The Woman Who Married a Cloud

  • by Jonathan Carroll
  • Narrated by Robin Bloodworth, Suehyla El Attar
  • 19 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Thirty-eight extraordinary stories from award-winning author Jonathan Carroll.
For more than 30 years, Jonathan Carroll’s writing has defied genre conventions. Known for his novels—including The Land of Laughs, Bones of the Moon, Sleeping in Flame, and many other compelling and often surreal stories—Carroll has also created an eloquent body of short fiction. The Woman Who Married a Cloud brings his stories together for the first time. In the title story, a matchmaking effort goes awry and leads one woman to a harrowing moment of self-discovery. In "The Heidelberg Cylinder", Hell becomes so overcrowded that Satan sends some of his lost souls back to Earth. And in "Alone Alarm", a man is kidnapped by multiple versions of himself.
By turns haunting, melancholic, and enchanting, Carroll’s richly layered stories illuminate universal experiences, passions, and griefs. Described by NPR’s Alan Cheuse as "so richly imaginative, so intellectually daring," The Woman Who Married a Cloud is essential for Carroll fans and short-story lovers alike.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Wonderful stories, exceptionally read.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, because the narration is so good that it would be a great introduction to the audiobook experience, plus the stories are great.


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Woman Who Married a Cloud?

The tangerine moment.


What does Robin Bloodworth and Suehyla El Attar bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Bloodworth is simply brilliant. Every nuance is perfectly captured and it all sounds so natural. Amazing performance.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. I buy short stories so that I can dip in and out whenever the fancy takes me.


Any additional comments?

This is a first class selection of fairly off-beat stories with a great deal of originality. I can't recall having come across anything similar but it certainly makes me want to read more by this author.

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- A E WHYTE

Very enjoyable collection

A mix of of short stories from novella-length to vignettes. A bit over half of them are of a magic-realist type that are, in style, tone, and quality, exactly like a collection of good Twilight-Zone episodes. Most are melancholy or with a touch of horror, but I didn't find them depressing, more like a campfire-shiver; there's a good dose of humour as well. Interspersed with the fantasy stories are some straight stories in the same mood. Read with energy by alternating male and female readers, both of whom are excellent. One of the most enjoyable long books I've had from Audible in a while.
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- Sydney

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-04-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios