Author: Symphony Space
Title: Selected Shorts: Lots of Laughs!
Publication Info: Symphony Space (2005), Edition: Unabridged, Audio CD
Summary/Review: This collection is something I downloaded randomly from Overdrive and it was suitably entertaining. There are seven stories and they are all read – or performed – in front of a live audience reminiscent of the storytelling on the Moth Podcast. Stories include:
1. Subsoil by Nicholson Baker Read by Thomas Gibson
2. Farrell’s Caddie by John Updike Read by Charles Keating
3. Jamaica by David Schickler Read by Isaiah Sheffer
4. Chivalry by Neil Gaiman Read by Christina Pickles
5. Nachman from Los Angeles by Jhumpa Lahiri Read by David Rakoff
6. On the U.S.S. Fortitude by Ron Carlson Read by Laura Esterman
7. Fatso by Etgar Keret Read by John Guare
My favorites include “Jamaica” where a man gets his head stuck in the banister and has to sit in on his wife’s book club and “On the U.S.S. Fortitude” about a doting mother raising children on an aircraft carrier (Esterman’s reading of the story probably improves the story concept a hundredfold).
Recommended Books: Best of Modern Humor by Mordecai Richler and The John Cheever Audio Collection by John Cheever.