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.
This was a terrific short story by Dick.
It had me hooked right off the bat and continued to have me glued right up until the ending.
Great narration job by Vendeitti as well.
Grab this one if you are ANY sort of fan of sci/fi.
9.42 / 10.00
1 - "The Monsters"
2 - "Cost of Living"
3 - "The Altar"
4 - "Shape" a.k.a. "Keep Your Shape"
5 - "The Impacted Man"
6 - "Untouched by Human Hands"
7 - "The King's Wishes"
8 - "Warm"
9 - "The Demons"
10 - "Specialist"
11 - "Seventh Victim"
12 - "Ritual"
13 - "Beside Still Waters"
I have a soft spot in my heart for all of Robert Sheckley's stories, but as true as with anything, some are better than others.
The 3 best stories from this collection have got to be;
"Cost of Living" - a description of a future (not too unlike our own present) in which homeowners rack up so much debt to stay comfortable with all of life's latest products and gadgets that mathematically, it would be impossible to pay off before death. It's a shame this story wasn't as prophetic as it was. I would have preferred that this one stay under 'fiction'.
"Seventh Victim" - Sheckley's first short story that started his entire "Victim" trilogy of books. If you haven't read them, go check them out NOW! ("The 10th Victim" is the trilogy's first installment).
"Beside Still Waters" - A heartbreaking study in loneliness and isolation. A man who lives on a large asteroid builds himself a robot to be his only friend. I won't ruin the ending for you, but it's great.
9.59 / 10.00
For some strange reason, this audiobook announces the title and author of the story upon EVERY time one chapter ends and a new one begins. I have never come across another audiobook that did this. Even though the story is only six chapters long, it got annoying pretty quickly.
Aside from that minor annoyance, this was actually quite a good short story by Simak.
Totally worth checking out for such a small price.
8.48 / 10.00
After enjoying this book, it is no surprise that it took home The Nebula Award, The Hugo Award, and The John W. Campbell Memorial Award immediately after its release in 1973.
Rendezvous With Rama is truly one of the most imaginative, yet believable science fiction novels that I have had the pleasure of coming across on Audible. Arthur C. Clarke is a true master of the genre.
If you enjoy fiction about humanity's first contact with an extraterrestrial civilization, get this book NOW...
9.11 / 10.00
I honestly don't know how I feel about this book. Most of it just sounded similar to the tenants of Scientology.
The first 4 chapters were actually quite good, AND believable to be honest. Then it just got completely insane...
Here are some of the ideas/truths brought forward in the interviews with the alien:
-The universe is actually 140 QUADRILLION years old
-Earth is a prison planet for criminal souls
-"The solar system" and the word "galaxy" are apparently interchangeable
-Every soul (also known as an "Is-Be") has been around before the beginning of the universe
-The universe was constructed, and is continuing to be constructed by multiple "Is-Be"s
I'm going to stop there... There is a LOT more insanity where that came from.
I am honestly going to be kicking myself for an eternity if I find out that this whole book was genuine when I die. BUT - I REALLY doubt that...
I am REALLY sorry if the author of these interviews was actually telling the truth but it all is just too much. I'm far more inclined to believe this to be the work of someone with severe mental illnesses. Many of the ideas put forward in this book are very imaginative though, which is why I'll give it a passing grade.
6.55 / 10.00
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
For me, Philip K Dick's work is always hit or miss. This one was a hit.
I had never heard this story by Dick until now, and I am sure glad I stumbled across it.
As far as his short stories go, I would say this one is a close second to his best story, "The Defenders".
9.22 / 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
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