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Lescault, John

Works: 111 works in 340 publications in 1 language and 2,703 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Fiction  Epic poetry  Action and adventure fiction  Juvenile works  Sea stories  Robinsonades  Epic poetry, Greek  Detective and mystery fiction  History 
Roles: Narrator, Actor, Author
Classifications: PA4025.A5, 883.01
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by John Lescault
The Iliad by Homer( Recording )

14 editions published between 2001 and 2015 in English and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The classic saga from ancient Greek poet Homer. Homer's incredible poetry has survived the centuries to become a landmark in classical literature. "The Iliad," the first of Homer's epic poems, tells of the counsel of Nestor, Achilles' slaying of Hector, and the defeat of the Trojans by the Greeks. It vividly recalls the events of the Trojan War and the uncontrolled wrath of the Greek commander Achilles that led to so much destruction
The Odyssey by Homer( Recording )

14 editions published between 2001 and 2015 in English and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Homer's masterpiecce tells the story of Odysseus, the ideal Greek hero, as he travels home to Ithaca after the Trojan War--a journey of many years and countless adventures
Give-a-Damn Jones by Bill Pronzini( Recording )

9 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Not all the folks who roamed the old west were cowhands, rustlers, or cardsharps, and they certainly weren't all heroes. Give-a-Damn Jones, a free-spirited itinerant typographer, hates his nickname almost as much as the rumors spread about him. He's a kind soul who keeps finding himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. This time is no different
The crossing by Jason Mott( Recording )

3 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Relying on each other since early childhood to survive a merciless foster-care system, twins Virginia and Tommy are horrified when a deadly pandemic wipes out entire populations and a world war erupts over the cure, and embark on a dangerous life on the run
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe( Recording )

13 editions published between 2001 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robinson Crusoe flees Britain on a ship after killing his friend over the love of Mary. A fierce ocean storm wrecks his ship and leaves him stranded by himself on an uncharted island. Left to fend for himself, Crusoe seeks out a tentative survival on the island, until he meets Friday, a tribesman whom he saves from being sacrificed. Initially, Crusoe is thrilled to finally have a friend, but he has to defend himself against the tribe who uses the island to sacrifice tribesman to their gods. During time their relationship changes from master-slave to a mutual respected friendship despite their difference in culture and religion. Daniel Defoe lived between 1660 and 1731, a period of much historical change in England. The rapidly changing economic and political circumstances in England helped create a vibrant middle class that was mercantilist, protestant, desirous of political power, and hungry for cultural life. Defoe was born into such a middle class family, the son of a fairly wealthy tallow chandler. He received an excellent education and lived a varied and eventful life. He worked, often at the same time, as a spy, hosier, journalist, political pamphleteer, and businessman. Defoe, however, is best remembered for his literary work. Regarded by many as the father of the English novel, Defoe published his masterpiece, Robinson Crusoe, in 1719. Three years later he cemented his reputation with the novel Moll Flanders
Death in the 12th house : where Neptune rules by Mitchell Scott Lewis( )

7 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Someone is bumping off rock's wrinkled royalty. After the death of the third aging rock star?fifty-eight-year-old Freddie Finger, lead singer for multiplatinum band Rocket Fire?astrologer-detective David Lowell is brought into the case. Freddie wasn't well liked, and Lowell has his hands full with plenty of suspects:?There are Freddie's ex-wives, who seem willing enough to kill each other; his disgruntled band members, angry because Freddie's solo career was threatening their future; his greedy manager, now busily promoting the death of the rock star; and the musician whose career Freddie sabotaged many years ago. Freddie's daughter, movie actress Vivian Younger, has retained Lowell's services to help catch her father's killer. She seems intrigued with Lowell and his bizarre profession. As they search for the truth, could there be romance in the stars for this stoic detective? Lowell and Vivian have the help of his staff: vivacious, red-haired assistant Sarah, master hacker and psychic Mort, and driver and bodyguard Andy. Together they must sift through the detailed astrological charts of the suspects for any clues in the stars that could point to a killer
Murder in the 11th house by Mitchell Scott Lewis( )

8 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Astrological detective David Lowell must use his astrologer's charts and knowledge to solve the murder of a state judge in a New York City parking garage. Joined by his daughter, Melinda, a young defense attorney who believes the person arrested innocent; his hacker sidekick Mort; patient assistant Sarah; and bodyguard Andy, Lowell races against time to prove the innocence of Johnny Colbert, a mouthy bartender accused of the crime
A paradise for fools : a Fred Taylor art mystery by Nicholas Kilmer( )

