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Farewell to the Master | [Harry Bates]

Farewell to the Master

Were the alien and his robot here to help or hinder humankind? Find out the surprising answer in the original story that inspired the classic 1951 science-fiction movie The Day the Earth Stood Still. This is a must-read for any science-fiction lover, for, as the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction says, "the film lost the story's ironic ending." Now listeners can discover first-hand what Hollywood left out in this best-known novella of the legendary 1930s idea man, Harry Bates.
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Were the alien and his robot here to help or hinder humankind? Find out the surprising answer in the original story that inspired the classic 1951 science-fiction movie The Day the Earth Stood Still.

This is a must-read for any science-fiction lover, for, as the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction says, "the film lost the story's ironic ending." Now listeners can discover first-hand what Hollywood left out in this best-known novella of the legendary 1930s idea man, Harry Bates.

Bates's novella, published in 1940 under the title Farewell to the Master, with its poignant, haunting last line, posthumously brought him the coveted Balrog Award (1983). Long-time science-fiction fans rank it and its creator among the greats.

(P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Clydene San Diego, California 03-12-10
    Clydene San Diego, California 03-12-10 Member Since 2014

    So many books, so little time...

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    "Loved This Story"

    I have always loved the movie original The Day the Earth Stood Still and had wondered what the original story was like, and found Farewell to the Master absolutely delightful.

    Sadly there seems to be very few stories from Harry Bates that have survived the test of time. It is wonderful to have this story on audible.com.

    The reading by Tom Weiner was perfect for this story. His style on this book reminded me of the 1950s. But I had previously heard him narrate Blackwater, and he sounded a bit different there. Overall a great reading, and he calmly is able to emphasize drama without being too over dramatic.

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    Michael Eaton West Valley City, Utah USA 06-29-15
    Michael Eaton West Valley City, Utah USA 06-29-15 Member Since 2013

    Fascinated by science.

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    "The Day The Master Stood Still"

    If you have loved the old, original production of "The Day The Earth Stood Still", so too will you love this original version of that great story. Bear in mind that the story and the movie are far different. Michael Rennie will always be Klaatu for me. As others have noted, do NOT skip ahead and read the ending of the story. You will ruin the story for you. The narrator is perfect, and he enhanced the story. By all means, get this audiobook.

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    Justin Hall Rancho Cucamonga, CA 06-01-15
    Justin Hall Rancho Cucamonga, CA 06-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Better Than all the Movies which it Inspired"

    This was a very good short story. Why no one has bothered to make it into a proper film, I don't understand.

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    PAUL OUIMET 04-10-15
    PAUL OUIMET 04-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "THE MASTER?"
    What did you love best about Farewell to the Master?

    I loved the twist at the ending, it was unexpected.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The detail that went into it.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The fight between the robot and gorilla.


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    Salvador 07-10-12
    Salvador 07-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    What made the experience of listening to Farewell to the Master the most enjoyable?

    Touching base with the original story that inspired much of science fiction. It is similar to the feeling one gets when watching the original Star Trek series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The robot. It is an icon in the genre.


    Which character – as performed by Tom Weiner – was your favorite?

    The robot. It is an icon in the genre.


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

    Yes


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    Jim Grand Junction, CO, United States 01-22-09
    Jim Grand Junction, CO, United States 01-22-09
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    "Very Nice"

    Well written Sci Fi and expertly narrated. Worth a listen even if you've seen the movie.

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  • Raymond
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    "The day the Earth stood still"

    This is the story that 'The day the Earth stood still' is based on, try this and see what the last film got so wrong!

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