Read Selected Shorts: American Classics by Symphony Space Amy Tan Donald Barthelme Eudora Welty Joyce Carol Oates John Sayles Alice Walker John Cheever Online


A compilation of classic tales by great American writers performed by terrific actors, with a lineup ranging from Eudora Welty’s hilarious story of an independent young woman striking out on her own, "Why I Live at the P.O." read to wacky perfection by Stockard Channing to Joyce Carol Oates’ sly, creepy tale of a teenage girl’s seduction by a dangerous drifter, "Where AreA compilation of classic tales by great American writers performed by terrific actors, with a lineup ranging from Eudora Welty’s hilarious story of an independent young woman striking out on her own, "Why I Live at the P.O." read to wacky perfection by Stockard Channing to Joyce Carol Oates’ sly, creepy tale of a teenage girl’s seduction by a dangerous drifter, "Where Are You Going? Where Have You Been?," read poignantly by Christine Baranski to Edgar Allen Poe’s terrifyingly delicious "The Black Cat," read by René Auberjonois. Other featured stories include Alice Walker’s "Everyday Use" read by Carmen de Lavallade, John Cheever’s "Christmas is a Sad Season for the Poor" performed by Malachy McCourt, Amy Tan’s "Rules of the Game" read by Freda Foh Shen and Jerry Stiller reading John Sayles laugh-out-loud classic "At the Anarchists’ Convention" by John Sayles....

Title : Selected Shorts: American Classics
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ISBN : 9781934033128
Format Type : Audio CD
Number of Pages : 3 Pages
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Selected Shorts: American Classics Reviews

  • Karen
    2019-05-03 21:11

    I don't usually enjoy audiobooks, but these short stories were great. Each one was told by an actor, and the actor chosen to read each story was spot on. Particularly hilarious: "The Anarchists' Convention," written by John Sayles and read by Jerry Stiller.

  • Chris Gaither
    2019-04-25 03:13

    This is the first audiobook I've reviewed for GoodReads. What a delightful set of stories, performed before live audiences by actors who do them full justice: Stockard Channing reading a cheeky Eudora Welty tale, David Straitharn a manic story by Donald Barthelme, Christine Baranski a tense Joyce Carol Oates piece, René Auberjonois capturing the crazy in Edgar Allen Poe, and so on. My favorite is Malachy McCourt telling John Cheever's gloriously funny Christmas is a Sad Season for the Poor. You can spend a worse four hours than listening to these gems.

  • Rachel Lavender
    2019-04-28 05:17

    I listened to the audio version of this Selected Shorts - A Celebration of the Short Story. While not all the short stories deserve the 4 stars, I enjoyed the opportunity to "read" 8 different authors. Each was read by an actor which added to the story. Each lasted about 30 minutes, so they were a good length and while I am not much of a short story fan this made me look up the authors and I will be adding some of their novels to my reading list.

  • Wendy
    2019-04-25 03:14

    I listened to this as an audio book--not my favorite way to "read" a book but I have to say the particular readers of these stories did the stories justice. I especially liked Rene Auberjonois reading "The Black Cat" by Edgar Allan Poe, Stockard Channing reading Eudora Welty's "Why I Live at the P.O., and Jerry Stiller was hilarious reading John Sayles' "At the Anarchist's Convention".

  • Themardi
    2019-04-28 04:08

    Some of the stories on here are amazing and worth 5 stars or more, like "The Anarchist's Convention", read by Jerry Stiller. Another one is about a teenage girl getting harassed by a man. It is disturbing, almost harrowing to listen to.

  • Sg.00
    2019-05-09 00:00

    nice selection of stories read by a interesting selection of narrators in front of live audiences. the crowd reactions were, at times, a little jarring.

  • Patricia
    2019-04-24 04:04

    Excellent selection of short stories brilliantly performed.

  • Hannah
    2019-05-05 03:10

    I'm so glad I discovered this. Or rather, was introduced to this by a friend. Every story, a joy to listen to. (Audible)

  • Tania Mittleider
    2019-04-25 03:15

    This is a great collection of short stories and introduced me to a lot of classic American authors that I hadn’t previously read. The readings by various actors were highly enjoyable and brought more life to the stories. They range from humorous to horrifying to thought-provoking, and I enjoyed each in a different way. In order of preference:• John Sayles: "At the Anarchists’ Convention"• Amy Tan: "Rules of the Game"• Eudora Welty: "Why I Live at the P.O."• Donald Barthelme: “Game”• Edgar Allen Poe: "The Black Cat"• Alice Walker: "Everyday Use"• Joyce Carol Oates: "Where Are You Going? Where Have You Been?"• John Cheever: "Christmas is a Sad Season for the Poor"

  • Jennifer
    2019-05-14 21:19

    The first two short stories are very good. Rules for the Game by Amy Tan and Game by Donald Strathairn are highly recommended, however stop reading/listening after that. In fact, I've never read anything by Amy Tan before and after listening to her story about the interesting relationship between a chess champion and her helicopter mom I would definitely want to read more of her stories or novels.

  • Raven Johnson
    2019-05-19 21:21

    My God this was amazing! "At the Anarchists' Convention", "Why I Live at the P.O.", and "Game" were so funny, I listened to them twice. Two of the stories are wonderfully creepy, and the other two tell the story of an Asian American family and an African American family, respectively. I recommend this collection to anyone that enjoys a good short story!

  • Laura
    2019-05-13 21:22

    I didn't get through all of the stories, because it had a hold at the library, but all I listened to were very good, and the readers were great. I especially liked Christine Baranski's reading of Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? by Joyce Carol Oates.

  • Earline
    2019-04-29 22:16

    This collection has introduced me to 2 of my favorite short stories that I've read/heard all year! I absolutely loved Amy Tan's "Rules of the Game" and Donald Barthelme's "Game." I also enjoyed being exposed to other great authors, such as Joyce Carol Oates, John Cheever, and Alice Walker.

  • Lauri
    2019-04-28 01:21

    There were two stories in this series which were just creepy and nearly ruined the book for me. But the rest were wonderful - particular one by Alice Walker and, best of all, Jerry Stiller reading "At the Anarchist's Convention." Worth the price of the CD alone.

  • Juli
    2019-04-26 04:22

    This is one of the best audiobooks I've ever heard. Many of the stories are incredibly funny and some deeply scary.The actors matched with each story are amazing. I loved every minute of it.

  • Mary Taitt
    2019-05-07 02:25

    Super! A wonderful collection of thought-provoking short stories.

  • Maureen
    2019-05-05 01:01

    Amy Tan fan. Storyteller of "Rules of the Game" is quite good too!

  • Mary
    2019-05-21 04:12

    Excellent narration in this eclectic mix of short stories!

  • Kathy
    2019-05-03 01:12

    Loved this audio book.... the readings of these shorts are great. Many quite funny!

  • Ana Rînceanu
    2019-05-19 21:59

    I loved how different each story is and yet they work well together.

  • Melissa
    2019-05-19 01:21

    Jerry Stiller's reading of The Anarchists' Convention is a must hear.

  • Maggie
    2019-05-18 01:05

    pure delight! well performed. ohmygosh.

  • Thecritic
    2019-04-23 21:01

    Some great short stories, well performed,

  • Jenny
    2019-05-16 04:58

    Excellent collection of stories, and the readings are superb. Highly recommended.