Are you a fan of short stories? Then Big Cats is the audiobook for you. The acclaimed collection was released in audio this week and it has a star-studded cast. With the likes of Patricia Arquette, Helen Hunt, Rainn Wilson, and Jenna Fischer, among others, Big Cats is full of big personalities.
Holiday Reinhorn, the author of the collection, worked with the audio producer to cast the perfect voices for her characters. Lili Taylor opens with â€śCharlotte,â€ť the story of a girl whoâ€™s suffered an injury and precociously follows the lives of the adults around her. There is a dry shrewdness to Charlotteâ€™s observations, and her remarks on beauty and society are darkly funny. Taylorâ€™s soft delivery of quirky moments is delightful and manages to convey how strong and innocent our narrator is.
This kind of characterization permeates throughout the audiobook. Rainn Wilson, Holidayâ€™s husband, also reads for the production. His performance in â€śGet Away From Me, Davidâ€ť evokes a bitterness and disillusionment that is so curious, you canâ€™t help but wonder why is he so upset. When you find out, itâ€™s a bit heart wrenchingâ€¦ Prepare yourself.
Weâ€™re offering â€śGet Away From Me, Davidâ€ť for free to listeners that have the Volumes app. Download it to learn more.Â Offer ends on October 31st.
The eponymous story, â€śBig Cats,â€ť leads us to a cat fight between two zoo workers â€“ in front of a lion cage, no less. Itâ€™s hilarious and emotional, especially when our narrator reaches an epiphany after her fight. If you like wit and dark humor, Big Cats will surely satisfy you.
For a full cast of narrators:
“Charlotte” read byÂ Lili Taylor
“Get Away From Me, David” read byÂ Rainn Wilson
“Big Cats” read byÂ Alia Shawkat
“Golden Pioneers” read byÂ Virginia Madsen
“Fuck You”Â read by Justine Bateman
“My Name” read byÂ Garret Dillahunt
“Good to Hear You” read byÂ Amy Brenneman
“The Heights” read byÂ Jenna Fischer
“By the Time You Get This” read byÂ Helen Hunt
“Seashell” read byÂ Patricia Arquette
“Africa” read byÂ Peter Krause
“The White Dog” read byÂ Holiday Reinhorn
“Last Seen” read by full cast of narrators, with additional voices by Oscar Nunez, Adam Mondschein, Macleod Andrews, Kirby Heyborne, and Adenrele Ojo
Hear an excerpt: Big Cats: Stories