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Dorsai!: Dorsai Series, Book 1 | [Gordon R. Dickson]

Dorsai!: Dorsai Series, Book 1

Throughout the Fourteen Worlds of humanity, no race is as feared and respected as the Dorsai. The ultimate warriors, they are known for their deadly rages, unbreakable honor, and fierce independence. No man rules the Dorsai, but their mastery of the art of war has made them the most valuable mercenaries in the known universe. Donal Graeme is Dorsai, taller and harder than any ordinary man. But he is different as well, with talents that maze even his fellow Dorsai. And once he ventures out into the stars, the future will never be the same....
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Throughout the Fourteen Worlds of humanity, no race is as feared and respected as the Dorsai. The ultimate warriors, they are known for their deadly rages, unbreakable honor, and fierce independence. No man rules the Dorsai, but their mastery of the art of war has made them the most valuable mercenaries in the known universe. Donal Graeme is Dorsai, taller and harder than any ordinary man. But he is different as well, with talents that maze even his fellow Dorsai. And once he ventures out into the stars, the future will never be the same....

©1988 George R. Dickson (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

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    Mike Murphy Switzerland 12-29-13
    Mike Murphy Switzerland 12-29-13 Member Since 2012

    Long term book junkie only recently addicted to audio books. Now my iPod and I are inseparable.

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    "35 years ago I loved this. Now it seems very thin"

    In 1957, two years before the first version of “Dorsai!” was serialized in in “Astounding Science Fiction”, Peter Graham coined the phrase: “The Golden Age of Science Fiction is twelve.”

    I started reading science fiction in the sixties when I was ten but I didn’t get to “Dorsai!” until my early twenties. I was still a twelve-year-old at heart and most science fiction excited me. I loved the puzzle-solving, the removal of constraints, the triumph of optimism. I was already being lured towards a different, more socially-based sensibility by writers like Ursula K Le Guin and her “Left Hand of Darkness” but I was still up for hard-core space opera when I read “Dorsai!”

    At the time, I found it literally astonishing: the idea of a military race, bred to fight and lead and win, producing a genius who would shape the fate of many world’s by fighting as little as possible was new and fresh. The pace was brisk, The plot turned on its heals at lightning speed and the ending caught me completely by surprise. It was a celebration of what I was looking for in Science Fiction at the time.

    So, when I saw the audio version on audible.com, I thought it would be fun to relive all of that.

    It turns out, I’m not twelve any more. I was not thrilled. The plot is still clever and the pace is still brisk but how had I not seen how shallow the characters were, how ridiculously male-dominated the book was, how morally bankrupt the politics was and how dishonestly bloodless the fighting was?

    “Dorsai!” is well read by Stefan Rudnicki and offers a pleasant way to while away the hours. It is a book of its time but that time is no longer mine.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Reisterstown, MD, United States 01-01-12
    Pamela Reisterstown, MD, United States 01-01-12 Member Since 2007

    Love to ride (motorcycle), be outside, travel, cook for friends, read, drink coffee.

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    "Dorsai. Not enough "meat" to the story"

    I listen while working, and kept imagining that I'd zoned out and missed some key detail of the book. But when I rewound the audio, there wasn't anything I'd missed. There are HUGE leaps of faith in the tale, and the reader is expected to just accept. In the end, I wasn't sure what had happened. I don't think I'll be continuing the series.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Fukuoka, Japan 12-02-11
    Gary Fukuoka, Japan 12-02-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Before it's time."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dorsai! to be better than the print version?

    I read the book when it first came out. At that time it was cutting edge SF. Super-ior fighters, mental powers, great stuff. The listen was as good as I remember the read was.
    Ive been wanting to re-visit some old time memories, this was and now IS a good one.
    However, not as much action as I remembered.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    When I first read it I WAS the lonely misunderstood hero . . . maybe I still am.


    What about Stefan Rudnicki’s performance did you like?

    The narration didn't intrude on the story. I wasn't aware of the characters more than the story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I thought the part about the hero


    Any additional comments?

    I'm looking forward to the rest of the 'Dorsai' series.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Charlie Madeira Park, BC, Canada 12-04-11
    Charlie Madeira Park, BC, Canada 12-04-11
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    "Story showing its age, but excellent reading"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sure. It's the first in a series, though when it was written I don't think a series was planned. And the story is sometimes a bit thin. But the reading by Stefan Rudnicki is excellent, and overall well worth the credit.


    Have you listened to any of Stefan Rudnicki’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've listened to many of Mr. Rudnicki's readings, and enjoy them all. He has become the voice I want to hear when listening to science fiction/fantasy.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, not particularly. That's generally not an option for me regardless.


