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Maliboo

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  • The Starmen

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Leigh Brackett
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Outcast in space. Michael Trehearne had always been an outcast among his people on Earth. He knew he was different. He did not know how or why. Then one day, on the wind-swept coast of Brittany, a bewitchingly beautiful girl appeared & told him he had the look of the Vardda - those elite star travelers who alone could withstand the rigors of intergalactic flight .Michael had to join them, had to find his place in the universe at last. But it would not be easy.

    Maliboo says: "Not Leigh's Best"
    "Not Leigh's Best"
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    Originally published in the March 1951 edition of Startling Stories pulp magazine, then subsequently published in hardcover by Gnome Press in 1952, this was later revised and cut by about 20,000 words and retitled The Galactic Breed to be published as half of an Ace Double. Strangely, that's the title of the Kindle edition linked to by Audible if you get the whispersync deal. Also, the author of that Kindle edition is only listed as "Leigh." Annoying. Oh, and this book was also later retitled The Starmen of Llyrdis. Whew.

    Anyway, I wouldn't recommend this book even though I love Leigh Brackett, this isn't one of her best. The narrator performed very well, but the story was rather dull. If you're looking for a Leigh Brackett audiobook you should look elsewhere.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End of the World: Stories of the Apocalypse

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Martin H. Greenberg (editor)
    • Narrated By Suehyla El Attar, Nicholas Tecosky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
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    (11)

    Before The Road by Cormac McCarthy brought apocalyptic fiction into the mainstream, there was science fiction. No longer relegated to the fringes of literature, this explosive collection of the world’s best apocalyptic writers brings the inventors of alien invasions, devastating meteors, doomsday scenarios, and all-out nuclear war back to with a bang. The best writers of the early 1900s were the first to flood New York with tidal waves, destroy Illinois with alien invaders, paralyze Washington with meteors, and lay waste to the Midwest with nuclear fallout.

    Maliboo says: "The Apocalypse Without Zombies"
    "The Apocalypse Without Zombies"
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    Here's an interesting idea, suppose they gave an apocalypse and no zombies came? This anthology bucks the trend of zombies ruling over the apocalypse that is so prevalent in today's science fiction and horror literature (the stories collected here were written before the recent zombie craze.)

    Actually, there is one story (The Underdweller by William F. Nolan) that is somewhat zombie-like in the same way that Richard Matheson's I Am Legend is, in that the world is overrun with monsters. Exactly what kind of monsters though remains to be seen until the shock ending.

    Contents:
    1. Introduction: Dancing Through the Apocalypse - Robert Silverberg
    2. The Hum - Rick Hautala
    3. Salvador - Lucius Shepard
    4. We Can Get Them for You Wholesale - Neil Gaiman
    5. The Big Flash - Norman Spinrad
    6. Kindness - Lester del Rey
    7. The Underdweller - William F. Nolan
    8. Lucifer - Roger Zelazny
    9. To the Storming Gulf - Gregory Benford
    10. The Feast of Saint Janis - Michael.Swanwick
    11. The Wheel - John Wyndham
    12. Jody After the War - Edward Bryant
    13. Salvage - Orson Scott Card
    14. By Fools Like Me - Nancy Kress
    15. The Store of the Worlds - Robert Sheckley
    16. Dark, Dark Were the Tunnels - George R. R. Martin
    17. "If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth..." - Arthur C. Clarke
    18. Afterward - John Helfers
    19. When We Went to See the End of the World - Robert Silverberg
    20. Flight to Forever - Poul Anderson

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: A Radio Dramatization

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 39 mins)
    • By Washington Irving, Jerry Robbins (dramatization)
    • Narrated By Jerry Robbins, The Colonial Radio Players
    Overall
    (26)
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    (23)
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    (24)

    Ichabod Crane, a lanky, lean, superstitious school master, arrives to teach the children of Sleepy Hollow. As he vies for the attention of the lovely Katrina Van Tassel, his rival for her attention is the town rowdy, Brom Bones. Brom tries to scare Ichabod away with local superstitions and ghost tales. And soon enough the ill-fated schoolmaster encounters a terrifying legend come to life: the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow.

    Troy says: "Return of the Classic!"
    "Very Faithful Adaptation"
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    Large portions of this adaptation are taken directly from Washington Irving's text. The first few pages and the ending are nearly unabridged readings. In-between, sentences are quoted verbatim as the structure follows closely the original story.

