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  1. 4.3 hrs • 1/1/1958 • Unabridged

    For every bustling jazz joint that opened in Korean War–era Harlem, a new church seemed to spring up. Tambourines to Glory introduces you to an unlikely team behind a church whose rock was the curb at 126th and Lenox. Essie Belle Johnson and Laura Reed live in adjoining tenement flats, adrift on public relief. Essie wants to somehow earn enough money to reunite with her daughter and provide her with a nice home; Laura loves young men, mink coats, and fine Scotch. On a day of inspiration, the friends decide to use a thrift-store tambourine and a layaway Bible to start a church. Their sidewalk services are a hit: Laura’s a natural street performer who loves the limelight, while Essie is a charismatic singer with a quiet spirituality. Before long they move to a thousand-seat theatre called the Tambourine Temple. The two women are joined in their ministering by Birdie Lee, the little-old-lady trap drummer who can work the congregation to a feverish pitch, and Deacon Crow-For-Day, an impassioned confessor. But then Laura falls for Buddy, a scam artist who suggests selling to the faithful lucky numbers from Scripture and bottles of tap water as “Holy Water from the Jordan.” Even with a Cadillac and piles of money from Laura, Buddy won’t stay faithful, igniting a crime of passion and betrayal.

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    Tambourines to Glory

    4.3 hrs • 1/1/58 • Unabridged
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    6.6 hrs • 1/1/1959 • Unabridged

    The specter of approaching adulthood, both welcome and frightening, looms in this classic coming-of-age novel, winner of numerous awards. Knowles' parable of two friends at boarding school during WWII is one of the most starkly moving stories ever written

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    A Separate Peace

    6.6 hrs • 1/1/59 • Unabridged
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    6.3 hrs • 1/1/1965 • Unabridged

    Calling Thomas Pynchon a “virtuoso with prose,” the Chicago Tribune compares his work to James Joyce’s Ulysses. Pynchon, winner of the National Book Award, has shocked, enthralled, and delighted fans for more than forty years with his satire and wit. Quite unexpectedly, Mrs. Oedipa Maas finds herself the executor of the estate of Pierce Inverarity, a man she used to know in a more-or-less intimate fashion. When Oedipa heads off to Southern California to sort through Pierce’s affairs, she becomes ensnared in a hilarious and puzzling worldwide conspiracy.

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    The Crying of Lot 49

    6.3 hrs • 1/1/66 • Unabridged
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    6.3 hrs • 1/1/1968 • Unabridged

    Fourteen-year-old Mattie avenges her father's murder, with the help of crusty, one-eyed U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn. This tough Western yarn is eccentric, cool, and unflinching, like Mattie herself, who tells the story 50 years later in a voice strong en

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    True Grit

    6.3 hrs • 1/1/68 • Unabridged
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  5. 10.9 hrs • 1/1/1971 • Unabridged

    Carlos Castanada was a student of anthropology when he met Don Juan Matus, a Yaqui shaman and the inspiration for Castanada’s The Teachings of Don Juan. In this controversial work, Castanada relays his experiences being challenged by his mentor on his perception of the world and all living things in it.

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    Journey to Ixtlan

    10.9 hrs • 1/1/72 • Unabridged
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  6. 6.9 hrs • 1/1/1979 • Unabridged

    In the same spirit of high adventure as Stevenson’s Treasure Island comes Kidnapped, the tale of a young Scottish boy, David Balfour, in 1751, five years after the Battle of Culloden ended Bonnie Prince Charlie’s desperate attempt to gain the throne of England. David’s evil uncle, Ebenezer Balfour, arranges to have the boy kidnapped to keep him from discovering that Ebenezer’s family estate, called Shaws, really belongs to David. The boy is shipped out aboard the brig Covenant, where he meets the dashing Alan Breck Stewart, one of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s supporters and a survivor of the Culloden disaster. Their adventures and escapes are set against the background of the Scottish Highlands and those tumultuous years of history. But never fear; this is a book written first and foremost as an adventure story for older children.

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    Kidnapped

    6.9 hrs • 1/1/79 • Unabridged
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  7. 29.1 hrs • 1/1/1979 • Unabridged

    Originally published in 1979, the first volume of the bestselling "Gonzo Papers" is now back in print. The Great Shark Hunt is Dr. Hunter S. Thompson's largest and, arguably, most important work, covering Nixon to napalm, Las Vegas to Watergate, Carter to cocaine. These essays offer brilliant commentary and outrageous humor, in signature Thompson style. Ranging in date from the National Observer days to the era of Rolling Stone, The Great Shark Hunt offers myriad, highly charged entries, including the first Hunter S. Thompson piece to be dubbed "gonzo" -- "The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved," which appeared in Scanlan's Monthly in 1970. From this essay a new journalistic movement sprang which would change the shape of American letters. Thompson's razor-sharp insight and crystal clarity capture the crazy, hypocritical, degenerate, and redeeming aspects of the explosive and colorful '60s and '70s.

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    The Great Shark Hunt

    29.1 hrs • 1/1/79 • Unabridged
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  8. 7.8 hrs • 1/1/1986 • Unabridged

    “There’s no way not to suffer. But you try all kinds of ways to keep from drowning in it.” The men and women in these eight short fictions grasp this truth on an elemental level, and their stories, as told by James Baldwin, detail the ingenious and often desperate ways in which they try to keep their heads above water. It may be the heroin that a down-and-out jazz pianist uses to face the terror of pouring his life into an inanimate instrument. It may be the brittle piety of a father who can never forgive his son for his illegitimacy. Or it may be the screen of bigotry that a redneck deputy has raised to blunt the awful childhood memory of the day his parents took him to watch a black man being murdered by a gleeful mob.

