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THE COLLECTED STORIES OF EUDORA WELTY

by | Read by Barbara Rosenblat, Gabra Zackman, Marc Vietor, Kevin Pariseau, LJ Ganser, Katherine Kellgren, Allyson Johnson, Victor Bevine, Elisabeth Rodgers, Jonathan Davis, Oliver Wyman, Jeremy Gage, Eileen Stevens, Joe Barrett, Jessica Almasy, Khristine Hvam, Suzanne Toren

Classics • 32.25 hrs. • Unabridged • © 1980

An expansive cast of performers delivers Welty’s 41 published stories. While all the performances are strong and the content—despite its often-subtle revelations—is well suited to the audiobook format, it is the female narrators who shine on these recordings. Their voices are especially capable of performing the acrobatics involved in the social maneuverings of Welty’s steel magnolias. Dialogue is nuanced—many exchanges sound so authentic that it’s almost as if the listener is watching a play rather than hearing prose. Welty’s unique stories of hope, love, and redemption are enlivened by all the performers on this extensive collection, but, as folks might say in Welty's Mississippi, “The ladies take the cake.” L.B.F. 2012 Audies Finalist © AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine [Published: OCTOBER 2011]

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