Crashlander Beowulf Shaeffer has long been one of the most popular characters in Known Space. Now, for the first time ever, Larry Niven brings together all the Beowulf Shaeffer stories - including a brand-new one - in one long tale of exploration and adventure! Plus - an all-new framing story that pulls together all of Beowulf Shaeffer's adventures and allows Shaeffer and his family to make a clean start at life once and for all!
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Great Story, Stilted Performance.
I've always loved the stories involving Shaeffer. They're usually as far out as you can get and span so many other characters and plot points. Very fun.
Christopher Prince was fine whenever he was reading a character's dialogue, but whenever he narrates it ends up sounding like a sports announcer. He needs to relax a little, it's all too consistent.
It takes a little effort getting through this one but it's worth it. Pick up the printed book if you have too much trouble with the narrator.
- C. Hale
Visit Known Space and you won't want to leave!
The short stories in Crashlander are wonderful examples of Niven at his best. They're humorous, brimming with imaginative ideas, and, refreshingly optimistic about humanity's future.
Known Space books like "World of Ptaavs", "Ringworld", and "Protector", as well as the Dream Park series come to mind for showcasing Niven's vivid imagination and optimistic writing.
Prince's narration was so bad it would have ruined some of the stories had I not remembered the written version I'd read years ago so I knew how they were supposed to go!
He misread words, trampled on witty phrases, and repeatedly emphasized words wrongly so as to make the following text unintelligible.
A shame really--he has a pleasant voice, but his reading was sloppy, thereby damaging the stories.
No extreme reactions other than disappointment at the poor narration.
- I miss W