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Author: Bradford Morrow Narrator: Charlie Thurston, Joe Barrett, Rachael Warren Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2012 ISBN: 9781609988500
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Bradford Morrow's stories have garnered him awards such as the O. Henry and Pushcart prizes and have given him a devoted following. Now gathered here for the first time is a collection of his finest gothic tales. 

A young man whose childhood hobby of collecting sea shells and birds' nests takes a sinister turn when he becomes obsessed with acquiring his brother's girlfriend, in "The Hoarder," which was selected as one of the Best American Noir Stories of the Century. 

An archeologist summoned to attend his beloved sister's funeral is astonished to discover it is not she who has died, but someone much closer to him, in "Gardener of Heart." 

A blind motivational speaker has a crisis of faith when he suddenly regains his sight, only to discover life was better lived in the dark, in "Amazing Grace."

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Quotes & Awards

  • “There has never been a short story by Bradford Morrow that I haven’t read at a single sitting—fascinated, thrilled, at times a bit breathless. There is a subterranean air about his fiction that pulls the reader down, as if into a vertiginous whirlpool. if you read just a single story by Bradford Morrow, you will be drawn into his gravitational pull inexorably.” 

    Joyce Carol Oates

  • The Uninnocent is a masterpiece of empathy and of storytelling. I love this chapel of unholy stories with their charming, monstrous, wholly sympathetic characters.”

    Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia!

  • “Morrow gives voice to the peace at the center of the chaos all around and within us. His collection, The Uninnocent, is not only very beautiful but very important.”

    Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize–winning author

  • “An ambitious, thoughtful writer, technically accomplished and emotionally truthful.”

    Washington Post

  • “Beautifully dark and soulfully intimate stories in his first collection, featuring characters who, though hardly citizens of virtue, reveal their true colors with little remorse…Morrow’s stories are hauntingly honest and linger in the consciousness.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Mixing elements of Southern gothic and noir, these powerful tales will linger in the reader’s mind.”

    Library Journal

  • “Morrow evinces an eerie and seductive sureness in summoning the inexplicable and the unnerving in these shrewd and shivery tales of madness and mayhem.”


  • “Each story is skillfully turned…there’s no question Morrow knows how to conjure a mood.”


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louisa | 3/15/2013

    " Although dark stories, great glimpses into the human condition. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michael | 2/13/2013

    " Dark and unpleasant characters are fine. Dark, unpleasant, and boring characters, not so much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 3/25/2012

    " This collection of short stories is dark, haunting, and beautifully written. These vivid tales, written in the first person, draw the reader into the mind of the, often disturbed, narrator. Many are stories of vengeance told by a seemingly reasonable person. All are unapologetic and slightly creepy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 3/10/2012

    " Although I like the writing style in this book the stories were all pretty somber. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 1/26/2012

    " These stories are potent. Although 2 or 3 of them were not very accessible to me, this collection on a whole is quite good. I found the last one - "Lush" - to be especially engrossing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daryl | 1/12/2012

    " Wonderfully dark, slightly unsettling. Great shorts. "

About the Author

Bradford Morrow is the author of numerous acclaimed works of fiction and poetry, including Ariel’s Crossing and Giovanni’s Gift. He is also the founder of the literary journal Conjunctions, which he has edited since 1981. He received a Guggenheim fellowship in 2007 and is a professor of literature at Bard College.

About the Narrators

Charlie Thurston is an actor and Earphones Award–winning narrator. He holds an MFA in acting from Brown University / Trinity Rep and has appeared on stages across the country with Trinity Repertory Company, Chautauqua Theater Company, Creede Rep, and at Riverside Theatre and Redmoon Theater, among others. His favorite roles include Edgar in The Completely Fictional—Utterly True—Final Strange Tale of Edgar Allan Poe, Stephen in The Long Christmas Ride Home, Tuzenbach in The Three Sisters, and Tony in You Can’t Take It with You.

Joe Barrett, an actor and Audie Award and Earphones Award–winning narrator, has appeared both on and off Broadway as well as in hundreds of radio and television commercials.

Rachael Warren, an audiobook narrator and actress, is a member of the resident acting company at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island, where she has played such roles as Eliza Doolittle, Sally Bowles, Ophelia, and Portia, as well as originating roles in world premieres by artists such as Paula Vogel and Charles Strouse. Her work has also been seen across the United States at regional theaters and on several national tours.