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2009 Stories 162 - 166

Some stories from CDs:

162. LT's Theory Of Pets, written and read by Stephen King (live in front of an audience at the Royal Albert Hall).  This is another of King's "not quite horror but with some cringing moments" stories, and thus fits in well with the longer "Shawshank Redemption" and "The Body" as pieces that are about character first.  Any sense of uneasiness comes from the things King doesn't say rather than what he does.

From The New Yorker Presents: Out Loud (a two-cd set of stories):

163. Us or Me by Ian McEwan (read by the author)  A hot air balloon about to crash in an open field interrupts a romantic reunion.  is it every man for himself?

164. New York Girl by John Updike (read by the author)  This one didn't really work for me.  A Buffalo man has an affair with a NYC single mom and he tracks the course of the affair and it's aftermath.  He's a bit too smug and self-serving for me.

165. What Happened to Me on My Holiday by Martin Amis (read by the author).  The nasally British voice of the author actually works in this story of two boys who visit their father for a summer on Long Island.  There are dead fish, and mortal thoughts.

166. Maths Class by Seamus Deane (read by Gabriel Byrne)  Byrne perfectly captures the absolute mental chaos / abuse of an Irish Catholic priest teaching math.

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