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    • Little Women

    • (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
    • By: Louisa May Alcott, Jane Smiley (introduction)
    • Narrated by: Christina Ricci
    • Length: 19 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Little Women is recognized as one of the best-loved classic children's stories, transcending the boundaries of time and age, making it as popular with adults as it is with young listeners. The beloved story of the March girls is a classic American feminist novel, reflecting the tension between cultural obligation and artistic and personal freedom.

    But which of the four March sisters to love best? For every listener must have their favorite. Independent, tomboyish Jo; delicate, loving Beth; pretty, kind Meg; or precocious and beautiful Amy, the baby of the family?

    Non-member price: $55.66

    • The Greenlanders

    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
    • Length: 27 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Set in the 14th century in Europe's most farflung outpost, a land of glittering fjords, blasting winds, sun-warmed meadows, and high, dark mountains, The Greenlanders is the story of one family - proud landowner Asgeir Gunnarsson; his daughter Margret, whose willful independence leads her into passionate adultery and exile; and his son Gunnar, whose quest for knowledge is at the compelling center of this unforgettable audiobook.

    Non-member price: $58.52

    • The Man Who Invented the Computer

    • The Biography of John Atanasoff, Digital Pioneer
    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: Kathe Mazur
    • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
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    Why don’t we know the name of John Atanasoff as well as we know those of Alan Turing and John von Neumann? Because he never patented his computing machine, and because the developers of the far-better-known ENIAC almost certainly stole critical ideas from him. Jane Smiley tells the quintessentially American story of John Atanasoff with technical clarity and narrative drive, making the race to develop digital computing as gripping as a real-life techno-thriller.

    Non-member price: $40.52

    • Duplicate Keys

    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: Ruth Ann Phimister
    • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Everyone has keys to Susan's New York apartment: all her friends, and friends of friends. So one afternoon, when Alice unlocks Susan's door to water the plants, she isn't surprised to find two men sitting in the living room. That they are both dead is a shock, however.

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    • Very Boring

    • By ester on 19-03-2016

    Non-member price: $37.89

    • Horse Heaven

    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: Shelley Thompson
    • Length: 25 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Many astonishing and affecting things happen at the racetrack, and the mysterious universe of horse racing, passionate, cold-hearted, pure, corrupt, is woven into a marvelous tapestry of joy and love, chicanery, folly, greed, and reckless courage. Spanning two years on the circuit, from Kentucky and California to New York and Paris, Horse Heaven, puts us among trainers, nervey jockeys, billionaire breeders, and restless track wives.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • excellent many sub plots all coming together

    • By jolanda kohne on 19-11-2015

    Non-member price: $32.95

    • The Hillside

    • (Warmer Collection)
    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
    • Length: 40 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Now the Congress of Animals is in control, unforgiving, and debating the fate of the planet’s most reviled species. The popular ruling: Exterminate humankind without exception. But a curious mare, coming of age, is making a case for a seemingly gentle person she longs to save - a wish for mercy that could once again unbalance the new and righteous nature of the world.

    Non-member price: $2.77

    • Early Warning

    • Last Hundred Years Trilogy, Book 2
    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: Lorelei King
    • Length: 18 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
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    It's 1953. When a funeral brings the Langdon family together once more, they little realize how much, over the coming years, each of their worlds will shift and change. For now Walter and Rosanna's sons and daughters are grown up and have children of their own. Frank, the eldest - restless, unhappy - ignores his troubled wife and instead finds himself distracted by a face from the past.

    Non-member price: $38.95

    • Ordinary Love and Good Will

    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: LJ Ganser, Suzanne Toren
    • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In Ordinary Love, Smiley focuses on a woman's infidelity and the lasting, indelible effects it leaves on her children long after her departure. Good Will describes a father who realizes how his son has been affected by his decision to lead a counterculture life and move his family to a farm. As both stories unfold, Smiley gracefully raises the questions that confront all families with the characteristic style and insight that has marked all of her work.

    Non-member price: $28.94

    • A Year at the Races

    • Reflections on Horses, Humans, Love, Money, and Luck
    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
    • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
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    "Every horse story is a love story," writes Jane Smiley, who has loved horses for most of her life and owned and bred them for a good part of it. To love something is to observe it with more than usual attention, and that is precisely what Smiley does in this irresistibly smart, witty, and engaging chronicle of her obsession. In particular she follows a sexy filly named Waterwheel and a grey named Wowie (he "tells" a horse communicator that he wants it changed from Hornblower) as they begin careers at the racetrack.

