Come one, come all! The Carniepunk Midway promises you every thrill and chill a traveling carnival can provide. But fear not! Urban fantasy's biggest stars are here to guide you through this strange and dangerous world....
Rachel Caine's vampires aren't child's play, as a naive teen discovers when her heart leads her far, far astray in "The Cold Girl." With "Parlor Tricks" Jennifer Estep pits Gin Blanco, the Elemental Assassin, against the Wheel of Death and some dangerously creepy clowns. Seanan McGuire narrates a poignant, ethereal tale of a mysterious carnival that returns to a dangerous town after 20 years in "Daughter of the Midway, the Mermaid, and the Open, Lonely Sea." Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid and his wisecracking Irish wolfhound discover in "The Demon Barker of Wheat Street" that the impossibly wholesome sounding Kansas Wheat Festival is actually not a healthy place to hang out. With an eerie, unpredictable twist, Rob Thurman reveals the fate of a psychopath stalking two young carnies in "Painted Love."
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Its A Separate 14 Short Stories
CarniePunk not a great listen
The stories would have had to have been much better. They were all fairly short and many were weird to the point of being almost incomprehensible. The only way to make this a 4 or 5 star would have been to get better writers, narrarators and make the Kevin Hearne story (only one worth listening to) much longer.
The stories were strange, and not in the good way. The best point was that most were short so you wouldn't be annoyed for long. The carnie link was weak at best in several of the stories and some were more romance stories more than urban fantasy. I rolled the dice and it came up snake eyes this time. If you are a hardcore Kevin Hearne fan it might be worth a credit otherwise I'd say pass on this one.
Only Kevin Hearne. I bought this strictly for his story and hoped that I might find a new author or two to follow. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case.
Candace Thaxton Sultry, lively, Worst British accent of all time (not one word but has to be noted)
Kirby Heyborne Nasal, Effiminate, mispronunciations.
Ms. Thaxton had a very pleasing voice. It was sultry and enjoyable. While her standard voice is nice she does not have a lot of range so all her voices sound pretty much the same. She misprononuced a number of words but that is no big deal for me although it might bother someone else. I have to note she has one of the worst attempts at a British accent I have ever heard. She couldn't even keep it for a full sentence. Often she tried to speak faster to cover it. I found it more amusing than annoying.
Mr. Heyborne had a very effiminate voice. In some ways he sounded less manly than Ms. Thaxton. He could do a multitude of voices, but his standard narration voice is high, effiminate and offputting. He has the capability to do better mens voices and did so. He should just apply them to his standard voice and he would be much better off. He had a lot of mispronunciations as well. These don't bother me but I note it for others that might find this aggravating.
The Kevin Hearne story was good. Also, several of the authors have potential to be intersting, but seem to need to work on their writing a bit first. Despite what it may have appeared I did like Ms. Thaxton's voice. She just needs to work on her range and British accent.
I can't recommend this one. Even if you are a major Kevin Hearne fan the story isn't enough to justify spending a credit.