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  • Have Space Suit - Will Travel

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Mark Turetsky
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,173
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,067
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,072

First prize in the Skyway Soap slogan contest was an all-expenses-paid trip to the moon. The consolation prize was an authenticspace suit, and when scientifically minded high school senior Kip Russell wonit, he knew for certain he would use it one day to make a sojourn of his own tothe stars. But "one day" comes sooner than he thinks when he tries the suit on in his backyard - and finds himself worlds away, a prisoner aboard a space pirate's ship.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classic tale, One of Heinlein's best.

  • By SGL on 03-20-14

Disappointing as a Heinlein fan

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-23-18

I like Heinlein quite a bit, and have even enjoyed some of his children's work in the past, but this one was a slog. The language used hasn't aged well and ends up sounding extremely campy, and some of the writing adds to that.

It has a charm to it, because of the campy factor, but it's not worth 9 hours of your time. Maybe kids will like it?

  • The Man Who Sold the Moon

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Buck Schirner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 288

Today the moon - tomorrow the stars. The Man Who Sold the Moon: A landmark volume in Heinlein’s magnificent Future History series. D. D. Harriman is a billionaire with a dream: the dream of Space for All Mankind. The method? Anything that works. Maybe, in fact, Harriman goes too far. But he will give us the stars....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Great story but...

  • By Gabriel on 03-30-17

Titular novella is pretty good...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-06-18

...the rest of the collection isn't.

Sorry, Bob.

The minimum number of words for a review is fifteen.

  • The Night Land

  • A Love Tale
  • By: William Hope Hodgson
  • Narrated by: Drew Ariana
  • Length: 18 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27

In the far future, an unnamed narrator, who along with what remains of the human race dwells uneasily in an underground fortress-city surrounded by brooding, chaotic, relentless Watching Things, Silent Ones, Hounds, Giants, "Ab-humans," Brutes, and enormous slugs and spiders, follows a telepathic distress signal into the unfathomable darkness. The Earth's surface is frozen....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Tough read, but rewarding

  • By Christopher on 02-04-14

My Kingdom for an Editor

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-30-18

The setting is very creatiwe and interesting, but the language is extremely tedious and the majority of the story is filled with trivial and repeditive details.

"And lo, it was that I took a step with my right food. And verily, this was followed by none other than the same from my left. And it was that mine right foot took a step again. And surely, my left did so too, as was proper. And verily, then my right foot stepped forward. And thence, the left of my two feet did move to be in front of the other.

"Then I killed ten monsters.

"And it was such that after the monsters were slain, I did to set about walking again. And lo, I took me a step with my right foot..."

-only slightly paraphrased

  • Spider Kiss

  • By: Harlan Ellison
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

If you think the only thing Ellison writes is speculative fiction, craziness about giant cockroaches that attack Detroit, or invaders from space who look like pink eggplant and smell like chicken soup, this dynamite novel of the emergent days of rock and roll will turn you around at least three times. No spaceships, no robots, just a nice kid from Louisville named Stag Preston with a voice like an angel, seductive moves like the devil, and an invisible monkey named Success riding him straight to hell.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not My Favorite of Ellison's Work

  • By Seth D.Yockey on 04-17-18

Not My Favorite of Ellison's Work

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-17-18

Any additional comments?

I'm a big fan of Ellison's speculative fiction, and this ended up disappointing. It's a pretty standard raise to fame/fall from grace story, and I didn't get much out of it.

Mostly, I just wish Audible would get the rights to the Voice from the Edge collections.

  • The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard

  • By: Robert E. Howard
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 23 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352

Robert E. Howard, renowned creator of Conan the Barbarian, was also a master at conjuring tales of hair-raising horror. In a career spanning only 12 years, Howard wrote more than 100 stories, with his most celebrated work appearing in Weird Tales, the preeminent pulp magazine of the era.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Table of Contents

  • By Ben Preston on 02-05-15

Not Bob's Best Work

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-16-18

Any additional comments?

The stories vary is terms of quality, but suffer from being collected this thoroughly. It's pretty apparent Robert went through "phases" as far as theme/setting/antagonist, and a lot of the stories are repetitive to the point of being interchangeable. You end up reading one story five to ten times over, and then switching to another story to be read in various iterations, then another.

If your a Robert E. Howard completionist, this is going to be a valuable buy. But if you just want a fun read, I'd find a greatest-hits collection of his.

  • The Castle

  • By: Franz Kafka
  • Narrated by: Geoffrey Howard
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

The story of K - the unwanted land surveyor who is never to be admitted to the Castle and yet cannot go home - seems to depict, like a dream from the deepest recesses of consciousness, an inexplicable truth about the nature of existence. A perpetual human condition lies at the heart of this labyrinthine world: dualities of certainty and doubt, hope and fear, reason and nonsense, harmony and disintegration.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful reading (but will strange interruptions)

  • By Stephen on 12-19-12

High Comedy Despite Spotty Narration

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-26-18

Any additional comments?

It is true that the narrator's voice appears to be edited-over occasionally for no discernible reason. I did not find this to be as much of a problem as most listeners did according to the reviews. I want to say though - having sampled the other readings - I still think this is the best recording. Howard's quick pace not only shortens the listening time (substantially), but also keeps the reading lively and imbues portions of it a degree of comedy that is hard to overstate.

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  • Red Planet

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

Jim Marlowe and his strange-looking Martian friend, Willis, are allowed to travel only so far. But one day Willis unwittingly tunes in to a treacherous plot that threatens all the colonists on Mars, and it sets Jim off on a terrifying adventure that could save - or destroy - them all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I have read every book written by<br />r. Heinlein.

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-06-17

Great for Kids

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-18

I love Heinlein, so I thought I'd check it out. There's nothing wrong with it, but it's definately not going to make older audiences swoon.

  • Edgar Allan Poe - The Complete Short Stories

  • By: Edgar Allan Poe
  • Narrated by: Bob Thomley
  • Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,060
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 940
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 947

All of Edgar Allan Poe’s great short stories in one 16-hour collection.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A rare treat.

  • By J.G. on 07-23-11

Not Complete

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-02-17

This is by no means a complete collection of Poe's short stories, but it's still a solid reading.