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A collection of poignant, romantic and funny tales performed by Academy Award -winning actor William Hurt. This collection includes a bonus track of an exclusive interview with William Hurt. Hurt's readings are thoughtful, tender, romantic, and resonant. A treasure.

Stories in this set include:

  • Aleksandar Hemon's "Blind Josef Pronek" - A Bosnian man struggles to make a new life in America
  • Richard Ford's "Communist" - A teenage boy's relationship to his single mother and her new boyfriend against the background of the stark Montana landscape
  • Ron Carlson's "Towel Season" - A tender story of a scientist and his wife's rocky moments as he works on a tough math proof
  • Tobias Wolff's "Nightingale" - A bullying father suddenly has doubts on his drive with his stoic son to military school to "toughen up" the boy

    Selected Shorts is an award-winning, one-hour program featuring readings of classic and new short fiction, recorded live at New York's Symphony Space. One of the most popular series on the airwaves, this unique show is hosted by Isaiah Sheffer and produced for radio by Symphony Space and WNYC Radio.

  • ©2009 Symphony Space (P)2009 Symphony Space

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    A must listen book

    Wow! what a voice! William Hurt is a born narrator . He beautifully engaged me throughout all these exceptional stories. My only complaint was reaching the end!

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    • 19-02-2012

    great, great actor

    that's the case, when you could even enjoy a grocery list read by this man

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    • Parola138
    • 30-09-2012

    amazing voice for audio

    I guess I am not alone in realizing William Hurt's audio talent. I absolutely am enamored with his reading of "The Sun Also Rises." It's as good, if not better than, listening to great music. So, to see him knock out a bunch of short stories (of great authors don't forget), I was pretty satisfied.

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    • christine
    • 14-04-2020

    Superb stories, superb narration

    These stories are gems, and the live in-theatre narration by William Hurt is outstanding. He seems to have thought about every word and how he can best express it.

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