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In 1956, Caedmon had the great fortune to record Eudora Welty reading some of her finest stories. In her sweetly vibrant Mississippi drawl, Ms. Welty deftly draws the listener in to the uproariously multilayered "Why I Live at the P.O.", the spontaneous "Powerhouse", and the insightful voice of women's truths in "Petrified Man". Ms. Welty's reading brings immediacy and resonance to these wonderful tales.
©1956, 1998, 2006 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. (P)1956, 1998, 2006 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

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  • Judy
  • 02-08-2006

Lovely Stories

I have been a fan of Eudora Welty's for as long as I can remember, and I was quite excited about the prospect of hearing her reading her own exquisite short stories. It was wonderful to hear her voice, but the dear lady spoke so fast that it's very difficult to understand. Still,if you're a Welty fan, it's well worth a download. Enjoy.

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  • mam
  • 18-01-2011

Quality

Loved the author and a chance to hear her reading her own work.
However, this audio download is not the easiest to listen to.
The speed of this recording could be slowed down considerably if it is to be enjoyed.

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  • Christina
  • 06-07-2011

Delicious - I wanted more!

Ms. Welty's reading of her short stories is mesmerizing. I felt as though I were watching a play, or acting as an anthropologist looking into a world I'd never witnessed. She vividly takes you to a time and place with sparely written but richly inhabited characters. Deeply funny, moving, and very short. Highly recommended.

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  • NOLAHunter
  • 01-09-2010

Why I live at the P.O. is the best

Hearing Miss Welty read her story "Why I live at the P.O." is one of my favorite audiobook experiences. It's a great story and a great listen.

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  • Flora Delaney
  • 01-02-2012

Listen to Miss Welty in her own voice

Listening to Eudora Welty tell her quiet tales of the south is a rare treat. Her small stories kick into your psyche and leave you yearning for more...

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  • Kenneth
  • 02-03-2009

Energetic, inspired stories

Eudora Welty reads 3 of her stories that use dialogue brilliantly to evoke Mississippi of the 1940s and the people who lived there. I especially enjoyed "Powerhouse", a free-flowing portrait of a jazz band leader playing music and taking his band out for a break. It is true, as one other reviewer noted, that Welty speaks rapidly, especially in the first story, but I was able to make the adjustment before long.

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  • Christine
  • 18-07-2006

Wonderful

A must-have for lovers of gentle humorous short stories - rare and delightful.

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  • Dean C.
  • 26-09-2018

THIS BOOK BY EUDORA WELTY IS A GEM : I RECOMMEND

OH, THIS BOOK IS A GEM. FOR ANYBODY THAT TRUELY LOVES GREAT STORY TELLING, AND GREAT SOUTHERN STORY TELLERS, AND SOUITHERN WRITERS, GENERALLY...…….ITS A MASTERPIECE. LIKE MS. WELTY, HERSELF.

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  • Daniel Cascaddan
  • 24-05-2018

Eudora

I found out about this and wanted to read it because my decades of using beloved Eudora email client finally ended recently. And I thought I should see what it is named for. So I bought this and listened to Why I Live at the Post Office. She reads it so fast, that I found it kind of irritating. It is a nice enough story, I suppose, although generally not my sort of thing. I think I would have enjoyed it more if it had not seemed like she were racing to catch a train.

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  • Susan Pigman
  • 12-11-2017

Delightful

For this audiobook, Eudora Welty reads three of her classic stories: Why I Live at the P.O., Powerhouse, and The Petrified Man. It was delightful to hear Ms. Welty’s voice, and the reading highlights her wonderful ear for language and dialogue as well as a mischievous sense of humor. The first story was read at a faster pace than the others, but I think the speed fits the personality of the story’s narrator. I believe this audiobook was based on an old LP recording which explains why it isn’t longer—I wish it was....

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