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Download You Think That's Bad: Stories Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (334 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jim Shepard Narrator: Bronson Pinchot Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2011 ISBN:
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Culling the vastness of experience-from its bizarre fringes and breathtaking pinnacles to the mediocre and desperately below average--like an expert curator, Jim Shepard populates this collection with characters at once wildly diverse and wholly fascinating. A black world operative can't tell his wife a word about his daily activities, but doesn't resist sharing her confidences. A young Alpine researcher is smitten by the girlfriend of his dead brother, killed in an avalanche he believes he caused. An unlucky farm boy becomes the manservant of a French nobleman who's as proud of having served with Joan of Arc as he's aroused by slaughtering children. A free spirit tracks an ancient Shia sect, becoming the first Western woman to travel the Arabian Deserts. From the inventor of the Godzilla epics to a miserable G.I. in New Guinea, each is complicit in his or her downfall and comes to learn that, in love, knowing better is never enough.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elisabeth Flynn | 2/14/2014

    " Incredible range of stories, and within each a level intensity that's rare. Great stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 2/13/2014

    " Still in general awe of Shepard, but some of the stories start to feel like research delivery systems, which was not the case with Like You'd Understand Anyway. "Gojira, King of the Monsters," which promised to be right in my wheelhouse, is sadly a prime example. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ken Brosky | 2/1/2014

    " "Gojira: King of the Monsters" is one of the best short stories ever written. Period. And yes, I'm including all the classics. I get it. But I would stack Shepard's masterpiece up against any of them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacob | 1/24/2014

    " There's just something about each of these stories that makes you want to read more and more. Each character is deep and gets fleshed out in such a way that when the stories (sometimes very abruptly) end you want to go back and reexamine them. That or go onto the next story and see what he cooked up next. All of them were engrossing in their own way. So I've picked up just about every book by Shepard to see what else he's come up with. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Lesyshen | 1/19/2014

    " Jim Shepard is a very smart man and the vast array of subjects he writes about is mind boggling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Carlson | 1/8/2014

    " A mixed bag, with several outstanding stories. Detailed comments on all stories (with possible spoilers) at A Just Recompense "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 1/2/2014

    " Gorgeous, masterful. I couldn't get enough. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laraine | 12/31/2013

    " Liked this book a lot. Shepard is an original "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathan Rostron | 12/31/2013

    " Shepard's the master, but I found less here to shout about than in his previous books. Tepid response possibly due to that terrible cover. Eesh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzette | 11/11/2013

    " One of the best collection of short stories I have ever read. Shepard's genius lies in his ability to take the reader to more places and times and through a wider variety of characters than any other short story writer I have read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sasha | 10/30/2013

    " i cannot say enough about this book it blows my mind that i'd never heard of him. this book changed things for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kevin Farrell | 10/28/2013

    " Book of short stories - some good some not so good (for me). All seemed to explore failed family relationships of some sort. Several had a lot of bitterness and regret running throughout. If this is your thing then give it a try. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Piers Rippey | 10/25/2013

    " Melancholy little stories, and each one is so different from the rest! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben Michaelis | 10/9/2013

    " Wonderful as always--perhaps one of the best short fiction writers in recent memory; the economy of Shepard's prose never fails to amaze me, he can compose an entire universe with just a few sentences. If you haven't read Jim Shepard's short fiction, you really should. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 11/5/2012

    " This is a great collection of stories. Each one masters a different voice and mood. Astounding range of time periods, locations, and protagonists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 G | 9/11/2012

    " I love Jim Shepard, but this isn't my favorite of his books. Still, as always, his best stories outpace nearly everyone else. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Hazen | 9/10/2012

    " I really wanted to like this collection of short stories than I did. And I kept kind of trying to figure out just what a was that wasn't clicking with me. But despite the excellent writing, the stories just didn't resonate with me, so I found myself kind of flipping through to the next. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Weed | 11/25/2011

    " Didn't grab hold of me the way Shepard's other collections have. Still good, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 3/22/2011

    " Yes! In my hands! Now! Wee! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 1/3/2011

    " Jim Shepard is a very smart man and the vast array of subjects he writes about is mind boggling. "

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About the Author
JIM SHEPARD is the author of six previous novels and four story collections, including Like You’d Understand, Anyway, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and won The Story Prize. His short fiction has appeared in, among other magazines, The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, McSweeney’s, The Paris Review, The Atlantic, Esquire, Tin House, Granta, Zoetrope, Electric Literature, and Vice, and has often been selected for The Best American Short Stories and The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories. He lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts, with his wife and three children, and teaches at Williams College.
About the Narrator

Bronson Pinchot, an Audie Award–winning narrator, received his education at Yale University, which filled out what he had already received at his mother’s knee in the all-important areas of Shakespeare, Greek art and architecture, and the Italian Renaissance. He restores Greek Revival buildings and appears in television, film, and on stage whenever the pilasters and entablatures overwhelm him.