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  1. 13.4 hrs • 3/14/2017 • Unabridged

    The conclusion to Buck’s celebrated Good Earth trilogy: the story of a man’s return to a homeland embroiled in revolution On the eve of a popular rebellion, the Chinese government starts to crack down in cities across the country. Fleeing the turmoil, Wang Yuan, the son of a famous general and grandson of the patriarch of The Good Earth, leaves for America to study agriculture. When he returns to China six years later, he encounters a nation still in the grip of violent uprisings. Unprepared for the social upheaval, Wang is torn by the tensions between old traditions and new ways, and by his formidable family, whose struggles he hopes to solve. A reflective finale to Buck’s groundbreaking and bestselling trilogy, A House Divided is a rich and unforgettable portrait of a family—and a nation—in transition.

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    A House Divided by Pearl S. Buck
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  2. 14.0 hrs • 2/14/2017 • Unabridged

    The second installment in Pearl S. Buck’s acclaimed Good Earth trilogy: the powerful story of three brothers whose greed will bring their family to the brink of ruin Sons begins where The Good Earth ended: revolution is sweeping through China. Wang Lung is on his deathbed in the house of his fathers, and his three sons stand ready to inherit his hard-won estate. One son has taken the family’s wealth for granted and become a landlord; another is a thriving merchant and moneylender; and the youngest, an ambitious general, is destined to be a leader in the country. Through all his life’s changes, Wang did not anticipate that each son would hunger to sell his beloved land for maximum profit. At once a tribute to early Chinese fiction, a saga of family dissension, and a depiction of the clashes between old and new, Sons is a vivid and compelling masterwork of fiction.

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    Sons by Pearl S. Buck

    Sons

    14.0 hrs • 2/14/17 • Unabridged
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  3. 44.8 hrs • 12/31/2016 • Unabridged

    Gothic master Edgar Allan Poe’s complete works are collected in this multivolume set by Blackstone Audio. Here are his short stories, detective fiction, and poems in all their mysterious and macabre glory. Also included are Poe’s literary reviews and editorial musings, comprising an often caustic analysis of the poetry, drama, and fiction of the period. This collection includes Poe’s famous stories “The Masque of the Red Death,” “The Pit and the Pendulum,” and “The Tell-Tale Heart.” Poe’s poetry features prominently in this collection, with well-known classics such as “The Raven,” “Annabel Lee,” and “Lenore” presented alongside lesser-known works like “Eulalie” and “The Conqueror Worm.” Poe fans will be treated to his fearless and acerbic analysis of then-modern works, a practice earning him the reputation as a “tomahawk man” in artistic circles.

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    Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe

    Edgar Allan Poe

    44.8 hrs • 12/31/16 • Unabridged
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  4. 6.1 hrs • 12/6/2016 • Unabridged

    In 1904, Great Britain was at the height of its prosperity; but G. K. Chesterton saw the drudgery of capitalism and bureaucracy eating away at the eccentricity and spontaneity of the human spirit. In The Napoleon of Notting Hill, his first novel, Chesterton creates a witty satire of staid government, set in a London of the future. Auberon Quin, a common clerk who looks like a cross between a baby and an owl and is often seen standing on his head, is one day told that he has been randomly selected to be His Majesty the King. He decides to turn London into a medieval carnival for his own amusement—with delightful results.

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    The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

    The Napoleon of Notting Hill

    6.1 hrs • 12/6/16 • Unabridged
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  5. 4.1 hrs • 11/15/2016 • Unabridged

    Often described as an alchemical allegory, John Crowley instead decided this is “the first science fiction novel.” After all, “it’s fiction; it’s about the possibilities of a science; and it’s a novel.” No matter what else it might be, it’s definitely one of the great outlandish stories in Western literature.

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    The Chemical Wedding by Christian Rosencreutz by Johann Valentin Andreae, John Crowley

    The Chemical Wedding by Christian Rosencreutz

    In a new version by John Crowley
    Read by John Crowley
    4.1 hrs • 11/15/16 • Unabridged
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  6. 12.2 hrs • 10/1/2016 • Unabridged

    The Counterlife is about people enacting their dreams of renewal and escape, some of them going so far as to risk their lives to alter seemingly irreversible destinies. Wherever they may find themselves, the characters of The Counterlife are tempted unceasingly by the prospect of an alternative existence that can reverse their fate. Illuminating these lives in transition and guiding us through the book’s evocative landscapes, familiar and foreign, is the mind of the novelist Nathan Zuckerman. His is the skeptical, enveloping intelligence that calculates the price that’s paid in the struggle to change personal fortune and reshape history, whether in a dentist’s office in suburban New Jersey, a tradition-bound English Village in Gloucestershire, a church in London’s West End, or a tiny desert settlement in Israel’s occupied West Bank.

