Selected Shorts: Food Fiction

Selected Shorts: Food Fiction

by Symphony Space, Fionnula Flanagan, John Lithgow, Tony Roberts
     
 

Winner of AudioFile Magazine's Earphones Award for Exceptional Audio Performance

Offering a mix of classic and contemporary fiction, this funny, sensual, delectable collection serves up literary morsels to please every food lover. Delicious tales about food and eating by authors such as M. F. K. Fisher, Anton Chekhov, and Damon Runyon, are read by

See more details below

Overview

Winner of AudioFile Magazine's Earphones Award for Exceptional Audio Performance

Offering a mix of classic and contemporary fiction, this funny, sensual, delectable collection serves up literary morsels to please every food lover. Delicious tales about food and eating by authors such as M. F. K. Fisher, Anton Chekhov, and Damon Runyon, are read by distinguished actors such as Tony Roberts, Fionnula Flanagan, and Bradley Whitford. Many of the stories included in this three-CD collection were recorded at a Selected Shorts tour to the Getty Museum in Los Angeles in May of 2006.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Best Audiobooks of 2007, AudioFile

The Listen Up Awards: The Best Audios of 2007, Publishers Weekly 

AudioFile Magazine
The combination of good writing and live audiences is irresistible.

Publishers Weekly

Sevenfood stories involving both gourmets or gourmands are found in this collection. In T.C. Boyle's "Sorry Fugu," performed by Tony Roberts, an Italian chef sets out to conquer the taste buds of a critic who never found anything to praise in her restaurant reviews. Roberts's chef has great range as he musters his staff with a booming voice and later coos seductively to the critic about the glories of pasta. The tables are turned on M.F.K. Fisher's culinary voyager in "I Was Really Very Hungry," when she falls into the hands of a server determined to have her diner try every delicacy ever produced by the chef, reverently called Maître Paul. Christina Pickles switches back and forth between the French waitress and the narrator adroitly. Two of the short stories involve food bets. In Roald Dahl's "Taste," two bon vivants place large bets on the identification of an unusual vintage. By the time John Lithgow has completed his description of the contest, the listener can taste and smell the wine. The best story in the collection is Damon Runyon's classic nugget, "A Piece of Pie," in which a Boston gambler pits a newcomer against New York's biggest glutton in an eating contest. John Shea's description of the food is a side-splitting feast. Though the stories are uneven, the performances would get five stars from any food critic, and the audio is worth its weight in paté. (Mar.)

Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up These seven food-related stories originally aired on National Public Radio's "Selected Shorts." Performing in front of a live audience, well-known actors read a mix of traditional and new fiction. Christina Pickles reads M. K. Fisher's humorous account of an intense French waitress, "I Was Really Hungry." T. C. Boyle's "Sorry Fugu," full of laughs about a terrifying food critic, is read by Tony Roberts. Classics such as Damon Runyon's "Piece of Pie" and Anton Chekhov's "Indigestion" shine with fun and energy, read by John Shea and Bradley Whitford, respectively. The first recounts an eating contest and the second tells about the danger of overeating. John Lithgow balances the tension and haughtiness in Roald Dahl's "Taste." More poignant, but with comical moments, Rene Auberjonois ably delivers V. S Pritchett's "Just a Little More," as does Fionnula Flanagan with Alice McDermott's "Enough." Liner notes include brief biographies of authors and actors. Best suited for high school English classes studying the short story, this recording is more likely to attract adult audiences. An interesting, additional purchase.-Barbara Wysocki, Cora J. Belden Library, Rocky Hill, CT

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780971921894
Publisher:
Symphony Space
Publication date:
04/01/2007
Series:
Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story Series
Edition description:
Unabridged
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 5.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >