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Author: Joseph O'Neill Narrator: Danny Campbell, Robbie Daymond, Arthur Morey, Mike Chamberlain, Allyson Ryan, John H. Meyer, Mark Bramhall, Kimberly Farr Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2018 ISBN: 9780525634218
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A masterly collection of eleven stories about the way we live now from the best-selling author of Netherland.

From bourgeois facial-hair trends to parental sleep deprivation, Joseph O’Neill closely observes the mores of his characters, whose vacillations and second thoughts expose the mysterious pettiness, underlying violence, and, sometimes, surprising beauty of ordi­nary life in the early twenty-first century. A lonely wedding guest talks to a goose; two poets struggle over whether to participate in a “pardon Edward Snowden” verse petition; a cowardly husband lets his wife face a possible intruder in their home; a potential co-op renter in New York City can’t find anyone to give him a character reference.
 
On the surface, these men and women may be in only mild trouble, but in these perfectly made, fiercely modern stories O’Neill reminds us of the real, secretly political consequences of our internal monologues. No writer is more incisive about the strange world we live in now; the laugh-out-loud vulnerability of his people is also fodder for tears.


Cast of Narrators:
"Pardon Edward Snowden" read by Robbie Daymond
"The Trusted Traveler" read by Arthur Morey
"The World of Cheese" read by Kimberly Farr
"The Referees" read by Mike Chamberlain
"Promises, Promises" read by Allyson Ryan
"The Death of Billy Joel" read by Mark Deakins
"Ponchos" read by Mark Bramhall 
"The Poltroon Husband" read by John H. Meyer 
"Goose" read by Mike Chamberlain
"The Mustache in 2010" read by Cassandra Campbell 
"The Sinking of the Houston" read by Danny Campbell Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • O’Neill writes with an urgent timeliness, as if these stories were written yesterday, with the politics and news you might have shared with your friends this very morning. The thrill of seeing the here and now transmuted into morally serious and comically rich prose is heightened once you realize its rarity. Ryan Chapman, Guernica
  • An essential book, full of unexpected bursts of meaning and beauty . . . Compelling . . . Funny and fierce . . . [O’Neill] wields an acerbic blade, rendering the weird and violent with a determined frugality and control . . . The eleven stories in Good Trouble read like a string of understated poems that progress, implode, and digress. Feroz Rather, Ploughshares
  • A chewy collection of stories, often elegant, often challenging, and always entertaining. . . . A pleasure of reading this collection is watching a skilled writer at work using fine-tuned language to pinpoint states of mind and feeling. Claire Hopley, The Washington Times
  • If the decentering of white men has met with intensifying pushback since the 2016 US election, then conventional masculinity needs shrewd anatomists like Joseph O’Neill more than ever before. Benjamin Evans, The Guardian
  • The characters are subtly crafted, nuanced in their observations of others, and understated. . . . Instead of thwacking the reader over the head with a trumped-up lesson of ‘count your blessings,’ [O’Neill] quietly leads us toward a reflection of ourselves that, perhaps, makes us just a bit more appreciative of all the ‘good trouble’ we have. Colleen M. Geiger, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • [A] fine collection . . . Many of the stories take surprisingly unexpected turns, [as] O’Neill confronts the lure of despair. Michael Magras, Houston Chronicle
  • The angst of modern life pervades the daily lives of the characters in these stories from the author of Netherland, whose subversive humor finds new angles on everything from facial hair to circumcision. Time
  • A thoroughly enjoyable collection . . . O’Neill treats his characters with a wry sympathy and a sense of fun, [probing] the frictions that make marriages and families fissure or fight for survival, the situations where discomfort breeds anxiety and resentment mushrooms into malaise. Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • Beautifully crafted short stories . . . O’Neill’s tales often echo [David Foster] Wallace’s mixture of humor and profundity, demonstrating a similar, almost preternatural eye for the absurdities of contemporary life. Alexander Moran, Booklist
  • Absorbing . . . In his typically sharp, smart language, [O’Neill] shows us characters undone by contemporary life, not grandly but in the small, essential ways that define our culture. Library Journal

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About the Author

Joseph O’Neill, a novelist and non-fiction writer, was born in Ireland. His novel Netherland was awarded the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, and he has garnered numerous other nominations and accolades for his work. Additionally, O’Neill writes literary and cultural criticism, most regularly for the Atlantic Monthly. He practiced law for ten years in Ireland before moving to New York City, where he currently teaches at Bard College. 

About the Narrators

Danny Campbell is an Earphones Award–winning narrator and an actor who has appeared in CBS’ The Guardian, the films A Pool, a Fool, and a Duel and Greater Than Gravity, and in over twenty-five commercials. He is a company member of the Independent Shakespeare Company in Los Angeles and is an adjunct faculty member at Santa Monica College.

Robbie Daymond is an actor, voice talent, and four-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award. He graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, with a master’s degree in acting and works primarily in theater but has made several forays into television, video games, and film.

Arthur Morey has won three AudioFile Magazine “Best Of” Awards, and his work has garnered numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and placed him as a finalist for two Audie Awards. He has acted in a number of productions, both off Broadway in New York and off Loop in Chicago. 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. His plays and songs have been produced in New York, Chicago, and Milan, where he has also performed.

Mike Chamberlain is an actor and voice-over performer in Los Angeles whose audiobook narration has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards. His voice credits range from radio commercials and television narration to animation and video game characters. Stage trained at Boston College, he has performed works from Shakespeare and the classics to contemporary drama and comedy.

Allyson Ryan is an Earphones Award–winning voice actress who can be heard in commercials, promos, animation, and audiobooks. She has extensive experience on stage and television. In New York, she acted in and directed more than thirty plays. Her television credits include roles on Eleventh Hour, Law & Order, and One Life to Live. She has also appeared as “Mom” in several television commercials. Advertising Age nominated her for a Bobby Award in the best actress category for her work as the Duracell mom.

John H. Meyer is a voice talent and audiobook narrator.

Mark Bramhall has won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, more than thirty AudioFile Earphones Awards, and has repeatedly been named by AudioFile magazine and Publishers Weekly among their “Best Voices of the Year.” 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.

Kimberly Farr is an actress and winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards for narration. She has appeared on Broadway and at the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Roundabout Theatre, Playwright’s Horizons, and the American Place. She created the role of “Eve” in Arthur Miller’s first and only musical, Up from Paradise, which was directed by the author. She appeared with Vanessa Redgrave in the Broadway production of The Lady from the Sea and has acted in regional theaters across the country, including a performance in the original production of The 1940’s Radio Hour at Washington, DC’s Arena Stage.