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Collected Fictions Audiobook

Collected Fictions

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Publisher's Summary

Jorge Luis Borges has been called the greatest Spanish-language writer of our century. A selection of Borges' dazzling fictions are gathered in this audiobook, brilliantly translated by Andrew Hurley. These enigmatic, elaborate, imaginative inventions display Borges' talent for turning fiction on its head by playing with form and genre and toying with language. Together these incomparable works comprise the perfect compendium for all those who have long loved Borges, and a superb introduction to the master's work for those who have yet to discover this singular genius.

Selections include: "Borges and I", "The Garden of Forking Paths", "Man on Pink Corner", "The Library of Babel", "Death and the Compass", "The Lottery in Babylon", "The Maker", "The Zahir", "The Encounter", "The Circular Ruins", "Shakespeare's Memory", "August 25, 1983", "The Immortal", "Parable of Cervantes and the Quixote", "The Story from Rosendo Juarez", "The Aleph", and "Dreamtigers".

Please note: This audio edition includes selections from the paperback edition. The stories included are unabridged.

©1999 Jorge Luis Borges (P)2010 Penguin

What the Critics Say

"A Borges invention can start anywhere, hint at unlikely sources, and proceed by pseudo-banal routes to unprecedented goals; it always takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride into some previously unsuspected dimension. This collection of the great magician's work is a new translation and includes one piece never before put into English." (The Atlantic Monthly)

"This...collection of the complete imaginings of the Argentine writer...is an event, and cause for celebration." (The New York Times)

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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 07-24-12
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 07-24-12

    I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - Salinger ^(;,;)^

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    "Highlights of Collected Fictions = Uncollected"

    So frustrated by this purchase. I bought this, thinking I was getting the full AMAZING book, and realized shortly after ... NOPE. Return to Sender.

    31 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    Trade Loeffler Brooklyn, NY 09-01-13
    Trade Loeffler Brooklyn, NY 09-01-13

    Zip and Li'l Bit Funnies

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    "Loved the Audiobook, But Need More of the Stories!"

    Borges' work invites/requires multiple readings to capture it all. I could, and have, listened to this audiobook many, many times over. Borges writes for the ear as much as the page, and the translation and narration are top notch. It's a pleasure to listen to, and I absolutely love it.

    That said, however, there are only seventeen stories from this collection represented in this audiobook. It's well worth the money, but we need more.

    Please, please, please, consider releasing another audio collection so that more of these amazing stories are available in audio format.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Stuart Nixa, MO, United States 03-31-12
    Stuart Nixa, MO, United States 03-31-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Not "Unabridged.""
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Labelling this


    Any additional comments?

    Disappointing short shrift to a great short story collection.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    cole 03-29-15
    cole 03-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Surprise: It's Abridged"

    Like many other reviewers, I didn't realize when purchasing this that it's only a tiny sample of the book, although I guess I should've known from the 5 hour runtime. That being said, I wasn't very into it. And now I'm left to wonder if my lack of enthusiasm is about Borges in general or this particular (skewed?) selection of his work. (The selection is very heavy on stories about explaining "unfathomable" things, like The Aleph, The Zahir, The Library of Babel, etc., which I tended not to be crazy about.)

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    kd TX, USA 07-06-13
    kd TX, USA 07-06-13 Member Since 2012

    kd

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    "Disappointed. Wanted unabridged."

    My mistake, but I was looking for several stories there are not among those offered here. I should have chosen a different Borges offering. In addition, the Hurley translation differs substantially from several others I compared it with.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    David Everling Palo Alto, California 04-09-11
    David Everling Palo Alto, California 04-09-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Fantastic in many senses of the word."

    Fantastic in many senses of the word. Intimate reflections as short stories about time and memory and perception and infinitude. Heady and ridiculous, wandering effortlessly from philosophy to poetry to suspenseful prose to meta-critique of literature and the author himself. I had to reread many of the stories for a fuller appreciation and I suspect that's still true.

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    Average Citizen 07-23-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Great but one complaint"

    Writing is superb and narration is spot on. My only annoyance is the piano/violin music concluding each chapter. How can you fall asleep with such loud and abrupt notes?

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    Kindle Customer 04-30-16
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    "Need a list of the titles included"
    What did you love best about Collected Fictions?

    I am fine with the audiobook being an abridged version, but would much appreciate a table of content that shows the titles included and help navigate the listening experience.


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    Rajeev A. 04-26-16
    Rajeev A. 04-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Where's the Rest of the Book?"

    Something curious must be going on with the Borgesian estate. This major a western writer is only available in small bits on audible and Amazon. I hope we get his ouvre some time soon.

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    MitchMitchell WI, USA 04-11-16
    MitchMitchell WI, USA 04-11-16
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    "Severely "ABRIDGED""
    Would you try another book from Jorge Luis Borges and Andrew Hurley (translator) and/or George Guidall?

    Absolutely, but would never again buy an abridged book


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Collected Fictions?

    Every inch of this collection is precious.


    What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Guidall provides an excellent and highly enjoyable reading rich with the tone of a gifted storyteller. AS annoyed as I am that this is such a small selection of the stories in the Collected Fictions edition, the readings are very enjoyable.


    Any additional comments?

    The price is out of line considering how little of the actual book is included in this paired down collection. Audible shouldn't be using the original book cover in the product page as that visual lead me to misunderstand that I'd be getting that exact edition in an audio file.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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