Book Talk: Short Stories: The Thoroughly Modern Collection

 

I am a little behind on this reading challenge, but I intend to catch up soon. If you don't know, I have a reading challenge called the All Thingz Bookish reading challenge where I challenge you to read 12 books, ideally one book per month. I also have a list of books that I plan on reading this year. There are no hard and fast rules. You can read when you like, what you like. You can read something from the list I made or make a list of your own. The idea is to read 12 books this year. Click here to know more about the details of this challenge.

Now to last month's book:

I thoroughly enjoy short stories, and this anthology has some gems. With over twenty titles of short stories from the last 25 years, this provides an ideal collection for the discerning listener. If you enjoy old-fashioned story-telling, you are in for a treat, and the narrators had done justice to the stories they have lent their voices.

The running theme of the collection is relationships, its complexities and the many reasons why humans do what they do are weaved into each story remarkably. If you enjoy stories about the inter-personal relationships, I think you are going to enjoy some of these quite a lot.

Here is a list of stories you’ll find:
Mothers and Fathers by Angela Huth read by Janet McTeer
Shared Credit by Frederic Raphael read by Martin Jarvis
The Year's Midnight by Helen Simpson read by Harriet Walter
A Place for Everything by Barry Unsworth read by Janet McTeer
The Ghost of the Rain Forest by Barry Unsworth read by Rosalind Ayres

A Feeling for Birds by Lisa St Aubin de Teran read by Janet McTeer
Battlefields by Alan Sillitoe read by Janet McTeer
Who? by Fay Weldone read by Julie Christie
Mrs. Alcott Dances Naked in the Rain by Rosie Thomas read by Janet McTeer
Presto Barbaro by Ronald Frame read by Janet McTeer 

Sea Lion by Douglas Hurd read by Martin Jarvis
The Sons of Upland Farm by George Mackay Brown read by Martin Jarvis
Dressing Up by Angela Huth read by Rosalind Ayres
Twenty Years by Doris Lessing read by Rosalind Ayres
Humphrey's Mother by Penelope Mortimer read by Martin Jarvis
The Hero by Joanna Trollope read by Martin Jarvis

Shreds and Slivers by Ruth Rendell read by Martin Jarvis
Brut Millésimé by Ludovic Kennedy read by Rosalind Ayres
On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning by Haruki Murakami read by Walter Lewis
Baglady by A S Byatt read by Rosalind Ayres
Hotel des Voyageurs by William Boyd read by Martin Jarvis
Toy Boy by Edwina Currie read by Rosalind Ayres
Simon by Patrick O'Brian read by Martin Jarvis

My rating is three stars.

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Genre: Fiction | Short Stories
ISBN: 9781904605508
Publication: October 1st, 2006 by CSA Word
Format:  Audiobook

 
 

Book Blurb:

Twenty-three stories, all unabridged, from a diverse group of star writers and readers. A truly memorable collection with a wide appeal. Includes "The Years Midnight" by Helen Simpson, read by Harriet Walter;"On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful Morning" by Haruki Marukami, read by Walter Lewis;"Bag Lady" by A. S. Byatt, read by Roslaind Eyres;"Hotel des Vaoyaguerus" by William Boyd, read by Martin Jarvis; and "Who?" by Fay Weldon, read by Julie Christie.