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The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award Shortlist Collection 2019

Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
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Summary

Diverse and moving, these six outstanding stories are meditations on grief and loss, love, communication and loneliness.  Each one will take the reader on a brief yet unforgettable journey into private worlds and unexpected corners of the human heart.

The shortlisted stories have all been chosen for this year's Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award - the world's richest and most prestigious prize for a single short story, dubbed the 'equivalent of the Man Booker for the short story' by the Sydney Morning Herald.

The finalists of 2019 come from three continents, whose exceptional stories span such diverse territory as high end fashion, the Troubles, a disastrous poetry anthology cross-cultural romance and family secrets. But all are linked by their competence and artistry, through stylistic inventiveness, dark humour, intricacy, and a masterful formal control.

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©2018 Joe Dunthorne, Paul Dalla Rosa, Louise Kennedy, Kevin Barry, 2019 Danielle McLaughlin, Emma Cline (P)2019 Audible, Ltd.

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Hate to see those that lost

If these are the short list I'd hate to see those that didn't make the cut.
The stories have no substance.
I didn't bother to listen to the last two.

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Truly awful.

If this is a shortlist of the best short stories I find it hard to imagine how terrible the other stories must have been. Truly dreadful, pointless and not really ‘stories’ at all.

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short stories lots of depth

I found that each story elicited some sort of emotional response from me, some subtle like the peace after a smile and some strong like the abyss after loss, well worth a listen to.

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I'm obviously not smart!

Apart from Comma, which I vaguely understood, the meaning...the rest were utter wastes of time. All ending at pointless points, with no clarity or clear message.

Recommend? Definitely not. I genuinely feel 5 of 6 were a waste of time listening to.

If these were the best of 2019's entries, what on Earth were the rest like? Or, perhaps, the rest were too 'obvious' to be picked for this award. Who knows, but I certainly wasn't impressed by the endings of any of the stories; all too abrupt and meaningless.

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Such nonsense!

This collection, which I admit to discarding, really makes me worry for the quality of the future of the book industry!

So far I have struggled through three of the stories, I get the impression that there is a lot of 'the Emperor's new clothes' here. The writers are thinking how clever they are, and the judges want to be seen as 'forward thinking and also clever and insightful'

Frankly the tales are just plain daft, some are vulgar, and it is insulting to anyone who has a modicum of common sense that they are being presented as the best of current offerings.

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How did these become Award Winners

I struggled to get my head around some of these tales. Unusual or just weird, up to you?

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glad I didn't pay for these

some started promisingly but they never really got going... disappointing endings... All The Poems I liked the most

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Very weird

Totally strange stories all open wnded and don’t see the plot... to be fair gave up after story no4!

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Outstanding!

Each story is very different! Written so beautifully and narrated perfectly. Completely captivating.
Highly recommended!

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so enjoyable!

great mix of talented writers and well chosen narrators makes this a joy. I have relistened to a my favourites, real gems.

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