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Author: T. C. Boyle Narrator: T. C. Boyle Publisher: Random House Audio Audio Length: Release Date: September 2005 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781415923085

Publisher Description

The fourteen stories gathered here, which have appeared in The New Yorker, GQ, Harper's, McSweeney's, and Playboy, as well as in The O. Henry Prize Stories and Best American Stories volumes, display T. C. Boyle's imaginative muscle, emotional sensitivity and astonishing range. There are the whimsical tales for which Boyle is justly famous, including "Swept Away," which tells of a female ornithologist who falls in love on the blustery island of Unst, and "The Kind Assassin," about a bored and loveless radio shock jock who sets the world record for most continuous hours without sleep–and who may never sleep again. Listeners will love the comedic drama and lyrical beauty of the title story, about a young man who must contend with a vicious feral cat from Africa that he has won in a bar bet. And who could resist the gripping power of "Dogology," about a young woman in suburban New England who becomes so obsessed with man's best friend that she begins to lose her own identity to a pack of strays, or "Chicxulub," a nerve-shattering tale of collision, whether it be that of a young woman with a car or of huge objects from outer space slamming into the planet. With these compelling and always entertaining stories, Boyle proves once again that he is "a writer who can take any topic and spin a yarn too good to put down" (Men's Journal).

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " T.C. Boyle is an engaging story teller. I enjoyed some of the short stories in this collection, while others were just a bit strange. I like to feel connected to characters and stories when I read, and I had a hard time connecting with the characters that Boyle creates. "

    - Katie, 2/6/2014
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " The story about the guy winning the feral cat in the bar bet was the best, and the story about the lady in the 1700s getting grumpy on a horse was the absolute dumbest. In between that there were some pretty good ones. He's no Raymond Carver, but he still likes to talk about people drinking and thinking about their ex-wives/ex-girlfriends. Shout-out to men: Don't become such a bad drunk that your wife has no choice but to leave you, and then complain about it. It's not becoming. But if you do, write a short story. Someone will probably publish it. "

    - Rachel, 1/18/2014
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Short stories, mostly about loser guys who've made bad decisions. Fab writing, as usual. "

    - Andrea, 1/14/2014
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Really good short stories with a nature/animals theme running through most. He is very funny and he writes wonderfully. He also has some not very pleasant narrators, which is interesting. "

    - Gemma, 1/8/2014
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " The stories are nicely varied, even if there are only a couple standouts. "

    - Jesse, 12/24/2013
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " He may be my all time favorite author. Social commentary, brilliant sentence structure, brain rattling metaphors. Anything he writes is a great read aloud with good listeners; there's always so much to discuss. Read this book and then read everything else he's ever written. "

    - Bookfarm, 12/21/2013
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " i am halfway through and boyle still remains for me one of the best storytellers writing today. . .the dog story was weird though. "

    - lara, 12/21/2013
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " My favorite Boyle collection. "

    - Misha, 12/15/2013
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Great stories on Man's constant clashing with Nature. Animals, meteors, alcoholism, it's all part of the battle. My favorite T.C. Boyle book. "

    - Joel, 12/13/2013
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " This isn't the place to wade into T.C. Boyle's body of work, but if you already like him, there are some good stories here true to his style. "

    - Phil, 12/8/2013
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " A pretty good collection of short stories. Boyle's good a bending the rules, but subtley enough you don't notice. "

    - Benny, 10/31/2013
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " An uneven collection of short stories. Author seems fixated on stories involving alcohol and animals. "

    - Jchung7, 10/19/2013
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " A collection of great stories by my favorite author. Boyle is at his best when (humorously) depicting the man's struggle with nature. And by the way, nature always wins. "

    - Vanessa, 10/3/2013
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " short story collection "

    - Colin, 12/23/2012
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I almost always enjoy TC Boyle's short stories. this was no exception. "

    - Noel, 5/9/2012
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " A good collection of short stories, some haunting, some disturbing, but all thought provoking. "

    - Joanna, 2/23/2012
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " T.C. does great short fiction. It's like eating a box of your favorite sweets--can't stop and can't believe it's really this good. "

    - Cara, 1/21/2012
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Great collection of short stories that explores a wide range of characters in unique, sometimes bizarre, situations. Some examples: a woman who decides to be a dog and the man who falls in love with her, a man who stays awake for 12 days for a radio station's pr, and two men who lost everything. "

    - Melissa, 12/18/2011
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Great book of short stories - diverse and well told. "

    - Kathy, 8/15/2011
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Not my favorite. The Tortilla Curtain was much better "

    - Kathleen, 5/4/2011
  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " I'm not saying that these stories were bad, some of them were pretty good, but overall I was left unimpressed by the end of the book. "

    - Paul, 4/1/2011
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " yeah i love this guy "

    - Michelle, 2/1/2011
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Great collection of short stories that explores a wide range of characters in unique, sometimes bizarre, situations. Some examples: a woman who decides to be a dog and the man who falls in love with her, a man who stays awake for 12 days for a radio station's pr, and two men who lost everything. "

    - Melissa, 1/27/2011
  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " T.C. Boyle is an engaging story teller. I enjoyed some of the short stories in this collection, while others were just a bit strange. I like to feel connected to characters and stories when I read, and I had a hard time connecting with the characters that Boyle creates. "

    - Katie, 4/16/2009
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " The stories are nicely varied, even if there are only a couple standouts. "

    - Jesse, 4/9/2009
  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " irritatingly didactic (you stupid, lazy people. If you keep being lazy and materialistic, you're gonna run into trouble. See? I just made an alligator eat your kid). Some great imagery though. "

    - Max, 1/20/2009
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Wow, I loved this one. And I don't even like short stories. This makes me think I need to check out more of T.C. Boyle. The stories and characters seem so authentic that the book reads more like a collection of different authors. "

    - Corinne, 12/24/2008
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " A pretty good collection of short stories. Boyle's good a bending the rules, but subtley enough you don't notice. "

    - Benny, 12/4/2008

About the Author

T. C. Boyle has published eighteen novels and ten collections of short stories. He won the PEN/Faulkner Award in 1988 for his novel World’s End, and the Prix Médicis étranger for The Tortilla Curtain in 1995, as well as the 2014 Henry David Thoreau award for excellence in nature writing. He is a distinguished professor of English at USC.