Short Stories (single Author)

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Uncommon Type

Uncommon Type

by Tom Hanks

A collection of seventeen wonderful short stories showing that two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor. A gentle Eastern European immigrant arrives in New York City after his family and his life have been torn apart b...

Narrator: Tom Hanks
Published: 10/17/2017
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The Book Case

The Book Case

by Nelson DeMille

"The Book Case" is a story that features Nelson DeMille's most famous (successful) character, Detective John Corey, who has appeared in six DeMille novels: Plum Island, The Lion's Game, Night Fall, Wild Fire, and The Lion. In this story, we see John ...

Narrator: Scott Brick
Published: 11/01/2011
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The Unremarkable Heart

The Unremarkable Heart

by Karin Slaughter

In this darkly provocative short story, Karin Slaughter delves with harrowing, insightful precision into love, death, and the secrets we keep. Five and a half months ago, high school principal June Connor was dealt a shocking blowan imminent death sen...

Narrator: Shannon Cochran
Published: 03/13/2013
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Weve Already Gone This Far

Weve Already Gone This Far

by Patrick Dacey

A heartfelt, vital collection; the debut of an exciting new talent already hailed as one of George Saunders favorite young American writers In Patrick Daceys stunning debut, we meet longtime neighbors and friendscitizens of working-class Wequaquetrig...

Narrator: Tanya Eby; Sean Pr...
Published: 02/16/2016
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Tenth of December

Tenth of December

by George Saunders

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEWNAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY People • The New York Times Magazine • NPR • Entertainment Weekly • New Yor...

Narrator: George Saunders
Published: 01/08/2013
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A Textbook Case a Lincoln Rhyme story

A Textbook Case (a Lincoln Rhyme ...

by Jeffery Deaver

From Jeffery Deaver--the New York Times bestselling author of the upcoming Lincoln Rhyme novel THE KILL ROOM (on sale June 4, 2013)--comes an original short story featuring Rhyme.When a young woman is found brutally murdered in a parking garage, with ...

Narrator: January LaVoy
Published: 04/02/2013
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The Lottery Winner

The Lottery Winner

by Mary Higgins Clark

SOLVING CRIMES FROM COAST TO COAST! Alvirah Meehan, the ever-resourceful former cleaning lady who struck it rich in the lottery, won the hearts of millions of readers and listeners when she narrowly survived a stalking killer in the #1 bestseller Wee...

Narrator: Jean Stapleton
Published: 12/01/1994
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Death Wears a Beauty Mask and Other Stories

Death Wears a Beauty Mask and Oth...

by Mary Higgins Clark

A collection of short stories from the #1 New York Times bestselling “Queen of Suspense” Mary Higgins Clark, including the never-before-published novella Death Wears a Beauty Mask.From Clark’s first-ever published story (1956’s...

Narrator: Robert Petkoff
Published: 04/28/2015
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Christmas Days

Christmas Days

by Jeanette Winterson

For years Jeanette Winterson has loved writing a new story at Christmastime, and here she brings together twelve of her brilliantly imaginative, funny, and bold tales. For the Twelve Days of Christmasa time of celebration, sharing, and givingshe offer...

Narrator: Jeanette Winterson...
Published: 12/06/2016
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Trigger Warning

Trigger Warning

by Neil Gaiman

Multiple award winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman returns to dazzle, captivate, haunt, and entertain with this third collection of short fiction following Smoke and Mirrors and Fragile Things—which includes a never-before ...

Narrator: Neil Gaiman
Published: 02/03/2015
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Blood And Smoke

Blood And Smoke

by Stephen King

Stephen King reads three of his classic short stories including 1408, now a feature film! Enter a nightmarish mindscape of unrelenting horror and shocking revelations as the greatest storyteller of our time takes us inside a world of yearning and pa...

Narrator: Stephen King
Published: 01/01/2000
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Kinsey and Me

Kinsey and Me

by Sue Grafton

In 1982, Sue Grafton introduced us to Kinsey Millhone. Thirty years later, Kinsey is an established international icon and Sue, a number-one bestselling author. To mark this anniversary year, Sue has given us stories that reveal Kinsey’s origins...

