Two vastly different short story collections on the blog today – first up is Heroes Wanted by Katharina Gerlach. A preface introduces the author and provides insight into the genesis of the two very unique stories contained within.
Two very clever stories, the first laden with mythological creatures as is wends through the fantastical with a twist of corporate red tape and a touch of science fiction, and the difficulties of maintaining a positive outlook when dealing with the customers of a hero.
Linda Joy manages to present all of the character switches and emotional impact required, including that punch of dealing with customers and a horrible villian. Her voicing of Rose as the heroine, with her more than slightly stressful task is spot on and enjoyable, even as the story has many elements running in and out.
The second story combines Germanic mythology with the Roman in an oddly conceived and cleverly plotted combination to build a new heroic creature. Again Linda Joy manages to perform the stories with pointed yet not over the top voices, adding in her clear enunciation and elements of emotional veracity to aid the building tension as the story comes to climax.
Katharina Gerlach has written two very clever stories that are accessible to children and adults alike. There is action and fantasy to appeal to children, and several nuanced layers of the frustration and stress inherent in corporate or cooperative endeavors. A truly fun listen.
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 5 Story 4
Title: Heroes Wanted
Author: Katharina Gerlach
Narrator: LInda Joy
Published by: Independent Bookworm
Source: AudioBook Jukebox
Audio Length: 56 minutes
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This eBook/AudioBook contains two short stories.
Life™ – Divisions of Myths and Legends
or How to order a dragon
Mondays are hard in any office. When Siegfried von Xanthen is calling before opening hours, the day at Life™ – Divisions of Myths and Legends goes downhill for Rose.
A Different Perspective
Romans attack, and Freyja flees with the women of her clan while the men fight, including her beloved Thordal. Can Allfather Odin help Freyja to save Thordal’s life?
A copy of this title was provided via AudioBook Jukebox for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.