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Favorite Science Fiction Stories, Volume 1 | [Philip K. Dick, Robert Silverberg, Fritz Leiber, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.]

Favorite Science Fiction Stories, Volume 1

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.
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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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    Joe AZ, USA 02-17-10
    Joe AZ, USA 02-17-10
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    "Very nice collection"

    Great selection of stories and nice variety of narration. Looking forward to more volumes!

    36 of 36 people found this review helpful
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    Empowerment Middletown, RI, United States 09-05-09
    Empowerment Middletown, RI, United States 09-05-09
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    "Great selection"

    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!

    43 of 44 people found this review helpful
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    Sandinic Middletown, RI, USA 10-22-09
    Sandinic Middletown, RI, USA 10-22-09
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    "Excellent selection"

    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.

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    michael Indianapolis, IN, United States 12-30-13
    michael Indianapolis, IN, United States 12-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    "not bad but lacks proper chaptering."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Ok for a straight listen. Bad if you want to select an author and listen to those stories in your own order.


    Any additional comments?

    Needs to be broken into the separate stories to ease navigation.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Edward Forest Park, IL, USA 08-25-13
    Edward Forest Park, IL, USA 08-25-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Worst. Naration. Ever."

    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...

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    Fred Raleigh, NC, United States 09-15-13
    Fred Raleigh, NC, United States 09-15-13 Member Since 2005

    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 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis CRYSTAL RIVER, FL, US 09-12-13
    Dennis CRYSTAL RIVER, FL, US 09-12-13 Member Since 2012
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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!

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    Stanley J. Vinet Jr. Marrero, LA 12-26-12
    Stanley J. Vinet Jr. Marrero, LA 12-26-12

    Stan Vinet

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    "I Guess Narrators Do Make a Difference"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Favorite Science Fiction Stories, Volume 1 to be better than the print version?

    Yes


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

    Anyone, the main narrator is horrible monotonated and sounds the same in EVERY story!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    The old time stories are great still!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joel Columbia, MD, United States 10-05-10
    Joel Columbia, MD, United States 10-05-10 Member Since 2009
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    "A Very Mixed Bag"

    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.

    9 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Brandon Hauppauge, NY, USA 10-20-09
    Brandon Hauppauge, NY, USA 10-20-09
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    "I've had better"

    FYI this book is a compilation of 'classic' sci-fi. Not necessarily from the golden age of sci-fi but maybe a little after, I am guessing from late 50s to early 70s. The quality of the sound on the narration is poor and the most commonly used narrator has an almost robotic monotone voice. This voice comes in handy when robots are actually talking but not people.

    Audible has some overall much higher quality classic sci fi compilations such as 'Best of Science Fiction and fantasy' and 'Minority Report and other stories'. Better yet for some really interesting contemporary stories I highly recommend 'Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine show'

    This book may be worth it to have in your list for the few gems found in it but it should not be at the top of your list.

    13 of 53 people found this review helpful
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  • Christopher
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    "Quite poor"

    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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