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Publisher's Summary

In 1955, with this short story collection, Flannery O’Connor firmly laid claim to her place as one of the most original and provocative writers of her generation. Steeped in a Southern Gothic tradition that would become synonymous with her name, these stories show O’Connor’s unique view of life - infused with religious symbolism, haunted by apocalyptic possibility, sustained by the tragic comedy of human behavior, confronted by the necessity of salvation.

These classic stories - including “The Life You Save May Be Your Own", “Good Country People", “The Displaced Person", and seven other acclaimed tales - are sure to inspire a new generation of Flannery O’Connor lovers, and remind existing listeners why she remains a master of the short story.

©1955 Flannery O'Connor (P)2021 HMH Adult Audio

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Sublime, Dangerous, Relevant

Flannery O’Connor’s observations of the ordinary, profane, and grotesque still manage to simultaneously repel, reveal, and resonate. This collection is kick to the gut and a punch to the back of the head. Nobody does Southern Gothic better. As a narrator, Marguerite Gavin lets the author’s voice do the heavy-lifting—and shines.

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A Beautiful Collection of Short Stories

This is one of my favorite writers and this collection contains a lot of her absolute best works. A must read.

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A Classic's Classic

Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories" is arguably one of the more prolific collections of short stories in 20th century American literature. With that being noted, however, it is not for the faint of heart. All of the stories collected here feature challenging characters, themes, and demand the reader to ask fundamental questions regarding social norms, race, and our inherent qualities as persons.

To leave a brief note on the performance, the narrator is quite monotone and what one might consider to be "outdated." However, for me, it totally worked because it made me nostalgic and reflect back to the audiotapes I listened to in middle and high school.

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A Good Man is Hard to Find

For some reason I couldn’t give 5 stars for overall performance. I loved it overall.
I love Flannery O’Conner stories .
I enjoyed immensely the reading of the story.
I looked forward to listening to the Audio in the evening.
I will look for more Stories from Audible.

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The narrator's voice fit the work. The characters are well-written. But the entire piece is depressing.

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Another Honest Look at Humanity

“A Good Man Is Hard to Find” is another collection of Flannery O’Connor’s short stories. This author’s writing is brutally honest and depicts real life human beaning’s and their real-life actions. Not, nice to read fairy tales are to be found in her writings. We should remember Flannery O’Connor for her profound statement about the Eucharist: “If it’s only a symbol, to hell with it”. I will be giving thought to reading Flannery’s novels sometime in the future. Experienced as an Audio book.

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Intriquing Stories

I am embarrassed to admit I had never heard of Flannery O'Conner until a recent visit to Savannah, Ga. Her childhood home is in the beautiful historic downtown area along with a placard outside. I have not read any books similar to Flannery O'Conner's style. The stories are quite unique in the characters, plot and settings. I was raised in the deep south and the dialogue, expressions, jargon, phraseology of the characters in the short stories are spot on. The stories are all rather dark with unlikeable unrepentant characters that are entirley repulsive and yet I really enjoyed the book! Many of the stories are open ended with no clear ending either and you are left wondering what happened next. I want to read O'Conner's other works after finishing A Good Man is Hard to Find.

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Wish I could like this...

The reading is well done, and the stories intriguing if tiresome, but it really annoyed me when, in one of the stories, the narrator couldn't be bothered to learn how to pronounce the Latin properly, nor trouble herself to learn the simple tune for the song she was supposed to sing. Tantum ergo Sacramentum is an 800-year-old hymn that is scarcely difficult to find the tune for. Nor is it in any way difficult to sing. Hearing the narrator make up her own random sing-songy tune and horrifically mispronounce the words was akin to listening to a story and hearing the narrator botch something as simple as God Bless America. Come on...

But overall, I have heard much said about what a genius Flannery O'Connor was... and this was the first of her works that I have tried, based on the recommendation of a friend. I guess I'm too enamoured of Dickens and Tolstoy and Austen... I fail to see what all the hype is. It took real perseverance to get through each tiresome story, as the punchline was usually pretty obvious from early on, the character development was often plodding and honestly most of the characters just aren't that interesting, much less likeable. I suppose some great fan of FOC will think me a cretin for saying this, but I'm just not impressed.

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How do you fall in love with Flannery again?

Listen! Listening to Flannery brings the "reader" to an even greater understanding and a greater appreciation for all the detail and nuances of her writing. I loved this reading. Kudos to Marguerite Gavin for a job done exquisitely!

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Terrible narration

This reader is awful. She can’t decide whether or not she has a southern accent. She portrays some characters in the Deep South with a BRITISH accent. Really butchered this book.