to be adapted in high-profile films. The adaptation of The Notebook has, of course, left most of us reaching for the tissue box. He visits the Audible Studios to talk about his amazing career, and his latest novel, See Me.

©2016 Audible Ltd (P)2016 Audible Ltd

Length: 14 mins
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Bryan Cranston

19 ratings

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Introducing his autobiography, A Life in Parts, Bryan Cranston talks to us about embodying the infamous drug kingpin Walter White, the physical and emotional turmoil that comes with being an actor and how a difficult and oftentimes violent upbringing led him to become an unrelenting optimist.  Having first graced our screens at the age of seven, Bryan now has over 150 titles to his name, including Linwood Boomer’s hugely celebrated sitcom Malcom in the Middle and Vince Gilligan’s multiaward-winning Breaking Bad.  A fan of short stories, Brian presents A Life in Parts through a series of brief chapters which take the listener through a chronological journey of his life. Also an excellent guide for prospective actors, Brian imparts advice to those who are looking to make their mark in Hollywood.

©2016 Audible Ltd (P)2016 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Bryan Cranston
Length: 15 mins
Available on Audible
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Traveling with Pomegranates

7 ratings

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In this intimate dual memoir, Sue Monk Kidd and her daughter, Ann, offer distinct perspectives as a 50-something and a 20-something, each on a quest to redefine herself and to rediscover each other. Between 1998 and 2000, Sue and Ann travel throughout Greece and France. Sue, coming to grips with aging, caught in a creative vacuum, longing to reconnect with her grown daughter, struggles to enlarge a vision of swarming bees into a novel. Ann, just graduated from college, heartbroken and benumbed by the classic question about what to do with her life, grapples with a painful depression. As this modern-day Demeter and Persephone chronicle the richly symbolic and personal meaning of an array of inspiring figures and sites, they also each give voice to that most protean of connections: the bond of mother and daughter. A wise and involving book about feminine thresholds, spiritual growth, and renewal, Traveling with Pomegranates is both a revealing self-portrait by a beloved author and her daughter, a writer in the making, and a momentous story that will resonate with women everywhere.

©2009 Sue Monk Kidd (P)2009 Penguin

Narrator: Sue Monk Kidd
Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
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The Proud Highway

3 ratings

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Here is the private and most intimate correspondence of one of America's most influential and incisive journalists - Hunter S.Thompson. In letters to a who's who of luminaries, from Norman Mailer toCharles Kuralt, Tom Wolfe to Lyndon Johnson, William Styron to Joan Baez - not to mention his mother, the NRA, and a chain of newspaper editors - Thompson vividly catches the tenor of the times in 1960s America and channels it all through hisown razor-sharp perspective.

Passionate in their admiration, merciless in their scorn, and never anything less than fascinating, the dispatches of The Proud Highway offer an unprecedentedand penetrating gaze into the evolution of the most outrageous raconteur/provocateur ever to assault a typewriter.

©1997 Hunter S. Thompson (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Length: 27 hrs and 16 mins
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The Meaning of Everything

2 ratings

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From the best-selling author of The Professor and the Madman, The Map That Changed the World, and Krakatoa comes a truly wonderful celebration of the English language and of its unrivaled treasure house, the Oxford English Dictionary.  Writing with marvelous brio, Winchester first serves up a lightning history of the English language - "so vast, so sprawling, so wonderfully unwieldy" - and pays homage to the great dictionary makers, from "the irredeemably famous" Samuel Johnson to the "short, pale, smug and boastful" schoolmaster from New Hartford, Noah Webster. He then turns his unmatched talent for story-telling to the making of this most venerable of dictionaries. In this fast-paced narrative, the reader will discover lively portraits of such key figures as the brilliant but tubercular first editor Herbert Coleridge (grandson of the poet), the colorful, boisterous Frederick Furnivall (who left the project in a shambles), and James Augustus Henry Murray, who spent a half-century bringing the project to fruition. Winchester lovingly describes the nuts-and-bolts of dictionary making - how unexpectedly tricky the dictionary entry for marzipan was, or how fraternity turned out so much longer and monkey so much more ancient than anticipated - and how bondmaid was left out completely, its slips found lurking under a pile of books long after the B-volume had gone to press. We visit the ugly corrugated iron structure that Murray grandly dubbed the Scriptorium - the Scrippy or the Shed, as locals called it - and meet some of the legion of volunteers, from Fitzedward Hall, a bitter hermit obsessively devoted to the OED, to W. C. Minor, whose story is one of dangerous madness, ineluctable sadness, and ultimate redemption. The Meaning of Everything is a scintillating account of the creation of the greatest monument ever erected to a living language. Simon Winchester's supple, vigorous prose illuminates this dauntingly ambitious project - a 70-year odyssey to create the grandfather of all word-books, the world's unrivalled uber-dictionary.

©2003 Simon Winchester (P)2003 HarperCollinsPublishers, Inc.

Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
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Working

14 ratings

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"One of the great reporters of our time and probably the greatest biographer." (The Sunday Times, London)  From the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Power Broker and the Years of Lyndon Johnson series: an unprecedented gathering of vivid, candid, deeply revealing recollections about his experiences researching and writing his acclaimed books. For the first time in audiobook form, Robert Caro gives us a glimpse into his own life and work in these evocatively written, personal pieces. He describes what it was like to interview the mighty Robert Moses and to begin discovering the extent of the political power Moses wielded; the combination of discouragement and exhilaration he felt confronting the vast holdings of the Lyndon B. Johnson Library in Austin, Texas; his encounters with witnesses, including longtime residents wrenchingly displaced by the construction of Moses' Cross-Bronx Expressway and Lady Bird Johnson acknowledging the beauty and influence of one of LBJ's mistresses. He gratefully remembers how, after years of working in solitude, he found a writers' community at the New York Public Library and details the ways he goes about planning and composing his books. Caro recalls the moments at which he came to understand that he wanted to write not just about the men who wielded power, but about the people and the politics that were shaped by that power. And he talks about the importance to him of the writing itself, of how he tries to infuse it with a sense of place and mood to bring characters and situations to life on the page. Taken together, these reminiscences - some previously published, some written expressly for this book - bring into focus the passion, the wry self-deprecation, and the integrity with which this brilliant historian has always approached his work.

©2019 Robert A. Caro (P)2019 Random House Audio

Narrator: Robert A. Caro
Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
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James Acaster

4 ratings

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Joining us at Audible Studios is James Acaster, one of the UK's finest stand-up comedians, who has his own Netflix special, a podcast with Ed Gamble and a TV show with Josh Widdicombe. Acaster has written and recently released his second book, Perfect Sound Whatever.  In some ways, the book begins in January 2017. James Acaster wakes hung-over and alone in New York, his girlfriend having just left him. Thinking this is his rock bottom, little does James know that by the end of the year he will have befouled himself in a Los Angeles steakhouse and disrespected a pensioner on television. Luckily, there is one thing he can rely on for comfort - music.  In true Acaster fashion, this turns into a mission: to discover as much music as he can released in 2016, the year before everything went wrong (for James, at least). We spoke to James about his iPod guy, whether or not therapy was useful to him and the sheer joy he gets from recommending music. 

©2019 Audible Ltd (P)2019 Audible Ltd

Narrator: James Acaster
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 26 mins
Available on Audible
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Out East

4 ratings

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"An unforgettable story told with feeling and humor and above all with the razor-sharp skill of a delicate and highly gifted writer." (Andre Aciman, New York Times best-selling author of Call Me by Your Name) "Out East is full of intimacy and hope and frustration and joy, an extraordinary tale of emotional awakening and lacerating ambivalence, a confession of self-doubt that becomes self-knowledge." (Andrew Solomon, National Book Award winner) A gripping portrait of life in a Montauk summer house - a debut memoir of first love, identity, and self-discovery among a group of friends who became family. They call Montauk the end of the world, a spit of land jutting into the Atlantic. The house was a ramshackle split-level set on a hill, and each summer 31 people would sleep between its thin walls and shag carpets. Against the moonlight the house's octagonal roof resembled a bee's nest. It was dubbed The Hive. In 2013, John Glynn joined the share house. Packing his duffel for that first Memorial Day weekend, he prayed for clarity. At 27, he was crippled by an all-encompassing loneliness, a feeling he had carried in his heart for as long as he could remember. John didn't understand the loneliness. He just knew it was there. Like the moon gone dark. Out East is the portrait of a summer, of the Hive and the people who lived in it, and John's own reckoning with a half-formed sense of self. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, The Hive was a center of gravity, a port of call, a home. Friendships, conflicts, secrets, and epiphanies blossomed within this tightly woven friend group and came to define how they would live out the rest of their 20s and beyond. Blending the sand-strewn milieu of George Howe Colt's The Big House and the radiant aching of Olivia Liang's The Lonely City, Out East is a keenly wrought story of love and transformation, longing and escape in our own contemporary moment.

©2019 John Glynn (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Michael Crouch
Author: John Glynn
Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
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Berlin Diary

17 ratings

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By the acclaimed journalist and New York Times best-selling author of The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, this day-by-day eyewitness account of the momentous events leading up to World War II in Europe is the private, personal, utterly revealing journal of a great foreign correspondent. CBS radio broadcaster William L. Shirer was virtually unknown in 1940 when he decided there might be a book in the diary he had kept in Europe during the 1930s—specifically those sections dealing with the collapse of the European democracies and the rise of Nazi Germany. Shirer was the only Western correspondent in Vienna on March 11, 1938, when the German troops marched in and took over Austria, and he alone reported the surrender by France to Germany on June 22, 1940, even before the Germans reported it. The whole time, Shirer kept a record of events, many of which could not be publicly reported because of censorship by the Germans. In December 1940, Shirer learned that the Germans were building a case against him for espionage, an offense punishable by death. Fortunately, Shirer escaped and was able to take most of his diary with him. Berlin Diary first appeared in 1941, and the timing was perfect. The energy, the passion, and the electricity in it were palpable. The book was an instant success, and it became the frame of reference against which thoughtful Americans judged the rush of events in Europe. It exactly matched journalist to event: the right reporter in the right place at the right time. It stood, and still stands, as so few books have ever done, a pure act of journalistic witness.

©1941 William L. Shirer (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Tom Weiner
Length: 15 hrs and 59 mins
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James Baldwin: A Collection of Speeches and Lectures

1 rating

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James Baldwin was an American novelist, playwright, essayist, poet, and activist. His essays, as collected in Notes of a Native Son (1955), explore intricacies of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in Western society, most notably in regard to the mid-20th-century United States.  This is a collection of his speeches and lectures.

©2020 James Baldwin (P)2020 James Baldwin

Narrator: James Baldwin
Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
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Dry

30 ratings

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You may not know it, but you've met Augusten Burroughs. You've seen him on the street, in bars, on the subway, at restaurants: a twentysomething guy, nice suit, works in advertising. Regular. Ordinary. But when the ordinary person had two drinks, Augusten was circling the drain by having twelve; when the ordinary person went home at midnight, Augusten never went home at all. Loud, distracting ties, automated wake-up calls and cologne on the tongue could only hide so much for so long. At the request (well, it wasn't really a request) of his employers, Augusten lands in rehab, where his dreams of group therapy with Robert Downey Jr. are immediately dashed by grim reality of fluorescent lighting and paper hospital slippers. But when Augusten is forced to examine himself, something actually starts to click and that's when he finds himself in the worst trouble of all. Because when his thirty days are up, he has to return to his same drunken Manhattan life - and live it sober. What follows is a memoir that's as moving as it is funny, as heartbreaking as it is true. Dry is the story of love, loss, and Starbucks as a Higher Power.

©2003 Augusten Burroughs; ©2003 by Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
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Naomi Alderman and Adjoa Andoh

1 rating

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Author and narrator of The Power, Naomi Alderman and Adjoa Andoh, join Laurence Howell in the Audible Studios for a discussion about the audiobook version of this dystopian novel.

©2016 Audible, Ltd (P)2016 Audible Ltd

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Elizabeth Strout

2 ratings

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Anything Is Possible tells the story of the inhabitants of rural, dusty Amgash, Illinois, the hometown of Lucy Barton, a successful New York writer who finally returns, after 17 years of absence, to visit the siblings she left behind. Reverberating with the deep bonds of family and the hope that comes with reconciliation, Anything Is Possible again underscores Elizabeth Strout's place as one of America's most respected and cherished authors.

©2017 Audible Studios (P)2017 Audible Studios

Length: 9 mins
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The Night of the Gun

4 ratings

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Do we remember only the stories we can live with? The ones that make us look good in the rearview mirror? In The Night of the Gun, David Carr redefines memoir with the revelatory story of his years as an addict and chronicles his journey from crack-house regular to regular columnist for The New York Times. Built on 60 videotaped interviews, legal and medical records, and three years of reporting, The Night of the Gun is a ferocious tale that uses the tools of journalism to fact-check the past. Carr's investigation of his own history reveals that his odyssey through addiction, recovery, cancer, and life as a single parent was far more harrowing - and, in the end, more miraculous - than he allowed himself to remember. Over the course of the book, he digs his way through a past that continues to evolve as he reports it. That long-ago night when he was so out of his mind that his best friend had to pull a gun on him to make him go away? A visit to the friend 20 years later reveals that Carr was pointing the gun. His lucrative side business as a cocaine dealer? Not all that lucrative, as it turned out, and filled with peril. His belief that after his twins were born, he quickly sobered up to become a parent? Nice story, if he could prove it. The notion that he was an easy choice as a custodial parent once he finally was sober? His lawyer pulls out the old file and gently explains it was a little more complicated than that. In one sense, the story of The Night of the Gun is a common one: a white-boy misdemeanant lands in a ditch and is restored to sanity through the love of his family, a God of his understanding, and a support group that will go unnamed. But when the whole truth is told, it does not end there. Ferocious and eloquent, courageous and bitingly funny, The Night of the Gun unravels the ways memory helps us not only create our lives, but survive them.

©2008 David Carr (P)2008 Simon and Schuster, Inc.

Narrator: Charles Leggett
Author: David Carr
Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
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The Story of My Father

1 rating

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In the fall of 1988, Sue Miller found herself caring for her father as he slipped into the grasp of Alzheimer's disease. She was, she claims, perhaps the least constitutionally suited of all her siblings to be in the role in which she suddenly found herself, and in The Story of My Father she grapples with the haunting memories of those final months and the larger narrative of her father's life. With compassion, self-scrutiny, and an urgency born of her own yearning to rescue her father's memory from the disorder and oblivion that marked his dying and death, Sue Miller takes us on an intensely personal journey that becomes, by virtue of her enormous gifts of observation, perception, and literary precision, a universal story of fathers and daughters. James Nichols was a fourth-generation minister, a retired professor from Princeton Theological Seminary. Sue Miller brings her father brilliantly to life in these pages - his religious faith, his endless patience with his children, his gaiety and willingness to delight in the ridiculous, his singular gifts as a listener, and the rituals of church life that stayed with him through his final days. She recalls the bitter irony of watching him, a church historian, wrestle with a disease that inexorably lays waste to notions of time, history, and meaning. She recounts her struggle with doctors, her deep ambivalence about many of her own choices, and the difficulty of finding, continually, the humane and moral response to a disease whose special cruelty it is to dissolve particularities and to diminish, in so many ways, the humanity of those it strikes. She reflects, unforgettably, on the variable nature of memory, the paradox of trying to weave a truthful narrative from the threads of a dissolving life. And she offers stunning insight into her own life as both a daughter and a writer, two roles that swell together here in a poignant meditation on the consolations of storytelling.

©2003 Sue Miller (P)2003 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

Narrator: Sue Miller
Author: Sue Miller
Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
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Ben Collins

3 ratings

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Ben Collins, the championship winning racing driver, Hollywood stuntman, best-selling author and the legend that is The Stig from Top Gear visits the Audible Studios to chat about his new book How To Drive.

©2017 Audible Ltd (P)2017 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Ben Collins
Length: 9 mins
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Vaseem Khan

1 rating

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In this exclusive interview at Audible Studios in London, Vaseem Khan provides an insight into how he as an author constructs his novels. He describes how he made The Perplexing Theft of the Jewel in the Crown as authentic as possible, the painstaking research and adding his own personal touches.

©2016 Audible Ltd (P)2016 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Audible, Vaseem Khan
Length: 14 mins
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International Women's Day

27 ratings

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In this International Women’s Day Audible Sessions Special, seven influential women discuss literature and gender equality and the importance of diversity in storytelling and reveal the women who inspire them.  Featuring June Sarpong, Lily Cole, Meera Syal, Pearl Mackie, Prue Leith, Sam Baker and Eleanor Tomlinson.  As part of this Audible Sessions Special, Audible made a donation to the Malala Fund, a charity championing the education of girls across the globe.

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

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James Baldwin

5 ratings

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This is a biography of James Baldwin, author, one-time preacher, and civil rights activist. He chose David Leeming, a close friend and colleague, to write his biography and granted him access to his correspondence. Leeming traces his life from his birth in Harlem in 1924 to his self-imposed exile in Europe, his later years as political activist, and his public funeral in 1987.

©1994 David Leeming, First Arcade Edition 2015 (P)2014 Audible Inc.

Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
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Inheritance

58 ratings

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An Instant New York Times Best Seller  A Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal, and National Indie Best Seller  A Best Book of the Year According to Elle, Real Simple, and Kirkus Reviews "Memoir gold: a profound and exquisitely rendered exploration of identity and the true meaning of family." (People Magazine)  "Beautifully written and deeply moving - it brought me to tears more than once." (Ruth Franklin, The New York Times Book Review)   From the acclaimed, best-selling memoirist, novelist - "a writer of rare talent" (Cheryl Strayed) - and host of the hit podcast Family Secrets, comes a memoir about the staggering family secret uncovered by a genealogy test: an exploration of the urgent ethical questions surrounding fertility treatments and DNA testing, and a profound inquiry of paternity, identity, and love.  What makes us who we are? What combination of memory, history, biology, experience, and that ineffable thing called the soul defines us? In the spring of 2016, through a genealogy website to which she had whimsically submitted her DNA for analysis, Dani Shapiro received the stunning news that her father was not her biological father. She woke up one morning and her entire history - the life she had lived - crumbled beneath her. Inheritance is an audiobook about secrets - secrets within families, kept out of shame or self-protectiveness; secrets we keep from one another in the name of love. It is the story of a woman's urgent quest to unlock the story of her own identity, a story that has been scrupulously hidden from her for more than 50 years, years she had spent writing brilliantly, and compulsively, on themes of identity and family history. It is an audiobook about the extraordinary moment we live in - a moment in which science and technology have outpaced not only medical ethics, but also the capacities of the human heart to contend with the consequences of what we discover.

©2019 Dani Shapiro (P)2019 Random House Audio

Narrator: Dani Shapiro
Author: Dani Shapiro
Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
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Lily Bailey

3 ratings

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Lily Bailey, mental health advocate, model and journalist, talks to us about the release of her debut audiobook, Because We Are Bad: OCD and a Girl Lost in Thought. A beautifully written and poignant memoir, it tracks Lily’s battle with a debilitating disorder in an astonishingly honest and intimate manner.  In this interview, Lily refers back to a childhood plagued with fear and anxiety and what it was like to recall her experiences for the book. She is now a highly successful author and model, and we also take a look at her career goals and upcoming projects as well as examine the way OCD is portrayed in comparison to what the condition really is.

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Lily Bailey
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 9 mins
Available on Audible
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Jackie Kabler

1 rating

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Jackie Kabler is a much-loved television presenter and reporter, who has worked on GMTV, ITN News, BBC and now QVC. She has most recently turned her hand to writing crime novels, and the first two books in her Cora Baxter mystery series are available on Audible. She joins Robin Morgan in the Audible Studios to tell us more.

©2016 Audible Ltd (P)2016 Audible Ltd

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The Trouble with Men

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David Shields’s The Trouble with Men: Reflections on Sex, Love, Marriage, Porn, and Power is an immersion into the perils, limits, and possibilities of human intimacy. All at once a love letter to his wife, a nervy reckoning with his own fallibility, a meditation on the impact of porn on American culture, and an attempt to understand marriage (one marriage, the idea of marriage, all marriages), The Trouble with Men is exquisitely balanced between the personal and the anthropological, nakedness and restraint.  While unashamedly intellectual, it’s also irresistibly accessible and extremely moving. Over five increasingly intimate chapters, Shields probes the contours of his own psyche and marriage, marshalling a chorus of other voices that leaven, deepen, and universalize his experience; his goal is nothing less than a deconstruction of eros and conventional masculinity. Masterfully woven throughout is an unmistakable and surprisingly tender cri de coeur to his wife. The risk and vulnerability on display are in the service of radical candor, acerbic wit, real emotion, and profound insight - exactly what we’ve come to expect from Shields, who, in an open invitation to the listener, leaves everything transparent.

©2019 David Shields (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
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Marc Randolph

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Joining us at Audible Studios is founder and CEO of Netflix Marc Randolph, who has founded over eight companies and is a serial entrepreneur. Randolph's Netflix journey began alongside his friend Reed Hastings in 1997, when they decided to give mail-order DVDs a try. Randolph, having picked up marketing and other tricks of the trade through previous roles, designed the original user interface and spent the first year of Netflix testing different designs to create the perfect business model for customer satisfaction. After a few years, Randolph moved on to other businesses, being enthralled by the start-up phase of business and wanting to concentrate on that. Of course, he hasn't cut ties with Netflix and is amazed at what a success it is today.  Randolph has been a mentor and board member of projects such as MiddCORE and Looker Data Sciences since 2002 and is also the Entrepreneur in Residence for High Point University and its Belk Entrepreneurship Centre, hoping to inspire a new generation of serial entrepreneurs.  Randolph is currently a keynote speaker who focuses on entrepreneurship but also on leadership and innovation. He travels the world speaking about his Netflix experience and sharing the lessons he has learned from start-up investments.  We spoke to Marc Randolph about the part he played in one of most influential and disruptive streaming services of today, his love on entrepreneurship and innovation, his journey of sharing the trials and tribulations that go alongside most start-ups and his first book that shares his story: That Will Never Work. 

©2019 Audible Ltd (P)2019 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Marc Randolph
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 24 mins
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A Song Flung Up to Heaven

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The culmination of a unique achievement in modern American literature: the six volumes of autobiography that began more than thirty years ago with the appearance of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. A Song Flung Up to Heaven opens as Maya Angelou returns from Africa to the United States to work with Malcolm X. But first she has to journey to California to be reunited with her mother and brother. No sooner does she arrive there than she learns that Malcolm X has been assassinated. Devastated, she tries to put her life back together, working on the stage in local theaters and even conducting a door-to-door survey in Watts. Then Watts explodes in violence, a riot she describes firsthand.Subsequently, on a trip to New York, she meets Martin Luther King, Jr., who asks her to become his coordinator in the North, and she visits black churches all over America to help support King's Poor People's March. But once again tragedy strikes. King is assassinated, and this time Angelou completely withdraws from the world, unable to deal with this horrible event. Finally, James Baldwin forces her out of isolation and insists that she accompany him to a dinner party - where the idea for writing I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is born. In fact, A Song Flung Up to Heaven ends as Maya Angelou begins to write the first sentences of Caged Bird.

©2002 Maya Angelou (P)2002 Random House Inc., Random House Voices, an Imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

Narrator: Maya Angelou
Author: Maya Angelou
Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
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The Destiny Thief

1 rating

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"It turns out that Russo the nonfiction writer is a lot like Russo the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist. He is affably disagreeable, wry, idiosyncratic, vulnerably bighearted, a craftsman of lubricated sentences." (Jay Fielden, New York Times Book Review) A master of the novel, short story, and memoir, the best-selling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Everybody's Fool now gives us his very first collection of personal essays, ranging throughout writing and reading and living. In these nine essays, Richard Russo provides insight into his life as a writer, teacher, friend, and reader. From a commencement speech he gave at Colby College, to the story of how an oddly placed toilet made him reevaluate the purpose of humor in art and life, to a comprehensive analysis of Mark Twain's value, to his harrowing journey accompanying a dear friend as she pursued gender-reassignment surgery, The Destiny Thief reflects the broad interests and experiences of one of America's most beloved authors. Warm, funny, wise, and poignant, the essays included here traverse Russo's writing life, expanding our understanding of who he is and how his singular, incredibly generous mind works. An utter joy to listen to, they give deep insight into the creative process from the prospective of one of our greatest writers.

©2018 Richard Russo (P)2018 Random House Audio

Narrator: Richard Russo
Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
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A Good Life

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An eyewitness account from the playing fields where the first rough draft of history was written. On August 8, 1942, I graduated from Harvard by the skin of my teeth at 10 a.m. At noon I was commissioned an ensign in the US Naval Reserve. And at 4 p.m., I married Jean Saltonstall, the first and only girl I had ever been with, and I was on my way to someplace called the South Pacific. I was not yet 21.... The education of Benjamin C. Bradlee was finally underway. And so begins this witty, candid story of a daring young man who made his way to the heights of American journalism and public life, from a New Hampshire weekly through his foreign correspondent years in Europe, to the apex of his career at the Washington Post, whose Watergate coverage gave journalism its finest hours. An eyewitness to most of the seminal events of our time, a good friend to President Kennedy, and a dreaded foe of President Nixon, Bradlee watched and talked to most of the heroes and villains who were making such vivid history so fast. Taking the helm of the Washington Post in 1965, Bradlee and his reporters redefined the way the news is reported, published, and read; his leadership and investigative drive following the break-in at the Democratic National Committee led to the downfall of a president and kept every president afterward on his toes. A Good Life is Bradlee's irreverent, earthy, and revealing look at modern American journalism - and the extraordinary life story of the man who helped to reinvent it.

©1995 Ben Bradlee (P)2004 S&S Audio

Narrator: Ben Bradlee
Author: Ben Bradlee
Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
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Be Pure! Be Vigilant! Behave!

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As 2000AD and Judge Dredd celebrate their 40th birthday in 2017, Pat Mills at last writes the definitive history of the Galaxy's Greatest Comic and the turbulent, extraordinary and exciting events that shaped it. The story begins in a garden shed in Scotland sometime in 1971...Pat Mills is the creator of 2000AD and one of the comic's top writers. He is also the creator of Action, co-creator of Battle, Misty, Marshal Law, Requiem Vampire Knight, Charley's War (described as 'the greatest British comic strip ever created') and the black comedy text novel Serial Killer. 'Be Pure! Be Vigilant! Behave!' is the infamous slogan of Torquemada, the comic's favourite villain. It once appeared on the Berlin Wall, and symbolises the subversive nature of 2000AD that changed so many readers' lives and influenced generations of film directors, actors, rock bands, novelists and even school headmasters. Everything you've always wanted to know about Judge Dredd, Slaine, Nemesis, ABC Warriors, Flesh, Bill Savage and more, is in this book. Plus the writers and artists who created them and the real-life people and events they drew on for inspiration. The scandals, the back-stabbing and the shocking story that was regarded as 'too sensitive' to ever see the light of day is finally told. Pat relates the dark story of the maths teacher who inspired his version of Judge Dredd, the creators' angry battles with the censors and each other, why certain writers, stories and even readers have been banished from the comic, a step-by-step account of how Judge Dredd was created, and how to write or draw for 2000AD today. There are new insights on the 2000AD creators' invasion of American comics, their failed French invasion, the Judge Dredd films, the forthcoming Judge Dredd TV series, other possible films featuring 2000AD heroes, the unusual secret of the comic's current success, the tough challenges it faces today, and its exciting future. From the hilarious origins when Judge Dredd writer-creator John Wagner and Pat began their careers writing together in a garden shed by paraffin lamp, to the tragic stories of legendary comic artists who have passed, and the challenges as 2000AD fought for survival against The Suits determined to destroy it, this is a unique, personal, and passionate account by the man who made 2000AD happen. Funny, sad, angry, defiant, and outrageous: it's the comic book memoir of the year.

©2017 Pat Mills / Millsverse (P)2017 Spokenworld Audio & Ladbroke Audio Ltd

Narrator: Pat Mills
Author: Pat Mills
Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
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You Don't Belong Here

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The long-buried story of three extraordinary female journalists who permanently shattered the barriers to women covering war Kate Webb, an Australian iconoclast, Catherine Leroy, a French daredevil photographer, and Frances FitzGerald, a blue-blood American intellectual, arrived in Vietnam with starkly different life experiences but one shared purpose: to report on the most consequential story of the decade. At a time when women were considered unfit to be foreign reporters, Frankie, Catherine, and Kate challenged the rules imposed on them by the military, ignored the belittlement of their male peers, and ultimately altered the craft of war reportage for generations. In You Don’t Belong Here, Elizabeth Becker uses these women’s work and lives to illuminate the Vietnam War from the 1965 American buildup, the expansion into Cambodia, and the American defeat and its aftermath. Arriving herself in the last years of the war, Becker writes as a historian and a witness of the times. What emerges is an unforgettable story of three journalists forging their place in a land of men, often at great personal sacrifice. Deeply reported and filled with personal letters, interviews, and profound insight, You Don’t Belong Here fills a void in the history of women and of war. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2021 Elizabeth Becker (P)2021 PublicAffairs

Narrator: Lisa Flanagan
Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
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Green Hills of Africa

7 ratings

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His second major venture into nonfiction (after Death in the Afternoon, 1932), Green Hills of Africa is Ernest Hemingway's lyrical journal of a month on safari in the great game country of East Africa, where he and his wife, Pauline, journeyed in December of 1933. Hemingway's well-known interest in - and fascination with - big-game hunting is magnificently captured in this evocative account of his trip. In examining the poetic grace of the chase, and the ferocity of the kill, Hemingway also looks inward, seeking to explain the lure of the hunt and the primal undercurrent that comes alive on the plains of Africa. Yet Green Hills of Africa is also an impassioned portrait of the glory of the African landscape, and of the beauty of a wilderness that was, even then, being threatened by the incursions of man.

©1935, 1963 Charles Scribner's Sons and Mary Hemingway. All rights reserved, including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form (P)2006 Simon and Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

Narrator: Josh Lucas
Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
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A Wolf at the Table

4 ratings

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Millions of listeners have been flat-out astonished, profoundly moved, and massively entertained by the writing of Augusten Burroughs. Now, with A Wolf at the Table - his first full-length memoir in five years - Augusten returns to his literary roots as one of the most famous memoirists of our time, yet he makes a quantum leap forward into untapped emotional terrain: the radical pendulum swing between love and hate, the unspeakably terrifying relationship between father and son. A Wolf at the Table is the story of Augusten's relationship with his father, John Robison, Sr., a man only briefly touched upon in Running With Scissors. Told with shocking honesty and penetrating insight, A Wolf at the Table is more than the companion volume to Running with Scissors - it's a story of stunning psychological cruelty and the redemptive power of hope. Featuring exclusive, all new original songs by Patti Smith, Sea Wolf, Ingrid Michaelson, and Tegan Quin of Tegan and Sara.

©2008 Island Road, LLC (P)2008 Macmillan Audio

Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
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Carys Bray

1 rating

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Carys Bray joins Robin Morgan in the Audible Studios to talk about her novel A Museum of You. Exclusive to Audible.

©2016 Audible Ltd (P)2016 Audible Ltd

Length: 15 mins
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The Club

2 ratings

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Prize-winning biographer Leo Damrosch tells the story of "the Club", a group of extraordinary writers, artists, and thinkers who gathered weekly at a London tavern. In 1763, the painter Joshua Reynolds proposed to his friend Samuel Johnson that they invite a few friends to join them every Friday at the Turk's Head Tavern in London to dine, drink, and talk until midnight. Eventually, the group came to include among its members Edmund Burke, Adam Smith, Edward Gibbon, and James Boswell. It was known simply as "the Club".  In this captivating audiobook, Leo Damrosch brings alive a brilliant, competitive, and eccentric cast of characters. With the friendship of the "odd couple" Samuel Johnson and James Boswell at the heart of his narrative, Damrosch conjures up the precarious, exciting, and often brutal world of late 18th-century Britain. This is the story of an extraordinary group of people whose ideas helped to shape their age - and our own.

©2019 Leo Damrosch (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Simon Vance
Author: Leo Damrosch
Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
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Emerson

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Ralph Waldo Emerson is one of the most important figures in the history of American thought, religion, and literature. The vitality of his writings and the unsettling power of his example continue to influence us more than a hundred years after his death. Now Robert D. Richardson Jr. brings to life an Emerson very different from the old stereotype of the passionless Sage of Concord. Drawing on a vast amount of new material, including correspondence among the Emerson brothers, Richardson gives us a rewarding intellectual biography that is also a portrait of the whole man.

These chapters present a young suitor, a grief-stricken widower, an affectionate father, and a man with an abiding genius for friendship.

The great spokesman for individualism and self-reliance turns out to have been a good neighbor, an activist citizen, a loyal brother. Here is an Emerson who knew how to laugh, who was self-doubting as well as self-reliant, and who became the greatest intellectual adventurer of his age.

Richardson has, as much as possible, let Emerson speak for himself through his published works, his many journals and notebooks, his letters, his reported conversations. This is not merely a study of Emerson's writing and his influence on others; it is Emerson's life as he experienced it. We see the failed minister, the struggling writer, the political reformer, the poetic liberator.

The Emerson of this book not only influenced Thoreau, Fuller, Whitman, Dickinson, and Frost, he also inspired Nietzsche, William James, Baudelaire, Marcel Proust, Virginia Woolf, and Jorge Luis Borges. Emerson's timeliness is persistent and striking: his insistence that literature and science are not separate cultures, his emphasis on the worth of every individual, his respect for nature.

Richardson gives careful attention to the enormous range of Emerson's readings - from Persian poets to George Sand - and to his many friendships and personal encounters - from Mary Moody Emerson to the Cherokee chiefs in Boston - evoking both the man and the times in which he lived. Throughout this book, Emerson's unquenchable vitality reaches across the decades, and his hold on us endures.

©1995 Robert D. Richardson, Jr. (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

Length: 26 hrs and 8 mins
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What Becomes a Legend Most

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The first definitive biography of Richard Avedon, a monumental photographer of the 20th century, from award-winning photography critic Philip Gefter. In his acclaimed portraits, Richard Avedon captured the iconic figures of the 20th century in his starkly bold, intimately minimal, and forensic visual style. Concurrently, his work for Harper's Bazaar and Vogue transformed the ideals of women's fashion, femininity, and culture to become the defining look of an era. Yet despite his driving ambition to gain respect in the art world, during his lifetime he was condescendingly dismissed as a "celebrity photographer". What Becomes a Legend Most is the first definitive biography of this luminary - an intensely driven man who endured personal and professional prejudice, struggled with deep insecurities, and mounted a lifelong existential battle to be recognized as an artist. Philip Gefter builds on archival research and exclusive interviews with those closest to Avedon to chronicle his story, beginning with Avedon’s coming of age in New York between the world wars, when cultural prejudices forced him to make decisions that shaped the course of his life. Compounding his private battles, Avedon fought to be taken seriously in a medium that itself struggled to be respected within the art world. Gefter reveals how the 1950s and 1960s informed Avedon’s life and work as much as he informed the period. He counted as close friends a profoundly influential group of artists - Leonard Bernstein, Truman Capote, James Baldwin, Harold Brodkey, Renata Adler, Sidney Lumet, and Mike Nichols - who shaped the cultural life of the American 20th century. It wasn't until Avedon's fashion work was exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the late 1970s that he became a household name. Balancing glamour with the gravitas of an artist's genuine reach for worldy achievement - and not a little gossip - What Becomes a Legend Most is an intimate window into Avedon's fascinating world. Dramatic, visionary, and remarkable, it pays tribute to Avedon's role in the history of photography and fashion - and his legacy as one of the most consequential artists of his time. Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.   PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Philip Gefter (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

Length: 22 hrs and 50 mins
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This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

15 ratings

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Blending literature and memoir, Ann Patchett, author of State of Wonder and Bel Canto examines her deepest commitments: to writing, family, friends, dogs, books, and her husband in This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage. Together, these essays, previously published in The Atlantic, Harper, Vogue, and The Washington Post, form a resonant portrait of a life lived with loyalty and with love. This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage takes us into the very real world of Ann Patchett's life. Stretching from her childhood to the present day, from a disastrous early marriage to a later happy one, it covers a multitude of topics, including relationships with family and friends, and charts the hard work and joy of writing, and the unexpected thrill of opening a bookstore. As she shares stories of the people, places, ideals, and art to which she has remained indelibly committed, Ann Patchett brings into focus the large experiences and small moments that have shaped her as a daughter, wife, and writer.

©2013 Ann Patchett (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers

Narrator: Ann Patchett
Author: Ann Patchett
Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
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Tolkien and the Great War

5 ratings

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A new biography exploring J.R.R. Tolkien’s wartime experiences and their impact on his life and his writing of The Lord of The Rings. “To be caught in youth by 1914 was no less hideous an experience than in 1939 … by 1918 all but one of my close friends were dead.” So J.R.R. Tolkien responded to critics who saw The Lord of the Rings as a reaction to the Second World War. Tolkien and the Great War tells for the first time the full story of how he embarked on the creation of Middle-earth in his youth as the world around him was plunged into catastrophe. This biography reveals the horror and heroism that he experienced as a signals officer in the Battle of the Somme and introduces the circle of friends who spurred his mythology to life. It shows how, after two of these brilliant young men were killed, Tolkien pursued the dream they had all shared by launching his epic of good and evil.John Garth argues that the foundation of tragic experience in the First World War is the key to Middle-earth’s enduring power. Tolkien used his mythic imagination not to escape from reality but to reflect and transform the cataclysm of his generation. While his contemporaries surrendered to disillusionment, he kept enchantment alive, reshaping an entire literary tradition into a form that resonates to this day.This is the first substantially new biography of Tolkien since 1977, meticulously researched and distilled from his personal wartime papers and a multitude of other sources.

