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3.64 out of 53.64 out of 53.64 out of 53.64 out of 53.64 out of 5 3.64 (22 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Milan Kundera Narrator: Richmond Hoxie Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2012 ISBN:
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Milan Kundera is a master of graceful illusion and illuminating surprise. In one of these stories a young man and his girlfriend pretend that she is a stranger he picked up on the road - only to become strangers to each other in reality as their game proceeds. In another a teacher fakes piety in order to seduce a devout girl, then jilts her and yearns for God. In yet another girls wait in bars, on beaches, and on station platforms for the same lover, a middle-aged Don Juan who has gone home to his wife. Games, fantasies, and schemes abound in all the stories, while different characters react in varying ways to the sudden release of erotic impulses.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gabriela | 2/13/2014

    " I have mixed feelings.. I liked that every story had its profound moral, a psichological basis. In spite of this, this book didn't keep me 24/7 awake just to read it. It was a real pleasure, though "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maija | 2/10/2014

    " The Hitchhiker is one of my favorite stories ever and this is my favorite collection of stories. Kundera is one of the best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 1/29/2014

    " The Hitchhiking game is the highlight of this superb short story collection. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rowena | 1/28/2014

    " amusing, seemed a bit self mocking at times; favorite was "symposium" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana Matei | 1/26/2014

    " Kundera is god. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Casey | 1/19/2014

    " this is the second Kundera book i've read and the common trend in his writing is that you can expect the main character to be a womanizing male. excellent book of short stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Isolde | 1/19/2014

    " Ok, Kundera is great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennie Helena | 1/12/2014

    " This is the best book of short stories that I've read in a long time. Autostop (in German) might just be 15 pages or so but it explains the well-known Madonna -whore conundrum very well. 5 stars "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ania | 12/29/2013

    " read in one sitting, and thought about it for the next few days. thank you again, milan kundera. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shannon Park | 12/21/2013

    " Running with Scissors reminded me of this book. All about dysfunctional people or at least the author makes the readers aware of dysfunctionality within "normal" people. "

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

    " The Hitchhiking Game and The Golden Apple of Eternal Desire are highlights. Eduard and God is good too. Very dark. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat Olvera | 12/4/2013

    " funny, philosophical - kundera at his best. apparently love was just as goofy and confusing behind the iron curtain... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jenny | 12/2/2013

    " Never managed to finish this book, as I found it uninspiring, boring, and littered with the sort of casual misogyny that's so common amongst male "intellectuals." Maybe I'll return to it later, but as of now it seems to drastically pale when compared to The Lightness of Being. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 oh carlyn what key | 10/12/2013

    " LOVED this as i do all his shit. sometimes my attention span is a little lacking and i appreciate a rad short story. he does it well, as would be no surprise to anyone who's read anything by this playa. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Neal Kerrigan | 9/27/2013

    " Good though I'd prefer his longer stories better "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 7/23/2013

    " Very light hearted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 6/13/2013

    " This book of stories is not nearly as brilliant as his novels, however, it's peppered with brilliance throughout and doesn't disappoint with its stunning gems of wisdom and quirky, yet highly sympathetic and relatable characters that made me fall in love with Kundera in the first place. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marco | 1/30/2013

    " Un buen complemento mucho mas amable a la obra maestra, La Insoportable Levedad del Ser. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anastasia | 12/24/2012

    " As far as I started, I like it. Good modern language even it was written 42 ears ago, I have a feeling that he wrote it few days ago.. Ah, good humor and satire. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucas | 8/25/2012

    " Good collection of short stories, though most notably "Eduard and God." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie Comfort | 8/14/2012

    " I've always liked Milan Kundera's views on love. He seems to approach love from a more logical point of view than just feelings from the heart. This book is a few fun short stories about people and love and sometimes misunderstandings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne Maguire | 7/4/2012

    " Very good so far, I think I will move onto one of his novels next. I'm thinking "The Unbearable Lightness of Being", solely for the reason that I like the title. "

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About the Author

The Franco-Czech novelist Milan Kundera was born in Brno and has lived in France, his second homeland, since 1975. He is the author of the novels The Joke, Life Is Elsewhere, Farewell Waltz, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, and Immortality, and the short-story collection Laughable Love—all originally in Czech. His more recent novels, Slowness, Identity, and Ignorance, as well as his nonfiction works, The Art of the Novel, Testaments Betrayed, The Curtain, and Encounter, were originally written in French.

About the Narrator

Richmond Hoxie has performed on Broadway in I’m Not Rappaport and off-Broadway in The Dining Room, Vienna: Lusthaus (Revisited), To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday, and Landscape with Waitress. On television, he appears frequently in all of the incarnations of Law and Order. His film work includes JFK, Still of the Night, Without a Trace, and For Love or Money.