Fearful Symmetries Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
From Ellen Datlow, award-winning and genre-shaping editor of more than fifty anthologies, and twenty of horror's established masters and rising stars, comes an all-original look into the beautiful, terrible, tragic, and terrifying.
Wander through visions of the most terrible of angels, the Seven who would undo the world. Venture through Hell and back, and lands more terrestrial and darker still. Linger a while in childhoods, and seasons of change by turns tragic and monstrously transformative. Lose yourself amongst the haunted and those who can't let go, in relationships that might have been and never were. Witness in dreams and reflections, hungers and horrors, the shadows cast upon the wall, and linger in forests deep.
Come see what burns so bright. . . .
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|Listening Length||14 hours and 55 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||August 05, 2015|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #203,476 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#225 in Erotic Science Fiction & Fantasy
#347 in Horror Anthologies & Short Stories
#1,429 in Literature Anthologies
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I purchased Fearful Symmetries in both the Kindle eBook & Audible/Audiobook formats back in 2018, and it’s been one of the few anthologies that I’ve revisited a number of times due to the strength of these particular stories that Ellen Datlow was able to collect. If you read the introduction she wrote for this book, you’ll see how this anthology was different from others in terms of how it was funded, how the stories were selected, and how it was initially published.
The product you see on the page before now is the exact same one that myself and several others bought a few years ago, with the minor difference of new cover artwork. (As far as I know, but I believe this to be the case).
A few months ago, the title that I’d purchased previously was no longer available here on Amazon. So when I clicked on the page for this book I’d already purchased, it didn’t say, “You’ve already purchased this item; go to your library” but rather it appeared as thought it was a new release and says “click to purchase,” (note: this is not the case for the Audible version for whatever reason). Because of this, I originally wrote a rather childish, scathing review for the title because I wasn’t aware of the circumstances surrounding the book’s reissue – and I would like to personally apologize to the editor, publisher(s), authors, and artists – whose hard work went into creating this collection of stories that I’ve enjoyed reading a number of times over the last few years.
It was recently brought to my attention that the original publisher went out of business for reasons that I do not know, (but also don’t believe to be entirely relevant to this updated review), and that the authors were able to regain the rights to their work in order to have this collection reissued thanks to the publishing company Open Road. There are a few comments below this review that clarified all of these things for me. If you also purchased this title already, just as I did some years ago, and are confused regarding why it’s being listed as a new item, I urge you not to make the same mistake I did – which was to become frustrated & write an angry review.
My real concern is not with the editor or publisher(s) AT ALL, but rather with the fact that an online book store as large as Amazon is somehow incapable of handling these situations such that people who’ve purchased the book under the original publisher are not suggested to re-purchase the same content when it’s a reissued title, not an updated edition with updated/expanded content. Thank you for reading – I know this is hardly a review, but the names of the authors & editor next to the book’s title should assure you of this product’s quality. Cheers.
I take great pleasure in losing myself in the ebb and flow, the subject variety and emotional ferocity, and the ever-changing tone, voice, and conceptualization from a variety of authors or authors' works.
I've read many anthologies that Ellen Datlow has helped to midwife into existence. Every one is absolutely greater than the sum of its parts, as they should be. Every one has also lead me to finding at least one new author whose works I happily and voraciously consume upon finishing the anthology in which they featured. Hope anyone considering finds as much joy here as I did.
Others- well, I am not usually a horror reader, and I am probably missing something of modern horror conventions- but several of the stories struck me as being so oblique that they did not actually make sense to me.
Most, though, were very good, and some were excellent.
Generally recommended, even for non-horror fans.
I started the second story, and it nearly as much profanity on the first page as the previous story had in its entirety.
At that point I contacted Amazon to get my money back. I read books like this for imaginative stories, and peppering one's tale with profanity is not in the least imaginative.