Otherwise entertaining classic SF stories by great authors are ruined by bad narrators. I'd like to see this compilation re-done by a competent producer who knows how choose decent narration talent...
Anyone, the main narrator is horrible monotonated and sounds the same in EVERY story!
The old time stories are great still!
FYI this book is a compilation of 'classic' sci-fi. Not necessarily from the golden age of sci-fi but maybe a little after, I am guessing from late 50s to early 70s. The quality of the sound on the narration is poor and the most commonly used narrator has an almost robotic monotone voice. This voice comes in handy when robots are actually talking but not people.
Audible has some overall much higher quality classic sci fi compilations such as 'Best of Science Fiction and fantasy' and 'Minority Report and other stories'. Better yet for some really interesting contemporary stories I highly recommend 'Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine show'
This book may be worth it to have in your list for the few gems found in it but it should not be at the top of your list.
...but they're pretty mediocre. The performance is fine, just she doesn't attempt to embellish, just reads it straight.
Perhaps the stories were just too dated? Certainly better narration would have been a significant improvement. I'm not a science fiction aficionado, but I do enjoy good science fiction, such as Robert Heinlein, Arthur C. Clark, some of Alastair Reynolds and especially John Scalzi. And I really like Philip K. Dick, especially when he is messing with our minds about what is real and what is not.
It's not necessarily the authors but the editors. Not sure who really thought these were favorite stories. Whose favorites were they? Maybe my idea of good science fiction is not the same as the editors in whatever year they made the selection.
The narration was terrible. The primary narrator was the definition of one-dimensional. He didn't even make an effort to have the characters sound different or distinctive. I had difficulty following who was talking during conversations.
Not really. While there were a couple of stories that the listener can become invested in, overall they seemed unimaginative or predictable.
Maybe a short story format is just not for me in audible format.
These stories seem to have been written in the 40's & 50's. Several refur to the Russians (mite attack,will attack or are attacking). Also a base on Venus, breathing air on Mars ect. Most of the stories are OK but you just have to put your mind back to the early cold war era. As a hole not bad!
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but to keep others from making the mistake of buying this. The narration is horrible. Its so bad as to kill the otherwise excellent stories. The is nothing good to say about it. Avoid!
I was distracted from many of the stories he read by Jim Roberts' flat, didactic reading. He should read scientific or documentary books. Oh, and the word is pronounced "roo-in" not "roon."
A few of the stories were good ... and a couple of them were just silly. In retrospect, I do not feel it was a worthy use of a credit. I really should have placed more stock in the reviews which seemed to indicate a similar, blasé experience by other listeners.
I downloaded this for a 17-hour drive. I was hoping to be mildly entertained, at least enough to stay awake, but all but one or two of these stories pretty much put me to sleep. Maybe sci-fi just doesn't translate well to audiobook, but I can't believe these banal stories actually got published.