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Publisher's Summary

Slim is a boy whose astronomer father is visiting the country estate of an important industrialist. The industrialist's son, Red, has found two strange animals, and he enlists Slim in a plan to turn the animals into a circus act.
The astronomer, meanwhile, tells the industrialist that he has been in contact with space aliens who want to open up their world to interstellar trade. Their world needs help, the astronomer says; ever since the atomic wars that destroyed their old civilization, their world has been regressing. Unless something is done, their culture may face total collapse.
"Youth" by Isaac Asimov, first appeared in the May 1952 issue of Space Science Fiction and was reprinted in the 1955 collection The Martian Way and Other Stories. "Youth" is one of the rare Asimov stories with alien characters.
Public Domain (P)2017 Kitty Hendrix
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5 out of 5 stars
By Teresa on 04-28-17

Youth Is a True Gift of SciFi by Isaac Asimov

Youth was such a great listen. Back in the days of my younger self I couldn't get enough science fiction. I don't know how this one escaped me. The story and characters were simply amazing. I loved the contrast between the kids Slim and Red, and the fathers, an astronomer and an industrialist whose characters were also an interesting contrast. One believing we could progress the world with the assistance of the "animals" and the other through growth of industry.

I think the story opens our eyes somewhat to the innocence of the children doing the right thing and feeding the animals they found without pretense or prejudice. They, as Isaac Asimov did, evoked the imagination by the boys wanting to join the circus. I just loved this story and it was told so beautifully by:

Kitty Hendrix whose vocal skills are bar none top-notch. She really brought this story full circle. The story was brilliant but her narration took it off the page and gave it color and life. She did a fabulous job with the children's voices. You could feel their excitement and wonderment. She did a wonderful, wonderful job with this book.

"This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."

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5 out of 5 stars
By Simone K on 01-31-18

Asimov Never Disappoints

I read all of Asimov's novels as I was growing up and, somehow, this was the first short story of his that I listened to. What a fantastic treat! Asimov was truly a master of sci-fi and this short pretty successfully blew my mind in the way that really good sci-fi often does. I can't say too much more for fear of spoilers but this book is an excellent read and a compelling thought experiment. I would recommend 'Youth' to anyone who enjoys the sci-fi genre, and even those who don't! Kitty Hendrix did a fabulous job with narration. I would listen to this story again!

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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4 out of 5 stars
By S on 04-28-17

Something different from Isaac Asimov

What made the experience of listening to Youth the most enjoyable?

Kitty's voicing of the characters helped bring through their different personalities.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Youth?

The twist at the end.

Which character – as performed by Kitty Hendrix – was your favourite?

All the characters were interesting but I think my favourite was Slim.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, it's only a short story.

Any additional comments?

Quite different from anything else I've read by Isaac Asimov. An interesting short story with a great twist at the end.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Norma Miles on 04-21-17

"Didn't you hear it last night?"

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Youngsters Red and his friend Slim, find a pair of strange looking animals and decide to keep them as pets. They are quite small and fit into an old bird cage which belonged to Red's parents. They keep the two new pets secret for fear of being told they can't keep them: Red has visions of using them as an entry to life in a circus.
But their secret is found out by the two dads, who had been waiting to receive visitors ...

The story, published in 1952, has aged but the central ideas have not and are as valid today as then. It is a delightful story with a sting in the tail; a lot is packed into it's short duration. Well read, too, by Kitty Hendrix, whose warm, pleasant voice effortlessly guides the reader through text and dialogue, always clear, never over dramatic.
It was a pleasure to revisit one of the old masters of science fiction. My thanks to the rights holder of Youth for gifting me my copy, via Audiobook Boom.

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