BOTH WAYS IS THE ONLY WAY I WANT IT by Maile Meloy (unabridged) is presented by Blackstone Audio and comes with what is perhaps the best audiobook app available (see FEATURES, below).
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Eleven new stories demonstrate the emotional power and assured style that have earned Meloy praise and devotion. Propelled by a great instinct for storytelling, this collection is about the battlefields in seemingly harmless spaces: kitchens, living rooms, cars. Set mostly in the American West, the stories feature small-town lawyers, ranchers, doctors, parents, and children exploring moral quandaries of love, family, and friendship. A ranch hand falls for a law-school graduate who appears unexpectedly in his remote Montana town. A man opens his door to find his dead grandmother standing on the steps. Two women weigh love and betrayal during an early snow. Meloy examines the tensions between having and wanting as her characters try to keep hold of opposing forces in their lives.
Self-contained, this audiobook app is perfect for your commute, on a trip, or while relaxing. Based on a library-quality recording, this app was built especially for your iPhone and iPod Touch. No unreadable text, no endless scrolling on a tiny screen. The audio is of higher-than-normal quality, making for a great listening experience that will not tire your ears or grate on your nerves.
NOTICE: This app includes the exact same 5-star recording offered elsewhere at much higher prices. It was professionally recorded by Blackstone Audio’s Audie®-winning narrator, Bronson Pinchot and Kirsten Potter. You are not buying yet another amateur or volunteer narration. No clicks, background noises, throat clearing, mispronunciations, tinny voices or monotones will be found here.
•EXPERIENCE. About 5 hours of narration. Created as a Folium enhancedAudio™ edition, this book includes extra functions and features not found on lesser players.
•PLAYER CONTROLS. Includes listen (play), pause, multi-speed fast forward/reverse, jump ahead/back, chapter skip, volume control, one-touch chapter- and bookmark browser. There is also a “scrub” bar that finds any point inside the chapter with just a tap.
•SLEEP TIMER. Have you ever fallen asleep watching TV or listening to a book? If so, you'll love this feature. Once set, the book will stop, place a bookmark, and allow you to jump back to where you probably began dozing.
•CLEAR & ELEGANT DESIGN. Simple, clean, intuitive, and smarter than average.
•CHAPTER TIMINGS. Always know how much time it will take to finish a chapter. Plus, the progress bar at the top of the screen shows how far into the book you’ve come.
•OFFLINE LISTENING. You are airplane-ready! Once downloaded, listen uninterrupted without threat from a lost network connection. Downloads are usually just 5-10 minutes, but depend upon your network speed.
•AUTO-BOOKMARKING. The player remembers where you stopped listening and returns to that exact spot when you open the book again.
•TELL-A-FRIEND. An easy way to recommend the book to your friends or Twitter feed.
•FEEDBACK. Share your ideas for books, functions, and features. We are very responsive to our listeners and appreciate all feedback and ideas.
RATING: Suitable for adults who enjoy tales of love, life, and family.
“Meloy’s lean, targeted descriptions and her ultimately compassionate eye make this journey hurt so good.” (Los Angeles Times)
“…reads like a Bruce Springsteen album sounds: raw with a tender wildness and loaded with adolescent ache.”(O, the Oprah Magazine)
“Acclaimed novelist Maile Meloy…cracks at our nagging desire to have it all in eleven tightly written, remarkably fluid narratives, most of which unfold in sleepy towns across Meloy’s native Montana.” (Elle)