In the first Deathworld, wily interstellar gambler Jason dinAlt managed to survive on Pyrrus, a planet that seemed to be at war with its own people. He also stopped a deadly feud between two groups of those people.
In the second volume of this trilogy, Jason finds that keeping the peace is even more difficult than ending the war. He is also becoming increasingly annoyed with the superior attitude of the natives, including his girlfriend, and this leads to his taking a very big chance. He allows himself to be arrested and taken away from the planet to show that he can take care of himself. He soon regrets that decision after crashing on a planet where the people are quite primitive and he is made a slave. Now he just wants to escape and get back to Pyrrus, but finds that it takes all his cunning and physical prowess just to stay alive.
Harry Harrison gives us another fast-paced yet surprisingly thought-provoking story in Deathword 2: The Ethical Engineer.
Planet of the scrapes: listen to another title in the Deathworld Trilogy.
Public Domain (P)2011 Jimcin Recordings
This is about middle-of-the-road or slightly higher.
It was about the same as the original Deathworld.
He did a good job with voice separation. I liked his rendition of the stuffy character Micah.
If you know or speak Esperanto, be prepared to grit your teeth at the mangling of the language in this book. Chalk it up to it being a corrupt dialect or something, because the reader clearly doesn't know how to speak Esperanto, and really botched some of the words. It made me cringe a little, but as it's very esoteric, I could excuse it.
This is a reading of the novella edition of this story. The ending is much shorter and far more sudden. Jason's adventures among the Perssonoj were much longer and more involved in the novel version included in the omnibus edition. This is still a very engaging and enjoyable story, but be aware that it is NOT the novel, it is the shorter novella version.
"Beware of this recording, it was abridged"
No. It was specified as "unabridged", but large parts towards the end had been deleted.
The narration was good, concise and you could easily identify the different characters
I would have included the full story, the latter parts (which had been deleted) would have demonstrated how every modern invention requires assistance from another invention, i.e. nothing can happen in isolation
I read the book, several years ago, but I realized that this recording whilst starting out as "unabridged" was badly shortened (i.e. "abridged) towards the end of the recording, it was almost as if an unabridged and an abridged recording had been merged. It was disappointing to have missed the relevant parts of the story in the latter stages.
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