Narrator: Ralph Lister, Ray Porter
Published by Audible Studios on 23 May 2017
Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
Genres: Science Fiction
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A cop interrogates a perp in a lizard costume that seems all too real.
An all-powerful superhero protects his city - and they better like it.
An average Joe finds out that being undead isn't all that it's cracked up to be.
Including three never-before-published stories, Dead Men Can't Complain is the first-ever collection of short fiction by Peter Clines, author of 14, The Fold, and other Audible smash hits. Combining equal parts geekery and humor with the occasional dash of horror, Dead Men Can't Complain is ideal for Clines fans eagerly awaiting his next novel - or for brand-new listeners discovering this Audible favorite for the first time.
©2017 Peter Clines (P)2017 Audible, Inc.
“Dead Men Can’t Complain and Other Stories” is a collection of short science fiction stories written by Peter Clines. The audiobook is an Audible Original production with narration being performed by both Ralph Lister and Ray Porter. I do not believe I have listened or reviewed any pieces by Ralph Lister; who is quite a prolific narrator on Audible. After hearing him in this book, I may have to seek out a few of his pieces. But, I will say that I have never been disappointed by any works written by Mr. Cline nor narration by Mr. Porter. When it comes to this pair, I’m in it no matter what they have to tell (or sell) me. And let me say, I was not disappointed except that it felt like it ended too quickly. I wanted more!
In this petite series of science fiction stories, we are presented with lizard men, mutant aliens, a superhero, dreams travel, time travel, and even some zombies. Quite a bit all packed into an audiobook that is just shy of five hours long. Each of the stories felt detailed and complete even though a few would only take a page or two in print. In some ways, these stories reminded me of the likes of “The gun without a bang” by Robert Sheckley. The tales were powerful and memorable. Take pieces of the X-Files, a little Twilight Zone, some Outer Limits, a sprinkle of Fringe and you get a good idea of what to expect in this series of stories. If that sounds like something in your wheelhouse to listen too, I suggest you pick up this work and give it a go.
The book’s narration was expertly performed by both Ralph Lister and Ray Porter. Both of the narrators did an exceptional job while telling the many stories and both are quite seasoned in the field of narration so I would expect nothing less from them. The many characters felt like they had unique personalities and accents, decent pacing to the narration, and good inflection. One of my notes I took while listening to the book says, “very good narration!” and I think that says it all.
For parents and younger readers, note that many of the stories contain a fair amount of profanity and some include sexual topics or subject matter which may not be appropriate for younger audiences. Even though the stories are well-written and developed, I would recommend they only be listened too by a more mature audience.
In summary, if you are ever in the mood for quick science fiction tales what are powerful and impactful, I recommend you grab a copy of this Audible exclusive title. There is great storytelling and great narration which together make for an exceptionally great book. My only gripe is that when it ended, I wanted more; much more, and it was not there. I’m hoping the author will release a second book similar to this one as it will be an instant purchase for me.
Disclaimer: I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.