8 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young woman in the hair salon raises her a in a furtive gesture, frank and tantalizingly brief, to show a friend the work in progress: a riot of stunning tattoos. From his accidental vantage point in the barber's chair, Fred Taylor knows that those images?weird insects, beasts, and naked human figures?could only come from something nice, a painting that, if he could only see the original in person, might prove to be rare and of significant value. And the girls don't have a clue. Such a painting needs to be understood and identified, but before that can happen it must be found. Fred's inquiries lead from the hairdresser to the illegal tattoo parlor of an unlicensed genius, from Cambridge, Massachusetts, into a dilapidated urban wilderness in neighboring New Hampshire. Fred is met everywhere by ignorance or denial. Anyone who must have seen the painting denies that it exists, despite the vivid proof increasingly laid bare on the hairdresser's skin. Fred's employer, the collector Clayton Reed, is out of the country. So Fred, left to his own devices, is free to follow the trail, despite the distraction of the intriguing librarian Molly Riley. Not wanting to spook his unwilling witnesses, Fred must proceed with caution even after he encounters the first serious bump in the road, a suspiciously convenient hit-and-run accident that turns one potential informant into an abrupt dead end. Can a painting that supposedly does not exist be worth a murder?
I and thou by Martin Buber( )

11 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Martin Buber's main proposition is that we may address existence in two ways: 1. that of the "I" toward an "It" or, 2. that of the "I" toward "Thou." One of the major themes of the book is that human life finds its meaning in relationships. All of our relationships, Buber contends, bring us ultimately into relationship with God, the Eternal Thou
Browsings : a year of reading, collecting, and living with books by Michael Dirda( )

8 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dirda's latest volume collects fifty of his witty and wide-ranging reflections on literary journalism, book collecting, and the writers he loves. Reaching from the classics to the postmoderns, his allusions dance from Samuel Johnson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and M. F. K. Fisher to Marilynne Robinson, Hunter S. Thompson, and David Foster Wallace. Dirda's topics are equally diverse: literary pets, the lost art of cursive writing, book inscriptions, the pleasures of science fiction conventions, author photographs, novelists in old age, Oberlin College, a year in Marseille, writer's block, and much more, not to overlook a few rants about Washington life and American culture. As admirers of his earlier books will expect, there are annotated lists galore -- of perfect book titles, great adventure novels, favorite words, essential books about books, and beloved children's classics, as well as a revealing peek at the titles Michael keeps on his own nightstand
Empire of self : a life of Gore Vidal by Jay Parini( Recording )

5 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An intimate, authorized, yet frank biography of Gore Vidal (1925-2012), one of the most accomplished, visible, and controversial American novelists and cultural figures of the past century. The product of thirty years of friendship and conversation, Jay Parini's Empire of self probes behind the glittering surface of Gore Vidal's colorful life to reveal the complex emotional and sexual truth underlying his celebrity-strewn life. But there is plenty of glittering surface as well-a virtual Who's who of the American century, from Eleanor Roosevelt and Amelia Earhart through the Kennedys, Princess Margaret, and the creme de la creme of Hollywood. The life of Gore Vidal was an amazingly full one-full of colorful incident, famous people, and lasting achievements-that calls out for careful evocation and examination. Jay Parini crafts Vidal's life into an accessible, entertaining story that puts the experience of one of the great American figures of the postwar era into context, introduces the author and his works to a generation who may not know him, and looks behind the scenes at the man and his work in ways never possible before his death. Provided with unique access to Vidal's life and his papers, he excavates many buried skeletons yet never loses sight of his deep respect for Vidal and his astounding gifts. This is the biography Gore Vidal has long needed
Henry Clay : America's greatest statesman by Harlow G Unger( )

10 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A compelling new biography of America's most powerful Speaker of the House, who held the divided nation together for three decades and who was Lincoln's guiding light. In a little known chapter of early American history, a fearless Kentucky lawyer rids Congress of corruption and violence in an era when congressmen debated with bullets as well as ballots. Harlow Giles Unger reveals how Henry Clay, the youngest congressman ever elected Speaker of the House, rewrote congressional rules and established the Speaker as the most powerful elected official after the president. During five decades of public service -- as congressman, senator, secretary of state, and four-time presidential candidate -- Clay produced historic compromises that postponed civil war for fifty years. Lincoln called Clay "the man for whom I fought all my life
Do not find me by Kathleen Novak( Recording )

6 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As a young man, Gigi Paulo arrives in New York and is immediately drawn to a girl he sees in a bar near Penn Station. Before he can approach her, she is gone. He returns to the bar for weeks in hopes of seeing her again, dreams of her at night, and searches the crowds for her face. Quiet and careful, he is not the type to become obsessed by a stranger. But obsessed he is.Two years later he meets her at a party. Her name is Corrine. She seems to like his cooking and the blues albums he collects, but she never stays with him for long. As he discovers the secrets and violence of her life, Gigi finds himself unable to rescue her and barely able to save himself. He flees New York, but his obsession with Corrine follows him, even when he returns to his home in northern Minnesota, where he marries, has a daughter, and fishes the deep, quiet lakes he knows so well.After he dies, his daughter uncovers her father's desire for this unknown woman, leaving her to question the inherent perils of his life as well as her own. Dark and poetic, Do Not Find Me moves between the voices of Gigi Paulo and his daughter with a compelling grace, its haunting undercurrents remaining long after the story has ended. --Container
Evil in the 1st house : a Starlight Detective Agency mystery by Mitchell Scott Lewis( )