    Non-member price: $36.54

    • The Age of Grief

    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi, Jessica Almasy, Jeff Woodman, and others
    • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In “The Pleasure of Her Company,” a lonely, single woman befriends the married couple next door, hoping to learn the secret of their happiness. In "Long Distance," a man finds himself relieved of the obligation to continue an affair that is no longer compelling to him, only to be waylaid by the guilt he feels at his easy escape. And in the incandescently wise and moving title novella, a dentist, aware that his wife has fallen in love with someone else, must comfort her when she is spurned....

    Non-member price: $29.22

    • Moo

    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
    • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Everyone at the large agricultural college dubbed Moo U. has an agenda. Whether it's massaging data, running secret experiments, or seducing the powerful, each person is dedicated to a plan. Meet Dr. Lionel Gift, who feels that his economic principles come directly from God. Visit with "Earl Butz", who is being groomed to be the biggest hog in history. Mull over The Common Wisdom, what every secretary knows. As these agendas begin to collide, Moo trots toward a deliciously loony climax.

    Non-member price: $55.81

    • Golden Age

    • Last Hundred Years Trilogy, Book 3
    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: Lorelei King
    • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
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    The third novel in the dazzling Last Hundred Years trilogy from the winner of the Pulitzer Prize. It's 1987. A visit from a long-lost relative brings the Langdons together again on the family farm - a place almost unrecognisable from the remote Iowan farmland Walter and Rosanna once owned. Whilst a few have stayed, most have spread wide across the US, but all are facing social, economic and political challenges unlike anything their ancestors encountered.

    Non-member price: $40.58

    • WordTheatre: Love & Loss, Volume 1

    • By: Pamela Painter, Jane Smiley, Hal Ackerman, and others
    • Narrated by: Michael Zegen, Amy Brenneman, Adrian Pasdar, and others
    • Length: 3 hrs and 55 mins
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    WordTheatre, the short story experts, casts the perfect actors to bring great contemporary writing to life. Recorded live with many of the writers present, these nine exquisitely crafted stories guide you through the highs and lows of marriage. From the complications of newfound intimacy to the devastations wrought by death, you will be deeply moved by these authors' explorations.

    Non-member price: $28.94

    • Barn Blind

    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
    • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Kate Karlson's only focus in life is her Midwestern horse farm. Ignoring her husband, she spends long days giving riding lessons and training horses. To showcase her teaching ability, she enters her three sons and daughter in all the equestrian shows. But when her family dares to thwart her interests, the results bring tragedy and devastation.

    Non-member price: $43.02

    • At Paradise Gate

    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
    • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
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    While her 77-year-old husband lies upstairs, dying, Anna Robison spends her depleting energy defending their home. Their three middle-aged daughters and 23-year-old granddaughter have invaded, radiating vigor and good intentions. But the younger women temper their help with squabbling, ill-considered advice, and an abundant supply of their own problems.

    Non-member price: $35.53

    • Ten Days in the Hills

    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
    • Length: 23 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
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    On the morning after the 2003 Academy Awards, Max, an Oscar-winning writer/director whose fame has waned, and his lover, Elena, are in bed, still groggy from last night's red-carpet festivities. They are talking about movies, talking about love, talking about the just-begun war in Iraq. But their house is full of guests demanding attention.

    Non-member price: $44.82

    • The Best American Erotica, Volume 12: Surviving Darwin

    • By: Susie Bright, Jane Smiley, Mary Gaitskill, and others
    • Narrated by: Susie Bright, Nelson George, Lenore Zann, and others
    • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
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    Pulitzer Prize-winner Jane Smiley details a beautiful erotic interlude in an otherwise sordid real estate deal; Mary Gaitskill celebrates the unexpected ardor of one middle-aged couple; Steve Almond reminisces about the best one-man/three-girl Ecstasy party ever; Nelson George recounts the erotic escapades that befall a young man who accompanies a celebrity athlete when he picks up a gaggle of girls; and Carol Queen explores the joys of making love with summer fruit.

    Non-member price: $29.22

    • Good Faith

    • A Novel
    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: Ruth Ann Phimister
    • Length: 15 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Jane Smiley brings her extraordinary gifts, comic timing, empathy, emotional wisdom, an ability to deliver slyly on big themes and capture the American spirit, to the seductive, wishful, wistful world of real estate, in which the sport of choice is the mind game. Her funny and moving new novel is about what happens when the American Dream morphs into a seven-figure American Fantasy.

    Non-member price: $50.76