©2011 John Garth (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Narrator: John Garth
Author: John Garth
Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
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The Voice is All

1 rating

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In The Voice Is All, Joyce Johnson - coauthor of the classic memoir Door Wide Open, about her relationship with Jack Kerouac - brilliantly peels away layers of the Kerouac legend to show how, caught between two cultures and two languages, he forged a voice to contain his dualities. Looking more deeply than previous biographers into how Kerouac's French Canadian background enriched his prose and gave him a unique outsider's vision of America, she tracks his development from boyhood through the phenomenal breakthroughs of 1951 that resulted in the composition of On the Road, followed by Visions of Cody. By illuminating Kerouac's early choice to sacrifice everything for his work, The Voice Is All deals with him on his own terms and puts the tragic contradictions of his nature and his complex relationships into perspective.

©2012 Joyce Johnson (P)2012 Tantor

Length: 16 hrs and 50 mins
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Daily Rituals

15 ratings

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Franz Kafka, frustrated with his living quarters and day job, wrote in a letter to Felice Bauer in 1912, "time is short, my strength is limited, the office is a horror, the apartment is noisy, and if a pleasant, straightforward life is not possible then one must try to wriggle through by subtle maneuvers." Kafka is one of 161 inspired - and inspiring - minds, among them, novelists, poets, playwrights, painters, philosophers, scientists, and mathematicians, who describe how they subtly maneuver the many (self-inflicted) obstacles and (self-imposed) daily rituals to get done the work they love to do, whether by waking early or staying up late; whether by self-medicating with doughnuts or bathing, drinking vast quantities of coffee, or taking long daily walks. Thomas Wolfe wrote standing up in the kitchen, the top of the refrigerator as his desk, dreamily fondling his "male configurations..." Jean-Paul Sartre chewed on Corydrane tablets (a mix of amphetamine and aspirin), ingesting ten times the recommended dose each day... Descartes liked to linger in bed, his mind wandering in sleep through woods, gardens, and enchanted palaces where he experienced "every pleasure imaginable." Here are: Anthony Trollope, who demanded of himself that each morning he write three thousand words (250 words every fifteen minutes for three hours) before going off to his job at the postal service, which he kept for thirty-three years during the writing of more than two dozen books...Karl Marx...Woody Allen...Agatha Christie...George Balanchine, who did most of his work while ironing...Leo Tolstoy...Charles Dickens...Pablo Picasso...George Gershwin, who, said his brother Ira, worked for twelve hours a day from late morning to midnight, composing at the piano in pajamas, bathrobe, and slippers... Here also are the daily rituals of Charles Darwin, Andy Warhol, John Updike, Twyla Tharp, Benjamin Franklin, William Faulkner, Jane Austen, Anne Rice, and Igor Stravinsky (he was never able to compose unless he was sure no one could hear him and, when blocked, stood on his head to "clear the brain"). Brilliantly compiled and edited, and filled with detail and anecdote, Daily Rituals is irresistible, addictive, and magically inspiring.

©2013 Mason Currey (P)2013 Timothy Ferriss

Narrator: Adam Verner
Author: Mason Currey
Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
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Goethe

1 rating

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This sterling biography of Germany's greatest writer presents Johann Wolfgang von Goethe as if we are seeing him for the first time. The work of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe has reverberated through two and a half centuries, altering the course of literature in ways both grand and intimate. No other writer so completely captivated the intellectual life of late 18th- and early 19th-century Europe, putting into language the anxieties and ambitions of a civilization on the cusp of modernity. A literary celebrity by the age of 25, Goethe, who was born in Frankfurt in 1749, attracted the adulation and respect of the greatest scientists, politicians, composers, and philosophers of his day. Schoolboys dressed like his fictional characters. Napoleon read his first novel obsessively. He was an astoundingly prolific writer, a master of many genres, from poetry to scientific treatises, from novels like the tragic Sorrows of Young Werther to dramatic works like Faust. Indeed, Goethe's unparalleled literary output would come to define the Romantic age. Rüdiger Safranski's Goethe: Life as a Work of Art is the first definitive biography in a generation to tell the larger-than-life story of the writer considered to be the Shakespeare of German literature. Drawing upon the trove of letters, diaries, and notebooks Goethe left behind, as well as correspondence and criticism from Goethe's contemporaries, Safranski weaves a rich tale of Europe in the throes of revolution and of the man whose ideas heralded a new era. Safranski's monumental biography is a careful survey of Goethe's wide-ranging genius. Beyond his incredible literary gifts, Goethe was intensely interested in natural science and took seriously his official post as a statesman, working tirelessly to ensure that the working poor received wages and daily bread. With grace and nuance, Safranski crafts a portrait of Goethe's inner life that illuminates both his written work and the turmoil and triumphs of his era. Reading Goethe affords not simply an encounter with a literary virtuoso but an opportunity to develop a deeper appreciation of the human condition. Goethe was writing in the midst of a dramatic and bloody time for Europe: The revolutions in France and America overturned the old regimes and introduced new ways of thinking about the world. Set against this backdrop, Goethe's life and work serve as an essential touchstone for the birth of the modern age. But as Safranski ultimately reveals, Goethe's greatest creation was not only his literary masterpieces but his very life.

©2013 Carl Hanser Verlag Müchen; translation copyright 2017 by David Dollenmayer (P)2018 Tantor

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Alan Bennett

1 rating

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Untold Stories, Alan Bennett's first major collection of prose since his best-selling

Writing Home, brings together the finest and funniest of his writing over the last 10 years. Two recordings feature selected material from

Untold Stories:

Part 1: Stories contains the title piece, and Part 2: The Diaries covers Alan Bennett's much-celebrated diaries for 1997-2004. Stories is a poignant family memoir recalling the marriage of Alan's parents, the lives and deaths of his aunts, and the uncovering of a long-held family secret. At times heartrending, and at others extremely funny, Untold Stories is a matchless and unforgettable journey into Alan Bennett's past.

©2005 Forelake Limited (P)2005 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

Narrator: Alan Bennett
Author: Alan Bennett
Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
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My Dyslexia

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An inspiring memoir of a Pulitzer Prize winner’s triumph over disability. Despite being a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2008, Philip Schultz could never shake the feeling of being exiled to the “dummy class” in school, where he was largely ignored by his teachers and peers and not expected to succeed. Not until many years later, when his oldest son was diagnosed with dyslexia, did Schultz realize that he suffered from the same condition. In this moving memoir, Schultz traces his difficult childhood and his new understanding of his early years. In doing so, he shows how a boy who did not learn to read until he was eleven went on to become a prizewinning poet by sheer force of determination. His balancing act—life as a member of a family with not one but two dyslexics, countered by his intellectual and creative successes as a writer—reveals an inspiring story of the strengths of the human mind.

©2011 Philip Schultz (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: William Hughes
Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
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Mandy Smith & Milly Richardson

2 ratings

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Joining us in the Audible Studios to discuss her book Cabin Fever is author and former Virgin Atlantic air stewardess Mandy Smith. We’re joined too by narrator and former cabin crew Milly Richardson. The two have been friends for years - making the ideal author and narrator duo.  Having spent 12 years working as part of Virgin Atlantic’s infamous cabin crew, Mandy Smith reveals all in her behind-the-scenes memoir of life in the sky. Her risqué account has attracted readers and now listeners worldwide.  Mandy and Milly talk to us about the reception the book received from other cabin crew, the best and worst of their experiences in the sky, and how the book came together. 

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Author: Holly Newson
Length: 10 mins
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Maggie O'Farrell

1 rating

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Audible Exclusive. Maggie O'Farrell joins us to talk about This Must Be the Place.

©2016 Audible Ltd (P)2016 Audible Ltd

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Tim Harford

2 ratings

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Tim Harford joins Robin Morgan in the Audible Studios for an exclusive interview. His latest book, Messy, may just make us all feel better when we have a messy desk at work!

©2016 Audible Ltd (P)2016 Audible Ltd

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Mom & Me & Mom

15 ratings

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The story of Maya Angelou’s extraordinary life has been chronicled in her multiple best-selling autobiographies. But now, at last, the legendary author shares the deepest personal story of her life: her relationship with her mother. For the first time, Angelou reveals the triumphs and struggles of being the daughter of Vivian Baxter, an indomitable spirit whose petite size belied her larger-than-life presence - a presence absent during much of Angelou’s early life. When her marriage began to crumble, Vivian famously sent three-year-old Maya and her older brother away from their California home to live with their grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas. The subsequent feelings of abandonment stayed with Angelou for years, but their reunion, a decade later, began a story that has never before been told. In Mom & Me & Mom, Angelou dramatizes her years reconciling with the mother she preferred to simply call "Lady", revealing the profound moments that shifted the balance of love and respect between them. Delving into one of her life’s most rich, rewarding, and fraught relationships, Mom & Me & Mom explores the healing and love that evolved between the two women over the course of their lives, the love that fostered Maya Angelou’s rise from immeasurable depths to reach impossible heights.

©2013 Maya Angelou (P)2013 Random House Audio

Narrator: Maya Angelou
Author: Maya Angelou
Length: 4 hrs
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Manden, der ville have det sjovt

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Mads Brügger interviewer Bjørn Lomborg.MÆND - DE BEDSTE PORTRÆTTER samler for første gang mere end 25 års portrætter fra magasinet til en bog, der ikke blot fortæller historien om forskellige kendte, danske mænd, men også viser et tværsnit af politik, sport og kultur i det moderne Danmark i samme periode. Hvert portræt bliver aktualiseret ved, at skribenten fortæller om, hvordan interviewet blev til, og hvordan det foregik. MÆND - DE BEDSTE PORTRÆTTER samler for første gang mere end 25 års portrætter fra magasinet til en bog, der ikke blot fortæller historien om forskellige kendte, danske mænd, men også viser et tværsnit af politik, sport og kultur i det moderne Danmark i samme periode. Hvert portræt bliver aktualiseret ved, at skribenten fortæller om, hvordan interviewet blev til, og hvordan det foregik. Bogens tekster er skrevet af freelance skribenter og journalister på Euroman.

©2019 Lindhardt og Ringhof (P)2019 Lindhardt og Ringhof

Length: 45 mins
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Lindy West

6 ratings

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Audible exclusive. We invite Lindy West to the studios to talk about her new novel, Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman. 'A memoir about the issues that have shaped my life. How to deal with trolls, feminist criticism of comedy and body image - to name but a few.' About Shrill: 'Women are told, from birth, that it's our job to be small: physically small, small in our presence, and small in our impact on the world. We're supposed to spend our lives passive, quiet and hungry. I want to obliterate that expectation....' Guardian columnist Lindy West wasn't always loud. It's difficult to believe she was once a nerdy, overweight teen who wanted nothing more than to be invisible. Fortunately for women everywhere, along the road she found her voice - and how she found it!

©2016 Audible Ltd (P)2016 Audible Ltd

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My Parents / This Does Not Belong to You

3 ratings

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An intimate portrait of immigration, family, and the heartbreaking (and sometimes hilarious) things that happen along the way from the author Colum McCann calls "the greatest writer of our generation." In My Parents, Aleksandar Hemon tells the story of his parents' immigration from Bosnia to Canada - of the lives that were upended in the Siege of Sarajevo and the new lives his parents were forced to build. As ever with his work, Hemon portrays both the perfect, intimate details (his mother's lonely upbringing, his father's fanatical beekeeping), and a sweeping, heartbreaking history of his native country, from the rule of Otto von Bismarck to the massacres that shocked the world. It is a story full of many Hemons, of course - his parents, sister, uncles, cousins - and also of German occupying forces, Yugoslav communist revolutionary partisans, royalist Serb collaborators, and a few befuddled Canadians. That would be enough to astound listeners, and yet Hemon also shares an untampered series of beautifully distilled memories and observations titled This Does Not Belong to You, the perfect complement to a major work from a major writer who is about to become unignorable. 

©2019 Aleksandar Hemon (P)2019 Penguin Random House Canada

Narrator: Jeremy Arthur
Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
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So Sad Today

6 ratings

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From acclaimed poet and creator of the popular Twitter account @sosadtoday comes a darkly funny and brutally honest collection of essays. Melissa Broder always struggled with anxiety. In the fall of 2012, she went through a harrowing cycle of panic attacks and dread that wouldn't abate for months. So she began @sosadtoday, an anonymous Twitter feed that allowed her to express her darkest feelings and that quickly gained a dedicated following. In So Sad Today, Broder delves deeper into the existential themes she explores on Twitter, grappling with sex, death, love, low self-esteem, addiction, and the drama of waiting for the universe to text you back. With insights as sharp as her humor, Broder explores - in prose that is both ballsy and beautiful, aggressively colloquial and achingly poetic - questions most of us are afraid to even acknowledge, let alone answer, in order to discover what it really means to be a person in this modern world.

©2016 Melissa Broder (P)2016 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Melissa Broder
Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
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De profundis

Summary

Questa è l'ultima opera in prosa di Wilde, scritta quando l'autore era in carcere per omosessualità. Entrato nel carcere nel 1895, l'uomo di genio divenne agli occhi di tutti un obbrobrio. La sua ricchissima raccolta di mobili e oggetti preziosi vennero venduti all'asta. Molti suoi libri furono bruciati e le rappresentazioni dei suoi drammi proibite.  In questo lungo memoriale, che alla sua scarcerazione Oscar Wilde affidò al fedele amico Robert Ross (con il titolo di "Epistola: In Carcere et Vinculis") assistiamo ad una lunga assunzione di responsabilità alla presa di coscienza del messaggio che, suo malgrado, egli stesso poneva nelle sue opere: che non si può prendere dalla vita solo gioia e piacere, a costo di affamare la propria anima, e di costringerla ad assaporare il dolore tutto in una volta. Una grande esperienza, quella del carcere, dice lo scrittore, che può donargli il prezioso tesoro dell'umiltà.

©1944 public domain (P)2018 Silvia Cecchini

Narrator: Silvia Cecchini
Author: Oscar Wilde
Length: 1 hr and 48 mins
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Matt Lucas - October 2018

3 ratings

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Joining us in the Audible Studios to talk about not one but two recent audio projects is actor and comedian Matt Lucas.  Matt is well known for Little Britain and Come Fly with Me but has many more strings to his bow - adding the narration of Charles’ Dickens epic Great Expectations to his achievements, along with performing Fagin in the audio drama Dodge and Twist. At a finished time of 20 hours and 39 minutes long, narrating Great Expectations was no mean feat. It has, though, been met with rave reviews - so time well spent!   In this interview Matt discusses his audio performances so far, which characters he’d love to voice in the future and which one in a bag of Revels no one wants. 

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Matt Lucas
Length: 15 mins
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The Whole World Was Watching

Summary

Writer Frank Beacham's new memoir, The Whole World Was Watching, tells of his coming of age in the turbulent 1960s and the compelling lifetime adventures he’s had as an independent storyteller. Beacham writes behind-the-scenes accounts of the madness at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, the Apollo 11 moon launch, the civil rights movement in Mississippi, his chilling arrest by military dictator Manuel Noriega in Panama and covering American presidents throughout the world. Beacham describes his topsy-turvy collaboration with Orson Welles and breaking new ground in video production. His work includes books, plays and stories that have been turned into film and television programming - all while remaining independent.

©2019 Frank Beacham (P)2021 Frank Beacham

Narrator: Frank Beacham
Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
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The Recovering

5 ratings

Summary

"An honest and important book... Vivid writing and required reading." (Stephen King) "A Tolstoyan study of the human condition." (Andrew Solomon) One of the Most Anticipated Books of 2018: Esquire, Entertainment Weekly, Vogue, Elle, Newsday, The Millions, Huffington Post, Nylon, Bustle, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Bitch, The Rumpus, Buzzfeed, Boston Globe, The Week From the New York Times best-selling author of The Empathy Exams, a transformative work showing that sometimes the recovery is more gripping than the addiction With its deeply personal and seamless blend of memoir, cultural history, literary criticism, and reportage, The Recovering turns our understanding of the traditional addiction narrative on its head, demonstrating that the story of recovery can be every bit as electrifying as the train wreck itself. Leslie Jamison deftly excavates the stories we tell about addiction - both her own and others' - and examines what we want these stories to do and what happens when they fail us. All the while, she offers a fascinating look at the larger history of the recovery movement and at the complicated bearing that race and class have on our understanding of who is criminal and who is ill. At the heart of the book is Jamison's ongoing conversation with literary and artistic geniuses whose lives and works were shaped by alcoholism and substance dependence, including John Berryman, Jean Rhys, Billie Holiday, Raymond Carver, Denis Johnson, and David Foster Wallace as well as brilliant lesser-known figures such as George Cain, lost to obscurity but newly illuminated here. Through its unvarnished relation of Jamison's own ordeals, The Recovering also becomes a book about a different kind of dependency: the way our desires can make us all, as she puts it, "broken spigots of need". It's about the particular loneliness of the human experience - the craving for love that both devours us and shapes who we are. For her striking language and piercing observations, Jamison has been compared to such iconic writers as Joan Didion and Susan Sontag, yet her utterly singular voice also offers something new. With enormous empathy and wisdom, Jamison has given us nothing less than the story of addiction and recovery in America writ large, a definitive and revelatory account that will resonate for years to come.

©2018 Leslie Jamison (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Author
Length: 16 hrs and 6 mins
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The Noble Hustle

Summary

“I have a good poker face because I am half dead inside.” So begins the hilarious and unexpectedly moving adventures of an amateur player who lucked into a seat at the biggest card game in town - the World Series of Poker. In 2011 Grantland magazine sent award-winning novelist Colson Whitehead to brave the harrowing, seven-day gauntlet of the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. It was the assignment of a lifetime, except for one hitch - he'd never played in a casino tournament before. With just six weeks to train, our humble narrator plunged into the gritty subculture of high-stakes Texas Hold’em. There’s poker here, sure, which means joy and heartbreak, grizzled cowboys from the game’s golden age, and teenage hotshots weaned on internet gambling. Not to mention the overlooked problem of coordinating Atlantic City bus schedules with your kid’s drop-off and pick-up at school. And then there’s Vegas. In a world full of long shots and short odds, The Noble Hustle is a sure bet, a raucously funny social satire whose main target is the author himself. Whether you’ve been playing cards your whole life or have never picked up a hand, you’re sure to agree that this book contains some of the best writing about beef jerky ever put to paper.

©2014 Colson Whitehead (P)2014 Random House Audio

Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
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I Have Something to Tell You

3 ratings

Summary

On the eve of Christmas and a proposal, Natalie Appleton discovers she doesn't want to settle for sevens and starts over. So, she abandons everything in Alberta for Bangkok. Along the way, with startling illumination, honesty, and humor, Natalie unpacks the past that caused her to flee: cheating hearts, small-town suffocation, a tattered family, and a genetic disposition to madness. In Bangkok, Natalie kills an albino gecko, crawls into bed with a lamp seller, and nearly calls off her quest when she's almost attacked by a leather vendor. And then, at a grimy guesthouse one year after arriving in Thailand, everything changes. I Have Something to Tell You is a lyrical, vulnerable exploration of the meaning of love, family, home, and the magic of the universe. It's also a captivating window into two equally exotic worlds - the oil-patch-laden prairies and the resplendent Thailand. This is a story for anyone who remembers feeling lost in their 20s, for anyone who has been afraid to leave - a crummy partner or town or job - and for anyone who has ever wondered, "What if?"

©2018 Natalie Appleton (P)2019 Natalie Appleton

Narrator: Leslie Howard
Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
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Catherine Steadman

5 ratings

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Actress and author Catherine Steadman talks to Audible about her debut novel Something in the Water and reveals the strange things she uncovered on YouTube whilst researching. Having trained at the Oxford School of Drama, Steadman made her screen debut as Julia Bertram in the ITV adaptation of Mansfield Park and has gone on to star in Breathless and Downton Abbey.  She’s had much success onstage, too, and was nominated for the 2016 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her part in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Oppenheimer. Now taking her first steps into the world of being an author, Steadman has been greeted with much praise in the form of the film rights for Something in the Water being snapped up by Reese Witherspoon’s production company Hello Sunshine and Witherspoon subsequently choosing the book for her June 2018 Hello Sunshine book club pick. And all this before the book’s publication!  Joining Audible for a chat, in this interview Steadman delves into her protagonist Erin (including any thoughts on who might play Erin in a film), tells us which books she loves to read and gives us a sneak peak into what we can expect to see her in next.

©2018 Audible, Ltd (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

Author: Holly Newson
Length: 12 mins
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Une vie sans peur et sans regret

21 ratings

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Libre, passionnée, courageuse, dotée d'un franc-parler connu aussi bien au Canada qu'en France, Denise Bombardier n'est pas de ces journalistes et écrivains qui laissent indifférent. Femme de combats, d'engagements, parce qu'elle ne craint ni la polémique ni les débats d'idées, elle s'est tracé un sillon médiatique et littéraire où s'impose une ligne directrice rare : le refus des compromis et des compromissions. Une force de caractère qui lui vient de loin, comme ces mémoires le décrivent avec vigueur, chaleur, tendresse, colères et humour aussi.

Née à Montréal dans une famille modeste, élevée dans "l'eau bénite" d'une époque écrasée par le poids de la religion, fille d'une mère sous le joug d'un mari autoritaire et froid, elle s'est vite rebellée contre les siens au nom de sa liberté d'agir et de penser. Un peu comédienne, rapidement journaliste, très tôt férue de politique, elle bataille depuis quarante ans pour le féminisme, la défense de la langue française, contre les conformismes et les bénis-oui-oui. Parce qu'elle s'est extraite de la pauvreté culturelle grâce à l'éducation, parce qu'elle n'a jamais trahi ses idéaux mais toujours aimé apprendre, cette affranchie a eu une vie riche.

Grands auteurs (Anne Hébert, Dany Laferrière, Michel Tremblay, Antonine Maillet...), journalistes, hommes politiques (Daniel Johnson, Brian Mulroney, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, René Lévesque, Robert Bourassa et tant d'autres), intellectuels tels Jean-François Revel, Benoîte Groult, Marguerite Yourcenar et politiques de renom comme Alain Peyrefitte, François Mitterrand, Michel Rocard en France... elle a rencontré nombre de personnalités. Des figures qu'elle raconte par le menu, comme tout son parcours, sa famille, ses amours dans cet ouvrage foisonnant, sans langue de bois, plein d'amour envers le Québec, la langue française et la France elle-même.

©2019 Place des Éditeurs (P)2019 Audible Studios

Narrator: Isabelle Miller
Length: 16 hrs and 1 min
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Matt Haig

1 rating

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Matt Haig joins Robin Morgan in the Audible Studios for this exclusive interview. The breadth of Matt Haig's work ranges from 2015’s Reasons to Stay Alive which explored Haig’s experience of depression, to The Last Family in England which retells Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 1 with the protagonists as dogs. Both of these were bestsellers and the subject of great critical acclaim. His most recent work for children - The Girl Who Saved Christmas and A Boy Called Christmas – have been narrated by Carey Mulligan and Stephen Fry.

©2016 Audible Ltd (P)2016 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Matt Haig
Author: Robin Morgan
Length: 18 mins
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Simon Scarrow

3 ratings

Summary

Simon Scarrow joins Laurence Howell at the Audible Studios in London to discuss his latest book.

©2016 Audible Ltd (P)2016 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Simon Scarrow
Length: 26 mins
Available on Audible
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Ruby Wax

2 ratings

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TV celebrity and national treasure Ruby Wax joins Robin Morgan in the Audible Studios to discuss her new book, A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled.

©2016 Audible Studios (P)2016 Audible Studios

Narrator: Ruby Wax
Author: Robin Morgan
Length: 19 mins
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Ticking Clock

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This program includes a prologue read by the author. Two-time Peabody Award-winning writer and producer Ira Rosen reveals the intimate, untold stories of his decades at America’s most iconic news show. It’s a 60 Minutes story on 60 Minutes itself. When producer Ira Rosen walked into the 60 Minutes offices in June 1980, he knew he was about to enter television history. His career catapulted him to the heights of TV journalism, breaking some of the most important stories in TV news. But behind the scenes was a war room of clashing producers, anchors, and the most formidable 60 Minutes figure: legendary correspondent Mike Wallace. Based on decades of access and experience, Ira Rosen takes readers behind closed doors to offer an incisive look at the show that invented TV investigative journalism. With surprising humor, charm, and an eye for colorful detail, Rosen delivers an authoritative account of the unforgettable personalities that battled for prestige, credit, and the desire to scoop everyone else in the game. As Mike Wallace’s top producer, Rosen reveals the interview secrets that made Wallace’s work legendary, and the flaring temper that made him infamous. Later, as senior producer of ABC News Primetime Live and 20/20, Rosen exposes the competitive environment among famous colleagues like Diane Sawyer and Barbara Walters, and the power plays between correspondents Chris Wallace, Anderson Cooper, and Chris Cuomo. A master class in how TV news is made, Rosen shows listeners how 60 Minutes puts together a story when sources are explosive, unreliable, and even dangerous. From unearthing shocking revelations from inside the Trump White House, to an outrageous proposition from Ghislaine Maxwell, to interviewing gangsters Joe Bonanno and John Gotti Jr., Ira Rosen was behind the scenes of 60 Minutes' most sensational stories. Highly entertaining, dishy, and unforgettable, Ticking Clock is a never-before-told account of the most successful news show in American history.   A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press

©2021 Ira Rosen (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

Author: Ira Rosen
Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
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The Year of Lear

Summary

In the years leading up to 1606, since the death of Queen Elizabeth and the arrival in England of her successor, King James of Scotland, Shakespeare's great productivity had ebbed, and it may have seemed to some that his prolific genius was a thing of the past. But that year, at age 42, he found his footing again, finishing a play he had begun the previous autumn - King Lear - then writing two other great tragedies, Macbeth and Antony and Cleopatra. The Year of Lear sheds light on these three great tragedies by placing them in the context of their times while also allowing us greater insight into how Shakespeare was personally touched by such events as a terrible outbreak of plague and growing religious divisions. For anyone interested in Shakespeare, this is an indispensable book.

©2015 James Shapiro (P)2016 Tantor

Narrator: Robert Fass
Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
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Fire Shut Up in My Bones

1 rating

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A gorgeous, moving memoir of how one of America's most innovative and respected journalists found his voice by coming to terms with a painful past. New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow mines the compelling poetry of the out-of-time African-American Louisiana town where he grew up - a place where slavery's legacy was felt astonishingly close, reverberating in the elders' stories and in the near-constant wash of violence. Charles's attachment to his mother - a fiercely driven women with five sons, brass knuckles in her glove box, a job plucking poultry at a nearby factory, a soon-to-be-ex husband, and a love of newspapers and learning - cannot protect him from secret abuse at the hands of an older cousin. It's damage that triggers years of anger and searing self-questioning. Finally, Charles escapes to a nearby state university, where he joins a black fraternity after a passage of brutal hazing, and then enters a world of racial and sexual privilege that feels like everything he's ever needed and wanted, until he's called upon, himself, to become the one perpetuating the shocking abuse. A powerfully redemptive memoir that both fits the tradition of African-American storytelling from the South, and gives it an indelible new slant.

©2014 Charles M. Blow (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

Narrator: Charles M. Blow
Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
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Shakespeare by Another Name

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Actor William Shaksper of Stratford had little education, never left England, and apparently owned no books. How could he have written the great plays and poetry attributed to him? Journalist Mark Anderson's biography offers tantalizing proof that Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, courtier, spendthrift, scholar, traveler, soldier, scoundrel, and writer, was the real "Shakespeare". As Anderson reveals, de Vere lived in Venice during his twenties, often in debt to its moneylenders (Merchant of Venice). He led military campaigns against rebellious nobles in Scotland (Macbeth). An extramarital affair resulted in fighting between his supporters and rivals (Romeo and Juliet). And when de Vere was publicly disgraced, he began using the pen name "Shake-speare" and appealed to Queen Elizabeth I through her favorite form of entertainment: the theater.

©2005 Mark Anderson (P)1999 HighBridge Company

Narrator: Simon Prebble
Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
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Jeanine Cummins

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Joining us at Audible Studios is best-selling author Jeanine Cummins, who is releasing her new book, American Dirt.   Cummins was born in Spain and has lived around the world, in California, Maryland, Belfast, and New York, where she currently resides with her Irish husband and two children. She worked in the publishing industry for 10 years before becoming a full-time writer.   Her first book, A Rip in Heaven, is a memoir about her two cousins being murdered and the attempted murder of her brother. Cummins used the book to deal with her grief and portrays the lives of the victims and their families. She went on to release two fictions novels, The Outside Boy and The Crooked Branch.   Her newest release is American Dirt, a novel which looks at the plight of migrants, as a mother and son desperately attempt to escape a cartel in Mexico by fleeing to the United States of America.   We spoke to Jeanine Cummins about her new novel, the violence in Mexico and Central American, migrant experiences and her worries over whether or not she was the right person to tell this story.  

©2020 Audible Ltd (P)2020 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Jeanine Cummins
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 21 mins
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To Prussia with Love

Summary

'We-have-a-house-in-the-country?'. Lena nodded solemnly. 'Where?'. I almost shouted, briefly rattling the table. 'No, wait, don't tell me - it's Todi in Umbria, right? The old manor house, the one with the lemon groves'! 'Alt-Globnitz'. 'Alt-Globnitz?'. Suddenly I felt cold. 'Alt-Globnitz. It's a really nice place. You will love it'. In a desperate attempt to save his relationship with girlfriend, Lena, and take a break from the world of journalism, Germany correspondent Roger Boyes agrees to make a great escape from the easy urban lifestyle of Berlin and decamp to the countryside. Roger has hopes for southern Italy, but Lena has inherited a run-down old schloss in deepest, darkest Brandenburg. Needing a form of income, they decide to set up a B & B with a British theme. Enter unhelpful Harry and his Trinidadian chef cousin, a mad Scot to advise them on re-branding Brandenburg, some suicidal frogs, and a posse of mad tourists. It all culminates, naturally, in a cricket match between the Brits and the Germans on an old Russian minefield. Farce meets romance in this follow-up to the successful A Year in the Scheisse.

©2011 Roger Boyes (P)2011 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Brian Bowles
Author: Roger Boyes
Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
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Sheila Mitchell

1 rating

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Actress Sheila Mitchell, the widow of the late writer H.R.F. Keating, joins Robin Morgan in the Audible Studios to discuss A Kind of Light, a new piece of writing written by her husband, published for the first time, in audio only.

©2016 Audible Studios (P)2016 Audible Studios

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Libby Page

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Joining us at Audible Studios is author and outdoor swimming enthusiast Libby Page, whose first novel, The Lido, was an international success. She has now published her second, The 24-Hour Café. Page has always had a passion for writing and began at an early age. She studied fashion journalism and began work at The Guardian. As her career focused on writing, Page found little time to pursue her own writing, and so made a career switch to marketing in order to make space for her own books. The result of this change was The Lido (2019), which remained on the Sunday Times best seller list for five consecutive weeks. Page's second novel, The 24-Hour Cafe, has just published, and we chatted to her about the human tales she tells, her determination to write and why she loves having a pen pal.

©2020 Audible, Ltd (P)2020 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: Libby Page
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 22 mins
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The Light Years

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Lambda Literary Award - Nominee, 2020 Entertainment Weekly Best Books of the Year, 2019 The Light Years is a joyous and defiant coming-of-age memoir set during one of the most turbulent times in American history. Chris Rush was born into a prosperous, fiercely Roman Catholic New Jersey family. But underneath the gleaming mid-century house, the flawless hostess mom, and the thriving businessman dad ran an unspoken tension that, amid the upheaval of the late 1960s, was destined to fracture their precarious facade.    His older sister, Donna, introduces him to the charismatic Valentine, who places a tab of acid on 12-year-old Rush’s tongue, proclaiming: “This is sacrament. You are one of us now.”   After an unceremonious ejection from an experimental art school, Rush heads to Tuscon to make a major drug purchase and, still barely a teenager, disappears into the nascent American counterculture. Stitching together a ragged assemblage of lowlifes, prophets, and fellow wanderers, he seeks kinship in the communes of the West. His adolescence is spent looking for knowledge, for the divine, for home. Given what Rush confronts on his travels - from ordinary heartbreak to unimaginable violence - it is a miracle he is still alive.   The Light Years is a prayer for vanished friends, an odyssey signposted with broken and extraordinary people. It transcends one boy’s story to perfectly illustrate the slow slide from the optimism of the 1960s into the darker and more sinister 1970s. This is a riveting, heart-stopping journey of discovery and reconciliation, as Rush faces his lost childhood and, finally, himself.

©2019 Chris Rush (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

Narrator: Victor Lodato
Author: Chris Rush
Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
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Julia Samuel

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Julia Samuel joins Gabriel Fleming in the Audible Studios to discuss her latest book, Grief Works.

©2017 Audible Studios (P)2017 Audible Studios

Narrator: Julia Samuel
Length: 11 mins
Available on Audible
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Tell Me a Story

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Best-selling author Cassandra King Conroy considers her life and the man she shared it with, paying tribute to her husband, Pat Conroy, the legendary figures of modern Southern literature. Cassandra King was leading a quiet life as a professor, divorced "Sunday wife" of a preacher, and debut novelist when she met Pat Conroy. Their friendship bloomed into a tentative, long-distance relationship. Pat and Cassandra ultimately married, partly because Pat hated the commute from coastal South Carolina to her native Alabama. It was a union that would last 18 years, until the beloved literary icon’s death from pancreatic cancer in 2016. In this poignant, intimate memoir, the woman he called King Ray looks back at her love affair with a natural-born storyteller whose lust for life was fueled by a passion for literature, food, and the Carolina Lowcountry that was his home. As she reflects on their relationship and the 18 years they spent together, cut short by Pat’s passing at 70, Cassandra reveals how the marshlands of the South Carolina Lowcountry ultimately cast their spell on her, too, and how she came to understand the convivial, generous, funny, and wounded flesh-and-blood man beneath the legend - her husband, the original Prince of Tides.

©2019 Cassandra King Conroy (P)2019 HarperAudio

Narrator: Susan Bennett
Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
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Sarah Winman

2 ratings

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Sarah Winman is the internationally best-selling author of When God Was a Rabbit and A Year of Marvellous Ways. Her latest novel, Tin Man, is described as 'unforgettable and achingly tender'. Sarah visits the Audible Studios to tell us more about her writing process, her characters and much more.

©2017 Audible Ltd (P)2017 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Sarah Winman
Length: 18 mins
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As Needed for Pain

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In the vein of Mary Karr’s Lit, Augusten Burroughs’ Dry, and Sarah Hepola’s Blackout, As Needed for Pain is a raw and riveting - and often wryly funny - addiction memoir from one of New York media’s most accomplished editors which explores his never-before-told story of opioid addiction and the drastic impact it had on his life and career. Dan Peres wasn’t born to be a media insider. As an awkward, magic-obsessed adolescent, nothing was further from his reality than the catwalks of Paris or the hallways of glossy magazine publishers. A gifted writer and shrewd cultural observer, Peres eventually took the leap - even when it meant he had to fake a sense of belonging in a new world of famed fashion designers, celebrities, and some of media’s biggest names. But he had a secret: opiates. Peres’ career as an editor at W magazine and Details is well known, but little is known about his private life as a high-functioning drug addict. In As Needed for Pain, Peres lays bare for the first time the extent of his drug use - at one point a 60-pill-a-day habit. By turns humorous and gripping, Peres’ story is a cautionary coming-of-age tale filled with unforgettable characters and breathtaking brushes with disaster. But the heart of the book is his journey from outsider to insecure insider, what it took to get him there, and how he found his way back from a killing addiction.  As Needed for Pain offers a rare glimpse into New York media’s past - a time when print magazines mattered - and a rarefied world of wealth, power, and influence. It is also a brilliant, shocking dissection of a life teetering on the edge of destruction, and what it took to pull back from the brink.

©2020 Dan Peres (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Joe Hempel
Author: Dan Peres
Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
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Helen Simonson

1 rating

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Exclusive to Audible. Helen Simonson visits the Audible studios to talk about her latest release, The Summer Before the War.

©2016 Audible Ltd (P)2016 Audible Ltd

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Vincent Van Gogh & Frida Kahlo

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Unlike most artists, Van Gogh developed very slowly, beginning with work as an art dealer that exposed him to many great works. He undertook this work for several years, after which he spent time as a missionary for the Dutch Reformed Church. After that, he drifted for several years before re-turning home to his parents’ house, where he took up painting, largely self-taught with books on anatomy and painting. His great works all date from the later years of his life. Inside you’ll hear about: Early life The first four years of creativity Stylistic developments and influences Paris Arles Van Gogh and Gauguin Hospitalization Life in an asylum Van Gogh’s death And much more! Totally neglected in his life, he suffered from psychosis for much of his life, and was treated for depression, unsuccessfully. He died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on July 29th, 1890. Only after his death, thanks to the efforts of his brother, Theo, he achieved recognition as a great artist. Frida Kahlo was ahead of her time. She was bisexual and would have fit in perfectly in the time we live in now. Her disabilities would be acceptable in our society of today and her husband, Diego would probably be run out of town by the Real Housewives of “Cheaters.” Frida came with a lot of baggage in her life starting when she was only six years old and even more baggage piled on when she was in high school. Her suffering was more than anyone can imagine but she kept her head held high and forged her way forward. Inside you’ll hear about: Frida’s birth and family Frida and Diego begin their life together Diego’s first fight with penile cancer Frida’s lovers Frida was rotten to the core A lifetime of Frida’s creations A medical doctor’s perspective on Frida And much more! If Frida had not had a unibrow, waxed her upper lip, and shaved under her arms, she may have appeared more feminine than she did, and it may have given her more self-confidence. She never gave herself a chance because she felt it was her job to be the boy in the family.

