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Favorite Science Fiction Stories, Volume 1 Audiobook
Favorite Science Fiction Stories, Volume 1
Written by: 
Philip K. Dick, Robert Silverberg, Fritz Leiber, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Narrated by: 
Jim Roberts, Ben Hurst, Cindy Hardin Killavey
Favorite Science Fiction Stories, Volume 1 Audiobook

Favorite Science Fiction Stories, Volume 1

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Publisher's Summary

This first volume of Favorite Science Fiction Stories features "the best of the best" from the Golden Age of science fiction. It includes 21 stories by, among others, Andre Norton, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Robert Silverberg, Stanley G. Weinbaum, Philip K. Dick, Edmond Hamilton, Jack Williamson , Alan Edward Nourse, Fritz Leiber, Frederik Pohl, Fredric Brown, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., and others. This is a must listen for sci-fi buffs and anyone who likes a well written and imaginative story.

(P)2009 Jimcin Recordings

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    Chris Bordeman 01-22-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Would think these would be great stories"

    ...but they're pretty mediocre. The performance is fine, just she doesn't attempt to embellish, just reads it straight.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 09-28-15
    Michael 09-28-15
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    "Overall disappointing"
    What would have made Favorite Science Fiction Stories, Volume 1 better?

    Perhaps the stories were just too dated? Certainly better narration would have been a significant improvement. I'm not a science fiction aficionado, but I do enjoy good science fiction, such as Robert Heinlein, Arthur C. Clark, some of Alastair Reynolds and especially John Scalzi. And I really like Philip K. Dick, especially when he is messing with our minds about what is real and what is not.


    What could the authors have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It's not necessarily the authors but the editors. Not sure who really thought these were favorite stories. Whose favorites were they? Maybe my idea of good science fiction is not the same as the editors in whatever year they made the selection.


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    The narration was terrible. The primary narrator was the definition of one-dimensional. He didn't even make an effort to have the characters sound different or distinctive. I had difficulty following who was talking during conversations.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really. While there were a couple of stories that the listener can become invested in, overall they seemed unimaginative or predictable.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe a short story format is just not for me in audible format.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis 09-12-13
    Dennis 09-12-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Oldies but Goodies"

    These stories seem to have been written in the 40's & 50's. Several refur to the Russians (mite attack,will attack or are attacking). Also a base on Venus, breathing air on Mars ect. Most of the stories are OK but you just have to put your mind back to the early cold war era. As a hole not bad!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Raleigh, NC, United States 09-15-13
    Amazon Customer Raleigh, NC, United States 09-15-13 Member Since 2016

    ummm.. hi.. be my friend..

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    "I don't usually do this"

    but to keep others from making the mistake of buying this. The narration is horrible. Its so bad as to kill the otherwise excellent stories. The is nothing good to say about it. Avoid!

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Craig G. Clark Seaside, CA United States 08-05-15
    Craig G. Clark Seaside, CA United States 08-05-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Jim Roberts Fails Emotion Test"

    I was distracted from many of the stories he read by Jim Roberts' flat, didactic reading. He should read scientific or documentary books. Oh, and the word is pronounced "roo-in" not "roon."

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Chuck Portland, Or 09-03-12
    Chuck Portland, Or 09-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A Mixed Bag"

    A few of the stories were good ... and a couple of them were just silly. In retrospect, I do not feel it was a worthy use of a credit. I really should have placed more stock in the reviews which seemed to indicate a similar, blasé experience by other listeners.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    a consumer United States 01-08-11
    a consumer United States 01-08-11
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    "half a level above complete boredom"

    I downloaded this for a 17-hour drive. I was hoping to be mildly entertained, at least enough to stay awake, but all but one or two of these stories pretty much put me to sleep. Maybe sci-fi just doesn't translate well to audiobook, but I can't believe these banal stories actually got published.

    3 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Edward Phoenix, AZ, United States 03-18-12
    Edward Phoenix, AZ, United States 03-18-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Shabby prodution - so-so stories - otherwise awful"

    This collection sounds like it was recorded in my neighbor's garage and narrated by my neighbors. Or maybe what my high school's electronics club and drama club could put together. Who did the quality control on this project?

    Every so often, Audible.com peddles this level of material. Hopefully, potential buyers would read the reviews. I did not because I built up such confidence in other, greater scifi collections offered here. My mistake.

    The audio is sub-par -- must be related to the acoustics in my neighbor's garage: sound reflecting off the lawn mower, sacks of fertilizer, and trash cans.

    The performances give me the creeps. All of the readers are obviously focused on trying to get it right or just get through it, rather than immersion into the story. Listen to readings by Stefan Rudnicki or Gabrielle de Cuir as contrast.

    I guess some of the stories are OK. Unfortunately, even if they were great works, the other distractions of sound and reading prevent a good analysis.

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Cordova, TN, United States 04-19-10
    Robert Cordova, TN, United States 04-19-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Such Poor Male Narration"

    These are real gems of SF. No, they are not the only gems, but gems nonetheless. However, the male narration is HORRIBLE. As another reader said: "The quality of the sound on the narration is poor and the most commonly used narrator has an almost robotic monotone voice." I wish I could specify which male narrator, but cannot. What a waste. Audible, please re-release this book with a competent narrator - please.

    4 of 35 people found this review helpful
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    Shellbin 02-05-10
    Shellbin 02-05-10 Member Since 2014
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    "awful, simply awful"

    The stories are lame, pretty well all of them. There are some great classic sf yarns, however they are not to be found in this collection.

    1 of 39 people found this review helpful

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