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For me the short story form is the best way to listen to Science Fiction and Arthur C. Clarke is the master of Science Fiction. Many of these stories I have heard or read before and some of them I loved even more the second or third time around. This has 19 stories and an introduction by Clarke himself.
I love epochal type stories and History Lesson is one of the best. The Wall Of Darkness is not only a good story, but good science. Breaking The Strain takes place entirely in space and is a great study in human thought under strain. In Breaking the Strain, two men are in a space ship that has been hit by an asteroid. They have only enough air for one man to survive and they have to decide between themselves who is to live and who should walk out the air lock. Rescue Party is a classic, involving aliens who come to rescue us and get themselves into hot water. In Technical Error, one tiny mistake leads to one huge disaster. There are stories with intelligent insects, a story that goes into the bowels of the earth, stories of Mars, stories with humor and much more. There were probably four stories I was not crazy about including The Lion of Comarre, which is to be expected in any collection. All in all this is a great collection.
Some great Clarke books you can listen to: The City and The Stars, 2001, Rendezvous With Rama and A Fall of Moon Dust to name a few. Two modern Clarke type writers would be Robert J. Sawyer and Robert Reed. Audible has several Sawyer novels and has several Reed stories in their Science Fiction collections.
A CIVILIZED MAN SHOULD ALWAYS KNOW WHEN TO GET DRUNK.
This has several narrators and all are good in this. I especially like Michael York.
SARCASM WAS KIND OF HER NATIVE TONGUE.
This is listed as story 2, yet does more to explain the main character and why he is the way he is, then the first story. Don't hesitate to get this for free. Their is one line in the book that refers back to story one and it is just a passing remark. Having said that, I liked story one better. I am not that big into sleuthing and that is what this series is about. The concept of creating imaginary characters who interact to help solve mysteries is unique and done well. This should be enjoyed by both Sci-Fi fans and Mystery/Detective fans. This story had a slower start to it then the first story, which is why I enjoyed story one better.
I HATE ZOMBIES
There is a theory that William Shakespeare was not one man. That one man could not have the wide range of knowledge that is covered in Shakespeare's work. Sort of like today's Jack Campbell, in which several writers write under that name. Some day in the future the same may be said about Brandon Sanderson. His work is wide and varied, yet usually of high standard. This series reminded me a lot of Robert J. Sawyer. Sawyer is probably kicking himself that he did not come up with this idea.
Wyman has been around for awhile and does good work. I did think for this story he read very slow, really dragging it out.
This is listed as a romance, yet? This was probably the most smartly written werewolf book I have ever read. Briggs understands wolves/dogs. Included in the story are the smells, sounds, and noticeable body movements of a canine. Anybody who owns a dog, knows that a dog's world consists of these three things even more keenly then eyesight. My dogs know my body language and pay more attention to it then any human. This is obvious in Briggs writing. I did not see this so much as a romance, although I believe it becomes more so in the series. I enjoyed it.
Not sure this answered any questions? If you are a huge Un Fan, you will want to listen. If you are just a warm fan, it will not be that interesting. Book one is great, everyone should read that. I have not read book Two yet, but I will. Lev spends time with some Indians, sorry Native Americans, sorry Chance People and he is treated well, But and it is a big But.
The newness of the whole Un, may be wearing off on me and I found the Chance People with their stilted talk and different beliefs, just a bit boring. Not that their is anything wrong with believing in Animal Spirits and transplanting animal hearts into humans is not any more unbelievable then being Un, I just could not get into it. I might be too old?
NEVER TRUST A MAN WHO WON'T HAVE A BEER WITH YOU
I very much enjoyed this book. The miles went by very quickly as I listened. It is not great literature, the story ain't that complicated and there are not a whole lot of twists or turns. It was the characters that made this book. Every character in this book is that, a character, not your everyday Tom, Dick and Harry. Often they make you laugh. This was written in 2012, but it takes place in 1990 and has men with mullets, bag phones, etc.
THE EARLY BIRD GETS BREAKFAST, BUT IT'S A ROUGH DAY FOR THE WORM
This is about how the other half lives, no not that half, the underground half, the off the grid half. Some may have trouble with what these people do for a living. These are criminals, but they are criminals with morals. There are certain things they won't do and they police there own. I don't agree with how they live and I would never live such a life, but it was fun watching them do it. Fun is the best way to describe this book. So, put your BEER GOGGLES on and have fun.
I don't think I have ever heard this narrator before, but he was great. Alexander Cendese, I must remember that name.
If it was true, it would be scary. It is written as if it is true, yet you know it is not. I have read plenty of made up stories that were scary, see: J.A. Konrath, Stephen King, Blake Crouch or Dean Koontz.
How many times do you have to find your wife floating out the window before you leave the house? For this guy it was more then once. It was very convenient that no one had to go work. Are all priests this big of a coward? What kind of parent subjects their three kids to this for so long?
You want scary seek out the authors listed above.
This is not seven connected stories, it is seven chapters. It was also quite the snoozer. It may be free, but it is a waste of time.
The main reason to read this is for the American History. This gives a good look at what life was like for Teachers in early America. The horror itself is not so much, more of a fun prank that scared our main character.
I have always been amazed by rats and insects and the more I learn the more amazed I am. I believe I had heard most of this before, but it was cool to hear it again. Roaches are almost indestructible. If you are into gross stuff, then this is for you.
My only complaint was occasionally they would go to Professor So and So and he would speak in a heavy fake accent. They did this to add variety, but I could rarely tell what he was saying. This makes up only a small portion of the narration. This is also very much adult.
This starts out pretty silly and I was sure I would not finish the book, but I wanted to give it at least an hour. Once I got to chapter 16 and past the introduction and the wife and her sisters, then the book got tight and interesting. Then the story started and all the silliness became witty, lots of fun and I loved it. Anyone that is offended by foul language will not enjoy one minute of this. At first it may seem pointless, but once you see what Jackson must go through to win over Pandora, well, it turns out to be a Romance.
I also enjoyed the wicked witch, as a shoe salesman. I hope there are sequels and that she is in them. This is a good stand alone work, but is also set up for continued adventures. I want this to get popular so this YA author will write more for the adult world. I will also listen to his YA novel that is offered at audible, as he is a good writer.
I was not a fan of Go To F A Sleep, but fans of that should love this book.
It sort of reminded me of that WIZARD STORY with the witches, scarecrows, tin man, lion, etc...
At first I thought a female narrator was the wrong gender, but she does a great job and at the end of the story proves why she was chosen.
I am following a person who gave this five stars. I will have to disagree slightly. It was probably very good 30 years ago, but compared to today it is a little slow and a little talky. I liked it and listen to the whole thing. It is different and I stayed with it to find out what was going on. This involves a sort of werewolf, amazon clan? It is a scary town for men to live in.
One of the main characters, Kay, is not very empathic to her veteran husband. I did not care for her at all.
A little less talk, more building of suspense, less evil eye crap, and this would have made five stars.
Ray Porter is one of the coolest narrators out there.
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