In Charlaine Harris' "Bacon", a beautiful vampire joins forces with a witch from an ancient line to find out who killed her beloved husband.
In "Seeing Eye", by Patricia Briggs, a blind witch helps sexy werewolf Tom Franklin find his missing brother - and helps him in more ways than either of them ever suspected.
And in Jim Butcher's "Last Call", wizard Harry Dresden takes on the darkest of dark powers - the ones who dare to mess with his favorite beer.
For anyone who's ever wondered what lies beyond the limits of reality, who's imagined the secret spaces where witches wield fearsome magic, come and drink deep. Let yourself fall under the spell of this bewitching collection!
©2009 St. Martin's; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
I own this book in paper, mostly because of my hero Jim Butcher, but I enjoy several of the other authors as well, and this collection has some good stories. I bought the audio book because I like to 're-read' things and have a long commute everyday. Most of the people selected to narrate these stories were just not pleasant to listen to, especially for the Jim Butcher selection, which really was a disappointment.
I am a great fan of the urban fantasy genre and also of things Celtic. I realize that current stories of the supernatural often include Irish and Scottish references. I was appalled at the pronunciation of fairly common celtic words and idioms. Samhain is never, as far as I know, pronounced SAM-hain, it is SOW-in; Seamus is not SEE-mus, but SHAY-mus; likewise Riordan is pronounced REAR-don, not ree-OR-din, etc.. This was extremely distracting and spoiled the experience of a good anthology. Whoever chooses the readers should at the very least check to see if they know how to pronounce the words contained in the stories. This would have been a simple process, especially with the resources of the internet. I cannot recommend this recording. Read the book!
Patricia Briggs, Jim Butcher, Rachel Caine, Caren Chance, PN Elrod, Charlaine Harris....et al. did a fine job of mixing up stories. (No Sookie from Charlaine, but I liked it). Anthologies offer a person a chance to hear new authors, and old authors writing different styles. I enjoyed 90% of this and I do with most para normal anthologies. Don't expect the same old thing and allow yourself to enjoy.
I already liked Patricia Briggs, and now I have some other authors to check out. I wasn't disappointed in any of the stories, which is great for an anthology. The stories and charaterization were engaging and intelligent, well delivered and not unnecessarily pessimistic or arty (in the depressing pointless fiction sense). Well done.
I bought this compilation because I am a fan of several of the writers. However, I have to say I was somewhat disappointed in the quality of several of the stories. If your not a regular reader of some of these already established characters it may be confusing. I've always felt a short story should stand on its own rather than a continuation of an existing "universe" or storyline.
Charlaine Harris' story Bacon is in the same universe of the Sookie Stackhouse series but the story itself is a stand-alone with new characters. The reader is excellent.
However, Jim Butcher's story is the same character I've read in other compilations and I still feel I am missing something. I've not read any of the Dresden books.
Patricia Brigss and Rachel Caine deliver good stories with emotion. And the readers are interesting.
PN Elrod's contribution was ridiculous and I feel completely incongruous with the overall theme of the rest of the stories. The reader is awful. I had to skip two thirds of the story.
I wish the regular narrators of the series' would be the ones doing the short stories
I got this to listen to since I loved reading it. The narrators on a whole are much to chipper sounding for the theme of this book, for me. I quit 1/2 way through, but may go back later. The narration was too distracting for me having been familiar with the book, so I was a little more biased than I might have been otherwise.
Many say I am easily entertained because I have given many 5star ratings, but I KNOW what I like, have my favorites, and choose accordingly.
Faith Hunter's story of course!
Pretty much all anthologies.
I love when an author in an anthology separates out their story and does its an ebook novella and then offers the audio of the single authors story. I also enjoy when an author does a book of all of the novellas together from different anthologies and does a special book and audio of only their stories.
An avid reader and listener with eclectic tastes... One unifying them is my love of humor, mystery and great narration.
Given that this is a collection of short stories I anticipated that I may not connect with every story but that there would be a few to stand out. Unfortunately, many of the stories had slow pacing or were narrated poorly.
I like some of them individually but this was tough going
Written better stories
There were several, some were ok but I found some very shrill and couldn't listen
I purchased this audio book to get a taste of some authors which had been recommended to me (of all the authors included in the compilation I have never read any other books by them).
I enjoyed all the stories in this compilation, although from personal taste I liked some better than others.
"Dipping Your Toe In"
Consider this an audiobook equivalent of 'dipping your toe in the water first' before committing to the swim. The field of sci fi fantasy has a bewildering level of choice and I thought this audiobook was brilliant because it gives you a snapshot of authors works to experience all with their own styles. Everyone is bound to find a future favorite author who's works to pursue! The choice of narrators is excellent and each allow you to get lost in the story for a while.
I'm not normally one for short stories but I really enjoyed listening to this collection. It's a good way to discover new authors and also to hear new stories from favourite ones. I'll certainly be checking out some of the contributors.
Book overall rating ★★★★★ Stars
Thoroughly enjoyed this collection of stories, the best anthology I have read so far
Top Three stories: ‘’Seeing Eye’’ by Patricia Briggs, ‘’Last Call’’ by Jim Butcher & ‘’Vegas Odds’’ by Karen Chance
1. ‘’Seeing Eye" – Book 1.5 (Alpha & Omega) by Patricia Briggs ★★★★★
2. ‘’Last Call" – Book 10.7 (The Dresden Files) by Jim Butcher ★★★★★
3. ‘’Death Warmed Over" – Part 1 (Holly & Andrew) by Rachel Caine ★★★★
4. ‘’Vegas Odds" – Part 2 (The Lia de Croisset's Stories) by Karen Chance ★★★★★
5. ‘’Hecate’s Golden Eye" – Book 11.5 (Vampire Files) by P.N. Elrod ★★★★
6. ‘’Bacon’’ (Sookie Stackhouse World– A Dahlia Story) by Charlaine Harris ★★★★
7. ‘’Signature of the Dead"– Bk 0.5 (Jane Yellowrock) by Faith Hunter ★★★★★ (Molly’s POV)
8. ‘’Ginger" – Book 3.5 (Nocturne City) by Caitlin Kittredge – ★★★
9. ‘’Dark Sins" – Book 1.5 (Cin Craven) by Jenna Maclaine ★★★★½ (Great story lead me to read all of the Cin Craven books and greatly enjoyed them too)
(Holly & Andrew) by Rachel Caine
(Holly & Andrew Part 1) found in- ‘Strange Brew’- "Death Warmed Over"
(Holly & Andrew Part 2) found in- ‘Hex Appeal’- "Holly’s Balm"
(Holly & Andrew Part 3) found in- ‘Kicking It’- " Forked Tongues"
(The Lia de Croisset's Stories) by Karen Chance
(War Mage Corps & Were Politics from The World of Dorina Basarab & Cassandra Palmer)
(Lia de Croisset' Part 1) found in- 'Wolfsbane and Mistletoe’- "Rogue Elements"
(Lia de Croisset' Part 2) found in- ‘Strange Brew’- ‘’Vegas Odds’’
(Lia de Croisset' Part 3) found in- ‘Inked’- ‘’Skin Deep’’
“Seeing Eye” by Patricia Briggs - A Tom Franklin & Moira Keller Story, how they met and Moira’s back story (Tom & Moira were featured in The Alpha & Omega Series Book 2 'Hunting Ground')
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