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Publisher's Summary

Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules is a collection of short stories, some classic, others impending, selected and introduced by David Sedaris. With this audiobook a careful listener can discover the truth about loneliness, betrayal, love, and hope. "Where the Door is Always Open and the Welcome Mat is Out" by Patricia Highsmith, read by Cherry Jones "Bullet In the Brain" by Tobias Wolff, read by Toby Wherry"Gryphon" by Charles Baxter, read by David Sedaris "In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson Is Buried" by Amy Hempel,read by Mary-Louise Parker"Cosmopolitan" by Akhil Sharma, read by the author
©2005 826NYC; (P)2005 Simon & Schuster, Inc. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.
"Where the Door Is Always Open and the Welcome Mat is Out" ©2005 Patricia Highsmith
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By Terri Kirk Peteraf on 07-13-12

Great stories but only 5 of 17 are included

I was excited to hear the stories that David Sedaris picks as his favorites. This version only gives you 5 of the 17 in his book. I should have read the description more carefully but only noticed the term I always look for: "unabridged". In this case, that means the stories selected to be on this version are in their entirety. Don't let it stop you from listening though.

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By Christine Currie on 02-07-16

Beautiful Stories Great Voices

Would you consider the audio edition of Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules (Unabridged Selections) to be better than the print version?

Little gems of well written short stories . Discovering new authors leads to more of what's featured here stacked high upon my reading pile. Thank you for the introduction David Sedaris.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Shorts with well defined characters, all of the selected pieces equally brilliant.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Just spend the ten bucks, you'll thank yourself for the experience.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Listening again and again to this well edited and voiced over body of work

Any additional comments?

Voice over artist that read the Tobias Wolff piece did a fantastic job bringing it to life. Solid talent all around.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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