People have been telling stories about warriors for as long as they have been telling stories. Since Homer first sang of the wrath of Achilles and the ancient Sumerians set down their tales of Gilgamesh, warriors, soldiers, and fighters have fascinated us; they are a part of every culture, every literary tradition, every genre. All Quiet on the Western Front, From Here to Eternity, and The Red Badge of Courage have become part of our literary canon, taught in classrooms all around the country and the world.
Our contributors make up an all-star lineup of award-winning and best-selling writers, representing a dozen different publishers and as many genres. We asked each of them for the same thing: a story about a warrior. Some chose to write in the genre they’re best known for. Some decided to try something different. You will find warriors of every shape, size, and color here, warriors from every epoch of human history, from yesterday and today and tomorrow, and from worlds that never were. Some of the stories will make you sad, some will make you laugh, and many will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Every story in this volume appears here for the first time. Included are: a long novella from the world of his Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin, a new tale of “Lord John” by Diana Gabaldon, an “Emberverse” story by S. M. Stirling, a “Forever Peace” story by Joe Haldeman, and a long tale of humanity at bay by David Weber. Also present are original stories by David Ball, Peter S. Beagle, Lawrence Block, Gardner Dozois, Robin Hobb, Cecelia Holland, Joe R. Lansdale, David Morrell, Naomi Novik, James Rollins, Steven Saylor, Robert Silverberg, Carrie Vaughn, Howard Waldrop, and Tad Williams.
Many of these writers are best sellers. All of them are storytellers of the highest quality. Together they make a volume of unforgettable listening.
©2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.; ©2011 George R.R. Martin
Many of the stories are over two and a half or three and a half hours, the better ones are. I found the stories by S.M. Sterling, David Weber, Robbin Hobb, Joe Halderman, David Morrell, Robert Silverberg, Diana Gabaldon, and George R.R. Martin, I found to be excellent. The rest are good and I personally found only two that I truly didn't care for. That is personal taste. There is very different and diversified views of "War" and "Warriors" (taking into mind what is the definition of each).I found that for the cost, there were many hours of pleasurable listening for me. If you enjoy a wide verity of Si-Fi and Fantasy/Horror this may be something you will enjoy. If you are looking for a unique mix I think you will enjoy this. If you see a name like Diana Gabaldon and think it will be all like her work, leave it be, you'll be disappointed. I enjoy her work, but I like Silverberg, Hobb and Martin too. .
Laura the Listener
I didn't listen to every story in the book, because I was too distracted by the narrator. He was talented, but just not the right person for the book. It is hard to explain exactly what was wrong about his voice, but it was awkward hearing him talk about mature topics. He should limit his narrating to young adult books, and some nonfiction.
I liked some of the stories I listened to. Others were forgettable. I would recommend reading it instead of listening.
Avid reader and audiobook listener; I love paranormal lit, mysteries, historical fiction, romance, Brit-crime novels and thrillers.
I really should explain why I have given two stars. I purchased this audiobook for the short story "The Custom of the Army" by Diana Gabaldon. It is about Lord John Gray, a minor character from her tremendously successful "Outlander" series. Ms. Gabaldon created a spin-off series of novels and short stories with Lord John as the main character. These belong more to the mystery genre and tie in somewhat with the "Outlander" series (which is straight historical fiction), containing some great background information about its main character, Jamie Fraser. So it really behooves readers interested in both series of books to read/listen to all of the Lord John novels and short stories in order to understand more about Lord John, his life, and his relationship to the characters in the "Outlander" series. Ms. Gabaldon is quite clever and has written both series in a way that entwines Lord John and the Frasers and keeps her loyal readers anxiously awaiting every new story she writes.
That said, I was disappointed in the narrator, Patrick Lawlor. All of the other Lord John audiobooks have been narrated by Jeff Woodman, to whom I have grown accustomed. It was a bit distracting to listen to a Lord John story read by an American narrator with a dismal English accent.
I can not get past narrator, Patrick Lawlor. I wanted this book for the Lord John story by Diana Gabaldon. All of the other Lord John audio books have been narrated by Jeff Woodman - I found the Lord John books before I found Jamie Fraser, and enjoyed Jeff Woodman???s way of presenting the story - he has such energy and fits the part so well he made Lord John come to life for me - I love his voice and his style. I started the first story in Warriors and after struggling through it, I stopped and went on to something else. I tried again and listened to one more story and it was just painful to listen to. I have finally picked it up again and listened to two more stories, but I am not enjoying one minute. I plan to buy the book so I can read the Lord John story. I don't want to have this narrator's voice in my mind when I think of Lord John - I will just have to imagine through reading instead of listening. For me, this audio book did not work - awful awful reader. He is not a fit for any type of Warrior story. What a waste of a credit for me. I thought I might get used to the reader, but I can???t do it - I just can???t bring myself to listen to any more of this. I listen to dozens of books each year. Some readers don???t help the story, but this is first one that ruined it to the point of giving up on the whole book.
Being a fan of short stories and fantasy/sci-fi, I really wanted to like this book. Two things thwarted me in that goal: the editor made an executive decision to include stories from many different genres (to be fair, this could be a positive for some readers), and the male narrator Patrick Lawlor has an annoying, sing-song narration with a limited range of voices.
If you are a Martin Song of Ice and Fire fan like me, it may be worth a credit to listen to one great story if you can get over Lawlor's irritating voice. Unfortunately, that story was the only one that wowed me.
This is an eclectic group of stories about warriors. I enjoyed most of them. I have had occasion to hear this narrator before in the book "Rally Cry." He ruined that one for me too.
This was not a good grouping of stories. I love Diana's writings so it was somewhat worth it for that but honestly I tried to give the other authors a shot in an effort to find more authors I would enjoy. There are maybe 2 others that are decent but no-one else is a Wow.
Great variety of different stories in different styles. Cool way to discover new writers one might want to read more of.
I definitely would recommend this to my friends, especially the ones who love fantasy and science fiction.
I liked to take a break between stories. There is hardly a break between the end of one story and the beginning of the next, though. That I found somewhat annoying because you want the previous story to fade out in your mind before the next one is sprung on you.
I really only bought this for G. R. R. Martin's story, but there are some good listens among the others as well.
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Yes. To review some of the Authors I was introduced to in this collection
Variety with a common theme
Ease of listing. Could have been more animated with the charters
This is a nice collection of short stories by a variety of authors. Made good for short listening
Great, Short Sharp Stories, all with something to tell; all looking at different type of Warriors. And due to all the different authors you really do get a varied and interesting variety of similar based but very different characters. Well worth the read and good value even if it cost twice as much.
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