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Publisher's Summary

Commissioned by Audible and written especially for audio format this collection brings together six crime stories through the themes of discovery, destination and arrival. Top narrators bring these gripping tales to life acknowledging the Scandinavian tradition of oral storytelling.

In this collection Ben Okri and Martin Edwards explore 'discovery' in their stories; Sophie Hannah and Emma Dibdin each draw on 'destination' for their tales of painful pasts; and Elly Griffiths and Parker Bilal tackle the theme of 'arrival' in their stories.

Skald 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 Bard collates contemporary fiction.

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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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Another Audible winner.

Wonderful stories to enjoy ...all with similar themes yet each story very different and original. Narration was excellent. A great, well made gift from Audible. Thank you.

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  • PavLove
  • 04-05-2018

Enjoyable listen overall

Good stories overall. However, one story seems to be somewhat incomplete I, personally would want to find out more about characters and what happened to them. I don't want to spoil the listen, but I hope you would figure out which story I am talking on about. Generally, it is worth listening, and it is free. What are you going to lose?

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  • Jean
  • 30-10-2019

Bland multiverse mumbo-jumbo

A really great narrator, unfortunately terribly bland writing, for example - "not where... but *when*"

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-10-2019

Enjoyable way to spend a few evenings.

Some good stories here, a lovely way to spend the autumn evenings. looking forward to giving the other short story collections a listen!

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  • Kingston
  • 05-09-2019

Excellent

Captivating engrossing stories. The narrators brought them to life enjoyed everyone of the stories Thank you

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  • Monica
  • 18-06-2019

Very gripping and we'll tead

A very varied and exciting bunch of stories very well narrated and very enjoyable. Good listen

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  • Cathryn Norris
  • 28-02-2019

what a great freebie!

brilliant, well written short stories. I'd have paid for these! Not a weak story among them, they're all fab!

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  • Wendy Beale
  • 27-02-2019

Disappointed with stories

Two stories were OK. Bully and Zephyr. The rest were poor and were not really stories at all but to me, just self-indulgent waffling. I wouldn't recommend.

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  • 08-02-2019

worth a listen

some good little stories. worth a listen. great too past a few hours . 7 out of 10

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  • 09-09-2020

very underwhelming

so disappointed, the stories got worse as I listened, hoped they would improve but they didnt. Also some stories end unfinished.

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  • Nicky Ramone
  • 10-11-2019

All stories excellent and all different

A free read/listenfrom audible and an excellent one too. I was totally engrossed in each of the stories, though each of them are completely different. Very entertaining, and I’ll be following up on other works by each of these authors. I would also not like to praise one story over another. I really wasn’t expecting these stories to be as good as they are, and all the narrators were different but really brought the stories alive. Excellent production all round!

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