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When Oprah Speaks, People Listen
Oprah Winfrey's vast sphere of influence extends even to the books she reads. When Oprah picks a title for her book club, readers rejoice and sales boom. And since most of the titles featured in the Oprah Book Club® have audio versions, too, listeners will rejoice as well.

 
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The Bluest Eye (Abridged)
by Toni Morrison


Random House
Audio Cassette
(April 27, 2000)


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4.5 out of 5 stars
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Oprah Book Club® Selection, April 2000: Originally published in 1970, The Bluest Eye is Toni Morrison's first novel. In an afterword written more than two decades later, the author expressed her dissatisfaction with the book's language and structure: "It required a sophistication unavailable to... Read more

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Back Roads [ABRIDGED]
by Tawni O'Dell, Dylan Baker (Narrator)


Harper Audio
Audio Cassette
Abridged edition (January 2000)


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4 out of 5 stars
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Oprah Book Club® Selection, March 2000: Not since S.E. Hinton (The Outsiders) has a female novelist penned such a tough and titillating portrait of lower-class, crime-ridden manhood. Set in "beautiful, ruined" western Pennsylvania, amid Eat n' Parks and Lick n' Putts, Tawni O'Dell's Back Roads... Read more

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Daughter of Fortune [UNABRIDGED]
by Isabel Allende, et al


Harper Audio
Audio Cassette
unabridged edition (October 1999)


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3 out of 5 stars
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Oprah Book Club® Selection, February 2000: Until Isabel Allende burst onto the scene with her 1985 debut, The House of the Spirits, Latin American fiction was, for the most part, a boys' club comprising such heavy hitters as Gabriel García Márquez, Jorge Luis Borges, and Mario... Read more

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Gap Creek (Oprah book of the month) [ABRIDGED]
by Robert Morgan, Jill Hill (Reader)


HighBridge Company
Audio Cassette
4 Cassettes edition (February 7, 2000)


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3.5 out of 5 stars
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Oprah Book Club® Selection, January 2000: Robert Morgan's Gap Creek opens with one wrenching death and ends with another. In between, this novel of turn-of-the-century Appalachian life works in fire, flood, swindlers, sickness, and starvation--a truly biblical assortment of plagues, all visited... Read more

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A Map of the World [ABRIDGED]
by Jane Hamilton, et al


Bantam Books-Audio
Audio Cassette
Abridged edition (December 17, 1999)


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3.5 out of 5 stars
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Oprah Book Club® Selection, December 1999: In A Map of the World, appearance overwhelms reality and communal hysteria threatens common sense. Howard and Alice Goodheart, the couple at the center of Jane Hamilton's 1994 novel, have labored mightily to create a pastoral paradise in a Wisconsin... Read more

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Vinegar Hill [UNABRIDGED]
by A. Manette Ansay, Debra Monk (Narrator)


William Morrow Audio
Audio Cassette
unabridged edition (November 23, 1999)


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3 out of 5 stars
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Oprah Book Club® Selection, November 1999: Vinegar Hill is an appropriate address for the characters who populate A. Manette Ansay's novel of the same name. After all, when Ellen Grier and her family return to the rural hamlet of Holly's Field, Wisconsin, it's not exactly a happy homecoming.... Read more

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River, Cross My Heart (Oprah's Book Club) [UNABRIDGED]
by Breena Clarke(Reader), Breena Clark


Time Warner Audio Books
Audio Cassette
unabridged edition (January 2000)


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3 out of 5 stars
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Oprah Book Club® Selection, October 1999: Breena Clarke's first novel takes place in Georgetown in 1925, where a large and close-knit African American community took shape beneath the shadow of segregation. At the center of the story is baby Clara, who is swallowed by the Potomac as her sister,... Read more

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Tara Road [UNABRIDGED]
by Maeve Binchy, Katherine Borowitz (Narrator)


Delacorte Pr
Audio Cassette
unabridged edition (September 9, 1999)


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4 out of 5 stars
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Oprah Book Club® Selection, September 1999: Against all odds, two newlyweds manage to buy the house of their dreams. In 1982, property speculation is beginning to be a big, big thing in Dublin--and their street is very much in an up-and-coming part of town. "They laughed and hugged each other.... Read more

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Mother of Pearl
by Melinda Haynes, Nana Visitor (Narrator)


Dove Entertainment Inc
Audio Cassette
Cass Unab edition (September 1999)


