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I am a Jay McInerney fan and read most of his work. While not at all the same style writer as Ian McEwan [there's a lightweight jaunty cynicism to McInerney thankfully absent in the richness of McEwan] McInerney's work often has the same impact on me as McEwan - you read an entire novel...not sure you like it or how good it really is...but then you come across a single page or a gloriously constructed single paragraph that gives it all meaning and pulls everything together in a manner you can only say "wow" to. These McInerney stories here are missing that coupe de grace for the most part. The audio is fine and the narration solid, but there's nothing to grab on to, no "wow" factor and I can't think of a single story I wanted to listen to twice [no Updike-quality to cherish here]. The coke and sex seem dated and tiresome and each and every story revolves around marital affairs. Life is not that singular. The torture of life expressed in humor - a bit like M.A.S.H. Worth a credit? Maybe, maybe not. If you've read McInerney's work you already know these stories.
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I loved these stories--masterful writing, and the narrator is perfect: captures every irony and nuance, does a particularly good--often hilarious--job with the female characters.
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