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The stories in this anthology are not the most mind-blowing or the most exciting I've read, but they are generally very solid - my favorites were Susan Schwartz's "Critical Cats," Fritz Leiber's "A Pail of Air," and Isaac Asimov's "Someday." Arthur C. Clarke's "Breaking Strain" and Dan Simmons' "Vanni Fucci is Alive and Well and Living in Hell" are also strong. In general, the stories in this anthology are cute rather than brilliant. The narrator is good.
The format, however, is kind of annoying, since the audiobook chapters do not begin and end where the stories begin and end; thus, it is impossible to go to the beginning of a story. I'm not sure why they divided the chapters this way. Also, the anthology is a little short for the price.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
This is a rare collection of science fiction stories, and the readers are great! I recommend this collection to anyone who enjoys being entertained by great fiction.
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I thought this was a good collection of stories, even a bit unsettling at times. There's a good variety and a lot of stories I didn't think I'd like that I ended up quite enjoying. The narration is superb, with a special mention to "Blood Music" which was done so well that is sort of messed me up for the day.
The formatting of the stories is odd, I don't think the Audible chapters line up with the chapters of the story, and there's this weird spooky interlude music that makes it feel like an audio drama. It's not that a big a deal but still worth mentioning. Not sure if I would have been happy paying a full credit for it but I had a £5 voucher and for that the book was a steal.
Mixed bag with some gems in there, but to be expected from a collection like this.