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.
The voice actor is marginal and the soundtrack is strange. The story ends halfway through the recording and the latter half is the rest of the terrible soundtrack.
The story is a classic, but the performance a) has a lot of background SciFi woooeeeeooooo-type noises, b) has annoying voices associated with each character, and c) is padded with about 30 minutes of theremin music. This should have been a straight-narrated recording, not a radio broadcast (that's what it feels like). For the length of the content, this audio"book" should be more like $0.99.
Story: 5 stars for Asimov
Performance: 1 star for annoyances
Overall: 1 star (they don't get "redeemed" by Asimov's rating)
The voices given to each character ranged from comical to annoying. An audiobook should only be narrated, not given voice-acting and a background score.
The actual story is only about 25 mins in length and the rest of this audio is just strange sound effects. I don't know who thought it was a good idea to tape 30 mins straight of weird sci fi sound effects and then call it an audio book. The actual story was fine, but I feel like I was misled about the length.
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.
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