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Author: Steven Millhauser Narrator: Adam Grupper, Alyssa Bresnahan, Jonathan Davis Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2015 ISBN: 9781490681016
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From the Pulitzer and Story Prize winner Steven Millhauser comes sixteen new stories—provocative, funny, disturbing, and magical.

Beloved for the “lens of the strange” he places on small-town life, Steven Millhauser reveals the darkest parts of our inner selves to brilliant and dazzling effect. Here are stories of wondrously imaginative hyperrealism, stories that pose unsettling what-ifs or that find barely perceivable evils within the safe boundaries of our towns, homes, and even our bodies. Here are also stories culled from religion and fables: from Samuel, who in the masterly “A Voice in the Night” hears the voice of God calling him in the night; to a young, pre-enlightenment Buddha; to Rapunzel and her prince awakened only to everyday disappointment.

Heightened by magic, the divine, and the uncanny, shot through with sly humor, Voices in the Night seamlessly combines the whimsy and surprise of the familiar with intoxicating fantasies that take us beyond our daily lives.

Stories in this collection include:

  • “Miracle Polish”
  • “Phantoms”
  • “Sons and Mothers”
  • “Mermaid Fever”
  • “The Wife and the Thief”
  • “A Report on Our Recent Troubles”
  • “Coming Soon”
  • “Rapunzel”
  • “Elsewhere”
  • “Thirteen Wives”
  • “Arcadia”
  • “The Pleasures and Sufferings of Young Gautama”
  • “The Place”
  • “Home Run”
  • “American Tall Tale”
  • “A Voice in the Night”
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Quotes & Awards

  • “Classic fables with a hyperrealistic sensibility…In his capable hands, figures like Rapunzel, Buddha, and Paul Bunyan assume new and dazzling nuances.”


  • “[Millhauser] plays fluidly across genres—gothic, horror, hyperrealism, fables…In these stories he savors the perverse, morbid and dark; yet some tales add lighter touches to scriptural history and the fairy canon. His virtuosity is evident.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Expertly toes the line between the real and surreal…Whimsical, fantastical, macabre.”

    Huffington Post

  • Voices in the Night is defined by its playfulness; Millhauser tweaks genres and expectations like a carnival strongman bending steel bars.”

    Minneapolis Star-Tribune

  • “A master storyteller continues to navigate the blurry space between magic and reality in sixteen comic, frightening, consistently off-kilter tales.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Narrator Adam Grupper’s deep voice and drawn-out cadence successfully magnify the sense of middle-aged tedium…Alyssa Bresnahan’s crisp diction and edgy tone bring out the appropriate level of paranoia woven into “The Wife and the Thief,” and Jonathan Davis strikes the right notes of professionalism to make the fantastic sound credible when a mermaid washes up on the shores…Each story is equally compelling as a straight-through listen or taken in hours at a time. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice

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About the Author

Steven Millhauser is an American novelist and short story writer. His novel Martin Dressler won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and was a finalist for the National Book Award. He won The Story Prize in 2011 for We Others: New and Selected Stories.

About the Narrators

Alyssa Bresnahan is a dynamic dancer, actor, and audiobook narrator. She has narrated over two hundred audiobooks, has earned twenty Earphones Awards, and was named one of AudioFile magazine’s Golden Voices. In 2009 she was a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best fiction narration.

Jonathan Davis has been inducted into the Audible Narrator Hall of Fame. A three-time recipient and fourteen-time nominee of the Audie Award, he has earned accolades for his narration from the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, the American Library Association, Booklist, the Audio Publishers Association, AudioFile magazine, and USA Today. He has narrated a variety of bestsellers and award-winners for top publishing houses. He also narrated over forty titles of the Star Wars franchise for Lucasfilm Ltd./PRH Audio, including several iconic movie tie-ins, has participated with Star Wars Celebration, and has built a significant fan base. His work as a narrator includes films and programming for National Geographic Television, NOVA, PBS, VH1, and Francis Ford Coppola. He grew up in Puerto Rico and speaks Spanish, Portuguese, and Hebrew.

Adam Grupper, award-winning narrator, has garnered honors from AudioFile magazine, Publishers Weekly, iTunes, the Society of Voice Arts and Sciences, and the Audio Publishers Association. He has been in eleven Broadway productions, including the acclaimed revival of Fiddler on the Roof. His film and television credits include The Rebound, Homeland, Master of None, Music and Lyrics, Two Weeks Notice, Elementary, and Allegiance.