Tom Hanks is a literal angel
I was going to give this one four stars because, you know, short stories (which are always a mix between GREAT and OKAY I GUESS), but the audio of the last story absolutely deserves its own star. As wonderful as Tom Hanks is -- and he is the wonderfulest -- he's not an audiobook narrator, so some of the pacing/cadence was a little odd. The last story, Stay With Us, is performed by a full cast with music and sound effects and everything, so it was by far my favorite story.
This is the first time I've read a short story collection that "recycled" (for lack of a better word) the same characters in multiple stories, and I found myself confused at first but ultimately enjoying hearing about Anna and Steve Wong and MDash multiple times. (Steve Is Perfect gave me SO MUCH ANXIETY! But in a this-book-is-amazing way.) The reporter annoyed me a little bit in his recurring stories, but I still liked how he sort of kept the book flowing.
I can already tell that this is going to be one of those recommend-to-everyone books... I had the audiobook on hold for weeks at my library, but it was so worth the wait.
Also: I want my typewriter back. :(