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Summary

Day by day, the sentient planet is learning to recognize and understand the meaning of outside stimuli, to communicate its own needs and desires...even to use human speech. The Petaybeans have their hands full trying to protect their beloved planet from the sudden influx of tourists. Then some of Petaybee's staunchest champions are kidnapped.

©1993 Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough (P)1997 Dove Audio

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abridged so badly

I read the books and loved the story and when I saw this audio version I though great! But this version has massive important chunks of story missing, completely ruining the narrative.

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Not an inspired performance, a wasted credit

Having read the Petaybee books some 15 years ago I thought it nice to hear the story again while being on holiday.
It was not a good revisit to a great story. The abbreviation was done badly, so most of the characters fell flat and the involvements between the protagonists were not easy to understand.
The performance was more of a loud reading of a story than the usual set of characters spoken with different voice tones.
Not a book I would ever to listen again

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Badly abridged

I read the books years ago and was at first confused, then disappointed by this version.

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Good story

Good story. narration Good. the quality of the first part of the recording was poor

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Great combination

I have really enjoyed the Petyabee planet sequence of stories. Marina Sirtis has a great voice one can enjoy awake, or listen to soothe away the overactive brain and find rest (when you know the story that well it's easy). I really enjoyed this . Unlike planet pirates the continuity works best especially with the character similarities. I recommend you at least try the sample :) I bought the whole trio :) shame there's the twins trio of books not yet sorted on audio.

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Good book narration could be better

This a subjective review, I know the books having read them years and years ago, and the story is great. I don't know why but could not engage with the narrator of the audio book, not that it was poor but just didn't get on with the voice. I would try and find a version narrated by a different person

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  • 20-08-17

missing sections of stories

the performance was great, but you can tell good size portions of the stories were deliberately left out. I can understand some parts being removed due to their sexual nature, but the rest just ruin the story.

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  • Murlynn Thorndragon
  • 24-03-18

Good but abriged

I enjoyed this much but...having read the books multiple times...I was disappointed that many events in the original texts were omitted. For example Yannas first hunting experience in book one.

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  • 14-01-20

Poorly abridged so that it is confusing in places

I didn't read the info closely enough before I bought this, so I didn't realize it was abridged until I was listening to it and it suddenly jumped from one thing to another and then referred back to something that never happened in this audiobook (but did in the print version). This happened quite a few times. I had read the print version years ago and some of the parts that were skipped were parts that are necessary to the story. I think they seriously over-abridged this. Unfortunate, because I love Marina Sirtis's narration. I'm getting either the kindle or the print version so I can read this as Ms. McCaffrey wrote it and I won't be buying abridged audio versions of her other books after hearing how poorly this one was abridged.

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  • 06-08-18

The company took a wonderful collection of books,

cut the guys out of them and ruined a story from my favorite authors.

The mystery and occur base of the stories is greatly wounded. Thank goodness for a great reading by a distinctive and wonderful actress.

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  • K. Seely
  • 21-12-19

Beware, abridged

This is abridged and difficult to follow
Sorties does the best she can but this has been severely edited

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  • Frank
  • 23-06-18

I used to be a fan of Ann MacCaffery

The abbrighements of part one threw off balance and I found the ending of part two very unsatisfying. As of the time I write this I haven't worked up the interest to listen to part three. It's sad because these stories touch on some important themes.

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  • Mad Scientist - Keeping Igor busy shelving books!
  • 05-03-21

Poorly edited ABRIDGED Versions - AVOID!

This abridged version is SIGNIFICANTLY different than the actual book, leaving out significant details. I do not like that, & will request a refund of my credit.

I will avoid Phoenix Books products in the future! This was poorly done, after comparing with the original text.

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  • Adam B. Dijkman
  • 01-12-18

How easy is the listening?

This is the first audible book I have partially listened to that is not easy to hear. I am not speaking about the quality of the voice. I am talking about the unevenness of the volume. It seems to vary. Played with my volume control, but that didn't do any good. I know the story, because I have read it a number of times, and I mostly like McCaffrey books. As I said before, this is the first audible book in four different languages that I have problems with.
Reading over this, I see I haven't done a very good job of describing the problem. Sorry about that.
Adam Dijkman

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  • Patricia Battson
  • 07-08-17

Great book

I am a huge McCaffrey fan and I love Marina Sirtis. At first though, it was difficult to listen to the narration. Once I was used to her accent, it was wonderful. A great story and the performance of the narration really brought it to life.

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  • Bravefish
  • 07-11-21

Great story, but missing part of the first book.

I have read these books several times in the past and was very disappointed to hear that part of the first book is missing from the Audible edition. The chapters don't line up with the print books either. The end of chapter 7 and the whole of chapter 8 is just gone. I think the beginning of chapter 9 is as well. I had to go to the library to figure out what chapters were missing...
Disappointed as this is an amazing series.

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