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Murder. Love. Horror. Suspense. All this and much more in the most amazing short stories ever written?each one just 55 words long! Consider for a moment 55 words. It's an absurdly tiny number. No, it's an impossible tiny number. It's what O. Henry might have conjured up if he'd only had the back of a business card to write upon. You'll find murder and suspense, horror and intrigue, love and betrayal, plus distant worlds and inner demons. All in a measly 55 words. Winner of Publishers Weekly's 'Listen Up' Award: ...
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Murder. Love. Horror. Suspense. All this and much more in the most amazing short stories ever written—each one just 55 words long! Consider for a moment 55 words. It's an absurdly tiny number. No, it's an impossible tiny number. It's what O. Henry might have conjured up if he'd only had the back of a business card to write upon. You'll find murder and suspense, horror and intrigue, love and betrayal, plus distant worlds and inner demons. All in a measly 55 words. Winner of Publishers Weekly's 'Listen Up' Award: Best "Short Stories" Audio of 1998. Named ForeWord Magazine Audiobook of the Year - 1998 Silver Finalist and Independent Publisher IPPY Award Finalist: Audio Fiction - Unabridged.

Listen Up' Award for Best Short Stories Audio of 1998 by Publishers Weekly. 1998 Audiobook of the Year - Silver Finalist by ForeWord. IPPY Award Finalist in Audio Fiction - Unabridged by Independent Publisher.

"The impressive readers throw themselves into the task of performing these little tales and use their considerable vocal talents to evoke the perfect mood for each story. They also create a delightfully diverse cast of characters."—Billboard

"This package (obviously unabridged!) demands instantly listening. Stories of 55 words' length! What a literary challenge to present both plot and characters with ultimate conciseness. The three excellent readers attest admirably that it can be done, and with style. 55 words do indeed a story make, just as this review is composed of 55 words."—Kliatt

Author Bio: Editor Steve Moss has always liked words—so much so that he decided to start his own weekly newspaper so if there was nothing around to read, he'd have no one but himself to blame. He has been a reporter, editor, busboy, art director, construction grunt, advertising copywriter, and graphic artist. He is the editor and co-publisher of New Times in San Luis Obispo, where he started Fifty-Five Fiction as an annual writing contest.

Narrator Bio: Frank Muller has garnered praise as one of the most talented narrators of audiobooks today. Author Stephen King said, "[When Frank reads] the blind will see, the lame will walk, and the deaf will hear." His work has been recognized with numerous awards. Kathy Garver is best known for her role as "Cissy" in the CBS prime time hit, "Family Affair," one of the most enduring television shows of the 1960s. Suzanne Toren was the recipient of the Narrator of the Year Award for her recordings of Talking Books for the Library of Congress and of the TORGI Award from the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.

Murder. Love. Horror. Suspense. All this and much more in the most amazing short stories ever written--each one just 55 words long! Imagine O. Henry's tales if he'd only had the back of a business card to write upon...

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Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles Times
The readers bring much life to these concise yarns. Muller is fabulous as ever. His rich, resonant voice infuses the stories with emotion. All three readers add accents that inject these imaginative bits of wordplay with energy and verve.
Billboard
The impressive readers throw themselves into the task of performing these little tales and use their considerable vocal talents to evoke the perfect mood for each story. They also create a delightfully diverse cast of characters.
Miles Klein
This package (obviously unabridged!) demands instant listening....The three excellent readers here attest admirably that it can be done, and with style.
— Kliatt Magazine
Rochelle O'Gorman
Shorter and sassier are these tiny tales, all amazing for thier telling brevity. There are dozen of stories, not one of which is longer than 55 words. Some are humorous, some are gory, some are romantic, and almost all have a twist. -- New York Post
Library Journal
A short story in 55 words--impossible! Yet these stories, the world's shortest, have setting, characters, conflict, and resolution. They address murder, love, suspense, horror, betrayal, and often end with a catchy turnaround. The answer lies in the author's ability to write with amazing compression and economy, making each word count. These bite-sized stories, the haiku of short fiction, can be one long sentence or can begin every word with the same letter. As exercises for writers, they can be fun and challenging; as literature they are nibbles. One noteworthy example tells of a man seeking a hit man to kill his wife only to find out she has hired his girlfriend for a similar purpose. These stories demand considerable concentration--one missed word and the meaning is lost--making them perhaps more effective in a print format. The performers, all professional actors, read with clarity and feeling, increasing the drama. At the conclusion, directions and encouragement are offered to all would-be writers of this new genre. Recommended with some reservations for public libraries.--Nancy R. Ives, SUNY at Geneseo Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781885408303
  • Publisher: Listen & Live Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/1998
  • Series: Adrenaline Series
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: 2 Cassettes
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 8
With Murder in Mind 13
Yes, Love Happens 55
The Streets of the City 105
Yonder 147
Further Voices 185
Fifty-Five Fiction: The Rules 231
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2000

    Short stories and basic reading students

    These are great for those in remedial reading or English! Each story is short enough--and then some!--so that the slow reader can actually finish something in under 10 minutes. Each story contains all the elements of a short story so it can be used for teaching literary concepts. I love it.

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