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Listen To The Signal: Short Stories Volume 1

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Like episodes of The Twilight Zone or The Outer Limits, the sixteen stories contained in Listen To The Signal, Short Stories Volume 1 ask questions like, "What would happen if an iPhone game was addictive - to everyone?" and "Are we all living inside a simulation? And if so, who's running it?" and "When a pilot has to emergency land in a remote town near Area 51 what does ...more
Kindle Edition, 220 pages
Published February 1st 2019 by Goldfinch Publishing
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Donna Backshall
This is a great selection of short stories written by one of my favorite sci-fi/comedy authors, Rob Dircks. As a bonus, he also narrates the audio version. In some cases, an author reading his own work can seriously be all kinds of tragic, but with Rob Dircks, he knows exactly the timing and snark to add to enhance the stories.

I found every one of the stories in this "bag of gems" to be imaginative, entertaining, and well worth my time. My favorites were "End Game", with its apocalyptically popu
Rob Dircks
Mar 04, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Hi, Rob Dircks here. I've been writing and narrating these stories since 2016 on my podcast, Listen To The Signal, and now I've made them available ONLY here in this book. They include: Dakō • Today I Invented Time Travel • End Game • November 8, 2016 • Quick Fix • Horatio Breathed His Last • Purgatory • Out of the Blue • Tick Tick Tick • Rose • Red Parka • Bloop • Their DNA Was No Longer the Same • The Last One • Mister Personality • Christmas in Silver Peak.

Back when I started this project, I
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
These stories were originally sent into the world via the author’s podcast. But not being a podcast fan, I’ve never heard of them of him until this book appeared on Netgalley. I’m always up for stories with twists, especially science fiction with a twist, and though I’ve long ago adjusted my expectations not to expect a Black Mirror sort of awesomeness, these sorts of things still tend to be fun. And so it was. Dircks’ got a great overactive sort of imagination powered up by various what ifs and ...more
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Most of the stories in this book is humorous science fiction. My average rating for the stories in this book is 3.5625, thus rounding up to 4 stars.

My comments on the stories can be read in this thread, messages 139-154:

Listen To The Signal is an interesting collection of sci fi short stories. I liked some more than others. Overall, they were all fairly average and an okay read. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
Julie  Capell
There is no one writing scifi as well as Rob Dircks right now, and this short story collection proves it.

I listened to all of these stories when they originally came out on his podcast, and was blown away every time by the quality of his writing and his mastery of the short story form. He knows the tropes and how to subvert them. He can build a world in a few paragraphs so that you understand it intuitively. He creates characters that are uniquely relatable and gosh darn it, he's funny to boot.
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think Rob Dircks is a genius. Either that, or he's on some seriously good drugs. Honestly, I think his imagination is pretty stupendous, and I'm definitely a fan.

This is a collection of short stories that Dircks narrates himself, which adds to the entertainment value. He's a pretty good narrator, and of course, it's his own work. He knows how to pronounce all the words, when to put emphasis on the correct parts, and what emotion he was going for. Additionally, his short introductions to the st
This was a great collection of 16 short stories that are reminiscent of The Twilight Zone or Black Mirror. There is little commentary for each one which really helps set up each segment. I like Rob’s advice on reading these in between other books or in between whatever tasks you were doing.

I guess I’ll write little comments on each story to help me remember them all and help me try and figure out which one I like best.
1. Dakō – was interesting and had a fun twist at the end. Was nice and sensual
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This review is for the audiobook version of Listen To The Signal: Short Stories Volume 1 written and read by Rob Dircks. Let me start this by saying that I am a fan of short stories and even short story collections. I don't believe that everything written, especially in fantasy and/or science fiction circles, has to be part of a trilogy or longer series. I like stories that end, except for the Lord of the Rings. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Christopher Tolkien "unearths" something else JR ...more
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was about to start this review by stating that the stories contained within this book are varied and not unlike such series as Twilight Zone or Outer Limits. Then I saw that the actual description already says that. So those of you out there interested for exactly that, you're in luck! I won't go into much detail, the stories range from humorous to horrific, from somber to silly, and from awe-inspiring to awe-kward. The author also includes notes with each story to give an idea of what was goi ...more
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great collection of Sci-Fi short stories. While some of the stories are merely good others are really brilliant. I would definitely recommend this collection to anyone who likes SciFi and I'm looking forward to Volume 2.
Kasey’s Reads
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Okay, so I’m going to preface this review with admitting that I am not a big Science Fiction fan. There I said it, please don’t transport me.

