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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,557 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Auster, Paul Auster Narrator: Paul Auster Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When Paul Auster was asked to join NPR’s Weekend All Things Considered, he invited listeners to submit brief, true-life anecdotes about events that touched their lives.

And so the National Story Project was born. With more than 4,000 stories submitted so far, it is one of NPR’s most popular features—so popular that Auster decided to choose the top submissions and make them available in this book. His selections—hilarious blunders, wrenching coincidences, brushes with death, miraculous encounters, improbable ironies—come from people of all ages and walks of life.

This one-of-a-kind collection is a testament to the power of storytelling that offers a glimpse into the American soul. By turns poignant, nostalgic, funny, and strange, it is a work to be treasured and shared for years to come.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A wonderful story collection...and something that would make a great gift for the holidays.” Sunday Oklahoman
  • “Finally, a bathroom book worthy of Pulitzer consideration: the one-to-three-page stories gathered in this astonishing, addictive collection are absolute gems.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Auster has done a storyteller’s job himself of grouping these pieces effectively. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “It is difficult to think of another book published this year, and probably any book to be published next year, that is so simple and so obvious, so excellent in intention and so elegant in its execution, and which displays such wisdom and such knowledge of human life in all its varieties. It is also difficult to think of a book that is so stark a reminder that human experience can be horrid and utterly unbelievable, and which therefore answers so precisely to our current needs and circumstances.”


  • “A powerful book, one in which strangers share with you their darkest secrets, their happiest memories, their fears, their regrets. To read these essays is to look into hearts, to see life from other viewpoints, to live vicariously.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Unforgettable testimonials of human resilience. Moving and amusing dispatches from across America.”

    US Weekly

  • “Human foibles and frailties, laughter and tears...We are all hearing—and telling—stories all the time, especially now, in these days when life itself seems so fragile and precious. But Paul Auster’s wonderful efforts, choosing these fine stories, have given us a timely and invaluable reminder of what it means to listen—to really listen—to America talking.”


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cathy | 2/20/2014

    " This was a little repetative in that a lot of the stories featured amazing coincidences. However, I was interested int he NPR StOry Project so am glad I read it. easy to pick up and put down as none of the stories are longer than 4 pagtes and some are less than one. There are a few that have stuck with me and I wonder what happed tot eh writers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cara | 2/18/2014

    " A collection of stories by the everyman. Yes, truth, sometimes is stranger than fiction with real life experiences being more magical than Doug Henning. But not everyman is ruled by the Grammar Gods. So yes - some wonderful stories here but keep in mind they are not professional writers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Steve | 2/15/2014

    " As the title suggests, this is a collection of true stories collated by the author and the hosts of a National Public Radio programme after they had requested listeners to send in any to be read out on air. Here Auster presents the most memorable, from people of all ages and all walks of life, from farce to tragedy, and including tales of remarkable coincidences and great philanthropy. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Andy | 2/5/2014

    " Thank God for that chicken story. "

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