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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,236 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joyce Carol Oates Narrator: Laura Hicks, Robert Fass Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2007 ISBN: 9781482977196
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Joyce Carol Oates explores with bloodcurdling insight the ties that bind—or worse.

In “The Man Who Fought Roland LaStarza” a woman’s world is upended when she learns the brutal truth about a family friend’s death—and what her father is capable of. Meanwhile, a businessman desperate to find his missing two-year-old grandson in “Suicide Watch” must determine whether the horrifying tale his junkie son tells him about the boy’s whereabouts is a confession or a sick test. In “Valentine, July Heat Wave” a man prepares a gruesome surprise for the wife determined to leave him. And the children of a BTK-style serial killer struggle to decode the patterns behind their father’s seemingly random bad acts, as well as their own, in “Bad Habits.” Other stories explore family relationships and emotions with gruesome and sometimes horrifying results.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Suspense fiction is like a powerful drug: one page, on etaste, can induce such a tingly, speedy feeling that it takes an almost superhuman effort not to finish everything off in just one sitting. At least, that’s how it is with Joyce Carol Oates’ new collection…You just can't put this book down.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Oates delivers her narrative from the protagonist’s point of view, lending her stories a chilling immediacy.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • “What are the qualities that make [Oates’] short fiction so distinctive? They are numerous, but a few stand out: their narrative intensity, their astonishing variety and inventiveness, and their crackling verbal energy, which almost never falters…Oates’ mystery stories are deft at uncovering the more unsavory aspects of American culture in our time.”

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • “As ever, Oates shocks, delights, and amuses because she’s so good at what she does.”

    Baltimore Sun

Listener Opinions

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

    " An exceptional story entitled 'The Man Who Fought Roland LaStarza.' The realism of this tale has to be true. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeffrey | 2/18/2014

    " Terrific. Joyce Carol Oates' prose sparkles; her storylines consistently intrigue. My high expectations were happily met. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Hartsough | 2/17/2014

    " I must share some of Ms. Oates feelings, because I enjoyed several of her stories. They were weird, off-kilter, and unexpected. Marvelous reading for October! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Florence | 2/17/2014

    " Joyce Carol Oates is still a gripping story teller. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clare | 2/12/2014

    " I enjoyed some of the stories in this small book but none of them were completely engaging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mel Lindsey | 2/11/2014

    " Haunting, eerie short stories for late at night. Perfect for the season. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Teavan | 2/10/2014

    " Blah. Didn't feel the stories had real endings. Left with "huh?" after each one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 2/4/2014

    " CREEPTASTIC. No one does it better than Joyce Carol Oates. This one will keep you up at night! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Windy | 2/3/2014

    " The first couple stories are okay, but the rest are just demented. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dorinna Thom | 1/20/2014

    " I couldn't get into this book - the stories weren't that interesting and I found them difficult to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meghan | 12/30/2013

    " As weird tales go, these leave me feeling a little cold. She's excellent in terms of form, but I always feel like she's trying to show me how clever she's been at her writing exercises. In short, I just don't really care. Give me something really weird instead. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 11/15/2013

    " A wonderful series of short stories a bit on the odd side by a prize winner who is deserving of all the literary accolades she has ever received. Recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 11/2/2013

    " you can always depend on joyce carol oates for some creepy-ass, effed up short stories. best one in this collection was "feral." i read it right before bed and had a totally wicked nightmare. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paul | 10/29/2013

    " Stop her before she types again! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vanessa | 10/27/2013

    " once again--creepy. especially the story 'Feral" "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joe | 7/31/2013

    " It was ok, most of the stories didn't have a satisfying conclusion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 10/25/2012

    " Short stories. Well written but spooky. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 9/2/2012

    " just finished and loved it- Joyce Carol Oates writes stories that haunt your dreams- "Suicide Watch" was particularly frightening. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 10/27/2011

    " Oates really gets into her characters heads. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 1/28/2011

    " scary good, crazy good, hard to put down "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Grabenstetter | 1/17/2011

    " Some of these stories I really like, and some I really disliked. It's quite a toss-up... Read at your own risk, I guess. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 June Helmsley | 1/7/2011

    " Each one of these stories is like a kick in the crotch to mediocrity. JCO 4 Life, Bitches! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 12/8/2010

    " Some of these stories I really like, and some I really disliked. It's quite a toss-up... Read at your own risk, I guess. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 9/11/2010

    " Short stories. Well written but spooky. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 7/26/2010

    " CREEPTASTIC. No one does it better than Joyce Carol Oates. This one will keep you up at night! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Teavan | 2/19/2010

    " Blah. Didn't feel the stories had real endings. Left with "huh?" after each one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abbie | 10/13/2009

    " A well written but very dark collection of short stories. Enjoyable for the writing but not so much for the unpleasant content.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clifford | 9/16/2009

    " An exceptional story entitled 'The Man Who Fought Roland LaStarza.' The realism of this tale has to be true. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christa | 7/17/2009

    " Joyce Carol Oates never disappoints with her short stories. Some of them were creepy as hell. The book was worth the $4 I paid. The first story is probably the best and it's only 4 pages long. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paul | 7/12/2009

    " Like David said, but I had to find out myself. The hard way. "

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About the Author
Author Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, among other major awards. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978. In 2003 she received the Common Wealth Award for Distinguished Service in Literature and the Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement, and in 2006 she received the Chicago Tribune Lifetime Achievement Award.

About the Narrators

Laura Hicks is an Obie Award–winning actress who has appeared on Broadway, off Broadway, and in regional theater, film, and television. A native New Yorker and a Juilliard graduate, she has performed throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Australia, Austria, Italy, and Ireland.

Robert Fass is a veteran actor and twice winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He has earned mulltiple Earphones Awards, including one for his narration of Francisco Goldman’s Say Her Name, which was named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Audiobooks of 2011. He has given voice to modern and classic fiction writers alike, including Ray Bradbury, Joyce Carol Oates, Isaac Asimov, Jeffrey Deaver, and John Steinbeck, as well as to nonfiction works in history, memoir, health, journalism, and business.