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  • The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke: 1937-1999 (Unabridged Selections)

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Arte Johnson, Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison
    Overall
    (618)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (164)

    From early stories like "Breaking Strain," to classics like "The Nine Billion Names of God" and "The Sentinel" (kernel of the later novel and movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey), all the way to later groundbreaking works such as "The Hammer of God" and "Transit to Earth," this volume encapsulates one of the great science fiction writing careers of all time.

    Charles Gousha says: "Know what you're getting"
    "I like Clarke, but this is tedious"
    Overall

    This is just the wrong medium for the content. The collection includes some great stories and is a good history. But by virtue of being a history, it includes a lot of early (read: old style, much less skilled writer) works. That old science fiction is pretty tedious to hear, at oral reading speed, even when it is still pretty interesting to read yourself. Most of the classic "hard" SF short stories (including Clarke's) are based on one clever hook or twist, so (a) you figure it out before the punchline when you are consuming the story at aural speed and (b) the characters and everything else are secondary, making the prose tedious. The voices and cadence of the narrators make this reading even more tedious still. There are so many books that are are a joy to listen to. Listen to them and, if you can, read these stories on paper.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful

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