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Andre Norton is one of the greats of Science Fiction and this, like just about everything she wrote, is a spell-binding yard with a little food for thought thrown in. Good reading, too.
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When I saw this Andre Norton story on sale, I broke a longstanding rule for audiobook purchases: I didn't listen to the sample before buying. Having grown up reading Norton stories in the local library's collection, I was so excited about finding this one in audio format that I just hauled out the credit in a flash and made the purchase. Note to self: don't do that again. This isn't one of Norton's best stories, but it's worth reading or listening to. Unfortunately, Mr. Roberts' performance made it a very painful experience. Near-monotonic voice, unrhythmic reading with sentences broken in odd places (whether for breath or from poor reading skills, I don't know), very little difference in the characters' voices, and what seemed to be a New York accent of some sort... all contributed to making me regret the purchase. It took me a long time finish listening to the story, and I finished it only because I couldn't remember how the last quarter or so of the book went. I immediately deleted the file from my hard drive. If you can find the book, young adults might enjoy it, but I don't recommend this audio version.
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