This is a classic collection of short stories written by Avram Davidson, one of the most acclaimed fantasists of the 20th Century. It includes his best-known short story, "Or All the Seas with Oysters", and more.
©1962, 1976 Estate of Avram Davidson (P)2012 Wildside Press LLC
"Davidson was a fine, fine writer." (Gene Wolfe)
I love Avram Davidson. I've been a great fan forever. His work is subtle, engaging, interesting, and mind stretching. Unfortunately, Mr. Marlar's interpretation is better suited to a Noir Thriller or a Western than to such an erudite author.
The consistent mispronouncing of the word virulent as vai RUH lunt made want to weep. I stopped listening after that story. It was a little like watching someone you love being mugged.
The Adventures of Dr. Esterhazy is a consistent delight. I found Ursus of Ultima Thule to be a bit brutal way back when it first came out, so haven't listened to that one. Tim Power's work strikes me as equally brilliant, although he doesn't have many short stories on audible. Always love James P. Blaylock's stuff.
I found Robert Blumenthal's narration of The Adventures of Dr. Esterhazy to be excellent, and without reproach. He had a masterful command of the material and didn't mispronounce any of the words. I also would like to hear Bronson Pinchot have a run at this material. I find his vocal interpretations to be as nuanced and subtle as this writing requires.
I love the fact that this is a collection of short stories. I was able to listen to a single chapter, which was an entire story in itself. Every new chapter was a completely new experience and storyline with different characters. For those of us with short attention spans, this was perfect!
Avram Davidson really makes you pay attention. Definitely not a background-noise type of listen... you must be engaged at all times!
No, which is why I enjoyed I loved that it was several short stories. I could go several days or weeks between chapters and not have to worry about remember what had happened previously. Each chapter was a completely different sci-fi story.
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