Winter Kills by Richard Condon

Who paid for the President's Assassination?

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Richard Condon is the famed author of "The Manchurian Candidate," "Prizzi's Honor," and many other dark, satirical takes on the corruption of power, money, greed, and sex. In "Winter Kills" Condon takes aim at the assassination of the American President.

14 years after President Tim Kegan is shot dead in a motorcade through downtown Philadelphia, a dying man confesses to Kegan's half- brother Nickolas Thirkield, that he was the second rifle that shot the president. Nick shoulders the burden of finding the man responsible for setting up the assassination. It leads him down dark and dangerous alleys. Murder follows him from the oil fields of Asia, down the lonely roads of backwoods Alabama, to the 5-star hotels of New York City. Conspiracies overwhelm him. Was it the incredibly wealthy oilman Z.K. Dawson? Was it Dawson's beautiful daughter Yvette - with whom Nick is deeply in love? Was it the FBI and the Philadelphia cops? Was it the mafia? Was it the movie studios and the vengeful Hollywood actress ruined by the President?

Nick's father, billionaire Thomas Kegan - father of the dead President - encourages and steers Nick throughout the investigation. But is he helping, or is there another dark motive at work?

Winter Kills is Richard Condon at his best - he slices through our preconceptions, cliches, and obsession with the rich and powerful like a razorblade through an exposed wrist. No one escapes his searing wit and commentary.

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The Werewolf Principle by Clifford D. Simak

"Change the man to fit the planet."

Is genetic engineering the future of humanity's space exploration and colonization?

In the middle-distant future, Andrew Blake is discovered huddled inside a capsule orbiting a remote star. He is brought back to Earth suffering from total amnesia. Over 200 years old, he thinks and acts like a man, but becomes frighteningly aware of two alien beings that lurk within his body - a strange biological computer, and a wolf-like animal. Dangerously possessed, Blake breaks out of the hospital to look for his past... What he discovers is a world with flying houses, telepathic brownies, and a world that wants to get rid of him - permanently.

This classic science fiction novel resonates with today's science fact so eerily closely, it will challenge and delight listeners. This is Sci-Fi Master Simak at his powerful best.

In more than 6 hours of dramatic audio, one of Simak's most provocative novels brings to life exciting ideas and themes even more philosopically and scientifically relevant today than the day he wrote it.

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The Warlock in Spite of Himself by Christopher Stasheff

A Sci-Fi Fantasy Classic comes to life

Welcome to Gramarye – where witches, warlocks, elves, and gnomes are real; where a spoiled girl-queen and an army of teenage witches and ragtag beggars battle an overwhelming force of rebel knights and time-travelling anarchists, for the future of the most unique, and perhaps most important, planet in the galaxy.

This is what cynical, hard-headed intergalactic spy Rod Gallowglass faces when he and his robot horse Fess, try to bring peace and democracy to this magic-ridden Renaissance-age society. Rod’s mission is threatened at every turn by anarchists, communists, and double-dealing royalists playing vicious political power games. Things are made even worse when Rod’s advanced technology gets him labeled a warlock in spite of his constant denials. Help comes from the most unexpected sources when he meets an ancient ghost, the King of the Elves, and the most powerful witch on the planet.

This is sword-and-sorcery with a witty, edgy, wry twist.

Christopher Stasheff's classic novel comes to life in 11 hours of dramatic audio, featuring well-known narrator Dennis Regan, and a full cast.

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The City and the Stars by Sir Arthur C. Clarke

Welcome to Mankind's last city

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Diaspar is surrounded by deserts on an Earth where the oceans dried up millions of years ago.

The City is an isolated, technological marvel, ruled by the Central Computer. Birth and death have been eliminated. Instead, in an endless cycle, people emerge from the Hall of Creation, already mature, imprinted with memories of their earlier lives, to live for a thousand years, until they are "recalled," and stored once again, in the vast memory banks of the Central Computer.

But, in finding eternal life, mankind has lost its soul. Instead of lasting love, there is passionless sex. Instead of friendship, there are casual acquaintances. Instead of challenges, there are virtual adventures. Instead of goals, there are shallow hobbies.

Life in The City is stagnant, stale, and meaningless. Nothing new has happened for at least ten million years.

Until Alvin walks out of the Hall of Creation — a "unique" with no past lives, no past memories.

No one in living memory has been outside The City — its citizens are born with an unreasoning dread of the unknown. But Alvin has no fear of the outside world. In fact, he has an overwhelming curiosity, a drive to explore, to see what lies beyond The City's towering, impregnable walls. When he finally escapes, he discovers a place he could hardly have imagined. A place called Lys, where its telepathic citizens know birth — and death.

In Lys, Alvin finds friendship and love. He also discovers un-Earthly creatures who help him understand the forces that defeated mankind, and drove the people of Diaspar to cower in fear behind their walls. His discoveries lead to a fateful journey to the stars and back. On returning, Alvin brings with him something so strange, so alien, and powerful, it will change the world forever. But for better or worse not even he can guess

This full-cast recording features almost 9 hours of dramatic audio, original music and sound effects.

