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.
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
I got into Williamson through his "Humanoids" trilogy of books, and expanded from there. If you have never read his work before, I suggest starting with "With Folded Hands", which is available on Audible in a pair combined with the book's follow-up, "The Humanoids".
This book was a really pleasant surprise to me.
The plot sheds light on both the possible advantages, as well as drawbacks from potential human-alien first contact. How it should be done, where it should be done, why it should be done, and of course, whether it should be done at all.
Williamson's vision of the trans-intergalactic community of species is far different from most writers in the genre. Unlike being set up like an empire, it is more of just a club of sorts. Refreshing take on an old, hashed out premise.
Narration was top quality as well.
Very nice surprise from a book that I had low expectations going into it.
8.48 / 10.00
This story is set up in a Cold War type scenario about one hundred years in the future.
The two sides have been at a stalemate for the entire century because of the looming threat of mutually assured destruction via thermo-nuclear bombs.
But things take a change when robotics is finally at the point where it can produce a humanoid robot that could pass undetected across the borders. A robot so realistic that it could fool even the experts upon close examination. And what if these robots were programmed to carry out an attack on enemy soil?
8.39 / 10.00
After listening to this audiobook, I was shocked at how blatantly Stephen King stole the basic idea of this short story for his novel "Under The Dome". There are of course, differences between the works, but the initial premise is almost identical. Shame on you Mr. King.
ANYHOW... This was a fantastic little short story by John Wyndham. I was never a fan of his most famous story, "The Day of the Triffids", but his short stories are amazing. They can't be found in audiobook format, but if you can get your hands on either of Wyndham's short story collections, "The Seeds of Time" or "Consider Her Ways", BUY THEM. You will not be disappointed.
8.65 / 10.00
This story is a perfect example of how Robert Sheckley often hides a deep message within the confusing riddle of his stylistic stories.
Sheckley forces us to redefine words, question reality, and all in all examine what it means to be human.
One aspect of this story involves an entire race of alien beings whose job it is to collect purple and put it onto a giant mound of other purple. See what I mean?
On first listen, parts of this story might come across as utter nonsense, but if you listen again carefully, you will see the true genius of this author.
8.45 / 10.00
I absolutely love this novel.
Although written decades ago, it's still as fresh as anything today.
The Status Civilization is, in my opinion, Robert Sheckley's masterpiece. "Dimension of Miracles" and "The Journey of Joenes" are both amazing works, but this novel tops anything in all of Sheckley's catalogue. I had actually read this in text format before buying the audiobook and let me tell you, from the first page, I was hooked. After that, I couldn't put it down to save my life.
Do yourself a huge favor and buy this book.
9.9 / 10
The Humanoid Touch is the third and final installment of Jack Williamson's Humanoid trilogy of stories.
The first story in the series, "With Folded Hands", is easily the author's best work. This was followed up by "The Humanoids", which was great, but got a little too far-fetched by the end of the novel for my tastes.
The Humanoid Touch focuses less on the actual robots known as The Humanoids and more on characters and character development. To my surprise, the robots don't even make an appearance until about halfway into the novel. Although this book was much less far-fetched than the second installment of the series, I would still consider it to be its weakest link.
I won't give anything away, but you really DO need to read the previous books in the trilogy to properly follow what is happening in the story, which I consider to be a drawback.
Also, although the narrator in this book IS very good, he isn't QUITE as good with the material as the reader from both of the previous two audiobooks (Which can be found as a set of two, together on Audible).
Still a very enjoyable conclusion to The Humanoid saga though.
8.32 / 10.00
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