©2005 Andre Norton; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio
"Miss Norton endows this story of a homeless, revenge-driven man with her own inimitable touch. The result is a compelling and compassionate tale." (The New York Times Book Review)
Beastmaster had all the familiar Norton strengths, a young man trying to make his place in the adult world, an empathic animal team, a quest through an exotic (this time wild western-ish) alien world, and, of course, caves. What I liked the best? I suppose it was the caves.
Did I mention the caves?.
Brewer gave a straight forward, well inflected performance, with a voice that worked well for a young protagonist.
Norton doesn't make you laugh or cry, usually; she just takes you for an absorbing, even spellbinding -- if you let yourself be in the mood -- journey.
This is one I missed from my youth (when they were being written!) though I remember the fuscia and yellow cover of the original well. It's much better than and much different from the movie of the same name. I'll reread it again, and if I like it as much a second time, it may move up onto my very favorite Norton list with Catseye, Galactic Derelict, and The Stars are Ours. Not high art, but great reading.
I class this book with Frank Herbert's "Dune" series. Fantastic storyline, considering when it was written, with Richard Brewer drawing the listener in with his narration.
If you are fans of Frank Herbert, Clive Barker and even Isobelle Carmody, and enjoy sci-fi with a difference then this download is for you! I will certainly be downloading the sequel for this...
There is simply very little down time in this book. No empty fillings by overdescribing what people are wearing, eleborate descriptions of the landscap and such. Although everything is well described, as the story goes along, much like if you were experiencing it your self!.
I am writing this review as i am waiting for book two to download. I certainly hope Audible get's more from this series!
When I was a kid I loved Andre Norton so I thought I'd give one of her classics that I read years ago a try.
It is definitely more suited to juvenile tastes.Seriously,I think it's well suited for pre-teens and teens and should be treated as such by audible.Of course Hunger Games and Harry Potter were designed for young people and read by all.
The mind thought melding with animals was what always appealed to me as a young man.The plot is kind of like a Zane Gray Western with some Sci Fi mixed in.I can't really recommend it for adults.
Science fiction is a niche I occasionally like to read or listen to. It is escapist literature and although I enjoy it I would never put it on the same level as someone as Marion Zimmer Bradley.
All other Andre Norton Books since she tends to use common themes although she may use them with different shadings.
He is adequate.
I have tried to listen to this audiobook 3 times now, and just can't seem to finish it. Andre Norton is one of my favorite authors from my teen years, and I have always enjoyed her stories. With this one I don't know if it is the story, not interesting to me, or the narration which is flat and boring, but I just don't enjoy it.
The narrator was good, though not terribly distinctive - he certainly didn't detract at all. The story is a SF Western. Good fun, especially if you discovered it when you were young. Had fun encountering it again.
I read this book when I just shy of my 11th birthday. Gramma bought as an early birthday present. That was in 1962. I'm a little older now and must have read it 50times and you know, I always hear something new every time. I've had many copies over the years but gave the away
Every bit as enthralling as when I first read it some 45 years ago! Actually, hearing it read improved the experience, enormously.
Andre Norton is just as spellbinding a wordsmith now as she was then.
Thank you to Audible Books and the extraordinarily skilled reader for bringing this truly fascinating story to life. I can hardly wait to get to her other stories.
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