adbl_ms_membershipImage_includedwith_altText_B076FLV3HT
adbl_ms_membershipImage_includedwith_altText_B076FLV3HT

1 title per month from Audible’s entire catalog of best sellers, and new releases.
Access a growing selection of included Audible Originals, audiobooks and podcasts.
You will get an email reminder before your trial ends.
Your Premium Plus plan is $14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $16.95

Buy for $16.95

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

A collection of the year’s best stories selected by celebrated two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward

In her introduction to The Best American Short Stories 2021, guest editor Jesmyn Ward says that the best fiction offers the listener a “sense of repair”. The stories in this year’s collection accomplish just that, immersing the listener in powerfully imagined worlds and allowing them to bring some of that power into their own lives. From a stirring portrait of Rodney King’s final days to a surreal video game set in the Middle East, with real consequences, to an indigenous boy’s gripping escape from his captors, this collection renders profoundly empathetic depictions of the variety of human experience. These stories are poignant reminders of the possibilities of fiction: as you sink into world after world, become character after character, as Ward writes, you “forget yourself, and then, upon surfacing, know yourself and others anew."

The Best American Short Stories 2021 includes:

Gabriel Bump • Brandon Hobson • David Means• Jane Pek • Tracey Rose Peyton • George Saunders • Bryan Washington • Kevin Wilson • C Pam Zhang, and others

Performed by Lisa Flanagan, Robin Eller, Tre Hall, Katy Tang, Emily Ellet, Ryan Vincent Anderson, Alex Meraz-Mon, Adan Rocha, Piper Goodeve, Frankie Maria Corzo, Sterling Sulieman, JD Jackson, Brittany Pressley, Robert Fass, Bahni Turpin, Jonathan Davis, Priya Ayyar, Graham Halstead, Michael Crouch, and Catherine Ho

©2021 by HarperCollins Publishers. Introduction © 2021 by Jesmyn Ward (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

What listeners say about The Best American Short Stories 2021

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    7
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    4
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    7
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    2
Story
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    5
  • 4 Stars
    5
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    1

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Fair listen

Good writing, each story more depressing then the last. struggle to finish. Wouldn't recommend if you're looking for an light hearted escape from reality.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Some good writing

A few stories were excellent, but there was a surplus of stories narrated by hyper-introspective depressive individuals. As representatives of that self-absorbed genre these stories held their own, but while reading most of the stories I could not help think of writers who had written similar stories in previous eras, but had done so with more literary skill, and slightly more interesting lives to report on.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

the voices are not enjoyable to listen to

I had to read this book for school but I opted voice over.

I couldn't stand to listen to the introduction which was mostly about pandemic politics.

I think the stories were good but the voices were at times intolerable.

Clementine, Carmelita, dog I think was a great story but I could hardly stand the narrator, who read every line in a question? kept doing it all the time? and hardly ever stopped.

the native american story was voiced over in such a whispery croak I couldn't finish it.

the story about the Asian girl who had Catholic stigmata was excellent and narrated well.

and the first story sounded really interesting but it seemed to be narrated by a person who was mad he had to do a voiceover.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Amazing short stories!

I loved the stories in this book!
Beautiful brilliantly constructed describing human nature and their environment!