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4.21 out of 54.21 out of 54.21 out of 54.21 out of 54.21 out of 5 4.21 (29 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Flannery O’Connor Narrator: Bronson Pinchot, Karen White, Mark Bramhall, Lorna Raver Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2010 ISBN: 9781455198474
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This collection of nine short stories by Flannery O’Connor was published posthumously in 1965. The flawed characters of each story are fully revealed in apocalyptic moments of conflict and violence that are presented with comic detachment. The title story is a tragicomedy about social pride, racial bigotry, generational conflict, false liberalism, and filial dependence. The protagonist, Julian Chestny, is hypocritically disdainful of his mother’s prejudices, but his smug selfishness is replaced with childish fear when she suffers a fatal stroke after being struck by a black woman she has insulted out of oblivious ignorance rather than malice. Similarly, “The Comforts of Home” is about an intellectual son with an Oedipus complex. Driven by the voice of his dead father, the son accidentally kills his sentimental mother in an attempt to murder a harlot. The other stories are “A View of the Woods,” “Parker’s Back,” “The Enduring Chill,” “Greenleaf,” “The Lame Shall Enter First,” “Revelation,” and “Judgment Day.”

Flannery O’Connor was working on Everything That Rises Must Converge at the time of her death. This collection is an exquisite legacy from a genius of the American short story, in which she scrutinizes territory familiar to her readers: race, faith, and morality. The stories encompass the comic and the tragic, the beautiful and the grotesque; each carries her highly individual stamp and could have been written by no one else.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “When I read Flannery O’Connor, I do not think of Hemingway, or Katherine Anne Porter, or Sartre, but rather of someone like Sophocles. What more can you say for a writer? I write her name with honor, for all the truth and all the craft with which she shows man’s fall and his dishonor.”

    Thomas Merton

  • “The current volume of posthumous stories is the work of a master, a writer’s writer—but a reader’s too—an incomparable craftsman who wrote, let it be said, some of the finest stories in our language.”

    Newsweek

  • “Bronson Pinchot, Karen White, Mark Bramhall, and Lorna Raver flawlessly convey the characters’ ignorance as well as their gut-wrenching epiphanies…This production expertly communicates O’Connor’s literary complexity.”

    AudioFile

  • “All in all they comprise the best collection of shorter fiction to have been published in America during the past twenty years.”

    Book Week

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susie | 1/27/2014

    " Certainly an interesting group of short stories. I really enjoyed her writing style. By the end of the book, though, I felt like I had my fill of Ms. O'Connor for a while. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robyn | 1/10/2014

    " What an incredible collection of stories. No happy endings here. A little grotesque and a whole lot thought provoking, and not necessarily in a nice way. Kind of puts you off ever going to Georgia. . . . . . Hmmm. Maybe a bit extreme. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 12/8/2013

    " I'd read two of these for classes before, so I decided to finish the collection. They're all incredibly brutal in that classic O'Connor style, and in some ways I find her assumption of characters in narrative a bit presumptuous. But as difficult a pill as they her stories are to swallow, there are also some genuinely good messages that come out of them. Nobody makes an epiphany in a short story as boldly perceptive, bitingly honest, or brilliantly designed as Flannery - and nobody epiphanies that contain such, well, epiphany in the original sense of the word. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sydnee | 11/15/2013

    " What can I say about Miss O'Connor? She may be the most brilliant female American author. I spent years studying her writing in college and I'm always surprised that so many don't know who she is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cami Brunjes | 10/27/2013

    " Wow, a very depressing read, but really human and good at the same time. This was written towards the end of Flannery O'Connor's short, but prolific, life. Quite tragic, actually. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Scarlet | 10/13/2013

    " Having to read something from Flannery O'Connor is a dark spot in my high school career. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alice Sather | 9/1/2013

    " She makes me think and I like that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jess | 6/11/2013

    " Flannery O'Connor will blow your mind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rannie | 5/11/2013

    " "I've read your book with great delight and I wish I had some reasons to tell you why I think it's so fine. However, I merely enjoys, I does not analyze." (from The Habit of Being, the Letters of Flannery O'Connor.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aylin | 4/30/2013

    " I actually have Flannery O'Connor : Collected Works : Wise Blood / A Good Man Is Hard to Find / The Violent Bear It Away / Everything that Rises Must Converge / Essays & Letters but I will mark it down as this since these are the stories I am picking out of the collection. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 3/13/2013