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3 out of 5 stars
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Oprah Book Club® Selection, June 1999: Twenty-eight-year-old Even Grade is a black man who was orphaned as a child; 15-year-old Valuable Korner is a white girl who might as well have been. Petal, Mississippi, circa 1956, seems an unlikely spot for these two to connect, but it soon becomes... Read more

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White Oleander: A Novel [ABRIDGED]
by Janet Fitch, et al


Time Warner Audio Books
Audio Cassette
Abridged edition (June 4, 1999)


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4 out of 5 stars
Oprah Book Club® Selection, May 1999: Astrid Magnussen, the teenage narrator of Janet Fitch's engrossing first novel, White Oleander, has a mother who is as sharp as a new knife. An uncompromising poet, Ingrid despises weakness and self-pity, telling her daughter that they are descendants of... Read more

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The Reader [UNABRIDGED]
by Bernhard Schlink, et al


Random House (Audio)
Audio Cassette
unabridged edition (April 1999)


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3.5 out of 5 stars
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Oprah Book Club® Selection, February 1999: Originally published in Switzerland, and gracefully translated into English by Carol Brown Janeway, The Reader is a brief tale about sex, love, reading, and shame in postwar Germany. Michael Berg is 15 when he begins a long, obsessive affair with... Read more

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Jewel [ABRIDGED]
by Bret Lott, Celia Weston (Reader)


Pocket Books
Audio Cassette
Abridged edition (February 16, 1999)


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3.5 out of 5 stars
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The year is 1943 and life is good for Jewel Hilburn, her husband, Leston, and their five children. Although there's a war on, the Mississippi economy is booming, providing plenty of business for the hardworking family. And even the news that eldest son James has enlisted is mitigated by the fact... Read more

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Midwives [ABRIDGED]
by Chris A. Bohjalian, Kate Burton (Reader)


Random House
Audio Cassette
Cass Abrd edition (November 1998)


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4 out of 5 stars
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Midwives, Chris Bohjalian's fifth novel, is the story of two women: Sibyl Danforth, a lay midwife in rural Vermont, and her daughter, Connie. The nexus of this cautionary tale is an emergency Caesarean section Sibyl performs during a home birth that goes disastrously wrong. Believing the mother is... Read more

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What Looks Like Crazy : On an Ordinary Day [ABRIDGED]
by Pearl Cleage


Pocket Books
Audio Cassette
Abridged edition (November 1998)


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4 out of 5 stars
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Oprah Book Club® Selection, September 1998: What makes Pearl Cleage's novel so damned enjoyable? At first glance, after all, What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day seems pretty heavy going: HIV, suicide, sudden infant death syndrome, and drunk driving all figure prominently in the lives of... Read more

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I Know This Much Is True [ABRIDGED]
by Wally Lamb, Ken Howard (Performer)


Harper Audio
Audio Cassette
Abridged edition (April 1998)


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4.5 out of 5 stars
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Oprah Book Club® Selection, June 1998: What if you were a 40-year-old housepainter, horrifically abused, emotionally unavailable, and your identical twin was a paranoid schizophrenic who believed in public self-mutilation? You'd either be a guest on the Jerry Springer Show or Dominick Birdsey,... Read more

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Black and Blue (AUDIO CASSETTE) [ABRIDGED]
by Anna Quindlen, Lili Taylor (Reader)


Random House (Audio)
Audio Cassette
Abridged edition (February 1998)


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4 out of 5 stars
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Oprah Book Club® Selection, April 1998: "The first time my husband hit me I was nineteen years old," begins Fran Benedetto, the broken heroine of Anna Quindlen's Black and Blue. With one sweeping sentence, the door to an abused and tortured world is swung wide open and the psyche of a... Read more

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Here on Earth (Cassette) [UNABRIDGED]
by Alice Hoffman, Susan Ericksen (Narrator)


Brilliance Corp
Audio Cassette
unabridged edition (August 1997)


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3.5 out of 5 stars
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Oprah Book Club® Selection, March 1998: Here on Earth is set in motion when March Murray and her teenage daughter travel from their California home to New England. Their stay is to be brief. Judith Dale, her childhood housekeeper-cum-foster mother, has died, and March must set things to right... Read more

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Paradise (AUDIO CASSETTE) [ABRIDGED]
by Toni Morrison


Random House (Audio)
Audio Cassette
Abridged edition (February 1998)


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3.5 out of 5 stars
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Oprah Book Club® Selection, January 1998: "They shoot the white girl first. With the rest they can take their time. No need to hurry out here. They are seventeen miles from a town which has ninety miles between it and any other. Hiding places will be plentiful in the Convent, but there is... Read more

