Recording (P)1997 by Audio Literature
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"Great stories, bad narration"
This is a fascinating tour through old science fiction ... or would be, if the narration didn't suck so hard. Horrible intonation, awkward pauses -- it doesn't get much worse. Not a way to treat the masters.
Good content, enjoyed the stories. When I could get past the halting monotone of the reader.
"Great Collection of Authors"
My only complaint about this audio book is that it was a little too short (only 1.5 hours). The content within that short time is nearly all pure gold. There are one or two stories that had me wondering WHY they were added to the collection, but overall it's a great compilation of some of my favorite authors. The fact that the book contains Sheckley, Asimov, Dick, AND Clarke should be enough reason alone to check this one out.
8.3 / 10
"Playback speed adjustment improves the listen"
These are classic syfy stories, very enjoyable in themselves, however the reader does an unusually poor job. I found if I adjusted the playback speed to 1.5 most of the awkward gaps in the speech cadence were eliminated.
"Get someone else to Tell Me a Story."
The reading is not very professional, and the collection of stories seems hap-hazard and somewhat dated. However, the William Gibson contribution is a rare short story.
"Reader sounds like a robot"
no. The reader is awful
Its like trying to listen to HAL read a book, but HAL would have sounded more natural.
"Where have I heard that voice..."
"Good stories, bad narration"
I enjoyed most of the stories in this book but I really wish I knew who narrated this book so I could avoid ever getting another by him.
By no means the best of what these authors. Many of the endings were a bit predictable and trite but I still enjoyed them. Just the constant hesitations and extremely odd breaks by the narrator detracted and made the book hard to listen too.
Not by choice but I can't find his name.
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