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.
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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.
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.
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!
I enjoyed the majority of the short stories; I leaned more towards sci-fi fantasy for I'm a sci-fi buff. The different narrators gave it something extra: Rupert Degras, Gwendoline Christie, and
Conleth Hill, David Greenlee, Harriet Walter - excellent. Authors: Scott Lynch, Daniel Abraham, Walter Jon Williams, Joe Abercrombie, Lisa Tuttle and Patrick Rothfuss - I must read more ....Gilian Flynn - mystery stories - you got me interested...George R. R. Martin - 2 words - More Please ...I guess everyone can spot a rogue in themselves through all these short stories... Glad I got a chance to 😉😊
Some of the stories and the narration aren't so great but there are some absolutely fantastic ones as well. I enjoyed it enough that I actually bought a hard copy for my library.
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.
The voice acting was excellent.
The stories were a mixed bag. There were a couple gems that were extremely entertaining. It was a nice mix of different types of stories. My two favorites were Gyllian Flynn's upbeat and surprising modern young rogue and Patrick Rothfuss's fun day in the life of Bast.
However, more than half were dull. Most notably the final story by George RR Martin; it was written in the style of a historiography, chronicling the reign of King Viserys. Sooo dull. It took every interesting bit out. It read more like the outline of a good story that he couldn't be bothered to flesh out.
I'm not a SiFi fan because listening to unknown creatures and names that are hard to pronounce, make it difficult to keep up with the story. I liked about 5 of the stories in this book. However, I listen to books that the narrator has a wide range of voices, and these story narrators did not. A few had the same voice for all characters and kept repeating , "he said," or "she said," which I found quite annoying and didn't finish the story.
I would not recommend this audio book.
Most stories & readers were excellent (5*) Fun variety of characters & genres. A couple were tedious, surprisingly including GRR Martin's prequel to Song of Ice & Fire - like reading the "begats" in Genesis. Ah, well. But many authors I now want to read more of. Happily, each story begins on a chapter break, so it's easy to skip a story you dislike. Well worth it.
Only a few stories that were worth the listen, it felt like George R.R Martin threw a lot of them in as filler.
Best thing about the book was the Lightning tree story by Patrick rothfuss, which is all about Bast from the kingkiller chronicles. Which was awsome by the way!
Which to be fair was one of the main reasons for me buying Rogues.
George R.R Martins spin off story from the world of game of thrones felt more like a timeline then an actual story, rather disappointed.
I feel it was a good idea, but the majority of the stories didn't quite cut it. Maybe if it was all spin off stories from a particular genre it could work.
Yes more Patrick rothfuss stories please
"A good, long and varied listen."
Varied, consistently good.
I'd compare it to Dangerous Women, as it's the same idea of an anthology, but I'd say Rogues is actually the better of the two books.
Well he only reads the Introductory section, but to be fair I would probably have skipped that if I'd read the book, instead of listened to it.
As for the other narrators, a separate one for each story, they vary from acceptable to really good. Conleth Hill is probably the best, his skill at reading the different voices outstrips the other, still talented, readers.
I listened to this on my walk to work every morning, a situation it is very well suited to. In purchasing the one book you get access to a whole host of stories from different authors in sometimes wildly different genres, but all with the connecting thread of the Rogue. Definitely worth the listen.
"Varied and generally good"
It's a really nice mix of different stories and narrators, the narrators have been chosen well for the stories. Because the stories are all starring a rogue, the rogue can be anything or anyone and this gives some interesting variety I did not expect. I purchased this for the Patrick Rothfuss story mainly but have ended up purchasing books from several other authors also featured.
"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.
"Could do better"
Probably suit someone eager to get some sleep,
Heavily accented American
Most of the first few stories, too rambling with too much unnecessary swearing and mysogeny.
The promise of a game of thrones/ice and fire side-story did not make up for the long winded and irritatingly performed stories. I don't need to hear a biog of the author, or the constant reference to the prizes they've been awarded. The stories should speak for themselves and not raise expectations.
I had hoped that the 30 hours of audio would last me a month or so but ended up skimming through them to try to find something to justify buying it.
"A good start but turned mediocre quickly"
The size of the book attracted me as I do a lot if travelling so 31 hrs looked good value & the write up promised a good book. The initial authors (collection of short stories) were interesting and their stories were well written & orated. However, after only a few I realised the stories were becoming the same - not much content, lots of waffle and in places hard to see the point. Very disappointing
"Lg collection, good value, needed filtering"
Some real gems, but a lot of chaff ...
Treasures include: “Provenance” by David Ball, “The Meaning of Love” by Daniel Abraham, "Ill Seen in Tyre" by Steven Saylor, “The Caravan to Nowhere” by Phyllis Eisenstein, “The Curious Affair of the Dead Wives” by Lisa Tuttle, “The Lightning Tree” by Patrick Rothfuss and “The Rogue Prince, or, the King’s Brother” by George R.R. Martin
This Audio book lead me to "Hunter's Run", a great adventure but a bit heavy on the bad language.
As with all compilations, some are better than others. overall good though. Will get others.
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