This is a true "classic" science fiction story. Originally published in the September 1943 issue of Famous Fantastic Mysteries pulp magazine, it was subsequently reprinted in Modern Masterpieces of Science Fiction edited by Sam Moskowitz, and then in a paperback anthology titled after this story "Doorway Into Time" that also featured classic stories from Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke and others. It also appeared later in the '80's anthology The Golden Years of Science Fiction edited by Isaac Asimov. You can usually expect stories that are often reprinted to be high quality, and that is certainly the case here.
C.L. Moore is an author whose lyrical prose style compares to Ray Bradbury, and this story features plenty of lyrical beauty as well as many instances of alien concepts and motifs that deliver the otherness we yearn for in science fiction stories.
As you can tell from the generous sample provided, the narrator does a fantastic job of providing drama and urgency to the reading. Also provided are some background sounds and music that compels in the listener a wonderful sense of atmosphere.
Originally published in the paperback anthology Star Science Fiction Stories No. 4 edited by Frederik Pohl in 1958, this story has been included in just about every religious themed science fiction anthology since. In 1971 it was included in Other Worlds, Other Gods: Adventures in Religious Science Fiction and recently in 2007 it was the featured title story for A Cross of Centuries: Twenty-Five Imaginative Stories about the Christ edited by Michael Bishop. You know when a story is heavily anthologized that its a classic, and this one certainly is.
You don't need to be religious to enjoy this story of an immortal man who plays the role of Messiah and must have his memories wiped clean every century since the body renews itself, but the mind ages and becomes senile. So is he really immortal if his memories are lost every century? Plus, the Antichrist makes an appearance!
The performances in this reading are outstanding, but since the dialog is spoken by various voice actors, this audiobook is not exactly unabridged. The lines that boil down to "He said," are not included and some of those lines are descriptive, such as "his hand wavered; then he remembered," "He cried" "He murmured," etc. However, the actors convey those descriptions through their performances very well. Otherwise, all of the narration is present.
This is a great Henry Kuttner story, its just too bad there aren't more Kuttner stories available on Audible. :(
Originally published in the May 1938 issue of Weird Tales, this story also been anthologized a couple of times. It was included in the 1961 paperback anthology The Ghoul Keepers edited by Leo Margulies and in the excellent 1993 dream themed anthology To Sleep, Perchance to Dream... Nightmare.
It tells the story of a man who is shipwrecked and washes up on a mysterious island. There he meets a beautiful young woman who tells him that the island and themselves are merely the dream of a man who sleeps on a dais in the jungle. Of course he finds this idea preposterous. After some time spent falling in love with the young woman (who he thinks is only 17) and having adventures there is an unexpected story twist.
This audiobook is abridged in that it is changed from the third person to the first person, so everything is changed from "he" to "I," there is some sentence rearrangement and an occasional sentence is dropped here and there. Otherwise it includes almost all of Edmond Hamilton's words and is a delight to listen to.