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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,694 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Katherine Mansfield Narrator: Marguerite Gavin Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The fifteen stories collected in this volume demonstrate the genius of a woman who, in her own short lifetime, was compared to Chekhov. The tales are sensitive revelations of human behavior in ordinary situations. With careful, quiet observation, Mansfield illuminates complicated relationships and profound, often troubling ideas. Her stories often feature young women in the process of maturity, confronting for the first time some of the realities of life.

In the title story, a young woman’s garden party coincides with the death of a working-class neighbor, bringing a brush of mortality and realism into her carefully constructed plans and ideals. Her difficulty in fully realizing the seriousness of the event is typical of Mansfield's ironic world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Marguerite Gavin’s] voices are marvelous; presenting British accents of every description from cockney to Queen, with clear delineation between characters male and female, is a skill especially important in these character-driven tales. Her sound effects (birdcalls, running water, etc.) are perfect, and she sings in such a lovely clear soprano that the listener wishes there were more songs in the stories…Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “With the timing and phrasing of a musician, Marguerite Gavin narrates this last-published collection of Katherine Mansfield's short stories. Gavin has a lovely singing voice…[she] reads with a great deal of enthusiasm and expression.”


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Alberteinsteinmaloney | 2/18/2014

    " Ethereal, gorgeous, charming, wistful, wise and eerie: a near perfect read. It's rare to find a book of short stories that utterly absorbs you while you're reading and that then captivates your imagination for weeks after you've finished. This is one of those books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by morganaa | 2/16/2014

    " Hab ich auf Englisch gelesen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mark Stephenson | 2/13/2014

    " 15 stories, some fairly lengthy, others, such as "The Bank Holiday" more like vivid sketches. In most of them the universality of death is a common chord but two, "Mr. and Mrs. Dove" and "the Singing Lesson" touched me by allowing seemingly insuperable barriers to marriage be overcome. What a great talent for observation and drama this author displays! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kathy | 2/7/2014

    " Fifteen short stories. The first couple of stories are long on descriptive writing and short on interest. However, as I continued reading, the stories got better and better: They became more concise, sparer, more focused and altogether very powerful. Delightful read. "

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