LoveReading

Becoming a member of the LoveReading community is free.

No catches, no fine print just unadulterated book loving, with your favourite books saved to your own digital bookshelf.

New members get entered into our monthly draw to win £100 to spend in your local bookshop Plus lots lots more…

Find out more

Short Stories Audiobooks in Science Fiction & Fantasy

Browse Short Stories audiobooks, listen to samples and when you're ready head over to Audiobooks.com where you can get 2 FREE audiobooks on us

LoveReading Top 10

  1. Me: Elton John Official Autobiography Audiobook Me: Elton John Official Autobiography
    1
  2. Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas: Festive hospital diaries from the author of million-copy hit T Audiobook Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas: Festive hospital diaries from the author of million-copy hit T
    2
  3. Christmas Shopaholic Audiobook Christmas Shopaholic
    3
  4. The Guilty Mother Audiobook The Guilty Mother
    4
  5. Girl, Woman, Other Audiobook Girl, Woman, Other
    5
  6. Postscript: The sequel to PS, I Love You Audiobook Postscript: The sequel to PS, I Love You
    6
  7. Indulge Audiobook Indulge
    7
  8. Shut Up and Listen!: Hard Business Truths that Will Help You Succeed Audiobook Shut Up and Listen!: Hard Business Truths that Will Help You Succeed
    8
  9. The Family Upstairs: The Number One bestseller from the author of Then She Was Gone Audiobook The Family Upstairs: The Number One bestseller from the author of Then She Was Gone
    9
  10. The Uninhabitable Earth: A Story of the Future Audiobook The Uninhabitable Earth: A Story of the Future
    10
Filter
Grand Union Audiobook

Grand Union

Author: Zadie Smith Narrator: Doc Brown, Zadie Smith Release Date: October 2019

Brought to you by Penguin. The first ever collection of stories from the Man Booker Prize-shortlisted author of Swing Time and White Teeth 'Zadie Smith is the best writer of our generation' Gary Shteyngart 'Her dialogue is pitch-perfect, her comic timing masterful... [And] she also delivers a sophisticated commentary on race, gender, class, celebrity and power' Telegraph on Swing Time 'Smith is virtuosic, as ever, on family and friendship, and her ability to write about large-scale social injustice without losing her neutral novelist's gaze is breathtaking' Times Literary Supplement on Swing Time In the summer of 1959, an Antiguan immigrant in north west London lives the last day of his life, unknowingly caught in someone else's story of hate and division, resistance and revolt. A mother looks back on her early forays into matters of the human heart - and other parts of the human body - considering the ways in which desire is always an act of negotiation, destruction, and self-invention. A disgraced cop stands amid the broken shards of his life, unable to move forward into a future that holds no place for him. Moral panic spreads like contagion through the upper echelons of New York City - and the cancelled people look disconcertingly like the rest of us. A teenage scion of the technocratic elite chases spectres through a premium virtual reality, trailed by a little girl with a runny nose and no surviving family. We all take a much-needed break from this mess, on a package holiday where the pool's electric blue is ceaselessly replenished, while political and environmental collapse happen far away, to someone else. Interleaving ten completely new and unpublished stories with some of her best-loved pieces from the New Yorker and elsewhere, Zadie Smith presents a dizzyingly rich and varied collection of fiction. Moving exhilaratingly across genres and perspectives, from the historic to the vividly current to the slyly dystopian, Grand Union is a sharply alert and prescient collection about time and place, identity and rebirth, the persistent legacies that haunt our present selves and the uncanny futures that rush up to meet us.

Show more
An Evening with W.O. Mitchell: A Collection of the Author's Best-Loved Performance Pieces Audiobook

An Evening with W.O. Mitchell: A Collection of the Author's Best-Loved Performance Pieces

Author: W.O. Mitchell Narrator: W.O. Mitchell Release Date: October 2019

If you ever saw one of W.O. Mitchell's public readings you will know why they were described as unforgettable. Unruly white hair flying, fist raised, voice husky or thundering, eyes wide in innocent astonishment at a double entendre raising a laugh, W.O. Mitchell did not give readings from his work; he performed them. In contrast to the lonely life of the writer, he loved 'the immediate thrust of a live audience as it responds to story magic,' and the audiences loved him, laughing until they were sore.  This wonderful selection of 31 pieces shows his writing at its best, while the in-performance photographs catch some of the charm of the man whose own character was perhaps his finest creation. Some pieces come from his novels, such as Who Has Seen the Wind and The Vanishing Point. We also hear the distinctive voices of both Jake and the Kid. 'Melvin Arbuckle's First Course in Shock Therapy' is here, as are 'The Day I Sold Lingerie in a Prairie Whore House' and the sad tale of 'Santa Comes to Shelby.' Old favourites are mixed with many new pieces, some never before published in book form, such as 'Stopping Smoking' and 'The Day I Caught Syphilis' (at the age of twelve). There are also serious pieces on censorship, and, finally, his inspiring 1996 speech in Winnipeg to the Writers' Union of Canada that moved his audience to tears. This book is a worthy tribute to a wonderful man.

