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The Lottery and Seven Other Stories

By: Shirley Jackson
Narrated by: Carol Jordan Stewart
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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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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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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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I don't get it

Would you try another book from Shirley Jackson and/or Carol Jordan Stewart?

I don't think so

Would you be willing to try another book from Shirley Jackson? Why or why not?

Is this not the same question as the last?

What three words best describe Carol Jordan Stewart’s voice?

Nothing very special

Was The Lottery and Seven Other Stories worth the listening time?

I'm glad it was short

Any additional comments?

I'm sure my assessment of this collection will put me at odds with a number of fans of this respected author. But it was not by bag. Pointless little slice of life stories that read like edited bits of larger works.
Ever watch the deleted scenes on a DVD? This was that.

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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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garbage

dnf'd. stories were anticlimactic and it was difficult to tell when the stories switched due to the lack of plot and inflection

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The endings though

The stories are not bad at all, but the ate ruined by the endings. With each storyline ending, I was left thinking "And what next". They just suddenly end. The Lottery was the only one that ended with the question "and then what happened?"

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waste of time

The only good story was the first one. The rest were confusing and pointless.

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Never a disappointment

Shirley Jackson is such an iconic author. Her short stories always leave you with questions, wondering what’s going to happen. They can be long and heavily detailed, or short and sweet. With these short stories, you get to experience Shirley Jackson at her best.