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Bard: The Short Story Collection

6 Original Contemporary Fiction Short Stories
Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
5 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Leading authors draw on themes of arrival, discovery and destination in a collection of six contemporary fiction works written especially for Audible. Commissioned for audio format, these stories are performed by narrators with an acknowledgement to the medieval culture of bards – professional storytellers. 

In this collection, Claire Fuller and Marina Lewycka explore 'discovery' at different times of our lives; Chigozie Obioma and Adam Thirlwell consider their protagonists' long-held desires through 'destination'; and Sarah Hall and Joanne Harris view 'arrival' through negotiating life-changing events. 

Bard is one of three short story collections written by our favourite best-selling novelists and emerging authors, and curated based on the themes of arrival, discovery and destination. Jali collates science fiction tales while Skald features six crime stories.

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Critic Reviews

"The ancient art of storytelling, updated." (Glamour)

"Beautifully read by well-chosen voices." (Sunday Times)

"Intelligent literary dramas." (The Times)

"Skald brings together a gripping collection of chilling crime-thrillers, Jali is a compilation of smart and surreal sci-fi on the bleeding edge of literary innovation, and Bard celebrates the beauty of language with intelligent literary dramas and inspired fictional narratives." (Grazia)

"As a listener to this station, you'll be familiar with the idea of an audiobook, but now that traditional format has been give a make-over in the form of works written specifcally for audio." (BBC Radio 4, The World Tonight - interview with Joanne Harris)

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  • Blind Girl
  • 10-05-18

Fortunately it was a free download

It’s like no one knows nowadays whata short story means. This collection smells of sweat and negligeant writing and – most of all – lacking of directions. Deceivingly generous, the genre absorbs in itself so many ideas, styles and dimensions. But you instinctly recognise what is good and what is not.
Claire Fuller makes you believe that a chapter from her next novel is a complete short story. No, it isn’t, it’s a part of something. I may be wrong but I feel like she’s working on a major opus and let drop some pages of it.
Marina Lewycka wrote a bad, uninteresting joke. I can’t see the point, sorry.
Chigozie Obioma’s is finally something similar to a short story but not ideally paced for me. Anyway the most remarkable of all the six with such couleurs locaux.
Adam Thirlwell had something in his mind and you feel he wrote it no matter the price. He spreads his clever ideas and images and doesn’t care about anything else. I confess it amazed me and I was looking up for other titles by him. But for God’s sake please please don’t cut a short story into chapters!!!
Sarah Hall may be near to the heart of short storytelling. But the whole stuff was so dramatic, direct and pretentious it irritated me from start to finish. Brrrrrr!
And at last came a true one by Joanne Harris. This is how a perfect short looks like. Not really original or astonishing, but professional, humble and satisfactory.

I wish authors were half good as the narrators. Int hat case it would have been a happy listen.

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  • Dee
  • 16-05-18

Disappointing

Based on a review in Stylist I purchased this for a road trip. I didn't make it to the end of any of the stories. All quite depressing and very slow paced.

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  • Michael
  • 20-06-18

Boring and pointless

These are pointless stories that are painful to get through and have no payoff, there is nothing to be gained and no reason to finish the chapter.

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  • Lola465
  • 30-09-19

Not great stories

I only really liked one of these tales. Most did not engage.
On the plus side, they were well read.

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  • Surrey
  • 13-01-19

Fantastic.

Bard bard bard, were has the time gone. Losing such time is a waisted timing.

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  • Ragne
  • 19-07-20

Some brilliant stories

It's always difficult to review collections of short stories. Some I like, some i don't.
Here, there are some brilliant ones. I loved "birdlime" and "the wood between the worlds". Others, I sort of zoned out.
But the narrations were great.

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  • Mrs W.
  • 04-04-20

Skip to the last

I listened to these, all individual short stories, to be fair, I listened to all but only the last one was any good really.

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  • Avi
  • 04-04-20

a good short listen

the different narrators with the variety of accents was superb.
the stories were short, all good, nothing will really stay with me.
2 stood out... but perhaps I'm over fiction.

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  • Mel
  • 11-05-19

Excellent Collection

I really enjoyed all but of one these stories and found them all thought provoking and interesting. I'll be looking up titles from most of the authors to hear more.

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  • Beverley
  • 05-01-19

So-So

Well Some Good, Some Not So Good. Good Enough To Fill Some Time During Chores.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-06-20

A great listen

Loved all the diverse stories. Well selected and well narrated. Very entertaining, clever and very recommended.