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    • Rabbit, Run

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: William Hope
    • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 66
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 61
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      4 out of 5 stars 62

    It's 1959, and Harry 'Rabbit' Angstrom, one-time high school sports superstar, is going nowhere. At twenty-six he is trapped in a second-rate existence - stuck with a fragile, alcoholic wife, a house full of overflowing ashtrays and discarded glasses, a young son and a futile job. With no way to fix things, he resolves to flee from his family and his home in Pennsylvania, beginning a thousand-mile journey that he hopes will free him from his mediocre life.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • "Glory Days"

    • By DT on 24-10-15

    Regular price: £18.99

    • Rabbit Is Rich

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: William Hope
    • Length: 19 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 27
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 27

    It's 1979, and Rabbit is no longer running. He's walking and beginning to get out of breath. That's okay, though - it gives him the chance to enjoy the wealth that comes with middle age. It's all in place: he's chief sales representative and co-owner of Springer motors; his wife, at home or in the club, is keeping trim; he wears good suits; and the cash is pouring in. So why is it that he finds it so hard to accept the way that things have turned out?

    Regular price: £18.99

    • Villages

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
    • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 6
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    John Updike's 21st novel, a bildungsroman, follows its hero, Owen Mackenzie, from his birth in the semi-rural Pennsylvania town of Willow to his retirement in the rather geriatric community of Haskells Crossing, Massachusetts. In between these two settlements comes Middle Falls, Connecticut, where Owen, an early computer programmer, founds with a partner, Ed Mervine, the successful firm of E-O Data, which is housed in an old gun factory on the Chunkaunkabaug River.

    Regular price: £23.69

    • Rabbit Redux

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: William Hope
    • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
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      5 out of 5 stars 27
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    It's 1969, and the times are changing. America is about to land a man on the moon, the Vietnamese war is in full swing, and racial tension is on the rise. Things just aren't as simple as they used to be - at least not for Rabbit Angstrom. His wife has left him with his teenage son, his job is under threat and his mother is dying. Suddenly, into his confused life - and home - comes Jill, an 18-year-old runaway who becomes his lover.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • An Audio Masterclass

    • By Mrs. Terrie Rintoul on 27-09-18

    Regular price: £18.99

    • Selected Stories

    • The Alligators, A & P, Pigeon Feathers, The Family Meadow, Witnesses, Separating
    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: John Updike
    • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
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    John Updike reads six stories he has selected from the 100-odd he has published. Mr. Updike, when asked to described his method of reading aloud, said "I try to picture the things describes, and to speak the words distinctly, and to let the emotion come through on its own." The method works beautifully.

    • The Alligators, A & P, Pigeon Feathers, The Family Meadow, Witnesses, Separating
    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: John Updike
    • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
    • Release date: 16-06-09
    • 5 out of 5 stars 1 rating

    Regular price: £12.19

    • Rabbit at Rest

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: William Hope
    • Length: 22 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 27
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      5 out of 5 stars 27
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      5 out of 5 stars 26

    It's 1989, and Harry 'Rabbit' Angstrom is far from restful. Harry is 56 and overweight, and he has a struggling business on his hands and a heart that is starting to fail. His family, too, are giving him cause for concern. His son, Nelson, is a wreck of a man, a cocaine addict with shattered self-respect. Janice, his wife, has decided that she wants to be a working girl. And as for Pru, his daughter-in-law, she seems to be sending out signals to Rabbit that he knows he should ignore but somehow can't.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another chapter: another masterpiece

    • By Amazon Customer on 26-01-17

    Regular price: £25.99

    • The John Updike Audio Collection

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: Jane Alexander, Edward Herrmann, John Updike
    • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The extraordinarily evocative stories depict the generation born in a small-town America during the Depression and growing up in a world where the old sexual morality was turned around and material comforts were easily had. Yet, as these stories reflect so accurately, life was still unsettling, and Updike chronicles telling moments both joyful and painful. The texts are taken from his recent omnibus, The Early Stories, 1953-1975.

    Regular price: £8.89

    • The New Yorker Festival - John Updike Interviewed by David Remnick

    • A Life in Literature
    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: David Remnick
    • Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
    • Original Recording
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    John Updike has contributed fiction, poetry, essays, and criticism to The New Yorker for the past half century.

    Regular price: £9.39

    • Great American Authors Read from Their Works, Volume 2

    • John Updike Reading "Lifeguard" from Pigeon Feathers and Others
    • By: Calliope Author Readings, John Updike
    • Narrated by: John Updike
    • Length: 17 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The young John Updike’s portrayal of a haughty seminary student working as a lifeguard is witty and poetic, as the naïve hero surveys the beachgoers in his care, and contemplates a future of saving souls as well as bodies.

