• Nightfall and Other Stories

  • By: Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by: Jon Lindstrom
  • Length: 15 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (188 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A collection of 20 classic short stories by Isaac Asimov, author of the Foundation series, featuring the definitive and only in-print version of “Nightfall”

From one of history’s most influential writers of science fiction comes this collection of twenty short works of fiction, arranged in order of publication from 1941 to 1967. Compiled by Asimov himself, who prefaced each story with an introduction, it begins with “Nightfall”, the tale of a world with eternal sun that is suddenly plunged into total darkness and utter madness. Published when the author was only twenty-one, “Nightfall” was arguably Asimov’s breakout work, making such an impression that, almost thirty years later, the Science Fiction Writers of America voted it the best science-fiction short story ever written.

The other stories in the collection span far and wide: Machines that learn to think for themselves - and direct their thoughts to overturning the establishment. The discovery that Earthlings are being destroyed by a mysterious kind of psychological virus. A day when walking outdoors becomes a sign of psychosis. And many more. Twenty stories: each riveting, each a classic.

©1999 Isaac Asimov (P)2021 Random House Audio

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Happily surprised

After an avid reader of Asimov’s Foundations and Robots sagas and side-short-stories, i was happily surprised with this stories, their intro by Asimov himself was quite valuable.

A must read… or listen, whatever you prefer

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Timeless

Captivating stories. Engaging narration, I really enjoyed his delivery. The author's introductions were fascinating and so helpful for context. Truly excellent collection.

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Asimov ...I'm a little disappointed.

I have been an ardent fan of his since the 1970s. I was really excited to find this anthology, especially since he wrote a preface to every story. I've always admired his sense of humor, and his ongoing reparte with Anne McCaffrrey. lol. ( love all her dragonrider books too). But I have to say that I was not very happy with this book. I actually only found 5 stories that I really liked. The rest were just sort of average to me. I did not expect that. I read Nightfall when I was a teenager and still love it. Also Green Patches , C-chute, Sally, and Here There be Tigers.. Oh! and insert Knob A in hole B...reminds me of the military.

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superb!

I really enjoyed this anthology of short stories. the narration was great, each story is accompanied by a short prologue by the author, absolutely fantastic.

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narrator takes a second to get used to

I thought the narrator might not be the best choice because he has a kind of gruff military voice but after the first couple of stories I got used to it and he's definitely still a very good narrator

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Very enjoyable listen

Good writing. Suspense. Some short, some longer. Found myself a new fan of science fiction.

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Top notch Science Fiction

Very enjoyable stories with additional insights about how the stories came to be. A look into the life of an icon.

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Absolutely fantastic collection!!!!!!

This is the first bit of Asimov I've read, and I absolutely loved it! I always really like short stories and I'm glad I started with these ones. It's interesting that nightfall is rated to be one of the best ones supposedly because I loved the other one's more. Please stick through the 1st few. These stories are amazing!
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