BBC National Short Story Award

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This is a great time for audiobook fans to get free content. To take a recent example, all of the stories shortlisted for this year’s BBC National Short Story Award can be downloaded here: We’re talking about some of Britain’s finest writers (Tessa Hadley, Francesca Rhydderch, Lionel Shriver, Zadie Smith, and Rose Tremain) read by equally talented actors (from Carey Mulligan to Rebecca Hall).

My only complaint is that the stories are abridged! The BBC remains one of the worst offenders when it comes to butchering the original text. C’mon, let us hear every word written by the author. These are short stories, not Middlemarch.