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Twenty-one original stories of dangerous women by top genre writers, brought together in a new anthology edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois. Intrepid warriors, far-ranging spacewomen, formidable superheroines, hard-living bad girls, embattled survivors, private investigators, seductive femmes fatale and haughty queens; as Gardner Dubois writes in his introduction, 'if you want to tie any of these women to the railway tracks, you'll have a real fight on your hands!'
This thrilling collection features both standalone tales and familiar worlds and characters, including Joe Abercrombie's Red Country backdrop; Jim Butcher's world of Harry Dresden; Lev Grossman's Magicians; Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series; and a story by Caroline Spector in the Wild Cards shared universe. Return to Westoros in The Princess and the Queen, a new novella from George R. R. Martin about the Dance of Dragons, a bitter civil war that divided the kingdom nearly two centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones.
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By Rachel on 03-30-14

Restored my faith in short story format

Where does Dangerous Women rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is the first collection of short stories I've listened to and I was impressed. Each author has taken their own interpretation of what "dangerous women" means and while some of the stories are not to my taste, the ones I did like were well written.

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the short story format immensely - studying English literature had put me off the format in the past, but this showed that you can have layered world building, character development and complex plot in a short story without it being a painfully dry academic experience.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narration by different actors helped to separate the book into the different tales, and automatically told you what kind of tone the story had through narration style.

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By Jacobus on 10-08-14

A full box of chocolates

It's seldom that a collection of short stories and novellas of such a vast array of authors pulls a listener time after time into its narrative worlds. While I bought the book because of George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire Novella, I was pleasantly surprised by the 20 other stories.

Though not sticking to only fantasy and SciFi the various authors are seasoned and upcoming writers who have staked their claim in the SciFi/Fantasy world. My favourite stories in this anthology are: Joe Abercrombie's “Some Desperado” (when chasing a 'cow girl' the danger is immanent), Megan Lindholm's “Neighbors” (danger lurks in the woman with Altzheimers), Sharon Key Penman's “A Queen in Exile” (when a queen refuses to be just a queen), Diana Gabaldon's "Virgins" (a feline take on Jamie Fraser) and George R.R. Martin's "the Blacks and the Greens" (a war prequel to the Game of Thrones). However there are many more that is probably just as good.

This anthology is like a full box of chocolates, the novellas and short stories might not all be to your taste... but they are delicious and worthwhile to listen too.

I don't think that you can go wrong. In "Dangerous Women" the adjective 'dangerous' is explored in depth. Almost every time you are challenged by the idea of what could be dangerous in a woman.

I really enjoyed it. It is one of a very few anthologies where you cannot go wrong. It is especially worth your while if you are seeking for new authors to listen too. It comes highly recommended!

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By Washington on 10-27-14

Enjoyable Dangerous and Wonderfully Diverse

What did you like most about Dangerous Women?

The dichotomy of story and style while maintaining, on the whole, the quality of writing. add to that the wonderful and unexpected energy and outright style displayed by the narrator's on show.

Who was your favorite character and why?

too many to chose but the Joe Abercrombie character of 'Shy' gives the book a raw compelling bang that has you plunging, head first into the pages that follow with eager anticipation.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

too hard. kept changing from story to story. Made me want to read the authors novels in many cases and in one made me want to know more about the, real life, Historical character of one narrative

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

yes i laughed out load, during some stories while others left me excited and in one case, u expectantly discomforted.

Any additional comments?

im now off to purchase 'Rogues' and hope it comes close to this choice collection of imaginative tales

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By Tuesday Jailoak on 10-25-14

Not surprisingly, it's a mixture.

What did you like most about Dangerous Women?

Some of the stories are fabulous. “My Heart is Either Broken” by Megan Abbott is creepily atmospheric. “The Hands That Are Not There” by Melinda Snodgrass is imaginative and compelling.

Any additional comments?

Some of the stories just aren't that great. I suspect that the authors aren't masters of the short story - it's a skill in and of itself. Some of them are just, well, boring. This is a very, very long book (over 20 hours) and I confess I skipped through a couple because they weren't gripping me. It's still good value for money though, because it's so long.

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By david on 12-05-16

Some Excellent stories but Martin a lazy writer,

There was some really interesting stories but the story by george RR Martin ruined the whole book.

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By Jason on 05-30-15

Possible that this is the worst series ever

I work long hours in a repetitive job to kill the monotony I listen to Books while working this collection of short stories drove me nuts there was only 3 I enjoyed in the whole 30+ hours of listening I am sure it will appeal to some but it didn't float my boat at all .

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