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  1. 7.2 hrs • 9/6/2016 • Unabridged
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    The Letters of Roald Dahl

    7.2 hrs • 9/6/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 12.8 hrs • 3/8/2016 • Unabridged

    Available for the first time and collected in one volume, the letters of one of America’s most beloved authors, Laura Ingalls Wilder—a treasure trove that offers new and unexpected understanding of her life and work The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder is a vibrant, deeply personal portrait of this revered American author, illuminating her thoughts, travels, philosophies, writing career, and dealings with family, friends, and fans as never before. This is a fresh look at the adult life of the author in her own words. Gathered from museums and archives and personal collections, the letters span over sixty years of Wilder’s life, from 1894–1956 and shed new light on Wilder’s day-to-day life. Here we see her as a businesswoman and author—including her beloved Little House books, her legendary editor, Ursula Nordstrom, and her readers—as a wife, and as a friend. In her letters, Wilder shares her philosophies, political opinions, and reminiscences of life as a frontier child. Also included are letters to her daughter, writer Rose Wilder Lane, who filled a silent role as editor and collaborator while the famous Little House books were being written. Wilder biographer William Anderson collected and researched references throughout these letters and the result is an invaluable historical collection, tracing Wilder’s life through the final days of covered wagon travel, her life as a farm woman, a country journalist, Depression-era author, and years of fame as the writer of the Little House books. This collection is a sequel to her beloved books, and a snapshot into twentieth-century living.

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  3. 1.3 hrs • 12/1/2015 • Unabridged

    A raw and tenderly funny look at the human-cat relationship, from one of our most treasured and transgressive writers The cat is the beautiful devil. Felines touched a vulnerable spot in Charles Bukowski’s crusty soul. For the writer, there was something majestic and elemental about these inscrutable creatures he admired, sentient beings whose searing gaze could penetrate deep into our being. Bukowski considered cats to be unique forces of nature, elusive emissaries of beauty and love. On Cats offers Bukowski’s musings on these beloved animals and their toughness and resiliency. He honors them as fighters, hunters, survivors who command awe and respect as they grip tightly onto the world around them: “A cat is only ITSELF, representative of the strong forces of life that won’t let go.” Funny, moving, tough, and caring, Bukowski’s On Cats brings together the acclaimed writer’s reflections on these animals he so admired. Bukowski’s cats are fierce and demanding—he captures them stalking their prey; crawling across his typewritten pages; waking him up with claws across the face. But they are also affectionate and giving, sources of inspiration and gentle, insistent care. Poignant yet free of treacle, On Cats is an illuminating portrait of this one-of-a-kind artist and his unique view of the world, witnessed through his relationship with the animals he considered his most profound teachers.

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    On Cats

    Edited by Abel Debritto
    Read by Roger Wayne
    1.3 hrs • 12/1/15 • Unabridged
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    5.7 hrs • 11/10/2015 • Unabridged

    A wonderfully unconventional literary debut from the award-winning actress Mary-Louise Parker. An extraordinary literary work, Dear Mr. You renders the singular arc of a woman’s life through letters Mary-Louise Parker composes to the men, real and hypothetical, who have informed the person she is today. Beginning with the grandfather she never knew, the letters range from a missive to the beloved priest from her childhood to remembrances of former lovers to an homage to a firefighter she encountered to a heartfelt communication with the uncle of the infant daughter she adopted. Readers will be amazed by the depth and style of these letters, which reveal the complexity and power to be found in relationships both loving and fraught.

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    Dear Mr. You

    5.7 hrs • 11/10/15 • Unabridged
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  5. 4.2 hrs • 2/3/2015 • Unabridged

    World War II was a difficult time for separated couples everywhere. Paul “Buddy” Frees would soon become one of America’s most popular voice-over artists. Audrey “Annelle” Frees was the love of his life. One of them wouldn’t make it through the war. This is the story of their all-too-short marriage, told in the letters they wrote to each other. With the exclusive cooperation of Annelle’s family, author Ben Ohmart has painstakingly edited this moving collection of personal correspondence into a volume that paints a remarkable picture of two wartime lovers just beginning their life together. You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To is a companion book to Ohmart’s popular biography Welcome, Foolish Mortals: The Life and Voices of Paul Frees.

