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Selected Shorts: The William Hurt Collection (Selected Shorts)

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Recorded live at the Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York City and at venues across the United States, these audio anthologies feature short stories from the Selected Shorts program that airs nationwide. More than 300,000 listeners tune in to this offering weekly to hear some of their favorite tales read aloud by an assortment of distinguished actors. From a Bosnian man ...more
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Published April 1st 2009 by Symphony Space
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Mar 22, 2009 rated it liked it
Bittersweet is the underlying theme in this latest edition of Selected Shorts. As in Towel Season by Ron Carlson (1999) when a mathematician loses his way and finds himself again in a stretched summer filled with his previously ignored family and parties and other people’s colorful pool towels. Or in Richard Ford’s Communist (1984) in which a young man goes goose hunting with his mother’s communist ex-boyfriend and accidentally discovers himself becoming a man along the way. All 4 stories are na ...more
Ana Rînceanu
Tobias Wolff's "Nightingale" - A bullying father suddenly has doubts on his drive with his stoic son to military school to "toughen up" the boy. (4 stars)

Ron Carlson's "Towel Season" - A tender story of a scientist and his wife's rocky moments as he works on a tough math proof. (3 stars)

Richard Ford's "Communist" - A teenage boy's relationship to his single mother and her new boyfriend against the background of the stark Montana landscape. (4 stars)

Aleksandar Hemon's "Blind Jozef Pronek" - The s
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May 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
I highly recommend several of the Selected Shorts audio collections from Symphony Space. My daughter just bought a new one for me, "A Touch of Magic," which I can't wait to get to -- one of the shorts is Stephen Colbert reading Ray Bradbury's "The Veldt."
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Good stories that are improved by the outstanding performance of the reader. More audio books should use actors!!
Chet Makoski
Sep 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Wonderful reading of equally wonderful stories.
Mar 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Mixed bag of choices but William Hurt was a pleasure to listen to.
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