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Tell Me a Story: Science Fiction One | [Arthur C. Clarke, William Gibson, Isaac Asimov, Philip K. Dick, Robert Sheckley, Terry Bisson, Avram Davidson]

Tell Me a Story: Science Fiction One

Ready for a story? Here's a selection of some of the finest science fiction shorts of recent years, including stories from Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, William Gibson, Robert Sheckley, Terry Bisson, Avram Davidson, and Philip K. Dick.
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Publisher's Summary

Ready for a story? Author and editor Paul Williams has selected some of the finest science fiction short stories of recent years, including: Arthur C. Clarke's "The Nine Billion Names of Gods," Isaac Asimov's "Insert Knob A in Hole B," William Gibson's "Cyber-Claus," Robert Sheckley's "The Perfect Woman" and "Beside Still Waters," Terry Bisson's "They're Made Out of Meat," Avram Davidson's "The Golem" and Philip K. Dick's "Expendable."

Recording (P)1997 by Audio Literature

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    Nikki Edmonton, AB, Canada 07-09-08
    Nikki Edmonton, AB, Canada 07-09-08
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    "Great stories, bad narration"

    This is a fascinating tour through old science fiction ... or would be, if the narration didn't suck so hard. Horrible intonation, awkward pauses -- it doesn't get much worse. Not a way to treat the masters.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    pc crochets Houston, TX 06-16-08
    pc crochets Houston, TX 06-16-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Poor reader"

    Good content, enjoyed the stories. When I could get past the halting monotone of the reader.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Hauppauge, NY, United States 08-14-12
    Laura Hauppauge, NY, United States 08-14-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Playback speed adjustment improves the listen"
    What did you like best about Tell Me a Story? What did you like least?

    These are classic syfy stories, very enjoyable in themselves, however the reader does an unusually poor job. I found if I adjusted the playback speed to 1.5 most of the awkward gaps in the speech cadence were eliminated.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Shawn North Wales, PA, United States 06-21-11
    Shawn North Wales, PA, United States 06-21-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Get someone else to Tell Me a Story."

    The reading is not very professional, and the collection of stories seems hap-hazard and somewhat dated. However, the William Gibson contribution is a rare short story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Drew Cedar Hills, UT, USA 01-11-10
    Drew Cedar Hills, UT, USA 01-11-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Where have I heard that voice..."

    Narrator: Cartman

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer California 12-25-13
    Amazon Customer California 12-25-13 Member Since 2013

    Davey B

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    "Good stories, bad narration"
    What did you like best about Tell Me a Story? What did you like least?

    I enjoyed most of the stories in this book but I really wish I knew who narrated this book so I could avoid ever getting another by him.
    By no means the best of what these authors. Many of the endings were a bit predictable and trite but I still enjoyed them. Just the constant hesitations and extremely odd breaks by the narrator detracted and made the book hard to listen too.


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrator’s performances?

    Not by choice but I can't find his name.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Niels J. Rasmussen Edmonton, Alberta Canada 11-17-13
    Niels J. Rasmussen Edmonton, Alberta Canada 11-17-13 Member Since 2012

    Dr. Nils Rasmussen

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    "Great Collection of Authors"
    Any additional comments?

    My only complaint about this audio book is that it was a little too short (only 1.5 hours). The content within that short time is nearly all pure gold. There are one or two stories that had me wondering WHY they were added to the collection, but overall it's a great compilation of some of my favorite authors. The fact that the book contains Sheckley, Asimov, Dick, AND Clarke should be enough reason alone to check this one out.

    8.3 / 10

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    R. Craig Texas 02-08-13
    R. Craig Texas 02-08-13 Member Since 2012

    Avid reader prone to Fantasy, Paranormal, History and Mystery.

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    "Reader sounds like a robot"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    no. The reader is awful


    What did you like best about this story?

    classic SciFi


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrator?

    Anybody human.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Its like trying to listen to HAL read a book, but HAL would have sounded more natural.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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