    Regular price: £1.29

    • Seek My Face

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: Kathryn Walker
    • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
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      4 out of 5 stars 6

    In John Updike's twentieth novel, the 78-year-old painter Hope Chafetz, who in the course of her eventful life has been Hope Ouderkirk, Hope McCoy, and Hope Holloway, answers questions put to her by a New York interviewer named Kathryn, and recapitulates, throughout the story of her own career, the triumphant, poignant saga of postwar American art.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Updike's Warhol and Pollock - masterful

    • By Welsh Mafia on 28-06-08

    Regular price: £26.29

    • Eggs, Cookies, and Leeches

    • Memorable Writing from The New Yorker
    • By: Malcolm Gladwell, Hendrik Hertzberg, John Colapinto, and others
    • Narrated by: uncredited
    • Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
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    Certainly, all the writing in The New Yorker is memorable, and this collection is no exception. The authors include such best sellers as Malcolm Gladwell, Seymour Hersh, and Jonathan Franzen - and the subjects range from the lives of short-order cooks to the secrets of college admissions.

    Regular price: £12.59

    • The New Yorker (Nov. 7, 2005)

    • By: David Remnick, Nicholas Lemann, Ian Frazier, and others
    • Narrated by: uncredited
    • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
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    "Hell Week" by David Remnick; "Telling Secrets" by Nicholas Lemann; "Pensees d'Automne" by Ian Frazier; "Firebrand" by Elizabeth Kolbert; "Rail-Splitting" by Caleb Crain; "Dying For Love" by John Updike; "Reversal of Fortune" by John Lahr; "Boys in the Hood" by Nancy Franklin; "Lost Boys" by David Denby.

    Regular price: £4.79

    • The New Yorker

    • April 5, 2006
    • By: John Cassidy, David Owen, George Saunders, and others
    • Narrated by: uncredited
    • Length: 2 hrs and 2 mins
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    Regular price: £4.79

    • The New Yorker (Sept. 18, 2006)

    • By: George Packer, John Cassidy, David Sedaris, and others
    • Narrated by: uncredited
    • Length: 2 hrs and 10 mins
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    "Prisoners" by George Packer; "Mind Games" by John Cassidy; "In the Waiting Room" by David Sedaris; "War and Remembrance" by Ian Buruma; "Hugger Mugger" by John Updike; "Her Debut" by Tad Friend; and "Inescapable Pasts" by David Denby.

    Regular price: £4.29

    • The New Yorker, September 1st, 2008 (John Colapinto, Ryan Lizza, John Updike)

    • By: John Colapinto, Ryan Lizza, John Updike
    • Narrated by: Dan Bernard, Christine Marshall
    • Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
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    "Attack-Dog Days", by Hendrik Hertzberg; "The Code of the West", by Ryan Lizza; "Stop, Thief!", by John Colapinto; "Max Factor in Hollywood", by John Updike; and "Under Suspicion", by David Denby.

    Regular price: £2.17

    • First Words

    • Earliest Writing from Favorite Contemporary Authors
    • By: Margaret Atwood, Roy Blount Jr., Pat Conroy, and others
    • Narrated by: Elliott Gould, Kevin McCarthy, Judith Ivey
    • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
    • Abridged
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    Most kids write stories. Only a few of them grow up to be successful authors. But before there was Carrie, there was Jhonathan and the Witchs. And before there was Rabbit Angstrom, Toyota Dealer, there was Manuel Cirarro, famous detective. Could we have seen the seeds of success in Stephen King's and John Updike's juvenilia? A funny and surprisingly informative gathering of childhood creations by today's most celebrated writers.

    Regular price: £22.39

    • The New Yorker, December 24 & 31, 2007 Part 2 (John Updike, Junot Diaz, Caleb Crain)

    • By: Caleb Crain, John Updike, James Wood, and others
    • Narrated by: Dan Bernard, Christine Marshall
    • Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
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    There are six articles in the second part of this double issue: "Twilight of the Books", by Caleb Crain; "Visual Trophies", by John Updike; "Squall Lines", by James Wood; "Alma", by Junot Díaz; "The Arbus Factor", by Lore Segal; and "I Hit Hamlet", by Paul Rudnick.

    Regular price: £2.17

    • Selected Shorts

    • Lots of Laughs!
    • By: Nicholson Baker, John Updike, David Schickler, and others
    • Narrated by: Thomas Gibson, Charles Keating, David Rakoff
    • Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Check out superb short works from seven popular authors.

    Regular price: £18.99

    • The Afterlife and Other Stories

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: John Updike
    • Length: 2 hrs and 44 mins
    • Abridged
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    A fantastic short story collection from critically acclaimed and bestselling author John Updike.

    Regular price: £11.89

    • Endpoint and Other Poems (Unabridged Selections)

    • By: John Updike
    • Narrated by: Charles McGrath
    • Length: 59 mins
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    A stunning collection of poems that John Updike wrote during the last seven years of his life. The opening sequence, "Endpoint", is made up of a series of connected poems written on the occasions of his recent birthdays and culminates in his confrontation with his final illness. He looks back on the boy that he was, on the family, the small town, the people, and the circumstances that fed his love of writing, and he finds endless delight and solace in "turning the oddities of life into words".

    Regular price: £13.19

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