The Adventures of Doctor Eszterhazy

  • by Avram Davidson
  • Narrated by Robert Blumenfeld
  • 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Award-winning author, narrator, and screenwriter Neil Gaiman personally selected this book, and, using the tools of the Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX), cast the narrator and produced this work for his audiobook label, Neil Gaiman Presents.
A few words from Neil on The Adventures of Doctor Eszterhazy: "We picked the Eszterhazy stories for Neil Gaiman Presents because I wanted to convey the joy and delight of Avram Davidson's short stories. This is the first place all of the Eszterhazy stories have been collected together, including "The Odd, Old Bird", which was not part of the print edition of The Adventures of Doctor Eszterhazy, but could be found instead in the collection The Other Nineteenth Century. If you love fantasy, if you love alternate worlds, or if you just love good stories well-told, that's who Avram Davidson is - someone who knows a great deal more than you do and is damned if both of you aren't going to have a great time in Scythia-Pannonia-Transbalkania."
Avram Davidson (April 23, 1923 - May 8, 1993) was an American Jewish writer of fantasy fiction, science fiction, and crime fiction, as well as the author of many stories that do not fit into a genre niche. He won a Hugo Award and three World Fantasy Awards in the science fiction and fantasy genre, a World Fantasy Life Achievement award, and a Queen's Award and an Edgar Award in the mystery genre.
This invaluable collection of Avram Davidson's resonant, witty short stories describes some incidents in the career of many-times-Doctor Engelbert Eszterhazy, loyal subject of the Triune Monarchy of Scythia- Pannonia-Transbalkania, located in a 19th-century Europe whose political landscape will be, after a little reflection, familiar to most fantasy listeners. Enquire with Doctor Eszterhazy into curious matters: the lurley, the old woman who lived with a bear, gingerbread men, dancing goats, and more.

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audible forced me to give it one star.

I was not going to give this one star, but audible forced me to give it one, before I could write a review.

Gaimen says in the introduction, that AD is smarter then most people. I believe he is pretty smart to write such drivel and have someone print it and people bought it.

Here is one of the big puns (there are no jokes) of the book. So and so wants to meet you incognito. Answer, Why would he want to meet me incognito, when he has never meet me cognito. TA Da.

I get tired of pretentious people saying pretentious things and we are suppose to feel stupid if we don't think they are funny. How many times have you been at a comedy club and the comedian gets on to the crowd for not laughing. Trying to say we are stupid because we don't laugh at his jokes. Dude, we get the joke, and your not funny.

This book is filled with lots of big made up words, kind of like you and your friends did in first grade.

The narrator is actually great and I hope to hear him read some good books
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- Jim "The Impatient"

Brilliant Narration of the Erudite Abstruse

I've added this work to my list of things that make me go...Hmmmm??? Right now I can't say I "liked" this book, but I can say, and I am 'thrilled' that I have been introduced to the complex, brilliant, multifaceted mind of Avram Davidson. I am thankful I didn't miss his work/worlds. Experiencing this work would have been utterly unattainable for me without Robert Blumenfeld's dazzling assistance in bringing such vivid life to Davidson's complex "voice" requisite to enter this satirical, humorous, absurdist, real-ish world. Perhaps these "stories" can only be first understood after revisiting and re-inhabiting them a few times. I imagine this work will be especially relevant and more humorous to readers hailing from the British Empire and European cast and title systems. I intend to explore Davidson's more Sci-Fi, other-worldly and hopefully actual storyline oriented books which I imagine will be deeply challenging and thought provoking. Put Blumenfeld on your top narrator list and start somewhere with Avram Davidson.
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- Gail

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-07-2012
  • Publisher: Neil Gaiman Presents