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"A different league...The readers grab your attention at the start of every tale and never let go." (The Guardian)
Most of these stories seem to have been written at least 20 years ago, perhaps even longer. They were mostly a type of entertainment that you used to find in the Saturday Evening Post back in the 50's and 60's - breezy, light and eminently forgettable. With so many excellent stories being written within the last 10-15 years, it's really a shame.
But it's hard to tell much about them because of the way Audible (or whoever produced this audio collection) presents the stories. There's no table of contents available, so you don't know what's coming next or even what the authors or titles are, except for the major names advertised (Lessing and Murikami). When you're listening, there is no way to skip from one story to the next - and final insult - no gap between the readings. I would at least like a slight pause to ponder the final line before hearing the title and author of the next story, but it's like some idiot technician just spliced the stories together just to save space. Shameful!
These stories are well written and interesting despite being light years apart in theme, characterizations and story telling. Very enjoyable.
The only story I really liked was Haruki Murakami's. The rest were all British authors writing blandly about infidelity and divorce. Any chance each story had of leaving me with the spine-tingle of insight at the end was mercilessly squashed by splicing the next story's title immediately on top of the finishing line of the last. Not worth the time.
"Great Stories But Recording Disapointing"
The stories are very good but the experience of listening was spoiled. This is because the compilation has been made by jamming all 23 stories together with no space at all between them. The next story starts without a breath being taken!
This is very annoying, as especially with a short story, the final line is important and needs to be digested. This is impossible when the next one begins immediately.
This spoiled them so much I would hesitate to recommend. Yet it could have been so good as the choice of stories and the reading of them is perfect!
These stories are delectable. They got me through baking, ironing and tidying! But they ended far too soon - please can we have more modern short story collections such as these!
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