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Three Early Stories | [J.D. Salinger]

Three Early Stories

A young and ambitious writer named Jerome David Salinger set his goals very high very early in his career. He almost desperately wished to publish his early stories in The New Yorker magazine, the pinnacle, he felt, of America’s literary world. But such was not to be for several long years and the length of one long world war. But other magazines were quick to recognize a new talent, a fresh voice at a time when the world verged on madness....
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Publisher's Summary

A young and ambitious writer named Jerome David Salinger set his goals very high very early in his career. He almost desperately wished to publish his early stories in The New Yorker magazine, the pinnacle, he felt, of America’s literary world. But such was not to be for several long years and the length of one long world war.

The New Yorker, whose tastes in literary matters were and remain notoriously prim and fickle, was not quite ready for this brash and over-confident newcomer with the cynical worldview and his habit of slangy dialogue. But other magazines were quick to recognize a new talent, a fresh voice at a time when the world verged on madness. Story magazine, an esteemed and influential small-circulation journal devoted exclusively to the art of the short story and still active and respected today, was the first publication to publish the name J.D. Salinger and the story "The Young Folks" in 1940, an impressive view of New York’s cocktail society and two young people talking past one another, their conversation almost completely meaningless and empty.

Three Early Stories is the first legitimately published book by J.D. Salinger in more than 50 years. Devault-Graves Digital Editions, a publisher that specializes in reprinting the finest in American period literature, is proud to bring you this anthology by one of America’s most innovative and inspiring authors.

©2014 The Devault-Graves Agency (P)2014 The Devault-Graves Agency

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    Trish DECATUR, GEORGIA, United States 09-08-14
    Trish DECATUR, GEORGIA, United States 09-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Wistful, deep stories of early Catcher in The Rye"
    Where does Three Early Stories rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This audiobook ranks high among my many, many listened to books for its vintage nature combined with the great narration of Mike Dennis. Listening to the book, I felt like I was in a black and white smoky room with characters dressed from the 40's.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I read Salinger in high school, and we spent a lot of time studying the deeper meaning behind his characters. Although the stories were short, you could hear Salinger's intent for the characters from his rich language.


    Have you listened to any of Mike Dennis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not but love his melodious voice and have one in the docket ready to listen to!


    If you could take any character from Three Early Stories out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Yikes! I found the men abrasive or scary and the women weak.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Howell 08-01-14
    Mark Howell 08-01-14
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    "A perfect Voice"
    Would you listen to Three Early Stories again? Why?

    Yes, for the pleasure of it.


    Would you recommend Three Early Stories to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes - it's literature that's fun to hear.


    What about Mike Dennis’s performance did you like?

    Mike has the perfect voice to bring characters alive who, atypically in Salinger's work, are described and revealed entirely by what they say. So Mike Dennis brings them peculiarly alive in these "Three Early Stories."


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Very much so.


    Any additional comments?

    This selection demonstrates the genius (not too strong a word) of Audible Com in selecting the right narrator for its works. Each of the characters in Salinger's "Three Early Stories is quite different and each one’s character revealed solely through the voice. Dennis has the brilliant ability to engage one’s ear with the character being quoted and the emotion being cued. A significant achievement for this particular medium.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Richmond, VA 07-18-14
    Susan Richmond, VA 07-18-14
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    "Brilliant listen and wonderful narration!"

    It's been a long time comin' but what a thrill to listen to these early Salinger stories. In all argument - these are not Salinger's "best" but anything Salinger puts a pen to is always at once AMAZING. His voice is singular; simple, eloquent and drop dead gorgeous. I found myself laughing out loud many times. The pitch perfect narration enhanced Salinger's voice helmed by the amazing Mike Dennis. Oftentimes I couldn't help but thing of the young Holden Caulfield as Mike Dennis captured the banter of Salinger's "fer chrissakes" and personal patter so succinctly and beautifully. A rare and beautiful treasure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K. April Holgate Moosic, PA, United States 07-14-14
    K. April Holgate Moosic, PA, United States 07-14-14 Member Since 2012

    Take a look it's in a book...Reading Rainbow!

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    "Great narrator, plotless stories"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was very well written but the scenes lacked a point. The stories felt like they were pulled from a bigger book. There really was no real detail of where the story was going or even why the reader should care.


    Would you recommend Three Early Stories to your friends? Why or why not?

    It you are a fan of Salinger's prose, then you will love it, I was not a huge fan so it did not work as well for me. The stories flow nicely, they just never go anywhere.


    What about Mike Dennis’s performance did you like?

    He has a awesome voice that really kept me engaged, even after I was bored with the story. Such a yummy deep timber that was a joy to listen to throughout. He had clear voices that stayed consistent in each story. I would love to hear more of his reads, especially on smexy books!


    Any additional comments?

