John Cheever was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, in 1912, the son of a prosperous Yankee salesman. As a child, Cheever's life was thrown into turmoil when his father lost his business, forcing Cheever's mother to open up a gift shop and jeopardizing the family's pedigree. Cheever's formal education ended when he dropped out of prep school; ultimately, he moved to New York City and focused on becoming a writer.

Cheever rose to prominence as a short story writer, publishing in a number of magazines early in his career; the New Yorker, where Cheever first appeared in 1935, went on to publish over 100 of his stories. Cheever's first collection, The Way Some People Live, was published in 1943, while Cheever was in the army...Show More »

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Audible Modern Vanguard Productions of John Cheever's Work

Falconer

  • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
  • By John Cheever
  • Narrated By Jay Snyder
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A convict named Farragut struggles to remain a man while inside a nightmarish prison. Cheever crafted his most powerful work of fiction out of Farragut's suffering and astonishing salvation.

Bullet Park

  • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
  • By John Cheever
  • Narrated By Marc Vietor
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Eliot Nailles loves his wife and son to distraction; his Bullet Park neighbour, Paul Hammer, is a bastard named after a common household tool. The pair become fatefully linked by the mysterious binding power of their names.

The Wapshot Chronicle

  • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
  • By John Cheever
  • Narrated By Joe Barrett
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Based in part on Cheever's adolescence in New England, the novel follows the destinies of the impecunious and wildly eccentric Wapshots of St. Botolphs, a quintessential Massachusetts fishing village. Here are the stories of Captain Leander Wapshot, venerable sea dog and would-be suicide; of his licentious older son, Moses; and of Moses' adoring and errant younger brother, Coverly.

Daniel says: "A taste of goodnes and sanctity of life"