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  • Sassinak: The Planet Pirates, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Anne McCaffrey, Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Ax Norman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (139)

    Sassinak was 12 when the raiders came. That made her just the right age: old enough to be used, young enough to be broken. Or so the slavers thought. But Sassy turned out to be a little different from your typical slave girl. Maybe it was her unusual physical strength. Maybe it was her friendship with the captured Fleet crewman. Maybe it was her spirit. Whatever it was, it wouldn't let her resign herself to the life of a slave. She bided her time, watched for her moment. Finally it came, and she escaped.

    A User says: "Really bad narration"
    "Good writing, interesting character"
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    Would you listen to Sassinak again? Why?

    I like the writing styles of both Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Moon. I knew of McCaffrey first from her Pern books. Sassinak was one of my introductions to Elizabeth Moon who quickly became one of my favourites. The Audible version of Sassinak is actually my third copy of the book with the other two much loved in years of re-reading long ago. I bought the Audible to "re-read" and enjoy again.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator has a nice vocal tone but doesn't do any voicing for the various characters. The reading tone of all character's speaking is the same as the narration. This can make it difficult to follow a conversation between characters if there is no 'he said', 'she said' narration. I would not choose another book based solely on him being the reader. I likely would not get a new-to-me book if he's the narrator since the lack of characterization could be confusing if I didn't already know some of the overall story.


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

    There are moments of humor in the story, but it's not a comedy. There are some emotional parts to the story, especially in the early part of the book in Sassinak's youth.


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