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In the Forest of Forgetting Audiobook

In the Forest of Forgetting

Author: Theodora Goss Narrator: Esther Wane Release Date: July 2020

Theodora Goss's first major short story collection showcases such stories as 'The Rose in Twelve Petals,' 'The Rapid Advance of Sorrow,' 'Lily, With Clouds,' 'In the Forest of Forgetting,' 'Sleeping With Bears,' and many more.

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Deathbird Stories Audiobook

Deathbird Stories

Author: Harlan Ellison Narrator: Harlan Ellison, Luis Moreno Release Date: July 2020

For more than three decades this singular collection of stories in which the New Gods of freeways and slot machines, internal combustion deities and evil so enormous that it swallows the streets in shadow has compelled the attention of not only readers of imaginative bent, but the praise of hard-line literary critics. One cannot codify modern literature of the fantastic without including a reference or selection from this dark book of godly and troubling stories that will not be ignored.

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The Science Fiction of Edgar Allan Poe: Penguin Classics Audiobook

The Science Fiction of Edgar Allan Poe: Penguin Classics

Author: Edgar Allan Poe, Harold Beaver Narrator: Bettrys Jones, Joe Jameson, Kevin Eldon, Rory Alexander Release Date: July 2020

Brought to you by Penguin. This Penguin Classic is performed by the acclaimed comedian and actor Kevin Eldon (star of It's Kevin, Alan Partidge, Big Train, Brass Eye and Hot Fuzz) supported by Bettrys Jones, Joe Jameson and Rory Alexander. This definitive recording includes an introduction by Harold Beaver, read by Rory Alexander. One of the greatest of all horror writers, Edgar Allan Poe (1809-49) also composed pioneering tales that seized upon the scientific developments of an era marked by staggering change. In this collection of sixteen stories, he explores such wide-ranging contemporary themes as galvanism, time travel and resurrection of the dead. 'The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfall' relates a man's balloon journey to the moon with a combination of scientific precision and astonishing fantasy. Elsewhere, the boundaries between horror and science are elegantly blurred in stories such as 'The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar', while the great essay 'Eureka' outlines Poe's own interpretation of the universe. Powerfully influential on later authors including Jules Verne, these works are essential reading for anyone wishing to trace the genealogy of science fiction, or to understand the complexity of Poe's own creative vision (P) Penguin Audio 2020

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Until We Have Faces Audiobook

Until We Have Faces

Author: Michael Nye Narrator: Joe Hempel Release Date: July 2020

In a style reminiscent of John Cheever and Alice Munro, Michael Nye's second collection of stories, Until We Have Faces, contends with transfixing themes: marital and familial estrangement, ways of trespass, the intractable mysteries and frights of modern life, the uncertainty of knowledge and truth, the gulfs between people and the technology we use, the frailty of our economic lives-while underlining throughout the persistency of love. His consummate skill, penetrating wit, and unfailing emotional generosity are on full display in this fine new collection.

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Inheritors Audiobook

Inheritors

Author: Asako Serizawa Narrator: Akie Kotabe, Catherine Ho, Feodor Chin, Greta Jung, Nancy Wu, Ren Hanami Release Date: July 2020

'This splendid story collection is a sword through the heart.'--Ben Fountain From the O. Henry Prize-winning author comes a heartbreakingly beautiful and brutal exploration of lives fragmented by the Pacific side of World War II. Spanning more than 150 years, and set in multiple locations in colonial and postcolonial Asia and the United States, Inheritors paints a kaleidoscopic portrait of its characters as they grapple with the legacies of loss, imperialism, and war. Written from myriad perspectives and in a wide range of styles, each of these interconnected stories is designed to speak to the others, contesting assumptions and illuminating the complicated ways we experience, interpret, and pass on our personal and shared histories. A retired doctor, for example, is forced to confront the horrific moral consequences of his wartime actions. An elderly woman subjects herself to an interview, gradually revealing a fifty-year old murder and its shattering aftermath. And in the last days of a doomed war, a prodigal son who enlisted against his parents' wishes survives the American invasion of his island outpost, only to be asked for a sacrifice more daunting than any he imagined. Serizawa's characters walk the line between the devastating realities of war and the banal needs of everyday life as they struggle to reconcile their experiences with the changing world. A breathtaking meditation on suppressed histories and the relationship between history, memory, and storytelling, Inheritors stands in the company of Lisa Ko, Viet Thanh Nguyen, and Min Jin Lee. This audiobook contains a PDF family tree from the text.