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gaele Atlanta, GA 07-10-14
    Gaele Atlanta, GA 07-10-14

    We read to know, we are not alone ~ C.S. Lewis

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    "For fans of Salinger an excellent collection of sh"


    One of the best qualities of J.D. Salinger’s writing is his characters: their interactions that are laden with nuanced layers and characterized with conversations that are so realistic and natural in feel that you could overhear any one of them anytime. Not one who lays out the obvious conclusion, Salinger’s work leads you to the conclusions that he wants, or leaves you with enough information to make a decision for yourself: either way you will walk away with a different perspective and the feeling that you have entrée into some secrets you never knew before.

    In this collection, three of his short stories are gathered together and carry a common thread in the interactions between the characters. Salinger is not only proving himself as the consummate observer of human behavior, but his skill in word choice and deft manipulation of the reader’s emotions as the stories all carry very specific starts, climaxes and conclusions.

    Starting with The Young Ones, a group of college aged people are gathered at a party, and the story shows those “small talk” moments between people, gossip, connections and innuendo. With dialogue that clearly shows inattention and disinterest, it is one of those scenes all too familiar to many.

    In the second story, Go See Eddie, the purported simple interaction between a brother and sister gradually increases in malice as the two butt heads over a simple request. But, as with all things Salinger, simple requests are often nothing close to straightforward, and his ability to use his observational skills is highlighted as he sets the scene, describing the room to the smallest detail, including the patterns of sunshine.

    Lastly is also the oldest story, Once a Week Won’t Kill You, a series of reminiscences and emotions that hit with great poignancy, as a young man heading to war is preparing his family for his leaving. Laden with what was and what will come all manage to layer the story with both a temporary and final goodbye, the emotional impact of the ‘possible’ is only revealed in the description of the action moments: deliberately to vaguely, done in such a way that while voices don’t crack, you just know the emotions are just below the surface.

    Narrated by Mike Dennis, the first story started off a touch rough and felt very “read” rather than performed in the early sentences, he quickly managed to remove that slight hesitancy from his delivery and the story started to flow smoothly. His voice is slightly gruff, and that works well for the male characters, clipping or drawing out sounds and words to add the emotion necessary. For the female voices he does not (thankfully) over-reach for a particularly female tone, rather taking a softer sibilance and raising the pace slightly, not particularly ‘female’ in sound, but clearly feminine in pattern and approach. There is no overreach or overly exaggerated delivery here, each choice, like Salinger’s words, is carefully approached and consistently applied.

    If you are a fan of Salinger, or you want a particularly good collection of short stories in written or audio form, this is the collection for you.

    I received an AudioBook copy of the title from the producer for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan 07-02-14
    Jonathan 07-02-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Early Gems From A Master"
    What did you love best about Three Early Stories?

    I loved the dialogue between the characters. It seemed so real. I also loved the narrator's delivery, especially the way he performed men's voices. It added to the characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the dialogue sounded so natural.


    Have you listened to any of Mike Dennis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first time that I listened to his work.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I doubt a movie could be made out of these short stories.


    Any additional comments?

    Old-fashioned, literary stories that hint at Salinger's greatness.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kippoe Canton, Ohio 07-01-14
    Kippoe Canton, Ohio 07-01-14 Member Since 2010

    Kipp Poe Speicher

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    "The Art of Conversation and observation"
    Where does Three Early Stories rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In my top five of re listening to


    What did you like best about this story?

    Salinger ability to draw the reader in with his details and conversation verbaly and conversations only in the characters head.


    Have you listened to any of Mike Dennis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes I have and he is becoming one of my favorite performers. He has a way to distinguish each of the characters voices without being distracting, and also captures the dialect of the region the story is taking place


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and then listen to again one I will return to I'm sure.


    Any additional comments?

    A collection of very short stories that will leave you to pounder them long after you listen to them. A perfect addition to my library.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Yleana key west, fl, United States 06-28-14
    Yleana key west, fl, United States 06-28-14 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "reality characters"
    What made the experience of listening to Three Early Stories the most enjoyable?

    A good short story must be descriptive enough to quickly identify the characters early on. Then, as quickly as the end arrives, one sentence changes everything you thought your character to be. The writer accomplishes a surprise but subtle ending.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Story telling was a way of life when I was growing up. Mike Dennis, is telling the story like we are all casually sitting on a porch on a quiet afternoon sharing old times.


    Have you listened to any of Mike Dennis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He has the perfect tell tale voice.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    cwf1966 07-12-14
    cwf1966 07-12-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Very old school and uncomfortable."
    What did you love best about Three Early Stories?

    They reminded me of Leave it to Beaver conversations.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I didn't get a feel for anyone in these stories in such a short time.


    What three words best describe Mike Dennis’s voice?

    gravelly, masculine, strong


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I have never read any of Salinger's work. This was too short for me to begin to understand his style or worth.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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