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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,368 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nathan Englander Narrator: Arthur Morey Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2007 ISBN: 9780739342473
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A Hasidic man gets a special dispensation from his rabbi to see a prostitute in this short story from Nathan Englander's collection For the Relief of Unbearable Urges

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 adam | 2/18/2014

    " OK I'll say it: you've GOT to read this. But let me qualify that by mentioning that you might not get it if you're not (sigh) Jewish. I think it was Will Smith who said, "Take it from me, gentiles just don't understand." In spite of the Semitic tag, Nathan Englander is as good a young writer as any I can think of. I hope his debut novel which just came out is as good as this. Tremendous short fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 E. Ilana Diamant | 2/13/2014

    " Highly recommend it, Englander is a great story-teller, and I don't use that word that often. After this book, and after the Ministry of Special Cases, he's become one of my favorite authors (along with DeLillo, Bezmogis, Calvino and Zadie Smith). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 2/10/2014

    " unbelievable collection of stories, well crafted and so clever "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth Barron | 1/20/2014

    " Tantalizing, delicious, wide open and over the top "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karina | 1/5/2014

    " I particularly enjoyed "The Twenty-seventh Man", "The Wig", and the titular "For the Relief of Unbearable Urges". "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 12/29/2013

    " The stories in his second collection, What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, are much more accessible and less bizarre and disturbing. But apparently this is the book that put Englander on the map as one of the great new Jewish writers of our generation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ron | 12/26/2013

    " Again, it's one of those books that make more sense if you are Jewish, preferably with an Orthodox background. Because if not, the traditions and the culture will just seem weird. But if you are, this book is beautifully told and wonderfully resonating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 12/21/2013

    " Love these short stories! Very imaginative, but dark. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 C. Adam Volle | 10/30/2013

    " Mostly wonderful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 10/25/2013

    " Famazing. I'd rate some of these stories 5+ stars. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 10/24/2013

    " I found many of these stories funny or poignant, but I didn't feel that any of them concluded strongly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 lnb | 9/28/2013

    " the story about the wig, A+ "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 8/19/2013

    " Impressive unpacking of often hidden stories. Compelling, rich, unexpected. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alan Pottinger | 6/30/2013

    " Apart from one or two stories, I just couldn't get into this. I struggled to engage with any of the characters and felt totally depressed by it ... I'm sure I was missing something! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam | 5/15/2013

    " I'm generally not a fan of short stories. All of the stories in this collection were, at the very least, very good. And some of them were great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arielle | 4/21/2013

    " The last story was my least favorite, but the others were so beautifully written and engaging. I felt a part of the culture that Englander was describing and appreciated his twists, which often went in directions I didn't foresee. The tales were finely executed, but felt effortless. Very enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Russellino | 1/3/2013

    " Englander should have kept "Reb Kringle" in a drawer. Skip that story and this collection is five stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo | 10/25/2012

    " 3.5. I had heard that this book was amazing but I actually preferred What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank: Stories, the stories felt more resolved and they definitely stuck with me more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sari | 10/14/2012

    " I liked this book. I liked the stories. I think I just started reading it at the wrong time, because I couldn't finish it. Since I bought it, I'll just pick it up again later. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/22/2012

    " read this a few years ago and several of the story lines still kick around in the back of my mind. outstanding writing and fascinating characters, i didn't want the stories to end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chip | 3/19/2012

    " Great Stories. Comparable to Jhumpha Lahiri. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 11/18/2011

    " These stories have a marvelous dark humor. Englander's imagination is amazing. The situations are absolutely crazy, but Englander makes them seem perfectly plausible. Very unique writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patti London | 9/4/2011

    " Sad and funny, simultaneously. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Paulsen | 8/3/2011

    " Really enjoyable yet sad characters... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clara Geismar | 7/17/2011

    " Parents being holocaust survivors I eat up anything having to do with Judaism......... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 1/9/2011

    " Shorts stories from the Orthodox Jewish community. Touchingly personal and different. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sabrina | 1/4/2011

    " The last and the first stories in this collection are the strongest, most acute. Englander is a talent for sure, but the subject matters of his stories fail to disarm. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 12/28/2010

    " Rarely have enjoyed short stories more. A detailed and loving inside look at Jewish culture, and humans, too. Funny, sharp, kind, unflinching, and beautifully written stories. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alan | 12/27/2010

    " Apart from one or two stories, I just couldn't get into this. I struggled to engage with any of the characters and felt totally depressed by it ... I'm sure I was missing something! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Telaina | 12/3/2010

    " A beautifully wrought collection of short stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 11/25/2010

    " I now see what all the fuss was about. By the very first story, you will be hooked. These characters and stories will stay with me for a very long time. "

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

    " Interesting stories on modern Jewish life. The first story, though, of Yiddish writers in Stalinist USSR waiting for their execution is great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arielle | 6/10/2010

    " The last story was my least favorite, but the others were so beautifully written and engaging. I felt a part of the culture that Englander was describing and appreciated his twists, which often went in directions I didn't foresee. The tales were finely executed, but felt effortless. Very enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wyatt | 1/13/2010

    " I love good short stories, and these are great short stories. "

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About the Author
Author Nathan Englander

Nathan Englander’s short fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, Atlantic, and numerous anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories. He is the author of the novel The Ministry of Special Cases and the story collection For the Relief of Unbearable Urges, which earned him a PEN/Malamud Award and the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

About the Narrator

Arthur Morey has won three AudioFile Magazine “Best Of” Awards: in 2011 for Biography and History, in for History and Historical Fiction, and in 2009 for Nonfiction and Culture. His work has also garnered multiple AudioFile Earphones awards, and he has been nominated for an Audie Award. He graduated from Harvard and did graduate work at the University of Chicago. He has won awards for his fiction and drama, worked as an editor with several book publishers, and taught literature and writing at Northwestern University. As a narrator, he has received nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award.