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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (282 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joyce Carol Oates Narrator: Matt Clevy, Angela Brazil, Susan Boyce, Stephen R. Thorne, Rachael Warren, Parker Leventer, Fred Sullivan, Emily Woo Zeller, Mauro Hantman Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781538466667
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The need for love—obsessive, self-destructive, unpredictable—takes us to forbidden places, as in the chilling world of Give Me Your Heart, a new collection of stories by the inimitable Joyce Carol Oates. 

In the suspenseful “Strip Poker,” a reckless adolescent girl must find a way of turning the tables on a gathering of increasingly threatening young men—can she “outplay” them? 

In “Smother!” a young woman’s nightmare memory of childhood brings trouble on her professor mother—which of them will win? 

In “Split/Brain” a woman who has blundered into a lethal situation confronts the possibility of saving herself—will she take it? 

In “The First Husband,” a jealous man discovers that his wife seems to have lied about her first marriage, and exacts a cruel revenge, years after the fact. 

In ten razor-sharp stories, National Book Award winner Oates shows that the most deadly mysteries often begin at home. Narrated by Angela Brazil, Susan Boyce, Stephen R. Thorne, Rachael Warren, Parker Leventer, Fred Sullivan, Emily Woo Zeller, Matt Clevy, and Mauro Hantman.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] fine collection of ten tightly focused tales about love and its aftermath…Each story shows the power of Oates’ never-ending clear, clean prose.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Weaving characteristic gothic themes and feminist overtones, the prolific Oates presents another successful collection of macabre short stories…This will please fans of serious fiction and short stories.”

    Library Journal

  • Like all the best nightmares, these tales work by literalizing ordinary fears you may have had yourself…Reliable chills for fans.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bikki | 2/18/2014

    " If I could give this 3.5 starts I would., but it doesn't quite make it to four stars. I really enjoyed the short stories in this collection - a little dark, all surprising, and with a touch of suspense/mystery. A nice variation from what I have previously read by JCO. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meghan | 1/20/2014

    " For anyone fed up with love stories ending in a happily ever after. Some stories i liked better than others but i can't be bothered to review each separately so 4 stars for being overall fantstic but with too much swearing. "

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

    " A strange and dark set of stories. Some better than others, all somewhat ambiguous. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doug | 1/10/2014

    " Joyce Carol Oates has always been a sort of secular Flannery O'Connor. In this collection of stories, she continues in the same way, with tensions easily prompted within threats of death and danger. Still, both Oates and O'Connor are two who can pull that off convincingly, most of the time because both are master psychologists. The stories here vary in strength. The opening story "Give Me Your Heart" seemed too forced and artificial. But "Strip Poker," "Bleed," and "Vena Cava" showed some amazing literary psychology, the style Oates is known for. As an aside, "Strip Poker" seemed to be offer an ultimately fun, alternative answer to Oates' most anthologized and haunting story "Where Are You Going? Where Have You Been?" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie Wennechuk | 1/7/2014

    " This was Joyce Carol Oates at her most dark, twisted, effed up best. Really chilling human behavoir and relationships. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Rockwood | 1/2/2014

    " Love these short stories ... they take you down a long exotic road and leave you ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 12/31/2013

    " Unreliable narrators abound in these often creepy, uncomfortable stories. Masterful story-telling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason Rolfe | 12/2/2013

    " Joyce Carol Oates just keeps getting better. A true master of the short story, regardless the genre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosa Macpherson | 11/28/2013

    " Strange. Intruiging.Experimental. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brenda | 11/19/2013

    " Torture to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sivananthi T | 11/9/2013

    " Always loved the short story format where everything is compact and dense and needs close reading. This collection looks at all the different ways in which violence simmers below the surface of our most close and personal relationships... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy Tyrrell | 11/24/2012

    " First one of Oates' books I've read and I'm already a fan. Her stories are so vivid and compelling that I'll be moving onto the longer fiction next. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Virginia Rowlands | 11/1/2012

    " her best work "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mady | 8/25/2012

