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A collection of the best science-fiction prose written in 2006 from some of the genre's greatest authors, including James Patrick Kelly, Wil McCarthy, Susan Palwick, Tom Purdom, Robert Reed, Michael Swanwick, James Van Pelt, Howard Waldrop, Alastair Reynolds, Ian McDonald, Mary Rosenblum, Stephen Leigh and Joe Haldeman.

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3 good stories

Triceratops Summer by Michael Swanwick, Finished by Robert Reed, and The Jenna Set by Daniel Kaysen were the only stories worth your time in this collection. All in all it was a very disappointing collection.

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  • Chris
  • Atlanta, GA
  • 12-29-10

Good collection, uneven narration

This is a good collection of Sci-Fi short stories, ideal in length for listening to if you want to get a whole story in on a walk. Most are well done, but I do have to note that some of the narration wasn't steller.

Most notably, the narration for "Bank Run" by Tom Purdom, the second story in the book, lacked any sense of excitement. Even sections that should have been highlighted by some sense of urgency by the narrator, like when the windscreen of the ship the main characters are on is shot up and shattered by weapons fire, is read in the same, unexcited and unexciting tone as sections describing routine financial transactions.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Horrible!

The editing is frustrating in that several places the narrator repeats passages, sometimes with a different inflection, sometimes not, but always out of the blue. Also, many of the stories don't even step lightly into the realm of science fiction. There's one in particular where the protagonist goes on and on ad nauseam about his sister getting polio just before the vaccine was discovered and how difficult it was growing up in Alabama and Texas during that time, never once mentioning anything having to do with science fiction only in the end (last page or so) to find his sister to no longer have polio and, astonishingly!, never did because ... time travel.

Waste of money, Audible.com should remove this audiobook ... it's an embarrassment.

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Some goods stories, some bad. One narrator yells

I enjoy a few of the stories in this collection, but the reason I didn’t rate it higher is because of the female narrator who literally yells during her readings. It’s so unsettling. I like audiobooks to relax and fall asleep, the last thing I want is to be awoken by a screaming and fighting. Just because characters in a story are disagreeing or fighting, doesn’t mean the narrator should yell. Ruins the entire experience.
My second issue is that a few of the stories are just plan bad.

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LOVED IT!!!

What did you love best about Science Fiction: The Best of the Year 2006?

I loved this collection. Each story was unique, and really subverted my expectations. I was particularly intrigued by the short story of a lab mouse that had been made sentient. The small Narnia reference in that story was particularly charming (no spoilers). I found the final story to be quite depressing, but overall this was an amazing collection, and I hope that the rest of the series is available on audio format soon!

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The editing is terrible

The stories were okay to good but the reading mis-queues, re-read sentences, pauses in narration and one particular story where it sounded as if someone had scratched the master tape (not sure how that could happen since I'm sure this was probably a digital recording). Every two minutes the word spoken stopped in mid-sylable and then resumed 5 to 7 seconds later. Very annoying.