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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,817 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Yann Martel Narrator: John Randolph Jones, Johnny Stange, Jeff Woodman, Barbara Caruso Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2004 ISBN: 9781598871586
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Four stories by the Booker Prize-winning author. Includes "The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios," "the Time I Heard the Private Donald J. Ranking String Concerto with One Discordant Violin, by the American Composer John Morton," "Manners of Dying," and "The Mirror Machine," each in its entirety. Written earlier in Martel's career, these tales display that startling mix of dazzle and depth that have made Yann Martel an international phenomenon.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jodi | 2/14/2014

    " Was totally expecting an engrossing bunch of short stories considering Life of Pi. I was disappointed. I thought that the stories were on the bland side. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brian | 2/12/2014

    " While the stories are inventive and probably display good tradecraft for writers, I found them boring. Not recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 sushicata | 2/4/2014

    " The title story is very interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lianne | 1/29/2014

    " Only the title story was interesting to me. I didn't like the other stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 1/27/2014

    " A wonderful collection of four poignant short stories from the author of "Life of Pi". Very moving and thought provoking. The first two short stories are far an away the best of the bunch, but the others are worth reading too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caroline Alicia | 12/30/2013

    " I loved this book. I am beginning to doubt Mr Martel could write anything that I would not really enjoy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire | 12/2/2013

    " Excellent book. The three short stories were all very good, but "The facts behind the Helsinki Roccamatios" was incredible. I was sobbing by the end. And I don't typically sob whilst reading. Tear up a little, maybe, but not sob. Beautiful story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 11/18/2013

    " This is a collection of Martel's writings prior to "Life Of Pi". Four great stories, although not the same caliper as "Life Of Pi", this is still a Great Read !!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica Orndorff | 8/24/2013

    " I liked these short stories because they made me think about the writing, and the process to come up with ideas. I love that reading this feels like a workshop in creativity. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 5/2/2013

    " Most stories are under developed. Martel does much better with a full novel rather than these short stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amira | 3/25/2013

    " Four touching stories.. sweetly and eloquently written. They make you value life and they make you think.. about people who aren't in the spotlight, people we tend to ignore or don't always think about, but people who have a story and a life that is equally as important as any other. I liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lois | 11/5/2012

    " I can't remember what the story is about. It is sat on my bookshelf and I gave it 4 stars in my "book spreadsheet" so i can only presume i loved it. Martel is whacky, so don't expect him to be confined to the laws of the english language. He doesn't follow grammatical rules. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa | 9/15/2012

    " When I commented on this book, I'd only read the first two stories. I said that the first story made me cry and the second made me smile. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandy | 5/8/2012

    " Funny, touching little stories. I particularly loved "The Time I Heard the Private Donald J. Rankin String Concerto with One Discordant Violin, by the American Composer John Morton" - it kinda broke my heart. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott Hwang | 12/9/2011

    " some parts of it was interesting. I personally liked manners of dying more than the actual facts behind helsinki roccamatios. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina Frith | 9/25/2011

    " I do like this writer very much! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lori | 4/29/2011

    " I'm not a fan of short stories and this collection was no exception. The characters and plots didn't grab me. The writing was mediocre- it definitely improved tenfold with The Life of Pi. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 3/24/2011

    " Oh, Yann Martel. I'm convinced you could merely write the alphabet and move me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rita | 2/19/2011

    " Out of the four short stories, the one which gives the name of the collection is the most intense. You can easily skip the others, they don't count. Or they do, but not in the company of 'the facts behind...' "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 1/3/2011

    " Odd, but interesting. The title story was my favorite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Isabella | 12/30/2010

    " This collection has restored my belief in the short story format. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peregrine 12 | 12/10/2010

    " I picked this one up at the Dollar Store, of all places - what a fortuitous discovery! I really enjoyed these short stories. They were original and moving. Well, written, too. I'll buy that for a dollar! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lucas | 12/9/2010

    " Great use of history and emotions. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brian | 11/21/2010

    " While the stories are inventive and probably display good tradecraft for writers, I found them boring. Not recommended. "

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About the Author

Yann Martel was born in Spain in 1963. After majoring in philosophy, he worked odd jobs and traveled before turning to writing at the age of twenty-six. He is the author of the internationally acclaimed 2002 Man Booker Prize–winning bestseller, Life of Pi.  He currently lives in Saskatchewan, Canada.

About the Narrators

John Randolph Jones is a voice talent and audiobook narrator.

Jeff Woodman is an actor and narrator. He is a winner of the prestigious Audie Award and a six-time finalist. He has received twenty Earphones Awards and was named the 2008 Best Voice in Fiction & Classics, as well as one of the Fifty Greatest Voices of the Century by AudioFile magazine. As an actor, he originated the title role in Tennessee Williams’ The Notebook of Trigorin and won the S. F. Critics’ Circle Award for his performance in An Ideal Husband. In addition to numerous theater credits on and off Broadway, his television work includes Sex and the City, Law & Order, and Cosby.

Barbara Caruso, winner of twenty-two Earphones Awards for narration, is an accomplished actress and critically acclaimed audiobook narrator. A graduate of London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, she was a featured player in the Royal Shakespeare Company. She has played starring roles on Broadway and in theaters across the country. She won the Alexander Scourby Reader of the Year Award for her performances of young adult fiction and has more than one hundred audiobook narrations to her credit. She has won twenty-two AudioFile Earphones Awards.