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Crashlander | [Larry Niven]

Crashlander

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!
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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 01-18-13
    C. Hale Aliso Viejo, CA USA 01-18-13 Member Since 2005
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Keith 04-15-14
    Keith 04-15-14
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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
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    Miskatonic United States 06-25-13
    Miskatonic United States 06-25-13 Listener Since 2002
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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
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    Jason Columbiaville, MI, United States 05-27-13
    Jason Columbiaville, MI, United States 05-27-13 Listener Since 2007
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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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