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Author Daniel H Turtel's Audiobook Picks

"These are the ones that I can listen to over and over again. The authors (and narrators) build sentences as if they're songs, and there's an instrumental quality to the rhythm that's set up expertly by word choice. Oh, and the stories are pretty great as well."—Author Daniel H Turtel

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At Swim-Two-Birds

By: Flann O’Brien
Narrated by: Alan Smyth
Length: 10 hours 20 minutes

A wildly comic send-up of Irish literature and culture, At Swim-Two-Birds is the story of a young, lazy, and frequently drunk Irish college student who lives with his curmudgeonly uncle in Dublin. When not in bed (where he seems to spend most of his time) or reading, he is composing a mischief-filled novel about Dermot Trellis, a second-rate... Read more

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Under the Volcano

By: Malcolm Lowry
Narrated by: John Lee
Length: 14 hours 50 minutes

On the Day of the Dead, 1938, former British consul Geoffrey Firmin is in Quauhnahuac, Mexico, where his life has become overshadowed by the debilitating malaise of drinking. His wife, Yvonne, has just arrived on a mission to rescue their failing marriage, inspired by a vision of a life together away from Mexico and the circumstances that have... Read more

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The Brothers Ashkenazi

By: I. J. Singer
Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
Length: 17 hours 18 minutes

In the Polish city of Lodz, the Brothers Ashkenazi grew up very differently in talent and in temperament. Max, the firstborn, is fiercely intelligent and conniving, determined to succeed financially by any means necessary. Slower-witted Jacob is strong, handsome, and charming but without great purpose in life. While Max is driven by ambition and... Read more

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The Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas

By: Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis
Narrated by: Gary Tiedemann
Length: 8 hours 31 minutes

A revelatory new translation of the playful, incomparable masterpiece of one of the greatest black authors in the Americas

The mixed-race grandson of ex-slaves, Machado de Assis is not only Brazil's most celebrated writer but also a writer of world stature, who has been championed by the likes of Philip Roth, Susan Sontag, Allen Ginsberg, John... Read more

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A House for Mr Biswas

By: V.S. Naipaul
Narrated by: Sam Dastor
Length: 21 hours 28 minutes

A House for Mr Biswas, by Nobel and Booker Prize-winning author V.S. Naipaul, is a powerful novel about one man’s struggle for identity and belonging. Born into poverty, then trapped in the shackles of charity and gratitude, Mr Biswas longs for a house he can call his own. He loathes his wife and her wealthy family, upon whom he is dependent.... Read more

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Henderson the Rain King

By: Saul Bellow
Narrated by: Joe Barrett
Length: 14 hours 24 minutes

Saul Bellow evokes all the rich colors and exotic customs of a highly imaginary Africa in this acclaimed comic novel about a middle-aged American millionaire who, seeking a new, more rewarding life, descends upon an African tribe. Henderson’s awesome feats of strength and his unbridled passion for life win him the admiration of the tribe—but it... Read more

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Lucky Jim

By: Kingsley Amis
Narrated by: James Lailey
Length: 9 hours 37 minutes

A hilarious satire about college life and high-class manners, this is a classic of postwar English literature.Regarded by many as the finest, and funniest, comic novel of the twentieth century, Lucky Jim remains as trenchant, withering, and eloquently misanthropic as when it first scandalized readers in 1954.This is the story of Jim Dixon, a... Read more

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