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Paul

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  • Stories: All-New Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman (author and editor), Al Sarrantonio (editor), Joe Hill, and others
    • Narrated By Anne Bobby, Jonathan Davis, Katherine Kellgren, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (347)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (214)

    The best stories pull readers in and keep them turning the pages, eager to discover more—to find the answer to the question: "And then what happened?" The true hallmark of great literature is great imagination, and as Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio prove with this outstanding collection, when it comes to great fiction, all genres are equal.

    Diane says: "Tales of the Macabre"
    "Both well written and selected short stories"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely recommended due to the variety of the subject matter and the audio delivery of the short stories. Every one of the stories were well written and worth listening to both in terms of content and the enthusiasm shown by the narrators in their delivery. All the stories had my interest, most often in terms of the descriptive text, dialogue and interest build up.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Stories?

    There were a number of memorable moments in all the stories due to the excellent nature of the delivery. Specific stories that had a good build up to the climax were The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains in which the story and characters followed a journey which included many questions raised. Let the Past Begin builds up through a number of humorous but favorable observations of the girlfriend, with some amusing, but well written dialogue, plus brings in an interesting theme with respect to unusual occurrences.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    All the narrators were enthusiastic about their subject material. Most had interesting accents that suited the story and provided greater variation. Interestingly, they were forthcoming in changing accents with new characters in the story and this most often added value to the story line. I particularly enjoyed the change from male to female vocalization in Let the Past Begin as well as the Scottish accents in The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Clearly, a single tag line is difficult for a book on short stories: Mysteries Extraordinary


    Any additional comments?

    I have found this short story book particularly enjoyable. My thought is that it would be useful to have a downloaded and printable PDF that provides information on each of the short stories especially with respect to title and author. Perhaps a very short description would also be useful. I would expect the description may be useful for novels as well. I was going to rate the performance down to a four on this factor i.e. the fact that with audio one does not have a record of the chapters names etc. in the same way that one would have with a hard-copy, instead I have rated performance at a five with the recognition this is a technical matter for Audible to consider for the future.

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