Dreamsongs (Unabridged Selections)

Length: 51 hrs and 54 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (837 ratings)

Audible membership

$14.95 a month

Free with a 30-day trial
1 audiobook of your choice.
A monthly selection of Audible Originals.
$14.95 a month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $63.00

Buy for $63.00

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

BONUS: Each selection includes extensive commentary by author George R. R. Martin

Dubbed “the American Tolkien” by Time magazine, number-one New York Times best-selling author George R. R. Martin is a giant in the field of fantasy literature and one of the most exciting storytellers of our time. Now he delivers a rare treat for readers: a compendium of his shorter works, collected into two stunning volumes, that offers fascinating insight into his journey from young writer to award-winning master.

Audio Table of Contents:

Dreamsongs: Introduction by Gardner Dozois, read by Scott Brick

Section 1: A Four-Color Fanboy 

  • A Four-Color Fanboy Author Introduction, read by George R. R. Martin
  • “Only Kids Are Afraid of the Dark,” read by Adrian Paul
  • “The Fortress,” read by Mark Bramhall
  • “And Death His Legacy,” read by Scott Brick 

Section 2: The Filthy Pro

  • The Filthy Pro Author Introduction, read by George R. R. Martin
  • “The Hero,” read by Roy Dotrice
  • “The Exit to San Breta,” read by Scott Brick
  • “The Second Kind of Loneliness,” read by Mark Bramhall
  • “With Morning Comes Mistfall,” read by Claudia Black 

Section 3: The Light of Distant Stars

  • The Light of Distant Stars Author Introduction, read by George R. R. Martin
  • “A Song for Lya,” read by Mark Bramhall
  • “This Tower of Ashes,” read by Kirby Heyborne
  • “And Seven Times Never Kill Man,” read by Roy Dotrice
  • “This Stone City,” read by Adrian Paul
  • “Bitterblooms,” read by Kim Mai Guest
  • “The Way of Cross and Dragon,” read by Roy Dotrice

Section 4: The Heirs of Turtle Castle

  • The Heirs of Turtle Castle Author Introduction, read by George R. R. Martin
  • “The Lonely Songs of Laren Dorr,” read by Kim Mai Guest
  • “The Ice Dragon,” read by Emily Janice Card
  • “In the Lost Lands,” read by Claudia Black

Section 5: Hybrids and Horrors

  • Hybrids and Horrors Author Introduction, read by George R. R. Martin
  • “Meathouse Man,” read by Kirby Heyborne
  • “Remembering Melody,” read by Scott Brick
  • “Sandkings,” read by Mark Bramhall
  • “Nightflyers,” read by Adenrele Ojo
  • “The Monkey Treatment,” read by Kirby Heyborne
  • “The Pear-Shaped Man,” read by Roy Dotrice 

Section 6: A Taste of Tuf

  • A Taste of Tuf Author Introduction, read by George R. R. Martin
  • “A Beast for Norn,” read by Roy Dotrice
  • “Guardians,” read by Roy Dotrice
©2003 George R. R. Martin (P)2007 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Fans, genre historians, and aspiring writers alike will find this shelf-bending retrospective as impressive as it is intriguing." (Publishers Weekly)

What listeners say about Dreamsongs (Unabridged Selections)

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    458
  • 4 Stars
    250
  • 3 Stars
    86
  • 2 Stars
    22
  • 1 Stars
    21
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    446
  • 4 Stars
    205
  • 3 Stars
    83
  • 2 Stars
    20
  • 1 Stars
    15
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    421
  • 4 Stars
    226
  • 3 Stars
    81
  • 2 Stars
    25
  • 1 Stars
    21

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Contents

This edition contains all three of the "Unabridged Selections" volumes that are sold separately. So, if you're using a credit this is obviously the one to get. There are 3 stories from the print edition that are not included here: "The Ice Dragon" which is available as a seperate audiobook and the two television scripts: The Twilight Zone: "The Road Less Traveled" and Doorways, a pilot that was too similar to Sliders.

Fans of Game of Thrones will be pleased with "The Hedge Knight" which is set in the same universe.