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    The Counterlife by Philip Roth
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  7. 2.3 hrs • 9/6/2016 • Unabridged

    In quest of the unpublished manuscript of a martyred Yiddish writer, the American novelist Nathan Zuckerman travels to Soviet-occupied Prague in the mid-1970s. There, in a nation straightjacketed by totalitarian Communism, he discovers a literary predicament, marked by institutionalized oppression, that is rather different from his own. He also discovers, among the oppressed writers with whom he quickly becomes embroiled in a series of bizarre and poignant adventures, an appealingly perverse kind of heroism. The Prague Orgy, consisting of entries from protagonist Nathan Zuckerman’s notebooks recording his sojourn among these outcast artists, completes the Nathan Zuckerman series. It provides a startling ending to Roth’s intricately designed magnum opus on the unforeseen consequences of art.

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    The Prague Orgy by Philip Roth
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  8. 7.0 hrs • 8/1/2016 • Unabridged

    Despite marriage to a millionaire’s daughter and success as a vice-president of Donaldson’s, Inc., manufacturers of the world-famous Donaldson’s Dog-Joy, Freddie Threepwood, Lord Emsworth’s younger son, still goes in fear of his aunts when at Blandings Castle. Full Moon tells the story of how he faces them down while promoting the love of Bill Lister and Prudence Garland. A charming Blandings comedy with a full Wodehouse complement of aunts, pigs, millionaires, colonels, imposters, and dotty earls.

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    Full Moon by P. G. Wodehouse
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  9. 5.5 hrs • 8/1/2016 • Unabridged

    Galahad can’t abide broken hearts. So when Sam Bagshott and Sandy, Lord Emsworth’s current secretary, have a falling-out over a bet, Galahad determines to reunite the warring couple. Sam stands to win a sackful if Tipton Plimsoll marries Veronica Wedge, Lord Emsworth’s niece, but there’s a rumor that Tipton is deep in the financial soup. Veronica’s fearsome mother immediately stops all nuptials. To add to the mayhem, the Empress, Lord Emsworth’s beloved prize porker, is discovered drunk. Fortunately, Galahad is on hand to put matters right. Or so he hopes.

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    Galahad at Blandings by P. G. Wodehouse
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    14.4 hrs • 7/5/2016 • Unabridged

    First published in 1935, when Americans were still largely oblivious to the rise of Hitler in Europe, this prescient novel tells a cautionary tale about the fragility of democracy and offers an alarming, eerily timeless look at how fascism could take hold in America. Doremus Jessup, a newspaper editor, is dismayed to find that many of the people he knows support presidential candidate Berzelius Windrip. The suspiciously fascist Windrip is offering to save the nation from sex, crime, welfare cheats, and a liberal press. But after Windrip wins the election, dissent soon becomes dangerous for Jessup. Windrip forcibly gains control of Congress and the Supreme Court and, with the aid of his personal paramilitary storm troopers, turns the United States into a totalitarian state.

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    It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

    It Can’t Happen Here

    14.4 hrs • 7/5/16 • Unabridged
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  11. 5.5 hrs • 6/28/2016 • Unabridged

    Now in his mid-thirties, Nathan Zuckerman, a would-be recluse despite his newfound fame as a bestselling author, ventures onto the streets of Manhattan in the final year of the turbulent sixties. Not only is he assumed by his fans to be his own fictional satyr, Gilbert Carnovsky (“Hey, you do all that stuff in that book?”), he also finds himself the target of admonishers, advisors, and sidewalk literary critics. The recent murders of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. lead an unsettled Zuckerman to wonder if “target” may be more than a figure of speech. In Zuckerman Unbound, the second volume in a trilogy, the notorious novelist Nathan Zuckerman retreats from his oldest friends, breaks his marriage to a virtuous woman, and damages his affectionate connection to his younger brother—all because of his recent good fortune.

