Sassinak : The Planet Pirates

  • by Anne McCaffrey, Elizabeth Moon
  • Narrated by Ax Norman
  • Series: The Planet Pirates
  • 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Old enough to be used
Young enough to be broken

Sassinak was 12 when the raiders came. That made her just the right age: old enough to be used, young enough to be broken. Or so the slavers thought. But Sassy turned out to be a little different from your typical slave girl. Maybe it was her unusual physical strength. Maybe it was her friendship with the captured Fleet crewman. Maybe it was her spirit. Whatever it was, it wouldn't let her resign herself to the life of a slave. She bided her time, watched for her moment. Finally it came, and she escaped.
But that was only the beginning for Sassinak. Now she's a Fleet Captain with a pirate-chasing ship of her own, and only one regret in her life: not enough pirates.

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I hoped for better; I didn't get it.

Once again I am disappointed by the newly published audiobook of an old favorite sf/f book. Maybe Audible Frontiers needs a bit more in their budget for narrators.

Ax Norman did a passable job of reading the book. He did not feature any differing voices for the different characters. Toward the end of the book he began to waver in how he pronounced names - maybe he was getting tired. And Mr Norman's rhythm varied a lot, sometimes fast when it should have been slow and vice-versa.

It was perhaps only my many re-readings of this book that made me hope for better, and that I differed with how Mr Norman chose to pronounce names. The title character in particular, I've always thought of as SASS-ih-nak, not Sah-SIN-ik. Sadly, we can't ask Ms McCaffrey.

I won't be buying any sequels as audiobooks, and definitely not any of Mr Norman's other recordings. In 2013, I've come to expect multiple voices, consistent pronunciations, and timing that suits the story.
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- CatBookMom "Life-long reader, 10 years listening"

Really bad narration

What would have made Sassinak better?

A different narrator who can pronounce words correctly. I spent 2/3's of my time trying to figure out what he was saying, and I've read the book in print!


What did you like best about this story?

The story is great. I have read it in print several times.


Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ax Norman?

Anybody else. Susan Ericksen, Sally Darling, Gregory St. John, Nick Podehl.


What character would you cut from Sassinak?

I don't think I'd cut any of them. They all play a purpose.


Any additional comments?

Gah. The narrator totally ruined this one for me.

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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-12-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios