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Chris

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  • Science Fiction: The Best of the Year 2006

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Joe Haldeman, James Patrick Kelly, Stephen Leigh, and others
    • Narrated By Stephanie Riggio, Bob Souer, Kitzie Stern
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    A collection of the best science fiction prose written in 2006 from some of the genre's greatest authors, including James Patrick Kelly, Wil McCarthy, Susan Palwick, Tom Purdom, Robert Reed, Michael Swanwick, James Van Pelt, Howard Waldrop, Alastair Reynolds, Ian McDonald, Mary Rosenblum, Stephen Leigh, and Joe Haldeman.

    Chris says: "Good collection, uneven narration"
    "Good collection, uneven narration"
    Overall

    This is a good collection of Sci-Fi short stories, ideal in length for listening to if you want to get a whole story in on a walk. Most are well done, but I do have to note that some of the narration wasn't steller.

    Most notably, the narration for "Bank Run" by Tom Purdom, the second story in the book, lacked any sense of excitement. Even sections that should have been highlighted by some sense of urgency by the narrator, like when the windscreen of the ship the main characters are on is shot up and shattered by weapons fire, is read in the same, unexcited and unexciting tone as sections describing routine financial transactions.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with All the Gifts

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By M. R. Carey
    • Narrated By Finty Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3707)
    Performance
    (3333)
    Story
    (3335)

    Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

    Amazon Customer says: "Spoiler-free review below - Amazing book!"
    "Fantastic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Don't read any spoilers or synopses. Go into this one blind and enjoy how the world unfolds. A new perspective on a well worn genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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