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Selected Readings from The Portable Dorothy Parker (CD)
Performed by Lorna Raver
Blackstone Audio, Unabridged edition (February 2007)

This audio book comes on 11 CDs and is approximately 13 1/2 hours long. The introduction to the 2006 edition of the Portable Dorothy Parker written by Marion Meade is part of the package (Meade wrote two books about Parker). This audio book presents many of Parker's best pieces of short fiction and verse. It includes:

The Lovely Leave
Arrangement in Black and White
The Sexes
The Standard of Living
Mr. Durant
The Waltz
The Wonderful Old Gentleman
Song of the Shirt, 1941
Enough Rope (Poems)
A Telephone Call
Here We Are
Dusk Before Fireworks
You Were Perfectly Fine
Mrs. Hofstadter on Josephine Street
Soldiers of the Republic
Too Bad
The Last Tea
Big Blonde
Sunset Gun (Poems)
Just a Little One
Lady with a Lamp
The Little Hours
Glory in the Daytime
New York to Detroit
Death and Taxes (Poems)
The Custard Heart
From the Diary of a New York Lady
Cousin Larry
Little Curtis
Clothe the Naked
War Song (Poem)
Essential Parker (CD)
Performed by Christine Baranski, Cynthia Nixon
Caedmon Essentials/HarperAudio; Unabridged edition (October 10, 2006)

Dorothy Parker's O. Henry Award winner "Big Blonde" is presented here in this special 60-minute audio book. Three classic Parker pieces are read by Christine Baranski (The Birdcage, Reversal of Fortune) and Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City). This audio book includes:
"Big Blonde" (Cynthia Nixon)
"Mrs. Post Enlarges on Etiquette" (Christine Baranski)
"Horsie" (Christine Baranski)

The Dorothy Parker Audio Collection (CD)
Performed by Christine Baranski, Cynthia Nixon, Alfre Woodard, & Shirley Booth
HarperAudio; Abridged edition (June 1, 2004)

The best Dorothy Parker audio book on the market. Among the gems included in this collection are her first published short story, "Such a Pretty Little Picture" and her O. Henry Award winner "Big Blonde," several other short stories, and, unlike other audio collections, some of her review work. Includes:

Big Blonde
Mrs. Post Enlarges on Etiquette
Dusk before Fireworks
Review of Redemption
But the One on the Right
Diary of a New York Lady
The Game
Just a Little One
The Bolt Behind the Blue
Valedictory Review
Such a Pretty Little Picture
Lady With a Lamp
The Waltz
Cousin Larry
A Telephone Call
Dorothy Parker: What Fresh Hell Is This? (CD)
by Marion Meade (author) & Grace Conlin (reader)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.; Unabridged Library edition (2012)

The definitive biography of Dorothy Parker is this one by Marion Meade. Dorothy Parker, What Fresh Hell is This? was published in 1987 and was re-issued in 2007 with a new author's afterword that fills in what has happened to Parker's legacy in the last 20 years. Meade is a thorough and detailed biographer who has a writing style that is perfect for a biography. She paints a balanced portrait of the amazing Dorothy Parker, and shows why Parker is an important figure in literature. Lots of documentation and sources cited; ancedotes, yarns, and myths about Mrs. Parker. Meade is the only one to interview Parker's family. Of the three Parker biographies out there, this is the best one. Meade is like a private investigator who turns up new information and new facts about Mrs. Parker. You can't be a Parker fan and not own this.

Read an interview with Marion Meade here.

Voice of the Poet, American Wits: Ogden Nash, Dorothy Parker, Phyllis McGinley (CD)
Random House Audio; Audio CD (March 2003)

Highly Recommended. Complete with full text, original recordings, and pictures of the artists, this offering is a multimedia delight. Three of the world's cleverest poets. Three voices, each giving a rare glimpse of genius on the hoof. Did you know that Ogden Nash had an upper-class drawl? Who would have guessed that Dorothy Parker, wicked and irreverent, might have passed on the phone as the headmistress of an exclusive girl's school? Three brief but pithy biographies are bound in a booklet with pictures of the artists and facsimiles of their signatures. A companion book contains the text of the poems.

Fierce Pajamas: Selections from an Anthology of Humor Writing from the New Yorker

5 CDs, 6 hours. Unabridged.Members of the Algonquin Round Table are here, as well as James Thurber, E.B. White, Ogden Nash, Groucho Marx, and S.J. Perelman. On the contemporary side, we have Garrison Keillor and Steve Martin, among others. There are a few classics, such as Thurber's archetypal "Secret Life of Walter Mitty" and Woody Allen's "The Kugelmass Episode," in which a horny NYU prof magically slips between the sheets with Emma Bovary. Six fine pros divide the reading chores; their interpretations range from just above par to terrific. An essential album for anyone interested in the development of American humor in the 1900s. Was 2002 Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.

Dorothy Parker Stories
Performed by Shirley Booth, one cassette, 40 minutes, produced by HarperCollins.

Booth recorded this in 1962 and it was digitally remastered and released again in 1997. Stories: Lady With a Lamp, The Waltz, Cousin Larry, A Telephone Call. Booth is fine and brings a lot of life to the reading. Booth was a friend of Dorothy's, and appeared on Broadway in the short-lived (just 23 shows) production of Parker's work After Such Pleasures in 1934. Booth won an Oscar for Come Back Little Sheba. An entertaining little tape that will make you smile (especially "Lady"). What I like best is "The Waltz" is set to get this waltz music.

Big Blonde and Other Stories
Performed by Lauren Bacall, 2 cassettes, 90 minutes, produced by Dh Audio.

Lauren Bacall recorded this cassette of classic stories; it was released in November 1986. What a perfect voice to tell the sad tale of Hazel Morse? Bacall reads five stories from the Dorothy Parker collection, including "Big Blonde", "Cousin Larry", "You Were Perfectly Fine", "Horsie" and "Lady with a Lamp".

Dorothy Parker Selected Stories
Performed by Elaine Stritch, two cassettes, three hours, produced by Penguin Audiobooks.

Highly recommended. This is a companion to the Penguin edition of the same name (same cover too). It is three times longer than the Booth tape, and has Parker's "greatest hits" collection: Big Blonde, Too Bad, Song of the Shirt, Mr. Durant, Diary of a New York Lady, Standard of Living, The Garter. Stritch gives a pleasant, professional reading she sounds like a New Yorker. You may remember Stritch from Law & Order but she has done many Broadway plays. A good audio tape collection.

Fanny Herself [Abridged] Audio Cassette

by Edna Ferber, Suzanne Toren (Reader)
Publisher: Jewish Contemporary Classics, Inc.; (May, 2000)

Edna Ferber has been called the greatest American woman novelist of her day. In this 1917 autobiographical story, Ferber creates a ground-breaking heroine of great strength and wit. The lilting and articulate manner with which Suzanne Toren delivers Fanny's adventures recalls the great comedic film heroines--all plucky cleverness, yet possessing a secret heart that only we the audience are privileged to see. Toren gives Fanny a buoyancy in the face of anti-Semitism and societal constraints that makes the heart swell (since we all know she'll come out on top eventually!). FANNY HERSELF is a classic audiobook that keeps you rooting for the good gal from page one. Ferber wrote "Fanny Herself," an autobiographical novel, in 1917. It tells the story of a spirited Jewish girl growing up in the Midwest in the beginning of the 20th century who dreamed of success and found much more. The heroine - Fanny Brandeis is one of Ferber's great characters. She is tempted to deny her roots and is beset with family responsibilities. She is determined to be rich and wrenched by the plight of the poor. She longs for independence and continually seeks out true love.

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