    Any additional comments?

    Will be trying later books in the series.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 09-01-11
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 09-01-11 Member Since 2010

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "50's superhero"

    Share's review pretty much tells it. I believe this is the kind of Sci Fi that John W. Campbell pushed back when he ruled the Sci Fi world. Our hero never ever makes a mistake. He makes all the right decisions and predicts what everyone else is always going to do before they know they are going to do it. Not once but twice the higher command is all killed off and our hero takes immediate charge. Unlike some other books of this time, he has no interest in woman. Woman fall for him, but he seems to have no hormones. The moral of the story seems to be that we all need to make the right decisions.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Share Faerber St. Louis, MO, US 11-02-10
    Share Faerber St. Louis, MO, US 11-02-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Ok This is the outline, where is the book?"

    I enjoy Scifi and books in series so I was hoping for a good one here. I wound up frustrated and shaking my head. It is like an outline with no details. Very little is explained enough so you can swallow it. WARNING-Spoilers ahead...So this 18 year old leaves home by himself for space for the first time, meets a prince on board the ship he is on, who puts him in charge of a force of seasoned ground fighting mercenaries who he then saves because he knows more than they do and then he has the commander of the group shot. Huh? The prince is mad, but that's ok cause the kid already has another job where where he takes 5 ships and does something that everyone said couldn't be done, so they put him in charge of a planetary force. Makes sense, right? He wins one battle on the ground and commands five ships that pretend to attack to scare a planet, so that qualifies him in to be in charge of a whole planet's army. He wins one battle, so then the make him Commander and Chief of All of the planetary armies! At that point I gave up and moved on to a much better book. oh well...I wish I had that credit back....

    16 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    breckoz SANTA CRUZ, CA, United States 03-07-14
    breckoz SANTA CRUZ, CA, United States 03-07-14 Member Since 2011

    Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction

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    "dorsai"

    Dorsai tells a story about a man is unique in his intelligence and abilities. He is from a world where people are mercenaries and have a code of honor and higher themselves to other planets as elite soldiers. By smart thinking, tactical genius, and strength, he elevates himself in power and becomes a hero. There are multiple worlds, space flight and fights, politics and power struggles. I enjoyed following the main character on his journey through his life. However, it got a little strange and hard to follow when the author went on about genes and these strange super abilities. There was a feeling of something missing at times and the book jumps around strangely. The ending lost a star for me as well. I was looking forward to the next book, but I am not sure anymore.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathie WONDER LAKE, IL, United States 10-30-12
    Kathie WONDER LAKE, IL, United States 10-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "old fav, new format"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dorsai! to be better than the print version?

    only better in terms of storage, we're downsizing!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Donal Graeme was a strong believable character throughout his growth as a person


    What about Stefan Rudnicki’s performance did you like?

    unobtrusive


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    All Gordon R. Dickson books are books you want to inhale


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    ozgribbo Australia 09-26-12
    ozgribbo Australia 09-26-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Classic military Sci Fi"
    What did you love best about Dorsai!?

    It has interesting characters and a good story that develops. Although written as Science fiction it reads like a contemporary military/war/politics novel.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Obviously Donal Graeme


    What about Stefan Rudnicki’s performance did you like?

    His usual polished performance. Easy to tell which character he was voicing.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The "shai dorsai" moment when an older Dorsai commander congratulated Donal


    Any additional comments?

    Great, conventional Science fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Mailloux New Jersey, USA 01-02-12
    Thomas Mailloux New Jersey, USA 01-02-12 Listener Since 2009

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    "Hard S-F military adventure"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dorsai! to be better than the print version?

    No. Not worse, either. Both audio and print have strength and weaknesses. The main thing I miss with audio is being able to go back and check something I may have not paid enough attention to the first time through. Yes, you *can* go back, but not as easily aas leafing through pages.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Donal, of course. He is the hero. somewhat enigmatic and shallow, but this is sci-fi and we don't often get character development. :-)


    Have you listened to any of Stefan Rudnicki???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Mercenaries across the universe!


    Any additional comments?

    Good book but not Dickson's best. He improved as a writer as his career progressed. But you need to read this book to fully undeerstand some of the later books in the Dorsai series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Great to listen to story I read 40 years ago"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dorsai! to be better than the print version?

    Can't remember as so long ago, but narration is good


    What did you like best about this story?

    A persons story - in a futuristic galaxy


    What about Stefan Rudnicki’s performance did you like?

    Good


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Dorsai - to me its catching, but perhaps best as a series - so solder ask not is probably more catching


    Any additional comments?

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