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Tales to Count On

Narrated by: Diane Lehman
Length: 3 hrs and 32 mins
5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Curl up and enter the eclectic world of S. R. Mallery, where sad meets bizarre and deception meets humor; where history meets revenge and magic meets gothic. Whether it’s 500 words or 5,000, these Tales to Count On, which include a battered women’s shelter, childhood memories, Venetian love, magic photographs, PTSD, sisters’ tricks, WWII spies, the French Revolution, evil vaudevillians, and celebrity woes, will remind you that in the end, nothing is ever what it seems.

©2015 S. R. Mallery (P)2018 S. R. Mallery

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A great collection of stories!

What a great collection of short stories! What I liked most of all was that each and every one of them was so different, and all of them ended in a way that I would never expect! I love stories with meaning, and each of these stories certainly carries an important message for the reader, some telling about paradoxes and twists of fate, like in the story with a tenant, who didn’t want his old building renovated; some stories showing something that doesn’t seem what it is, like in the story with the twin sisters or a girl and her ex-boyfriend and why he acted the way he did.
I really appreciated how historical fiction was masterfully interwoven with the present time tales, which will certainly make this collection even more appealing to a wide audience of readers. The writing is sharp and clever, and the characters are complex and very well-developed, despite the fact that normally character development is very hard to show in a short story just because of its length, but Ms. Mallery met the task admirably. Also, special thanks to the narrator, Diane Lehman, for doing such a good job with bringing these stories to life - it was a real pleasure listening to her voice! And her dialogues were wonderfully presented as well! Beautiful work!

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Better than other short story compilations

This is the second book I’ve read/listened to by this author and I would listen to another. Each story was unique, entertaining and thought provoking . She is very talented and seems to have a knack for short stories.

I’ve previously listened to Sewing Can be Dangerous and Other Small Threads. This is also a collection of short stories, however they are longer than the ones in this book. They were well thought out, historical, and had a common thread of “sewing”. Very enjoyable!

This is the first book I’ve listened to by this narrator and I would listen to another. She did well narrating each story.

There are no explicit sex scenes, or excessive violence. I don’t recall any swearing.

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

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Tales to count on

I really enjoyed these tales which were nicely narrated by Diane Lehman.Very interesting stories and characters.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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Short Stories with a slightly dark twist

The subtitle for this book is true, nothing is ever what it seems. Short stories, in order according to word length, that make you think, pause or maybe even shudder. My favorite story was about the twins who enjoyed changing places...even after they were adults. The narration was just right for the stories and characters. Thoroughly enjoyed this listen and look forward to more from this author.

I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.

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Variety of thought provoking short stories

Here you will find a variety of short stories that leave you thinking. Some are a little more complicated than others with plenty of twist and turns and unexpected endings. I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.

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Short Stories Collection at Its Best

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

These are stories out of the ordinary for sure. Some shorter than others, but all pretty intriguing. Because of the way they differ you'll never know what to expect. As I was listening to them, I kept comparing to appetizers before the big meal: you get a little taste of what is to come. The word counting also added another dimension to each story as you knew from the beginning how short a tale was going to be so there was no disappointment when you reached the end of a story. I would definitely enjoy listening to more of these short collections.
The interpretation was fine, but some of the recording's quality wasn't perfect. However it got better after a few of the shorter tales.