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Stories: All-New Tales | [Neil Gaiman (author and editor), Al Sarrantonio (editor), Joe Hill, Joanne Harris, Richard Adams, Jeffery Deaver]

Stories: All-New Tales

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.
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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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    Diane Louisville, KY, United States 09-27-12
    Diane Louisville, KY, United States 09-27-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Tales of the Macabre"

    Fall is the time for spooky stories and this collection suits the season well. Not tales of horror or ghost stories per se, these stories all deliciously skirt along the borderline between reality and unreality, the natural and the supernatural, wonder and horror. Almost all succeed in evoking an eerie dreamlike surrealism in settings ranging from an ancient Celtic island to modern day NYC.

    As in any collection of stories, there will be some that appeal more than others. I was going to list some of my favorites, but the list got too long (although Gaiman's The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains is exceptional). The various narrators are each wonderfully suited to and adept at the stories they read.

    If you prefer high levels of action and graphic horror, this book is probably not what you're looking for. But if you like stories which could be told around a fire on a stormy fall night and which will leave you with a prickly feeling on your neck, you will find this collection quite to your taste.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph BROOK PARK, OHIO, United States 02-26-11
    Joseph BROOK PARK, OHIO, United States 02-26-11 Member Since 2010
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    "overall it's art,worth a credit few duds expected"

    i found it pleasant and conforting to be taken on a new journey by new authors, 8/10 were 4 stars or better. this book it setup to last a while, im on the hunt now for more like it.

    quite a few of these authors were extremly gifted, the short story format allows some to twist a perfect tale. thanks for organizing these poets neil gamen.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    A. Paes Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro Brazil 11-16-10
    A. Paes Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro Brazil 11-16-10 Member Since 2010

    Alê Bione

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    "Loved it!"

    Amazing stories with wonderful readers. I recommend it. It has been a wonderful company for lonely times.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    T. Hinton Rochester, IN, United States 10-27-12
    T. Hinton Rochester, IN, United States 10-27-12 Member Since 2011

    I have been married to my wonderful husband for almost 30 years. I love reading - romance, adventure... Captain Blood is really great!

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    "Excellent way to past the time"
    If you could sum up Stories in three words, what would they be?

    The stories are varied and they're all well acted. There are a lot of stories of varying lengths so there is something for everyone.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite story is about Deel and his return form the war


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    There are several really good narrators- all gave a really great performance


    If you could rename Stories, what would you call it?

    Moments to Ponder


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Leahy PORTLAND, OR, US 11-26-13
    Mark Leahy PORTLAND, OR, US 11-26-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Amazingly Entertaining"
    What made the experience of listening to Stories the most enjoyable?

    All the stories were unique, some of them where quite odd. I found myself wishing some of them would continue.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Variety


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Phyllis TRACY, CA, United States 10-15-12
    Phyllis TRACY, CA, United States 10-15-12 Member Since 2009
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    "I Love This Book! They really are All-New Tales."
    What did you love best about Stories?

    The stories are brand new...really new! A fresh take on "unusual" characters and plots with really good narration.


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

    There is such a varied collection of stories it is difficult to speak of them as a whole but I enjoyed the mystery, humor, sass and the pure creative spirit of this audio book.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    There are multiple narrators. These stories uncannily have the right narrator for each one.


    Who was the most memorable character of Stories and why?

    Joyce Carol Oates' "Fossil Figures" a story of twins was a favorite as was "Wild Fire in Manhattan" by Joanne Harris, "Juvenal Nicks" by Walter Mosley plus "Catch and Release" by Lawrence Block, Actually too many characters over-all to list.


    Any additional comments?

    Lots of listening time. I have listened to these stories multiple times and probably will continue to do so. This is a favorite "travel buddy". Of at lease 25+ audio books, this is the only one to which I repeatedly return.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Diego V 08-25-10
    Diego V 08-25-10 Member Since 2006
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    "“And Then What Happened?”"

    The stories are good. The story by Neil Gaiman is ok. There is another story set in a world similar to American Gods (not by Gaiman) that is very good. I did not like the abrupt ending to most of the stories. I like stories with ending. Heck, I like stories with epilogues that wrap everything up into a nice neat package. If you like stories that leave you thinking about what happened next, you’ll love this collection.

    13 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica GLEN BURNIE, MD, United States 09-25-12
    Jessica GLEN BURNIE, MD, United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A pleasure"
    Where does Stories rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In my top 3


    What did you like best about this story?

    Well, it is a collection of stories from a variety of authors which makes each a unique and worthwhile listen. There is a wonderful dearth of literary perspective each author presents.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    It is a cast reading, and each gave life to the story that he/she was reading.


    If you could rename Stories, what would you call it?

    I would, the name piques curiosity in such a way as to draw the reader in. Besides, each story is different and there is no better unifying title than the name of the collection.


    2 of 3 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 Member Since 2013

    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"
    Any additional comments?

    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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  • Daniel
    northamptonUnited Kingdom
    8/31/10
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    "Gaimen entertains again"

    I am a great fan of Neil Gaiman so I had to listen to the stories as soon as possible. The audiobook is read by a host of different people which helped to keep me interested in the many different stories.

    The biggest disappointment for me was that Gaiman does not read his own story which is one the best in the book. I feel that Gaiman adds somthing to his stories when he reads them.

    Overall I felt that the book had many more great stories than poor ones but there where a few that I felt like fast forwarding through.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Russell
    London, United Kingdom
    4/23/13
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    "Stronger on ambition than achievement"

    This is the first short story collection I've downloaded on Audible and while a few of the stories have made it feel worthwhile, there were a good many that didn't. For me, the most successful ones seemed to follow in a kind of folk tradition - The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains, The Stars are Falling and The Devil on the Staircase all have an eerie resonance while The Therapist and The Cult of the Nose have more of an urban legend feel. These 5 stories are the page-turners the editors claim for the collection - the others, with the possible exception of Elizabeth Hand's atmospheric Bellerophon, failed to sustain my interest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nigel
    Chard, United Kingdom
    4/11/12
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    "All new, all memorable"

    Weeks after listening to the book, stories and scenes keep on coming back to me. This is an artful collection of short stories, selected not around a genre or theme, but around the idea that good stories hold a magical power to create worlds in the reader' s mind, regardless of their subject matter.
    OK, there may have been a couple that I wished were shorter stories, and one I wished wasn't there at all, and for that I'd have dropped it to four stars ... but then the choice of readers and their engagement with the texts was so enjoyable, I put the missing star back in again just for the audio experience of it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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