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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (209 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Stone Narrator: David Colacci Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In Fun with Problems, Robert Stone demonstrates once again that he is one of the greatest contemporary writers in the English language. The pieces in this new volume vary greatly in length—some are almost novellas, others no more than a page—but all share the signature blend of longing, violence, black humor, sex, and drugs that has helped Stone illuminate the dark corners of the human soul. Entire lives are laid out with remarkable precision in captivating prose: a screenwriter carries on a decades-long affair with a beautiful actress, whose descent into addiction he can neither turn from nor share; a bored husband picks up a mysterious woman only to find that his ego has led him woefully astray; a world-beating Silicon Valley executive receives an unwelcome guest at his mansion in the hills; and a scuba dive guides uneasy newlyweds to a point of no return.

Fun with Problems showcases Stone’s great gift: to pinpoint and make real the impulses—by turns violently coercive and quietly seductive—that cause us to conceal, reveal, and betray our very selves.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Stone doesn’t just let his wounded characters whimper in the corner. He turns them loose on a world hard enough to knock them down but indifferent enough to not care about them once they’re gone.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Each character comes closer and closer to truth, but heartbreakingly, never quite turns the corner. You know they are on the right track though and that makes suffering with these characters enjoyable.”


Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Doug | 2/10/2014

    " Good writing, interesting short stories, some good, some just ok. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mike Ingram | 2/4/2014

    " I continue to be somewhat beguiled by Robert Stone's short stories. Sometimes they go off on unexpected tangents that cause my interest to wane, like the latter part of "Charm City" or the middle of "The Wine-Dark Sea." But other times they're just great, like "From the Lowlands" and "High Wire" and "The Archer." Even in the less-focused stories, there's lots of great insight and humor, lots of lines I found myself reading again and thinking how I would write them down somewhere, if I was the kind of person who wrote such things down somewhere. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Tim | 1/30/2014

    " Not Fun with problems would be a better titile for these people and their constent problems for which apparently their are no remedies. My suggestion fix is to skip these "Not Fun" yet very trying tales. 1 of 10 stars "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Poppy | 1/27/2014

    " Uh, sucked. "

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