Get a free audiobook

The End of the Story

Collected Fantasies of Clark Ashton Smith, Book 1
Written by: Clark Ashton Smith
Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
4 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)
Price: CDN$ 33.01
CDN$ 14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

Audible Editor Reviews

Clark Ashton Smith’s unique take on science fiction, fantasy, and horror is given life by a chorus of voices, performing 25 of his earliest works, including "The Abominations of Yondo", "The Monster of the Prophecy", "The Last Incantation", and the title story. This first of five volumes of edited and curated "preferred texts" of Smith’s work serves as justification for a re-appreciation of this master of speculative fiction, the third member of the Weird Tales unholy horror trinity, the other two being H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard. Smith’s appreciation for human sexuality, fondness for ribald humor, and strong female characters are all on display in mind-engaging, goose bump-inspiring short and unsettling stories.

Publisher's Summary

Published in chronological order, with extensive story and bibliographic notes, this series not only provides access to stories that have been out of print for years, but gives them a historical and social context. Series editors Scott Conners and Ronald S. Hilger excavated the still-existing manuscripts, letters and various published versions of the stories, creating a definitive "preferred text" for Smith's entire body of work. This first volume of the series, brings together 25 of his fantasy stories, written between 1925 and 1930, including such classics as "The Abominations of Yondo," "The Monster of the Prophecy," "The Last Incantation" and the title story.

©2006 The Estate of Clark Ashton Smith (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    2
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Performance

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    4
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    2
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Sort by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • JC
  • 2018-10-28

Pretty good

I'm a big Clark Ashton Smith fan, and this book is full of excellent performances from everybody involved with the exception of some of the accents. I rated the story a 3 because I don't really see these as what somebody would normally think of when it comes to his work. Not as much weird, macabre, fantasy, or dying earth style themes that practically drip off of some of his other work. There's enough quality in the writing that it's still worth listening to, and they're some excellent stories peppered in there, but I wouldn't rate it higher than 3 stars for story in comparison to other collections of his work.

Sort by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • josh
  • 2016-02-02

If you love craft. Then this is for you!

What did you like best about The End of the Story? What did you like least?

If you are wanting more after going through Lovecraft well this is you man!
It almost as if they talk the same language.
Very nice stuff with good reading.

Any additional comments?

I would love to see each of these stories in film. Especially the venus stories.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Alaskapenny
  • 2015-12-29

variety is the spice of life

Where does The End of the Story rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

top 10 or 20

What did you like best about this story?

here is a variety of different science fiction stories. It reminds me of when I used to get the monthly Asimov's and other sci-fi magazines.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no

Any additional comments?

using different narrators for different tales was a good way to transition you into the different stories

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ArcaneBard
  • 2016-04-29

Good for any CAS fan.

While not a definitive tome of Smith's writing prowess, this sundry collection offers several diverse stories that showcase his literary range.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Paul W. Westermeyer
  • 2016-01-15

I knew I would like this book, but I was surprised

If you could sum up The End of the Story in three words, what would they be?

I knew I would like this book, but I was surprised by how much I loved it. Highly recommended for all lovers of old school Weird Tales authors.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-08-06

Wonderful collection of Ashton's tales.

Clark Ashton Smith is in a class of his own. Enter the bizarre, weird, fantastical, adventurous, and freaky world of Ashton's imagination. You will not be disappointed.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Brian Espy
  • 2018-06-18

Campaigner

This collection was performed well. The stories themselves are great. A great value for those who enjoy H.P. Lovecraft etc.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • patrick boggs
  • 2015-12-23

Mostly wonderful.

Some of the stories felt a bit incomplete, but that is understanable for what is being presented. Much of this is full and wonder of the fantastic and weird.