Dreamsongs (Unabridged Selections)

  • by George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by George R. R. Martin, Claudia Black, Mark Bramhall, Scott Brick, Roy Dotrice
  • 51 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Dubbed "the American Tolkien" by Time magazine, number-one New York Times best-selling author George R. R. Martin is a giant in the field of fantasy literature and one of the most exciting storytellers of our time. Now he delivers a rare treat for listeners: a compendium of his shorter works, collected into two stunning volumes, that offers fascinating insight into his journey from young writer to award-winning master.

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"Fans, genre historians, and aspiring writers alike will find this shelf-bending retrospective as impressive as it is intriguing." (Publishers Weekly)

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Contents

This edition contains all three of the "Unabridged Selections" volumes that are sold separately. So, if you're using a credit this is obviously the one to get. There are 3 stories from the print edition that are not included here: "The Ice Dragon" which is available as a seperate audiobook and the two television scripts: The Twilight Zone: "The Road Less Traveled" and Doorways, a pilot that was too similar to Sliders.

Fans of Game of Thrones will be pleased with "The Hedge Knight" which is set in the same universe.

Volume 1:

Introduction by Gardner Dozois

A FOUR-COLOR FANBOY - Introduction to the following 3 stories read by George R.R. Martin
Only Kids Are Afraid Of The Dark
The Fortress
And Death His Legacy
THE FILTHY PRO- Introduction to the following 4 stories read by George R.R. Martin
The Hero
The Exit To San Breta
The Second Kind Of Loneliness
With Morning Comes Mistfall
THE LIGHT OF DISTANT STARS - Introduction to the following 6 stories read by George R.R. Martin
A Song For Lya
This Tower Of Ashes
And Seven Times Never Kill A Man
The Stone City
Bitterblooms
The Way Of Cross And Dragon

Volume 2:

THE HEIRS OF TURTLE CASTLE - Introduction to the following 2 stories read by George R.R. Martin
The Lonely Songs Of Laren Dorr
In The Lost Lands
HYBRIDS & HORRORS - Introduction to the following 6 stories read by George R.R. Martin
Meathouse Man
Remembering Melody
Sandkings
Nightflyers
The Monkey Treatment
The Pear-Shaped Man
A TASTE OF TUF - Introduction to the following 2 stories read by George R.R. Martin
A Beast For Norn
Guardians

Volume 3:

THE SIREN SONG OF HOLLYWOOD - Introduction to 2 scripts missing from the audiobook edition.
DOING THE WILD CARD SHUFFLE - Introduction to the following 2 stories read by George R.R. Martin
Shell Games
From The Journal Of Xavier Desmond
THE HEART IN CONFLICT - Introduction to the following 6 stories read by George R.R. Martin
Under Siege
The Skin Trade
Unsound Variations
The Glass Flower
The Hedge Knight
Portraits Of His Children

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- Maliboo

True and Accurate Anthology of an Author

As I expected, I enjoyed some stories and did not care much for others. This is an anthology of work by George R.R. Martin covering a good portion of his career. I really enjoyed that each "section" of the book began with the author providing some background on the works about to be read, telling the personal side of the stories. I thought these were at times more entertaining than the stories themselves.

While some were not thrilling or unpredictable, it does not detract from the quality of writing I find with much of Martin's works. Dreamsongs does not disappoint, especially for fans of George R.R. Martin's style of writing.
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- Jeff Harris

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-30-2007
  • Publisher: Random House Audio