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Short Stories

By: Doris Lessing,Haruki Murakami,A. S. Byatt
Narrated by: Harriet Walter,Walter Lewis,Roslaind Eyres
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Publisher's Summary

Twenty-three stories, all unabridged, from a diverse group of star writers and readers. A truly memorable collection with a wide appeal. Includes "The Years Midnight" by Helen Simpson, read by Harriet Walter; "On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful Morning" by Haruki Marukami, read by Walter Lewis; "Bablady" by A. S. Byatt, read by Roslaind Eyres; "Hotel des Vaoyaguerus" by William Boyd, read by Martin Jarvis; and "Who?" by Fay Weldon, read by Julie Christie.
Public Domain (P)2006 CSA Telltapes Ltd.

Critic Reviews

"A different league...The readers grab your attention at the start of every tale and never let go." ( The Guardian)

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Not very modern collection

Most of these stories seem to have been written at least 20 years ago, perhaps even longer. They were mostly a type of entertainment that you used to find in the Saturday Evening Post back in the 50's and 60's - breezy, light and eminently forgettable. With so many excellent stories being written within the last 10-15 years, it's really a shame.
But it's hard to tell much about them because of the way Audible (or whoever produced this audio collection) presents the stories. There's no table of contents available, so you don't know what's coming next or even what the authors or titles are, except for the major names advertised (Lessing and Murikami). When you're listening, there is no way to skip from one story to the next - and final insult - no gap between the readings. I would at least like a slight pause to ponder the final line before hearing the title and author of the next story, but it's like some idiot technician just spliced the stories together just to save space. Shameful!

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Bland and poorly spliced

The only story I really liked was Haruki Murakami's. The rest were all British authors writing blandly about infidelity and divorce. Any chance each story had of leaving me with the spine-tingle of insight at the end was mercilessly squashed by splicing the next story's title immediately on top of the finishing line of the last. Not worth the time.

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  • 01-30-17

Great Choice!

What made the experience of listening to Short Stories the most enjoyable?

Expressive British narration with a different narrator for each story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Short Stories?

Excellent stories by well known writers.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

Barry Unsworth story and the character of the Major truly marvelous!

Any additional comments?

One of my favorite Audible downloads so far.

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Very annoying?

This performance was marred by each story merging into the next one without a break. It was so immediate that words were incomplete at the end a chapter and cut again in the new story. Extremely frustrating! I hope it does not happen with all short stories? Thank you.

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Mixed

Most stories worth listening to--some better skipped. Most performances are neutrally competent.
Poor production: all stories are simply run together end-on-end, without even a second's pause (very disconcerting);
there are no notes whatsoever on stories, authors or performers.

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Great short readings!

Lots of wonderful prose and intriguing characters! Really good anthology! I would highly recommend this. You will not be disappointed.

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Excellent collection of contemporary stories

These stories are well written and interesting despite being light years apart in theme, characterizations and story telling. Very enjoyable.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 11-26-09

Great Stories But Recording Disapointing

The stories are very good but the experience of listening was spoiled. This is because the compilation has been made by jamming all 23 stories together with no space at all between them. The next story starts without a breath being taken!

This is very annoying, as especially with a short story, the final line is important and needs to be digested. This is impossible when the next one begins immediately.

This spoiled them so much I would hesitate to recommend. Yet it could have been so good as the choice of stories and the reading of them is perfect!

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  • C. R. Yule
  • 02-27-17

Great storytelling, poor editing.

Enjoyable and entertaining selection of tales spoilt by the lack of pauses between them. One story ends and immediately the next one starts. One or two don't even tell you the title and author.

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  • Emelyne
  • 06-26-08

Fantastic Collection

These stories are delectable. They got me through baking, ironing and tidying! But they ended far too soon - please can we have more modern short story collections such as these!

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  • Brenda Clark
  • 11-22-20

Interesting tales

These made good bedtime stories for me. Most were the same length. Only one was distressing so that I had to skip over it.

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  • Book Lover
  • 02-01-22

Great stories, poor editing

Agree with another reviewer - the stories are varied and all well worth listening to. Janet Mcteer is an incredible actor and reader, so am really drawn to her stories in particular.

But, each ending is ruined by going straight (as if in the same sentence) to another story with no chance of savouring the final sentence. Initially it was very confusing as though the story suddenly took a new direction! I’ve had to put on the sleep timer just to really enjoy this collection.