Selected Shorts: New American Stories

Length: 1 hr and 59 mins
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New American Stories presents diverse stories of contemporary American life and dreams lost and found, by four of the best young contemporary writers - Jhumpa Lahiri, Sherman Alexie, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Aleksandar Hemon - as performed by terrific stage and screen actors. All four writers have a unique perspective on the American experience, which is reflected in their work. Whether they are immigrants from another country, or in the case of Sherman Alexie, a Native American, they’re all writing from a voice that comes from being an outsider. They also share well-deserved, universal praise for their work.

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Riveting stories so well told!

What made the experience of listening to Selected Shorts: New American Stories the most enjoyable?

The readers were so excellent, each one diverse.

What did you like best about this story?

Each had unexpected twists & well drawn characters.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Best I've heard, and I've heard plenty! Inflections superb, tone magnificent....very colorful, every one! I want more!

Who was the most memorable character of Selected Shorts: New American Stories and why?

The "killer" and I'll say no more.

Any additional comments?

Listen, and be transported!

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Weak

I am a very big fan of short stories and have listened to the Selected Shorts program for over 20 years. These stories were good, but none were really great. The reader were all quite good, but the stories were not my cup of tea. The American Classics is my favorite volume of stories so far.

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To Drive You Home

Every story is riveting and deeply touches your soul. Each can be listened to several times to reveal their deeper secrets.

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The Bengali and Nigerian stories were awesome.

The Bengali and Nigerian stories were awesome. Good reading. Short, sweet and to the point.