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- Listening Length: 32 hours and 45 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 30 Jan. 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00I0YSSK2
Dangerous Women Audio Download – Unabridged
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And while the title of the collection suggests that the theme of included stories are women that make problems, threaten or destroy this is actually not entirely true.
Although reader on the anthology pages is going to meet all kinds of female protagonists that are far from being symbols of perfection or virtuous, most of them are characters that didn't want to leave their fate and lives to others...
What is characteristic of many anthologies especially in situations when they're of different genres - the unevenness of quality- happened in this case as well, resulting with a situation that some of the included stories are of exceptional quality, while there are some others that certainly are not of level that would be expected in such edition.
Also, the short stories as format are not popular with all the readers because they most of the times don't allow the full development of the characters and the reader often wonders why the author didn't made the effort to develop it into a book of novel length.
Personally I like to read short stories and I think that only the skillful writers succeed in this shorter form giving more than the others would manage to deliver on 200 or more pages.Read more ›
So, like many of these type of books, a bity hit and miss.
And so, what of the flagship story; George Martin's novella titled The Princess and the Queen, or the Blacks and the Greens? Well, let's just say that it isn't the highlight of this compendium. I'm not saying that it isn't good (definitely not), and it certainly does what it intends to, but it left me a little ... frustrated. It is written in the style of a transcript, and done well in this sense, but we cover such a rapid and intriguing period of history in just eighty pages, that it feels rather distant. In all honesty, the story relayed could command a lengthy trilogy in its own right, so eighty pages was never going to cut it. I finished the story wondering if this is what it's like reading a synopsis, and in some sense that gave me heart; I now know the shape of the story, but that only makes me want to read the full intoxicating version more. It turns out that the journey is more important than the destination.
Regardless, this is a must read for George R. R. Martin fans, of which I count myself one. I'm glad I picked it up, and I hope George gets the chance to write the full literary version one day. I will certainly pick that up.
But what of the other seven hundred pages? What of the other short story offerings? Well, frankly, they were brilliant.
I have never read a short story collection before, but this has whet my appetite. It was so refreshing to jump from genre to genre, highly enjoyable, and the fact that each tiny morsel had to cut its own literary arc meant that the reading pace left you gasping; you couldn't leave a story unfinished.Read more ›
The description to the book reveals a huge spoiler for anyone who hasn't finished the series. If you're ever considering reading the Dresden files then skip this part entirely, as both the page long editorial and short story itself aren't meant to be read until you have finished the series.
I'm staggered that this wasn't mentioned. How hard would it have been to have included a line saying 'Spoiler ahead- do not read unless you have finished the Dresden files series.'?
Other than that the stories in this book are very good, I've enjoyed most of them and skipped those that I did not enjoy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So far , Iam enjoying the stories ,and the ease that the author keeps me very interested. I hope the rest of the stories do the same.
Fantastic! Every story so individual and riveting, well worth the money!Published 9 months ago by tictac
I love the George RR story but it has already been released! IT IS NOT ALL NEW! That is the reason for the 3 stars!Published 10 months ago by Andrew McClay
Yet another A1 publication by George RR Martin. An engrossing series of shorts.Published 12 months ago by Vic Brown
Anthologies can usually be a bit of a risk (I've been burnt before) but this is one that shows the best elements of the "genre". Read morePublished 12 months ago by Neil J. Pearson