Swords Against Death : Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser

  • by Fritz Leiber
  • Narrated by Jonathan Davis, Neil Gaiman (introduction)
  • Series: Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser
  • 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Neil Gaiman Presents: the second book in Fritz Leiber's classic sword-and-sorcery series.In Swords Against Death, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser journey from the ancient city of Lankhmar, searching for a little adventure and debauchery to ease their broken hearts. When a stranger challenges them to find and fight Death on the Bleak Shore, they battle demonic birds, living mountains, and evil monks on the way to their heroic fate.The late Fritz Leiber's tales of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser launched the sword-and-sorcery genre, and were the inspiration for the fantasy role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons.BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction by Neil Gaiman.


What the Critics Say

"The two of them are the finest and most wonderful team in the history of sword and sorcery." (Neil Gaiman)
"Fritz Leiber's tales of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser are virtually a genre unto themselves. Urbane, idiosyncratic, comic, erotic and human, spiked with believable action and the eerie creations of a master fantasist!" (William Gibson)


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Classical rogue

Swords Against Death is the second collection of stories about Fafhrd, the big northern barbarian, and The Gray Mouser, the small thief from the slums. For the past three years, the two have grown so close that they are now (as Neil Gaiman suggests in his introduction to the audio version) like two halves of the same person. They???ve been traveling the world together in an effort to forget their lost loves.

During their travels ???they acquired new scars and skills, comprehensions and compassions, cynicisms and secrecies ??? a laughter that lightly mocked, and a cool poise that tightly crusted all inner miseries,??? but they haven???t been able to assuage their guilt or lessen their feelings of loss outside of Lankhmar, the city which they swore never to return to.

But as Sheelba of the Eyeless Face prophesied (???Never and forever are neither for men. You???ll be returning again and again.???), Fafhrd and the Mouser are persuaded to return to Lankhmar where, it turns out, they have not been forgotten, and soon the duo is back to their old tricks and dealing with their former enemies in these stories: ???The Circle Curse,??? ???The Jewels in the Forest,??? ???Thieves??? House,??? ???The Bleak Shore,??? ???The Howling Tower,??? ???The Sunken Land,??? ???The Seven Black Priests,??? ???Claws from the Night,??? ???The Price of Pain-Ease,??? and ???Bazaar of the Bizarre.???

Some of the stories are better than others (my favorite was ???Bazaar of the Bizarre???) but all are ???classical rogue??? (Neil Gaiman???s term) and all are worth reading simply because they???re written in Fritz Leiber???s gorgeous prose, which is thick with alliteration, insight, and irony.

Jonathan Davis who does a terrific job with this series. His voices for Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser are perfect ??? Fafhrd sounds pensive, intellectual, and introverted while Gray Mouser sounds a bit greasy and common. I highly recommend this format; it adds an extra dimension to these fun stories.
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- Katherine


The best part of this book was when he gave you dates. The year of the Lion or Behemoth, the month of the Dragon or Hedge Hog, the day of the mouse or Toad, etc... The rest of the book was narration, the main characters barely spoke.

I knew I was in trouble when Gaiman began the narration. Audible had a project where Gaiman introduced some books that where no longer popular, but he loved and wanted to bring back. A great idea on paper, but there was a reason, these books did not stand the test of time and before you get all cranky with me, do your research. Take a look at the ratings on these books and most of them were bought by fans of Gaiman, who really wanted to like these books. Almost all of these books where failures.

Since I have already PO'd a few people let me continue with Davis the narrator. I have yet to like a book, he has narrated. I do not like his style, I do not like it with green eggs and ham, I do not like it Sam I Am. It is now to the point where I will not buy a book if he is the narrator.
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- Jim "The Impatient"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-12-2008
  • Publisher: Audible Studios