Songs for the Flames: Stories Audiobook, by Juan Gabriel Vásquez Play Audiobook Sample

Songs for the Flames: Stories Audiobook

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Read By: Sheldon Romero, Alfredo Huereca Publisher: Penguin Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 4.00 hours at 1.5x Speed 3.00 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: August 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9780593413548

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Longest Chapter Length:

73:36 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

18 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

28:03 minutes

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Publisher Description

A new collection of electric, searing stories from award-winning, bestselling author Juan Gabriel Vásquez. The characters in Songs for the Flames are men and women touched by violence—sometimes directly, sometimes only in passing—but whose lives are changed forever, consumed by fire and by unexpected encounters and unyielding forces. A photographer becomes obsessed with the traumatic past that an elegant woman, a fellow guest staying at a countryside ranch, would rather leave behind. A military reunion forces a soldier to confront a troubling history, both personal and on a larger scale. And in a tour-de-force piece, the search for a book leads a writer to the fascinating story of why a woman is buried next to a graveyard, rather than in it—and the remarkable account of her journey from France to Colombia as a child orphan. Juan Gabriel Vásquez returns to stories with these nine morally complex tales, fresh proof of his narrative versatility and his profound understanding of the lives of others. There’s a romantic wistfulness that combusts with the realities of dangerous histories, both personal and political, to throw these characters into the flames from which they either emerge purified, reborn, or burned and destroyed.

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“The narration is shared by Sheldon Romero and Alfredo Huereca, who…deliver authentic performances that put a personal face on the lasting effects of geopolitical strife.”

— AudioFile 


  • “[A] haunting and beautiful…book about war and imperialism.”

    — New York Times
  • “A bravura collection blending autofiction with stories of historical and personal trauma.” 

    — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • “A bracing set of stories about smaller traumas embedded among a country’s larger crises.”

    — Kirkus Reviews


  • A New York Times Book Review pick of Best Books Now in Paperback

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About Juan Gabriel Vásquez

Juan Gabriel Vásquez is an author whose books include the 2014 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award winner and national bestseller The Sound of Things Falling, as well as the award-winning The Informers, The Secret History of Costaguana, and the story collection Lovers on All Saints' Day. His novels have been published in twenty-eight languages worldwide.