Narrator: Judy Kaye
Published: 01/08/2013
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Triple Threat

Triple Threat

by Jeffery Deaver

From Jeffery Deaver--the New York Times bestselling author of the upcoming Lincoln Rhyme novel THE KILL ROOM (on sale June 4, 2013)--come three powerful new short stories.In "Fast", Kathryn Dance races against the clock to track down the members of a ...

Narrator: January LaVoy
Published: 01/01/2013
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Stowaway and Milk Run

Stowaway and Milk Run

by Mary Higgins Clark

Mary Higgins Clark is a master storyteller, who keeps hr readers spellbound. Now, in her first two published stories, written in the fifties, she draws on her career as a young Pan American Airway-flight attendant to create these tales of adventure an...

Narrator: Jan Maxwell
Published: 12/01/1999
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Unaccustomed Earth

Unaccustomed Earth

by Jhumpa Lahiri

From the internationally bestselling, Pulitzer Prize—winning author, a superbly crafted new work of fiction: eight stories that take us from Cambridge and Seattle to India and Thailand.  In the stunning title story, Ruma, a young mother in ...

Narrator: Ajay Naidu
Published: 04/01/2008
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The Master of Rampling Gate

The Master of Rampling Gate

by Anne Rice

From the undisputed Queen of Vampire Literature, Anne Rice, The Master of Rampling Gate is a chilling tale of vampiric seduction.Set in the gasslit streets of 1888 London and the wild moors of the countryside beyond, The Master of Rampl...

Narrator: Gigi Marceau
Published: 03/05/2002
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Redeployment

Redeployment

by Phil Klay

Phil Klay's Redeployment takes readers to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned.  Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and f...

Narrator: Craig Klein
Published: 03/04/2014
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A Manual for Cleaning Women

A Manual for Cleaning Women

by Lucia Berlin

I have always had faith that the best writers will rise to the top, like cream, sooner or later, and will become exactly as well-known as they should betheir work talked about, quoted, taught, performed, filmed, set to music, anthologized. Perhaps, wi...

Narrator: various narrators
Published: 01/19/2016
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Fox 8

Fox 8

by George Saunders

From the author of the instant New York Times bestseller Tenth of December comes a darkly comic short story, a fable about the all too real impact that we humans have on the environment. Fox 8 has always been known as the daydreamer in his pack, ...

Narrator: George Saunders
Published: 04/09/2013
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A Hero of the Empire

A Hero of the Empire

by Robert Silverberg

Another story of Roma Eterna. A Roman nobleman is sent in punishment to a remote corner of the Empire–the Arabian city we know as Mecca.

Narrator: George Guidall
Published: 11/07/2000
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This Is How You Lose Her

This Is How You Lose Her

by Junot Diaz

Finalist for the 2012 National Book AwardA Time and People Top 10 Book of 2012Finalist for the 2012 Story PrizeChosen as a notable or best book of the year by The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, The LA Times,&#...

Narrator: Junot Diaz
Published: 09/11/2012
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Shining Rock

Shining Rock

by Blake Crouch

On their annual camping trip in the southern Appalachians, Roger and Sue encounter Donald, a Vietnam vet with a peculiar and menacing way. After offering a generous pour of Scotch—and taking a few for himself—the odd stranger reveals a dis...

Narrator: Luke Daniels
Published: 07/15/2014
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The Death Factory

The Death Factory

by Greg Iles

Death is the end, and if a man doesn't speak before it silences him, then his deepest secrets go with him.From #1 New York Times bestselling author Greg Iles comes an e-original novella featuring former prosecutor Penn Cage, a story of f...

Narrator: David Ledoux
Published: 06/17/2014
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How We Lost the Moon

How We Lost the Moon

by Paul J. McAuley

"On the busy, bustling, colonized future Moon, McAuley reminds us that although everyone makes mistakes, some mistakes have far greater consequences than others..." So writes Gardner Dozois, editor of the Seventeenth Annual Collection of The Year...

Narrator: Kerin McCue
Published: 11/28/2000
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*69

by Blake Crouch

Tim and Laura West receive a bizarre voicemail on their answering machine. Although the sound is muffled, the raised voices, suspicious thuds, and tortured gurgles lead them to believe that what they’re hearing is a brutal murder, unintentionall...