Show more
Skin Folk: Stories Audiobook

Skin Folk: Stories

Author: Nalo Hopkinson Narrator: Bahni Turpin Release Date: October 2019

In Skin Folk, with works ranging from science fiction to Caribbean folklore, passionate love to chilling horror, Nalo Hopkinson is at her award-winning best spinning tales like 'Precious,' in which the narrator spews valuable coins and gems from her mouth whenever she attempts to talk or sing. In 'A Habit of Waste,' a self-conscious woman undergoes elective surgery to alter her appearance; days later she's shocked to see her former body climbing onto a public bus. In 'The Glass Bottle Trick,' the young protagonist ignores her intuition regarding her new husband's superstitions-to horrifying consequences. Hopkinson's unique and vibrant sense of pacing and dialogue sets a steady beat for stories that illustrate why she received the 1999 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Entertaining, challenging, and alluring, Skin Folk is not to be missed. Contains mature themes.

Show more
The Girl in the Train: An Agatha Christie Short Story Audiobook

The Girl in the Train: An Agatha Christie Short Story

Author: Agatha Christie Narrator: Hugh Fraser Release Date: October 2019

A classic Agatha Christie short story, available individually for the first time as an ebook. After being fired from his uncle's firm for his playboy antics, George Rowland decides to leave London on a whim. Waiting for his train to depart from Waterloo, a beautiful young girl dashes in and begs him to hide her. Wrapped up in the excitement he agrees to follow a suspicious looking man and guard a packet for her. But he soon finds that she isn't quite as innocent as she looks...

Show more
Twelve More Audiobook

Twelve More

Author: David Farrell Narrator: David Farrell Release Date: October 2019

'Twelve More' short stories about deception, infidelity and the supernatural from Australian Author David Farrell. It answers questions like: How do you steal a someones fingerprints? What is the formula for success? Why is Alan always in the bath? and many more. This collection includes stories of lost love, supernatural curses, murder, hypnosis, inspiration and things that happen in motels and public bathrooms. This collection of fictional tales is a sequel to his novel 'Twelve' which came out in January 2019. 'Twelve More' features the following stories: Home Security, The Formula, Curse of the Werewolf-Zombie-Alien, Eavesdropping, Parking Queen, Daisy, Can I Buy You a Drink?, Party Favours, Inspiration, Parasite, Gaps and Two of a Kind.

Show more
Monday or Tuesday: 8 Stories Plus New Introduction Audiobook

Monday or Tuesday: 8 Stories Plus New Introduction

Author: Frank Marcopolos, Virginia Woolf Narrator: Frank Marcopolos Release Date: October 2019

Virginia Woolf is simultaneously one of the most influential and misunderstood writers of all time. In this collection of early stories, readers can experience the literary innovations that would make Woolf so. This new edition also contains an introduction which new readers may find helpful. Ms. Woolf's influence can be seen in such writers as David Foster Wallace, Ursula K. Le Guin, George Saunders, Donald Barthelme, John Barth, Zadie Smith, Heidi Julavitz, Dave Eggers, Giannina Braschi, Michael Chabon, Samuel Beckett, Ann Beattie, Chuck Palahniuk, Jennifer Egan, Neil Gaiman, Grace Paley, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Kelly Link, Jonathan Lethem, among others. Fans of these writers might especially enjoy this collection. Whether you are new to Woolf or have been reading her for years, the audiobook version of this collection provides a fresh take on one of Woolf's early works. Mr. Marcopolos takes an hermeneutical approach to his job as audio performer, in an effort to provide both additional poignance and approachability to these stories. * Frank Marcopolos (1972- ) founded 'The Whirligig' literary magazine in 1999, which has been called 'a landmark, demonstrating the power of the literary underground.' One reviewer said that 'you get this true lion-roaring sense that Editor Frank Marcopolos knows what he likes, and how to read, and how to publish, and he has guts, and eats insects on Wheaties with bleach.'  Frank's long-form fiction has been reviewed with such praise as 'thorough-goingly entertaining' and 'highly readable...recalls the style of Michael Chabon or John Irving. A literary gem that should not be missed.'  Frank's unique literary-audio work has been featured in movie trailers, scholastic environments, underground mixtapes, and on YouTube, with lifetime listens to his audiobooks achieving over 1,000,000 'views' there. He lives in Pittsburgh, PA, and records at The Bookquarium Recording Studio.

