Short Stories (single Author)

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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 Thing Around Your Neck

The Thing Around Your Neck

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi...

Winner of a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and an Orange Prize for Fiction, Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie continues the literary tradition of Chinua Achebe, one of her greatest influences, in this brilliant collection of stories. Focusi...

Narrator: Adjoa Andoh
Published: 05/26/2010
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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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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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Tenth of December

Tenth of December

by George Saunders

MacArthur “Genius Grant” fellow George Saunders is the acclaimed author of several collections of short stories, including Pastoralia and CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, as well as a collection of essays and a book for children. He teaches in...

Narrator: George Saunders
Published: 01/08/2013
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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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Kinsey and Me

Kinsey and Me

by Sue Grafton

Praise for KINSEY AND ME “Brutally honest, emotionally powerful, ‘Kinsey and Me’ is a revelatory triumph, a dance often macabre, but also a dance of celebration choreographed by a writer whose contemplations on justice never fai...

Narrator: Judy Kaye
Published: 01/08/2013
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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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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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Unaccustomed Earth

Unaccustomed Earth

by Jhumpa Lahiri

Unaccustomed EarthAfter her mother’s death, Ruma’s father retired from the pharmaceutical company where he had worked for many decades and began traveling in Europe, a continent he’d never seen. In the past year he had visited France...

Narrator: Ajay Naidu
Published: 04/01/2008
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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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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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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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Fox 8

Fox 8

by George Saunders

MacArthur “Genius Grant” fellow George Saunders is the acclaimed author of several collections of short stories, including Tenth of December, Pastoralia, and CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, as well as a collection of essays and a book for chi...

Narrator: George Saunders
Published: 04/09/2013
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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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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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After the Quake

After the Quake

by Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. His work has been translated into more than forty languages, and the most recent of his many international honors is the Jerusalem Prize, whose previous recipients include J. M. Coetz...

Narrator: Adam Sims
Published: 01/07/2014
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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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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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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 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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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...

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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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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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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

Karen Russell, a native of Miami, has been featured in both The New Yorker’s debut fiction issue and New York magazine’s list of twenty-five people to watch under the age of twenty-six. She is a graduate of the Columbia MFA program and is ...

Narrator: Various Readers
Published: 05/18/2010
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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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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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Men and Cartoons

Men and Cartoons

by Jonathan Lethem

Jonathan Lethem is the author of six novels, including The Fortress of Solitude and Motherless Brooklyn, which won the National Book Critics Award. He is the author of two short story collections and the editor of The Vintage Book of Amnesia. His stor...

Narrator: Jonathan Lethem, V...
Published: 11/02/2004
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Ford County Stories

Ford County: Stories

by John Grisham

John Grisham has written twenty-one previous novels and one work of nonfiction, The Innocent Man, published in 2006. He lives in Virginia and Mississippi.www.jgrisham.com

Narrator: John Grisham
Published: 11/03/2009
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This Is How You Lose Her

This Is How You Lose Her

by Junot Diaz

Junot Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Drown; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and ...

Narrator: Junot Diaz
Published: 09/11/2012
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The Elephant Vanishes

The Elephant Vanishes

by Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. His work has been translated into more than forty languages, and the most recent of his many international honors is the Jerusalem Prize, whose previous recipients include J. M. Coetz...

Narrator: John Chancer
Published: 08/06/2013
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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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Liar Liar

Liar Liar

by the Liars Club

Liar ['l?-?r] (n): 1. A person who tells lies. 2. A writer. Lying is essential to good storytelling. Daily, we writers sit at our computersor legal tablets or Underwoodsand write down a bunch of untruths, piling one on top of the other, page after pa...

Narrator: various readers
Published: 03/14/2013
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A Bit on the Side

A Bit on the Side

by William Trevor

From these slender moments Trevor creates whole lives, conjuring up characters marked by bitterness and loss. William Trevor's graceful prose is a wonder in itself, and as convincing when inhabiting the mind of a school lunchmaid, an adulterous Irish ...

Narrator: Josephine Bailey
Published: 12/15/2004
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The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories

The Yellow Wallpaper and Other St...

by Charlotte Perkins Gilma...

A collection of twelve short stories from American feminist author Charlotte Perkins Gilman, including her best-known work, "The Yellow Wallpaper."

Narrator: Kirsten Potter
Published: 04/19/2011
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A Week in Summer

A Week in Summer

by Maeve Binchy

Maeve Binchy is the author of numerous best-selling books, including her most recent novel, Whitethorn Woods, in addition to Nights of Rain and Stars, Quentins, Scarlet Feather, Circle of Friends, and Tara Road, which was an Oprah Book Club selection....

Narrator: Maeve Binchy
Published: 05/03/2011
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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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Collected Stories

Collected Stories

by William Faulkner

“I’m a failed poet. Maybe every novelist wants to write poetry first, finds he can’t and then tries the short story which is the most demanding form after poetry. And failing that, only then does he take up novel writing.” &mda...

Narrator: Various Readers
Published: 12/04/2007
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Powder

Powder

by Tobias Wolff

With his marriage on the rocks, a father takes his son skiing for the weekend. After insisting on staying just a bit longerdespite a growing blizzardthe boys father finds theyre snowed in at the resort, the road blockaded by state troopers. To what le...

Narrator: Anthony Heald
Published: 12/15/2013
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Story of an Hour

Story of an Hour

by Kate Chopin

Kate Chopin is a widely considered the forerunner to the feminist authors of the twentieth century. Focusing on themes of race and gender, her short stories largely center on life in rural Louisiana. In The Story of an Hour, Louise Mallard has just le...

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Narrator: Tish Hicks
Published: 12/03/2013
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The Gift of the Magi

The Gift of the Magi

by O. Henry

O. Henry was a prolific American short-story writera master of surprise endingswho wrote about the life of ordinary people in New York City. In The Gift of the Magi, one of his best-known works, a young couple at Christmas time who, despite having lit...

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Narrator: Coleen Marlo
Published: 12/18/2013
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