The Runaway Skyscraper


Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012)

(4.3 stars; 127 reviews)

Arthur Chamberlain has problems. His one-man engineering firm is faltering and his pretty secretary Estelle barely notices him. But these problems are put aside when his Manhattan office building falls into the fourth dimension. Madison Square is filled with wigwams and it’s up to Arthur to engineer a way to make his building to fall back to the future. – The Runaway Skyscraper first appeared in the February 22, 1919 issue of Argosy magazine. (Summary by Gregg Margarite)

(1 hr 42 min)

Chapters

1 – The Runaway Skyscraper (Chapters 1 – 6) 48:43 Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012)
2 – The Runaway Skyscraper (Chapters 7 – 12) 54:02 Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012)

Reviews

I for one enjoyed it

(5 stars)

The claim that the male protagonist is "too alpha male", excuse me that he's found to be so, and the female protagonist is found to be "too needy" is laughable. For one, the listener in question didn't listen to the full story. Anyone who did but still found the same simply wasn't paying attention. The female protagonist is one of 2000 people with a needed survival skill. She's got more nerve than majority of male populace. And she doesn't even notice / recognize the male protagonist as worthy until they're thrust into the fourth dimension and he actually "[does] things", i.e. he's not just a run of the mill do-nothing white collar worker.

Cute story

(4 stars)

Not sure this is much of a sci-fi, more of a romance with a little adventure on the side. Arthur goes back in time, and bands the people together and they come back. The story focuses mostly on his relationship with his secretary, so there isn't a lot of action. I think the story was a bit short and kind of short-changed the character and plot development. Reader was great tho, no complaints, and kudos also to him for a clean recording. I didn't have to fiddle with the GE, just set it to 'speech' and it was great. Thanks Greg! :-)

Good Story, Fantasting Reading

(5 stars)

Greg was such a gifted reader. This is a simple story. It is actually an absurd story. It must have been dashed off quickly for a sci-if magazine. This is really not up to Leinster's typical quality. But the reading is fantastic and it makes an otherwise ridiculous story a treat to listen to. It's a very short story and well worth a listen. I'd say the story itself is 2.5 stars but the reading is a solid 5-stars.

Agreeing with MikeZane

(5 stars)

It was a cute story, just a nice little short one to hold your interest. The narration was brilliant though, this guy reminded me of Rod Serling from the Twilight Zone.

(4 stars)

Plot was cool and interesting, the voice of the reader had very little inflections, making it hard to enjoy any subtle nuances of the text.

The Runaway Skyscraper

(5 stars)

Funny fantastic story. Mr. Gregg Margarite was a wonderful reader and he made it even more enjoyable. Thank you.

The Runaway Skyscraper

(5 stars)

Well read. Fun short story with a unique plot and good climax and ending. Thanks!

very nice story

(4.5 stars)

this was a very enjoyable fun story. light hearted and interesting