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  1. 5.5 hrs • 9/13/2016 • Unabridged

    From the celebrated author of You Too Can Have a Body like Mine, a thought-provoking, often unsettling story collection that consists, broadly, of narrative diagrams of the three main stages in a human life: birth, life, and death. Alexandra Kleeman’s debut novel You Too Can Have a Body like Mine earned her comparisons to Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo, Ben Marcus, and Tom Perrotta. It was praised by the New York Times as “a powerful allegory of our civilization’s many maladies, artfully and elegantly articulated, by one of the young wise women of our generation.” In her second book, a collection of twelve stories irresistibly seductive in their strangeness, she explores human life from beginning to end: the distress of birth into a world already formed; the brief and confusing period of “living” where we understand what is expected of us and struggle to do it; and the death-y period toward the end where we sense it is ending and will end only partially understood, at best. The title is taken from one of the stories (“Intimation”), but is also a play on Wordsworth’s “Intimations of Immortality”—only in this case it’s not clear exactly what is being intimated, but it’s nothing so gleaming and good as Immortality. The middle, “Living” section of the book, is fleshed out with a set of stories that borrow more from traditional realist fiction to illustrate the inner lives of the characters. At once familiar and mysterious, these stories have an eerie resonance as its characters find themselves in new and surprising situations. An unnamed woman enters a room with no exit and a ready-made life; the disappearance of people, objects, and memory creates an apocalypse; the art of dance is used to try to tame a feral child; the key to surviving a house-party lies in knowing the difference between fake and real blood. Elegant, surprising, wondrous, and haunting, Intimations is an utterly transporting collection from one of our most ingenious and brilliant young writers.

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    Intimations by Alexandra Kleeman

    Intimations

    5.5 hrs • 9/13/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 38.2 hrs • 8/30/2016 • Unabridged

    The second season of the Tor.com Collection includes the following Tor.com audiobooks originally published separately in the winter of 2016: The Drowning Eyes by Emily Foster; Patchwerk by David Tallerman;Lustlocked by Matt Wallace; A Song for No Man’s Land by Andy Remic;The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle; The Devil You Know by K. J. Parker; The Absconded Ambassador by Michael R. Underwood;Pieces of Hate by Tim Lebbon; Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire; The Emperor’s Railroad by Guy Haley.

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  3. 0.3 hrs • 8/26/2016 • Unabridged

    Herbert George Wells (1866 – 1946) was a prolific English writer, now best remembered for his science fiction novels, classics as The Time Machine and War of the Worlds. The Diamond Maker is about a gentleman’s strange encounter with a vagabond who claims he has found a way to synthesize diamonds! This science fiction staple serves as a conflicted investigation into greed and capitalism. One hot steamy night in London, on a bridge looking over the Thames, a gentleman meets what appears to be a vagabond. The drifter, though looking ragged, has some class about him, and tells a story of being very successful in business. The gentleman is at first amused and then amazed when the vagrant pulls from around his neck a bag of very large diamonds. He tells the frustrating tale of learning how to carve the stones after years of sacrifice and practice only to find them impossible to sell because he is suspected of arson and is being sought after by the police.

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    The Diamond Maker

    0.3 hrs • 8/26/16 • Unabridged
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  4. 3.0 hrs • 8/9/2016 • Unabridged

    A retelling of the Christmas Story in a way you’ve never heard it before … The fable of a donkey who carries a mother and child safely to Egypt … The tale of a widow who dislikes people until she meets a stranger… From the most popular writer of all time comes a treasured collection of short stories and poems celebrating the holiday season. This special edition also contains a wealth of Agatha Christie rarities—not only all the stories, poems, and illustrations from her long out-of-print book Star over Bethlehem (1965) but also a reproduction of all her rare poetry from the two collections The Road of Dreams (1924) and Poems (1973).

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    Star over Bethlehem by Agatha Christie

    Star over Bethlehem

    3.0 hrs • 8/9/16 • Unabridged
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    4.7 hrs • 8/2/2016 • Unabridged

    Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, and Christie’s wildly unconventional investigator Parker Pyne all make appearances in The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories, a riveting collection of short stories featuring a host of murderous crimes. There’s a body in a trunk, a dead girl’s reflection is caught in a mirror, and one corpse is back from the grave, while another is envisioned in the recurring nightmare of a terrified eccentric. What’s behind such ghastly misdeeds? Try money, revenge, passion, and pleasure. With multiple motives, multiple victims, and multiple suspects, it’s going to take a multitude of talent to solve these clever crimes. In this inviting collection, Agatha Christie enlists the services of her finest—Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, and Parker Pyne—and puts them each to the test in the most challenging cases of their careers. Included are:“The Regatta Mystery”“The Mystery of the Baghdad Chest”“How Does Your Garden Grow?”“Problem at Pollensa Bay”“Yellow Iris”“Miss Marple Tells a Story”“The Dream”“In a Glass Darkly”“Problem at Sea”