Narrator: Luke Daniels
Published: 07/01/2014
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Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It

Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want ...

by Maile Meloy

On Oprahs Summer Reading List for 2010 Awardwinning writer Maile Meloys return to short stories explores complex lives in an austere landscape with the clearsightedness that first endeared her to readers. Eleven unforgettable new stories demonstrate...

Narrator: Kirsten Potter and...
Published: 07/12/2010
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The Blessing of Brokenness

The Blessing of Brokenness

by Karin Slaughter

Mary Lou Dixon works at the Christ Holiness Baptist Church. Shes overseeing the repair of the cross above the altar in time for Christmas when things start to go horribly wrong. This short story by New York Times bestselling author Karin Slaughter is...

Narrator: Shannon Cochran
Published: 01/06/2015
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After the Quake

After the Quake

by Haruki Murakami

In 1995, the physical and social landscape of Japan was transformed by two events: the Kobe earthquake, in January, which destroyed thousands of lives, and the poison-gas attacks in the Tokyo subways in March, during the morning rush hour. Following t...

Narrator: Adam Sims
Published: 01/07/2014
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Nothing with Strings

Nothing with Strings

by Bailey White

The mundane and the miraculous stand side by side in these sketches and stories of Southern small-time life by the author of Quite a Year for Plums.

Narrator: Lorna Raver
Published: 11/24/2008
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Ford County Stories

Ford County: Stories

by John Grisham

In his first collection of short stories John Grisham takes us back to Ford County, Mississippi, the setting of his first novel, A Time to Kill.Wheelchair-bound Inez Graney and her two older sons, Leon and Butch, take a bizarre road trip through the M...

Narrator: John Grisham
Published: 11/03/2009
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Legends of the Fall

Legends of the Fall

by Jim Harrison

From one of Americas most versatile and celebrated writers, Legends of the Fall is Jim Harrisons classic trilogy of epic novellas. The publication of this magnificent trilogy of short novelsLegends of the Fall, Revenge, and The Man Who Gave Up His N...

Narrator: Mark Bramhall
Published: 11/01/2013
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A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories

A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Ot...

by Flannery O'Connor

This now classic book revealed Flannery OConnor as one of the most original and provocative writers to emerge from the South. Her apocalyptic vision of life is expressed through grotesque, often comic situations in which the principal character faces ...

Narrator: Marguerite Gavin
Published: 11/22/2010
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Birds of a Lesser Paradise

Birds of a Lesser Paradise

by Megan Mayhew Bergman

An “astonishing debut collection, by a writer reminiscent of such greats as Alice Munro, Elizabeth Strout, and even Chekhov” (Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants), focusing on women navigating relationships with humans, animals, and ...

Narrator: Cassandra Campbell...
Published: 11/06/2012
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The Rich Brother

The Rich Brother

by Tobias Wolff

A classic tale of brotherly love and rivalry from short-story master Tobias Wolff Pete has always been successful. Happily married with two daughters, he lives a comfortable life in Santa Cruz. Pete is a practical, hardworking man and he enjoys lifes...

Narrator: Anthony Heald
Published: 12/15/2013
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The Necklace

The Necklace

by Guy de Maupassant

A lesson on the power of vanity, The Necklace tells the story of Madame Mathilde Loisel and her husband. Mathilde always imagined herself as a socialite with beautiful gowns and wonderful jewels. Her husband, however, is a lowly clerk and the two have...

Going Public in Shorts
Narrator: Hillary Huber
Published: 11/28/2013
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Sublimating

Sublimating

by John Updike

The Maples Stories consists of eighteen classic stories from across John Updikes career, forming a luminous chronicle of the life and times of one marriage in all its rich emotional complexity. In 1956, Updike published the story Snowing in Greenwich ...

Narrator: Peter Van Norden
Published: 07/01/2014
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The Mystery of Choice

The Mystery of Choice

by Robert W. Chambers

An eerie and macabre collection of stories from Robert W. Chambers, author of The King in Yellow Considered by many to be the father of supernatural fiction, Robert W. Chambers work continues to influence writers today. Originally published in 1897, ...

Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki
Published: 07/15/2014
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First Love Last Rites

First Love, Last Rites

by Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan's Somerset Maugham Award-winning collection First Love, Last Rites brought him instant recognition as one of the most influential voices writing in England today. Taut, brooding, and densely atmospheric, these stories show us the ways in wh...

