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  • Four-Day Planet

  • By: H. Beam Piper
  • Narrated by: Eric Stuart
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (67 ratings)

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Four-Day Planet

By: H. Beam Piper
Narrated by: Eric Stuart
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Author H. Beam Piper describes a dire alternate world. The planet Fenris is a hardcore realm. The days are long but the years pass quickly. It is alternately colder and hotter in the most severe degrees. Seventeen-year-old protagonist Walter Boyd is scrappy enough to thrive on Fenris. Although a boy, Walter is cynic not an ingénue. And he has a carefree nature that does not warp as he engages in intellectual and physical conflicts. Narrator Eric Stuart sounds far older than Walter, but his brisk and nonchalant performance mimics Walter’s persona. Stuart’s deep, measured, and clear voice helps to substantiate the place and its people. Listeners will feel as if the world they are visiting is as familiar and knowable as its problems.

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Fenris isn't a hell planet, but it's nobody's bargain. With 2,000-hour days and an 8,000-hour year, it alternates blazing heat with killing cold. A planet like that tends to breed a special kind of person: tough enough to stay alive and smart enough to make the best of it. And when that kind of person discovers he's being cheated out of wealth he's risked his life for, that kind of planet is ripe for revolution.

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Whaling saga on an inhospitable world

H Beam Piper’s Four Day Planet is an early 60’s sci-fi tale on an inhospitable world that a group of tough colonists made a go of. Corporate interests gave up, but those who stayed behind found the bounty of the indigenous creatures profitable due to a rare substance that was valuable. The planet is being squeezed by the Earth industry that buys their harvest. What transpires is a battle between two groups, one covertly in league with Terran corporate interests. The story is relayed through the eyes of a seventeen-year-old reporter that represents the only news media on the planet.

Piper offers a sci-fi version of the whaling industry where tallow-wax is the equivalent of whale oil. The characters are drawn from classic cowboy tales with townsfolk against cattle ranchers. The strategies, tactics, and politics are timeless making for a satisfying rendition.

The narration is well done with good character distinction. Pacing is brisk making for a quick listen.

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good story

i liked the kid and the angle and planet and the people and the narration

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