    " Oof- still constantly thinking of Strip Poker, The Spill, and Vena Cava weeks later. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn Wallhausen | 6/19/2012

    " This is a collection of suspenseful and often disturbing short stories. They left me feeling uneasy and a bit off-balance, but that's what they were designed to do. I recommend balancing these stories out with some lighter reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim Ibara | 12/17/2011

    " I am a huge Joyce Carol Oates fan, so I would recommend any of her books. I love her short stories especially, and this collection is as well written as they come. Oates has a gift for the strange - these stories make you uncomfortable but pull you in with such power that you cannot stop reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Midnight Blue | 10/20/2011

    " Dark, haunting tales (beautifully written) about the monsters that sometimes lurk inside the people you think you know the best. These stories stayed with me long after I finished reading them.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 6/15/2011

    " A little disappointing...........I enjoyed some of the stories but most were just too "out there", even for me - a big fan of the dark and twisty! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelley | 5/11/2011

    " Loved these short stories--beautifully sensory writing and interesting plot developments. Really enjoyed the fact many stories have a working class background. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Imen | 3/3/2011

    " My introduction to Joyce Carol Oates. I am loving it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 eb | 2/21/2011

    " Unrelentingly grim and bloody--and expert, of course. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juliegsorensen | 1/19/2011

    " Joyce Carol Oates is a talented writer and this collection of stories did not disappoint. I normally don't like short stories, but these were very well-written, and each was better than the last. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renee | 12/30/2010

    " I've read a lot of JCO and this was definitely my least favorite of all of her works. Give Me Your Heart is a collection of short stories, that all start out with a bang-like racing horses after the trigger is pulled-- but sadly seem to stop mid story with no creditable ending. "

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About the Author
Author Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including the national bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys and Blonde, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, and the New York Times bestsellers The Falls, which won the 2005 Prix Femina Etranger, and The Gravedigger’s Daughter. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978. In 2003 she received the Common Wealth Award for Distinguished Service in Literature and the Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement, and in 2006 she received the Chicago Tribune Lifetime Achievement Award.

About the Narrators

Angela Brazil is a member of the resident acting company at Providence’s esteemed Trinity Repertory Company and an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator.

Susan Boyce is an audiobook narrator and an actor who has worked onstage at Trinity Repertory Theater, Worcester Foothills Theater, the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland, and every major ragtime and traditional jazz festival in the United States. She has won three AudioFile Earphones Awards.

Stephen R. Thorne, eleven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award for narration, is a professional actor and member of the resident acting company at Providence’s esteemed Trinity Repertory Company, where he has played Hamlet, Henry V, and Tom Joad.

Rachael Warren is a member of the resident acting company at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island, where she has played such roles as Eliza Doolittle, Sally Bowles, Ophelia, and Portia, as well as originating roles in world premieres by artists such as Paula Vogel and Charles Strouse. Her work has also been seen across the United States at a multitude of regional theaters and on several national tours.

Parker Leventer is an actress and voice-over artist. She has worked at the Lark and the Working Theater in New York, as well as regionally at Trinity Repertory Company, California Shakespeare Theatre, and Magic Theatre. She has an MFA in acting from Brown University/Trinity Repertory in Providence, Rhode Island.

Fred Sullivan is an actor and an AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator. He has played over one hundred roles as an award-winning resident actor at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island. He is resident director at Gamm Theatre and teaches acting at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Emily Woo Zeller is an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator, voice-over artist, actor, dancer, and choreographer. She began her voice-over work dubbing for film and television in Southeast Asia, where she resided, although her training as a performing artist began in her native Los Angeles, California. AudioFile magazine named her one of the Best Voices of 2013 for her work in Gulp. Other awards include the 2009 Tristen Award for Best Actress as Sally Bowles in Cabaret and the 2006 Roselyn E. Schneider Prize for Creative Achievement.y.

Mauro Hantman has been a resident actor at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island, where he has appeared in over fifty productions since 1999. He's the artistic director of the Providence Improv Fest and a founding member of Improv Jones, an improv troupe formed in 1992.