Narrator: Steven Crossley
Published: 10/17/2014
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Around the World with Auntie Mame

Around the World with Auntie Mame...

by Patrick Dennis

Encore, Encore! The brilliant sequel to the smash bestseller Auntie Mame is back and the reviews are in.…Praise:“As extravagantly full of gags, slapstick comedy and general hilarious confusion as its predecessor.” —The New York...

Narrator: Christopher Lane
Published: 01/19/2016
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St Lucys Home for Girls Raised by Wolves

St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised ...

by Karen Russell

A dazzling debut, a blazingly original voice: the ten stories in St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves introduce a radiant new talent.In the collection’s title story, a pack of girls raised by wolves are painstakingly reeducated by nu...

Narrator: Various Readers
Published: 05/18/2010
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Memory Wall Short Story Collection

Memory Wall (Short Story Collecti...

by Anthony Doerr

Anthony Doerr, a Guggenheim Fellow, has had his fiction honored with three O. Henry Prizes and the Rome Prize, among other accolades. This collection’s titular story won the National Magazine Award for Fiction, and each poignant tale touches in ...

Narrator: Lisette Lecat
Published: 04/08/2011
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Ordinary Life

Ordinary Life

by Elizabeth Berg

In this superb collection of short stories, Elizabeth Berg takes us into remarkable moments in the lives of women, when memories and events come together to create a sense of coherence, understanding, and change. In “Ordinary Life,” Mavis ...

Narrator: Elizabeth Berg
Published: 02/04/2014
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Road Rage

Road Rage

by Joe Hill

Road Rage unites Richard Matheson's classic Duel and the contemporary work it inspired—two power-packed short stories by three of the genre's most acclaimed authors. Duel, an unforgettable tale about a driver menaced by a semi truck, was the sou...

Narrator: Stephen Lang
Published: 02/24/2009
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The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories

The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Oth...

by Susanna Clarke

Following the enormous success of 2004 bestseller and critics' favorite Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Susanna Clarke delivers a delicious collection of ten stories set in the same fairy-crossed world of 19th-century England. With Clarke's characteris...

Narrator: Davina Porter
Published: 10/17/2006
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Interpreter of Maladies

Interpreter of Maladies

by Jhumpa Lahiri

Lahiri writes with deft cultural insight reminiscent of Anita Desai and a nuanced depth that recalls Mavis Gallant. This, her Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of short stories, features characters navigating between the Indian traditions they&#82...

Narrator: Matilda Novak
Published: 12/29/2006
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Men and Cartoons

Men and Cartoons

by Jonathan Lethem

Jonathan Lethem's new collection of stories is a feast for his fans and the perfect introduction for new listeners-- a smorgasbord of fantastic, amusing, poignant tales written in a dizzying variety of styles. Lethem is a trailblazer fo a new kind of ...

Narrator: Jonathan Lethem, V...
Published: 11/02/2004
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Lovely Dark Deep

Lovely, Dark, Deep

by Joyce Carol Oates

From the legendary literary master, winner of the National Book Award and New York Times bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates, a collection of thirteen spellbinding stories that maps the eerie darkness within us allInsightful, disturbing, and mesmeriz...

Narrator: Maggi-Meg Reed
Published: 09/09/2014
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Blind Willow Sleeping Woman

Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman

by Haruki Murakami

Following the best-selling triumph of Kafka on the Shore, comes a collection that generously expresses Murakami's mastery. From the surreal to the mundane, these stories exhibit his ability to transform the full range of human experience in ways that ...

Narrator: Patrick Lawlor
Published: 10/15/2006
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Trouble in Mind

Trouble in Mind

by Jeffery Deaver

Fiendish suspense. Shocking twists. Twelve diabolical tales. New York Times bestselling author and highly acclaimed storyteller Jeffery Deaver-the undisputed "grand master of the plot twist" (Booklist)-returns with a dazzling new collection of short...

Narrator: Elijah Alexander
Published: 03/04/2014
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Mortal Coils

Mortal Coils

by Aldous Huxley

Mortal Coils is a collection of five pieces, which were written by Aldous Huxley in the 1920s. The first one, The Giaconda Smile, is a short murder story. Permutations among the Nightingales is a play concerning amorous problems had by patrons of a ce...

Narrator: Simon Vance
Published: 10/01/2011
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