The Beast Master

Narrated by: Richard J. Brewer
Series: Beast Master, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
4 out of 5 stars (246 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Left homeless by the war that reduced Terra to a radioactive cinder, Hosteen Storm - Navaho commando and master of beasts - is drawn to the planet Arzor, to kill a man he has never met.

On that dangerous frontier world, aliens and human colonists share the land in an uneasy truce. But something is upsetting the balance, and Storm is caught in the middle. He had thought the war was over - but was it?
©2009 Brilliance Audio (P)2005 Andre Norton

Critic Reviews

"Miss Norton endows this story of a homeless, revenge-driven man with her own inimitable touch. The result is a compelling and compassionate tale." ( The New York Times Book Review)

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So much better than the movie

What did you love best about The Beast Master?

Beastmaster had all the familiar Norton strengths, a young man trying to make his place in the adult world, an empathic animal team, a quest through an exotic (this time wild western-ish) alien world, and, of course, caves. What I liked the best? I suppose it was the caves.

What did you like best about this story?

Did I mention the caves?.

What about Richard J. Brewer’s performance did you like?

Brewer gave a straight forward, well inflected performance, with a voice that worked well for a young protagonist.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Norton doesn't make you laugh or cry, usually; she just takes you for an absorbing, even spellbinding -- if you let yourself be in the mood -- journey.

Any additional comments?

This is one I missed from my youth (when they were being written!) though I remember the fuscia and yellow cover of the original well. It's much better than and much different from the movie of the same name. I'll reread it again, and if I like it as much a second time, it may move up onto my very favorite Norton list with Catseye, Galactic Derelict, and The Stars are Ours. Not high art, but great reading.

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And Old Master but still Tops

There is simply very little down time in this book. No empty fillings by overdescribing what people are wearing, eleborate descriptions of the landscap and such. Although everything is well described, as the story goes along, much like if you were experiencing it your self!.

I am writing this review as i am waiting for book two to download. I certainly hope Audible get's more from this series!

Robert Z

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A western with an otherwordly setting

Andre Norton offers some of the most engaging science fiction I have ever enjoyed. This book does not dissappoint.

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Good story. Marginal performance.

A fair story. Not as good as I remember it from my youth 55 years ago, or so. But an enjoyable stroll down memory lane. Norton has always been an exceptional story teller.

That brings us to the marginal performance. Why does the narrator, and his director, feel a monotone delivery with underlying tones of despair makes this as an enjoyable read. I felt totally drug down throughout the whole book. It was like struggling down the bottom a narrow, dark ravine in thigh deep thick, sticky mud. There was no life in the narration. I dearly hope this is not Mr. Brewer's normal style. If so, he has missed his true calling, professional reader is not it.

On to book two.

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Beasty Book

When I was a kid I loved Andre Norton so I thought I'd give one of her classics that I read years ago a try.
It is definitely more suited to juvenile tastes.Seriously,I think it's well suited for pre-teens and teens and should be treated as such by audible.Of course Hunger Games and Harry Potter were designed for young people and read by all.
The mind thought melding with animals was what always appealed to me as a young man.The plot is kind of like a Zane Gray Western with some Sci Fi mixed in.I can't really recommend it for adults.

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Outstanding Sci-Fi

I class this book with Frank Herbert's "Dune" series. Fantastic storyline, considering when it was written, with Richard Brewer drawing the listener in with his narration.

If you are fans of Frank Herbert, Clive Barker and even Isobelle Carmody, and enjoy sci-fi with a difference then this download is for you! I will certainly be downloading the sequel for this...

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Andre Norton. Never disappoints!

Not called the Grandmistress of science- fiction for nothing. I'm heading next to Year of the Unicorn (Witch World series) Can't wait for the Zero Stone ( The Murdoc Jern series) to become audio book!

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Nostalgic Childhood Story

The narrator was good, though not terribly distinctive - he certainly didn't detract at all. The story is a SF Western. Good fun, especially if you discovered it when you were young. Had fun encountering it again.

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Beastmaster

I read this book when I just shy of my 11th birthday. Gramma bought as an early birthday present. That was in 1962. I'm a little older now and must have read it 50times and you know, I always hear something new every time. I've had many copies over the years but gave the away

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Absolutely Top Notch

Every bit as enthralling as when I first read it some 45 years ago! Actually, hearing it read improved the experience, enormously.
Andre Norton is just as spellbinding a wordsmith now as she was then.
Thank you to Audible Books and the extraordinarily skilled reader for bringing this truly fascinating story to life. I can hardly wait to get to her other stories.

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