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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (408 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alexander MacLeod Narrator: Adam Verner Publisher: Iambik Audio Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN:
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Two long-distance runners race a cargo train through the darkness of a rat-infested tunnel beneath the Detroit River. A drug store bicycle courier crosses a forbidden threshold in an attempt to save a life, and a young swimmer conquers her fear of water only to discover she's caught in far more dangerous currents. An autoworker who loses his family in a car accident tries to separate his life from the internal combustion engine forever.

Light Lifting, Alexander MacLeod's long-awaited first collection of short stories, offers us a suite of darkly urban and unflinching elegies for a city and community on the brink. These are stories of work and its bonds, of tragedy and tragedy barely averted, but also of love and beauty and fragile understanding.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie Marcotte | 2/18/2014

    " Awesome. Everyone of the short stories was a little masterpiece unto itself. I loved how they were a little slice of the drama, cutting into a part of it at the beginning, and leaving off to the imagination at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sidney Orchard | 2/11/2014

    " Loved the story about the track runners, would give that story 5 stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louise | 2/4/2014

    " I loved these poignant stories but I did not like the abrupt endings. They left me dissatisfied and reluctant to read the next story for fear of being left hanging again. But I kept going anyway because they were so good :-) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 1/31/2014

    " I love MacLeod but I found this mix of short stories a bit off. Some I quite enjoyed while others I skipped over at the halfway point because I just couldn't get into them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheena | 1/18/2014

    " I like books of short stories. The first one really grabbed me and drew me in, and the last one was just so sad. Out of the three 2010 Giller books I've read so far, Annabel is still my favourite with Light Lifting coming second. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kara | 1/16/2014

    " One of my favourite collections of short stories. I found myself slowly reading each story so that I could savour them. MacLeod is a brilliant storyteller who knows how to keep readers completely entrenched in the story with him. The characters feel real and alive and authentic. I have recommended this book to so many different people because I see a little of all of us in these stories and characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anita | 1/11/2014

    " Closer to 2.5...a lot of the stories took my interest, but the ending was just not quite enough. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 1/11/2014

    " I really enjoyed this collection of short stories. One trait that struck me is that several of the seven stories didn't have definite beginnings, middles, and ends. Rather, they seemed to be more "slices of life", focusing on relationships. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 1/7/2014

    " Intriguing characters and interesting stories. This great collection will have such wide appeal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ava Homa | 12/25/2013

    " Incredible details, live stories, as if they happen right before your eyes. "The Loop" story of a ten year old who faces age, disease and death is one of those stories that will be carved in my head forever. A must read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Corneli | 10/6/2013

    " The stories are well written, but the endings are unsatisfactory. The best story is the one with the same title as the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 9/20/2012

    " The themes in this book were a little on the dark side of things, but I enjoyed the book. I would like to read more of Alexander's work when it is available! We had a great discussion about this book at my book club and I would recommend this book to others. Interesting read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 C. | 9/13/2012

    " Shortlisted for Giller Prize 2010 "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Evelyn | 9/3/2012

    " This book of short stories was recommended by a Maritime book store owner as one of the top 10 books of 2010. The stories were all very different, but the common theme was, in my opinion, an "unsettled" ending. Not really a book that I would recommend to my friends, but it was an interesting read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 2/5/2012

    " enh... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 1/30/2012

    " This book is more like a 3.5, but I'm rounding up to give it 4 stars because it doesn't deserve 3. I don't usually like short stories because of their lack of endings, but I was surprised at how good this book was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Snailbookworm | 6/28/2011

    " A beautiful collection of short stories which have a very humane voice and lovely observations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steph | 4/18/2011

    " I really enjoyed these stories. You could really get into the characters' heads even in the short time. I also enjoyed reading about Windsor since I went to school there. I definitely recommend this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 3/31/2011

    " Definitely an author to follow. Loved his short stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dorianna | 3/20/2011

    " I really enjoyed this collection of short stories. The stories were just a little bit creepy and very elegantly written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 2/17/2011

    " This book is more like a 3.5, but I'm rounding up to give it 4 stars because it doesn't deserve 3. I don't usually like short stories because of their lack of endings, but I was surprised at how good this book was. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 2/15/2011

    " A big wow! These short stories were an intensely visual experience. Physical, too – I could often feel the narrative in my shoulders. Brilliant writing "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen | 1/23/2011

    " Kinetic stories where a lot is at stake, exquisitely and perceptively written - I loved this book to pieces. "

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