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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,023 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tobias Wolff Narrator: Anthony Heald Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Tobias Wolff’s first two books, In the Garden of the North American Martyrs and Back in the World, proved how the short story can “provoke our amazed appreciation” (New York Times Book Review). In the years since, he’s written a third collection, The Night in Question, as well as several other astounding works. Now he returns with fresh revelations—about biding one’s time, experiencing first love, or burying one’s mother—that come to a variety of characters in circumstances at once everyday and extraordinary: a retired marine enrolled in college while her son trains for Iraq, a lawyer taking a difficult deposition, an American in Rome indulging the Gypsy who’s picked his pocket. In this potent new collection, as with his earlier work, Wolff displays his mastery over a quarter century, once again proving himself “a writer of the highest order: part storyteller, part philosopher, someone deeply engaged in asking hard questions that take a lifetime to resolve” (Los Angeles Times).

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An essential book which demonstrates the enduring talent of a truly great writer.”


  • “As good as anything Wolff has done…Wolff expertly uses irony and empathy to explore facets of contemporary life.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Anthony Heald brings the stories to life with vigor, offering fresh voices and complicated, flawed characters, each as original and believable as the last. Heald has a knack for performance, gifting each tale with his flare for theatrics…Listeners step inside all twenty-one tales and see the world as Wolff himself must have: heartbreaking, hilarious and even a little scary at times.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Wolff’s impeccable, precise style is well served by narrator Anthony Heald, who delivers these works not as if he’s reading but as if he’s actually ‘telling’ stories. His tone, his voices, and his rhythm all combine to make these works come alive. While many of Wolff’s stories have endings that are, well, less than satisfying, Heald makes the listening worthwhile, turning each [story] into a unique creation. This is a delightful example of how a narrator can enhance the text he reads.”


  • Winner of the 2008 Story Prize for Short Fiction
  • A 2008 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Delight | 2/15/2014

    " This was an amazing read. Tobias Wolff shines in this set of substantive short stories. I was blown away by all of the different kinds of characters he's conjured. All of the stories are about the human experience--and none wrap up all of the loose ends nicely. I could not put this book down--but like any good binge, the stories are probably best rationed out over a week or so rather than read from start to finish in a few days. Very satisfying and some of these stories will linger with me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Renee Blanchard | 2/11/2014

    " one of my favorite campaigners surprised me with my very own copy. great collection of short stories. read on the beach in Ocean City, MD this summer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kathleen | 2/4/2014

    " Tobias has such breadth in his stories, literally all over the map. How can he seem like such a believable expert in so many areas and voices? I liked the fact that he included old and new stories separately. I was begging for more at some of the endings that left me hanging! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Wim | 1/30/2014

    " Amazing, breathtaking. One of the most beautiful books read in the last years. Summum of storytelling. "

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