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.
Richard Diamond is just great.
It is probably the ONLY detective radio drama of its time to have a sense of humor.
The series is somewhat similar to the style of story penned by Raymond Chandler in his Philip Marlowe mysteries but with a few laughs thrown in here or there.
These stories have definitely withstood the test of time. I doubt it would be possible to make a radio drama as good as Richard Diamond even using today's technology. It just has a certain charm to it that can never be recreated.
9.5 / 10.0
Out of all of those old radio shows produced from the 40's to the 60's, "X-Minus One" is by FAR my favorite.
Not only is the acting quality superb, but the production, writing, & sound effects couldn't be as good if they were made today.
X-Minus One was a series that rehashed a previous series known as "Dimension X". Both sci-fi radio dramas used scripts adapted from the VERY best science fiction authors of the time. Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Robert Sheckley, Philip K. Dick, & Robert A. Heinlein are just a few of the fantastic authors behind these short stories.
If you're a fan of science fiction, you WILL enjoy this series.
9.7 / 10.0
This was a big letdown as far as being compared to Bradbury's other works.
The summary of the book actually tells you its entire plot. There isn't any real solution to the protagonist's problem in the end, just sort of a mini-cliffhanger.
Pass on this one.
4.3 / 10.0
This is NOT a book in which you can explain "how it ends" to another person.
Sheckley is an amazing science-fiction author.
The book itself is amazingly put together....up until about the 29th chapter.
After that, it gets BEYOND insane.
I wish I could explain to you what exactly takes place, or maybe where the "problem" in the book begins, but it is SO far beyond my vocabulary that I think it would be futile.
All I will say is that, if you are a fan of Robert Sheckley's other works, then be sure to check this one out. But if this might be your introduction to Sheckley, maybe check out "Dimension of Miracles" or "Immortality Inc." instead.
9.0 / 10.0
As my headline for this review suggests, this book isn't as exciting as its title makes it out to be. The first 10 or so hours are spent painstakingly going through the history of robotics up until this point in history. As you might have guessed, it wasn't that interesting.
The book DOES pick up a bit from there once it starts extrapolating into the future but by then, the first 2/3 of the book has left such a sour taste in your mouth, it's hard to even appreciate it.
Unless you're really interested in the history of robotics, skip this one.
6.1 / 10
This is the first book I have read by Stanislaw Lem, so I'm not sure he always writes in this style, but there was something about this book that strongly reminded me of the style of Dr. Suess. Lem often refers to objects in the future by names in which sound nothing like modern day items. The result is a world full of Zitts, Zotts, Orplaws & Rooses (often with no explanation to what a "Zott" might be).
The book itself was a collection of highly entertaining futuristic fables that follow around two inventors of robots/machines as they do everything they can to one-up the other. Each story is different from the last and seems to be JUST the right length for what it is.
I really look forward to my next Stanislaw Lem book to see if it stacks up to this one. If it does, he may soon become one of my favorite sci-fi authors.
9.2 / 10
I might have enjoyed this one a little more had the reader been even a LITTLE better than she was. (Check out the audio sample to see what I mean.) There were times where I honestly would not have been able to decipher what emotion she was going for had there not been the context that surrounded it. Very odd.
That aside, this is yet ANOTHER great short story of Asimov's that, as usual, is completely unique. The story is told through 3 separate view points which each compliment one another instead of confusing matters.
It's funny, although I have read quite a few collections of this author's works (especially in the short-story format), I had never come across this one until now.
Nothing SPECTACULAR, but definitely worth checking out if you like any of Asimov's other material.
8.4 / 10
Isn't it just like Asimov to take an idea that's WAAAY out there and somehow make it seem like no big deal to the reader?
This is one of Asimov's short stories that is about the human race using alternate realities/timelines in order to solve its overpopulation problem.
What could possibly go wrong?!
8.9 / 10
The premise in this short story is simple, yet unique (especially for its genre).
The story itself is just a simple, straightforward dilemma. But the consequences of choices made by the characters involved hold with them possible world-ending connotations.
Well written, narrated & produced.
Condensed versions of this story have appeared in best-of sci-fi collections and magazines, but this is the original, full story. Another take on this story was also produced for the 1950s sci-fi radio series "Dimension X". (Check it out! Great episode.)
Check this one out if you call yourself a fan of science fiction.
9.5 / 10
A pretty straightforward and predictable storyline here but a great listen nonetheless. The story is a modern day take on the idea of bringing in cats to kill the snake problem, only to end up being overrun by cats.
Very well produced and acted with some great sound effects.
7.8 / 10
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