So take a journey into the outer twilight of your mind. Turn off the light, sit back and relax, close your eyes, and enter the infinite universe of your imagination.
©2007 Bob E. Flick; (P)2007 Bob E. Flick
"Few authors can claim his consistently high level of excellence." (Galaxy magazine)
I would change the performance from one of live theater with multiple actors and music to the format that Audible has always been so great for: Getting a truly talented voice actor to read the story using different intontation, accents, etc for character dialogue. I don't come to Audible for radio dramas. I come to hear a great story read to me.
This is one my favourite short stories of all time. The explanation of entropy as it relates to the universe and our own beginnings has always made this a great read.
This is an absolutely fascinating story but the amount of music/sound effects is extremely distracting. I would not recommend this narrator.
I really wonder if Asimov was an atheist or a deeply religious scientist using writing to explore god & religion. His stories like this one make me think he's very much one way or the other.
Really the last line is well built up to and rather perfect.
Well, it was short, only about 35min
This book isn't an hour & eight minutes, it's really just about 35 min.
Fans of synth music.
No, not at all.
I wouldn't rule anything out based strictly on his participation.
None of the scenes, just the music.
The background music didn't bother me so much, but I thought I was buying an hour-long story. The story actually ended around the thirty-minute mark and was then followed by half an hour more of just music. The music wasn't even something I'd want to listen to on its own.
It is true science fiction and drama based upon musings about spirituality.
The father was my favorite.
It conveys both hope and hopelessness.
This book is really a short story. There is way too much "fill" in an attempt to make it a dark mystery.
Sure. Asimov is the Dean of Sci-Fi and most of his work is great, and I love it. Just not this book.
strong, interesting, valuable
While the story was obviously written in the "golden era," it retains its charms. The narration, effects, and orchestration of this production are distracting, obnoxious, and unnecessary. Don't bother purchasing.
Yes. The performance makes the story, and makes the ending really powerful. The length of the story itself makes this perfect for a a commute between cities.
Chapter 1, and the last chapter.
My only criticism is the over use of the stereotypical sci-fi music. Mainly at the beginning and end of the chapters. Other than that it is perfect.
I love this short story by Isaac Asimov. I dare say it’s my favorite short story. He takes us on a journey to answer the most significant question posed by Man and this journey spans trillions of years. What’s interesting is the protagonist isn’t human and the antagonist is Space and Time. The question posed is awesome because it is relevant to science today and the answer is mind blowing. My only wish is that Asimov would have speculated on what factors where used to answer the question. Where is a theoretical physicist when you need one!
I just read it again.....because i can't stop reading or listening to this short story. It’s awesome that in 1956 Asimov is spot on in his correlation between entropy and the universe. Simply Awesome!
Loved it, replayed ending twice. Half the 'book' is just creepy music, without any words; skipped through this.
Could not write this review right after reading, because Audible needed active internet for it - became a hassle for me.
I bought this thinking I would get a range of stories, It has a drum and electronic music backing track that runs throughout and many many minutes are just tuneless musak. Do yourself a favour and buy the book, and read it. I cannot in all honesty recommend this. I can't seem to leave a no star rating.
"Good story but terrible music!"
the background music and sound effects made it really difficult and uncomfortable to follow the storyline. and why are the last 6 chapters only more of that music?! the story ends on chapter 6 and then the remaining 6 chapters are just more of that awful music.
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