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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (134 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bret Anthony Johnston Narrator: various narrators Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2004 ISBN: 9781436142984
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Called a “rising star” by Publishers Weekly, Bret Anthony Johnston has won the James Michener Fellowship and the Christopher Isherwood Prize. His writing has been featured in the Paris Review and in many anthologies, including New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best, 2004. Corpus Christi was named a Best Book of the Year by the London Independent. Fans of Raymond Carver will enjoy this collection of lean, evocative tales of tragedy and hope, each set in the small Texas city on the gulf. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabe Gonzalez | 12/31/2013

    " Growing up in Corpus Christi, this collection of short stories took me right back to my childhood. I found myself right in the the middle of each one of the stories. The emotional description was wonderful in every case. I would definetly recommend this collection to anyone! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Corry L. | 12/13/2013

    " Even re-reading it, I cry. Beautifully written with strong, fascinating characters that are at once eminently familiar and entirely unique. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellekhall | 12/10/2013

    " By my favorite teacher of all time! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kat | 11/5/2013

    " This is a short story collection written over time, and it shows. Each story stands on its own, and there isn't any filler. It's sad, really sad, so if you've just gone off the psych drugs maybe read something else. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelley | 9/27/2013

    " bret's a good friend AND a good writer! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 mike | 4/14/2013

    " can't wait to read him mature as a writer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Miranda Hersey | 3/26/2013

    " These stories are spare and solid, but I didn't connect emotionally. I didn't care about what happened to these people, or the cruel things they did to each other. I finished the read feeling untouched. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 12/7/2012

    " One of my all-time favorite books of short stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elliot Sanders | 9/26/2011

    " I was thrilled with the BASS selected story, and enjoyed several of the others, but several fell flat, in my opinion. Constant POV changing was also an issue for me in several pieces. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jared | 7/21/2011

    " I am very rarely moved to tears by the actions of characters on the page. Reading this book was one of those times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra | 5/28/2011

    " great stories. heart felt and tough lives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zach VandeZande | 2/25/2011

    " Good god, these stories. Bret Anthony Johnston's collection reminds us what is to be human, that it is something fundamentally sad and full of longing. The three stories about Lee Marhsall and his mother, in particular, are some of the most powerful, perceptive stories I've ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 10/2/2010

    " Rigorously precise, solemn contemplations on the ending of things. "Birds of Paradise," "Buy for Me the Rain," and "Waterwalkers" are mesmerizing, but every story here engages, and no particular low points come to mind. I would have appreciated any levity at all in the collection. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 7/2/2010

    " I'm very happy to have come upon this book through the book club. The ten stories, a few of which are linked, all take place around Corpus Christi, Texas. They all concern themselves with big events in the lives of the diverse characters and are very well written, insightful and engaging. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zach | 4/16/2010

    " Good god, these stories. Bret Anthony Johnston's collection reminds us what is to be human, that it is something fundamentally sad and full of longing. The three stories about Lee Marhsall and his mother, in particular, are some of the most powerful, perceptive stories I've ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra | 12/4/2008

    " great stories. heart felt and tough lives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabe | 8/2/2008

    " Growing up in Corpus Christi, this collection of short stories took me right back to my childhood. I found myself right in the the middle of each one of the stories. The emotional description was wonderful in every case. I would definetly recommend this collection to anyone! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelley | 5/22/2008

    " bret's a good friend AND a good writer! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellekhall | 4/24/2008

    " By my favorite teacher of all time! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jared | 2/14/2008

    " I am very rarely moved to tears by the actions of characters on the page. Reading this book was one of those times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Corry | 1/14/2008

    " Even re-reading it, I cry. Beautifully written with strong, fascinating characters that are at once eminently familiar and entirely unique. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 mike | 10/16/2007

    " can't wait to read him mature as a writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kat | 10/15/2007

    " This is a short story collection written over time, and it shows. Each story stands on its own, and there isn't any filler. It's sad, really sad, so if you've just gone off the psych drugs maybe read something else. "

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About the Author

Bret Anthony Johnston is the author of the novel Remember Me Like This and the award-winning Corpus Christi: Stories, which was named a Best Book of the Year by The Independent (London) and The Irish Times. He is also the editor of Naming the World and Other Exercises for the Creative Writer. His work appears in The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, The Paris Review, Glimmer Train Stories, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Best American Short Stories, and elsewhere.

A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he’s the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship and a 5 Under 35 honor from the National Book Foundation. He teaches in the Bennington Writing Seminars and at Harvard University, where he is the Director of Creative Writing.