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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (193 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: E. L. Doctorow Narrator: John Rubinstein, Joshua Swanson, Jesse Bernstein Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From Ragtime and Billy Bathgate to World’s Fair, The March, and Homer & Langley, the fiction of E. L. Doctorow comprises a towering achievement in modern American letters. Now Doctorow returns with an enthralling collection of brilliant, startling short fiction about people who, as the author notes in his Preface, are somehow “distinct from their surroundings—people in some sort of contest with the prevailing world.”

A man at the end of an ordinary workday, extracts himself from his upper-middle-class life and turns to foraging in the same affluent suburb where he once lived with his family.

A college graduate takes a dishwasher’s job on a whim, and becomes entangled in a criminal enterprise after agreeing to marry a beautiful immigrant for money.

A husband and wife’s tense relationship is exacerbated when a stranger enters their home and claims to have grown up there.

An urbanite out on his morning run suspects that the city in which he’s lived all his life has transmogrified into another city altogether.

These are among the wide-ranging creations in this stunning collection, resonant with the mystery, tension, and moral investigation that distinguish the fiction of E. L. Doctorow. Containing six unforgettable stories that have never appeared in book form, and a selection of previous Doctorow classics, All the Time in the World affords us another opportunity to savor the genius of this American master.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The new and previously published stories in All the Time in the World are a reminder that, for decades, Mr. Doctorow has been a first-rate artist in the short form, able to coax forth readerly empathy for almost all his creations…Mr. Doctorow is now eighty, and as the assessments of his long career commence, it is clear that he has been, like his characters, a man apart from his contemporaries. The stories of All the Time in the World do not seem to belong to any school or style but to emanate from his own solitary visions.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Wonderful descriptions and gorgeous sentences…seem to fall effortlessly from Doctorow’s fingertips…Doctorow’s stories generally come back to the melancholy reality of imminent doom—yet they are rarely dreary and can be, in fact, quite funny. His characters, trapped as they are, manage to make a ragged music by rattling their chains.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “The mystery, tension and shock Doctorow is known for are all here in this collection. If you’re a fan you will not be disappointed in the new, and happy to be reacquainted with the old.”

    USA Today

  • “Egoless, frank, spontaneous, and altogether wonderful.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Roberta (Bobbie) | 2/20/2014

    " This book represents what I don't like about short story collections. Some of them are great and others far from it. So, it's not a uniform 3 rating, but an average. It's also frustrating that the ones that grab you are over so soon! The writing is certainly elegant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Gerry LaFemina | 2/15/2014

    " I like Doctorow's fiction, and these stores I find particularly engaging in part because we see the author's range: from historical fiction to experimentalism (particularly the title story with its unhinged narrator and chronic repetition) Doctorow excels. These aren't all perfect stories, but they show us an underrated American master at work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tina | 2/15/2014

    " I only read two of these stories. They were good, but I've heard his novels are better. I might have to try one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Valley Cottage Library | 1/18/2014

    " SUMMER READING REVIEW: "Some beautiful stories that are quite memorable. Others are not at all. A very variable collection- quite like his novels." -Alice Kintisch "

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