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All new and original to this volume, the 21 stories in Dangerous Women include work by 12 New York Times best sellers, and seven stories set in the authors’ best-selling continuities - including a new "Outlander" story by Diana Gabaldon, a tale of Harry Dresden’s world by Jim Butcher, a story from Lev Grossman set in the world of The Magicians, and a 35,000-word novella by George R. R. Martin about the Dance of the Dragons, the vast civil war that tore Westeros apart nearly two centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones.

Also included are original stories of dangerous women - heroines and villains alike - by Brandon Sanderson, Joe Abercrombie, Sherilynn Kenyon, Lawrence Block, Carrie Vaughn, S. M. Stirling, Sharon Kay Penman, and many others.

Writes Gardner Dozois in his introduction, "Here you’ll find no hapless victims who stand by whimpering in dread while the male hero fights the monster or clashes swords with the villain, and if you want to tie these women to the railroad tracks, you’ll find you have a real fight on your hands. Instead, you will find sword-wielding women warriors, intrepid women fighter pilots and far-ranging spacewomen, deadly female serial killers, formidable female superheroes, sly and seductive femmes fatale, female wizards, hard-living bad girls, female bandits and rebels, embattled survivors in post-apocalyptic futures, female private investigators, stern female hanging judges, haughty queens who rule nations and whose jealousies and ambitions send thousands to grisly deaths, daring dragonriders, and many more."

Authors: George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois

Stories and Narrators (in order of appearance):
“Some Desperado” by Joe Abercrombie; Read by Stana Katic
“My Heart Is Either Broken” by Megan Abbott; Read by Jake Weber
“Nora’s Song” by Cecelia Holland; Read by Harriet Walter
“The Hands That Are Not There” by Melinda Snodgrass; Read by Jonathan Frakes
“Bombshells” by Jim Butcher; Read by Emily Rankin
“Raisa Stepanova” by Carrie Vaughn; Read by Inna Korobkina
“Wrestling Jesus” by Joe R. Lansdale; Read by Scott Brick
“Neighbors” by Megan Lindholm; Read by Lee Meriwether
“I Know How to Pick ’Em” by Lawrence Block; Read by Jake Weber
“Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell” by Brandon Sanderson; Read by Claudia Black
“A Queen in Exile” by Sharon Kay Penman; Read by Harriet Walter
“The Girl in the Mirror” by Lev Grossman; Read by Sophie Turner
“Second Arabesque, Very Slowly” by Nancy Kress; Read by Janis Ian
“City Lazarus” by Diana Rowland; Read by Scott Brick
“Virgins” by Diana Gabaldon; Read by Allan Scott-Douglas
“Pronouncing Doom” by S.M. Stirling; Read by Stana Katic
“Name the Beast” by Sam Sykes; Read by Claudia Black
“Caregivers” by Pat Cadigan; Read by Janis Ian
“Lies My Mother Told Me” by Caroline Spector; Read by Maggi-Meg Reed
“Hell Hath No Fury” by Sherilynn Kenyon; Read by Jenna Lamia
“The Princess and the Queen” by George R. R. Martin; Read by Iain Glen

The introduction by Gardner Dozois is read by Fred Sanders and the interstitial author biographies are read by Karen Dotrice.

©2013 Random House (P)2013 Random House Audio

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    Susan 03-21-14
    Susan 03-21-14
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    As did many of the other reviewers, I bought this for the presence of one story - "Virgins" by Diana Gabaldon. Unlike some of the other reviewers, I knew what I was getting into. I'd like to address two points they have made. I'm going to try doing this without spoilers, but be warned: I may slip and spoil.

    First, there were gender issue complaints, either that the women weren't really dangerous, or that there were too many stories from a man's point of view. I disagree on both counts. I don't think inherently dangerous women are necessarily aware of it. I would imagine, for example, that both of the women in "I Know How to Pick 'Em" thought of herself, not as dangerous, but rather as needy. It is only the narrator that saw the danger in the woman that picks him up, and only the reader that sees the danger in inherent in the narrator's mother. The same is true of "Wrestling Jesus." Only the narrator knows where the true danger lies.