7 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In his most personal case yet, astrologer-detective David Lowell is offered two million dollars to find Dr. Ethan Williamson's dying son's twin in time for a lifesaving kidney transplant. A rare blood type has made a successful donor impossible to find, and time is running out for the boy. With the help of his able staff--gal Friday, vivacious redhead Sarah; master hacker and psychic Mort; and bodyguard-chauffeur Andy--Lowell sets out to find the missing boy and his mother, who disappeared shortly after the boys were born. As he pursues the case, Lowell discovers that things aren't as they seem. He is joined in his search for the truth by Karen Sweeney--an LA police officer investigating the death of her uncle--and Luigi, her 150-pound Great Dane-Labrador mix. Using his astrological expertise and common sense, Lowell uncovers the sordid facts in this story as he follows the path to a shocking and unexpected conclusion
Dreams of terror and death : the dream cycle of H.P. Lovecraft by H. P Lovecraft( Recording )

4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

PLAYAWAY: This volume collects, for the first time, the entire Dream Cycle created by H. P. Lovecraft, the master of twentieth-century horror, including some of his most fantastic tales
Necronomicon by H. P Lovecraft( Recording )

5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The only audio edition of Necronomicon authorized by the H.P. Lovecraft Estate! Originally written for the pulp magazines of the 1920s and '30s, H.P. Lovecraft's astonishing tales blend elements of horror, science fiction, and cosmic terror that are as powerful today as they were when first published. This tome brings together all of Lovecraft's harrowing stories, including the complete Cthulhu Mythos cycle, just the way they were when first released. It will introduce a whole new generation of readers to Lovecraft's fiction, as well as attract those fans who want all his work in a single, definitive volume
The great fire of Rome : the fall of Emperor Nero and his city by Stephen Dando-Collins( )

11 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a.d. 64, on the night of July 19, a fire began beneath the stands of Rome's great stadium, the Circus Maximus. The fire would spread over the coming days to engulf much of the city of Rome
A butterfly in flame : Fred Taylor art mystery by Nicholas Kilmer( )

7 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stillton Academy, a small art college on the New England coast north of Boston, is in financial trouble, and its days are numbered unless someone provides extraordinary help. The final straw may be the sudden disappearance of an instructor with a female student, daughter of the Academy's only significant donor. Fred Taylor, called in to trouble-shoot, goes undercover as a member of the faculty and shortly finds himself enmeshed in the conflicting motives and designs of faculty and students, as well as those of a board of trustees whose interest in the long-term survival of the operation seems lazy, misguided or - perhaps - a good deal more sinister. Meanwhile, as the town of Stillton, Massachusetts, is visited by murder, the motives of Fred's employer, the collector Clayton Reed, remain obscure. What is there in the town, or at the college, that whets his acute acquisitive instincts? He will not say, beyond his hermetic instructions, "Trust no one. Look at everything."
Who we are and how we got here : ancient DNA and the new science of the human past by David Reich( Recording )

5 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A groundbreaking book about how ancient DNA has profoundly changed our understanding of human history Geneticists like David Reich have made astounding advances in the field of genomics, which is proving to be as important as archaeology, linguistics, and written records as a means to understand our ancestry. In Who We Are and How We Got Here, Reich allows listeners to discover how the human genome provides not only all the information a human embryo needs to develop but also the hidden story of our species. Reich delves into how the genomic revolution is transforming our understanding of modern humans and how DNA studies reveal deep inequalities among different populations, between the sexes, and among individuals. Provocatively, Reich's book suggests that there might very well be biological differences among human populations but that these differences are unlikely to conform to common stereotypes. Drawing upon revolutionary findings and unparalleled scientific studies, Who We Are and How We Got Here is a captivating glimpse into humankind-where we came from and what that says about our lives today
Beautiful losers by Leonard Cohen( )

4 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the best-known experimental novels of the 1960s, Beautiful Losers is Cohen's most defiant and uninhibited work. As imagined by Cohen, hell is an apartment in Montreal, where a bereaved and lust-tormented narrator reconstructs his relations with the dead. In that hell, two men and a woman twine impossibly and betray one another again and again. Memory blurs into blasphemous sexual fantasy-and redemption takes the form of an Iroquois saint and virgin who has been dead for three hundred years but still has the power to save even the most degraded of her suitors. By turns vulgar, rhapsodic, and viciously witty, Beautiful Losers explores each character's attainment of a state of self-abandonment, in which the sensualist cannot be distinguished from the saint
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The Iliad
The OdysseyRobinson CrusoeA paradise for fools : a Fred Taylor art mysteryI and thouThe great fire of Rome : the fall of Emperor Nero and his cityA butterfly in flame : Fred Taylor art mystery
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