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Unfettered Audiobook

Unfettered: Tales By Masters of Fantasy

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Publisher's Summary

You define life or it defines you. In Shawn Speakman’s case, it was both. Lacking health insurance and diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2011, Shawn quickly accrued a massive medical debt that he did not have the ability to pay. That’s when New York Times best-selling author Terry Brooks offered to donate a short story that Shawn could sell to help alleviate those bills - and suggested he ask the same of his other writer friends. Unfettered is the result: An anthology built in order to relieve that debt, featuring short stories by some of the best fantasy writers in the genre.

Twenty-three tales comprise this incredible collection, and as the title suggests, the writers were free to contribute whatever they wished. Here is the table of contents:

  • Foreword by Patrick Rothfuss
  • Introduction: On Becoming Unfettered
  • Imaginary Friends by Terry Brooks
  • How Old Holly Came to Be by Patrick Rothfuss
  • The Old Scale Game by Tad Williams
  • Game of Chance by Carrie Vaughn
  • The Martyr of the Roses by Jacqueline Carey
  • Mudboy by Peter V. Brett
  • The Sound of Broken Absolutes by Peter Orullian
  • The Coach with Big Teeth by R. A. Salvatore
  • Keeper of Memory by Todd Lockwood
  • Heaven in a Wild Flower by Blake Charlton
  • Dogs by Daniel Abraham
  • The Chapel Perilous by Kevin Hearne
  • Select Mode by Mark Lawrence
  • All the Girls Love Michael Stein by David Anthony Durham
  • Strange Rain by Jennifer Bosworth
  • Nocturne by Robert V. S. Redick
  • Unbowed by Eldon Thompson
  • In Favour with Their Stars by Naomi Novik
  • River of Souls by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson
  • The Jester by Michael J. Sullivan
  • The Duel by Lev Grossman
  • Walker and the Shade of Allanon by Terry Brooks
  • The Unfettered Knight by Shawn Speakman

    With the help of stalwart friends and these wonderful short stories, Shawn has taken the gravest of life’s hardships and created something magical. Unfettered is not only a fantastic anthology in its own right, but it’s a testament to the generosity found in the science fiction and fantasy community—proof that humanity can give beyond itself when the need arises. After all, isn’t that the driving narrative in fantasy literature?

    ©2013 Shawn Speakman (P)2013 Audible Inc.

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    Countryguru RUTHER GLEN, VIRGINIA, US 04-08-14
    Countryguru RUTHER GLEN, VIRGINIA, US 04-08-14 Member Since 2007

    Sci fi and fantasy is where I live. I read not to escape , but to enjoy the thoughts and dreams of my fellow Earthlings and Others. Peace !

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    "A great getaway!!"
    What did you love best about Unfettered?

    A good choice for those times When you need to relax and get away from the hectic adventuring ,and stress of the epic novels' These short tales are well read' And well worth a good listen



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    Anthrotales 06-14-14
    Anthrotales 06-14-14
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    "An Agonizing Listen"
    Would you try another book from the authors and/or the narrators?

    Listening to this series of stories is like trying to recover valuables from a home after it's been ravaged by a tornado. You labor to move heavy beams, walls, and cement blocks. Finally you find what looks to be a cherished item, only to discover it's broken in some way. You move, disappointed and disillusioned through the recovery process, searching for the next item. Only after painstaking effort do you find a small collection of valuable items and cherished memories.Listening to this book is much like that recovery effort.


    What was most disappointing about the authors’s story?

    Most of the stories in this collection go nowhere. Oh, they are well written and most paint very realistic worlds, but listening to them is like driving alone around the Monaco race course. While the scenery may be interesting you're going nowhere and there's no purpose.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    There were a few gems in this series. Kevin Hearne's story for example, There are others, but they are rare.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I'm thoroughly disappointed in this collection. While listening, or reading, collections can be iffy, and there's always one or two, even by a favorite author, that are less than satisfactory, I didn't expect most of a collection to be so devastatingly disappointing.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    pseudonymous CA United States 02-26-14
    pseudonymous CA United States 02-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Depressing"

    A very depressing compilation of senseless stories. Perhaps Masters of Fantasy can't write short stories because they don't have space to build the worlds.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah winona lake, IN, United States 03-01-14
    Sarah winona lake, IN, United States 03-01-14
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    "Dissapointed"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you enjoy thoughtful introspective stories or WTF moments, and if you don't mind a compendium of stories that feature only a handful of resolutions go for it.


    Has Unfettered turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It has definitely warned me away from short story compilations. This was my first... probably my last.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Most of the narrators did a pretty good job... there just wasn't much to bring to life.


    What character would you cut from Unfettered?

    I think that in the case of a short story compilation, a more appropriate question would be, which stories would you cut.

    I would cut all of them but the music one, and the one about the keeper of memories.


    Any additional comments?

    Meh.

    7 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Larkins 09-23-16
    Larkins 09-23-16
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    "great!"

    Some of the stories are totally weird and I didn't understand them. others are good and then end depressingly. But the good ones are absolutely fantastic and worth suffering through the few that are odd.

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    Sue Opp Puyallup 05-24-16
    Sue Opp Puyallup 05-24-16 Member Since 2005

    Sue

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    "The success of this collection"

    Is in its origins. The giving of the products of ones imagination for the benefit of another makes this a worthy effort by all those involved. As with any collections I felt there were a few outstanding stories and a few I cared little for but it was worth the listen.

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    JB 04-20-16
    JB 04-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "mixed bag. overall pretty good. some standouts."

    pretty good book for a good cause. some cool stories. found some authors I would like to read more from.

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    Selena 04-12-16
    Selena 04-12-16 Member Since 2014
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    "A Mixed Bag"

    Several of the stories are beautiful, amazingly well written, and powerful. Others...not so much. Still others seemed very out of place in the anthology, but considering how it came to be, is understandable.

    The Sound of Broken Absolutes, The Unfettered Knight, and Every Girl Loves Michael Stein are must reads/listens, IMO.

    Others like Dogs are good, but a complete break in genre compared to the rest of the stories. There were a couple that were just plain bad in my opinion, a few that were meh. But there's enough really good stuff to make it worth your while.

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    Patrick Noffsinger 03-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great stories by great writers"

    A good introduction to a wide variety of talented writers.

    Five more words required to write a review. I felt like my first sentence was sufficient. This paragraph is just filler.

    I'm done. Get on about your business. This review was over two paragraphs ago.

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    Amazon Customer 02-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    "a collaborative effort by some of the worlds Mo's popular authors"

    A collection that ranges from dragons,swords,magic, and of course adventures brought to you by one easy to read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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