Ha ha ha. Jokes aside, there have been a few books I have come across that actually do spike my interest to overlook the genre and this is definitely one of those rarities.

This collection of quick short stories reads exactly like a podcast (no surprise since the author is a podcaster). But I found that I enjoyed the writing style and voice.

There were a fe
Keith  Blodgett
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very good collection of short stories. Some of the best tests of a writer's ability is to craft a compelling, comprehensive short story. Rob succeeds masterfully. Some stand out more than others, I'm really worried about the aliens designs on our genetics in 'Christmas in Silver Peak'. All that time, all that distance all for a roll in the hay? 'Dakō' will touch your heart if you've ever lost someone you loved. 'Bloop' I first read about "the bloop" years ago, I think it was in a a ...more
Amber DuBois
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book in return for my honest review.

I LOVE short story anthologies, and this one definitely didn't disappoint. They run the gamut from hilarious, to scary, to stories that make you stop and think, to the occasional warm and fuzzy--and there wasn't a single one I didn't enjoy. I love Mr. Dirck's writing style and I enjoyed the times when he referenced what he was thinking, or what the story I was about to read was connected to. The stories were the perfect length to cons
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible, audiobooks, sff
Rob Dircks is one of my favorite author finds of the last five years. He writes interesting SF with heart and usually narrates his own audiobooks. This specific book is a collection of short stories that came from his podcast, Listen to the Signal.

He dares suggest that you listen to the stories one at a time, and I took that to heart. Some of the stories were more interesting to me than others. I would say the one with the most staying power was about the unicorn video game. No, it's not sweet a
This was such a fun listen! For some reason I don’t read a lot of short stories but every time I do I remember how much I’m missing out. They’re so self contained and satisfying! I definitely liked the stories more and more as they went on, and my favorite is still Mister Personality (yes, I’m predictable, and always a sucker for robots). I can honestly see a lot of these as episodes of the Twilight Zone! Always delighted!!!
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of the best science fiction writers with stories leavened with a good dose of humor.
Rob has a great imagination and the ability to take often very minor thems in the shorter stories and twist them into something enjoyable. A couple fall a bit short or are a bit too predictable but overall this is a great collection of short musings on themes. I think Rob is quite good and should be more popular than I guess he is.
Mille Hansen
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Now, that WAS very entertaining. As always with Rob Dircks SF stories - you get great ideas mixed with great humor, and it works! It makes you think and it makes you laugh. Plus, Rob as the narrator does - as always - a great job. The best bit is, that the fun is not done when you finish the book, as he'll continue with the short stories as podcasts. I am already lining them up into my next listens :)
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is probably the perfect road trip listen. You get small digestible stories to help pass the time, but almost all of the stories are built around a bigger question. This bigger question leaves you and your stinky car-mates with something to talk about while getting another bladder buster and sack of Twizzlers at the Gulp n' Go.
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Received via NetGalley for review.

A great collection of short stories, all about the mundane and the fantastic in our lives. While there isn't much stylistic difference in the stories, they're all enjoyable and fun, and short enough that even if you find yourself not liking it, you're quickly on to the next one.
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very creative and original short stories to read during the commute time or during the vacations. I was unable to stop reading this book. Highly recommended

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Barbara Ranous
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very much enjoyed reading all the stories. Rob has a fertile imagination and a gift for story telling. Recommended reading.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to read and review all these wonderful stories. I appreciate it.
May 16, 2019 added it
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I couldn’t get invested in it, but I will try to revisit it later.
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really nice collection of stories. Good variety from some very talented writers. I enjoyed the commentary with each story. Recommended.

I really appreciate the complimentary copy for review!!
May 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Lots of short stories

I liked the concepts behind many of the short stories but wasn't a fan of the bad language used in them. It was unnecessary.
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Succinct, funny, scary, and brilliant.
Kate Sherrod
Breezy, amusing, packed with ideas and lots of fun. Just subscribed to the podcast. Full review at Skiffy and Fanty! ...more
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