The 10 Best Short fictions to Read | or to Listen on Amazon Audible

Stories, when we read, we fall in love with the feel expressed through the adorable amalgamation of words. There are numerous amount of short fictions published every year. If we calculate to be exact, it is more than 200,000 every year which obviously doesn’t include unpublished short stories. As the number keeps rising, we’re here to help you out. Today we’re going to short the list out to 10, which is not as exact to be exact but based on orientation and premise, also on the kind of reviews they collected.

Before we dive in, just remember all of these stories are masterpieces which can’t be put, judged or numbered by anyone. So Let go straight into the most remarkable works in short fictions. All of these stories are available on Amazon Audible with free membership the link to the audible links is also provided.

1.”The Gift of the Magi”

It is Written by O Henry. It goes beyond the time and timeline. The premise is set for one couple living in small town and how they struggle for a Christmas gift. This story has a pure touch which will imprint a deep impact in the most wonderful fashion.

A Glimpse :
“Life is full of sniffles sobs and smiles. With sniffles predominating.”
“There was clearly nothing to do but flop down on the shabby little couch and howl. So Della did it. Which instigates the moral reflection that life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating.”

2.A Perfect Day for Bananafish” by J.D. Salinger

When we talk about personal triumph, family and conspiracy, this story is a must treat. Its arresting dialogue and precise style will make you fall in love the writer.The story is set at an upscale seaside resort in Florida. It’s about a couple finding different meanings for themselves until things go south. It is available in the book ‘Nine Stories’ written by J.D. Salinger.

A Glimpse
“Ask me something else, Sybil,” he said. “That’s a fine bathing suit you have on. If there’s one thing I like, it’s a blue bathing suit.”
Sybil stared at him, then looked down at her protruding stomach. “This is a yellow,” she said. “This is a yellow.”
“It is? Come a little closer.” Sybil took a step forward. “You’re absolutely right. What a fool I am.”

3.The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe

Revenge and triumph, Beliefs and commitment. This is a perfect treat to have with the Poe’s exclusive 19th century fascination. This story will take you to the lap of lost time and in anguish of self respect. It is about a friend who finds himself disrespected and he takes his revenge.

A Glimpse
“THE thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge. You, who so well know the nature of my soul, will not suppose, however, that gave utterance to a threat. At length I would be avenged; this was a point definitely, settled –but the very definitiveness with which it was resolved precluded the idea of risk. I must not only punish but punish with impunity. A wrong is unredressed when retribution overtakes its redresser. It is equally unredressed when the avenger fails to make himself felt as such to him who has done the wrong. ”

4. “Passionby Alice Munro

Passion is a tale of self realisation and self discovery. The lost patrichor or nostalgia of time with changes in personal and inter personal relations and life. It’s a amalgamation of experiences. Availability on Audible is not sure for the time being. Meanwhile, You still can Read Here.

A Glimpse
“It wasn’t the drinking that was responsible. The same thing was waiting, no matter what, and all the time. Drinking, needing to drink—that was just some sort of distraction.”

“When night comes, it becomes clear to her that “they were still in the world after all. That she had to get back to Bailey’s Falls.”

5. “The Signal Man” by Charles Dickens

How can any list be completed without having Charles Dickens in it. A perfect horror story for everyone who loves reading horror/thrillers. The story is set at junction where the signal Man works. He is haunted by the ghosts of people died in a train crash.

A Glimpse
“When he heard a voice thus calling to him, he was standing at the door of his box, with a flag in his hand, furled round its short pole. One would have thought, considering the nature of the ground, that he could not have doubted from what quarter the voice came; but, instead of looking up to where I stood on the top of the steep cutting nearly over his head, he turned himself about and looked down the Line.”

6. “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber” by Ernest Hemmingway

Francis Macomber, a man of good words and less courage. The story is a constant fight of Macomber with his life, wife and Robert Wilson who is a contrary character to the Macomber. There is a Hunt for a lion, a search for bravery, insecurities and Hemmingway style of narration. The story appeared in many books since it was published in September 1936 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine.

A Glimpse
“If a four-letter man marries a five-letter woman, he was thinking, what number of letters would their children be?”
“Because she had done the best she could for many years back and the way they were together now was no one person’s fault.”

7. “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant

When I first read this, I was in high school. It never fade away from memory, and every time you read this you will go through the same feeling again and again. If you really like to read something romantic drama with a wonderful orientations, just go for it. It is well known for its twisted ending, some aspiration or ambitions can lead you somewhere and put you in position to struggle for your survival and last thing you want to it was all in vain, just read it, i don’t want to spoil that.

A Glimpse
She dressed simply, being unable to afford anything better, but she was every whit as unhappy as any daughter of a grand family who has come down in the world.
Instead of being delighted as her husband had hoped, she tossed the invitation peevishly onto the table and muttered: ‘What earthly use is that to me?’ 

8.A Good Man Is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor

The Misfit is reckoned murderer in this crime short fiction. He encounters with a family, who’re on their way to East Tennessee. This encounter and the grandmother reading article on the same day before going, created amounted tension as the story proceeds. This is considered as to be the best short story by Flannery O’Conner.

A Glimpse
“I found out the crime don’t matter. You can do one thing or you can do another, kill a man or take a tire off his car, because sooner or later you’re going to forget what it was you done and just be punished for it.”

9. “The Magic Shop” by H.G. Wells

On this adventurous trip, you will lost for sure. Gip goes to the Magic shop with his father on his birthday. The extraordinarily told story will catch you by heart. Gip enjoys being in that magic whereas his father is cautious and examines things. Adventure keeps going as they proceed towards their journey.

A Glimpse
“I had seen the Magic Shop from afar several times; I had passed it once or twice, a shop window of alluring little objects, magic balls, magic hens, wonderful cones, ventriloquist dolls, the material of the basket trick, packs of cards that looked all right, and all that sort of thing, but never had I thought of going in until one day, almost without warning, Gip hauled me by my finger right up to the window, and so conducted himself that there was nothing for it but to take him in.”

10. “Big Two-Hearted River” by Ernest Hemingway (1925)

This is one of the best read experience. The peculiar story telling and trademark of Hemingway explains Nick Adams’s journey into the Michigan backwoods. This two part short story is a journey into the damaged , self-traumatised and his unwillingness to fish the deep water of the swamp a resonant evocation of trauma.

A Glimpse
“He sat on the logs, smoking, drying in the sun, the sun warm on his back the river shallow ahead entering the woods, curving into the woods, shallows light glittering, big water-smooth rocks, cedars along the bank and white birches, the logs warm in the sun, smooth to sit on, without bark, gray to the touch; slowly the feeling of disappointment left him.”

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