©2019 The History Hour (P)2019 The History Hour

Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
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Helen Russell

2 ratings

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Helen Russell joins Sophie Plateau in the Audible Studios to talk about her new novel.

©2017 Audible Studios (P)2017 Audible Studios

Narrator: Helen Russell
Length: 15 mins
Available on Audible
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Oliver Bullough

1 rating

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Journalist Oliver Bullough joins us in the Audible Studios to discuss the release of his new audiobook, Moneyland: Why Thieves and Crooks Now Rule the World and How to Take It Back.  Oliver looks at everything from ruined towns on the edge of Siberia, to Bond-villain lairs in Knightsbridge and Manhattan. Something has gone wrong with the workings of the world, and Oliver shares insight on the current situation in Moneyland.  From his time living in Russia to the books he has written since, we discuss our current political and economic situation, key moments in history that lead to now, and his many years of research into this topics.

©2019 Audible Ltd (P)2019 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Oliver Bullough
Length: 16 mins
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Danny Wallace

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Best-selling author, broadcaster and comedian Danny Wallace joins Laurence Howell in the Audible Studios to discuss his new book, I Can't Believe You Just Said That: The Truth About Why People Are SO Rude. For Danny Wallace, the world is getting ruder. He tells us of how he travelled the world and visited psychologists in order to find the hidden truths behind what makes us rude. He also gives us an insight into his first jobs in the media industry, including working on Sega Power magazine and the Edinburgh Festival, as well as his later work on The Mighty Boosh and the Xfm breakfast show - the latter where he broke the world record for presenting the biggest-ever pub quiz.

©2017 Audible Studios (P)2017 Audible Studios

Narrator: Danny Wallace
Length: 25 mins
Available on Audible
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Mohsin Hamid

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Best-selling, Man Booker-short-listed author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist Mohsin Hamid brings Audible his incredible new audiobook, Exit West. A love story about two refugees caught between their war-torn country and the beginnings of their own journey into adulthood, it has been praised by critics and readers alike, with The Guardian, Daily Telegraph, New York Times and even Barack Obama reporting it as one of the greatest books of the year. In this exclusive interview, Mohsin talks about his inspiration and direction as a writer, his response to the refugee crisis and his hopes for a more united and humanitarian tomorrow.

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Mohsin Hamid
Length: 11 mins
Available on Audible
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Mark Dawson

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Mark Dawson talks about his career as a self-published author. Providing an insight into not only his books and the marketing behind them but the process of getting them onto the Audible site. Mark also discusses the challenges of writing a crime series, how he keeps it original and how he keeps consistency throughout his work.

©2016 Audible Ltd (P)2016 Audible Ltd

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What W. H. Auden Can Do for You

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When facing a moral dilemma, Isabel Dalhousie--Edinburgh philosopher, amateur detective, and title character of a series of novels by best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith - often refers to the great twentieth-century poet W. H. Auden. This is no accident: McCall Smith has long been fascinated by Auden. Indeed, the novelist, best known for his No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, calls the poet not only the greatest literary discovery of his life but also the best of guides on how to live. In this book, McCall Smith has written a charming personal account about what Auden has done for him--and what he just might do for you.Part self-portrait, part literary appreciation, the book tells how McCall Smith first came across the poet's work in the 1970s, while teaching law in Belfast, a violently divided city where Auden's "September 1, 1939," a poem about the outbreak of World War II, strongly resonated. McCall Smith goes on to reveal how his life has related to and been inspired by other Auden poems ever since. For example, he describes how he has found an invaluable reflection on life's transience in "As I Walked Out One Evening," while "The More Loving One" has provided an instructive meditation on unrequited love. McCall Smith shows how Auden can speak to us throughout life, suggesting how, despite difficulties and change, we can celebrate understanding, acceptance, and love for others. An enchanting story about how art can help us live, this book will appeal to McCall Smith's fans and anyone curious about Auden.

©2013 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: William Neenan
Length: 2 hrs and 53 mins
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Anthony Daniels

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Joining us at Audible Studios is the actor of one of the most familiar droids known to man and aliens alike: Anthony Daniels, best known for his role as C-3PO in Star Wars.  Daniels dropped out of law school to pursue amateur dramatics and spent time working at BBC Radio and the National Theatre. His agent recommended he go visit George Lucas, who was casting for Star Wars.  Daniels wasn't interested in the role but was persuaded to go along. It was a meeting that changed the course of his life. Daniels has played C-3PO in every feature film and has also reprised the role for many additional roles such as hosting The Making of Star Wars, The Muppet Show and Sesame Street. He has also voiced C-3PO in the Star Wars video games and in radio dramatisations. Daniels has released I Am C-3PO: The Inside Story, a book revealing the extraordinary story of the man inside the costume.   We spoke to Anthony Daniels about his new book, his time as C-3PO and what he foresees for the future.

©2019 Audible Ltd (P)2019 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Anthony Daniels
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 29 mins
Available on Audible
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Pierre Lemaitre

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Celebrated French crime writer Pierre Lemaitre and his English language translator Frank Wynne join us for an exclusive interview in the Audible Studios. In November 2014 Pierre won the top literary prize in France - the Prix Goncourt - for his novel Au revoir là-haut. His latest novel is a dark and disturbing thriller called Blood Wedding.

©2016 Audible Ltd. (P)2016 Audible Ltd.

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Emma Thompson

15 ratings

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In this interview, Emma Thompson shares her considerable insight into Britain's most influential female novelist, the great Jane Austen. Having played the narrator in an all-star-cast adaptation of Northanger Abbey, Emma discusses her favourite passages, characters and themes. She praises Austen for her unique ability to engage the reader with universal stories of human desires, hopes and foibles, and describes her own long-standing love affair with the author, having first picked up Austen's books at the age of thirteen. Having won a BAFTA, an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for her screenplay adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, Emma Thompson has already brought Austen to the 21st Century and introduced her to a new generation. She does the same with Northanger Abbey, referring to the heroine as a 'sweet girl', her love interest as a 'witty friend' and the villain of the piece as 'an absolute knob-head'. In contrast to Sense and Sensibility, Emma describes Northanger Abbey as a straightforward text; the perfect introduction to Austen for those new to her writing.

©2017 Audible Ltd (P)2017 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Emma Thompson
Length: 14 mins
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Benjamin Zephaniah

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In this interview we are joined by writer, poet and musician Benjamin Zephaniah to discuss his long anticipated autobiography, The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah.   Zephaniah transformed performance poetry when he came onto the scene in the 1980s and has gone on to convey political and societal messages through his work. He’s also written numerous novels, children’s books and plays as well as releasing multiple albums. A multitalented man with an uneasy childhood and mixed up teen years, he has plenty to say in his autobiography.   When he came to the studio, he spoke about overcoming his shyness, writing about his mum and what the West can learn from the rest of the world about peace. 

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Author: Holly Newson
Length: 16 mins
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James Joyce

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Richard Ellmann has revised and expanded his definitive work on Joyce's life to include newly discovered primary material, including details of a failed love affair, a limerick about Samuel Beckett, a dream notebook, previously unknown letters, and much more.

©1982 Richard Ellman (P)2014 Audible Inc.

Narrator: John Keating
Length: 37 hrs and 48 mins
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Joe Lycett

2 ratings

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Maddie Hickish chats to the comedian Joe Lycett in the Audible Studios. His debut book Parsnips Buttered, successfully solves all of modern life’s problems.

©2016 Audible Ltd. (P)2016 Audible Ltd.

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A Good Life

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This is the witty, candid story of a daring young man who made his own way to the heights of American journalism and public life, of the great adventure that took him at only 20 years old straight from Harvard to almost four years in the shooting war in the South Pacific and back, from a maverick New Hampshire weekly to an apprenticeship for Newsweek in postwar Paris, then to the Washington Bureau chief's desk, and finally to the apex of his career at The Washington Post. Bradlee took the helm of The Washington Post in 1965. He and his reporters transformed it into one of the most influential and respected news publications in the world, reinvented modern investigative journalism, and redefined the way news is reported, published, and read. Under his direction, the paper won 18 Pulitzer Prizes. His leadership and investigative drive following the break-in at the Democratic National Committee led to the downfall of a president and kept every president afterward on his toes. Bradlee, backed every step of the way by the Graham family, challenged the federal government over the right to publish the Pentagon Papers - and won. His ingenuity, and the spirited reporting of Sally Quinn, now his wife, led to the creation of the Style Section, a revolutionary newspaper feature in its time, now copied by just about every paper in the country.

©2017 Ben Bradlee (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Narrator: Arthur Morey
Author: Ben Bradlee
Length: 20 hrs
Available on Audible
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Jack Urwin

1 rating

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Jack Urwin joins Robin Morgan in the Audible Studios to discuss his book Man Up.

©2016 Audible Ltd (P)2016 Audible Ltd

Length: 11 mins
Available on Audible
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Dear Reader

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Dear Reader is a moving, funny and joyous exploration of how books can change the course of your life, packed with recommendations from one reader to another. For as long as she can remember, Cathy Rentzenbrink has lost and found herself in stories. Growing up she was rarely seen without her nose in a book and read in secret long after lights out. When tragedy struck, books kept her afloat. Eventually they lit the way to a new path, first as a bookseller and then as a writer. No matter what the future holds, reading will always help. From the Sunday Times best-selling author of The Last Act of Love.

©2020 Cathy Rentzenbrink (P)2020 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd

Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
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Wild Ducks Flying Backward

2 ratings

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Known for his meaty seriocomic novels, expansive works that are simultaneously lowbrow and highbrow, Tom Robbins has also published over the years a number of short pieces, predominantly nonfiction. His travel articles, essays, and tributes to actors, musicians, sex kittens, and thinkers have appeared in publications ranging from Esquire to Harper's, from Playboy to The New York Times, High Times, and Life. A generous sampling, collected here for the first time and including works as diverse as scholarly art criticism and some decidedly untypical country music lyrics, Wild Ducks Flying Backward offers a rare sweeping overview of the eclectic sensibility of an American original. Whether he is rocking with the Doors, depoliticizing Picasso's Guernica, lamenting the angst-ridden state of contemporary literature, or drooling over tomato sandwiches and a species of womanhood he calls "the genius waitress," Robbins's briefer writings often exhibit the same five traits that perhaps best characterize his novels: an imaginative wit, a cheerfully brash disregard for convention, a sweetly nasty eroticism, a mystical but keenly observant eye, and an irrepressible love of language. Embedded in this primarily journalistic compilation are a couple of short stories, a sheaf of largely unpublished poems, and an off-beat assessment of our divided nation. And wherever we open Wild Ducks Flying Backward, we're apt to encounter examples of the intently serious playfulness that percolates from the mind of a self-described "romantic Zen hedonist" and "stray dog in the banquet halls of culture."

©2005 Tom Robbins (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

Narrator: Tom Robbins
Author: Tom Robbins
Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
Available on Audible
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Tracy Chevalier

3 ratings

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Tracy Chevalier is best-known as the author of Girl with a Pearl Earring but has also written many other brilliant novels. She visits the Audible Studios to talk about her latest, New Boy, part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series. It's a retelling of Othello, and Tracy speaks about what it was like to write for this series, what influenced her story, and more.

©2017 Audible Ltd (P)2017 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Tracy Chevalier
Length: 13 mins
Available on Audible
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The Year of the Jouncer

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A great many writers use their own lives as the raw material for their work, but few have done it with the wit and courage of Simon Gray. Like his previous best seller, The Smoking Diaries, The Year of the Jouncer has the rare ability to make you laugh aloud one moment and ponder the sad mysteries of mortality the next - and sometimes to do both at the same time.

©2006 Simon Gray (P)2008 Faber Audio

Narrator: Simon Gray
Author: Simon Gray
Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
Available on Audible
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Havel

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Václav Havel was one of the most prominent figures of the 20th century: iconoclast and intellectual, renowned playwright turned political dissident, president of a united then divided nation, and dedicated human rights activist. Written by Michael Zantovsky, Havel's former press secretary, advisor, and longtime friend, Havel: A Life presents a revelatory portrait of this giant among men and the turbulent times through which he prevailed. Havel's lifelong perspective as an outsider began with his privileged childhood in Prague and his family's blacklisted status following the Communist coup of 1948. This feeling of being outcast fueled his career as an essayist and dramatist, writing absurdist plays as social commentary. His involvement during the Prague Spring and his leadership of Charter 77, his unflagging belief in the power of the powerless, and his galvanizing personality catapulted Havel into a pivotal role as the leader of the Velvet Revolution in 1989. Although Havel was a courageous visionary, he was also a man of great contradictions, wracked with doubt and self-criticism. But he always remained true to himself. Over the next 13 years, he continued to break through international barriers as the last president of Czechoslovakia and the first president of the Czech Republic.

©2014 Michael Zantovsky. Recorded by arrangement with Grove/Atlantic, Inc. (P)2014 Audible Inc.

Narrator: Victor Bevine
Length: 18 hrs and 14 mins
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Joe Hill

7 ratings

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Listen to an exclusive interview with Joe Hill. Joe discusses his latest novel The Fireman, the writers that have inspired him, and why he is so passionate about listening to audiobooks.

©2016 Audible Ltd (P)2016 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Joe Hill
Length: 22 mins
Available on Audible
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The Last Cigarette

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Simon Gray is determined to give up smoking. Really. At last. Can he kick the habit of 60 years? Will he, sometime soon, be able to leave his house without nervously feeling for his two packets of 20 and his two lighters, and add no more singes to his cardigan? As this wonderful, wayward record of Gray's life progresses, these questions are overtaken by much larger ones. What is that lady on the plane to Athens doing with her nose? What was sex like before 1963? Will his name be in lights on Broadway? Why did he leave the bedside of his dying mother?  With their combination of comedy and serious reflection, of sharp observation and painful self-disclosure, Simon Gray's diaries have reinvented the memoir form and are destined to become classics of autobiography.

©2008 Simon Gray (P)2008 Faber Audio

Narrator: Simon Gray
Author: Simon Gray
Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
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A Mighty Heart

1 rating

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For five weeks, the world waited for news about Danny Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter who was kidnapped in Karachi, Pakistan. And then came the broadcast of his shocking murder. The complete account of his abduction, the intense effort to rescue him, and the aftermath are told here in astonishing detail, and with courage and insight by his surviving wife, Mariane. A Mighty Heart is the unforgettable story of two journalists who fell in love with their work and with each other. Together, Mariane and Danny Pearl traveled across the globe, with a dedication to journalism that would increase understanding of international politics and of ethnic and religious conflict. In the end, Danny was caught in the dangerous fissure where warring cultures, politics, and ideologies collide. A Mighty Heart is both a portrait of a partnership built on the ideals of love, truth, and justice and a critical look at the methods and structure of the Al Qaeda network.

©2003 Mariane Pearl. All rights reserved (P)2003 Simon and Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

Narrator: Mariane Pearl
Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
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Magical Thinking

2 ratings

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A contest of wills with a deranged cleaning lady. The execution of a rodent carried out with military precision and utter horror. Telemarketing revenge. A different kind of "roof work". Dating an undertaker who drives a mini-van. This is the fabric of Augusten Burroughs's life: a collection of true stories that are universal in their appeal yet unabashedly intimate, stories that shine a flashlight into both dark and hilarious places. With Magical Thinking, Augusten Burroughs goes where other memoirists fear to tread.

©2004 Island Road, LLC (P)2004 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
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Simon Singh

1 rating

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Author, journalist and TV producer Dr Simon Singh joins Robin Morgan to discuss his book, Fermat's Last Theorem, which is now available for the first time on Audible. In Fermat's Last Theorem: The Story of a Riddle That Confounded the World's Greatest Minds for 358 Years, Singh tells the story of Andrew Wiles, who, in 1993, claimed that he had solved a mathematical puzzle that had been confounding intellectuals for centuries.

©2016 Audible Ltd (P)2016 Audible Ltd

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Hannah Kent

1 rating

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Hannah Kent joins Elise Italiaander in the Audible Studios to discuss her latest book, Burial Rites.

©2017 Audible Studios (P)2017 Audible Studios

Narrator: Hannah Kent
Length: 15 mins
Available on Audible
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What Becomes of the Brokenhearted

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Now, in his most daring act yet, E. Lynn Harris writes the memoir of his life from his childhood in Arkansas as a closeted gay boy through his struggling days as a self-published author to his rise to New York Times best seller status. In What Becomes of the Brokenhearted, Harris shares with listeners an extraordinary life touched by loneliness and depression, but most importantly he reveals the triumphant story of a small town dreamer who was able, through writing, to make his dreams and more come true. With his signature compassion, raw courage and awe-inspiring honesty, E. Lynn Harris applies the same talents to his memoir that have made him a best selling fiction author.

©2003 E. Lynn Harris

Narrator: Richard Allen
Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
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The Distance Between Us

2 ratings

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"In this poignant memoir about her childhood in Mexico, Reyna Grande skillfully depicts another side of the immigrant experience - the hardships and heartbreaks of the children who are left behind." (Sonia Nazario, Pulitzer Prize winner, and author of Enrique's Journey)

Reyna Grande vividly brings to life her tumultuous early years in this "compelling...unvarnished, resonant" (BookPage) story of a childhood spent torn between two parents and two countries. As her parents make the dangerous trek across the Mexican border to "El Otro Lado" (The Other Side) in pursuit of the American dream, Reyna and her siblings are forced into the already overburdened household of their stern grandmother. When their mother at last returns, Reyna prepares for her own journey to "El Otro Lado" to live with the man who has haunted her imagination for years, her long-absent father.

Funny, heartbreaking, and lyrical, The Distance Between Us poignantly captures the confusion and contradictions of childhood, reminding us that the joys and sorrows we experience are imprinted on the heart forever, calling out to us of those places we first called home.

Also available in Spanish as La distancia entre nosotros.

©2012 Reyna Grande (P)2020 Simon & Schuster Audio

Author: Reyna Grande
Length: 13 hrs
Available on Audible
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Lust & Wonder

3 ratings

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"Burroughs has lived this story, so his delivery perfectly matches the tone and pacing needed. Focusing on a series of failed relationships, Burroughs lets his voice rise in both tension and tenor as he analyzes the reasons, with help from analysis, that some relationships work and others are doomed by the personal quirks of both people." - AudioFile Magazine The instant New York Times best-seller from renowned author Augusten Burroughs. Lust: 1. intense sexual desire or appetite 2.a passionate or overmastering desire or craving 3.ardent enthusiasm; zest; relish. Wonder: 1. something strange and surprising; a cause of surprise, astonishment, or admiration 2. the emotion excited by what is strange and surprising; a feeling of surprised or puzzled interest, sometimes tinged with admiration 3. a miraculous deed or event; remarkable phenomenon From the beloved #1 New York Times best-selling author comes an intimate look at the driving forces in one man's life. With Augusten's unique and singular observations and his own unabashed way of detailing both the horrific and the humorous, Lust and Wonder is a hilariously frank audiobook memoir that his legions of fans have been waiting for. His story began in Running with Scissors, endured through Dry, and continues with this memoir, the capstone to the life of Augusten Burroughs. Funny, sweet, alarming, and ultimately, moving and tender, Lust & Wonder is an experience of an audiobook that will resonate with anyone who has loved and lost and loved again.

©2016 Augusten Inc. (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
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Adam Rutherford

2 ratings

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Joining us in the Audible Studios to talk about his latest title, The Book of Humans, is geneticist, author and broadcaster Adam Rutherford.   An editor of the journal Nature for a decade, genetics expert Adam Rutherford has also produced several science documentaries, is a frequent contributor to The Guardian and hosts the BBC Radio 4 programme Inside Science. His latest title is The Book of Humans, published in September 2018.   Adam Rutherford talks to us about whether or not humans are still evolving, what it was like to work on blockbuster Ex Machina and why sea otters are not as cute and cuddly as you might think.  

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Adam Rutherford
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 14 mins
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Esther Perel

34 ratings

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Joining us in the Audible Studios to discuss her series Where Should We Begin? is esteemed psychotherapist Esther Perel.   Coined as one of the original voices of modern relationships, Perel has accumulated up to 20 million listeners for her coveted TED talks and has become the go-to therapist for couples seeking help with intimacy. Most noted for her work on erotic intelligence and her expertise on issues of infidelity, Esther Perel covers all in her frank and refreshing Audible Audio Shows series, which began in 2017 and listens in on couples talking through their problems in Esther’s therapy room.   Esther Perel talks to us about the making of her podcast series with Audible, what she hopes listeners can gain from the intimate discussions and what she learns from her clients.  

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Esther Perel
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 14 mins
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101 Amazing Facts About Jane Austen

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Jane Austen is generally considered the queen of regency romance, with her works still incredibly popular today. But did you know that in 2007, when some of her lesser-known work was sent to a publisher under a pen name, it was rejected?  In this audiobook, narrator Kent Harris talks us through over 100 amazing facts like this, covering subjects such as Austen’s life, her works, notable adaptations and much more. Whether you’re studying Jane Austen for a project or are simply interested in finding out more about the ever-popular creator of the romantic novel, this is the perfect audiobook for you.

©2018 Jack Goldstein Books (P)2018 Jack Goldstein Books

Narrator: Kent Harris
Length: 32 mins
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Montaigne

1 rating

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Auteur de nombreuses biographies (Fouché, Balzac, Marie­-Antoinette, Magellan,... ), Stefan Zweig dresse avec psychologie le portrait d'un homme libre et tolérant. Alors qu'il fuit la guerre dans le lointain Brésil, Stefan Zweig cherche dans l'œuvre de Montaigne à soulager son désespoir, mais aussi dans l'expérience vécue d'un homme qui se trouva dans une situation proche de la sienne. "Montaigne a fait la tentative la plus difficile qui soit sur Terre : vivre par soi­-même, être libre et le devenir toujours plus..."

©2012 PUF (P)2013 Le Livre Qui Parle

Narrator: Marc Hamon
Author: Stefan Zweig
Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
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Why Dante Matters

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Bloomsbury presents Why Dante Matters by John Took, read by Victor Vertunni.  The year 2021 marks the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante Alighieri, a poet who, as T. S. Eliot put it, ‘divides the world with Shakespeare, there being no third’. His, like ours, was a world of moral uncertainty and political violence, all of which made not only for the agony of exile but for an ever deeper meditation on the nature of human happiness.  In Why Dante Matters, John Took offers by way of three in particular of Dante’s works – the Vita Nova as the great work of his youth, the Convivio as the great work of his middle years and the Commedia as the great work of his maturity – an account, not merely of Dante’s development as a poet and philosopher, but of his continuing presence to us as a guide to man’s wellbeing as man. Committed as he was to the welfare not only of his contemporaries but of those ‘who will deem this time ancient’, Dante’s is in this sense a discourse overarching the centuries, a discourse confirming him in his status, not merely as a cultural icon, but as a fellow traveller.

©2020 John Took (P)2020 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Narrator: Victor Vertunni
Author: John Took
Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
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Pat Conroy

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For Pat Conroy fans, a loving, laughter-filled homage to a loyal, big-hearted friend. Pat Conroy, the bestselling author of The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini among many other books, was beloved by millions of readers. Bernie Schein was his best friend from the time they met in a high-school pickup basketball game in Beaufort, South Carolina, until Conroy’s death in 2016. Both were popular athletes but also outsiders as a Jew and a Catholic military brat in the small-town Bible-Belt South, and they bonded. Wise ass and smart aleck, loudmouths both, they shared an ebullient sense of humor and romanticism, were mesmerized by the highbrow and reveled in the low, and would sacrifice entire evenings and afternoons to endless conversation. As young teachers in the Beaufort area and later in Atlanta, they were activists in the civil rights struggle and against institutional racism and bigotry. Bernie knew intimately the private family story of the Conroys and his friend’s difficult relationship with his Marine Corps colonel father that Pat would draw on repeatedly in his fiction. A love letter and homage, and a way to share the Pat he knew, this book collects Bernie’s cherished memories about the gregarious, welcoming, larger-than-life man who remained his best friend, even during the years they didn’t speak. It offers a trove of insights and anecdotes that will be treasured by Pat Conroy’s many devoted fans.

©2019 Bernard Schein (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Narrator: Brian Troxell
Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
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Helen Thomson

1 rating

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Award-winning journalist and science writer Helen Thomson joins us to discuss the release of her debut audiobook, Unthinkable: a fascinating exploration into the inner workings of human behaviour. Helen talks to us about some of the strangest brains she’s ever come across and the baffling symptoms they’ve exhibited. Imparting a wealth of knowledge gathered from having spent over 10 years as a health and neuroscience journalist, Helen also addresses the impact that technological advancement might have on brain research and what inspired her to write the book. 

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Helen Thomson
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 12 mins
Available on Audible
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Catherine Gray

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Joining us at Audible Studios is award-winning writer and editor Catherine Gray. Gray's newest book, The Unexpected Joy of the Ordinary, published in December 2019.  Gray has written for many major publications, such as The Guardian, The Telegraph, Grazia, BBC Earth and Marie Claire. During her 20s, Gray worked for Glamour and Cosmopolitan. As you might have read in her debut book, The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober, Gray battled addiction to alcohol during her 20s and early 30s but managed to keep holding down her job. She went freelance in 2011 and continued to fight alcoholism until she realised she had hit rock bottom. Things had to change.   Gray moved back in with her mother, quit drinking and began keeping a diary in which she recorded her thoughts on the process of becoming sober, and so began the writing process of her first book. Since then, Gray has travelled the world, started saving for a house and began to enjoy life again. She published another two books: The Unexpected Joy of Being Single and The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober Journal. Her newest book, The Unexpected Joy of the Ordinary, takes a look at the psychology behind myths such as money makes you happy and big weddings make for happy marriages.   We spoke to Catherine Gray about what counts as ‘fun gratitude’, what the significance is of the Hedonic Treadmill and why ordinary things are so great.  

©2019 Audible Ltd (P)2019 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Catherine Gray
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 23 mins
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Hungry Heart

4 ratings

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No matter what was happening in Jennifer Weiner's life - whether good, bad, or very, very ugly - her mother, Fran, would say the same thing: It's all material. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author and "one of the biggest names in popular fiction" (USA Today), beloved on Twitter and hailed as "an unlikely feminist enforcer" (The New Yorker), takes the raw stuff of her personal life and spins it into a collection of personal essays as uproariously funny and heartfelt as the best of Tina Fey and Nora Ephron. Jennifer grew up as an outsider in her picturesque Connecticut hometown ("a Lane Bryant outtake in an Abercrombie & Fitch catalogue") and at her Ivy League college but finally found her people in newsrooms in central Pennsylvania and Philadelphia and her voice as a novelist and New York Times columnist. In her first essay collection, no subject is off-limits: sex, weight, envy, money, the reality of life with a newborn, her mom's newfound lesbianism, her estranged father's death (and Weiner's subsequent attempt to get the funeral home to accept her American Express card, because "if at least I get points, something good will have come of this"). From bad blind dates to modern childbirth to handling her six-year-old daughter's use of the f-word - fat - for the first time Jennifer Weiner goes there, with the wit and candor that have endeared her to readers all over the world. By turns hilarious and deeply touching, this collection shows that the woman behind treasured novels like Good in Bed and Best Friends Forever is every bit as winning, smart, and honest in real life as she is in her fiction.

©2016 Jennifer Weiner (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

Narrator: Jennifer Weiner
Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
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Love Is a Mix Tape

1 rating

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What is love? Great minds have been grappling with this question throughout the ages, and in the modern era, they have come up with many different answers. According to Western philosopher Pat Benatar, love is a battlefield. Her paisan, Frank Sinatra, would add the corollary that love is a tender trap. Love hurts. Love stinks. Love bites, love bleeds, love is the drug. The troubadours of our times agree that they want to know what love is, and they want you to show them. But the answer is simple: love is a mix tape. In the 1990s, when "alternative" was suddenly mainstream, bands like Pearl Jam and Pavement, Nirvana and R.E.M. - bands that a year before would have been too weird for MTV - were MTV. It was also a time when a shy music geek named Rob Sheffield met a hell-raising Appalachian punk-rock girl named Renee, who was way too cool for him but fell in love with him anyway. They had nothing in common, except that they both loved music. Music brought them together and kept them together. And it was music that would help Rob through a sudden, unfathomable loss. In Love is a Mix Tape, Rob, now a writer for Rolling Stone, uses the songs on 15 mix tapes to tell the story of his brief time with Renee. From Elvis to Missy Elliott, the Rolling Stones to Yo La Tengo, the songs on these tapes make up the soundtrack to their lives. This is Rob's tribute to music, to the decade that shaped him, but most of all to one unforgettable woman.

©2007 Rob Sheffield (P)2007 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

Narrator: Rob Sheffield
Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
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LJ Ross

1 rating

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Audible Exclusive. LJ Ross visits the Audible Studios to talk about her DCI Ryan Mysteries.

©2016 Audible Ltd (P)2016 Audible Ltd

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Length: 14 mins
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Adam Rutherford - February 2020

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Joining us at Audible Studios is scientist and broadcaster Adam Rutherford. Rutherford is the presenter of BBC Radio 4's Inside Science, as well as author of a number of books, including How to Argue with a Racist. Rutherford attended University College London as a medical student, but after the first year transferred to study genetics as his interest in the area grew. He was granted his PhD from the university in 2002. Since then, he has presented many documentaries, looking at topics such as the link between MMR and autism, human evolution and the inheritance of intelligence.  Rutherford has acted as a scientific advisor on blockbuster films such as Ex-Machina and World War Z and has written many critically acclaimed books, such as A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes, which was long-listed for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize. He is a regular contributor to The Guardian, writing mainly about scientific topics, and co-presents The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry with mathematician Hannah Fry. Adam Rutherford spoke to us about his latest publication, How to Argue with a Racist, and we discussed the history of genetics, race being a social construct, his thoughts on ancestry testing kits and more.

©2020 Audible, Ltd (P)2020 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: Adam Rutherford
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 31 mins
Available on Audible
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Lisa McInerney

2 ratings

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Irish writer Lisa McInerney joins Robin Morgan in the Audible Studios just a few days after her debut novel, The Glorious Heresies, was awarded the prestigious Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction.

©2016 Audible Ltd (P)2016 Audible Ltd

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Sophie Kinsella

3 ratings

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Best-selling author Sophie Kinsella joins Sophie Plateau in the Audible Studios to discuss her new novel, My Not So Perfect Life. It follows the character of Katie Brenner: a woman who leads the perfect life on Instagram but not in the real world.

©2017 Audible Studios (P)2017 Audible Studios

Narrator: Sophie Kinsella
Length: 13 mins
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Adrian Tchaikovsky

4 ratings

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Joining us in the Audible Studios to discuss his Echoes of the Fall trilogy is award-winning fantasy and sci-fi writer Adrian Tchaikovsky. He visited us on the release of the third and final book in the series, The Hyena and the Hawk.  Winner of the 2017 British Fantasy Award, Tchaikovsky is the author behind the critically acclaimed Shadows of the Apt series. A prolific writer with a career that has seen him publish over 16 novels, Tchaikovsky sets the bar high with his sheer imagination.  In this interview, Adrian Tchaikovsky introduces us to the different tribes in this latest series, talks about how he goes about creating a world and explains how writing sci-fi and fantasy feels very different.

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Author: Holly Newson
Length: 10 mins
Available on Audible
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Jason Arnopp

1 rating

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Jason Arnopp visits the Audible studios to talk about his experience as a writer and what draws him to the dark world of horror and the supernatural. He talks candidly about the power of social media, his love for Doctor Who and his own writing process.

©2016 Audible Ltd (P)2016 Audible Ltd

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You Don't Have to Say You Love Me

13 ratings

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One of the most anticipated books of 2017 - Entertainment Weekly and Bustle A searing, deeply moving memoir about family, love, and loss from a critically acclaimed, best-selling National Book Award winner. When his mother passed away at the age of 78, Sherman Alexie responded the only way he knew how: He wrote. The result is this stunning memoir. Featuring 78 poems and 78 essays, Alexie shares raw, angry, funny, profane, tender memories of a childhood few can imagine - growing up dirt poor on an Indian reservation, one of four children raised by alcoholic parents. Throughout, a portrait emerges of his mother as a beautiful, mercurial, abusive, intelligent, complicated woman. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me is a powerful account of a complicated relationship, an unflinching and unforgettable remembrance.

©2017 Sherman Alexie (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Sherman Alexie
Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
Available on Audible
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Stephen Mangan

1 rating

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Joining us in the Audible Studios to talk about his narration of Tony Lee’s audio drama Dodge and Twist is British actor Stephen Mangan.  Known for his roles as Guy Secretan in Green Wing, Sean Lincoln in Episodes and Dan Moody in I’m Alan Partridge, Stephen Mangan has had a respected career across both stage and screen. The Tony-nominated actor now plays the part of Charles Dickens in the audio drama Dodge and Twist.   In this interview, Stephen Mangan talks to us about what it’s like to voice a Victorian, why he didn’t get to sing in Postman Pat: The Movie and what got him into acting.

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Stephen Mangan
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 11 mins
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Slow Motion

2 ratings

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From one of the most gifted writers of her generation comes the harrowing and exquisitely written true story of how a family tragedy saved her life. Dani Shapiro was a young girl from a deeply religious home who became the girlfriend of a famous and flamboyant married attorney - her best friend's stepfather. The moment Lenny Klein entered her life, everything changed: She dropped out of college, began to drink heavily, and became estranged from her family and friends. But then the phone call came. There had been an accident on a snowy road near her family's home in New Jersey, and both her parents lay hospitalized in critical condition. This haunting memoir traces her journey back into the world she had left behind. At a time when she was barely able to take care of herself, she was faced with the terrifying task of taking care of two people who needed her desperately. Dani Shapiro charts a riveting emotional course as she retraces her isolated, overprotected Orthodox Jewish childhood in an anti-Semitic suburb and draws the connections between that childhood and her inevitable rebellion and self-destructiveness. She tells of a life nearly ruined by the gift of beauty and then saved by the worst thing imaginable. This is a beautiful and unforgettable memoir of a life utterly transformed by tragedy.

©2012 Dani Shapiro (P)2020 Random House Audio

Narrator: Dani Shapiro
Author: Dani Shapiro
Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
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Joel Dommett

1 rating

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Joel Dommett is no stranger to oversharing. The stand-up comedian and star of I’m a Celebrity was once the victim of a humiliating catfishing scam and has brilliantly spun his own embarrassment into comedy gold.  His first book, It's Not Me, It's Them: Confessions of a Hopeless Modern Romantic, explores the territory of his adolescent experiences in sex, dating and relationships.  In this interview he talks about making good out of bad, being an obsessive and some excruciating anecdotes....

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Joel Dommett
Length: 12 mins
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Rutger Bregman

7 ratings

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Rutger Bregman joins Gabriel Fleming in the Audible Studios to discuss his latest best-selling publication, Utopia for Realists. Rutger Bregman is one of Europe's most prominent young thinkers. At 29, he is a historian and an author with four books already under his belt, not to mention a regular spot on the revered online journalism platform The Correspondent and publications in The Washington Post and The Guardian.

©2017 Audible Studios (P)2017 Audible Studios

Narrator: Rutger Bregman
Length: 11 mins
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The Heart

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This intimate account offers a new, unexpected understanding of the artist’s work and of the vibrant 1930s surrealist scene. In 1938, just as she was leaving Mexico for her first solo exhibition in New York, Frida Kahlo was devastated to learn from her husband, Diego Rivera, that he intended to divorce her. This latest blow followed a long series of betrayals, most painful of all his affair with her beloved younger sister, Cristina, in 1934. In early 1939, anxious and adrift, Kahlo traveled from the United States to France - her only trip to Europe, and the beginning of a unique period of her life when she was enjoying success on her own. Now, for the first time, this previously overlooked part of her story is brought to light in exquisite detail. Marc Petitjean takes the listener to Paris, where Kahlo spends her days alongside luminaries such as Pablo Picasso, André Breton, Dora Maar, and Marcel Duchamp. Using Kahlo’s whirlwind romance with the author’s father, Michel Petitjean, as a jumping-off point, The Heart: Frida Kahlo in Paris provides a striking portrait of the artist and an inside look at the history of one of her most powerful, enigmatic paintings.

©2020 Marc Petitjean (P)2020 Scribd Audio

Narrator: Antony Ferguson
Length: 3 hrs and 44 mins
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Making It up as I Go Along

1 rating

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You'll be wincing in recognition and scratching your head in incredulity, but like Marian herself you won't be able to stop laughing at the sheer delightful absurdity that is modern life - because each and every one of us is clearly making it up as we go along. She has wonderful and tickling words of advice for those fast approaching 50.