    In these two stories, as in several others, the danger seems to be similar to the stance I heard described in North Africa. Boys would tell me, "Women are dangerous." When I asked them to explain, they would only repeat themselves, and perhaps add that I should be well aware of why women were to be feared and avoided. Listening to them I got the feeling that as an American, and a teacher, there were far more dangers about me that made the threat of my gender insignificant. As I lived there, for over seven years, I further came to understand that it was less related to the lure of sex, and more to the power that women had over sons, husbands, and brothers. It was less that they could hold others sexually in thrall, and more that they were not influenced by desire in the same way men were, making them more on top of a situation because of the lack of distraction. The dangerousness of many of the women in these stories is this sort of danger. They are intimidating, although they don't mean to be. They put themselves in danger both unwittingly and on purpose. But it is their logical, systematic approach to the tribulations of their lives that make them dangerous.

    Certainly there are some women who were truly dangerous and aware of it, but even they would say they were acting out of necessity and not because of some internal sense of daring-do. In the first story, "Some Desperado," the narrator is just trying to survive, and survive she does. She is ruthless, and certainly dangerous to the men she confronts. But the bottom line is that she does nothing to them that they wouldn't do to her first. Is this truly dangerous? I suppose in the sense that a stove is dangerous, yes, but not in the same way a wolverine is something to be avoided.

    This brings me to the second point. There is, among other reviewers, a certain amount of whining about the fact that these are short stories. I will be the first to admit that I buy the longer audiobooks because I like getting lost in a long story. But I buy short story collections on purpose. Often a story is long enough to last me in the car there-and-back. I get a nice sense of continuity and closure there.

    The thing I like best about these anthologies, is that I get to sample a variety of writers and readers. Stana Katic, for example, was a fabulous surprise as a reader. I love her on "Castle" but as a reader she has terrific range doing the different characters. The only reader I did not love (and this surprised me) was Johnathan Frakes. Even though he was too slow when doing the "narrator" voice, I enjoyed his change in tone during dialogue.

    I use this as an opportunity to revisit authors I have read before, Gabaldon (of course) as well as Landsdale, Butcher, Snodgrass, and Stirling are old favorites. It is also a chance to fine new writers to explore. I was particularly impressed by the three stories with older women as the protagonist and will read more by Lindholm, Kress, and Sanderson because of those offerings. I also found myself quite enjoying "Raisa Stepanova" by Carrie Vaughn. While other of the historic stories seemed to be more of a litany of events, I found myself immersed in the trials of they young fighter pilot. She was certainly dangerous to the enemy, and frequently put herself in danger, but she seemed like many of the young women flying today, passionate about her job, loyal to her family, and patriotic to a fault.

    I would heartily recommend this book to anyone. I think I benefited from listening to it. As a print-book reader I would have been tempted to skip some of the stories that have turned out to be gems. As an audio-book reader there was no such temptation. This is the third of George R. R. Martin's anthologies I have gotten. I will get the next one in a heartbeat.

    22 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Hassan 12-17-13
    Hassan 12-17-13 Member Since 2015

    5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(

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    "To All Men Out There, Women Are Dangerous"

    This collection was very entertaining , from funny to thriller, from sadness to happiness.. Too much of mixed emotions here The following is a quick review for each book in this collection.. Its my longest review yet. :D

    “Some Desperado” by Joe Abercrombie; Read by Stana Katic
    This is the first book, it showed a woman's strength and her ability to lie and kill to survive the greed of men who are chasing her for the prize of coins. As it was the first book I didn't really understand whats going on, but slowly i understood that no introductions to characters and you get to know them and heir past while you are listening to the story. It was short, but it was good. 4 out of 5

