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Selected Stories: Fantasy

Narrated by: Starla Huchton
Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Award-winning, number-one international best-selling author Kevin J. Anderson has published nearly 150 books, which have appeared in 30 languages worldwide, in genres ranging from science fiction, epic fantasy, humorous horror, gritty suspense, steampunk, and mystery. He has published over half a million words of short fiction, the best of which are gathered in this multi-volume series.

This volume features Anderson’s wide-ranging imagination in the fantasy genre. You will listen to obsessed sea captains, shape shifters, enchanted loincloths, bumbling knights in shining armor, ghosts haunting Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, a homeless mother and a troll under a bridge, Captain Nemo and his Nautilus, H.G. Wells’ Martians, and a very strange Wisconsin small town.

These tales showcase the breadth of Anderson’s talent with a variety of works, written solo or with collaborators including Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Sarah A. Hoyt, Neil Peart from legendary rock band Rush, and his wife Rebecca Moesta.

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A very good collection of short stories...

I generally prefer novels to short stories but from time to time I grab a collection of shorts if it sounds interesting enough. This one did, so I asked for the book and I'm glad I did.

It's a nice set of a wide range of fantasy stories, from ghost to horror to sword & sorcery to any other sub-genre you can think of, really... Each of the tales is different; some are more engaging than others, but that's normal in a collection of stories. Some of them focus on the plot, some are character driven, some are rather psychological, others strictly entertainning. But as a whole the set will keep you glued to the pages/listening device.

Narration by Ms Huchton is very good, though in a few of the stories a bit monotonous, which makes them sound sad:) But overall I liked her interpretation of most stories a lot. The pace of her reading is good, voices well done and her reading pleasant to the ear.

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

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Well-structured but no happy endings

These stories are well-written, and come with their own introductions by the author so that we find out what prompted them, with whom the author collaborated, etc.
To me personally they are not my taste because every one of them ends on what feels like either a cliffhanger, an open ending or a sad ending. And although I don’t mind those on occasion, to have about 30 stories in your ear without a single happy ending was a bit unsatifactory for me.

The narrator has a comfortable voice and her range is large enough that I listened to her without losing interest. She does sound a bit staccato, as if she used audiosoftware to speed up her original recording.

~ This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • JJ
  • 06-17-19

Some great, some good, incredibly varied

TL;DR: While you may not like all of these, you almost certainly will find some that you really enjoy.
Prior knowledge of H.P. Lovecraft, H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, the band Rush, and others is beneficial, but not required.

I knew Kevin J. Anderson from his numerous Star Wars books and enjoyed them thoroughly.
Until now however, I had not listened to any of his fantasy work.
This collection made me realize that I have really been missing out!
While it did not seem that too many of the stories tied directly into Anderson's full novels, his skill as a writer is definitely on display here.

The breadth and variety of these stories is astounding and there are many gems.
Perhaps due to my lack of familiarity with some of the source material (see TL;DR above), I couldn't appreciate some as much as I might have otherwise.
Others were absolutely delightful and very approachable, and as a whole the quality is high.
Be sure to not miss out on the last, an extremely creative novelette positing an origin story for Dickens' A Christmas Carol.

As far as narration, this collection of stories is almost like a tour de force of Starla Huchton's skills.
She had to voice so many characters in so many settings, and I feel that she succeeded on all counts.

One small point of note if you prefer to listen to your audiobooks on fast playback -- at least on my player this book was unbearable at increased speed due to some odd audio glitching and I had to go back to 1x.
This was not a problem as the narrator's pacing is fine at 1x speed, and it might have just been a quirk of my player.

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

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Amazing

This is a fantastic collection of short stories. I loved them all. And the narration is just as awesome. Definitely recommend to fantasy lovers and just plain fiction lovers.

At my request, I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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A little bit of everything

This is basically an anthology of anthologies. Some of the stories are great some are only ok. a good sit down play a story for 20 mins. Nothing took heavy just a lot of little snack sized stories.

I requested this book from the author free and agreed to review it.

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Great collection

This was an excellent collection of short stories. There are 27 stories and each one is very distinctive and original. The narrator was also great giving life to so many characters with different voices and accents.

I received this free audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Read/Listen and enjoy!

It's almost a no brainer to grab books narrated by Starla A Huchton, simply because her performances are so good, but I didn't know this Kevin J Anderson's work at all... but Starla reads it! And Starla wins! It turned out that I loved this amazing collection! Kevin J Anderson played off several classic works including stories featuring Captain Nemo, or a War of the Worlds spin-off, with Percival Lowell... the book even included a story based off a Rush album. Now, at the very least, I need to read more about Captain Nemo, in Anderson's book Captain Nemo: the Fantastic History of a Dark Genius.
So perform a no-brainer, and grab Selected Stories... because you need Starla Huchton and Kevin J Anderson in your library... Read/listen, and enjoy!
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Exploring the Imagination of a Prolific Author

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

I first discovered Kevin J Anderson in high school when I was reading every Star Wars novel I could get my hands on. He has a way of building up a character and world so quickly and seemingly effortlessly that he makes it look easy. He is a truly prolific writer and one that I have revisited from time to time. One thing that sets him apart is that each series or world is distinct from every other. This is most evident with this collection of short stories.

If you took his name off of the cover and handed it to me I would tell you I enjoyed the stories about Captain Nemo encountering Cthulu, the ghost of the Globe Theater, Around the World in 80 Days from the point of view of the antagonist, boys being haunted by a demonic locomotive, Charles Dickens being visited by ghosts showing him his past, present and future and on and on... but I would not have guessed they all came from the same creative wellspring.

There are 27 stories (okay, one chapter is composed of microfiction) and I would be hard pressed to name one that I did not enjoy or tickled my fancy. Watch a professional at work and lose yourself in a myriad of stories with characters you will cheer for, laugh at, want to offer a comforting hug or cry for.

The narrator Starla Huchton does a wonderful job keeping a consistent quality to the narration, with a variety of characters, voices, accents and worlds. She breathes life into each and they do all feel like unique performances.

Even if you are not familiar with Anderson (and you should be) I think you will find many stories that you enjoy. It is also a pleasure to hear at the beginning of each tale why it stood out or what inspiration Anderson drew from as he wrote each one. You may discover a new favorite author.

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Good collection of bedtime stories for adults

This is a nice collection of bedtime stories for adult. Off cause you can read them at any time of the day, but it’s nice to read a nice story before going to sleep. These stories inspire good dreams. At least they did for me.
The narrators did a good job making the stories come to life.

Note: I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Great collection of short stories

I really enjoyed this collection of short stories and was sorry when it ended, even after 12 hours! Each story is preceded by a little blurb from the author about the story, maybe why he was inspired to write it, or where and when it was originally published. I really appreciated those intros -- it seemed to put the stories into some kind of context.

I was particularly impressed with the narrator. The accents required in each story varied and she was flawless in switching from one to another, choosing the right voice for each story.

I strongly recommend this one. I really like the short stories because you can listen a little bit at a time. Like a snack between meals.

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

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  • Mr. R. Esdaile
  • 06-16-19

SUPERB STORY COLLECTION

The author doesn't put a foot wrong with this excellent collection.
Excellent narration with varied accents
I received this audiobook free in exchange for an honest review