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Jim Harris

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  • The Best of Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine 2002

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Robert Silverberg, James Patrick Kelly, Ian Watson, and others
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    From Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, here are the best stories of 2002, written by four of the most respected writers of our day: Robert Silverberg, James Patrick Kelly, Ian Watson, and Gregory Benford. Also try The Best of Analog Science Fiction and Fact Magazine and The Best of Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine 2002.

    Jim Harris says: "Mislabeled but good"
    "Mislabeled but good"
    Overall

    I'd give this collection 5 stars for the stories since I love science fiction short stories, but the collection is mislabeled. The Best of Asimov's should have way more than 4 stories. The leading Hartwell & Dozois annual best of anthologies have 20+ stories, many of which appeared first in Asimov's. For this grand title of best of 2002, I'd say we deserved at least 10 stories, 12 would probably be truly representative since every year Asimov's has many stories nominated for numerous awards and the collection should contain those stories.

    But to be balanced this collection is priced the same as the bi-monthly F&SF magazine Audible publishes and this volume has more than an hour more of content, which makes it more of a bargain.

    Most importantly, the stories we do get are outstanding.

    Jim

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kristen Iversen
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter, Kristen Iversen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (52)

    Full Body Burden is a haunting work of narrative nonfiction about a young woman, Kristen Iversen, growing up in a small Colorado town close to Rocky Flats, a secret nuclear weapons plant once designated "the most contaminated site in America." It's the story of a childhood and adolescence in the shadow of the Cold War, in a landscape at once startlingly beautiful and - unknown to those who lived there - tainted with invisible yet deadly particles of plutonium.

    Carol says: "A story that no one else wanted to tell."
    "Creative Nonfiction at its Best"
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Full Body Burden the most enjoyable?

    Kristen Iversen gives an intensely personal story of growing up next to Rocky Flats, a factory that made fusion bomb triggers and living with plutonium pollution. Iversen makes a great case that Rocky Flats is America's Chernobly catastrophe that was covered up by the U.S. government.


    What other book might you compare Full Body Burden to and why?

    I found Full Body Burden equal to The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, and The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Age of Miracles: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Karen Thompson Walker
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (492)
    Performance
    (433)
    Story
    (431)

    On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life.

    Karen says: "Not sure I can measure up..."
    "Fantastic debut novel"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'm recommending this book to all my friends because it's a beautiful coming of age story set at the end of the world. The perfect combination of literary and science fiction.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Best of Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine, March-April 2003

    • HIGHLIGHTS (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By John Morressy, Lawrence C. Connolly, Aaron A. Reed, and others
    • Narrated By Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    The six stories that represent Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine's March and April 2003 issues exhibit an unusual diversity of almost familiar worlds.

    Stephanie says: "A bit slow at first, but a few wonderful treats"
    "A new dimension for F&SF"
    Overall

    I've been reading The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction since the mid-1960s and listening to these 2003 stories on my tiny solid state computer while on my afternoon walks is truly a science fictional experience. The reading performances were excellent and made the stories vivid and three dimensional. I had only read "The Lightning Bug Wars" before listening to this collection -- I can't find time to read like I used to, so Audible has helped finish another five stories from these issues and I'm very grateful. If Audible offered complete monthly issues I'd be able to "read" F&SF from cover-to-cover.

    I enjoyed every story, each distinctively different, colorful and dramatic. Short stories work perfectly for walks because I can finish them in one or two outings. I've gotten all the F&SF issues that Audible has offered so far and have loved the diversity of stories.

    When I read my monthly F&SF I often start stories and don't finish them. I didn't skip over any of these audio stories and enjoyed them all. Listening helps me get into each story way better than reading. Hearing these stories captures my attention with ease that reading often fails to do.

    Jim

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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