    The dramatized portions include songs (similar to the Disney animated adaptation) and other whimsy as well as sound effects and music. The thrilling finale is read with suitably theatrical gusto and is completely unabridged from the original text.

    The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is perhaps the ultimate Halloween story, and this rendition does it proud.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bite Me: A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (733)
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    (728)

    "The city of San Francisco is being stalked by a huge shaved vampyre cat named Chet, and only I, Abby Normal, emergency backup mistress of the Greater Bay Area night, and my manga-haired love monkey, Foo Dog, stand between the ravenous monster and a bloody massacre of the general public. Whoa. And this is a love story? Yup."

    Ron says: "WOW!!!"
    "Read By the Voice of Siri"
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    As all the other reviewers have stated, the voice performance by Susan Bennett is incredible. She is an amazingly talented voice artist, so much so that Apple actually chose her to be the voice of Siri.

    When this news first broke today on CNN, I immediately looked her up on Audible to see if she had any audiobooks and was very surprised to find that she performed this book. Needless to say, she doesn't sound at all like Siri on this recording, which just goes to show how incredibly versatile a voice actress she is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Pleasure to Burn: Fahrenheit 451 Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (18)
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    (17)
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    (17)

    Ray Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451 is an enduring masterwork of twentieth-century American literature - a chilling vision of a dystopian future built on the foundations of ignorance, censorship, and brutal repression. The origins and evolution of Bradbury’s darkly magnificent tale are explored in A Pleasure to Burn, a collection of sixteen selected shorter works that prefigure the grand master’s landmark novel.

    Maliboo says: "The World of 451"
    "The World of 451"
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    "It was a pleasure to burn." That is how Fahrenheit 451 opens. This collection titled after that first line contains stories that might be set in the universe of Fahrenheit 451, are thematically similar, or are actually early versions of that novel.

    Contents:

    The Reincarnate • (2005) Unrevised version of same title published in We'll Always Have Paris.
    Pillar of Fire • (1948) Previously collected in S Is for Space.
    The Library • (2006) Originally published in Match to Flame: The Fictional Path to Fahrenheit 451 (an earlier deluxe edition of this collection.)
    Bright Phoenix • (1963) Previously collected in Bradbury Stories: 100 of His Most Celebrated Tales.
    The Mad Wizards of Mars • (1949) Variant version of The Exiles from The Illustrated Man and R is for Rocket.
    Carnival of Madness • (1950) Variant version of Usher II from The Martian Chronicles.
    Bonfire • (1950) Originally published in the fanzine Torquasian Times Winter 1950/51, later collected in Gauntlet #2.
    The Cricket on the Hearth • (2002) Originally published in One More For the Road.
    The Pedestrian • (1951) Previously collected in The Golden Apples of the Sun and S Is for Space.
    The Garbage Collector • (1953) Previously collected in The Golden Apples of the Sun.
    The Smile • (1952) Previously collected in A Medicine for Melancholy and S Is for Space.
    Long After Midnight • (2006) Not the same story as in the book Long After Midnight, this is the earliest take on what would eventually become Fahrenheit 451, it was previously unpublished until Match to Flame (2006)
    The Fireman • (1951) Originally published in Galaxy Magazine February 1951, this is the original novella that was later expanded into Fahrenheit 451.

    Bonus stories - all featuring the same characters and dystopian time travel premise:

    The Dragon Who Ate His Tail • (2007) Originally published in a chapbook of the same title, previously uncollected.
    Sometime Before Dawn • (2004) Variant version of the same title originally published in The Cat's Pajamas.
    To the Future • (1950) Variant version of The Fox and the Forest from The Illustrated Man.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In the World's Dusk

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 15 mins)
    • By Edmond Hamilton
    • Narrated By Jim Gallant
    Overall
    (3)
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    (3)
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    (3)

    There has always been a looming question in the mind of man. Will the human race become extinct one day? This is a story of Galos Gann, the last great scientist on Earth, who attempts to save humanity from oblivion. So take a journey into the outer twilight of your mind. Turn off the light, sit back and relax, close your eyes and enter the infinite universe of your imagination.

