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Each time I have downloaded a collection of short stories from audible, I have not been disappointed. Nor was I surprised to find these unabridged selections from <U>McSweeney's Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales</U> to be very entertaining.
I purchased this selection based primarily on the fact that it contained a short story (short excerpt) by Stephen King from his forthcoming novel <U><B>The Dark Tower V:</B>The Wolves of the Calla</U> due out in November,(hopefully, please, available on audible.) This was okay but, based on the fact that is an excerpt from 7 part series, it is actually probably the weakest story in the collection. (Begging again, the first four volumes of <U><B>The Dark Tower</B></U> are due to be rereleased on audio at the end of June. I hope that audible can get them...)
All of the stories are really good but I especially liked Nick Hornby's "Otherwise Pandemonium" and Elmore Leonard's "How Carlos Webster Changed His Name to Carl and Became a Famous Oklahoma Lawman." I also very much enjoyed Dave Egger's "Up the Mountain Coming Down Slowly, which contains probably the best narrative description of altitude induced psychosis (temporary) that I will ever hear.
Every story here, from Michael Crichton's very short and quite disturbing "Blood Doesn't Come Out" to Rick Moody's dark New York future in "The Albertine Notes", has something to offer any listener. Short stories and audio books are a perfect match and this collection is highly recommended by this reviewer.
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While there are some very good stories in this collection, they are unfortunately outweighed by the remaining stories.Perhaps the stories which were not included are better. I also enjoyed Mr. Leonard's and Mr. Hornby's stories. The rest were simply forgettable.
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