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Summary

Collected for the first time anywhere, the nine tales in The Egg and Other Stories highlight Andy Weir's trademark wit and unexpected twists. For the few who have yet to experience The Martian, it's a perfect appetizer. For passionate Weir fans, it's a delicious dessert.

Stories included in this audio-exclusive collection are:

  • "Access"
  • "Antihypoxiant"
  • "Annie's Day"
  • "The Real Deal"
  • "Bored World"
  • "The Midtown Butcher"
  • "Meeting Sarah"
  • "The Chef"
  • "The Egg"

©2017 Andy Weir (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Funny and thought provoking.

There are 9 short stories in this collection. As they vary in length between 3 and 14 minutes, there’s no time for flowery descriptions. We jump right in there and meet the protagonists, there’s a whip crack as the plot escalates, then a twist in the tale and it’s over. You stand smiling with eyebrows raised, on the other side of the story, bemused that it’s over so soon.

A couple of tales have the classic ‘bait and switch’ ‘it’s not what you thought it was’ type ending (don’t worry, no spoilers here) and that’s always good for a shocker ending if done well, which this is. The rest are more thought provoking, and the scope of the ideas continues to expand beyond the story’s end. You’ll find yourself thinking about them later.

As other reviewers have noted, at just over an hour in total, it’s a very short listen. But don’t let that deter you. The content is carefully distilled, so every word is to be savoured. Highly recommended.

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  • Chris
  • 20-07-17

Awesome! Great Twists!

Loved it! my favorite was Antihypoxiant! Wow the twists and the tie ins to other stuff! Great stories!

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  • Jason
  • 06-12-17

Excellent short stories

The performances are something you can't really describe. The writing and performance continue to be great, as they were with Artemis. I found myself listening to chapters again it was so engrossing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-09-17

Nice Break !

Interesting stories, makes you think. Nice change from full length books during commute. If you like stories with a twist, you can't go wrong with this collection...just don't use a credit...trade a day of "cuppa Joe" $ for this and save your credit for the long ones !

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  • Maximus
  • 15-07-17

so much fun that it went by too fast

Andy writes beautifully. I concentrated, I laughed, I got scared, and i got thoughtful. this collection of short stories was a rollercoaster ride! Thanks Andy!

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  • DobieChuck
  • 07-06-17

MASTERFUL...

Some simply excellent shorts here... Whimsy, suspense, sensitivity, provocative speculation, and gotchas galore... You'll think you know what's going on, or going to happen, and BANG, you're wrong;). Mostly, it's a magnificent display of craftsmanship in the storyteller's art... I loved the Martian, and not so patiently wait for the upcoming Artemus, and only more so after finishing this... However, the price is a bit steep even when getting member discount given the very short length unless you're a diehard devotee... Many others will probably want to wait for sale, or read E edition...

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  • Melissa and Josh
  • 03-07-17

What a wonderful journey!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Egg and Other Stories to be better than the print version?

I am honestly not sure as I only listened to the audible edition. However, that said, the narrators who produced these stories did a fantastic job and definitely drew me in to each short!

What did you like best about this story?

The twists that Mr. Weir brought about with each story. Each story had me anticipating and trying to guess at how the primary tale would shift.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The accentuation of the various tones each story brings about. For example, the emphasis of God's words in "The Egg" really adds another level of complexity to each story that I would have otherwise lost had I just read them.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed at just about every story and found myself really introspective at the end of "The Egg"

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  • Ray
  • 09-04-18

Disappointing collection of fantasy stories

I think the theme is unlikable characters plus surprise endings, with the occasional lack of logic (e.g., to whom is the Antihypoxiant narrator speaking?). I like imaginative fantasy stories, but these were mostly pessimistic scenes setting up twist endings.
There were a couple of good stories in the collection: Bored World (until the unnecessary conclusion) and The Egg. The narrators were good.

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  • doktirbob
  • 23-03-18

Enjoyed as much or more than Artemis

Fantastic collection of short stories. My only regret: there aren't more in this collection. Enjoy!

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  • ElectroRoboBoogieBot
  • 12-03-18

Thought Provoking

If you could sum up The Egg and Other Stories in three words, what would they be?

Twist after Twist. The Egg in particular was very thought provoking. I actually recommended it to a friend of mine which I rarely do.

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  • Brian Blodgett
  • 10-03-18

Short and Fun Twists

Just a fun collection of short stories. Most have a twist that I enjoyed. Go into it knowing you are having a quick adventure without a lot of detail and it is well worth the time. I found myself wishing there was more stories.