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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (5,677 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Phil Rickman Narrator: Seán Barrett Publisher: Isis Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2012 ISBN:
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In the ruins of a haunted medieval abbey, four musicians hope to tap into the site's dark history. The experience almost destroys them. Years later, the original group is forced to return to the abbey, to confront the old evil they discovered...

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/20/2014

    " The last story alone is more than enough reason to buy this book. Simply beautiful. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marley Kd | 2/15/2014

    " Powerful but scarring writing. I am not sure what purpose some of these stories serve but to maim a reader's conscience. Just because you have the power to shock doesn't mean the stories are good, important, or meaningful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 2/8/2014

    " The cover quote said this book was "subversive, hilarious, and emotionally piercing". These stores are emotionally astute, poignant and provocative, but not hilarious. These stories stick with you. These people stick with you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zach | 2/4/2014

    " Saunder's collection of stories is bizarrely comforting. Mind-control pharmaceuticals and little girls hanging from wires as decorations may not sound encouraging, but each of the nightmarish scenarios in Tenth of December is written with such wit and concern you cannot help but be pulled in, and by the end of the story you can't imagine it being told any other way. As eccentric as Saunder's chimerical style can be, the insanely sane characters come across as familiar friends of the family, and their stories (even the one about a guy who, in a drug-induced delusion, thinks he's a knight) are letters to you, messages they think you ought to receive, thank-yous and get-better-soons, miss-yous and happy-birthdays, incredibly personal and, though sometimes gaudy, always welcome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 1/31/2014

    " Read by the author. Such a treat. Semplica Girls Diaries was so funny, sweet and moving. Loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zvi | 1/27/2014

    " Excellent book of short stories. Saunders is top-notch, whether he's writing sly, satirical SF in the slipstream mode ("The Semplica Girl Diaries", "Escape from Spiderhead"), or more mainstream literary fiction. He has an unerring sense of voice -- the first story in the book, "Victory Lap", is written from three different and distinct points of view in linear time, and is a tour-de-force of characterization through internal monologue. The first paragraph in "Puppy", particularly, struck me as brilliant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pgregory | 1/18/2014

    " The hype preceding publication of this book made me wary. I'm still wary. Some of the stories didn't gel for me, yet. I listened to the audiobook read by the author and I'm going back to review some of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 JDK1962 | 1/15/2014

    " Really, really excellent. Beautiful writing, and his ability to maintain specific voices is impressive. Makes me want to go back and re-read Civilwarland in Bad Decline and Pastoralia, just because it's been a long time since I last read them, and this volume reminds me how great Saunders is. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathleen | 12/22/2013

    " I didn't get it at all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cat | 12/20/2013

    " there are no words to describe how much i loved this book, the writing, the characters. it blew my mind, am an official devotee. recommend to all humans. laughed out loud, squirmed, cried. i feel myself more human and present because i read this book. yes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 11/21/2013

    " Bitingly funny collection of short stories presenting a grotesquely exaggerated version of our current consumer culture. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer Meador | 11/19/2013

    " ugh! Not worth the hype IMHO. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holli | 10/16/2013

    " Dark and strange and frequently disquieting, yet ultimately hopeful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy Simonds | 9/23/2013

    " quirky, funny, sad and thoroughly enjoyable stories "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 8/13/2013

    " What's equally amazing to the book's originality is it's current run of two months (as of 3/2/13) on the NYT best sellers list while both being "literary" (in the most snobbish sense, of course) and a collection of short stories, which occasionally have sci-fi and fantasy elements. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abbey | 7/28/2013

    " Never read any George Saunders before. These are strange and dark little stories, I often didn't want them to end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 lisa | 7/23/2013

    " I love well-written short stories, and these are among the best. I loved how most of them told the story from the point of view of many characters, so that you got a more complete picture of what was happening. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele Weiner | 6/12/2013

    " This is one of the cleverest books I've read in ages. I loved the stories and the writing style. Will write more later if I can find the time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carrie | 6/2/2013

    " My rating is more of a refelction on me. I am not a huge fan of short stories to begin with, but this book got such good reviews that I thought I would try it. I just didn't get it.....However I don't think that is the authors fault, but maybe mine.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alina | 5/9/2013

    " I get the fuss. Both funny and devastating, and always sharp. I liked best "Escape from Spiderhead" and "The Semplica Girl Diaries" -- v. biting commentary on where our society is headed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Corrie Toscana | 4/16/2013

    " Weird book with cool imagery. Had strange dreams while reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 2/26/2013

    " An incredible mix of science fiction and personal worlds of imagination. There is a strong focus on children and how they perceive the world. Some really amazing stuff in here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 1/17/2013

    " One of the stories was truly great. Some of them were pretty good. I think the NY Times article made my expectations ridiculously high. I don't think this author can compare at all to David Foster Wallace. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicholas | 1/11/2013

    " Wonderful collection of short stories by America's modern master! Some of his best work. Title story is especially beautiful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna Bijas | 12/23/2012

    " enjoyed the science fiction stories. some others were just odd. "

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