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  1. 1 reviews 0 5 4 4 out of 5 stars 4/5 (1)
    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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    2.2 hrs • 5/23/2016 • Unabridged

    A violent tale of horror from award-winning author Laird Barron, the heir apparent to H. P. Lovecraft’s throne. Nanashi was born into a life of violence. Delivered from the mean streets by the Heron Clan, he mastered the way of the gun and knife and swiftly ascended through yakuza ranks to become a dreaded enforcer. His latest task? He and an entourage of expert killers are commanded to kidnap Muzaki, a retired world-renowned wrestler under protection of the rival Dragon Syndicate. It should be business as bloody usual for Nanashi and his ruthless brothers in arms, except for the detail that Muzaki possesses a terrifying secret. A secret that will spawn a no-holds-barred gang war and send Nanashi on a personal odyssey into immortal darkness.

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    Man with No Name by Laird Barron

    Man with No Name

    2.2 hrs • 5/23/16 • Unabridged
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    2.4 hrs • 8/18/2015 • Unabridged

    Michael Connelly calls Karin Slaughter “unrivaled among thriller writers.” This gripping, unforgettable short story—releasing shortly before Karin’s highly anticipated new novel Pretty Girls—proves it. A beautiful young girl was walking down the street—when suddenly … Julia Carroll knows that too many stories start that way. A beautiful and intelligent nineteen-year-old college freshman, she should be carefree. But instead she is frightened—because girls are disappearing without a trace. Fellow student Beatrice Oliver and a homeless woman called Mona-No-Name are missing, both gone after being snatched off the street. Julia is determined to discover the reason behind their disappearances—before she’s next.

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    Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes

    2.4 hrs • 8/18/15 • Unabridged
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    1.7 hrs • 6/2/2015 • Unabridged

    Detective Jonathan Stride is back. A third woman dead in two months, and for the third time, Alison Malville isn’t sure her husband was home all night. When the killer sends the usual photo of his victim to the press, she sees an item of her clothing left with this body, too. Could you believe your own husband was capable of murder? Would you turn him in? This gripping thriller from the acclaimed author of Spilled Blood will keep you riveted.

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    Spitting Devil

    1.7 hrs • 6/2/15 • Unabridged
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  5. 1.3 hrs • 5/19/2015 • Unabridged

    From New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry comes an all-new short story set in “the Spookiest Town in America”—Pine Deep. In “The Trouble,” a direct sequel to the Pine Deep trilogy, Malcolm Crow thought he had destroyed the evil that had terrorized his town for forty years. But a new series of brutal murders forces him to prepare for another battle with the forces of darkness.

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    The Trouble

    1.3 hrs • 5/19/15 • Unabridged
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  6. 0.9 hrs • 12/15/2013 • Unabridged

    Mark’s parents have never done a thing for him. When he got out of the army and married Krystal, they were against it, just as they are against his moving to Los Angeles. But Mark has a dream, a dream of being an entertainer, of having a show in Las Vegas. So he packs Krystal and their son, Hans, into their car and starts driving from Arizona to California, determined to show his parents how wrong they are to doubt him. But when the car breaks down at a small gas station in the desert, Mark and Krystal are forced to face realities about their future and their marriage.

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    Desert Breakdown, 1968

    0.9 hrs • 12/15/13 • Unabridged
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  7. 0.6 hrs • 11/15/2013 • Unabridged

    This short story from the collection Wild Child was originally published in the New Yorker. Lonnie is tired. He’s tired of his job, the monotony of it, and tired of the predictability of his home life now that he’s a father. It’s a day like every other day, and he can’t face the inevitability of it all. So he lies. It’s a small lie, but he knows small lies become big ones. He knows it as soon as he says his daughter is in the hospital. But he can’t stop himself, and he can’t stop the lie from taking on a life of its own.

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    The Lie

    0.6 hrs • 11/15/13 • Unabridged
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  8. 0.7 hrs • 11/15/2013 • Unabridged

    This short story from the collection Wild Child was originally published in Playboy. Marita Vallalba is revered in her Venezuelan village, and not just because her son, Aquiles Maldonado, is a big league baseball player in the United States. In fact, it is because of her son and his multimillion-dollar contract that has been splashed across the Venezuelan newspapers that she is kidnapped and held for ransom. Upon returning home, Aquiles is advised against paying the ransom, but he is prepared to go to any lengths to get his mother back.

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    The Unlucky Mother of Aquiles Maldonado

    0.7 hrs • 11/15/13 • Unabridged
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