©2016 Marian Keyes (P)2016 W F Howes Ltd

Narrator: Aoife McMahon
Author: Marian Keyes
Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
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Picasso and the Painting That Shocked the World

5 ratings

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When Picasso became Picasso: the story of how an obscure young painter from Barcelona came to Paris and made himself into the most influential artist of the 20th century In 1900, an 18-year-old Spaniard named Pablo Picasso made his first trip to Paris. It was in this glittering capital of the international art world that, after suffering years of poverty and neglect, he emerged as the leader of a bohemian band of painters, sculptors, and poets. Fueled by opium and alcohol, inspired by raucous late-night conversations at the Lapin Agile cabaret, Picasso and his friends resolved to shake up the world. For most of these years Picasso lived and worked in a squalid tenement known as the Bateau Lavoir, in the heart of picturesque Montmartre. Here he met his first true love, Fernande Olivier, a muse whom he would transform in his art from Symbolist goddess to Cubist monster. These were years of struggle, often of desperation, but Picasso later looked back on them as the happiest of his long life. Recognition came slowly: first in the avant-garde circles in which he traveled, and later among a small group of daring collectors, including the Americans Leo and Gertrude Stein. In 1906, Picasso began the vast, disturbing masterpiece known as Les Demoiselles d'Avignon. Inspired by the groundbreaking painting of Paul Cezanne and the startling inventiveness of African and tribal sculpture, Picasso created a work that captured and defined the disorienting experience of modernity itself. The painting proved so shocking that even his friends assumed he'd gone mad. Only his colleague George Braque understood what Picasso was trying to do. Over the next few years they teamed up to create Cubism, the most revolutionary and influential movement in 20th-century art. This is the story of an artistic genius with a singular creative gift. It is filled with heartbreak and triumph, despair and delirium, all of it played out against the backdrop of the world's most captivating city.

©2018 Simon & Schuster Audio (P)2018 Simon & Schuster Audio

Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
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Voltaire

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Discover the remarkable life of Voltaire in less than an hour.... Free bonus inside! Voltaire, born François-Marie Arouet in Paris, France, was a writer and leading figure of the Enlightenment. His insistence that all authority could and must be questioned was so radical, he ended up in prison several times and was ultimately exiled. Voltaire’s writings were instrumental in influencing the American and French revolutions. Man as a being with natural rights was a radical concept at the time, but one which the American founding fathers embraced. Voltaire’s anger was specifically directed at the arbitrary powers of the state and the church. The French legal system treated aristocrats differently than ordinary citizens. The Catholic church, too, wielded its dictatorial power. Voltaire incurred the wrath of both kings and bishops with his unrelenting attacks on such abuses of freedom. Unwilling to be silenced, Voltaire continued his demand for individual freedom throughout the span of his entire life. Only after his death was he officially welcomed back to Paris, and Voltaire’s remains now rest in the Parisian Panthéon, the burial place for the country’s national heroes. Discover a plethora of topics such as Literary success and financial failure Émilie: the love of his life Years in exile Candide and morality Voltaire’s final year and death And much more! So, if you want a quick and easy audiobook on Voltaire, listen now!

©2019 Hourly History (P)2019 Hourly History

Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
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Robert Harris

3 ratings

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Author of 11 best-selling novels including the Cicero trilogy, Fatherland and An Officer and a Spy, former journalist and master of thrillers Robert Harris visits the Audible Studios to discuss his latest novel, Munich, set against the backdrop of the fateful Munich conference in 1938 that changed history.  Harris' journey into publishing began with nonfiction titles such as A Higher Form of Killing and The Making of Neil Kinnock, but after winning a contract in 1991 to write a biography of Le Carre's life, things took a dramatic turn. Le Carre would not allow the biography to be published until after his death, so Harris went about preparing the first of his fiction titles, Fatherland, which consequently changed his life and thrust Harris into the limelight. Robert's unique ability to weave fiction through historical events makes him one of the UK's most successful thriller writers, and he's here to discuss the inspiration behind Munich, the intricate research behind his books and the underlying current throughout all of his novels. 

©2017 Audible Ltd (P)2017 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Robert Harris
Length: 14 mins
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The Vanity Fair Diaries

17 ratings

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Tina Brown kept delicious daily diaries throughout her eight spectacular years as editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair. Today they provide an incendiary portrait of the flash and dash and power brokering of the Excessive Eighties in New York and Hollywood. The Vanity Fair Diaries is the story of an Englishwoman barely out of her 20s who arrives in New York City with a dream. Summoned from London in hopes that she can save Condé Nast's troubled new flagship Vanity Fair, Tina Brown is immediately plunged into the maelstrom of the competitive New York media world and the backstabbing rivalries at the court of the planet's slickest, most glamour-focused magazine company. She survives the politics, the intrigue, and the attempts to derail her by a simple stratagem: succeeding. In the face of rampant skepticism, she triumphantly reinvents a failing magazine. Here are the inside stories of Vanity Fair scoops and covers that sold millions - the Reagan kiss, the meltdown of Princess Diana's marriage to Prince Charles, the sensational Annie Leibovitz cover of a gloriously pregnant, naked Demi Moore. Within the diary's cinematic minutes, the drama, the comedy, and the struggle of running an "it" magazine come to life. Brown's Vanity Fair Diaries is also a woman's journey, of making a home in a new country, and of the deep bonds with her husband, their prematurely born son, and their daughter. Astute, open-hearted, often riotously funny, Tina Brown's The Vanity Fair Diaries is a compulsively fascinating and intimate chronicle of a woman's life in a glittering era.

©2017 Tina Brown (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

Narrator: Tina Brown
Author: Tina Brown
Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
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Elsewhere

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After eight commanding works of fiction, the Pulitzer Prize winner now turns to memoir in a hilarious, moving, and always surprising account of his life, his parents, and the upstate New York town they all struggled variously to escape. Anyone familiar with Richard Russo's acclaimed novels will recognize Gloversville, once famous for producing that eponymous product and anything else made of leather. This is where the author grew up, the only son of an aspirant mother and a charming, feckless father who were born into this close-knit community. But by the time of his childhood in the 1950s, prosperity was inexorably being replaced by poverty and illness (often tannery-related), with everyone barely scraping by under a very low horizon. A world elsewhere was the dream his mother instilled in Rick, and strived for herself, and their subsequent adventures and tribulations in achieving that goal - beautifully recounted here - were to prove lifelong, as would Gloversville's fearsome grasp on them both. Fraught with the timeless dynamic of going home again, encompassing hopes and fears and the relentless tides of familial and individual complications, this story is arresting, comic, heartbreaking, and truly beautiful: an immediate classic.

©2012 Richard Russo (P)2012 Random House Audio

Narrator: Richard Russo
Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
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Kathryn Hughes

1 rating

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Kathryn Hughes joins Sophie Plateau in the Audible Studios to discuss her bestselling novel, The Secret.

©2016 Audible Ltd (P)2016 Audible Ltd

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A Handful of Earth, a Handful of Sky

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A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky: The World of Octavia E. Butler offers a blueprint for a creative life from the perspective of award-winning science-fiction writer and “MacArthur Genius” Octavia E. Butler. It is a collection of ideas about how to look, listen, breathe - how to be in the world.  This audiobook is about the creative process. Author Lynell George not only engages the world that shaped Octavia E. Butler, she also explores the very specific processes through which Butler shaped herself - her unique process of self-making. It’s about creating a life with what little you have-hand-me-down books, repurposed diaries, journals, stealing time to write in the middle of the night, making a small check stretch - bit by bit by bit. Highly visual and packed with photographs of Butler’s ephemera, A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky draws the reader into Butler’s world, creating a sense of unmatched intimacy with the deeply private writer. There’s a great resurgence of interest in Butler’s work. Readers have been turning to her writing to make sense of contemporary chaos, to find a plot point that might bring clarity or calm. Her books have become the centerpiece of book-group discussions, while universities and entire cities have chosen her titles to anchor “Big Read", “Freshman Read", and “One Book/One City” programs. The interest has gone beyond the printed page; Ava DuVernay is adapting Butler’s novel Dawn for television. A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky brings Octavia’s prescient wisdom and careful thinking out of the novel and into the world. A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky will be beloved by both scholars and fans of Butler, as well as aspiring writers and creatives who are looking for a model or a spark of inspiration. It offers a visual album of a creative life-a map that others can follow. Butler once wrote that science fiction was simply “a handful of earth, a handful of sky, and everything in between.” This book offers a slice of the in between.

©2020 Lynell George (P)2021 Random House Audio

Narrator: Adenrele Ojo
Length: 5 hrs
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Louise Doughty

1 rating

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Louise Doughty is the author of the several novels, most notably Whatever You Love and Apple Tree Yard, the latter of which is soon to be turned into a BBC adaptation staring Emily Watson. Louise joins Robin Morgan to talk about her career and her new novel, Black Water, which takes us from Indonesia to the Netherlands, to California throughout the 20th century.

©2016 Audible Ltd (P)2016 Audible Ltd

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Dan Hardy

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Dan Hardy joins Robin Morgan in the Audible Studios to talk about his autobiography Part Reptile: UFC, MMA and Me. Dan 'The Outlaw' Hardy is a mixed martial artist, UFC World Title challenger and now television commentator and analyst for the UFC. After turning professional with the UFC in 2004, Dan fought 36 times with 25 wins and 12 knockouts. Until, in 2013, he was diagnosed with a symptomless but very rare heart condition. He's well known for his outspoken views on the use of psychedelic drugs, the spiritual exploration of his mind and his love of clean eating.

©2017 Audible Studios (P)2017 Audible Studios

Narrator: Dan Hardy
Author: Robin Morgan
Length: 15 mins
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Jeanette Winterson

2 ratings

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Jeanette Winterson joins Robin Morgan in the Audible Studios in this exclusive interview. Jeanette discusses her latest collection of short stories (and recipes) for Christmas and the experience of recording audiobooks and shares some recommendations from her own library.

©2016 Audible Ltd (P)2016 Audible Ltd

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Oli White

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Listen to an exclusive interview with YouTube sensation and all-round nice guy Oli White as he releases his debut novel, Generation Next..

©2016 Audible Ltd (P)2016 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Audible, Oli White
Length: 11 mins
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Matt Lucas

3 ratings

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We're joined in the Audible Studios by the award-winning comedian, actor and writer Matt Lucas, to discuss his first autobiography, Little Me: My Life from A-Z. Lucas started his comedy career in the early '90s, working with Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer on The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer and Shooting Stars, where he played giant baby George Dawes. He went on to gain major success with costar David Walliams in Little Britain and Come Fly with Me, for which they won three BAFTAs, three NTAs and two International Emmy Awards. Matt speaks to us about his career successes and tells us all about the new book.

©2017 Audible Ltd (P)2017 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Matt Lucas
Length: 9 mins
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Ian Wright

1 rating

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Legendary footballer Ian Wright joins Gabriel Fleming in the Audible Studios to discuss his autobiography, A Life in Football.

©2016 Audible, Ltd (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: Ian Wright
Length: 16 mins
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Thunder Through My Veins

5 ratings

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Gregory Scofield's Thunder Through My Veins is the heartbreakingly beautiful memoir of one man's journey toward self-discovery, acceptance, and the healing power of art. Few people can justify a memoir at the age of 33. Gregory Scofield is the exception, a young man who has inhabited several lives in the time most of us can manage only one. Born into a Métis family of Cree, Scottish, English, and French descent but never told of his heritage, Gregory knew he was different. His father disappeared after he was born, and at five he was separated from his mother and sent to live with strangers and extended family. There, began a childhood marked by constant loss, poverty, violence, and self-hatred. Only his love for his sensitive but battered mother and his Aunty Georgina, a neighbor who befriended him, kept him alive. It wasn't until he set out to search for his roots and began to chronicle his life in evocative, award-winning poetry, that he found himself released from the burdens of the past and able to draw upon the wisdom of those who went before him. Thunder Through My Veins is Gregory's traumatic, tender, and hopeful story of his fight to rediscover and accept himself in the face of a heritage with diametrically opposed backgrounds.

©2019 Gregory Scofield (P)2019 Penguin Random House Canada

Narrator: Billy Merasty
Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
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Yo, el Rey

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¿Cómo Juan Carlos I, un rey con una fuerza icónica única en Europa, con un país a sus pies, con ciertos políticos cómplices, con dinero y con las mujeres más guapas del mundo, pudo jugárselo todo? En su carrera hacia el abismo fue dejando atrás familia, amigos, prestigio, honorabilidad… ¿Fue por una mujer? ¿Por amor al dinero? ¿Por inconsciencia o por arrogancia? Las respuestas están en este libro crudo, trepidante y conmovedor. Está todo: el rey y el hombre. El niño atemorizado, un juguete en manos de su padre y de Franco, el adolescente que mató accidentalmente a su hermano, el chico enamoradizo y frívolo que coleccionaba novias, el joven que se vio obligado a casarse con una mujer a la que nunca amó. Pero también el ser atormentado y depresivo cuya vida más íntima y sus momentos más secretos se desgranan por primera vez en estas páginas con claridad estremecedora. Juan Carlos I necesitaba la pluma sincera y valiente de Pilar Eyre para retratar hasta el mínimo y oculto detalle todos los aspectos de su vida, desde su lucha por el trono a sus años de fulgor y su lamentable crepúsculo.

©2020 La Esfera de los Libros (P)2021 Audible Studios

Author: Pilar Eyre
Length: 17 hrs and 13 mins
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Now the Drum of War

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The Civil War is seen anew, and a great American family is brought to life, in Robert Roper’s brilliant evocation of the family Whitman. Walt Whitman’s work as a nurse to the wounded soldiers of the Civil War had a profound effect on the way he saw the world. Much less well known is the extraordinary record of his younger brother George Washington Whitman, who led his men in 21 major battles almost to die in a Confederate prison camp as the fighting ended. Drawing on the searing letters that Walt, George, their mother Louisa, and their other brothers wrote to each other during the conflict, Now the Drum of War chronicles the experience of an archetypal American family enduring its own long crisis alongside the anguish of the nation. Robert Roper has constructed a powerful narrative about America’s greatest crucible, and a compelling, braided story of our most original poet and one of our bravest soldiers.

©2008 Robert Roper (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: David Deboy
Author: Robert Roper
Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
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Dan Rather: Stories of a Lifetime

4 ratings

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Tales from the front lines of 60 years of television.   Emmy Award winner and former CBS News anchor Dan Rather brings his unforgettable staged performance, Stories of a Lifetime, to the Minetta Lane Theatre, where it will be recorded live for Audible Theater. In this deeply personal show, the legendary Peabody Award-winning journalist takes audiences through the most pivotal moments of his life, from surviving a debilitating illness as a child in Depression-era Texas to covering monumental moments in American history such as the Civil Rights movement, the assassination of JFK, and Watergate. An intimate evening of candid commentary, memories, and laughter, Stories of a Lifetime is a celebration of the power of a free press and reminder of why it’s more important now than ever.   

©2020 Dan Rather (P)2020 AO Media LLC

Narrator: Dan Rather
Author: Dan Rather
Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
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Walden ou la vie dans les bois

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En 1845, l'écrivain et philosophe Henry David Thoreau, se retire seul pour deux ans et deux mois, en pleine nature dans une cabane de sa confection. De cette expérience, il concevra un récit introspectif au fil des saisons qui deviendra un grand classique de la littérature américaine. "Je gagnai les bois parce que je voulais vivre suivant mûre réflexion, n'affronter que les actes essentiels de la vie, et voir si je ne pourrais apprendre ce qu'elle avait à enseigner, non pas, quand je viendrais à mourir, découvrir que je n'avais pas vécu." (Henry David Thoreau)

©1990 Gallimard (P)2018 Éditions Thélème

Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
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Becoming Duchess Goldblatt

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One of the New York Times' 20 Books to Read in 2020 "Unforgettable...Behind her brilliantly witty and uplifting message is a remarkable vulnerability and candor that reminds us that we are not alone in our struggles - and that we can, against all odds, get through them." (Lori Gottlieb, New York Times-best-selling author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone) Part memoir and part joyful romp through the fields of imagination, the story behind a beloved pseudonymous Twitter account reveals how a writer deep in grief rebuilt a life worth living. Becoming Duchess Goldblatt is two stories: that of the reclusive real-life writer who created a fictional character out of loneliness and thin air, and that of the magical Duchess Goldblatt herself, a bright light in the darkness of social media. Fans around the world are drawn to Her Grace’s voice, her wit, her life-affirming love for all humanity, and the fun and friendship of the community that’s sprung up around her. @DuchessGoldblat (81-year-old literary icon, author of An Axe to Grind) brought people together in her name: in bookstores, museums, concerts, and coffee shops, and along the way, brought real friends home - foremost among them, Lyle Lovett. “The only way to be reliably sure that the hero gets the girl at the end of the story is to be both the hero and the girl yourself.” - Duchess Goldblatt Narrated by Gabra Zackman, with J. Smith Cameron, and Lyle Lovett

©2020 Anonymous (P)2020 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company

Author: Anonymous
Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
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Jamie Smart

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Self-help expert Jamie Smart joins Robin Morgan in the Audible Studios to discuss the writing and narrating processes for his books.

©2017 Audible Studios (P)2017 Audible Studios

Narrator: Jamie Smart
Length: 18 mins
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The Smoking Diaries

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When he turned 65, the playwright Simon Gray began to keep a diary: not a careful honing of the days' events with a view to posterity but an account of his thoughts as he had them, honestly, turbulently, digressively expressed. One of Britain's most amusing and original writers reflects on a life filled with cigarettes (continuing), alcohol (stopped), several triumphs and many more disasters - a record of shame, adultery, friendship and love.  Few diarists have ever been so frank about themselves and even fewer so entertaining.

©2004 Simon Gray (P)2008 Faber Audio

Narrator: Simon Gray
Author: Simon Gray
Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
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Tibetan Peach Pie

12 ratings

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Internationally best-selling novelist and American icon Tom Robbins delivers the long-awaited tale of his wild life and times, both at home and around the globe. Tom Robbins’ warm, wise, and wonderfully weird novels - including Still Life With Woodpecker, Jitterbug Perfume, and Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates - provide an entryway into the frontier of his singular imagination. Madcap but sincere, pulsating with strong social and philosophical undercurrents, his irreverent classics have introduced countless fans to natural born hitchhiking cowgirls, born-again monkeys, a philosophizing can of beans, exiled royalty, and problematic redheads. In Tibetan Peach Pie, Robbins turns that unparalleled literary sensibility inward, stitching together stories of his unconventional life, from his Appalachian childhood to his globetrotting adventures - told in his unique voice that combines the sweet and sly, the spiritual and earthy. The grandchild of Baptist preachers, Robbins would become over the course of half a century a poet-interruptus, an air force weatherman, a radio DJ, an art-critic-turned-psychedelic-journeyman, a world-famous novelist, and a counter-culture hero, leading a life as unlikely, magical, and bizarre as those of his quixotic characters. Robbins offers intimate snapshots of Appalachia during the Great Depression, the West Coast during the '60s psychedelic revolution, international roving before homeland security monitored our travels, and New York publishing when it still relied on trees. Written with the big-hearted comedy and mesmerizing linguistic invention for which he is known, Tibetan Peach Pie is an invitation into the private world of a literary legend.

©2014 Thomas E. Robbins (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers

Author: Tom Robbins
Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
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Bettany Hughes

5 ratings

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Bettany Hughes is a historian, an author and a broadcaster whose many TV and radio documentaries have toured ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt. Her critically acclaimed writing has explored the lives and worlds of Helen of Troy and Socrates, and today she visits the Audible Studios to tell us more about her new book, Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities.

©2017 Audible Studios (P)2017 Audible Studios

Narrator: Bettany Hughes
Length: 12 mins
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The World of Yesterday

17 ratings

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Stefan Zweig's memoir, The World of Yesterday, recalls the golden age of prewar Europe - its seeming permanence, its promise and its devastating fall with the onset of two world wars. Zweig's passionate, evocative prose paints a stunning portrait of an era that danced brilliantly on the brink of extinction. It is an unusually humane account of Europe from the closing years of the 19th century through to World War II, seen through the eyes of one of the most famous writers of his era. Zweig's books (novels, biographies, essays) were translated into numerous languages, and he moved in the highest literary circles; he also encountered many leading political and social figures of his day. The World of Yesterday is a remarkable, totally engrossing history. This translation by the award-winning Anthea Bell captures the spirit of Zweig's writing in arguably his most important work, completed shortly before his tragic death in 1942. It is read with sympathy and understanding by David Horovitch.

©1942 Fischer Verlag. 2011 Anthea Bell (translation) (P)2017 Ukemi Productions Ltd

Narrator: David Horovitch
Length: 17 hrs and 50 mins
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Sue Nelson

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Joining us in the Audible Studios to talk about her book Wally Funk’s Race for Space is science writer and broadcaster Sue Nelson.  Wally Funk was one of the 13 members of the 1961 Women in Space Programme. The female aviation pioneer also became the first female air safety investigator for the NTSB and the first civilian flight instructor at Fort Sill, with over 19,000 flight hours. Sue Nelson, former BBC science correspondent and Radio 4 presenter, documents Wally’s extraordinary life in her new book, Wally Funk’s Race for Space, published in 2018.  Sue Nelson talks to us about the astronaut tests of the '60s, where her own interest in space began and the incredible life of aviation pioneer Wally Funk. 

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Sue Nelson
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 17 mins
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A Passage to Africa

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As a five-year-old, George Alagiah emigrated with his family to Ghana - the first African country to attain independence from the British Empire. A Passage to Africa is Alagiah's shattering catalogue of atrocities crafted into a portrait of Africa that is infused with hope, insight and outrage. In vivid and evocative prose and with a fine eye for detail, Alagiah's viewpoint is spiked with the freshness of the young George on his arrival in Ghana, the wonder with which he recounts his first impressions of Africa and the affection with which he dresses his stories of his early family life.  A sense of possibility lingers, even though the book is full of uncomfortable truths. It is a book neatly balanced on his integrity and sense of obligation in his role as a writer and reporter. The shock of recognition is always there, but it is the personal element that gives A Passage to Africa its originality. Africa becomes not only a group of nations or a vast continent, but an epic of individual pride and suffering.

©2007 George Alagiah (P)2020 Audible, Ltd

Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
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Walden on Wheels

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The story of a student who went to extraordinary lengths - including living in a van on a campus parking lot - to complete his education without sacrificing his financial future. In a frank and self-deprecating voice, memoirist Ken Ilgunas writes about the existential terror of graduating from college with $32,000 in student debt. Inspired by Thoreau, Ilgunas set himself a mission: get out of debt as soon as humanly possible. To that end, he undertook an extraordinary 3-year transcontinental journey, driving to Alaska and taking a series of low-paying jobs. Debt-free, Ilgunas then enrolled himself in a master's program at Duke University, using the last of his savings to buy himself a used Econoline, his new "dorm." The van, stationed in a campus parking lot, would be an adventure, a challenge, a test of his limits. It would be, in short, his "Walden on Wheels."Ilgunas went public in a widely read Salon article that spoke to the urgent student debt situation in America today. He offers a funny and pointed perspective on the dilemma faced by those who seek an education but who also want to, as Thoreau wrote, "live deep and suck out all the marrow of life."

©2013 Ken Ilgunas (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Nick Podehl
Author: Ken Ilgunas
Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
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The Emigrants

5 ratings

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A devastating novel about memory, alienation, and trauma from acclaimed novelist W. G. Sebald. The four long narratives in The Emigrants appear at first to be the straightforward biographies of four Germans in exile. Sebald reconstructs the lives of a painter, a doctor, an elementary-school teacher, and Great Uncle Ambrose. Following (literally) in their footsteps, the narrator retraces routes of exile which lead from Lithuania to London, from Munich to Manchester, from the South German provinces to Switzerland, France, New York, Constantinople, and Jerusalem. Along with memories, documents, and diaries of the Holocaust, he collects photographs - the enigmatic snapshots which stud The Emigrants and bring to mind family photo albums. Sebald combines precise documentary with fictional motifs, and as he puts the question to realism, the four stories merge into one unfathomable requiem.

©1992 Vito von Eichborn GmbH & Co Verlag KG, Frankfurt am Main (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. English translation © 1996 by The Harvill Press

Narrator: Mel Foster
Author: W. G. Sebald
Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
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Melanie Brown

1 rating

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Joining us in the Audible Studios to discuss her tell-all memoir, Brutally Honest, is Spice Girl and TV presenter Melanie brown.  Beyond being a Spice Girl, Mel B is now also an advocate for women across the world who suffer from domestic violence. Melanie’s memoir is a compelling, frank and inspirational story of a woman who has lived through many challenges but refuses to be shamed any more.   In this interview, Mel spoke to us about revisiting painful memories in writing her memoir, the process of casting the audiobook and the feedback she's got already from her nearest and dearest.   

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Melanie Brown
Length: 14 mins
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A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

8 ratings

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Dave Eggers scored a worldwide phenomenon with this memoir that topped national best-seller lists and has since become a staple for summer reading and book clubs. A compelling voice for Generation X, Eggers hererecounts his early 20s, caring for his younger brother after their parents’ unexpected deaths and his endeavors in a variety of media.

©2000 David K. Eggers (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

Narrator: Dion Graham
Author: Dave Eggers
Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
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The Golden Age of Murder

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A real-life detective story, investigating how Agatha Christie and colleagues in a mysterious literary club transformed crime fiction, writing books casting new light on unsolved murders whilst hiding clues to their authors' darkest secrets. This is the first book about the Detection Club, the world's most famous and most mysterious social network of crime writers. Drawing on years of in-depth research, it reveals the astonishing story of how members such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers reinvented detective fiction. Detective stories from the so-called "Golden Age" between the wars are often dismissed as cosily conventional. Nothing could be further from the truth: some explore forensic pathology and shocking serial murders, others delve into police brutality and miscarriages of justice; occasionally the innocent are hanged, or murderers get away scot-free. Their authors faced up to the Slump and the rise of Hitler during years of economic misery and political upheaval, and wrote books agonising over guilt and innocence, good and evil, and explored whether killing a fellow human being was ever justified. Though the stories included no graphic sex scenes, sexual passions of all kinds seethed just beneath the surface. Attracting feminists, gay and lesbian writers, Socialists and Marxist sympathisers, the Detection Club authors were young, ambitious, and at the cutting edge of popular culture - some had sex lives as bizarre as their mystery plots. Fascinated by real life crimes, they cracked unsolved cases and threw down challenges to Scotland Yard, using their fiction to take revenge on people who hurt them, to conduct covert relationships, and even as an outlet for homicidal fantasy. Their books anticipated not only CSI, Jack Reacher, and Gone Girl, but also Lord of the Flies.

©2015 Martin Edwards (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Narrator: Leighton Pugh
Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
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The Secret History of Vladimir Nabokov

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A startling and revelatory examination of Nabokov’s life and works—notably Pale Fire and Lolita—bringing new insight into one of the twentieth century’s most enigmatic authors. Novelist Vladimir Nabokov witnessed the horrors of his century, escaping Revolutionary Russia then Germany under Hitler, and fleeing France with his Jewish wife and son just weeks before Paris fell to the Nazis. He repeatedly faced accusations of turning a blind eye to human suffering to write artful tales of depravity. But does one of the greatest writers in the English language really deserve the label of amoral aesthete bestowed on him by so many critics? Using information from newly-declassified intelligence files and recovered military history, journalist Andrea Pitzer argues that far from being a proponent of art for art’s sake, Vladimir Nabokov managed to hide disturbing history in his fiction—history that has gone unnoticed for decades. Nabokov emerges as a kind of documentary conjurer, spending the most productive decades of his career recording a saga of forgotten concentration camps and searing bigotry, from World War I to the Gulag and the Holocaust. Lolita surrenders Humbert Humbert’s secret identity, and reveals a Nabokov appalled by American anti-Semitism. The lunatic narrator of Pale Fire recalls Russian tragedies that once haunted the world. From Tsarist courts to Nazi film sets, from CIA front organizations to wartime Casablanca, the story of Nabokov’s family is the story of his century—and both are woven inextricably into his fiction.

©2013 Andrea Pitzer (P)2013 AudioGO

Narrator: Susan Boyce
Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
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Franz Kafka - Leben und Schreiben

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Franz Kafka (1883-1924) gehört zu den einflussreichsten Schriftstellern des 20. Jahrhunderts. Zu Lebzeiten veröffentliche er nur eine Hand voll Erzählungen, darunter seine bekannteste, "Die Verwandlung". Die Romane "Der Prozess", "Das Schloss" und "Der Verschollene" erschienen erst nach seinem Tod. Sie begründeten Kafkas Weltruhm als seismographischen Interpreten der Moderne. Der englische Kafka-Spezialist Ritchie Robertson erhellt beides: Kafkas krisengeschütteltes Leben und die Raffiniertheit seiner oft rätselhaft anmutenden Texte. Er zeigt anschaulich, wie Kafka die charakteristischen Themen der modernen Welt - Körper, Macht und Religion - erkundet. Sein lebendiges Porträt weist neue Wege zu einem besseren Verständnis von Kafkas Lebens- und Vorstellungswelt.

©2017 SAGA Egmont. Übersetzung von Josef Billen (P)2017 SAGA Egmont

Narrator: Axel Thielmann
Length: 2 hrs and 5 mins
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Hannah Fry

5 ratings

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Joining us in the Audible Studios to talk about her latest book, Hello World, is mathematician, UCL lecturer, public speaker and presenter Hannah Fry.   Alongside her academic position at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at UCL, where her research into the patterns of human behaviour can apply to a huge range of social problems, Fry’s expertise has also led to the development of several BBC documentaries including City in the Sky and her long-running BBC Radio 4 show, The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry. Her latest book, Hello World, was published in August 2018.   Hannah Fry talks to us about handing autonomy to machines, where art and algorithms intersect and the time her husband had to deal with the trolley problem in real life. 

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Hannah Fry
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 14 mins
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I Can't Complain

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Elinor Lipman has populated her fictional universe with characters so utterly real that we feel like they're old friends. Now she shares an even more intimate world with us - her own - in essays that offer a candid, charming take on modern life. Looking back and forging ahead, she considers the subjects that matter most: childhood and condiments, long marriage and solo living, career and politics. Here you'll find the lighthearted: a celebration of four decades of All My Children, a reflection on being Jewish in heavily Irish-Catholic Lowell on St. Patrick's Day, a hilariously unflinching account of her tiptoe into online dating. But she also tackles the serious and profound in eloquent stories of unexpected widowhood and caring for elderly parents that use her struggles to illuminate ours.

©2013 Elinor Lipman (P)2013 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Narrator: Elinor Lipman
Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
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The Turquoise Ledge

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Leslie Marmon Silko established herself as “the finest prose writer of her generation” (Larry McMurtry) with her debut novel Ceremony, one of the most acclaimed works of the 20th century. Of mixed Laguna Pueblo, Cherokee, Mexican, and white heritage, Silko brings a unique perspective to her powerful works. In this deeply personal and spiritual book, she combines memoirs, traditional storytelling, and ruminations on the natural world.

©2011 Leslie Marmon Silko (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

Narrator: Alma Cuervo
Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
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Ricochet

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When three colleagues die violently during a single wartime election day in Central America, two female journalists, best friends, are hurled into a torrent of change in their personal and professional lives and in their relationship with each other. The author, bedeviled by stress and feelings of abandonment, hangs on by her fingernails to reporting while her dear friend "just can't take another picture of a dead body" and throws herself into teaching photography to children who live in a garbage dump. Big questions quietly roil their lives - what is our responsibility to history? To individuals? - until, unexpectedly, they approach an answer together when a child from the dump goes missing. Mary Jo McConahay is the author of Maya Roads, One Woman's Journey Among the People of the Rainforest. She is an award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker whose coverage of war, politics, and international justice issues over three decades has appeared in Time, Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, Vogue, Rolling Stone, and dozens of other newspapers and magazines. Also a believer in writing "deep travel", weaving local history and voices into narrative, she is the current Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year, a distinction considered equivalent to the Pulitzer Prize in the genre. Maya Roads' awards include the Northern California Book Award for Best Nonfiction Book, National Geographic Traveler Book of the Month, Society of American Travel Writers Grand Award, Independent Publisher's Award for Best Travel Essay Book, Los Angeles BookNews International Book Awards for Best New Nonfiction Book, Best Travel Essay Book, and Best Memoir/Autobiography. This is a short audiobook originally published as an ebook by Shebooks - high quality fiction, memoir, and journalism for women, by women.

©2014 Mary Jo McConahay (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Betsy Baker
Length: 1 hr and 41 mins
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Ceridwen Dovey on J. M. Coetzee

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For Ceridwen Dovey, J. M. Coetzee ‘has always been there, an unseen but strongly felt presence in our small family drama’. As a child, she observed with fascination her mother’s immersion in Coetzee’s writing as she worked on what would become the first critical study of his early novels. Even now, as a writer herself, Ceridwen’s relationship with Coetzee’s books is still mediated by her mother’s readings of them: to get to him, she must first step through her mother’s formidable mind.  With tenderness and insight, Dovey draws on this personal history to explore the Nobel Prize winner’s work - how his books ‘do theory’ on themselves - while also tracing the intellectual heritage that has been passed from mother to daughter. In the Writers on Writers series, leading writers reflect on another Australian writer who has inspired and fascinated them. Provocative, crisp and written from a practitioner’s perspective, the series starts a fresh conversation between past and present, writer and listener. It sheds light on the craft of writing and introduces some intriguing and talented authors and their work.

©2018 Ceridwen Dovey (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: Louine Shaw
Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
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Nichi Hodgson

1 rating

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Joining us in the Audible Studios to talk about her latest book, The Curious History of Dating: From Jane Austen to Tinder, is British journalist, broadcaster and author Nichi Hodgson.    A regular contributor to The Guardian, Vice and The Telegraph on issues of civil liberties, gender politics and sex, and the law, Nichi Hodgson was one of the first British journalists to court-report via Twitter. Her latest book, The Curious History of Dating: From Jane Austen to Tinder, looks at the history of dating in all its various forms.  Nichi Hodgson talks to us about women’s rights, sexuality in the Victorian period and a parliamentary debate about lesbianism.  

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Nichi Hodgson
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 15 mins
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Philippe Sands

3 ratings

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Audible exclusive. Philippe Sands drops by to discuss East West Street, a historical memoir crossing decades.

©2016 Audible Ltd (P)2016 Audible Ltd

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Radio Shangri-La

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Lisa Napoli was in the grip of a crisis, dissatisfied with her life and her work as a radio journalist. When a chance encounter with a handsome stranger presented her with an opportunity to move halfway around the world, Lisa left behind cosmopolitan Los Angeles for a new adventure in the ancient Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan - said to be one of the happiest places on earth. Long isolated from industrialization and just beginning to open its doors to the modern world, Bhutan is a deeply spiritual place, devoted to environmental conservation and committed to the happiness of its people - in fact, Bhutan measures its success in Gross National Happiness rather than in GNP. In a country without a single traffic light, its citizens are believed to be among the most content in the world. To Lisa, it seemed to be a place that offered the opposite of her fast-paced life in the United States, where the noisy din of sound-bite news and cell phones dominate our days, and meaningful conversation is a rare commodity; where everyone is plugged in digitally, yet rarely connects with the people around them. Thousands of miles away from everything and everyone she knows, Lisa creates a new community for herself. As she helps to start Bhutan's first youth-oriented radio station, Kuzoo FM, she must come to terms with her conflicting feelings about the impact of the medium on a country that had been shielded from its effects. Immersing herself in Bhutan'ss rapidly changing culture, Lisa realizes that her own perspective on life is changing as well - and that she is discovering the sense of purpose and joy that she has been yearning for. In this smart, heartfelt, and beautifully written book, sure to please fans of transporting travel narratives and personal memoirs alike, Lisa Napoli discovers that the world is a beautiful and complicated place–and comes to appreciate her life for the adventure it is.

©2011 Lisa Napoli (P)2011 Random House

Narrator: Lisa Napoli
Author: Lisa Napoli
Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
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Bandersnatch

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C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Inklings met each week to read and discuss each other's work-in-progress, offering both encouragement and blistering critique. How did these conversations shape the books they were writing? How does creative collaboration enhance individual talent? And what can we learn from their example? Bandersnatch offers an inside look at the Inklings of Oxford, and a seat at their table at the Eagle and Child pub. It shows how encouragement and criticism made all the difference in The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, and dozens of other books written by the members of their circle. You'll learn what made these writers tick, and more: inspired by their example, you'll discover how collaboration can help your own creative process and lead to genius breakthroughs in whatever work you do.

©2016 Diana Pavlac Glyer (P)2016 Diana Pavlac Glyer

Narrator: Michael Ward
Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
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Ollie Ollerton

3 ratings

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Joining us at Audible Studios is ex-Special Forces soldier and member of the director staff for SAS: Who Dares Wins, Ollie Ollerton. He has penned a novel, Break Point, to share his life story and secrets for achievement.   Break Point travels through Ollerton's life to depict his most challenging moments, from a freak childhood accident, through his time in Iraq and Baghdad, including high-speed shoot-outs, counter-terrorism and humanitarian heroics.   In this interview, we spoke about Ollerton's belief in fate and visualisation, his views on women in the Special Forces, and how his life has led him to his business break-point.

©2019 Audible Ltd (P)2019 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Ollie Ollerton
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 22 mins
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Jonathan Pryce

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Joining us in the Audible Studios to talk about his narration of the classic Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist is Welsh actor Jonathan Pryce.    Dickens' second published novel, Oliver Twist, has been adapted numerous times. Following orphan Oliver from the workhouse to the streets of London, he meets a pickpocket known as the Artful Dodger, who offers him shelter. There we meet Fagin, Nancy and Bill Sikes. Oliver’s innocence is tested as he witnesses the darker side of London.   With a commanding stage presence, Jonathan Pryce has had a hugely successful stage career - which includes his appearance in productions such as Oliver! and Miss Saigon, for which he won a Tony Award - and screen career, playing the High Sparrow in Game of Thrones, Governor Weatherby Swann in Pirates of the Caribbean, and many more. Pryce now narrates the audio version of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist.     In this interview, Jonathan Pryce talks to us about the narrating Oliver Twist, why he loves acting onstage and how he has carved quite a niche for himself by playing Argentinian heads of state.     

