Crashlander

  • by Larry Niven
  • Narrated by Christopher Prince
  • 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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Customer Reviews

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Great Story, Stilted Performance.

What did you love best about Crashlander?

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.


Would you listen to another book narrated by Christopher Prince?

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.


Any additional comments?

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.

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- C. Hale

Visit Known Space and you won't want to leave!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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.


What other book might you compare Crashlander to and why?

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.


Did Christopher Prince do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

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.


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

No extreme reactions other than disappointment at the poor narration.


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- I miss W

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-21-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios