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The John Updike Audio Collection

3.55  ·  Rating Details ·  60 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
5 hours and 46 minutes

The extraordinarily evocative stories depict the generation born in a small-town America during the Depression and growing up in a world where the old sexual morality was turned around and material comforts were easily had. Yet, as these stories reflect so accurately, life was still unsettling, and Updike chronicles telling moments both joyful and pai
Audible Audio, Unabridged
Published February 26th 2004 by HarperAudio (first published October 1st 2003)
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Joshua Rigsby
Aug 14, 2014 Joshua Rigsby rated it did not like it
Shelves: classic
I was not impressed with this collection of short stories.

A&P was the only piece I enjoyed, because his voice was so dramatically different there than in the others.

Updike's descriptions, while occasionally poignant, are never powerful or beautiful.

The scenarios the characters are placed in are often bland, opaque New England small towns, family meetings, or lovers trysts. Which is sad. Any of these scenes have the potential for a striking story, it's just never realized. The descriptions
This one was hit and miss for me. You'd think it would be a little thrilling to hear such an iconic author read his own stories, but Updike has one of the most soporific voices imaginable (dangerous when listening to this book in the car). He wasn't the only reader, so that was a minor qualm. My bigger complaint is how all the stories started to feel the same after awhile. He seemed obsessed with infidelity, and it got old quickly. The stories that stand out (I'm writing this review about 3 mont ...more
Jun 08, 2009 Camie rated it liked it
My husband and I listened to this collection on another road trip. I actually fell asleep for a few, but I'm still going to call it "read." =)

I loved "A&P" when I was in school, so I was expecting a lot more of that sort. But, come to find out, "A&P" seemed kind of a fluke compared to Updike's usual "voice," which I found a little bit disappointing. But still, it was a good collection. For some reason, I can't seem to find a list of titles, so I'll just have to describe my favorites: "A&
Oct 20, 2014 Karima rated it really liked it
If I were to use one word to describe Updike's writing it would be "precise".
His writing is exquisite (check out "Pigeon Feathers"), but couldn't help being put off by the glint of misogyny that flashes throughout much of his work.

Feb 13, 2009 Sandra rated it really liked it
"I feel that my lust makes me glow; I grow cold in my chair, like a torch of ice, as I study beauty. I have studied much of it, wearing all styles of bathing suit and facial expression, and have come to this conclusion: a woman’s beauty lies, not in any exaggeration of the specialized zones, nor in any general harmony that could be worked out by means of the section aurea or a similar aesthetic superstition; but in the arabesque of the spine. The curve by which the back modulates into the buttoc ...more
Mar 27, 2009 David rated it it was ok
Updike passed away in January 27 this year, and reading the obituaries encouraged me to check out this collection of some of his stories. He is best known for his "Rabbit is Rich" series of novels, but he also wrote many short stories. Several of the stories were read by the author himself, and I enjoyed hearing his voice. I found many of the stories well-written and enjoyed much of the prose; but there was too much sexuality for my taste.
Nov 06, 2007 Angela rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: those who like american fiction
Shelves: ditched
Not a huge American fiction fan, but thought I'd try Updike because he's such an icon and I really have little exposure to him. I only listened to the first CD - the first three stories - so probably not the greatest sample. I found it detailed, a bit sad, and irksome in the same undefineable way I do John Steinbeck's work. If you like one, I'm guessing you'll like the other - it's just not for me!
Lori (Lara Britt) Sailiata
A&P is my favorite Updike story. I appreciate Updike's skills in writer-craft, but I've always been lukewarm about the worlds he illuminates. Why do I still read him? Why do I give him 5-stars? Craft.
Ash Ryan
Aug 18, 2015 Ash Ryan rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, short, audio
I can't say I loved them, but these stories are generally very well written, and most of them are interesting enough. Worth a listen.
Apr 30, 2009 Janet rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2009
I enjoyed the stories as I listened to them, but at the end I could remember very few of them.
Steve Thompson
Sep 07, 2013 Steve Thompson rated it liked it
A lot of post middle age misery. Depressing even if we'll written. A&P's my favorite.
Jan 07, 2012 Lynn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio
A master demonstrating the breadth of his prowess!
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John Hoyer Updike was an American writer. Updike's most famous work is his Rabbit series (Rabbit, Run; Rabbit Redux; Rabbit Is Rich; Rabbit At Rest; and Rabbit Remembered). Rabbit is Rich and Rabbit at Rest both won Pulitzer Prizes for Updike. Describing his subject as "the American small town, Protestant middle class," Updike is well known for his careful craftsmanship and prolific writing, havin ...more
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