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Brian K. White

Edison, NJ USA | Listener Since 2001

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  • 2 ratings
  • 552 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014
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  • The Greatest Science Fiction Stories of the 20th Century

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Greg Bear, Terry Bisson, David Brin, and others
    • Narrated By David Ackroyd, Wil Wheaton
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (99)

    A walk around the block, a quick drive, before shutting down your PC ? these short story collections are perfect for when you only have a few minutes to listen."

    Greg says: "Biased toward the last 20 years of sci-fi"
    "What A shame..."
    Overall

    Reading the one-star reviews I can only think:
    What a shame that some people think that a candy bar is good food and upon encountering an exquisitely succulent steak, spit it out and warn everyone away from it. "It doesn't have any sugar, it doesn't fizz, it isn't even dyed flourescent green. What crap. It's so boring!"

    Happily though, I don't have to worry about the passers-by actually missing out on anything. I've read all these stories before, most several times, because they have appeared in several publications and anthologies over the years and probably will continue to. So any actual fan who's young or just new to the scene but who can appreciate excellence, will almost certainly encouter them many times in other places regardless of audible.com or these reviews.

    26 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • Callahan's Key

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Spider Robinson
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (64)

    Nobody blends good science with bad puns as brilliantly as Spider Robinson. Now he's back with the latest chapter of the Callahan saga: an improbable tale of impending doom, a road trip, space, drugs, and rock 'n' roll.

    Kathryn says: "Purchase Callahan's Chronicles First!"
    "get your fix"
    Overall

    Which came first, the chicken, or the egg?
    Am I addicted to Spider because he's good, or do I think he's good because I'm addicted? I put it to you: Does it matter?

    If you've ever read any of the Callahan's stories, it's likely that you became addicted to the "feel-good". I know I am, and this book served up a nice big heart-clogging, gut-busting, butter-soaked, thanksgiving day sized serving with left-overs and not one burnt roll.

    I'm happy to have chosen such an excellent and rewarding form of addiction. Costs thousands less than cigarrettes, doesn't make you stink, doesn't kill you, doesn't get you shot in a crack-house raid... It's not wholly unlike gambling, if gambling meant only playing once every few years but winning every time.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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