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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joyce Carol Oates Narrator: Julia Whelan, Ray Chase, Donna Postel, Luci Christian Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2014 ISBN: 9781622314652
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Eight stories that deftly test the bonds between damaged individuals <#150> a brother and sister, a teacher and student, two strangers on a subway <#150> in the fearless prose for which Oates has become so celebrated. "[She] carries forward the great Am Download and start listening now!


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  • “These ‘tales of darkness and dread’ won’t put you to sleep, but they’ll give you more interesting nightmares…In a way, ever story is a character study…sure to focus a basilisk eye on the weak spot that reveals our own ugly impulses and make us defenseless against the terrors of the night.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Exquisitely written…there is no better stylist alive than Joyce Carol Oates…Read High Crime Area and prepare yourself for eight surprises, the number of stories in the book.”

    Huntington News

  • “Oates offers unexpected glimmers of redemption amid the grotesquerie, degradation, and exploitation that fill this collection’s eight tales…Oates is at her best depicting characters who seem perplexed by their own needs, desires, and obligations.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “These stories take the reader to desolate intersections and grimy tenements that mirror the dark reaches of the human soul; the combined elements of literary fiction with genre fiction and true crime offer added audience appeal.”

    Library Journal

  • “Oates carries forward the great American dark-tales tradition with spellbinding craft, a cutting female eye, and a keen sense of how the diabolical infiltrates everyday existence…Powerhouse Oates brings both exterior and interior worlds into excruciatingly sharp focus, evoking dread, grim exaltation, and the paralysis of prey. Oates’ potent dark tales are addictive.”


  • “Oates’ mastery of imagery and of stream of consciousness enhances the gritty settings and the frailties of her grotesque and pitiable subjects.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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