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Some Stories

Large Print - 2017 | Large print edition
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A collection of seventeen wonderful short stories showing that two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor.
Publisher: [New York] : Random House Large Print, [2017]
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780525590507
Branch Call Number: HANKS
Characteristics: 497 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
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Additional Contributors: Twomey, Kevin


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May 13, 2019

Can Tom Hanks act? Of course! Can he narrate with the skill of a professional book narrator? Absolutely not. His voice is stilted, but so are the stories he wrote in this collection...at least if all of them of of the same quality as the first and only one I bothered to listen to on the CD version of the book.

VaughanPLDavidB May 03, 2019

This collection of stories has typewriters, of all things, playing prominent or background roles in all of them. My general feeling as I read was that if the author were not Tom Hanks, this collection would not have been published. But then, I also thought that if the author were not Tom Hanks I would not be reading it, so I guess the publishers got it right.

There are a few stories in this collection that are sweet, one or two others poignant, but most of the rest can be described as either pointless or ridiculous. There are two things that are near and dear to the heart of of the author: WW2 soldiers and space exploration. While the story featuring space exploration can best be described as preposterous, Hanks reserved his best for the story of a couple of war buddies having their annual Christmas telephone conversation. It is by no means perfect, as I think Hanks jams too many themes into one short story, themes already covered in many other stories, including disabled veterans, PTSD, and gays serving in the military. There is also a story on time travel that stands out, but otherwise 2.5 stars for the overall quality of the collection, plus .5 to the author for giving it a shot.

Feb 09, 2019

If your reading is motivated by skillful writing or compelling stories this isn't the book for you.

Jan 27, 2019

This was a nice collection of short stories. There were some very clever moments and some downright funny ones. Nice light reading.

Dec 30, 2018


AnnabelleLee27 Oct 05, 2018

A collection of short stories, some of which are quite insightful and many are poignant and charming. The characters were interesting but I found myself increasingly wanting fewer stories that lasted longer and dug deeper. However, listening to Hanks read his work was so delightful that it felt like a visit from an old friend.

Aug 07, 2018

Wow! What a writer. It's not fair, because Tom Hanks is such a great actor, how can he be both? He has a wry, tongue-in-cheek quality. This book of short stories has some real gems. Highly recommend this! I want to listen to the audiobook; Hanks is probably a fabulous reader. How can he not be?!

Jul 25, 2018

glad tom hanks can write but i lost interest after a bit. stories and characters not strong enough for me.

May 03, 2018

I really enjoyed this book after seeing Tom Hanks on CBS Sunday morning, showing his typewriter collection. I only realized after a few chapters that each was a story on its own. I was a true fan of Stuart Mclean and Hanks' writing is in the same universe.


Apr 09, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed the idea of weaving a typewriter into each and every story in this collection. That is the only thing tying the stories together thematically. After I read this I saw the book translated into French, and learned that Hanks is on a worldwide mission to keep the culture of the typewriter alive amongst those who feel that it is truly helpful to the act of writing, putting a thought through a machine to the tangible object of paper.

I grew up with the culture of the typewriter and thoroughly enjoyed this - especially the story of the typewriter repairman who won't sell his jewels to just anyone - he basically chooses the person to match one of his machines.

If you have never used a typewriter, may this help to describe the process of active creation in a different era. There was a book out recently on Hemingway's lost stories, and there are photos of his original typed manuscripts, complete with manual edits and strikethroughs so you could imagine the thought process during the act of writing. I also recommend that book.

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