Summary

A powerful collection of short stories by Shirley Jackson.
"The Lottery," one of the most terrifying stories of the twentieth century, created a sensation when it was first published in the New Yorker. "Powerful and haunting," and "nights of unrest" were typical reader responses. This collection, the only one to appear during Jackson's lifetime, unites "The Lottery" with 24 equally unusual stories. Together they demonstrate her remarkable range - from the hilarious to the truly horrible - and power as a storyteller.
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4 out of 5 stars
By M. Robinson on 07-10-17

Includes s very shouty narrator

Shirley Jackson's stories are so disturbing - I only wish the shouty female narrator didn't disturb their telling quite so often.

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5 out of 5 stars
By JDS on 14-09-18

Superb!

I have always enjoyed Shirley Jackson's writing, having started with her novels 'We have always lived at the Castle' and 'The Haunting of Hill House', then came across a reading of The Lottery on BBC Radio 4 and was immediately drawn in to her superb art of short story telling. I was delighted to find this anthology on Audible and loved each of the stories. Some are short sharp shocks delivered in a couple of pages; others are a longer burn which draw you deeper down as the layers of the characters begin to unfold to show their public and private selves, their interactions with each other, their communities, households and neighbours. These stories are often set against the the hum drum of every day life; over a coffee in the kitchen, cooking for a neighbour, moving to a new neighbourhood. The stories that play out, however, are quite chilling, often bizarre and uncomfortable and always captivating.

Each story is narrated very well, the collection of narrators bring the right level of light and dark into the story. They deliver various accents and genders without them sounding corny or contrived.

I have since purchased the book of the The Lottery and can wholly recommend this anthology to listeners and readers who have a fascination with the darker side of the human condition.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Elizabeth A. King on 14-05-17

Titles please!

The titles aren't read so they all blend into each other and there's no way to figure out what the titles are.

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4 out of 5 stars
By RueRue on 13-04-15

Interesting short stories

A selection of dark, but intriguing, short stories by Shirley Jackson. She is best known for writing "The Haunting of Hill House". There is nothing supernatural in these stories, but there is a theme of grotesque behavior between people. The narration is excellent, all of the narrators are first rate.

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