Selected Shorts: Readers & Writers

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Recorded live at Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York City and at venues across the United States, these audio anthologies feature short stories from the Selected Shorts program that airs on public radio nationwide. More than 300,000 listeners tune in to this offering weekly to hear some of their favorite tales read aloud by distinguished actors.
 
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Overview

Recorded live at Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York City and at venues across the United States, these audio anthologies feature short stories from the Selected Shorts program that airs on public radio nationwide. More than 300,000 listeners tune in to this offering weekly to hear some of their favorite tales read aloud by distinguished actors.
 
Full of funny, fantastical, and poignant stories about people with unique and passionate connections to the written word, this set will have a particular resonance with those who favor books. Among the stories are Ray Bradbury's "Exchange," read by Rochelle Oliver; Walter R. Brooks' "Ed Has His Mind Improved," read by Tony Roberts; Italo Calvino's "The Adventure of a Reader," translated by William Weaver and read by John Shea; Molly Giles' "The Writers' Model," read by Blair Brown; Adam Haslett's "Notes to My Biographer," read by Isaiah Sheffer; Audrey Niffenegger's "The Night Bookmobile," read by Christina Pickles; and Evelyn Waugh's "The Man Who Liked Dickens," read by Leonard Nimoy.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
For once, readers outshine writers in this collection. Ray Bradbury's "Exchange," read by Rochelle Oliver, and Audrey Niffenegger's "The Night Bookmobile," read by Christina Pickles, are fantastical homages to the relationship between readers and their librarians. Oliver gives the better performance, especially in her rendition of the precise, caring librarian. Pickles's voice lacks the Chicago flavor so essential to many of Niffenegger's works. The best story, Molly Giles's "The Writers' Model," wryly narrated by Blair Brown, explores the limits of men penning real women's lives. The rest is barely entertaining. Leonard Nimoy is totally out of touch with the British origins of the jungle explorer in Evelyn Waugh's "The Man Who Liked Dickens," though the title character comes across as appropriately crusty and manipulative. Walter R. Brooks's story about a naughty talking and reading horse, Ed, is overly long and puerile, despite Tony Robert's best equine efforts. Fans of this series will be disappointed, and newcomers should start elsewhere.
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As is usual with "Selected Shorts," is quite fine. Spontaneous audience reactions enhance the listening experience.
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Symphony Space is a performing arts center based in New York City that fosters artistically and culturally diverse performing arts, literary, and film programs that bring artists and audiences together in an atmosphere of exploration and intimacy. This organization reaches audiences throughout New York City, the wider metropolitan area, and—through distribution of programs via media such as radio, recordings, podcasts, and touring—the nation.

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