Joyce Carol Oates, a queenpin of the noir genre, has brought her keen and discerning eye to the curation of an outstanding anthology of brand-new top-shelf short stories (and poems by Margaret Atwood!). While bad men are not always the victims in these tales, they get their due often enough to satisfy listeners who are sick and tired of the gendered status quo, or who just want to have a little bit of fun at the expense of a crumbling patriarchal society. This stylistically diverse collection will make you squirm in your seat, stay up at night, laugh out loud, and inevitably wish for more. Featuring brand-new stories by: Joyce Carol Oates, Margaret Atwood (poems), Valerie Martin, Aimee Bender, Edwidge Danticat, Sheila Kohler, S. A. Solomon, S. J. Rozan, Lucy Taylor, Cassandra Khaw, Bernice L. McFadden, Jennifer Morales, Elizabeth McCracken, Livia Llewellyn, Lisa Lim, and Steph Cha.
Although the stories are great in this collection, the narrator is terrible. She mumbles, reads too softly, reads too fast, and the hoarseness of her voice is unpleasant. I have been listening to audio books all of my life as I am visually impaired, and I can't believe they pay Xe Sands the amount of money she must have gotten to read this book. I had to listen to some of the stories more than once to get their meaning. Unfortunately, she narrates other Oates titles, and I will think twice before getting them