Volume 1:

Introduction by Gardner Dozois

A FOUR-COLOR FANBOY - Introduction to the following 3 stories read by George R.R. Martin
Only Kids Are Afraid Of The Dark
The Fortress
And Death His Legacy
THE FILTHY PRO- Introduction to the following 4 stories read by George R.R. Martin
The Hero
The Exit To San Breta
The Second Kind Of Loneliness
With Morning Comes Mistfall
THE LIGHT OF DISTANT STARS - Introduction to the following 6 stories read by George R.R. Martin
A Song For Lya
This Tower Of Ashes
And Seven Times Never Kill A Man
The Stone City
Bitterblooms
The Way Of Cross And Dragon

Volume 2:

THE HEIRS OF TURTLE CASTLE - Introduction to the following 2 stories read by George R.R. Martin
The Lonely Songs Of Laren Dorr
In The Lost Lands
HYBRIDS & HORRORS - Introduction to the following 6 stories read by George R.R. Martin
Meathouse Man
Remembering Melody
Sandkings
Nightflyers
The Monkey Treatment
The Pear-Shaped Man
A TASTE OF TUF - Introduction to the following 2 stories read by George R.R. Martin
A Beast For Norn
Guardians

Volume 3:

THE SIREN SONG OF HOLLYWOOD - Introduction to 2 scripts missing from the audiobook edition.
DOING THE WILD CARD SHUFFLE - Introduction to the following 2 stories read by George R.R. Martin
Shell Games
From The Journal Of Xavier Desmond
THE HEART IN CONFLICT - Introduction to the following 6 stories read by George R.R. Martin
Under Siege
The Skin Trade
Unsound Variations
The Glass Flower
The Hedge Knight
Portraits Of His Children

174 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

True and Accurate Anthology of an Author

As I expected, I enjoyed some stories and did not care much for others. This is an anthology of work by George R.R. Martin covering a good portion of his career. I really enjoyed that each "section" of the book began with the author providing some background on the works about to be read, telling the personal side of the stories. I thought these were at times more entertaining than the stories themselves.

While some were not thrilling or unpredictable, it does not detract from the quality of writing I find with much of Martin's works. Dreamsongs does not disappoint, especially for fans of George R.R. Martin's style of writing.

28 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Great for a Martin fan but not for all

I really enjoyed hearing Martin tell his story and this thing is fully of short stories. Some of his shorts were really good and left me wanting to hear more and some of them were just so-so but as a whole I enjoyed it very much.
If you are interested in Martins path to fame this paints the picture and includes quite a few shorts from Martin's early career through the mid 80's.

15 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great Quality Story Telling

If you could sum up Dreamsongs (Unabridged Selections) in three words, what would they be?

Imagination Richness Vibrant

What other book might you compare Dreamsongs (Unabridged Selections) to and why?

Not the grinding fantasy world of Game of Thrones, but sci-fi and fantasy short stories that have a unique realist feeling through the characters, environments and the way the writing lets you feel empathy for the star of the story in a way that I rarely read in that genre, that makes it so much better than the average work. I can imagine the events much more as actual events in his science fiction than any other I have ever read/heard.

Which scene was your favorite?

All the stories are different, but I like the Tuf Voyages stories the best.

If you could rename Dreamsongs (Unabridged Selections), what would you call it?

A Kaleidoscope of Worlds

Any additional comments?

The voice talent is excellent but Scott Brick is fantastic. Best I've heard for fiction, my favorite.

9 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Extremely Satisfied

Normally I would skip introductions to get to the story, but they tell the tale of George R.R. Martin's journey to becoming the great author he is today. The stories themselves are very evocative and the variety of composition styles speaks to the decades it took for these stories to be written.
The voice performers are talented and entertaining and do a good job of capturing the spirit of the stories.
This was my first audio book written by Martin and it is done as well as I expected; a delight to hear.

8 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Kind of all over the place!

Interesting overview of a writers career . Don't expect to enjoy all stories, just read( or listen ) to better understand the mind of the author.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Getting intimate with a writer..

That's the way you feel when you listen to George Martin - actually listen to the author - read his early stories (along with some other pretty amazing narrators-big shout out to Scott Brick, a personal favorite) and explain where he was and what was going on in his life when he wrote them. I loved it from beginning to end.

5 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Chapters...Again.

The stories are mostly very good in this collection, but I can't for the life of me figure out why an audiobook would not index by STORY. Chapters are just a stupid way to index a book of short stories. Want to listen to a specific story? have fun digging around till you find it.
That said, most the content is great. He really shines in his Sci Fi selections.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Just can’t get into it

I tried I really did but I just can’t get into this book. I really like this author just not this book

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Hated it.

I struggled to listen to this from the first five minutes. and the second story got even worse. waste of money or credit. so disappointed.

1 person found this helpful