The Caedmon Short Story Collection is an eclectic mix of 14 recorded stories read by an equally well-rounded group of performers. Highlights include Eudora Welty's reading of her story "Why I Live at the P.O.," Ossie Davis' incarnation of Langston Hughes' "A Toast to Harlem," and John Updike's delightfully droll "Persistence of Desire."
Stories by Guy DeMaupassant, James Joyce and Katherine Mansfield happily share space on this six-disc set with Barbara Kingsolver's rendition of her own "Homeland," and Philip K. Dick's "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale" -- the basis for the Schwarzenegger flick "Total Recall" -- read by Keir Dullea.
Below, listen to an excerpt from the Franz Kafka story "The Hunger Artist" (translated on the collection as "A Hungry Artist,") performed by famed singer and actress Lotte Lenya. The recording appears courtesy of Harper Audio.