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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (9,013 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jorge Luis Borges Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2010 ISBN: 9781101222591
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A Selection from The Collected Fictions of Jorge Luis Borges Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kedar Ghayal | 1/31/2014

    " From labyrinths to infinity, from the circular nature of time to concepts like immortality, metaphysics, nature of memory & cognition, each story is unique!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Garland | 1/22/2014

    " This is simply some of the best fiction I have ever read. Borges' writing is far more mind expanding than any drug, he is who David Foster Wallace has been trying to imitate his whole life; he is old, and dusty, and cool. Read him, and often. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Orion | 1/15/2014

    " My favorite writer. This was just a great bedside book to read at night. Borges only wrote short stories, and once said that "One Hundred Years of Solitude" was good, but should've been "Seventy Years of Solitude". It's like reading a very literary "The Twilight Zone" with references from Quixote to the Koran. Sometimes you don't even know what's real and what he's making up. And that's part of the fun. Once done reading a short story or an essay, I always felt like reading more about what he was talking about. He's the beginner's, short-attention span primer to Latin America, World Lit, and the world at large. Awesome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marc Beerline | 1/8/2014

    " Certainly my favorite fiction work/collection of all time. A lifelong companion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Will Santino | 1/1/2014

    " Borges is God. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick | 12/31/2013

    " Welcome to the master's mind. If you haven't read these stories, please read them. After reading them, I felt a tug of appreciation that intensified with the realization that I am unable to fully apprehend their underlying significance upon first read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yulia | 12/24/2013

    " Borges is a literary mathematician but he has no understanding of the human heart. Still, it's impossible not to be curious what his equations create. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abe Something | 12/22/2013

    " I will be reading this book all my life. Everything comes back to Borges. He writes universes. He writes histories. He writes himself. He writes us. He is written. We all are written. He knows this. Now we do too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meredith | 12/22/2013

    " Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote is one of my favorite short stories. It is written by Borges in the form of a literary review about Pierre Menard, a non-existent 20th century French writer who goes beyond translating Don Quixote, but rather is so immersed in the text that he is able to re-create the entire book verbatim in the original early 17th century Spanish (not memorized, but as an "original" narrative of his own invention). It raises many questions about the nature of authorship and translation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 grant | 11/28/2013

    " undoubtedly great, but tough to read in long stretches. I find it hard to refocus on more than 2-3 stories in one sitting, no mater how short. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcus | 11/5/2013

    " Labyrinths. Space and time. Lions. Life and death. Coins. Memory and identity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 10/23/2013

    " so far, phenomenal. turns out my new roommate happens to be reading the same book.. strange "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miriam | 9/10/2013

    " Wow! Borges, where have you been all my life, this is soooooo promising... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bryan Worra | 2/11/2013

    " Absolutely essential reading for any human being with a soul. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gabriela Antunes | 2/6/2013

    " Ruinas Circulares... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 WhiskeyDaisy | 12/7/2012

    " I say currently reading because I can only read, well, maybe a story every few years. He freaks me the fuck out too much to read more than that. I love and adore and cherish Borges, but sometimes my head and heart and etc. can't handle it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hjvdiaz | 8/23/2012

    " There are no words to describe how much I admire this man's works... I wish he was still alive so I could probe at his fantastic mind for hours on end! I just couldn't help but fall in love with his writing style as soon as I picked up this book, and it was all thanks to a friend's recommendation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Spencer | 8/14/2012

    " Didn't love as thoroughly as Labyrinths, but definitely enjoyed this collection. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 8/10/2012

    " Torn on this one. Great ideas, puzzling scenarios, but it was maybe just a little too removed and cerebral for me. No chance to bond with characters or marvel at interesting settings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 4/1/2012

    " This is a good book to have around. You can skip around and read what you time for, it's all good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aric | 1/28/2012

    " Borges' stories remain fascinating. Each one is an imaginative conceit that is fully and gracefully examined. He's like a magician, and one of my favorite authors for it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Biggles | 7/14/2011

    " Super awesome short stories. Read every Borges. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina Cadwell | 5/11/2011

    " An incredible collection of Borge's stories...a large collection that is worth having, although it may be unlikely you will read every story included. But it offers great notes and is probably the best collection available. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juan | 3/8/2011

    " Borges at his finest. No other writer does short stories the way Borges did. Maybe Bolano? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 2/7/2011

    " Vintage Borges, much of which I had not read before. Reading contemporary science-fiction I now see Borges' influence everywhere. I will no doubt start seeing it in my own writing, such as it is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 2/5/2011

    " Borges at his finest. Worth reading a second and third time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel | 1/27/2011

    " Indescriptible obra, cualquier buen comentario que haga sobre esta resulta fútil, hay que leerla para sentir su fuerza y contundencia, Borges fue un genio literario. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Flavio | 1/7/2011

    " I know Borges is an amazing writer but it was hard for me to get through this book. He's an erudite and I still haven't reached that level of knowledge. "

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About the Narrator

George Guidall, winner of eighty AudioFile Erphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.