Voices in the Night by Steven Millhauser audiobook

Voices in the Night: Stories

By Steven Millhauser
Read by Alyssa Bresnahan , Jonathan Davis , and Adam Grupper

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11.52 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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From the Pulitzer and Story Prize winner: sixteen new stories--provocative, funny, disturbing, magical--that delve into the secret lives and desires of ordinary people, alongside retellings of myths and legends that highlight the aspirations of the human spirit. Beloved for the lens of the strange he places on small-town life, Steven Millhauser further reveals inVoices in the Night the darkest parts of our inner selves to brilliant and dazzling effect. Here are stories of wondrously imaginative hyperrealism, stories that pose unsettling what-ifs or that find barely perceivable evils within the safe boundaries of our towns, homes, and even our bodies. Here, too, are stories culled from religion and fables: from Samuel, who in the masterly "A Voice in the Night" hears the voice of God calling him in the night; to a young, pre-enlightenment Buddha; to Rapunzel and her Prince awakened only to everyday disappointment. Heightened by magic, the divine, and the uncanny, shot through with sly humor,Voices in the Night seamlessly combines the whimsy and surprise of the familiar with intoxicating fantasies that take us beyond our daily lives, all done with the hallmark sleight of hand and astonishing virtuosity of one of our greatest modern storytellers.

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A New York Times Editor’s Choice

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

From the Pulitzer and Story Prize winner: sixteen new stories--provocative, funny, disturbing, magical--that delve into the secret lives and desires of ordinary people, alongside retellings of myths and legends that highlight the aspirations of the human spirit. Beloved for the lens of the strange he places on small-town life, Steven Millhauser further reveals inVoices in the Night the darkest parts of our inner selves to brilliant and dazzling effect. Here are stories of wondrously imaginative hyperrealism, stories that pose unsettling what-ifs or that find barely perceivable evils within the safe boundaries of our towns, homes, and even our bodies. Here, too, are stories culled from religion and fables: from Samuel, who in the masterly "A Voice in the Night" hears the voice of God calling him in the night; to a young, pre-enlightenment Buddha; to Rapunzel and her Prince awakened only to everyday disappointment. Heightened by magic, the divine, and the uncanny, shot through with sly humor,Voices in the Night seamlessly combines the whimsy and surprise of the familiar with intoxicating fantasies that take us beyond our daily lives, all done with the hallmark sleight of hand and astonishing virtuosity of one of our greatest modern storytellers.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Classic fables with a hyperrealistic sensibility…In his capable hands, figures like Rapunzel, Buddha, and Paul Bunyan assume new and dazzling nuances.” Time
“[Millhauser] plays fluidly across genres—gothic, horror, hyperrealism, fables…In these stories he savors the perverse, morbid and dark; yet some tales add lighter touches to scriptural history and the fairy canon. His virtuosity is evident.” Chicago Tribune
“Expertly toes the line between the real and surreal…Whimsical, fantastical, macabre.” Huffington Post
Voices in the Night is defined by its playfulness; Millhauser tweaks genres and expectations like a carnival strongman bending steel bars.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune
“A master storyteller continues to navigate the blurry space between magic and reality in sixteen comic, frightening, consistently off-kilter tales.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Narrator Adam Grupper’s deep voice and drawn-out cadence successfully magnify the sense of middle-aged tedium…Alyssa Bresnahan’s crisp diction and edgy tone bring out the appropriate level of paranoia woven into “The Wife and the Thief,” and Jonathan Davis strikes the right notes of professionalism to make the fantastic sound credible when a mermaid washes up on the shores…Each story is equally compelling as a straight-through listen or taken in hours at a time. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Steven Millhauser

Author Bio: Steven Millhauser

Steven Millhauser is an American novelist and short story writer. His novel Martin Dressler won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and was a finalist for the National Book Award. He won The Story Prize in 2011 for We Others: New and Selected Stories.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 11.52
Audience: Adult
Language: English