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2.96 out of 52.96 out of 52.96 out of 52.96 out of 52.96 out of 5 2.96 (26 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Stone Narrator: David Colacci Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2010 ISBN: 9781400185979
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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.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 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 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 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 Poppy | 1/27/2014

    " Uh, sucked. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 1/22/2014

    " "It's a fallen world, is it not? We carry love in earthen vessels." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane Hammons | 1/15/2014

    " Great collection of very short, regular short and almost novella-length stories. Stone is at his best in "High Wire," a Los Angeles-in-the-80s story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kalen | 1/6/2014

    " I really struggle with short stories but enjoyed this volume a lot. Stone is dark and his stories are dark--and very well written. I particularly liked Honeymoon and High Wire but disliked The Wine-Dark Sea. Recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Johnson | 12/4/2013

    " Stories about addiction, set mostly in California. The characters got old for me fairly quickly, though I did enjoy a few of the stories. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Incoherent Allen | 12/3/2013

    " You won't miss anything if you don't read it. Some parts are good, some are not as OK. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 11/22/2013

    " just started but love the title "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Abigail (Abbe) | 11/16/2013

    " I found the writing style dry and unappealing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Daniel Schaublin | 10/17/2013

    " Dense fast moving prose yet an endless repeat of self destructive characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia | 10/14/2013

    " Taut and violent on a molecular level, these stories examine humans at their best and worst. Humans being themselves. Some great pieces here, recommended if you enjoy Joyce Carol Oates' more sparsely-decorated style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 8/23/2012

    " best writing, best characters, people always doing the most unexpected things, scary insights "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dorian | 7/22/2012

    " I don't mind "dark tales" and usually love short story collections, but it was hard for me to want to finish most of the stories in this collection. A few were good, most were forgettable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 3/4/2012

    " A good collection of short stories. Some better than others, but all were worth reading. Stone is a very under appreciated writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 2/5/2012

    " I'm still hungover from Stone's latest story collection. It took me about four attempts to get into the title story, but once I got past that, the remaining stories were lively and pleasantly uncomfortable - full of messy drunks causing messes. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jess Forbes | 12/8/2011

    " Men behaving badly, and the women who enable them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary Quien | 3/18/2011

    " A collection of (too few) short stories by a master of the form, some very very good, some not as good, but all-in-all a very interesting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 1/2/2011

    " "It's a fallen world, is it not? We carry love in earthen vessels." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mbreaden | 12/1/2010

    " There's a little too much manly man going on in here for me, but Robert Stone has a commanding writing style and an almost bohemian perspective. Nothing really stuck with me, though I did enjoy Charm City. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 11/24/2010

    " best writing, best characters, people always doing the most unexpected things, scary insights "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 9/8/2010

    " Stone is the dark chronicler of what happens when the craven appetites of the stoned intersect with the naivete of the fatefully un-hip in contemporary America. A great writer with a finger on the pulse of our collective decadent heart. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jess | 9/2/2010

    " Men behaving badly, and the women who enable them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Quentin | 7/19/2010

    " First story is surprisingly good. The rest didn't always succeed in grabbing my attention. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Daniel | 4/4/2010

    " Dense fast moving prose yet an endless repeat of self destructive characters. "

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About the Author
Author Robert Stone

Robert Stone (1937–2015) received most of the accolades and awards possible for a contemporary novelist, and he has been called the best writer of the post-Vietnam era. His many novels, which have enjoyed commercial success as well as critical acclaim, include the National Book Award winner Dog Soldiers, Damascus Gate, Bay of Souls, and A Hall of Mirrors. He was also the author of the short story collection Bear and His Daughter, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

About the Narrator

David Colacci is an actor and director who has directed and performed in prominent theaters nationwide. His credits include roles from Shakespeare to Albee, as well as extensive work on new plays. As a narrator, he has recorded more than one hundred audiobooks, earned eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His narration of The Suspect was named one of AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2007.