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  1. 0.9 hrs • 2/24/2014 • Abridged

    In 1762, twenty-two-year-old James Boswell left Edinburgh for London. This portion of his personal journal documents the nine months that followed. Filled with detail, description, and zest for life, Boswell’s London Journal provides a frank and accurate picture of both the young man and London in the early 1760s. While many of Boswell’s journals have been published, this one gained popularity for its racier entries as well as its descriptions of Boswell’s first encounter with Samuel Johnson, who would later be the subject of his most famous written work, the biography The Life of Samuel Johnson. This audiobook contains a wonderful reading by the talented Sir Anthony Quale.

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    Boswell’s London Journal

    0.9 hrs • 2/24/14 • Abridged
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  2. 4.1 hrs • 5/2/2013 • Unabridged

    Adapted from four lectures given at Oxford University by Ali Smith, author of bestselling The Accidental, Artful is a tidal wave of ideas in four thematically organised bursts of thought: ‘On Time’, ‘On Form’, ‘On Edge’ and ‘On Offer and On Reflection’. Refusing to be tied down to either fiction or the essay form, Artful is narrated by a character who is haunted, literally, by a former lover, the writer of a series of lectures about art and literature. Full of both the poignancy and humour of fiction and all the sideways insights and jaunty angles you would expect from Ali Smith’s criticism, it explores form, style, life, love, death, mortality, immortality, and what art and writing can mean.

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    Artful by Ali Smith


    Read by Ali Smith
    4.1 hrs • 5/2/13 • Unabridged
  3. 7.2 hrs • 6/15/2011 • Unabridged

    Dubliners is a collection of short stories by James Joyce that was first published in 1914. The fifteen stories were meant to be a naturalistic depiction of the Irish middle-class life in and around Dublin in the early years of the twentieth century. The stories were written at a time when Irish nationalism was at its peak, and a search for a national identity and purpose was raging; at a crossroads of history and culture, Ireland was jolted by various converging ideas and influences. They center on Joyce’s idea of an epiphany: a moment where a character has a special moment of self-understanding or illumination. The initial stories in the collection are narrated by children as protagonists, and as the stories continue, they deal with the lives and concerns of progressively older people. This is in line with Joyce’s tripartite division of the collection into childhood, adolescence, and maturity. The stories contained in Dubliners are “The Sisters,” “An Encounter,” “Araby,” “Eveline,” “After the Race,” “Two Gallants,” “The Boarding House,” “A Little Cloud,” “Counterparts,” “Clay,” “A Painful Case,” “Ivy Day in the Committee Room,” “A Mother,” “Grace,” and “The Dead.”

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    7.2 hrs • 6/15/11 • Unabridged
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