©2003 George R. R. Martin; (P)2007 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
"Fans, genre historians, and aspiring writers alike will find this shelf-bending retrospective as impressive as it is intriguing." (Publishers Weekly)
Editing. This guy (Martin) seems to never throw anything away, whether it is a bad idea, a bad sentence, or a bad paragraph. His approach is to write it once, then submit and resubmit every rejected story year after year while adding it to a huge collection of similarly unsuccessful stories. Now that Game of Thrones has made him famous, he feels entitled drop all of them on an unsuspecting audience.
This is a compilation of stories, most of them very bad, but mercifully short. The real pain exists between the stories when Martin rambles on about how he whipped these gems out like some kind of rapid-fire pulp machine, submitting and resubmitting them over and over again without editing or changing anything. As if the only thing that could be wrong was at the other end of the process. Of course, there is a sympathetic element: I felt very sorry for the people who had to read this stuff, including the readers for the audio version.
The performance by the story readers was as good as possible, given the material.
Disgust, impatience, a desire to stop listening.
I commute an hour each day and listen to many audio books. It usually makes the drive go by much faster. I have to say that Martin's stories made me wonder if the drive would ever end. I stopped about halfway through this long, long, audio book.
This audiobook is many stories for the price of one and contains varied stories from throughout Martin's career. The fact that most of them came from the same universe, gave them more value than they have as individual stories. The early works arent good, but were written by a teenager/young adult, so dont give up on the audiobook until you at least get passed them. Some of the stories were excellent and worthy of purchase individually. My favorite was "A Song for Lya". The stories of people from different worlds give a lot of interesting environments for the listener to explore. The commentary gives a look at what it is like to be a pro fantasy/sci fi writer and is interesting as well.
Everyone else did a wonderful job!
Loved the stories. I immediately started looking for more Haviland Tuf stories and bought a Knight of the Seven Kindoms!
Enjoy reading books, but no time so this is an amazing alternative.
I very much enjoyed Dreamsongs. It is interesting to hear the history what was happening in an authors life at the time certain stories written the influence that caused it to be written and the results of their effort. But perhaps the most telling for me is the fact that I now wish to learn more read more of George RR Martin's work this was a huge time commitment, and not a moment was wasted
My interests tend toward Biology/Medicine and SciFi, particularly post-apocalyptic fiction.
A decent collection of stories, from differing genres.... some better than others. Martin includes some of his very first stories that he wrote when he was little more than a teenage (they are good, foreshadowing what was to come). Apart from the Game of Thrones continuity story (A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, which you can get as a novella separately with a second story). At the bookends, I loved The Skin Trade, though found that Wildcards apparently isn't my thing. Other good ones are there as well. And I found I really enjoyed Martin's intra-chapter narrations about his life and how he progressed in his career as a writer. Of note, this is the version you want to spend your credit on, as it incorporates all of the other smaller collections of the same name that you can order here on Audible. Overall, an enjoyable (and long!) collection of stories (even if I fast-forwarded through a couple of them...) and an interesting diversion for any fans of George RR Martin.
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