Production and Music ©2002 by Bob E. Flick
Most short-fiction anthologies contain stories you love and stories you hate, but this audiobook puts a slight twist into that formula. By and large, the stories are mediocre, but the performances are good enough (and occasionally over-the-top enough) to draw you in.
"Master of the Crabs" and "Taurus Horn" are highlights, while "Venus Cursed" had excellent potential but was spoiled by a slightly rushed ending. On the other hand, "Black God's Kiss" doesn't adapt well to audio, and "Frozen in Time" is a particularly dull version of an old sci-fi cliche.
This has to be the worst audio I have ever listened to. Some of the stories would have been interesting if there had been any cohesivness to thier presentation and if the awful music had been left out.
The stories were at best disjointed. The voice performances were at best average. I am a long term listener of voice dramas and this one misses the mark. The stories would build you and then lose all sense and go somewhere else. I measure voice dramas against the standard set by the BBC with Pet Cemetary or even the Hitchhikers Guide. They are/ was the pinacle which all should work towards. Enthusiastic readings with substandard content don't cut it.
I don't see them here, but the Deathlands series is well done, even though it is one person covering all the characters.
The Smith and Moore aren't really "dramatized"...more like read with sound-effects. They're interesting, Smith more than Moore. The others are original radio plays that are much less compelling. I'm not sorry I bought it...but, it could have been better.
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