The Egg & Other Stories and The Armies of Those I Love || Mini Reviews

These are two more audiobooks I found for free Audible thanks to the Plus Catalogue at my disposal.

Of course, when I saw the name Andy Weir, I immediately decided to listen to the book because I really loved The Martian and I’ve been wanting to read more of his books.

Ken Liu, I’m not familiar with nor have I ever come across any of his books before, but the title stood out to me and I decided to give it a go.

DISCLAIMER: This review could contain possible spoilers based on my opinions. All opinions and views are my own.

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The Egg & Other Stories by Andy Weir

Originally published: 2017
Read: January 2023

Source: Audible
Format: Audiobook

Hours: 1h17m

Plot from GoodReads:

Collected for the first time anywhere, the nine tales in The Egg and Other Stories highlight Andy Weir’s trademark wit and unexpected twists. For the few who have yet to experience The Martian, it’s a perfect appetizer. For passionate Weir fans, it’s a delicious dessert.
Stories included in this audio-exclusive collection are:
“Annie’s Day”
“The Real Deal”
“Bored World”
“The Midtown Butcher”
“Meeting Sarah”
“The Chef”
“The Egg”


There are nine short stories in total.

Most of these stories have a mind-fuck ending to wrap your hear around and makes you ‘aaaaah’ when it suddenly makes sense. A couple of the stories pretty much ended in the same way, just worded accordingly, adapted to the story at hand. Each one presents the reader with basic human conditions and how we would or could possibly react in some situations, although this wasn’t applicable to all the stories but I can’t say much more on this without giving a few spoilers. 

My favourite stories were Access and Annie’s Day. Some of the others were good too, but others I didn’t really care for and will be easily forgotten over time. This collection of short stories reminded me a lot of Sticky Fingers by J.T. Lawrence.

This wasn’t up to the same standard as The Martian was but a good listen nonetheless.

My Rating:

The book has a rating of 3.99 on GoodReads. I gave it a 4.

More reviews from this author

The Martian – Andy Weir

The Armies of Those I Love by Ken Liu

Challenge prompt: The letter A in the A-Z Book Challenge 2023

Originally published: 2021
Read: January 2023

Source: Audible
Format: Audiobook

Hours: 2h11m

Plot from GoodReads:

For Franny, the end of everything is just the beginning of her adventure. The world as we know it is no more. Cities are mobile. Electricity is rare. Reading is a relic of the past. After an explosive encounter with a mysterious stranger, Franny, a 14-year-old orphan girl, embarks on an epic quest to find the mysterious pilots who steer the cities, hoping that if she finds them, she will get answers about her family’s past—and the world’s future.


I found the idea of the story far more fascinating and impressive than the actual story.

The book never seemed to head into any direction which could’ve made the plot stand out more, which sadly made the book feel forgettable to me with nothing to grab onto. While it was descriptive, there was little effort put into developing the characters or the plot to give it any unique features. While to plot itself wouldn’t have been unique to others already used, a little more thought input and length could’ve helped it out.

The narration was done well and had a good flow to it. The book itself didn’t stand out and it might be a while before I try another book from this author again.

My Rating:

The book has a rating of 3.25 on GoodReads. I gave it a 3.

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