• Bark

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  • By: Lorrie Moore
  • Narrated by: Lorrie Moore
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (238 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"Fifty years from now, it may well turn out that the work of very few American writers has as much to say about what it means to be alive in our time as that of Lorrie Moore" (Harper's).

A literary event - a new collection of stories by one of America's most beloved and admired short story writers, her first collection in fifteen years.

In these eight masterful stories, Lorrie Moore, in a perfect blend of craft and bewitched spirit, explores the passage of time and summons up its inevitable sorrows and hilarious pitfalls to reveal her own exquisite, singular wisdom.

In "Debarking," a newly divorced man tries to keep his wits about him as the United States prepares to invade Iraq, and against this ominous moment, we see - in all its irresistible hilarity and darkness - the perils of divorce and what can follow in its wake.
In "Foes," a political argument goes grotesquely awry as the events of 9/11 unexpectedly manifest at a fund-raising dinner in Georgetown.
In "The Juniper Tree," a teacher, visited by the ghost of her recently deceased friend, is forced to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" in a kind of nightmare reunion.
In "Wings," we watch the unraveling of two once-hopeful musicians who neither held fast to their dreams nor struck out along other paths as Moore deftly depicts the intricacies of dead ends and the workings of regret.

Gimlet-eyed social observation, the public and private absurdities of American life, dramatic irony, and enduring half-cracked love wend their way through each of these narratives in a heartrending mash-up of the tragic and the laugh-out-loud - the hallmark of Lorrie Moore - land.

©2014 Lorrie Moore (P)2014 Blackstone Audiobooks

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Enjoyable, intriguing short story collection

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

For those who like short stories yes. Other reviewers complained about this collection being "thin" and that not enough stories. Well, this is not meant to be "War & Peace" (big fat novel). I find myself satiated with this collection & looking forward to more. I've always liked anthologies though I realize it's not for everyone.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The two former "consultants" who met up in a Paris cafe after years of being "together". A taste of secrecy, spies, intrigue yet such humane exposure of two human beings.

Find out for yourself. I don't wanna spoil it.

Which scene was your favorite?

The farm wedding (hehehe), laughed so hard! So tell-it-like-it-is REAL. Moore's storytelling is so good I can visualize the whole enchilada! The voices, wedding dresses (love the color descriptions), the ex-father-in-law's lust, the "entertainment" and chaos from unexpected snafu...hilarious.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, when the woman in the Paris cafe wondered if she should pronounce the two S's in "couscous". Is it just couscoooo since there's no letter after the 2nd "s"?

Made me realize how silly it is when I worry about this kind of thing too. Made me have empathy for the character (key trait of good storyteller).

Any additional comments?

Well done Lorrie Moore! I dig even all the double entendres, alliterations, puns e.g. the title "Bark" and 1st story "Debarked". Debarked means so many things to me (a dog nut), it means one's unique voice has been taken away, like a cat declawed, a bull that's neutered - fundamentally altered.

This collection of short stories is NOT "thin". I find them rich, full spectrum and engaging. I look forward to more stories from Ms. Moore.

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When humor is more than endearing

Personally I find short stories quite hard to listen to... as writers put painstaking attention to each word, sentence and paragraph; my attention seems to bereaved me from their beauty. In the case of ‘Bark’, Moore’s words have such a rhythm and a contextual charm that I enjoyed the first time I listen to it as much as the second time where I minded her artful language choices with chuckles and admiration.

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so disappointing

this got good reviews and kept appearing as something I'd like. well, the algorithm was completely off base this time. whiny, awkward, pointless stories. I'll never read this author again.

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All the Moore so

Lorrie Moore's works are mined with so many moments of recognition that I find myself quite unproductive while listening. Wonderful when the author herself is narrating.

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too depressing for me

I gave up part way through the second chapter. Just not my thing. Very expressive but too much of a downer.

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Depressing, and THIS author should NEVER read out loud to others!

Not sure if the stories would be better if read by someone who knows how to show emotion while reading, as well as change voices for each character. The author reading these stories sounded extremely depressing / monotone and was very hard to listen to. Males and females of any ages sounded the same. Don’t think I will listen to anything else this author has unless it is read by someone else.

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Terrible reader!

These MIGHT be less tedious if Moore were not the reader, but her depressive languished self-pitying drone is unbearable.

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Intelligent and Clever

Clever turns of phrase, imaginative treatment of the mundane. Now I have to find more books by this author.

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Kinda Depressing Stories

Interesting stories, but also depressing, except for one - which had as happy an ending as possible, considering the depressing story.

The author as narrator did a nice job, except the tone got rather monotonous after a while. Still, I admire her ability to write.

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Moore, in her own voice

I was astonished and delighted to realize that Lorrie Moore read these stories. A prize hidden in a prize. She reads very well, and portrays each character confidently.
Highly recommend.

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  • JF7588
  • 07-11-14

Not the best

And Moore is amongst the best of short story writers, but these are thin and dispiriting pieces in the main. Go elsewhere is my advice if you want a more rewarding read, and come back to this if you are a completist.

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  • Client d'Amazon
  • 04-28-22

Bleakly beautiful

Stories where every word counts. Not cheerful, but utterly humanane. Language lover, writes poetically.

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  • zenja
  • 03-15-16

Really enjoyable storytelling

I could listen to this audio book over and over , the author narrates and really brings her characters to life. Funny, mesmerising, disturbing and moreish ..or should it be moorish. ..