Star Hunter is a good reminder why Andre Norton is a legend in the science fiction and fantasy world. In this thrilling plot-driven tale, a teenage boy from another planet lands in Jumala, a jungle planet, where he must hide in order to survive from the natives of Jumala, a group of menacing aliens. The other-worldly characteristics will be familiar to Norton fans. In Star Hunter the listener will find ill-intentioned aliens, visionaries, and foretelling dreams, like in many of her other stories. The novella is short and entertaining. Jim Roberts's narration is careful and appropriately suspenseful.
Andre Alice Norton was one of the most popular and prolific American authors of science fiction and fantasy. She also wrote under the names Andrew North and Allen Weston. She was the first woman to receive the Gandalf Grand Master Award from the World Science Fiction Society in 1977, and she won the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction Writers of American in 1983.
In this story, a teenage boy suddenly finds himself whisked away for his dead-end job on an outlying planet to a jungle planet where he begins having strange dreams of his past. Suddenly, he finds himself in the middleof a thrill-packed plot involving a criminal mastermind and Rass Hume, the "ouhunterr" who was responsible for the sudden change in his fortunes. The action becomes intense when all parties on the planet discover that they are being stalked by a strange alien entity that manifests itself in many forms.
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Andre Norton is one of the greats of Science Fiction and this, like just about everything she wrote, is a spell-binding yard with a little food for thought thrown in. Good reading, too.
When I saw this Andre Norton story on sale, I broke a longstanding rule for audiobook purchases: I didn't listen to the sample before buying. Having grown up reading Norton stories in the local library's collection, I was so excited about finding this one in audio format that I just hauled out the credit in a flash and made the purchase. Note to self: don't do that again. This isn't one of Norton's best stories, but it's worth reading or listening to. Unfortunately, Mr. Roberts' performance made it a very painful experience. Near-monotonic voice, unrhythmic reading with sentences broken in odd places (whether for breath or from poor reading skills, I don't know), very little difference in the characters' voices, and what seemed to be a New York accent of some sort... all contributed to making me regret the purchase. It took me a long time finish listening to the story, and I finished it only because I couldn't remember how the last quarter or so of the book went. I immediately deleted the file from my hard drive. If you can find the book, young adults might enjoy it, but I don't recommend this audio version.
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