    “My Heart Is Either Broken” by Megan Abbott; Read by Jake Weber
    Thrilling story about a father, a mother, and their little baby... One day someone steals the baby and the parents are worried sick about her.. The media started to attack the mother and the father doesn't know what to do.. The thrilling part in this story that you start to think that there is something wrong with the mother and you start asking yourself "Did she do something?"... I have really enjoyed it and its ending was perfect. 5 out of 5

    “Nora’s Song” by Cecelia Holland; Read by Harriet Walter
    In the year 1169, it talks about a dysfunctional royal family and how they treat each other.. Sad story about a little girl, named Nora, who has to face the truth in her young age that her parents (king and queen) are not perfect but also they lie, take, and threat each other.. Sadly she has to live with it and ignore... 3.5 out of 5


    “The Hands That Are Not There” by Melinda Snodgrass; Read by Jonathan Frakes
    This was a very interesting one , its based on space and humans are among many aliens... The woman in this story is a stripper, which a high official in the government fell in love with.. What she did then was unbelievable!! By the end of the book, I told myself "Be careful if you became a high government official" :D 4 out of 5


    “Bombshells” by Jim Butcher; Read by Emily Rankin
    I have never red Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series, but after listening to this short story i immediately added the first book to my wish list to buy it soon and listen to this series. Am not going to talk much about this book as i don't know the series much, but i really liked it, and went through the book understanding everything very well. 5 out of 5!!!

    “Raisa Stepanova” by Carrie Vaughn; Read by Inna Korobkina
    This is about a female pilot in WW2 in the soviet union. It talks about her life in the war and how she and her other female pilots strived to become female fighter pilots in the soviet union.. She has a brother in the army as well and really cares about him. This story was simple and good, enjoyed listening to it. 3 out of 5.


    “Wrestling Jesus” by Joe R. Lansdale; Read by Scott Brick
    its about a teenager who befriends and old wrestler who started training him. The woman in this story is an old lover of the wrestler who left him for another wrestler named Jesus… and his dream is to get her back cause he can’t live without her. I have really enjoyed this story and I really felt bad for the wrestler... Its ending is a really good one.. 4 out of 5.


    “Neighbors” by Megan Lindholm; Read by Lee Meriwether
    Its about an old woman named Sarah who lives in her house and everyone else from her old friends had either died or in nursing homes. she battles her son as she doesn't want to leave her home to a nursing home, and tries to prove that she can manage everything by herself... This book is a sad one, I really felt bad for Sarah and its ending was sad with a touch of weird. 4 out of 5


    “I Know How to Pick ’Em” by Lawrence Block; Read by Jake Weber
    A very thrilling story about a man... He had bad experience with his mother in the past and a woman tried to play with him in the present. This one was a bit disturbing, and its ending too.... Narration was really good as well.. There is 22 stories in this collection and this story was one of the ones which got stuck with me and didn't forget. 5 out of 5.

    “Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell” by Brandon Sanderson; Read by Claudia Black
    It talks about a world where evil spirits live in the forest and people are scared of them. A dangerous woman named Silence who owns an inn is being threaten by a man to pay more or he will take her inn and spill her secret that she is the "White Fox" bounty hunter. She goes to the forest to complete a bounty, but she runs through trouble.
    Even though it was a short story, still Brandon Sanderson created a new world with its own evil spirits and you can easily understand whats going on. Brandon Sanderson is truly a gifted author. 5 out of 5.

    “A Queen in Exile” by Sharon Kay Penman; Read by Harriet Walter
    It was a book about a queen in the 12th century, she tried to protect her people and to do right by them. Her story is quite interesting.. It was an ok book, not my cup of tea.... but it was ok.. 3 out of 5.


    “The Girl in the Mirror” by Lev Grossman; Read by Sophie Turner
    It was about a group of wizards who one of them played a prank on another wizard... I didn't like this one that much... And its a bit short to write a proper review for why i didn't like it. Regarding the Narration, I think the narrator was the wrong one for this book. And its ending was rubbish. 1 out of 5.


