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Download Selected American Short Stories Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (528 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Washington Irving Narrator: John MacDonald, Grover Gardner, Christopher Hurt, Flo Gibson, Jack Hrkach Publisher: Audio Book Contractors Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2012 ISBN:
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Selections include The Robber Bridegroom by Washington Irving, The Stolen White Elephant by Mark Twain, Chickamauga by Ambrose Bierce, The Mission of Jane by Edith Wharton, and The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Al Kratz | 2/11/2014

    " I only had to skip 3 of these, the rest were all very good reads. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 2/11/2014

    " There are some great stories in this collection. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 1/30/2014

    " Miracle Polish by Steven Millhauser was so creative and original and a different twist on a house of mirrors. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victoria | 1/29/2014

    " Best American Short Stories 2012 was my book group's January selection. While I immensely enjoy short stories, I don't like reading the stories one on top of the other. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron | 1/20/2014

    " A couple real gems in here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Walter | 12/31/2013

    " The 2012 edition had more engaging stories than the 2011 edition, but it paled compared to the O'Henry Prize Stories of 2012. I'll have to start getting the O'Henry series every year... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colin Gunderson | 12/24/2013

    " Out of all the stories in this anthology Julie Otsuka's Diem Perdidi was by far my favorite, although it was heartbreaking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie Adams | 12/13/2013

    " I love short stories. This book fit in well with my hectic January schedule. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 12/8/2013

    " Really, a 3.5. Interesting collection overall. Could really see Perrotta here... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karina | 12/4/2013

    " Loved every one, especially "Tenth of December" by George Saunders, "North Country" by Roxane Gay and "The Sex Lives of African Girls" by Taiye Salasi. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 10/25/2013

    " I read this collection every year. This year, a graduate student trying to develop an algorithm to predict which short stories a reader will like had me read and rate stories in the order he selected. It was fun! I hope he does well with his project. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Antoinette Maria | 7/1/2013

    " Most of the stories were good and a couple were wonderful, but there was a depressing sameness of tone for almost all of them. None of the pleasure of discovering a new voice or new way of viewing the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ohyassi | 4/13/2013

    " There's a couple of duds (the Lawrence Osborne, the Julie Otsuka) but overall surprisingly good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Fosket | 3/17/2013

    " Some of these stories were amazing, others did not grab me, but on the whole this is a solid collection. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alan | 3/15/2013

    " My favorite annual anthology. It never disappoints. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sally | 2/20/2013

    " Like my friend Grace.... read most, skipped around....stopped... too many other better books to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tom DiChristopher | 12/16/2012

    " Not one of the best volumes of Best American Short Stories I've read. Most of the stories are worth reading, but editor Tom Perotta's final selections are not terribly diverse in tone and substance, and much of the collection feels of the same vein. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 10/23/2012

    " I did not enjoy this quite as much as I have enjoyed other volumes in this annual series. The opening story, by Carol Anshaw, was my favorite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 5/12/2012

    " A couple I loved, most were good, a couple I just didn't connect with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie Nelson | 4/8/2012

    " This series is always worth reading! Great stories! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carlos Anderson | 3/22/2012

    " Underwhelming. 2-4 that are actually somewhat memorable. The rest were unspectacular. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liv | 3/8/2012

    " An amazing set of short stories. Two that were breathtaking to me were "What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank" by Nathan Englander and "The Sex Lives of African Girls" by Taiye Salasi. But each story in this collection well done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lydian Blossom | 2/27/2012

    " Particularly liked "Tenth of December" by George Saunders, "Alive" by Sharon Solwitz, "Anything Helps" by Jess Walter, and "The Sex Lives of African Girls" by Taiye Selasi. That may be because I read them most recently, though....I very much enjoyed most of the stories in this book. "

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About the Author
Author Washington Irving

Washinton Irving (1783–1859), American essayist, novelist, and historian, was born in New York to a wealthy merchant. He studied law, but because of his delicate health, his family sent him on a tour of Europe, where he collected material later used in his stories and essays. The first American author to achieve international fame, his literary career served in many ways to consolidate the cultures of the United States and Europe.