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Summary

Leading authors draw on themes of arrival, discovery and destination in a collection of six contemporary fiction works written especially for Audible. Commissioned for audio format, these stories are performed by narrators with an acknowledgement to the medieval culture of bards – professional storytellers. 

In this collection, Claire Fuller and Marina Lewycka explore 'discovery' at different times of our lives; Chigozie Obioma and Adam Thirlwell consider their protagonists' long-held desires through 'destination'; and Sarah Hall and Joanne Harris view 'arrival' through negotiating life-changing events. 

Bard is one of three short story collections written by our favourite best-selling novelists and emerging authors, and curated based on the themes of arrival, discovery and destination. Jali collates science fiction tales while Skald features six crime stories.

As an Audio Show - free for members - when you add Bard: The Short Story Collection to your library, you'll get all 6 episodes.

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Why short stories?

We spoke to several narrators of the Bard, Jali and Skald tales to find out why they love short stories.
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Fortunately it was a free download

It’s like no one knows nowadays whata short story means. This collection smells of sweat and negligeant writing and – most of all – lacking of directions. Deceivingly generous, the genre absorbs in itself so many ideas, styles and dimensions. But you instinctly recognise what is good and what is not.
Claire Fuller makes you believe that a chapter from her next novel is a complete short story. No, it isn’t, it’s a part of something. I may be wrong but I feel like she’s working on a major opus and let drop some pages of it.
Marina Lewycka wrote a bad, uninteresting joke. I can’t see the point, sorry.
Chigozie Obioma’s is finally something similar to a short story but not ideally paced for me. Anyway the most remarkable of all the six with such couleurs locaux.
Adam Thirlwell had something in his mind and you feel he wrote it no matter the price. He spreads his clever ideas and images and doesn’t care about anything else. I confess it amazed me and I was looking up for other titles by him. But for God’s sake please please don’t cut a short story into chapters!!!
Sarah Hall may be near to the heart of short storytelling. But the whole stuff was so dramatic, direct and pretentious it irritated me from start to finish. Brrrrrr!
And at last came a true one by Joanne Harris. This is how a perfect short looks like. Not really original or astonishing, but professional, humble and satisfactory.

I wish authors were half good as the narrators. Int hat case it would have been a happy listen.

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Disappointing

Based on a review in Stylist I purchased this for a road trip. I didn't make it to the end of any of the stories. All quite depressing and very slow paced.

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Boring and pointless

These are pointless stories that are painful to get through and have no payoff, there is nothing to be gained and no reason to finish the chapter.