I am an avid eclectic reader.
Khristine Hvam did an excellent job narrating this story. Stephanie Harrington had been mentioned in the Honor series and I am so glad to see David Weber is going back to tell her story. This story tells about the discovery of the tree cats and the beginning of their relationship with the Harrington's. This is suppose to be for teens but adults will enjoy it as well. This is a must for all the Honor fans. I just can not wait for the next book in this series. I do hope it is just the beginning of a delightful series.
I really enjoyed the audiobook - especially its length and the telepathic cat angle! The story line was great with the exception of the over emphasized and beleaugured parental "our decisions our perfect and unnaturally well thought out" internal monologues
Words form the heart, sound forms the soul, intrigue forms the mind.
No. I was fooled by a review that said this was a good listen even though it is a juvenille book. It really is too superficial for a good listen and too predictable.
I think it would work for age 10 - 13. Not for any one that has listened to his Honor Harrington series.
Yes. Although I always imagined the Tree Cats a little differently.
No, I sped through after about 2 hours, stopping every now and then to pick up characters. I could get all I wanted with about 30 minutes listening time.
This is a good book for your pre-teen or just teen. It is definitely not for adults.
It felt like the author found a 1,2,3 list of how to make money writing scifi for dumb girls.
"And girls love kitty cats, so maybe you can stick one in".
Painfully simplistic. Some other reviewers liked other books from this author, so I might try another, but this one was awful.
No where near the level of the mainline Harrington series, a bit simplistic. But the I guess it's directed towards a younger audience. Still, fills in some early history of the cats and the Harringtons.
If you are an adult start with On Basilisk Station, if your an emerging reader start here.
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I first met Sci Fi in 7th grade when my Librarian at school introduced to to Robt.Heinlein's iconic "Red Planet Mars" wherein A young terran meets 'Willis' a Martian of old age.
A Beautiful Friendship is a fine young peoples novel of similar genre. Narrator Khristine Hvam always does a good job..shes one of my favorite narrators.
"A Beautiful Friendship" is an excellent introduction for an advanced 8 year old-(my grand daughters age) up to, perhaps, a young teen.
Last year I gave my old iPhone to Grand daughter for Christmas, loaded with all the Magic Tree House Audiobooks. Brianna has loved Jack and Annie all year,but honestly it's time to move up..she knows those stories by heart.
Because her mom and I are both total Sci-Fi/Fantasy fans I've tried to find something to get her interested. Bought "Dragonriders of Pern"..my kids favorite to have read to them at night and even a fav. of mine as a young adult..but it was a bit too advanced for Brianna.
I think shes going to love this series, except for the slightly gory part where the 'Tree Cat" that Stephanie, the young protagonist, is connected with battles a much larger predator. I feel a bit iffy about my tender hearted grand daughter hearing about the fight where the Tree Cat gets hurt and the predator gets dead....we don't even read "Old Yeller" or "Ring of Bright Water" to her....she loves animals..well some advanced warning to her..maybe she will skip ahead.
Otherwise, I think this book is a grand introduction for her to the wonderful world of alien planets made earth like with families living on them.
There are funny& dramatic parts and some suspense too.
Stephanie is a much better role model for my 8 year old sweetie than Lady Gaga or Katy Perry in this grannys opinion.
I'm pleased that Audible offers such unique books for children.
Recommend for mature pre teens and up...Even a grandmother (I screen everything I buy her) can enjoy the book, though obviously not the target audience, I found myself drawn into the world of Stephanie and 'her' Tree Cat, Climbs Swiftly.
This was more of a YA book unless you've been listening to the Honor Harrington series, which I haven't yet, and want to know the background of the tree-cats. This book is about how the tree-cats and two legs first got to know each other. The lead character is an 11-14 year girl and was the first one to discover them. Even though it's more geared towards young adults it was an entertaining listen. I might have given it a 5 but it was confusing in places (never did figure out how much time had passed in places because I wasn't sure how long a T year was and seemed to talk about different measures of time) and got a little too wordy and descriptive in places so you started to lose interest.
The narrator was very good and it was pretty easy to distinguish voices considering she had to do voices for the two legs plus the tree-cats.
I am a web professional who loves reading but life doesn't afford enough time if you are living at the speed of the internet. Audio books were my salvation. I love Science Fiction first and foremost, then Fantasy, and then anything else I can find that sounds interesting.
I love David Webers' novels so yes, I absolutely would. However, I like his military novels and this just didn't add up. I did like the backstory on Honor Harrington and her "cat" so that filled in some information.
That's the thing - The book flowed well, listened well there just wasn't anything memorable about it. I guess I would have to say the end scenes in the woods were perhaps the best written - definitely had the feel of David Webers normal style.
Hard to say as it would be a movie geared towards teens.
Only one thing detracts from the otherwise great story that David Weber weaves here - and that is that the first chapter (more or less) also appears in one of the short story anthologies that is written within the Honorverse. This story has none of the 'space opera' type story lines other Honorverse books have, but that isn't a problem so much as it is something to be aware of. Its a great story of Stephanie Harrington and many background questions are answered within the Honorverse. This is a great read, but not one that would appeal to someone looking for military combat within Sci-Fi as so many of the other Honorverse books are known for.
Long term book junkie only recently addicted to audio books. Now my iPod and I are inseparable.
This is Young Adult Sci Fi set on a frontier planet in the far future with a girl-meets-treecat first contact theme.
The split view from human to alien and back was well handled, the action scenes are dramatic and pack an emotional punch and the whole thing is carried along by the excellent performance from Khristine Hyam.
The book kept my attention and some scenes were very powerful but I don't think it fully delivered as a novel. I felt as though I'd had the first three or four episodes of the first season of a promising show and then the thing had been taken off air.
Still, I enjoyed the read and I've bought book two to see where David Weber takes his ideas and his characters