Songs of the Dying Earth

  • by Glen Cook, Gardner Dozois (editor), Neil Gaiman, Tanith Lee, George R. R. Martin (editor and author), Paula Volsky
  • Narrated by Arthur Morey
  • 28 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Jack Vance was a seminal figure in the development of modern fantasy - so much so that it's nearly impossible to imagine the genre as we know it today without him. In the course of his more than 50-year career, he has published dozens of major novels, as well as collections filled with marvelously crafted stories, winning the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, the Edgar Award, the Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America, and several World Fantasy Awards, including the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.
Vance's masterpiece, The Dying Earth, may be the most influential fantasy novel of the 20th century, surpassed only by J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy. It has not only inspired several generations of fantasy writers, from Gene Wolfe and Michael Moorcock to Neil Gaiman and George R.R. Martin, but its influence has reached deep into the realms of graphic novels, comics, fantasy role-playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons, and even computer gaming.
The anthology Songs of the Dying Earth has assembled one of the most distinguished casts of authors ever - including Dan Simmons, Neil Gaiman, George R. R. Martin, Paula Volsky, Mike Resnick, Robert Silverberg, Lucius Shepard, Tad Williams, Tanith Lee, Liz Williams, Glen Cook, and eleven other famous writers - to write stories in honor of the genius of Jack Vance, stories using the bizarre and darkly beautiful far future setting of the Dying Earth, near the very end of Earth's lifespan, where mighty wizards duel with spells of dreadful potency under a waning and almost burnt-out red sun, and adventurers and cutpurses strive to hoodwink and out-trick each other in haunted forests full of demons and monsters strange almost beyond comprehension.
Authors include George R. R. Martin (editor and author), Gardner Dozois (editor), Dan Simmons, Neil Gaiman, Paula Volsky, Mike Resnick, Robert Silverberg, Lucius Shepard, Tanith Lee, Liz Williams, Jeff VanderMeer, Kage Baker, Elizabeth Moon, Elizabeth Hand, Walter Jon Williams, Howard Waldrop, John C. Wright, and Glen Cook. Preface by Jack Vance.

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Songs of the Dying Earth

While I really enjoyed the stories which were written by some of my favorite Authors, it was largely spoilt by the poor narration and was more of monotone drone than anything else, unfortunatley I have another Jack Vance audio book waiting by the same narrator, it's been put to the back of the pile until I can steel myself to listed to him again.
While the stories rated 4 stars the narrator rated 1star in my opinion.
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- William

As a Big JV Fan I thought I would give this a try

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No, I stopped after half-way through the 4th story. Yes, they were written in the context and followed JV, but the material just wasn't good. Started off good, but then quickly became amateurish.


What will your next listen be?

I moved onto Stephen Fry's Sherlock Homes, which were really good.


What does Arthur Morey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The richness of his storytelling helped, but the quality of the stories let him down


Did Songs of the Dying Earth inspire you to do anything?

No, apart from check the contributors more carefully next time.


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- Paul Chipperfield

Book Details

  • Release Date: 24-11-2009
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio