Wastelands

Stories of the Apocalypse
Length: 16 hrs and 58 mins
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Famine, Death, War, and Pestilence - the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the harbingers of Armageddon - these are our guides through the Wastelands.

From the Book of Revelation to The Road Warrior, from A Canticle for Leibowitz to The Road, storytellers have long imagined the end of the world, weaving eschatological tales of catastrophe, chaos, and calamity. In doing so, these visionary authors have addressed one of the most challenging and enduring themes of imaginative fiction: The nature of life in the aftermath of total societal collapse.

Gathering together the best post-apocalyptic literature of the last two decades from many of today's most renowned authors of speculative fiction - including George R. R. Martin, Gene Wolfe, Orson Scott Card, Carol Emshwiller, Jonathan Lethem, Octavia E. Butler, and Stephen King - Wastelands explores the scientific, psychological, and philosophical questions of what it means to remain human in the wake of Armageddon. Whether the end of the world comes through nuclear war, ecological disaster, or cosmological cataclysm, these are tales of survivors, in some cases struggling to rebuild the society that was, in others, merely surviving, scrounging for food in depopulated ruins and defending themselves against monsters, mutants, and marauders.

Wastelands delves into this bleak landscape, uncovering the raw human emotion and heart-pounding thrills at the genre's core.

©2008 John Joseph Adams (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

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Collections are hit and miss.

The book had some real awesome shorts and some real duds. I was torn on ★ rating. overall it was so up and down I couldn't hate it nor love it. Narration was also all over. I would say don't waste a copy edit and if you can buy for less than a 5 spot.

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Not real writting

This collection of short stories seem more like a college collection of student papers than real commercial writing. Big words, overly described feelings or circumstances sound more like trying to impress an English teacher, than real fiction. Stories are rushed to set the scene, and rushed to get to the punchline. All the stories follow the same script with different words.

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A Collection of boring stories

Had to force myself to finish this book. Each of the stories were meh at best and sleepers at worst.

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Better of the two book series

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I definitely enjoyed the stories in this anthology much better than the second (although the second was good on it's own). Great for trips or enjoying a quiet day relaxing.

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They can't all be zingers

Some of the stories were really good. some were not so much. last three words.

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Decent "B" Stories with Varied Quality Narration

A collection of B-grade stories mostly set in post-apocalyptic earth, mostly near future / modern day with a couple of more science fiction settings that feel like 50's silver age; there is a distinct lack of zombies (at least so far, I'm 3/4 the way through as I type this). The narration is mostly top-notch, though I found myself gritting my teeth during stories narrated by Susan Hanfield. She has a decent tonal quality to her voice and good narrative timing, but butchers the pronunciation of nouns as if she were permanently stuck in her teenage years: "Best Ever" becomes "Bast Aver", "Bus" becomes "Boss", etc.

Recommended at 4 stars for genre fans; for the general reader, subtract another star.

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Fantastic!

For fans of fantasy this was a rare treat. I enjoyed every story, and didn't want the book to end.

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Certainly more good than bad here.

Would you listen to Wastelands again? Why?

Yes. There are certain stories I would listen to again.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved the characters in the story about a virus that takes away everyone's ability to speak. Very creative.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Not that I know of, but there was only one narrator I didn't care for. In an anthology like this, having only one I don't like is pretty rare, so I consider this book a success!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I think I laughed a few times, and was certainly moved by a few of the stories, but no tears this time.

Any additional comments?

I would say that I loved about 3 stories, and that I liked about 75% of them. To me, that adds up to an anthology worth recommending, especially to anyone interested in all of the myriad ways we humans might react to life after the end of the world as we know it.

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Truly enjoyed

I really enjoyed these stories! Of course as with any anthology some were better than others but ALL were worth my time! And hearing familiar voices that John has found to be tried and true was a relief! If you are a Post Apocalypse fan you will find something here to enjoy!!!

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A true ride into the dark...

what are you afraid of? chances are, you will find it within. This turned out to be such a marvelous collection that half way through I spent my next credit on part 2, and am starting it directly after posting this review. Mayhem, horror, tragic comedy... it's all inside baby! Buy
this ticket, take this ride into the mists of what could be...

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