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Publisher's Summary

"The two voyagers were neither of the same race nor of the same species, yet they worked together without words, as if they had established some bond which gave them a rapport transcending the need for speech." When Raf Kurbi's spaceship from Earth burst into unexplored skies of the far planet Astra, it was made welcome by the natives of a once-mighty metropolis. But Kurbi was unaware of three vital things: (1) that Astra already harbored an Earth colony - descended from refugees from the world of the previous century; (2) that these men and women were facing the greatest danger of their existence from a new outburst of the inhuman fiends who had once tyrannized Astra; and (3) that the natives who were buying Kurbi's science know-how were those very fiends - and their intentions were implacably deadly for all humans, whether Earth born or star born!
Much of the planet's hopes lie with young Dalgard Nordis and his companion, Sssuri, a telepathic native of this alien world. If they fail, their planet will be subjugated and enslaved by that inhuman race.
Here is a top-notch planetary adventure novel by science fiction grand master Andre Norton.
(P)2008 Wonder Audio LLC
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3 out of 5 stars
By Richard on 05-31-08

Book is fine, even good, but narration kills it

I wanted to like this book after the review by Orson Scott Card, today's premier sci-fi writer. And I would find myself converting the narrator's awkward and unintended cadence into my own voice in my head. In the end, however, it was too much, and I would have prefered actually reading the book. This hasn't happened to me that much--usually a narrator will grow on me--but this one became more irritating as the book progressed. I suggest you buy the print copy, if you want to give it a try, though there are better books out there (note comment re Scott Card at beginning--anything by him is better than this one).
Rick Stockton

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4 out of 5 stars
By Rosalie on 08-22-09

Worth it just for being Andre Norton

While I didn't buy this because of Card's review, he was spot on in that Andre Norton along with Robert Heinlein was the gateway to science fiction for many readers and several well known authors in the genre. Norton in particular was responsible for many women discovering SciFi as many of her books featured strong women leads long before it was popular to do so. I could have wished for another of her books to introduce new readers to Norton, but Star Born is a solid example of Norton's storytelling. This is a sequel to an earlier work (The Stars Are Ours), but it is not necessary to read it first. I do consider that the better book.

I also could have wished for a better narrator, but in truth he did not bother me as I was wrapped up in reliving a well read favorite author. For a first time introduction to Norton, he added nothing, and for many may detract.

While this is a young adult title, I had a friend once remark that Robert Heinlein's young adult titles were better than many adult works out there. For me, Andre Norton falls into this category. Audio on Norton in next to impossible to find, so this effort is welcomed. But I urge that anyone who does not find this book to their taste to try reading some of her other work.

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