    “Second Arabesque, Very Slowly” by Nancy Kress; Read by Janis Ian
    Its in a world where 99% of women in this world can’t have children, thus the world fell apart.. its a post apocalyptic world were there are packs and farms, and everyone wants to collect and treasure fertile women to have children .. The main character is an old nurse who lived her life in such pack, and you get to see how life is like in this world. Quite an interesting story, not the usual zombie apocalypse or nuclear ones, its an apocalypse but in a different way. Really enjoyed it. 5 out of 5.


    “City Lazarus” by Diana Rowland; Read by Scott Brick
    This is about a dirty cup in New Orleans who falls for a stripper ...but there is amother man, who the cup is working for, who wants her too.. I liked this story, and have enjoyed its ending as you wouldn't expect it. 4 out of 5.


    “Virgins” by Diana Gabaldon; Read by Allan Scott-Douglas
    Its about two Scottish men who work as mercenaries ... They take a job to ascot a lady to her soon-to-be husband in paris.. But she has other plans.
    Interesting book this one was... I have really liked the narrator as well as he did the accents perfectly. 4.5 out of 5.


    “Hell Hath No Fury” by Sherilynn Kenyon; Read by Jenna Lamia
    A team who are looking for the supernatural.. They go to a cursed town to look for gold, but they find something else.. The story was short, shorter than the rest , but still it was good. The woman in this story is a psychic who get connected with the woman who cursed the town.. The narrator was good, but not for this book, as the team were men and women, but she gave them teenagers' voices, I thought it was a kid team until i red it again were it clearly pointed out that it was an adult team. 4 out of 5

    “Pronouncing Doom” by S.M. Stirling; Read by Stana Katic
    Fantastic book set in a time where electricity is gone and everyone went back to live the old way. People live in communities and everyone have their own tasks to do to keep the community going.. The woman in this story is the leader of one of these communities... And her task in this book is to give judgement regarding a man's criminal actions toward the community, its hard but it has to be done... I liked this book, its realistic and you can feel that such world did exist and it could exist if electricity ran out. 5 out of 5

    “Name the Beast” by Sam Sykes; Read by Claudia Black
    This book was confusing , something about hunting and stuff like that... Just too confusing.... I really got so confused, couldn't understand anything 1 out of 5.


    “Caregivers” by Pat Cadigan; Read by Janis Ian
    Its about two middle aged women who their mom is in a home... The younger sister volunteers in the home to help and assist the residence ... But during that time the older sister started to notice that some odd things are happening in the home. I have enjoyed this book as its ending was satisfying and there were few funny jokes too.. 4 out of 5


    “Lies My Mother Told Me” by Caroline Spector; Read by Maggi-Meg Reed
    A really good book… I have really enjoyed it.. Its about people called Aces, and Jokers.. They have supernatural powers… A superhero woman named bubbles (Ya!! Thats her name, and she kill with bubbles) is under attack from an unknown organisation who their goal is to control her by attacking her friends… although its a short story, still its a fantastic one… characters were good, plenty of back story and action…. I have really enjoyed listening to this book. 5 out of 5

    “The Princess and the Queen” by George R. R. Martin; Read by Iain Glen
    I think most of the readers who will buy and bought this book was for this part by George R. R. Martin.. If you are A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire series fan, you will get to know the history of the world you are reading/listening to, and how did the dragons die.. There were too many wars in this book and too many events.. and i think it would have been better if this book was a bit longer as i kept on jumping from war to war, and i got confused for a bit... But still it was amazing and its ending was good.. 5 out of 5.

    45 of 49 people found this review helpful
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    carmen OFallon, MO, United States 07-04-14
    carmen OFallon, MO, United States 07-04-14 Member Since 2011

    Favorite author: Alexander McCall Smith Favorite narrator: Gerard Doyle Favorite listen : Burton and Swinburne Trilogy

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    What did you love best about Dangerous Women?

    The variety of genres and authors in this anthology is wonderful. My favorites were by Sanderson, Gabaldon, Block and of course Martin. All these stories are vastly different so there is something for every mood. The narrators are top class. Scott. Brick, Sophie Turner, Jonathon Frakes among my favorite narrators


    What did you like best about this story?

