(P)2009 Jimcin Recordings
Great selection of stories from the humorous ( The Wub ) to the profound ( Machine Stops ) and in between. Narrators all good. Was hoping to get Volume 2 next but I guess it's not out yet. Give us more! Can't wait!
Don't really care when these stories were written, as long as they are good...and they are. I liked some of the readers better than others but they were all good.
Many reviews balk at the naration of these 7 collections of short science fiction stories.However though they are not the best of best narations I found them more than listenable and enjoyable..also considering that all 7 collections equals some100 hours of sci-fi fun and at a low price I think they are excelent audiobooks for anyones library..hope you enjoy...
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.
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.
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.
Not really. While there were a couple of stories that the listener can become invested in, overall they seemed unimaginative or predictable.
Maybe a short story format is just not for me in audible format.
Ok for a straight listen. Bad if you want to select an author and listen to those stories in your own order.
Needs to be broken into the separate stories to ease navigation.
Otherwise entertaining classic SF stories by great authors are ruined by bad narrators. I'd like to see this compilation re-done by a competent producer who knows how choose decent narration talent...
Anyone, the main narrator is horrible monotonated and sounds the same in EVERY story!
The old time stories are great still!
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."
Some of these stories are classics: A Martian Odyssey; The Machine Stops; Gifts of Asti; The Defenders. Others are less well-known: Image of the Gods; 2B R0 2B. A few were just utterly forgettable.
Many of these stories are available individually on Audible; one advantage to this collection is that you can snag a good half-dozen good stories with one credit. But there are also a lot of second- or third-tier stories mixed in. For example, A Martian Odyssey is considered to be one of the best shorter-than-novel sci-fi stories, period (although better renditions are available on Audible). 2B R0 2B is a pretty good story, but it's not Vonnegut's best (even relating to the particular theme); I had never encountered A World Called Crimson before listening to this collection, and I'm not in a hurry to encounter it again.
The most common theme, unfortunately, is fair-to-poor reading. Jim Roberts seems to have read most of them, and his performance is delivered in a quite uninspired monotone. The other narrators are better, but Roberts seems to have done a large fraction of them.
The bottom line: a mixed bag. Some great stories, some so-so stories, some non-good ones. Some good narrations, but many of the stories have a poor narrator.
Don't bother with this unless you like wooden reading and 2nd rate old stories. There is also no information regarding original publication dates etc, information which is useful with vintage SF since it puts the story into context.
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