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The hunt for his killer leads a dead professor of supernatural phenomena into the perilous intrigues of aliens, fairy folk, and time travelers in this classic of science fiction.

Until the day he was murdered, Professor Peter Maxwell was a respected faculty member of the College of Supernatural Phenomena. Imagine his chagrin when he turns up at a Wisconsin matter transmission station several weeks later and discovers he's not only dead but unemployed. During an interstellar mission to investigate rumors of dragon activity, this alternate Maxwell is intercepted by a strange alien race that wants him to carry knowledge of a remarkable technology back to Earth, and it seems someone does not want the information shared. Suddenly, it's essential for Maxwell to find his own killer. He enlists the aid of Carol Hampton of the Time College, along with her pet saber-toothed tiger, a ghost with memory issues, and the intelligent Neanderthal man recently rescued from a prehistoric cooking pot. But the search is pointing them toward the goblins, fairies, and assorted Little Folk living in reservations on campus and into the dangerous heart of an interspecies blood feud that has been raging for millions of years.

An enthrallingly brilliant amalgam of science fiction, adventure, fairy tale fantasy, and murder mystery, The Goblin Reservation has long been a favorite of Clifford D. Simak fans and serious science fiction aficionados in general. Ingeniously inventive and unabashedly tongue-in-cheek - combining teleportation, time travel, and alien contact with dinosaurs, trolls, and William Shakespeare - this magnificent literary mélange is a bravura demonstration of a multiaward-winning fantasy and science fiction master operating at the imaginative peak of his considerable powers.

©1968 Clifford D. Simak; This edition published in 2015 by Open Road Integrated Media, Inc. (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Perhaps my #1 favorite Science Fiction Book

I love this book I have read and re-read countless times. The story is so simple and so satisfying. A future planet Earth that has become a worldwide galactic University. There are interesting aliens, Ghosts, Goblins, Trolls, Brownies, and Banshees. Intrigue, skullduggery, a brash trouble-making Neanderthal man, and more. This book does not beat you over the head with a profound message it just leaves you satisfied.

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Loved it

Clifford Simak is my favorite author. I particularly like The Goblin Reservation. Having read it many times it was a pleasure to listen to this performance.

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Story feels "forced"

This book suffers from the same problem many "classic" sci-fi stories do; not that good.

Picked it up on sale after reading the reviews. Once I started listening, it did not take long to wonder why people like this book?

As the plot unfolds, the characters and events felt forced in order to advance the plot. The whole idea of the "goblin reservation" held no real purpose, other to provide an excuse for the final scenes.

The world-building of this future earth/galaxy had moments of potential, but fell flat in the end. I think these classics are classics because there was so little competition back in the late 60's and 70's. So, anything that sold a few copies became "a classic".

Yes, Simak writes well. What's missing is an engaging story with characters you care about.

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Struggled to finish. Overdramatic goblin voices an

overdramatic goblin voices and other impersonations detracted greatly from the story. The narrator is great when he's doing human voices and his others distracted from the story. I think he has the making of a good narrator if he just stops trying so hard.

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Creative and entertaining. great performance.

it's really has the kinds of twists and turns in the plot , the explosive action scenes, and witty exchanges between vastly different comma that keep you interested in moving from chapter chapter. ¨The performance by Bernard Setaro Clark is really spectacular. His intonation, inflections, and Timbre just bring the characters to life.
My only criticism is that the semantics with some of the characters are just too similar. and in that sense the voicing doesn't pop quite as much as it could. But that's a small criticism Over All.
Milwaukee is my hometown and it was wonderful to read about some of the locations that I knew or could imagine or places I knew. Even to the point of mentioning a local business called the Pig N Whistle. very very much fun, enjoyable. I'll read it again.

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Wonderfully funny

Love it! I have listened to it 4 times an enjoy it every time!

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Very enjoyable story and performance! I would recommend it to any and all for excellent entertainment.

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Great story and amazing narrator!

What a nice light story of fun and adventure well told. A definite classic to add to your collection.

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One of the Best

A lighthearted example of Simak's best work. Playful and fun. A great escape. Full of fantasy elements "justified by science".

The narration was charming. The narrators's choice and command of voices was superb. There were times when it was hard to believe that the same person was performing all the roles.

A mild and wonderful story.

A classic.

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An exceptional presentation.

This is a prime example of Simak's Pastoral science fiction. If you haven't read any of his work, this book is a great place to start.

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