    Probably every genre is represented here. Leaning more on sci fi but there is something for everyone. Like a lot of collections, some of the stories are parts of a larger story. However this book is edited in such away that you can enjoy each story separately. I really enjoyed the Jim Butcher story even thought I don't read the Dresden Files. I am a huge fan of song of Ice and Fire so I really enjoyed Dance of Dragons. But Who doesn't love to hear about a Dragon War.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Scott Brick is one of my favorite narrators on audible. I also enjoy Jonathan Frakes.Sophie Turner did a great job also.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    We'll it was 32 hours long so no. But I did get through it in a week because I couldn't wait to hear the next . All the stories were so different so no getting bored.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great anthology everyone should be able to enjoy. Although it contains a lot of science fiction/fantasy it also has horror, mystery, thriller, historical fiction.. This was a lot of entertainment for a credit. But George please stop writing these side stories and finish a song of ice and fire

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 01-01-14
    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 01-01-14 Member Since 2013

    BJS

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    "The best of the best"
    What made the experience of listening to Dangerous Women the most enjoyable?

    This is an anthology with stories by the best authors around. Out of the 21 stories there were only 2 I didn't care for but they were well written and well narrated. This is not for children, there are many instances of cursing and rather nasty things happening to both men and women. I am familiar with most of the authors who wrote stories in this book. I have to say they didn't disappoint. Also having various narrators for the different stories made it also enjoyable.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dangerous Women?

    Jim Butcher, Joe Abcrombe, Carry Vaughn, Joe Landsdale, Megan Lindholm, Brandon Sanderson, Diana Roland, Sherry Lin Kegin, S.M. Sterling, S. Sikes George. R.R. Martin, Diana Gabaldon, Reason enough to get this audible.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Reading these stories might be good but the narrations were so good, and the stories were so well written, each one was like opening a new present.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    All of the authors I mentioned wrote stories that moved me, either to joy or sadness, but the writing and narrations were worth every moment. I know I'll listen to this again.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best anthologies I have ever listened to. If you like any of the authors I named in my list, that is reason enough to get this. If you're not familiar with them, it is a great way to learn about them. I've read most of them and that was one of the reasons I got this. I'm recommending to every one I know.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    B. Baniszewski Somerville, MA United States 05-04-14
    B. Baniszewski Somerville, MA United States 05-04-14 Member Since 2017

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    Was Dangerous Women worth the listening time?

    I bought this book for the stories by Jim Butcher, Lev Grossman, and George R. R. Martin.
    The Butcher and Grossman stories were both very much what I was hoping for -- more adventures in the worlds of Dresden and The Magicians. The George R. R. Martin story was fairly good, but the framing structure of the story as a history written by someone from the Citadel means that it's hard to get into the characters heads and really care about them.

    This book convinced me I should start reading Brandon Sanderson and Carrie Vaughn. Sanderson's story takes one simple premise and uses it for a compelling exploration of a fantasy world. Vaugh's story about a World War II Russian fighter pilot is both thoughtful and gripping.

    Caroline Spector's Wild Cards story is fairly good. It goes some unexpected and interesting places examining the world of super heroes.

    As for the rest of the stories... some were just forgettable, and some were trash. I was disappointed at how many stories in this collection failed the Bechdel Test, and how many of them featured women who are not at all dangerous in their own right, but who were simply objects on whom men fixated their own self-destructive hang-ups. My respect for George R. R. Martin is lowered by the fact that this book included “Wrestling Jesus” by Joe R. Lansdale. “I Know How to Pick ’Em” by Lawrence Block is equally a waste of your listening time.


