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  • Vampires in the Lemon Grove: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Karen Russell
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey, Joy Osmanski, Kaleo Griffith, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (81)

    In the collection's marvelous title story, two aging vampires in a sun-drenched Italian lemon grove find their hundred-year marriage tested when one of them develops a fear of flying. In "The Seagull Army Descends on Strong Beach, 1979", a dejected teenager discovers that the universe is communicating with him through talismanic objects left in a seagull's nest. "Proving Up" and "The Graveless Doll of Eric Mutis" find Russell veering into more sinister territory.

    Ryan says: "Stylish modern magic realism"
    "Excellent narrators, quirky stories"
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    A lot of reviewers say that this is an uneven book-- and I agree that some stories are stronger than others. I feel like either you get what Russell is going for and like it, or it's not your thing at all. What she excels at, in my opinion, is creating a rich and realized storyworld for each piece in this collection. I found her characters interesting and generally sympathetic. What she's not so great at is nailing the ending-- but I can forgive that because her use of language is so engaging and poetic. I want to add that I HIGHLY recommend this audiobook (over reading a hard copy) because the narration is fantastic. Each story has its own narrator and I thought all of them were truly wonderful. The narration alone made this one of the best audiobooks I've listened to.

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