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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (603 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Updike Narrator: Luke Daniels Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2009 ISBN:
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This was the late John Updike's first collection of new short fiction since the year 2000. My Father's Tears finds the author in a valedictory mood, as he mingles narratives of his native Pennsylvania with stories of New England suburbia and of foreign travel. American experience from the Depression to the aftermath of 9/11 finds reflection in these glittering pieces of observation, remembrance, and imagination. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Rollins | 2/14/2014

    " Lovely vintage Updike. Tales of longing, divorce, travel, and manhood. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alan | 2/10/2014

    " I love Updike, so it was sad reading his last book of short stories. These seem so personal that they must be at least half autobiographical. Many take places in Pennsylvania, where he was born, and featured characters in the last part of their lives. Updike stories always show off his great vocabulary, concise and vivid descriptions, and lusty characters. He was interested in sex and illicit relationships all of his life and these stories are no exception. I think his main point was that people reveal deep emotional secrets and a picture of authentic selves when they step out of normal life and enter an affair. No doubt that Updike, like most guys, thought about sex all the time but what made him different was his masterful ability to write about it. In his early books Updike seemed to treat sex as an erotic amusement park but in these last stories sex seems to be more plain, natural, and an important part of being human. In this collection is my favorite of all of Updike's stories, which is A Walk with Elizanne, the best high school reunion story ever written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erik Simon | 2/7/2014

    " I sometimes think Updike's earliest stories can be long and meandering, but this is a collection of taut gems by a master craftsman. I suspect he wrote most of them while he knew he wasn't much longer for this world, but you needn't be dying to appreciate them. They capture perfectly the exquisite poignance of regrets, mistakes, and missed chances. "

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

    " Short stories about men and their relationships--to their parents, to their children, to their wives and lovers--across time from Depression era childhoods to reunions with classmates in their seventies. Updike's a national treasure, and this is his final work. Makes me want to reread the Rabbit trilogy, and John Cheever's short stories too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Landjonker | 1/18/2014

    " A marvellous collection of beautiful stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brent Bill | 1/16/2014

    " Can't help it ... still a large Updike fan. Masterful short stories. Very moving collection. "

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

    " So that's what it's like to grow old and near death. Wow! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renée | 1/10/2014

    " Not my favorite Updike, but made me profoundly sad at his passing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Richard | 12/24/2013

    " Writing is good, but half the stories and characters are just not that interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dwwebber | 12/14/2013

    " One of my long-time favorite authors, and this last book of stories reaffirmed that. It's difficult to think of the world without John Updike. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 11/19/2013

    " Collectively and as a group, this is Updike facing age and remembrance. Time to go back and read his earlier collections again. RIP and thanks for this last goodbye. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob | 11/16/2013

    " Short pieces, nostalgic, many of them looking back to earlier times, presumably many written as Updike approached the end of his own life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yeti | 11/8/2013

    " A wonderful collection of short stories ... a fitting end to a brilliant career. Not his best collection, that honor still belongs to "Pigeon Feathers." But several pieces in the book will be anthologized and discussed in classrooms for a long time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 6/4/2013

    " John Updike. Love him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christopher | 4/30/2013

    " I just kept thinking of Reading, PA (Updike calls the city Alton) while reading these stories. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 12/8/2012

    " John Updike comes highly recommended, and maybe I'll try a novel. Some of these short stories were powerful, but after a while, they all started to seem the same, and to appeal to readers older than me, so I stopped. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alissa | 8/23/2012

    " I love short stories and had never read anything by John Updike. The stories were a bit depressing, yet it was interesting to read a whole book of short stories through a man's eyes---very different point of view on life than the typical woman. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 2/4/2012

    " The stories were all good, but there was a similarity to them that made it seem repetitive sometimes. They were all written for magazines over the course of several years, so that is an issue of selection and editing rather than one of writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rowlak5 | 6/2/2011

    " These short stories were a quick, enjoyable read but what is it with his recurring theme of adultery? I hadn't read any of his past works and don't plan to check them out as a result of this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 George | 1/19/2011

    " Updike, who died in January of this year, is a master at revealing multiple layers of meaning in even the most mundane of events. He chronicles ordinary, suburban, Amercian lives in a way that makes me glad to be alive! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 pHil | 1/19/2011

    " Read some stories, all were intersting. Short, but still they drag you in! Good writing.
    German lessons,
    Delicate Wifes,
    My Father's Tears "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Clarinda | 1/13/2011

    " This book is very well written with a lot of human insights. However, it did not really spike my interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 12/1/2010

    " Melancholy, well crafted, stories of middle age in America. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rlcohen1235 | 12/1/2010

    " Returning to Updike always reminds me what great writing looks and sounds like. This collection of later stories involving older protagonists shows that his talent grows better with age. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renee | 11/28/2010

    " Not my favorite Updike, but made me profoundly sad at his passing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sander | 11/21/2010

    " Even though I cannot relate (yet) to most of the themes Updike touches on in this collection of stories, all of them are extremely well-written. The pictures and emotions Updike paints with deceptively simple prose really strike a nerve. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barb | 10/4/2010

    " I'm a big fan of short stories, they sometiomes leave you with more questions than answers, but that's ok. So far, this is Updike at his best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 9/16/2010

    " Collectively and as a group, this is Updike facing age and remembrance. Time to go back and read his earlier collections again. RIP and thanks for this last goodbye. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jafar | 9/6/2010

    " This is a fine collection of short stories, but I was hoping for what I had seen in the Rabbit series – and didn’t find it here. "

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About the Author
Author John Updike

John Updike (1932–2009) was the author of more than sixty books, including collections of short stories, poems, and criticism. His novels have been honored with two Pulitzer Prize Awards, the National Book Award, and the Howells Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Hugging the Shore, a collection of essays and reviews, received the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism.

About the Narrator

Luke Daniels is a narrator whose many audiobook credits range from action and suspense to young-adult fiction, including works by Philip Roth and John Updike. He has been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 and 2014 and has earned thirteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actor, he has performed at various repertory theaters around the country, with an emphasis on Shakespeare.