    Maliboo says: "The Last Man on Earth"
    "The Last Man on Earth"
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    Originally published in the March 1936 edition of Weird Tales pulp magazine, this story has been included in anthologies with titles such as "The End of the World" and "The Last Man on Earth" so you can guess what it's about. It was also included in "The Best of Edmond Hamilton" which was edited by his wife Leigh Brackett, so they must've thought it was a pretty good story. And it is.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Face: The Best of Jack London, Volume 2

    • ABRIDGED (32 mins)
    • By Jack London
    • Narrated By Julie Just
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    Experience first-hand the dramatic ebb and flow of emotion as classic literature is transformed into the world of your imagination like never before. In Lost Face, the listener sits right beside a tribal prisoner as he plots to avoid the painful beheading that awaits him next.

    Maliboo says: "Unabridged"
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    Audible seems to have made a mistake in listing this as abridged. I've listened along with the free Kindle ebook and can confirm that it is in fact completely unabridged.

    This is one of Jack London's darkest tales, it's even been anthologized in a number of horror story anthologies. Like many of his stories it involves a man struggling to survive, but this time instead of struggling against the uncaring brutality of Nature, our hero is fighting against the cruel brutality of Man. The protagonist is a prisoner of a barbaric Indian tribe who are savagely torturing their prisoners to death one by one. While the man awaits his turn he has only his wits to use to avoid his horrible fate.

    The narration is superb. There is some background music that lends atmosphere such as tribal drums which some people may not care for. Listen to the sample and decide for yourself. I personally believe it enhances the immersive experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dreamsongs (Unabridged Selections)

    • UNABRIDGED (51 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By George R. R. Martin, Claudia Black, Mark Bramhall, and others
    Overall
    (143)
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    (133)
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    Dubbed "the American Tolkien" by Time magazine, number-one New York Times best-selling author George R. R. Martin is a giant in the field of fantasy literature and one of the most exciting storytellers of our time. Now he delivers a rare treat for listeners: a compendium of his shorter works, collected into two stunning volumes, that offers fascinating insight into his journey from young writer to award-winning master.

    Maliboo says: "Contents"
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    This edition contains all three of the "Unabridged Selections" volumes that are sold separately. So, if you're using a credit this is obviously the one to get. There are 3 stories from the print edition that are not included here: "The Ice Dragon" which is available as a seperate audiobook and the two television scripts: The Twilight Zone: "The Road Less Traveled" and Doorways, a pilot that was too similar to Sliders.

    Fans of Game of Thrones will be pleased with "The Hedge Knight" which is set in the same universe.

    Volume 1:

    Introduction by Gardner Dozois

    A FOUR-COLOR FANBOY - Introduction to the following 3 stories read by George R.R. Martin
    Only Kids Are Afraid Of The Dark
    The Fortress
    And Death His Legacy
    THE FILTHY PRO- Introduction to the following 4 stories read by George R.R. Martin
    The Hero
    The Exit To San Breta
    The Second Kind Of Loneliness
    With Morning Comes Mistfall
    THE LIGHT OF DISTANT STARS - Introduction to the following 6 stories read by George R.R. Martin
    A Song For Lya
    This Tower Of Ashes
    And Seven Times Never Kill A Man
    The Stone City
    Bitterblooms
    The Way Of Cross And Dragon

    Volume 2:

    THE HEIRS OF TURTLE CASTLE - Introduction to the following 2 stories read by George R.R. Martin
    The Lonely Songs Of Laren Dorr
    In The Lost Lands
    HYBRIDS & HORRORS - Introduction to the following 6 stories read by George R.R. Martin
    Meathouse Man
    Remembering Melody
    Sandkings
    Nightflyers
    The Monkey Treatment
    The Pear-Shaped Man
    A TASTE OF TUF - Introduction to the following 2 stories read by George R.R. Martin
    A Beast For Norn
    Guardians

    Volume 3:

    THE SIREN SONG OF HOLLYWOOD - Introduction to 2 scripts missing from the audiobook edition.
    DOING THE WILD CARD SHUFFLE - Introduction to the following 2 stories read by George R.R. Martin
    Shell Games
    From The Journal Of Xavier Desmond
    THE HEART IN CONFLICT - Introduction to the following 6 stories read by George R.R. Martin
    Under Siege
    The Skin Trade
    Unsound Variations
    The Glass Flower
    The Hedge Knight
    Portraits Of His Children

    24 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Vampire Horror!

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By M. R. James, John Polidori, F. Marion Crawford
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis, Anthony Head, John Telfer, and others
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    Four classic tales of the undead, read by Bill Wallis, Anthony Head, John Telfer and Cornelius Garrett.

