I'd like to first state that John Hodgman is my all-time favorite author. Unfortunately the text from this book just doesn't translate well into an audio format. The content is still all there but there is something that is somehow lost while listening to to book. I HIGHLY reccomend READING this book but I'd pass on checking out the audiobook.
Unlike the vast majority of Robert Sheckley's other works, this novel does not fall under the category of science fiction.
This book would better be classified as a spy novel with a sprinkling of humor (as is Sheckley's signature).
VERY different from the author's other works, but still very enjoyable.
If you are new to Sheckley, I highly recommend "The 10th Victim" or "The Status Civilization".
- 8.62 / 10.00
It's REALLY a shame that this book turned out the way it did. It has a fantastic plot and wonderful ideas but its execution is extremely lacking. Considering how great of an idea this book had, it could have been a new favorite of mine. What I found instead was corny narrative, poor dialogue, and obvious plot holes in what should have been a slam dunk.
I listened to the first 6 hours of this book, then just couldn't take it anymore.
I know how brilliant this book sounds, but pass on this one.
6.85 / 10.0
Reading the summary of this novel leaves the reader with a lot of questions. Never fear. All are answered in due time by Sheckley. Do the answers make sense? Well...
Let's just say this book is truly an experience of going down the rabbit hole. If you were to read only the very first chapter of Crompton Divided and then immediately read the final chapter, to say you might be confused is an understatement.
But if you're a fan of Robert Sheckley's work, you will rank this among his best. I would suggest checking out "The Status Civilization" or "The Journey of Joenes" first if you are a virgin to Sheckley's style - only because, as amazing as he is, he takes a bit of getting used to.
Nonetheless, this was a fantastic listen with a very talented narrator, giving each and every character his or her own unique voice and affectations.
A MUST READ for any science fiction buff.
9.37 / 10.0
I have no idea what genre to categorize this novel under... But that's a good thing.
This is easily one of the funniest, most unpredictable books that I have ever come across. It is easily one of Robert Sheckley's best works, a close second to "The Status Civilization".
At first, the narration performance struck me as odd, but once you get into the story, you soon realize it fits the story perfectly.
Buy this book.
9.6 / 10.0
This book is a collection of many of Isaac Asimov's best short stories. The title and image on the front cover are somewhat deceiving as not ALL of the stories involve robots, although many do. A good deal of the robot stories are actually taken directly from Asimov's book "I, Robot", which is a slight drawback.
I have ready a great deal of Asimov's short fiction but some of these stories were new to me, which was refreshing. The order of the stories in the collection was also crafted extremely well.
It is also important to note that the narration performance in this audio book is top notch. The reader has a very soft, relaxing voice and makes sure to give every different character his or her own unique voice.
9.4 / 10.0
On it's own, this is a great book. The drawbacks can only be seen when comparing it with the rest of the "Victim" trilogy.
Although this is the 3rd, and final, installment in the series, the book takes the route of a prequel to the first two novels. It is all about how "The Hunt" came to be.
This may be interesting for some, but I much preferred reading into a world where The Hunt already existed and was in full force.
Still, if you are a fan of Robert Sheckley's, I'm positive you will enjoy this installment of the series, whether you share my views or not. It IS still a great listen and the narration is done flawlessly.
PS = This is the book in which Sheckley predicted Apple/Mac computers would eventually overtake IBM as the most prominently used platform!
8.50 / 10.0
As far as Twilight Zone episodes go, this one was pretty weak. By the end, I was left confused whether or not the story was meant to teach a lesson or not. If it was, the moral of this story is pretty much self-evident to everyone, even by a very young age.
BUT - Although the story was somewhat boring, as usual with the Twilight Zone, the acting and production were both top notch
4.25 / 10.0
I'm a big fan of most of what the Twilight Zone serves up in any medium, but this story lacked everything that makes the series special. The story's plot is weak, the characters aren't likable, and the twist ending is not a big surprise.
Pass on this one.
2.3 / 10.0
This is book #2 in Robert Sheckley's "Victim" series.
But although it IS the second book in a series, it is written in such a way that a reader could hypothetically jump into this novel before reading "The 10th Victim" and not be the least bit confused.
The "Victim" trilogy only shares a common premise, not a common protagonist.
That being said, this installment of the series is just as solid as the first book.
My ONLY complaint is that "Victim Prime" lacks a bit of the humor found in the first book. Just like all of Sheckley's other works, there IS a constant tongue-in-cheek feel to the narration and dialogue in "Victim Prime", but it is not as readily apparent as the rest of the trilogy.
All in all, this is an outstanding listen, and the narration performance is top notch.
9.25 / 10.00
I was REALLY hoping that Audible would release an audio version of the Hunter series by Robert Sheckley, and it looks like my prayers have been answered.
Not only is this outstanding book and amazing series finally available to listen to, it was made with expert care. The narration performance in this book is on par, if not better, than anything you'll find on ANY premier audiobook. Each character has his or her own completely unique voice, making it nearly impossible to get confused while listening to it. The strength of the narration in this book is SO good in fact, that it ALMOST feels like you are listening to one of those old-time 1950's radio dramas instead of an unabridged recording of a novel.
For those new to Robert Sheckley, I usually suggest trying out his novel "Dimension of Miracles" FIRST, but this audiobook blew me away.
Whether you are a huge fan of Sheckley's or a newcomer to his work, "The 10th Victim" is a perfect place to start in order to get a taste of what this wonderful author has to offer.
BUY THIS BOOK.
9.5 / 10.0
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