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Author: Richard Russo Narrator: Mark Bramhall, Arthur Morey, Amanda Carlin Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9780451486462
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Following the best-selling Everybody's Fool, a new collection of short fiction that demonstrates that Richard Russo--winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Empire Falls--is also a master of this genre.

Russo's characters in these four expansive stories bear little similarity to the blue-collar citizens we're familiar with from many of his novels. In "Horseman," a professor confronts a young plagiarist as well as her own weaknesses as the Thanksgiving holiday looms closer and closer: "And after that, who knew?" In "Intervention," a realtor facing an ominous medical prognosis finds himself in his father's shadow while he presses forward--or not. In "Voice," a semiretired academic is conned by his increasingly estranged brother into coming along on a group tour of the Venice Biennale, fleeing a mortifying incident with a traumatized student back in Massachusetts but encountering further complications in the maze of Venice. And in "Milton and Marcus," a lapsed novelist struggles with his wife's illness and tries to rekindle his screenwriting career, only to be stymied by the pratfalls of that trade when he's called to an aging, iconic star's mountaintop retreat in Wyoming.

Cast of Narrators:
“Horseman” read by Amanda Carlin
“Voice” read by Arthur Morey
“Intervention” read by Fred Sanders
“Milton and Marcus” read by Mark Bramhall Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “A team of talented narrators—Amanda Carlin, Arthur Morey, Fred Sanders, and Mark Bramhall—takes to the task of portraying Russo’s troubled male protagonists…Morey shines brightest with dramatic emphasis and pauses as a fragile relationship between brothers plays to a bitter end. Also, in a story that could be autobiographical, Russo is ably aided by Bramhall in his exploration of the wacky world of Hollywood movie making and how entering the orbit of stars can produce a poignant portrait of middle-aged men who are still struggling to find their place in the world. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • Thoughtful, soulful . . . It will abruptly break your heart. That’s what Richard Russo does, without pretension or fuss, time and time again. Jennifer Senior, The New York Times 
  • [Trajectory is] so rich and flavorsome that the temptation is to devour it all at once. I can’t in good conscience advise otherwise. Laura Collins-Hughes, The Boston Globe
  • Russo develops these stories with smooth assurance, allowing readers to discover layers of meaning in his perfectly calibrated narration. Publishers Weekly
  • Russo rarely wastes a word, interweaving details and dialogue into master classes on storytelling. Kirkus Reviews (starred)
  • Russo’s [characters] are sharply in view, and like opera singers performing quintets or sestets, they are all vital contributors. Equally significantly, their problems spring from their personalities, and the resolutions are heart-warming because they do indeed feel like real possibilities. . . . All four stories are challenging because they raise questions about why we live our lives the way we do, and if that’s all right. Claire Hopley, The Washington Times
  • Russo has fashioned tales compact enough to make an immediate impression (and to read in a single sitting), but rich [in] believable characters, graceful plotting and pointed dialogue. Peter Tonguette, The Columbus Dispatch
  • Entertaining and compellingly provocative. . . . vibrant narratives with distinctive characters. Robert Allen Papinchak, New York Journal of Books
  • AudioFile Earphones Award Winner
  • Amazon Best Book of the Month for May 2017

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About the Author

Richard Russo is the author of eight novels, two short-story collections, and the memoir Elsewhere. In 2002 he received the Pulitzer Prize for Empire Falls which, like Nobody’s Fool, was adapted to film, in a multiple-award-winning HBO miniseries.

About the Narrators

Mark Bramhall has won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, more than thirty AudioFile Earphones Awards, and has repeatedly been named by AudioFile magazine and Publishers Weekly among their “Best Voices of the Year.” He is also an award-winning actor whose acting credits include off-Broadway, regional, and many Los Angeles venues as well as television, animation, and feature films. He has taught and directed at the American Academy of Dramatic Art.

Arthur Morey has won three AudioFile Magazine “Best Of” Awards, and his work has garnered numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and placed him as a finalist for two Audie Awards. He has acted in a number of productions, both off Broadway in New York and off Loop in Chicago. He graduated from Harvard and did graduate work at the University of Chicago. He has won awards for his fiction and drama, worked as an editor with several book publishers, and taught literature and writing at Northwestern University. His plays and songs have been produced in New York, Chicago, and Milan, where he has also performed.

Amanda Carlin is an actress and Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator. She has appeared in such television shows as Law & Order, Lost, Bones, and The West Wing.