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release date: Jun 06, 2017
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Al Franken, Giant of the Senate
#1 New York Times Bestseller

"Flips the classic born-in-a-shack rise to political office tale on its head. I skipped meals to read this book - also unusual - because every page was funny. It made me deliriously happy." - Louise Erdrich, The New York Times

From Senator Al Franken - #1 bestselling author and beloved SNL alum - comes the story of an award-winning comedian who decided to run for office and then discovered why award-winning comedians tend not to do that.


This is a book about an unlikely campaign that had an even more improbable ending: the closest outcome in history and an unprecedented eight-month recount saga, which is pretty funny in retrospect.

It's a book about what happens when the nation's foremost progressive satirist gets a chance to serve in the United States Senate and, defying the low expectations of the pundit class, actually turns out to be good at it.

It's a book about our deeply polarized, frequently depressing, occasionally inspiring political culture, written from inside the belly of the beast.

In this candid personal memoir, the honorable gentleman from Minnesota takes his army of loyal fans along with him from Saturday Night Live to the campaign trail, inside the halls of Congress, and behind the scenes of some of the most dramatic and/or hilarious moments of his new career in politics.

Has Al Franken become a true Giant of the Senate? Franken asks readers to decide for themselves.



release date: May 10, 2016
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Hamilton: The Revolution
Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Eleven Tony Awards, including Best Musical

Lin-Manuel Miranda's groundbreaking musical Hamilton is as revolutionary as its subject, the poor kid from the Caribbean who fought the British, defended the Constitution, and helped to found the United States. Fusing hip-hop, pop, R&B, and the best traditions of theater, this once-in-a-generation show broadens the sound of Broadway, reveals the storytelling power of rap, and claims our country's origins for a diverse new generation.

HAMILTON: THE REVOLUTION gives readers an unprecedented view of both revolutions, from the only two writers able to provide it. Miranda, along with Jeremy McCarter, a cultural critic and theater artist who was involved in the project from its earliest stages--"since before this was even a show," according to Miranda--traces its development from an improbable perfor­mance at the White House to its landmark opening night on Broadway six years later. In addition, Miranda has written more than 200 funny, revealing footnotes for his award-winning libretto, the full text of which is published here.

Their account features photos by the renowned Frank Ockenfels and veteran Broadway photographer, Joan Marcus; exclusive looks at notebooks and emails; interviews with Questlove, Stephen Sond­heim, leading political commentators, and more than 50 people involved with the production; and multiple appearances by Presi­dent Obama himself. The book does more than tell the surprising story of how a Broadway musical became a national phenomenon: It demonstrates that America has always been renewed by the brash upstarts and brilliant outsiders, the men and women who don't throw away their shot.
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release date: Apr 19, 2016
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The Road Home: News From Lake Wobegon
Some say a place is home when you know where all the roads go. Over in Lake Wobegon, all the roads take you there, and it's never been any different. And what you learn along the way is that-quicker than any road sign or street map or pair of shiny red shoes-all you really need is a story to get you from here to there. A story about an ordinary day, any ordinary day. About a young woman and her bridal shower, about a fishing shack and when it's prudent to drive out on the ice. A story about springtime, and air thick with desire, or about the advantages of dynamite when you're digging a grave in winter. Interim pastors, and lutefisk dinners, hunting pheasant in autumn and a food fight with spaghetti. Home is a fine place to listen. No need for a parka. No need to get up. Just light the fire, make some popcorn and hit "Play." The Road Home will take you all the way to where you already are. No place like it. No place at all. Garrison Keillor has been delighting audiences for four decades now with heartfelt, moving, and downright hilarious tales from the shores of Lake Wobegon. Never before collected, these expertly crafted stories are full of gentle humor, genuine emotion, and (more often than not) surprising insights into family, relationships, community, faith, and hope.
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release date: Dec 03, 2015
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Home Front: Series Two: BBC Radio Drama

The entire second series of BBC Radio 4’s groundbreaking World War I drama serial. First broadcast from December 2014 to January 2015, the drama of Home Front Series Two is set exactly 100 years before. Following characters from a wide cross-section of British society in 1914, the action is once again set in the Edwardian seaside town Folkestone. For the men and women of the town, recruitment and volunteering are the order of the day. The Graham household prepares for an arrival, but all is not well in the Winwood household. Meanwhile, good news is devastating for Kitty. This remarkable, groundbreaking drama charts the strategies that ordinary people found for managing life in wartime, and recalls how, together, they ensured that the Home Front didn’t break down. Through the characters’ lives, major and minor stories of wartime Britain are told. Among the cast are Claire Rushbrook, Michael Bertenshaw, Deborah Findlay, Ami Metcalf, and Rachel Shelley. Duration: 6 hours approx.

