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Publisher's Summary

It's just townspeople picking numbers for the annual lottery...why, then, is there an ominous feeling to "The Lottery"? Find out just what this lottery is for, and listen to seven other unique stories. The collection reveals Jackson's remarkable range, from hilarious to horrifying, dealing with modern issues of alienation, empowerment, racism, and economic class. The stories are "The Lottery", "Flower Garden", "Come Dance with Me in Ireland", "Men with Their Big Shoes", "Trial by Combat", "Pillar of Salt", "Like Mother Used to Make", and "Colloquy".

©2010 The Estate of Shirley Jackson (P)2010 BBC Audiobooks America

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Literary history, mishandled.

Listening to this dated recording of these classic-yet-aging stories, one can barely imagine the furor that the original publication of the title short story endured. Readers of The New Yorker canceled subscriptions over it, and threatening hate mail arrived for months. The story was banned overseas.

Now, the reader of these short stories plows through them witlessly. Her voice reminds me a bit of Cherry Jones, but her clear delivery is competent without finesse. The editing of these tapes-to-aa file is tragic, as the final, chilling line of "The Lottery" plows right in to the title of the next story without so much as a breath in between, and this happens at the end of every subsequent story as well. Without a hard copy of the book, it's extremely difficult to know when one story ends and the next begins.

On a sadly comical note, several times in the file a male voice breaks in and announce "Side Three" or whatever the next flip side of the tapes (or LPs?) would be. The recording is clean for such a badly edited copy. Anyone who isn't a connoisseur of 1940-60s short stories is bound to be very bored by these delicate tales, and without an appreciation of Jackson's larger works is apt to be confused as to how they were published in the first place. I happen to have loved her books since the 1960s, and knowing a great deal of her tragic personal life fleshes out these frail tales into a bold, heartbreaking bas relief.

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Table of Contents

Here is the list of tracks:
The Lottery - Chapter 1 00:16
Flower Garden - Chapter 3 03:05
Come Dance with Me in Ireland - Chapter 9 06:35
Men and Their Big Shoes - Chapter 11 02:50
Trial by Combat - Chapter 13 05:32
Pillar of Salt - Chapter 15 00:28
Like Mother Used to Make - Chapter 19 01:44
Colloquy - Chapter 21 05:42

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No way to access individual stories

The chapters are randomly spaced and not labeled, so it’s impossible to find any particular story within the collection without skipping around randomly and hoping for the best.

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Mesmerizing characters

Of course, the Lottery is a classic. I am glad I got this chance to listen to these other short stories. I will remember some of the characters for quite some time. One negative - there is no break or pause between the short stories. The narrator goes directly into the next story and you are left wanting some time to reflect and absorb the previous short story before you are slammed into the next one.

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Interesting collection

This is worth having just for The Lottery. There are a couple other gems in here but some of the stories are weird

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oooh good stories!

Stories with an understanding of human nature and a twist. I loved them! !

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This is an amazing collection.

I have listened to this collection of short stories many times. I work overnight shifts, and these stories are short enough to get through, but also very thick with substance. This is a very thought provoking group of stories.

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I didn’t get it

As a black autistic person I found the second story socially confusing and racially upsetting. The “N” bomb gets dropped repeatedly and the narrator seems to have no qualms about it. I suppose one must commit. Not the best stories and I gave up halfway through the third story.

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WTH???

I have heard about this woman for a long time, and finally decided to listen. Why anyone would declare her as anything other than a half a#$ writer is beyond me! She must be famous for starting a story, getting you interested, then dropping you. No real endings, no room for imagining an ending. just picked up and dropped off. useless reading. Dont waste your time!

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