©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)
This edition contains all three of the "Unabridged Selections" volumes that are sold separately. So, if you're using a credit this is obviously the one to get. There are 3 stories from the print edition that are not included here: "The Ice Dragon" which is available as a seperate audiobook and the two television scripts: The Twilight Zone: "The Road Less Traveled" and Doorways, a pilot that was too similar to Sliders.
Fans of Game of Thrones will be pleased with "The Hedge Knight" which is set in the same universe.
Introduction by Gardner Dozois
A FOUR-COLOR FANBOY - Introduction to the following 3 stories read by George R.R. Martin
Only Kids Are Afraid Of The Dark
And Death His Legacy
THE FILTHY PRO- Introduction to the following 4 stories read by George R.R. Martin
The Exit To San Breta
The Second Kind Of Loneliness
With Morning Comes Mistfall
THE LIGHT OF DISTANT STARS - Introduction to the following 6 stories read by George R.R. Martin
A Song For Lya
This Tower Of Ashes
And Seven Times Never Kill A Man
The Stone City
The Way Of Cross And Dragon
THE HEIRS OF TURTLE CASTLE - Introduction to the following 2 stories read by George R.R. Martin
The Lonely Songs Of Laren Dorr
In The Lost Lands
HYBRIDS & HORRORS - Introduction to the following 6 stories read by George R.R. Martin
The Monkey Treatment
The Pear-Shaped Man
A TASTE OF TUF - Introduction to the following 2 stories read by George R.R. Martin
A Beast For Norn
THE SIREN SONG OF HOLLYWOOD - Introduction to 2 scripts missing from the audiobook edition.
DOING THE WILD CARD SHUFFLE - Introduction to the following 2 stories read by George R.R. Martin
From The Journal Of Xavier Desmond
THE HEART IN CONFLICT - Introduction to the following 6 stories read by George R.R. Martin
The Skin Trade
The Glass Flower
The Hedge Knight
Portraits Of His Children
As I expected, I enjoyed some stories and did not care much for others. This is an anthology of work by George R.R. Martin covering a good portion of his career. I really enjoyed that each "section" of the book began with the author providing some background on the works about to be read, telling the personal side of the stories. I thought these were at times more entertaining than the stories themselves.
While some were not thrilling or unpredictable, it does not detract from the quality of writing I find with much of Martin's works. Dreamsongs does not disappoint, especially for fans of George R.R. Martin's style of writing.
Imagination Richness Vibrant
Not the grinding fantasy world of Game of Thrones, but sci-fi and fantasy short stories that have a unique realist feeling through the characters, environments and the way the writing lets you feel empathy for the star of the story in a way that I rarely read in that genre, that makes it so much better than the average work. I can imagine the events much more as actual events in his science fiction than any other I have ever read/heard.
All the stories are different, but I like the Tuf Voyages stories the best.
A Kaleidoscope of Worlds
The voice talent is excellent but Scott Brick is fantastic. Best I've heard for fiction, my favorite.
I would recommend this book to most of my friends who enjoy descriptive stories.
I enjoyed the Skin Trade best of all the short stories. The wild card stories were interesting and made me curious about the collections.
I want to feel good when I complete a story & am a little harsh on depressing ones. There are a few sad ones that I love but not many.
I really enjoyed hearing Martin tell his story and this thing is fully of short stories. Some of his shorts were really good and left me wanting to hear more and some of them were just so-so but as a whole I enjoyed it very much.
If you are interested in Martins path to fame this paints the picture and includes quite a few shorts from Martin's early career through the mid 80's.
The variety of stories was fantastic.
The Turtle, because he did what he could to help people with what he was given in life.
The narrator adds more color to the stories.
A bit of both.
I'm interested in some of the other compilations they've put together.
That's the way you feel when you listen to George Martin - actually listen to the author - read his early stories (along with some other pretty amazing narrators-big shout out to Scott Brick, a personal favorite) and explain where he was and what was going on in his life when he wrote them. I loved it from beginning to end.
Dreamsongs is excellent. It works as a chronicle of Martin's career, as an introduction to his various universes, and simply as a collection of first-class stories. Even though the stories cover a wide range of genres, they mostly deal with what Martin refers to as the human heart in conflict, which he discusses in his introduction to the last section.
The readers are all wonderful. Special mention goes to Adrian Paul, whom I didn't expect to be so good at narration. Also, Roy Dotrice!
Sadly, he doesn't read the ASOIAF story.
Definitely a credit well spent.
I would, even though I disliked most of the sci-fi stories. I'm pretty sure most of my friends would..
Ice Dragon. A simply beautiful story, I just had to listen to it in a single setting.
Roy Dotrice. After listening to A Song of Ice and Fire he has definitely become one of my favorite narrators, although his narration of A Feast for Crows and A Dance of Dragons was poor compared to his earlier narrations. I'm a big ASoIaF fan, so I suppose that influences my opinion of this book (:
This is good for short stories some very very engaging and others were hard to site through but I think that had more to do readers than the writing.
Loved the pear shaped man, very funny story.
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