Tomorrow's Crimes [Audiobook]
03 March 2013, 08:17
DH Audio | 1994 | ISBN: 0886465060 | MP3@96 kbps | 6 hrs 02 mins | 252.38MB
The author of original and literate suspense novels, Westlake excels also at creating mystery adventures in science-fiction settings. The selections in this volume, nine short stories and a book-length story, Anarchaos , originally appeared in SF magazines.
Anarchy/chaos is the condition of society on the planet where Rolf Malone arrives from Earth after serving time for murder. While he lacks most human emotions, Rolf does love his brother Gar who was killed on Anarchaos, and he is bent on vegeance. Westlake conveys unbridled horror as the lone Earthling, though cunning and violent, is outnumbered by creatures of Hell, the city where events reach a climax. Both the novella and a much shorter cautionary tale, "Hydra," carry an implied warning about future life in a polluted world. Other entries relieve the grimness, displaying the author's sense of humor, particularly in a sendup of Hammett's fat man seeking the fabled bird and Poe's detective spotting the missing paper, "The Ultimate Caper: The Purloined Letter."
First off, I'm a HUGE audio book fan -- I've got seven shelves of them in my house and plan to continue collecting. Out of all of them, I truly enjoyed "Future Crimes" the most. The stories are very clever, yet engaging and easy to follow (a must for an audio format). Westlake combines imaginative visions of the future with very down-to-earth human perspectives, keeping the sci-fi elements of these tales from feeling unrealistic or confusing. The reader, Theodore Bikel, gives a captivating performance of each, drawing you into the little worlds Westlake creates with ease of an master hypnotist. Beyond the exceptionally good stories and wonderful performance, "Future Crimes" stacks up very favourably to other audio titles in that it can be fully enjoyed during your first listening, yet doesn't lose its charm on subsequent listens. Several of the other titles I have are either too complex to appreciate the first time out, or hinge so heavily on the "twist" at the end that there's little point in hearing them twice (which should be considered in light of the high cost of the audio book format). If you are at all a fan of sci-fi, mystery, or horror; I heartily recommend finding a place for "Future Crimes" on you bookshelf. If you as big a fan of the audio book format as I am, your sure to appreciate how well these tales utilize the format. And if you not yet a fan of audio books, this title may well make you one. Happy Listening! -- from Amazon's Customer Review
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