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Publisher's Summary

This year's shortlist of six exceptional stories each take the listener on an intense and gripping journey into the human heart. With poise, precision, and a light-footed grace, they conjure dramatically different, starkly real worlds.

Hailing from Ireland, the United States and The Bahamas, the finalists of 2020 share stories on subjects as far apart as their settings, exploring among them romantic and marital discord, dark secrets, homelessness and even a high school football team; yet each one opens doors into its characters' lives in surprising and moving ways.

In another outstanding year for The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award, dubbed 'the world's most prestigious short story prize' by LitHub, this shortlist bears powerful witness to the thrilling possibilities of the short story form.

This podcast is free for members. You can download all 6 episodes to your Library now.

©2020 Alexia Tolas, Niamh Campbell, Daniel O'Malley, Louise Kennedy, Namwali Serpell, Shawn Vestal (P)2020 Audible, Ltd.

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A Collection of Varied Short Stories

A collection of short stories of varied genres, with no common theme other than good writing.

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Disappointing

I personally struggled to finish the story, I would have given up if I was reading it. Sorry but the ending was poor.

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Love many.1 11

Different certainly ,but good Different. I really enjoyed it. It was light and easy to listen to but still had warmth and depth, I could see the characters . I also loved the readers accent. Loved this, very enjoyable.

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didn't enjoy these

these short stories really disappointed me, one after the other. sometimes disturbing sometimes just inane.

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  • Michael and Jane Bochenski
  • 16-10-2020

Some great short stories here

There are some great short stories here...and in the 2019 shortlist too. So good to have free access to them via Audible. Like many of the best tales, some linger long in the mind ... after the headphones are put away. (Michael).

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  • Sarah M Bakewell
  • 18-11-2020

Boring

Unsympathetic characters and weak plots. I didn’t waste my time finishing the last two stories.

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  • Miss Unique
  • 20-02-2021

What a Story

I loved every second! The ending was a shocker! Excellent writing - I implore all to listen.

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  • Tom stacey
  • 27-03-2021

The weirdest story ever

What the fuck? Half an hour build up for the weirdest ending I’ve ever known

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-03-2021

Loved Teamwork

So bored with this collection, until the brilliant "Teamwork" came along and saved the day

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  • Shane
  • 12-03-2021

Really good

Great really good and well read would recommend to anyone the individual story is great and very different to one and other

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  • Lesley Orchard
  • 28-02-2021

Foot washing story

One story features Child neglect and perversion. Nuanced slavery. Should be flagged. Can't understand why this can be prize-winning

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