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The Egg and Other Stories

By: Andy Weir
Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (61 ratings)
Regular price: £4.79
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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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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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Lots of nice short stories, get through it fast

Great for a medium length car journey. You can start and finish it with many people and they're easy to keep track of. They were all nice with some twists, some easy to see coming, some not.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • pondo
  • 01-05-18

A bunch of short stories

What did you like best about The Egg and Other Stories? What did you like least?

Same repackaged twist at the end. Found myself more interested in guessing what the twist was going to be rather than listening to the stories. After a couple it got kinda easy to guess correctly.

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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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  • Kelly A McDermott
  • 23-04-19

Witty Short Stories

A couple of these short stories really had me fooled - good twists. This is a very easy listen. I wished there were more or that the book/stories were longer. This is definitely worth it.

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  • Pearl M.
  • 04-04-19

Short and sweet

Every story told here has a twist, sometimes two. Some of them are easy to figure out, some don't hit you until the narrator gets to deliver the punchline, but every time it had me laughing or grinning when he got me. These stories really aren't anything like his other works, but they're all quite excellent. Highly recommend.