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Best AudioBooks of 2007, AudioFile
"Many of us have fond memories of listening to stories read aloud when we were children. Perhaps that accounts for the continuing popularity of the National Public Radio (NPR) hit series Selected Shorts, which features classic and new fiction read by accomplished actors of stage, screen, and television." Library Journal
"Not much else beats the pleasure of a great story read aloud. This is the inspiration behind the marvelous Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story at New York City's Symphony Space." O, The Oprah Magazine
"One of our most precious literary resourcesthe simple and elegant short storyis alive and well in the sure hands of the producers of the Selected Shorts series." AudioFile Magazine
Like life itself, these stories are more about the journey than the destination. Trains, planes and automobiles form the loose thematic center. Gellhorn's "Miami-New York," read by Joanna Gleason, is a 50-minute tale of two strangers who find temporary intimacy on a long flight. Gleason brings out all the subtle interchanges between an army captain and a lonely wife. David Rakoff also does an admirable job with Thurber's "A Ride with Olympy," which pairs two motorists with dubious driving and linguistic skills. But like an old car, the story is slow to reach full speed, and Rakoff's mouth-smacking noises are distracting. Sonia Manzano shows a wonderful talent for dialogue as she performs Edward P. Jones's touching story about a lonely single mother seeking companionship on "An Orange Line Train to Ballston." In Dorothy Thomas's "The Getaway," Mia Dillon captures the Midwestern accents of a woman and her ornery son. While the stories are a mixed bag, enough of them are good enough to be worth the ride. (Feb.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Many of us have fond memories of listening to stories read aloud when we were children. Perhaps that accounts for the continuing popularity of the National Public Radio (NPR) hit series "Selected Shorts," which features classic and new fiction read by accomplished actors of stage, screen, and television. (These stories are performed by David Rakoff, Joanna Gleason, Andrea Marcovicci, and others.) In the new addition to the series, Are We There Yet?, the seven tales are linked by the common theme of travel. This eclectic collection includes James Thurber's "A Ride with Olympy," the hilarious account of miscommunication between a Russian and an American out for a drive in France. In a more serious vein, Martha Gellhorn's "Miami-New York" tells of a rich painter and a sailor on leave sitting next to each other during a late evening flight. In Eudora Welty's touching story of loneliness, "No Place for You My Love," a man and woman meet at a party in New Orleans and take a drive, hoping for love.
Wondrous Women showcases six pieces about women, ranging from the 16-year-old daughter of an antiabortion activist in Kim Edwards's "The Story of My Life" to the woman of 80 who discovers a wounded angel in her backyard in Allan Gurganus's "It Had Wings." One of the most intriguing stories, "The Red Fox Fur Coat" by Teolinda Gersão, concerns a bank clerk who escapes her lowly status by taking on the characteristics of a fox after she buys a much desired fur coat. Despite the variety of ages and social situations, all the tales feature strong women who assert themselves, despite the circumstances. Not only do the stories in both collections represent excellent examples ofshort fiction, but the audio version provides an added dimension. Award-winning actors Holly Hunter, Kathleen Chalfant, Harold Gould, and Marian Seldes enhance the experience, breathing life into the characters to make listening a joy. Recommended for large public libraries. [Kim Edwards is the author of the long-entrenched New York Times best seller The Memory Keeper's Daughter. Both books are available as downloadable audio from Audible.com.-Ed.]
Nancy R. Ives