Proto Zoa

  • by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by Grover Gardner
  • 3 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A delightful collection of Lois McMaster Bujold's early stories and a comprehensive introduction by this New York Times best-selling author.
Protozoa is a word from biology via the Greek, meaning "first animals". These short stories were indeed among the first life spontaneously generated in Lois McMaster Bujold's nascent writing career. Along with an introduction by the author, this collection features the short stories "Barter", "Garage Sale", "The Hole Truth", "Dreamweaver's Dilemma", and "Aftermaths".

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Three Weak, One Repeat, One Very Good Short Story

These are very early, mostly note previously published, short stories. Most are better than average short stories, but that is not saying a lot as the vast majority of short stories are very weak. "Barter", "Garage Sale", "The Hole Truth" are short stories with rather weak, slightly humorous Twilight Zone endings. These were all previously unpublished, for good reasons. "Dreamweaver's Dilemma" is a very good short story, and was Bujold’s first published work. It is set in the Vorkosigan universe with interesting characters and a pleasant little mystery. "Aftermaths" was previously published in Cryoburn and is an excellent short story, but all Vorkosigan readers will have read this before. Nevertheless, it was pleasant to hear this again.

Only Bujold completests need to read the first three stories. “Dreamweaver” makes the rest of the book quite worth the time and “Aftermath” is nice to rehear.

Grover Gardner’s narration is, as usual, wonderful. He makes the lessor stories quite tolerable, and brings life and humor to the best of the stories.
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- Michael "I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read."

Lois McMaster Bujold is the best!

I love Lois McMaster Bujold characters, so well developed flawed funny and Excellent. My favorite reader too. can't get enough!
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-01-2016
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.