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Publisher's Summary

Enter the spell-binding worlds of best-selling author Robert Stanek and dream a new dream. The book contains two novellas, two short stories and a special feature exclusive:



Absolutes: Expertly melds science fact with science fiction. The brilliant boy scientist, Krzysztof Steelbridge, is blinded by ambition and ultimately consumed by it.
Magic Lands: Following the village elder's advice, Ray leaves his home village, setting out for the place lost and deep where he will find a companion for his journey to the stone land and where he will discover that there is no easy path.
Silence Is Golden: In the distant future, the universe is controlled by Majority-1. Their rule is supreme. No one dares stand against them, and so it is against all odds that Ev tries to make a stand against them. To do so, however, she must sacrifice everything and everyone that she holds dear.
August Rains: Former teacher and principal John Anderson must face the demons of his past.
Exploring Ruin Mist: A guidebook to Robert Stanek's The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches.
©2005 Robert Stanek; (P)2005 Reagent Press
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By Eugene on 08-22-05

Fantastic

Hands down, the best written and best narrated Audible book I've heard yet. I found the writing clean and precise and thoroughly enjoyable. The books has four well told and well written stories.

The stories have something for everyone whether you like mystery, action, scifi, adventure. "Magic Lands" is a fun adventure. "August Rains" is sad and haunting in its own way. "Silence is Golden" really makes you think. "Absolutes" had me on the edge of my seat.

I had trouble getting out of the car. I think this might be at the top of my list at the moment for favorite audiobooks. Enjoy!

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By Dillon on 08-29-05

Best thing that's happened to Audio in YEARS!

After the very first story, I was hooked. OUTSTANDING book. Great writing, great stories. Truly worthy of high praise. If this book doesn't recieve an Emmy or an Audie (preferably both), it will only reaffirm my belief that the people in charge of running those awards things suck moose balls.

Not a single weak story; this is one of those story collections that is good from start to finish. There's a scene with Ev from Silence is Golden that brought goosebumps up and down my skin. Not because it was scary but because it was so real, so dead on. I mention this because it's the hardest I've focussed on anything in years. One of many gold moments.

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