release date: Aug 20, 2015
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Home Front: Series One: The Powerful BBC Radio 4 First World War Drama
The first series of a major BBC Radio 4 drama serial tracking the fortunes of a group of characters on the home front. Each episode was broadcast exactly 100 years after the events it portrays, through which the characters struggle to maintain normality while Britain is involved in World War I.
release date: Sep 24, 2013
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Lake Wobegon Family Reunion: Selected Stories (Prairie Home Companion (Audio))
Garrison Keillor has been delighting audiences for four decades now with heartfelt, moving, and downright hilarious tales from the shores of Lake Wobegon. Here, for the first time ever, News from Lake Wobegon monologues from the entire history of “the little town on the edge of the prairie” are presented in one collection. From early fan favorites “Bruno the Fishing Dog” and “A Trip to Grand Rapids” to more recent highlights such as “The Hochstetter House” and “The Arrival of Liz,” Lake Wobegon Family Reunion brings together the friends, neighbors, and family members that listeners have embraced as their own.
release date: Aug 15, 2016
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The Jane Austen BBC Radio Drama Collection: Six BBC Radio Full-Cast Dramatisations

A collection of BBC radio full-cast dramatizations of Jane Austen's six major novels Jane Austen is one of the finest writers in the English language, and this volume includes all six of her classic novels. In Mansfield Park, on a quest to find a position in society, Fanny Price goes to live with her rich aunt and uncle. In Northanger Abbey, young, naïve Catherine Morland receives an invitation to stay at the isolated Gothic mansion Northanger Abbey. In Sense and Sensibility, forced to leave their family home after their father's death, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood try to forge a new life at Barton Cottage. In Pride and Prejudice, Mrs. Bennet is determined to get her five daughters married well, so when the wealthy Mr. Bingley and his friend Mr. Darcy move into the neighborhood, her hopes are raised. In Emma, Emma Woodhouse declares she will never marry, but she is determined to find a match for her friend Harriet. Finally, in Persuasion, Eight years ago, Anne Elliot rejected a marriage proposal from a handsome but poor naval officer—but now her former love has returned.  With an all-star cast including David Tennant, Benedict Cumberbatch, Julia McKenzie, Jenny Agutter, Toby Jones, Eve Best, and Juliet Stevenson, these BBC radio adaptations are full of humor, romance, love lost, and love regained. Duration: approx. 15 hours 30 mins

release date: Nov 04, 2004
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Heroes: And Other Secrets, Surprises and Sensational Stories (Adventures in Odyssey, Gold Audio Series No. 3)
What makes someone a hero? In this collection, the Odyssey gang learns that heroes take many forms. But ultimately, the gang at Whit's End realizes that trusting in God, the greatest Hero of all, will start them on one thrilling journey after another. Join the fun and cheer on these Heroes!

The Gold series includes bonus tracks, fun facts, and behind-the-scenes details!

Volume 3 contains the following stories (and themes):
  • Back to School (Making new friends)
  • The Shepherd and the Giant (Bible history)
  • Mike Makes Right (Pride, handling power)
  • Rumor Has It (The dangers of gossip)
  • Heroes (Hero worship)
  • Thank You, God (Being thankful)
  • Karen (Dealing with death)
  • Connie, 1 & 2 (Salvation)
  • A Single Vote (Civic responsibility)
  • The Sacred Trust (The folly of making promises you can't keep)
  • Peace on Earth (Keeping Christ in Christmas)
release date: Apr 22, 2008
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NPR Funniest Driveway Moments: Radio Stories That Won't Let You Go
Selected from the National Public Radio archives, these stories by some of NPR's favorite commentators will keep listeners laughing. A "driveway moment" is when you're so captivated by a story on NPR that you stay in your car to hear it to the end-even if you're sitting in your own driveway. Some are serious, some are touching, and some, like the stories included here, are very, very funny. Literate, intelligent, and droll, each tale is worth hearing again and again, and now you don't have to stay in your car. NPR Funniest Driveway Moments includes stories and interviews from your favorite NPR commentators and guests such as David Sedaris, Sarah Silverman, Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Dame Edna, Larry David, Darryl Littleton, Justice Stephen Breyer, Jonathan Winters, Phyllis Diller, Steve Martin, Lily Tomlin, and more.
release date: Sep 01, 2016
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The Complete George Smiley Radio Dramas: BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatization
The complete collection of acclaimed BBC Radio dramas based on John le Carré's bestselling novels, starring Simon Russell Beale as George Smiley. With a star cast including Kenneth Cranham, Eleanor Bron, Brian Cox, Ian MacDiarmid, Anna Chancellor, Hugh Bonneville, and Lindsay Duncan, these enthralling dramatizations perfectly capture the atmosphere of le Carré's taut, thrilling spy novels. Call for the Dead is the first Smiley novel, which sees him looking into an apparent suicide only to uncover a murderous conspiracy; A Murder of Quality finds Smiley investigating a murder in a private school; The Spy Who Came in from the Cold introduces Alec Leamas, a British intelligence officer whose East Berlin network is in tatters; The Looking Glass War features former spy Fred Leiser, lured back from retirement to investigate a claim that Soviet missiles are being installed close to the West German border; Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is the first book in the Karla trilogy, and sees Smiley searching for a mole who has infiltrated the Circus; The Honourable Schoolboy sees Smiley determined to destroy his nemesis, Karla, and his spy networks; Smiley's People finds George Smiley called out of retirement to exorcize some Cold War ghosts from his clandestine past; The Secret Pilgrim sees Smiley invited to dine with the eager new recruits at the Circus. He offers them his thoughts on espionage and, in doing so, prompts a former colleague to re-examine his own eventful secret life. Duration: 20 hours approx
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