I can't say if this IS the most complete volume of vampire stories ever published, but it certainly covers a very broad watershed. When I saw that the stories go back as far as the 19th century, I expected some dull and even downright tedious stories among this collection. Not at all! The stories are all interesting. The range of narrators adds to the interest. This is a really well-done collection of horror stories.
The book is generally well-written. It is less a military history and more a series of biographical vignettes. The book is a bit repetitious, right down to sentence fragments and even whole sentences being repeated in close enough proximity to be noticeable.
I would prefer a different narrator. Grover Gardner's voice is high pitched and nasal with an almost whinny quality to it. The audio editing, as others have noted, is below average with occasional fluctuations in volume, fullness, etc.
Libertarians will find much to like in this book. Emerson is totally self-absorbed and the philosophy he espouses in this essay offers no sense of social responsibility. I found the essay to be tiresome, since it can quickly be summed up as the philosophy of "Me."
I would recommend the Foundation series to a friend. It is truly a classic. I'd be much less likely to recommend this dramatization, however. The sound effects were quite irritating at time. The volume varied, causing me to adjust it more than an audible book I've ever heard. The adaptation had more of the "cheesy" feel of Dr. Who or "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" than the Asimov Foundation series itself. If a listener's only experience with Asimov's "Foundation" series is this dramatization, they would have a very incomplete appreciation of the series. They should read "Foundation" first, but then I expect they would likely find this dramatization very disappointing
A shorter novel. The novel was a conglomeration of three short stores. Together, in my opinion, they merit a single short story. There is simply not enough story to sustain a novel format.
No, it has not turned me off from Science Fiction.
Part 2, narrated by Harlan Ellison. Part 1 nearly bored me to death. Part 3 brought closure, but it was still too long and tedious.
A lot of boredom and feeling of tediousness. I found myself frequently feeling, "C'mon, get on with the story."
I am unsure why this book is such a classic, since it is so overwritten. The basic plot is interesting. I can understand why that would merit classifying it as "classic." But the story could have been told in 15-20 pages easily enough.
This is a classic sci fi story that I never read. When Audible included it as part of a sci fi sale, I decided to download it. I'm glad I did.
The story is a delight. Dated, to be sure. It's from 1962. (Which sci fi title from that era isn't?)
I disagree with the comments about narrator. He's not the best Audible narrator, perhaps. But his telling of the story is perfectly acceptable. I especially like his narration of "Old Pappy."
I've enjoyed every minute of this story, even if it is predictable and stretched a bit. While it is a short book, it really should have been a novella or maybe even a short story. Still, it's definitely worth a listen, even if you're just looking to broaden your classic sci fi education.
The narration was OK. A bit flat, which did not help with the tedious, repetitive, sophomoric prose. If you're a budding narcissist with delusions of grandeur, then I do not doubt that Anthem will be a stimulating credo. If Anthem is an exposition of Ayn Rand's "objectivist" philosophy, where is the philosophy? This is not a literary expression of philosophical principles. This book exhibits nothing approaching modern or classical philosophy.
It is a tedious story about elevating egoism and selfishness as the most important life guiding principles.
At least Atlas Shrugged and Fountainhead had some interesting characters and some interesting plot.
I agree that the plot is weak. The way that J A Konrath (aka Jack Kilborn) tells this tale, however, really captivates. It's a definite page turner. I bought the Kindle version and started reading it. I decided to buy the Audible version so I could listen to it at work in my office. Phil Gigante does an OK job with the narration. Not the best audible book narrator. This is an Audible book where I found the written version to grab my interest more than the audible book version.
Granted, there will be people who object to the homophobia. Others will object to the drug addiction. Still others, to the utter amorality. Then, there will be those who object to all the profanity. I find Burroughs prose to be almost lyrical. The narration is dead on perfect for the main character and really pulled me into the novel. If you want a novel with a linear plot, you won't like The Naked Lunch. You could pull the chapters out and mix them up and read them in just about any order. Just as an addict losing focus and returning to reality, The Naked Lunch shifts through time and space. If you want some memorable vignettes about the human condition (in an R. Crumb comix kind of way), this novel will deliver.
I was disappointed with this collection of alternate histories. When I saw that Harry Turtledove was involved, I had high expectations. Every one of the stories in this anthology was a clinker.
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