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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,182 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nam Le Narrator: various narrators, James Yaegashi, Henry Strozier, Ali Ahn, Gideon Emery, Jennifer Ikeda, Jesus Martinez Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2008 ISBN: 9781440708480
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This collection of stories from Pushcart Prize–winning author Nam Le has been shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize, is a New York Times Editors’ Pick, and earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly. The seven stories’ protagonists range from a Colombian teenage assassin to an elderly painter with health problems. Download and start listening now!

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  • Powerful ... Lyrical ... Devastating ... A harsh and master ful effort, each tale a clean shot through the heart, the aim true. Miami Herald

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal | 2/16/2014

    " Immaculate fiction writing over a variety of subject matter - the loveliest of story telling. poignant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karlan | 2/3/2014

    " This terrific book of short stories should win awards this year. The stories are so well written that I visualized all the characters and scenes without being aware of detailed descriptions. Although the author is originally Vietnamese, the stories are set in a variety of countries. Many have teens as major characters so it would be interesting to see what a mature teen thought of the collection. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 1/29/2014

    " I've learned things of other cultures, lives. Some stories didn't grab me as much as others but it was worthwhile. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Davida | 12/22/2013

    " Writing feels like it's trying too hard. I really wanted to like it but did not grab me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 12/20/2013

    " This collection of short stories has been widely hyped as the most promising first collection of fiction in ages. Nam Le was born in VietNam and raised in Australia, then ended up at the Iowa Writer's Workshop. "

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

    " I have to say that this author is very itneresting. He writes of so many different venues and characters. If writers usually write of what they know, he either knows an awful lot, has traveled an awful lot, has a wide circle of friends of varying cultures and backgrounds or he has an unusually fertile imagination. This is a book of short stories. Every one is different. However, in most of them the overall mood is dark. I think I would have liked it more if the mood was a bit lighter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 11/26/2013

    " Short stories--well written, dark. All very different, from different points of view... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bec Fowler | 10/27/2013

    " I don't usually get into short stories so much but this was amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kailin | 9/21/2013

    " so much feeling from so few words. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 8/9/2013

    " A fantastic short story collection from a fresh Austalian voice (even if he was born in Vietnam and lives in the US). Will be fascinated to see if he goes on to publish novels. Highly recommended. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Betsy | 8/3/2013

    " "Empty virtuosity" is the faint praise a reviewer used to damn this short story collection and afraid I agree. Gave up after reading about 3/4 of it - just didn't grab me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Indi | 7/27/2013

    " To be honest, i am definitely not a big fan of short stories - just not enough character development for me. I found the stories difficult to get into. I was disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sultan | 6/12/2013

    " This is a very uneven collection of stories. Some of them (the first and the last stories, for instance) are excellent, while some of them are pretty weak. The first and last stories of the book ("Love and Honor..." and "The Boat") are, without a doubt, the two standouts. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matt | 3/30/2013

    " Yep. First two stories were really good and then it just got stale. Why all the hype on this one? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tripmastermonkey | 2/8/2013

    " the first one was good. and maybe there was another good one. but this book annoyed me. i just didn't care that much. not to say that there's not good writing, but whatever. blah. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 10/23/2012

    " I'm reading everything twice, and then I'm going to run out and buy the book, so that I may highlight, dog-ear, and enjoy this again and again. Easily the best of the year. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Allison | 9/3/2012

    " Chose it because of recommendation. Doubt that I will ever finish it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katelyn | 5/15/2012

    " Read this for a short story lit class. The stories were not bad,some were definitely better than others but it lacked something. He definitely is skillful in his ability to take on some many characters from different backgrounds. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tuck | 9/3/2011

    " simply great first book of short stories. you WILL hear more about nam le. very reminiscent of frank conroy, joyce carol oates, robert olen butler. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patrick Faller | 8/22/2011

    " You'll either love this collection for its varied settings and voices, or struggle with it for the same reasons. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 8/1/2011

    " I don't ordinarily read short stories, but I found these well written and very engrosing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K.O. | 4/17/2011

    " what i learned from this book? what a funny prompt... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 4/4/2011

    " Loved the broad geographic range and yet the focus on parent-child relations. How does a young writer go so far from home, Vietnam, Australia, Tehran, Hiroshima and NYC and yet stay so close to home? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adrienne | 2/21/2011

    " Really intense stories & very diverse with respect to style, location, theme. Didn't much like Hiroshima. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 11/26/2010

    " Some wonderful short stories but too many underwhelming ones mixed in with this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ariana | 11/6/2010

    " Hard to say anything but this was the best collection of short stories I may have ever read. Amazing depth and breadth,diverse settings and topics but each one deep and probably more complex, with better character development, than many novels. Truly a masterpiece--read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 11/6/2010

    " Beautifully written, he is able to get into the skins of many different kinds of people, bringing forth their character and surroundings in rich detail. He takes on many voices for each story, and though you feel smothered, sometimes, in their lives, his presence as an author is always subtle. "

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About the Narrators

James Yaegashi has appeared in numerous Broadway and off-Broadway productions, film, and television roles. He was also a popular radio disc jockey in Japan. His voice-over credits include a featured role in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

Henry Strozier has appeared in numerous films, including Contact, You Don’t Know Jack, Thirteen Days, and Sex in the City. Also a voice-over artist, he has worked extensively in video games and audiobook narration.

Ali Ahn is a film, television, and voice actor. Her acting credits include appearances on Law & Order, Ugly Betty, White Collar, and Zero Hour. She has also narrated numerous audio books, such as Honolulu by Alan Brennert, This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen, Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas, and Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart.

Gideon Emery was raised in England and South Africa, where he won the National Vita Award for Comedy and a Gold Craft Award for Voice-over. Now based in Los Angeles, he has appeared on such television series as 24, Burn Notice, Eleventh Hour, CSI:NY, and Moonlight. His film credits include Primeval, Train, and Takers. He is also an in-demand voice for video games.

Jennifer Ikeda has been narrating audiobooks since 2002. Among her readings are When My Name Was Keoko by Linda Sue Park; Just Listen by Sarah Dessen; and After the Wreck, I Picked Myself Up, Spread My Wings, and Flew Away by Joyce Carol Oates. She has won six AudioFile Earphones Awards.