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Alice Munro

A brilliant new collection of stories from one of the most acclaimed and beloved writers of our time. Alice Munro's peerless ability to give us the essence of a life in often brief but always spacious and timeless stories is once again everywhere apparent in this brilliant new collection. In story after story, she illumines the moment a life is forever altered by a chance encounter or an action not taken, or by a simple twist of fate that turns a person out of his or her accustomed path and into a new way of being or thinking. A poet, finding herself in alien territory at her first literary party, is rescued by a seasoned newspaper columnist, and is soon hurtling across the continent, young child in tow, toward a hoped-for but completely unplanned meeting. A young soldier, returning to his fiancée from the Second World War, steps off the train before his stop and onto the farm of another woman, beginning a life on the move. A wealthy young woman having an affair with the married lawyer hired by her father to handle his estate comes up with a surprising way to deal with the blackmailer who finds them out. While most of these stories take place in Munro's home territory-the small Canadian towns around Lake Huron-the characters sometimes venture to the cities, and the audiobook ends with four pieces set in the area where she grew up, and in the time of her own childhood: stories "autobiographical in feeling, though not, sometimes, entirely so in fact." A girl who can't sleep imagines night after wakeful night that she kills her beloved younger sister. A mother snatches up her child and runs for dear life when a crazy woman comes into her yard. Suffused with Munro's clarity of vision and her unparalleled gift for storytelling, these tales about departures and beginnings, accidents and dangers, and outgoings and homecomings both imagined and real, paint a radiant, indelible portrait of how strange, perilous, and extraordinary ordinary life can be.

A brilliant new collection of stories from one of the most acclaimed and beloved writers of our time. Alice Munro's peerless ability to give us the essence of a life in often brief but always spacious and timeless stories is once again everywhere apparent in this brilliant new collection. In story after story, she illumines the moment a life is forever altered by a chance encounter or an action not taken, or by a simple twist of fate that turns a person out of his or her accustomed path and into a new way of being or thinking. A poet, finding herself in alien territory at her first literary party, is rescued by a seasoned newspaper columnist, and is soon hurtling across the continent, young child in tow, toward a hoped-for but completely unplanned meeting. A young soldier, returning to his fiancée from the Second World War, steps off the train before his stop and onto the farm of another woman, beginning a life on the move. A wealthy young woman having an affair with the married lawyer hired by her father to handle his estate comes up with a surprising way to deal with the blackmailer who finds them out. While most of these stories take place in Munro's home territory-the small Canadian towns around Lake Huron-the characters sometimes venture to the cities, and the audiobook ends with four pieces set in the area where she grew up, and in the time of her own childhood: stories "autobiographical in feeling, though not, sometimes, entirely so in fact." A girl who can't sleep imagines night after wakeful night that she kills her beloved younger sister. A mother snatches up her child and runs for dear life when a crazy woman comes into her yard. Suffused with Munro's clarity of vision and her unparalleled gift for storytelling, these tales about departures and beginnings, accidents and dangers, and outgoings and homecomings both imagined and real, paint a radiant, indelible portrait of how strange, perilous, and extraordinary ordinary life can be.
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A brilliant new collection of stories from one of the most acclaimed and beloved writers of our time. Alice Munro's peerless ability to give us the essence of a life in often brief but always spacious and timeless stories is once again everywhere apparent in this brilliant new collection. In story after story, she illumines the moment a life is forever altered by a chance encounter or an action not taken, or by a simple twist of fate that turns a person out of his or her accustomed path and into a new way of being or thinking. A poet, finding herself in alien territory at her first literary party, is rescued by a seasoned newspaper columnist, and is soon hurtling across the continent, young child in tow, toward a hoped-for but completely unplanned meeting. A young soldier, returning to his fiancée from the Second World War, steps off the train before his stop and onto the farm of another woman, beginning a life on the move. A wealthy young woman having an affair with the married lawyer hired by her father to handle his estate comes up with a surprising way to deal with the blackmailer who finds them out. While most of these stories take place in Munro's home territory-the small Canadian towns around Lake Huron-the characters sometimes venture to the cities, and the audiobook ends with four pieces set in the area where she grew up, and in the time of her own childhood: stories "autobiographical in feeling, though not, sometimes, entirely so in fact." A girl who can't sleep imagines night after wakeful night that she kills her beloved younger sister. A mother snatches up her child and runs for dear life when a crazy woman comes into her yard. Suffused with Munro's clarity of vision and her unparalleled gift for storytelling, these tales about departures and beginnings, accidents and dangers, and outgoings and homecomings both imagined and real, paint a radiant, indelible portrait of how strange, perilous, and extraordinary ordinary life can be.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Kimberly Farr, Arthur Morey

Length:

10h 7m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:15


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

07:02


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:49


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:41


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:23


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:52


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:30


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:44


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:44


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:29


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:38


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:58


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:01


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:15


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:57


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:48


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:13


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:37


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:43


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:55


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:53


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:32


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:38


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:21


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:56


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:11


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:20


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:51


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:48


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:47


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:54


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:57


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:34


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:03


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:47


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:29


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:45


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:55


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:31


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:31


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:42


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:56


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:29


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:03


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:28


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:00


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:21


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:38


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:28


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:36


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:20


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:54


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

08:12


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:28


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:08


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

08:00


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:36


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:36


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:05


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:30


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:43


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

08:46


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:42


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:45


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:46


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:06


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:42


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

08:29


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

08:55


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:32


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:35


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:05


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:51


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:03


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:05


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:23


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:05


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:18


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

08:06


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

03:46


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

00:30


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:07


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:08


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:10


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

08:32


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:58


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:02


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:06


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:25


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

07:23


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:59


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

07:15


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

07:17


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

06:22


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:20


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

08:02


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

08:25


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

06:34


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:16


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

07:11


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:26


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

00:29