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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (418 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Trevor Narrator: Josephine Bailey, Simon Vance Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2004 ISBN: 9781400171439
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William Trevor is truly a Chekhov for our age, and a new collection of stories from him is always a cause for celebration. These twelve stories include: The waiter who divulges his shocking life of crime to his ex-wife. A woman repeats the story of her parents' unstable marriage after a horrible tragedy. The schoolgirl who regrets gossiping about the cuckolded man who tutors her. A middle-aged couple meet in a theatre bar for a squalid blind date. The disappointed priest who fears an innocent young girl may run away from home. Two self-certain sisters visit a newly widowed local woman. And, in the volume's title story, a middle-age accountant offers his reasons for ending a love affair. From these slender moments Trevor creates whole lives, conjuring up characters marked by bitterness and loss. William Trevor's graceful prose is a wonder in itself, and as convincing when inhabiting the mind of a school lunchmaid, an adulterous Irish country librarian or a murderer on the London streets. And as is always the case with William Trevor, venom and tragedy are never far from the still surface of the stories. At the heart of this stunning collection is Trevor's characteristic tenderness and unflinching eye for both the humanizing and dehumanizing aspects of modern urban and rural life. Download and start listening now!

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  • Matching [the] superb writing is the narration by Simon Vance and Josephine Bailey. Both tread delicately through the minefield of emotions just under the surface in each story. The result is bittersweet and tender. Audiobookcafe.com

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eldra | 2/10/2014

    " A very intriguing collection of short stories. The narrations are thoughtful and insightful. The characters are well crafted and I loved the interactions between them all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wilhelmina | 1/20/2014

    " Another good effort - lots of feelings are packed into these stories that read like novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristiana | 1/15/2014

    " Finding William Trevor is like finding a new friend. I had no idea who he was and now I don't know what I would do without him. He's a genius. His writing is so eloquent and well crafted. Each story is so unique and so well executed. Reading his stories is like unwrapping a present. There is an air of mystery, he is telling a story but you know there is so much more going on under the surface. He manages to weave flash backs and different time sequences effortlessly into his plots. He's amazing and he's coming out with a new book this fall at 81 years old. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra Lawson | 1/13/2014

    " Reading William Trevor is like coming back home to a warm fire and a pair of comfy slippers. He is a gifted story teller, especially of short stories; less is more. He crafts his characters, both phsyically and psychologically, and their emotions, using the fewest number of words possible. He moves easily from Ireland to England, but his turns of phrase and use of idioms and vernacular leave the reader in no doubt where each story is set. In stories like 'Justina's Priest' he has no need to explain that she is backward; he has already made that clear to the reader without needing to spell it out. You find yourself under the skins of many of the characters, sometimes they arouse sympathy, sometimes annoyance and sometimes just pity. But the effect, as with many of his other stories, both short and long, is of a modern day Chekhov. You experience an ache and a longing for what has been missed or what could have been avoided. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tuck | 1/6/2014

    " good, old world short sotries "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 1/5/2014

    " A truly great short story writer. There are some beautiful (though sad) stories in this collection. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jesse | 12/13/2013

    " At its best, this collection draws a clear line from Joyce's Dubliners-- subtle character studies and achingly human moments. Even in its less perfect stories it's well-crafted, empathetic, and entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathryn | 11/21/2013

    " I have never been a great reader of short stories, but a friend recommended this then SENT her book to me. I felt like I had to read it. I loved it. Almost every story got me w/in a few sentences. You get a whole book in a few pages! Compelling stories told in a compact fashion. Who knew? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sabine | 10/30/2013

    " Incredibly (and depressingly) Irish - the first story is gorgeous, the last uninteresting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Squeaky | 10/27/2013

    " I'm sure these are wonderful stories, literary and all, but they did not appeal to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsten | 10/9/2013

    " Trevor is a master craftsman, but lots of these stories are very cold at heart - likely intentionally so but he is a writer who is a bit hard to truly love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 6/1/2013

    " I love William Trevor's writing... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vanessa | 5/2/2013

    " Trevor's short stories all talk to each other. It was interesting to find connections between the works. I think he gives a mostly pessimistic view of humans though. He seems to say that all we are successful at is disappionting one another. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/24/2013

    " William Trevor astounds me more with each story I read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Olivier Lepetit | 2/23/2013

    " 12 stories from the Irish writer. Fairly ordinary stories, with very little exciting happening. The writing is skilful and prosaic, but the substance lacks. There are however a few true gems (Big Bucks in particular) which lifts the book up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 11/30/2012

    " A terrific writer. Trevor can say more with a few words than most writers can say with a page full. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob Young | 8/7/2012

    " Found myself backtracking in these stories ... very pleasurable reading ... so much moves by just below the surface but still noticed ... he is just so good at what he does ... Trevor is always a treat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 6/17/2012

    " A short story collection, so hard to sum up! Mostly set in Ireland in various historical periods, the stories are all well-crafted and self-contained. Most are driven entirely by character -- no plot surprises here -- and tend towards a darker view of the world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clare | 3/20/2012

    " Charming; delightful quirky characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kendra | 9/19/2011

    " A great little collection of short stories. William Trevor has a wonderful way of illuminating his characters' motivations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MaryAlice | 7/28/2011

    " Beatiful - but veerrrry subtle. Whole stories turn on one aberrant thought in a character's interior monologue. I often had to rewind and listen again. But it was always worth it when I did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 7/5/2011

    " i really need to read some more william trevor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom Milton | 1/20/2011

    " A master at work on these short stories. One of the best living writers in the English language. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Fred | 9/8/2010

    " I picked this up because Trevor was listed as having one of the top books of 2010. My god man, who the hell makes these lists? His stories are complete crap and full of boring characters in boring situations. THEN NOTHING HAPPENS. The end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 5/7/2010

    " Easily one of my favorite short story writers. Small stories, quiet beautiful character development. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wilhelmina | 2/22/2010

    " Another good effort - lots of feelings are packed into these stories that read like novels. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathryn | 7/5/2009

    " A book of short stories, mostly set in Ireland at different times in the past century. A few were somewhat unsettling, none were amusing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maribeth | 5/19/2009

    " I love william trevor. This one is short stories, not my favorite genre, but his writing is beautiful.
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