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Download Selected Shorts: Lots of Laughs! Audiobook (Unabridged)

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (5 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nicholson Baker Narrator: Thomas Gibson, Charles Keating, David Rakoff Publisher: Symphony Space Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2005 ISBN:
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Selected Shorts is an award-winning series of classic and contemporary short fiction read by acclaimed actors. The readings are recorded live at Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York City. The Selected Shorts radio series is a co-production of Symphony Space and WNYC, New York Public Radio, and is heard on public radio stations nationwide.

In this collection:

  • Nicholson Baker's Subsoil read by Thomas Gibson - A darkly comic thriller about a tractor historian besieged by man-eating potatoes.
  • John Updike's Farrell's Caddie read by Charles Keating - An American golfer gets more than golfing tips from his Scottish caddie.
  • David Schickler's Jamaica read by Isaiah Sheffer - A man with his head stuck between the banisters has no choice but to listen in on his wife's Gorgon Book Club.
  • Neil Gaiman's Chivalry read by Christina Pickles - A delicious tale of an elderly British matron who buys the Holy Grail at a rummage sale.
  • Leonard Michaels' Nachman from Los Angeles read by David Rackoff - A wonderfully silly tale of misadventure on a college campus.
  • Ron Carlson's On the U.S.S. Fortitude read by Laura Esterman - A decommissioned aircraft carrier becomes home for a single welfare mother and her children in this zany story.
  • Etgar Keret's Fatso read by John Guare - An offbeat romance with a very comic nightly ritual.
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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauri | 9/15/2010

    " Some of the stories were hilarious. Would highly recommend this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsey | 3/12/2010

    " An interesting collection of Selected Shorts. Enjoyable though they aren't of my usual choice. It's good to expand beyond the usual "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 11/8/2009

    " A nice change of pace. I haven't read a lot of short stories as an adult, and these were somewhat comedic (often darkly comedic), and read by people who had some knack for the spoken word--- actors I recognized, etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tray | 11/26/2007

    " Loved these short stories~ Laugh out Loud.. My favorite is USS Fortitude. Check it out "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 10/15/2006

    " Perfect audio book for cleaning day. Loved it. "

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About the Author
Author Nicholson Baker

Nicholson Baker has published numerous novels, including the New York Times bestseller Vox and The Mezzanine. He has also written several works of nonfiction, including Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper, which won a National Book Critics Circle Award. A regular contributor to the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books, Baker lives in Maine.