Show more
Frog Prince: A Day at the Pond Audiobook

Frog Prince: A Day at the Pond

Author: Sharon Ashley Narrator: Jason Hill, Ricky Wright Release Date: October 2019

In Frog Prince: A Day at the Pond, Freddy the Frog enjoys friendship, fun, and adventure as he learns a valuable lesson in being yourself.

Show more
Una noche en el paraíso Audiobook

Una noche en el paraíso

Author: Lucia Berlin Narrator: Sol De La Barreda Release Date: October 2019

«Ninguna autora ya fallecida aparece en las páginas con más vida que Berlin: divertida, oscura y enamorada del mundo.» Kirkus Reviews XIV Premio Esther Benítez de Traducción de ACETT Vuelve la autora de Manual para mujeres de la limpieza, el gran redescubrimiento de la literatura de los últimos años. «Leer los veintidós cuentos de Una noche en el paraíso es asomarse a sus abismos para comprobar que no hay precipicio que no pueda salvarse con palabras [...]. Imprevisibles, impulsivos y cálidos, estos relatos son una delicia.» Sergi Sánchez, El Periódico Hace pocos años, una colección de relatos de una escritora ya desaparecida y casi olvidada sacudió el panorama literario mundial. Era Manual para mujeres de la limpieza, de Lucia Berlin, quien alcanzó entonces el lugar quele correspondía: se convirtió en la escritora favorita de la prensa y los lectores, el título fue libro del año para los medios y su peculiar estilo se vio comparado con el de Raymond Carver o Charles Bukowski. La singular capacidad de Berlin para representar la belleza y el dolor de las rutinas de nuestra vida, su extraordinaria honestidad, su magnetismo, la familiaridad de sus personajes, su sutil pero abrumadora melancolía... Todo ello se encuentra nuevamente y con gran intensidad en Una noche en el paraíso, una compilación que es un acontecimiento y un regalo para todos los lectores ansiosos por seguir leyendo al indiscutible fenómeno que es Lucia Berlin. Este volumen indispensable, preparado por su hijo, Mark Berlin, contiene veintidós relatos inéditos en español y está lleno de obras maestras de la literatura reciente. La crítica ha dicho... «Una colección de veintidós autoficciones deslumbrantes, llenas de extrañamiento y mordacidad, belleza y desafección. Auténticos fulgores en la oscuridad.» Andrés Rubín de Celis, La Vanguardia «Creo que nunca he leído a una mujer más inteligente, sensible, tierna y valiente que Lucia Berlin.» José María Guelbenzu, Babelia «Lucia Berlin puede ser la mejor escritora de la que hayas oído hablar nunca.» Publishers Weekly «Lucia Berlin pasó su vida en la oscuridad. Ahora se la reverencia como a un genio literario.» Brigit Katz, The New York Times «Al fin llegó la hora de Lucia Berlin.» Andrea Aguilar, El País «Las veintidós historias de este segundo volumen despliegan una autoficción aún más seductora y deslumbrante [...]. Ninguna autora ya fallecida aparece en las páginas con más vida que Berlin: divertida, oscura y enamorada del mundo.» Kirkus Reviews «Es como si Berlin hubiera visto un espacio vacío en la literatura y hubiera decidido que ella iba a llenarlo.» Michael Robbins, Chicago Tribune «Algunos escritores de relatos como Munro, Trevor o Chéjov se ponen a tu lado, te dan un suave golpe en el hombro y te dicen: 'Ven, siéntate, escucha lo que tengo que decir'. Lucia Berlin da vueltas a tu alrededor, te tira al suelo y pone tu cara sobre el barro.» Ruth Franklin, The New York Times Book Review «Su prosa desciende de Proust y de Chéjov. Siempre me he preguntado por qué el mundo ha tardado tanto en descubrir a Lucia Berlin.» Elizabeth Geoghegan, The Paris Review «Genia y figura.» Eulàlia Lledó Cunill, The Huffington Post

