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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A fabulous experience

If any book in the world was written to be read aloud, it is this one. Davidson's style, in this book anyway, is discursive, deceptively easy, full of parentheses and ellipses and interjections, and always assumes its reader is as knowledgeable, and as interested in knowledge for its own sake, as its writer was. Robert Blumenfeld handles it with a light and expert touch, never making a meal of the often long and multi-jointed sentences, and riding the flow of the language like an expert surfer. I read aloud myself, and there are things I would do differently--one character I would have given a particular accent, one name I might have pronounced a certain way--but these are minor cavils and matters of personal taste. On the whole I can't praise this recording highly enough. Bless Neil Gaiman and his team for bringing it into being.
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- Zander Nyrond

Book Details

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