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In the Stacks

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  144 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
Originally published in Swords and Dark Magic: The New Sword and Sorcery
Length: 1:41:13 (available to listen and download at the official URL)

Norm Sherman as the Narrator
Peter Wood as Lazlo
Dave Thompson as Casimir
Wilson Fowlie as Master Molnar
M.K. Hobson as Astriza
Graeme Dunlop as Lev Bronzeclaw
Anna Schwind as Yvette
Ann Leckie, Alasdair Stuart, Talia, Occicat, and Marshal
Audiobook, 2 pages
Published March 13th 2012 by PodCastle

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Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have never read any of the Gentleman Bastard books but the blurp to this short story sounded very interesting - after all, there is a living library so how could I have resisted?!

The full cast audio tells the story of a few prospects trying to pass their exam to become full-blown magicians or maybe even librarians at the afore-mentioned living library. Naturally, all these grimoires make it a dangerous place.

What you get in this story:
- artistic tardiness
- a living library
- sorce
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-shelf, fantasy, humor
Fun and short schooltime hack-n-slash fantasy with an always delightful twist of... a library dungeon with horrible nasties that aren't always just the books. :)

This is a revamped story from '09 turned into a full cast podcast with the link on the book page. :)

What makes this special is the humor and the delightful characters as they fulfill their final exam at their magic school by RETURNING A LIBRARY BOOK.

Delightful, scary, funny, and with as much fantastic action as you can squeeze into a lit
Aki Tman
Aug 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Really fun audiobook (short) about the coolest library in the world.
Its wears its DnD influences on it's sleeve and really shines for it.
Scott Lynch's tight prose and humourous characters are once again present and accounted for.
This was a full cast production (meaning everyone including the narrator got a separate voice actor) and whilst it was a little amateurish it actually fit the tone and spirit of the piece perfectly.
I found out about podcastle a while ago, but since I mainly listen to s
I wanted to like this, but I just couldn't do it. I really couldn't stand the Podcastle narration. In particular, the woman's voice of the female librarian was way too over the top. If I find this in print, I'll read it again and give it a rating. Right now, my rating would be tarnished by the voice "acting."
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook
I don't know. Maybe it was the multiple cast. But this droned on and I had a hard time focusing. Then again, I supposedly read this story in an anthology a couple of years ago and nothing about it is familiar.

Must not have left much of an impression the first time either.
Jan 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Voice acting is rather weak, but the story is entertaining.
Aug 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Battle librarians! Love the concept and glad to read more of Scott Lynch’s work
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a brilliant audiobook of one of Scott Lynch’s short stories, and I listened to the story from Podcastle, which I really enjoyed, it had a really good cast of narrators, and I found that they did a great job in narrating this wonderfully written short story.
The plot itself follows a group of magic students undertaking their fifth year exams, which itself sounds simple: returning a book to the library. The library which is not only full of books of magic, but also creatures attracted the k
Dione Basseri
A must-read for any librarian or fan of the Thursday Next novels. A group of magic students with suitably sorcerers names face one of the most terrifying exams in their school: returning a book to the library. Full of books of magic and creatures attracted to so much knowledge and paper, the library has its own sort of malicious consciousness. Death is not uncommon during the exams. They must work together to beat locovores (creatures that feed on the sound of new words, and thus stalkers of tal ...more
Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)
Mar 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio, favourites
A very fantastic audiobook of one of Scott's short stories. The hosts were a bit difficult to listen to - perhaps the audio should have been monitored for being too loud, and for echoing at the end.

The casting was very good. It would have been even better if they had spoken without their accents, but it was pretty damn good.
Althea Ann
May 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
A renowned school for wizards has the largest collection of grimoires known to man. Strange things happen when you collect that many spells in one place - and the final exam features just one task: return a library book to the shelves. Fun and funny; a must for Scott Lynch's fans.
R J K Lee
May 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
So damn good! Lynch killed it with this amusing short story, not to mention the narration and voice acting was fantastic. Will have to check if Podcastle has put together a cast of skilled voice actors on any other tracks.
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wonderful, imaginative short story that worked very well as a podcast. Voices were great, especially Molnar who - deliberately? - sounded just like Christopher Lee. I did see the end coming, but it was still great. Worth the hour and a half of your time.
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I listened to the PodCast from Podcastle, which was really nice.
It was a really good short story. Lots of action, nice world, not cliché.
The human skin part made me crack up. Totally loved it.

Read second time: 03-10-2013
Michelle Hardyman
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My first podcast story ever, loved it
Apr 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable little fantasy piece about magical libraries and the troubles that come with returning a book.
Tya Baker
Aug 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Mar 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Available for free at podcastle! A fun, short fantasy story that I think just about anyone could enjoy.
Galina Met
Mar 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: liked
Read the story in S&DM last year, didn't listen to the podcast
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
Fantastic short
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Good stuff . A short story Audiobook in Podcastle.
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Short but awesome. This does a lot with very few words and builds a world I wish Lynch had touched upon again.
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