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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (93 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Connelly Narrator: Alan Sklar and Ellen Archer Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2005 ISBN:
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In the spirit of the demolition derby, where drivers take heedless risks with reckless abandon, welcome to the first convocation of The Secret Society of Demolition Writers. Here is a one-of-a-kind collection by famous authors writing anonymously and dangerously. With the usual concerns about reputations and renown cast aside, these 12 daredevils have each contributed an extreme, no-holds-barred, unsigned story, each shining as brightly and urgently as hazard lights.

Unconventional and unapologetic, this publishing equivalent of a whodunit features an eclectic group of fictional characters, including a delusional schizophrenic narrator, an egg donor with second thoughts about her decision, a pharmacist who forms a weird crush on a woman who beat both of her parents to death, and a little girl who understands that an old safe is the threshold to another, ghostly, world. Equally diverse and surprising are the authors themselves: Aimee Bender, Benjamin Cheever, Michael Connelly, Sebastian Junger, Elizabeth McCracken, Rosie O'Donnell, Chris Offutt, Anna Quindlen, John Burnham Schwartz, Alice Sebold, Lauren Slater, and Marc Parent, the editor of the collection. Never before has such a wide-ranging and talented group of authors been assembled to such explosive and entertaining effect.

The Secret Society of Demolition Writers is an intriguing puzzle in itself, but it's also an important addition to the careers of some of our finest storytellers, even if we never really know who wrote what. Its boundary-smashing fiction offers exhilarating proof that for an artist, withholding your identity can mean gaining your freedom.

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin | 5/20/2013

    " Promising idea to allow writers to publish a story anonymously, and MAYBE some authors took risks they otherwise wouldn't. But I didn't think anyonymity made for any better ideas or storytelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shara Davis | 12/6/2012

    " Great book of short stores "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 11/21/2012

    " I'm a fan of the short story, so this collection appealed to me. I agree that half the fun was guessing who wrote what, but the stories were engaging and the characters interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 5/7/2012

    " Some of these are jewels. Worth looking at if only to read those few. "

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

    " Most of the joy I derived from this collection of anonymous stories was from pinning the authors to their respective works. A general "meh." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristyh | 5/23/2010

    " I love anthologies and the premise of this one was really interesting. It is extremely rare to find an anthology where I love all the stories, and this one was no exception, but there were some excellent ones in there - I especially loved "Eggs". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 2/8/2010

    " A compilation of stories of lots of different writers including Michael Connelly and Rosie O'Donnell! Nothing special but interesting and a fast read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 12/26/2009

    " A compilation of stories of lots of different writers including Michael Connelly and Rosie O'Donnell! Nothing special but interesting and a fast read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 9/16/2009

    " I'm a fan of the short story, so this collection appealed to me. I agree that half the fun was guessing who wrote what, but the stories were engaging and the characters interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 jenna | 9/23/2008

    " this book gets two stars because it had two great stories and an abundance of dreadfully awful ones. a star to each. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 1/10/2008

    " Some of these are jewels. Worth looking at if only to read those few. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Moy | 8/14/2007

    " Most of the joy I derived from this collection of anonymous stories was from pinning the authors to their respective works. A general "meh." "

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About the Author
Author Michael Connelly

Michael Connelly, author of suspense thriller and detective mysteries, has written several #1 New York Times bestsellers and numerous titles that made the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. He has won most every award given in the mystery and thriller genres, including the Anthony Award for Best Novel and the Barry Award for Best Novel. He is a former newspaper reporter who also won numerous awards for his journalism.