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Selected Stories

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2 cassettes / 3 hours
Read by John Updike


John Updike reads six stories he has selected from the hundred-odd he has published.

"A&P", recounting a moral crisis on the checkout counter, is his most anthologized story.

"Pigeon Feathers," the longest story included, tells of a fourteen-year-old boy's fear of death and the answer he finds.

"The Family Meadow" describes a piece
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Published November 12th 1985 by Random House Audio
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Susan Quinn
Sep 25, 2014 Susan Quinn rated it really liked it
A beautiful collection of Updike's short stories that would have been raised to an even higher level if they had been read by a professional actor. I tend to avoid "read by the author" audiotapes because authors generally do not have the voice techniques and phrasing skills to bring the material to life. Audio books are one part performance and one part material. A great performer can raise mediocre material to a high level, and an amature performer can drag the material down, which is what happ ...more
Susan Strayer
Apr 04, 2014 Susan Strayer rated it it was ok
I enjoyed the final realization in Pigeon Feathers but the whole thing was so boring. I know he's a Pulitzer Prize winner but he's not really my style.
Matthew Dicks
Aug 17, 2009 Matthew Dicks rated it really liked it
Read by Updike himself, the stories are excellent. Pigeons Feathers goes on a little long and can drag a bit, and the Family Meadow is more of a landscape painting in words rather than a true story, but the others are superb. A&P and The Alligators have always been two of my favorite of Updike's stories, and both are included here. An author can learn a great deal about writing by listening to these stories, including how terribly far away from greatness that he or she is.
Blanca
Jan 15, 2011 Blanca rated it it was amazing
Shelves: shortfiction
A&P is the best known story in the collection, but every story holds up to my favorite. Pigeon Feathers is an absolutely earnest story questioning the existence of God from the perspective of a young boy on the cusp of adolescence. A good companion-piece to that story is Fitzgerald's "Absolution". "Separating" is a strong story to end. All around beautiful writing that is as strong as his novels.
Mark
Jan 11, 2011 Mark rated it really liked it
Updike's excessively earnest readings may betray the essential subtleties of his stories, but it's pretty pardonable given that he gave us the stories in the first place.
Adele Emami
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kind of a twisted and complicated ending... was a bit difficult to read but liked it. the way that parent handled the situation and treated their kids
Christopher Hellstrom
Jul 30, 2011 Christopher Hellstrom rated it really liked it
Great audio versions from Audible.com
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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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