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Summary

23 stories, all unabridged, from a diverse group of star writers and readers. A truly memorable collection with a wide appeal.

The stories in this superb collection are as follows:

Mothers and Fathers - Angela Huth, Read by Janet McTeer
Shared Credit - Frederic Raphael, Read by Martin Jarvis
The Year�s Midnight - Helen Simpson, Read by Harriet Walter
A Place for Everything - Barry Unsworth, Read by Janet McTeer
The Ghost of the Rain Forest - Barry Unsworth, Read by Rosalind Ayres
A Feeling for Birds - Lisa St Aubin de Teran, Read by Janet McTeer
Battlefields - Alan Sillitoe, Read by Janet McTeer
Who? - Fay Weldon, Read by Julie Christie
Mrs Alcott Dances Naked in the Rain - Rosie Thomas, Read by Janet McTeer
Presto Barbaro - Ronald Frame, Read by Janet McTeer
Sea Lion - Douglas Hurd, Read by Martin Jarvis
The Sons of Upland Farm - George Mackay Brown, Read by Martin Jarvis
Dressing Up - Angela Huth, Read by Rosalind Ayres
Twenty Years - Doris Lessing, Read by Rosalind Ayres
Humphrey's Mother - Penelope Mortimer, Read by Martin Jarvis
The Hero - Joanna Trollope, Read by Martin Jarvis
Shreds and Slivers - Ruth Rendell, Read by Martin Jarvis
Brut Millésimé - Ludovic Kennedy, Read by Rosalind Ayres
On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning - Haruki Murakami, Read by Walter Lewis
Baglady - A.S. Byatt, Read by Rosalind Ayres
Hotel des Voyageurs - William Boyd, Read by Martin Jarvis
Toy Boy - Edwina Currie, Read by Rosalind Ayres
Simon - Patrick O�Brian, Read by Martin Jarvis

Public Domain (P)2006 CSA Telltapes Ltd.

Critic reviews

"A different league...The readers grab your attention at the start of every tale and never let go." ( The Guardian)

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  • Emelyne
  • LondonUnited Kingdom
  • 26-06-08

Fantastic Collection

These stories are delectable. They got me through baking, ironing and tidying! But they ended far too soon - please can we have more modern short story collections such as these!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars

Great Stories But Recording Disapointing

The stories are very good but the experience of listening was spoiled. This is because the compilation has been made by jamming all 23 stories together with no space at all between them. The next story starts without a breath being taken!

This is very annoying, as especially with a short story, the final line is important and needs to be digested. This is impossible when the next one begins immediately.

This spoiled them so much I would hesitate to recommend. Yet it could have been so good as the choice of stories and the reading of them is perfect!

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Great storytelling, poor editing.

Enjoyable and entertaining selection of tales spoilt by the lack of pauses between them. One story ends and immediately the next one starts. One or two don't even tell you the title and author.

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  • David
  • 08-11-08

Not very modern collection

Most of these stories seem to have been written at least 20 years ago, perhaps even longer. They were mostly a type of entertainment that you used to find in the Saturday Evening Post back in the 50's and 60's - breezy, light and eminently forgettable. With so many excellent stories being written within the last 10-15 years, it's really a shame.
But it's hard to tell much about them because of the way Audible (or whoever produced this audio collection) presents the stories. There's no table of contents available, so you don't know what's coming next or even what the authors or titles are, except for the major names advertised (Lessing and Murikami). When you're listening, there is no way to skip from one story to the next - and final insult - no gap between the readings. I would at least like a slight pause to ponder the final line before hearing the title and author of the next story, but it's like some idiot technician just spliced the stories together just to save space. Shameful!

52 of 54 people found this review helpful

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  • VE
  • 30-01-17

Great Choice!

What made the experience of listening to Short Stories the most enjoyable?

Expressive British narration with a different narrator for each story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Short Stories?

Excellent stories by well known writers.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

Barry Unsworth story and the character of the Major truly marvelous!

Any additional comments?

One of my favorite Audible downloads so far.

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  • MONIE
  • 15-09-16

Great short readings!

Lots of wonderful prose and intriguing characters! Really good anthology! I would highly recommend this. You will not be disappointed.

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  • Ruth Lambert
  • 08-04-16

Excellent collection of contemporary stories

These stories are well written and interesting despite being light years apart in theme, characterizations and story telling. Very enjoyable.

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  • Tricia
  • 23-06-15

Bland and poorly spliced

The only story I really liked was Haruki Murakami's. The rest were all British authors writing blandly about infidelity and divorce. Any chance each story had of leaving me with the spine-tingle of insight at the end was mercilessly squashed by splicing the next story's title immediately on top of the finishing line of the last. Not worth the time.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful