The Souvenir Museum: Stories Audiobook, by Elizabeth McCracken Play Audiobook Sample

The Souvenir Museum: Stories Audiobook

The Souvenir Museum: Stories Audiobook, by Elizabeth McCracken Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Kate Reading Publisher: HarperAudio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 5.17 hours at 1.5x Speed 3.88 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: April 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780063071193

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Longest Chapter Length:

46:49 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

13 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

30:38 minutes

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Publisher Description

A Most Anticipated Book From: * Refinery 29 * Seattle Times * LitHub * Houston Chronicle * The Millions * Buzzfeed

Award-winning author Elizabeth McCracken is an undisputed virtuoso of the short story, and this new collection features her most vibrant and heartrending work to date

In these stories, the mysterious bonds of family are tested, transformed, fractured, and fortified. A recent widower and his adult son ferry to a craggy Scottish island in search of puffins. An actress who plays a children’s game-show villainess ushers in the New Year with her deadbeat half brother. A mother, pining for her children, feasts on loaves of challah to fill the void. A new couple navigates a tightrope walk toward love. And on a trip to a Texas water park with their son, two fathers each confront a personal fear. 

With sentences that crackle and spark and showcase her trademark wit, McCracken traces how our closely held desires—for intimacy, atonement, comfort—bloom and wither against the indifferent passing of time. Her characters embark on journeys that leave them indelibly changed—and so do her readers. The Souvenir Museum showcases the talents of one of our finest contemporary writers as she tenderly takes the pulse of our collective and individual lives.

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“An award-winning author writes her eighth book, and an award-winning narrator records it…Kate Reading’s deep, melodic voice reveals the very marrow of Elizabeth McCracken’s memorable tales…She transforms into whatever character walks onto the page…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

— AudioFile 


  • “[McCracken] writes from pain and makes something beautiful from it.”

    — The Guardian (London)
  • “[McCracken] never promises us freedom from pain, but she always offers just enough heart to endure it.”

    — Washington Post
  • “Evoke[s] moving depictions of marriage and parenthood and love, betrayal, and loneliness…A steady stream of exquisite writing.”

    — Boston Globe
  • “Full of gems, this collection is a winner.”

    — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • “An astonishingly powerful collection worth multiple readings.”

    — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About Elizabeth McCracken

Elizabeth McCracken is the author of The Giant’s House, which was nominated for the National Book Award, and Niagara Falls All Over Again, a winner of the PEN/Winship Award.

About Kate Reading

Kate Reading has recorded hundreds of audiobooks across many genres, over a thirty year plus career. Audie Awards: The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter (mystery), Breasts (non-fiction), Bellwether (fiction), and Words of Radiance (fantasy). Among other awards, she has been recognized with: the ALA Booklist best of 2019 for Bowlaway (fiction), AudioFile Magazine Voice of the Century, Earphones Awards, Narrator of the Year, Best Voice in Science Fiction and Fantasy, and Publisher’s Weekly’s Listen-Up Award. She records at her home studio, Madison Productions, Inc., in Maryland.