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The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award Shortlist Collection 2019

Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (49 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Diverse and moving, these six outstanding stories are meditations on grief and loss, love, communication and loneliness.  Each one will take the reader on a brief yet unforgettable journey into private worlds and unexpected corners of the human heart.

The shortlisted stories have all been chosen for this year's Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award - the world's richest and most prestigious prize for a single short story, dubbed the 'equivalent of the Man Booker for the short story' by the Sydney Morning Herald.

The finalists of 2019 come from three continents, whose exceptional stories span such diverse territory as high end fashion, the Troubles, a disastrous poetry anthology cross-cultural romance and family secrets. But all are linked by their competence and artistry, through stylistic inventiveness, dark humour, intricacy, and a masterful formal control.

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©2018 Joe Dunthorne, Paul Dalla Rosa, Louise Kennedy, Kevin Barry, 2019 Danielle McLaughlin, Emma Cline (P)2019 Audible, Ltd.

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I tried to enjoy the stories, but most of them were just not enjoyable to me

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A treat.

This collection was just what I needed and the short stories were all original, beautifully written and the subject matter so engaging. While there were some that I preferred, each one well deserved inclusion in the shortlist . I looked up some of the writers that I most enjoyed, to see if there was anything else they had published. I look forward to reading their next work and so appreciated the opportunity to hear some new voices.

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surprisingly ok

something to listen to. might need to listen again to remind myself because i think i missed something

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Beyond brilliant, I am craving for happy ending yet sit sombre with the reality of it all.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-02-2020

A mixture of creative ideas & poetic wordplay

Kevin Barry's story was my favourite, purely for his use of language making it engaging and poetic in parts. The most creative story in this collection for me was Joe Dunthorne's. Some of the other stories ended on a strange note, and left me thinking, "Okay...". Overall, I'd recommend listening to all of them, as it's always good to check out emerging artists of any craft.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-02-2020

one or two good stories

A couple of good stories but a couple of odd ones too. Interesting to listen to

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  • mollyeyre
  • 28-10-2019

Such nonsense!

This collection, which I admit to discarding, really makes me worry for the quality of the future of the book industry!

So far I have struggled through three of the stories, I get the impression that there is a lot of 'the Emperor's new clothes' here. The writers are thinking how clever they are, and the judges want to be seen as 'forward thinking and also clever and insightful'

Frankly the tales are just plain daft, some are vulgar, and it is insulting to anyone who has a modicum of common sense that they are being presented as the best of current offerings.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-10-2019

My mum, gran and all her friends will love these!

My mum, gran and all her friends will love these!
Recommended if you’re female and on the mature side.

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  • diane goldman
  • 26-03-2020

Outstanding!

Each story is very different! Written so beautifully and narrated perfectly. Completely captivating.
Highly recommended!

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  • Mrs R
  • 16-03-2020

so enjoyable!

great mix of talented writers and well chosen narrators makes this a joy. I have relistened to a my favourites, real gems.

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  • Arnold Seivwright
  • 10-03-2020

short stories lots of depth

I found that each story elicited some sort of emotional response from me, some subtle like the peace after a smile and some strong like the abyss after loss, well worth a listen to.

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  • Ms L. Penfold
  • 09-03-2020

I love this series.

The stories are mostly excellent, some merely very good. Nicely read, and perfect length.

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  • Mr Stephen Goodman
  • 17-02-2020

Hate to see those that lost

If these are the short list I'd hate to see those that didn't make the cut.
The stories have no substance.
I didn't bother to listen to the last two.

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  • A. Tompkins
  • 09-02-2020

glad I didn't pay for these

some started promisingly but they never really got going... disappointing endings... All The Poems I liked the most