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Selected Stories

The Alligators, A & P, Pigeon Feathers, The Family Meadow, Witnesses, Separating

by John Updike Author · John Updike Narrator

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John Updike reads six stories he has selected from the hundred-odd he has published.
"A&P", recounting a moral crisis on the checkout counter, is his most anthologized story.
"Pigeon Feathers," the longest story included, tells of a fourteen-year-old boy's fear of death and the answer he finds.
"The Family Meadow" describes a piece of America, a picnic reunion in New Jersey.
"The Witnesses" and "The Alligators" both deal with love, as felt by a middle-aged man and a fifth-grade boy.
"Separating" recounts the June day when Richard and Joan Maple separate, in front of their four children.
Mr. Updike, when asked to described his method of reading aloud, said "I try to picture the things describes, and to speak the words distinctly, and to let the emotion come through on its own."
The method works beautifully.

Publication Details

Publisher:
Books on Tape
Imprint:
Random House Audio
Edition:
Unabridged
Publication Date:
2009

Format

  • OverDrive MP3 Audiobook 77.8 MB
  • OverDrive Listen 77.7 MB

John Updike (Author)

John Updike was born in 1932, in Shillington, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Harvard College in 1954, and spent a year in Oxford, England, at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art. From 1955 to 1957 he was a member of the staff of The New Yor...

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John Updike (Narrator)

John Updike was born in 1932, in Shillington, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Harvard College in 1954, and spent a year in Oxford, England, at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art. From 1955 to 1957 he was a member of the staff of The New Yor...

More about John Updike
Selected Stories
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