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The Best American Mystery Stories 2020

By: C. J. Box,Otto Penzler
Narrated by: Dan John Miller,Sarah Mollo-Christensen,Christopher Ryan Grant,Ben Jaeger-Thomas,Robin Miles,Robert Fass,Jonathan Davis,Peter Ganim,Andi Arndt,Macleod Andrews,Alan Sklar,Robert Petkoff,Angelo Di Loreto
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Publisher's summary

A collection of the year’s best mystery short fiction selected by New York Times best-selling and Edgar Award-winning author C. J. Box.

C. J. Box, #1 New York Times best-selling author of the hugely popular Joe Pickett series, selects the best short mystery and crime fiction of the year in this annual “treat for crime-fiction fans” (Library Journal).

©2020 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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About half were not worth listening to

These divide into good and awful very easily. Several readers were staccato and impossible to listen to

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just OK

May be a good listen if none of your favorite authors have new books out. Some are very good and interesting others were not for me

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enjoyable anthology

nice collection of short stories. They are great for when you need something for a brief listening period.

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Everything is fair in the end

Riveting and enjoyable stories- with a wide range of ideation. We didn’t even remember seeing Nebraska. This was my second listen, my husband’s first. Six stars!

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Somewhat disappointing

While most of the stories were interesting, none of them were captivating and the endings were anticlimactic. In addition, the narrators were decent with the exception of the second to last story. It was so bad I had to fast forward through what might have been a good story. As we all know, a narrator will make or break a story.

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Good night time listening if you’re trying to fall asleep

There are a few good stories mixed in with a handful of boring ones. Yup!

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Great stuff

So enjoyed the writing of these talented others. Vivid characters and plot development. A great find. Will look for more in series.

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HARD to finish…some OK but many horrible!

I really wanted to like this but found many of the stories very bad. Especially bad to read at bedtime. Not at all what I wanted or needed. Would return but to much time has passed as I kept trying to push through. Thumbs down!

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Wonderful stories and narrations

I have become a big fan of listening to short stories after trying this compilation.

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Horrible initial instructions

Listening to Penzler whine for 5 minutes before the book was annoying. Especially chastising potential submitters.

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