©2019 Audible Ltd (P)2019 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Jonathan Pryce
Length: 13 mins
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Geography of the Heart

1 rating

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From the author of the award-winning novels Crossing the River and Scissors, Paper, Rock comes a powerful book about the transformative power of love. Fenton Johnson recounts the history of "how I feel in love how I came to be with someone else, how he came to death and how I helped." Johnson interweaves two stories: his own upbringing as the youngest of a Kentucky whiskey maker's nine children, and that of his lover Larry Rose, the only child of German Jews. survivors of the Holocaust.

©1996 Fenton Johnson (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Fenton Johnson
Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
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Matt Haig - July 2017

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Matt Haig, the award-winning best-selling author for children and adults, joins Robin Morgan for his second time in the Audible Studios to discuss his new book How to Stop Time. It follows the character of Tom Hazard, a man that looks 41 but, owing to a rare condition, has actually been alive for centuries. Matt Haig tells Robin about how he came up with the idea for the book as well as its new film adaptation, produced and starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Matt also discusses his best-selling children's novel, A Boy Called Christmas, which is also being made into a film. He also talks about the October 2017 release of his new festive children's book, Father Christmas and Me.

©2017 Audible Ltd (P)2017 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Matt Haig
Length: 13 mins
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Lessons

51 ratings

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The instant New York Times best seller  Supermodel and philanthropist Gisele Bündchen shares personal stories, insights, and photos to explore lessons that have helped shape her life. Gisele Bündchen's journey began in southern Brazil, growing up with five sisters, playing volleyball, and rescuing the dogs and cats around her hometown. In fact, she wanted to become either a professional volley player or a veterinarian. But at the age of 14, fate suddenly intervened in the form of a modeling scout, who spotted her in São Paulo. Four years later, Gisele's appearance in Alexander McQueen's memorably rain-soaked London runway show in the spring 1998 launched her spectacular career as a fashion model, and put an end to the "heroin chic" era of fashion. Since then, Gisele has appeared in almost 400 ad campaigns and on over 1200 magazine covers. She has walked in more than 470 fashion shows for the most influential brands in the world. Gisele has become an icon, leaving a lasting mark on the fashion industry. But until now, few people have gotten to know the real Gisele, a woman whose private life stands in dramatic contrast to her public image. In Lessons, she reveals for the first time who she really is and what she's learned over the past 37 years to help her live a meaningful life - a journey that takes listeners from a childhood spent barefoot in small-town Brazil, to an internationally successful career, motherhood and marriage to quarterback Tom Brady. A work of great openness and vulnerability, Lessons reveals the inner life of a very public woman.

©2018 Gisele Bündchen (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
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Louise Doughty - August 2019

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Joining us at Audible Studios is Louise Doughty, an English fiction and non-fiction writer, a playwright and a journalist. Doughty studied for an MA in Creative Writing. As her writing for newspapers and radio began to garner more attention, she wrote and released her first novel, and hasn't stopped since then. One of her novels, Apple Tree Yard, was adapted into a BBC series under the same name. Doughty has been on the panel for many literary prizes and festivals, including the Man Booker Prize 2008, and the Costa Book of the Year Award 2015. She has recently released her most recent novel, Platform Seven, which opens with a man on the edge of a train platform, and the narrator who knows he is about to jump. We will be speaking to Louise Doughty about her new, thrilling book, her wide ranging topics that are addressed in her books, and how she has created such riveting fiction over so many years, in novels and radio plays.

©2019 Audible Ltd (P)2019 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Louise Doughty
Length: 14 mins
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Nabokov in America

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The author of the immortal Lolita and Pale Fire, born to an eminent Russian family, conjures the apotheosis of the high modernist artist: cultured, refined - as European as they come. But Vladimir Nabokov, who came to America fleeing the Nazis, came to think of his time here as the richest of his life. Indeed, Nabokov was not only happiest here, but his best work flowed from his response to this exotic land. Robert Roper fills out this period in the writer's life with charm and insight - covering Nabokov's critical friendship with Edmund Wilson, his time at Cornell, and his role at Harvard's Museum of Comparative Zoology. But Nabokov in America finds its narrative heart in his serial sojourns into the wilds of the West, undertaken with his wife, Vera, and their son over more than a decade. Nabokov covered more than 200,000 miles as he indulged his other passion: butterfly collecting. Roper has mined fresh sources to bring detail to these journeys and traces their significant influence in Nabokov's work: on two-lane highways and in late '40s motels and cafés, we feel Lolita draw near and understand Nabokov's seductive familiarity with the American mundane. Nabokov in America is also a love letter to US literature in Nabokov's broad embrace of it, from Melville to the Beats. Reading Roper, we feel anew the mountain breezes and the miles logged, the rich learning and the romantic mind behind some of Nabokov's most beloved books.

©2015 Robert Roper (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Victor Bevine
Author: Robert Roper
Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
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In America

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Nel 1966, un giovanissimo Tiziano Terzani ha già messo le prime basi della sua eccezionale avventura di giornalista e viaggiatore: un lavoro per l'Olivetti che gli permette di girare il mondo e gli dà la possibilità di scrivere i primi articoli per l'Astrolabio, settimanale della sinistra indipendente diretto da Ferruccio Parri. Inquieto per temperamento, Terzani vuole però realizzare il suo sogno di ragazzo e fare il reporter a tempo pieno. Così, l'anno successivo, coglie al volo l'occasione di una borsa di studio per un master alla Columbia University, si dimette dall'Olivetti e s'imbarca a Genova con la moglie Angela, per scoprire gli Stati Uniti e poterli finalmente raccontare.  Come scoprirà l'ascoltatore nella densa prefazione di Angela Terzani Staude, saranno due anni molto intensi, vissuti prima a New York, poi in California, dove Tiziano comincia a studiare il cinese alla Stanford University, e per il resto del tempo in un fondamentale viaggio attraverso "la pancia dell'America" - come Tiziano chiamava gli stati interni del Midwest e del Deep South. Ma sarà anche un periodo in cui, in un continuo alternarsi di entusiasmi e delusioni, si riveleranno in tutta la loro forza i conflitti generazionali e politici del '68 destinati di lì a poco a travolgere l'intero Occidente. Come racconterà in seguito ne "La fine è il mio inizio": "Quando partii per l'America Parri mi disse 'Ti prego, scrivi, ne sarò felicissimo'. E io per due anni ogni settimana ho scritto sull'America, sulle elezioni, sui negri, sulla protesta contro la guerra in Vietnam, la marcia su Washington e gli assassinii di Robert Kennedy e Martin Luther King". Proprio questi sorprendenti reportage inediti, vengono qui raccolti da Àlen Loreti. Sono cronache da un mondo in rivolta, in cui Terzani dà prova per la prima volta del suo straordinario istinto da grande reporter, che gli permette di individuare e di raccontare gli eventi più importanti ed emozionanti della Storia.

©2018 Longanesi (P)2019 Adriano Salani Editore

Narrator: Edoardo Siravo
Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
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A Place to Stand

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Jimmy Santiago Baca has been called an heir to Pablo Neruda and one of the best poets in America today. At the age of 21, however, he was illiterate and facing five to 10 years in a maximum-security penitentiary for selling drugs. Five years later, he emerged from prison with the ability to read and a passion for writing poetry. A Place to Stand is his memoir of childhood on the small farms of New Mexico, his adolescence spent in orphanages and detention centers, his years as a drug dealer in San Diego and Arizona, and his extraordinary personal transformation under the harrowing conditions behind bars. Life in prison was often brutal, and Baca describes the extreme measures he had to take to survive, from beating another inmate with a lead pipe to slicing an attacker's stomach with a butcher's knife. Although these were acts of self-defense, they landed him repeatedly in solitary confinement. His time in isolation was intended to break his spirit, but it proved to be the catalyst for an extraordinary series of memories and revelations that endowed him with an indomitable will to resist the dehumanization of prison life. Poetry became an essential element of this newfound sense of self, and the act of writing offered a powerful means of transcending his surroundings. A Place to Stand is a vivid portrait of life inside a maximum-security prison and an affirmation of one man's spirit in overcoming the most brutal adversity.

©2001 Jimmy Santiago Baca (P)2014 Audible Inc.

Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
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Out of Sheer Rage

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Sitting down to write a book about his hero D. H. Lawrence, Geoff Dyer finds himself compelled to write about anything else. He is in fact compelled to do more or less anything else instead of write.  In Sicily he is too preoccupied by his hatred of seafood to follow the great writer's footsteps; in Mexico he cannot get beyond a drug-induced erotic fantasy on a nudist beach...and yet, incredibly, this attempt to write a 'sober academic study' reveals the hold Lawrence and his work still exert on us today.  Out of Sheer Rage is a complete one-off, a richly comic study of the combination of bad temper, procrastination and the uncanny power of obliquity. 

©2018 Geoff Dyer (P)2018 Canongate Books Ltd

Narrator: Tom Hollander
Author: Geoff Dyer
Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
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Bob Mortimer & Paul Whitehouse

3 ratings

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Joining us at Audible Studios are Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse, lifelong friends, fans of fishing, and well-known comedians.   When life got in the way of Mortimer and Whitehouse's friendship, they found their connection dwindled to occasional catch ups and one-off phone calls. Then, conveniently, they were both diagnosed with heart disease! And they realised life is short, and they should spend it together, doing what they love: fishing.   Following the success of their BBC series, Gone Fishing, Mortimer and Whitehouse have created an audiobook of the same name, which is their love letter to the joys of angling and the simple wonder of just having a laugh with your mates.   We spoke to Mortimer and Whitehouse about going off script to record the audiobook, how chatting about their health has got others talking, the importance of silence, wildlife loving Bob, Paul bumping into otters, the wisdom of Paul Daniels, Bob’s expertise on white goods...and the list goes on.  

©2019 Audible Ltd (P)2019 Audible Ltd

Author: Holly Newson
Length: 31 mins
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Istanbul

3 ratings

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A shimmering evocation, by turns intimate and panoramic, of one of the world’s great cities, by its foremost writer. Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk was born in Istanbul and still lives in the family apartment building where his mother first held him in her arms. His portrait of his city is thus also a self-portrait, refracted by memory and the melancholy - or hüzün - that all Istanbullus share: the sadness that comes of living amid the ruins of a lost empire. With cinematic fluidity, Pamuk moves from his glamorous, unhappy parents to the gorgeous, decrepit mansions overlooking the Bosphorus; from the dawning of his self-consciousness to the writers and painters - both Turkish and foreign - who would shape his consciousness of his city. Like Joyce’s Dublin and Borges’ Buenos Aires, Pamuk’s Istanbul is a triumphant encounter of place and sensibility, beautifully written and immensely moving.

©2013 Orhan Pamuk (P)2013 Random House Audio

Narrator: John Lee
Author: Orhan Pamuk
Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
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Un indovino mi disse

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Nella primavera del 1976, a Hong Kong, un vecchio indovino cinese avverte l'autore di questo libro: "Attento! Nel 1993 corri un gran rischio di morire. In quell'anno non volare. Non volare mai". Dopo tanti anni Terzani non dimentica la profezia (che a suo modo si avvera...), ma anzi la trasforma in un'occasione per guardare al mondo con occhi nuovi: decide infatti di non prendere aerei per un anno, senza tuttavia rinunciare al suo mestiere di corrispondente.  Il 1993 diviene così un anno molto particolare di una vita già tanto straordinaria: spostandosi in treno, in nave, in auto, e talvolta anche a piedi, Terzani si trova così a osservare paesi e persone della sua amata Asia da una prospettiva nuova, e spesso ignorata.  Dopo oltre vent'anni di "viaggio" e oltre un milione di copie vendute, lette, rilette, prestate e regalate, "Un indovino mi disse" continua a parlarci con voce sempre nuova e avvincente. "Fu una splendida decisione e l'anno 1993 è finito per essere uno dei più straordinari che io abbia passato: avrei dovuto morire e sono rinato".

©1995 Longanesi (P)2018 Adriano Salani Editore

Narrator: Edoardo Siravo
Length: 17 hrs and 38 mins
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The Boy Between

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Bestselling novelist Amanda Prowse knew how to resolve a fictional family crisis. But then her son came to her with a real one.... Josiah was 19 with the world at his feet when things changed. Without warning, the new university student's mental health deteriorated to the point that he planned his own death. His mother, bestselling author Amanda Prowse, found herself grappling for ways to help him, with no clear sense of where that could be found. This is the book they wish had been there for them during those dark times. Josiah's situation is not unusual: the statistics on student mental health are terrifying. And he was not the only one suffering; his family was also hijacked by his illness, watching him struggle and fearing the day he might succeed in taking his life. In this book, Josiah and Amanda hope to give a voice to those who suffer, and to show them that help can be found. It is Josiah's raw, at times bleak, sometimes humorous, but always honest account of what it is like to live with depression. It is Amanda's heart-rending account of her pain at watching him suffer, speaking from the heart about a mother's love for her child. For anyone with depression and anyone who loves someone with depression, Amanda and Josiah have a clear message - you are not alone, and there is hope.

©2020 Josiah Hartley and Lionhead Media Ltd. (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
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Emma Hannigan

1 rating

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Emma Hannigan describes herself as a 'cancer vixen.' She's beaten the disease a grand total of nine times and turned the boredom of the recovery process into a successful career as an author. Emma visits the Audible studios to talk about her latest novel The Perfect Gift.

©2016 Audible Ltd. (P)2016 Audible Ltd.

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George Monbiot

4 ratings

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George Monbiot is renowned for his passionate and impactful writing on political, social and environmental issues. A fearless investigative journalist, he’s travelled the world in search of stories and has written about subjects as varied as mahogany extraction from Indian reserves in Brazil to the effect of the loneliness epidemic on the health of the British population.  He was at Audible’s studios recording his audiobook and joined us to talk about this latest book - Out of the Wreckage: A New Politics for an Age of Crisis. We spoke about his apparent fearlessness, his views on community and belonging and what direction politics should be going in next. 

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Narrator: George Monbiot
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 15 mins
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Dermot O'Leary - September 2019

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Joining us at Audible Studios is British-Irish television and radio presenter Dermot O'Leary. Well known for his stints hosting the National Television Awards, ITV's The X Factor and Channel 4's Big Brother's Little Brother, O'Leary has become a familiar and household name.   He is well recognised for his charitable acts, including a 24 hour dance, going commando for testicular cancer, hosting Soccer Aid and Children in Need, Comic Relief and Sport Relief. He has graced our screens for well over 10 years as well as radio programmes, including Dermot's Saturday Club and Breakfast for BBC Radio 2.  More recently, O'Leary has published the third in his children's books series Toto the Ninja Cat and the Superstar Catastrophe as well as beginning a podcast for Audible Originals, called People Just People, in which he interviews guests he admires to find out how they got to where they are in life.   We spoke to Dermot O'Leary about narrating his audiobooks (including the character he voiced as Winston Churchill!), how podcast People Just People got its name and how he felt at the end of those in depth interviews.  

©2019 Audible Ltd (P)2019 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Dermot O'Leary
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 19 mins
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The Boy Kings of Texas

3 ratings

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Lyrical and gritty, this New York Times best-selling coming-of-age story about a border-town family in Brownsville, Texas, insightfully illuminates a little-understood corner of America. Domingo Martinez lays bare his interior and exterior worlds as he struggles to make sense of the violent and the ugly, along with the beautiful and the loving, in a Texas border town in the 1980s. Partly a reflection on the culture of machismo and partly an exploration of the author’s boyhood spent in his sister’s hand-me-down clothes, this book delves into the enduring, complex bond between Martinez and his deeply flawed but fiercely protective older brother, Daniel. It features a cast of memorable characters, including his gun-hoarding former farmhand, Gramma, and “the Mimis”- two of his older sisters who for a short, glorious time manage to transform themselves from poor Latina adolescents into upper-class white girls. Martinez provides a glimpse into a society where children are traded like commerce, physical altercations routinely solve problems, drugs are rampant, sex is often crude, and people depend on the family witch doctor for advice. Charming, painful, and enlightening, this book examines the traumas and pleasures of growing up in South Texas and the often terrible consequences when different cultures collide on the banks of a dying river.

©2012 Domingo Martinez (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Emilio Delgado
Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
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Vasily Grossman and the Soviet Century

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If Vasily Grossman's 1961 masterpiece, Life and Fate, had been published during his lifetime, it would have reached the world together with Pasternak's Doctor Zhivago and before Solzhenitsyn's Gulag. But Life and Fate was seized by the Russian KGB. When it emerged posthumously, decades later, it was recognized as the War and Peace of the 20th century.  Always at the epicenter of events, Grossman (1905-1964) was among the first to describe the Holocaust and the Ukrainian famine. His 1944 article "The Hell of Treblinka" became evidence at the Nuremberg trials. Grossman's powerful anti-totalitarian works liken the Nazis' crimes against humanity with those of Stalin. We are only now able to examine Grossman's prose, which has the everlasting quality of great art, as well as his life and legacy, which Popoff's authoritative biography illuminates.

©2019 Alexandra Popoff (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki
Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
Available on Audible
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Together

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Novelist and poet Judy Goldman's inspiring account of the mishap that left her husband paralyzed, how it tested their marriage, and their struggle to regain their "normal" life. When Judy Goldman’s husband of almost four decades has a routine spinal injection to alleviate back pain, he is instantly paralyzed from the waist down - a phenomenon no doctor can explain or undo. She’s forced to take over, navigating the byzantine medical world they suddenly find themselves in. Her husband is forced to give in. This is the starting point for Together, which looks at the changes every couple faces - the slow, ordinary ones brought about by time and the sudden, dramatic ones that take us by surprise. Identities shift; roles switch. How do we adjust? How do we let go of the if-onlys? Together is a deeply honest story about the life we dream of and the life we make - an elegant and empathetic meditation on what happens to love, over time and all at once. 

©2019 Judy Goldman (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

Narrator: Kathe Mazur
Author: Judy Goldman
Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
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Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself

2 ratings

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An indelible portrait of David Foster Wallace, by turns funny and inspiring, based on a five-day trip with award-winning writer David Lipsky during Wallace's Infinite Jest tour. In David Lipsky's view, David Foster Wallace was the best young writer in America. Wallace's pieces for Harper's magazine in the '90s were, according to Lipsky, like hearing for the first time the brain voice of everybody I knew: Here was how we all talked, experienced, thought. It was like smelling the damp in the air, seeing the first flash from a storm a mile away. You knew something gigantic was coming. Then Rolling Stone sent Lipsky to join Wallace on the last leg of his book tour for Infinite Jest, the novel that made him internationally famous. They lose to each other at chess. They get iced-in at an airport. They dash to Chicago to catch a make-up flight. They endure a terrible reader's escort in Minneapolis. Wallace does a reading, a signing, an NPR appearance. Wallace gives in and imbibes titanic amounts of hotel television (what he calls an orgy of spectation). They fly back to Illinois, drive home, walk Wallace's dogs. Amid these everyday events, Wallace tells Lipsky remarkable things: everything he can about his life, how he feels, what he thinks, what terrifies and fascinates and confounds him, in the writing voice Lipsky had come to love. Lipsky took notes, stopped envying him, and came to feel about him that grateful, awake feeling the same way he felt about Infinite Jest. Then Lipsky heads to the airport, and Wallace goes to a dance at a Baptist church. A biography in five days, Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself is David Foster Wallace as few experienced this great American writer.

©2010 David Lipsky (P)2010 Random House

Author: David Lipsky
Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
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This House of Sky

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A nominee for the National Book Award, Ivan Doig's brilliant memoir shares the experiences and culture that shaped his early years and made him fall in love with the West. From his childhood in a family of homesteaders through the death of his mother and his move to Montana to herd sheep, Doig shows his intimate connection with the American West.

©1978 Ivan Doig (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

Author: Ivan Doig
Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
Available on Audible
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Coming Full Circle

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Wanda Smalls Lloyd’s Coming Full Circle: From Jim Crow to Journalism, with a foreword by best-selling author Tina McElroy Ansa, is the memoir of an African American woman who grew up privileged and educated in the restricted culture of the American South in the 1950s and 1960s. Her path was shaped by segregated social, community, and educational systems, religious and home training, a strong cultural foundation, and early leadership opportunities.  Despite Jim Crow laws that affected where she lived, how she was educated, and what civil rights she would be denied, Lloyd grew up to realize her childhood dream of working as a professional journalist. In fact, she would eventually hold some of the nation’s highest-ranking newspaper editorial positions and become one of the first African American women to be the top editor of a mainstream daily newspaper. Along the way, she helped her newspapers and other media organizations understand how the lack of newsroom and staff diversity interfered with perceptions of accuracy and balance for their audiences. Her memoir is thus a window on the intersection of race, gender, culture, and the media’s role in our uniquely American experiment in democracy. How Lloyd excelled in a profession where high-ranking African American women were rare is a memorable story that will educate, entertain, and inspire.  Coming Full Circle is a self-reflective exploration of the author’s life journey from growing up in coastal Savannah, Georgia, to editing roles at seven daily newspapers around the country, and circling back to her retirement in Savannah, where she now teaches journalism to a new generation.

©2020 Wanda Lloyd (P)2020 Wanda Lloyd

Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
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Myself and Strangers

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The Houston Chronicle once observed, "John Graves' provenance is about as Texas as a writer can get." In this fascinating memoir, one of the Lone Star State's literary icons reflects on the European travels that shaped him as a writer.

©2004 John Graves (P)2007 Recorded Books

Narrator: Henry Strozier
Author: John Graves
Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
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Eminent Victorians

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Eminent Victorians, Lytton Strachey's wonderfully witty and Wildean quartet of biographies, stands out as one of the most radical and groundbreaking works of its genre. With relentless precision, Strachey explores the lives of four exemplars of the Victorian age: Cardinal Manning, Florence Nightingale, Thomas Arnold and General Gordon, irreverently bringing to light the flaws, strengths, ambitions and hypocrisies of these treasured legends. The combination of thrilling and imaginative narratives with Strachey's ironic reckoning shocked many contemporary readers of the time, and even altered the course of biography, making a powerful case for its elevation to high art. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

Public Domain (P)2020 Naxos Audiobooks

Narrator: Jonathan Keeble
Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
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Dallas Campbell

3 ratings

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Dallas Campbell joins us in the Audible Studios to chat about his new book, Ad Astra: An Illustrated Guide to Leaving the Planet. Having travelled the earth widely presenting shows such as Bang Goes the Theory and The Gadget Show, Dallas chats to us about an even bigger adventure - space. He tells us a few of the fascinating stories in his book, chats about why he'd be no good as an astronaut and explains why early space flight was like caravanning.

©2017 Audible Ltd (P)2017 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Dallas Campbell
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 18 mins
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The Outermost House

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The Outermost House is a classic of American nature literature. In 1926, Henry Beston spent two weeks in a two-room cottage on the sand dunes of Cape Cod. He had not intended to stay longer, but, as he later wrote, "I lingered on, and as the year lengthened into autumn, the beauty and mystery of this earth and outer sea so possessed and held me that I could not go." Beston stayed for a year, meditating on humanity and the natural world. In The Outermost House, originally published in 1928, he poetically chronicled the four seasons at the beach: the ebb and flow of the tides, the migration of birds, storms, stars, and solitude. The landscape was his major character, and his writing provides a snapshot of the Cape, a place physically changed yet still as soulful 80 years later. Like Henry D. Thoreau before him, and Rachel Carson after him, Beston was a writer of stunning beauty, importance, and vision. Robert Finch once wrote of him, "His are burnished, polished sentences, richly metaphoric and musical, that beg to be read aloud."

©1928 Kate Barnes (P)2007 Silver Hollow Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Brett Barry
Author: Henry Beston
Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
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Richard Lumsden

1 rating

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Richard Lumsden visited Audible to discuss his debut novel, The Six Loves of Billy Binns.  Lumsden has 30 plus years of acting experience as well as a talent for playing musical instruments, composing and scriptwriting. He now turns his experience as a scriptwriter to novels.   In The Six Loves of Billy Binns, listeners will follow 117-year-old Billy Binns as he relives his past loves, with the audiobook narrated by Richard Lumsden himself.   In this interview Richard talks about giving up music to write, needing to be a bit older to find Billy’s view of love and how he adds emotion to the story. 

©2019 Audible Ltd (P)2019 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Richard Lumsden
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 20 mins
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Goodbye to All That

7 ratings

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A famous autobiographical account of life as a young soldier in the first World War trenches. Robert Graves, who went on to write I, Claudius, has given to posterity here one of the all-time great insights into the experience of war.

©2007 CSA Telltapes Ltd. (P)2007 CSA Telltapes Ltd.

Narrator: Martin Jarvis
Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
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Jonathan Van Ness

16 ratings

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Joining us at Audible Studios is Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness, an American hairdresser, television personality and podcaster.  Van Ness was born in Quincy, Illinois, and has been openly gay throughout his life.    In 2013, Van Ness was dressing the hair of a friend, Erin Gibson, who asked him to recap his webcast, Gay of Thrones, on her show, Funny or Die. From this, his Gay of Thrones series garnered more attention, and in 2018, it was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Short Form Variety Series. Since 2015 Van Ness has hosted a weekly podcast, Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness, and he currently stars as the grooming expert on the Netflix revival of Queer Eye.   Jonathan Van Ness has released his memoir, Over The Top, which we spoke to him about in this interview, as well as self-care, cats, nonbinary identity, back-flipping in public, The Great British Bake Off and more!

©2019 Audible Ltd (P)2019 Audible Ltd

Author: Holly Newson
Length: 26 mins
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Walden

21 ratings

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Thoreau's classic account of the solitary life, describing his attempts to simplify his life and sort out his priorities by living alone in a cabin beside Walden Pond for nearly two years, is one of the most influential books ever written. The bible of the environmental movement, Walden vividly portrays Thoreau's reverence for nature, and his understanding of the idea that nature is made up of crucially interrelated parts.

Public Domain (P)2006 Trout Lake Media

Narrator: Alec Sand
Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
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Clothes...and Other Things That Matter

1 rating

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In Clothes...And Other Things that Matter, Alexandra Shulman delves into her own life to look at the emotions, ambitions, expectations and meanings behind the way we dress. From the bra to the bikini, the trench coat to trainers, the slip dress to the suit, she explores their meaning in women's lives and how our wardrobes intersect with the larger world - the career ladder, motherhood, romance, sexual identity, ambition, failure, body image and celebrity. By turns funny, refreshingly self-deprecating and often very moving, this startlingly honest memoir from the ex-Editor of British Vogue will encourage women of all ages to consider what their own clothes mean to them, the life they live in them and the stories they tell. 

©2020 Alexandra Shulman (P)2020 Octopus Publishing Group

Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
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Create Dangerously

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In this deeply personal book, the celebrated Haitian-American writer Edwidge Danticat reflects on art and exile. Inspired by Albert Camus and adapted from her own lectures for Princeton University’s Toni Morrison Lecture Series, here Danticat tells stories of artists who create despite (or because of) the horrors that drove them from their homelands. Combining memoir and essay, these moving and eloquent pieces examine what it means to be an artist from a country in crisis.

©2010 Princeton University Press (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Kristin Kalbli
Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
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Tolstoy and the Purple Chair

1 rating

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Nina Sankovitch has always been a reader. As a child, she discovered that a trip to the local bookmobile with her sisters was more exhilarating than a ride at the carnival. Books were the glue that held her immigrant family together. When Nina's eldest sister died at the age of 46, Nina turned to books for comfort, escape, and introspection. In her beloved purple chair, she rediscovered the magic of such writers as Toni Morrison, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ian McEwan, Edith Wharton, and, of course, Leo Tolstoy. Through the connections Nina made with books and authors (and even other readers), her life changed profoundly, and in unexpected ways. Reading, it turns out, can be the ultimate therapy. Tolstoy and the Purple Chair also tells the story of the Sankovitch family: Nina's father, who barely escaped death in Belarus during World War II; her four rambunctious children, who offer up their own book recommendations while helping out with the cooking and cleaning; and Anne-Marie, her oldest sister and idol, with whom Nina shared the pleasure of books, even in her last moments of life. In our lightning-paced culture that encourages us to seek more, bigger, and better things, Nina's daring journey shows how we can deepen the quality of our everyday lives - if we only find the time.PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2011 Nina Sankovitch (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Coleen Marlo
Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
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Matthew Syed

2 ratings

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Joining us in the studio to talk about his latest book, Rebel Ideas, is British table tennis Olympian, author, journalist and broadcaster Matthew Syed.  Known for being the ping-pong guy from popular sports podcast Flintoff, Savage and the Ping Pong Guy, Matthew Syed started his career as a table tennis player, competing in two Olympic games, and was ranked as a top player in England for 10 years. Since then, Matthew moved on to a career in journalism, writing a column in The Times and broadcasting on the BBC and Eurosport.  Rebel Ideas follows Syed’s previous books, Bounce, Black Box Thinking and You Are Awesome.  In this interview, Matthew Syed talks to us about his book Rebel Ideas, working with Flintoff and Savage, and how his varied career path has led him to where he is today. 

©2019 Audible Ltd (P)2019 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Matthew Syed
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 26 mins
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Tom Marcus

3 ratings

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Exclusive interview. Tom Marcus joins Laurence Howell in the Audible Studios to discuss his latest book.

©2016 Audible Ltd (P)2016 Audible Ltd

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Jonathan Safran Foer

1 rating

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Jonathan Safran Foer joins Maddie Hickish in the Audible Studios to discuss his latest novel, Here I Am.

©2016 Audible Ltd (P)2016 Audible Ltd

Length: 15 mins
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My Dead Parents

2 ratings

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Named one of Esquire's "Best Nonfiction Books of 2018" "Sharp and searching...a potent look at the fraught, painful, and complicated relationship between parents and children, and the mysteries - revelatory, difficult - that can and cannot be solved." (Boston Globe) Anya Yurchyshyn grew up in a narrow townhouse in Boston, every corner filled with the souvenirs of her parents’ adventurous international travels. On their trips to Egypt, Italy, and Saudi Arabia, her mother, Anita, and her father, George, lived an entirely separate life from the one they led as the parents of Anya and her sister - one that Anya never saw. The parents she knew were a brittle, manipulative alcoholic and a short-tempered disciplinarian: people she imagined had never been in love. When she was 16, Anya’s father was killed in a car accident in Ukraine. At 32, she became an orphan when her mother drank herself to death. As she was cleaning out her childhood home, she suddenly discovered a trove of old letters, photographs, and journals hidden in the debris of her mother’s life. These lost documents told a very different story than the one she’d believed to be true - of a forbidden romance; of a loving marriage, and the loss of a child. With these revelations in hand, Anya undertook an investigation, interviewing relatives and family friends, traveling to Wales and Ukraine, and delving deeply into her own difficult history in search of the truth, even uncovering the real circumstances of her father’s death - not an accident, perhaps, but something more sinister. In this inspiring and unflinchingly honest debut memoir, Anya interrogates her memories of her family and examines what it means to be our parents’ children. What do we inherit, and what can we choose to leave behind? How do we escape the ghosts of someone else’s past? And can we learn to love our parents not as our parents, but simply as people? Universal and personal; heartbreaking and redemptive, My Dead Parents helps us to see why sometimes those who love us best hurt us most.

©2018 Anya Yurchyshyn (P)2018 Random House Audio

Narrator: Anya Yurchyshyn
Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
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A Grand Theory of Everything

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What do you do if you're a teenager, stranded by your parents in New Delhi, without any sort of adult supervision, with easy access to all sorts of strange drugs? If you're James McGirk, you use your bad trip to develop a philosophy that explains the whole world and all of its complexities. In A Grand Theory of Everything, McGirk takes us from the winding backstreets of New Delhi to his cramped apartment in New York City, and then on to his eventual relocation with his wife to the empty plains of Oklahoma. And, most importantly, he takes us inside his own head, where his weird theories take shape to help him understand his alienation from his family, his struggles to find a career, his wife's failing health, and all of life's hardships. James McGirk was born in London and grew up in Madrid and New Delhi. He's fascinated with technology, fine art, and globalization. A former geopolitical analyst and computer game writer, these days you'll find McGirk filing stories about Oklahoma and teaching writing at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK. He has an MFA and a BA in Writing from Columbia University.

©2015 James McGirk (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Tim Bruce
Author: James McGirk
Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
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We Were Rich and We Didn't Know It

1 rating

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In the tradition of Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes and Alice Taylor’s To School Through the Fields, Tom Phelan’s We Were Rich and We Didn't Know It is a heartfelt and masterfully written memoir of growing up in Ireland in the 1940s.

Tom Phelan, who was born and raised in County Laois in the Irish Midlands, spent his formative years working with his wise and demanding father as he sought to wrest a livelihood from a farm that was often wet, muddy, and backbreaking.

It was a time before rural electrification, the telephone, and indoor plumbing; a time when the main modes of travel were bicycle and animal cart; a time when small farmers struggled to survive and turkey eggs were hatched in the kitchen cupboard; a time when the Church exerted enormous control over Ireland.

We Were Rich and We Didn't Know It recounts Tom’s upbringing in an isolated, rural community from the day he was delivered by the local midwife. With tears and laughter, it speaks to the strength of the human spirit in the face of life's adversities. 

©2019 Tom Phelan (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

Narrator: Gerard Doyle
Author: Tom Phelan
Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
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Jessie Keane

2 ratings

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Exclusive interview. Jessie Keane visits the Audible Studios to talk to Sophie Plateau about her Annie Carter series.

©2016 Audible Ltd (P)2016 Audible Ltd

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Admiral William McRaven

7 ratings

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A former United States Navy admiral with a distinguished and extraordinary career, Admiral William McRaven retired from the Navy in 2014 after more than 37 years of service. During the last few years of his career he was also 'Bull Frog', the longest serving Navy SEAL still on duty. Admiral McRaven has written a book which shares the most important principles he learned during his career - it's called Make Your Bed: Small things that can change your life...and maybe the world. He visits the Audible Studios to tell us more.

©2017 Audible Ltd (P)2017 Audible Ltd

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Mohan Rakesh Ki Diary [Diary of Mohan Rakesh]

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“Mohan Rakesh ki zindagi ek khuli kitaab hai. Usne jo kuch likha aur kiya- vah duniya ko maalum hai. Lekin usne jo kuch jiya- yeh sirf use maalum tha. Apni saanson ki kahani usne diariyon mein darz ki hai. Aur kitna takleefdeh hai ye ehsaas ki Rakesh jaisa lekhak apne anubhavon ki kahaniyan duniya ke liye likh jaaye aur apne vyaktigat santaap, sukh aur dukh ke shadhon ko jaanane aur pehchaanane ke liye apne dastavez doston ke paas chodh jaaye… Diariyaan, lekhak ka apna aur apne haath se kiya hua post-mortem hoti hain. Ek lekhak kaise til-til jeeta aur marta hai- apne samay ko saarthak banate hue khud ko kitna nirarthak paata hai aur apni nirarthakta mein kaise vah arth paida karta hai- issi rachnaatmak, aatma-sangharsh ko diariyaan ujaagar karti hain. Rakesh ki diary aatma-sangharsh ke saghan ekaantik shadhon ka lekha-jokha hain, jo vah kisi ke saath baant nahin paaya.” -Iss pustak mein Kamleshwar dwara likhi bhoomika hai Please note: This audiobook is in Hindi.

©2017 Mohan Rakesh (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Sanyam Sharma
Author: Mohan Rakesh
Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
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Robert Lowell, Setting the River on Fire

1 rating

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In this magisterial study of the relationship between illness and art, the best-selling author of An Unquiet Mind, Kay Redfield Jamison, brings an entirely fresh understanding to the work and life of Robert Lowell (1917-1977), whose intense, complex, and personal verse left a lasting mark on the English language and changed the public discourse about private matters. In his Pulitzer Prize-winning poetry, Robert Lowell put his manic-depressive illness (now known as bipolar disorder) into the public domain, creating a language for madness that was new and arresting. As Dr. Jamison brings her expertise in mood disorders to bear on Lowell's story, she illuminates not only the relationships among mania, depression, and creativity but also the details of Lowell's treatment and how illness and treatment influenced the great work that he produced (and often became its subject). Lowell's New England roots, early breakdowns, marriages to three eminent writers, friendships with other poets such as Elizabeth Bishop, many hospitalizations, vivid presence as both a teacher and a maker of poems - Jamison gives us the poet's life through a lens that focuses our understanding of his intense discipline, courage, and commitment to his art. Jamison had unprecedented access to Lowell's medical records as well as to previously unpublished drafts and fragments of poems, and she is the first biographer to have spoken with his daughter, Harriet Lowell. With this new material and a psychologist's deep insight, Jamison delivers a bold, sympathetic account of a poet who was - both despite and because of mental illness - a passionate, original observer of the human condition.

©2017 Kay Redfield Jamison (P)2017 Random House Audio

Narrator: Jefferson Mays
Length: 17 hrs and 59 mins
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Alice Pung on John Marsden

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In this fascinating audiobook, Alice Pung writes about one of her deep influences - the much-loved and hugely successful John Marsden. Alice writes: 'I keep coming back to John Marsden. What makes him so fascinating to me is that as a young adult writer, he comes at it with a whole philosophy of what it means to be a teenager - it is embedded in his two schools, but also his early experiences with mental illness and hospitalisation.' It brings interesting questions for an author of YA fiction - how much darkness is allowed before you are considered a bad influence?' Offering a personal take, Alice Pung entertains and enlightens. This is an audiobook to cherish about writers and writing. In the Writers on Writers series, leading writers reflect on another Australian writer who has inspired and fascinated them. Provocative, crisp and written from a practitioner's perspective, the series starts a fresh conversation between past and present and writer and reader. It sheds light on the craft of writing and introduces some intriguing and talented authors and their work.