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    Julie W. Capell Milwaukee, WI USA 03-11-14
    Julie W. Capell Milwaukee, WI USA 03-11-14 Member Since 2007

    The audio books I get tend to be either 1) scifi or 2) things for my husband and me to listen to on long road trips--humor or history

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    "Few women and not much danger here"

    I have got to agree with the other reviewers who expressed disappointment in this collection. A title like "Dangerous Women" certainly implies that the main characters of the stories will be women; instead many of the stories are told from the point of view of men. I expected smart stories about women who could take care of themselves; instead several of the stories featured misogynistic, sexist attitudes about women that I haven't seen in a book I've read in years. I was looking for more stories with a scifi flavor; instead there is tons of fantasy and the two of the three scifi stories were full of the sexist crap mentioned above. It's not often that I don't finish a book and I'm even more inclined to finish short stories because they're, well, short. But I was only able to completely finish four of the twenty-one stories. And two of those I finished because they were being narrated by actors I like a lot (I was listening to this as an audio book). One comment I have for many of these authors: It's a SHORT story. After 20 minutes of listening, I should have some idea what the story is about. A lot of you just took too long to get up some steam.

    I am going to review each story individually below. There are some minor spoilers, so be warned . . .

    1- “Some Desperado” by Joe Abercrombie - A Red Country story read by Stana Katic
    Western. The protagonist had spunk but there wasn’t much of a story. The reader gave it a bit of a Firefly flavor that I liked.

    2- “My Heart is Either Broken” by Megan Abbott read by Jake Weber. Couple whose child is abducted. Effective examination of some of the subtle and not-so-subtle ways life can change when tragedy strikes. Best story so far, compelling characters.

    3- “Nora’s Song” by Cecelia Holland read by Harriet Walter. Historical fiction – Britain 1100s King Henry II. Despite having read all of Shakespeare’s history plays, I still have trouble distinguishing one British from another, so this story just made me feel stupid for not knowing who all these royal personages were so I gave up about halfway through.

    4- “The Hands That Are Not There” by Melinda Snodgrass read by Jonathan Frakes – The best thing about this story was Jonathan Frakes. Silly me, I expected an anthology about dangerous women to feature enlightened ideas about women. Instead I had to listen to this totally male-centered wet dream about human-alien sex with a woman who was genetically part cat and . . . wait for it . . . is also a pole dancer. Blech.

    5- “Bombshells” by Jim Butcher - A Harry Dresden story – read by Emily Rankin. Wizards and Faeries and vampires and werewolves, all wrapped up in a Sam Spade package. I’m just not that into detective fiction and since I have never read any Harry Dresden stories, this one about a female wizard who apparently worshipped him through a dozen books (until he was killed off in the last one) just couldn’t capture my interest. I quit about ¼ of the way through.

    6- “Raisa Stepanova” by Carrie Vaughn read by Inna Korobkina. Another story I just couldn’t see through to the end. This entry in the alternate history category was uneven, unmotivated and incredibly derivative. Uneven because scenes of the young heroine being jealous of another girl in her fighter squadron who is prettier and more successful were juxtaposed with scenes of said girls piloting Russian aircraft in WWII, trying their damnedest to shoot down enough Germans to become Flying Aces. Unmotivated because absolutely no explanation was given as to why there was an entire unit of Russian girl fighter pilots in WWII—I like my alt hist to have at least some raison d’être. Derivative because I felt like the plot was lifted from some “B” Hollywood movie of the 1940’s, dialog intact, the only thing changed being the sex of the characters.


    7- “Wrestling Jesus” by Joe R. Lansdale read by Scott Brick. Two fist fights in the first ten minutes, all between men. I stopped listening, even though the fantastic Scott Brick was reading.

    8- “Neighbors” by Megan Lindholm read by Lee Meriwether. This author is more commonly known as Robin Hobbs. It grabbed me right from the start. The female protagonist is, refreshingly, not a 24-year-old babe, but rather a woman who is elderly. The story is about growing old, losing yourself, time (or the lack thereof), and much more. There is an element of the fantastical, but it is a pretty straightforward story, and the best in the book. Lee Meriwether did a nice job narrating.