Show more
Twelve + Twelve More Audiobook

Twelve + Twelve More

Author: David Farrell Narrator: David Farrell Release Date: October 2019

'Twelve + Twelve More' is two audiobooks in one! This collection combines 'Twelve' and 'Twelve More' to bring you 24 short stories by Australian Author David Farrell. In 'Twelve' the stories focus on the themes of love, passion and legacy. Have you ever considered whether the outfit you'll die in is in your wardrobe right now? Did you ever wish you could experience a romantic evening from both points of view? Why is there a dead man in the flower shop? What would you do for fame? Was it a zebra crossing? What if your first love wanted to make a sex tape? And what's in those yellow pills Trudy is taking? In 'Twelve More' the stories feature deception, infidelity and the supernatural. It answers questions like: How do you steal a someone's fingerprints? What is the formula for success? Why is Alan always in the bath? and many more. This collection includes stories of lost love, supernatural curses, murder, hypnosis, inspiration and things that transpire in motels and public bathrooms. 'Twelve' included the following short stories: I Work Out, Always, Whatever it Takes, The Leading Man, To Whom it May Concern, Don't Want to Miss a Thing, Fortune Teller, After the Movie, VHS, Companion, Strange and The Airport. 'Twelve More' features the following stories: Home Security, The Formula, Curse of the Werewolf-Zombie-Alien, Eavesdropping, Parking Queen, Daisy, Can I Buy You a Drink?, Party Favours, Inspiration, Parasite, Gaps and Two of a Kind. By buying both collections at once you'll really get value for money! Enjoy these tales today.

Show more
Machado de Assis: 26 Stories Audiobook

Machado de Assis: 26 Stories

Author: Machado De Assis Narrator: Lincoln Hoppe Release Date: September 2019

A landmark event, the complete stories of Machado de Assis finally appear in English for the first time in this extraordinary new translation. Widely acclaimed as a progenitor of twentieth-century Latin American fiction, Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis (1839-1908), the son of a mulatto father and a washerwoman, was hailed in his lifetime as Brazil's greatest writer. His prodigious output of novels, plays, and stories rivaled contemporaries like Chekhov, Flaubert, and Maupassant, but, shockingly, he was barely translated into English until 1963, and still lacks proper recognition today. Aware of this lacuna and drawn to the master's psychologically probing tales of fin-de-siecle Rio de Janeiro-a world populated with down-and-out aristocrats, parvenus, and struggling spinsters-Margaret Jull Costa and Robin Patterson have combined all seven of Machado's short-story collections appearing in his lifetime into one volume featuring seventy-six stories, a dozen appearing in English for the first time. Machado's daring narrative techniques and postcolonial realism anticipated the dominant themes of twentieth-century literature and this majestic translation reintroduces him as a literary giant who must finally be integrated into the world literary canon.

Show more
The Heart and Other Viscera: Stories Audiobook

The Heart and Other Viscera: Stories

Author: Félix J. Palma Narrator: Cynthia Farrell, Timothy Andrés Pabon Release Date: September 2019

The New York Times bestselling author of the "supernatural tour de force" (M.J. Rose, bestselling author) The Map of Time crafts an enchanting collection of twelve evocative and macabre stories delving into the magical, ordinary, and darker aspects of love in all its powerful forms. A young girl receives letters from her lost doll; a cat madly in love with her human neighbor; a bored office worker escapes his monotonous life by traveling on his grandfather's model train; a man gives all of himself to the woman he loves, piece by piece. These are just a few of the unforgettable characters that inhabit Félix J. Palma's gorgeously wrought short story collection, by turns mesmerizing, morbid, and melancholy. This collection contains selections from three previously published anthologies, bringing together in one volume some of Palma's most celebrated stories. Available for the first time in English and with his signature "lyrical storytelling and a rich attention to detail" (Library Journal), The Heart and Other Viscera explores the wonder, madness, and heartbreak of love, and the lengths to which some are willing to go to protect, honor, and cherish the ones they love.

Show more
Quietus Audiobook

Quietus

Author: Stephanie Butland Narrator: Katie Lyons Release Date: September 2019

A touching and powerful short story from the acclaimed author of LOST FOR WORDS. AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY IN AUDIOBOOK. 'Knee-deep in the hungry sea, on the beach that I did not yet know I was to take custody of, I understood something for the first time: it is possible to have everything you want, and to be miserable.' The beach is quiet at night. The moon shines, the tide falls back, and a woman stands, waiting, watching for those who come to the shore only to walk into the sea. Nancy has lived on the coast for more years than she can remember. A famous actress in her younger days, she has since retreated from the world. Now her only aim is to persuade those who come to her beach to end their lives to go back to dry land, and try, once more, to live. But each time gets harder, and Nancy begins to fear she is no longer strong enough to save the lives of the desperate and hopeless.

Show more