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Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules

Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: April 2005

Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes


A must-have for the fans of the #1 bestselling author of Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris, a collection of his favorite short fiction from Flannery O'Connor to Tobias Wolff.

David Sedaris is an exceptional reader. Alone in his apartment, he reads stories aloud to the point he has them memorized. Sometimes he fantasizes that he wrote them. Sometimes, when they’re his very favorite stories, he’ll fantasize about reading them in front of an audience and taking credit for them. The audience in these fantasies always loves him and gives him the respect he deserves.

David Sedaris didn’t write the stories in Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules . But he did read them. And he liked them enough to hand pick them for this collection of short fiction. Featuring such notable writers as Lorrie Moore, Alice Munro, Joyce Carol Oates, Jean Thompson, and Tobias Wolff, Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules includes some of the most influential and talented short story writers, contemporary and classic.

Perfect for fans who suffer from Sedaris fever, Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules will tide them over and provide relief.


  • ML

    If you are looking for David Sedaris type humor, keep on truckin'. This is an ecclectic collection, but most of the stories simply didn't reach out and put me in. I wanted to go in, I opened the door, I tried to step in, but this was so boring it simply pushed me away.

  • Anonymous

    Decent stories, but they really don't have a point except to illustrate a few universal children's lessons. They have absolutely no connection to David Sedaris that I can tell, I love all of his books and these stories are not examples of anything he would ever write. I don't really recommend getting this book.

  • Pamela Christensen

    I absolutely loved these stories. I was shocked to read the other reviews which were not complimentary! But these stories deal with real emotions and they aren't "fast food" reading. They have depth and trueness and the one read by Mary Louise Parker actually made me cry...and I rarely cry...especially on the freeway on the way home from work! Every new David Sedaris cd I listen to, makes me absolutely admire and love him.

  • Jiri

    I'm big fan of David Sedaris, but I really did not understand the purpose of this book. It seems to me that he put his name here just to promote these authors. I'm very disappointed.

  • Cari

    I love David Sedaris, but this book was terrible. All of the stories were boring and pointless. If I had had to read this, I would have given up less than half way through. Thank god I didn't buy it

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