Slim and Red decide to train the to small animals Red has captured as a circus act. You can imagine the chagrin of Red's father an important industrialist realizes that the small animals are actually surviving aliens who have traveled to this world to open up an interstellar trade relationship. There are lots of possibilities here, so listen along as Darla Middlebrook transports us to the world of Isaac Asimov.
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An Asimov Classic With a Poor Reader
I might have enjoyed this one a little more had the reader been even a LITTLE better than she was. (Check out the audio sample to see what I mean.) There were times where I honestly would not have been able to decipher what emotion she was going for had there not been the context that surrounded it. Very odd.
That aside, this is yet ANOTHER great short story of Asimov's that, as usual, is completely unique. The story is told through 3 separate view points which each compliment one another instead of confusing matters.
It's funny, although I have read quite a few collections of this author's works (especially in the short-story format), I had never come across this one until now.
Nothing SPECTACULAR, but definitely worth checking out if you like any of Asimov's other material.
8.4 / 10
- Niels J. Rasmussen "Dr. Nils Rasmussen"