©2017 Alice Pung (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

Author: Alice Pung
Length: 58 mins
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Rula Lenska

3 ratings

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Rula Lenska, who is portraying Princess Dragomiroff in Audible's new audio drama of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express, joins Robin Morgan in the Audible Studios to discuss this adaptation. Rula tells Robin about the character of The Princess and why Murder on the Orient Express has such enduring appeal today. They also discuss Rula’s 40 year career as an actress, being a success on both stage and screen.

©2017 Audible Ltd (P)2017 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Rula Lenska
Length: 9 mins
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Lindsey Davis

4 ratings

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Lindsey Davis drops by the Audible Studios to talk about her career as a historical novelist; how she develop her characters, how historically accurate are they, where her inspiration come from and more.

©2016 Audible Ltd (P)2016 Audible Ltd

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Finding Fish

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Baby Boy Fisher was raised in institutions from the moment of his birth in prison to a single mother. He ultimately came to live with a foster family, where he endured near-constant verbal and physical abuse. In his midteens he escaped and enlisted in the navy, where he became a man of the world, raised by the family he created for himself. Finding Fish shows how, out of this unlikely mix of deprivation and hope, an artist was born - first as the child who painted the feelings his words dared not speak, then as a poet and storyteller who would eventually become one of Hollywood's most sought-after screenwriters. A tumultuous and ultimately gratifying tale of self-discovery written in Fisher's gritty yet melodic literary voice, Finding Fish is an unforgettable listening experience.

©2016 Antwone Q. Fisher (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Thomas Penny
Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
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Mantel Pieces

1 rating

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A stunning collection of essays and memoir from two-time Booker Prize winner and international best seller Hilary Mantel, author of The Mirror and the Light. In 1987, when Hilary Mantel was first published in the London Review of Books, she wrote to the editor, Karl Miller, ‘I have no critical training whatsoever, so I am forced to be more brisk and breezy than scholarly.’ This collection of 20 reviews, essays and pieces of memoir from the next three decades tells the story of what happened next. Her subjects range far and wide: Robespierre and Danton, The Hite Report, Saudi Arabia, where she lived for four years in the 1980s, the Bulger case, John Osborne, the Virgin Mary as well as the pop icon Madonna, a brilliant examination of Helen Duncan, Britain’s last witch. There are essays about Jane Boleyn, Charles Brandon, Christopher Marlowe and Margaret Pole which display the astonishing insight into the Tudor mind we are familiar with from the best-selling Wolf Hall Trilogy.  Her famous lecture, Royal Bodies, which caused a media frenzy, explores the place of royal women in society and our imagination. Here too are some of her LRB diaries, including her first meeting with her stepfather and a confrontation with a circus strongman. Constantly illuminating, always penetrating and often very funny, interleaved with letters and other ephemera gathered from the archive, Mantel Pieces is an irresistible selection from one of our greatest living writers.

©2020 Hilary Mantel (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
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Angus Watson and Sean Barret

2 ratings

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Angus Watson, author of the Age of Iron trilogy, visits the Audible Studios with actor and narrator Sean Barrett, the narrator of Watson's Age of Iron trilogy and latest book, You Die When You Die. Sean is a prolific narrator and has nearly 300 titles listed on the Audible website.

©2017 Audible Ltd (P)2017 Audible Ltd

Length: 22 mins
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I Lost My Love in Baghdad

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At age 25, Michael Hastings arrived in Baghdad to cover the war in Iraq for Newsweek. He had at his disposal a little Hemingway romanticism and all the apparatus of a 21st-century reporter: cell phones, high-speed Internet access, digital video cameras, fixers, drivers, guards, and translators. In startling detail, he describes the chaos, the violence, the never-ending threats of bomb and mortar attacks, and the front lines that can be a half mile from the Green Zone - indeed, that can be anywhere. This is a new kind of war: private security companies follow their own rules, or lack thereof; soldiers in combat get instant messages from their girlfriends and families; and members of the Louisiana National Guard watch Katrina's decimation of their city on a TV in the barracks. Back in New York, Hastings had fallen in love with Andi Parhamovich, a young idealist who worked for Air America. A year into their courtship, Andi followed Michael to Iraq, taking a job with the National Democratic Institute. Their war-zone romance is another window into life in Baghdad. They call each other pet names; they make plans for the future; they fight, usually because each is fearful for the other's safety; and they try to figure out how to get together when it means putting bodyguards and drivers in jeopardy. Then Andi goes on a dangerous mission for her new employer - a meeting at the Iraqi Islamic Party headquarters that ends in catastrophe. Searing, unflinching, and revelatory, I Lost My Love in Baghdad is both a raw, brave, brilliantly observed account of the war and a heartbreaking story of one life lost to it.

©2008 Michael Hastings (P)2008 Tantor

Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
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Derren Brown

4 ratings

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English mentalist and illusionist, Derren Brown, talks to us about the release of his latest audiobook, Happy, and how he believes we can attain peace of mind and solidity within ourselves. Quoting some of the greatest philosophical minds of the past, Derren explains why he has found affinity with the Stoics and their approach in the pursuit of happiness. Also presenting a highly critical view of modern self-help books, Derren argues against the suggestion that we can control the uncontrollable; the universe will not give you what you desire simply because you ask for it. First introduced to British audiences through a series of programmes entitled, Mind Control, Derren has been demystifying the subtle art of magical and psychological manipulation for 17 years. With his new audiobook, Happy, he agrees that he's moving on to similar but perhaps more intellectual pastures. Describing Happy as an 'anti-self-help self-help book', Derren Brown wills his listeners to live in the present and think of happiness as a by-product and not an end in itself.

©2016 Audible Ltd (P)2016 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Derren Brown
Length: 12 mins
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Dr Michael Mosley

2 ratings

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Joining us at Audible Studios is Dr Michael Mosley, trained GP, presenter, author and creator of the 5:2 diet.   In his new book, The Fast 800, he gives recipes and meal plans to help you take your future health into your own hands. He gives scientific evidence for using intermittent fasting, tells of the power of time-restricted eating and confirms that 800 calories is the magic number for weight loss. If you can stick to 800 calories a few days a week, you will trigger desirable metabolic changes while still having enough calories to keep you sustained.   We spoke about enduring diet myths that need busting, how fasting can help the brain and always trying things out on himself.  

©2019 Audible Ltd (P)2019 Audible Ltd

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Author: Holly Newson
Length: 26 mins
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Stories I Tell Myself

15 ratings

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Hunter S. Thompson, "smart hillbilly"; boy of the South; born and bred in Louisville, Kentucky; son of an insurance salesman and a stay-at-home mom; public school-educated; jailed at 17 on a bogus petty robbery charge; member of the US Air Force (airman second class); copy boy for Time; writer for The National Observer; et cetera. From the outset, he was the wild man of American journalism, with a journalistic appetite that touched on subjects that drove his sense of justice and intrigue, from biker gangs and 1960s counterculture to presidential campaigns and psychedelic drugs. He lived larger than life and pulled it up around him in a mad effort to make it as electric, anger-ridden, and drug-fueled as possible. Now Juan Thompson tells the story of his father and of their getting to know each other during their 41 fraught years together. He writes of the many dark times, of how far they ricocheted away from each other, and of how they found their way back before it was too late. He writes of growing up in an old farmhouse in a narrow mountain valley outside of Aspen (Woody Creek, Colorado, a ranching community with Hereford cattle and clover fields)...of the presence of guns in the house, the boxes of ammo on the kitchen shelves behind the glass doors of the country cabinets, where others might have placed china and knickknacks...of climbing on the back of Hunter's Bultaco Matador trail motorcycle as a young boy, and father and son roaring up the dirt road, trailing a cloud of dust...of being taken to bars in town as a small boy, Hunter holding court while Juan crawled around under the barstools, picking up change and taking his found loot to Carl's Pharmacy to buy Archie comic books...of going with his parents as a baby to a Ken Kesey/Hells Angels party with dozens of people wandering around the forest in various stages of undress, stoned on pot, tripping on LSD.... He writes of his growing fear of his father; of the arguments between his parents reaching frightening levels; and of his finally fighting back, trying to protect his mother as the state troopers are called in to separate father and son. And of the inevitable - of mother and son driving west in their Datsun to make a new home, a new life, away from Hunter; of Juan's first taste of what "normal" could feel like.... We see Juan going to Concord Academy, a stranger in a strange land, coming from a school that was a log cabin in the middle of hay fields, Juan without manners or socialization.... Going on to college at Tufts; spending a crucial week with his father; Hunter asking for Juan's opinion of his writing. And he writes of their dirt biking on a hilltop overlooking Woody Creek Valley, acting as if all the horrible things that had happened between them had never taken place, and of being there, together, side by side.... And, finally, movingly, he writes of their long, slow pull toward reconciliation....

©2015 Juan Thompson (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
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Claire North

4 ratings

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Audible exclusive. The delightful Claire North visits the Audible studios to talk about what to expect from her new book - The Sudden Appearance of Hope. How do you live your life when everything you do is meaningless and forgotten? What is a life worth? And what really is perfection? Her first novel, The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, the extraordinary journey of one unforgettable character who lives his life over and over again became a bestseller and was selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club, the Waterstones Book Club and the Radio 2 Book Club.

©2016 Audible Studios (P)2016 Audible Studios

Length: 15 mins
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Albert & the Whale

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An illuminating exploration of the intersection between life, art and the sea from the award-winning author of Leviathan, or The Whale.   Albrecht Dürer changed the way we saw nature through art. From his prints in 1498 of the plague ridden Apocalypse - the first works mass produced by any artist - to his hyper-real images of animals and plants, his art was a revelation: it showed us who we are but it also foresaw our future. It is a vision that remains startlingly powerful and seductive, even now. In Albert & the Whale, Philip Hoare sets out to discover why Dürer's art endures. He encounters medieval alchemists and modernist poets, eccentric emperors and queer soul rebels, ambassadorial whales and enigmatic pop artists. He witnesses the miraculous birth of Dürer's fantastical rhinoceros and his hermaphroditic hare, and he traces the fate of the star-crossed leviathan that the artist pursued. And as the author swims from Europe to America and beyond, these prophetic artists and downed angels provoke awkward questions. What is natural or unnatural? Is art a fatal contract? Or does it in fact have the power to save us? With its wild and watery adventures, its witty accounts of amazing cultural lives and its delight in the fragile beauty of the natural world, Albert & the Whale offers glorious, inspiring insights into a great artist and his unerring, sometimes disturbing gaze.

©2021 Philip Hoare (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Narrator: Paul Hilliar
Author: Philip Hoare
Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
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Tennessee Williams

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The definitive biography of America's greatest playwright from the celebrated drama critic of The New Yorker. John Lahr has produced a theater biography like no other. Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh gives intimate access to the mind of one of the most brilliant dramatists of his century, whose plays reshaped the American theater and the nation's sense of itself. This astute, deeply researched biography sheds a light on Tennessee Williams's warring family, his guilt, his creative triumphs and failures, his sexuality and numerous affairs, his misreported death, even the shenanigans surrounding his estate. With vivid cameos of the formative influences in Williams's life - his fierce, belittling father Cornelius; his puritanical, domineering mother Edwina; his demented sister Rose, who was lobotomized at the age of thirty-three; his beloved grandfather, the Reverend Walter Dakin - Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh is as much a biography of the man who created A Streetcar Named Desire, The Glass Menagerie, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof as it is a trenchant exploration of Williams’s plays and the tortured process of bringing them to stage and screen. The portrait of Williams himself is unforgettable: a virgin until he was twenty-six, he had serial homosexual affairs thereafter as well as long-time, bruising relationships with Pancho Gonzalez and Frank Merlo. With compassion and verve, Lahr explores how Williams's relationships informed his work and how the resulting success brought turmoil to his personal life.

©2014 John Lahr (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

Author: John Lahr
Length: 26 hrs and 32 mins
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Two-Part Invention

Summary

In the final memoir of her Crosswicks Journals, the author of A Wrinkle in Time paints an intimate portrait of her 40-year marriage. A long-term marriage has to move beyond chemistry to compatibility, to friendship, to companionship. As Newbery Medal winner Madeleine L'Engle describes a relationship characterized by compassion, respect, and growth, as well as challenge and conflict, she beautifully evokes the life she and her husband, actor Hugh Franklin, built and the family they cherished. Beginning with their very different childhoods, L'Engle chronicles the twists and turns that led two young artists to New York City in the 1940s, where they were both pursuing careers in theater. While working on a production of Anton Chekov's The Cherry Orchard, they sparked a connection that would endure until Franklin's death in 1986. L'Engle recalls years spent raising their children at Crosswicks, the Connecticut farmhouse that became an icon of family, and the support she and her husband drew from each other as artists struggling - separately and together - to find both professional and personal fulfillment. At once heartfelt and heartbreaking, Two-Part Invention is L'Engle's most personal work - the revelation of a marriage and the exploration of intertwined lives inevitably marked by love and loss.

©1988 Crosswicks, Inc. (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

Narrator: Pamela Almand
Length: 7 hrs
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Cholera - unsichtbare Guillotine ambulante

Summary

Heinrich Heine durchlebt 1832 in Paris die Zeit der Cholera und berichtet darüber für eine deutsche Zeitung. Zwischen Anteilnahme und Sarkasmus wechselnd beschreibt er des Volkes und der Behörden Umgang mit der Epidemie, dem der des 20sten Jahres im 21. Jahrhundert erschreckend ähnlich sieht. In deiner Audible-Bibliothek findest du für dieses Hörerlebnis eine PDF-Datei mit zusätzlichem Material.

©gemeinfrei (P)2020 LILYLA Hörbuch-Editionen

Narrator: Org Dubonton
Length: 34 mins
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Time Pieces

1 rating

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From the internationally acclaimed and Man Booker prize-winning author of The Sea and the Benjamin Black mysteries - a vividly evocative memoir that unfolds around the author's recollections, experience, and imaginings of Dublin. As much about the life of the city as it is about a life lived, sometimes, in the city, John Banville's "quasi-memoir" is as layered, emotionally rich, witty, and unexpected as any of his novels. Born and bred in a small town a train ride away from Dublin, Banville saw the city as a place of enchantment when he was a child, a birthday treat, the place where his beloved, eccentric aunt lived. And though, when he came of age and took up residence there, and the city became a frequent backdrop for his dissatisfactions (not playing an identifiable role in his work until the Quirke mystery series, penned as Benjamin Black), it remained in some part of his memory as fascinating as it had been to his seven-year-old self. And as he guides us around the city, delighting in its cultural, architectural, political, and social history, he interweaves the memories that are attached to particular places and moments. The result is both a wonderfully idiosyncratic tour of Dublin, and a tender yet powerful ode to a formative time and place for the artist as a young man.

©2018 John Banville (P)2018 Random House Audio

Narrator: John Lee
Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
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David Coulthard

1 rating

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Joining us in the Audible Studios to discuss his latest book, The Winning Formula, is British former Formula 1 driver turned presenter and entrepreneur David Coulthard.  Winning 13 grand prix races during his career as a F1 driver, Coulthard spent many years as a leader in the world of motorsports. As well as running his production company, Whisper Films, and making his mark in the property business, Coulthard now commentates and copresents on Channel 4’s F1 coverage and has written his book, The Winning Formula, about the business of sport.  Here, David Coulthard talks to us about his Formula 1 career, his coming-of-age driving moment and how the power of a team has shaped his life post-racing.

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Narrator: David Coulthard
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 20 mins
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Jane Corry - June 2017

1 rating

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Sunday Times best-selling author Jane Corry returns to the Audible Studios to discuss her second novel, Blood Sister, which is another psychological thriller but this time deals with the death of a little girl and its consequences years later.

©2017 Audible Ltd (P)2017 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Jane Corry
Length: 20 mins
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Markus Zusak

2 ratings

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Markus Zusak visits Audible to discuss his latest novel, the much-awaited Bridge of Clay, 13 years after his last book published.  In Bridge of Clay, listeners will be transported to Australia and follow the story of five brothers living in a house without grown-ups. But what happens when their father walks back into their lives?  Markus Zusak talks about how he came up with the idea for Bridge of Clay, the dynamic between the five Dunbar brothers and the many quirks woven into the story.  Zusak is the author of six novels, including his best-selling audiobook The Book Thief.  

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Markus Zusak
Length: 12 mins
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Dimestore

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In her first work of nonfiction, Lee Smith deploys the wit, wisdom, and graceful prose for which she is beloved to conjure her early days in the small coal town of Grundy, Virginia - and beyond. For the inimitable Lee Smith, place is paramount. For 45 years, her fiction has lived and breathed with the rhythms and people of the Appalachian South. But never before has she written her own story. Set deep in the rugged Appalachian Mountains, the Grundy of Lee Smith's youth was a place of coal miners, mountain music, and her daddy's dimestore. It was in that dimestore - listening to customers and inventing life histories for the store's dolls - that she began to learn the craft of storytelling. Even though she adored Grundy, Smith's formal education and travels took her far from Virginia, though her Appalachian upbringing never left her. Dimestore's 15 essays are crushingly honest, always wise, and superbly entertaining. Smith has created both a moving, personal portrait and a broader meditation on embracing one's heritage. Hers is an inspiring story of the birth of a writer and a poignant look at a way of life that has all but vanished.

©2016 Lee Smith (P)2016 Recorded Books

Narrator: Linda Stephens
Author: Lee Smith
Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
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Jane Austen

Summary

This highly enjoyable account of the life of Jane Austen is regarded as the classic biography of one of the greatest English novelists. It illustrates not only the character and opinions of an unusually perceptive and gifted woman, but also the social life amonst the county gentry of Georgian England. Outside her writing, Jane Austen's main interest was her large and affectionate family and their circle of friends. This is the world she so brilliantly depicted in her novels, and Elizabeth Jenkins shows how often the settings and characters mirrored the writer's own life in Hampshire.

Public Domain (P)2005 Naxos AudioBooks

Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
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Mike Lewis

1 rating

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Joining us in the Audible Studios to discuss his first book, When to Jump, is former equity investor turned entrepreneur and CEO of the When to Jump platform, Mike Lewis. At the age of 26, Mike Lewis left his prestigious job as an investor to pursue a lifelong dream of becoming a professional squash player. Realising the importance and impact of making a 'jump' from something comfortable in order to pursue a passion, Mike created the When to Jump community, a platform that has attracted millions of impressions and experiences of those who wish to share their own stories of success. Mike Lewis talks to us about his global community, why he wrote the book and some of the stories in it.

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Mike Lewis
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 10 mins
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Lynda La Plante

2 ratings

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Lynda La Plante visits the Audible Studios to discuss the audiobook release of her books Hidden Killers and The Cold Cases. Lynda began her career as an actress of stage and screen but, in the 80s, started writing books and TV screenplays to universal acclaim. Her debut novel, The Legacy, became a best seller and her popularity has never waned, producing hit after hit, including the Prime Suspect and the Trial and Retribution series. She has since been awarded a CBE, become a member of The Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame and is the only lay person to become a fellow of the Forensic Science Society.

©2017 Audible Ltd (P)2017 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Lynda La Plante
Length: 29 mins
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LJ Ross - November 2018

1 rating

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Joining us in the Audible Studios for a second time, on this occasion to talk about her first audio drama, The Infirmary, is British author of the best-selling DCI Ryan mystery novels LJ Ross.  Spending most of her 20s as a regulatory lawyer, LJ Ross published her first novel in the DCI Ryan series, Holy Island, in 2015. The latest installment in the series comes in the form of an audio drama - a brand-new way to experience DCI Ryan and all the thrills and mystery Ross’ stories bring. The Infirmary is sure to delight both seasoned fans and those new to the series.  In this interview, LJ Ross talks to us about this latest title, her love of the northeast and how she began the DCI Ryan series. 

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Narrator: LJ Ross
Length: 12 mins
Available on Audible
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On the Road with Charles Kuralt

Summary

Charles Kuralt's classic best seller is now on audio! "To read the front pages, you might conclude that Americans are mostly out for themselves...but you can't travel the back roads very long without discovering a multitude of gentle people doing good for others with no expectation of gain or recognition." In this collection of short audio essays, Charles Kuralt takes us from the countryside to the big cities to introduce us to the fascinating people and places that only he could find. Kuralt captures the humor and compassion of ordinary people leading extraordinary lives. From the best-selling book On the Road with Charles Kuralt, these classic stories represent Kuralt's defining, and perhaps finest, work. Never before released on audio, this collection ensures that his unforgettable voice will be heard by generations to come.

©2000 Charles Kuralt (P)2004 Simon & Schuster

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Palm Sunday

1 rating

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In this self-portrait by an American genius, Kurt Vonnegut writes with beguiling wit and poignant wisdom about his favorite comedians, country music, a dead friend, a dead marriage, and various cockamamie aspects of his all-too-human journey through life. This is a work that resonates with Vonnegut's singular voice: the magic sound of a born storyteller mesmerizing us with truth.

©1981 The Ramjac Corporation (P)2015 Audible Inc.

Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
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OG (Old Guy) Dad

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Old Guy Dad recounts the adventures of a man who, in the autumn of his years - or at least the pre-autumn - discovers his girlfriend is pregnant. He is going to be a father. Again. Only this time he wants to do it right: no heroin, plenty of low-back pain. A collection of celebrated columns from The Rumpus with new material and never-before-told tales, OG Dad finds Jerry Stahl fighting a terminal disease - not to mention mortality, sleeplessness, and the soul-crushing weirdness of preschool drop-offs with parents half his age. Square is the last frontier.

©2019 Karen Robards. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Author: Jerry Stahl
Length: 3 hrs and 47 mins
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Joe Gould's Teeth

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From New Yorker staff writer and Harvard historian Jill Lepore, the dark, spellbinding tale of her restless search for the long-lost longest book ever written, a century-old manuscript called The Oral History of Our Time.  Joe Gould, a madman, believed he was the most brilliant historian of the 20th century. So did some of his friends, a group of modernist writers and artists that included E. E. Cummings, Marianne Moore, William Carlos Williams, John Dos Passos, and Ezra Pound. Gould began his life's work before the First World War, announcing that he intended to write down nearly everything anyone ever said to him. "I am trying to preserve as much detail as I can about the normal life of everyday people," he explained, because "as a rule, history does not deal with such small fry."  By 1942, when The New Yorker published a profile of Gould written by the reporter Joseph Mitchell, Gould's manuscript had grown to more than nine million words. But when Gould died in 1957 in a mental hospital, the manuscript was nowhere to be found. Then, in 1964, in "Joe Gould's Secret", a second profile, Mitchell claimed that The Oral History of Our Time had been, all along, merely a figment of Gould's imagination. Lepore, unpersuaded, decided to find out.  Joe Gould's Teeth is a Poe-like tale of detection, madness, and invention. Digging through archives all over the country, Lepore unearthed evidence that The Oral History of Our Time did in fact once exist. Relying on letters, scraps, and Gould's own diaries and notebooks - including volumes of his lost manuscript - Lepore argues that Joe Gould's real secret had to do with sex and the color line, with modernists' relationship to the Harlem Renaissance, and, above all, with Gould's terrifying obsession with the African American sculptor Augusta Savage. In ways that even Gould himself could not have imagined, what Gould wrote down really is a history of our time: unsettling and ferocious. 

©2016 Jill Lepore (P)2016 Random House Audio

Narrator: Jill Lepore
Author: Jill Lepore
Length: 3 hrs and 17 mins
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The Ministry of Truth

6 ratings

Summary

"Rich and compelling. . .Lynskey’s account of the reach of 1984 is revelatory.” --George Packer, The Atlantic An authoritative, wide-ranging, and incredibly timely history of 1984 - its literary sources, its composition by Orwell, its deep and lasting effect on the Cold War, and its vast influence throughout world culture at every level, from high to pop. 1984 isn't just a novel; it's a key to understanding the modern world. George Orwell's final work is a treasure chest of ideas and memes - Big Brother, the Thought Police, Doublethink, Newspeak, 2+2=5 - that gain potency with every year. Particularly in 2016, when the election of Donald Trump made it a best seller ("Ministry of Alternative Facts", anyone?). Its influence has morphed endlessly into novels (The Handmaid's Tale), films (Brazil), television shows (V for Vendetta), rock albums (Diamond Dogs), commercials (Apple), even reality TV (Big Brother).  The Ministry of Truth is the first book that fully examines the epochal and cultural event that is 1984 in all its aspects: its roots in the utopian and dystopian literature that preceded it; the personal experiences in wartime Great Britain that Orwell drew on as he struggled to finish his masterpiece in his dying days; and the political and cultural phenomena that the novel ignited at once upon publication and that far from subsiding, have only grown over the decades. It explains how fiction history informs fiction and how fiction explains history.

©2019 Dorian Lynskey (P)2019 Random House Audio

Narrator: Andrew Wincott
Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
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Citizen Reporters

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A fascinating history of the rise and fall of influential Gilded Age magazine McClure's and the two unlikely outsiders at its helm - as well as a timely, full-throated defense of investigative journalism in America The president of the United States made headlines around the world when he publicly attacked the press, denouncing reporters who threatened his reputation as "muckrakers" and "forces for evil." The year was 1906, the president was Theodore Roosevelt - and the publication that provoked his fury was McClure’s magazine. One of the most influential magazines in American history, McClure's drew over 400,000 readers and published the groundbreaking stories that defined the Gilded Age, including the investigation of Standard Oil that toppled the Rockefeller monopoly. Driving this revolutionary publication were two improbable newcomers united by single-minded ambition.  S. S. McClure was an Irish immigrant, who, despite bouts of mania, overthrew his impoverished upbringing and bent the New York media world to his will. His steadying hand and star reporter was Ida Tarbell, a woman who defied gender expectations and became a notoriously fearless journalist. The scrappy, bold McClure's group - Tarbell, McClure, and their reporters, Ray Stannard Baker and Lincoln Steffens - cemented investigative journalism's crucial role in democracy. From reporting on labor unrest and lynching, to their exposés of municipal corruption, their reporting brought their readers face to face with a nation mired in dysfunction. They also introduced Americans to the voices of Willa Cather, Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson, Joseph Conrad, and many others. Tracing McClure's from its meteoric rise to its spectacularly swift and dramatic combustion, Citizen Reporters is a thrillingly told, deeply researched biography of a powerhouse magazine that forever changed American life. It's also a timely case study that demonstrates the crucial importance of journalists who are unafraid to speak truth to power.

©2020 Stephanie Gorton (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Maggi-Meg Reed
Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
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Oscar Wilde: A Life from Beginning to End

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Who was Oscar Wilde? Was he just an author of witty but meaningless plays, only out to get a laugh or two? The answer is a resounding no. Oscar Wilde was an Irish poet and playwright in the late 19th century. His controversial plays were riddled with mockery of social status, cleverly covered by the use of comedy.  Inside you will hear about: Blue china and long hair Marriage and men The Picture of Dorian Gray The sodomy trials Life after prison Death and posthumous pardon And much more  Wilde may have paved the way for people living a little off the center line. He was full of flash and flare, and he wrote some of those colorful traits into his literature. Take a journey into the world of Oscar Wilde, and find out just how individualistic he was.

©2018 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Mike Nelson
Length: 1 hr
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Nam Le on David Malouf

Summary

Here was a very-much-alive half-Lebanese writer (from provincial Brisbane, no less) producing English-language writing of the very first order....  The poetry was in the prose; it stayed and sprung its rhythms, chorded its ideas, concentrated its images. Every other novel claims to be written in 'poetic prose'; the real thing, when you come across it, is actually shocking.   Nam Le takes the listener on a thrilling intellectual ride in this sharp, bold essay. Encompassing identity politics, metaphysics, the relationship between life and art, and the ‘Australianness’ of Malouf’s work, it is unlike anything else written about one of Australia’s most acclaimed writers.  In the Writers on Writers series, leading writers reflect on another Australian writer who has inspired and fascinated them. Provocative and crisp, these books start a fresh conversation between past and present, shed new light on the craft of writing and introduce some intriguing and talented authors and their work.

©2019 Nam Le (P)2019 Audible Australia Pty Ltd

Narrator: Nam Le
Author: Nam Le
Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
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Hometown Tales: Yorkshire

Summary

Original tales by remarkable writers. Hometown Tales is a series of books pairing exciting new voices with some of the most talented and important writers at work today.  Some of the tales are fiction, and some are narrative nonfiction - they are all powerful, fascinating and moving and aim to celebrate regional diversity and explore the meaning of home.  In this audiobook on Yorkshire, you'll find two unique tales: an intimate account of returning to her childhood home of Snaith by Cathy Rentzenbrink, author of The Last Act of Love, and from new voice Victoria Hennison, a deeply personal memoir of growing up in the village of Holme-on-Spalding Moor. 

©2017 Cathy Rentzenbrink and Victoria Hennison (P)2018 Orion Publishing Group

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The World Broke in Two

3 ratings

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A revelatory narrative of the intersecting lives and works of revered authors Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, E. M. Forster, and D. H. Lawrence during 1922, the birth year of modernism. The World Broke in Two tells the fascinating story of the intellectual and personal journeys four legendary writers - Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, E. M. Forster, and D. H. Lawrence - make over the course of one pivotal year. As 1922 begins, all four are literally at a loss for words, confronting an uncertain creative future despite success in the past. The literary ground is shifting, as Ulysses is published in February and Proust's In Search of Lost Time begins to be published in England in the autumn. Yet, dismal as their prospects seemed in January, by the end of the year Woolf has started Mrs. Dalloway, Forster has, for the first time in nearly a decade, returned to work on the novel that will become A Passage to India, Lawrence has written Kangaroo, his unjustly neglected and most autobiographical novel, and Eliot has finished - and published to acclaim - "The Waste Land". As Willa Cather put it, "The world broke in two in 1922 or thereabouts", and what these writers were struggling with that year was in fact the invention of modernism. Based on original research, Bill Goldstein's The World Broke in Two captures both the literary breakthroughs and the intense personal dramas of these beloved writers as they strive for greatness.

©2017 Bill Goldstein (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

Narrator: Bill Goldstein
Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
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Jenny Blackhurst

1 rating

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To those who know her, it’s hardly a surprise that Jenny Blackhurst would eventually become a crime writer. After the birth of her first son, she returned to her childhood love of thrillers and crime fiction and wrote her debut novel, How I Lost You. Jenny joins Robin Morgan in the Audible Studios to discuss her latest psychological thriller, Before I Let You In.

©2016 Audible Studios (P)2016 Audible Studios

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Claire North and Peter Kenny

1 rating

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Author Claire North and narrator Peter Kenny join Elise Italiaander in the Audible Studios to discuss writing and narrating The End of the Day.

©2017 Audible Studios (P)2017 Audible Studios

Length: 27 mins
Available on Audible
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Dreda Say Mitchell

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Dreda Say Mitchell visits the Audible Studios; she is a novelist, broadcaster, journalist and champion of education for working class children. She talks about her upcoming crime series which follows one family over forty years on an East London estate - the first book in the series is called Blood Sister.

©2016 Audible Ltd (P)2016 Audible Ltd

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Beatrix Potter: Artist, Storyteller, and Countrywoman

2 ratings

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The audiobook edition of Judy Taylor’s classic biography, Beatrix Potter: Artist, Storyteller, and Countrywoman, read by the actress Patricia Routledge. Starting with the publication of The Tale of Peter Rabbit, in 1902, Beatrix Potter went on to become one of the world’s most successful children’s authors. This biographical audiobook takes the reader through the whole of her life, from her Victorian childhood in London to her final years farming in the Lake District. Regarded as a standard work on Beatrix Potter’s life, this work has been updated regularly to include fresh material that has come to light as interest in Beatrix Potter continues to grow.

©2012 Judy Taylor (P)2012 Penguin Books Ltd

Author: Judy Taylor
Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
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The Last Leonardo

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An epic quest exposes hidden truths about Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, therecently discovered masterpiece that sold for $450 million - and might not be the real thing.  In 2017, Leonardo da Vinci’s small oil painting the Salvator Mundi was sold at auction. In the words of its discoverer, the image of Christ as savior of the world is “the rarest thing on the planet.” Its $450 million sale price also makes it the world’s most expensive painting.  For two centuries, art dealers had searched in vain for the Holy Grail of art history: a portrait of Christ as the Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci. Many similar paintings of greatly varying quality had been executed by Leonardo’s assistants in the early 16th century. But where was the original by the master himself? In November 2017, Christie’s auction house announced they had it. But did they?  The Last Leonardo tells a thrilling tale of a spellbinding icon invested with the power to make or break the reputations of scholars, billionaires, kings, and sheikhs. Ben Lewis takes us to Leonardo’s studio in Renaissance Italy; to the court of Charles I and the English Civil War; to Amsterdam, Moscow, and New Orleans; to the galleries, salerooms, and restorer’s workshop as the painting slowly, painstakingly emerged from obscurity. The vicissitudes of the highly secretive art market are charted across six centuries. It is a twisting tale of geniuses and oligarchs, double-crossings and disappearances, in which we’re never quite certain what to believe. Above all, it is an adventure story about the search for lost treasure, and a quest for the truth.  Praise for The Last Leonardo “The story of the world’s most expensive painting is narrated with great gusto and formidably researched detail in Ben Lewis’s book.... Lewis’s probings of the Salvator’s backstory raise questions about its historical status and visibility, and these lead in turn to the fundamental question of whether the painting is really an autograph work by Leonardo.” (Charles Nicholl, The Guardian)  “As the art historian and critic Ben Lewis shows in his forensically detailed and gripping investigation into the history, discovery and sales of the painting, establishing the truth is like nailing down jelly.” (Michael Prodger, The Sunday Times)

©2019 Ben Lewis (P)2019 Random House Audio

Narrator: Peter Noble
Author: Ben Lewis
Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
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Veronica Henry - April 2017

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Robin Morgan welcomes Veronica Henry back to the Audible Studios to talk about her latest novel, The Forever House.

©2017 Audible Studios (P)2017 Audible Studios

Narrator: Veronica Henry
Length: 11 mins
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Schulz and Peanuts

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Charles Schulz, the most widely syndicated and beloved cartoonist of all time, is also one of the most misunderstood figures in American culture. Now, acclaimed biographer David Michaelis gives us the first full-length biography of Schulz: at once a creation story, a portrait of a hidden American genius, and a chronicle contrasting the private man with the central role he played in shaping the national imagination. The son of a barber, Schulz was born in Minnesota to modest, working class roots. In 1943, just three days after his mother's tragic death from cancer, Schulz, a private in the army, shipped out for boot camp and the war in Europe. The sense of shock and separation never left him. And these early experiences would shape his entire life. With Peanuts, Schulz embedded adult ideas in a world of small children to remind the reader that character flaws and childhood wounds are with us always. It was the central truth of his own life, that as the adults we've become and as the children we always will be, we can free ourselves, if only we can see the humor in the predicaments of funny-looking kids. Schulz's Peanuts profoundly influenced the country in the second half of the 20th century. But the strip was anchored in the collective experience and hardships of Schulz's generation: the generation that survived the Great Depression and liberated Europe and the Pacific and came home to build the postwar world. Michaelis brilliantly weaves Schulz's story with the cartoons that are so familiar to us, revealing a man we've never fully known and shedding new light on a touchstone of American life.

©2007 David Michaelis (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Holter Graham
Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
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Patrick Kingsley

1 rating

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Exclusive to Audible. Patrick Kingsley visited the Audible Studios to discuss his book, The New Odyssey: The Story of Europe's Refugee Crisis.

©2016 Audible Ltd (P)2016 Audible Ltd

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This Is Not for You

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A longtime activist in the Black community of Portland, Oregon, reflects on his accomplishments and the work still to be done. This Is Not for You tells the story of activist and photographer Richard Brown, a Black Portlander who has spent decades working to bridge the divide between police and the Black community. His memoir brings listeners with him into the streets with fellow activists, into squad cars with the rank-and-file, and to regular meetings with mayors and police chiefs. There are very few people doing the kind of work Richard Brown has done. And that, as he sees it, is a big problem.  The book finds Brown approaching his 80th birthday and reflecting on his life. As he recalls his childhood in 1940s Harlem, his radicalization in the newly desegregated Air Force, and his decades of activism in one of America’s whitest cities, he questions how much longer he can do this work and he wonders who, if anyone, will take his place. This is a book about how and why to become an engaged, activist citizen and how activists can stay grounded, no matter how deeply they immerse themselves in the work. It also offers an intimate, firsthand look at policing: what policing is and could be, how civilians can have a say, and how police can and should be responsive to and inclusive of civilian voices. This Is Not for You speaks about being Black in America: about Black pride; Black history, art, and culture; and the experience of resisting white supremacy. It also stands as a much-needed counternarrative to Portlandia, telling a different story about the city and who has shaped it.

©2021 by Richard Brown (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
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Welcome Home

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Before Lucia Berlin died, she was working on a book of previously unpublished autobiographical sketches called Welcome Home. The work consisted of more than 20 chapters that started in 1936 in Alaska and ended (prematurely) in 1966 in Southern Mexico. In our publication of Welcome Home, her son, Jeff Berlin, is filling in the gaps with photos and letters from her eventful, romantic, and tragic life. From Alaska to Argentina, Kentucky to Mexico, New York City to Chile, Berlin's world was wide. And the writing here is, as we've come to expect, dazzling. She describes the places she lived and the people she knew with all the style and wit and heart and humor that people fell in love with in her stories. Combined with letters from friends and lovers, Welcome Home is an essential nonfiction companion to A Manual for Cleaning Women and Evening in Paradise.

©2018 Lucia Berlin (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Hillary Huber
Author: Lucia Berlin
Length: 4 hrs and 14 mins
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Die Verwaltung des Nichts

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"Wenn ich mit Sprache zu tun habe, bin ich beschäftigt mit der Verwaltung des Nichts": Der Schriftsteller Martin Walser reflektiert in diesen siebzehn eng miteinander verbundenen Essays seine Funktion als Schriftsteller und streift dabei philosophische, künstlerische, gesellschaftliche sowie autobiographische Themen, die er hier miteinander verbindet.

