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50 States

By: Richard R. Becker
Narrated by: Brian Callanan
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50 States is a debut collection of short stories that captures the human condition and reveals how perception shapes destiny. The audiobook spans several literary genres with each short story set in a different state across America.

An Idaho farmer who aches for absolution after a tragedy is given one more chance at redemption. Two runaways cross paths in a Tennessee bus station with only one ticket between them. A family sees looters racing toward their home as they escape an Oregon wildfire. A young couple takes a reckless turn off a state highway in Utah and find themselves in a nightmarish government biohazard area.

These and 46 more shorts make up an anthology that will surprise listeners with each new thought-provoking story as they skip effortlessly across different genres, moods, and states of mind. Together, they provide a character-driven sampling of the American experience over the last 60 years - the kind and the cruel, the heroic and criminal - in unpredictable and exciting ways.

©2021 Richard R. Becker (P)2022 Richard R. Becker

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Awesome collection of short stories

50 States is a beautiful audiobook comprised of a 50 award-winning and best-selling collection of no less, no more than 50 fiction short stories written with talent by respected journalist and writer Richard R. Becker.

What began as a project to write one story a week for 50 weeks was later released as a collection and now audiobooks listeners across the world can be thrilled and entertained by them.

Although each story is quite short, I was immediately intrigued by the characters that feel alive and by how the author shares with us each individual tale. The writing is gripping, the characters are regular people from all walks of life forced to survive with the hand that destiny dealt them, the action is fast and entertaining, and the atmosphere is immersive.

Once I started listening, it was almost impossible for me to stop because these short adventures are very addictive. I found myself wanting to see what new situations, scenarios, and characters this excellent author throws at me.

Emmy-winning TV host, producer, and narrator Brian Callanan is the perfect choice for the 50 States audiobook. Brian has a clear talent for storytelling and it was a blast to listen to him switching with ease end seamlessly between characters.

He is very good with voices and I don’t know how, but he managed to make each of these stories sound different. Brian is like a chameleon – but with his voice instead of the colors. Now he is a scared woman, now a little girl, or a boy, or some teenager. It’s absolutely incredible how many different characters he can bring to life and make them feel unique.

The Audio production for 50 States is split into different chapters, one for each story, complete with the name, so it is very easy to move from one to another.

The simple fact that this collection is already best-selling and award-winning should be enough for you to give it a try, but thanks to the superb performance delivered by Brian, the listening experience is enriched and elevated to an entirely new level of immersion.

I hope to see more such collections or even a full novel from Richard R. Becker because I really like his writing style and these morsels of good literature.
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