    9- “I Know How to Pick ’Em” by Lawrence Block read by Jake Weber – This was so full of clichés I thought I was listening to an episode of “Guy Noir” on A Prairie Home Companion. It started out with two guys getting into a bar fight over a gorgeous woman, bad enough, but then got even worse when the “winner” took the woman to his car in the parking lot, fantasizing all the way about how he wanted to throw her down between the cars and do her right there on the gravel. This was presented as a totally normal thing for the guy to be thinking. Maybe if the woman had been psychic and she had kicked him in the balls right there, I would have kept reading. But this was not a scifi story so . . . stopped listening and moved on to the next story.

    10- “Shadows For Silence in the Forests of Hell” by Brandon Sanderson read by Claudia Black
    This was my second-favorite story in the collection, and Claudia Black (Farscape and Stargate) gave a fantastic performance. Despite the contrived title and fantasy setting, I found myself immediately drawn in. The world was extremely interesting, as was the protagonist, a woman who is past her prime, but still able to use her well-honed skills and hard-won wisdom to protect what is hers. This was the first thing I’d ever read by Sanderson, although several friends have been telling me I need to read his books. I will definitely be picking one up very soon!

    11- “A Queen in Exile” by Sharon Kay Penman read by Harriet Walter – Germany, 1189
    By this point in the book, I must admit, my attention span was lagging badly. I’m just not interested in historical fiction, so I simply skipped this one.

    12- “The Girl in the Mirror” by Lev Grossman - A Magicians story read by Sophie Turner
    When I realized this was a follow-up to an existing fantasy series I had not read and never plan on reading, I decided to skip right over this one, too.

    13- “Second Arabesque, Very Slowly” by Nancy Kress read by Janis Ian. The premise was promising: in about the year 2016, a virus swept the world that rendered nearly all of the women infertile (okay, stolen from Handmaid’s Tale, but still interesting). The story is set some 50 or more years in the future, and describes a new society that has emerged in which girls are precious and fertile women are fiercely protected by their clans. This all by itself would have made for an interesting story, but then the plot takes a weird turn to the left when these hunter-gatherers stumble into Lincoln Center. Yes, the one in New York City. And they (miracle of miracles!) find a working VCR and monitor, which (yet another miracle!) still functions because there’s some kind of generator WITH GAS (for those of you who are counting, that’s miracle number three in as many minutes). So they are able to watch a couple of videos of ballet dancers in action. And in the blink of an eye, one of the boys, who by all accounts has spent his entire life traipsing through ruined cities and scavenging the detritus of a civilization he could barely comprehend, decides to defy every one of his clan’s rules because he “HAS to dance.” HUH?? I found this reaction so completely unlikely that the rest of the story just seemed silly to me. And he seemed like the dangerous one, the one to defy authority, as opposed to the women. So, in my mind a rather unsuccessful story in the end.

    14- “City Lazarus” by Diana Rowland read by Scott Brick. I have read all of Rowland’s Zombie books and loved them. Scott Brick is one of my favorite narrators. But twenty minutes into this story, I couldn’t really figure out what it was about (other than being set in a post-global warming New Orleans). Add to that the fact that all the women were described like they were sex kittens and the main characters were all men, and the result was disappointing. I expected more out of Rowland, whose female protagonist in her New-Orleans based zombie series could have been the cover girl for a book called Dangerous Women. Sorry, Diana, I just couldn’t finish this story.

    15- “Virgins” by Diana Gabaldon - An Outlander story read by Alan Scott Douglas. France, 1740
    Another historical fiction story. Based on a set of books of which I actually have read two or three. But that was a long time ago. Decided to skip this one.

    16- “Hell Hath No Fury” by Sherilynn Kenyon read by Jenna Lamia. In the author bio that preceded the story, it said Ms. Kenyon had written a 22-volume paranormal romance series. Still, I gave it a chance. The writing wasn’t bad, but it turned out to be a ghost story about a Native American woman who had cursed a town. It was feeling like an episode of Ghost Hunters. Please, I need more in a story than people arguing about whether to stay in a haunted forest or leave. I stopped listening at about the 18 minute mark when the characters were still arguing.

