An airship full of humans crash lands on the fourth planet in a red-giant solar system. The planet is called Darkover. A creation from the science fiction master Marion Zimmer Bradley, Darkover is the setting of a popular series that began in 1958 with The Planet Savers, now available as an audiobook.
Performed with satisfying New England matter-of-factness by Jim Roberts, The Planet Savers introduces listeners to Dr. Jason Allison, an amnesiac and parasitologist with a recently diagnosed split personality. Called upon to lead an expedition into a dangerous section of Darkover, Dr. Allison’s survival may depend on the favoring of one side of his personality over the other. Take a trip into the Hellers and meet the Sky People.
Marion Zimmer Bradley wrote some of the finest science fiction in print. In this story, Dr Jay Allison has a split personality. One side is a cool, emotionless parasitoligist; the other is a free-spirited adventurer. The latter has been held firmly in control by the former for many years, but now it needs to be called forth to save the Terran colony on the planet Darkover. A plague of Trailmen's Fever threatens to wipe out every Terran on the planet. The free-spirited part of Dr. Allison is needed to lead a party deep into Trailmen's territory to beg their assistance, but then the parasitologist's knowledge is needed to create the cure. Will the experiment to separate and then rejoin the personalities succeed? And will it be in time for the colony to survive?
Public Domain (P)2010 Jimcin Recordings
I love this author's books and this one is no exception. Very imaginative story.
Liked the reader too but, since another listener did not, I would suggest you listen to the sample and decide for yourself.
Big Sci fi and fantasy fan. Love dragons (nice ones), elves, werewolves, and BEMs. I love listening to books - saves me walking into pole
I'm a Marion Zimmer Bradley and Darkover fan = I own ALL the books. I'm disappointed that the narrators performance is so poor, eg a pause at the end of a paragraph would be good. It is not just one long paragraph with no pausing or change of tone. This is not one of the best of the Darkover stories but it still deserves a better performance.
I love MZB & her Darkover novels! This is longer than a short story, but shorter than a regular length installment. I should have paid more attention to the narrator, however. Had I realized that I had heard him before, I would NEVER have bought the audible version. I found myself cringing at awkward rhythms of sentences, inappropriate pronunciation of words and flat delivery. The author is clear and articulate, but there is no life to his delivery. There is no differentiation between characters voices so I got lost trying to figure out who was talking at times.
Good novel by MZB, but the focus is on the terran technology. You peek into the aristocracy of Darkover, but not a great deal until the very end. Only then do you see the power of the Darkover magic.
Enjoy the book, if you can get past the narrator.
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