The Dinner Party

  • by Joshua Ferris
  • Narrated by Nicholas Tecosky, Zach Roe, David Nelson, Chris Kayser, Eliana Marianes
  • 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The first collection of short stories from the critically acclaimed, prize-winning author of To Rise Again at a Decent Hour.
These 11 stories by Joshua Ferris, many of which were first published in The New Yorker, are at once thrilling, strange, and comic. The modern tribulations of marriage, ambition, and the fear of missing out as the temptations flow like wine and the minutes of life tick down are explored with the characteristic wit and insight that have made Ferris one of our most critically acclaimed novelists.
Each of these stories burrows deep into the often awkward and hilarious misunderstandings that pass between strangers and lovers alike and that turn ordinary lives upside down. Ferris shows to what lengths we mortals go to coax human meaning from our very modest time on earth, an effort that skews ever more desperately in the direction of redemption. There's Arty Groys, the Florida retiree whose birthday celebration involves pizza, a prostitute, and a life-saving heart attack. There's Sarah, the Brooklynite whose shape-shifting existential dilemma is set in motion by a simple spring breeze. And there's Jack, a man so warped by past experience that he's incapable of having a normal social interaction with the man he hires to help him move out of storage.
The stories in The Dinner Party are about lives changed forever when the reckless gives way to possibility and the ordinary cedes ground to mystery. And each one confirms Ferris'sreputation as one of the most dazzlingly talented, deeply humane writers at work today.

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Not what I expected

I found this book to be rather disappointing. The only 'good' stories are toward the end so you have to suffer through a bunch of strange stuff before you get there. Too many of the stories are left just hanging, which may be some sort of style right now, but I find it disingenuous. I still enjoy a good beginning, middle and end, you know, a story. When listening to the stories that Eliana Marianes narrates, I highly recommend that you lower the speed to 0.75 or you will never be able to keep up with what she is saying. If you are debating between this book and another, choose the other.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-02-2017
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio