A recommendation for short story fans: The New Yorker’s fiction podcast. Each monthly episode is fewer than 45 minutes long, free of charge and features a celebrated writer reading a story from the New Yorker’s archives.
A couple of personal favourites are recommended below:
Bullet in the Brain, by Tobias Wolff
Read by T.C. Boyle
An embittered book critic pays a heavy price for letting his cynicism and misanthropy get the better of him, but not before being reminded of the pleasure he used to take from life’s small things.
Concerning the bodyguard, by Donald Barthelme
Read by Salman Rushdie
A unique story in which almost every sentence is a question, with each question subtly building character and plot. Beautifully read by Rushdie.