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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,544 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Al Sarrantonio, Neil Gaiman Narrator: Anne Bobby, Euan Morton, Jonathan Davis, Katherine Kellgren, Neil Gaiman, Peter Francis Jame Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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"The joy of fiction is the joy of the imagination. . . ."

The best stories pull readers in and keep them turning the pages, eager to discover more—to find the answer to the question: "And then what happened?" The true hallmark of great literature is great imagination, and as Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio prove with this outstanding collection, when it comes to great fiction, all genres are equal.

Stories is a groundbreaking anthology that reinvigorates, expands, and redefines the limits of imaginative fiction and affords some of the best writers in the world—from Peter Straub and Chuck Palahniuk to Roddy Doyle and Diana Wynne Jones, Stewart O'Nan and Joyce Carol Oates to Walter Mosley and Jodi Picoult—the opportunity to work together, defend their craft, and realign misconceptions. Gaiman, a literary magician whose acclaimed work defies easy categorization and transcends all boundaries, and "master anthologist" (Booklist) Sarrantonio personally invited, read, and selected all the stories in this collection, and their standard for this "new literature of the imagination" is high. "We wanted to read stories that used a lightning-flash of magic as a way of showing us something we have already seen a thousand times as if we have never seen it at all."

Joe Hill boldly aligns theme and form in his disturbing tale of a man's descent into evil in "Devil on the Staircase." In "Catch and Release," Lawrence Block tells of a seasoned fisherman with a talent for catching a bite of another sort. Carolyn Parkhurst adds a dark twist to sibling rivalry in "Unwell." Joanne Harris weaves a tale of ancient gods in modern New York in "Wildfire in Manhattan." Vengeance is the heart of Richard Adams's "The Knife." Jeffery Deaver introduces a dedicated psychologist whose mission in life is to save people in "The Therapist." A chilling punishment befitting an unspeakable crime is at the dark heart of Neil Gaiman's novelette "The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains."

As it transforms your view of the world, this brilliant and visionary volume—sure to become a classic—will ignite a new appreciation for the limitless realm of exceptional fiction.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A sometimes creepy, dark and dreamlike two thumbs up.” 

    Time Out New York

  • “An ambitious anthology with a pleasing mix of modes and moods. Stories has a little something for everyone who appreciates the possibilities of short fiction.” 

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • Stories is the perfect dark counterbalance to the smells of suntan lotion and barbecue smoke waiting for you this summer.”  

    Los Angeles Times

  • “If you can’t find something to like from [Stories] roster, you really need a vacation.”  

    St. Petersburg Times

  • A World Fantasy Award Nominee for Best Anthology

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Ian | 2/3/2014

    " I read this book of short stories to take part in a genre challenge for "fantasy" novels. In truth it is not just fantasy but a mixed bag of "tales of the imagination".....some fantasy but also dystopia, sci-fi, magic realism, soft horror, mystery plus a sprinkling of some just very strange tales. As fantasy is not really my thing, it was always going to be a hard sell and so it proved. I really enjoyed about 3 of the 20 odd stories; those by Neil Gaiman, Joe Lansdale & Elizabeth Hand but abandoned another 3 and found the rest just OK, hence my rating. The author list is pretty stellar and I'm sure that fans of imagination genres will enjoy the collection much more than me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Demi Deaton | 1/31/2014

    " My teacher borrowed this and then promptly stole it. They were that good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tamar | 1/29/2014

    " Go Jodi Picoult for raising the creepy bar. I think she's a great writer but the CNN-tagline plots are kinda blah. This is a great collection so far, I like to read a random when I have a smoke on the doorstep. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bill | 1/24/2014

    " There is some AWESOME stuff in here! Another reminder of how much I enjoy a good book of short stories. The Gaiman, obviously, is tremendous. As is the Joe Hill. Co-editor Al Sarrantonio's tale is also RIVETING, and Diana Wynne Jones rattles off a whimsical tale of Christmas annoyance that is sure to draw a chuckle. "

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