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Publisher's Summary

The classic far-future novel about the telepathic bond of friendship between human and animal from the grande dame of science fiction and fantasy. 

Exiled after his home planet was turned into a military outpost following an interstellar war, Troy Horan is relocated to the planet of Korwar. Under the watchful eye of the police state, he lives in the slums in a restricted area for sub-citizens. He works as a day laborer in an interplanetary pet shop and has no idea why the Terran animals have been imported to Korwar or why he has the ability to silently communicate with them, especially the Kinkajou. 

But a murder forces him to flee with his animal friends into the Wild, where mysterious, sealed ruins conceal Korwar's most fiercely guarded secret. With no one he can trust and an entire government under siege, Troy leads his extraordinary band of warriors in a final bid for freedom none of them may survive. This action-packed, classic outsider story will be enjoyed by listeners of all ages.

©1961 Harcourt, Brace, and World, Inc. (P)2018 Tantor

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A new format for an old favorite

I thoroughly enjoyed this new format for an old favorite, by one of my favorite authors.

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  • E.D.
  • California
  • 07-15-18

Loved this book a long time.

I think I first read this when it first came out and loved it. In fact I read it a lot. I finally recorded it so I could enjoy it on long trips and while I painted, etc. I narrated a lot of books. It needed a male voice, and this is a good one. I was delighted with the job he did, too. It's a great story and very well read. I hope he will also record "The Crossroads of Time."

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another hit t

viry good it kept my intreat all the time this is one of the best

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trust your. pets

unusual take on relationship between man and beast. thought provoking. a little wordy sometime but a good "read"

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A very good scifi classic...

This is a very good audible version of a classic that I read when I was a boy. I have no criticisms. If you like Andre Norton, you'll love this!

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Like meeting an old friend, once more.

Ms. Norton has been a favorite author of mine for 40 years. Great classic sfy/fantasy.

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A Unique, Bona Fide Thriller

Catseye

This book is superbly suspenseful with excellent world building. Norton had a gift with language, and I had a mental movie of this world no matter the scene (a teeming, caste-divided city, an eerie, dead(ish) jungle, even travel in a futuristic flitter.

Our protagonist, Troy, is a sub-citizen who gets a week-long contract for labor, and is poignantly relieved to get it. Little does he know that his new employment is about to open up a can of Her-Hers* on him. But he also finds himself in possession of…a gift. As his ability develops, the exploitation of the underclass ratchets up quickly to the intensely personal, and the stakes quickly lead to violence, flight, and pursuit.

This book seems to be a stand-alone novel. It screams for a sequel, though this will never be, RIP, Ms. Norton. There are other books set in this world, however, and I hope that Ms. Norton's estate is arranging to have all of her work recorded. It is well worth it, appropriate for listeners of all ages.

*Not an anachronism, now that I think about it.

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  • Jane Shepherd
  • 05-12-18

So good to have this book on Audible

I loved this novel when I first read it in the 1970s and had searched Audible for it before. When I saw it was listed in the new book section I was so pleased. If you’re an animal lover and feel kinship with other species then this book is a joy. Being set in the future on a different planet from Earth means it doesn’t (at least to me) appear dated.