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    Zuckerman Unbound by Philip Roth
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  12. 10.4 hrs • 6/7/2016 • Unabridged

    In his ninth and final novel, cultural observer, novelist, and poet Herman Melville gives us a picture of everything wrong with America in the decade preceding the Civil War. Evoking Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, this is a story of interlocking tales from a group of steamboat passengers traveling down the Mississippi toward New Orleans. Aboard the Fidèle can be found all manner of con man, from those selling stock in failing companies and herbal cure-all “medicines” to those who are raising money for a supposed charitable organization and those who simply ask for money outright. One man sneaks aboard ship to test the so-called confidence of the passengers, and everyone is forced to confront that in which he places his trust before journey’s end. Mixing his trademark satirical style with allegory and metaphysical treatise, Melville’s The Confidence-Man is a precursor to the twentieth-century literary preoccupations with nihilism, existentialism, and absurdism.

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    The Confidence-Man by Herman Melville

    The Confidence-Man

    10.4 hrs • 6/7/16 • Unabridged
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  13. 5.5 hrs • 6/1/2016 • Audio Theater

    The Weird Circle radio show was an anthology of classic thrillers from the pens of the world’s best-known and respected fiction authors of the nineteenth century. The focus was on stories of horror, suspense, and the supernatural by such authors as Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Mary Shelley, with an occasional drama by the likes of Emily Brontë, Charles Dickens, and George Eliot. For The Weird Circle, produced in New York by NBC and offered in syndication, the announcer sat in a cave beside a restless sea and instructed a bell keeper to “toll the bell so all may know that we are gathered again in the weird circle for another strange and weird story from out of the past.” The casts included New York’s steady pool of busy supporting actors, including Lawson Zerbe, Eleanor Audley, Jackson Beck, Mason Adams, Raymond Edward Johnson, and Arnold Moss. This collection of twelve episodes from 1943 includes stories based on works by Edgar Allan Poe, Wilkie Colllins, Honoré de Balzac, Guy de Maupassant, Prosper Mérimée, and more. “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The House and the Brain,” “The Vendetta,” “The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym,” “Declared Insane,” “A Terribly Strange Bed,” “What Was It?,” “The Knightsbridge Mystery,” “The Horla,” “William Wilson,” “A Passion in the Desert,” “Mateo Falcone”

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    The Weird Circle, Vol. 1 by Hollywood 360

    The Weird Circle, Vol. 1

    A Hollywood 360 collection
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    5.5 hrs • 6/1/16 • Audio Theater
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    19.8 hrs • 5/31/2016 • Unabridged

    Pierre Glendinning is the nineteen-year-old heir to the manor at Saddle Meadows in upstate New York. Engaged to the blonde Lucy Tartan in a match approved by his domineering mother, Pierre encounters the dark and mysterious Isabel Banford, who claims to be his half-sister, the illegitimate and orphaned child of his father and a European refugee. Driven by his magnetic attraction to Isabel, Pierre devises a remarkable scheme to preserve his father’s name, spare his mother’s grief, and give Isabel her proper share of the estate. First published in 1852, Pierre was condemned by critics of the time: “a dead failure,” “this crazy rigmarole,” and “a literary mare’s nest.” Latter-day critics, however, have recognized in the story of Melville’s idealistic young hero a corrosive satire of the sentimental gothic novel and a revolutionary foray into modernist literary techniques.

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    Pierre by Herman Melville

    Pierre

    19.8 hrs • 5/31/16 • Unabridged
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    20.8 hrs • 5/17/2016 • Unabridged

    The stark grief of a brother mourning a brother opens this novel with a stunning, unforgettable experience. Here, in a monumental saga of love and rage, Baldwin goes back to Harlem, to the church of his groundbreaking novel Go Tell It on the Mountain, to the homosexual passion of Giovanni’s Room, and to the political fire that inflames his nonfiction work. Here, too, the story of gospel singer Arthur Montana and his family becomes both a journey into another country of the soul and senses—and a living contemporary history of black struggle in this land.

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    Just above My Head by James Baldwin

    Just above My Head

    20.8 hrs • 5/17/16 • Unabridged
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  16. 13.3 hrs • 5/10/2016 • Unabridged

    Jennie Gerhardt is the tragic story of an innocent, caring, beautiful young girl from an extremely poor family who throughout her life is drawn into affairs with two different men from a much higher social class. How members of her family, the family of one of the wealthy men, and society in general react to her situation is the basis of this classic story. Jennie Gerhardt was Theodore Dreiser’s first true commercial success and is generally regarded as one of his best novels.

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    Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

    Jennie Gerhardt

    13.3 hrs • 5/10/16 • Unabridged
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