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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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Predictable and dull.

A collection of 9 short stories. I'm presuming they were supposed to be clever, with a 'big reveal' at the end, but I guessed the outcome of 4 of them and a couple were just stupid. Nowhere near as entertaining as his other books.

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Poor production quality mars the listen

While I enjoyed some of the stories and thought the narrators were excellent, this sound like it was recorded at home on an old tape recorder. A pity.

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Realy liked these ideas

For me the first was the best and most kind blowing and I was continually looking forward the twists and next improvement.
Different. Marxian and Hail Mary are outstanding and my most favourite books ever that’s the only reason for 4

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Twilight Zones

I love this collection of short stores, each one like an episode of the Twilight Zone, each one with a twist in the tale! Performances generally good, especially RC Bray reading The Egg which is outstanding!

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A short book of short stories

High quality short story writing excellently narrated.

Shame there weren’t more of them. I would have paid to listen to more.

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  • 07-04-20

Great listen

Every story was so unique and well told. They were all entertaining and had their own wonderful twists

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nicely narrated

I downloaded it to listen to "the egg" and ended up loving "bored world" more

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Really not that good.

The narrators, while good, are exactly the sort of voices you might expect in a twilight-zone-esque novel and as such often feel parody like when they are not meant to.

The stories themselves are nothing special either. Once you realise (spoiler) that they are mostly twist endings you can see the twist coming easily. e.g. A story about a nurse, you're meant to think it's a woman, turns out it's a man!!! Really, some of the twists are so weak and such an obvious progression of the beginning of the story that I wouldn't even call them twists.

If you've got a teenager whose high on something asking for an audiobook that'll make them go "Woaaahhhh. That's deep/freaky." then you're golden with this, otherwise I'd give it a miss. Shame, as I really enjoyed The Martian.

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In the great tradition of short stories

Tasty, satisfying, a little short, yet, in the honorable tradition of science fiction and the lot of stories. Worth the credit, even though it is nowhere near the length I hoped for.

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  • Chantal Noordeloos
  • 23-09-20

Pretty decent collection

I enjoyed most of the stories and didn’t dislike any of them. Some had some very interesting surprises

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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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  • James House
  • 24-08-18

brilliant

Andy Weir is absolutely brilliant I am profoundly shocked by his intellect and storytelling capabilities!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-09-20

Twisty storries

I liked the short novelles. All a bit different, all a bit same, they make you think, they make you feel. Sad that it is short

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  • Vanessa Swenson
  • 02-04-20

Ehh, not his best

I'm not exactly great at guessing plot twists, but these stories weren't exactly tricky, or very enjoyable. If you try too hard to be tricky, you end up with groans. I was bummed, but not everything can be Martian great.

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  • John Davidson
  • 27-08-18

Sharpening his craft

I was interested in this to see how Weir has developed, and it's plain he has developed a lot. The stories here are simplistic, and most read like shaggy dog stories, with a twist end that is either predictable or disappointing. That's not to say that the stories are bad, just very predictable. Many read like rejected Twilight Zone scripts, and the headliner is so derivative that half way through ti was obvious what was going one.
Weir's later writing is much better, and it was interesting to see how he has developed, but I must say that long-form writing is definitely where his talents lie.

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  • Rissa
  • 03-08-20

Good book


This was easy, fun and interesting to listen to! I love Andy weir and I was really excited to listen to his short stories! Well worth it.

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  • 11-11-19

Extremely clever

So many surprises. Loved it. Some of the story endings were not unexpected. Still recommend it

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  • Someone
  • 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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  • Tammie Hughes
  • 25-06-21

A Good Listen

All these stories will make you think and each one is definitely surprisingly stunning! I liked all of them.

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