Deathworld Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Deathworld centers on Jason dinAlt, a professional gambler who uses his somewhat erratic psionic abilities to tip the odds in his favor. He is challenged by a man named Kerk Pyrrus (who turns out to be the ambassador from the planet Pyrrus) to turn a large amount of money into an immense sum by gambling at a government-run casino. He succeeds and survives the planetary government's desperate efforts to steal back the money.
In a fit of ennui, he decides to accompany Kerk to his home, despite being warned that it is the deadliest world ever colonized by humans... DEATHWORLD!
Deathworld is one of the classics of the Golden Age of science fiction, born in the pages of Astounding Science Fiction under the editorship of John W. Campbell, Jr.
|Listening Length||6 hours and 30 minutes|
|Audible.ca Release Date||February 24 2015|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #37,334 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#459 in Applied Linguistics
#462 in Linguistics (Books)
#804 in Education & Learning
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In the second story, Jason is kidnapped from Pyrrus by an ultra-moralist who wants to hold him accountable for past crimes. Jason manages to foil the kidnapping by wrecking the space ship they are on. This forces them to crash on a strange backwards planet. Jason has to fight his way up the ladder of several backwards and violent cultures (roughly cavemen, then early civilization, then Renaissance). This is a fun story as Jason gets to use his knowledge of science to work "magic" and advance up the ladder towards both survival and rescue. He relucatantly keeps his kidnapper with him, as the hopeless ethicist would otherwise die. So we get a steady stream of moral thought throughout the book, but Harrison keeps it light enough for the action and fun to be the real stars of this book.
In the final entry of the series, Jason is reunited with his Pyrran friends. He decides to lead some of them in an effort to tame a planet that is rich in minerals, but populated by vicious Mongol-type hordes that have wiped out all attempts at settling on their planet. Can the uber-tough Pyrrans succeed were all others have failed? If they can, you can be sure it will be in large part thanks to Jason's schemes and ideas. This book again looks at the clash of cultures and technology, but is almost a recreation of life under Genghis Khan or Tamerlane. It's another fun romp that moves along at a brisk pace.
All of these stories are fast, fun, and full of interesting SciFi technology and creatures. Harrison seems to be at his best when writing a witty, sarcastic character. Think of Roger Moore's James Bond and you're not too far from the mark. So this is an excellent collection for both Harrison fans as well as for people who just want a fun SciFi read. It includes a bonus short story at the end that briefly continues the adventures of Jason and his friends. Given all that, I have no problem giving this book five stars. It's not world-shattering fiction, but it is an awfully fun way to spend a bit of your time.
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Thus we find ourselves plunged into life on the planet Pyrrus, a world which is inhospitable and where the flora and fauna seem to be extremely dangerous, and apparently getting more so towards humans. But will Jason be able to find out why this is, and why there seem to be two separate human colonies on the planet?
This is quite intriguing but in some ways I felt that this was a bit too short, where other incidents could have been given greater scope. It is rather like the difference between the new Doctor Who series, and the older ones which I grew up with, in that this seems to be a bit rushed, rather than letting the story pan out a bit more and bring in a little bit more depth. This does still make for an entertaining read though.
Best of all, unlike most free books, it was complete and had an ending that did not stop in the middle of the action so that you have to buy the next book in the 'series' to find out how the first ended.