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Micromegas and Other Short Fictions: Penguin Classics Audiobook

Micromegas and Other Short Fictions: Penguin Classics

Author: Francois Voltaire Narrator: Roy Mcmillan Release Date: July 2020

Brought to you by Penguin. This Penguin Classic is performed by Roy McMillan, narrator of Underland by Robert MacFarlane, The Second Sleep by Robert Harris and Love is Blind by William Boyd. This definitive recording includes an introduction by Haydn Mason and is translated by translated by Theo Cuffe. Something between a tale and a polemic, these 'fables of reason' are feats of narrative compression and contain much of Voltaire's best and funniest writing. From ribald tales of adultery to conversations between cosmic travellers, the stories in this collection pose moral, philosophical and social questions. Reader and protagonist alike find their assumptions challenged as Voltaire mingles rationality and fantasy. (P) Penguin Audio 2020

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Maggie Brown & Others: Stories Audiobook

Maggie Brown & Others: Stories

Author: Peter Orner Narrator: Ari Fliakos, Brittany Pressley, Peter Orner Release Date: July 2020

In this powerful and virtuosic collection of interlocking stories, each one 'a marvel of concision and compassion' (Washington Post), Peter Orner, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist and 'master of his form' (New York Times), takes the short story to new heights.   Through forty-four compressed gems, Peter Orner, a writer who 'doesn't simply bring his characters to life, he gives them souls' (NYT Book Review), chronicles people whose lives are at inflection points, gripping us with a series of defining moments. Whether it's a first date that turns into a late-night road trip to a séance in an abandoned airplane hangar, or a family's memories of the painful mystery surrounding a forgotten uncle's demise, Orner reveals how our fleeting decisions between kindness and abandonment chase us across time. These stories are anchored by a poignant novella that delivers not only the joys and travails of a forty-year marriage, but an entire era in a working-class New England city. Bristling with the crackling energy of life itself, Maggie Brown & Others marks the most sustained achievement to date for 'a master of his form' (New York Times). - A New York Times Notable Book - Longlisted for the Simpson/Joyce Carol Oates Prize - An Oprah Magazine Best Book of 2019 - Kirkus 'Best Short Fiction of 2019'

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Supporting Cast Audiobook

Supporting Cast

Brought to you by Penguin. As she walks out of her marriage, a woman remembers the day her husband rescued a boy from drowning. A blind man on his wedding day celebrates the pursuit of love. And a young man leaves prison with only one desire - to see his son again. Kit de Waal's characters light up the page in vivid stories of thwarted desire, love and loss. With power and precision, humanity and insight, Supporting Cast captures the extraordinary moments in our ordinary lives, and the darkness and the joy of the everyday. © Kit de Waal 2020 (P) Penguin Audio 2020

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The Rajah’s Emerald: An Agatha Christie Short Story Audiobook

The Rajah’s Emerald: An Agatha Christie Short Story

Author: Agatha Christie Narrator: Hugh Fraser Release Date: July 2020

A classic Agatha Christie short story, available individually for the first time on audio. James has found himself at the fashionable resort Kimpton-on-Sea, all due to the persuasion of the young Grace who during the last few months of their courtship has become distinctly uppish. Amongst the upper echelons of society, including the Rajah of Maraputna, James feels distinctly disgruntled and out of place. Eager to both irritate and win over his sometime girlfriend, James bypasses the queue to the beach changing rooms and ducks into the private huts before impressively being the first in the sea. But, in his hurry to not be apprehended he jumps back to the huts, changes at lightning speed only to realise he is suddenly in the possession of a rather sought after object. Dabbling in a little detective work James throws himself into the breach.

