The Complete Short Stories

  • by Muriel Spark
  • Narrated by Juliet Stevenson, Emilia Fox, Richard E. Grant
  • 17 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Complete Short Stories is a collection to be loved and cherished, from one of the finest short-story writers of the twentieth century. All stories performed unabridged by three star readers: Juliet Stevenson, Richard E. Grant and Emilia Fox.
From the cruel irony of A member of the Family to the fateful echoes of The Go-Away Bird and the unexpectedly sinister The Girl I Left Behind Me, in settings that range from South Africa to the Portobello Road, Muriel Spark coolly probes the idiosyncrasies that lurk beneath the veneer of human respectability, displaying the acerbic wit and wisdom that are the hallmarks of her unique talent.

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Exceptional reading of substantial short stories

I only knew Muriel Sparks from Miss Jean Brodie and am not generally a fan of short stories, but was taken by the prospect of readings by Juliet Stevenson, Emma Fox and Richard E Grant. I am so glad – the stories have great range and the narration is absolutely top notch. Some of the stories are a good 2 hours long. All are atmospheric and I loved Sparks’ sly wit.
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No mark Spark

The complete short stories in one volume at least gives the satisfaction of having read all that there is to read. The range of the subject matter is wide - from a childhood in South Africa, to Scotland and Manchester to the sad ruminations of a judge in North London. But the quality of the voice is not that great - one or two flashes of insight, but in the main very pedestrian and at times down-right tedious.

I can’t really think of one of the short stories that I really enjoyed, but can easily recall three that I really didn’t enjoy. Still, its read now isn’t it.
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- Welsh Mafia

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-12-2011
  • Publisher: Canongate Books