High Crime Area by Joyce Carol Oates audiobook

High Crime Area: Tales of Darkness and Dread

By Joyce Carol Oates
Read by various narrators

Highbridge Audio, HighBridge 9780802122650

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781665156974

  • ISBN: 9781665156950

  • ISBN: 9781665156967

Runtime: 7.11 Hours
Category: Fiction/Thrillers/Suspense
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

In the title story, a white aspiring professor is convinced she is being followed. No need to panic—she has a handgun stowed away in her purse, just in case. But when she turns to confront her black male shadow, the situation isn’t what she expects. In “The Rescuer,” a promising graduate student detours to inner-city Trenton, New Jersey, to save her brother from a downward spiral. But she soon finds out there may be more to his world than to hers. And in “The Last Man of Letters,” the world-renowned author X embarks on a final grand tour of Europe. He has money, fame, but not a whole lot of manners. A little thing like etiquette couldn’t bring a man like X down, could it? In these biting and beautiful pieces, Oates confronts, one by one, the demons within us, demonstrating that sometimes, it’s not the human side that wins out.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“These ‘tales of darkness and dread’ won’t put you to sleep, but they’ll give you more interesting nightmares…In a way, ever story is a character study…sure to focus a basilisk eye on the weak spot that reveals our own ugly impulses and make us defenseless against the terrors of the night.” New York Times Book Review
“Exquisitely written…there is no better stylist alive than Joyce Carol Oates…Read High Crime Area and prepare yourself for eight surprises, the number of stories in the book.” Huntington News
“Oates offers unexpected glimmers of redemption amid the grotesquerie, degradation, and exploitation that fill this collection’s eight tales…Oates is at her best depicting characters who seem perplexed by their own needs, desires, and obligations.” Publishers Weekly
“These stories take the reader to desolate intersections and grimy tenements that mirror the dark reaches of the human soul; the combined elements of literary fiction with genre fiction and true crime offer added audience appeal.” Library Journal
“Oates carries forward the great American dark-tales tradition with spellbinding craft, a cutting female eye, and a keen sense of how the diabolical infiltrates everyday existence…Powerhouse Oates brings both exterior and interior worlds into excruciatingly sharp focus, evoking dread, grim exaltation, and the paralysis of prey. Oates’ potent dark tales are addictive.” Booklist
“Oates’ mastery of imagery and of stream of consciousness enhances the gritty settings and the frailties of her grotesque and pitiable subjects.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Joyce Carol Oates

Author Bio: Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates, an award-winning author of fiction, nonfiction, short stories, plays, and novellas, is the author of some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including two New York Times bestsellers. Her books have won the National Book Award, O. Henry Award, the Jerusalem Prize, and the National Humanities Medal, among others. Her work has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize several times. She has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Thrillers/Suspense
Runtime: 7.11
Audience: Adult
Language: English