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Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules (Unabridged Selections) | [Edited by David Sedaris]

Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules (Unabridged Selections)

Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules is a collection of short stories, some classic, others impending, selected and introduced by David Sedaris.
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Publisher's Summary

Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules is a collection of short stories, some classic, others impending, selected and introduced by David Sedaris.

With this audiobook a careful listener can discover the truth about loneliness, betrayal, love, and hope.

"Where the Door is Always Open and the Welcome Mat is Out" by Patricia Highsmith, read by Cherry Jones

"Bullet In the Brain" by Tobias Wolff, read by Toby Wherry

"Gryphon" by Charles Baxter, read by David Sedaris

"In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson Is Buried" by Amy Hempel,read by Mary-Louise Parker

"Cosmopolitan" by Akhil Sharma, read by the author

©2005 826NYC; (P)2005 Simon & Schuster, Inc. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.
"Where the Door Is Always Open and the Welcome Mat is Out" ©2005 Patricia Highsmith

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    Stacey SOMERSET, NJ, United States 03-01-13
    Stacey SOMERSET, NJ, United States 03-01-13
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    "David Sedaris can do no wrong in my book"

    Every story is interesting, definately worth the little bit of David you get on here. I am an avid fan of David Sedaris audiobooks which is why I purchased this book with no hesitation. Finally a new book! Yay! Even the stories not narrated by David kept me interested.

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    Dan R Kirkeberg Chicago, Il 01-07-13
    Dan R Kirkeberg Chicago, Il 01-07-13 Member Since 2005

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    "Gambled and Won"
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    Great introduction to a new collection of writers. I will definitely look for more stories from them. It was like getting a big gift with multiple gifts inside.

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    Caroline Falls church, VA, United States 07-16-12
    Caroline Falls church, VA, United States 07-16-12
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    "Beautiful, music to the ears!"
    If you could sum up Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules (Unabridged Selections) in three words, what would they be?

    melodious, touching, calm


    What did you like best about this story?

    the author's reading of the last story


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    The Indian man, I don't know his name.


    Any additional comments?

    The last author needs to be recognized on Audible, he gets no credit as the reader or writer, he was the best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Terri Philadelphia, PA, United States 07-13-12
    Terri Philadelphia, PA, United States 07-13-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Great stories but only 5 of 17 are included"

    I was excited to hear the stories that David Sedaris picks as his favorites. This version only gives you 5 of the 17 in his book. I should have read the description more carefully but only noticed the term I always look for: "unabridged". In this case, that means the stories selected to be on this version are in their entirety. Don't let it stop you from listening though.

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    Kynn Orlando, FL, United States 07-23-12
    Kynn Orlando, FL, United States 07-23-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Don't let 'David Sedaris' fool you"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. I hastily bought the book because David Sedaris' name was on it, incorrectly assuming that he wrote at least one of the stories and chose authors with a similar sense of humor. Wrong on both counts. While they were quirky little stories, none delivered the laugh-out-loud good time that Mr. Sedaris does.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This was an anthology. Too many characters for any one to stand out.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    none.


    Do you think Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules (Unabridged Selections) needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not on my account.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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