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    Going to Meet the Man by James Baldwin

    Going to Meet the Man

    7.8 hrs • 1/1/86 • Unabridged
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  9. 4.3 hrs • 1/1/1987 • Unabridged

    Two short novellas brimming with Lawrence’s famous power and passion. In the first, an injured German prisoner-of-war awakens a grieving woman’s passion; in the second, Maurice and Geoffrey are brothers, farmers and virgins until a rainy night when Paula and Lydia chance along. 

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    43.0 hrs • 1/1/1988 • Unabridged

    Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d’If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure. After fourteen years of hopeless imprisonment, Dantès makes his daring escape and follows his secret map to untold fortune. Disguised now as the mysterious and powerful Count of Monte Cristo, Dantès seeks out his enemies—and nothing will stand in the way of his just revenge. Filled with thrilling episodes of betrayal, romance, and revenge, The Count of Monte Cristo is one of the greatest adventure stories ever written.

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    The Count of Monte Cristo

    43.0 hrs • 1/1/89 • Unabridged
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  11. 7.1 hrs • 1/1/1991 • Unabridged

    Well over a century has passed since the publication of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer in 1876, but time has done little to diminish the appeal and enjoyment of this classic story of growing up in midwestern America. The world Mark Twain envisioned for his precocious hero is a “boy-perfect” one, where life is perpetual vacation, where good and evil are clearly defined, awe-inspiring contradictions, and where the joys of independent discovery always outweigh the severity of punishment. “Although my book is intended for the entertainment of boys and girls, I hope it will not be shunned by men and women on that account, for part of my plan has been to try to pleasantly remind adults of what they once were themselves, and of how they felt and thought and talked, and what queer enterprises they sometimes engaged in.”—Mark Twain

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    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    7.1 hrs • 1/1/91 • Unabridged
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  12. 14.9 hrs • 1/1/1993 • Unabridged

    Williston Bibb Barrett is a rather unusual and inquisitive young Southerner with a special gift for cultivating the possibilities of life. He suffers from occasional bouts of amnesia and disconcerting attacks of déjà vu. He clings to certain old-fashioned notions of behavior, and yet he finds himself constantly impelled to eavesdrop on other people’s conversations. And he lives with the secret suspicion that the great world catastrophe that everyone fears will happen has already happened. The novel follows Will Barrett’s adventures as he becomes involved in the complex troubles, loves, and fortunes of a Southern family, the Vaughts, that is living in the shadow of their youngest son’s illness. With settings ranging from New York to Alabama, Louisiana to New Mexico, this is an ambitious, funny, compulsively readable novel about the dilemmas of modern man.

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    The Last Gentleman by Walker Percy

    The Last Gentleman

    14.9 hrs • 1/1/94 • Unabridged
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  13. 5.5 hrs • 1/1/1993 • Unabridged

    These ten treasured stories from the most influential authors of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries are selected for their literary importance as well as their dramatic, oral qualities. The following stories are included in this collection:“The One Million Pound Bank Note” by Mark Twain“The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” by Mark Twain“A Visit to Niagara” by Mark Twain“Mysterious Visit” by Mark Twain“The Blue Hotel” by Stephen Crane“The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky” by Stephen Crane“The Eyes of the Panther” by Ambrose Bierce“An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce“The Love of Life” by Jack London“To Build a Fire” by Jack London

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    Great American Stories by Mark Twain, Stephen Crane, Ambrose Bierce, Jack London
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  14. 3.0 hrs • 2/1/1994 • Unabridged

    An unforgettable collection of Mark Twain’s best writings—witty, passionate, fiery, and nothing short of profound. This collection includes the following stories: “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”“The Facts Concerning the Recent Carnival of Crime in Connecticut” “Autobiographical Anecdotes”“The Lesson”“As Regards Patriotism”“Speech on the Weather”“How I Edited an Agricultural Paper”“Plymouth Rock and the Pilgrims”“The Report of My Death”“When a Book Gets Tired”“The Approaching Epidemic”“Letter to the Earth” “The Death of Jean” 

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    The Mark Twain Sampler

    3.0 hrs • 2/1/94 • Unabridged
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  15. 4.8 hrs • 3/1/1994 • Abridged

    Ulysses is one of the greatest literary works in the English language. In his remarkable tour de force, James Joyce catalogs a day in the of Leopold Bloom as he wanders through Dublin, talking, observing, musing—and always remembering Molly, his passionate, wayward wife. Though Ulysses is widely regarded as a difficult novel, this fresh and lively reading shows its comic genius as well as its great moments of poignancy, making it more accessible than ever before.

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    Ulysses

    4.8 hrs • 3/1/94 • Abridged
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    3.0 hrs • 11/1/1994 • Abridged

    Kenneth Branagh, director and star of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, provides one of the most spectacular spoken audio performances ever recorded in this electrifying audio adaptation of Mary Shelley’s masterpiece. One of the greatest horror stories ever written, Frankenstein comes to spellbinding life once again this tour de force performance by the acclaimed director and star of Henry V, Dead Again, and Much Ado About Nothing. The definitive recording of one of the most haunting tales of all time, Kenneth Branagh’s performance of Frankenstein is a true audio classic.

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    Frankenstein

    3.0 hrs • 11/1/94 • Abridged
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