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Crashlander Audiobook

Crashlander

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Publisher's Summary

Crashlander Beowulf Shaeffer has long been one of the most popular characters in Known Space. Now, for the first time ever, Larry Niven brings together all the Beowulf Shaeffer stories - including a brand-new one - in one long tale of exploration and adventure! Plus - an all-new framing story that pulls together all of Beowulf Shaeffer's adventures and allows Shaeffer and his family to make a clean start at life once and for all!

©1994 Larry Niven (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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  • C. Hale
    Aliso Viejo, CA USA
    18/01/13
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    "Great Story, Stilted Performance."
    What did you love best about Crashlander?

    I've always loved the stories involving Shaeffer. They're usually as far out as you can get and span so many other characters and plot points. Very fun.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Christopher Prince?

    Christopher Prince was fine whenever he was reading a character's dialogue, but whenever he narrates it ends up sounding like a sports announcer. He needs to relax a little, it's all too consistent.


    Any additional comments?

    It takes a little effort getting through this one but it's worth it. Pick up the printed book if you have too much trouble with the narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • I miss W
    United States of America
    26/04/16
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    "Visit Known Space and you won't want to leave!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The short stories in Crashlander are wonderful examples of Niven at his best. They're humorous, brimming with imaginative ideas, and, refreshingly optimistic about humanity's future.


    What other book might you compare Crashlander to and why?

    Known Space books like "World of Ptaavs", "Ringworld", and "Protector", as well as the Dream Park series come to mind for showcasing Niven's vivid imagination and optimistic writing.


    Did Christopher Prince do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Prince's narration was so bad it would have ruined some of the stories had I not remembered the written version I'd read years ago so I knew how they were supposed to go!

    He misread words, trampled on witty phrases, and repeatedly emphasized words wrongly so as to make the following text unintelligible.

    A shame really--he has a pleasant voice, but his reading was sloppy, thereby damaging the stories.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reactions other than disappointment at the poor narration.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Barry
    21/04/16
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    "I love the story, but narration was poor "

    I love this 'universe' created by Larry Niven. Sadly the spoken dialog is colorless.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Altalnta
    07/01/16
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    "3 good, 1 ok, 1 bad"

    If you're re thinking about buying this book, you should. The first three stories were really good. However the fourth story was just ok. And, finally the fifth story was bad. The framework of all the stories was excellent. If you enjoy sci-fi you will definitely enjoy the concepts and ideas that Larry introduces.

    The problem here is that Larry gives you an excessive amount of details about persons places or things BEFORE he gives you a reason to care about them. This makes for some boring listening at certain parts. Worse than that, at times he blindsides you with a stream of adjectives that do not seem to connect to what you were previously hearing. I literally thought I had lost my place a few times. Further, I think a lot of the complaints about the narration are linked to this. I got the impression, from the narrator's vocal inflections, that he did not understand what he was reading. I can see why, but that's no excuse. (Do some research before hand guy)

    All said though this was some excellent scifi. Some of the ideas about hyper space travel, indestructible hulls, auto docs and so forth were intriguing. I don't think you'll regret getting this book, especially at the price.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Keith
    Huntsville, AL, United States
    15/04/14
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    ""Neutron Star" "At The Core" are homeruns."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not as an audiobook. "Neutron Star" and "At the Core" are good, solid, classic SF stories, and it was incredibly enjoyable listening to them again, but the rest of the collection is very disappointing.

    "Neutron Star," in particular, has the kind of twist ending based on hard science that appeals to so many of us SF fans. The character of Beowulf has certainly gone down in SF lore; whether that character would ever be considered literary is doubtful, but the characterization certainly appeals strongly to this genre.


    What didn’t you like about Christopher Prince’s performance?

    The narrator's voice was okay, but there were clearly many areas where the studio dubbed and spliced the narration, which was very jarring.


    Do you think Crashlander needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, what Niven and the publisher *need* to do is re-release the original "Neutron Star" collection both in print and as an audiobook.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Miskatonic
    United States
    25/06/13
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    "Boring and out of date"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I used to love Larry Niven books but have come to realize that Niven is woefully out of date and and out of touch with reality.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Christopher Prince’s performances?

    Sure


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jason
    Columbiaville, MI, United States
    27/05/13
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    "Essential for Known Space fans but not perfect"

    Essential backstory for other Known Space stories, but the narrator made it very hard to lose myself in it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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