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    The Regatta Mystery, and Other Stories by Agatha Christie

    The Regatta Mystery, and Other Stories

    4.7 hrs • 8/2/16 • Unabridged
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  6. 5.8 hrs • 8/1/2016 • Unabridged

    These wonderfully funny short stories feature a cast of outrageous characters, all plotting to save themselves from wedlock, poverty, or ignominy—with various degrees of success. This recording includes the following stories: “All’s Well with Bingo,” “Bingo and the Peke Crisis,” “The Editor Regrets,” “Sonny Boy,” “Anselm Gets His Chance,” “Romance at Droitgate Spa,” “A Bit of Luck for Mabel,” “Buttercup Day,” and “Ukridge and the Old Stepper.”

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    Eggs, Beans, and Crumpets by P. G. Wodehouse

    Eggs, Beans, and Crumpets

    5.8 hrs • 8/1/16 • Unabridged
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  7. 0.9 hrs • 8/1/2016 • Unabridged

    Life brings along with it many stories waiting to be heard. And I too have heard many real life incidents from friends, family, and others. Incidents which then would linger in my mind, far too long, and take paths, far too adventurous. It was not long before I started to write down these stories and narrate them into an audiobook, to turn real life episodes into fiction. The whole process of masking as another character, letting loose the creative possibilities, working with music was an unforgettable learning experience. There is always something to learn from others. Real in Reel is all about reflections from the strange, small, or big experiences of many in the most delightful manner. These stories have also had a great impact on my outlook in life. Occasionally I would find looking at my stories from a different point of view, so as to add more details and flavor to the situations and characters and, overtime I internalized these habits to my circumstances. It was not my will, but of those stories that have made themselves heard through me and led me to create this audiobook. I thank the many inspirations for this book and my father the most.

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    Real In Reel

    0.9 hrs • 8/1/16 • Unabridged
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  8. 2.0 hrs • 7/26/2016 • Unabridged

    The idea of this book struck me as I was reading the daily newspapers. I found a column in which amazing real life incidents were stated - such as a man living in an unusual place, jewelry mysteriously disappearing, miracles taking place and many other strange yet interesting things. I liked these incidents so much that I couldn’t stop thinking about the various possibilities in which they would lead to and so I started to jolt them into words. I was surprised as I completed my first story within an hour, though fast it was only a couple of hundred words and so I challenged myself to write 15 such very short stories. These very short stories are filled with adventure, action, irony, tragedy and humor. Each story has its own world, language and shows the readers that this is the way of life and how it should be cherished. Toughest part was to give a name to this collection of very short stories, since they are so varied and could not be clubbed or categorized, frankly speaking I am not sure even now. The longest one among the collection stood out so I suggested calling the book by its name “An Evening with Lady Luck” I would like to thank my parents and my mentor Mr. Curtis Peter Van Gorder for making this audio book materialize in your hands; I hope this audio book helps you as it has helped me. ----- Shreyans Ranjalkar

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    An Evening With Lady Luck

    2.0 hrs • 7/26/16 • Unabridged
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  9. 4.8 hrs • 7/21/2016 • Unabridged

    Four short stories are included in this volume of Kipling works.“Mowgli’s Brothers”: Mowgli, a small boy, is found orphaned in the jungle by wolves and raised by them.“Kaa’s Hunting”: Mowgli is kidnapped by the Bandar-log (monkeys) and rescued by Kaa, a python.“The White Seal”: The community of seals believe a great white seal will come, and deliver them from the wrath of the seal hunters.“Rikki Tikki Tavi”: A young mongoose defends his human family against a pair of marauding cobras.

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    Stories from The Jungle Book and More

    4.8 hrs • 7/21/16 • Unabridged
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    1.9 hrs • 7/12/2016 • Unabridged

    Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist Joy Williams has a one-of-a-kind gift for capturing both the absurdity and the darkness of everyday life. In Ninety-Nine Stories of God, she takes on one of mankind’s most confounding preoccupations: the Supreme Being. This series of short, fictional vignettes explores our day-to-day interactions with an ever-elusive and arbitrary God. It’s the Book of Common Prayer as seen through a looking glass—a powerfully vivid collection of seemingly random life moments. The figures that haunt these stories range from Kafka (talking to a fish) to the Aztecs, Tolstoy to Abraham and Sarah, O. J. Simpson to a pack of wolves. Most of Williams’ characters, however, are like the rest of us: anonymous strivers and bumblers who brush up against God in the least expected places or go searching for him when he’s standing right there. The Lord shows up at a hot-dog-eating contest, a demolition derby, a formal gala, and a drugstore, where he’s in line to get a shingles vaccination. At turns comic and yearning, lyric and aphoristic, Ninety-Nine Stories of God serves as a pure distillation of one of our great artists.

