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Gil 'The Arm' Hamilton was one of the top operatives of ARM, the elite UN police force. His intuition was unfailingly accurate, his detective skills second to none, and his psychic powers - esper sense and telekinesis - were awesome.

Now you can hear all the classic stories of the legendary ARM operative, collected in one volume for the first time - plus, an all-new, never-before-published Gil Hamilton adventure!

©1995 Larry Niven (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Sci-fi Detective Stories in Known Space

A collection of detective/mystery stories that seemlessly flow together. Narration could have been a little bit better, but still plenty enjoyable.

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Now THAT was fun!

It doesn't get any better than this! Sci - Fi who-dunnit, coupled with fabulous narration (I could listen to Dennis Holland all day!) Not quite Agatha Christie meets Isaac Asimov, but definitely a good time!

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Suspense, murder, and 5/4ths of a man.

Murder mystery and sci-fi with a smooth narrator. I loved every minute. You'll fall for Gil Hamilton ARM agent.

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Great story, but so-so reading

I grew up reading Larry Niven, and always enjoyed his stories, especially the tales of Known Space. So I was really looking forward to the reading of Flatlander. Unfortunately, I was disappointed, Dennis Holland 's main reading voice is excellent. However, he seems to only have two or three secondary character voices. So all the other characters sound alike. In addition, he doesn't have the vocabulary required to read science fiction. He doesn't know the correct pronunciation for some of the words used in the story. Still and all, he did a reasonable job, barring the above. And these stories are excellent examples of Larry Niven's writings. His "Gil the Arm" stories are generally exemplars of "fair mysteries," mysteries where the reader has all the information required to solve the mystery. So in summary, if you are a fan of Known Space, you'll probably enjoy this performance.

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Great, fills some gaps in Nivens' "Known Space".

What made the experience of listening to Flatlander the most enjoyable?

I read some of Larry Niven's "Tales of Known Space" a few years back & these short stories helped explain the backround.

What did you like best about this story?

Future cop, with a twist!

What about Dennis Holland’s performance did you like?

Yes

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

yes

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  • Mathew
  • American Fork, Utah United States
  • 08-24-18

Not the best scifi read

I have read several of Mr Niven’s books, the Ring World Series, but a book based on society where everyone is spare parts? Mmmmmm
My willing suspense of disbelief wouldn’t do it.
Also, as in the Ring World Series, much of Mr Niven’s story line seems to be centered around his weird sense of social reforms. Sex is casual at best, transgender, homosexuality, sex change are the norm. Muslim and Mormon (why do sci-fi writers so often pick Mormon?) are portrayed as odd-ball or extreme.

Mr Niven has a wonderful imagination for possible story lines but the social reform themes come over as heavy handed to me. Sometimes I think many sci-fi writers are really pervs using their stories as a way to express their “perv-ness”.

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