When a string of grotesque killings begins to strike her small town, private detective Randi Wade becomes suspicious. The grisly murders remind her all too much of her own father's death over 20 years ago. Now there is a killer in town who not only slays his victims, but also takes their skin. Undaunted, Randi prods the police as the murders continue, each more brutal than the last. When a close friend suddenly becomes a target, he is forced to reveal a startling secret about himself and Randi is quickly pulled into a dark world within her own town where monsters exist and prey on the living.
Executive Producer: Laura Wilson
Producer: Paul Ruben
©1988 by George R.R. Martin
(P) Random House, Inc.
I was very impressed with this tale about a city full of Werewolves. The narrators were well spoken and clearly understood their characters. Although, I like the narration performace of the female much better than the male.
The story was compelling and at times suspenseful. It's a new take on a classic genre. For anyone that like Werewolf stories, I suggest you give this audiobook a try.
Martin takes an especially vulgar, stunningly realistic approach to writing his science fiction. And it's absolutely marvelous if you can get into it.
He is an author, as I had learned from his other books, who is ruthlessly down-to-earth with his plots and is willing to kill off any characters that get in the way, whether they have "noble hearts" or not. This leaves you on the edge of your seat at all times, which is quite a contrast to the rather predicable majority of fiction authors.
This short story is a wonderful and haunting tale that really brings to life some of the most basic elements of fantasy & science fiction. It recaptures the mystique that has been lately lost by the overdose of generic monsters in modern video games and movies.
Skin Trade is a very unusual werewolf story, taking place in modern times and filled with Martin's vivid descriptions and clever twists. Typical of Martin's writing, it has a somewhat slow start, seeing as only one person dies on the first page. :P
But don't worry, you'll quickly be captivated by the story if you stick around for the juicy parts.
It does not matter if you like werewolves or not. If you like good fiction and don't have a weak stomach, then this book is for you. I have profoundly enjoyed all of Martin's books I have listened to so far, especially the Song of Ice and Fire series.
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If you are looking for something similar to the A Song of Ice and Fire series, you will not be happy. But, if you like the werewolf/vampire/supernatural and also hard-boiled mystery stories, then you will enjoy this.
I wouldn't say that the narration enhanced the book, but it didn't detract either, which can happen in many disappointing instances here.
I really enjoyed Skin Trade, despite the fact that it was WAY too short! My only problem with this novella was the fact that it was narrated in a funky manner. Two narrators seem to be tag-teaming the narration which makes this tape sound strange. One or the other, please...Or have the man narrate the male parts and the woman narrate the female parts... But instead they seem to be taking turns by chapter. Very weird. Overall, a great tale. Wish George had made it full length instead of just a short story!!
I would recommend this story to anyone who likes werewolf fiction, mystery, or detective noir.
It has more in common with L.A. Confidential than Cycle of the Werewolf.
Great short listen Martin is a great enchanter unfortunately he doesn't finish his series like fire and ice which has left many of us in the wind.
It seemed as though the book was rushed. It was lacking the character build up that is prevalent in George R.R. Martin's other work. It also didn't help that the narration was done in a way that was totally destructive to character build up. I don't know what idiot thought of having one chapter read by a man and the next by a woman but they should be demoted to the complaint department. It ruined the ability to get into the characters. It would be worth reading, but not listening to since the narration was so poor.
althought i got this book unabridged, i couldn't helpt but feel i got the readers digest version. i seems like a cooked down, scaled back, bite sized version of what could have been a good (mind you only good) story. it was just so two demenisional, there was something beneath the surface...but the book i got wasn't giving it up anytime soon. want a good werewolf story, try reading Wolf's Hour by Robert MacKammon (spelling? it's late)
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