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Download Mrs. Ted Bliss Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (93 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stanley Elkin Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2011 ISBN:
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Miami Beach is the haven of a quirky cast of characters in Stanley Elkin's wry vision of contemporary culture that won the National Book Award. In this Florida, the bright sunlight is shared by drug lords, health food fanatics, wealthy socialites, and refugees from the Midwest. Why are so many men interested in Mrs. Ted Bliss, newly widowed from a Chicago butcher? Is it her smile, her flawless Buick Le Sabre, or her late husband's business connections? She is about to find out, as she embarks on an unconventional new life that lures her from the familiar world of her Jewish family. Stanley Elkin's darkly humorous, sharply perceptive novels have earned him the praise of authors like Saul Bellow and Kurt Vonnegut. You'll love this sprightly story of love and money, deftly narrated by the incomparable George Guidall.

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jenness | 9/13/2013

    " I was listening to this book on tape. I only got through the first 2 tapes and gave up on the story. I had no idea where it was heading and I just wasn't that interested in any of the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 3/12/2013

    " I didn't really "get" this book but very much enjoyed the author's writing style and use of the language. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bridget | 6/19/2012

    " I just couldn't get into it. I almost never leave a book unfinished but this one jsut did nothing for me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cindy | 5/3/2012

    " Must be a book you either 'get'/love, or don't. I didn't. An elderly Jewish woman lives in a Florida (Miami) condo amongst other elderly Jewish retirees and Latin American shady characters (drug smugglers, etc). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 3/1/2012

    " Really a great book. Seldom do I read a book from the perspective of an "elderly" person first off, especially a convincing one. This fits the bill. Even the uncontrolled thoughts come through and makes it even funnier and more truthful. Love it. Could've used a yiddish dictionary though! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 2/23/2012

    " I thought this was a great little book. Great characterization about a group who isn't usually the center of attention in fiction (Miami retirees.) Loved Mrs. Ted Bliss. "

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

    " Well written, but not very interesting, as not much plot and while other bookclub members found the central character very believable, she seemed to be in a state of fog for most of the book, and so not very compelling. Lots of Yiddish slang. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew Coleman | 11/25/2011

    " The ending juxtaposition of the hurricane and mrs. bliss makes the novel worth the read. "

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About the Author
Author Stanley Elkin

Stanley Lawrence Elkin (1930–1995) was an American novelist, short story writer, and essayist. His extravagant, satirical fiction revolves around American consumerism, popular culture, and male-female relationships.

About the Narrator

George Guidall, winner of eighty-eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.