Three Early Stories

  • by J.D. Salinger
  • Narrated by Mike Dennis
  • 0 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A young and ambitious writer named Jerome David Salinger set his goals very high very early in his career. He almost desperately wished to publish his early stories in The New Yorker magazine, the pinnacle, he felt, of America’s literary world. But such was not to be for several long years and the length of one long world war.
The New Yorker, whose tastes in literary matters were and remain notoriously prim and fickle, was not quite ready for this brash and over-confident newcomer with the cynical worldview and his habit of slangy dialogue. But other magazines were quick to recognize a new talent, a fresh voice at a time when the world verged on madness. Story magazine, an esteemed and influential small-circulation journal devoted exclusively to the art of the short story and still active and respected today, was the first publication to publish the name J.D. Salinger and the story "The Young Folks" in 1940, an impressive view of New York’s cocktail society and two young people talking past one another, their conversation almost completely meaningless and empty.
Three Early Stories is the first legitimately published book by J.D. Salinger in more than 50 years. Devault-Graves Digital Editions, a publisher that specializes in reprinting the finest in American period literature, is proud to bring you this anthology by one of America’s most innovative and inspiring authors.

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Great narrator, plotless stories

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It was very well written but the scenes lacked a point. The stories felt like they were pulled from a bigger book. There really was no real detail of where the story was going or even why the reader should care.


Would you recommend Three Early Stories to your friends? Why or why not?

It you are a fan of Salinger's prose, then you will love it, I was not a huge fan so it did not work as well for me. The stories flow nicely, they just never go anywhere.


What about Mike Dennis’s performance did you like?

He has a awesome voice that really kept me engaged, even after I was bored with the story. Such a yummy deep timber that was a joy to listen to throughout. He had clear voices that stayed consistent in each story. I would love to hear more of his reads, especially on smexy books!


Any additional comments?

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.

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- K. April Holgate

Early Gems From A Master

What did you love best about Three Early Stories?

I loved the dialogue between the characters. It seemed so real. I also loved the narrator's delivery, especially the way he performed men's voices. It added to the characters.


What did you like best about this story?

The way the dialogue sounded so natural.


Have you listened to any of Mike Dennis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is the first time that I listened to his work.


If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I doubt a movie could be made out of these short stories.


Any additional comments?

Old-fashioned, literary stories that hint at Salinger's greatness.

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- Jonathan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-20-2014
  • Publisher: The Devault-Graves Agency