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Stories Audiobook

Stories: All-New Tales

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Publisher's Summary

Stories is a groundbreaking anthology that reinvigorates, expands, and redefines the limits of imaginative fiction and affords some of the best writers in the world—from Peter Straub and Chuck Palahniuk to Roddy Doyle and Diana Wynne Jones, Stewart O'Nan and Joyce Carol Oates to Walter Mosley and Jodi Picoult—the opportunity to work together, defend their craft, and realign misconceptions. Neal Gaiman, a literary magician whose acclaimed work defies easy categorization and transcends all boundaries, and "master anthologist" (Booklist) Al Sarrantonio personally invited, read, and selected all the stories in this collection, and their standard for this "new literature of the imagination" is high. "We wanted to read stories that used a lightning-flash of magic as a way of showing us something we have already seen a thousand times as if we have never seen it at all.”

Joe Hill boldly aligns theme and form in his disturbing tale of a man's descent into evil in "Devil on the Staircase”. In "Catch and Release", Lawrence Block tells of a seasoned fisherman with a talent for catching a bite of another sort. Carolyn Parkhurst adds a dark twist to sibling rivalry in "Unwell”. Joanne Harris weaves a tale of ancient gods in modern New York in "Wildfire in Manhattan”. Vengeance is the heart of Richard Adams's "The Knife”. Jeffery Deaver introduces a dedicated psychologist whose mission in life is to save people in "The Therapist”. A chilling punishment befitting an unspeakable crime is at the dark heart of Neil Gaiman's novelette "The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains”.

As it transforms your view of the world, this brilliant and visionary volume—sure to become a classic—will ignite a new appreciation for the limitless realm of exceptional fiction.

©2010 Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers

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    J. Meade Georgia, USA 07-23-16
    J. Meade Georgia, USA 07-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Meh..."
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    In the introduction the writer said words to the effect that there is a four-word question that a good storyteller hopes will enter the mind of the reader. The question is "And then what happens".

    Unfortunately, the four-word question that entered MY mind while listening to this book was "What was the point?"

    I found perhaps 3 or 4 of the stories mildly engaging, and I listened to the bitter end out of stubbornness and the hope it would get better. It didn't.

    I actually purchased this title on the strength of the fact that one of my favorite authors - Joe Hill - was among the writers. What I didn't realize is that his was the very last of the short stories, and it only ran slightly over 30 minutes. While that piece was okay, it wasn't really worth suffering through the other 17 hours and 45 minutes of less than stellar stories.

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    Moosa 07-15-16
    Moosa 07-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Some good. Some a drag."

    Some narrations and stories were spectacular. However some descended to a droll narrative, leading me to either skip to the next, or impatiently wait for the story to finish.

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    Bullock903 07-14-16
    Bullock903 07-14-16
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    "Not a Fan"

    I love Neil Gaiman but these stories were to dark & distrubing. Misses the magic

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    Cindy 03-24-15
    Cindy 03-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great road trip Book"

    This collection of stories is frustrating and entertains. Frustrating in that it brings you to a certain point... And stops. The introduction is a clue: and then, what happened? You supply your own continuation of the theme. Very different concept in storytelling.

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    Daniel 01-24-15
    Daniel 01-24-15
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    "Good, bad, and ugly"

    An extreme mix of interesting, well-written stories and overwrought, badly-written cheese, with more of the latter than the former. A few of the narrators are particularly awful, one does a terrible fake southern accent for every story, another does a clipped toneless robotic voice, and another chooses the oddest inflections that make no sense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Debra Alamo, TX, United States 10-07-13
    Debra Alamo, TX, United States 10-07-13

    Like Audio books, love to be read to. Am retired, spend a lot a time at pool so listen to music, & audio books when have them, now I will have ones I like.

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    "Not Sure"
    What did you like best about Stories? What did you like least?

    Least is some of the stories were to short, 6 minutes here & there. Some an hour. More was likes than some, but so many to name best, do not remember the titles. Am still finishing up the stories.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Well reminded me more of Hitchcock stories leaves you wondering


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Well since so many stories was listening 1 after another, so do not remember titles


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes May Be


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mike 04-26-13
    Mike 04-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Definitely short stories, but not very satisfying"
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    This set of stories is very well narrated, but the actual tales are either not interesting or have no closure. There were 3-4 stories that were captivating, but then I was disappointed when they would stop at some arbitrary point with no real ending. I kept asking "But what happened after THAT??" Neil Gaiman mentions the concept of "what happens next?" as an essential part of a good story, but I also prefer stories that have some sort of ending, even if it is just "They lived happily ever after" or "And he was never seen again..."

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Johannesburg, South Africa 12-24-12
    Paul Johannesburg, South Africa 12-24-12
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    "Both well written and selected short stories"
    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Barb Navarre, OH, United States 05-09-12
    Barb Navarre, OH, United States 05-09-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Disappointing"
    Would you try another book from the authors and/or the narrators?

    Probably not from the authors- definitely not from the narrators


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Unknown


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    Very poor accents that were mostly stereotypical and grated on my nerves.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Stories?

    Most of the stories. There were only a few that were good, and on them the narration was bad.


    Any additional comments?

    There were a few good stories, so I kept listening, but most were disappointing and some were really awful!

    5 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    W. Phelps Palo Alto, CA United States 06-02-11
    W. Phelps Palo Alto, CA United States 06-02-11 Member Since 2014

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    "Not quite what I was expecting"

    If you are a Neil Gaiman fan like me, you might have some expectations for these stories, in which case you might be in for a bit of a shock. I have not finished all of this by any means yet - but the first 2 or 3 tales were a bit of a shock - stronger language and subject matter than I was prepared for. I'll come back and say more when I'm done...

    6 of 18 people found this review helpful

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