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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,975 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles de Lint Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Newford Series Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9781455192250
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Myth, music, and magic—and dreams underfoot

Welcome to Newford—to the music clubs, the waterfront, and the alleyways where ancient myths and magic spill into the modern world. Gemmins live in abandoned cars and skells traverse the tunnels below, while mermaids swim in the grey harbor waters and fill the cold night with their song. Come meet Jilly, painting wonders in the rough city streets; and Geordie, playing fiddle while he dreams of a ghost; and the Angel of Grasso Street, gathering the fey and the wild and the poor and the lost.

Like Mark Helprin’s A Winter’s Tale and John Crowley’s Little, Big, Dreams Underfoot, a collection of nineteen stories, is a must-read book, not only for fans of urban fantasy but for all who seek magic in everyday life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Kate Reading’s] wide vocal range serves the listener well, as she is able to voice the many different characters distinctively and lend each the emotional weight he or she commands in turn.”

    SFSite.com

  • “In de Lint’s capable hands, modern fantasy becomes something other than escapism. It becomes folk song, the stuff of urban myth.”

    Phoenix Gazette

  • “Charles de Lint shows that, far from being escapism, contemporary fantasy can be the deep mythic literature of our time.”

    Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction

  • “This collection of conceptually innovative, thematically simple stories proves again that de Lint is a leading talent in the urban fantasy subgenre.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Kate Reading tells their stories as if she knows her characters well and is familiar with their tales. She uses pace, timing, and tone to reflect the personalities of the main characters without neglecting the minor players. With a light touch she takes the unexpected and bizarre in stride and provides continuity and a unifying voice to the collection.”

    AudioFile

  • “Superior work that upholds de Lint’s high reputation [and] definitely recommended for fantasy collections.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Georgesear | 2/10/2014

    " Only made it half-way through this one. The premise is interesting -- intertwined short stories with a fantasy twist -- but ultimately not interesting enough! The writing was average at best and most of the stories just didn't grab me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erren Wolf | 1/20/2014

    " This is the first book about the town of Newford and is a collection of short stories. This town only exists in the book and Charles deLint makes it seem real and he makes the characters seem real. Newford could be a town anywhere in America. Perhaps creating a whole town gives the author more freedom for his characters to roam about in. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leiani | 1/15/2014

    " short stories, couldn't keep my interest so I stopped reading which I almost never do "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Bass | 12/25/2013

    " Really creative urban fantasy, a departure from the common fantasy...Good Stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlotte | 11/29/2013

    " This was my favorite book when I was in middle school. It still holds its own for most of the short stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erika (YA or GTFO) | 10/16/2013

    " Fun short stories, if sometimes slightly underdeveloped. Still really great, original ideas and a good blend of folklore with an urban setting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nia | 10/4/2013

    " One of my favorite books... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jesse | 9/3/2013

    " I absolutly loved these stories when I read them! 'Urban fantasy' it's called, and its super cool if you like fantasy stuff. I liked this book more than anything else I read by this author. Check it out! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie M. | 6/7/2013

    " This set of interconnected short stories does a great job portraying the wonder and mystery of magic springing from an urban setting. The stories are at their best when they don't get too heavy-handed with their message, leaving room for a little enigma. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Derek Rivard | 4/6/2013

    " The second book I read by de Lint, it's a collection beautiful and lyrical. One of his best. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 E | 8/21/2012

    " The first couple of chapters are slow moving - as are the last couple. I flew through the middle stories. I don't know why some were so much easier to read and enjoy than others. I'd borrow this book from the library if I were you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sumayyah | 6/17/2012

    " Very nice collection of fantasy in places where you would least expect to see it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Reaca | 5/21/2012

    " I read this as a teen and have been trying to find it again ever since! Thanks, Autumn, for posting it now I can finally find it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 10/30/2011

    " This is the first book I suggest to people who are interested in reading Charles de Lint. It introduces our anchor characters in the city of Newford, and clearly delineates de Lint's style of urban fantasy. Cannot, cannot recommend it highly enough. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Haengbok92 | 9/16/2011

    " This was the first book I read by Charles de Lint. I loved the stories, my favorite being the one with the bicycles. It was one of those books that felt completely real, and I wanted to find the door to that world. Amazing work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin Wilson | 6/19/2011

    " My introduction to Charles de Lint. Dreams Underfoot more or less defines urban fantasy for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William Brook | 6/4/2011

    " I loved this book <3 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 5/5/2011

    " I had forgotten how much I used to enjoy de Lint's books. This collection of stories is remarkable and made me regret ending the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jo | 4/13/2011

    " I've been reading de Lint for ages and love his blend of urban decay and fairy magic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee Anne | 4/11/2011

    " Didn't get the book finished yet. Might come back to it, might not. I started with de Lint's novels and found I didn't like the short stories as well. What I read I enjoyed, just didn't love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karly | 3/25/2011

    " A collection of some of de Lint's finest short stories, a magical yet realistic journey through the streets of the fictional city of Newford.
    Wonderous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 3/2/2011

    " De Lint has an amazing way of blending the magical with every day life, reminding us that we are the mythmakers... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cristi | 11/24/2010

    " I LOVE the way de Lint writes. His stories will change your world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 8/29/2010

    " This is a series of urban legends at the intersection of the world we understand and faery. I was always engaged by the end of every tale and the reappearing characters gave a sense of community "

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About the Author
Author Charles de Lint

Charles de Lint has helped to popularize the genres of urban fantasy and mythic fiction and has earned a devoted following and critical acclaim as a master of contemporary magical fiction in the tradition of storytellers like John Crowley, Jonathan Carroll, Alice Hoffman, Ray Bradbury, and Isabel Allende. Many of his novels, including  Dreams Underfoot, Memory and Dream, The Onion Girl, and Widdershins are set in the mythical North American city of Newford. He and his wife, artist MaryAnn Harris, live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

About the Narrator

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.