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Evil is a Matter of Perspective

Narrated by: Greg Patmore
Length: 17 hrs and 9 mins
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Villains take center stage in this collection of 19 dark and magical stories. Listeners will be cheering for all the wrong heroes as some of the most fearsome, devious, and brutal antagonists perform savage deeds towards wicked ends. And why not? These characters are the champions of their own stories - evil is a matter of perspective. Contributors also include Mark Adler, Bradley P. Beaulieu, E.V. Morrigan, Peter Orullian, Matthew Ward, Kaaron Warren, Deborah A. Wolf, and Janny Wurts.

©2017 Adrian Collins (P)2019 David N. Wilson

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Evil is a Matter of Perspective

1.R. Scott Bakker (The Second Apocalypse)
2.Adrian Tchaikovsky (Shadows of the Apt, The Tiger and the Wolf)
3.Michael R. Fletcher (Manifest Delusions)
4.Shawn Speakman (The Annwn Cycles)
5.Teresa Frohock (Los Nefilim)
6.Kaaron Warren (The Gate Theory, Mistification)
7.Courtney Schafer (The Shattered Sigil)
8.Marc Turner (Chronicles of the Exile)
9.Jeff Salyards (Bloodsounder's Arc)
10.Mazarkis Williams (The Tower & Knife)
11.Deborah A. Wolf (The Dragon's Legacy)
12.Brian Staveley (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne)
13.Alex Marshall (Crimson Empire)
14.Bradley P. Beaulieu (The Song of the Shattered Sands, The Lays of Anuskaya)
15.Matthew Ward (Shadow of the Raven, Coldharbour)
16.Mark Alder (Banners of Blood)
17.Janny Wurts (The Wars of Light and Shadow, The Empire Trilogy)
18.E.V. Morrigan (Glyph War world)
19.Peter Orullian (The Vault of Heaven)

Great stories
I think my fav was Teresa Frohock (Los Nefilim)

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Absolutely brilliant

Baker’s open comments are something that everyone should read or hear. As a PhD scientist and engineering and lover of all sci-fi and fantasy I have never heard such a more powerful opening as this book. The case for grim dark and the rules for story tell are powerfully explained I was left with my jaw on the floor.

I will be recommending this series for the the next ten years if not more. This is a classical exposition on the moral dilemma we call humanity in a fun dark, intellectual, brilliant, set of stories that we as lover of fantasy should read. This will open your mind and blur the boundary of what we conceive as evil and good. You will relate and hate that you relate to the characters given because it is who we are in nature.

I want to thank all the authors who made this brilliant piece of work. This is true grimdark at its finest. Real people real feelings real actions real story telling. They don’t not shy away from the true good and evil in the human soul.

Please enjoy this exciting journey into the dark you will not regret it!

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Are you one who wants the bad guy to win sometimes

I have always been one to occasionally want to see the story differently than the author wants you to. I always want the hero to win and the villain to lose. Sometimes the villain is the hero.
If any of the above describes you: this was made for you. I won’t get into plots and spoilers, but this group of short stories will satisfy your dark side. I won’t say all of the stories are 5 star but production, narration, and overall storylines are well worth the five star rating. Stories told from the dark side, and making the villains relatable what more can you ask for. I will be listening to these short stories more than once. Love it.
This audiobook was provided by the publisher, author(s), or narrator, for an honest review.

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Every villain is the hero in his own story

Such a true statement that we very rarely look at. However there is an entire genre, from dark, which is based on this idea and tells the story from the villains point of view. This is a collection of short stories based on that premise. So why a 4 on stories not a 5? It’s an anthology. Some of the stories are very good and others I just didn’t connect with. For the most part they are very good tales and enjoyable for all. The handful that to me were lackluster may be to your enjoyment. Overall it’s a great collection and they all bring some unique views to the table. One of my favorites was the pairing of old powers questing for a special artifact that would grant them power to rule the world. Enjoy them as much as I did. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher

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Great fun

Great stories, but I wish they had given the story name and author in the chapter names on the app. I had to keep restarting the chapter to find out more about each author.

