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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,766 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jay Allison Narrator: Jay Allison and Friends Publisher: Jay Allison Productions Format: Unspecified Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2001 ISBN:
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These are public radio stories made in recent months and over many years by acclaimed producer Jay Allison - working together with friends, colleagues, neighbors, strangers and whoever would take the loan of one of his tape recorders. They are stories about life as we find it, and record it.

Including...
Family: Women and Children First

  • Concerning Breakfast
  • My Daughter the Trapeze Artist
  • Alone Like a Stone in the New World
    Family: Sons and Brothers
  • Dad's Moving Out
  • My Brother, Tom Jones
  • Dad and Sam
  • Descended from the Holocaust
    Jobs: Women at Work
  • A Pastor's Journal
  • After Labor Day
  • Retiring the Robe
    Jobs: Teaching
  • Educating Esme
    Friendship
  • Baseball, Church, Kids
  • Carolyn: A Portrait of Race in Boston
  • Fire and Ice Cream
  • The Vietnam Tapes of Lance Cpl. Michael Baronowski
    Memory
  • Beginnings
  • Jack Murdurian Sings
  • Jungles of Memory
  • Cypress Knees
  • Ghosts Download and start listening now!

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    Listener Opinions

    • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsten | 2/19/2014

      " If you like desolate, Canadian short stories, I've got a book for you... "

    • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bev | 2/16/2014

      " I like Alice Munro as a general rule, but I found this book lacked the clever writing I had anticapated, and the stories I got through were humdrum at best, and lacked value (and values). "

    • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol Reid | 2/9/2014

      " I'm a big fan of internationally renowned Canadian writer Alice Munro. This is her 14th collection of short stories. As always, her characters are mysterious, often act surprisingly. General themes include betrayal, abandonment, changes in fortune, resignation. Most of the main characters are women but often the story is about their interaction with men. The last four stories are autobiographical in nature and offer a rare glimpse into her childhood. Munro observes her characters without judgement and "shows without telling." Everything she writes seems to be understated; she is often said "to offer and to withhold". "

    • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 2/4/2014

      " Deceptively simple, great short stories! "

    • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gary Baughn | 2/1/2014

      " A collection of short stories so good that you feel the need to put the book down a while after you read each one. The worlds are so complete that you need time and space to enter the next one. It turned out I had read several of these in the New Yorker already, but those were worth the re-reading. Mostly set in semi-rural Canada, with an interesting twist: the last four are labeled as being nearly autobiographical, and you get to see some of the actual incidents and people (mostly her mother) who became the fictions earlier in the book. This device reminded me of my favorite short stories, The Things They Carried, and how that author played with story truth and autobiographical truth. "

    • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lillian | 2/1/2014

      " It is astounding how Alice Munro can talk about how we humans live our lives in so few words. We are drawn into her stories; they are outstandingly compelling yet she releases us gently at the end of each one. Her storytelling is brilliant. I am not overly fond of short story collections but will read those by Alice Munro anywhere at anytime. "

    • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 1/26/2014

      " This is my second book of short stories by Alice Munro. I have enjoyed them so much, and some rattle around in my head for days. She captures the mood of her characters very well, and many of the stories are left without an official conclusion, leaving the reader to ponder the outcome. "Corrie"was my favorite with a surprise in the final pages. "

    • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruthiella | 1/20/2014

      " I am generally not a fan of short stories, but I mostly enjoyed this collection. Instead of reading it in one go, I paced myself and read a story a day, which worked well for me. Munro's writing is spare; there is a lot that is not written, gaps left so the reader has to infer the missing parts. The stories often have a twist, a bite to them at the end and are generally unsettling. "

    • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Allison Throckmorton | 1/16/2014

      " Couldn't get through it, but perhaps because I am not a short story fan. "

    • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 1/5/2014

      " Engaging. Like all short stories leaves you wanting more. "

    • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christianne Swearson | 12/5/2013

      " Her writing is wonderful but I have difficulty reading short stories! I don't like to have to keep getting acquainted with new characters. "

    • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peggy | 12/5/2013

      " I really enjoyed this collection of Munro's short stories. The last sixty or so pages are devoted to the author's memories of her early life. This was one of those books that I couldn't wait to return to each evening. "

    • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Braziller | 11/17/2013

      " Each story unfolds with a slow meditative quality that draws you into a character's longing and sense of regret. The deliberate craft of sentences, setting, and relationships make this collection of stories a read of life set in a perspective of aging reflection. "

    • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda Carver | 8/21/2013

      " Nothing really remarkable. A nice, relaxing book. "

    • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorna | 10/18/2012

      " Not my favorite Alice Munro book. Engaging, but nothing stuck with me. "

    • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marina | 7/15/2012

      " I am a tremendous Munro fan, and loved the 4 autobiographical stories at the end of this book. I still remember the joy at discovering Lives of Girls and Women many years ago, and this book doesn't reach that level of surprise and delight for me, but I still gobbled up these stories. "

    • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy Morgan | 3/28/2012

      " This collection of stories might get a five rating if held up against other short story collections. But after reading two of Alice Munro's other books, this one just didn't have the perfection. My favorite story was the first one, which was brilliant, and after that the stories seemed flat. "

    • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 3/9/2012

      " Although Alice Munro can create a world in a few pages, I found this book somewhat disappointing. It didn't have the depth of characters that previous collections have had. Also, I was hoping that it would be more current. "

    • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 2/21/2012

      " Some downright spooky, mean moments. And what seems like an anger about the limitations of fiction at the end? Maybe? Lots of "if this were fiction..." moments that seem a little strange. "

    • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 NancyKay | 1/31/2012

      " So much about Munro's work to love, but I especially like how she isn't afraid to take the kind of situation that is made for tabloid television and write about it in a way that avoids all the obvious sensation, melodrama, cheap emotion, etc. "

    • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marlene | 12/16/2011

      " Have always thought the short story form must be a difficult genre for writers, but Alice Munro is a master. "

    • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kasa Cotugno | 7/9/2011

      " Reading a collection of short stories by Alice Munro is like reading an entire shelf of wonderful full length novels. Like Tobias Wolfe, she is a master of compression who can distill a person's entire history with broad strokes, but manages to make each one memorable and haunting. "

    • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Akeiisa | 7/5/2011

      " A nice collection of short stories, many of which are set during or near the end of World War II. A number of the stories felt a bit too long. I thought the most interesting stories were the 4 semi-autobiographical stories at the end. "

    • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Snickety | 4/11/2011

      " A terrific collection of essays from a diverse group of people. I often found myself itching to underline phrases to remember and reflect on later. Lucky for me, it was a birthday gift rather than a library book, so mark it up I will! "

    • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 3/20/2011

      " Excellent so far. Will use in classroom. "

    • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessa | 3/13/2011

      " Although I certainly didn't agree with all the philosophies, there was remarkable diversity, and the writing was actually very good. "

    • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chrissy | 2/28/2011

      " I'm listening to this on my iPod as I work out. I like the short, quick excerpts. "

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

      " Good collection of short, thought provoking essays drawn from the current NPR series and the original 1950s version. "

    • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nminnig | 2/6/2011

      " Interesting as it is essays by. various people, famous and everyday folks. The essays are 300-600 words expressing their philosophy about life. Quick read "

    • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stasha | 1/30/2011

      " Excellent collection of short, meaningful and sometimes witty essays. A great book for a dear friend. "

    • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abby | 1/26/2011

      " i liked this and was often inspired, but a lot of the essays were also trite and boring. my favorites were the more random ones about barbecue or going to funerals. i do have to say that my "this i believe" essay would probably be trite and boring too. "

    • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 1/13/2011

      " I didn't find all the essays equally compelling, but as a whole they were very moving. I want to get students to write one of these. I want to write one. . . to two. Really good writing. I'm reading the second volume now. "

    • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Read4Fun | 1/13/2011

      " Collection of essays. Some I liked and some I didn't. "

    • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 1/8/2011

      " An inspiring book full of stimulating anecdotes and excellent quotes. "

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    About the Author

    Jay Allison is one of public radio’s most honored producers. He has produced hundreds of documentaries and features for radio and television and has won virtually every major award, including six Peabodys. He is a founder of the Public Radio Exchange (prx.org), a distribution system for public radio, and Transom.org, a site that helps people tell their own stories. He produces The Moth Radio Hour and was the curator and producer of This I Believe on NPR. He is also the founder of the public radio stations for Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and Cape Cod where he lives.