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Extended Audio Sample Classic Womens Short Stories (Unabridged Selections) Audiobook, by Katherine Mansfield
3.43 out of 53.43 out of 53.43 out of 53.43 out of 53.43 out of 5 3.43 (14 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Katherine Mansfield Narrator: Carole Boyd, Liza Ross, and Teresa Gallagher Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2005 ISBN:
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Five stories from influential women writers of the 19th century and the first decades of the 20th century.

New Zealand-born Katherine Mansfield settled in England where she wrote a series of short stories that are widely recognized as among the finest of the 20th century for their economy, clarity, sensitivity and effect. The Garden Party is one of her most famous, while Daughters of the Late Colonel shows a wonderful sense of wit.

Kate Chopin, writing in the last years of the 19th century, broke new ground with her daring view of women as individuals with human needs. Lilacs and Ma'ame Pelagie are sympathetic portraits of women with differing dilemmas.

Woolf's A Mark on the Wall shows, in short story form, the turmoil within the stillness which became such a mark of her later novels.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebekah | 10/15/2013

    " I will need to find and read more of Katherine Mansfield's works. I cannot believe that I never read anything by her at KU. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 9/22/2013

    " Wonderful audio CD of stories by authors of 19 th & early 20 th century. I was unaware that Kate Chopin died in 1904. She was really ahead of her time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 1/28/2012

    " I had never read any of these authors previously. I really enjoyed the Virginia Wolfe short story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lily | 3/2/2011

    " The Garden Party -- a timeless classic of innocence, loss, and deep emotion! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 1/23/2011

    " It's a pity KM didn't live in New Zealand her whole life but certainly this beautiful inspired her work in some way. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lydia | 9/23/2010

    " I was bored and couldn't get into the story at all. It seemed totally pointless. Overly descriptive with nothing actually happening. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 8/20/2010

    " The stories are beautifully written and the most part light on complete storyline. It's like they are exercises. She is a fabulous writer. I think she is not strong on ending the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bethany | 8/18/2010

    " I absolutely adored the first story, At The Bay, but was disappointed from there on out. The stories are just kind of boring, and I found myself pushing through to finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruby | 8/5/2010

    " Very, very good.
    Also - this particular edition came with a very interesting, useful and well written introduction, that definitely helped me to enjoy the stories even more. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gill | 8/2/2010

    " I learned that I don't really get Katherine Mansfield. Overly descriptive and downright odd in parts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gemini | 5/10/2010

    " Garden Party, an invisible wall separated the sorrow of death and joy of life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emgeenl | 1/27/2010

    " Only read the Garden party from this book. It's a nice story about the differences between a rich family and the poor folks. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tatiana | 11/20/2009

    " so many characters crossing our gaze at insignificant moments of their lives and yet so bespoken by these glimpses. Mariage à la mode is particularly heart-breaking, as the mocking Isabel reads her loving husband's letter and cruelly dismisses it, just to join her empty friends.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 10/12/2009

    " Fifteen short stories. The first couple of stories are long on descriptive writing and short on interest. However, as I continued reading, the stories got better and better: They became more concise, sparer, more focused and altogether very powerful. Delightful read. "

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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.