    Maliboo says: "Old School Vampires"
    "Old School Vampires"
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    This collection contains the earliest classics of the vampire genre. In fact, it includes what is considered the very first story in the vampire literary genre (well before Bram Stoker's Dracula.)

    The Vampyre (1819) - Written by John Polidori in the summer of 1816 while staying at the Villa Diodati in the Swiss mountains with Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Wollestonecraft and Claire Clairmont. While it stormed outside, the group took to the fireplace and dared each other to scare theirselves by telling frightening stories. Out of this inspiring atmosphere came two classics of the gothic horror genre: Frankenstein by Mary Wollestonecraft Shelley and The Vampyre by John Polidori. This fateful gathering has been the subject of numerous books and films including Ken Russell's magnificent film GOTHIC.

    Wailing Well (1928) - Written by M.R. James and narrated by Anthony Head (Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.) M.R. James is one of the masters of the ghost story, and having a vampire story told to you by Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer is obviously a geek thrill.

    For the Blood Is the Life (1905) - F. Marion Crawford was a woefully under appreciated writer who wrote some outstanding classic weird stories that have been heavily anthologized. In addition to "For the Blood Is the Life" he also wrote "The Upper Berth," "The Dead Smile" and "The Screaming Skull" which was made into a film in 1958.

    An Episode of Cathedral History (1914) - Another M.R. James classic.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fantastic Imaginings: A Journey through 3,500 Years of Imaginative Writing, Comprising Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stefan Rudnicki (editor), Harlan Ellison (editor)
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, David Burney, Scott Brick, and others
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    (13)
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    Collected here are the stories, poems, and religious writings that preceded and helped form the science fiction and fantasy genres. The collection explores the key imaginative roots and their later literary permutations. The author list alone reads like a literary who’s who and includes many writers not primarily known for their forays into the fantastic. Organized by topic rather than simple chronology, this volume allows the listener to trace the history of robots, aliens, and apocalypses up to some of their most recent manifestations.

    Maliboo says: "Table of Contents"
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    Courtesy of sffaudio:

    INTRODUCTION
    Lofty Ambitions by Harlan Ellison, read by Harlan Ellison

    PART 1: THE MYTHS WE LIVE BY
    A Youth In Apparel That Glittered by Stephen Crane, read by Stefan Rudnicki (poem)
    After the Myths Went Home by Robert Silverberg, read by Stefan Rudnicki
    Novelty by John Crowley, read by Harlan Ellison
    Pan And The Firebird by Sam M. Steward, read by Stefan Rudnicki
    Murderer, The Hope Of All Women by Oskar Kokoschka, performed by cast
    The Touch Of Pan by Algernon Blackwood, read by Stefan Rudnicki
    The Lost Thyrsis by Oliver Onions, read by Roz Landor
    The Bacchae (excerpt) by Eurpides, performed by cast

    PART 2: MYTHS THAT BITE
    A Noiseless Patient Spider by Walt Whitman, read by Stefan Rudnicki
    Mystery Train by Lewis Shiner, read by John Rubenstein
    Continued On The Next Rock by R.A. Lafferty, read by Stefan Rudnicki
    Diary Of A God by Barry Pain, read by Enn Reitel
    The Repairer of Reputations (excerpt) by Robert W. Chambers, read by Stefan Rudnicki
    The Yellow Sign by Robert W. Chambers, read by Stefan Rudnicki
    An Inhabitant Of Carcosa by Ambrose Bierce, read by Danny Campbell
    The Horla by Guy de Maupassant, read by Arte Johnson

    PART 3: SHOCKING FUTURES
    Kubla Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, read by Stefan Rudnicki (poem)
    City Come A’Walkin (excerpt) by John Shirley, read by Don Leslie
    A Pail Of Air by Fritz Leiber, read by Stefan Rudnicki
    The Machine Stops (excerpt) by E.M. Forster, read by Roz Landor
    Looking Backward and Equality (excerpts) by Edward Bellamy, read by David Birney
    Gulliver’s Travels (excerpt) by Jonathan Swift read by Scott Brick
    Utopia (excerpt) by Sir Thomas More, read byChristopher Cazanove
    Monument To Amun by Queen Hatshepsut, read by Judy Young

