McSweeny's Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales (Unabridged Selections)

  • by Michael Chabon, Stephen King
  • Narrated by Kevin Gray
  • 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Michael Chabon, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, has joined forces with the editors of McSweeney's Quarterly Concern to create a collection of action-packed short stories by some of today's most talented names in literature. Elmore Leonard's telling of life for a fifteen-year-old boy and his dad in 1920's Oklahoma in "How Carlos Webster Changed His Name to Carl and Became a Famous Oklahoma Lawman" shifts easily to the happenings of an adolescent's unexpected run-in with the future in Nick Hornby's "Otherwise Pandemonium." In these and other stories, including Stephen King's "The Tale of Gray Dick," Michael Crichton's "Blood Doesn't Come Out," "Up the Mountain Coming Down Slowly" by Dave Eggers, Harlan Ellison's "Goodbye to All That" (read by Harlan Ellison, himself), Rick Moody's "The Albertine Notes," and "The Martian Agent, A Planetary Romance" by Michael Chabon, the authors return to the traditions of pulp fiction, spinning adventurous, suspense-ridden tales destined to keep their audience on the edges of their seats.


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M2T3=Great Entertainment

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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- Jody R. Nathan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-23-2003
  • Publisher: Random House Audio