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!
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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.
Lots of wonderful prose and intriguing characters! Really good anthology! I would highly recommend this. You will not be disappointed.
These stories are well written and interesting despite being light years apart in theme, characterizations and story telling. Very enjoyable.
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.
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