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Caedmon Short Story Collection Audio Cassette – Abridged, Audiobook


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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Harper; Abridged edition (July 26 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0694523925
  • ISBN-13: 978-0694523924
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 11.3 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 200 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,651,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Caedmon celebrates its 50th anniversary with an impressive sampler of classic short stories, many originally released on LP records. Most are unabridged; a few were "lightly abridged" to fit the original LP format. The 14 well-known stories provide a balanced literary overview, and include such diverse offerings as Ambrose Bierce's "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" (read by David McCallum), Franz Kafka's "A Hungry Artist" (read by Lotte Lenya), James Thurber's "University Days" (read by Richard Kiley) and Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" (performed by Maureen Stapleton). The narrations are first-rate. In Saki's "Tobermory" (about a talking cat who reveals secrets and scandals at a dinner party), reader Keith Baxter comically voices the dinner guests in stuffy, pompous and horrified tones, and offers the perfect sly, insinuating tone for Tobermory himself. Claire Bloom gives a quietly poignant performance of Guy DeMaupassant's "The Diamond Necklace," in which a middle-class woman's desire for luxury leads to utter poverty and devastation when she loses a borrowed necklace she believes is made of diamonds. Ossie Davis is terrific as both the educated, liberal black man and the more truthful, down-to-earth, dialect-speaking Harlemite of Langston Hughes's "A Toast to Harlem." Dylan Baker gives a suitably laid-back performance of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Jelly-Bean," about a once-promising young man turned slacker, and Keir Dullea presents a dull clerk who dreams of Mars, not realizing he was once there as a secret agent, in Philip K. Dick's science fiction classic "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale" (the inspiration for the film Total Recall).

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

These 14 classic short stories, transferred from their original LP format to audiocassettes and CDs, range from Ambrose Bierce's Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge to Franz Kafka's A Hungry Artist. Three tales are read by their authors (Homeland by Barbara Kingsolver, Why I Live at the P.O. by Eudora Welty, and Persistence of Desire by John Updike), while such renowned actors as Claire Bloom and Ossie Davis read the remaining works. Each narrator provides an excellent performance. The recordings are professionally produced, with consistent volume and no background noise. Recommended. Laurie Selwyn, San Antonio P.L.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Audio Cassette
This is a truly marvelous collection of short stories on audiocassette. The choice of stories excellent on its own, but when you consider the readers (some of whom are the authors themselves) it's even better!
My favorite stories here include "The Lottery" - just as chilling as I remember it, even though I know how it will come out; "Owl Creek Bridge," which is wonderfully read by McCallum; "The Diamond Necklace," which is one of the nastiest tricks played on a story's main character that I've ever read; and "Tobermory," just because it's Saki and cats. [If they'd chosen "Shredni Vashtar" instead as the representative Saki tale I'd have had to figure out how to give the collection 6 stars!] I enjoyed listening to all of the stories, many of which were unfamiliar to me; Welty's reading of her own story is a hilarious, breathless take on a small-town family, Lotte Lenya's reading of Kafka is relentlessly chilling, Kiley's reading of Thurber is dry and funny - heck, they're all good.
The only slight quibble I'd make is that there's very little space in between stories; they pretty much lead right in to one another. This means that if you want to pause to contemplate the story you've just heard, you should stop the tape the instant it's over, or else you'll be caught up in the next tale instead.
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I'm currently listening to this series of short stories on CD and thus far they are excellent. The problem is, the titles of the stories are given very quickly and the narrators don't tell the names of the authors. There is no listing of the stories on the cover or on the CD or on the inside jacket. I would love to know the name of each author as the story starts. Would have have been so difficult?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Excellent assortment... Oct. 17 2003
By GoryDetails - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio Cassette
This is a truly marvelous collection of short stories on audiocassette. The choice of stories excellent on its own, but when you consider the readers (some of whom are the authors themselves) it's even better!
My favorite stories here include "The Lottery" - just as chilling as I remember it, even though I know how it will come out; "Owl Creek Bridge," which is wonderfully read by McCallum; "The Diamond Necklace," which is one of the nastiest tricks played on a story's main character that I've ever read; and "Tobermory," just because it's Saki and cats. [If they'd chosen "Shredni Vashtar" instead as the representative Saki tale I'd have had to figure out how to give the collection 6 stars!] I enjoyed listening to all of the stories, many of which were unfamiliar to me; Welty's reading of her own story is a hilarious, breathless take on a small-town family, Lotte Lenya's reading of Kafka is relentlessly chilling, Kiley's reading of Thurber is dry and funny - heck, they're all good.
The only slight quibble I'd make is that there's very little space in between stories; they pretty much lead right in to one another. This means that if you want to pause to contemplate the story you've just heard, you should stop the tape the instant it's over, or else you'll be caught up in the next tale instead.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Excellent - but what happens to the authors names??? March 21 2004
By C. Ellen Connally - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio Cassette
I'm currently listening to this series of short stories on CD and thus far they are excellent. The problem is, the titles of the stories are given very quickly and the narrators don't tell the names of the authors. There is no listing of the stories on the cover or on the CD or on the inside jacket. I would love to know the name of each author as the story starts. Would have have been so difficult?


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