    " Yes, I only read this book because a very important character on "LOST" was reading it. But I'm glad I did. I can see the importance of her stories based on the time of it's first publishing. The stories are dark and bring a new take (for me) to the moral lessons reminiscent of Aesop's Fables. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brittany Petruzzi | 2/24/2013

    " I don't always understand O'Connor, but when I've finished reading a story I'm sure that it's important that I do. Maybe one day I will. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob Skidmore | 1/7/2013

    " Wonderfully compelling stories. I just wish there were some happy ones in there that didn't involve death/race/mothers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb Amend | 12/28/2012

    " If only I could write like Flannery O'Connor.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheri-lee | 11/18/2012

    " Flannery O'Connor always leaves you hoping for a happy ending but then dashes your hopes to bits. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nate | 7/1/2012

    " Very little variation on themes or style, read the first three stories, you've got the idea "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kayla Hammond | 3/14/2012

    " I liked "Parker's Back" and "The Lame Shall Enter First" best. She kept getting me with the surprise deaths -- what a tricky lady! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Timmy | 11/26/2011

    " I mark The Enduring Chill, The Lame Shall Enter First, and Revelation as favorites of this superb set. "

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

    " O'Conner is an excellent writer, but most of these stories didn't really connect with me. I think it was due to the subject matter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christel | 5/18/2011

    " I finally understand Flannery O'Connor. Sort of. :) I still don't like the deathly endings of her stories, but I did love "Revelation" and "A Late Encounter With the Enemy."

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 4/11/2011

    " i read most of this here and there between january and like, now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia | 4/8/2011

    " I loved Wise Blood! The essays are wonderful. This book is my favorite gift to myself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lucy | 3/12/2011

    " I am familiar with O'Connor and really enjoy her sense of humor and her insight. I just finished "Wise Blood" and honestly am struggling with it, but am really enjoying "A good Man is Hard to Find." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charity | 2/18/2011

    " Right now I am dithering on her writing...She's got only two stars because her subject matter is akin to lifting boxes filled with lead: they're heavy and there is something in them, but you're not sure you need it. 5 stars for writing, 2 for content. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jaine | 2/10/2011

    " This books doesn't need a review.

    Flannery is awesome. No one will ever convince me otherwise.

    I *heart* Flannery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey | 8/21/2010

    " I haven't read all these stories, but I clicked to review mostly because of A Good Man is Hard to Find which is an unbelievable story. Must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 rebecca | 4/28/2010

    " if you have not read this... i don't really know you "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arwen | 4/12/2010

    " I will not explain Flannery O'Connor. You must read Flannery O'Connor, because your life will be better.

    (Even the letters are worth reading, and you cannot say that about everyone whose letters are published.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 3/6/2010

    " It would help if you read "Mystery and Manners" if you are having trouble understanding Flannery O'Connors works...She explains her art very well in this collection of notes from her speeches, essays and/or talks that she gave. "

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About the Author
Author Flannery O’Connor

Flannery O’Connor was born in Savannah, Georgia, in 1925. She was awarded the Best of the National Book Awards for Fiction in 2009, and she was the first fiction writer born in the twentieth century to have her works collected and published by the Library of America. When she died at the age of thirty-nine, America lost one of its most gifted writers at the height of her powers.

About the Narrators

Bronson Pinchot, an Audie Award–winning narrator, received his education at Yale University, which filled out what he had already received at his mother’s knee in the all-important areas of Shakespeare, Greek art and architecture, and the Italian Renaissance. He restores Greek Revival buildings and appears in television, film, and on stage whenever the pilasters and entablatures overwhelm him.

Karen White is a classically trained actress who has been recording audiobooks since 1999. An Audie Award finalist, she has earned numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards. Her reading of The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon-Reed was named one of AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2009.

Mark Bramhall has won eighteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been a finalist for the Audiobook Publishers Association’s prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He has been named by Publishers Weekly and AudioFile magazine among their “Best Voices of the Year” in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. He is also an award-winning actor whose acting credits include off-Broadway, regional, and many Los Angeles venues as well as television, animation, and feature films. He has taught and directed at the American Academy of Dramatic Art.

Lorna Raver, named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voices of the Year, has received numerous Audie Award nominations and fourteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. An experienced stage actress, she has also guest-starred on many top television series and starred in director Sam Raimi’s film Drag Me to Hell. Her numerous audiobook credits include The Age of Innocence, Up from Orchard Street, The Lodger, Selected Readings from the Portable Dorothy Parker, and Diamond Ruby.