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More of the Best of Science Fiction and Fantasy | [Orson Scott Card, Arthur C. Clarke, Karen Joy Fowler, Roger Zelazny, John Varley, Joe Haldeman, Robert Silverberg, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Lawrence Watt-Evans]

More of the Best of Science Fiction and Fantasy

Who better to narrate today's best science-fiction stories than today's favorite science-fiction stars? This exciting collection features many.
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Publisher's Summary

Who better to narrate today's best science-fiction stories than today's favorite science-fiction stars? This exciting collection features Roger Zelazny's "Permafrost" read by Siddig El Fadil (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Orson Scott Card's "Fat Farm" read by Roddy McDowall (Planet of the Apes), and John Varley's "Options" read by Claudia Christian (Babylon 5). Robin Curtis (Star Trek III and Star Trek IV), Terry Farrell (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Nana Visitor (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), and Wil Wheaton (Star Trek: The Next Generation) also perform, reading works by Karen Joy Fowler, Lawrence Watt-Evans, Robert Silverberg, Arthur C. Clarke, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and Joe Haldeman.

"Options" Copyright ©1979 by John Varley; "Permafrost" by Roger Zelazny Copyright ©1988 by Omni Publications International Ltd.; "The Poplar Street Study" Copyright ©1985 Karen Joy Fowler; "Why I Left Harry's All Night Hamburgers" by Lawrence Watt-Evans Copyright ©1987 by Davis Publications; "Our Lady of the Sauropods" by Robert Silverberg Copyright ©1980 by Agberg, Ltd.; "Fat Farm" by Orson Scott Card Copyright ©1980 by Omni Publications International Ltd.; "The Sentinel" Copyright ©1951 by Arthur C. Clarke; "Skin Deep" Copyright ©1987 by Kristine Kathryn Rusch; "Feedback" Copyright ©1993 by Joe Haldeman; Copyright (P)1995 by Dove Audio, Inc.

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    John R. Galloway Jr. 02-29-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Just one complaint"

    This is a fine collection. The narration is also good. The one REALLY annoying characteristic is that there is no break between stories. No announcement of author, title, date etc. The next story just starts in with even less pause than between sentences within a story. If it were not for the fact that the narrator changes, you would not even be able to tell only by listening when one ends and the next one starts.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Meade Barboursville, VA, United States 11-29-10
    Meade Barboursville, VA, United States 11-29-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Needs a pdf download to track book titles/authors/"

    I agree with another reviewer in that there is no way to know the title and author of the short story, or for that matter who is narrating. A break between stories and an introduction to identify the narrator would be a welcome enhancement. Most books on tape have this feature, and this shortfall is somewhat frustrating when trying to identify selections from a collection.

    If nothing else, to have a pdf document posted to the site with this information would be tremendously helpful.

    Other than that shortcomming, the stories met my expectations of these well known authors. The stories spark imagination and easily transend the decades since they were created and are every bit as entertaining today.

    The writing is great, the naration is entertaining; but the lack of knowing exactly what you are listening to detracts from the entertainment value.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Doug D. Eigsti Colorado Springs, Colorado United States 08-16-13
    Doug D. Eigsti Colorado Springs, Colorado United States 08-16-13 Member Since 2011

    Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).

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    "Table of Contents (Listed by Audible Chapter)"

    1 “This is Audible” Introduction.

    2 "The Sentinel" by Arthur C. Clarke, read by Siddig El Fadil.

    3 "Fat Farm" by Orson Scott Card, read by Roddy McDowall.

    4 "Our Lady of the Sauropods" by Robert Silverberg.

    5 "Options" by John Varley, read by Claudia Christian.

    6 "Why I Left Harry's All Night Hamburgers" by Lawrence Watt-Evans, read by Wil Wheaton.

    7 "The Poplar Street Study" by Karen Joy Fowler, read by Terry Farrell

    8 "Skin Deep" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, read by Robin Curtis.

    9 "Permafrost" by Roger Zelazny, read by Siddig El Fadil.

    10 "Feedback" by Joe Haldeman, read by Nana Visitor.


    Review of “Options” by John Varley

    I wanted to listen to this collection because of one story: “Options” by John Varley. “Options” is one of Varley’s 8-Worlds stories and fits early in the overall chronology, circa 100 O.E., Occupation Earth. Varley handles the subject of what would happen to society if easy, safe and completely reversible sex-changing were to become a reality. When this was written in 1979 is was far more shocking and fantastic that is may seem today. The wonder of the story is that Varley manages to take the reader, or listener in this case, from the initial reaction of shock and disgust to the point of empathy for the sex-changing character. Varley is one of the science fiction greats. Listen to this story and you will hear why.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-25-08 Member Since 2001
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    "Nice Road Trip Book"

    I enjoyed this audio book and was entertained on my extended drive to Atlanta. I agree with the other reviewer on the transition between stories; there is none, one story ends the next begins. Was not too big of a deal but I found myself wondering what was the title to that story and is that really Roddy McDowall??? I also had problems with the volume of the narration being different from one story to the next. The stories wont blow your mind however, it was worth the one credit for entertainment value.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Hayward, CA, USA 12-14-04
    Dan Hayward, CA, USA 12-14-04
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    "Despite it's less than stupendous ratings..."

    I enjoyed this audiobook a lot. The narration was done by familiar voices. It was acted out rather well. The content was great as well. The only complaint I had was that two stories were louder than the other. I would turn the volume up pretty loud (being on the freeway and all...) and then have to turn it down when it went on to a louder story. But only one narrator was loud and she did two stories, so it's not much of a complaint.

    13 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Missoula, MT, USA 07-12-10
    Janet Missoula, MT, USA 07-12-10 Member Since 2010
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    "More of the Best not the best"

    I have only listened to the first three stories and am immensely disapponted .. not in the reading which is very good, not in the literature which is very entertaining, but in the audio book itself. This is a book of short stories, but the presentation lacks titles, authors and readers for each story. Very confusing to listen to, so it really detracts from the enjoyment.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Miguel Freedom, CA, United States 09-17-12
    Miguel Freedom, CA, United States 09-17-12
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    "format is disorganized"
    Would you try another book from the authors and/or the narrators?

    poorly presented, there was no mention of the titles or author during the reading , therefore it is impossible to judge the authors or stories.


    Would you recommend More of the Best of Science Fiction and Fantasy to your friends? Why or why not?

    not well presented version.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    could not tell which story I was listening, the breaks in between were non existant and there were no word of whose story was.


    Do you think More of the Best of Science Fiction and Fantasy needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    yes, but recorded in a better organized way.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Los Angeles, CA, USA 06-18-10
    Jason Los Angeles, CA, USA 06-18-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Terrible"

    The narration is the worst I've experienced on Audible and the stories are all fused together; there are no delineations between them so you have no idea when one starts and one ends.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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