Deathworld centers on Jason dinAlt, a professional gambler who uses his somewhat erratic psionic abilities to tip the odds in his favor. He is challenged by a man named Kerk Pyrrus (who turns out to be the ambassador from the planet Pyrrus) to turn a large amount of money into an immense sum by gambling at a government-run casino. He succeeds and survives the planetary government's desperate efforts to steal back the money.
In a fit of ennui, he decides to accompany Kerk to his home, despite being warned that it is the deadliest world ever colonized by humans... DEATHWORLD!
Deathworld is one of the classics of the Golden Age of science fiction, born in the pages of Astounding Science Fiction under the editorship of John W. Campbell, Jr.
©1960 Harry Harrison (P)2014 Audible Inc.
I read this many decades ago in my youth. Now, I bought it as part of many SF books to introduce to my son. Unfortunately, it was not as good as I remembered. The characters were flat. The plot did not really build to a satisfying climax. I bought book 2, but it was so boring, that I couldn't finish it. I guess I wasn't very discerning when I was young.
This story got off to a strong start and then crept very slowly downhill. The bulk of the plot is ok, run of the mill stuff, but the ending was especially cheesy. Harrison has written some great SF stories, but this isn't one of them.
Narrator, Christian Rummel, has a good voice but there is little diversity to his repertoire. There are about 3 characters that he narrates with distinction and they all have a vaguely southern accent. The voice he picks for the one female character, is so ditzy sounding that it is hard to empathize with her.
Despite these shortcomings, I would try both narrator and author again.
Likes science fiction.
Didn't know what to expect. Good story over 55 years old. Good narration. A little sexism however those were the norms back then. Looking forward to the next in the series.
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