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Laid out upon these frail leaves is a banquet of delectable misfortunes and savory tragedies. Partake of these melancholy morsels of bile and brine, of wrath and regret. Sample vintages of fermented tears and distilled blood. Lick the sharp edges of cursed blades, and nibble frail hopes set on platters of tarnished silver. Strange sorrows warp the palette of perception and bring about subtle ruin and uncanny vigor. Indulge in the filling robustness of Tainted Steel.

  1. Asmodeus and the Swordsman
  2. The Magick Sword That Slays Tyrants
  3. The Red Glade
  4. Locks of Sif
  5. Humphrey's Letter
  6. Bonsai Treant
  7. His Favorite Story
  8. The Pink Flower of Saint Zenobie
  9. An Assassin's Honeymoon
  10. The Man with Twelve Fingers
  11. You and John and the Snake
  12. The Apple's Journey (by Cassandra Lee Hollingsworth)
  13. Repunae
  14. When River Fought Sea
  15. Black Hole Constellation
  16. The Hare's Revenge
  17. Piasa: Rite of Talons
©2016 Aaron Hollingsworth (P)2017 Aaron Hollingsworth

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Full of surprises

First things first, I had no idea what to expect when deciding to read this collection. However what I found within was pleasantly surprising. Each short story seem to play with the generic idea of sword and sorcery but added it's own twist. Twists I might add I did not see coming. From historical fiction to magical realism and horror this collection had enough to delight almost any fantasy pallet. Short, sweet and to the point. I really liked it.

Also, let's not forget the superbly done narration. Versatile and atmospheric it let me sink into the various stories with ease.

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Creepy, intense and nearly brought me to tears!

Really enjoyed this compilation of short stories! All well written with great sense of foreboding in most and well performed too.
Some left me with a chill in my bones whilst one almost brought me to tears, but all left me wanting to hear more; I would gladly have listened to full length versions of each!
This is my honest opinion of a free review copy.

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  • Ray Johnson
  • 11-02-18

I've got tainted love for these tainted tales

Tainted Steel: Tales of the Weird and Woeful is a collection of short stories, just under 20 in total, that lives up to its name. The writing is great, and the stories most definitely entertain and captivate the listener. The stories are short, and this is a good thing. They come in, pack a punch, and move on so that you are ready for the next gut punch or ear twist. The writing style is sublime, and some of these stories feel like they have been around for hundreds of years, and yet they do not seem stale or as if they don't belong in the present day. Each one clocks in under 20 minutes for the most part.

Montooth is amazing. Audiobooks live and die by their narrators, and he gives this book a real flavor that plain text cannot convey. He is a fantastic reader, and his talent for weaving words that act like earworms burrowing into your mind is just plain scary. He does a phenomenal job keeping you listening.

5 Stars all around.

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  • L. Gilbert
  • 17-03-20

Fantastic stories

I loved the stories and the narration was excellent! Will keep my eye out for both author and narrator again.

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  • B.Shoe
  • 23-11-19

A collection of short stories

At first I felt lost then I realized that this was not a story but many short stories that did not connect to the other. They are interesting but not my cup of tea. They are well written and poetic even.

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  • Heather
  • 17-11-18

Good set of stories

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These stories are all unique and very interesting. Lots of plot twists. The production quality and narration was excellent as well.

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  • Daniel
  • 16-07-18

Intriguing collection

A well thought out collection of shorts, that encompass a wide variety of subjects and styles.

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  • Teresa
  • 01-06-18

Just What the Subtitle Implies

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

These are strange short tales indeed, some gruesome, some fantastical, others a little bizarre. The writing is very pleasant, at times even lyrical. I could get into some of the stories better than in others, but overall a quick listening experience easy to follow even when there are many interruptions in your daily life.
The narration was also well executed, though in one instance the tone dropped so much that it came out a little mumbled. Other than that, however, it was a very pleasant interpretation.
If you like short stories and the unusual, this collection is for you.

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  • Deedra
  • 20-03-18

Tainted Steel

I loved a few and some not so much.Narration by Danny Mantooth was good.Sharkey the Carkey is a tearjerker.“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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  • Andrew Bounds
  • 08-02-18

Excellent performance of entertaining stories

What did you love best about Tainted Steel?

Once I got used to the idea that the book is truly a collection of short stories, I really start to appreciate each unique story. Some are happy, some sad and everywhere in between. It was a pleasant mix.

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

Each story is performed with its specific tone and content taken into consideration. Danny Montooth really seemed to have planned out each story to ensure each was portrayed in the way it was meant to be, rather than using the same exact style for each.

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

Yes, the stories were brief and light, but still interesting. It went by faster than I expected it to.

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I generally like books that tell a single, well detailed and developed story. However, these short stories held my attention. They shared a common theme throughout, but at the same time, all of the stories were distinctly unique. It was a pleasant surprise.

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  • Rebecca Azizov
  • 30-01-18

good short tails

great fantasy short stories with a very good narrator .. stories with a smug of darkness and a great fantasy

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  • Kingsley
  • 30-01-18

Well narrated collection of very varied stories

Hollingsworth has put together a good collection of stories here. There is seventeen stories here, so each clocks in at somewhere around 10 -15 minutes. It's not a whole lot of time to build a story, but Hollingsworth uses the short form well. Not all are great, but none are horrid. At worst there is too many stories here, meaning that some become forgettable afterwards.

Having read one of Hollingsworth other collections (Folded Steel) I would say this is not as strong as the other, but still enjoyable. some are amusing, some are fairly dark. Almost all are fresh and original in their telling.

Narration by Danny Montooth is very good. He is very varied, well paced and provides great characterisation. The only issue really is that the sound production is not perfect. There is a little bit of white noise in the background on much of the recording. Usually only noticeable at the beginning and end of stories it doesn't really take away from the performance or the recording.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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