I Walk Between the Raindrops: Stories

HarperAudio. Sept. 2022. 8:41 hrs. ISBN 9780063052901. $27.99. F
Award-winning author Boyle (Talk to Me; Outside Looking In) offers a treat with this latest collection of 13 short stories, performed by 11 talented narrators. Each story is different—some are hilarious, some are troubling, and some are quite sad—but all feature well-developed, relatable characters and widely varied, inventive plots. Each story is a singular journey, focusing on wide-ranging topics and characters, from a young substitute teacher to a couple caught on a cruise ship in the early days of the COVID pandemic, to a woman looking for “me time” who takes a cross-country train ride with the defender of a mass murderer. Each story is performed by a different narrator, ensuring that the voices remain distinct, rather than blending into the whole. Notable performances include Stephen Mendel’s haunting rendition of “The Thirteenth Day” and David de Vries’s implacably horrific performance in “Hyena.”
VERDICT This stellar collection is an essential purchase for all public library collections. Recommended for those that like grit and good stories.
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