Winter Kills by Richard Condon

Who killed the President?

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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.

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 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.

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 world he could hardly have imagined.

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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The Werewolf Principle by Clifford D. Simak

"Change the man to fit the planet."

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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.

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The Warlock in Spite of Himself by Christopher Stasheff

A Sci-Fi Fantasy Classic comes to life

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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.

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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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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