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The Survivors

Narrated by: Michael Spence
Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
4 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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After surviving the Hunt on the Red Moon, Dane should have been happy to return to civilization, and, for a while, he was. But then he got bored. So when their proto-saurian friend Aratak asked Dane and Rianna to accompany him on a mission to a primitive world, where their fighting skills would be needed for the party's survival, Dane jumped at the chance. He should have remembered the old saying: Be careful what you wish for....

©1979 Marion Zimmer Bradley and Paul Edwin Zimmer (P)2016 Marion Zimmer Bradley Literary Works Trust

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  • Michael
  • Walnut Creek, CA, United States
  • 05-14-19

Meh

This is a very basic mostly action fantasy with a few light sci-fi motifs. This is very 1970's and has not aged particularly well. I am not big on sword swinging romantic entanglement fantasy and that's what this is.
It is not bad, but I can't call it good. I actually liked a few books by Paul Zimmer so game this series a try.

The narration is not bad, but the sound production was very odd. Every thought of the protagonist is run through an echo machine. The narration (which is also from the protagonist point of view) is not echoed. I can usually tolerate almost any narration, but this was really annoying.

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So if U want to be turned off to fantasy & sci-fi

What would have made The Survivors better?

Okay, I am a big fan of the MZB (MZB only not want-a-be MZB writers) Darkover books. The story lines and details in those books really got me reading. Survivors is nothing like Hunters of the Red Moon or the Darkover series. If the Darkover series were as bad as Survivors with its trite story lines and predictable cliches I would likely have turned away from my sci-fi and fantasy book fetish, become captain of the football team, class president, and then ruler of the world. No such luck. So if you want to be turned off to fantasy and sci-fi please read Survivors.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Ready Player One

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Found a different book to read.

What character would you cut from The Survivors?

Probably all the main including Dane, Riana, and Aratak. However, the characters were not the issue. It was the story as a whole.