©2005 SAGA Egmont (P)2020 SAGA Egmont

Narrator: Martin Walser
Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
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Schriften 1921

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Carl von Ossietzky (1889 - 1938) Journalist, Schriftsteller, Pazifist. Ob gegen links, rechts oder die Mitte, er kämpfte unabhängig mit seinen Artikeln für den Erhalt der Demokratie. Er erklärt sie in seinen Artikeln, er beschreibt soziale ("Neu-Babylon") und politische Phänomene ("Die Demokratie im Wahlkampf"); er belauscht seine Berliner Zeitgenossen vom Nebentisch; er ist der rasende Reporter, wenn es um Reparationspolitik oder um die reaktionäre Bewegung geht (Mord an Erzberger); er ist Geschichtsphilosoph und Prediger; er klagt an und hält Ansprachen. Er ist das intellektuelle Gewissen der Zeit. Damit wir dem Journalisten der 20er Jahre des 20. Jahrhunderts bildungsmäßig das Wasser reichen können, gibt es im Booklet jede Menge Fußnoten. In deiner Audible-Bibliothek findest du für dieses Hörerlebnis eine PDF-Datei mit zusätzlichem Material.

©gemeinfrei (P)2020 LILYLA Hörbuch-Editionen

Narrator: Org Dubonton
Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
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Adrian Edmondson

3 ratings

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Joining us in the Audible Studios to talk about his children’s books Junkyard Jack and the Horse That Talked and Tilly and the Time Machine is British comedian, actor and writer Adrian Edmondson.  Best known for his comedic roles in television series such as The Young Ones and Bottom, which he wrote together with his best friend and collaborative partner, Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmondson has seen huge success since the early '80s, having been an integral part of The Comic Strip Presents.  After publishing his first children’s book, Tilly and the Time Machine, in 2017, he brings this and new book Junkyard Jack and the Horse That Talked to audio. Adrian Edmondson talks to us about his new direction into children’s fiction, his school-aged editor next door and the highlights of his illustrious career.  

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Author: Holly Newson
Length: 14 mins
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Mark Twain's Letters from Hawaii

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The Huck Finn of foreign correspondents provides a colorful account of old Honolulu, the island nobility, the City of Refuge on the Kona coast, and the active volcano of Kilauea. These selections of Mark Twain's newspaper dispatches are both charming and informative. The light touch of the great humorist is seldom missing as he reveals the "loveliest fleet of islands that lie anchored in any ocean". This recording evokes the historical era with the eye of a verbal artist and the voice of the performing artist.

(P)2004 The Audio Partners Publishing Corp.

Narrator: McAvoy Layne
Author: Mark Twain
Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
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Charles Kuralt's America

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In 1994, retired CBS correspondent Charles Kuralt set out to spend a perfect year in America - traveling to his 12 favorite American places, in just the right month for a visit to each. With his well-known warmth, humor, and insight, he shows them to us now in Charles Kuralt's America. From Montana in September and Alaska in June to winter in Cajun country and spring in the North Carolina mountains, Kuralt's accounts are filled with unique people, stories, and experiences. America is suffused by a poet's love of language and is rich in the spirit and flavor of this infinite and varied land.

©1995 Charles Kuralt, All Rights Reserved (P)1995 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved

Narrator: Charles Kuralt
Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
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Chris Ryan - November 2019

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Joining us at Audible Studios is former SAS sergeant Chris Ryan. Ryan enrolled in the British Army at the age of 16, where he then passed selection to join the 22 SAS Regiment under ‘B’ squadron. Ryan spent the next seven years of his life serving around the world on covert and overt operations.    Ryan was a key member of the infamous Bravo Two Zero SAS patrol in Iraq during the Gulf War. The patrol was compromised and was forced to head towards Syria on foot. Ryan was the only one of the eight-man team to not be captured or killed. He made the longest escape ever made by an SAS or other soldier, trekking 190 miles by foot.  Though successfully evading capture, Ryan lost a potentially fatal amount of weight and suffered severe muscle atrophy and long-term side effects from drinking water contaminated by nuclear waste.    Ryan was honorably discharged from the SAS in 1994, after being awarded the Military Medal in 1991. Since leaving the army, he has contributed to many television programmes, sharing his wealth of experience on how to survive events such as natural disasters, violent assaults and nuclear terrorist attacks.    He has also had an incredible career as an author, with titles such as The One That Got Away, Strike Back, the Danny Black series, and the Alpha Force series. His book The History of the SAS tells the story of the SAS 22 Regiment from its humble beginnings, sharing details from missions in Oman, Borneo, Northern Ireland, the Falklands and more.    We spoke to Chris Ryan about his book The History of the SAS, how being in the SAS affects him today and talking to an SAS soldier now in his 90s as part of his research.

©2019 Audible Ltd (P)2019 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Chris Ryan
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 21 mins
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Du sagde det selv

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Ted Hughes og Sylvia Platt er et af den moderne litteraturs mest berømte par. Efter hendes selvmord i 1963 er der blevet skrevet utallige biografier om hende, hvor hun fremstår som et offer og han som forræder og morder. Han er blevet dømt af fremmede og anklaget af mennesker, han anså for venner. I "Du siger det selv" giver hollandske Connie Palmen stemme til Ted Hughes. Han døde i 1998, men i de 35 år, der fulgte efter afslutningen på deres passionerede ægteskab, blev det hendes død, der kom til at styre hans liv. Indfølt og skarpsindigt beskriver Palmen deres forhold og ægtemandens angst, tanker og besværgelser - og de dybe, tragiske bånd til den kvinde, der skulle bestemme hans skæbne. En uafrystelig roman om liv og død.

©2018 Gyldendal (P)2018 Gyldendal

Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
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Michael Connelly

2 ratings

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Best-selling crime writer Michael Connelly joins Robin Morgan in the Audible Studios for an exclusive interview about his Harry Bosch series.

©2016 Audible Ltd (P)2016 Audible Ltd

Author: Robin Morgan
Length: 15 mins
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The Lonely House: A Short Biography of Emily Dickinson

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During her lifetime, Emily Dickinson did not seek out recognition or attempt to change the world around her, even in the smallest way. A private but not antisocial person, she kept her life’s work, and her innermost feelings, almost entirely to herself. Her life was rich in intellectual pursuits, and she had many friends with whom she exchanged witty and brilliant letters, but she rarely left the town of her birth. From the early 1860's onward, she became essentially a recluse. After her death in 1886, it was only the good judgment of her sister Lavinia that preserved the more than 1,700 poems Dickinson had secretly produced. Her poetry was so intensely individual that it immediately captivated a national audience. More than a century later, her special genius continues to surprise readers young and old. Hear more about her fascinating book in this biography.

©2013 Golgotha Press, Inc. (P)2020 Golgotha Press, Inc.

Narrator: Erin Lin
Author: Paul Brody
Length: 57 mins
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Christos Tsiolkas on Patrick White

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Christos Tsiolkas spent a year of 'discovery and rediscovery' reading Patrick White. In this passionate and original book, he shows how the Nobel Prize winner's work still speaks to us. In the Writers on Writers series, leading writers reflect on another Australian writer who has inspired and fascinated them. Provocative and crisp, these books start a fresh conversation between past and present, shed new light on the craft of writing, and introduce some intriguing and talented authors and their work.

©2018 Christos Tsiolkas (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: Syd Brisbane
Length: 1 hr and 41 mins
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Jugend

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Stationen einer Jugend: Wenige Jahre vor Ausbruch des Ersten Weltkrieges unehelich geboren, wird der Junge in ein "Militär-Knaben-Erziehungs-Institut" gesteckt, dessen preußischer Militärgeist ihm tief zuwider ist. Auch die anschließende Schule verstärkt seine Außenseiter-Rolle. Erst als er die Literatur entdeckt, hat er seine Welt gefunden. Wolfgang Koeppen, der es nie liebte, "sich auf den Markt zu begeben und zu reden", liest mit altersweiser Stimme sein sprachliches Meisterwerk, wodurch sich eine suggestive Wirkung entfaltet, der man sich nicht entziehen kann.

(c)+(p) 1987 Der Hörverlag

Length: 4 hrs and 11 mins
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Stringer

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In the powerful travel-writing tradition of Ryszard Kapuscinski and V. S. Naipaul, a haunting memoir of a dangerous and disorienting year of self-discovery in one of the world's unhappiest countries.

©2014 Anjan Sundaram (P)2014 Tantor

Narrator: Neil Shah
Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
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Alexander Vlahos

2 ratings

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Joining us in the Audible Studios is Welsh actor Alexander Vlahos. In this interview, Alexander tells us what he likes about narrating and what it’s like to be an actor. Vlahos narrates H. G. Wells’ The First Men in the Moon, a scientific romance novel first published in 1901. Following protagonists Mr Bedford and Dr Cavor, listeners indulge in their journey to the moon, where they come across the sophisticated insectlike creatures ‘Selenites’. This forms part of Audible’s H. G. Wells: The Science Fiction collection, a bundle of H. G. Wells’ five science-fiction novels, each performed by a celebrity narrator.

©2019 Audible Ltd (P)2019 Audible Ltd

Length: 13 mins
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Broken Glass

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The true story of the intimate relationship that gave birth to the Farnsworth House, a masterpiece of 20th-century architecture - and disintegrated into a bitter feud over love, money, gender, and the very nature of art. "An amazing story, brilliantly told." (Sebastian Smee, Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic and author of The Art of Rivalry) In 1945, Edith Farnsworth asked the German architect Mies van der Rohe, already renowned for his avant-garde buildings, to design a weekend home for her outside of Chicago. Edith was a woman ahead of her time - unmarried, she was a distinguished medical researcher, as well as an accomplished violinist, translator, and poet. The two quickly began spending weekends together, talking philosophy, Catholic mysticism, and, of course, architecture over wine-soaked picnic lunches. Their personal and professional collaboration would produce the Farnsworth House, one of the most important works of architecture of all time, a blindingly original structure made up almost entirely of glass and steel. But the minimalist marvel, built in 1951, was plagued by cost overruns and a sudden chilling of the two friends' mutual affection. Though the building became world famous, Edith found it impossible to live in, because of its constant leaks, flooding, and complete lack of privacy. Alienated and aggrieved, she lent her name to a public campaign against Mies, cheered on by Frank Lloyd Wright. Mies, in turn, sued her for unpaid monies. The ensuing lengthy trial heard evidence of purported incompetence by an acclaimed architect, and allegations of psychological cruelty and emotional trauma. A commercial dispute litigated in a rural Illinois courthouse became a trial of modernist art and architecture itself. Interweaving personal drama and cultural history, Alex Beam presents a stylish, enthralling narrative tapestry, illuminating the fascinating history behind one of the 20th-century's most beautiful and significant architectural projects.

©2020 Alex Beam (P)2020 Random House Audio

Narrator: Kimberly Farr
Author: Alex Beam
Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
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Simon Scarrow and Lee Francis

2 ratings

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Simon Scarrow visits the Audible Studios for the second time, with Lee Francis, cowriter of their contemporary thriller Playing with Death. They talk about their collaboration, the writing process, writing for specific genres, social media and the terrifying thought of where this could lead in the near future.

©2017 Audible Ltd (P)2017 Audible Ltd

Length: 21 mins
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Joanna Toye

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Joanna Toye joins Robin Morgan in the Audible Studios for an exclusive interview. Joanna Toye was a writer on the BBC Radio 4's The Archers for 35 years. She joins Robin Morgan in the Audible Studios to discuss The Death of Grace Archer, an audio collection featuring archive editions of the world's longest-running soap opera. It also features Joanna Toye's radio play Dead Girls Tell No Tales, which was written to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the dramatic death of Grace Archer and reveals the truth about why she had to die.

©2016 Audible Ltd (P)2016 Audible Ltd

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Chasing History

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning coauthor of All the President’s Men - the chronicle of the investigative report about the Watergate break-in and resultant political scandal that led to President Richard Nixon’s resignation - recalls his formative years as a teenage newspaper reporter in JFK’s Washington - a tale of adventures, scrapes, clever escapes, and the opportunity of a lifetime. “Carl Bernstein, Washington Star.” With these words, the 16-year-old senior at Montgomery Blair High School set himself apart from the high school crowd and set himself on a track that would define his life. Carl Bernstein was far from the best student in his class - in fact, he was in danger of not graduating at all - but he had a talent for writing, a burning desire to know things that other people didn’t, and a flair for being in the right place at the right time. Those qualities got him inside the newsroom at the Washington Star, the afternoon paper in the nation’s capital, in the summer of 1960, a pivotal time for America, for Washington, DC, and for a young man in a hurry on the cusp of adulthood. Chasing History opens up the world of the early 1960s as Bernstein experienced it, chasing after grisly crimes with the paper’s police reporter, gathering colorful details at a John F. Kennedy campaign rally, running afoul of union rules, and confronting racial tensions as the civil rights movement gained strength. We learn alongside him as he comes to understand the life of a newspaperman, and we share his pride as he hunts down information, gets his first byline, and discovers that he has a talent for the job after all. By turns exhilarating, funny, tense, and poignant, Chasing History shows us a country coming into its own maturity along with young Carl Bernstein, and when he strikes out on his own after five years at the Star, his hard-won knowledge and experience feels like ours as well. A Macmillan Audio production from Henry Holt and Company

©2021 Carl Bernstein (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

Narrator: Robert Petkoff
Length: 15 hrs
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Sky of Stone

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In the summer of '61, Homer "Sonny" Hickam, a year of college behind him, is dreaming of sandy beaches and rocket ships. But before Sonny can reach the seaside fixer-upper where his mother is spending the summer, a telephone call sends him back to the place he thought he had escaped, the gritty coal-mining town of Coalwood, West Virginia. There, Sonny's father, the mine's superintendent, has been accused of negligence in a man's death. Sonny's mother, Elsie, has commanded her son to spend the summer in Coalwood to support his father. But within hours of his arrival, Sonny realizes two things: His father, always cold and distant with his second son, doesn't want him there... and his parents' marriage has begun to unravel.

For Sonny, so begins a summer of discovery - a time when he will learn about love, loss, and a closely guarded secret that threatens to destroy his father and his town. As the days of summer grow shorter, Sonny finds himself changing in surprising ways, taking the first real steps toward adulthood. But it's a journey he can make only by unraveling the story of a man's death and a father's secret - the mysteries that lie at the heart of Coalwood.

©2004 Homer Hickam (P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Dick Hill
Author: Homer Hickam
Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
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Henry Miller's People

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Henry Miller's gifts of profundity, humor, and spiritual sensitivity as well as his joy of living are well displayed in this collection of his insights into the human character. The pieces range from the delightfully raucous to the metaphysically illuminating, and include portraits of the famous and less-than-famous people in Miller's life. All human beings become real to the listener under Miller's penetrating mind and loving eye.

©1961 New Directions (P)1995, 2017 Audio Literature / Phoenix Books

Narrator: Mitchell Ryan
Author: Henry Miller
Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
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Vassos Alexander

1 rating

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Joining us in the Audible Studios to discuss his book Running Up That Hill is British sports presenter and author Vassos Alexander.  A sports presenter, reporter and commentator for the BBC since 2004, Vassos has covered everything from the Olympic Games through to Wimbledon. Best known for presenting the sports news on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2, Vassos has become an advocate for running. Inspiring others with his highly acclaimed book Don’t Stop Me Now, his second book, Running Up That Hill, continues his running story.  Vassos Alexander talks to us about his love of endurance running, where it all began and what tips he’d give to runners. 

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Length: 10 mins
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Manhood for Amateurs

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author offers his first major work of nonfiction, an autobiographical narrative as inventive, beautiful, and powerful as his acclaimed, award-winning fiction. Manhood for Amateurs is the first sustained work of personal writing from Michael Chabon. In these insightful, provocative, slyly interlinked essays, one of our most brilliant and humane writers presents his autobiography and his vision of life in the way so many of us experience our own: as a series of reflections, regrets, and re-examinations, each sparked by an encounter, in the present, that holds some legacy of the past. What does it mean to be a man today? As a devoted son, as a passionate husband, and above all as a father, Chabon's memories of childhood, of his parents' marriage and divorce, of moments of painful adolescent comedy and giddy encounters with the popular art and literature of his own youth, are like a theme played by the mad quartet of which he now finds himself co-conductor. At once dazzling, hilarious, and moving, Manhood for Amateurs is destined to become a classic.

©2009 Michael Chabon (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Michael Chabon
Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
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London Journal

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Between the years of 1762 and 1763, James Boswell kept a journal of his time in London. During his time, he met the renowned writer, moralist, and lexicographer Samuel Johnson, with whom Boswell would form a close relationship. This account, told with much detail and candor, was one of the various journals written by Boswell, but it is the journal that has undergone the least amount of censorship, leading it, and the racy material within, to be deemed a best seller upon publication.

©1950, 2019 Dreamscape Media, LLC (P)2019 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Narrator: Qarie Marshall
Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
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Creating Anna Karenina

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The story behind the origins of Anna Karenina and the turbulent life and times of Leo Tolstoy. Anna Karenina is one of the most nuanced characters in world literature, and we return to her and the novel she propels again and again. Remarkably, there has not yet been an examination of Leo Tolstoy specifically through the lens of this novel. Critic and Professor Bob Blaisdell unravels Tolstoy’s family, literary, and day-to-day life during the period that he conceived, drafted, abandoned, and revised Anna Karenina. In the process, we see where Tolstoy’s life and his art intersect in obvious and unobvious ways. Readers often assume that Tolstoy, a nobleman-turned-mystic, would write himself into the principled Levin. But in truth, it is within Anna that the consciousness and energy flows with the same depth and complexities as Tolstoy. Her fateful suicide is the road that Tolstoy nearly traveled himself. At once a nuanced biography and portrait of the last decades of the Russian empire and artful literary examination, Creating Anna Karenina will enthrall the thousands whose lives have become deeper and clearer after experiencing this hallmark of world literature.  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.   

©2020 Bob Blaisdell (P)2021 Oasis Audio

Narrator: Gemma Dawson
Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
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Salman Rushdie

9 ratings

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Joining us in the Audible Studios to talk about his 13th novel, The Golden House, is critically acclaimed British-Indian novelist and writer Sir Salman Rushdie. Born in Bombay, British India, Salman Rushdie has become literary nobility, lauded for his ability to combine magical realism with historical fiction, focusing on the connections between Eastern and Western civilisations. Rushdie has had his titles translated into over 40 languages, and his best-known books include his second novel, Midnight's Children - which won the Booker Prize in 1981 - and his fifth book, The Satanic Verses, which prompted a fatwa against him in 1989. Rushdie has since received countless awards and honours for his work and remains one of the most popular and controversial writers of the 20th century. Salman Rushdie talks to us about his venture back into realism, what underlying message he is trying to convey in his latest book and the humour people missed in The Satanic Verses. This interview also includes an exclusive reading by Salman of the opening of The Golden House.

©2017 Audible Ltd (P)2017 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Salman Rushdie
Length: 30 mins
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Finding Fish

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Antwone Quenton Fisher was raised in institutions from the moment his single mother gave birth to him in prison. As a foster child, he suffered more than a dozen years of emotional abandonment and physical abuse, until he escaped and forged a life on the streets. And just as his life was about to hit rock bottom, Antwone enlisted in the U.S. Navy, a decision that would ultimately save him. There, he became a man and discovered a loving family he never had. Through it all, Antwone refused to allow his spirit to be broken and never gave up his dreams of a better day. A miraculous true story of one courageous man's journey from abandonment and abuse to extraordinary success, here is a modern-day, African-American Oliver Twist you will never forget.

©2002 Antwone Q. Fisher (P)2002 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
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The Mirror of the Sea

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First published in 1906, The Mirror of the Sea was the first of Joseph Conrad’s two autobiographical memoirs. Discussing it, he called the book “a very intimate revelation...I have attempted here to lay bare with the unreserve of a last hour’s confession the terms of my relation with the sea, which beginning mysteriously, like any great passion the inscrutable Gods send to mortals, went on unreasoning and invincible, surviving the test of disillusion, defying the disenchantment that lurks in every day of a strenuous life; went on full of love’s delight and love’s anguish, facing them in open-eyed exultation without bitterness and without repining, from the first hour to the last.”  When Joseph Conrad was discharged from the clipper Torrens in London during the summer of 1893, his seafaring career was over. He had travelled the world by then, risen in rank from apprentice to captain, survived shipwreck and turbulent seas. But, after 19 years afloat he longed for the land, and wrote to his cousin of the “uniform grey of my existence”. Once ashore, however, vivid memories of his past life began to surface. While steam and internal combustion were changing maritime travel forever, Conrad started to reflect on the voyages he had made in the Golden Age of Sail, the people and ships he had known, and the extraordinary communities whose lives, language, and very nature were shaped by the swells and silences of the open ocean. The Mirror of the Sea is a personal meditation on the sea and its meanings by one of the 20th century’s most important novelists.

Public Domain (P)2021 by Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki
Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
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Stories About Storytellers

2 ratings

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Spotlighting an extraordinary career, this autobiography reviews the author’s accomplishments working and playing alongside some of Canada’s greatest writers. These humorous chronicles relate the projects he brainstormed for writer Barry Broadfoot, how he convinced eventual Nobel Prize contender Alice Munro to keep writing short stories, his early morning phone call from a former Prime Minister, and his recollection of yanking a manuscript right out of Alistair MacLeod’s own reluctant hands - which ultimately garnered MacLeod one of the world’s most prestigious prizes for fiction. Insightful and entertaining, this collection of tales provides an inside view of Canadian politics and publishing that is rarely revealed, going behind the scenes and between the covers to divulge a treasure trove of literary adventures.

©2011 Douglas Gibson (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Douglas Gibson
Length: 17 hrs and 4 mins
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Jo Brand

1 rating

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Joining us in the Audible Studios to talk to us about her latest book, Born Lippy, is British comedian, writer and actress Jo Brand.   After beginning a career in psychiatric nursing, Jo Brand moved to the alternative comedy stand-up scene with early performances on Saturday Live and later appearing in the likes of The Brain Drain and Jo Brand Through the Cakehole. Brand is the author of four novels and is currently the presenter of The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice, and her latest book, Born Lippy, was published in October 2018.   In this interview, Jo Brand talks to us about topics from the Spice Girls to the Kardashians - covering hitchhiking, media portrayals and the taboo of death along the way. 

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Jo Brand
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 14 mins
Available on Audible
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Rather Outspoken

2 ratings

Summary

This memoir by Dan Rather - one of the most pre-eminent journalists of our time - is told in a straightforward and conversational manner. Rather, - who has won every prestigious journalism award in his distinguished career - discusses all the big stories from his decades of reporting. This very personal accounting includes (but is certainly not limited to) his dismissal from CBS, the Abu Ghraib story, the George W. Bush Air National Guard controversy, his coverage of the JFK assassination, the origin of "Hurricane Dan", as well as inside stories about all the top personalities Dan has either interviewed or worked with over his remarkable career. Also included are Dan's thoughts and reflections on the state of journalism today and what he sees for its future, as well as never-before-revealed personal observations and commentary.

©2012 Dan Rather (P)2012 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Dan Rather
Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
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Wanton Times

Summary

Unceremoniously dumped by his fiancée, Mitch moves to London for what is to be an 18-month wild ride with bad decisions and extreme characters. While he's under siege by obnoxious bosses and maneuvering a barrage of advances from men and women of all ages, Mitch's intimate confessions and musings are simultaneously delightful and embarrassing. He may lack principles and have a complete disregard for consequences, and he's not easy to like - but he's entirely entertaining.

©2015 Mitch Vandell (P)2015 Mitch Vandell

Narrator: Jeffrey Jared
Length: 1 hr and 45 mins
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In Montparnasse

Summary

"Describes with plenty of colour how surrealism, from Rene Magritte's bowler hats to Salvador Dali's watches, was born and developed." (The Times, UK) As she did for the Modernists In Montmartre, noted art historian and biographer Sue Roe now tells the story of the Surrealists in Montparnasse. In Montparnasse begins on the eve of the First World War and ends with the 1936 unveiling of Dalí’s Lobster Telephone. As those extraordinary years unfolded, the Surrealists found ever more innovative ways of exploring the interior life, and asking new questions about how to define art. In Montparnasse recounts how this artistic revolution came to be amidst the salons and cafés of that vibrant neighborhood.   Sue Roe is both an incisive art critic of these pieces and a beguiling biographer with a fingertip feel for this compelling world. Beginning with Duchamp, Roe then takes us through the rise of the Dada movement, the birth of Surrealist photography with Man Ray, the creation of key works by Ernst, Cocteau, and others, through the arrival of Dalí. On canvas and in their ready-mades and other works these artists juxtaposed objects never before seen together to make the viewer marvel at the ordinary - and at the workings of the subconscious. We see both how this art came to be and how the artists of Montparnasse lived. Roe puts us with Gertrude Stein in her box seat at the opening of The Rite of Spring; with Duchamp as he installs his famous urinal; at a Cocteau theatrical with Picasso and Coco Chanel; with Breton at a session with Freud; and with Man Ray as he romances Kiki de Montparnasse.   Stein said it best when she noted that the Surrealists still saw in the common ways of the 19th century, but they complicated things with the bold new vision of the 20th. Their words mark an enormously important watershed in the history of art - and they forever changed the way we all see the world.

©2019 Sue Roe (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Author: Sue Roe
Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
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Ver morir una polilla [To See a Moth Die]

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“El aislamiento físico al que ahora estamos obligados terminará algún día. No sabemos cuándo exactamente, pero terminará. Quizás para muchos ya terminó. Dicen que podría regresar, nos informan de una probable segunda ola, amenazan con riesgos de nuevos brotes - quién sabe. Pero más allá de nuestro aislamiento físico, hay otro aislamiento más profundo. El aislamiento emocional que lentamente se expande en nosotros y a nuestro alrededor, paralelo a la violenta expansión del virus, tomará mucho más tiempo para desentrañarse, va a persistir - confuso e inexplicable: una nueva interioridad.”  Valeria Luiselli, la galardonada escritora mexicana, describe el paso del tiempo en su departamento en Nueva York durante la época del confinamiento ocasionado por la pandemia de COVID-19.  En este ensayo, Valeria nos comparte un retrato de los momentos que comparte con su hija, su sobrina y la perrita Lola, desde un lugar profundamente íntimo.   “The physical isolation we are enduring right now will end one day. We don’t know when exactly, but it will end. Perhaps, for many, it has already ended. They tell us that it might return, in probable second waves, in pockets of new outbreaks, who knows. But beyond our physical isolation there is, and will be, another isolation, of a deeper nature, which will stay with us for longer....”  Award-winning Mexican author Valeria Luiselli describes in loving detail the passing of time in her New York City apartment during the quarantine period caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This heartfelt essay examines the most intimate moments Valeria shares with her daughter, her niece, and her dog Lola. Please note: This audiobook includes both Spanish and English versions.

©2020 Valeria Luiselli (P)2020 Audible Originals, LLC.

Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
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All the Wild That Remains

2 ratings

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A homage to the West and to two great writers who set the standard for all who celebrate and defend it. Archetypal wild man Edward Abbey and proper, dedicated Wallace Stegner left their footprints all over the western landscape. Now, the award-winning nature writer David Gessner follows the ghosts of these two remarkable writer-environmentalists - from Stegner's birthplace in Saskatchewan to the site of Abbey's pilgrimages to Arches - braiding their stories and asking how they speak to the lives of all those who care about the West. What is the future of a region beset by droughts and fires, by fracking and drilling? What should be done about an ever-increasing population that seems to be in the process of loving the West to death? How might two environmental thinkers with radically different personalities - a competent, mature advocate (Stegner) and a monkey-wrenching anarchist (Abbey) - have responded to the crisis? Gessner takes us on an inspiring, entertaining journey as he renews his own commitment to cultivating a meaningful relationship with the wild, confronting American consumption, and fighting environmental injustice

©2015 David Gessner (P)2015 Recorded Books

Narrator: Brian O'Neil
Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
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Colin Morgan

8 ratings

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Joining us at Audible Studios is actor Colin Morgan. Morgan has been appearing on stage and television since 2007, performing at The Globe Theatre and The National Theatre and starring in programmes such as Merlin, Doctor Who, Humans and The Fall.    He spoke to us about his amazing career so far as well as his experience of the audiobook world after reading The Worldship Humility by R R Haywood, a science fiction novel detailing the escapades of a petty thief and an Airlock Operative who accidentally steals a code with information about a new habitable planet.  

©2019 Audible Ltd (P)2019 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Colin Morgan
Length: 13 mins
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Golem Girl

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The vividly told, gloriously illustrated memoir of an artist born with disabilities who searches for freedom and connection in a society afraid of strange bodies. "Golem Girl is luminous; a profound portrait of the artist as a young - and mature - woman; an unflinching social history of disability over the last six decades; and a hymn to life, love, family, and spirit." (David Mitchell, author of Cloud Atlas) What do we sacrifice in the pursuit of normalcy? And what becomes possible when we embrace monstrosity? Can we envision a world that sees impossible creatures?  In 1958, among the children born with spina bifida is Riva Lehrer. At the time, most such children are not expected to survive. Her parents and doctors are determined to "fix" her, sending the message over and over again that she is broken. That she will never have a job, a romantic relationship, or an independent life. Enduring countless medical interventions, Riva tries her best to be a good girl and a good patient in the quest to be cured.  Everything changes when, as an adult, Riva is invited to join a group of artists, writers, and performers who are building Disability Culture. Their work is daring, edgy, funny, and dark - it rejects tropes that define disabled people as pathetic, frightening, or worthless. They insist that disability is an opportunity for creativity and resistance. Emboldened, Riva asks if she can paint their portraits - inventing an intimate and collaborative process that will transform the way she sees herself, others, and the world. Each portrait story begins to transform the myths she's been told her whole life about her body, her sexuality, and other measures of normal. Written with the vivid, cinematic prose of a visual artist and the love and playfulness that defines all of Riva's work, Golem Girl is an extraordinary story of tenacity and creativity. With the author's magnificent portraits featured throughout, this memoir invites us to stretch ourselves toward a world where bodies flow between all possible forms of what it is to be human.  This audio production includes a PDF of illustrations and photographs from the book, which are also uniquely described aurally in the audiobook.  Praise for Golem Girl: “Lehrer’s story is a revelation of an inner subjective life - full of tragedy, love, and creativity - pushing against the external social stigmas, cultural narratives, and prejudices surrounding disability. She admits a felt kinship with other 'monsters' because their bodies were also 'built by human hands', but unlike them, she is her own purpose, her own meaning, her own unstoppable golem.” (Stephen Asma, author of On Monsters: An Unnatural History of Our Worst Fears) PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2020 Riva Lehrer (P)2020 Random House Audio

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Die Manns: Geschichte einer Familie

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Thomas Manns literarisches Werk hat einen überragenden Stellenwert in der Welt - und es beherrscht die Familie. Seine Frau Katia hält ihm den Rücken frei und die Kinder vom Hals. Ihre scharfe Zunge ist gefürchtet. Der schöne Sohn Klaus will als Schriftsteller so berühmt sein wie der Vater. Erika, die älteste Tochter, liebt so leidenschaftlich, wie sie hasst. Der scheue Golo sucht sein Glück fern der Familie. Michael will ein großer Musiker werden und kämpft gegen seinen Jähzorn und die hohen Ansprüche der Familie. Der Liebling des Vaters, Elisabeth, redet mit Tieren und rettet die Welt. Und alle lästern über Monika. Die Geschwister experimentieren in der Liebe und mit Drogen, verschleudern das Geld der Eltern - und werden zu ernsthaften Gegnern Hitlers. Wohin das Schicksal sie auch trägt: Die Manns halten zusammen. Und sie verraten einander.

©2015 S. Fischer Verlag GmbH, Frankfurt am Main (P)2016 der Hörverlag

Length: 16 hrs and 5 mins
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Will Eisner

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An audiobook narrated by author Bob Andelman, Will Eisner: A Spirited Life is the authorized biography that explores Eisner's amazing life, detailing a career that spanned 70 years. The biography features interviews with many of Eisner's contemporaries, such as Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons, Neil Gaiman, Denis Kitchen, Jim Warren, Dave Sim, Denny O'Neil, and Stan Lee. Bob spent almost three years interviewing Eisner, researching his life and work, and interviewing friends, family, and the creative talents the comics master inspired throughout his career. Internationally recognized for his genre-busting 1940s art and storytelling style on The Spirit, Will Eisner's greatest legacy may be the graphic novels he championed and created. A Spirited Life explores Eisner's amazing life, detailing a career that spanned 70 years and saw him educate several generations of Army soldiers in the innovative PS magazine and create the first widely known graphic novel, A Contract with God.

©2005 M Press (P)2009 Tampa Digital Studios

Narrator: Bob Andelman
Author: Bob Andelman
Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
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Tracy Borman

2 ratings

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Exclusive to Audible. Tracy Borman, author of the best-selling biography of Thomas Cromwell, takes us behind the scenes to reveal the intimate secrets of the Tudor court and the private lives of Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth I and more. If you could follow Henry VIII as he left the court and went to his private chambers, what would you see? Focusing on the daily routines of iconic royalty, Tracy Borman reveals the truth behind the glamorous exterior.

©2016 Audible Ltd (P)2016 Audible Ltd

Length: 8 mins
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Everybody Behaves Badly

3 ratings

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The making of Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, the outsize personalities who inspired it, and the vast changes it wrought on the literary world. In the summer of 1925, Ernest Hemingway and a clique of raucous companions traveled to Pamplona, Spain, for the town's infamous running of the bulls. Then, over the next six weeks, he channeled that trip's maelstrom of drunken brawls, sexual rivalry, midnight betrayals, and midday hangovers into his groundbreaking novel The Sun Also Rises. This revolutionary work redefined modern literature as much as it did his peers, who would forever after be called the Lost Generation. But the full story of Hemingway's legendary rise has remained untold until now. Lesley Blume resurrects the explosive, restless landscape of 1920s Paris and Spain and reveals how Hemingway helped create his own legend. He made himself into a death-courting, bull-fighting aficionado; a hard-drinking, short-fused literary genius; and an expatriate bon vivant. Blume's vivid account reveals the inner circle of the Lost Generation as we have never seen it before and shows how it still influences what we read and how we think about youth, sex, love, and excess.

©2016 Lesley M. M. Blume (P)2016 Recorded Books

Narrator: Jonathan Davis
Author: Lesley Blume
Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
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Roddy Doyle

4 ratings

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Joining us in the Audible Studios to discuss his latest novel, Smile, is award-winning novelist, dramatist and screenwriter Roddy Doyle, who talks to us about his own childhood growing up in Dublin and the backstory behind his 11th novel. One of the most celebrated Irish authors of the late 20th century, Roddy Doyle tells us why his latest novel is different from the others.

©2017 Audible Ltd (P)2017 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Roddy Doyle
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 21 mins
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Jacqueline Wilson

1 rating

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Award-winning and best-selling children's author Jacqueline Wilson visits the Audible Studios to talk about her latest book, Wave Me Goodbye. For the very first time, Jacqueline takes her young listeners to the Second World War, giving insight into what it was like to be sent away as an evacuee. A moving tale of friendship and bravery, Wave Me Goodbye tells the story of 10-year-old Shirley, evacuated to the country with two boys from East End London, to live with the mysterious and reclusive Mrs Waverley. An experience that will change all their lives forever.

©2017 Audible Ltd (P)2017 Audible Ltd

Length: 24 mins
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Jennifer Saunders

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Joining us in the Audible Studios to talk about her narration of Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s The Christmas Hirelings is BAFTA Award-winning British actress Jennifer Saunders.  Appearing on our screens since the '80s, Jennifer has written numerous scripts for film, television and stage as well as appearing in many of them. Known for her starring roles in Absolutely Fabulous and French and Saunders, Jennifer Saunders has had an incredible career to date.  In this interview, Jennifer introduces us to the story of the Christmas Hirelings and the emotional connection she had with it. She also shares her love for an overlooked Christmas food and her thoughts on what Edina from Absolutely Fabulous would make of audiobooks. 

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Length: 12 mins
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Kathryn Hughes - August 2017

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Best-selling author of The Letter and The Secret Kathryn Hughes joins Audible for a second time to discuss her third novel, The Key. With a dual time line, listeners are transported between scenes of a 1950s operational insane asylum and those taking place in the aged and now abandoned building 50 years on in a story about forgotten tragedy, lost love and the pursuit of justice. Kathryn discusses her new thrilling instalment and her hopes for future works.

©2017 Audible Ltd (P)2017 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Kathryn Hughes
Length: 10 mins
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Un pedigree

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"J'écris ces pages comme on rédige un constat ou un curriculum vitae, à titre documentaire et sans doute pour en finir avec une vie qui n'était pas la mienne. Les événements que j'évoquerai jusqu'à ma vingt et unième année, je les ai vécus en transparence - ce procédé qui consiste à faire défiler en arrière-plan des paysages, alors que les acteurs restent immobiles sur un plateau de studio. Je voudrais traduire cette impression que beaucoup d'autres ont ressentie avant moi : tout défilait en transparence et je ne pouvais pas encore vivre ma vie."

