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3.68 out of 53.68 out of 53.68 out of 53.68 out of 53.68 out of 5 3.68 (25 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steven Millhauser Narrator: George Guidall, Adam Grupper, Andy Paris, Jim Frangione, Sharon Washington Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2015 ISBN: 9781461849469
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In this acclaimed collection of short stories, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Stephen Millhauser shares the dark suspense and humor that have gained him a cult following. Millhauser’s imagination and creativity are on full display with stories featuring artists gone mad, egomaniacal architects, and a historical society that’s given up its chronicling of history. Characterized by “phenomenal clarity and rapacious movement” each story “focuses on the misery wrought by misdirected human desire and ambition.” (Publishers Weekly)

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Remarkable…Not just brilliant but prescient.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “[An] absorbing, impeccably imagined collection.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Readers seeking the perfect introduction to Pulitzer Prize–winning author Steven Millhauser need look no further…Dangerous Laughter draws on every facet of his imagination…It’s more akin to music-making than storytelling.”

    Seattle Times

  • An ALA Notable Book

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brittney Weber | 2/15/2014

    " With his extraordinarily vivid writing, Millhauser transcends the realm of the known but occasionally becomes so caught up in words that the plot remains hidden. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mia | 2/13/2014

    " Millhauser's experiments in examining perception, art, and human relationship vary in their success, but when they work they really work well. I was particularly fond of "Cat and Mouse", "The Room in the Attic" and "The Wizard of West Orange", though other stories were also very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fran | 2/1/2014

    " Very unusual author. A few of the stories are about everyday people, but most combine turn of the 19th century history and fantasy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joanne Edwards | 1/26/2014

    " Very strange short stories -- unsettling. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rhod | 1/17/2014

    " A couple of the stories were pretty good, but I can't really recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 1/16/2014

    " A collection of brilliant short stories by a creative and philosophical writer. I unreservedly recommend them to you. (Also, Millhauser wrote the short story that was the inspiration for the film THE ILLUSIONIST.) Definitely check him out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leoneil47 | 1/14/2014

    " Imaginative, absurd post modernist stuff for fans of Saunders. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fan | 12/20/2013

    " Loved the book. Witty, sophisticated, original, with comprehensive historical depth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Corey | 11/30/2013

    " This is the best fiction I've read in donkey's years. He is wonderful, as in full of wonders. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lena | 8/28/2013

    " This is truly a fantastic book, and I'm eager to read more of his work. Just ordered "The Knife Thrower" ... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 8/8/2012

    " This was a great read. A dark, sneaky, sexy, forboding, deliberate, pensive read. If you like atmospheric short stories that will make you sit and think for a moment, you will love Steven Milhauser. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 3/27/2012

    " I read through the title story, maybe 4 or 5 stories in, but I kept having to force myself to go back to it. The stories were well-written and intelligent, but left me cold. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tamara | 10/14/2011

    " An interesting book of short stories. I preferred the first section WAY more than the others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 9/24/2011

    " I loved the first few stories in this book and couldn't stop telling everyone I knew to read it. Each story was such a perfect gem of a short story -- perfect prose and such momentum. But by the end of the collection I was annoyed by his shtick. I would still recommend the first half of the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 deep | 8/9/2011

    " This is probably the best fiction I've read this year - a series of short stories that I think are better described as creative workouts. Millhauser's command over language and imagination is impressive, he paints places that are both familiar and strange at the same time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 7/29/2011

    " Great. Today showed up on the NYT top 5 fiction books of the year. I picked a winnah!
    The Dome was particularly good. Great riff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 7/6/2011

    " Sometimes strange, sometimes laugh out loud funny, sometimes very thought provoking intellectually - an excellent, unusual and well written book of quasi science fiction short stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kara | 7/3/2011

    " Amazingly well written. Adventures into many extremes of human existence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Boy Chris | 5/15/2011

    " Opening Cartoon begs to be animated; A Room in the Attic cherished and preserved; A Precursor of the Cinema selectively shared; The Other Town enacted; A Change in Fashion consumed; with the remainder serving as obsessive cautionary tales. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ctb | 5/7/2011

    " Forced my way through these stories. Remember only that I suffered. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beckie | 3/30/2011

    " Possibly the most curious and unusual book I've ever read. Millhauser is just about 5 degrees off the straight and narrow but that 5 degrees makes him purely memorable. A work of funny and fervent genius. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dodokins | 3/4/2011

    " Amazing stories. Not even one is inferior to the others. Fully deserved the prize it gets. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brittney | 2/12/2011

    " With his extraordinarily vivid writing, Millhauser transcends the realm of the known but occasionally becomes so caught up in words that the plot remains hidden. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jean | 1/12/2011

    " Everything I don't like about short story collections: every story is exactly the same. Some fun stories and concepts but horribly redundant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Iva | 1/9/2011

    " I really enjoyed every sentence!! This is brilliant book "

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About the Author
Author Steven Millhauser

Steven Millhauser is an American novelist and short story writer. His novel Martin Dressler won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and was a finalist for the National Book Award. He won The Story Prize in 2011 for We Others: New and Selected Stories.

About the Narrators

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.

Adam Grupper is a voice artist and actor. His audiobook narrations have earned six Earphones Awards and a nomination in 2008 for the prestigious Audie Award. His Broadway performances include Baz Luhrmann’s La Boheme, 45 Seconds from Broadway, The Wild Party, Guys and Dolls, among others. He has appeared in films such as Trophy Kids, Music & Lyrics, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, and Two Weeks’ Notice. On television, he has appeared in The Sopranos, Third Watch, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: SVU, Ugly Betty, and As the World Turns.

Andy Paris is an actor and writer. A member of the Tectonic Theater Project, he and others wrote The Laramie Project, which was nominated for an Emmy in 2002, and in which he played Stephen Belber. He has also appeared in Law & Order. Paris is the winner of two AudioFile Earphones Awards.

Jim Frangione is an audiobook narrator who won AudioFile magazine’s 2011 Best Voice in Mystery and Suspense for his reading of Philip Carter’s The Altar of Bones and Spencer Quinn’s To Fetch a Thief. He has won eight Earphones Awards and in 2009 was a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award.

Sharon Washington is a critically acclaimed actress, whose performances have been called “Sensational … A breakout … Ferociously funny” by the New York Times. Notable theater credits include “The Lady” in the Broadway musical The Scottsboro Boys; Lady Anne, alongside Denzel Washington, in the New York Shakespeare Festival’s Richard III; and Valeria, alongside Christopher Walken, in Coriolanus. She is a graduate of Darmouth College and received her MFA from Yale School of Drama.