As said in the title, the stories in this book are top notch, but the author's voice actually takes AWAY from the listening experience. He has a very nasally voice and I think the text would have been much better treated had they hired an actual actor to read the content. Apart from that, it is very hard to tell where one story starts and the next one begins, as there is no announcement or pause to let you know that any of the stories have ended.
7.9 / 10
This as an absolutely AMAZING collection in one single book.
"Welcome to the Monkey House" proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Vonnegut is truly a master of the medium when it comes to the short story.
And although this book is under the "Sci-Fi/Fantasy" category on Audible, its genres span almost everything out there. A story set in the distant future will be followed by a playful romantic comedy, in turn followed by dark social satire. It's fantastic.
I honestly cannot recommend this book enough. It is a perfect introduction to Vonnegut as an author for those who aren't familiar with him.
Nearly every one of the many stories in the collection is pure gold, and those that aren't are still good enough that they don't detract from the book's overall impact.
Get this book.
9.43 / 10.00
This short story by PKD examines the idea of eating an intelligent, sentient creature.
How smart does an organism have to be before we as humans will refuse to indulge in eating it?
A very enjoyable little story of ethics here.
8.96 / 10.00
As a big fan of most of Heinlein's work, maybe I just came into this one with expectations a little too high...
By no means were the five stories in this small collection bad, but aside from the first story, none of them really made an impression with me.
Spider Robinson did a pretty damn good job of narrating the book, especially considering that he himself is an author and not an actor. But as I alluded to previously, the content itself just wasn't that great for him to work with.
If you LOVE Heinlein, you might want to add this book to your collection, but otherwise, I would pass on this one.
6.96 / 10.00
This was a really neat short story by Simak.
The ideas put forward in it are completely original yet very simple as far as sci/fi goes.
Its only problem is Simak's repetitiveness about exactly what is going on during some of the strange parts. Had it been slightly more straight forward, I might have given this a full five stars.
Narration performance is well above average.
Check this one out if you're a fan of sci/fi.
8.46 / 10.00
This whole novel was actually based off of Clarke's previous short story, "The Monolith", but obviously VASTLY expanded upon.
As I'm sure is the case with most people, I saw the film 2001: A Space Odyssey BEFORE having the opportunity to read the book.
Let me tell you - it makes a LOT more content within the movie actually make sense.
The opening scene of the movie with the apes and the monolith actually spans the first SIX chapters of this book. That should give you an idea of the amount of material left out of the film which fills in the curious plot gaps.
I don't want to ruin anything by giving more away, but whether you have seen the movie or not, I believe it is your DUTY as a science-fiction fan to read this book. There aren't many modern-day masterpieces anymore, but this would definitely fall under that category.
PS = Also, do yourself a favor and be sure to check out Arthur C Clarke's library of short stories as well. He is truly a master of the medium.
9.31 / 10.00
Sometimes, I find myself unsatisfied with Asimov's short stories, but this one was pretty damn good.
This story is simply a conversation between scientist coworkers about life, the universe, its origins, and our place within these constructs.
Asimov goes above and beyond the average sci/fi author with his vast knowledge of everything scientific and philosophical. I actually had to listen to this short, 17-minute story twice before I fully grasped all of the ideas put forward entirely.
Despite it being very heavy on the scientific language used, this is still a great little listen. Definitely worth the 4 or 5 bucks or whatever I paid for it. No regrets.
7.75 / 10.00
Although only just under 17 minutes, this story has had a much more lasting effect on me than any novel I have ever read.
Almost like poetry, if any single sentence was cut out from this story, it wouldn't be the same. Its perfection in simplicity is astonishing.
I will never forget this story. I think that says enough.
10.00 / 10.00
I've heard this book raved about by a few people before I had the chance to listen to it. Honestly, it was pretty damn good, but I don't really see what all the fuss is about.
I think most readers fall in love with the protagonist. He is a lovable rascal. Everyone loves a rascal.
Narration performance was very good to top it all off.
I would highly recommend the book, but I wouldn't put it on any "Must-Read" lists.
8.62 / 10.00
The performer of this book did his job SO well that it nearly makes the book tough to listen to for periods longer than about a chapter at a time. That is because the story is told by a character who is supposed to be smarmy and unlikable and the book's reader pulled this stunt off to a tee. Bravo.
Aside from that complaint, this book was excellent. I have a special space in my heart for sci-fi that allows for a bit of humor from time to time.
If you are unfamiliar with Heinlein, may I suggest you check out "The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag" first. It will give you a better idea of the writer's style and range.
8.38 / 10.00
I'm probably one of Robert Sheckley's biggest fans, but this story was easily one of the weakest of his works.
The idea itself isn't too bad, but the writing just seemed rushed. Definitely not on par with the author's other short stories.
It's almost as if Sheckley was writing this under a strict deadline where he had to finish before he was entirely happy with it. That is, of course, complete conjecture on my part but that's how it comes across.
Skip this one.
5.6 / 10.0
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