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Read about my "Close Encounter" with Sir Arthur

Emily St. John Mandel wins 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."

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Clarke's biography

Adventures in the Solar System Planetron and Me

A perennial best-seller

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Before transoformer robots were "Transformers," Planetron was thrilling kids all over the world.

Young Will gets the thrill-ride of his life when his toy robot Planetron transforms into a huge, faster-than-light spaceship to give his a whirlwind tour of he solar system

What people have said:

"Originally purchased this wonderful book for my son when he was four years old. It taught him basic information about our solar system that I mistakenly thought he was too young to understand. The data was presented in an informative and entertaining way. The book that I purchased came with a cassette tape and he was able to read along. He read and re-read the book so many times that he wore out the binding. My son is 19 years old now and recently mentioned that it is the one book he really remembers and would like to keep as a momento of his childhood"

"I had the audiotape of this book when I was a kid (I'm now 26) and I tell you what -- sure, it may not be *entirely* accurate anymore -- as there are now EIGHT planets instead of nine, and we have things like Kupier Belt Objects and so forth... but this is easily hands-down the best book to grab a kid's attention about space. I remember it fondly... I was a bookworm when I was a kid, and this one stands out as one of the few I remember VERY clearly."

"I had this book as a child and remember it quite fondly. As I was reading it to my daughter I wished that I had the cassette to go with it, but that is long gone. Fortunately, I discovered the audio is available on iTunes. Highly recommended for the 6-12 audience."

"Sheer Awesome! One of the few things I remember about being a kid going to my grandmother's house every summer was listening to the audio book I had of this story. I loved it; and it's timeless. Sure, we've learned a thing or two since it was made, and there are now only EIGHT planets instead of nine... but still... any kid would be lucky to get this as a gift, I think. I listened to it for years as a kid."

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I'm a Jet Pilot

It's like being in the cockpit

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I'm a Jet Pilot is a story about Will, a young boy who has always wanted to fly jets. His flight in the cockpit of a jet airliner is exciting enough by itself, but it's just the beginning, as it leads to him going behind the scenes of the Navy Fighter Weapons School known around the world as Top Gun.

The book was recorded using one of the most unique microphones in the world: the KU 100 made in Germany by Neumann. The KU 100 dummy head is a binaural stereo microphone. It resembles the human head and has two microphone capsules built into the ears. When listening through high-quality headphones it gives the illusion of being right at the scene of the recording. It's like being there.

The recording of the commercial airliner was made in the cockpit of a Boeing 737-300 operated by US Airways, flying from San Diego to San Francisco, California. The recording engineer was sitting in the cockpit "jump seat" behind the pilots. You hear passengers coming aboard, chatter from the tower and other planes, and taxi and takeoff instructions for our flight, then you can almost feel the extraordinary power as the huge engines wind up and roar, taking you down the runway and into the sky. On route, there's brief, but accurate information about aerodynamics — the science of what makes planes fly.

When the story moves to the Top Gun school, the microphone was on the runway, less than 100 feet from where the F14s and F18s were taking off. The thunder was ear-shattering and breathtaking. Later, sounds were recorded in the Miramar control tower and the room where the training dogfights are monitored. If you've seen the movie Top Gun, this is the actual room where Maverick, Iceman, Goose, Viper, and the other fighter pilots gathered for briefings.

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Between the Desire and the Dream

The poetry of T.S. Eliot

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Certainly one of the most, if not the most influencial and celebrated poets of the last century, Thomas Stearns Eliot had a profound and lasting influence on English literature.

Born in St. Louis Missouri and educated at Harvard University, Eliot moved to London to attend Oxford. After his marriage to his first wife, Vivienne Haigh-Wood in 1915, he moved to England and became an English citizen in 1927. During the course of his career his circle of friends included philosopher Bertrand Russel, poet Ezra Pound, and writer James Joyce.

He started The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock in 1910. When it was published in 1915 it almost immediately made him famous. Many of his most famous poems were written when he was relatively young, most notably: The Waste Land in 1922, and The Hollow Men in 1925. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948.

More recently, he may be best known for his delightful, book of light verse Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, which became the basis for Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats, one of the longest-running play in Broadway history.

We've chosen to feature four of his best-known poems in this audio book: The Hollow Men, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, Preludes, and Portrait of a Lady. Each is dramatically narrated and accompanied by original music.

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The Hero of Cape Lonely Light

2007 Audies® Finalist

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Audiofile Magazine says "It feels like a traditional folk ballad, beautifully sung and orchestrated..."

This epic sea adventure was among the finalists in the "Original Works" category at the 2007 Audies®. It was also awarded an Earphone Award from Audiofile Magazine. Read the review.

It's the story of a lonely lighthouse keeper looking for redemption, and the remarkable cat that helps him during a terrible hurricane.

Narrated by Dennis Regan, it features original sound effects and music composed by Steve O'Connor. It's a dramatic, almost theatrical, experience.

Read the entire epic poem and listen to a sample here