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Publisher's Summary

Neil Gaiman Presents: the first book in Fritz Leiber's classic sword-and-sorcery series, which includes the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novella, Ill Met in Lankhmar.In the ancient city of Lankhmar, two men forge a friendship in battle. The red-haired barbarian Fafhrd left the snowy reaches of Nehwon looking for a new life, while the Gray Mouser, apprentice magician, fled after finding his master dead. These bawdy brothers-in-arms cement a friendship that leads them through the wilds of Nehwon, facing thieves, wizards, princesses, and the depths of their desires and fears.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.
©1995 The Estate of Fritz Leiber; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.
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"It's, like all of Fritz Leiber's fiction, delightful and, like all of the Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser stories, a wonderful place to go." (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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By melody333 on 08-21-08

Fafhrd/Gray Mouser

Thank you Audible for making Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd/Gray Mouser series available. The narrator Jonathan Davis does an outstanding job of bringing life to this saga. Mr. Leiber was such a wonderful wordsmith. Listening to this series is such a treat after reading them all 25+ years ago. Highly recommend this book (and others in the set) to those who enjoy 'high adventure, sorcery and witchery' and lots of dialogue.

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By Bill Konrad on 01-18-12

Pleasantly surprised

What made the experience of listening to Swords and Deviltry the most enjoyable?

I wasn't sure what to expect from this, but it was quite enjoyable. There are no pretenses of being anything more than a good adventure story that happens to be set in an world where magic and sorcery is real. While describing a vivid and diverse imaginary setting, it avoids the tedium of an overly complex mythology (which many writers since Tolkien have attempted, but few have succeeded). The characters are interesting (although perhaps with a level of development meant to appeal primarily to a male, young adult, readership). The female characters are mostly consorts, conquests and occasional foils for the male protagonists. The plot is somewhat predictable, but the skillful storytelling makes it enjoyable nonetheless.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Swords and Deviltry?

Fafhrd's rocket-assisted ski jump was laugh-out-loud funny.

What about Jonathan Davis and Neil Gaiman (introduction) ’s performance did you like?

This was the first reading by Davis that I've listened to. The characterizations were quite good and I was able to distinguish the characters without much trouble.

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By glen southern on 04-07-13

A timeless classic

I've read and re read this series many many times and I'm still finding them riveting. They have all the element of top class fantasy and you an instantly see how younger writers have been influenced by Leibers work. While the magic is not gratuitous it features heavily throughout the books but is somehow believable and always logical. I have just introduced my sons to Leiber in written form whist I am enjoying him in the audio format for the first of many times. All in all a must listen series of books.

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By Amazon Customer on 04-07-13

Nothing beats great old fantasy!

Great characters, inventive plots, unforgettable villains, old realms, merciless gods, beautiful women... what can we ask more to a fantasy novel?

Maybe good style and quick pace? Fritz Leiber has all of these and more. Sadly we cannot say the same of most of his followers.

The adventures are narrated in an Howardian style, maybe with a better language, but the protagonist are more cunning and cynical.

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