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    You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To

    Edited by Ben Ohmart
    4.2 hrs • 2/3/15 • Unabridged
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  6. 13.8 hrs • 1/28/2015 • Unabridged

    Robert E. Lee is one of the most famous and decorated American generals in history. The son of Revolutionary War hero Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee III, General Lee was a native of Virginia and a top graduate at West Point. So distinguished was Lee, that President Abraham Lincoln offered him command of the entire Union army before the onset of the Civil War. Lee famously declined the offer, and instead served his home state of Virginia after it seceded. His closeness with his soldiers as well as his leadership came to personify the South. Here, in a collection of personal correspondence compiled by his son, Captain Robert E. Lee, the man behind the uniform is revealed.

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  7. 23.7 hrs • 10/14/2014 • Unabridged

    Leonard Bernstein was a charismatic and versatile musician—a brilliant conductor who attained international superstar status and a gifted composer of Broadway musicals (West Side Story), symphonies (Age of Anxiety), choral works (Chichester Waterfront), and much more. Bernstein was also an enthusiastic letter writer, and this audiobook is the first to present a wide-ranging selection of his correspondence. The letters have been selected for the insights they offer into the passions of his life—musical and personal—and the extravagant scope of his musical and extra-musical activities. Bernstein’s letters tell much about this complex man, his collaborators, his mentors, and others close to him. His galaxy of correspondents encompassed, among others, Aaron Copland, Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Robbins, Thornton Wilder, Boris Pasternak, Bette Davis, Adolph Green, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and family members including his wife Felicia and his sister Shirley. The majority of these letters have never been published before. They have been carefully chosen to demonstrate the breadth of Bernstein’s musical interests, his constant struggle to find the time to compose, his turbulent and complex sexuality, his political activities, and his endless capacity for hard work. Beyond the legends: his humanity, warmth, volatility, intellectual brilliance, wonderful eye for descriptive detail, and humor.

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    The Leonard Bernstein Letters

    Edited by Nigel Simeone
    23.7 hrs • 10/14/14 • Unabridged
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  8. 4.2 hrs • 10/12/2014 • Abridged

    Those who only know Charles Dickens from his novels will be fascinated to discover the private and personal Dickens in this selection of his letters. His sister-in-law Georgina Hogarth thought they expressed his individuality; his friend Forster thought them literature. They give us a portrait of a complex man with so many different facets to his personality, ranging from the serious, when discussing social issues, to the outrageously humorous when writing merely to entertain his many friends. Two hundred years after his birth he still enlightens and entertains us.

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    Charles Dickens: A Portrait in Letters

    Compiled and introduced by David Timson
    Read by Simon Callow
    4.2 hrs • 10/12/14 • Abridged
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    32.2 hrs • 6/15/2014 • Unabridged

    This astonishing volume of private correspondence, a critically acclaimed follow-up to The Proud Highway, shows Hunter S. Thompson as brazen, incisive, and outrageous as ever. When that first book of letters appeared in 1997, Time pronounced it “deliriously entertaining,” Rolling Stone called it “brilliant beyond description,” and the New York Times celebrated its “wicked humor and bracing political conviction.” Spanning the years between 1968 and 1976, these never-before-published letters show Thompson building his legend: running for sheriff in Aspen, Colorado; creating the seminal road book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas; twisting political reporting to new heights for Rolling Stone; and making sense of it all in the landmark Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72. To read Thompson’s dispatches from these years—addressed to the author’s friends, enemies, editors, and creditors and such notables as Jimmy Carter, Tom Wolfe, and Kurt Vonnegut—is to read a raw, revolutionary eyewitness account of one of the most exciting and pivotal eras in American history.

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    Fear and Loathing in America by Hunter S. Thompson

    Fear and Loathing in America

    Edited by Douglas Brinkley
    Foreword by David Halberstam
    32.2 hrs • 6/15/14 • Unabridged
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  10. 27.3 hrs • 5/15/2014 • Unabridged

    Here, for the first time, 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 to Charles 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 his own 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 unprecedented and penetrating gaze into the evolution of the most outrageous raconteur/provocateur ever to assault a typewriter.

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    The Proud Highway by Hunter S. Thompson

    The Proud Highway

    Edited by Douglas Brinkley
    Foreword by William J. Kennedy
    27.3 hrs • 5/15/14 • Unabridged
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  11. 1.9 hrs • 3/25/2014 • Unabridged

    Rilke’s timeless letters about poetry, sensitive observation, and the complicated workings of the human heart. Born in 1875, the great German lyric poet Rainer Maria Rilke published his first collection of poems in 1898 and went on to become renowned for his delicate depiction of the workings of the human heart. Drawn by some sympathetic note in his poems, young people often wrote to Rilke with their problems and hopes. From 1903 to 1908 Rilke wrote a series of remarkable responses to a young, would-be poet on poetry and on surviving as a sensitive observer in a harsh world. Those letters, still a fresh source of inspiration and insight, are accompanied here by a chronicle of Rilke’s life that shows what he was experiencing in his own relationship to life and work when he wrote them. This edition also includes Rilke’s later work The Letter from the Young Worker.

