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  • Paperback: 407 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Books (3 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401311113
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401311117
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 3.2 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 384,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brilliant and quietly addictive ... crammed with personality ... full of colour and life (Guardian)

One of the hottest events in town ... enthralling, funny and moving (The Times)

New York's hottest and hippest literary ticket (Wall Street Journal)

The stories not only maintain their oral integrity but take on new dimensions, allowing you to ponder a turn of events or swirl the language around in your head without missing the next part of the story. (New York Times magazine)

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Pull up an easy chair and settle into the most spell-binding collection of real stories you will ever read.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By San Diego surfer on 6 Sep 2014
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Founded in 1997, The Moth is an event where people get up on stage and tell true stories, without notes, in front of a live audience. Moth events and 'StorySLAM' open mic nights take place around the US and they produce an enormously popular podcast with some of the stories. This book is a collection of fifty of the most remarkable Moth stories.

While I think that these stories are best heard, rather than read, I would still encourage anyone to pick up this book. It is filled with short, true-life stories from people from different walks of life and, as all the stories are very varied, it is a great book to dip into. If you enjoyed the book, I recommend checking out The Moth podcast. I had heard many of the stories in The Moth book before I read them and hearing the person actually telling the story is a wonderful experience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Biblioholic VINE VOICE on 5 Sep 2014
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You can't really go wrong with a book that is in any way affiliated with Neil Gaiman. He may not have written this book, but he provided the foreword so that's good enough for me. Generally his name isn't associated with poor work so I had hoped that I'd be in for a treat with this book, and I wasn't disappointed.

The moth is a story-telling event that travels to cities throughout the US (and internationally also this year it would seem). Anyone can submit a story and, if successful, they'll be asked to come to one of the events to read it, and the Moth directors will help them to tell the story better. It doesn't sound like anything particularly special, but it is. The stories are all true, and it's the way in which they're told and the connection with the audience that makes these events work. At the time of the book's printing, there have been over 10,000 stories told, and this is a collection of just 50 of them.

There are some stories that interested me more than others, but that's to be expected. This is a solid collection of stories and I wouldn't say there are any bad at all. The stories range from light-hearted and funny to downright heartbreaking. Some are for entertainment only, while some seem to offer lessons and some are truly inspirational. There's a great mix of story-tellers too, from 'everyday' non-famous people to celebrities, and everything in between.

While writing this review I skimmed through the book again as I wanted to list my favourites, and what I actually ended up doing was spending a good hour reading some stories again. What this little exercise showed me was actually how stellar this collection is.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Phill Lister VINE VOICE on 15 July 2014
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Apparently “The Moth” is something of a cultural phenomenon in the States, being an evening of stand-up live storytelling by people from all walks of life, sharing significant incidents from their own lives. Some evenings are set up where the storytellers are coached in the craft of delivering a short performance which here translates into 50 stories no more than a few pages long.

The stories are chosen to illustrate lessons learned or perspectives changed from various people who have achieved varying degrees and types of success, some famous and some not. There’s such a variety here that most readers will find some that speak to them more than others. But all are easily-digestible and have something to say. They’re very well-told.

Though the storytellers are mostly American, their stories often have resonances much wider than their land of origin and offer very human and often fascinating insights into other people’s lives some of which are quite extraordinary.

I found this book difficult to put down, as I was curious about what the next story would bring. But reading too many in one sitting isn’t advisable. Each has a flavour of its own and I found it better to just read a few at a time and allow them to sink in and digest.

One of the most unusual and memorable books I’ve read for some time.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By JK TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 July 2014
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'The Moth' is an American phenomenon in the shape of live storytelling events which take place across The States. It's actually much bigger than that but you get the idea!. I'd never heard of it and ordered the book because it sounded interesting.

Inside the book, taken from a pot of more than 3,000 stories, comes this collection of just 50.

I can't categorise 'The Moth'. A great many of the stories are personal accounts, real life, told from the point of view of the person who experienced the event. Some are fiction based on fact, maybe?, while others are comical. Several are just too quirky to generalise about and others offer a message about surviving modern day living with all it's vices.

The contributors are equally varied and a random bunch of professionals mainly from the publishing, theatre, education and the art world. With each story is a photograph and small biopic to introduce the storyteller.

I mostly enjoyed this book. There's a lot of energy. I didn't enjoy all of the stories, that's only to be expected out of such a large collection, but they're so short it was no hardship to sit and go through them. I read the whole thing in one day. Perfect book for holidays, long journeys or when you only have a few minutes here and there. Easy to just dip in and out of.

'The Moth' is in the UK for 2014 and if you're interested; www.themoth.org
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