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There are two reasons I've been following the 'Year's Top Ten Tales' series. One is the stories, they're usually a good mix of well known names with some writers I've not heard of. I particularly like the McAuley and Reed stories in this series, and they adapt well to the audiobook format. The other reason are the narrators, particularly Tom Deehre and Vanessa Hart, who have that relaxed but precise style that isn't tiring over a long listen, and adds some personality to the stories. This edition of the series is overall pretty good, but I have a couple of issues with this and another editions too. It'd be great if the editor could list the stories in order as they appear. The other beef is Tom Dheere's penchant for doing 'accents'. For any otherwise talented voice artist it has to be said that Dheere cannot do accents credibly, at least not for anyone who knows Northern English accents. His attempts at Scottish and Yorkshire [I think!] on the McAuley story is so diabolically bad it took me three attempts to get through an otherwise excellent story. Word of advice Tom; lose the accents!
Karl Schroeder's story and Charles Stross's story are both very good - they make this collection worth buying. However, most of the rest are mediocre at best, and a few are kinda poor; you get to the end and you're like "what was the point of that?"
Is is really the best scifi had to offer the year this collection came out, i feel like sci-fi might need to go home and rethink its life.
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The stories were quite good but the narrators were not. The narrator of the last story was so bad that I could not listen to it.
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
Accents, particularly the Scottish and Irish were bad enough to be off putting. The stories are dull and dreary. It's hard to see why any of them made any top ten.