Fun with Problems: Stories (MP3 CD)


By Robert Stone, David Colacci (Narrated by)

Tantor Media Inc, 9781400165971

Publication Date: February 15, 2010



In Fun with Problems, Robert Stone demonstrates once again that he is "one of our greatest living writers" (Los Angeles Times). The pieces in this new volume vary greatly in length-some are almost novellas, others no more than a page-but all share the signature blend of longing, violence, black humor, sex, and drugs that has helped Stone illuminate the dark corners of the human soul. Entire lives are laid out with remarkable precision, in captivating prose: a screenwriter carries on a decades-long affair with a beautiful actress, whose descent into addiction he can neither turn from nor share; a bored husband picks up a mysterious woman only to find that his ego has led him woefully astray; a world-beating Silicon Valley executive receives an unwelcome guest at his mansion in the hills; a scuba dive guides uneasy newlyweds to a point of no return. Fun with Problems showcases Stone's great gift: to pinpoint and make real the impulses-by turns violently coercive and quietly seductive-that cause us to conceal, reveal, and betray our very selves.

About the Author

Robert Stone is the author of the National Book Award winner "Dog Soldiers," "Damascus Gate," "Bay of Souls," and "A Hall of Mirrors," and the short story collection "Bear and His Daughter," which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

David Colacci has worked as a narrator for over fifteen years, during which time he has won "AudioFile" Earphones Awards, earned Audie nominations, and been included on Best of Year lists by such publications as "Publishers Weekly," "AudioFile" magazine, and "Library Journal."

Praise For Fun with Problems: Stories

"The stories are witty and diverse and are all unified by some element of brokenness." ---Booklist