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Blue in Chicago: and other stories Audiobook

Blue in Chicago: and other stories

Author: Bette Howland Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Release Date: July 2020

'The work of a woman who has invested her life in her art, and who will, I think be remembered as one of the significant writers of her generation.' Saul Bellow 'Her prose is cooler than a cocktail and sharper than a Japanese knife. It’s zippy, witty and sometimes deeply sad: Nora Ephron meets Lorrie Moore, which is about as good as it gets.' Observer Blue in Chicago collects together the sharp, bittersweet stories of Bette Howland and restores to our bookshelves an extraordinarily gifted writer, who was recognized as a major talent before all but disappearing from public view completely, until nearly the end of her life. Bette Howland was an outsider: an intellectual from a working-class neighborhood in Chicago; a divorcée and single mother, to the disapproval of her family; an artist chipped away at by poverty and perfection. Each of these sides of her life plays a shaping role in her work. Mining her most precarious struggles for her art in each of these stories, she chronicles the fears and hopes of her generation. Blue in Chicago, and other stories introduces UK readers to a wry, brilliant observer and a writer of great empathy and sly, joyous humor. Published in the US under the title Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage. 'Remarkable . . . Captivating writing: rhythmic, alert, empathetic . . . I haven’t enjoyed another book more this year.' Telegraph 'Profound . . . To read Bette Howland is to be handed a gift you didn't know you needed.' Irenosen Okojie, author of Nudibranch

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Young Skins Audiobook

Young Skins

Author: Colin Barrett Narrator: Jack Reynolds Release Date: July 2020

Brought to you by Penguin. *Winner of the 2014 Guardian First Book Award *Winner of the 2014 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award *Winner of the 2014 Rooney Prize for Irish Literature This magnificent collection takes us to Glanbeigh, a small town in rural Ireland - a town in which the youth have the run of the place. Boy racers speed down the back lanes; couples haunt the midnight woods; young skins huddle in the cold once The Peacock has closed its doors. Here the young live hard and wear the scars. It matters whose sister you were seen with. If you are in the wrong place at the wrong time, it matters a very great deal. Colin Barrett's debut does not take us to Glanbeigh alone; there are other towns, and older characters. But each story is defined by a youth lived in a crucible of menace and desire - and each crackles with the uniform energy and force that distinguish this terrific collection. © Colin Barrett 2014 (P) Penguin Audio 2020

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La frontera de cristal Audiobook

La frontera de cristal

Author: Carlos Fuentes Narrator: Noé Velázquez Release Date: July 2020

Carlos Fuentes examina la separación entre México y Estados Unidos con el cristal de la discriminación, el racismo, la violencia, pero también la fuerza de la vida mexicana, que parece sobrevivir a todas las agresiones. En La frontera de cristal, Carlos Fuentes es el mismo narrador de sus mejores libros: agresivo, vital, poderoso. Encuentra todos los ángulos posibles en una historia, con una variante insospechada: la comicidad. Esta es una novela relatada a través de nueve cuentos que transcurren, de un lado y del otro, en las proximidades de la raya fronteriza entre México y Estados Unidos. Más allá de lo inevitable, que suele presentarse en forma de discriminación, violencia y desamparo, los personajes que habitan estas páginas encuentran material para los sueños y energía para el humor, así sea tan sólo porque saben que 'la única frontera real está entre el cuerpo y el alma'. Carlos Fuentes reproduce la separación que se ha dado entre ambos países a lo largo de 200 años y la examina con el cristal de la discriminación, el racismo, la violencia, pero también la fuerza de la vida mexicana, que parece sobrevivir a todas las agresiones. La crítica ha opinado: 'A fuerza de contarnos, Carlos Fuentes nos vuelve indispensables y gracias a él somos reconocibles' -Elena Poniatowska-

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