The John Cheever audio collection

by Cheever, John.

Format: Book on CD 2003
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Here are twelve magnificent stories in which John Cheever celebrates -- with unequaled grace and tenderness -- the deepest feelings we have.

As Cheever writes in his preface, 'These stories seem at times to be stories of a long-lost world when the city of New York was still filled with a river light, when you heard the Benny Goodman quartets from a radio in the corner stationery store, and when almost everybody wore a hat.'

John Cheever was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, in 1912. He is the author of seven collections of stories and five novels. His first novel, The Wapshot Chronicle, won the 1958 National Book Award. In 1965 he received the Howells Medal for Fiction from the National Academy of Arts and Letters, and in 1978 The Stories of John Cheever won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Shortly before his death, in 1982, he was awarded the National Medal for Literature from the Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.

Benjamin Cheever is the author of The Plagiarist, The Parisian and Famous after Death.

The Enormous Radio read by Meryl Streep
The Five-Forty-Eight read by Edward Herrmann
O City of Broken Dreams read by Blythe Danner
Christmas is a Sad Season for the Poor read by George Plimpton
The Season of Divorce read by Edward Herrmann
The Brigadier and the Golf Widow read by Peter Gallagher
The Sorrows of Gin read by Meryl Streep
O Youth and Beauty read by Peter Gallagher
The Chaste Clarissa read by Blythe Danner
The Jewels of the Cabots read by George Plimpton
The Death of Justina read by John Cheever
The Swimmer read by John Cheever

CD 1. Caedmon presents The John Cheever audio collection
Preface / read by Benjamin Cheever
The enormous radio / read by Meryl Streep
They left the table...
Jim came home... / The five-forty-eight / read by Edward Herrmann
He looked around the car...
"Miss Dent?" CD 2.
O city of broken dreams / read by Blythe Danner
The walk over to the Murchisons'... Evarts hurried back...
Christmas is a sad season for the poor / read by George Plimpton "By noon, the climate in the elevator...
CD 3. The season of divorce / read by Edward Herrmann
We went to the Newsomes"
The brigadier and the golf widow / read by Peter Gallagher
"Where have you been?"
The Pasterns' bomb shelter...
She poured what was left...
CD 4. The sorrows of gin / read by Meryl Streep
The Lawtons had had a bad year...
When Amy had finished her supper...
It was after two...
O youth and beauty! / read by Peter Gallagher
Then it is a summer night...
CD 5. The chaste Clarissa / read by Blythe Danner
Baxter got Clarissa's mail...
The jewels of the Cabots / read by George Plimpton ; The Cabots had two daughters...
I'll blame it on the roast...
My real work these days ...
CD 6.
The death of Justina / read by John Cheever
At Proxmire manor...
The swimmer / read by John Cheever
Had you gone for a Sunday afternoon ride...

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "This remarkable treat for lovers of audio books is as tastefully and elegantly packaged as it is performed by a first-class lineup of narrators. The tone is set by Benjamin Cheever, who reads his father's preface to The Stories of John Cheever. The 12 selections here are culled from that landmark volume, and, while there is bound to be disappointment that one story or another was not selected, there is nothing disappointing about any of the readings offered here. In fact, they are exceptional, from Streep's perfect portrayal of marital tension and denial in "The Enormous Radio" to Peter Gallagher's zestful take on "O Youth and Beauty!" and Blythe Danner's spot-on tone for the pathetically sad ending of "The Chaste Clarissa." And while it may seem that no one's voice is better suited to read these tales of upper-class strivings and failings than that of Plimpton, it is really Cheever's archived readings that steal the show. His performance of "The Swimmer," in particular, boldly displays his contempt for the country-club set, while still evoking readers' sympathy for the hapless main character. The inclusion of Cheever's readings makes for a deeply personal, resonant finale to a truly superb production. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Short stories, American.
Publisher New York, NY :HarperCollins,2003
Other Titles Short stories.
Contributors Streep, Meryl.
Herrmann, Edward, 1943-2014.
Danner, Blythe.
Plimpton, George.
HarperCollins (Firm)
Participants/Performers Read by Meryl Streep, George Plimpton and others.
Language English
Notes Unabridged.
Compact disc.
Description 6 audio discs (6 hr., 31. min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 0060554835
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