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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (504 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jay McInerney Narrator: Ray Porter Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2009 ISBN: 9781455193820
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From the writer whose first novel, Bright Lights, Big City, defined a generation comes a collection of stories drawn from his nearly three-decade career. Whether set in New England, Los Angeles, New York, or the South, they unveil the manic flux of our society as they capture various stages of adulthood: a young man confronting the class system at a summer resort; a young woman holed up in a remote cabin while her boyfriend campaigns for the highest office; a couple whose experiments in sexuality cross every line; a doctor who treats convicts and is coming to terms with his own criminal past; a youthful socialite returning home to nurse her mother; a family celebrating the holidays while mired in loss; and more.

A manifold exploration of delusion, experience, and transformation, these stories display a preeminent writer at the very top of his form.

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Quotes & Awards

  • How It Ended reminds us how impressively broad McInerney’s scope has been and how confidently he has ranged across wide swaths of our national experience…McInerney’s contribution—and it is a major one—is to have revitalized the Irish Catholic expiatory tradition of F. Scott Fitzgerald and John O’Hara…McInerney’s gifts have never been in question. He possesses the literary naturalist’s full tool kit: empathy and curiosity, a peeled eye and a well-tuned ear, a talent for building narratives at once intimate and expansive, plausible and inventive.”

    New York Times Book Review (front page)

  • “[McInerney’s] stories have grown more elegant, subtle, shapely and reflective over time, to the point where some of the recent works are perfect specimens.”

    New York Times

  • “[McInerney] has the storyteller’s gift of making the familiar seem strange, of casting new light on old ground. The results are funny, shocking, and moving.”

    Sunday Telegraph

  • “[McInerney’s] best writing to date, combining a quiet household realism with his gift for pinpointing moments of awkward bafflement.”

    Times Literary Supplement

  • “Despite the sexual mayhem in McInerney’s stories, a stubborn moral reckoning hovers over the writing…[His] openings hook and reel in the reader with a catchy first line [and] the narration moves speedily over familiar territory with the economy of Raymond Carver and the breathless pace of Stephen Dixon. With language this precise, McInerney possesses the skill to be invisible: he refuse to draw the reader’s attention to himself but instead to the stories.”

    Financial Times

  • “Proof that McInerney’s star burns as bright as ever.”

    Vanity Fair

  • “The short story is the perfect measure for [McInerney’s] brand of beautifully distilled prose and dry sophistication.”

    Independent on Sunday

  • “Nobody can channel urban strivers and their shallow pursuits as well as McInerney.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A splendid short-story writer, [McInerney’s] stories are reminiscent of those of F. Scott Fitzgerald, John O’Hara, and Irwin Shaw…A very compelling collection.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Narrator Ray Porter blends sarcasm, wit, unfiltered emotion, and compassion to create a series of tales so realistic and believable they ring true from start to finish. McInerney’s knack for recreating the reality that surrounds us everyday is a perfect fit for Porter’s performance ability. Together they craft stories that reveal the underbelly of society while never failing to entertain.”

    AudioFile

  • “Whether it was Edith Wharton at the turn of the 20th century or John Cheever in the 1950s and ’60s, New York City has never lacked for chroniclers of its mores. Perhaps a century from now, cultural historians will plump the works of Jay McInerney to discern what life was like there in the two decades between the explosion of Wall Street wealth and the grim aftermath of 9/11. His keen-eyed depiction of that period is generously displayed in How it Ended…his dark depiction of a slice of modern American life that may be passing away in front of our eyes, as the title of this volume ironically suggests, is no less perceptive and real.”

    Bookpage

  • One of the 2009 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction
  • A 2009 Booklist Editors’ Choice for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Snem | 2/13/2014

    " It was entertaining but if asked to summarize one of the stories if I said " drugs, adultery, New York" I would be covering like 20 of the stories. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike Lindgren | 2/10/2014

    " For a quarter-century now, Jay McInerney has been telling fundamentally the same story: Innocent newcomer to the neon jungle gains the world -- or at least a book contract, a bespoke suit and a gorgeous girlfriend -- only to lose his soul. "How It Ended" presents a dozen amusing but ultimately self-indulgent variations on that theme. The short story is perhaps not the best display case for McInerney's gifts. His characters need narrative time for their world-weary carapaces to crack, revealing hidden depths and vulnerabilities; in the shorter format, their sardonic defense mechanisms come across as shallow and bitchy. (From the WASHINGTON POST, July 8, 2009) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/9/2014

    " my rating is based on having read just a few of the stories. i will get around to the rest someday, though not soon enough. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ricky | 2/3/2014

