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  • The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047 | Lionel Shriver

    The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By George Newbern
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    The brilliant new novel from the Orange Prize-winning author of We Need to Talk About Kevin centres on three generations of the Mandible family as a fiscal crisis hits a near-future America. It is 2029. The Mandibles have been counting on a sizable fortune filtering down when their 97-year-old patriarch dies. Yet America's soaring national debt has grown so enormous that it can never be repaid. Under siege from an upstart international currency, the dollar is in meltdown.

    wolfgoesshopping says: "Disappointed"
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin | Lionel Shriver

    We Need to Talk About Kevin

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
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    Kevin Khatchadourian killed several of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a teacher, shortly before his 16th birthday. He is visited in prison by his mother, Eva, who narrates in a series of letters to her estranged husband, Franklin, the story of Kevin's upbringing. A successsful career woman, Eva is reluctant to forgo her independence and the life she shares with Franklin to become a mother.

    Jacky says: "We need to talk about Kevin"
  • The Post-Birthday World | Lionel Shriver

    The Post-Birthday World

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Helen Johns, Lionel Shriver - author's note
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    Irina McGovern's destiny hinges on a single kiss. Whether she gives into its temptation will determine whether she stays with her reliable partner, Lawrence, or runs off with Ramsey, a hard-living snooker player. Employing a parallel universe structure, Shriver spins Irina's competing futures with two drastically different men. An intellectual and fellow American, Lawrence is clever and supportive but rigid and emotionally withdrawn. A British celebrity, Ramsey is passionate and spontaneous but jealous and undereducated.

  • So Much for That | Lionel Shriver

    So Much for That

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
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    The extraordinary new novel from the Orange Prize winning author of 'We Need to Talk About Kevin'.What do you pack for the rest of your life?Shepherd Knacker is bored with his humdrum existence. He's sold his successful handy-man business for a million dollars and is now ready to embark on his 'Afterlife' - a one way ticket to a small island off the coast of Africa. He tries to convince his wife Glynis to come with him, but she laughs off the idea as preposterous.

    Paula says: "Dreary"
  • Double Fault | Lionel Shriver

    Double Fault

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
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    Tennis has been Willy Novinsky's one love ever since she first picked up a racquet at the age of four. A middle-ranked pro at 23, she's met her match in Eric Oberdorf, a low-ranked Princeton grad who also intends to make his mark on the international tennis circuit. Eric becomes Willy's first passion off the court, and eventually they marry. But while wedded life begins well, competition soon puts a strain on their relationship - and an accident sends Willy sliding irrevocably toward resentment, tragedy, and despair.

  • Big Brother | Lionel Shriver

    Big Brother

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Alice Rosengard
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    When Pandora picks up her older brother, Edison, at her local Iowa airport, she literally doesn't recognize him. The once slim, hip New York jazz pianist has gained hundreds of pounds. What happened? Soon Edison's slovenly habits, appalling diet, and know-it-all monologues are driving Pandora and her fitness-freak husband Fletcher insane. After the brother-in-law has more than overstayed his welcome, Fletcher delivers his wife an ultimatum: It's him or me. Rich with Shriver's distinctive wit and ferocious energy, Big Brother is about fat: why we overeat and whether extreme diets ever really work.

    Kirstine says: "The foundations of obesity dissected"
  • BBC National Short Story Award 2013 (5 Shortlisted titles) | Sarah Hall,Lisa Blower,Lionel Shriver,Lucy Wood,Lavinia Greenlaw

    BBC National Short Story Award 2013 (5 Shortlisted titles)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Sarah Hall, Lisa Blower, Lionel Shriver, and others
    • Narrated By Andrea Riseborough, Rebekah Staton, Nancy Crane, and others
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    The five titles shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award 2013, administered in partnership with BookTrust. Contains: Mrs Fox by Sarah Hall read by Andrea Riseborough, Barmouth by Lisa Blower read by Rebekah Staton, Prepositions by Lionel Shriver read by Nancy Crane, Notes from the House of Spirits by Lucy Wood read by Hattie Morahan, We Are Watching Something Terrible Happening by Lavinia Greenlaw read by Claire Skinner.

  • The Female of the Species | Lionel Shriver

    The Female of the Species

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Paul Birchard, Lionel Shriver - author's note
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    Still unattached and childless at 59, world-renowned anthropologist Gray Kaiser is seemingly invincible - and untouchable. Returning to make a documentary at the site of her first great triumph in Kenya, she is accompanied by her faithful middle-aged assistant, Errol McEchern, who has loved her for years in silence. When young graduate assistant Raphael Sarasola arrives on the scene, Gray is captivated and falls hopelessly in love - before an amazed Errol's eyes.

