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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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    Timothy Springfield, OR, United States 02-22-14
    Timothy Springfield, OR, United States 02-22-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Disappointing"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. I would not recommend this book. There were more mediocre stories then not. Some were just plain bad. Others didn't make any sense. Umm...Patrick Rothfuss what the heck was that?!! Loved his books; hated his short story. I couldn't even finish it. I guess it was an attempt to be artsy or something. Well, not a fan. There were a couple stories that I did enjoy. It's hard to review in a lump because there are so many authors involved but overall, I'd say pick something else.


    Any additional comments?

    I do appreciate the thought behind this book. That's why I bought it. I wanted to support the cause. However, I just can't recommend it as a good read.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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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 Member Since 2017
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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. <br/><br/>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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    07-07-17
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    "horrible, in every way.. charity is the only plus"

    I would have preferred to burn the $20 atleast that way I could have saved the 45minutes of my life wasted on this 'book'. save your money


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    John 04-29-17
    John 04-29-17 Member Since 2010
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    "This is why I never get anthologies"

    If I had listened to this in order to see if I liked the authors, I would have missed out on books that I currently have and enjoy.

    Were I to grade the stories, Patrick Rothfuss had to come in at the bottom, but not by much. Robert Jordan's story only made sense if you were well versed in the Wheel of Time series, even then it was not that good... but I at least remember some of it.

    I only hope this went for a good cause...

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    adam k Northern NY 03-31-17
    adam k Northern NY 03-31-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Most stories are good. A couple gems. "

    most stories are good. A couple of them are Jim's. But, several of the stories feel unfinished, even for short stories.

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    Lyn Utah 03-15-17
    Lyn Utah 03-15-17 Member Since 2016

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    "ehh"
    Would you try another book from the authors and/or the narrators?

    There are some great stories in this book and some that leave you scratching your head about how anyone published them. Particularly bad are The Coach With Big Teeth, Mud Boy and Dogs. My advice just skip those.<br/><br/>On the other hand The Sound of Broken Absolutes is wonderful.


    Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?

    Some yes others never.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

    yes


    Was Unfettered worth the listening time?

    Some of it was and some of it wasn't.


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    S Jones 03-09-17
    S Jones 03-09-17 Member Since 2002
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    "I love anthologies"

    ...and I will purchase them before most else.
    This anthology is very very good, new stories, only one I recognized from another book.
    Definitely worth the listen.

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    Jake 02-19-17
    Jake 02-19-17
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    "I've decided I don't like these collections."

    It seems like the quality is inconsistent. Either that or I fail to appreciate the different styles of the various authors. Not sure which.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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