A thrilling collection of 21 original stories by an all-star list of contributors - including a new A Game of Thrones story by George R. R. Martin!
If you’re a fan of fiction that is more than just black and white, this latest story collection from number-one New York Times best-selling author George R. R. Martin and award-winning editor Gardner Dozois is filled with subtle shades of gray. Twenty-one all-original stories, by an all-star list of contributors, will delight and astonish you in equal measure with their cunning twists and dazzling reversals. And George R. R. Martin himself offers a brand-new A Game of Thrones tale chronicling one of the biggest rogues in the entire history of Ice and Fire.
Follow along with the likes of Gillian Flynn, Joe Abercrombie, Neil Gaiman, Patrick Rothfuss, Scott Lynch, Cherie Priest, Garth Nix, and Connie Willis, as well as other masters of literary sleight-of-hand, in this rogues gallery of stories that will plunder your heart - and yet leave you all the richer for it.
The full list of contributors includes Patrick Rothfuss. The full list of narrators includes Gwendoline Christie, Julia Whelan, Roy Dotrice, Phil Gigante, Ron Donachie, Morgan Sheppard, and Janis Ian.
©2014 Random House (P)2014 Random House Audio
On Audible since the late 1990s, mostly science fiction, fantasy, history & science. I rarely review 1-2 star books that I can't get through
Collections of short stories, especially collections with many readers and many authors, are very hit and miss on Audible. This is one of the better ones, though it comes with a caveat - the bad stories are pretty bad, and the bad readers even worse - so the four star rating requires you to skip around a bit. Others have pointed out that the chapters are a bit weird, but that is only for two or three stories, after which they serve as a useful way to skip. (I'll also provide guidance on where the stories are)
And you should make sure to catch the fantastic ones here:
Scott Lynch's (Chapters 16-33 in the Audibook) A Year and a Day in Old Therradain has all of the charm, wit, and worldbuilding of the best of Lies of Locke Lamora, but with a great new character and new setting. Oceans 11 in a fantasy world.
Joe Abercrombie (Chapter 3 in the Audiobook) offers a Ambercrombie-ish tale of an entire criminal underworld hunting a mysterious package among lies and complex plots that is fun and not nearly as dark as his other work. It is read by the same narrator as Lynch, who is great.
Garth Nix's Cargo of Ivories (Chapter 58) is a story from his latest series about a puppet wizard and a knight hunting dangerous gods. I love Nix's style, and this was a nice example of his more adult work, with some clever wit along with the action.
Rothfuss's Lightning Tree (Chapters 70-71) is the story of Bast, and his relationships and schemes in the town where Kvothe's Inn is located. Witty, fun, and, surprisingly, given Rothfuss's tendency for massive tomes, tightly written.
Gaiman's entry (Chapter 66) is a story from Neverwhere, and will appeal to you greatly if remember (and like!) that novel, but is likely be a bit confusing otherwise.
Martin's piece (the final chapter) is more of a history of some pre-Game of Thrones events, you will enjoy it if you like history and the GoT universe (which I do), otherwise it will feel like a list of names and dates.
There are others that are good. I don't usually read mysteries, but I enjoyed a couple of them a lot (Big Brass and the second story, What Would You Do?), I also really liked a couple of weirder stories - Tawny Petticoats by Swanick and Inn of the Seven Blessings by Hughes. You may have different favorites.
Sometimes the readers are terrible and the stories are good, and sometimes the opposite is true. Overall, though, it is a terrific collection, if you are willing to skip around to find the gems and aren't annoyed that some of the stories are disappointing.
Over all this was a good experience and I would like to see more such compilations. Here are my thoughts and ratings out of 10. Pardon my spelling - not familiar with some words/names - as it's audible:
1 Tough Times all over - Joe Abercrombie (6) Good narrator. About a stolen package that everyone wants. A bit convaluted.
2 What do you do?- Gillian Flynn (8) A unique female rougue and good female narr ator- twists in the story kept me interested.
3 Inn of the 7 Blessings- Matthew Hughes (8) Roy Dotrice is great and was good story about outsmarting wizards.
4 Bent Twig - Joe R Landsdale (7) Different modern day intrigue with fun texas accents about a PI searching for lost stepdaughter
5 Tawny Petticoats - Michael Swanwick (5) Dogman & zombies - strange tale in futuristic New Orleans. Its about a simple con game but if you like weird - this is it.
6 Providence - David W Ball (7) Long story about how painting was lost in WW2
7 Roaring Twenties - Carrie Vaughn (3) Boring and narrator is janis ian who is dull and has weird accent
8 A year and a day in old Therradain - Scott Lynch (7) Weird female characters/monsters and very wizardy. Good female narrator same as #1
9 Bad Brass - Bradley Dendon (8) Well read and fun story about down and out teacher.
10 Heavy metal - Sherie Priest (7) Odd hero story about a big imposing PI protecting us from nasty things.
11 The meaning of love - Daniel Abraham (7) Interesting and unique topic - a bit predictable - but well done.
12 A better way to die - Paul Cornell (5) Roy could not save this one. Odd story about 18th century man meeting his younger self through time travel.
