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Inaugurating Dove Audio's Modern Classics Collection - an eclectic compendium of the finest short fiction of the last 150 years - Masterpieces of Modern Short Fiction features: "The Imperial Icehouse" by Paul Theroux; "Amy Foster" by Joseph Conrad; "High Darktown" by James Ellroy; "An Inhabitant of Carcosa" by Ambrose Bierce; "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gillman; "The Gioconda Smile" by Aldous Huxley; "You Can't Tell a Man By the Song He Sings" by Philip Roth; and "The Diamond as Big as the Ritz" by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
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By Christopher on 04-09-05
Probably better to read
This is obviously a book that was not meant to be put in audio. In fact, the editing is quite poor, where some stories don't even announce the title and author. That said, there are two real gems: The Yellow Wallpaper and The Diamond as Big as the Ritz. Both are read extremely well. In fact, they were more of a dramatic performance than a reading and made the listen worth while. If you can get this book on the cheap, get it for these two delights.
Every story has a different narrator, some difficult to understand with their heavy Brittish accents. Others are recorded in low quality making its sound a bit distracting. Still others are plainly boring (with all respect to these recognized masters).
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By Melissa J. Lynch on 09-05-14
no isabele allende
What disappointed you about Masterpieces of Modern Short Fiction?
The did not put an Isabel Allende piece in this anthology.
What was most disappointing about the authors’s story?
it was not marketed correctly.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
it is a old, old, old recording.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful