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The Lottery, and Other Stories Audiobook

The Lottery, and Other Stories

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Publisher's Summary

A powerful collection of short stories by Shirley Jackson.

"The Lottery," one of the most terrifying stories of the twentieth century, created a sensation when it was first published in the New Yorker. "Powerful and haunting," and "nights of unrest" were typical reader responses. This collection, the only one to appear during Jackson's lifetime, unites "The Lottery" with 24 equally unusual stories. Together they demonstrate her remarkable range - from the hilarious to the truly horrible - and power as a storyteller.

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  • Ruth Bain
    Orange County, CA
    13/04/15
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    "Interesting short stories"

    A selection of dark, but intriguing, short stories by Shirley Jackson. She is best known for writing "The Haunting of Hill House". There is nothing supernatural in these stories, but there is a theme of grotesque behavior between people. The narration is excellent, all of the narrators are first rate.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Susannah
    Corona, CA, United States
    13/01/15
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    "Lovely writing and very moving listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Oh my God, yes. Shirley Jackson's stories are magnificent. She nails the woman's pov of 1950s life. The detail of human emotion in the little things is heart-rending. She was an icon.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lottery, and Other Stories?

    Well, we all know about the Lottery. But the other stories are just as gripping and moving.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    These are pro narrators; each a bit different but amazingly able to portray all the emotional gamut of Jackson's writing.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Can't list them all. Too many delicate, emotional moments. Reminded me of Tennessee Williams exquisite writings.


    Any additional comments?

    The Lottery is a classic; but the other stories are gems.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • David
    30/11/16
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    "Probably one of the worst short story collections"

    I would not recommend this to anyone who enjoys short stories of any genre. Poorly written, stuttering stories. interminable, does it a certain justice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • eileen
    newport, OR, United States
    13/03/16
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    "moody , intriguing , entertaining"
    What did you love best about The Lottery, and Other Stories?

    i love this writer! the pace of the story is unusually satisfying. a steady rhythm of words and ideas that thud, thud, thud, to make their story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    i liked the general malaise of the "modern woman". whether she was a housewife or a career woman much of her life and joy and energy was slowly drained away. i liked that because it is true and holds up a mirror and knowledge is power to change things.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    the narrator didn't get bogged down in so much dialoge


    Who was the most memorable character of The Lottery, and Other Stories and why?

    the characters were very generic. it was their environment that was more memorable. there was almost a twighlight zone sketch drama about the stories.


    Any additional comments?

    surprised to see they were written in the 1930-1940's, especially with the similarity to of the lottery story to the now popular story of "the hunger games."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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