    PART 4: TRAVELING FOOLS
    La Bateau Ivre by Arthur Rimbaud, read by Stefan Rudnicki
    Inspiration by Ben Bova, read by Stefan Rudnicki
    The Bones Do Lie by Anne McCaffrey, read by Stefan Rudnicki
    A Princess Of Mars (excerpt) by Edgar Rice Burroughs, read by John Rubinstein
    The Great Stone Of Sardis (excerpt) by Frank R. Stockton, read by David Birney
    Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland (excerpt) by Lewis Carroll, read by Michael York
    Diary Of A Madman (excerpt) by Nicolai Gogol, read by Stefan Rudnicki
    The Inferno (excerpt) by Dante, read by Stefan Rudnicki
    The Odyssey of Homer (excerpt), read by David Birney

    PART 5: TRANSFORMERS
    The Stolen Child by William B. Yeats, read by Stefan Rudnicki
    The Porcelain Salamander by Orson Scott Card, read by Gabrielle de Cuir
    Let’s Get Together by Isaac Asimov, read by Arte Johnson
    Dracula (excerpt) by Bram Stoker, read by Simon Vance
    Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde (excerpt) by Robert Louis Stevenson, read by John Lee
    Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti, read by Gabrielle de Cuir
    Frankenstein (excerpt) by Mary Shelley, read by Stefan Rudnicki0\ *
    The Laidly Worm of Spindleston Heugh (Traditional English Fairy Tale), read by Judy Young
    A Midsummer Night’s Dream (excerpt) by William Shakespeare, performed by cast
    The Ballad of Tam Lin (Celtic ballad), read by Stefan Rudnicki
    Metamorphosis (excerpt) by Ovid, read by Cassandra Campbell

    PART 6: REST IN PIECES
    Hearse Song
    The Conqueror Worm by Edgar Allan Poe, read by Stefan Rudnicki
    The New Testament: Revelations (excerpt), read by Stefan Rudnicki
    The Colloquy of Monos & Una by Edgar Allan Poe, read by Stefan Rudnicki and Gabrielle de Cuir
    From the Crypts of Memory by Clark Ashton Smith, read by Danny Campbell
    The Comet by W.E.B. DuBois, read by Mirron Willis
    Sand (excerpt) by Stefan Rudnicki, performed by cast
    Transience by Arthur C. Clarke, read by Bahni Turpin
    The Illusionist by Gareth Owen, read by Stefan Rudnicki
    Unchosen Love by Ursula K. LeGuin, read by Stefan Rudnicki
    In Lonely Lands by Harlan Ellison, read by Harlan Ellison
    News from Nowhere (excerpt) by William Morris, read by Stefan Rudnicki

    PART 7: COMMENTARIES
    The Special And General Joys of Science Fiction by Ben Bova, read by Stefan Rudnicki
    Edgar Allan Poe 1809-1849 by Elliott Engel, read by Gabrielle de Cuir
    Adolescence And Adulthood In Science Fiction by Orson Scott Card, read by Stefan Rudnicki

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Tales from Atlantis, Volume I

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 5 mins)
    • By Clark Ashton Smith
    • Narrated By Jim Gallant
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    With inhuman solemnity, the voice of the necromancer went on in a priest-like chant until the last echoes died out in hollow, sepulchral vibrations. Then the colored vapors cleared away. But the pale unearthly glow still filled the changer, and between Malygris and the door where hung the unicorn's head there stood the apparition of Nylissa!

    Maliboo says: "What Know Ye of Malygris?"
    "What Know Ye of Malygris?"
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    Clark Ashton Smith wrote five stories in his Atlantis (or more accurately Poseidonis "the last isle of floundering Atlantis") cycle, two of which are performed in this audiobook: the first story in the cycle "The Last Incantation" and the last story in the cycle "The Death of Malygris" both of which star the necromancer Malygris.

    In "The Last Incantation" Malygris uses his necromancy to bring back from the dead his lost love Nylissa, but as we know from "The Monkey's Paw" you can't bring back from the grave loved ones and expect them to be the same. However, unlike "The Monkey's Paw," this story gives a very profound and meaningful reason why the object of lost love can not return as it was.

    In "The Death of Malygris" the powerful necromancer resurrects his own self. Or does he?

    The narrative performance by Jim Gallant is truly remarkable and probably his best performance in all the Ziggurat productions. His narration of the "demonian viper that dwelt in the head of the unicorn" captures perfectly the "low but singularly penetrating hiss" described in the story "The Last Incantation" and his multiple character voices of the different sorcerers in "The Death of Malygris" are suitably varied and wonderful.

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