I enjoyed most of the short stories from Dark and stormy Knights. I like a longer book better than short stories on the whole.
Jim Butcher's Dresden series as well as Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels series
When the mob boss saves the little girl. He's not as bad as he wants you to believe
I especially liked the story by Jim Butcher. Instead of a story about the main character in his Dresden series, he writes a story about one of Dresden's adversaries. He makes the mob boss human and likeable. At the end he adds the twist that the security measures he uses to destroy the monster that attacks his headquarters were put in place for his final confrontation with Dresden. Now you don't want either of these characters to lose that confrontation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I bought this because it was on sale for under $5 and because it had a Jim Butcher story in it. I also hoped that it would introduce me to some new fantasy authors I might like to try. Sadly, it did not. The Jim Butcher story was okay. Not great, but okay. The other stories ranged from okay to horrid. I won't be seeking out the work of any of these people. Definitely not worth a full credit.
I got this book on the basis of the presence of the Jim Butcher story. It was okay, but nowhere near as good as his novels or some of his other scribblings. All the other stories were pretty unremarkable to downright unpleasant. Be advised that some of these stories do not let up on the deep profanity, which is what finally persuaded me to stop listening when I had only fifty-two minutes of the book left. (I am, unashamedly, a prude. Leave the gutter in the gutter. I don't want it infecting my literature.) There were very few "knights" in these stories, not even the metaphorical kind. The only reason this got two stars was because of the Butcher story. Pass on this one unless there is absolutely nothing else to listen to. Even then, consider mowing the lawn, any lawn first. It will be more enjoyable.
I enjoyed many of these stories. The narration was quite good. The only complaint I have is that the writers put crude language in that really didn't need to be there. That was a distraction. It also meant that my children who listen with me could not.
I wish we could delete these words prior to listening.