  • Game Control | Lionel Shriver

    Game Control

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Laurel Lefkow
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    Eleanor Merritt, a do-gooding American family-planning worker, was drawn to Kenya to improve the lot of the poor. Unnervingly, she finds herself falling in love with the beguiling Calvin Piper despite, or perhaps because of, his misanthropic theories about population control and the future of the human race. Surely, Calvin whispers seductively in Eleanor's ear, if the poor are a responsibility, they are also an imposition.

  • A Perfectly Good Family | Lionel Shriver

    A Perfectly Good Family

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Jennifer Woodward
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    After having escaped for years to London, Corlis McCrea returns to the grand Reconstruction mansion where she grew up in North Carolina, now willed to the three grown children following the death of their parents. All three want the house. Fiscal necessity dictates that two must buy a third out. Just as she was torn as a girl, the sister must choose between her decent younger brother and the renegade eldest - the black sheep who covets his legacy in order to destroy it.

  • Prepositions (BBC National Short Story Award 2013) | Lionel Shriver

    Prepositions (BBC National Short Story Award 2013)

    • ORIGINAL (17 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Nancy Crane
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    A letter between two female friends is fraught with difficult emotions as long-held resentments are finally expressed. One woman's husband died in 9/11 while the woman writing the letter lost her husband on 9/11, in an incident unrelated to the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Two deaths, both tragic, have sent the women's lives in opposite directions, placing unforeseen pressures on their friendship.

  • Checker and the Derailleurs | Lionel Shriver

    Checker and the Derailleurs

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Christopher Ragland
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    He has that thing that they'd all pay for but can't buy: onstage and off, the 19-year-old rock drummer Checker Secretti is electric. When he plays with his band, The Derailleurs, the natives of Astoria, Queens, clamour for a piece of him. But charisma comes at a price. A Salieri to Checker's Mozart, the fiercely envious fellow drummer Eaton Striker is eager to sow discord among the Derailleurs, that he might replace the exasperatingly popular goody-goody in the close-knit neighbourhood's affections.

  • A Perfectly Good Family | Lionel Shriver

    A Perfectly Good Family

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
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    Following the death of her worthy liberal parents, Corlis McCrea moves back into her family's grand Reconstruction mansion in North Carolina, willed to all three siblings. Her timid younger brother has never left home. When her bullying black-sheep older brother moves into "his" house as well, it's war.

    Jennifer says: "Disappointing from such a good writer"
  • The New Republic | Lionel Shriver

    The New Republic

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
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    Edgar Kellogg has always yearned to be popular. Bored rigid by his pedestrian life as a solicitor, Edgar decides to risk everything on trying to make it as a journalist. When he's offered the post of foreign correspondent in Barba - a Portuguese backwater that has sprouted a terrorist movement - Edgar leaps at the chance to replace a blowhard called "Barrington Saddler" who's disappeared. But the more Edgar learns about his posting, and his larger-than-life predecessor, the more he realizes that it's not Barban terrorism he's covering; it's Barrington Saddler.

  • The Post-Birthday World | Lionel Shriver

    The Post-Birthday World

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Laurel Lefkow
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    It all hinges on one kiss. Whether Irina McGovern does or does not lean in to a specific pair of lips in London will determine whether she stays with her disciplined, intellectual partner Lawrence or runs off with Ramsey, a hard-living snooker player. Using a parallel universe structure, we follow Irina's life as it unfolds under the influence of two drastically different men.

  • Female of the Species | Lionel Shriver

    Female of the Species

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Fred Stella
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    World-famous anthropologist Gray Kaiser has almost everything. She is brilliance, self-sufficient, and beautiful. But at 59, one thing is still missing from her life. She has never been in love. Her assistant Errol McEchern has loved her for many years, but she doesn't know.

    Ann says: "Disappointing"
  • Ordinary Decent Criminals | Lionel Shriver

    Ordinary Decent Criminals

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Melanie MacHugh
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    From the Orange Prize-winning author of We Need to Talk About Kevin comes a bold and savage story of the intersection of politics and human relationships, set in turbulent Northern Ireland. Having abandoned Philadelphia for the life of an international nomad, Estrin Lancaster has a taste for hot spots. She now finds herself in Belfast, a city scarred by twenty years of ritualised violence. As the former purveyor of his own bomb-disposal service, Farrell O'Phelan courts the company of destruction.

  • Double Fault | Lionel Shriver

    Double Fault

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Jennifer Woodward
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    'Love me, love my game,' says professional tennis player Willy Novinsky at 23. Tennis has been Willy's one love - until she meets the uncannily confident Eric Oberdorf. Low-ranked but untested, Eric, too, aims to make his mark on the international tennis circuit. They marry. But their life together soon grows poisoned by full-tilt competition over which spouse can rise to the top first. Willy discovers that her perfect partner may also prove her most devastating opponent.

  • Will the Left Survive the Millennials? | Lionel Shriver

    Will the Left Survive the Millennials?

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Barbara Benjamin-Creel
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    "Will the Left Survive the Millennials?" is from the September 22, 2016 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by Lionel Shriver and narrated by Barbara Benjamin-Creel.

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