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Hellgoing

Stories
Written by: Lynn Coady
Narrated by: Andi Arndt
Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (45 ratings)
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Winner of the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Short-listed for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. Selected as an Amazon.ca Best Book and for The Globe's Top 10 Books of 2013.

With astonishing range and depth, Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist Lynn Coady gives us nine unforgettable new stories, each one of them grabbing our attention from the first line and resonating long after the last.

A young nun charged with talking an anorexic out of her religious fanaticism toys with the thin distance between practicality and blasphemy. A strange bond between a teacher and a schoolgirl takes on ever deeper and stranger shapes as the years progress. A bride-to-be with a penchant for nocturnal bondage can't seem to stop bashing herself up in the light of day.

Equally adept at capturing the foibles and obsessions of men and of women, compassionate in her humour yet never missing an opportunity to make her characters squirm, fascinated as much by faithlessness as by faith, Lynn Coady is quite possibly the writer who best captures what it is to be human at this particular moment in our history.

©2013 Lynn Coady (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Interesting collection of stories

I read/listen to very few short stories, usually from masters of the craft. This collection did not satisfy me completely. I saw myself peeking into people's lives that I had no interest in. Very nice experimental attempt.

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Character snapshots

The beauty of these stories is in that which remains unsaid. It’s the way you colour in the potential plot which helps connect you to these meticulously created characters. I know Coady is successful in creating excellent characters and interactions because just when I want to know what happens next, the story ends. There’s an art to this.

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Crap

The most pointless, boring, interest vacant.....
I’ve never read a stupider book in my life. What a waste of time.

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Wanted to like this...

I wanted to like this but found it difficult to jump between stories...great narrating though.

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It all blurs together

The stories just end so abruptly that you don't even realize you have entered into another chapter/story until you finally catch on that the character names or professions have changed. I had to keep pausing and looking at the app to see if I was in a new chapter, then go back a minute to relisten to the end of the last chapter because I would think I missed something. Nope, they just ended, right in the middle of the story.

Thankfully I got this for free with the Giller Prize promotion because I would have been upset if I had paid for it.

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Beautiful in its constructions, ugly in its ending

Some years the Giller is awarded for fantastic story writing, other years for beautiful writing. Unfortunately, Hell Going is didn’t win for telling fantastic short stories.

Calling this a collection of short stories is a stretch. Stories need to have proper endings, these stories just stop, often as the story is getting good. It’s as if Lynn Coady was too afraid to even attempt to write a proper ending. It was infuriating.
The stories were beautifully written but, borrowing a line from the author, it feels like a, “Hollywood movie, badly rendered but beautifully shot.”

The narrator, Andi Arndt, only used 2 voices for the multitude of characters.