    " Where 'The Good Life' left off, McInerney brings it back together with his collection of short stories he's written since the early 80's. I put 'How It Ended' right up there with 'Girls' by Nic Kellman and 'Drown' by Junot Diaz as the best collection of short stories under one cover. With each story being 8-12 pages in length, McInerney does an impressive job of tieing together his normal themes of Bright Light Big City and The Good Life ala his stint as the 80's literary prat pack w/ Bret Easton Ellis. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry Perrel | 1/31/2014

    " A mix of old and new, and a mix of good and so-so. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 1/16/2014

    " This is a short book. Only 10 chapters and each one is a different story. I enjoyed each story, but I was hoping the last chapter would bring the characters from each chapter together or link them somehow. All in all, still a good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adam | 12/17/2013

    " Some good short stories contained within, though none that managed to really blow me away. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandee | 12/10/2013

    " While I enjoyed this book, after awhile the fast-paced NY style, alcohol, drugs and cheating got to be a bit much. He does have some fun romps in lifestyle! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stefanie | 12/4/2013

    " contemporary characters in well-nuanced, believable settings. the newer stories reveal a grace and mastery of the genre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tasha | 11/2/2013

    " If Lahiri can be criticized for writing too many stories about Indian people, then McInerney is guilty of bludgeoning the reader with too many stories about spoiled, coked-up, white Manhattanites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 1/25/2013

    " very entertaining short stories "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott Morrison | 11/8/2012

    " Almost 4 stars... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martin Kilkenny | 8/21/2012

    " Some good short stories....He seems fixated on affairs and oral sex....Recommended...the book that is..and i guess...oral sex "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tania Malik | 5/16/2012

    " Clear and sharply written collection of short stories. Each story would probably stand better on its own, but as a collection certain similarities in themes and characters become more pronounced. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 2/25/2012

    " Glossy stories about rich people, drugs, and sex--but boy can McInerney write! I liked the roman a clef about John Edwards's lover Rielle Hunter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Okralaw | 2/11/2012

    " great collection of short stories "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K D | 6/7/2011

    " Short stories--good intro to McInerney's style; voyeuristic, well written but guilty of exhibitionism and male narcissism. Tells it like it is (for some people), I guess. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adam | 3/6/2011

    " Some good short stories contained within, though none that managed to really blow me away. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 1/5/2011

    " Great for people who are into short stories of the rough n tumble-kind. Jay is able to capture characters and mind-sets and scenes by using less and letting the reader take juicy and succinct thought-points and craft a setting. so far, so good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 11/16/2010

    " Pretty strong collection of short stories. Enjoyed it throughout. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Okralaw | 10/20/2010

    " great collection of short stories "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Al | 6/30/2010

    " It's not surprising that McInerney studied under Carver and Wolff. Though I wouldn't say the student has surpassed his teachers, he has certainly become a master storyteller in his own right. He is especially skilled at capturing family dynamics. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Simone | 6/27/2010

    " I didn't even finish this book. The first few short stories I read were all the same -- gratuitous sex, way too much drinking, and loads of drugs. It was depressing and dark. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kailin | 5/31/2010

    " i believe that all of JM's characters are really himself and that self really has a hard time being faithful to his significant other. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Snem | 5/23/2010

    " It was entertaining but if asked to summarize one of the stories if I said " drugs, adultery, New York" I would be covering like 20 of the stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tania | 5/6/2010

    " Clear and sharply written collection of short stories. Each story would probably stand better on its own, but as a collection certain similarities in themes and characters become more pronounced. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sonia | 3/16/2010

    " Ugh. I am officially OVER the stories of boring (and bored) white middle class men in the midst of 80's/90's hedonism. And though he was taught by Tobias Wolff, he can't quite pull of the non-self-reflexive writing of people of color into the white middle class consciousness. No more! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Billy | 1/26/2010

    " Strange, but decent.
    Strange, in that almost every story featured some crack addict who cheated on his/her partner, and decent in that it was well-written. But not great. "

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About the Author
Author Jay McInerney

Jay McInerney is the author of seven novels and two collections of essays on wine. He is a regular contributor to New York magazine, Guardian Weekly (London), and Corriere della Sera.

About the Narrator

Ray Porter has garnered fourteen Earphones Awards, two Audie nominations, and a multitude of enthusiastic reviews for his sparkling narration of audiobooks. He has also appeared in numerous films and television shows, including Frasier, ER, Will & Grace, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, and Almost Famous. He has most recently received Audible’s Narrator of the Year Award. He is a fifteen-year veteran of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.