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The Lottery, and Other Stories Audiobook

The Lottery, and Other Stories

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Publisher's Summary

A powerful collection of short stories by Shirley Jackson.

"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.

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    Ruth Bain 04-13-15
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    "Interesting short stories"

    A selection of dark, but intriguing, short stories by Shirley Jackson. She is best known for writing "The Haunting of Hill House". There is nothing supernatural in these stories, but there is a theme of grotesque behavior between people. The narration is excellent, all of the narrators are first rate.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    eileen newport, OR, United States 03-13-16
    eileen newport, OR, United States 03-13-16 Member Since 2011
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    "moody , intriguing , entertaining"
    What did you love best about The Lottery, and Other Stories?

    i love this writer! the pace of the story is unusually satisfying. a steady rhythm of words and ideas that thud, thud, thud, to make their story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    i liked the general malaise of the "modern woman". whether she was a housewife or a career woman much of her life and joy and energy was slowly drained away. i liked that because it is true and holds up a mirror and knowledge is power to change things.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    the narrator didn't get bogged down in so much dialoge


    Who was the most memorable character of The Lottery, and Other Stories and why?

    the characters were very generic. it was their environment that was more memorable. there was almost a twighlight zone sketch drama about the stories.


    Any additional comments?

    surprised to see they were written in the 1930-1940's, especially with the similarity to of the lottery story to the now popular story of "the hunger games."

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth A. King 05-14-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Titles please!"

    The titles aren't read so they all blend into each other and there's no way to figure out what the titles are.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Susannah Corona, CA, United States 01-13-15
    Susannah Corona, CA, United States 01-13-15
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    "Lovely writing and very moving listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Oh my God, yes. Shirley Jackson's stories are magnificent. She nails the woman's pov of 1950s life. The detail of human emotion in the little things is heart-rending. She was an icon.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lottery, and Other Stories?

    Well, we all know about the Lottery. But the other stories are just as gripping and moving.


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

    These are pro narrators; each a bit different but amazingly able to portray all the emotional gamut of Jackson's writing.


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

    Can't list them all. Too many delicate, emotional moments. Reminded me of Tennessee Williams exquisite writings.


    Any additional comments?

    The Lottery is a classic; but the other stories are gems.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Snyder 11-06-17 Member Since 2015
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    "unfinished"

    Hard to follow. wish there was more to the stories, they felt unfinished to me.

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    Ivanhoe Beanstalk 08-24-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Slow Burn"

    Deceptively normal-seeming, hypnotic prose delivered by especially talented readers. Mid-20th century suburban hysteria, wars waged with manners, Women on the verge of abject instability. Shirley Jackson is one of a kind (although there is a similar prosaic mastery to Flannery O'Conner's) Anything can happen! (Watch out for Jim/James Harris, tall writer in blue!🤡)

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    David 11-30-16
    David 11-30-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Probably one of the worst short story collections"

    I would not recommend this to anyone who enjoys short stories of any genre. Poorly written, stuttering stories. interminable, does it a certain justice.

    2 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Paul 12-09-16
    Paul 12-09-16
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    "Mostly Odd, Pointless"

    Almost without exception, these stories are a strange, bumbling lot.
    "The Lottery" is a chilling classic that remains as shocking today as when it was first published in 1948. Similarly compelling is "Flower Garden", an ironic tale of racism and the hypocrisy of the townspeople who cling stubbornly to its miserable traditional tenets.
    The rest of the collection, however, is pretty much a go-nowhere mish-mash.
    I've always considered Jackson to be overrated as a writer, although her flawless grammar and precise language are jewels in a crumbling linguistic universe.

    0 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    "Includes s very shouty narrator"

    Shirley Jackson's stories are so disturbing - I only wish the shouty female narrator didn't disturb their telling quite so often.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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