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Selected Shorts: A Touch of MagicSelected Shorts: A Touch of Magic by Symphony Space

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Summary from Amazon:

"Recorded live at Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York City and at venues across the United States, these audio anthologies feature short stories from the Selected Shorts program that airs nationwide. More than 300,000 listeners tune in to this offering weekly to hear spellbinding tales read aloud by an assortment of terrific actors.

By turns funny, moving, romantic, and surreal, each of the tales on this magical lineup is filled with unexpected twists and turns. Stephen Colbert performs Ray Bradbury’s tale about a room that can take one anywhere in the world—sometimes with dangerous consequences. From a romance between a mermaid and an imp to a wonderful ghost story about a trinket with terrible powers, this eclectic collection also features narratives by W. W. Jacobs, Andrew Lam, Saki, and T. C. Boyle as well as performances by John Lithgow, James Naughton, Daniel Gerroll, and René Auberjonois."

Stephen Colbert reading Ray Bradbury is, of course, a delight, as is John Lithgow reading the classic "The Monkey's Paw." I also particularly enjoyed the Kevin Brockmeier story "The Year of Silence." These stories are all centered around some kind of fantastical event. As with any anthology, there's some inconsistency, but overall it's an enjoyable, provocative collection.




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