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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (9,013 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jorge Luis Borges Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2010 ISBN: 9781101223192
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For the first time in English, all of Jorge Luis Borges’ dazzling fictions are collected in a single volume in brilliant new translations by Andrew Hurley. From his 1935 debut with The Universal History of Iniquity through his immensely influential collections Ficciones and The Aleph, the enigmatic prose poems of The Maker, up to his final work in the 1980s, Shakespeare’s Memory, these enigmatic, elaborate, imaginative inventions display Borges’ talent for turning fiction on its head by playing with form and genre and toying with language.

For some fifty years, in intriguing and ingenious fictions that reimagined the very form of the short story, Borges returned again and again to his celebrated themes: dreams, duels, labyrinths, mirrors, infinite libraries, the manipulations of chance, gauchos, knife fighters, tigers, and the elusive nature of identity itself. Playfully experimenting with ostensibly subliterary genres, Borges took the detective story and turned it into metaphysics; he took fantasy writing and made it, with its questioning and reinventing of everyday reality, central to the craft of fiction; he took the literary essay and put it to use reviewing wholly imaginary books.

Commemorating the one-hundredth anniversary of his birth, this edition at last brings together all of Borges’ magical short stories. Collected Fictions is the definitive one-volume compendium for all those who have long loved Borges, and a superb introduction to the Argentine master’s work for those who have yet to discover him.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A 1998 New York Times Notable Book for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hjvdiaz | 2/14/2014

    " There are no words to describe how much I admire this man's works... I wish he was still alive so I could probe at his fantastic mind for hours on end! I just couldn't help but fall in love with his writing style as soon as I picked up this book, and it was all thanks to a friend's recommendation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 2/13/2014

    " Collecting together almost all of Borges' extant short fictions in a new translation by Andrew Hurley. The voice seems clearer and more natural and the volume is extensively annotated with helpful guides on Argentinian cultural and literary traditions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 2/12/2014

    " I can't but like Borges, so I generally enjoy all of his short stories. "

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

    " One of the best collections of short stories I own. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 1/30/2014

    " so far, phenomenal. turns out my new roommate happens to be reading the same book.. strange "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bjørn Ak | 1/20/2014

    " A very slim portion of the stories are merely much better than your average read, the great majority is simply astonishing. Can be read over and over, and hey, you'll probably learn something along the way! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 11/22/2013

    " Stellar "what if?" scenarios. Borges' interests range in so many directions that he can always blow your mind. More of an intellectual exercise than an emotional involvement, but he gives in-depth information on each scenario. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 11/14/2013

    " Any lover of literature needs to read some Borges. Period. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 11/8/2013

    " The absolute bible...a twisting labryinth that changes everytime you read it and slowly infects all you read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brent | 10/23/2013

    " I was given this omnibus of Borges as a present, and it has become an ever-present on my nightstand. I'm rereading it for sixth time, but it might as well be my first for the impact it has with each reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicolehatsumi | 9/25/2013

    " So far so great..Wish I could read in Spanish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alan Harrison | 5/20/2013

    " Not so much consistenly good, but there are some completely amazing shorts in it that make it worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 1/23/2013

    " If you like knife fights, you like Borges. I got the book to see what his more fantastical shorts were like but was surprised by how much I enjoyed some of the gaucho stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jawkneeeye | 11/26/2012

    " the most imaginative writer I've encountered. Check out the short story Funes, La Memoria, and two other great ones, The South, and the Encounter "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vincent Bandini | 9/10/2012

    " elsur! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dhanaraj Rajan | 4/29/2012

    " It is an intelligent entertaining. Interesting short stories/narrations. Philosophical thoughts take the form of an event in his narration and keep you mesmerizing continuously. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven | 2/9/2012

    " Is it possible to imagine a life without Borges? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 snobbess sphaeritalius | 8/8/2011

    " Why have I waited so long to read this? "Funes" and "the Aleph" are incredible.... I read also Susana Medina's writing on 'the Aleph' called "Hallucinating Spaces, or the Aleph"...maybe I'll be able to put it all together later. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 8/7/2011

    " One of the best books I've ever read. It's his life's work, fiction-wise, but it's simply amazing. He's one of the most important writers to ever live. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ch'aska | 4/22/2011

    " My favorite story is The Library of Babel. Borges is on my top 10 list of dead people I want to invite to dinner. I'd give him a sherry and a Rubik's cube for an aperitif. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kent Winward | 3/17/2011

    " I finally broke down and read Borges. I should have read him a long time ago. Infinite labyrinthian narratives and full of post-modern self-reference, Borges should be paid the highest compliment I can think of for a writer: thought provoking and entertaining simultaneously. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Logan | 3/3/2011

    " The Aleph alone is worth five stars, nevermind all the other amazing stories in this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zachary | 2/20/2011

    " "If an eternal traveler should journey in any direction, he would find after untold centuries that the same volumes are repeated in the same disorder- which, repeated, becomes order: the Order. My solitude is cheered by the elegant hope." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 pri | 2/18/2011

    " an old favorite, well transferred to audio. the stories are captivating to listen to and Borges is just such an amazing writer and that comes out so well in both this translation and in being read aloud. just gorgeous. something i return to again and again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lloyd | 2/3/2011

    " I loved "The Gospel According to Mark" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Austin | 1/31/2011

    " "The Library of Babel" is probably one of the coolest stories I have ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/26/2011

    " Shortly into this book, I almost set it aside for something else. Pages later, I found myself recommending it to friends. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 1/16/2011

    " Reading Borges' Collected Fictions (and rereading Ficciones) is a joy. The force of his creativity, even as he returns to the same themes throughout his work, somehow snaps a reader, delightfully, frustratingly, off the linear path that is daily life. If only all reading could be like this. "

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About the Narrator

George Guidall, winner of eighty-eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.