    17- “Pronouncing Doom” by S.M. Stirling - An Emberverse story read by Stana Katic. I have read “Dies the Fire,” the original book in the Emberverse series, and while it was not a bad book, I had no desire to return to that alternate history. Still, since it was sort of scifi, I waded in. Yet another clan doing its nomadic gathering thing, but they are forced to pause in order to execute a man who has done Something Bad. The clan leader is a woman, which seemed promising, but then there was this lame description of all these people wearing kilt-like getups made out of blankets they scavenged from a department store and I just couldn’t go on. For the record, that was around the 20 minute mark.

    18- “Name the Beast” by Sam Sykes read by Claudia Black. The combo of a new author I had never heard of and Claudia Black’s narration made me very eager to start this story. I don’t know if it was the narration or the writing, but I simply couldn’t figure out what was going on in this story. There was a mother and a father and a daughter, who were part of some sort of jungle tribe. The daughter was on a coming-of-age quest to kill a beast. For a while, it seemed the story was going to have a rather amusing, Ransom-of-Red-Chief quality to it, as the little girl cannot stop talking long enough to stalk her animal prey. But the mother was perpetually mean and dismissive of her own daughter, and there was some back story about the father being from a different tribe, or maybe it was the mother who was a “foreigner” . . . this is where things got confusing for me. The humor ended and I couldn’t follow the reasons for what was happening, so I moved on to the next story.

    19- “Caretakers” by Pat Cadigan read by Janis Ian. Two sisters watch lots of reality tv shows about female serial killers. Meanwhile, their mother lays dying in a nursing home. I can see where this is going from miles away and hit the fast-forward button.

    20- “Lies My Mother Told Me” by Caroline Spector - A Wild Cards story read by Maggi-Meg Reed. Perhaps by this point I am suffering from extreme story fatigue, because I listen to about 5 minutes and decide I can’t understand what is going on. Looking at some of the other reviews and thinking maybe I need to go back and give this one another listen.

    21- “The Princess and the Queen” by George R.R. Martin - A Song of Ice and Fire story read by Iain Glen. I have read and enjoyed some of George R.R. Martin’s scifi, but just could not make myself listen to more than about two minutes of the fake history of the fake war that the bards call the Dance of the Dragon but which should by all rights be called the Slaughter of the Dragon . . . blah blah blah.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Palmer, AK, United States 03-31-14
    Jason Palmer, AK, United States 03-31-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Horrid compilation of stories"

    Several of these authors must have thought the title was just slutty women or confusing women as I found very little dangerous about them. I think part of my problem with this anthology was that the authors and genres were too diverse. The two historical fiction pieces were interesting. The western wasn't my thing. I enjoyed one piece about the old lady whose kids were going to put her in a nursing home.

    I mainly bought this one for Jim Butcher's contribution as I'm a big Harry Dresden fan. Having a Brandon Sanderson story was a bonus, though this wasn't one of his more compelling pieces...it's gotta be hard for him to write something so short.

    I gave up on reading George Martin's stuff after the the second Song of Ice and Fire book because he was just to crass and violent for my taste. I was surprised that his story in this book was bearable.

    Overall, I didn't enjoy this book enough to recommend it to anyone. At some point the copyright to Butcher and Sanderson's work will revert back to them and they'll release the stories in some other way.

    7 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    QueenEve 04-13-17
    QueenEve 04-13-17
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    "Wonderfully devious, leaves you wanting more!"

    Deliciously talented troupe of writers! Imagine trying to put a collection like this together on your own,.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew 04-10-17
    Matthew 04-10-17 Member Since 2014
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    "A very mixed bag"

    A number of these stories are excellent, others respectable, and a few more - while well-written - aren't terribly on theme or enjoyable.

    Subjects range from Supernatural Horror to Gritty Western to Modern Noir. And, of course, Martin's endpiece is fantastic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer NY 03-16-17
    Amazon Customer NY 03-16-17 Member Since 2016
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    "better than listening to the radio"

    better than listening to the same song on the radio being played over and over again

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