13 Ill scene in Tyre - Steven Salor (6) Historical mystery genre set in Ancient times. fun story
14 A Cargo of Ivories - Garth Nicks (8) Master and puppet -strangely appealing if you accept that his sidekick is a puppet.
15 Diamonds from Tequila - Walter John Williams (9) Innovative ideas mixed into a good murder mystery. Good listen.
16 Caravan to No Where - Phyllis Eisentein (9) Gripping and good character development - I want to read more of her stuff.
17 The Curious Affair of the Dead Wives - Lisa Tuttle (8) Slow start but gets better
18 How the Marquis Got his Coat Back - Neil Gamon (9) Marquis de Carabas - Very compelling story
19 Now Showing - Connie Willis (7) Weird Movie saga
20 The Lightning Tree Patrick Rothfuss - (10) Awesome - Bast is profiled and he is wickedly lovable.
21 The Rogue Prince or a Kings Brother - George RR Martin (7) Too much geneology - Not Game of Thrones quality and Roy does not read it.
This is an anthology. I can't believe Audible puts this out without listing chapters. If you lose your place or want to jump back or forward you have to scrub the time bar or tap the 30 second refresh. It's absurd to put out a 30 hr collection of short stories and dump it onto your device without a way to navigate through the book shame on you!
No. I should have bought the hard copy. Most of the narrators were difficult to endure. Despite the claim that GRRM narrates, actually Dotrice does the intros to and some of the stories, and has a stop-and-start breathing pattern that is annoying (especially when he is reading the author credits, ad nauseum). GRRM is fine, though. I like Gwedolyn Christie as an actress, but her English accent is just too mincy and erratically modulated for my tastes. On the other hand, Coneith Hill does a great job reading, as does (of course) Scott Brick. Janis Ian is, once again, great as a narrator. I bought this book mainly for the Rothfuss/Bast story. I should have just gotten the hardcover or read it in the library. Perhaps it is my aging hearing, but starting and stopping sentences on very low pitches, running rapidly through text without a breath, and bad (not different, just poorly done) accents make these hard to follow. I found myself skipping many stories partway through each, though if I get the hard cover I will give them a try again.
"Wan't him." When he does narrate, he is fine.
Perhaps a mini series would be interesting.
I hesitate to say I found most of the stories boring, because I think it was just my reaction to the narration. But, I did skip through a LOT of them. Will likely turn this book back in.
I will be honest, I was looking for and have only listened to the GRRM story in the compilation. In that, I was very happy. I was given another chunk of the history of Westeros, a place that I find so very interesting and intriguing.
Keep writing George! I need more of this wonderful universe you have crafted!
I don't have a comparison given that it is short stories but they are largely well written and compelling stories that are entertaining and well narrated. I absolutely LOVE Gwendoline Christie's narration! Can't get enough of her!
A depth of characters and fullness of story
More Gwendoline Christie!!! She is a fabulous narrator with a soothing voice, excellent diction and pronunciation, and that beautiful accent! She has a wonderful talent and brings the story to life.
I enjoy reading fantasy, crime and mystery thrillers, as well as historical novels.
I would recommend this to anyone who loves short stories with rogue heroes and fans of authors such as George R R Martin and Patrick Rothfuss.
With so many wonderful authors and narrators this is an excellent collection of stories. It contains a wonderful story from Patrick Rothfuss and an extract from George R R Martin's upcoming The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and The Game of Thrones.
martin and Abercrombie are predictably good, and Rothfuss is predictably mediocre I really don't get why he is so popular.
its a treat to hear roy dotrice read anything ,(neal gaiman should be read by him exclusively imo) and there is thankfully only a little scott brick you can get through it but really the only great story is martins .
as always please help stop scott brick and john lee ruining good stories by reading them aloud.
I have no idea. I haven't read it.
I really liked the story about Amaryl, the Duchess Unseen.
I just think his mention makes you more likely to buy it.
No. Too long, and short story format.
It was well worth it. Even after the road trip, I am still listening.
"All the best in one place, what's not to like!"
What a lot of content for 1 credit :) I have not listened to all of this yet and I have skipped to my Favourite authors so far, but will definitely listen to all. The main draw for me was to get a chance to hear some more from Kvothe and Bast from the King Killer series (books 1+2 only) which I have just finished and was left wanting more. Then Joe Abercrombie & Neil Gaiman who I love to listen to and George R R Martin & Scott Lynch who I will now go on to listen to more of! If you are curious about any of these authors/stories or already know and love some of them what a fantastic chance maybe find something new or expand on an existing series. Well worth 1 credit even if you don't like it all. - P.S the Bast Story is very good :)
"Some of my favourites"
This has three amazing short stories from my favorite authors - Neil Gaiman, Patrick Rothfuss and Mr Martin himself.
All three of those are stories that expand upon those that I've been waiting for a sequel for: Neverwhere, The Kingkiller Chronicles and The Song of Ice and Fire
The final story has a much better narrator than George's other works. Personally I don't take to short stories that much, but the quality of these makes up for it.
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