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The Beast Master Audiobook

The Beast Master

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Publisher's Summary

Left homeless by the war that reduced Terra to a radioactive cinder, Hosteen Storm - Navaho commando and master of beasts - is drawn to the planet Arzor, to kill a man he has never met.

On that dangerous frontier world, aliens and human colonists share the land in an uneasy truce. But something is upsetting the balance, and Storm is caught in the middle. He had thought the war was over - but was it?

©2005 Andre Norton; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Pete 07-10-12
    Pete 07-10-12
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    "So much better than the movie"
    What did you love best about The Beast Master?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Did I mention the caves?.


    What about Richard J. Brewer’s performance did you like?

    Brewer gave a straight forward, well inflected performance, with a voice that worked well for a young protagonist.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    andrew Lemon Tree Passage, Australia 10-09-11
    andrew Lemon Tree Passage, Australia 10-09-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Outstanding Sci-Fi"

    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...

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 02-21-11
    Robert 02-21-11
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    "And Old Master but still Tops"

    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!

    Robert Z

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-08-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Beasty Book"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Maria Tempe, AZ, United States 05-14-12
    Maria Tempe, AZ, United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2011

    I am an oldster but still enjoy all those of books including science fiction and fantasy as well as occasional books on history and classics

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    "Andre Norton is consistent"
    Where does The Beast Master rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What other book might you compare The Beast Master to and why?

    All other Andre Norton Books since she tends to use common themes although she may use them with different shadings.


    What does Richard J. Brewer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is adequate.


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

    No


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anna 03-06-12
    Anna 03-06-12

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    "Can't Finish It"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Western USA 07-17-16
    Amazon Customer Western USA 07-17-16
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    "Nostalgic Childhood Story"

    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.

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    Margaret R Bowser 05-31-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Beastmaster"

    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

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    Richard 05-03-16
    Richard 05-03-16

    Richard the 2nd

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    "Absolutely Top Notch"

    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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    zarneewoop St. Paul MN 12-16-15
    zarneewoop St. Paul MN 12-16-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Classic since fiction"

    Being born in 1979 I feel like I missed out on the golden age of science fiction and as such can not truly know what that is. This book personifies it for me tho. It's not to fussy or complicated. Less is more on this one.

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