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Publisher's Summary

Published in chronological order, with extensive story and bibliographic notes, this series not only provides access to stories that have been out of print for years, but gives them a historical and social context. Series editors Scott Conners and Ronald S. Hilger excavated the still-existing manuscripts, letters and various published versions of the stories, creating a definitive "preferred text" for Smith's entire body of work. This first volume of the series, brings together 25 of his fantasy stories, written between 1925 and 1930, including such classics as "The Abominations of Yondo," "The Monster of the Prophecy," "The Last Incantation" and the title story.

©2006 The Estate of Clark Ashton Smith (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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variety is the spice of life

Where does The End of the Story rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

top 10 or 20

What did you like best about this story?

here is a variety of different science fiction stories. It reminds me of when I used to get the monthly Asimov's and other sci-fi magazines.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no

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using different narrators for different tales was a good way to transition you into the different stories

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If you love craft. Then this is for you!

What did you like best about The End of the Story? What did you like least?

If you are wanting more after going through Lovecraft well this is you man!
It almost as if they talk the same language.
Very nice stuff with good reading.

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I would love to see each of these stories in film. Especially the venus stories.

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morbid

someone definitely took some time to get together as many morbid, pretentious, random stories as they could.

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Phoney baloney

Smith's fantastical stories rely heavily on silly names, psuedo "olde" English, and dubious situations. Most irritating of his mannerisms is dropping the prefixes of words to make them sound ancient. Too many times to list, but an example would be "broiled" for "embroiled." Definitely at the low end of the fantasy and horror writers. I used these stories as my going to sleep listens, as it didn't seem to matter whether I heard the whole story or not.

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I knew I would like this book, but I was surprised

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I knew I would like this book, but I was surprised by how much I loved it. Highly recommended for all lovers of old school Weird Tales authors.

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If you love lovecraft and howard you'll love this

On of the three great trio none of the stories disappointed i bought all 5 books and they are all excellent and have a bit of range from pulpy sci-fi to cosmic horror to knights and wizards. One thing you'll notice is old clark loved warlocks and alot of the stories revolve around such they are never boring though and are always interesting love these books

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A collection of the weird fiction of Clark Ashton Smith . . .

Clark Ashton Smith was a brilliant and talented author of weird fiction, part of the Lovecraft circle, who is often considered the most glaring omission from Gygax's Appendix N. I was never able to find much of his writing in the past, but now it is becoming available in a variety of formats, including Audible audiobook. I thoroughly enjoyed "reading" some of us work for the first time, as a well-produced and high-quality audiobook! Fans of weird fiction should check it out!

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Wonderful collection of Ashton's tales.

Clark Ashton Smith is in a class of his own. Enter the bizarre, weird, fantastical, adventurous, and freaky world of Ashton's imagination. You will not be disappointed.

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Good for any CAS fan.

While not a definitive tome of Smith's writing prowess, this sundry collection offers several diverse stories that showcase his literary range.

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Enthusiastic narrators; dubious quality control

Clark Ashton Smith is an acquired taste, somewhere between Vathek, the Burton Arabian Nights, Poe, and Baudelaire. His fable-like mood pieces, with their florid language and minimal but morbid plots, do not cater to modern tastes. But if you want to hear an inspiration for Lovecraft, Jack Vance, Ray Bradbury, and others, Smith is a key source.

The narrators for this audiobook make a game effort with a difficult text, but pronouncing a relatively common word such as “ennui” as “EN-you-eye” gives me no confidence that they handled Smith’s famously recondite vocabulary competently. —Michael Rooney