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Essential Welty | [Eudora Welty]

Essential Welty

In 1956, Caedmon had the great fortune to record Eudora Welty reading some of her finest stories. In her sweetly vibrant Mississippi drawl, Ms. Welty deftly draws the listener in to the uproariously multilayered "Why I Live at the P.O.", the spontaneous "Powerhouse", and the insightful voice of women's truths in "Petrified Man". Ms. Welty's reading brings immediacy and resonance to these wonderful tales.
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In 1956, Caedmon had the great fortune to record Eudora Welty reading some of her finest stories. In her sweetly vibrant Mississippi drawl, Ms. Welty deftly draws the listener in to the uproariously multilayered "Why I Live at the P.O.", the spontaneous "Powerhouse", and the insightful voice of women's truths in "Petrified Man". Ms. Welty's reading brings immediacy and resonance to these wonderful tales.

© and (P)1956, 1998, 2006 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

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    Judy Fairfax, VA, USA 08-02-06
    Judy Fairfax, VA, USA 08-02-06
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    "Lovely Stories"

    I have been a fan of Eudora Welty's for as long as I can remember, and I was quite excited about the prospect of hearing her reading her own exquisite short stories. It was wonderful to hear her voice, but the dear lady spoke so fast that it's very difficult to understand. Still,if you're a Welty fan, it's well worth a download. Enjoy.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret VONORE, TN, United States 01-18-11
    Margaret VONORE, TN, United States 01-18-11
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    "Quality"

    Loved the author and a chance to hear her reading her own work.
    However, this audio download is not the easiest to listen to.
    The speed of this recording could be slowed down considerably if it is to be enjoyed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Flora Edina, MN, United States 02-01-12
    Flora Edina, MN, United States 02-01-12
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    "Listen to Miss Welty in her own voice"

    Listening to Eudora Welty tell her quiet tales of the south is a rare treat. Her small stories kick into your psyche and leave you yearning for more...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christina CHRISTIANSTED, Virgin Islands (U.S.) 07-06-11
    Christina CHRISTIANSTED, Virgin Islands (U.S.) 07-06-11
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    "Delicious - I wanted more!"

    Ms. Welty's reading of her short stories is mesmerizing. I felt as though I were watching a play, or acting as an anthropologist looking into a world I'd never witnessed. She vividly takes you to a time and place with sparely written but richly inhabited characters. Deeply funny, moving, and very short. Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine New Orleans, LA, United States 09-01-10
    Catherine New Orleans, LA, United States 09-01-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Why I live at the P.O. is the best"

    Hearing Miss Welty read her story "Why I live at the P.O." is one of my favorite audiobook experiences. It's a great story and a great listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth Calgary, Alberta, Canada 03-02-09
    Kenneth Calgary, Alberta, Canada 03-02-09
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    "Energetic, inspired stories"

    Eudora Welty reads 3 of her stories that use dialogue brilliantly to evoke Mississippi of the 1940s and the people who lived there. I especially enjoyed "Powerhouse", a free-flowing portrait of a jazz band leader playing music and taking his band out for a break. It is true, as one other reviewer noted, that Welty speaks rapidly, especially in the first story, but I was able to make the adjustment before long.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christine BallymoneyUnited Kingdom 07-18-06
    Christine BallymoneyUnited Kingdom 07-18-06
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    "Wonderful"

    A must-have for lovers of gentle humorous short stories - rare and delightful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda Danville, PA, USA 05-17-07
    Brenda Danville, PA, USA 05-17-07
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    "painful"

    First story almost impossible to understand, narator's voice very difficult to listen to. Did not enjoy racism of the time period.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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