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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,123 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dan Chaon Narrator: Dylan Baker and Becky Ann Baker Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2001 ISBN:
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In this haunting, bracing new collection, Dan Chaon shares stories of men, women, and children who live far outside the American Dream, while wondering which decision, which path, or which accident brought them to this place. Chaon imagines today's family instinctively trying to stay together, only to find itself lost in the throes of a chaotic, modern world.

In Safety Man, a young widow and her children become increasingly attached to an inflatable protector-doll, as the world outside seems to grow ever more threatening; Big Me follows a lonely, imaginative twelve-year-old boy who believes an older (slightly creepier) version of himself has moved in next door; in I demand to Know Where You're Taking Me, a man blinded by love for his imprisoned brother ignores the warnings of his distant wife and a talking parrot who both witness things he's never seen; and Among the Missing explores how the death of a family, found buckled in their car a the bottom of a lake, casts a shadow on a small town and intrudes upon the narrator's relationship with his aging mother.

A writer of enormous talent and emotional depth, Dan Chaon mines the psychological landscape of his characters to dazzling effect. Each story radiates with sharp humor, mystery, wonder, and startling compassion. Among the Missing lingers in the mind through its subtle grace and power of language. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter Zuppardo | 2/17/2014

    " I cannot explain how much I love this book. The stories in here make me feel less afraid to be alive. Andrew Porter's "The Theory of Light and Matter" is the only other collection that makes me feel this way. These books are connected for me. They are books that I read and feel such an awful and terrific sadness. Maybe it is just me remembering childhood, its weird complexities and layers of illusion. Yo La Tengo does it to me, too. Andrew Porter, Dan Chaon, Yo La Tengo, and that good kind of sadness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leia | 2/1/2014

    " this book is heartbreakingly amazing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob | 1/28/2014

    " Well-written series of short stories, but difficult to embrace. Filled with sadness, lives and families falling or fallen apart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen | 1/21/2014

    " I'm trying to be sparing in my five-star books, really I am. And you should know that I have a thing for short stories. And twisted humor. Full disclosure aside, I loved this collection of stories by Dan Chaon. Smart, disturbing, quiet, moving. It's one of those books that is mesmerizing while you're reading it, but gets even better as you get further away from it. Does that make sense? You keep thinking about it, about what it means for a widow to have a safety dummy for a constant partner... for a boy to have an overly large imagination... Anyway, it's probably not for everyone, but short story lovers should definitely check it out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sholeen | 1/15/2014

    " lots of well written dysfunction "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dennis | 1/14/2014

    " This is a very strong collection of short stories. I've never read Chaon before, but intend to go back and read all of his short story collections. I would put him on par with Lorrie Moore as one of my favorite short story writers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ray | 1/8/2014

    " This author is one of, if not my favorite author. I love the way he spins a mystery, and even though it could be stated that his topics are somewhat depressing, I believe it takes great talent to create such a mood. I heartily recommend any Dan Chaon novel or book of short stories for a different view of life. "

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

    " I read this since Chaon is an instructor at my alma mater and you couldn't go anywhere without hearing mention of this book or of Chaon at the time. Anyway, I remember it being a good collection of stories with one particular image about lightning that has stuck with me to this day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily Gong | 12/4/2013

    " Incredibly funny. There was an English teacher at my school who hat a sort of nasal, high-pitched voice, and he read excerpts of this book in a quick, deadpan stacatto. We were laughing so hard. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb Oestreicher | 11/27/2013

    " These stories are excellent--well written and strange--in a good way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kat | 10/20/2013

    " I am not not not a short story lover, but these are incredible! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Batman | 10/17/2013

    " The single most underrated author of our generation. Dan Chaon's writing is hauntingly beautiful. His stories have a staying power in the memory; bittersweet and wonderful reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 10/11/2013

    " Marvelously written, some of the most amazing short stories I've ever read, but I don't truly "recommend" it, because I'm in a mood right now of thinking all short stories are too sad/depressing/weird. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 8/7/2013

    " These stories are really, really good. Chaon's voice is casual and funny, but his subject matter is deeply strange, and a little disturbing. The stories stick with you for a long time after you read them, get in your head like weird little songs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 7/15/2013

    " 4.5 stars. These stories really resonated with me, emotionally. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Audra | 6/21/2013

    " Great collection of very American stories. Highly recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 4/12/2013

    " Beautiful, straightforward writing...but so sad. So very sad!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 4/3/2013

    " I love this book. I love all the gimmicks. Especially Safety Man. What a story. I also love the story about the man in the house. These stories are his best stories. Only The Bees competes with them. I give this book as gifts at Christmas and birthdays. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Briggs | 10/22/2012

    " Excellent. Something of an heir to Raymond Carver. The lonely, yearning lives of middle Americans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 10/2/2012

    " Stories: not easy to do well, but Chaon succeeds. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim Barnes | 2/29/2012

    " Chaon is a champion writer of short stories. I love the way he blends domestic existentialism with moments of the sublime. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky Trombley | 12/2/2011

    " I am just not a short story person. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margot | 12/1/2011

    " I just reread Among the Missing while on vacation. There are some authors/books that deserve to be read more than once. Dan Chaon is definitley one of my favorite storytellers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 10/17/2011

    " it was ok... a little creepy "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 William Milton | 9/15/2011

    " Interesting little short stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matty | 8/19/2011

    " Dan Chaon is a great writer, but too many of the stories revolved around the same basic themes: alcoholism, growing-up, failed marriages, coming to terms with your parents as an adult. To me, it became repetitive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adria | 6/17/2011

    " First time reading a short story collection and loved it! Not one bad egg in the bunch....am really loving this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 5/1/2011

    " "Safety Man" is one of the best stories in this collection -- it has a fascinating structure and weird character psychology. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison | 1/30/2011

    " This five star rating refers to the story Big Me. His other stories are pretty good, but Big Me is by for the most fabulous! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Greg | 10/4/2010

    " Did not like it, I quit reading after two chapters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 7/24/2010

    " Ever unscrutable, Chaon's short stories are beautifully written but full of surprises. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 6/22/2010

    " I loved this book. The stories were very interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Timfksd | 6/20/2010

    " Brillian collection of dark, painful stories for the most part. Great writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monica | 6/14/2010

    " Chaon has become one of my favorite new writers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kossiwa | 6/10/2010

    " A book like this reinforces a love of short stories and you wish others would include short fiction along with their list of novels to read "

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About the Author
Author Dan Chaon

Dan Chaon is the acclaimed author of Among the Missing, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. He is also the author of You Remind Me of Me, which was named one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Christian Science Monitor, and Entertainment Weekly, among other publications. Await Your Reply was a New York Times Notable Book and appeared on more than a dozen best-of-the-year lists;. He has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award in Fiction and was the recipient of the 2006 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He teaches at Oberlin College, where he is the Pauline M. Delaney Professor of Creative Writing.