©2005 Éditions Gallimard (P)2005 Éditions Gallimard

Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
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Scratched

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“Reading Scratched gave me the feeling of standing very close to a blazing fire. It is that brilliant, that intense, and one of the finest explorations I know of what it means to be a woman and an artist.” (Sigrid Nunez, author of The Friend and Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction) In a bold and brilliant memoir that reinvents the form, the acclaimed author of the novel Museum Pieces and the collection Mendocino Fire explores the ferocious desire for perfection which has shaped her writing life as well as her rich, dramatic, and constantly surprising personal life. Scratched is an intimate account of the uses a child, and the adult she becomes, will find for perfectionism and the role it will play in every part of her life. Elizabeth Tallent’s story begins in a hospital in mid-1950s suburban Washington, DC, when her mother refuses to hold her newborn daughter, shocking behavior that baffles the nurses. Imagining her own mother’s perfectionist ideal at this critical moment, Elizabeth moves back and forth in time, juxtaposing moments in the past with the present in this innovative and spellbinding narrative. Elizabeth traces her journey from her early years in which she perceived herself as “the child whose flaws let disaster into an otherwise perfect family”, to her adulthood, when perfectionism came to affect everything. In the decade between 27 and 37, she publishes five literary books with Knopf and her short stories appear in The New Yorker. But this extraordinary start to her career is followed by 22 years of silence. She wrote, or rather published, nothing at all. Why? Scratched is the remarkable response to that question. Elizabeth’s early publications secure her a coveted teaching job at Stanford University. As she toggles between Palo Alto and the Mendocino coast where she lives, raises her son Gabriel, and pursues an important psychoanalysis, Elizabeth grapples with the perfectionism that has always been home to her. Eventually, she finds love and acceptance in the most unlikely place, and finally accepts an “as is” relationship with herself and others. Her final triumph is the writing of this memoir, filled with wit, humor, and heart, and unlike any other you will find. Scratched is a brave book that repeatedly searches for the emotional truth beneath the conventional surface of existence. Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Elizabeth Tallent (P)2020 HarperAudio

Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
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F. G. Cottam

1 rating

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Audible Exclusive. Author F. G. Cottam joins us to talk about The Going and the Rise, part of The Colony series.

©2016 Audible Ltd (P)2016 Audible Ltd

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Dolly Alderton

2 ratings

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Celebrated for being the ‘Nora Ephron’ of the millennial generation, Dolly Alderton joined us for a chat about female friendships, recording her audiobook, and revealed who she’d like to play her in a film.  Dolly Alderton is an award-winning journalist, writer and director, known for her podcast The High Low, as well as her honest and relatable writing. She brings us her debut audiobook, Everything I Know about Love, a spot-on, wildly funny and sometimes heartbreaking book about growing up, growing older and navigating all kinds of love along the way. 

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Dolly Alderton
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 16 mins
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Chris Cleave

1 rating

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Audible exclusive. Chris Cleave discusses his new novel, Everyone Brave Is Forgiven, an epic story of love, loss, prejudice and incredible courage. Chris provides an insight in to how he as an author constructs his novels. Describing how he made the book as authentic as possible, the painstaking research and adding his own personal touches. Chris Cleave is the author of Gold and the #1 New York Times bestseller Little Bee (titled The Other Hand in the UK)

©2016 Audible Studios (P)2016 Audible Studios

Length: 22 mins
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Paradise

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At once an inviting travel book and an insightful reflection on his parents' marriage, Paradise is Larry McMurtry's most original and personal work to date. In 1999, Larry McMurtry, whose wanderlust had been previously restricted to the roads of America, set off for a trip to the paradise of Tahiti and the South Sea Islands in an old-fashioned tub of a cruise boat, at a time when his mother was slipping toward a paradise of her own. Opening up to her son in her final days, his mother makes a stunning revelation of a previous marriage and sends McMurtry on a journey of an entirely different kind. Vividly, movingly, and with an infinite care, McMurtry paints a portrait of his parents' marriage against the harsh violent landscape of west Texas. It is their roots - laced with overtones of hard work, bitter disappointment, and the Puritan ethic - that McMurtry challenges by traveling to Tahiti, a land of lush sensuality and easy living. With fascinating detail, shrewd observations, humorous pathos, and unforgettable characters, he begins to answer some of the questions of what paradise is, whether it exists, and how different it is from life in his hometown of Archer City, Texas. Filled with moments as strong and moving as any found in his novels, Paradise is a penetrating look at life and love from one of America's most beloved writers.

©2000 Larry McMurtry (P)2001 Random House, Inc.

Narrator: Philip Bosco
Length: 3 hrs and 54 mins
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Mark Twain

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Mark Twain founded the American voice. His works are a living national treasury: taught, quoted, and reprinted more than those of any writer except Shakespeare. His awestruck contemporaries saw him as the representative figure of his times, and his influence has deeply flavored the 20th and 21st centuries. Yet somehow, beneath the vast flowing river of literature that he left behind, books, sketches, speeches, not to mention the thousands of letters to his friends and his remarkable entries in private journals, the man who became Mark Twain, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, has receded from view, leaving us with only faint and often trivialized remnants of his towering personality. In Mark Twain, Ron Powers consummates years of thought and research with a tour de force on the life of our culture's founding father, re-creating the 19th century's vital landscapes and tumultuous events while restoring the human being at their center. He offers Sam Clemens as he lived, breathed, and wrote, drawing heavily on the preserved viewpoints of the people who knew him best (especially the great William Dean Howells, his most admiring friend and literary co-conspirator), and on the annals of the American 19th century that he helped shape. Powers's prose rivals Mark Twain's own in its blend of humor, telling detail, and flights of lyricism. With the assistance of the Mark Twain Project at Berkeley, he has been able to draw on thousands of letters and notebook entries, many only recently discovered.

©2005 Ron Powers (P)2005 Simon & Schuster Inc. All rights reserved. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division.

Narrator: Ron Powers
Author: Ron Powers
Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
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Leonardo and the Last Supper

3 ratings

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Early in 1495, Leonardo da Vinci began work in Milan on what would become one of history's most influential and beloved works of art - The Last Supper. After a dozen years at the court of Lodovico Sforza, the Duke of Milan, Leonardo was at a low point personally and professionally: at 43, in an era when he had almost reached the average life expectancy, he had failed, despite a number of prestigious commissions, to complete anything that truly fulfilled his astonishing promise. His latest failure was a giant bronze horse to honor Sforza's father: His 75 tons of bronze had been expropriated to be turned into cannons to help repel a French invasion of Italy. The commission to paint The Last Supper in the refectory of a Dominican convent was a small compensation, and his odds of completing it were not promising: Not only had he never worked on a painting of such a large size - 15' high x 30' wide - but he had no experience in the extremely difficult medium of fresco. In his compelling new book, Ross King explores how - amid war and the political and religious turmoil around him, and beset by his own insecurities and frustrations - Leonardo created the masterpiece that would forever define him. King unveils dozens of stories that are embedded in the painting. Examining who served as the models for the Apostles, he makes a unique claim: that Leonardo modeled two of them on himself. Reviewing Leonardo's religious beliefs, King paints a much more complex picture than the received wisdom that he was a heretic. The food that Leonardo, a famous vegetarian, placed on the table reveals as much as do the numerous hand gestures of those at Christ's banquet. As King explains, many of the myths that have grown up around The Last Supper are wrong, but its true story is ever more interesting. Bringing to life a fascinating period in European history, Ross King presents an original portrait of one of the world's greatest geniuses through the lens of his most famous work.

©2012 Ross King (P)2014 Audible Inc.

Narrator: Mark Meadows
Author: Ross King
Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
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The Man Who Left Too Soon

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His best-selling books are violent, terrifying, brilliantly written and have sold millions of copies around the world, but Stieg Larsson was not there to witness any of their international success. That his fame is entirely posthumous demonstrates the dizzying speed with which his star has risen. However, when one looks a little deeper at the man behind these phenomenal novels, it becomes clear that Larsson’s life would have been remembered as extraordinary, even if his Millennium trilogy had never been published.

Larsson was a workaholic, a keen political activist, a photographer, a graphic designer, a respected journalist, and editor of numerous science-fiction magazines. And at night, to relax after work, he wrote crime novels. As the world now knows, he had completed his third book, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, by the time of his death at just 50 years of age.

In The Man Who Left Too Soon, top crime-fiction journalist Barry Forshaw gives us a fascinating insight into the life and works of this difficult, brilliant, and multifaceted man.

©2010 Barry Forshaw (P)2011 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Narrator: Stanley McGeagh
Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
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Pure Land

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Pure Land is the story of the most brutal murder in the history of the Grand Canyon and how McGivney's quest to investigate the victim's life and death wound up guiding the author through her own life-threatening crisis. On this journey stretching from the southern tip of Japan to the bottom of Grand Canyon, and into the ugliest aspects of human behavior, Pure Land offers proof of the healing power of nature and of the resiliency of the human spirit. Tomomi Hanamure, a Japanese citizen who loved exploring the rugged wilderness of the American West, was killed on her birthday, May 8, 2006. She was stabbed 29 times as she hiked to Havasu Falls on the Havasupai Indian reservation at the bottom of Grand Canyon. Her killer was an 18-year old Havasupai youth named Randy Redtail Wescogame, who had a history of robbing tourists and was addicted to meth. It was the most brutal murder ever recorded in Grand Canyon's history. Annette McGivney covered the tragedy for Backpacker magazine where she is Southwest Editor and she wrote an award-winning article that received more reader mail than any story in the last decade. While the assignment ended when the article was published, McGivney could not let go of the story. As a woman who also enjoys wilderness hiking, McGivney felt a bond with Hanamure and embarked on a years-long pursuit to learn more about her. McGivney traveled to Japan and across the American West following the trail Hanamure left in her journals. Yet, McGivney also had a connection to Wescogame, Hanamure's killer, and her reporting unexpectedly triggered long-buried memories about violent abuse McGivney experienced as a child. Pure Land is a story of this inner and outer journey, how two women in search of their true nature found transcendence in the West's most spectacular landscapes. It is also a tale of how child abuse leads to violence and destroys lives. And it is, ultimately, a story of healing. While chronicling Hanamure's life landed McGivney in the crime scene of her own childhood, it was her connection to Hanamure - a woman she did not know until after Hanamure died - that helped McGivney find a way out of her own horror.

©2017 Annette McGivney (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
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Alison Morton

1 rating

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Alison Morton joins Robin Morgan in the Audible Studios. She is the author of the Roma Nova series of novels, which focuses on the last remnant of the Roman Empire, which, believe or not, has survived into the 21st century.

©2016 Audible Ltd. (P)2016 Audible Ltd.

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Mark Dawson - March 2017

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Mark Dawson is the USA Today best-selling author behind the John Milton, Beatrix Rose and Soho Noir thrillers. He's just released the tenth novel in the John Milton series, Blackout, which sees the disgruntled former assassin thrown into a gruesome Filipino prison with revenge on his mind. Known as both an entertaining writer and savvy entrepreneur, Mark Dawson is a self-published success story, after he first published through Amazon in 2013. Since then, he has sold thousands of copies of his books and now runs advice courses helping other writers monetise their work.

©2017 Audible Studios (P)2017 Audible Studios

Narrator: Mark Dawson
Length: 14 mins
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Lindsey Davis - April 2017

2 ratings

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Robin Morgan welcomes back into the studio the brilliant Lindsey Davis. She's a historical novelist, the author of the historical crime series Falco and Flavia Albia. She was last in the studio to talk about book four of her Flavia Albia series and has made a return to talk about book five, The Third Nero.

©2017 Audible Studios (P)2017 Audible Studios

Narrator: Lindsey Davis
Length: 10 mins
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Franz Kafka: A Biography

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Franz Kafka was a Prague German-language novelist and short story writer. He had a major influence on literature in the 20th century. By using realism and fantastic themes, he delves into plots that deal with alienation, existential anxiety, guilt, and absurdity. As a lawyer-turned-insurance man, he wrote in his spare time, and most of his works were published during his lifetime. A few were published by a close friend after his death at the age of 40.

©2017 Gage Truitt (P)2017 Gage Truitt

Author: Gage Truitt
Length: 15 mins
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The Log from the Sea of Cortez

3 ratings

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The Log from the Sea of Cortez is the exciting day-by-day account of Steinbeck's trip to the Gulf of California with biologist Ed Ricketts. Drawn from the longer Sea of Cortez, it is a wonderful combination of science, philosophy, and high-spirited adventure.

©1979 Elaine Steinbeck, John Steinbeck IV, and Thom Steinbeck (P)2012 Penguin

Narrator: Joe Barrett
Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
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Writers in America

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In Writers in America, scriptwriter and novelist Budd Schulberg shares memories and insights from his relationships with authors such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Steinbeck, Nathaneal West, and Sinclair Lewis, as well as brilliant writers who never attained the success and recognition they deserved, such as Thomas Heggen. Here are stories of 20th-century American literary giants, by a man who was their friend, peer, and confidant. For example, when the author was introduced to F. Scott Fitzgerald as a potential partner on a screenplay, Schulberg was surprised that the author was still alive. In Schulberg’s view, the pressures of success and the public’s merciless judgment had destroyed Fitzgerald’s talent early in his career - a situation that is arguably typical for many of America’s great literary geniuses.

©1972, 1983 Budd Schulberg (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
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Frida Kahlo

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"Wozu brauche ich Füße, wenn ich Flügel habe? " fragt sich die Frau mit den wohl berühmtesten Augenbrauen der Welt. Frida Kahlo steht wie kaum eine andere Malerin des 20. Jahrhunderts für Emanzipation, Freiheit und weibliche Kreativität. Aus ihrem lebenslangen Kampf gegen körperliche Leiden gelingt es ihr, eine atemberaubende Kraft zu schöpfen und einen künstlerischen Stil zu entwickeln, der sie unsterblich macht. Als Expertin: die mexikanische Sängerin und Tänzerin Kim Morales. Sie hat sich als Kind gerne vorgestellt, wie es wohl wäre, als Frida Kahlo zu leben. Sie wuchs wie die Malerin in Mexico City auf. Später hat sie angefangen, deren Leben auf der Bühne zu tanzen.

©2019 headroom soundproduction GmbH & Co. (P)2019 headroom soundproduction GmbH & Co.

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The Last of His Mind

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Joe Thorndike was managing editor of Life at the height of its popularity immediately following World War II. He was the founder of American Heritage and Horizon magazines, the author of three books, and the editor of a dozen more. But at age 92, in the space of six months, he stopped reading or writing or carrying on detailed conversations. He could no longer tell time or make a phone call. He was convinced that the governor of Massachusetts had come to visit and was in the refrigerator. Five million Americans suffer from Alzheimer's, and like many of them, Joe Thorndike's one great desire was to remain in his own house. To honor his wish, his son John left his own home and moved into his father's upstairs bedroom on Cape Cod. For a year, in a house filled with file cabinets, photos, and letters, John explored his father's mind, his parents' divorce, and his mother's secrets. The Last of His Mind is the bittersweet account of a son's final year with his father, and a candid portrait of an implacable disease. It's the ordeal of Alzheimer's that draws father and son close, closer than they have been since John was a boy. At the end, when Joe's heart stops beating, John's hand is on his chest, and a story of painful decline has become a portrait of deep family ties, caregiving, and love.

©2009 John Thorndike (P)2016 Redwood Audiobooks

Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
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Megan Jayne Crabbe

6 ratings

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Joining us in the Audible Studios to discuss her debut title, Body Positive Power, is blogger and Instagram star Megan Jayne Crabbe. Having launched her celebrated Instagram account, bodyposipanda, in 2015 and garnered almost one million followers, Megan has since been a force to be reckoned with, using her platform to ignite body confidence in women the world over. Megan talks to us about her own journey struggling with body image, what the body positive movement is and where it came from and what we can do every day to feel a bit more body positive. 

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Author: Holly Newson
Length: 15 mins
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Reporter

12 ratings

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A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2018. A Times Literary Supplement Book of the Year. "Reporter is just wonderful. Truly a great life, and what shines out of the book, amid the low cunning and tireless legwork, is Hersh's warmth and humanity. This book is essential reading for every journalist and aspiring journalist the world over." (John le Carre) From the Pulitzer Prize-winning, best-selling author and preeminent investigative journalist of our time - a heartfelt, hugely revealing memoir of a decades-long career breaking some of the most impactful stories of the last half century, from Washington to Vietnam to the Middle East.  Seymour Hersh's fearless reporting has earned him fame, front-page bylines in virtually every major newspaper in the free world, honors galore, and no small amount of controversy. Now in this memoir he describes what drove him and how he worked as an independent outsider, even at the nation's most prestigious publications. He tells the stories behind the stories - riveting in their own right - as he chases leads, cultivates sources, and grapples with the weight of what he uncovers, daring to challenge official narratives handed down from the powers that be.  In telling these stories, Hersh divulges previously unreported information about some of his biggest scoops, including the My Lai massacre and the horrors at Abu Ghraib. There are also illuminating recollections of some of the giants of American politics and journalism: Ben Bradlee, A. M. Rosenthal, David Remnick, and Henry Kissinger among them. This is essential listening on the power of the printed word at a time when good journalism is under fire as never before.

©2018 Seymour M. Hersh (P)2018 Random House Audio

Narrator: Arthur Morey
Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
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Dan Vyleta

1 rating

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German-Canadian writer Dan Vyleta, famous for his debut novel Pavel & I which gained international acclaim discusses his latest novel Smoke, which tells an alternate-history of 19th century Britain.

©2016 Audible Ltd (P)2016 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Audible, Dan Vyleta
Length: 15 mins
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Don't Panic

3 ratings

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Now in audiobook for the first time ever! Read by Simon Jones, the original “Arthur Dent,” and written by number one New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman, Don’t Panic is the definitive chronicle of all things Hitchhiker! First published in 1986 and updated several times since, Don’t Panic is in an in-depth exploration of Douglas Adams’s cultural phenomenon The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - from its beginnings as a UK radio series, to its expansion into a wildly popular book trilogy, and onto incarnations in various media including stage, records, film, computer games, and even, um, tea towels.  Don’t Panic was the first book by internationally best-selling author Neil Gaiman, written early in his writing career when he worked as a freelance journalist in his native England. Voiced by renowned actor Simon Jones - “Arthur Dent” himself - and with a new introduction written and read by Neil Gaiman, Don’t Panic: Douglas Adams & The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy audio edition is the ultimate version of this beloved work.  Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Neil Gaiman (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

Author: Neil Gaiman
Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
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Yuval Noah Harari

46 ratings

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Professor Yuval Noah Harari is a lecturer at the Department of History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Gaining his PhD from Oxford University, he has published several books and articles. His most recent works comprise the international bestseller Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind and, most recently Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow.

©2016 Audible Ltd (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

Author: Robin Morgan
Length: 19 mins
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Charlie Fletcher

1 rating

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Author Charlie Fletcher joins Elise Italiaander in the Audible studios to discuss his latest novel.

©2017 Audible Studios (P)2017 Audible Studios

Length: 14 mins
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To Be Honest

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Raised in what he affectionately calls "our little honesty cult", Michael Leviton was ingrained with his parents' core philosophy: You do not tell any lies; you do not withhold the truth; and you speak your mind always, regardless of how offensive or hurtful your opinions may be. For young Michael, this freedom to be yourself - despite being bullied and ostracized at school - felt liberating. By the time Leviton was 29 years old, he had told three (what most people would consider) lies in his entire life.  But his parents' enthusiasm for "just being honest" bordered on extreme. After Michael graduated high school and left home, truth telling - in job interviews, on dates, in social interactions - slowly lost its luster. When the only woman who ever appreciated his honesty brought this radical approach to truth into their relationship, Michael decided it was time to embrace the power of lying.  To Be Honest is a quirky, tender, and wry story of a man discovering what it means and how it feels to lie in one's daily life.

©2020 Michael Leviton (P)2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Narrator: Michael Leviton
Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
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Incidental Inventions

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Elena Ferrante is the best-selling author of My Brilliant Friend, now an HBO original series. Collected here for the first time are the seeds of future novels, the timely reflections of this internationally beloved storyteller, the abiding preoccupations of a writer who has been called “one of the great novelists of our time” (New York Times).  “This is my last column, after a year that has scared and inspired me...I have written as an author of novels, taking on matters that are important to me and that - if I have the will and the time - I’d like to develop within real narrative mechanisms.”  With these words, Elena Ferrante bid farewell to her year-long collaboration with the Guardian newspaper. For a full year, she wrote weekly articles, the subjects of which had been suggested by Guardian editors, making the writing process a sort of prolonged interlocution. The subjects ranged from first love to climate change, from enmity among women to the experience of seeing her novels adapted for film and TV.  Translated by Ann Goldstein, the acclaimed translator of Ferrante’s novels, this volume is a must for all curious listeners.

©2019 Edizioni e/o. Translation © 2019 Europa Editions (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: Hillary Huber
Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
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Snowdon

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How did a photographer who was a relentless playboy, an unashamed womaniser and a leather-clad motorcyclist marry the Queen's sister and become the Establishment figure Lord Snowdon? The brilliantly talented Antony Armstrong-Jones often humiliated Princess Margaret, yet he was compassionate to the causes he cared about. Since his death in 2017, Snowdon still hasn't escaped the limelight, as more and more is revealed about his wild and intriguing life. Written with exclusive access to Snowdon and the people closest to him, this book uncovers the real man and his times. Addressing the facts behind the myths - the secret courtship of Margaret, the love child born just weeks after the royal marriage, the affairs on both sides, the suicide of one mistress and the birth of an illegitimate son to another - this is a balanced yet no-holds-barred account of Snowdon's life.

©2021 Anne de Courcy (P)2021 Orion Publishing Group

Narrator: Theo Solomon
Length: 16 hrs
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The Scandal of the Century and Other Writings

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From one of the titans of 20th-century literature, collected here for the first time: a selection of his journalism from the late 1940s to the mid-1980s - work that he considered even more important to his legacy than his universally acclaimed works of fiction. “I don’t want to be remembered for One Hundred Years of Solitude or for the Nobel Prize, but rather for my journalism”, Gabriel García Márquez said in the final years of his life. And while some of his journalistic writings have been made available over the years, this is the first volume to gather a representative selection from across the first four decades of his career - years during which he worked as a full-time, often muckraking, and controversial journalist, even as he penned the fiction that would bring him the Nobel Prize in 1982. Here are the first pieces he wrote while working for newspapers in the coastal Colombian cities of Cartagena and Barranquilla … his longer, more fiction-like reportage from Paris and Rome … his monthly columns for Spain’s El País. And while all the work points in style, wit, depth, and passion to his fiction, these fifty pieces are, more than anything, a revelation of the writer working at the profession he believed to be “the best in the world.”

©1981, 1982, 1983, 1974–1995, 1991–1999 Gabriel García Márquez and the heirs of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Translation © 2019 by the heirs of Gabriel García Márquez. Foreword © 2019 by Jon Lee Anderson (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

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The Prince of Frogtown

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In this final volume of the beloved American saga that began with All Over but the Shoutin' and continued with Ava's Man, Rick Bragg closes his circle of family stories with an unforgettable tale about fathers and sons inspired by his own relationship with his 10-year-old stepson. He learns, right from the start, that a man who chases a woman with a child is like a dog who chases a car and wins. He discovers that he is unsuited to fatherhood, unsuited to fathering this boy in particular, a boy who does not know how to throw a punch and doesn't need to; a boy accustomed to love and affection rather than violence and neglect; in short, a boy wholly unlike the child Rick once was, and who longs for a relationship with Rick that Rick hasn't the first inkling of how to embark on. With the weight of this new boy tugging at his clothes, Rick sets out to understand his father, his son, and himself. The Prince of Frogtown documents a mesmerizing journey back in time to the lush Alabama landscape of Rick's youth, to Jacksonville's 100-year-old mill, the town's blight and salvation; and to a troubled, charismatic hustler coming of age in its shadow, Rick's father, a man bound to bring harm even to those he truly loves. And the book documents the unexpected corollary to it, the marvelous journey of Rick's later life: a journey into fatherhood, and toward a child for whom he comes to feel a devotion that staggers him. With candor, insight, tremendous humor, and the remarkable gift for descriptive storytelling on which he made his name, Rick Bragg delivers a brilliant and moving rumination on the lives of boys and men, a poignant reflection on what it means to be a father and a son.

©2008 Rick Bragg (P)2008 Random House, Inc.

Narrator: Rick Bragg
Author: Rick Bragg
Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
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Julia Heaberlin - April 2018

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The best-selling author of Black-Eyed Susans, Julia Heaberlin, talks to Audible about her highly anticipated new audiobook, Paper Ghosts, a gripping thriller which has been lauded by critics as ‘artful, ’elegiac’ and ‘spellbinding’. In it, Julia introduces us to the character of Carl Louis Feldman as he begins his journey into old age at a nursing home in Texas. He was once suspected of being a serial killer, and the nurses care for him unwillingly and don’t bat an eyelid when a stranger, claiming to be his daughter, suddenly appears and takes him on what could be his last road trip. In this interview, we ask Julia about her journey from award-winning journalist to a Sunday Times best-selling author, the inspiration behind this remarkable story, and future works to come.

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Julia Heaberlin
Length: 14 mins
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Ruth Fitzmaurice

1 rating

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Ruth Fitzmaurice is the author of I Found My Tribe, a critically acclaimed memoir which came about as the result of an article in the Irish Times that hit a real nerve with the public. In the book she writes about how her passion for swimming has helped her cope with the challenges of caring for a large family and a husband with motor neurone disease. Ruth visits the Audible Studios to tell us a bit more about the book.

©2017 Audible Ltd (P)2017 Audible Ltd

Length: 11 mins
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Chanel's Riviera

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Far from worrying about the onset of war, in the spring of 1938 the burning question on the French Riviera was whether one should curtsy to the Duchess of Windsor. Few of those who had settled there thought much about what was going on in the rest of Europe. It was a golden, glamorous life, far removed from politics or conflict.

Featuring a sparkling cast of artists, writers and historical figures including Winston Churchill, Daisy Fellowes, Salvador Dalí, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Eileen Gray and Edith Wharton, with the enigmatic Coco Chanel at its heart, Chanel's Riviera is a captivating account of a period that saw some of the deepest extremes of luxury and terror in the whole of the 20th century.

From Chanel's first summer at her Roquebrune villa La Pausa (in the later years with her German lover) amid the glamour of the prewar parties and casinos in Antibes, Nice and Cannes to the horrors of evacuation and the displacement of thousands of families during the Second World War, Chanel's Riviera explores the fascinating world of the Cote d'Azur elite in the 1930s and 1940s. 

Enriched with much original research, it is social history that brings the lives of both rich and poor, protected and persecuted, to vivid life.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio on our desktop site.

©2019 Anne de Courcy (P)2019 Orion Publishing Group

Narrator: Sophie Roberts
Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
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Tom Conti

4 ratings

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Tom Conti joins us in the Audible Studios to discuss his role as Hercule Poirot in Audible's new audio drama of Murder on the Orient Express. Well known on stage and screen, Tom speaks to Robin about what makes Poirot such a captivating detective and how he put his own stamp on the character and tells us a bit about what it's like recording an audio drama.

©2017 Audible Ltd (P)2017 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Tom Conti
Length: 7 mins
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Schriften

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Carl von Ossietzky (1889 - 1938) Journalist, Schriftsteller, Pazifist, Friedensnobelpreisträger von 1935, starb an den Folgen seiner in KZ-Haft erlittenen Misshandlungen. Ob gegen links, rechts oder die Mitte, er kämpfte unabhängig und unerbittlich mit seinen Artikeln für den Erhalt der Demokratie. In deiner Audible-Bibliothek findest du für dieses Hörerlebnis eine PDF-Datei mit zusätzlichem Material.

©gemeinfrei (P)2020 LILYLA Hörbuch-Editionen

Narrator: Org Dubonton
Length: 56 mins
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Townie

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Andre Dubus III, author of the National Book Award–nominated House of Sand and Fog and The Garden of Last Days, reflects on his violent past and a lifestyle that threatened to destroy him—until he was saved by writing. After their parents divorced in the 1970s, Andre Dubus III and his three siblings grew up with their exhausted working mother in a depressed Massachusetts mill town saturated with drugs and crime. To protect himself and those he loved from street violence, Andre learned to use his fists so well that he was even scared of himself. He was on a fast track to getting killed—or killing someone else—or to beatings-for-pay as a boxer. Nearby, his father, an eminent author, taught on a college campus and took the kids out on Sundays. The clash of worlds couldn’t have been more stark—or more difficult for a son to communicate to a father. Only by becoming a writer himself could Andre begin to bridge the abyss and save himself. His memoir is a riveting, visceral, profound meditation on physical violence and the failures and triumphs of love. 

©2011 Andre Dubus (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Andre Dubus III
Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
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Plagued by Fire

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Frank Lloyd Wright has long been known as a rank egotist who held in contempt almost everything aside from his own genius. Harder to detect, but no less real, is a Wright who fully understood, and suffered from, the choices he made. This is the Wright whom Paul Hendrickson reveals in this masterful biography: the Wright who was haunted by his father, about whom he told the greatest lie of his life. And this, we see, is the Wright of many other neglected aspects of his story: his close, and perhaps romantic, relationship with friend and early mentor Cecil Corwin; the eerie, unmistakable role of fires in his life; the connection between the 1921 Black Wall Street massacre in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the murder of his mistress, her two children, and four others at his beloved Wisconsin home. In showing us Wright's facades along with their cracks, Hendrickson helps us form a fresh, deep, and more human understanding of the man. With prodigious research, unique vision, and his ability to make sense of a life in ways at once unexpected, poetic, and undeniably brilliant, he has given us the defining book on Wright.

©2019 Paul Hendrickson (P)2019 Random House Audio

Narrator: Arthur Morey
Length: 24 hrs and 49 mins
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Today's Authors Series: A Q&A with Author David Kushner and Jon 'Jonny Magic' Finkel

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Imagine sitting down across a gaming table from Jon Finkel, better known as Jonny Magic. Listen as author David Kushner and Jon discuss Jonny Magic and the Card Shark Kids, the jaw-dropping zero-to-hero chronicle of a fat, friendless boy from New Jersey who found his edge in a game of cards and turned it into a fortune!

©2020 Listen & Live Audio (P)2020 Listen & Live Audio

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The Long Goodbye

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From one of America's foremost young literary voices, a transcendent portrait of the unbearable anguish of grief and the enduring power of familial love. What does it mean to mourn today, in a culture that has largely set aside rituals that acknowledge grief? After her mother died of cancer at the age of 55, Meghan O'Rourke found that nothing had prepared her for the intensity of her sorrow. In the first anguished days, she began to create a record of her interior life as a mourner, trying to capture the paradox of grief - its monumental agony and microscopic intimacies - an endeavor that ultimately bloomed into a profound look at how caring for her mother during her illness changed and strengthened their bond. O'Rourke's story is one of a life gone off the rails, of how watching her mother's illness - and separating from her husband - left her fundamentally altered. But it is also one of resilience, as she observes her family persevere even in the face of immeasurable loss. With lyricism and unswerving candor, The Long Goodbye conveys the fleeting moments of joy that make up a life, and the way memory can lead us out of the jagged darkness of loss. Effortlessly blending research and reflection, the personal and the universal, it is not only an exceptional memoir, but a necessary one.

©2011 Meghan O'Rourke (P)2011 Penguin

Narrator: Meghan O'Rourke
Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
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Being Flynn

2 ratings

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“Sometimes I’d see my father, walking past my building on his way to another nowhere. I could have given him a key, offered a piece of my floor. But if I let him inside the line between us would blur, my own slow-motion car wreck would speed up.” With a raw authenticity stripped of self-pity and a powerful narrative voice unlike any other, Being Flynn illuminates the hidden story of fathers and sons in America. Nick Flynn has written a remarkable testament to the enduring strength of one boy’s struggle for survival. Nick met his father when he was working as a caseworker in a homeless shelter in Boston. As a teenager, he’d received letters from this stranger, a self-proclaimed poet and con man doing time in federal prison for bank robbery. Being Flynn tells the story of the trajectory that led Nick and his father onto the streets, into that shelter, and finally, to each other.

©2004 Nick Flynn (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Scott Brick
Author: Nick Flynn
Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
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The Ambulance Drivers

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After meeting for the first time on the front lines of World War I, two aspiring writers forge an intense 20-year friendship and write some of America's greatest novels, giving voice to a "lost generation" shaken by war. Eager to find his way in life and words, John Dos Passos first witnessed the horror of trench warfare in France as a volunteer ambulance driver retrieving the dead and seriously wounded from the front line. Later in the war, he briefly met another young writer, Ernest Hemingway, who was just arriving for his service in the ambulance corps. When the war was over, both men knew they had to write about it; they had to give voice to what they felt about war and life. Their friendship and collaboration developed through the peace of the 1920s and 1930s, as Hemingway's novels soared to success while Dos Passos penned the greatest antiwar novel of his generation, Three Soldiers. In war Hemingway found adventure, women, and a cause. Dos Passos saw only oppression and futility. Their different visions eventually turned their private friendship into a bitter public fight fueled by money, jealousy, and lust. Rich in evocative detail - from Paris cafés to the Austrian Alps, from the streets of Pamplona to the waters of Key West - The Ambulance Drivers is a biography of a turbulent friendship between two of the century's greatest writers and an illustration of how war both inspires and destroys, unites and divides.

©2017 James McGrath Morris (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Dean Temple
Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
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Hemingway in Love

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In June of 1961, A. E. Hotchner visited an old friend in the psychiatric ward of St. Mary's Hospital. It would be the last time they spoke: a few weeks later, Ernest Hemingway was released home, where he took his own life. Their final conversation was also the final installment in a story whose telling Hemingway had spread over nearly a decade.  In characteristically pragmatic terms, Hemingway divulged to Hotchner the details of the affair that destroyed his first marriage: the truth of his romantic life in Paris and how he lost Hadley, the real part of each literary woman he'd later create and the great love he spent the rest of his life seeking. And he told of the mischief that made him a legend: of impotence cured in a house of God; of a plane crash in the African bush, from which he stumbled with a bunch of bananas and a bottle of gin in hand; of F. Scott Fitzgerald dispensing romantic advice; of midnight champagne with Josephine Baker; of adventure, human error, and life after lost love. This is Hemingway as few have known him: humble, thoughtful, and full of regret.  To protect the feelings of Ernest's wife, Mary - also a close friend - Hotch kept the conversations to himself for decades. Now he tells the story as Hemingway told it to him. Hemingway in Love puts you in the room with the master as he remembers the definitive years that set the course for the rest of his life and dogged him until the end of his days. 

©2015 A. E. Hotchner (P)2015 Macmillan Audio

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The Ticking Is the Bomb

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In 2007, during the months before Nick Flynn's daughter's birth, his growing outrage and obsession with torture, exacerbated by the Abu Ghraib photographs, led him to Istanbul to meet some of the Iraqi men depicted in the photos. Haunted by a history of addiction and a longing to connect with his mother who committed suicide, Flynn artfully interweaves in this memoir passages from his childhood, his relationships with women, and his growing obsession - a questioning of terror, torture, and the political crimes we can neither see nor understand in post 9/11 American life.The time bomb of the title becomes an unlikely metaphor and vehicle for exploring the fears and joys of becoming a father. Here is a memoir of profound self-discovery, of being lost and found, of painful family memories and losses, of the need to run from love, and of the ability to embrace it again.Nick Flynn is an award-winning poet and author most recently of Another Bullshit Night in Suck City.

©2010 Nick Flynn (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Scott Brick
Author: Nick Flynn
Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
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Julia Heaberlin

1 rating

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Julia Heaberlin visits the Audible Studios to talk about her latest book, Black Eyed Susans. To write this disturbing thriller Julia conducted thorough research into mitochondrial DNA, death penalty law and child psychology.

©2016 Audible Ltd. (P)2016 Audible Ltd.

Length: 14 mins
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Charles Bukowski

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The American writer Charles Bukowski (1920-94) developed a cult following for his simple and vivid poems, stories and novels based on his experiences as a hard-drinking postal worker in Los Angeles. His classic books include Post Office, Women and Love Is a Dog from Hell. In this engrossing biography, studded with excerpts from Bukowski's writing, Howard Sounes tells the true story of Bukowski's life in the same punchy style as his subject. Sounes draws on interviews with all the significant people in Bukowski's career, including celebrity friends Robert Crumb, Allen Ginsberg, Norman Mailer, Sean Penn and Mickey Rourke, who played Bukowski in the movie Barfly. Bukowski's editor and publisher, John Martin, praises the book: "Locked in the Arms of a Crazy Life is a generous tribute to Bukowski's genius, and it clearly and truthfully captures the essence of Bukowski both as writer and man." Howard Sounes is known for writing detailed and revelatory biographies of a range of extraordinary personalities, including the murderers Fred and Rosemary West (Fred & Rose) and the musicians Bob Dylan (Down the Highway) and Lou Reed (Notes from the Velvet Underground). For more information, visit www.howardsounes.com.

©1999 Howard Sounes (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: Howard Sounes
Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
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Thomas Hardy

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Today Thomas Hardy is best known for creating the employing the great Wessex landscape as the backdrop to his rural novels, beginning with Far from the Madding Crowd, and making them classics. But his true legacy is that of a progressive thinker. When he published Tess of the d'Urbervilles and Jude the Obscure late in his career, Hardy explored a very different world than that of his rural tales, one in which the plight of the lower classes and women took center stage, while the higher classes were damned. Ironically, though, Hardy remained safe in the arms of this same upper class during the publication of these books, acting at all times in complete convention with the rules of society. Was he using his books to express himself in a way he felt unable to in the company he kept, or did he know sensationalism would sell? Award-winning author Claire Tomalin expertly reconstructs the life that led Hardy to maintain conventionality while promoting revolution in his writing. Hardy's work consistently challenged sexual and religious conventions in a way that few other authors of the time dared. Though his personal modesty and kindness allowed some to underestimate him, or even to pity