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His Master's Voice | [Stanislaw Lem]

His Master's Voice

A witty and inventive satire of "men of science" and their thinking, as a team of scientists races to decode a mysterious message from space. "I had the feeling that I was standing at the cradle of a new mythology. A last will and testament...we as the posthumous heirs of Them...."
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Here is a witty and inventive satire of "men of science" and their thinking, as a team of scientists races to decode a mysterious message from space. "I had the feeling that I was standing at the cradle of a new mythology. A last will and testament...we as the posthumous heirs of Them...."

©1998 Stanislaw Lem; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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    Jakub United States 01-10-12
    Jakub United States 01-10-12
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    "Excelent and entertaining"
    If you could sum up His Master's Voice in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, entertaining, and intriguing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That it worked so real and was entertaining.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None specifically, but the introductions of some of the characters were brilliant


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

    The deception


    Any additional comments?

    Cool book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Santa Clara, CA, United States 07-10-14
    Scott Santa Clara, CA, United States 07-10-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Waiting for something to happen"

    If there were a contest to see how many words could transpire before ANYTHING happened in a novel, this book would certainly be a contender.
    Stanislaw Lem is undoubtedly one of the most intellectual and competent of Sci-Fi writers, but in His Master's Voice, it's as though he challenged himself to present absolutely nothing but ideas, devoid of action or physical reality. Unfortunately, this writing style leads to obsolete scientific perspectives in short order. I found I really didn't care about this book, or whether anything was eventually going to happen or not. No characters caught my fancy, no events peaked my interest.
    Nick Sullivan's reading is fairly impressive, although I would like to hear him describe some real action, or maybe something funny. There is one down side to the recording—his voice is unnaturally compressed, and the sound of it gets fatiguing after only a short while.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Charlotte, NC, United States 12-20-09
    Amy Charlotte, NC, United States 12-20-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Boring!"

    This book is described thus "Here is a witty and inventive satire of "men of science" and their thinking" There is nothing witty in this book. It is a long and weary drone about nothing. I wish I had one good thing to say, but I don't.

    2 of 18 people found this review helpful
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