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Jonathan

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  • The Stars, Like Dust

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (423)
    Performance
    (243)
    Story
    (253)

    Biron Farrell was young and naïve, but he was growing up fast. A radiation bomb planted in his dorm room changed him from an innocent student at the University of Earth to a marked man, fleeing desperately from an unknown assassin. He soon discovers that, many light-years away, his father has been murdered. Stunned, grief-stricken, and outraged, Biron is determined to uncover the reasons behind his father's death.

    Scifi says: "Classic 1950's boyhood scifi"
    "Not His Best"
    Overall

    According to Wikipedia, Asimov considered this his worst novel. I can see why. It's not aged particularly well (which isn't his fault, of course). While the story itself has its moments, two things really lowered my evaluation. First, the casual sexism on display is really hard to ignore - there's one woman in the whole book and she exists only to provide a love interest for our hero. Second, the ending is a complete howler. To be fair, it wasn't Asimov's idea, but it's still his name on the book, so he gets the blame. Thankfully, he'd go on to do much better.

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