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Publisher's Summary

In the 25th Century mankind fought against the hated telepathic slan race in the fierce slan-wars. The result was the extermination of almost all slans, and the establishment of a world-wide police state. Now in the 30th Century, slan Jommy Cross has escaped extermination and is now living in the world of cruel humans. Jommy was determined to avoid detection, track down other surviving slans and with them, solve the mystery of the slan's strange existence and superiority.
©1993 by Bob E. Flick; (P)1993

Critic Reviews

"SLAN is an excellent production with wonderful music, great acting, and realistic sound effects." (A.E. and Lydia Van Vogt)
"Fast paced...enthralling, a sound achievement." (Forrest J. Ackerman)

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Avoid!

This has to be the worst audio rendition of a book I have ever heard. Easily 25% is wasted pauses and worthless sound effects. Also I did not realize that it was a re-written audioplay. Acting was poor and some dialogue was unintelligable. I was gettig ready for the sequel and should have just re-read the book. This audio is NOT recommended!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Robert
  • Dallas, TX, United States
  • 07-19-07

Astonishing

I love old sci-fi and I am very forgiving; I can listen to old recordings of arcane bits of literature happily for hours. This work is by far the worst piece of literature that I have ever heard. Please, go look for an audiobook by Robert Heinlein and listen to his work. Today there are 83 titles in the Audible library. Don’t listen to this mess.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Just awful

This was one of favorite books, so I have no qualms with the heavyhanded plot. But this was the worst audiobook I have even listened to. The cast was amateur and the delivery was way over the top. The soundtrack was so bad that some key dialog was even drowned out.

I don't think it even deserves the one star I gave it

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Thomas
  • COLUMBUS, OH, USA
  • 12-10-05

Classic pulp sci-fi

Don't expect a literary masterpiece here. This is '40's pulp science fiction at it's best and worst: a magnificent set of ideas and speculations with weak character development and inexpertly written dialog. Still, the basic story about the persecution of genetically engineered humanoids was good enough to be "borrowed" by a number of authors, including the fine folks at Star Trek: The Next Generation. Why three stars: Over-the-top, scenery-chewing acting by a "full" cast of amateur actors and the worst, most-intrusive sound track I've ever heard. Still, if you're looking for a classic wad of adolescent sci-fi pulp, give it a listen.

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  • Forrest
  • Temple, TX, United States
  • 10-29-16

Parts unhearable

Overall not bad but parts had low volume for some players and normal for others making portions difficult to follow.

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  • Peter
  • Woorinen, Australia
  • 01-07-12

Not worth it

While the story is still great, the performance was very dated with serious quality issues such as volume and missing segments.

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  • James
  • South Pasadena, CA, USA
  • 10-12-07

Poor adaptation

Avoid. Piece uses sound effects in place of narration -- at some points more than 1 minute long. This makes the story sequence disjointed and hard to follow. And the voice of the villain is lost in the climactic dialogue. Sound levelling is atrocious and the effects are questionalbe (squeaky chair during a confrontation?).

The story channels Heinlein's teen hero genre mixed in with some space opera, and the actors -- who sound like high schoolers imitating 1930's style radio theater -- do their level best to keep the listener engaged.

Their efforts would be acceptable but for the truly awful production quality.

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  • Robert T
  • 12-18-14

How to ruin a sf classic

Would you try another book written by A. E. van Vogt or narrated by Third Ear Radio Theater?

Having read Classic A.E.vanVogt books in the past and this story in particular and thoughly enjoyed it. I find the Third Ears Radio Theatre adaptation of this book a total abomination attempt and is totally rank amateurish if anything a perfect example of how not to adapt a book.

What didn’t you like about Third Ear Radio Theater’s performance?

I appreciate that this was done as a radio play format but there was an over emphasis on a music background giving no real descriptve content which effectively left long periods where there was no real content. Also the sound effects drowned out almost all the dialog at times.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

There were no redeeming qualities to this production.

Any additional comments?

If I could I would ask for my credit/money back. I also urge audible to remove this title from its library to prevent anyone else being disappointed.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Roy Oestensen
  • 03-23-15

Very jumpy radioplay

The radio play had rather long sequences of music so it felt like the story didn't move. Especially the first part was rather static. The second part did improve though.