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Extended Audio Sample Bliss & Other Stories (Unabridged) Audiobook, by Katherine Mansfield
4.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 5 4.50 (6 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Katherine Mansfield Narrator: Juliet Stevenson Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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One of Katherine Mansfield's finest short stories, Bliss introduces us to Bertha, who experiences a sense of rapture as she reflects on her life. On her walk home one day, she is overwhelmed by a sense of bliss and contentment.

However, her joy later turns to disappointment as she discovers her husband is having an affair with her new friend Pearl.

Katherine Mansfield became well-known for her focus on psychological conflicts and complex characters; and Bliss displays these qualities brilliantly, exploring themes of marriage, adultery and duplicity. This set also contains five other short stories by Katherine Mansfield: Mr Reginald Peacock's Day, Pictures, The Little Governess, Feuille D'Album, and A Dill Pickle. 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 Bonnie | 1/14/2011

    " I loved this. So full of rapture and excitement. I just rushed from one blissful moment until I catapulted myself almost over the edge with its shocking ending! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 12/24/2010

    " Famous Kiwi author. I used to go past her house all the time in Wellington. Great style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 R.a. | 6/25/2009

    " I do see why Virginia Woolf considered Mansfield her greatest threat; yet, she and her husband published her work.

    Despite influences from Chekhov, her stories are her own and reveal many a folly into which we fall.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 2/4/2009

    " i am entirely enchanted by katherine mansfield right now--haven't read much of it before. i love the way there is this horrible, unbearable sadness lurking just beneath the surface of every lovely, normal-seeming scene. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 3/16/2008

    " Delicate, insightful vignettes with great big gallons of emotional portent and doom swashing around below the surface. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ebony | 9/9/2007

    " Like Angela Carter, this is so psychologically taut, challenging, illuminating, but this is more devasting and earnest than her counterpart "

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About the Author
Author Katherine Mansfield

Katherine Mansfield (1888–1923) was born in Wellington, New Zealand, and settled in Europe to finish her education. She published her first short fiction in The New Age, then in Rhythm, whose editor, the British writer and critic John Middleton Murry, she soon married. Her writing contributed to the development of the stream of consciousness technique and to the modernist use of multiple viewpoints, and her style has had a powerful influence on subsequent writers in the same genre.

About the Narrator

Juliet Stevenson has won an Audie Award and thirteen Earphones Awards for her narrations. She is a British actress on stage and screen and notably a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. She has also appeared in popular films such as Bend It Like Beckham and Mona Lisa Smile. She was honored as Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. She received further recognition when she was nominated for several BAFTA Awards, and she earned an Olivier Award for her role in Death and the Maiden.