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A Virtuous Woman [ABRIDGED]
by Kaye Gibbons, Terry Beaver (Narrator)


Simon & Schuster (Audio)
Audio Cassette
Abridged edition (December 1997)


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3.5 out of 5 stars
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Oprah Book Club® Selection, October 1997: Gibbons's novel, A Virtuous Woman, takes place in the same hardscrabble part of the world as Ellen Foster. The virtuous woman is Ruby Pitt Woodrow, a woman who might have ended up like Ellen Foster's mother if fate, in the shape of Jack Stokes, hadn't... Read more

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Ellen Foster
by Kaye Gibbons(Reader)


Simon & Schuster (Audio)
Audio Cassette
Abridged edition (August 1996)


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4 out of 5 stars
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Oprah Book Club® Selection, October 1997: Kaye Gibbons is a writer who brings a short story sensibility to her novels. Rather than take advantage of the novel's longer form to paint her visions in broad, sweeping strokes, Gibbons prefers to concentrate on just one corner of the canvas and only... Read more

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Lesson Before Dying [UNABRIDGED]
by Ernest J. Gaines, Jay Long (Reader)


Random House (Audio)
Audio Cassette
unabridged edition (September 1997)


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4 out of 5 stars
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Oprah Book Club® Selection, September 1997: In a small Cajun community in 1940s Louisiana, a young black man is about to go to the electric chair for murder. A white shopkeeper had died during a robbery gone bad; though the young man on trial had not been armed and had not pulled the trigger,... Read more

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The Heart of a Woman [ABRIDGED]
by Maya Angelou(Reader)


Random House (Audio)
Audio Cassette
(June 1997)


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4.5 out of 5 stars
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Millions have read Maya Angelou's national bestseller The Heart of a Woman, and now you can hear her fascinating story in the author's own voice. Angelou exposes a turbulent period of her life as she struggles to raise a child, fulfill her goals as a writer, and fight for civil rights in an age of... Read more

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Stones from the River [ABRIDGED]
by Ursula Hegi


Simon & Schuster (Audio)
Audio Cassette
(April 1997)


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4.5 out of 5 stars
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Oprah Book Club® Selection, February 1997: Ursula Hegi's Stones from the River clamors for comparisons to Gunter Grass's The Tin Drum; her protagonist Trudi Montag--like the unforgettable Oskar Mazerath--is a dwarf living in Germany during the two World Wars. To its credit, Stones does not wilt... Read more

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She's Come Undone [ABRIDGED]
by Wally Lamb, Kathy Najimy (Reader)


Simon & Schuster (Audio)
Audio Cassette
Abridged edition (March 1997)


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4 out of 5 stars
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Oprah Book Club® Selection, January 1997: "Mine is a story of craving; an unreliable account of lusts and troubles that began, somehow, in 1956 on the day our free television was delivered." So begins the story of Dolores Price, the unconventional heroine of Wally Lamb's She's Come... Read more

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Book of Ruth [ABRIDGED]
by Jane Hamilton, Mare Winningham (Reader)


Simon & Schuster (Audio)
Audio Cassette
Abridged edition (January 1997)


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3.5 out of 5 stars
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Oprah Book Club® Selection, November 1996: The Book of Ruth is a virtuoso performance and that's precisely why it can be excruciating to read. Author Jane Hamilton leads us through the arid life of Ruth Grey, who extracts what small pleasures and graces she can from a tiny Illinois town and the... Read more

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Song of Solomon [ABRIDGED]
by Toni Morrison(Reader)


Random House (Audio)
Audio Cassette
(November 1985)


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4 out of 5 stars
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Morrison's earthy, poetic voice compliments perfectly the fantastical and mythical elements of Song Of Soloman. A world where fathers fly in clouds of rose petals, and women can cast spells. The text is perfectly suited for an audio rendition - as poetry, songs and the spoken word feature so heavily... Read more

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The Deep End of the Ocean : A Novel [ABRIDGED]
by Jacquelyn Mitchard, Dana Ivey (Reader)


Penguin Audiobooks
Audio Cassette
(July 1996)


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Avg. Customer Review:
3.5 out of 5 stars
Oprah Book Club® Selection, September 1996: The horror of losing a child is somehow made worse when the case goes unsolved for nearly a decade, reports Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel columnist Jacquelyn Mitchard in this searing first novel. In it, 3-year-old Ben Cappadora is kidnapped from a hotel... Read more



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