I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
I got this because I was interested in the stories by Ilona Andrews and Carrie Vaughn. I liked both of those stories very much. The other stories varied in my level of like or dislike for them. I found that the Jim Butcher story was very good and made me decide to listen to the Dresden series in the future. I also liked the Lilith Saintcrow story. I hope she'll write more about Rookwood and Mrs. King (if she does I'll buy the book). Overall I didn't expect to like all the stories (and I was right) but I found enough of the stories to be good that it was worth the cost of buying this.
I will be honest up front, I really only got this book because I saw it had a Dresden Files short story in it by Jim Butcher. I won't spoil things, but fans will find it a very interesting story, and one they might not (I certainly didn't) expect. I found his wife's story to also be very good, and P. N. Elrod always writes excellent stories. I didn't listen too carefully to most of the other stories, and I will likely go back and do so, but as I picked this up in anticipation of Jim Butcher's fourteenth Dresden Files novel, Cold Days, his was really the only story I was interested in listening to at the time of purchase. Sharron K Butcher's story was a very different type of story, but a pleasant surprise. I hope we will see more of this from her. Thus the above ratings is only for the stories I listened to, and not an overall rating. Id rate the Jim Butcher story five stars, with a solid four and a half stars for the narrator. He does an excellent job, but James Marsters has ruined other narrators telling of Jim Butcher Dresden Files books/stories as he is so damn good at it.
The Jim Butcher story was worth the price alone, but this is a delightful- and delightfully performed for the most part, collection of stories. The Harry Dresden story was masterful in writing as well as performance.
One of the early stories is a bit too fantasy for my tastes, and relied upon a confusing list of fanciful beings and items which was very chaotic. Added to the annoying "read", was an annoying voice that made it intolerable (I will let you figure out which one I refer to: Hint: It will be obvious). If it's not on the page it's not on the stage however, as the same voice actress rendered a stunning performance on a later story.
Overall I recommend this collection highly- look at the klinker as an extra that doesn't matter, but don't let it stop you from picking this up- heck, most collections like this have only a couple good stories, this has only one mediocre one!
Harry Dresden. The writing and performace were both 5 star.
Depth of field in his ability to range from believeable woman to Harry himself.
Laughter was common.
A must have in the Short Story Genre collection of Audio Books.
My favorite genres are absurdist humor, Sci-fi & modern fantasy, but, as you can see, I'll read just about anything. Don't mind the typos.
I like these authors but I didn't really like any of the stories. I'd pass on this one.
I enjoy anthologies, because they can lead me to authors I haven't read or steer me away from ones that are on my list, and I find I don't enjoy the way they write or the story lines. this book has authors I already read except for one or two and stories I have read. Which was on since they refreshed my memory.
Hard to go wrong with an all-star author line-up like this one. The collection incorporates short stories about favorite characters like Harry Dresden, Jack (P.N. Elrod's vampire), and many more.
It is a great introduction to many of these authors and to their characters. These short story collections often serve (for me) as a way to sample authors I've not read or listened to before without using a credit on a book that turns out to be a disappointment.
No disappointment here, though. Loved every minute.
This is a collection of my favorite authors however the worse flipping narration ever. Literally I rewound over and over because there was just nothing to hold your attention. You've been warned, listen at your own risk.
Beknighted was the ultimate example in overly dramatic narration making the entire story difficult to listen to. The Beacon wasn't much better. If you're ok with overly theatrical voices, then you might be able to get through this.
Many of the stories seemed to require background knowledge into the series they were from in order to appreciate them fully. Quite a few just didn't stand on their own as complete stories.
Way too dramatic for entirely too many stories.
Not the greatest book by any means. P.N. Elrod's story was the only one I felt could stand on its own as an interesting short story without knowing the series it came from.
There are a couple of very good stories and a couple of very bad stories - which I ended up skipping because the poor quality was so annoying - especially the cliche romance style one - that one was just awful.
There were quite a few just average stories that I kept listening to, hoping for the author to kick into gear, but arriving disappointedly to an ending with the realization that hopes for creative ingenuity were wasted.
It must be hard to put together a collection of short stories from various authors. Perhaps an author or two will agree to participate and simply go to a file folder and pull out a story that was done in the past and dust it off and send it in response to a request for a short story - maybe it never got published for the exact reason that it needed more work. Certainly a few stories in this collection were not worthy of even a "C+" in a Creative Writing class.
The couple of good stories that were very good almost made up for the others. Excellent and tight writing. Hopefully introducing interesting characters and concepts for a longer book or series.
If my friend was looking for something they could listen to in short bites but still get a full story and if they liked the genera then I might recommend this book.
I like the Jim Butcher story. It was based in the Dresden-vers, but came at the story from the vantage point of John Marconi. The others where varying degrees of good and bad, basically what you would expect from a book of novellas.
I had read some of the story's already and for the most part the narrators did not enhance the book for me. This is rare since a good reader (and they where) usually brings nuances to life that I would have missed in a reading.
No it was just some light fluff.