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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.

Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules is a collection of short stories-some classic, others impending-selected and introduced by David Sedaris.
With this audiobook a careful listener can discover the truth about loneliness, betrayal, love and hope.
Where the Door is Always Open and the Welcome Mat is Out
by Patricia Highsmith, read by Cherry Jones
Bullet In the Brain by Tobias Wolff
read by Toby Wherry
Gryphon by Charles Baxter
read by David Sedaris
In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson Is Buried by Amy Hempel
read by Mary-Louise Parker
Cosmopolitan by Akhil Sharma
read by the Author


  • 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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