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Deathworld 2: The Ethical Engineer | [Harry Harrison]

Deathworld 2: The Ethical Engineer

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 the natives, including his girlfriend, and this leads to his taking a very big chance.
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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

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    Amazon Customer Norristown, PA, United States 12-19-11
    Amazon Customer Norristown, PA, United States 12-19-11
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    "Good story, not the omnibus novel edition."
    Where does Deathworld 2: The Ethical Engineer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is about middle-of-the-road or slightly higher.


    If you’ve listened to books by Harry Harrison before, how does this one compare?

    It was about the same as the original Deathworld.


    What about Jim Roberts’s performance did you like?

    He did a good job with voice separation. I liked his rendition of the stuffy character Micah.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    "Beware of this recording, it was abridged"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Not applicable


    Would you recommend Deathworld 2: The Ethical Engineer to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. It was specified as "unabridged", but large parts towards the end had been deleted.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narration was good, concise and you could easily identify the different characters


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Deathworld 2: The Ethical Engineer?

    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


    Any additional comments?

    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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