4 audiobook short story collections

This month we are featuring short story collections, with a particular interest in female authors and/or protagonists. 

1. 'Five Short Stories by Women,' by Joyce Carol Oates, Amy Hempel, Rebecca Lee, Nadine Gordimer, and Sandra Cisneros

(Read by Emily Bergl, Lynn Collins, Sarah Drew, Alex Kingston, and Rita Moreno; L.A Theatre Works; two hours and 54 minutes; free; only at www.audible.com as a download)

L.A. Theatre Works collected five stories by outstanding female writers, paired them with interesting readers, and made the production available free of charge. All the stories are dramas, from Nadine Gordimer’s dystopian fantasy to Joyce Carol Oates’s revelation of a past that was not what the protagonist had imagined. Longing and regret are common, but so is self-awareness. The narrators are nothing short of delightful. Not all the stories are memorable, but all are enjoyable.   Grade: A

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