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  • The James Thurber Audio Collection

  • Fables and Selected Stories by James Thurber
  • By: James Thurber
  • Narrated by: Keith Olbermann
  • Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104

"My father was in the hospital and every night when I visited him, I read aloud to him. James Thurber. And one night he said, 'You really should do that on your show,' and I said, 'Dad, it’s a television newscast. I’d love to, but how could it possibly fit?' And he said, 'How often have I ever suggested anything for your shows?' And I remembered that he never had. But I also reminded him that there were things like copyrights and bills, to which he said, 'Try it. You never know.'"

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Olbermann a lttle over the top

  • By Carol Richards on 09-05-12

Keith olbermann all wrong for Thurber

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Reviewed: 03-14-17

Despite his self-laudatory first chapter, Olbermann is too heavy handed for Thurber's subtle understatement. Olbermann reads everything--including the news-- like he's the most important element. He's not. His overly dramatic reading spoiled Thurber. Don't waste your money on this.