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Download My World - and Welcome to It Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3.86 out of 53.86 out of 53.86 out of 53.86 out of 53.86 out of 5 3.86 (22 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Thurber Narrator: John Cullum Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2010 ISBN:
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James Thurber is a masterful writer, humorist, and creator of enduring characters: Walter Mitty and the Lemming, included herein, have a permanent place in our culture. These 22 complete stories from Part I of My World (first published in 1942) reveal the full range of Thurber's genius, from his fanciful analysis of Shakespeare's Macbeth to his playful rendition of marital conflict and ultimately, his serious consideration of murders unsolved. His final memorial tribute to his dog fits the spirit of a light life, well-lived.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 11/6/2013

    " If you haven't read Thurber, you owe it to yourself to give it a try. Another reviewer dinged it for being dated, but for me that is part of its charm. Wonderful short stories and essays with style and wit. Simply delightful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 7/12/2013

    " just re-read. still entertaining. fits my sense of humor. may be dull to others. but i totally "get" thurber. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaethe | 2/3/2013

    " Thurber amuses me, in a quiet sort of way. Not doing-a-spit-take-with-my-own-spit sort of way. Just a little upturning on the lips on one side of the mouth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Tuley | 2/1/2013

    " Thurber's brilliant at being Thurber. I always want him to come out on top, and of course he never truly does. He's my favorite example of "hapless." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thom Spencer | 1/14/2013

    " Thurber's insights into life are outrageous. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 10/17/2012

    " I adore Thurber. Thoroughly enjoyable, always funny, always so right on the money with character development. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steven | 3/16/2012

    " I liked it the first time I read it as a child. It did not hold up to a re-read, however. It's a bit dated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shane | 12/10/2011

    " If you haven't read Thurber, go do it. He is amazing. Far and away, one of the most brilliant literary minds. His short stories are treasures and feel, to me, like burst of liquid sunlight. They are warm and vibrant and speak to you so simply, so honestly, and so filled with wit and humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick Segers | 10/14/2011

    " It's James Thurber...what more do I need to say? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenna Barlow | 9/27/2011

    " from the mind that brought you walter mitter.. a delightful collection of witty little stories. if you enjoy clever writing and pop culture references that all date back to at least 60 years ago (which i do!) you'll probably like this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia | 9/2/2011

    " I need to read more Thurber--he's hilarious! His writing is definitely not P.C., but I supposed that's a major part of the charm. This book is a collection of some of his best New Yorker writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annette | 2/2/2011

    " short stories, essays, reflections... some funny, some scary, always reflective... definitey has a thing against women though.... what's really strange is that although written in 1935 these stories/morals/opinions are still with us today - ahead of his time and definitely a good writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 1/25/2011

    " A highly enjoyable classic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert | 12/25/2010

    " Nice collection of little stories; bigger than vignettes but not by much. Entertaining but not spellbinding. Humorous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaethe | 5/6/2010

    " Thurber amuses me, in a quiet sort of way. Not doing-a-spit-take-with-my-own-spit sort of way. Just a little upturning on the lips on one side of the mouth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annette | 3/29/2010

    " short stories, essays, reflections... some funny, some scary, always reflective... definitey has a thing against women though.... what's really strange is that although written in 1935 these stories/morals/opinions are still with us today - ahead of his time and definitely a good writer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steven | 1/7/2010

    " I liked it the first time I read it as a child. It did not hold up to a re-read, however. It's a bit dated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 10/20/2008

    " just re-read. still entertaining. fits my sense of humor. may be dull to others. but i totally "get" thurber. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shane | 9/28/2008

    " If you haven't read Thurber, go do it. He is amazing. Far and away, one of the most brilliant literary minds. His short stories are treasures and feel, to me, like burst of liquid sunlight. They are warm and vibrant and speak to you so simply, so honestly, and so filled with wit and humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thom | 3/1/2008

    " Thurber's insights into life are outrageous. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 8/20/2007

    " Thurber's brilliant at being Thurber. I always want him to come out on top, and of course he never truly does. He's my favorite example of "hapless." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 6/3/2007

    " I adore Thurber. Thoroughly enjoyable, always funny, always so right on the money with character development. "

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About the Author
Author James Thurber

James Thurber (1894–1961), one of the outstanding American humorists and cartoonists of the twentieth century, was born in Columbus, Ohio, and launched his professional writing career as a reporter for the Columbus Dispatch in 1920. He began writing for the New Yorker in 1927 after his friend and fellow writer E. B. White got him a job at the magazine. Though hampered by failing eyesight, Thurber wrote nearly forty books, including collections of essays, short stories, fables, and children’s stories. He won a Tony Award for his popular Broadway play, A Thurber Carnival. Both that story and My Life and Hard Times have appeared in countless editions and dozens of languages throughout the world.

About the Narrator

John Cullum is a versatile narrator and an award-winning actor of stage, television, and film. On stage, he won two Tony Awards for best actor in a musical for Shenandoah and On the Twentieth Century and won a Theatre World Award for his role in On a Clear Day You Can See Forever. He has been a regular on television series, including Northern Exposure, for which he won an award for best supporting actor. His film acting includes Inherit the Wind with George C. Scott and Jack Lemmon and Held Up with Jamie Foxx. He also starred in and wrote the screenplay for The Secret Life of Algernon. He has narrated audiobooks by a wide spectrum of authors and lent his voice to three of Ken Burns’ documentaries. In 2007, he was named to the Theater hall of Fame.