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    Letters to a Young Poet

    Read by Dan Stevens and Max Deacon
    1.9 hrs • 3/25/14 • Unabridged
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  12. 2.4 hrs • 2/12/2014 • Abridged

    The exciting story of Lord Nelson’s life is told through his personal letters and journals, providing the listener with a thrilling account of the audacious exploits of England’s greatest hero. Viscount Horatio Nelson, known as “The Hero” during his own lifetime, was both an inspiring commander and an innovative tactician. He was responsible for a great number of victories for the British. Revered by his officers and men, he was renowned for both his arrogance and his scandalous love affair with the beautiful Emma Hamilton. Nelson was tragically killed by a musket shot from the mizzen top of a French ship during the Battle of Trafalgar on October 21st, 1805, after affecting the greatest naval victory in the history of the royal Navy.

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  13. 2.4 hrs • 2/12/2014 • Unabridged

    Lord Byron was a gifted poet and a superb letter writer. His letters are enlivened by his wit, irony, honesty, and the sharpness of his observation of people. They provide a vivid self-portrait of the man who, of all his contemporaries, seems to express attitudes and feelings most in tune with the twentieth century while also offering a glimpse into his own time.

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    The Letters of Lord Byron

    2.4 hrs • 2/12/14 • Unabridged
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  14. 0.8 hrs • 4/1/2013 • Unabridged

    It was April 16, 1963. Birmingham, Alabama had experienced a spring of nonviolent protests known as the Birmingham Campaign, seeking to draw attention to the segregation against blacks by the city government and downtown retailers. The organizers longed to create a nonviolent tension so severe that the powers that be would be forced to address the rampant racism head on. One of the recently arrested was Martin Luther King Jr. It was there in that jail cell that he penned this letter, originally written on the margins of a newspaper. His message was a defense of nonviolence against segregation. His accusers, though many, were not the white racist leaders or retailers he protested against, but eight black men who saw him as “other” and as too extreme. To them and to the world he defended the notion that “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” A powerful message of nonviolence, equality, and tolerance, his words are as inspirational today as in 1963.

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    Letter from Birmingham Jail

    0.8 hrs • 4/1/13 • Unabridged
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  15. 7.0 hrs • 3/7/2013 • Unabridged

    The high-spirited correspondence between New York Times bestselling author Paul Auster and Nobel laureate J. M. Coetzee Although Paul Auster and J. M. Coetzee had been reading each other’s books for years, the two writers did not meet until February 2008. Not long after, Auster received a letter from Coetzee, suggesting they begin exchanging letters on a regular basis and, “God willing, strike sparks off each other.” Here and Now is the result of that proposal: the epistolary dialogue between two great writers who became great friends. Over three years their letters touched on nearly every subject, from sports to fatherhood, film festivals to incest, philosophy to politics, from the financial crisis to art, death, family, marriage, friendship, and love. Their correspondence offers an intimate and often amusing portrait of these two men as they explore the complexities of the here and now and is a reflection of two sharp intellects whose pleasure in each other’s friendship is apparent on every page.

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    Here and Now

    7.0 hrs • 3/7/13 • Unabridged
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  16. 7.3 hrs • 11/6/2012 • Unabridged

    Little Women’s “Marmee” is one of the most recognizable mothers in American literature. But the real woman behind the fiction—Louisa May Alcott’s own mother, Abigail—has for more than a century remained shrouded in mystery. Scholars believed that her papers were burned by her daughter and husband, as they claimed, and that little additional information survived—until now. When Abigail’s biographer and great-niece Eve LaPlante found a collection of letters and diaries in an attic trunk and began exploring the Alcott family archives, a window opened onto the life of this woman who has for too long been hiding in plain sight. These discoveries, and others, inform LaPlante’s groundbreaking new dual biography, Marmee and Louisa, a companion volume to My Heart Is Boundless. No self-effacing housewife, Abigail was a passionate writer and thinker, a feminist far ahead of her time. She taught her daughters the importance of supporting themselves and dreamed of a day when a woman, like a man, could enjoy both a family and a career. Here at last, in her own words, is this extraordinary woman’s story, brought to the public for the first time. Full of wit, charm, and astonishing wisdom, Abigail’s private writings offer a moving, intimate portrait of a mother, a wife, a sister, and a fierce intellect that demands to be heard.

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    My Heart Is Boundless

    7.3 hrs • 11/6/12 • Unabridged
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