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  • Brian
  • ANN ARBOR, MI
  • 10-16-19

Exciting Anthology

Good and evil are usually most interesting when they're shades of gray, but hat can also be interesting is when someone who is clearly a bad person is being given the narrative treatment of being a hero. Those are the kind of stories that are within these pages, stories of bad people being painted with broad strokes as though they're the good, or at least as antiheroes in situations that display their honor or lack thereof in the face of staying alive. They're violent and exciting and do a great job of making the antagonist take the role of protagonist, sometimes even long enough for the reader to look back on and realize what actually happened as the bad guy technically won. There are too many stories here to get stuck reviewing individual parts or anything, but they are relatively even with no real letdowns and instead a well put together selection of different approaches to the overarching theme. The narrator does a great job of treating the different stories differently even though some have similar themes and events.

I received the review code for this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this honest review.

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Grimdark Anthology

This was an enjoyable collection of grimdark short stories. As with most anthologies, some of the stories were excellent, some were good, and some were mediocre.

My favorite stories were:

The Darkness Within the Light, by Shawn Speakman
A Game of Mages, by Courtney Schafer
The Tattered Prince and the Demon Veiled, by Bradley P Beaulieu
The Aging of a Kill, by Peter Orullian

I discovered after reading this book that the characters in the short stories are from the various author's other works. I am not familiar with any of the works referenced here. I will likely give this a reread and update my review once I familiarize myself with several of the series these stories are based on.

Disclaimer: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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What a deliciously dark collection!

I'm not usually big on short stories, but herein you'll find an excellent group of stories to suit almost any taste.

As always, Greg Patmore does a fantastic job narrating the audiobook. He's one of the rare narrators who can manage both male and female voices of almost any description and do so convincingly. His vocal inflections are spot on and his tempo shifts are subtle but effective.

There are so many fantastic characters, excellent plots, and shocking twists in these stories, I hardly know where to begin.

Going into this, the only authors I had previously read were Shawn Speakman, Michael Fletcher, and Scott Bakker. While I knew of Adrian Tchaikovsky, I had never read any of his work.

So, to say that I was pleasantly surprised by this collection is a serious understatement.

Here we have stories about monsters, assassins, antiheroes, villains, bad people doing good things, and good people doing the right thing for the wrong reasons. Not all of them have happy endings.

Which, of course, means it's exactly the sort of thing I really enjoy!

I honestly didn't encounter a single story that I didn't enjoy, which is a rarity for me. Even Unfettered included stories I didn't enjoy.

Naturally, each story has a different focus and will appeal to different readers. But anyone who enjoys Grimdark or antiheroes, or finds themselves rooting for the villain, is likely to find more than a few stories to enjoy here.

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GOOD READ!

I liked it. The narration was good and kept me entertained. There is something for everyone to enjoy in this collection! As with most collections, there will be duds but overall pretty good. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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found new authors

I found some new authors I'm going to look more into; I can't decide which story is my favorite in this collection.

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  • J Smith
  • 11-13-19

‘Comfort is a distraction, happiness is a lie.’

Such a great collection of short stories. I wished every single one of them was longer and I’d quite happily listen to full length novels of them all.
Sometimes it was difficult to adjust to the next story after leaving a particularly great one, but that’s no great burden.
Greg does a brilliant job with narration. Can’t fault him at all; he is a brilliant storyteller and has some great voices for the characters.
I’m definitely looking forward to hearing more from Greg!
This is my honest opinion of a free review copy.

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  • Mr. R. Esdaile
  • 11-11-19

Wonderful Collection Of Stories

What Can I say. The stories are many and varied and not a bad one amongst them. The narration is top notch. I particularly enjoyed "The Darkness within the Light" by Shawn Speakman
about a wizard who extorts his way to the holy grail to get his revenge on god. I also enjoyed "Black Bargain" by Janny Wurts which features Dragons who want to end our world.
I was given a code for this book , whereby I promised to leave an honest and voluntary review on audible once read.

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  • Curly's Ramblings
  • 10-22-19

Entertaining

Short fantasy stories, most with dark themes. Entertaining and interesting storylines. I liked all of the short stories. The narrator did a fantastic job with providing unique voices for each character and appropriate tone inflections for each scene. I received a free copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.