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Runaway: Stories | [Alice Munro]

Runaway: Stories

Three stories concern the same woman - in the first, she escapes from teaching at a girls' school into a wild love affair; in the second, she returns with her child to the home of her parents, whose marriage she finally begins to examine; and in the last, her vanished child turns up caught in the grip of a religious cult. In these and other stories Alice Munro's understanding of the people about whom she writes makes their lives as real as our own.
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Publisher's Summary

The stories in this collection are about women of all ages and circumstances. The runaway of the title story is a young woman who is incapable of leaving her husband. In another, a country girl emerging into the larger world via a job in a resort hotel discovers in a single moment of insight the limits and lies of passion.

Three stories concern the same woman - in the first, she escapes from teaching at a girls' school into a wild love affair; in the second, she returns with her child to the home of her parents, whose marriage she finally begins to examine; and in the last, her vanished child turns up caught in the grip of a religious cult.

In these and other stories, Alice Munro's understanding of the people about whom she writes makes their lives as real as our own.

©2004 Alice Munro; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks America

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    David New York, NY, USA 04-02-10
    David New York, NY, USA 04-02-10
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    "Poor Audio Quality"

    Unfortunately the audio quality on this recording varies. Sometimes it's fine but other times it's poor. I found it hard to hear clearly and consistently in a car. If you listen to audiobooks while driving, this probably isn't the best choice.

    24 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    V. T. Carson Connecticut 05-02-09
    V. T. Carson Connecticut 05-02-09 Member Since 2004

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    "Several short novels and a few short stories"

    I liked the author's novel, The View from Castle Rock, and I was very pleasantly surprised by this new collection of stories. Several of the stories are really short novels, like Ian McEwan's Atonement, and are well developed without filler. Ms. Munro shows a great talent for characterization in these stories and a great understanding of those characters, both female and male. A great treat!

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Vered Tel-Aviv, Israel 12-08-08
    Vered Tel-Aviv, Israel 12-08-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Moving"

    "Runaway" is a collection of short stories written by Alice Monroe- sharing a common theme.
    Some of the stories in this collection are better than others, some are more matriculant and ripe than others, but i found it difficult to stay indifferent to Monroe's ability to authentically portray human weakness.
    She displayes (with talent) feminine circumstances which were typical to in the mid 20th century but are still relevant today.

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    Susan Brady, LCSW Palo Alto, CA United States 10-11-10
    Susan Brady, LCSW Palo Alto, CA United States 10-11-10
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    "Perfect. Munro is a genius."

    This is a beautiful book. Munro is an incredible observer of people. Kind, honest and with a subtle sense of humor. The reader was excellent and allowed the stories themselves to take first place.

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    Kim madison, WI, USA 04-04-10
    Kim madison, WI, USA 04-04-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Absorbing, Compelling, Must Read"

    This collection of short stories, more like short novels, is fascinating and gripping. I really could not stop listening. The stories are simply told, elegantly plotted, and have surprising twists that hold your attention.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Cariola Chambersburg, PA USA 07-08-14
    Cariola Chambersburg, PA USA 07-08-14 Member Since 2005

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    "Just Not an Alice Munro Fan"

    I know that I am part of a very small minority, but I am not an Alice Munro fan. Her stories aren't bad, but to me, they are just incredibly boring. I will give her credit for writing realistic contemporary dialogue, and I guess it's a talent to be able to write a long story about ordinary people in fairly ordinary situations. And there are brief moments of insight into human nature. But that's about all I have to say. I've now read several of her collections, and I've felt the same way about each. It's never a good sign when you are about halfway through a story and just want it to end . . . For the last 100 pages, I kept thinking about what I will read next. (Hint: It won't be by Alice Munro.) The reader is OK; she has that quiet monotone that is typical of readers of "important" literature that supposedly speaks for itself--the Poetry Reading Voice.

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    Marcia Irmo, SC, USA 11-13-08
    Marcia Irmo, SC, USA 11-13-08
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    "Sadly an Unfortunate Read..."

    I honestly think it may have been the narrator who destroyed this read for me. Even though she has a pleasant voice, a pleasant voice does not a narrator make! The story drolled on and on and on and got absolutely nowhere! I tried to get into it several times and finally realized, I had just wasted my money. The writing is superficial, predictable and just plain boring. Maybe it would have been better if a different narrator had verbalized one of the three stories, anything to break up the monotony. I had hoped after the first story, the second might be better and it was actually worse. Again though, I think it was the narrator. I was so annoyed with her tone that did not change, I would forward to another audible book until I felt I could go back and try again. I Hope the next book will be better and/or a more talented narrator is used.

    23 of 41 people found this review helpful
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