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    Ninety-Nine Stories of God by Joy Williams

    Ninety-Nine Stories of God

    1.9 hrs • 7/12/16 • Unabridged
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  11. 6.3 hrs • 7/12/2016 • Unabridged

    Including stories first published in Cosmopolitan and the Saturday Evening Post, this bestselling collection follows the romantic escapades of Max Shulman’s famed collegiate Don Juan. Like most undergraduates, Dobie Gillis is a bit scattered. Sometimes he’s as quick as a whip, other times dull as a doorstop, and his major keeps changing from chemistry to law to journalism. But no matter what subject he should be studying, Dobie always has a girl on his mind.

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    The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis

    6.3 hrs • 7/12/16 • Unabridged
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  12. 4.3 hrs • 7/8/2016 • Unabridged

    Beautifully simple and marvelously strong, the stories of Guy de Maupassant have enchanted generations around the world. One of the finest short story writers of all time, de Maupassant believed that the most heart-wrenching and powerful moments in life lay in the simple events of daily life, and he proved it by turning those moments into timeless stories. In addition to “The Diamond Necklace,” this collection includes six of de Maupassant’s most popular stories: “Boule de Suif,” “The Piece of String,” “Beside Schopenhauer’s Corpse,” “Mademoiselle Fifi,” “Miss Harriet,” and “The Legend of Mont St. Michel.”

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  13. 22.5 hrs • 7/5/2016 • Unabridged

    The Master at his scarifying best! From heart-pounding terror to the eeriest of whimsy—tales from the outer limits of one of the greatest imaginations of our time! There are some things in attics which are better left alone, things like “The Monkey.” The most sublime woman driver on earth offers a man “Mrs. Todd’s Shortcut” to paradise. A boy’s sanity is pushed to the edge when he’s left alone with the odious corpse of “Gramma.” A night-blooming bouquet of chills and thrills.

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  14. 7.0 hrs • 6/7/2016 • Unabridged

    Crime, mystery, adventure, thrills—all are to be found in this short-story collection commencing with “The Ship That Died of Shame,” in which a former navy gunboat is used for smuggling by ex-servicemen down on their luck in postwar society. In “The Reconciliation,” a husband employs private detectives but then changes his mind about a divorce once their findings are revealed. In “Licensed to Kill,” a honeymoon soon turns into a manhunt when a former Royal Marine commando employs the tricks of his trade. A further seven stories complete a volume full of twists, turns, and hard-hitting drama.

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    The Ship That Died of Shame by Nicholas Monsarrat

    The Ship That Died of Shame

    7.0 hrs • 6/7/16 • Unabridged
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  15. 0.6 hrs • 6/7/2016 • Unabridged

    From New York Times bestselling author Philip Kerr, comes a story of a young man growing up in colonial America. No one knows when “something infernal” crept into the heart of young Master Edgar, a well-bred British orphan in the hands of a cool stepfather in 19th century Richmond, Virginia, and under the care of the home’s educated and proper slave, Scipio. Was it when his actress mother died, years after moving Edgar and his brother from England to America? Was it during his strange education at the hands of the calculating Scipio? Or was it when he plotted another boy’s death so that he could gain entry, through the boy’s grave, into the underworld? “The Pocket Handkerchief” by Philip Kerr is one of twenty short stories within Mulholland Books’ Strand Originals series.

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    The Pocket Handkerchief

    0.6 hrs • 6/7/16 • Unabridged
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  16. 0.3 hrs • 6/7/2016 • Unabridged

    From the author of the Inspector Morse series, a short story about a freelance investigator and what should be a simple case. Mrs. Isobel Rodgers is an investigator’s perfect client: beautiful, wealthy, and offering a straightfoward assignment. Mrs. Rodgers suspects her husband of an affair, and it’s up to the investigator to determine the object of Mr. Rodger’s affections. For someone with brilliant deductive powers, this should be an open-and-shut case—but Mrs. Rodgers may know more than she’s letting on. “The Other Half” by Colin Dexter is one of twenty short stories within Mulholland Books’ Strand Originals series, featuring thrilling stories by the biggest names in mystery from the Strand.

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    The Other Half

    0.3 hrs • 6/7/16 • Unabridged
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