I can't say if this IS the most complete volume of vampire stories ever published, but it certainly covers a very broad watershed. When I saw that the stories go back as far as the 19th century, I expected some dull and even downright tedious stories among this collection. Not at all! The stories are all interesting. The range of narrators adds to the interest. This is a really well-done collection of horror stories.
The narration was OK. A bit flat, which did not help with the tedious, repetitive, sophomoric prose. If you're a budding narcissist with delusions of grandeur, then I do not doubt that Anthem will be a stimulating credo. If Anthem is an exposition of Ayn Rand's "objectivist" philosophy, where is the philosophy? This is not a literary expression of philosophical principles. This book exhibits nothing approaching modern or classical philosophy.
It is a tedious story about elevating egoism and selfishness as the most important life guiding principles.
At least Atlas Shrugged and Fountainhead had some interesting characters and some interesting plot.
I agree that the plot is weak. The way that J A Konrath (aka Jack Kilborn) tells this tale, however, really captivates. It's a definite page turner. I bought the Kindle version and started reading it. I decided to buy the Audible version so I could listen to it at work in my office. Phil Gigante does an OK job with the narration. Not the best audible book narrator. This is an Audible book where I found the written version to grab my interest more than the audible book version.
Granted, there will be people who object to the homophobia. Others will object to the drug addiction. Still others, to the utter amorality. Then, there will be those who object to all the profanity. I find Burroughs prose to be almost lyrical. The narration is dead on perfect for the main character and really pulled me into the novel. If you want a novel with a linear plot, you won't like The Naked Lunch. You could pull the chapters out and mix them up and read them in just about any order. Just as an addict losing focus and returning to reality, The Naked Lunch shifts through time and space. If you want some memorable vignettes about the human condition (in an R. Crumb comix kind of way), this novel will deliver.
I was disappointed with this collection of alternate histories. When I saw that Harry Turtledove was involved, I had high expectations. Every one of the stories in this anthology was a clinker.
I've downloaded many Audible books, and this is the first that has motivated me to write a review.
This title is lots of fun. When I heard the characterization of the captain of the Comet (aka Captain Future), I laughed and then I laughed some more after I rewound the audio, and laughed even more after rewinding again. It is one of the funniest and most memorable characterizations in SF literature.
The story is campy, told in an "over the top" way, and it was pure joy.
I received two happy hours form this title. I can see why it won a Hugo award for best novella.
Ripping good fun! Great satire.
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