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Selected Stories: Fantasy

Narrated by: Starla Huchton
Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
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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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SUPERB STORY COLLECTION

The author doesn't put a foot wrong with this excellent collection.
Excellent narration with varied accents
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  • Jason Begly
  • 03-07-19

Selected Stories: Fantasy

I really liked this group of short stories. The narration was really well done, great actually, and the stories were right up my alley for the most part. The Jules Verne tales were my favorite, especially 20,000 Years Under the Sea. So good! I will be recommending this to some of my friends who really get into unique fantasy stories. Glad I had a chance to listen to it, for sure!

This story was given to me for free at my request for my voluntary and unbiased review.

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  • alias11
  • 07-08-19

Entertaining Listen

I enjoyed this collection of stories, although I would classify several as more science fiction than fantasy. Each of the stories has different characters and theme, some more interesting than others. My favorites include Trip Trap, Loco-motive, Heroes Never Die, Dark Angel/Arcangel, and the Old Man and the Cherry Tree. The stories differ in length, with monsters, magic, sadness, bravery, adventure, mystery, etc. Many have a bittersweet flavor, and some felt a bit flat at the end, without a true ending. Overall, this is a varied and interesting collection. I enjoyed the intros and background by the author that gave flavor to the source and content of the stories.

The narrator was pretty good, although her voice dropped off from time to time sounding like she had moved away from the microphone.

I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this honest review.

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  • Troy Buffington
  • 02-08-19

Loved it

I try to keep my reviews honest and to the point. I thoroughly enjoyed every story in this book.

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  • Chris D. Jones
  • 31-07-19

Master storyteller and great narrator, but . . .

As the title states, every story shows off Anderson's talent and Huchton is a fantastic narrator (will have to look up what else she narrates). I did think she was an odd choice for this book, simply because she's a she and every main character was a male. Don't get me wrong, she can handle a main voice, it just seemed odd to me.

Some of the stories I really enjoyed and some were blah, thus the 4 stars for "Story" but 3 stars for "Overall"./ I think most will find it this way, even if they disagree with me on which stories fall into which category. The issue is just that they are so varied that some are likely to be your cup of tea and others not. I doubt you'll be sad you listened though.

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  • Gabrielle
  • 17-07-19

Selected Stories: Fantasy

This is an engaging and intriguing collection of stories. Each new story brings wondrous worlds and characters. I enjoyed meeting the characters and visiting their worlds. There were some tales that grabbed my attention more than others but as a whole this collection is an enjoyable listen. The stories move at a good pace and kept my attention all the way to their ends. As short as these stories are, they still have a lot to say and leave their mark. They have a nice mix of emotions and action that take you into many other worlds to get lost in.

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

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  • Mary Karowski
  • 08-07-19

Fantasy shorts to delight your drive

A great set of short fantasy stories. One of the best things about the Kevin J. Anderson anthologies is that he provides an explanation behind each of the stories, knowing what went into them and knowing what they were written for really enhances the stories and also gives you some great ideas about some other anthologies to try out...spoiler, unicorn ones. Magical apparel, Jules Verne style, lovecraftian, etc...enjoy this great set of stories. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher

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  • Shannon G
  • 25-06-19

Diverse and Entertaining

This is a collection of 27 short stories and one chapter of micro-fiction. Before getting this collection I had seen the author in many different ebook mailings but had yet to venture into his world. Now I'm sorry I didn't find out sooner what an awesome and very entertaining writer he is. The stories in this collection vary but are all loosely fantasy. Not every story will be to everyone's liking, it's a collection after all. Personally, I enjoyed each story, just some more than others, a few even gave me goosebumps. If you haven't given this author a chance and you enjoy a wide range of fantasy then you are sorely missing out. The narration was excellently done. I haven't heard Starla Huchton before but now I will be on the lookout for her. She is very talented with voices, managing to give the many characters in this collection their own. Some were done better than others, to be expected, but overall she really brought the stories to life and made them even more entertaining. Well done to both Mr Anderson and Ms Huchton!

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  • Lidia Chymkowska
  • 24-06-19

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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  • Katarina
  • 23-06-19

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
  • 17-06-19

Some great, some good, incredibly varied

This review is 100% spoiler-free because spoilers are the worst.

Overall: It's great
Performance: I love it
Story: It's great

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.

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