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  • The Vampire Archives: The Most Complete Volume of Vampire Tales Ever Published

    • UNABRIDGED (61 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Otto Penzler (editor), Kim Newman (foreword), Neil Gaiman (preface), and others
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Jonathan Cowley, Erik Davies

    The Vampire Archives is the biggest, hungriest, undeadliest collection of vampire stories, as well as the most comprehensive bibliography of vampire fiction ever assembled. Dark, stormy, and delicious, once it sinks its teeth into you there’s no escape.

    Kang says: "Fabulous!"
    "Superb Collection, Well Narrated"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Little Fuzzy [Audible]

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By H. Beam Piper
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The chartered Zarathustra Company had it all their way. Their charter was for a Class III uninhabited planet, which Zarathustra was, and it meant they owned the planet lock stock and barrel. They exploited it, developed it and reaped the huge profits from it without interference from the Colonial Government. Then Jack Holloway, a sunstone prospector, appeared on the scene with his family of Fuzzies and the passionate conviction that they were not cute animals but little people.

    Carl says: "An old and much loved friend"
    "A Classic Story, Read Well"

    This is a classic sci fi story that I never read. When Audible included it as part of a sci fi sale, I decided to download it. I'm glad I did.

    The story is a delight. Dated, to be sure. It's from 1962. (Which sci fi title from that era isn't?)

    I disagree with the comments about narrator. He's not the best Audible narrator, perhaps. But his telling of the story is perfectly acceptable. I especially like his narration of "Old Pappy."

    I've enjoyed every minute of this story, even if it is predictable and stretched a bit. While it is a short book, it really should have been a novella or maybe even a short story. Still, it's definitely worth a listen, even if you're just looking to broaden your classic sci fi education.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anthem

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Paul Meier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Rand's Protagonist, Equality 7-2521, describes a surreal world of faceless, nameless drones who "exist through, by and for our brothers who are the State. Amen." Alone, this daring young man defies the will of the ruling councils and discovers the forbidden freedoms that prevailed during the Unmentionable Times. In other words, he finds and celebrates the power of the self. In doing so, he becomes the prototypical Rand hero, a bold risk-taker who shuns conformity and unabashedly embraces egoism.

    Steve says: "Great Narration"
    "Tedious, Sophmoric"

    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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Afraid

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jack Kilborn
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante

    Welcome to Safe Haven, Wisconsin. Miles from everything, with one road in and out, this peaceful town has never needed a full-time police force. Until now.... A helicopter has crashed near Safe Haven and unleashed something horrifying. Now this merciless force is about to do what it does best. Isolate. Terrorize. Annihilate. As residents begin dying in a storm of gory violence, Safe Haven's only chance for survival will rest with an aging county sheriff, a firefighter, and a single mom.

    coreybeth says: "Run, catch, torture, repeat puhleeezz"
    "Excellent Thriller"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Naked Lunch: The Restored Text

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By William S. Burroughs
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Naked Lunch is one of the most important novels of the 20th century, a book that redefined not just literature but American culture. An unnerving tale of a narcotics addict unmoored in New York, Tangiers, and, ultimately, a nightmarish wasteland known as Interzone.

    Randy says: "OMG!"
    "Great Narration, Excellent Novel"

    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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • We Could Do Worse: A Millennial Collection of Alternate Histories

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Larry Niven, Howard Waldrop, Harry Turtledove, and others
    • Narrated By Richard Gilliland, Yancy Butler

    Gary says: "Mediocre"
    "Agree, Mediocre Selections"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Death of Captain Future

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Allen Steele
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor, Allen Steele

    Union laborer Rohr Furland begrudgingly takes a job on a space freighter piloted by Captain Future, an immature and slightly crazed captain with an obsession for early 20th-century science-fiction novels. When they receive a distress call from a nearby space station, Furland and the first officer blend the dangers of reality into the captain's fantasy world.

    Glenn says: "Melodramatic Fun"
    "Melodramatic Fun"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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