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  • The John Cheever Audio Collection (Unabridged Stories)

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By John Cheever
    • Narrated By Meryl Streep, George Plimpton, others
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (29)

    Here are twelve magnificent stories in which John Cheever celebrates, with unequaled grace and tenderness, the deepest feelings we have.

    Greg says: "All Stars Deliver"
    "Ballads for the Broken"
    Overall

    The beauty of reading John Cheever is in getting to know so many damaged characters. Each story weaves a web of hope and folly, deceit and yearning. Many of the men in these stories take solace outside their marriages, but none for the same reasons and none of those reasons is sexual. Also, Cheever has a tendency to glorify youth through similar metaphors in these stories, though it comes across more as a genuine affinity for the young rather than lazy writing. These are tales of a forgotten American past, though their settings are as mundane and tried as many novice writers. Cheever's gifts are not in his creation of a world, but instead of a worldview. His is a world filled with confusion and good intentions.

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