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Craig S. Thom

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  • The Lottery, and Other Stories

  • By: Shirley Jackson
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Gabrielle de Cuir, Kathe Mazur, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 253

"The Lottery," one of the most terrifying stories of the twentieth century, created a sensation when it was first published in the New Yorker. "Powerful and haunting," and "nights of unrest" were typical reader responses. This collection, the only one to appear during Jackson's lifetime, unites "The Lottery" with 24 equally unusual stories. Together they demonstrate her remarkable range - from the hilarious to the truly horrible - and power as a storyteller.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Titles please!

  • By Elizabeth A. King on 05-14-17

Not all the stories are like The Lottery

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I thought they would be, so I was surprised but not disappointed. These stories are well-crafted moments in the lives of their characters. Like good short stories, they hit the ground running and, without exposition, gave me all the information I needed.

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  • The Mysterious Island

  • By: Jules Verne, Jordan Stump - translator
  • Narrated by: Berny Clark
  • Length: 19 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,410
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,284
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,287

Based on the true story of Alexander Selkirk, who survived alone for almost five years on an uninhabited island off the coast of Chile, The Mysterious Island is considered by many to be Jules Verne’s masterpiece. “Wide-eyed mid-nineteenth-century humanistic optimism in a breezy, blissfully readable translation by Stump” (Kirkus Reviews), here is the enthralling tale of five men and a dog who land in a balloon on a faraway, fantastic island of bewildering goings-on and their struggle to survive....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful novel, mediocre translation

  • By Tad Davis on 03-26-12

Of historical interest

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-24-17

A look at science and engineering of the 19th century. The story is a bit dry.

  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

  • By: Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,290
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,042
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,054

When a brute of a man tramples an innocent girl, apparently out of spite, two bystanders catch the fellow and force him to pay reparations to the girl's family. The brute's name is Edward Hyde. A respected lawyer, Utterson, hears this story and begins to unravel the seemingly manic behavior of his best friend, Dr. Henry Jekyll, and his connection with Hyde.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent story superb reader

  • By Jessica on 08-26-15

It's a classic!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-17

The story differs in emphasis from subsequent film versions, although the basic idea of using a chemical concoction to produce a physical manifestation of a man's base desires remains the same.