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dustin

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  • Tenth of December: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By George Saunders
    • Narrated By George Saunders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (502)
    Performance
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    Story
    (455)

    One of the most important and blazingly original writers of his generation, George Saunders is an undisputed master of the short story, and Tenth of December is his most honest, accessible, and moving collection yet. In the taut opener, "Victory Lap", a boy witnesses the attempted abduction of the girl next door and is faced with a harrowing choice: Does he ignore what he sees, or override years of smothering advice from his parents and act? In "Home", a combat-damaged soldier moves back in with his mother and struggles to reconcile the world he left with the one to which he has returned.

    Molly-o says: "I could never have known"
    "Terrible Narration. Trust me."
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    Too few others have already said this in reviews, and I just wanted to reinforce this point. Even though this is read by the author, he does a terrible job reading his own work. He reads way too fast and is marble-mouthed. He strings words together and at times is totally impossible to understand. There were times I had to go back and re-play the same sentence over and over (first time I've had to do this with and audiobook) and I still couldn't make out the words.

    It's a shame too because the stories are interesting. I'm about 3 stories in, and finding it hard to continue. I wish I would have listened to the minority of reviewers who've expressed the same disappointment. Grab the physical book instead.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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