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3.54 out of 53.54 out of 53.54 out of 53.54 out of 53.54 out of 5 3.54 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hannah Tinti Narrator: Laural Merlington, Dan John Miller Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2009 ISBN:
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With bravura storytelling, daring imagination, and fierce narrative control, this dazzling debut introduces that rare writer who finds humanity in our most unconventional behavior, and the humor beneath our darkest impulses.

In these strange, funny, and unnerving stories, animals become the litmus test of our deepest fears and longings. In the title story, an elephant keeper courts danger from his gentle charge; in Miss Waldron's Red Colobus, a headstrong young woman in Africa is lured by the freedom of the monkeys in the trees; in Talk Turkey, a boy has secret conversations with the turkeys on his friend's family's farm; in Slim's Last Ride, a child plays chilling games with his pet rabbit; in Gallus Gallus, a pompous husband projects his anger at his wife onto her prized rooster.

This fresh, inventive debut will introduce Hannah Tinti as one of the most gifted writers of her generation. Enter her world at your own risk, and you will come away bewitched. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bullet | 2/20/2014

    " Very engaging and easy to get lost in. Each story, individually, would have made a great novel. These were different from the type of stories I usually read. They were edgy and took a lot of risks, including dabbling with fantasy (although I guess it's up to the reader to decide if the fantastical is insanity or not). Very good for a young writer. I'll keep an eye out for more from her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wes Young | 2/11/2014

    " Pretty good little collection of short stories. Some of them cute, some of them graphic, but an interesting concept: Every story has something to do with animals (if if some are connected by the thinnest wisp). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janine | 2/3/2014

    " I think this book is really good. Rifka and her family escaped from Russia to America. But when they were in Poland buying the tickets to America. The doctor discovered that she had ringworm on her head. So she need to go to Belgium to cure her illness. Finally she went to Ellis island and entered the America. I think the title fit the story because in the book rifka was writing the letters to her beloved cousin, Tovah. So the title is call Letters from Rifka. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 lnb | 1/22/2014

    " startlingly good! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth Eslami | 1/19/2014

    " Gorgeous collection of stories! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 1/13/2014

    " This was darker than I was in the mood for - I'd probably give it 2.5 stars if I could, because objectively I think it was better than just okay but there were only a couple of stories that I could really say I liked. I'm not sure if I'd read it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 kate | 1/6/2014

    " This is one of the best books of short stories I've ever read. Each story is so unique. One of them is still haunting me, but several of them made me laugh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 12/15/2013

    " I love the story "home sweet home." It was an intriguing selection for Best American Mystery Stories the year it came out (can't remember exact year). I enjoyed the whole collection. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bonnie | 12/12/2013

    " I picked this book up at the library because I recently read "The Good Thief" by the same author and loved it. This is a collection of short stories that are just plain weird. I have no idea what she is trying to convey but I'm half way through so I'll probably finish it anyway. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kami | 10/28/2013

    " There are some really sharp stories here. I do get a bit tired of the gimicks (though I love the giraffes playing dead in protest of unfair conditions) but she is really skilled. Home Sweet Home is, well, sweet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca Makkai | 10/27/2013

    " I really did like this weird little collection, but I feel I ought to give the caveat that all of these stories, with the exception only of the last one, are deeply disturbing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 10/24/2013

    " Hilarious, brilliant, moving. Awesome book, I highly recommend it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruslana | 10/3/2013

    " I love these short stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy Barton | 9/14/2013

    " great shorts - quirky, unexpected "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 5/1/2013

    " These were very well-written short stories. Most are fairly dark, and like another reviewer, the violence was over the top for me on a few of them. Tinti is a good writer, though, and I'd seek out her novel based on liking these stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gina | 3/3/2013

    " This is one of the weirder books I've ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 2/25/2013

    " Great book of short stories although a couple of them are particularly disturbing... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean | 12/24/2012

    " When the story being told to the character as part of a flashback in the first story gave me a base emotional reaction I knew this was going to be a good collection. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary-Marcia | 11/22/2012

    " Unique weird memorable "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jane | 11/14/2012

    " Not anywhere near her second book, The Good Thief. Now THAT was a brilliant bit of work! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bailey | 6/8/2012

    " Maybe I just didn't get it. I thought a lot of the violence towards animals was unsettling, even if it was in a fictionalized world and there was a "point" to it. It reminded me of Chuck Palahniuk, in that how offensive/violent can I make this for the sake of being offensive/violent kind of way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maia | 11/8/2011

    " Loved it! What an amazing author. Easily as imaginative as John Irving, but not as creepy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Fred | 4/18/2011

    " different. kind of like walking into a nursing home or an emergency room and asking "hi everyone, could you please describe the most traumatic and horrific thing that has ever happened to you?" and then meticulously recording them and leaving out anything uplifting or positive.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 4/12/2011

    " There are a few stories I REALLY liked and a few that left me disappointed. Overall, though, Tinti's mastery of rhythm is something I'll continue to learn from. My fave story was Gallus Gallus. LOVED that one! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jane | 3/19/2011

    " Not anywhere near her second book, The Good Thief. Now THAT was a brilliant bit of work! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Book | 1/10/2011

    " This collection of strange and wonderfully unusual short stories mixes reality and the warped world where human characteristics are intertwined with animal symbolism.

    -Ariel, The Book Cellar- "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maia | 12/24/2010

    " Loved it! What an amazing author. Easily as imaginative as John Irving, but not as creepy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gina | 9/18/2010

    " This is one of the weirder books I've ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 7/18/2010

    " Great book of short stories although a couple of them are particularly disturbing... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 7/4/2010

    " This was darker than I was in the mood for - I'd probably give it 2.5 stars if I could, because objectively I think it was better than just okay but there were only a couple of stories that I could really say I liked. I'm not sure if I'd read it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tonya | 1/13/2010

    " A good book. Took me only a couple of days to finish. Most of the stories were very good and a few were verging on great. Certainly, Tinti has some wonderful lines and an eye toward the poetic detail. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan | 11/16/2009

    " Short stories involving animals and people who act like animals. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kami | 11/1/2009

    " There are some really sharp stories here. I do get a bit tired of the gimicks (though I love the giraffes playing dead in protest of unfair conditions) but she is really skilled. Home Sweet Home is, well, sweet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lady Feral | 9/17/2009

    " Every story was particularly, exceedingly enganging and good. Some stories are a little disturbing, but it made it interesting and didn't distract me from Animal Crackers brilliance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy | 7/3/2009

    " great shorts - quirky, unexpected "

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About the Author
Author Hannah Tinti

Hannah Tinti’s work has appeared in magazines and anthologies, including The Best American Mystery Stories 2003. Her short story collection, Animal Crackers was a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway Award. She is the editor of the magazine One Story.